May Dog Days Newsletter

End of School Year Medicine Pickup
Please remember that parents must pick up any unused medication or inhalers from
the nurse's office at the end of the school year. Any medication not picked up will
be disposed of after registration. Medication cannot be sent home with a student. A
new medication dispensation form is required for all medicines each school year. If
you are seeing your physician this summer, the form is located on our district

Student Appreciation Days
May 17th, 20th, and 21st will be our amazing Student Appreciation Days! It will be
three full days of exciting activities. 4th Graders will have a bounce house, and the
5th Graders will have a rock climbing wall. In addition to that, there will be a talent
show, karaoke, cotton candy, and a dodgeball tournament. It has been a fantastic
year, and we want to celebrate all the victories: large and small. We are encouraging
all students to finish strong! Students should have come home with all the needed
permission slips the week of April 23rd. Forms and money are due Friday, May 3rd.

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to the 16 5th grade students who were nominated as Outstanding
Students for the 2018-2019 school year. Connor Perjak, Corinne Nolte, Chloe
Stellhorn, Aidan Dintelman, Jesse Jonesmith, Caleb Kern, Ian Scherle, Iris Adkins,
C.J. Anderson, Zoey Jones, Max Geiler, Sydney Kuergeleis, Nathan Grider, Lindsey
Lester, Mallory Thompson, and Samantha Juelfs. The student who was chosen as the
overall Top Outstanding Student was Nathan Grider. Nathan will join Mrs. Ivers at a
special Student Recognition Breakfast in Collinsville. All students nominated will

receive a certificate

2019-2020 ONLINE Registration
Online registration will begin Monday, July 1st. If you need assistance completing
your student’s registration online, please come to Gardner Elementary on July 8th
from 11-4pm or 5-7pm.

Summer Office Hours

Summer is right around the corner. The Gardner Elementary office will be open
Monday-Thursday from 8am-3pm.

Thoughts from the 4th grade teachers in regard to summer learning:

To prevent summer slide it is a benefit to your child to read daily. They should be
reading something at or just above their reading level each day. The best way to
improve reading skills is to practice reading! Call it “STAR” time
(Stop Talking And Read), puts a more positive spin on it.:)
They can be using online games to practice math skills, especially multiplication and
division facts. They have sites that allow you to track their progress also. They may
like those better than worksheets or workbook pages.
(20 min. of educational time earns 20 min of fun time!)
Encourage your child to learn something NEW!! Mastering a new skill or a
challenging task often requires students to use or build upon ideas learned in school,
read instructions, and helps to strengthen new areas of the brain.
Ideas include learning to: ride a unicycle, play the ukulele, clean a bathroom
properly, sew/knit/crochet, build a birdhouse. . .
Also, please, allow your child some relaxation time for their emotional well-being,
outside time for their physical health, and charitable time for their spiritual growth.
Children feel so fulfilled when helping others. Well-rounded students are happy
students. We love for our students to come to school happy!

Fifth Grade:

The fifth grade classes recently enjoyed Conservation Day at the Sportsman's Club.
The activities tied in with our science unit on Human Impact to the Earth. In
addition, the band and chorus wrapped up their concert series with their final
assembly of the year.
The last few weeks of 5th grade will be busy and exciting! We will take a tour of the
Jr. High and register for classes. We have a lot to learn yet in our daily classes as
well. During whole group reading, we are finishing the year with units on inferring,
questioning, and a nonfiction novel. In science class, before and after the
Conservation Day field trip, classes are learning about Human Impacts on Earth. We
are exploring ecosystems, food webs, and factors that influence the growth of plants.
Students are finishing up their constitution unit during social studies class and
moving onto the three levels of government (national, state and local) and the
responsibilities of each. Then we are beginning an economics unit which includes
the topics of good/services, needs vs wants, resources, trade, supply and demand and
saving vs spending. In math, the students will continue working with decimals,
fractions, and measurement. Informative writing will be the final unit of the school
year in language. Students will be researching topics and writing reports using the
facts collected. We will end the school year with Gardner Getaway activities, a
dodgeball tournament, a demonstration on boomerangs, and a talent show.

Student Council

Our last meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, May 2nd in the
4th grade Science Lab from 3:00 - 4:00. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM
Gardner Elementary Tours – Fifth grade Student Council members will give tours
of Gardner Elementary to the incoming third grade students from Rogers Elementary
on Tuesday, May 14th. Please wear your Student Council shirts.
Humane Society Fundraiser - Student Council will be assisting two members to
help support the Monroe County Humane Society. Gardner Elementary will have a
Crazy Hair/Hat Day on Friday, May 10th. Pay $1.00 and wear crazy hair or a hat
and help raise money for the Humane Society. 

Chorus & Band News:

Summer Beginning Band Camp for Incoming 5th Grade
Beginning band camp will be Monday, July 8 through Thursday July 18, 2019 at the
JUNIOR HIGH BAND ROOM. Please see band information for lesson times.
Summer Band Camp for Incoming 6th Grade
Summer Band Camp for next year’s 6th graders will be Monday, July 8 through Thursday
July 18, 2019 from 11:30 to 12:15 in JUNIOR HIGH BAND ROOM. Please see band
member’s information sheet for more details of times.
5th Grade Chorus
Chorus will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at the Cardinal Game on Tuesday, June 4,
2019. Please see schedule for Cardinal game practices. Only the students singing at the
game will need to come to the 2:30 chorus practices on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Chorus Sign Up for incoming 5th Grade
The time to join next year’s 5th grade chorus is soon approaching. Information forms will be
sent home soon. Please return permission forms to save a place in the chorus. We have
room for 100 voices.