4th

The Big Finale

Important Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

BRAVO! Our 4th graders did a FANTASTIC job with our Attack Theatre friends. We are so proud of the work and effort that they put into their performance. Poems and artwork will come home on Monday. Thank you for attending and supporting the entire class!

Students are adding their finishing touches on their State Reports! They will present these in groups to each other in a gallery style.

We’ve been working with fractions and will wrap up the school year with more interactive fraction activities. If you’re wondering what you can do over the summer to keep your child’s math mind working, keep practicing the multiplication and division facts. And, throw in some activities that use fractions – baking, cooking, and measuring are great ways to keep fractions in mind.

Next week will be a casual dress week. If your child chooses, we are also doing a spirit week with a different theme each day. 

Monday – Favorite team/sport/musician

Tuesday – Favorite color

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – crazy hair/socks/clothes

Thursday – Field Day shirts (bring a swimsuit or wear it under your clothes) – Field Day t-shirts will be sent home this week. Please look for them in your child’s backpack.

Friday – 1st – 4th graders wear Monday uniform (blue tops/khaki bottoms) – 5th graders dress nicely for promotion

We will be cleaning the classrooms this week. Please send in a large shopping bag for your child to bring their supplies home. A large reusable shopping bag works the best. If not, we’ll provide a big garbage bag to use.

Summer Camps!

1.  Family Yoga series with Holly Suter at Oglebay Park and The Ohio County Library

2.  Basketball Skills Camp for boys and girls ages 6-17

3. Don’t forget to sign up for one of the classic WCDS camps as well!

Duck Race info below!

Just a quick reminder that Field Day is just a week away!  Make sure to get your student a duck or 5 so they can join in the 2024 Duck Race.   Please have the form filled out and pay by Monday, May 20th.  We have also opened the duck race up to Middle School students!  

https://forms.gle/Nk1JzWPAgjvMA37w6

The Duck Race is once again a station of Field Day and I am looking for 2-4 parent volunteers to help me run it.  Please email me if you can help- bpadlow@gmail.com.

Yearbook Link

Follow this link to order a YEARBOOK for the 2023-2024 school year! https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1013147536424633

Thank you for your continued support! We appreciate all that you do for 4th grade and WCDS!

Stella and Grace

Climbing on Up!

Important Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

What a week in 4th grade! Rock climbing, Attack Theatre practices, arcade games, and a pizza party! What a way to kick off the end of the year festivities. As you can see, our important dates are dwindling as we are 2 weeks away from the end of the year. Please keep an eye out for Talking Points with updates and reminders. 

In language arts, students continued to work on poetry. This class enjoys rhyming and making silly but still meaninful poems. Our review of figurative language is complete. Students are even starting to use these and identify them in everyday conversations. 

In math, we started learning about fractions. We’ll finish the year with this concept, which will include some very fun hands on learning. We hope to finish reading Pie this week. The kids are making great predictions about the mystery of the pie recipe!

Our final performance of Attack Theatre is this Thursday, May 16, in the gym. Parents may start arriving at 1:00 pm for our 1:30 pm show. As we get closer to our performance, the kids are getting more nervous and excited. These emotions are all part of our learning. Our Attack Theatre friends will help make this a wonderful show!

The kids made some great Mother’s Day gifts to give all of you moms. They put much love and care into these. We hope you enjoy them!

Have a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

Stella and Grace

“What Day is it Again?”

Important Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 9 – 9:00-11:00 Field Trip at the Highlands 
  • Friday, May 10 – 8:30 AM Parent Coffee
  • Friday, May 10 – Weather Balloon Launch
  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

Reminder, our field trip to the Highlands Sports Complex wil be next Thursday. We will send out confirmations on Talking Points to those who volunteered to drive as well as other reminders. If your student wants to participate in rock climbing they will need to have their waiver signed, turned in, and wear tennis shoes for the field trips. Crocs and sandals are not permitted. We will be eating lunch at the school at our regular scheduled time. 

“Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkanas…” If this song has been played or sung in the last month at your house to study, you can finally change the song! Students have completed their study on the regions of the United States. State reports are still being written but there aren’t many songs for those. Thanks for all of your support as we recognize this was something they had to spend extra time studying at home to be successful. 

