Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dear 4D Parents,

It is hard to believe that this is the last blog post of the year. This year was filled with so many wonderful memories, and I am thankful that we had such a wonderful class this year. It will be bittersweet to say goodbye, but I am confident everyone will enjoy 5th grade and hopefully stop in to say hello!

We have a great week coming up! 

Important Dates:

  • Monday is a full day. Tuesday -Friday are early release days (dismissed at 12:30). There are no clubs this week.
  • Monday-Wednesday (May 21-23) - Historical figure presentations - including souvenir
  • Thursday (May 24) - History Field Day (uniforms are mandatory, wear sunscreen)
  • Also on Thursday: 5th grade commencement 6:30-8:00
  • Friday (May 25) - Kinder commencement 11:00-12:30
  • Friday, May 25th - Last day of school
  • Friday (June 1) - Q4 evaluations posted at 3:00
Academics this week:

We will finish up our unit on poetry and enjoy participating in Reader's Theater. We will have Spalding this week, with a test on Friday. 

In math, we will finish the unit on graphs and do a perimeter/area activity.

We will finish our study of germs and the body, in science.

This week in history students will present their historical figure research on Monday-Wednesday. Final typed drafts of the research essay are due on Tuesday. On Thursday we will have our end of the year celebration!

I'm glad that I'll get to see many of you on Thursday at our history celebration. Thank you to all who are donating their time, food, and props so that it will be a success!

Thank you for a GREAT year!

Mr. Bergeron

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dear 4D Parents:

We are about to begin our final full week of school (without half days).

I cannot thank you all enough for your generous gifts and donations. You helped make last week a very memorable one!

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 15th - Birthday Book Club for May and June
  • Wednesday, May 16th - fingerprinting event - 8-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 19th - End-of-Year Pool Party - information to follow
  • Monday, May 21st - Full day
  • Tuesday, May 22nd-Friday, May 25th - Early release each day


Academics for the week:

We will continue our unit on Poetry in literature.

We will wrap up the unit on Volume with a quiz on Wednesday. Then we will learn about different kinds of graphs.

This week in science, we will finish up animal classification and we will do a mini-unit about germs and the body.

In history this week students will continue editing their history essays and turn in their typed rough drafts on Thursday. We will also begin learning about national symbols and begin our study of the U.S. Constitution.

Important Dates for history project:
Typed rough draft due Thursday
Typed final essay due Tuesday, May 22
Historical figure presentation and souvenir: May 21-23
I hope you have a great week!
Mr. Bergeron 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dear 4D Parents,

Another week has come and gone and we are closing in on the final few weeks of school. We still have so many exciting topics to cover this year, and so many more wonderful memories to make.

In academics this week:

In history this week students will begin writing their introduction paragraph in class on Monday. We will be editing paragraph 2 on Thursday and Paragraph 3 on Friday in class. We will also continue our study of the Revolutionary War and British shifting the fighting to the Southern Colonies and culminating with the surrender at Yorktown. 

This week in science we will finish the unit on plants with the test on Tuesday. Our next subject will be animal classification. 

In math we will begin our study of 2-D objects and volume. 

We will continue reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch and what happens to Nathaniel as his story takes more twist and turns. 

We are running low on tissues. If we could get one last round of donations we will likely be all set for the rest of the year. Thank you in advance! 

Mr. Bergeron 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dear 4D Parents,

This year is certainly going by quickly! We only have 4 weeks left together :(

Important Dates:

  • Monday April 30th - Birthday Book Club
  • Thursday May 3rd - Archway Art Show
  • Friday May 4th - No School, Grading Day

This week in Academics:

In Literature, we’ll continue following Nathaniel Bowditch’s adventures. On Monday, there will be a short vocabulary quiz.

This week in math, we’ll wrap up our unit on area and perimeter with a short quiz on Wednesday. On Thursday, the students will take a network-wide Singapore test, to help the teachers assess how far they have progressed in their mathematical knowledge this year.

We will continue studying plants in science. I will hand out the study guide on Monday and the test will be the following Monday, May 7th.

In history this week we will review our sources pages to ensure students are making good progress on their historical figure research. We will learn about the Continental Army's first major victory at Saratoga, and the difficult winter at Valley Forge. The essay outline will be due on Thursday this week.


I hope you have a good week,
Mr. Bergeron

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dear 4D Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Another week has passed quickly and it is hard to believe we are approaching the end of the year. We still have so many exciting things to learn and I am looking forward to the next few weeks!

As the weather begins to get warmer please ensure your child brings a water bottle each day. I want to make sure students stay hydrated and do not need to leave class excessively to get drinks. 

Important Dates:
Performance Notices (if applicable): Monday, April 23rd. Sent via email. Please return signed copy by Friday, April 27th. 
AZ Merit Wednesday, April 25th - Day Two of Reading and Math
April Showers: Ongoing, through April 30th.

This week in Math, we will explore area and perimeter. We’ll start with a review of area and perimeter of rectangles and squares. We will then discuss finding the area and perimeter of composite figures.

In Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, we’ll follow Nat as he continues to travel around the world and begins to discover his life work: writing a guide for sailing that any common sailor could read.

We will begin our unit on plants in science this week. We will look at the difference between vascular and non vascular plants and learn about photosynthesis. 

In history this week we will review for our test on Thursday. Study guides will be filled out in class on Monday and can be used to study each night. We will review in class on Tuesday. On Thursday, Students will also receive their rubric, outline and more information about their 5-paragraph essay on a historical figure from the American Revolution. 

I hope you all have a great week!

Mr. Bergeron 

Dear 4D Parents, It is hard to believe that this is the last blog post of the year. This year was filled with so many wonderful memories, a...