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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

A filled bucket!

This year, Wilson Elementary is enthusiastically introducing a new character development program called Bucket Filling! To begin this concept, we will read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. Click here to have it read aloud!

The book explains that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. This bucket represents our social and emotional health. When our buckets are full, we are happy; when our buckets are empty, we are sad. Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Every choice we decide either makes us a “bucket filler” or a “bucket dipper”.

So how do we fill a bucket? You can fill a bucket when you show love to someone, when you smile, make someone feel special, or do something kind. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things to other people. They help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, read to a younger sibling, or invite a new friend to play. By filling other people’s buckets, we fill our own bucket too! A great message from this book is the realization that giving not only helps the receiver, but it also benefits the giver!

What do bucket dippers do? Bucket dippers rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task, by saying or doing mean things, by making fun of someone, or by ignoring or excluding someone. Bucket dippers act this way because they have empty buckets. They think that they can fill their bucket by dipping into our bucket, but that will never work. A bully is an example of a bucket dipper.

Students will be encouraged to be bucket fillers both at home and at school, and I invite you to use these terms with your child. It is a simple message with a big outcome!

School Supply List

School SuppliesDuring the school day, our students have everything they need to succeed. Paper, scissors, coloring supplies, notebooks, folders, pencils, Sharpies, glue, etc. are all provided. The only items your child needs to bring to school are a backpack and healthy recess snack.

At home, however, it is recommended that your child have the following supplies on hand: pencils and sharpener, binder paper, colored pencils, a glue stick, and most importantly, a consistent, quiet place to work and read. Thank you for helping your child in this essential way!

Say Aloha to a New School Year!

AlohaFourthGradeThe first day of school begins next week! Can you believe it? I hope you’ve all received your welcome postcards and are as excited as I am for the first day of school!  A few changes have been made since the photos below were taken, but you’ll see the classroom for yourself soon enough!

Parents, please take a moment to browse our site and familiarize yourself with all the links you’ll be using during the course of the school year. This may include AR BookFind (to look up Accelerated Reading book levels), Spelling Lists with links for review and games at SpellingCity, Multiplication help (all fourth graders must master those facts right away if they are not yet memorized!), Nightly Homework tweets (check daily if your child is having homework struggles!), our Calendar, and of course, the Contact Form and Guestbook! If you’ve come by the site and want to say hello, ask a question before school begins, or leave a comment, please send a quick note using our contact form! I can’t wait to meet you all!

 

End-of-the-Year Party!

School's Out for SummerOur end-of-year celebration will be on Thursday, June 5th! This year it will take place on campus and lunch will be fully provided by the cafeteria. Please remember that this is a minimum day. There will be a bounce house as well as a water slide on this day. Students may wear bathing suits underneath their clothing if they plan to get wet. Please wear appropriate shoes, and consider the possibility of bees on grassy areas. Students may also bring water guns if they wish to participate in water battles. They are responsible for keeping track of their own “weapons”. It might be a good idea to have a change of clothing in the backpack. There will be plenty of safe areas, including a movie room, if students don’t want to get wet. If you have any questions, please contact me!

Gold Rush Days!

Just a reminder that our CA Gold Rush Day will take place this Friday, May 30th! Be sure to bring an extra set of clothes, as you will inevitably be wet after our trip to the river. This includes socks and undies! :) Please also remember to bring your shovels, pokes, pans, buckets, and any other items you decided upon with your group (all with your names clearly visible). The afternoon will be spent in “Wilson Gulch,” where you’ll have the opportunity to reap the rewards of your hard work!

P.S. Don’t forget that you MUST wear long pants and closed-toed shoes in the morning!

Open House ’14

Open HouseJust a reminder that this year’s Open House is taking place tomorrow, on

Thursday, May 22nd
from
6:30-7:30 PM.

We’ll have photo slideshows, work on the walls, a jelly bean contest, and loads of fun! See you there!

By the Great Horn Spoon!

We’ve begun reading about the adventures of Praiseworthy and Master Jack in Sid Fleischman’s By the Great Horn Spoon! This novel is a perfect accompaniment to our current studies of the pioneers and the California Gold Rush. If you’d like to explore the book in order to help your child, the following site may help keep everyone on track: By the Great Horn Spoon! A Gold Rush Adventure.

Synopsis: The year is 1849. Young Jack Flagg sets out to recoup his Aunt Arabella’s fortune on a ship bound from Boston to the California gold fields. Thus begin the wild, swashbuckling adventures of a determined 12-year-old and his intrepid butler.  (Scholastic)

Guess Who!

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As part of our end-of-the-year fun, I am asking that every student bring in ONE photograph of themselves as a baby or toddler. On Open House, students and parents will have the opportunity to guess which fourth grader is which! Please bring in your photograph no later than Tuesday, May 20th. Thank you!

Model Earth Extra Credit Science Project

Due Date: Wednesday, May 21st 

For extra science points, students may create a model of the earth’s layers.

Anything goes as long as your sphere displays each of the four layers proportionally! See the examples below.

Possible Methods: Paper mache, clay, edible items (cake, peanut butter, crumbs – be creative!), wood, cloth, paper, etc.