In STEAM students took a break and went back to their embryology deep dive from the last trimester. Two chickens were brought into the classroom for students to hold as well as try to indentify their different parts. Ask your student about “the upside down chicken” from science and have a good laugh with them! 

We met with Attack Theatre twice this week. Next week is our last week of zooming and they come back in person on May 15th for our final rehearsal. Our performance is on Thursday, May 16, in the gym. You may start arriving at 1:00 pm for our 1:30 show.

In math, we are finishing up with our geometry unit. The kids learned out degrees of angles and classified angles by right, acute, or obtuse angles. They are currently working on making parabolic curve designs. They love that math and art go together!

They’ve been working on solving the mystery of the secret recipe in our Pie book. We’ve been concentrating on figurative language used in the book and they’re catching on to idioms.

We know the school year is beginning to wind down, but we still have so much more learning to do! Thanks for your continuous support – we appreciate all of you!

Grace and Stella

Around the World in a Day

Important Dates: 

  • Friday, May 3 – 11:30 AM Early Dismissal
  • Thursday, May 9 – 9:00-11:00 Field Trip at the Highlands 
  • Friday, May 10 – 8:30 AM Parent Coffee
  • Friday, May 10 – Weather Balloon Launch
  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School


Thank you to all of those who volunteered to present or help with International Day! What a wonderful way to bring the world to our campus and broaden our learning of different cultures. 

Also, thank you to those who have volunteered to drive for the field trip on May 9th: Kylie Blattert, Steve Burke, Kevin Boyd, Cara Gregory, Mia Porter, and Miriam Douglas. We appreciate you! 

Next week, on Wednesday, May 1, the 4th graders will be doing their Aimsweb testing in reading and math. Please make sure your child is well rested, has a good breakfast, and a charged computer. 

The regions of the United States have officially been wrapped up! Next week, students will complete a knowledge check of the entire United States. They will compare these to the pre-knowledge they took before learning the regions. 

In writing, students will continue their state reports. They have started writing their paragraphs and will then move on to adding text features. On Thursday, we took a break from these reports and learned about poetry. This will also become a part of our Attack Theatre performance. 

This week, we started reading Pie by Sarah Weeks. The students are enjoying it so far and are eager to solve the mystery! We’ve been tying in their knowledge of figurative language with the book, especially concentrating on idioms. They are “rising to the occasion” by applying their knowledge of figurative language.

In math, we started a geometry unit, learning about lines and angles. Our unit will continue next week as they learn about right, obtuse, and acute angles. We may even throw in an art project to reinforce their understanding.

We met with Attack Theatre twice this week. It’s amazing to see how much they are embracing this opportunity. We have a couple of weeks until our final performance on Thursday, May 16. Please mark your calendars to see this wonderful show!

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend. Enjoy!

Grace and Stella

A Case of the 4th Grade Giggles

Students wrapped up their knowledge of nonfiction text features and using text evidence this week. They are almost ready to dive into 5th grade! The southeast region is now complete and the five regions of the United States will be completed shortly. In writing, students are continuing their state reports and are moving into paragraph writing to complete them.

STEAM deep dive led us to explore sounds. We discovered sound is caused by vibration and travels in longitudinal waves! Students rotated through six stations to determine the amplitude, pitch, what materials insulate and conduct, and if sound travels better through liquid, gas, or solid. We also took advantage of the beautiful weather and created campus sound maps.  

We will be celebrating International Day at school this Thursday, April 25th.   There will be about ten or eleven stations headed by natives of Germany, Morocco, Italy, Ukraine, Russia and other exotic countries, who will share interesting snippets from their respective cultures with the children.  We will begin right after lunch, and end with a buffet of snacks from around the world by 3:00 pm.  Children are encouraged to wear national dress from any country.

