Monday, May 20, 2019

Last Week of School!

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of school before summer vacation. I can tell how excited everyone is getting. Wishing you all a great last week of school.

Half Days:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be half days. Students will be dismissed at 12;05 p.m. and 12:25 p.m. depending upon whether or not they have a prep sibling. There will be no math tutoring this week.

Birthday Celebrations:
If your child has a summer birthday and would like to bring in a treat on the last day of school, feel free to do so. Just a reminder that treats should be free of nuts for our students allergic.

Classroom Parents:
We are so thankful for the help of Darla Driggs and Jennie Reynolds this year as they put together classroom celebrations and made all of our teachers feel valued and cared for. We realize that they did much of the planning, but it wouldn't have been possible without all of our parents pitching in to offer money and treats for our kids and teachers to enjoy. Thank you for all of your support this year!

This week, we will have significantly less homework than previous weeks in the quarter. We will continue to have math assignments throughout the week and review previous lessons; however, there won't be any tests on the material. Students will continue to write in their planners each night. Most of our work this week will be for academic enjoyment and reflection on what a great year it has been.

There are no clubs this week.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thank You Times A Million!

Dear 4A Family,

Thank you doesn't seem adequate for your wonderful generosity and kindness during Teacher Appreciation Week, but thank you all the same!

Your children are a delight and it has been our privilege to share this time with them.

Mrs. Otto and Mrs. Gerhart

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Quarter 4, Week 8 News

Finish Strong
We have noticed over the past two weeks that effort in class and on homework has significantly declined. We have talked a lot with our class about how to finish the year strong. Please remind your child that they need to turn work in on-time and continue to put their best effort forth until the end of the school year. Thank you for all you do to support your child at home. 

A.T. Still Field Trip
The field trip this past week was a great opportunity for scholars to enhance their learning in science. We had the opportunity to ask one of the professors questions about the human body. The scholars did a phenomenal job of staying engaged and forming deep questions. 

Late or Missing Work 
This upcoming Friday, May 10th, will be the last day to turn in missing or late work for the quarter. The reason we have moved it up a week from our previous quarter is due to the amount of time it takes and stress it causes students to search for their make-up work that they have lost or misplaced. The end of the year should be a time of celebration and last moments with friends until next year. We are trying to reduce the amount of students that are frantically trying to turn in all of their missing work at the last minute by moving the deadline up by one week. 

If your child is missing work, you may want to check their backpack, folders, and anywhere else it could be. If you are unable to locate the missing assignments and would like to have your child take part of their recess time to make a new copy of the missing assignment and work on it, please send me an email. Please also inform your child that this is what you'd like them to do. We want to keep the responsibility in our scholars' hands so that they continually see how important it is to hand in work on-time. 

Test and Quiz Corrections
Over the last quarter, I have offered the students opportunities to correct their mistakes on quizzes and tests in all subjects to earn points back and further their learning. The deadline for turning in corrections is also this upcoming Friday, May 10th. 

Grade Reports
Grade reports were sent via email over the weekend. If you did not receive one. Please send me an email so I can try sending it again. 

Wishing you all a great week. Thank you for supporting your child at home. It has been such a joy to teach them this year. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Quarter 4 - Week 7

Spring Concert - This Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. 
Our Spring Concert is this week! It will be at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on May 1st. Students' attire for our performance is NOT the school uniform. Gentlemen are expected to wear a plain white dress shirt, black pants, black socks, and black closed toed shoes. Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen. Ladies are expected to wear a white top, black skirt, black tights, and black closed toed shoes. Please have your 4th-graders at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts by 6:30 p.m.

Please visit or email for questions regarding the concert.

Jocleyn Weddle | K-2,4 Music Teacher

PSO Volunteer Survey:
Please take a moment to fill our the PSO Volunteer Survey.

Field Trip:
There are still a few students who have not turned in their permission slips and money for the field trip. Please get the form and money in as soon as possible. If it is your desire for your child to not participate in the field trip, please let me know by email. Students who have not turned in their form and payment will spend the morning in the fifth-grade classroom working quietly.

