Monday, October 23, 2017

Week of October 23rd, 2017

This week in class... 

Math - We are reviewing for and taking the Chapter 2 assessment! 

Reading - We will continue reading Stone Fox

Writing - We are in the revising and peer editing phase of the writing process with our autumn leaves informative writing. 

Spelling - There is NO spelling this week due to half days! 

Science - We will finish our experiement on how force affects speed. 

There is NO spelling homework this week! Your child WILL have a math review for homework. Help ensure your child is coloing in their pumpkin reading logs and Book-It reading logs for the month of October. They are due November 1st. 

I will email you and send home a reminder of your child's conference time. See you then! 

There will be half days on Wednesday and Thursday this week due to conferences. 

Spirit Week is this Week... 
Monday - Wear red 
Tuesday - Crazy Day (hair and/or clothes) 
Wednesday - Nerd Day 
Thursday - Hat Day 
Monday Oct. 30th - Pajama Day 
Tuesday Oct. 31st - Costume Day or Spirit Wear  

Please send a healthy snack with your child each day. 
***If any families would like to donate healthy, prepackaged snacks to our class, many kids would be grateful! 

Boxtops for Education... 
Please keep sending them in! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week of October 16th, 2017

This Week in Class... 

Math - We will be working on multi-step problems and contuing practicing our multiplication skills. 

Reading - Last week we began our novel study of Stone Fox. We will be working with chapters 3 and 4 this week. 

Writing - We are continuing our informative piece about the changing autumn leaves. We will peer edit and rewrite in paragraph form. 

Spelling - We will have our spelling test this THURSDAY. Please help ensure your child is prepared a day earlier than normal. 

Science - This week we will set up an experiment involving force and how it affects speed. 

Walking Field Trip for Red Ribbon Week is THIS WEEK! 
We will be walking and taking a picture for Red Ribbon Week. We will be out of the building between 1:00 and 3:00. 

It is a district-wide grading day for all teachers. 

Homework Club... 
Please help remind your child to complete and turn in all homework! My policy for late work is only one day and then I will not accept it for homework club. This month the reward is popsicles! 

I have received confirmation from all families for their conference day/time! Thank you so much for that!!! There will be normal school days on Monday and Tuesday and there will be half-days on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be NO SCHOOL on FRIDAY the 27th. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week of October 9th, 2017

This Week in Class...

Math - We will learn the traditional method for multiplying.

Reading - We will begin a novel study of Stone Fox.

Writing - We began our first informative piece on the changes in Autumn leaves and will continue that process this week.

Social Studies - We will make another flip-flap on the continents, ocean, equator, and prime meridian.

Homework Club...
We are beginning a new month for homework club! Remember, all assignments must be turned in on-time for students to be apart of homework club and earn a prize!

Book-It Reading Program...
Stdudents received their October reading log (it has clocks on it) for the Pizza Hut Program! IF students fill out their log and bring it in November 1st, they will get a free personal pizza coupon from Pizza Hut!

School Absenses...
If your child misses a day of school, please contact the front office to excuse them. I will be calling families that have unexcused absenses to check in. Thanks!

Parent-Teacher Conferences...
COMING SOON! The week of October 23rd. I will be scheduling all families and contacting you soon!

Box Tops...
Please continue sending in box tops. We earned our popcorn party and we are working towards 250 box tops to earn a popcicle party!

Cold Weather is upon us...
Please start sending coats with your children. We are having rainy, crisp fall days and warmth is important for our health! Thanks!

Field Trip...
We will be seeing Journey to Oz at the Performing Arts Center on November 1st! That is coming up!!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week of September 25th, 2017

This week in class... 

Math - We will be learning about estimation in multiplication, the distributive property, and how to multiply a multi-digit number by a 1 digit number. 

Reading - This week we are reading the story Akaik and will be working on answering text dependent questions. 

Writing - We will be learning about relative pronouns and types of sentences. 

Science - We are continuing learning about the scientific method and doing activities with "force". 

Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. Toys will be collected if they are out and parents will be notified. 

Math homework is due the very next day. Spelling homework is due every Friday. I always allow homework to be 1 day late. Any later and that student will not be in Homework Club for the month. 

September Reading Log... 
Due October 1st! There are enough activities on the log to last your child 5 days a week for 4 weeks! 

