Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Homework for Wednesday, May 1st

1) Read for 20 minutes. Students may record their minutes on their April Reading Log (Due tomorrow!) or new May Reading Log (passed out today). We read Chapters 10 & 11 of Lunch Money in class today.
2) Practice math on KhanAcademy for 10-15 minutes
3) Your "Digital Citizen" comic is due in Library for Mrs. Grost

*** Tomorrow is "C3P0 Gold" for Star Wars Spirit Week!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Homework for Tuesday, April 30th

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your minutes on your April Reading Log. All logs due Wednesday.
2) Practice Math on KhanAcademy for 10-15 minutes


Indian Trail PTO News and Notes

Indian Trail PTO News 4/28/2019
Kids Kreations
Kids Kreations orders went home with your child on Friday so please check their backpacks! If your order was too large/breakable, the school contacted you on Friday and those orders can be picked up from school next week. If you have any questions or issues with your order please email Matt Strait (mattstrait1@gmail.com).

Star Wars Spirit Week
Mrs. Grost and Mrs. Luthardt invite your kids to show their Star Wars spirit this week!
Monday - Dress in Blue and White like R2D2
Tuesday - Dress in Green like Yoda
Wednesday - Dress in Gold like C3PO
Thursday - Style your hair like a character
Friday - Dress in White and Black like a Storm Trooper


Disability Awareness Week - Parent Volunteering May 20-24
District 112 and Indian Trail PTO are partnering with Educating Outside the Lines to bring Disability Awareness Week to Indian Trail Elementary School from May 20-24. We need parent volunteers for each grade to facilitate or help with the lessons.
For most grades, volunteers will help facilitate sessions for the entire grade during the time slots listed on the signup. Volunteer SignUp Here: Disability Awareness Week


A training session (Date TBD) and materials will be distributed in advance of Disability Awareness Week. Please direct any questions to Amy Soifer (sassysweetsbakeshop@gmail.com) or Indian Trail PTO (indiantrailpto@gmail.com).


Indian Trail School Supplies for 2019-2020 on Sale Now Through 6/14
Click on link, Indian Trail 2019-2020 School Supply Orders, if you would like to order school supplies for the 2019-20 school year. Order now before you forget. It saves money and time! Supplies will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom!

Marla’s Hot Lunch
Please note scheduled field trips when ordering.  If you have already placed an order for these dates when students will not be at lunch for school please contact Marla for a refund. For all Policy questions, including ordering schedules & deadlines, missed & late orders, and credits, please contact: marlaslunchinfo@gmail.com or call Marlas Lunch at 224-269-0068.

Order by Wednesday, 5/1 at noon (www.marlaslunchordering.com) for:
5/6 - Upper Crust
5/7 - Piero’s
5/8 - Portillo’s
5/9 - Stir Crazy
5/10 - Potbelly

Service Club Events (Through May 3)
Newborn Essentials Drive, with Share Our Spare (shareourspare.org)
In honor of Mother's Day, please help Service Club assist Chicagoland mothers who are sometimes faced with choosing between diapers and food for their babies. Students will pack donated items into kits at our next Service Club meeting on May 7th. See this flyer for more details.
We are collecting the following items in the front entry collection bins:
  • new and unopened sleeves of diapers (size 1 or NB only)
  • baby wipes
  • bottles
  • pacifiers
  • burp cloths
Saturday, May 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Service Club Volunteer Session at Share Our Spare
Families are invited to meet at the Sharehouse to help inventory, sort, and package donations. Volunteers must be age 6+. For more information and to sign up your family, please click here.

General Meeting and Elections
Please save the date of Thursday, 5/9 at 11:45 AM for our last General PTO meeting of the year. Our elections of officers and committee chairs will be held during this meeting and lunch will be provided. Please see the slate of officers and committee chairs, here.

We are still looking for volunteers to co-chair the following committees for 2019-2020: FunD Run and Restaurant Fundraisers.  Please email indiantrailpto@gmail.com if you are interested in co-chairing.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the meeting on 5/9 so we can be sure to have enough food.

Box Top$ Contest Coming Soon
Box Top$ collection is coming up!  Indian Trail gets 10 cents for every Box Top we collect. A collection sheet will be sent home soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to keep clipping those Box Top$!