No Math Tutoring:
There will be no tutoring on Wednesday or Thursday this week due to the spring concert being Wednesday evening and the field trip on Thursday. It will be a nice break for the students who have dedicated so much of their time toward math. Tutoring students will be sent to study hall and then to the MPR to be picked up by 2:40 p.m. (Wednesday) or 3:40 p.m. (Thursday). Please email me if you would like them to skip study hall and go directly to the MPR to be picked up.

May 6 - 10 will be the last week of after school clubs.

Shoe Policy:
Please note the most recent school newsletter in regard to the shoe policy for the 19-20 school year. Shoes are to be athletic (tennis, Keds) and solid black (including black soles and laces). The newsletter has helpful pictures if you are looking for examples of what is acceptable for next year.

Penny War:
This is the last week for those interested in participating in the Penny War. If you have spare change lying around, you can give your child coins to donate it in a competitive way. The proceeds go toward playground equipment for next year.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Week 6 News

Grade Reports:
Grade reports were sent via email Monday, 4/22. Please send us an email if you did not receive the report, so we can try sending it again.

Field Trip:
Permission slips went home for our upcoming field trip to A.T. Still University. Permission slips and $7 fee should be filled out and turned in this coming Tuesday, 4/23. Last year, one of our excellent fourth-grade teachers had been accepted to A.T. Still University fo medical school and had connections to the university because her brother had gone there. She reached out to them and they were able to put a wonderful learning experience together for the fourth-grade students.

This year, with the help of Ms. Allgood, whose husband is a teacher at ATSU, helped set up the trip for us this year. The trip is scheduled for May 2nd.

- We do not have chaperones attend this trip with us due to the length being a couple hours long and the nature of the trip being one where the group stays together as a whole.
- Due to already taking our class on a field trip, families have to cover the cost of this trip. ATSU graciously allows us to visit for free, we only have to pay for the bus. The cost is $7 per student (families with financial difficulties should inform the teacher).
- The students don't need to bring any money or special lunch. There is a store on campus, but I don't think they have anything the students need to purchase. They will be back before lunch so they can bring a normal lunch or hot lunch.
- Students in 4A will not be permitted to bring a phone or camera on this field trip. We want our class to give their undivided attention to the program A.T. Still has put together. On our previous field trip electronic devices seemed to be a distraction for the students and the staff at the capitol. Thank you for your understanding.

If your child cannot attend the trip, please do not return the permission slip or pay the fee.

If you have any other questions about the trip, feel free to let us know. The students seemed very excited about the virtual lab and large models. It is a great way to lean about the human body and really supports what they learned last year (muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems) and this year (circulatory and respiratory systems).

Monday, April 15, 2019

Week 5 News

Homework Tab:
Today (Monday) will be our last AZMerit test. The rest of the quarter to follow will be more similar to the first three quarters of school, with regular homework in most subjects. Please check the homework tab for weekly updates on homework.

Grade Reports:
We have not sent out grade reports this quarter due to not having as many assignments in the grade book. The first four weeks of the 4th quarter are dedicated primarily to AZMerit and Science AIMS prep. If you would like to know if your child has any missing assignments, please email Mrs. Otto.

Grade Reports Will Be Sent During:
Week 5
Week 7
Week 9

Book Fair Online:
Thank you to all who attended our Usborne Book Fair this week! It was a joy to see you and we are so thankful for your support. If you are interested in purchasing more Usborne books, please visit the link below.  This link will bring you to a unique page connected to our school and will be valid until April 19th. After your purchase, you will receive contact from our Usborne Representative, Mrs. Cleary, and she will refund you the shipping cost. 

Please email Ms. Modisett ( with any questions!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert is quickly approaching! It will be at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on May 1st. Students' attire for our performances is NOT school uniform. Gentlemen are expected to wear a white dress shirt, black pants, black socks and black closed toed shoes. Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen. Ladies are expected to wear a white top, black skirt, and black closed toed shoes. Please have your 4th graders at Higley Center for the Performing Arts by 6:30 p.m.

THANK YOU to Mrs. Nicole Burns for putting on a concert clothing exchange. She has collected concert attire from students that have outgrown their concert clothes. If you would like to participate in the exchange by either donating concert uniforms or receiving articles of clothing, please contact Nicole at:

Please visit or email for questions regarding the concert.