C.A.T.S. Update It is April already! All C.A.T.S. classes will be given an April calendar next week. It should be tucked in the back of his/her C.A.T.S communication folder. If you need to download any permission slips, click on the forms tab. The puzzle of the month can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Important April – May dates at a glance: April 2nd – 5th: AZ MERIT TESTING Friday, April 6th: Regular CATS class for 2nd grade Wednesday, April 11th: Field Trip – 4th grade to Patagonia Lake (arrive to Hendricks by 8am, late arrival back to Hendricks at 4:30) Monday, April 16th: Field Trip – 6th grade to Prohaska House April 17th – 20th: NEW CATS KIDS START COMING TO CATS Thursday, April 19th: Field Trip – 2nd & 3rd grades to Tucson Village Farm Friday, April 20th: NO CATS FOR 2nd graders (come Thurs. for FT) Thursday, April 26th: Field Trip – 2nd & 3rd grade to Tucson Museum of Art Friday, April 27th: NO CATS for 2nd grade (come Thurs. for FT) Monday, May 7th: 6th grade Rocket Launch at Dan Felix Park LAST DAY OF CATS for 6th grade! May 7th – May 11th: LAST WEEK OF CATS
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much to all of the parents who have taken time from your busy schedules to chaperone a field trip (or two) in the last couple of months. Parents make field trips happen! We couldn’t do so many without you! Also, thank you to parents who have supported the CATS Program in other ways, like sending snacks with your child to share with the class, sending in materials for projects, donating postage stamps, being encouraging of your child’s participation in the CATS program, and so much more! Your help and support is greatly appreciated!
Curriculum 6th grade – We will be launching rockets this month – stomp rockets, chemical rockets, and then engine powered rockets on May 7th at Dan Felix Park. We will go to The Prohaska House on Monday, April 16th.
5th Grade – We will be having our “Cardboard Carnival” on April 17th (finally!). We will also be finishing Journey of the Sparrows and doing some bird-watching in the garden and around the school grounds.
4th grade: We will continue bird-watching, especially when we go on our big fishing trip to Patagonia Lake on Wednesday, April 11th. Please remember to have your child to Hendricks School by 8am with a lunch, full water bottle, and close-toed shoes. We will return to Hendricks School by 4:30pm. If your child participates in an after-school program, like Y.E.S. or Skills, he/she may be dropped at their home school.
2nd - 3rd grade: We will continue birding and we will go on two more field trips this month – Tucson Village Farm on Thursday, April 19th and Tucson Museum of Art on Thursday, April 26th.
Self-Evaluations and Celebration We will be wrapping things up for the year the second week in May (7th -11th). Students will have time to reflect and write their self-evaluation for their performance and experiences in C.A.T.S. this year. This is often a difficult assignment for many C.A.T.S. students, as it requires each student to really focus and write about how and what he/she did as an individual learner in C.A.T.S. I will attach this meaningful evaluation to each child’s C.A.T.S. report card, which will be included with the regular class report card in May.
On this day, we will all have a special lunch together, students will vote on a pizza choice and then sign up to bring drinks, snacks, or a dessert to share with the class. Details for this will come via email and in communication folders the first week of May, so stay tuned!
Always feel free to contact me with any concerns – 696-8437 or by email.
Puzzle of the Month MARCH Puzzle Answer: Why are 1980 pennies worth almost $20? Because 1,980 pennies are worth about $19.80. April Puzzle: Can you think of 2 words in the English language that remain the same even after you turn them up-side-down?
A different puzzle will be included in each monthly newsletter posted on the C.A.T.S. website: http://fwcats.weebly.com. Check it out!