Before and After Care (Innovation Learning) - 2019-2020 School Year
  • Innovation Learning will be providing before and after care at all elementary schools during the 2019-2020 school year.  Learn more about Indian Trail’s program and register here.  Please note: you will need your child’s doctor, dentist, insurance and emergency contact information for the registration process.
  • Check out the District’s latest Podcast - an interview with Innovation Learning, the District's new before and aftercare provider - spread the word! Click here
  • Innovation Learning is also seeking parents to join their Parent Advisory Committee for Indian Trail.  Please see here (English) and here (Spanish).

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, April 23-May 3: Share Our Spare Donation Collection
  • Thursday, May 9: General PTO Meeting (please RSVP here )
  • May 20-24 - Disability Awareness Week (signup here)
  • Friday, May 24: Early Dismissal @ 11:40
  • Monday, May 27: No School, Memorial Day

Thank you for your support of Indian Trail PTO!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Homework for Monday, April 29th

1) Read for 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log (If you've completed your 400 minutes for the month, you can turn in your reading log on Monday.)

*West Region Quiz results were outstanding! Great work 4B!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Homework for Friday, April 26th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Study for the West Region Quiz!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Homework for Thursday, April 25th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Practice math on KhanAcademy for 10-15 minutes (I recommend the topics listed under MAP reccomendations)
3) Complete your story plot graphic organizer that we started in class.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Homework for Wednesday, April 24th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log. (For those that were not at school today, we read chapter 7 in Lunch Money.)
2) Finalize your main character for your creative narrative. We will begin outlining our stories/plots tomorrow


** To all that are able to attend, enjoy the Book Fair tonight!!!

Monday, April 22, 2019

News and Notes from our wonderful PTO!

Indian Trail Book Fair
Join other Indian Trail families at the Grand Opening of the Scholastic Book Fair in the Indian Trail Library on Tuesday, April 23rd, 6-8pm. Book Fair Days and Hours: In addition to shopping with their class, students may shop with parents during the following days and time:

Tuesday, April 23rd - Friday, April 26th, 3:20 - 4:15pm

Parents may meet their children on the blacktop for after school shopping, then re-enter the school through the front doors together Tuesday-Friday. All money raised goes to library programs and more books.

Service Club Events
Saturday, April 27, 9:00 - 9:30am
Service Club Rail Trail Clean-Up
Join Indian Trail families to pick up trash and recyclables along the Green Bay Trail before heading over to the city's Arbor Day Festivities in Jens Jensen Park (flyer here). For more information and to sign up your family, please click here.

April 23 - May 3
Newborn Essentials Kit Drive, Partnering with Share Our Spare (shareourspare.org)
Service Club will collect new and unopened sleeves of diapers (size 1 or NB only), baby wipes, bottles, pacifiers and burp cloths for Chicagoland mothers in need to honor Mother's Day. Please see this flyer for more details. Please drop off items in the front entry collection bins.

Saturday, May 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Service Club Volunteer Session at Share Our Spare
Families are invited to meet at the Sharehouse to help inventory, sort, and package donations. Volunteers must be age 6+. For more information and to sign up your family, please click here.

General Meeting and Elections
Please save the date of Thursday, 5/9 at 11:45 AM for our last General PTO meeting of the year. Our elections of officers and committee chairs will be held during this meeting and lunch will be provided. Please see the slate of officers and committee chairs, here.

We are still looking for volunteers to co-chair the following committees for 2019-2020: FunD Run, Spirit Wear and Restaurant Fundraisers.  Please email indiantrailpto@gmail.com if you are interested in co-chairing.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the meeting on 5/9 so we can be sure to have enough food.

Box Top$ Contest Coming Soon
Box Top$ collection is coming up!  Indian Trail gets 10 cents for every Box Top we collect. A collection sheet will be sent home soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to keep clipping those Box Top$!

Before and After Care (Innovation Learning) - 2019-2020 School Year
Innovation Learning will be providing before and after care at all elementary schools during the 2019-2020 school year.  Learn more about Indian Trail’s program and register here.  Please note: you will need your child’s doctor, dentist, insurance and emergency contact information for the registration process.

Innovation Learning is also seeking parents to join their Parent Advisory Committee for Indian Trail.  Please see here (English) and here (Spanish).

