4th Grade Committee Kicks Off

posted Sep 21, 2017, 1:59 PM by Kristina Fernandes   [ updated Sep 10, 2019, 7:23 PM by Jennifer Quinlan ]
We have many parents in attendance at our kick-off meetings each year for the 4th Grade Committee.  After some quick introductions, co-chairs give a brief overview of what the committee is responsible for in the current year. Some common activities are noted below.
  • Plan social events for 4th Grade students throughout the year to allow them to celebrate with their classmates and solidify bonds before merging with the other area elementary schools at Wilson.
  • Design the 4th Grade yearbook and order copies for all 4th Grade students.
  • Design the 4th Grade class shirts and order them for all 4th Grade students.
  • Organize a service project for the 4th Grade class to help out our community. 
  • Plan for the 4th Grade promotion ceremony at the end of the year (including programs, decorations and a video slideshow)
  • Present a Class Gift to leave behind for the benefit/enjoyment of future Ben-Hem students.
To accomplish all of these things, we need the help of all 4th Grade students and families to raise the funds to cover the cost (averaging 10,000 for the year - $75/student).  Fundraising will be done through community events, bake sales, 4th Grade Social events and more.  

For those parents who do not have the flexibility to help with or attend these events, there is also the option to contribute to the budget by writing a check to "Ben-Hem PTO" with "4th Grade Committee" on the notes line. Monetary contributions can be sent into school with your child or dropped off in the PTO mailbox outside the school.

One of the goals that we have for the 4th Grade Committee each year is to get as much involvement and input from our 4th grade students and parents as possible.  We will be sending out surveys and/or informally polling both groups to better refine which activities and fundraisers to hold each year.  The ideas presented at some prior year meetings were:

Community Activities
Mini Golf (on a half day before they close at the end of October)
Carnival Night (4th Grade to host for Kindergarten/First Grade students)
Bake Sale at Farmers Market
Palettes Paint Night @ Ben-Hem
Snow Tubing (on a half day)
Sports Tickets (Hockey/Lowell Spinners)
Student Fun Run @ Natick High School track
Concession Stand at Skating Rink during Hockey games
Photography Sessions (prior to winter holidays)
Worldwide Play Day (September 30 or October 1) - Hike Town Forest, Broadmoor
Fun & Games (on a half day) with Bake Sale
Bingo Night

4th Grade Only Activities
Frozen Ropes Dodgeball
Slime Party
Ninja Warrior place in Wellesley
Apple Picking
Dance (bring someone you love) OR "Just Dance" Party
Sky Zone (with Ninja Warrior course)
Energy Fitness
Ice Skating
Jump Trax
Liberty's (Disc. Pizza - Tues/Wed)
Longfellow Night
1/2 Day Movie in Cafetorium

Parent/Guardian Only Activities
Brewing Class
Parents Night at the Museum
Palettes Paint Night @ Palettes
Parent Social (Skyboxx, 110 Grill, The Chateau, Tap Room)

In addition to these great ideas, we are also planning on continuing the Movie Nights at Ben-Hem for the 4th Graders and Bake Sales at upcoming PTO events (Book Fair, Holiday Fair, Talent Show, Yard Sale).

Have more ideas?  Please send an email to 4thgrade@benhempto.org.

Details of the information discussed at the meeting can be found in the attached "Plan - Class of 2018" document.

Volunteer Sign-Ups and Parent/Student Surveys will be sent out as soon as they are available.
Kristina Fernandes,
Sep 21, 2017, 2:04 PM