CHARACTER TRAIT: Perseverance
Reference: James 1:12
Bible Verse: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
Definition: One who continues to do right in spite of difficulty
Opposite: Giving up
SPELLING WORDS: Lesson 33
Pattern Words- Find syllables with -le
Mrs. Dansby, our classroom aide, and I would like to thank you for the beautiful sneak-summer birthday surprise party at the close of the school day on Friday. Mrs. Dansby and I both appreciated your kind thoughtfulness to us Summer Birthday Girls with the expression of the beautiful and delicious pink cupcakes, the birthstone bracelets for July and August, and the clever “Snack-Attack Tiered Birthday Cakes” created with Diet Pepsi and Snicker Bars for Mrs. Fraser and Diet Coke and Hershey Bars for Mrs. Dansby!! Wow!!! That will keep us going to the finish line with late afternoon deadlines as we approach the end of the school year. What a wonderful a wonderful way to end the busy week!!!! You are loved dearly.
As the weather begins to warm up, remember to send bottled water with your child each day. Wednesdays and Fridays are P.E. days for third graders and these are days they especially need to stay hydrated. Thank you so much!!
CINCO DE MAYO
On Tuesday afternoon, elementary students will be treated to a Mariachi Band in the courtyard to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Children are free to bring sombreros or other clothing that celebrates the day.
FCS FAMILY BARBEQUE, CLASSROOM OPEN HOUSE, AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
Come and join us for a fabulous evening of Fine Arts, Music, and Open House AND FAMILY BARBEQUE!!! This event will be held TOMORROW NIGHT Tuesday, May 5th.
5:30-6:30 PM: FC Family Barbeque ($2.00 suggested donation), Courtyard. Bring lawn chairs/blankets as picnic table seating will be limited.
6:30 PM: Classrooms Open, Building 5 and 6
7:15 PM: Square Dancing Performance in the front courtyard of the G.L. Johnson Chapel
7:30 PM: Fine Arts Concert in the G. L. Johnson Chapel
4th Grade Recorders
**This evening is a great opportunity for your friends and family, who are considering Fresno Christian Schools, to experience Fresno Christian Schools, to experience some of the best that we have to offer: Food, Fellowship, Music, Artwork & Classrooms!
Don’t forget to check out the Young Authors book signing table where first place winning elementary student authors will be available to autograph your purchased copy of their award winning books! Proceeds go to the library to purchase more books for our growing library.
OPEN HOUSE NIGHT REMINDER!!!
**As part of “Fresno History Day” third graders will dress up as Fresno pioneers for the square dancing performance planned by Mrs. Ainley, our music teacher Tuesday evening. Students may come dressed in any of the following ways: Yokut Native American, fur trapper, gold miner, Fresno pioneer, cowboy, or cowgirl. The third graders are very excited about sharing their Square Dancing with the FCS Family in true Fresno Pioneer Style!!!
As the year draws to a close, we would like to gather as a family to celebrate all that God has done for us. Thursday, May 7th is National Day of Prayer. Parents, grandparents, family, and friends are invited to join the teachers, students, administration, and staff as we gather together for this ending convocation held in the Peoples’s Church sanctuary. It is a time of celebration, worship, and prayer as we end our year with thanksgiving and praise.
The service begins at 8:00 AM and will end by 9:00 AM. All students K-12 are to report directly to the sanctuary by 7:55 AM. Every class will be designated with a sign and balloons, making it easy to locate your child’s class. It is exactly the same as our opening convocation seating arrangement. You are welcome to sit with your child in their assigned area or if you have more than one student attending Fresno Christian, choose where you would like to sit. I look forward to seeing all of you at this closing event as we end our year acknowledging God’s hand upon us through prayer, worship, and heartfelt celebration.
FOURTH QUARTER EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOLASTIC READING COUNTS
Please check your child’s weekly Reading Progress Report each Monday to note progress and help set personal goals. The deadline for completion of the goals listed below is Friday, May 15.