Community Events
The Celiac Skate is Sunday, April 28th from 1:00pm to 2:20pm at Centennial Ice Arena.  Click here for more information.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, April 23-29: Scholastic Book Fair Family Night: 6:00-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 23-May 3: Share Our Spare Donation Collection
  • Thursday, May 9: General PTO Meeting (please RSVP here )
  • May 20-24 - Disability Awareness Week (signup here)
  • Friday, May 24: Early Dismissal @ 11:40
  • Monday, May 27: No School, Memorial Day

Thank you for your support of Indian Trail PTO!
-- 
Jenny Butler and Elisa Drake - Indian Trail PTO Co-Presidents

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Homework for Tuesday, April 23rd

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log. I would suggest reading for more than night, but I know some families are observing the religious holidays, so please use your discretion and have a nice long weekend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Homework for Thursday, April 18th (Early Release at 1pm)

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Complete West Region packets (Labeling packet and Word Work packet) if you didn't finish in class this week. (Word Searches and Crosswords are NOT required) 

A Note from Mrs. Luthardt:
Hi.  My name is Mrs. Luthardt.  I am your child’s music teacher.  I am always looking for ways our students can perform.  I have a very last minute opportunity for any 4th grader that is interested in performing for the Book Fair THIS TUESDAY, 4/23 from 6-8PM.  This year’s Book Fair theme is “Harry Potter”.  We just so happen to be learning “Hedwig’s Theme” on ukulele this week in music class!  Many were able to play the whole song after one rehearsal!  After talking with Mrs. Grost, our school librarian, we came up with the idea of having some students perform that song during the Book Fair!  If interested, please come at 6:45PM to the music room.  We will tune up and get ready to perform at 7PM.  Feel free to leave after the 2 minute performance or stick around and shop the Book Fair.  Please email me ASAP at:  aluthardt@nssd112.org if your child can attend, that way I know to reserve a seat for your child

Flyer for tomorrow night's Slyce Fundraiser can be found here!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Homework for Wednesday, April 17th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Think about the main characters in your favorite fictional stories (These characters can come from books, movies, video games, tv shows, picture books, fairy tales, etc.) Try to determine your top 3 or 4 characters.  What traits did they have that made them special or interesting? We will be creating our main characters for our short stories soon, and the main characters from our favorite stories will serve as models for the characters we create.

NOTES:
* The West Region Quiz will be next Friday, April 26th
* We read through Chapter 5 in Lunch Money today.

Check out our ITN10 News Report! We've got some real talent for journalism in this class! 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Homework for Tuesday, April 16th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Brainstorm ideas for your short story, specifically about your main character, the problem they will have to solve, and the setting. The more "work" you do in the pre-writing process, the easier the writing portion will be. Think about what types of stories and characters you want to read about! 

Notes: 
* The Indian Trail Book Fair kicks off next Tuesday evening (April 23rd) from 6-8pm! The fair will run through Friday, April 26th. Informational flyers went home last week with additional details. 
* Tomorrow is 4th Grade Service Club! Information regarding Service Club below.

Service Club Meeting
Service Club will meet this Tuesday (tomorrow) in the ASAP room for 1st and 4th graders during their recesses. They will discuss the importance of pollinators in honor of Earth Day. Students will make a bee/butterfly puddler and a newspaper pot planted with butterfly weed seeds to take home.


Saturday, April 27, 9:00 - 9:30am -- Service Club Rail Trail Clean-Up
Join Indian Trail families to pick up trash and recyclables along the Green Bay Trail before heading over to the city's Arbor Day Festivities in Jens Jensen Park (flyer here). For more information and to sign up your family, please click here.


April 23 - May 3
Newborn Essentials Kit Drive, Partnering with Share Our Spare (shareourspare.org)
Service Club will collect new and unopened sleeves of diapers (size 1 or NB only), baby wipes, bottles, pacifiers and burp cloths for Chicagoland mothers in need to honor Mother's Day. Please see this flyer for more details. Please drop off items in the front entry collection bins.


