Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Website

The St. Joseph School District has a new website format! Check it out at select a school, Ellison, Staff, then Mrs. Hankins.

Mid-terms go home!

Your student's mid-terms come home tomorrow, November 17th. Please sign and return the mid-terms back to school!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

P/T Conferences!

Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th are Fall Parent Teacher Conferences! The students will have early outs on Wednesday and Thursday @ 1:30 and Friday @ 12:30. I look forward to meeting with you during conferences!!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Just a reminder about our skating Field Trip to B&J Skate Center on Monday, September 26th! Inline skates are $2.00. The regular skates do not cost extra. If your child wants snack money for the field trip, please send that with them Monday! Thanks!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


There is so much going on as we get deeper into 1st Quarter! I wanted to remind you of a few things going on. Please make sure your child has returned their Symphony permission slip form and money that goes with it. Another reminder about field trips. Please make sure you child has returned their Skating permission slip for our September 26th field trip! The "Weekly Groove," (our classroom newsletter) has been updated. Please check it out so you know what is happening in 4H this week! Book Reports are going to be due on September 30th....that date is approaching quickly. Please remind your child to read at home!! That's all for now! Enjoy your day!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Congratulations to our new Student Council Class Representatives!

Class Representatives in Mrs. Hankins room! Look at the excitement on their faces!
Congratulations to Carson Gaddie and Gracie Neff!!

Campaign Posters!!

Each student who ran for Student Council created a campaign poster to hang in our classroom during election week!! Here is the group with their posters!!

Student Council Elections!

We had several friends in 4H run for Student Council Representatives for our classroom. We were able to have 2 students, one girl and one boy, represent our class on the Student Council. Here are some pictures of our brave friends reading their speeches to our class! All students did a very nice job on their speech!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"We're a Groovy Bunch!"

Class picture during the 1st week of school!! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Peace, Love, Learn in 4th Grade..WELCOME BACK!!

Welcome back to school!! We are going to have a GROOVY year in 4th grade! We are going to learn and grow so much together!! It was great to meet you all at back to school night tonight!! It made me so excited for our 1st day of school together!!! See you soon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The winner is.....

In the fall, 4th grade attended Conservation Kids Day at Mark Youngdahl Walking Trail. The day is presented by the Soil and Conservation Department. The kids spent the day learning about soil and water preservation and forestry. 7 schools in the St. Joseph area were invited to this event. All students who attended were able to participate in a poster contest. The theme of the poster contest was "Healthy Conservation Habits Create Healthy Habitats." All the students in our class created a poster that they thought reflected the theme. Then I sent them to be judged by the Soil and Conservation Department. I am happy to announce the top 3 winners from my class!!
1st place-Mackenzie Collings
2nd place-Lydia Woody
3rd place-Madison Roderick
These 3 students were invited to the city wide poster contest on May 2nd. They were honored for their talents at the ceremony! Every student in the class received a blue participation ribbon for their effort. I was very proud of them! Here are a few pictures from the event!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring Chicks!!

Springtime brings lots of new life! In our classroom we have 6 new baby chicks that have shown us the definition of new life! We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to watch the baby chicks hatch from their eggs in the incubator and grow into fluffy golden brown and one black baby chick! The students have really enjoyed watching the chicks grow; interact with each other; eat; drink; and we have even held the chicks. The kids are starting to become attached to the chicks and have given them names like "Oreo, Good With Bacon, Pretzel, Fluffy, Shadow, and Mo." We are so thankful that the Roderick family brought the chicks and have shared this awesome learning opportunity with us.  Here are a few pictures of our little chicky friends! Photos courtesy of Mrs. Straight, our in school photographer!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Deadline is right around the corner!

May 6th is the deadline to turn in book reports to earn the Missouri Reading Circle Certificate. Remember the requirements for 4th grade are:
1,200 Fiction pages
600 Non-fiction pages
The students are aware of the types of books they need to be reading and how many pages they need to meet their goal. Ask your student about their reading to make sure they are on top of it before it is too late. Thanks for your help!!

*The field trip for the Reading Circle Celebration is May 13th. Grades 3-6 will go to the movies and the park that day to celebrate our reading accomplishments!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

It's MAP testing time!!

It's time for us to show what we know!! It's MAP testing time!! We will start Math Map testing tomorrow, March 29th and continue until March 31st. Next week, we have have the Communication Arts part of the test on 5th, 6th, and 7th. Please encourage your student to do their very best, take their time, and show what they know! I know that all students will do great!! Please make sure that your student gets a good breakfast and plenty of rest. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What's happening???

Time has been flying! We have been very busy finishing up our force and motion unit in science and our measurement unit in math! We are moving right along in all subjects. We have started our geometry unit in math and we will start our land and water unit in science this week. 

Friday is the Ellison Carnival at school! Bring the family and come out and enjoy! Class and individual pictures will also be on Friday! Hope to see you all at the carnival!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year...lots of learning in 2011!!

Happy New Year!! We are off to a great start in 2011!! We are busy starting new units in math, science, and writing!! The students came back from break ready to get busy and learn new things! We are off to a great start in the new year!