Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Merry Christmas &
Happy Holidays!

I hope that this finds you all well. We have reached the end of another calendar year and find ourselves amidst the wonderful holiday season. It is a perfect time to reflect on how lucky we are. I find myself reflecting at this time on how lucky I am to be able to do what I love, teach kids. Each and every one of my students plays a pivotal role in my teaching, and I am so grateful for everything I learn from each of them. Thank you for allowing me to play a role in your child’s education.

The children should relax, rest up, and enjoy the holidays./two week break. When they come back to school on January 2, they should be refreshed and ready to learn. We have so much still to do this year, so I hope everyone is able to recharge over the vacation. Students should be completing the assigned homework over the break, and may also work on our computer programs through the Clever portal. It is important that they don’t lose the momentum we have built this year, and should still engage in activities that exercise their brain and build on the learning we have done thus far.

I hope you enjoy this special time with family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best regards,

Ms. Kearns


Tardy Policy

Friday, December 8, 2017
We haven't had too much of a problem with tardies in our class this year, but I did want to remind everyone of the school-wide tardy policy.

School starts at 8:15a.m. and students are expected to be here at that time. Once the class has been let in to the classroom, the door will be closed. If your child arrives after (when the door is closed) they must go to the office to get a tardy slip. Attendance is taken right away, so this is a very important step.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help with this matter.

Happy Friday!

Weekly Newsletter 12/8

Thursday, December 7, 2017
December 8, 2017

Dear Families,

         I hope this newsletter finds you well. Next week is our last week of school before we go on Winter Break. Please remember that Friday, December 15, is a minimum day; school will be out at 1:00 p.m. Winter Break is from Monday, December 18-Monday, January 1. We will return to school on Tuesday, January 2.. Keep a look out for your child’s Winter Break homework, which will come home on Friday, 12/15. I have included a note with the required homework assignments.
Thank you to those of you who have brought in copy paper- it is really appreciated! We do need some more, so if you could donate paper, I thank you in advance. We are also in serious need of gluesticks. Jumbo size gluesticks are preferred, but we will gladly take whatever you are able to provide. Lastly, if your child has not yet brought a pair of headphones or ear buds, it is really important that they do. It is much more hygienic than the students sharing a handful of old earbuds, and it helps to prevent distraction during computer time. Without headphones, there are 33 computers speaking to the students in a small classroom. This becomes quite distracting for the kids when they are trying to focus on their own task on the computer. I thank you in advance for help in this matter.
The class website has been updated with the upcoming test dates for January thus far. Please keep in mind, that schedules may change, and the website will be updated if any test dates change.


Winter Break- Monday, December 18-Monday, January 1 (return on Jan. 2)
Thursday, January 4- Flag Salute (subject to change)
Monday, January 15- No School: MLK Jr. Birthday

As always, it is a pleasure to teach your child. I hope you are enjoying this special time of year.

Best regards,

Ms. Kearns

December Scholastic Book Order

Monday, December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

Dear Families,

I want your child to be a successful reader—and for that, I need your help.

When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life.

Scholastic Book Clubs flyers are made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality, age-appropriate books chosen by Scholastic for prices as low as one dollar. These make excellent gifts for the holidays! Please let me know if any of these books are going to be gifts, and I will arrange a pick-up with you, so your child is surprised!

Plus you will be helping our class when you order: Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share.

Thank you for helping your child become a successful reader.

Ms. Kearns

Please place your online order to me by Friday, 12/15.

Go online to:
Enter our Class Code: H4KMH
Follow the instructions to place your order online by: Friday, December 15.

***This month's $1 book selection is Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen and Snowy the Surprise Puppy by Jenny Dale.

12/1/17...the first day of December, already!

Thursday, November 30, 2017
December 1, 2017
Dear Families,

       I hope you all had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday. I wanted to take a moment to let you know what is currently going on in our classroom.
       On Monday, December 4, we have a Science Test, for Chapter 6: Rapid Changes on Earth. The students started making their notecards; using a study guide I gave them on Tuesday. They should also be taking home their Science textbook to study for the test. On Thursday, December 7, we have a Math Test, for Topic 6, which dives further into multiplication, including 3-Digit/4-Digit x 1-Digit problems. They may take their textbook home to study daily, but need to bring it back to school with them each day. Both tests will be paper versions, not on the computer.
       Students are now able to access our computer programs from home, through the Clever portal. (Information on how to access this was sent home in the Friday Folders over the Thanksgiving Break.) They may continue to use this, but really shouldn’t do more than an hour each week.

Reminders: Students should only be taking text books home one week prior to the date of the test. It must come back to school with them each day. They are not allowed to take text books home without an upcoming test, or to take it home to "get ahead." Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Thank you to those of you whose child is part of our after-school tutoring, for making sure that your child was picked up in a timely manner. We will meet again on Monday, December 4. Here are the remaining dates for tutoring:
Mondays, 12/4, 12/11, 1/8 2:30-3:30 p.m.

**The Benchmark calendar on the back of this newsletter is not a required activity. It is supplemental and something to work on at home to reinforce concepts learned in class. This will not be turned in.

Important Dates:
Thursday, December 14: December Birthdays/small classroom celebration- if your child has a December birthday and you would like to bring a healthy, store bought treat for them to share on this day, please send me an e-mail and let me know by Friday, December 8. (This is for Room 401 students only.)
Friday, December 15: Last Day of School Before Winter Break, 1 p.m. dismissal
Monday, December 18-Monday, January 1: Winter Break, school resumes on Tuesday, January 2, with our normal schedule

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Kearns

Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 17, 2017
November 17, 2017

Hello Families!

I hope that you are able to enjoy some much need rest and relaxation with your loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. The kids will have some homework to work on over the week off. I would like them to read for 30 minutes a day, a minimum of 5 days (from 11/17-11/26). They should fill out their reading logs per usual, for the days they read. They also have  a “Thankful” book to complete (please see direction page for details on the assignment). We have been talking about gratitude and appreciation, and I feel it is important for kids to reflect on those things during Thanksgiving and their week off. Computer use is optional, but I wanted to give you access information in case your child chooses to use one of our computer programs over the break.

Computer Login:

When at home students can access our school computer programs through the Clever portal at
They will login with their BUSD g-mail and password, the same that they use each time the login to the Chromebooks here on campus. Through Clever they should have access to Dreambox and Lexia. They will not be able to access content on Benchmark Universe unless I assign them work. They should be able to access Pearson Realize as well.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Best regards,

Ms. Kearns