Fourth Grade Feature

February 2019

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Valentine's Day Party

The PTA will sponsor Valentine's Day parties in classrooms on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Please review this information about the snack and event.

  • Due to allergy and diet concerns, no food or candy may be brought to school to be given out.
  • Students may bring printed Valentines for classmates with non-food items such as pencils, erasers or small toys.
  • If your learner is bringing Valentines or gifts, please be considerate and provide enough for the entire class so no one feels left out.
  • For a list of classmates' names and spellings, please reference the class photos sent home. If your learner did not bring one home, it may be in his or her mailbox or absent folder.

Family Reading Night Feb. 13

Students were sent home with a purple sheet Friday, Feb. 8. We encourage you to work with your learner to complete this sheet. All students who complete and turn it in by Family Reading Night will be entered to receive a copy of the One School One Book title this year, "Walking With Vanessa."

Save the date for the May Watts Family Reading Night on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come join us as we celebrate reading together as a school​. This year is especially exciting since Sue Black, an exceptional storyteller, will be doing a presentation promptly at 6:45. Other events include a book exchange, crafts, photo opportunities and scavenger hunt!

A flyer will be sent home with your child on Feb. 6 after the One School, One Book title is revealed. Please return the bottom portion of the flyer no later than Feb. 11 so we can make the event as successful as possible.

The "Bluestem Battle" will be held at 5:45 p.m. (arrive at 5:30) directly before Family Reading Night for those third through fifth grade students who have signed up to participate. Spectators are welcome to watch students (and a team of teachers) show their knowledge about the 20 Bluestem Nominees.

Coming up

5Essentials survey

The 5Essentials survey window closes on February 15, 2019 and we are currently at about a 12% response rate. In order to obtain results from the survey, we need to get the parent response rate to exceed 20%. Please take a few minutes to complete the 5Essentials Survey at your earliest convenience. Your feedback is appreciated and needed. You can access the survey by clicking here.

This year, all 4th and 5th grade students will be provided an opportunity in class to take the 5Essentials Survey. Prior to this year, only middle and high school students were afforded the opportunity. If you would like more information about the student survey, please click here.


  • Please send your son or daughter to school with a water bottle and a healthy snack. Click here for details.
  • 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.
  • With the cold weather, the importance of safety increases due to the potentially slick surfaces. Whether you are driving or walking, please take your time and be mindful of the higher risk of sliding or slipping. For more information about cancellation of school for inclement weather, please click here.

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.

This Month's Academics

  • ELA: Students will continue reading "Hoot" and complete the "Knowledge in Action" unit which includes two writing projects: One on protagonists and antagonists and a research project on an environmental topic. After this, students will have a mini-unit focusing on historical figures and the impact they have had on the world.
  • Math: Students are using their new Chromebooks to use the Zearn math program to start Module 5, which involves fractions.
  • Accelerated Math: Students will continue the AM curriculum.
  • 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.
  • Science: Students will study earth science and how it connects to "Hoot."
  • Social Studies: Students will begin studying the Southeast.