Monday, April 24, 2017

UPCOMING NEBRASKA PROGRAM

To:  4th Grade Parents - Grant Homeroom
From:  Mrs. Grant
Date:  April 24, 2017
RE:  Nebraska Program

We have begun our preparations for our Nebraska Program.  Students have chosen a notable person from Nebraska to represent.  Even though we have been researching these famous people at school, your student may want do additional reading or researching at home.  Students are completing a report as well as a script for being interviewed portraying their character.  They will need to memorize the script.  I will send it home with the students as soon as we are finished.  Your student may also have additional narrative parts that he or she will need to practice, but they will be able to have a cue card.  Students will need to dress to represent their character.  We have many costumes and clothing items here at school especially items for the pioneer, Native American, and more vintage characters.   However, students may need your help especially if they have a more modern person or a sports figure.  The program will be on May 9th at 10:00 a.m.  This is an exciting time in 4th grade with many preparations and activities going on to support the Nebraska History curriculum.  We hope that you will enjoy this time of learning with your child!!  Thank you for your support.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Cleaning for CARDS Club

Students at CIS did some spring cleaning indoors and out at CARDS Club on Friday showing pride in our school!  We are proud of our students for all their hard work!  See our students in action in the photos below.

Are you wondering, "What is CARDS Club?" 

C.A.R.D.S. stands for Caring, Appreciative, Respectful, Dependable, Successful!  We have been encouraging CARDS behaviors all year, and on full Fridays, we have "Cards Club."  

Each staff member in our building has a small group of about eight students, and we meet from 8:00 to 8:30 on full Fridays.  These groups change regularly with students getting to intermix with each other as well as get to know all of our staff members.  During Cards Club, we complete various team building activities promoting kindness, confidence, pride, understanding, teamwork, and other character building activities.  This is our first year implementing this, and staff and students have been very pleased!

Coming up with regard to our CARDS positive behavior plan will be "Compliments for Classmates" and the "Talent Show."  We are just getting started with "Compliments for Classmates"--Ask your student about it.  This is a great activity that is based on an event in our theme book, The Best School Year Ever, which each class read at the beginning of the year.  Also, below is our calendar for April Acts of Kindness!











APRIL ACTS OF KINDNESS    -    CIS CARES!!!!!
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
2
3
Smile at 10 people
4
Set with someone new at lunch!
5
Secretly give a note to someone
6
Help someone with their homework
7
Ask someone about their day!
8
Help someone at home with something!
9
Help with the dishes
10
Compliment 5 people
11
Make a thank you note for a teacher
12
Give 10 people a high five!!
13
Tell someone they are doing a great job!
14
Make the Earth a better place!
15
Write a note to your parents telling them why you love them!
16
Compliment the cook of your meals today!
17
Do something helpful without being asked.
18
Make a thank you note for your principal or a specials teacher.
19
Keep track of how many times you say please and thank you!
20
Make a thank you for a custodian or para.
21
Learn a joke and tell it to someone!
22
Play outside today!
23
Do something nice for a neighbor
24
Hold the door open for someone.
25
Make a thank you note for a lunchroom worker.
26
Tell someone that works at CIA and/or CIS thanks.
27
Say hello to everyone you see!
28
Play with someone different at recess!
29
Call a family member you don’t see everyday.
30
Help make dinner.






To:  CIS Parents
From:  CIS Team
RE:  April Acts of Kindness
Date:  April 3, 2017

Here is a calendar of “Kindness Challenges” for our students this month!  Students can color in the square or initial it when they meet the challenge.  We will have them bring the calendar back at the end of the month to hang up showing our successes!  

Thanks for your support!



MATH MADNESS IN MARCH IN 4TH GRADE

Many thanks to the parents that came and shared how they use math in their everyday careers and lives!  Students really enjoyed the presentations, and it made a great impression on them.  We were all amazed at all the different facets of math we heard about.  It was also interesting to see all the careers that use the metric system as opposed to the U.S. Customary system.  Here are our notes with vocabulary and things we learned about and some photos:

*pulse, blood pressure,  calculating pounds to kilograms; (decimals, metric system, jules)

*measuring voltage; ordering concrete; calculating your pay; ambient temperature; odometer; speedometer in cars

*goniometer to measure angles (measuring joints); degrees; circumference

*# stands for pounds; percentages; estimation; labeling--using the correct label; decimals; converting U.S. customary to metric

*spectrometer; vial; beaker; dropper; metric system; Learned about uranium; measuring volume;

*volume; elapsed time; 55 gallon drums;

*graphs, surveys, collecting data and graphing it; budget and grants

*measuring fire - chains - one chain = 66 feet

*micrometer; tape measure; laser measurer; angle
Life math skills (practical):  figuring a tip; sales tax; measuring capacity; percentages; figuring cost and mpg for car; figure for a home improvement project like tile;

*accounting; tax returns; manages money; reconciling bank statements