May 18, 2018

We had a big week of academics again this week with a math unit test, a geography test, and presenting our research state projects. Have your student show you his/her google slides. They did a fantastic job!

Next week: Test review on geometry Monday with the unit test on Thursday. There are plenty of days/nights to study.

Field Trip on Wednesday, May 23 to the Kent County Recycling Center. Remember a sack lunch and drink for the park afterward!

Memorial Day Program Friday, May 25, at 9:30. Everyone invited! Fourth grade students should wear white!

Have a great weekend!

May 10, 2018

Whew! We made it through M-Step math and ELA. Good work students. We will have our celebration Friday and watch the “Lorax” (great Green Team theme) with our other fourth grade friends. Your student should bring a snack and a towel or blanket to sit on.  Early release tomorrow!

Math: This week we completed our test review for Unit 5 (measurement). The test reviews should be coming home today for studying. Any problems wrong will be retested next week Tuesday. I will work with small groups on reteaching Friday and Monday.

Reading and Writing: We are finishing up our research on our assigned states and creating google slides for presentation next week.

Social Studies: We will get back to studying the United States Regions and land forms next week.

We took a break with our buddies after our M-Step testing and drew pictures of what we are going to do during our summer vacation. Fun times together with our buddies.

May 4, 2018

We finished our first week of M-Step. Good job students! This week was the test of English Language Arts (reading and writing). Next week’s M-Step will be Math. Remember to avoid appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Please have your student get plenty of rest and have a good breakfast. Water bottles and a snack are also a good idea. They have learned a lot this year, and we want them to do their best work. The remaining part of the week will be review of the math units in geometry and measurement to prepare for the tests in the following weeks. We will have our M-Step celebration on Friday morning before early release.

Book Fair is next week! Literacy Night is Tuesday night, celebrating those students who have accomplished their reading goals for the year. Way to go!

Have a nice weekend.


April 27, 2018

We had a very busy week preparing for M-Step and enjoying our field trip to the Frauenthal Theater in Muskegon. The students did a great job playing with the orchestra. Luckily the rain held off afterwards, so we could go to Hager Park and eat our lunch and run around for an hour. You may click on the thumbnails for larger pictures.

Reminder: Next week is M-Step on Tuesday, Wednesday, and possibly Thursday mornings. Please have your student sleep well the night before, arrive on time to school, and eat a good breakfast to be prepared, and please avoid any appointments.

Have a nice weekend.



April 20, 2018

Happy Earth Day this weekend! Our fourth grade “green team” bagged hundreds of white pine seedlings for each student at Alward to take home and plant for Earth Day.

We have three busy weeks coming up preparing for M-Step and taking the M-Step beginning Tuesday, May 1. Please avoid any appointments in the morning or absences during the two weeks beginning May 1. Please help your students prepare with a good breakfast ( :

Math: Unit 5 is measurement AND Unit 8 is geometry. we are doubling up on math work to be ready for M-Step. Math partners:

Reading and writing will be M-Step practice sessions next week. Remember to continue filling out the reading logs at home for April!

“Link up” field trip next week:  Tuesday, April 24 is our trip to the Frauenthal Performing Arts Center in Muskegon.  Remember sack lunches and disposable drink for that day. After our trip, we will stop at Hagar Park to eat our lunch and run out our energy from sitting all morning. This is a non-chaperoned trip due to limited space. I’ll provide lots of pictures. It really is a great experience for the students!

Have a beautiful, sunny weekend.

Reminder: Pizza Lunch Tomorrow!

Remember your student does not need a lunch tomorrow. I will be treating them to pizza, cookie and juice for accomplishing their multiplication math facts. If students will need more than two pieces of pizza, have them pack a little more to eat. Also, they will need a snack tomorrow as usual.

Thank you to all who donated to help out with their special lunch!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great break with family and friends.

This week’s reminders:

Math – Unit 7 Test on Thursday.  Two test reviews will come home that the students can study from for their test.

Library on Thursday this week. Our schedule is a little different due to fifth grade’s M-Step this week.

Thursday we will celebrate the achievement of our multiplication math facts! I will provide pizzas for the class, cookies, and a juice box. No lunch is needed on Thursday. If you could help out with my purchase of the pizzas, etc. that would be greatly appreciated (about $3.00 each).

Early release is Friday. A sack lunch is available.


March 29, 2018

As we end our March is reading month, we had a guest reader this morning — Mr. Matt! Our school custodian, with his many talents for entertaining the students, read The Day the Crayons Came Home. Hilarious!

Music Mentor  – This week we practiced with our music mentor to prepare for our  class trip on Tuesday, April 24 to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon.

What a great class trip to the Grand Rapids museum and planetarium yesterday! We had all day to visit the three floors and learn about Grand Rapid’s history, plants and animals, famous collections and people, the Extreme Water Adventure, our “Dynamic Earth” and ride the historic carousel. Enjoy the pictures:

Have a fabulous, relaxing Spring Break. Back again April 9.

Class trip tomorrow!

Just a reminder:  Class trip tomorrow! We will have a great time at the Grand Rapids Museum and Planetarium.

Remember comfortable walking shoes and a SACK LUNCH AND DISPOSABLE DRINK. There is a small gift shop. Not all students will shop, but if you would like to give your child money, please don’t give much more than $5.00.  Many items are very expensive, and there is not too much time to shop.

We will leave at 9:00 a.m. and return by around 2:00. Please have your child to school on time tomorrow morning!

March 23, 2018

Happy Spring!

Math – moving from fractions to decimals next week. See the letter mailed home.

Writing – working on our state research, summarizing and writing with paragraphs and complete sentences.

Reading – looking for text evidence and responding using the RACE strategy (Reciting the question, Answering, Citing evidence, Expanding on the evidence).

Science – Great hands-on discovery with our inventions –keeping in mind what we learned about sight, light, and mirrors. Ask your student about his/her invention.

Have a nice weekend!