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Testing Week

Hello Everybody,
Before our weekend becomes full of things to do, I just wanted to let you know that we had a great week of reviewing, refreshing, and revving up for next week. We did take a practice test on Thursday, and I think our students felt pretty confident with the sample questions and their answers. I have reminded our students that their job is to play, eat, and sleep well because these are the main ingredients to a successful testing week.
I do not normally give homework for the weekend but time slipped away from us this week, so your student may have a few stories to complete in the packet that we worked on this past week and some more pages in our Word Skills book as well. These skills will most likely show up during the testing, and I am trying to prepare our students the best I can. You are welcome to review with your student, so everybody is ready to go Monday morning.
We know that a nutritious snack is always good for the body and mind, so thank you to those who signed up to provide snacks and water for the testing week. Trust me, it is very much appreciated. If you did not get to sign up, no worries because we will probably have a sweet celebration Friday afternoon when our testing week is over. More details will be provided later this week.

That’s all for now. Please enjoy your weekend and looking forward to a great week ahead.
Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

Super Sunny Saturday

Hello and Happy Saturday!
Where do I begin in saying how great these past few days have been for your student and me? Right now, my washing machine is full gear with clothes that remind me of all that we did during our field trip to the 4H Center on Jekyll Island. I wouldn’t be surprised if your washing machine is working right now as well. If you come across anything that doesn’t belong to your student, please bring it to school on Monday and we will have our own lost and found so all items go home to the rightful owner.

I must begin by thanking Mr. Ovbey, Dr. Feinberg, Mrs. Tomsic, Mr. Boyle, and Mrs. Parham for making sure all of the Sea Stars and Squids were on time for the classes, keeping them safe, and for making sure that all went well throughout the trip. There are just not enough words or ways of saying, “Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts that were given so all of our 4th graders had an awesome adventure. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all you did.”

I am hopeful that you received the pictures we sent so you could get a glimpse of your student learning about the different phases of the beach and all that go on with each of the ecosystems and adaptations. Your student touched a few reptiles, learned about some constellations and what’s happening to our beaches and wildlife as erosion continues to change the make-up of coastal regions.

It may take some time for your student to tell you ALL that they learned during our trip because so much information was taught and it will take time to recall everything they did and saw. If your student did write in his or her journal during each class that will help them recall so much of our time spent at the 4H Center. Please make sure that your student’s journal comes to school and stays with them for it will be needed for upcoming assignments. Thank you very much.

Please enjoy the rest of the beautiful spring weekend, enjoy the stories you hear, and I look forward to seeing everybody Monday morning and listening to the best and favorite parts of our field trip. Until then, back to laundry, finishing up report cards and a little more of rest and relaxation.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

Sunny Salutations

Hello and Happy Sunday!

What an amazing sunny Sunday! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and I’m sure you are busy packing for the field trip this week. My guest room is loaded with clothes, accessories, and stuff for the trip.

According to the 5-day weather for Jekyll Island, the weather will be PERFECT!!! If I were you, I would pack a warmer jacket or sweatshirt because the nights can get chilly and breezy. Our schedule shows that we will have our campfire and s-mores Wednesday night and Thursday night is our Night Walk on the beach, so please pack long pants and clothing that will keep your student warm and toasty. Thank you.

For our trip, here are a few reminders:
• On Wednesday, please arrive at school at 5:30 a.m.
• Put suitcase and sleeping bag in the lower part of the bus
• Pillow, day-pack, and disposable breakfast on the bus
• For any medicine, fill out form(s) for each medicine, put medicine in its original bottle with form in a Ziploc bag with your student’s name on the bag
• Please look at Sign-Up Genius and consider helping us with supplies that we need for our trip. Thank you.
• On Friday, March 22, we should be at Wood Acres by 5:30-6:00 p.m. We will be in contact with the office and parents to give you a better arrival time when we know that information.

4th grade’s Awesome Adventures is coming along quite nicely. The stories have been drafted, edited, revised, and typed. This week, we will work on the final draft before they are printed and sent off to the publisher. Next, the pictures will be completed after we return from our field trip. Our Press Date is Friday, March 29 and we are definitely on target to meet that date.

