Just a reminder that White Oak Intermediate students will be released early from school Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29, at 11:30 AM. Have a wonderful summer!
You are invited to attend the 4th Grade Awards Ceremony in our White Oak Elementary Cafeteria, Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 8:30 AM. Awards will be announced and a 4th grade slide show will be observed. You are welcome to check your child out after the ceremony with your child’s homeroom teacher. See you then!
Who: White Oak 4th Graders
What: Field Trip
Where: White Oak Splash Pad
When: Friday, May 22, 2015 / 10:00 – 1:00
* permission slips and admission $ due Thursday
* bring a sack lunch
* dress appropriately to get wet
* bring a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, water shoes/flipflops/sandals
* bring money if you want to get something from the concession stand or bring your own snacks/drinks
The fourth grade students will be taking a field trip on Friday, May 22, to the White Oak Splash Pad. Each student will need to bring $1 to cover the cost of admission to enter the park. Permission slips and admission money must be turned in by Thursday, May 21. Swimsuits must be worn. Girls will need to wear a one piece with a t-shirt as a cover or shorts and a t-shirt while playing. It will also be a great idea for students to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a beach towel, and possibly water shoes or flip flop sandals. We will leave for the park around 9:45 and return around 1:30. If you would like to join us and take your child home with you, you are welcome to do so. Any child leaving with a parent other than their own must have a note from his/her parent giving permission.
The concession stand will also be open for additional charges.
Soft Drinks and Water $1
Ice Cream $1
Slim Jims $ .50
Blow Pops and Airheads $ .25
Chips $ .75
Students will need to bring a sack lunch. They can also bring their own drinks or snacks.
We are also working to encourage great CHAMPS behavior for the remainder of the year, so students are encouraged to keep their behavior marks to a minimum. If students receive marks, they will have to sit out for part of the time. The more marks they receive for inappropriate behavior, the more time they will sit out. Please encourage your student to be on their best behavior at school these last few weeks.
Thanks so much,
Fourth Grade Teachers
J. E. Rhodes Elementary School, Van, Texas, recently received extensive damage to their school. We would like to show an act of kindness Roughneck style by donating books to the Van school library purchased from our school book fair.
There are several ways to participate:
- You can buy and donate a book. A sticker will be placed in the front of the book stating that the book was donated by (your child’s name).
- You may send a monetary donation, and we will purchase books from the book fair with the money received.
- Your child can buy a book and donate any change received. This money will be combined with the monetary donations.
Thank you for any donations you can give to J. E. Rhodes Elementary School.
DATE: Tuesday May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th
PLACE: White Oak Elementary Library
TIMES: 7:45-11:45 and 12:15-3:15
ONLY CASH or CREDIT CARDS will be accepted!
An 8.25% sales tax will be added to all purchases.
*No toys, gadgets, trinkets, posters, etc. will be sold at this Book Fair. ONLY books and bookmarks will be sold.
Activities will begin at 8:20 on the football field. Students will need to wear sunscreen and tennis shoes and bring a water bottle & a towel. Parents are welcome to come enjoy watching the fun! Students may leave early with a parent (please sign out with your child’s homeroom teacher), but if they are staying at school, they will need to bring an extra change of clothes–including shoes & socks. They will be getting wet!
4th Grade Field Day is May 6th. Parents are invited to attend, and students may leave with parents afterwards.
We still have many things to cover before these students head to 5th grade. Please continue to have them at school on time and ready to work! Thank you so much for your help!
As these students get closer to becoming 5th graders, we are continuing to make an effort to help them in becoming or remaining responsible, organized, and well-behaved students. If they can master being responsible, organized, and well-behaved, the transition into 5th grade will be much easier for them.
Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take the STAAR test on April 20, 21, and 22.
MONDAY, APRIL 20TH = 5TH GRADE MATH
TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST = 3RD & 4TH GRADE MATH
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND = 3RD & 4TH GRADE READING/5TH GRADE SCIENCE
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We are starting the third book in our trilogy, a novel titled, Spirit of Iron. To help with understanding, we have a few vocabulary words that we will work on in class. The students should have these words in their reading journal. Please encourage your child to study, use, and recognize these words in their conversations with you. They will be quizzed over chapters 1 – 10 words once we have finished the first half of the book. Thank you!
Spirit of Iron
chapters 1-10 vocabulary
immobile – not moving or changing; motionless
adjacent – close; near; neighboring; adjoining; next to; near or close
abruptly – quick, sudden, blunt, or short
slosh – splash in slush, mud, or water
drastic – acting with force, having a violent or strong effect
abide – put up with; endure
threshold – piece of wood or stone under a door
percussion – striking of one thing against another with force
hospitality – friendly reception; generous treatment of guests or strangers
rivulet – a very small stream
Willow Creek Home
Vocabulary for Chapters 11 – 21
contemplated – look at or think about for a long time
hobbled – tie the legs of a horse together
ruddy – having a fresh, healthy, red look
calico – a cotton cloth that usually has colored patterns printed on one side
reluctantly – unwilling; slow to act because unwilling
assemble – gather together; bring together
clustered – be in a bunch; gather in a group
forged – make; shape; form
Willow Creek Home
Vocabulary for Chapters 1 – 10
1. coiled – wind around and around into a pile, a tube, or a curl
2. octagonal – having eight angles and eight sides
3. writhed – twist and turn; twist about
4. vague – not definite; not clear; not distinct
5. placid – pleasantly calm or peaceful; quiet
6. plank – a long, flat piece of sawed timber thicker than a board
7. spit – a sharp-pointed, slender rod or bar on which meat is roasted
8. raspy – a harsh grated sound
A Paradise Called Texas
Vocabulary for Chapters 1 – 10
resume – to begin again after stopping
enchanted – charmed; delighted
pier – a structure which extends out over the water; used
as a landing place
substantial – solid; strong; firm
congested – very crowded
berth – a space for sleeping on a ship or train
queasy – sick or causing sickness at the stomach
provisions – food or a supply of food
A Paradise Called Texas
Vocabulary for Chapters 1 1 – 20
- anguish – great suffering of mind or body
2. kindling – small pieces of dry wood; twigs
3. vastness – of very large size; enormous; huge
4. inhabit – to liv in as a home; occupy
5. fringed – an ornamental border or trimming of hanging cords
6. taut – stretched tight; not loose or slack
7. protruded – pushed out or thrust forth
8. rancid – having the bad taste or smell of spoiled fat or oil
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, will begin this week. On Monday, March 30th, our 4th grade will participate in Day One of the Writing STAAR. On Tuesday, March 31st, 4th grade will complete Day Two of the Writing STAAR, and 5th grade will take the STAAR Reading assessment.
We encourage our students to:
- Go to bed early.
- Be on time for school.
- Plan to bring your lunch from home that morning or purchase your lunch from the cafeteria on these two testing days. Food brought in for lunch will not be allowed for any grade level on testing days. VISITORS for lunch will not be permitted on campus on March 30 and 31.
- Students may bring one, sealed bottle of room-temperature water. Any other drink will not be allowed.
We are proud of our students and know that they are ready to show what they can do. Let’s stand behind them and show our support by making sure these tips are followed by all.