Fourth Grade Feature

December 2018

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Winter Holiday Parties

On Friday, December 21, May Watts School will celebrate our winter holiday parties. The PTA will sponsor room parties for the children. The parties will run from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Children must be in attendance throughout the day in order to participate in the party.

The PTA will be providing the students with Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Minute Maid Apple Juice. The ingredients are listed below:

  • Minute Maid Apple Juice – pure filtered water, concentrated apple juice, less than .5% calcium citrate, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and potassium phosphate.
  • Cookies (Costco). Ingredients: chocolate chunks (sugar, cocoa solids and cocoa butter, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), vanilla, enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetable shortening (palm oil, canola oil), sugar, eggs, invert syrup, molasses, whey powder, natural and artificial flavors, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, corn starch), salt. Contains wheat, egg, milk and soy. Produced on equipment that also processes peanuts and tree nuts.

If your child is unable to have the treat provided because of allergies, please send the school nurse a note informing us of this. You are asked to provide your child with a treat that he/she can have if they have allergies to the cookies being served.

Please do not send in any other treats for the classrooms because of possible food allergies. Treats brought to school will be sent home.

Finally, alternative activities will be planned for children whose families choose not to participate in this event beginning at 2 p.m. Please contact Mr. LeCrone through email in order that appropriate activities can be arranged. His email is: brian_lecrone@ipsd.org.

Student illness guidelines

Our goal is to promote a community of health and wellness at May Watts Elementary School. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you again of the district guidelines, based on best practice standards, which are in place to maximize the health of our students and staff.

If your child is running a fever of one hundred (100) degrees or greater, please keep your child at home until the temperature has been less than one hundred (100) degrees for twenty-four (24) hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

If your child is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, please keep your child at home until these concerns have been resolved for twenty-four (24) hours, and your child is tolerating food.

Colds and respiratory viruses are common during the school year. If your child is coughing continuously or has green-colored nasal secretions, you may wish to consult with your medical provider and follow his/her directions.

If your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness such as strep throat, measles, chicken pox, or pertussis, please notify the school as soon as possible.

As a reminder, frequent hand washing with soap and water is the primary way to prevent the spread of illness.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to promote a healthy, happy school environment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rhonda Parks, RN, at 630 428-6705.

Coming up

  • Nov. 28-Dec. 5: Fall Book Fair
  • Dec. 21: Winter Holiday Parties
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 6: Winter Break

Lost and Found Notice

Currently, we have 6 tables full of items that the students at May Watts have lost and have not claimed. We have had the items on display now for them to see and claim as they pass by on their way to lunch. If your child is missing gloves, hats, winter coats (yes, winter coats), lunchboxes, water bottles, etc., please ask them to check the tables in the main hallway. All items left after winter break will be donated.

Reminders

  • Please send your son or daughter to school with a water bottle and a healthy snack.
  • If your child will be absent from school or leaving early, please contact the office directly.
  • If, for any reason, there is a change in your child's dismissal procedure, please be sure that you send your child's teacher a written notice of the change. This will help us to be sure we follow the correct dismissal procedures.

This Month's Academics

  • ELA: Students will also begin our next unit, "Knowledge in Action," with the novel "Hoot," which also includes writing a project. Warmer Weather is a non-fiction text that the teachers will share with the students. This is about the effects of Global Warming.
  • Math: Students are using their new Chromebooks to use the Zearn math program to complete Module 3. This module teaches students the lifelong skills of multiplying and dividing big numbers. Students learn strategies that will allow them to multiply and divide on paper and in their heads.
  • Accelerated Math: Students will finish multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals and start the unit on fractions. There will be a project presented the second week of December. Stay tuned!
  • Word Study: Students will continue IPSD Word Study program. You can download each week's word list on the word study page. Please practice these words at home as well as reviewing the weekly homophones and homographs.
  • Social Studies: Students will start learning about the Northeast region of the United States using the six essential questions, including the Revolutionary War and immigration.