If you are still interested in purchasing a copy of our book, it is not too late. Your student has the order form for you to fill out and return or you can order on-line at a discounted price. Please return the order form whether you purchase or not to me as soon as you can. Thank you very much.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day has been stress-free from leprechauns and green glitter. Take care and enjoy the rest of this beautiful spring day.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

Marvelous March

Hello Everybody,

Yesterday was a fabulous day for all of our fourth grade readers! Thank you to all parents and visitors who joined us for this novel of a day. I hope you were just as impressed as I was with the book report presentations. They are all on display in our building, so please stop by and see the effort used towards this 3rd book report. The fourth and final book report will be due in May, but a date has not been decided yet. Details will come soon.

Not long now, and we will be on our way to the 4H Center on Jekyll Island. It’s been awhile since you received the packet of information, so if you do need another one, please let me know or visit their website at georgia4h.org. Hopefully, your student gave you the green sheet on what to pack, so gathering things can now begin.
Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15 is the Book Fair. Please stop by and shop for your student’s summer reading along with the many books that will meet the needs of all readers.

We are moving rather nicely on 4th Grade’s Awesome Adventures book. Yesterday, everybody voted on the cover of our book, and Truxtun Boyle’s picture won! Daniel Tzanov and Parker Welchel will draw the page for the Dedication Page. Darby Hayes, Talia Tomsic, Damion Tomlinson, Caleb Evertt, Ainsley Parham, Jonathan Naddaf, Ariz Asfandiyar, Sophia Naddaf, Zoey Brathwaite, and Leah Feinberg will be the extra artists for the Bio Pages that are located at the back of the book. Congratulations to all artists! This will be one awesome book for sure.

Yesterday, your student received an order form for you to purchase your own copy of our book. Please do not feel obligated to buy one. However if you are purchasing a copy, please fill out the order form and return your payment and form to me before we leave for our field trip. Whether you are buying a copy or not, I must have all order forms and pages to the book sent together. Thank you and if you have any questions about this book project, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Academically, all is moving forward quite nicely. Just a quick note that there will not be a spelling list for a while because our focus is towards finishing our book project to meet the deadline of Friday, March 29 However, finishing long division, measurements, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions are still in the plans.
The 3rd grading period ends on Friday, March 15, and report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, March 26. Please note, Friday, March 29, we will dismiss at 1:00 with No Treehouse that afternoon. I do think all of us will be ready for a week of R&R after all of the madness that happened in March.

I do believe that is all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and again, please stop in to see everybody’s book report projects. They are quite awesome.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Soggy Salutations

Hello Everybody,

March is here! I hope this weather is cooperating with all of your weekend plans. Yesterday, I spent my day with family and friends and today’s agenda is all about indoor projects. Speaking of projects, I bet your student is fine-tuning all that needs to be done for his or her book report project and presentation that will be given this Friday. Last week, your student received a current copy of the schedule for when your student gives his or her presentation. If you can’t find one, please let me know and I will give you another copy. Just remember you will be watching your student’s presentation along with the others scheduled during that time. See you on Friday.

Another piece of great news, all of our 4th graders decided on the title for this year’s book project. 4th grade’s Awesome Adventures is in full swing and all students have been busy writing about an adventure that is near and dear to their heart. Several students are trying to be extra artists for certain parts of our book and those decisions will be made Friday afternoon.

Academically, we are moving along in all subjects and progress is definitely being made in math, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. There will be a spelling test and vocabulary quiz on Thursday. The study guide and spelling list should be in their homework folder and needs to stay there because your student will have assignments this week regarding both spelling and vocabulary.

Thanks for your time, enjoy the rest your weekend, and I’ll see everybody in the morning.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Final week of February

Hello Parents,
I don’t know about you, but this school year is moving right along. As I started planning the upcoming weeks, I realized that there are only three months of school left; we are five weeks from Spring Break, less than one month from our trip to Jekyll Island, and two weeks from the 3rd book report presentations. Wow! Time certainly isn’t slowing down by any means and we still have a lot of curriculum yet to cover before May 24.