Saturday, May 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Service Club Volunteer Session at Share Our Spare
Families are invited to meet at the Sharehouse to help inventory, sort, and package donations. Volunteers must be age 6+. For more information and to sign up your family, please click here.
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Homework for Monday, April 15th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Complete your West Region notecards

Note for Parents on Classroom Placement for 19-20: The placement of students in classes is a lengthy process, which begins in April and continues through early June. The classroom teacher, as well as other staff members who have contact with the student, look at a number of factors as class lists are created.
  • Factors include: a student’s academic abilities, social and emotional needs and any special needs as we make placement decisions. We strive to have classes, which balance gender, student abilities, special needs, social relationships and personality.
  • Staff will be working collaboratively with administration to create balanced homerooms for next year. As always, you will know your child's homeroom teacher in August.
  • If you have information that you would like to share regarding your child, please submit your thoughts in writing to the main office no later than May 3rd. Refrain from including specific teacher requests as that is not part of the placement process. You can download and complete the survey here: Homeroom Placement Survey




Thursday, April 11, 2019

Homework for Friday, April 12th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Please bring your Vocab booklets back to school if you still haven't brought it back

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

No Homework for Thursday, April 11th

Two flyers will be coming home today - one regarding our new before/after school program, and another regarding our upcoming Book Fair!

Chromebooks and chargers will be coming home tomorrow. Thank you to all 4B students for their effort and focus during these tests!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

No Homework for Wednesday, April 10th (IAR Testing)

Students did a fantastic job during this first day of testing!

Reminders - students will need headphones (almost all students had them) for tomorrow's tests, and gum is permitted during testing if a student chooses to bring their own (sharing is not permitted).

Monday, April 8, 2019

"No" Homework for Tuesday, April 9th

Testing begins at 9am tomorrow. Students MUST be on time. They will not be able to join a session once it has begun, and will need to complete the test at a make up session later in the week.

Due to testing, there will be no homework this week. However, nearly HALF the class did not bring their charger to school as listed clearly on the blog, which makes it difficult to ensure all Chromebooks charged and ready for testing tomorrow morning. Please bring your chargers tomorrow.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Homework for Monday, April 8th

1) Bring your Chromebook charger to school! (See below)
2) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
3) Finish your News Report Outline if you didn't in class.

** IAR Testing begins Tuesday. Students will be leaving their Chromebooks at school Monday and keep them at school until testing ends on Thursday. Please bring your charger to school!!!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Homework for Friday, April 5th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Complete the West Region Cursive packet. Show your parents and see if they can do better than you did! If they learned a different way, ask them how they were taught and see how that works for you!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Homework for Thursday, April 4th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Complete your News Report Graphic Organizer if you didn't in class

** IAR Tests are next week. I have put the first Math practice test on my blog in the Math section for any students who would like to review and practice before the real test next week.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Homework for Wednesday, April 3rd

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Decide what current event you will be covering for your news report (the myOn News section has many great current events to choose from if you are having trouble deciding)
3) Turn in your March Reading Log if you haven't already

Monday, April 1, 2019

April News and Notes

Good evening! I hope everyone had a great spring break!

First, I want to thank all of the 4B parents for being so amazing and supportive. I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful group of students this year, and can't believe there are only 11 weeks left!

Second, flyers went home today regarding the "Erin's Law" presentation that will be held soon. The presentation is conducted by our social worker, lasts about 15-20 minutes, and is age-appropriate. However, this is obviously a sensitive subject and parents may opt to have their student sit out of the presentation. The form only needs to be signed and returned if you choose to opt out. 

Third, I have updated the class website, consolidating the links at the top of the webpage into sections. No links were deleted, just moved, and I can assist any student who needs help relocating a link or site. I have also updated the 4B Calendar with the revised end-of-year dates, early release days, and testing windows. Hopefully there are not too many more changes to make, but I will update the calendar if changes do occur.

Finally, as we enter the final stretch of the school year, some of the 4B supplies have dwindled and lost their luster/dried out. While we have all the supplies and materials we need, I've created a 4B Class Wishlist on Amazon of items that are always in demand, such as electronic wipes, post its, markers, etc. (The link will also be posted in the "Other Sites & Links" section of the website.) Again, we do not need anything, but I know the students would be thrilled with some refreshed items. Thank you to the Pughs for donating some much-needed wipes, eraser tops, and felt glide caps for our chair legs! They were a big hit!

Homework for Tuesday, April 2nd

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your April Reading Log
2) Turn in your March Reading Log if you did not already.
3) Please return your Vocab Booklet if you took it home at conferences