The 4th grade had a special guest this week! Mrs. Wallace from 5th grade came up to teach a mini SEL lesson on self control and its importance in 5th grade. Students played, “Ghosts in the Graveyard” but there was a twist. If they couldn’t control their bodies and listening ears, they were squirted with water! Students enjoyed this silly but important lesson.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 19 – 11:30 AM Early Dismissal
  • Thursday, April 25 – International Day
  • Friday, May 3 – 11:30 AM Early Dismissal
  • Friday, May 10 – 8:30 AM Parent Coffee
  • Friday, May 10 – Weather Balloon Launch
  • Thursday, May 16 – Attack Theatre Final Performance 
  • Thursday, May 23 – WCDS Field Day
  • Friday, May 24 – Move Up Day, Last Day of School

We started our week with the great eclipse on Monday. The students were super excited about seeing something we won’t see in the lower US until 2044. 

In math, we worked on multi-step word problems. We concentrated on the process of getting the answer, not the answer itself. We also did some problem solving and critical thinking activities. Again, we stress the importance of how to move towards the answer. Next week, we’ll move into learning some geometry concepts.

We were excited to welcome our friends from Attack Theatre on Wednesday morning. We spent the morning learning and moving with Mr. Peter and his group. The students did very well with moving through moments of feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable, and by the end of our Attack Theatre class, they were having a blast. We’ll continue eight more sessions with them (on Zoom) until our final performance on Thusday, May 16. Please put this date on your calendar. Parents and family are invited to attend this presentation.

In reading, students dove deeper into nonfiction texts by using text evidence and learning about text features. This is paired with our writing project of the States. Students have been researching a state of their chosing using books from the Ohio County Library. Next week, they will creat a mini “book” of their findings with different chapters and text features. 

The weather caused another field trip cancellation. We were all bummed about missing our trip to see and hear the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Our sources are telling us that this concert may be rescheduled. We’ll keep you posted. Instead of the concert, we watched the movie Beethoven, which the kids really enjoyed.

Take a look at our ’24-’25 school year calendar!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Important Dates:  

  • April 8th – Eclipse (more info below) 
  • April 10th – Talent Show Release 6-7
  • April 12th – Young People’s Concert for 3rd & 4th (more info below)

We hope all of you are safe after all of the weather-related issues we’ve had this week. Unfortunately, the same weather conditions affected our field trip to Pittsburgh for rock climbing, but we made it a fun day with a pizza party and a movie.

We finished our book, The Wild Robot, and completed some drawings that portray our plot sequence and setting. We also completed the vocabulary and comprehension packet for the book. We’ll begin another book in the next few weeks.

The kids are learning the “Fifty Nifty United States” song. This is a great way for the kids to learn all fifty states in alphabetical order. It’s a catchy tune, and you may find yourself humming it after it’s been played numerous times!

In math, we reviewed the multi-digit multiplication process and the long division process. We are moving into solving real life math problems (aka – word problems).

In STEAM we took our learning to the court, for a fun game of ball! Students rotated through taking shots using a chest past vs traditional technique. The different forces greatly affected the success of making a basket. “Whoa! That is Newton’s 2nd Law!” To wrap up our basketball excursion, we transformed a box of loose parts into basketball hoops! 

The chickens are back! Four of our hens are in our coop, tucked into the corner just outside of our classroom. The other four were roosters, which meant we couldn’t bring them back on campus due to permit restrictions. But our four girls are enjoying their new home!

Catch the WCDS News!  https://youtu.be/xFJyLXZXn-0

Eclipse – Monday, April 8

On Monday afternoon, WCDS students will gather to view the solar eclipse from 3:00-3:30. Middle school students will be transported to 8 Park Rd, and we will all share in the wonder together. The school has purchased glasses for every child to wear and we joined together today (Friday) for an assembly, learning more about the eclipse and explaining the potentially harmful effects of viewing the eclipse without the necessary protection. 

Due to the timing, the alternative options for dismissal are as follows– pick your child up from the office before 3:00, join us on the field from 3:00-3:30 for the viewing, or wait until the gate opens at 3:30 to come through and pick up your child.

No student will be charged for aftercare until 4:00 pm on Monday due to the late start to dismissal. 

Wheeling Symphony Young People’s Concert

We are planning a Music field trip with 3rd and 4th grades to the 2024 Young People’s Concert on Friday, April 12, at the JB Chambers Auditorium at Wheeling Park.

This educational concert titled “Lights, Camera, Action!” features Maestro John Devlin and Wheeling Symphony musicians. Our music classes have been discussing the symphony, and we look forward to hearing them live!

