Elmore families,

This week was filled with so much!  Third graders practiced for SBAC testing on Tuesday and Thursday.  Wednesday all students took the STAR Math assessment and on Friday all students took the STAR reading assessment.  On Thursday we concluded our economics unit with a unit test and then the students had the opportunity to spend their school dollars at the “School Store.”  Wednesday we had ECO with our last campfire of the year, and Friday we were treated to Hamburgers and Hot dogs, orange slices, pasta salad, lemonade (and ice cream for dessert) by Kate and Mike at the Elmore Store!  We even got to eat on the deck overlooking the lake!  We ended the week with a trip to MES to watch the fourth graders perform the Lion King!  Phew!  That was a lot for one week! As you can see, this is a very busy and exciting time of the school. 

Not only did the black flies make their annual comeback this week, but the days began to feel more like the middle of July, making it difficult to be outdoors at times!  On Friday the group ended up retreating into the town hall to finish PE because the black flies were so thick!  If you want your child to wear sunblock or bug spray, you should supply it.  I’ve told the children they are not allowed to share these items or use someone else’s due to the chemical nature of both.  Similarly, I will not apply these items to your child.   

During ECO on Wednesday, students began with a fun tag game, they made rain gages, went on a spring nature scavenger hunt, made smores during forest choice, and fought off lots of black flies!  Our next ECO will be on May 25th, and we will be hiking up to the Beaver Pond on Elmore Mountain.  Please let me know if you would like to join us for this last ECO event of the school year.

Monday is our field trip to the Montshire Museum.  The bus will be leaving at 8:15.  Please DO NOT be late on Monday.  Chaperones can plan to arrive at 8:00 (or just stay when you bring your child).  All students need a cold bag lunch and a water bottle (or drink), and a mask.

On Friday, May 20th we will be going to MES again to see Dinoman!  I will send home a permission slip early next week for this trip.

Best,
Diane Nicholls

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