Friday, June 23, 2017

My Final Post of the 2016-2017 School Year

June 23, 2017

Dear Parents:

In a letter I sent you last July, I told you how excited I was to be your child’s fourth grade teacher this year. Well, after 180 days as Room 20’s classroom teacher, I must tell you how sad I am that the school year is ending. I enjoyed an incredible journey this year with your children, as we all grew academically, socially, and emotionally.

Our growth as a community was due in large part to who your children are and to you as parents. Your children’s passion for learning, their creativity in expressing themselves, and their willingness to take risks throughout the year made for meaningful daily dialogue in Room 20. I learned many things this year from your children that I will carry with me into the fall with a new group of anxious learners, one of which is students’ undeniable quest for learning.

In celebrating our last day together, your children and I discussed how academically, socially, and emotionally ready they are to face the challenges of 5th grade. I have no doubt that each student will have a very rewarding, meaningful, and successful year in Grade 5. I mentioned to each student yesterday in one-on-one closing meetings that I want and expect them to have a great summer break, with loads of fun and laughter. I also told them that occasional math practice (math apps, multiplication and division facts, long division, 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication) and literacy practice (literacy apps, reading, and visiting the library) during the summer would benefit them greatly as they move on to Grade 5.

One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to create a “community of learners.” I believe that working together, we did just that. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of each and every one of my fifteen students. Each student should feel good about his and her growth as a fourth grader.

Thank you for all your support during the year. I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you some time in the fall at Fox Hill.


David M. Daley
Grade 4 Teacher, Room 20

Room 20 Students of the Month for June

Yesterday afternoon, we honored Room 20's June Students of the Month. I am very pleased to announce that Amara F. and Mariela H. are this month's award recipients. Both Amara and Mariela exhibited great effort in demonstrating Fox Hill "Be the One" values throughout the month - being respectful, responsible, safe, and kind. With June being the last month of the school year, students at times have difficulty staying "tuned in" as the year comes to an end. I was very impressed with Amara's and Mariela's approach to completing their 4th grade careers. They remained hard-working and focused all month, serving as role models for their peers. Congratulations, Amara and Mariela, for a job very well done!

Amara F.
Mariela H.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Sense of Accomplishment" Assembly

This afternoon, Grades 3 through 5 students participated in a "Sense of Accomplishment" Assembly in the Fox Hill Cafeteria. (K through Grade 2 students had their assembly this morning.) At this afternoon's assembly, a number of Grade 4 students shared an accomplishment from this year they are most proud. While every Room 20 student wrote a paragraph about an accomplishment from this year, two students had an opportunity to share theirs at the assembly. The two Room 20 students were Sam C. and Pieris F. Sam spoke about his achieving a purple belt on the reorder, while Pieris shared her accomplishment of reaching her goal of reading 30 books this year. Both students did Room 20 proud with their sharing.

Room 20 Scientists Sharing Their Hand Pollinators

Like Mrs. Hevey's students yesterday, today Room 20 scientists presented their hand pollinators to their fellow scientists and shared test results. Kids thoroughly enjoyed this science unit, especially designing, building, and testing their hand pollinators. Congratulations, Room 20 scientists, on a job well done!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Room 21 "Scientists in Action"

Today, Mrs. Hevey's students put finishing touches on their hand pollinators, conducted fair tests to determine how well their models picked up and dropped off pollen, recorded their test results, and then shared their pollinators and results with their classmates. As evidenced below, kids had a great time designing, building, testing, and then presenting their hand pollinators in class. Congratulations, scientists, on a job well done!

Today's 4th Annual Fox Hill "Fox Trot"

Today's rescheduled Fox Hill "Fox Trot" for Grades 3, 4, & 5 (due to last week's brutally hot weather) went off without a hitch. The number of laps run, jogged, and walked by Room 20 students ranged from 4 laps to 14 laps! Kids had a great time, drank loads of water to stay hydrated, and were proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations to all Grade 4 students for a job very well done!

Grade 4 End-of-Year Party & Picnic

Hi Parents,

We informed kids today that the 4th grade teachers will be hosting an End-of-Year Party & Picnic for the kids this Thursday, June 22. The notice we sent home with the kids today is shown below.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Thespians Among Us!

This week in Room 20, my ELA students performed "dramas" demonstrating their artistic prowess. Before a not-so-much "standing room only" audience, kids performed "Little Green Riding Hood" and "Sleepless Beauty!" Cast members exhibited their acting abilities as they "became" their characters on stage. Enjoy the following photos from their "one day only" performances!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day Celebration

This morning, Fox Hill students participated in a Flag Day celebration in front of Fox Hill surrounding the school's flagpole. At the celebration, grade 3 students performed patriotic songs beautifully on their recorders. Led by Fox Hill Principal Johnson, kids and teachers recited the Pledge of Allegiance as the culminating event.

Prior to the celebration, Room 20 students researched Flag Day on their ipads and reported out at Morning Meeting. Among other factoids they shared, students reported that Flag Day is celebrated each year in the United States. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Officer Sheppard Visits Grade 4 Students

Today, Officer Keith Sheppard (School Resources Officer), of the Burlington Police Department, visited Fox Hill 4th grade students to discuss bullying ~ what it is, what it isn't, how to respond to it, etc. The 4th graders actively participated in the discussion with Officer Sheppard and exhibited a good understanding of bullying. Next year as 5th graders, our current 4th grade students will participate in two in-depth lessons with Officer Sheppard to learn more about bullying.

4th Annual Fox Hill "Fox Trot" is Rescheduled to Monday, June 19

Due to today's extreme temperatures, the Fox Hill "Fox Trot" for Grades 3, 4, & 5 has been postponed and rescheduled to Monday, June 19.

Fox Hill Field Day

The 2017 Fox Hill School Field Day is history. Under blue skies and a scorching sun, with temperatures in the low 90's, Fox Hill students got plenty of exercise, enjoyed some friendly competition among friends, celebrated teamwork, and most definitely had fun at today's Field Day!
As shown below, students demonstrated their athletic prowess, but more importantly their willingness and enthusiasm to participate in every activity regardless of their comfort zone.