  • Please have your child arrive at school no later than 8:40am on Friday, April 12, since we will depart at 8:50am. We plan to return to campus by 11:00am.
  • Regular school dress for this trip.  

We hope you have a nice (dry) weekend!

Stella and Grace

An Egg-citing Week!

Important Dates:  

  • March 29th – April 1 – No School, Easter Long Weekend
  • April 2nd – Classes Resume at 10:00 am
  • April 4th – Field Trip to ASCEND 
  • April 8th – Eclipse (more information to come) 
  • April 10th – Talent Show Release 6-7
  • April 12th – Young People’s Concert for 3rd & 4th (info coming soon)

We should finish reading The Wild Robot this week. We’ve been focusing on vocabulary along with making inferences, finding deeper meaning, and making connections with what we’re reading. The students have also been using a highlighter to mark their books as they find vocabulary words, answers to their questions from their packet, and any figurative language they come across. We are teaching them annotation skills which will help them in future English classes.

The students learned some basic algebra skills in math this week. They learned about variables and when given a value for the variable, they learned how to plug that value into an equation. They were excited to learn and do some algebraic equations. Next week, we’ll concentrate on solving word problems using all four operations.

In STEAM, we continued analyzing our data and learned how to calculate the average (or mean). Students used this data to conclude why basketball is played on certain surfaces and not others. Then, they applied their newfound knowledge to the real world. They discussed what careers and events would require the calculation of the average. To continue with the theme of basketball, we looked at statistics from a recent March Madness game. From there, we tried to infer what a practice or discussion would look like for each team based on their data. 

Before we left for Easter weekend, the students enjoyed our annual pancake breakfast, followed by the Easter egg hunt. They gobbled up the pancakes and then went to the other classrooms to take the teachers’ pancake orders. It was a mad dash to find the Easter eggs that the 5th graders so graciously hid for the entire school.

An email was sent regarding our field trip to ASCEND this Thursday, April 4th. Here is what was sent in that email:

We will be taking a field trip on April 4th in the afternoon to Ascend Climbing. There, students will not only rock climb but also learn about the elements of STEM involved. This comes at a great time, as our STEAM deep dive is this last trimester! Below is a tentative schedule for our afternoon. Students will need a packed lunch for this trip. We will be joined by Katie Wallace, one of our 5th-grade teachers, on this field trip! This is a great opportunity for her and your student to make a personal connection before they head into 5th grade. if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out! 

April 4th: 

  • Leave 8 Park Rd Campus at 10:30 am on a bus 
  • Arrive in Pittsburg at 11:30 and stop to eat a packed picnic lunch (weather dependent) 
  • Arrive at ASCEND at 12:00
  • Leave ASCEND by 2:30. 
  • Arrive back to 8 Park Rd Campus for dismissal at 3:45-4:00 (traffic dependent) 

We will be heading to our Wheeling Park Middle School campus for the solar eclipse on April 8th. More details will come as we prepare for this special day. 

We hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend! We’ll see the kids back at school on Tuesday, April 2, at 10:00 am.

Enjoy!

Stella and Grace


Let’s CELEBRATE!

Important Dates:  

  • March 23rd – Celebrate: WCDS – Hall of Fame
  • March 28th – School wide Spring Egg Hunt
  • March 28th – 11:30 early dismissal (No Aftercare) for Easter Long Weekend
  • March 29th – April 1 – No School, Easter Long Weekend
  • April 2nd – Classes Resume at 10:00 am

We will see you at Celebrate this weekend! Come ready to take a walk through the Hall of Fame and Celebrate Liz and all of her amazing accomplishments and contributions.

The silent auction bidding for Celebrate will go live as of 3pm Friday. Visit the link below to begin your bidding!

https://www.betterunite.com/WheelingCountryDaySchool-halloffame/Auction?a=cb38ca3d-0c74-4466-ada8-10469b891c49

All silent auction items will close at 9:30 pm Saturday.

Students finished learning about the Midwest Region of the United States with a knowledge check. Students were asked to know the States names (correct spelling), capitols (correct spelling with word bank provided), and abbreviations. As we go through the rest of the United States there will be knowledge checks like this one along the way. Practice sheets will be provided throughout the week as well as online Google Classroom games to help them study. We will also be going over different study skills and techniques to aid them throughout their future as well. We’re hoping they can begin to fine a way that works best for them!

