Fourth Grade Feature

November 2018

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Naper Settlement Frieldn Trip

Just a friendly reminder that fourth grade's field trip to Naper Settlement is Monday, Nov. 19!

A few important notes:

  • Please dress your learner appropriately for the weather. It sounds like it will be rather cold so we suggest coats and dressing in layers as we will be both indoors and outdoors.
  • Your learner must bring a bag lunch. Everything must be disposable. Please do not send plastic containers. If you send anything reusable, it will need to be thrown away.
  • Place your learner's lunch in a disposable bag with his or her first name and last initial and class identified (4C, 4E, 4G or 4B) written on it.
  • There is no hot lunch service for fourth grade. Students on free or reduced lunch will be provided with a bag lunch.
  • Please make an extra effort to ensure your child is on time for school. We cannot wait for tardy students and parents cannot drop off students at Naper Settlement due to security reasons.
  • We also encourage you to discuss with your learner the importance of being responsible, respectful and safe — we are representing May Watts!

5Essentials Survey

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School Safety Community Night

District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night presentation from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Waubonsie Valley High School.

Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns.

All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion.

An RSVP is appreciated, but not required at

Field Trip

Some important reminders about our upcoming field trip to Naper Settlement:

  • Please make an extra effort to ensure your child is not late for school. We cannot wait for late students and students may not be dropped off at Naper Settlement.
  • Please have your child dressed for the weather. The trip will take place rain or shine and much of it is outdoors — so jackets and comfortable shoes are advisable, depending on what the weather is like that day.
  • Students (and chaperones) should have a bag lunch that. Please do not send cloth or reusable lunch bags or lunch boxes as Naper Settlement requires everything to be thrown away after we eat. You may send a bottle of water with your child to drink during lunch, but it is not permitted outside of the lunch area and will be thrown away after lunch.
  • No cameras, phones or gum are permitted.

Report cards

Reports cards are available for a limited time on Home Access Center. If you have trouble accessing, please contact the office.

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. 1: Author Visit
  • Nov. 1: Evening Parent Teacher Conferences (Regular Attendance Day)
  • Nov. 4: Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • Nov: 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • Nov. 6: Election Day (No School)
  • Nov. 14: School Safety Community Night
  • Nov. 19: Naper Settlement Field Trip
  • Nov. 21-23: Thanksgiving Break (No School)


  • 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.

This Month's Academics

  • ELA: Students will read "Love that Dog" and write a personal narrative. Students will also begin our next unit, "Knowledge in Action," with the novel "Hoot," which also includes writing a project. Your child has had several opportunities to write some poetry such as shape poems and a poem inspired by Walter Myers.
  • Math: Students are continuing to use their Chromebooks to use the Zearn math program to complete Module 3. Model 3 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: Accelerated math Module 2 is focusing on estimation in multiplication and division with and without decimals. Solving using drawings and the standard method is a focus as well.
  • 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. Students receive 2-3 Homophones and 2-3 homographs per week that are part of their word study lessons for each week.
  • Social Studies: Students will learn about Illinois. We will be rotating rooms for this unit, which will also tie into our field trip to Naper Settlement. Fourth grade students will also be sharing daily facts about the State of Illinois during morning announcements all month long! Be sure to ask your learner about the fact they learned each day!