This past week was awesome because all of us had a chance to catch up on your student’s progress, maturity, and growth so far this year. I must be honest; I have grown to truly admire this group of 4th graders because each student has the desire to learn and to achieve all they can each and every day. What more can a teacher ask of her fine students?

On Monday, we will continue to learn about measuring of various types, dividing larger numbers, using adjectives, and writing stories. Please make sure your student is on time Monday morning because all of our 4th graders will discuss and decide this year’s theme for our book publishing project. Mr. Ovbey and I will help guide the discussion, but our students will be making all of the decisions regarding each step of this awesome writing project.

Oh yes, one more thing. Some students do have a little homework this weekend. If your student did not finish writing their final copy of their “Hero” story and coloring their picture in school, then this assignment needs to be completed over the weekend. On Monday, I would love to fill up the bulletin boards that are ready for these great stories and pictures.

That is it for now. I am SO ready for sunshine and warmer temperatures to return. Until then, back to grading, stitching, and enjoying the comforts of my home.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Fabulous February

Hello and Happy Presidents’ Day.

I must admit that my weekend was spent grading all of the assignments and assessments for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I was quite pleased with the final grades and I think you will be too. I am hopeful that I will leave my home today for some fresh air and new scenery which will be a pleasant change.

Here are some dates to know:
Tuesday and Wednesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences – See attached list for your day and time. There is a schedule in your student’s homework folder as well.

Monday, February 25 – All of the 4th graders will come together and discuss the theme for this year’s book publishing project. This is my ninth year teaching this writing project and I truly enjoy every minute of it. I’m always amazed how well everybody collaborates together in creating a wonderful and memorable keepsake. Looking forward to what our students decide for this year’s book.

Friday, March 8 – Book Report Presentations – Hopefully, your student is working on their own time-line for this project to be completed without any stress or angst.

Wednesday, March 13 – The final payment due for our trip to Jekyll Island. The permission slip and deposit were due this past Friday. If needed, you are welcome to give us any pieces for this field trip during conference week.

Academically this week, we will begin Unit 4 in Grammar and two chapters in math which will cover Measurement and more Division practice. In addition, we will write our Hero stories from our novel study, work on the research paper, and continue to learning about ecosystems and adaptations for our trip to Jekyll Island.

My heart was full of the warm-fuzzies after all of my sweet treats, cards, and yummy goodies that I received for Valentine’s Day. My family and I have enjoyed eating them all. Thank you very much for your kindness and thoughtfulness, but having your student in my class warms my heart every day.

Take care and I’ll see you soon.
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

February Fun 2-9-19

Hello Everybody,

We had another very busy and productive week which is what happens from now until May. Here is a run-down of what we did and what’s to come. Enjoy.

In Reading, we finished reading our novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and I would say that everybody loved the entire story, the ending, and the accomplishment of reading this great novel. We are finishing up the novel study this upcoming week with a take-home quiz on Wednesday, a vocabulary quiz and spelling test on Thursday, and a book test on Friday. A writing assignment will begin this week and should be done by Friday, so everybody can read and admire our students’ hard work during the Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Speaking of Parent-Teacher Conferences, please make sure you have contacted your homeroom teacher regarding the day and time for your student’s conference. Thank you.

We have completed Grammar Unit 5 on Pronouns, and everybody did quite well on the test given yesterday. Grammar will resume after conferences because our students need a break from grammar and we must focus on completing the novel study, so we can move towards writing our OWN book after conferences are done.

We are nearly done with Chapter 5 in math which means that there will be a Check Your Progress take-home quiz on Monday, Chapter Test on Tuesday, and a Cumulative Review Test on Wednesday. With constant practice, I think all of our students are ready for these assessments. Because everybody has a great understanding of Division, we decided to teach two math chapters at the same time which means we can continue with long division and review how to measure in a variety of ways.

What I love about teaching at Wood Acres is that we welcome all people and their cultures, traditions, and customs into our daily lives. On Monday, the Naddaf family will teach us about the Chinese New Year and help us create a cute decoration for the Year of the Pig. Happy New Year and all of the best for 2019!