In reading, the students have taken on the challenge of trying to think deeper while reading. They’re learning to let their curious minds take over when they read something unknown and unfamiliar and then finding connections and answers. They continue to work on vocabulary as well as comprehension to stay fresh in those skills. We will conclude the Wild Robot next week right before we head off for break! 

The students have caught on to the long division process and they are having a blast doing the problems. This week, they used chalk to write and complete the long division problems on their tables. They were begging for more! We moved them to four digits divided by one digit, and they are doing very well! Next week, we’ll introduce some basic algebra concepts such as what a variable is and plugging numbers into a variable to solve equations. The students checked on their stock market prices and they all seem happy with the status of their “investments”.

WCDS News is herehttps://youtu.be/XYQoiJVTX_k

A note from Mr. Hill about the WCDS Virtual Talent Show

The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching! The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday April 10th.

Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out. The deadline for video submissions is **Monday April 1st.** Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com <=========  Thank you, and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

Have a great weekend! We’ll see you at CELEBRATE!

Grace and Stella

Spring or Not Spring?

Important Dates:  

  • March 22nd – If donating, filled eggs for Spring Egg Hunt due 
  • March 23rd – Celebrate: WCDS – Hall of Fame
  • March 28th – School wide Spring Egg Hunt
  • March 28th – 11:30 early dismissal (No Aftercare) for Easter Long Weekend
  • March 29th – April 1 – No School, Easter Long Weekend
  • April 2nd – Classes Resume at 10:00 am

This week, we returned from spring break with enthusiasm and optimism that spring is upon us—or is it? We enjoyed being outdoors in the bright sun and warm temperatures. We are hoping that the temperatures will stay on the warmer side so that our chicken friends can come back home!

In reading, students started their novel study for, “The Wild Robot.” As we read this book, students are challenged to not only define new vocabulary but to then use them accurately. They are also building upon the knowledge of answering comprehension questions in complete sentences and using text evidence. We are looking for clear and concise answers as they are getting closer and closer to becoming a fifth grader! 

In math, we continued practicing the long division process. The students are now dividing 3-digit numbers by 1-digit. Next week, we’ll use the inverse operation of division (multiplication) to check the division answers. The students also followed the stock market prices of their companies and calculated the gain or loss of each stock. Some of the kids were surprised at the amount of money they made on their stock. Levi was bummed about losing $36.10 on his Tesla stock while Julian and Braelynn were happy to make money on all three of their companies. Pi Day was this week, and the kids demonstrated their memorizing abilities by studying the digits of Pi. Congrats to Camille who memorized a whopping 91 digits!

Students have started to study the regions of the United States. They began with the Midwest where they not only labeled the state’s capitols but also researched the region’s natural resources, most populated cities, popular highways, and national parks/historic sites. Next week we will travel to the west region! 

This week students practiced the 5 steps of the stem design process. We began with an independent project – can you fit through an index card? Then we tried out a small group challenge – who can make the longest chain? We learned the importance of brainstorming and planning before we start creating. 

Week 1 is in the books! Leaders finalized their teams and before they could even exhale, boom, flooding, food shortages, and a crisis aboard the International Space Station. I am proud of the fourth grade for leaning into a new experience. This is the first time in 11 years that a class has solved a crisis on the first day of gameplay. A major shout out to the World Banker and each member of the United Nations for brokering the deal. At the conclusion of play on Wednesday, I reminded students to not carry the stresses of the game with them. I asked for disagreements about the game to stop when the game stops. I hope that if you hear these stresses at home, you can help your child take a step back. I look forward to continuing gameplay when we return on Monday. Keep up the great work, 4th Grade.

This year for our school-wide Spring Egg Hunt, we are asking for your help. If you would like to donate a dozen eggs filled with candy, stickers, or small toys, our fifth graders will hide them for each of the classes on the morning of Thursday, March 28th. If you are able to help, please send the filled eggs to school with your child by next Friday, March 22nd. 


Check out the WCDS News! https://youtu.be/tOLWjhJxduc