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Announcements: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

During this shortened holiday week, we will again take a break from our regular reading routine, to do a fun literature unit with the book How to Eat Fried Worms. We will be working on the skills of comparing and contrasting, as well as identifying first and third person narration. We will also do a short writing activity in which we will compare and contrast ourselves to a classmate. There will be no spelling list this week.

In math, we will begin our next unit on multiplying fractions by a whole number and measurement.

In science, we will continue our unit on heat with Mrs. Gubrud. Students have a completed study guide and the test will be on Thursday.

 Important News and Announcements

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL on Monday, Feb. 19, due to the President's Day holiday. Enjoy the long weekend!

Welcome to Miss Behboudi! We are so lucky to have a student teacher joining us this week! She will be here from Feb. 14- April 6. Miss Behboudi attends Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter (my alma mater!) and I have worked with many talented young teachers from Gustavus over the years, so I know she will be a fantastic addition to our class. She will be sending a letter home introducing herself in the first few days that she is here.

Skating Party:  On Friday, Feb. 23rd, the fourth grade classes will be heading over to the New Prague Ice Rink for some skating. Our class will go with Mrs. Gubrud's class at about 11:00 and return at about 12:20. Thanks to a donation from the PAC there is no cost for ice skating. However, if you don't have your own skates and need to rent some, the cost will be $2. Parents: if you are available to join us and help with tying skates, we would love to have you! Just meet us at the rink at about 11:05! 

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences: are coming up! They will be held from 5-8 p.m. on March 1 and 8, and from 10-4 on March 9. A pink note was sent home today (Friday, Feb. 9) with information on how to schedule a conference on the PTCfast website.

February is I Love to Read Month: Students received a special "Reading Olympics" chart this week with some additional reading challenges for the month. In addition, each Wednesday will be some sort of "dress up" day around our reading theme. Those days are as follows:

Wed. Feb. 7: "Your future is looking BRIGHT when you read". Wear neon or your brightest clothes.

Wed. Feb. 14: "Hats off to Reading". Wear your favorite hat.

Wed. Feb. 21: "The Magical World of Reading". Dress as your favorite Disney character or book character.

Wed. Feb. 28: "Reading exercises your brain!" Wear your workout clothes. 

On Thursday, March 1: Olympic reading forms are due by this day. All gold medal winners will be put into a drawing and one student from each class will be picked to compete in the Raven Stream Games!

Science Fair: This is an optional activity in fourth grade, but a very valuable opportunity for your child to learn time management, research, and the scientific method. If your child chooses to participate, they will receive 50 extra credit points for science. See information below:

Who: Elementary Science Fair Scientists & Engineers in Grades 3-6

What: New Prague Elementary Science and Engineering Fair!

When: Saturday, March 3 New Prague Middle School Commons, Gym and Auditorium 11:30 am - Registration/Set-up 12:30-2:30 pm - Judging 2:30-3 pm - Open Viewing 3-4 pm - Awards Ceremony

How: This is a fun event that includes displaying and judging your projects, as well as fun and engaging science activities for the whole family! A comprehensive packet of information will be available on-line on the Community Education website and at all three Elementary schools. This packet will take students through the complete process of the project by using the scientific method or the engineering process from start to finish! Purple ribbon winners who advance from this fair will have the opportunity to represent out schools at the regional fair in Mankato on Sat, April 28.

Getting Started: We have great staff and successful past participants (who have gone on to compete at state and internationals) that are eager to help you!

KICK-OFF event Tuesday, Jan 9 6:30-7:45pm Falcon Ridge Multi-Purpose Gym
Our KICK-OFF event will be meaningful and full of great information to get you started. Display boards can be purchased $5, packets picked up and questions answered! TShirts will also be available for $9 if interested! Packets will be available December 8th in each school office for those who would like to begin before Winter Break.

HELP SESSIONS Each elementary school will host a science fair help session that any student is welcome to attend. Feel free to attend a different school’s session if the dates don’t work for you! A teacher and volunteers will be on hand to help guide the children with project selection, researching, or just pulling it all together. Please send a note with your child to school for permission to stay after and plan to pick up your child at the main door of the school afterward.

Raven Stream Tues, Jan 23 & Tues, Feb 6 - Mrs. Ilkka 4-5pm
Falcon Ridge Th, Jan 18 & Tu, Feb 13 - Mrs. Prchal 4-5pm
Eagle View Th, Jan 25 & Tu, Feb 20 - Ms. Ringsred 4-5pm
All help sessions will be held in the respective building’s computer lab. Bring science experiment, notebook, packet and pencil.

We can't wait to see what students come up with!  This is made possible by New Prague Community Education and there will be sign up information at the kickoff event and in offices after that. There is no cost to participate!

In the event of one or more snow days: Please see letter from Mr. Pribyl:

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As winter approaches, we must think about inclement weather and the potential for school closings. We all have
childhood memories of snow days, building forts, sledding, and drinking hot cocoa after shoveling. There is value
in these experiences, but snow days can add up quickly and learning opportunities can be lost. For this reason,
Raven Stream Elementary, along with all schools in the district, will use Blended Learning in the event of school
closings. Here are some important points about our Blended Learning Days:
1. The first school day cancelled will remain a “traditional” snow day. Assignments will not be given.
2. The second and following school days cancelled will include “Blended Learning” where students
complete lessons at home.
3. Lessons may have a “blend” of online or traditional paper/pencil activities. Online activities may be
available as a choice or option, but not as a requirement.
4. Blended Learning provides continuous and meaningful learning opportunities. Students will not have to
make up any snow days in the Spring.
5. Teachers will include Blended Learning activity sheets in students’ folders, passports, or planners. Links
to the activity sheets will also be available on your teacher’s website.
6. Teachers can be reached via their school email between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Our mission at New Prague Area Schools is, “To engage and support everyone in high levels of learning.” Our
vision is, “To be a premier school district that models excellence and embraces the challenges of the 21st
Century.” If we hold true to these statements, we must create innovative solutions to promote student learning.
We are excited for the opportunities Blended Learning Days will provide for our students.
Sincerely,
Pat Pribyl, Principal
Raven Stream Elementary School

**The Blended Learning menu for our class has been stapled into each student's take home folder. It is also posted on the homework link on this site.

 

 CLASS MISSION STATEMENT (as written by our class on the first day of school):

I am an INDEPENDENT student. I will FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, LISTEN, and ASK QUESTIONS. I am ORGANIZED, RESPONSIBLE, and RESPECTFUL.  I am KIND, and I will follow the GOLDEN RULE. It will be a PHENONMENAL fourth grade year!