We do have our own cute traditions, and we will show how much we care for one another by exchanging Valentines with both classes on Thursday, February 14.
I must thank Sandy Piper for wrapping our shoeboxes, so we can finish decorating them this week. I have attached a list of ALL 4th graders’ names, so everybody is included in this fun way of celebrating our friendship with one another.

Don’t forget to turn in the paperwork needed for our field trip to Jekyll Island. In just five weeks, you will be hearing about ALL that we did during our three days away from home. Very soon, we will have a question-session soon to help settle the butterflies that are starting to pop up. If you have any questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to ask Mr. Ovbey or me because we want your butterflies to settle down too.

Monday, February 18 is Presidents’ Day which means we have a day off to remember how lucky we are to live in this great country founded by men who knew that the USA was one awesome place and still is.

Wow, there is a lot going on right now and I promise it won’t slow down for a while. I hope you enjoy the rest of this weekend, and I’ll see everybody on Monday.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Sunny Salutations

Hello Everybody,

First, I want to thank everybody for coming to our meeting for our Jekyll Island field trip. I know Tim and I gave you a lot of information about our trip, but I didn’t go over the important sheets of information that must be filled out and returned to Mr. Ovbey and Mrs. Leagan as soon as you can. Please look at the payment schedule along with the other paperwork located in the blue folder.
Also, if our chaperones and students have any dietary restrictions, please let me know because I must inform the Jekyll Island coordinator, so their kitchen staff can plan and order accordingly. Thank you very much. As I said yesterday, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask because I want you comfortable and excited about this awesome field trip because I can tell your student is anxious and ready for this fun experience.

Academically, we are plugging away at long division, finishing up our unit on pronouns, and completing the in-class vocabulary card quiz in Reading. There will be a reading quiz over Chapters 9-12 and spelling test on Tuesday, January 29. Everybody is busy researching their state and learning a lot in science. It’s so much fun being your student’s teacher because I get to see first-hand all of the learning that goes on each and every day and the progress everybody is making is simply wonderful.

I hope you can tell that I truly love seeing the efforts our students give every day in 4th grade. I don’t think our students are aware of how much they are learning in school Monday through Friday at Wood Acres. Please join us at the Open House on Sunday, January 27 from 2:00-4:00 and see what’s to come for your future 5th grader. I think you will be amazed at how much your student will learn next year and beyond at our great school.

That’s all for now. Please enjoy this sunny Saturday and the rest of your weekend.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Greetings from Mrs. Leagan

Hello Everybody,

This weekend started out busy as my husband and I went furniture shopping in Chattanooga. Then, we enjoyed the comforts of our home as the rain and winds picked up followed by the cold and blustery conditions. I hope you and your family saw the rare lunar eclipse known as a super blood wolf moon last night, in which sunlight passed through Earth’s atmosphere and lit the celestial body and turned the moon red. Today, we are honoring a man who was courageous in teaching human rights which will be important today and always. Our weekend has been all about history, astronomy and science, and we are not in school. Learning just never ends.

This morning, I did work on my lesson plans even though it may be a day off from school, and the rest of January will be quite busy as we near the end of our novel study, grammar Unit 5, and begin the research paper. Here are some dates that you want to be aware of for the rest of this month.

Tuesday, January 22 – Begin the research paper. Thanks for having all of the supplies needed to make this in-class writing project easier for your student’s organizational needs.

Wednesday, January 23 – math-help session

Thursday, January 24 – Begin vocabulary card quiz in class – Students will partner with another student and complete this quiz in class which means no study guide.

Sunday, January 27 – 2:00-4:00 Wood Acres’ Open House Please come and see all that happens in 5th grade and at Wood Acres next year.

Friday, January 25 from 3:00-4:00 – Jekyll Island meeting in Mrs. Leagan’s classroom. I have all you need to be informed of all that happens during this great field trip. Hope to see you there.

Friday, January 25 – Grammar Quiz over Lessons 35-39

Tuesday, January 29 – Spelling test and Reading quiz over Chapters 9-12

I believe that is all for now. Keep warm, enjoy the rest of this Monday, and I’ll see you soon.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

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  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

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