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   Dear Parents, April 7, 2019 Happy Spring! The students are already back into the school routine as we head into what is usually the busiest time of the year. In addition to four days of FSA testing, the students have two exciting events to look forward to: Field Day (April 19) and Family Fun Knight (April 26). April also happens to be the only month of the school year with NO days off, so we will be busy, busy, busy! Here is what to expect this month: Field Day Field Day is scheduled for Friday, April 19. For those of you unfamiliar with Field Day, it is a day of fun outdoor activities for the students. Our administration prefers to have Field Day earlier in the spring in order to avoid the high temperatures of May. The day will also be presented as an FSA “Pep Rally” to help get the kids pumped up for the big tests early in May. Fourth and fifth grade students will participate from 8:05 to 9:30 a.m. Many volunteers are needed to keep the kids safe and engaged. Please see the attached Field Trip flyer and click on 4 th  grade to volunteer. Please remember that you must be registered with SCPS as a parent volunteer in order to interact with any children on campus. More information will be sent home soon that outlines what the students need to bring and wear. Recycle Rally To celebrate Earth Day, the Ecology Club is holding another Recycle Rally this year. The school will be collecting plastic for recycling from April 22 to April 26. Please raid your recycle bin and start saving these items now. The classes that brings in the most plastic will be invited to a Snow Cone Party! FSA Testing Dates Wednesday, May 1 –  Reading FSA, Session 1 (80 minutes) Thursday, May 2 –  Reading FSA, Session 2 (80 minutes) Tuesday, May 7 –  Math FSA, Session 1 (80 minutes) Wednesday, May 8 –  Math FSA, Session 2 (80 minutes)  All Math and Reading FSA tests for fourth grade will be paper and pencil. We are working daily in class to prepare for the test. We will take a practice Reading FSA in the next couple of weeks. Please look for more information and any paper-based FSA practice materials to come home toward the end of April. Family Fun Knight This year’s PTA Family Fun Knight is scheduled for Friday, April 26. For those families who are new to our school, FFK is like a spring carnival. There are carnival games, a cakewalk, face painting, food trucks, and a basket raffle. Each class participates by putting together a themed basket to raffle off. I have been told the basket raffle will be handled differently this year. Instead of purchasing tickets, the baskets will be won through a silent auction. I do not know the theme of our basket or any further details at this time, but I will let you know as more information becomes available. ELA  We began a new chapter book this week: Bud, Not Buddy, a wonderful historical fiction story that takes place during the Great Depression. The students usually love reading this book! Please remember that students will be expected to write their spelling words in both print and cursive for all remaining spelling tests this year. This ensures the students have an opportunity to master the “legible cursive handwriting” objective included in our Florida ELA school standards. As we head toward the Reading FSA, we will continue working on the ELA skills we have covered since the beginning of the school year. Here are the test specifications for the Reading FSA: Key Ideas and Details 15-25% Craft and Structure 25-35% Integration of Knowledge/Ideas 20-30% Language and Editing 15-25%  You can find out more about these specific categories or about the FSA in general on the Florida Department of Education website: http://www.fldoe.org/  Social Studies In the final quarter of the school year, we will focus on the impact of transportation, war, and the Industrial Revolution on the state of Florida. ******************** We have a lot more to learn so please encourage your child to make good behavior choices each day. I appreciate your assistance in ensuring the students complete their homework and arrive at school prepared for a busy day of learning. Thank you for supporting your children at home to make for a successful fourth grade year. Have a great month! Lynne Hunter
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