For a C in Reading: Earn the Red Award – 50 Points
For a B in Reading: Earn the Bronze Award – 100 Points
For an A in Reading: Earn the Silver Award – 250 Points
For an A+ in Reading: Earn the Gold Award – 500 Points
Twenty to thirty minutes is given daily for silent sustained reading as well as forty-five minutes in Library Experience each week. Students may also use class time to read after all required daily board assignments are completed. Students may take quizzes on Scholastic books or Red Star books each Monday during Computer Lab with Mr. Hyatt as well as take supervised quizzes at home each week.
YEAR-END CLASS REWARDS
Ice Cream Party- Student must earn 100 points for Reading Counts OR master their Third Grade Level 4×4 Math facts in addition and subtraction.
Pizza Party- Students must earn 500 points for Reading Counts OR become a Lifetime Member in our 4 x 4 Math Club.
Students have until Friday, May 15th to complete these goals.
END OF FOURTH QUARTER
The end of the 4th quarter is quickly approaching. Friday, May 15th will be the last day for students to turn in re-do assignments. Please check your child’s grades on Powerschool and make sure they have turned in all assignments.
FROM OUR LIBRARIAN: END OF THE YEAR LIBRARY SCHEDULE
As we come to the end of our school year would you please encourage your students to return all items checked out from the Library. The final due date for all third graders to turn in items checked out is Friday, May 15th. Reminders of items checked out will be sent to the students May 4 to help students find those missing books. There is a fine of $25.00 for each item that is not returned.
Many wonderful titles are lost each year because they are not returned. We greatly appreciate your assistance in getting books back in and onto the shelves so the collection is ready to go again in August. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Lin Brown, Librarian
YEAR-END CLASS SWIM PARTY
We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our third graders with a “Class Year-End Swim Party” held at the home of Charlie and Jaime DeGroot, Faith’s parents, on Friday, May 15th from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway near our classroom for food and supplies. A certified lifeguard will be on duty and is covered through your child’s tuition. You do not need to come to our campus first.
If you will need a ride from school, please let me know, as we will not be organizing formal carpools. You will also need to pick up your child after the party is over, or make arrangements for them to get home. We will not be going back to People’s Campus. Again, if you need help with this, just let me know.
Directions to the DeGroot home will be sent home in early May. Please contact Jen Alberta, Becky Covington, OR Jaime DeGroot if you have have any questions.
As a school reward for the outstanding participation in the FCS fundraisers this year, all elementary students will be invited to the BMX Show this Monday, May 18th from 2:00-2:45 PM on the front parking lot of Peoples Church Campus. Parents are invited to join us if you would like.
SIGN-UPS FOR FALL SOCCER
Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration 12:45-1:15 PM
Tuesday, May 5 – FAMILY BARBEQUE, OPEN HOUSE, AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL 5:30 – 9:00 PM!!!
Thursday, May 7 – Year End Convocation/National Day of Prayer 8:00-9:00 AM
Saturday, May 9 – Happy Birthday Kaiden Garcia!
Friday, May 15 – The Girl With the Golden Locks/Elementary Drama 7:00-8:00 PM
Friday, May 15 – End of the Year Class Swim Party
Monday, May 18 – BMX Show 2:00-2:45 PM
Wednesday, May 20 – Grades 1-4 Awards Chapel 12:45-2:45 PM
Thursday, May 21 – Happy Birthday Miracle Neal!
Thursday, May 21 – Half Day Release at 12:00 PM
Friday, May 22 – Last Day of School/ Half Day Release at 12:00 PM
Sunday, June 14 – Happy Birthday Mia Alberta!
Sunday, June 28 – Happy Birthday Michael Herrera!
Tuesday, July 21 – Happy Birthday Troy Covington!
Friday, July 31 – Happy Birthday Mrs. Fraser!
Wednesday, August 5 – Happy Birthday Mrs. Dansby!
Tuesday, August 11 – Happy Birthday Alex Fox!