Open House This Week! 
Please join us this Friday for Open House! 

Box Tops for Education... 
Please send in box tops to help our class earn a reward. the first 50 box tops will earn our students a popcorn party! Please make sure that the tops are not expired and that the date is not cut off. Thanks! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week of September 18th, 2017

This Week in Class... 

Math - This week are beginning Chapter 2. We will be learning about multiplying a 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. 

Reading - We have completed our Chris Van Allsburg author study. We are spending the week doing our final projects! Students are making a movie poster for a book of their choosing. 

Writing - We are learning about the prefix re- which means "again". 

Science - We are starting the year with "force". We will be using the scientific method to drive our experiments this year. This will get us ready for the Science Fair later this year! 

Mediator Training THIS WEEK!!! 
If your student filled out an application and received/returned a permission slip to attend training it will be held this THURSDAY and FRIDAY the 21st and 22nd. Please send your child with a packed lunch from home. Please make sure your child is ON TIME to school on those days! 

***I will be attending Mediator Training on both days so there will be a substitute in my classroom for two days. We will discuss as a class the appropriate behavior expected when there is a guest teacher in the classroom and I hope that families will discuss this further at home. 

Please start sending in those box tops!!! The first class prize for bringing in 50 box tops is a popcorn party! 
*Please make sure they are not expired 
*Please make sure the date is visible on the box tops 

Open House will be held next Friday the 29th. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week of September 11th, 2017

This Week in Class... 

Math - We will have our very first test on Tuesday! It will cover expanded/word/standard form, rounding, estimating, addition and subtraction. As always, students that earn a D or F will have the opportunity to make corrections and earn back points. 

Reading - We are nearing the end of our author study. We will watch the movie Jumanji and do a compare and contrast activity with it. 

Writing - We will be reviewing nouns and pronouns this week. Soon, we will begin informative writing. 

Spelling - There is spelling this week. Homework went home on Friday and is due this Friday! 

Social Studies - We are learning about map keys/legends and cardinal directions. 

SEL - We have been discussing empathy in class. Empathy means "to walk in someone else's shoes" or to understand what others are feeling. The idea of empathy is a very big concept and discussing it at home would tremendously help young kids learn how to better get along with peers, siblings, and adults! 

Math homework is sent on most days and is due the very next day. Spelling homework goes home on Friday and is due the following Friday (test day!). Reading logs are due the 1st of every new month. Please talk with your children about what homework they have each day and remind them to get it turned in on-time. RESPONSIBILITY is KEY in 4TH GRADE!!! :) :) :) 

Please send healthy snacks to school for your child. It is simply not my responsibility to provide food daily for my students. If any families would like to donate individually packaged snacks for the class we would graciously accept. Thanks for understanding! 

Please send your child to school with appropriate gear. In Alaska we do get rain and snow and it does get cold quickly! It is so important for students to get outdoor time for fresh air, exercise, and social time outside the classroom. Please have your children ready for the outdoors! Thanks! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week of September 4th, 2017

This Week in Class... 

Math - We will review the concepts from our first Mid-Chapter Checkpoint. We will also review addition and subtraction cpncepts. 

Reading - We are continuing our Chris Van Allsburg author study. We are focusing on theme, setting, and character traits. 

Writing - We will be learning about prefixes, suffixes, and grammar concepts this year! We will start our journey with the prefix -un this week. We will continue to write in our writer's notebooks as well! 

Spelling - This is our first week of spelling! Every student received his/her spelling packet last Friday.  Our first test will be this Friday. Homework packets are also due Friday morning. 

Social Studies - We will learn about map keys and legends. 

Wlecome to a new month! All homework assignments must be turned in for students to earn a prize in Homework Club. If assignments are not turned in when they are due, then students have ONE extra day only to get in their assignment for Homework Club. Also, September reading logs went home on Friday. They are due October 1st. 

Summer Pictures... 
We have begun using our summer memories to enhance our writing! If you have not sent pictures in with your child please do that as soon as possible. You can upload pictures to from your social media and computers and will be printed in an hour for very cheap! :) 

Please send healthy snacks with your child to school. We have snack time each day in the afternoon. I would like to give a shout out to Sonja Mitchel for donating snack to our class. If anyone else would like to donate snacks we would graciously appreciate them. Pre-packaged healthy snacks would be best.