Thursday, March 30, 2017

Week of March 27th, 2017

Instrument Project

Here's a notes from Mrs. Hunter about the 4th grade musical instrument project.

Hi Everyone,

We have had an ongoing music project for the last month where students are responsible for creating their own instruments at home and bringing it to the music room.

ALL FOURTH GRADERS are participating in this project, and the deadline is next week during music, which means next Wednesday for some classes and next Friday for others.

The fourth grade page on my website has the project description and also some links for some tutorials to get them started.

Mrs. Hunter's Website



Sutter's Fort Update

It's an exciting time of the year! This week, your child will find out which pioneer they will be portraying at Sutter's Fort.  Next week, they will be given more information about their pioneer to guide their research and preparation for our trip. 

Now is the time to start thinking about a costume for your child to wear on the field trip.  In this week's Wednesday folder, you received an informational packet about what clothes are appropriate for the trip.  Please take time to review it with your child and make a plan to find a costume.  

There are many places to find appropriate clothes for your child's costume.  Talk to 5th grade parents of kids who have already been to Sutter's Fort.  They may have saved something! Visit secondhand stores like Goodwill to find missing pieces.  Come to the Edna Maguire costume closet to see what you can borrow! It will be after school next week.  Here are the dates:

Wednesday, April 5th, 2-3pm
Thursday, April 6th, 3-4pm

If you plan to visit the costume closet to see what you can borrow, please bring a bag for the clothes that you find.  You will be given a "receipt" to show what you borrowed and reminders about how and when to return the clothes.  Future trips to Sutter's Fort depend on these clothes being returned in a timely manner.  This is especially true this year, as our trip is on the last week of school.

We will have a costume check in May to make sure that all kids have a costume and are ready for the trip.  Below are several resources for costumes. Check them out! :)

Please reach out to me if you have questions about the costumes or other elements of the trip.  I'm happy to help!

Costume Resources

Sutter's Fort Trade Store

Phone: (916) 442-4966

Costumes Enough by Carolyn Elder

Phone: (916) 206-7145


Close Enough Costumes by Sharon Baker

Phone: (916) 721-5557


American History Costume Closet

Phone: (916) 284-4345


I Wannabe Costumes

Phone: (916) 371-0901


Costume Junction

Phone: (916) 723-2528


How They Lived and Living History by Shannon

Field Trip Updates

Petaluma Adobe

Yesterday, we spent a fun and educational day at the Petaluma Adobe where the fourth graders learned why General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo acquired 66,000 acres of land from the Mexican government in the mid 1800s and built a rancho there.  Our docent also shared about life at the rancho, including some of the jobs commonly performed there.  Our visit gave the fourth graders a glimpse of what life was like in California back then and a taste of what's to come at Sutter's Fort!  Thank you to following parents who took time out of their day to drive and chaperone for the trip. This trip would not have been possible without their support!  Thank you also to the Edna Maguire PTA for covering the cost of the trip!  

Fish Release- Wednesday, April 5th

The date of this field trip has been changed! I made a mistake on the new field trip forms that came out this week, but the date for this trip is in fact Wednesday, April 5th.  The reason for this date change is that our fish our growing more quickly than we expected.  The trout are now in the fry stage and need to be released before spring break.  We have had so much fun watching them change and grow over the past month. It will be bittersweet to release them!

Audubon Canyon Ranch- Friday, April 21st

We will spend the day hiking with a docent at Audubon Canyon Ranch near Bolinas.  Thank you to the parents who have signed up to drive and hike with us! It will be an incredible day learning about nature.  Please be sure to cancel hot lunch orders for that day and send your child with a lunch that is easy to eat out on the trail.  Dressing in layers will also be essential that day because you never know if we will be fogged in! Thank you for your help with preparing your child for this trip.

Dance Show- Friday, April 7th

Our dance lessons with Alan Scofield of Young Imaginations are coming to a close.  Please come join in our celebration on April 7th at 2:00pm in the MPR.  The kids have loved their lessons with Mr. Scofield and are quite the sight to see on the dance floor! I am so amazed by their creativity during our dance classes.  Check out this video for a sneak peek of what's to come at the performance! I hope to see you there!