Whew!  You made it through another school year.  Now you can just relax and READ!   Reading at least 30 minutes a day all summer will make sure you are ready for next school year!

Incoming Fourth Graders (that’s you) are REQUIRED to read at least THREE books:

  1. Frindle by Andrew Clements.  “Nick likes to liven things up at school, and he’s always gotten away with it – until fifth grade and Mrs. Granger. When he learns a little bit about how words are made, he decides to invent his own, and the battle begins!” (excerpt from back cover)

This is one of Ms. Jennifer’s favorite reads for the beginning of fourth grade!


Once you’ve finished Frindle, it’s your chance to invent your very own new word!  Use the attached worksheet to help you.  Be sure to draw a picture on the back!

Your invented word is due by Friday, August 28.  That’s the first Friday of school – so don’t wait until the last minute!

2. Choose at least ONE additional book from the 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Readers list:

  • Athlete vs. Mathlete by W. C. Mack
  • Blast Off! by Nate Ball
  • Eight Keysby Suzanne LaFleur
  • Fortunately, the Milk  by Neil Gaiman
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish  by Jennifer Holm
  • Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Chris Healy
  • The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
  • Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
  • Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
  • Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen  by Donna Gephart
  • Pie  by Sarah Weeks
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • White Fur Flying  by Patricia MacLachlan

3. Choose at least one additional book – anything you want!  You can pick from the Sunshine State list, or a favorite series, or a true story.  It’s your choice – just read!

As you read each book, check it off / list it on the back of this sheet.  Have your parents sign, and turn in the list by Friday, August 28.  Easy, right?

Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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