March 22, 2018

It has been a busy February and March, therefore time has flown by.  The kids have been working hard and learning a lot.  I hope you have had a chance to sit down with your child and go over their report card with them.  I saw a lot of academic growth from the second quarter to the third quarter.  I want to remind you that your child should be completing the reading log each night (Monday – Thursday).  I have asked the kids to bring the log in each day.  This makes it easier for me to find the time to discuss their reading with them.

Everyone in our class has mastered the multiplication facts up to the 12’s!!!!! YEAH, this will help with math forever.  Be sure to continue to have your child review these facts for the rest of the school year and in the summer.

I am looking forward to Spring Break and time to rest.  Please encourage your child to read over the break.  Our Milestone Testing will begin on Tuesday after Spring Break.  We are busy reviewing previously learned skills as we prepare for the test.  For the next couple of weeks, we are doing additional math in the afternoon and less social studies and science.



February 8, 2018

Happy February!

Tomorrow, your child will bring home mid-term progress report grades. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Our field trip to the Fox Theater was great.  The children enjoyed seeing a live drama/musical.

On Friday February 16th, the students will have a science test on the solar system.  I will send home a study guide on Friday 2/9.  Please help your child use this study guide to prepare for the science test.

Happy Valentine’s!

January 21, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed your snow days.  I am looking forward to seeing the kids in the morning and having a five day week.  Our spelling list from last week will carry over to this week, since we only had one day of school.

Thank you for signing the reading logs.  I have seen growth in what the kids are writing for their responses.  Continue to be sure that your child is reading 20 to 30 minutes four or five times per week.

Our field trip to the FOX theater is on February 5th.  I am still looking for a parent volunteer to go with us.  You would need to be at school at 9:00AM and we will return at noon.  Please send me a note if you can go with us.

BINGO night is on February 2nd.  There are some amazing prizes.  I hope a lot of you can come out for this fun night.  The flyer about this went home last week.  Let me know if you have any questions about signing up for BINGO.

We are excited to celebrate Emily and Trae in the school Spelling Bee.  The bee has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 23 at 8:30AM.

We are doing a lot with fractions, so anytime that you can discuss fractions with your child do so.  Most of this nine week grading period will be spent on fractions.


Halfway Through the Year

It is hard to believe that your child is halfway through their 4th grade year of school.  They have learned so much about working together, as well as all their academic subjects.  Over the holiday break, please review math facts and have your child read.

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 8th – Fire Safety Village Field Trip


I am looking forward to our second half of the school year together.

I wish you and your family a restful and safe Winter Break.

December is Here!!!!

November 30, 2017

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of the last month of 2017.  As the kids were leaving today, we were talking about this.  I had told them earlier this week, that when they return to school in January that they will be closer to being fifth graders than having been third graders.

This is a great month to spend some extra time reading with your child.  The days are shorter and this makes a good activity to do at night.

I am so pleased that 14 of our students have shown mastery of the multiplication facts 0 – 12’s.  We had set a goal back in the beginning of the year to work to reach mastery of the multiplication facts by the Thanksgiving Break.  The kids have enjoyed ice cream sundaes when they reached two milestones in multiplication: 0 -10’s mastery and 0 – 12’s mastery.  Weekly drills continue to be given on Tuesday and Thursday.

We will be going to the Fire Safety Village on Monday, January 8th.  The Firemen will visit us at school on December 18th.


Great Time at The HIGH Museum

November 7, 2017

   Our field trip to the High Museum was full of interesting art exhibits.  We looked at the architecture of  the building and saw the exhibit of art by African artists.  One of the favorites of the class was the glasses exhibit.  These glasses were made from  materials found by the artist.  During our art activity time we created our own glasses.  This was a very engaging time for all, students and adults alike.  Take a look at the students wearing their finished pairs of glasses.  

Thanksgiving Lunch

Our class will eat our Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 14th at 10:30am.  You are invited to come and join us for lunch that day.  Please let us know if you are coming, so that we can let the cafeteria know to expect you.  The price for adult lunches is $3.75

Book Fair

The first Book Fair of the year is next week.  We will preview the books this Friday.  The Book Fair will be open during Thanksgiving lunch.


It was a Great Conference Week!!!

Thank you to all parents who came in to discuss your child’s progress.  I always enjoy talking with parents.  Please contact me anytime you have any questions or concerns.

We had a fun time at the Youth Museum on October 10th.  Everyone, including Mrs. Schneider, had a part in the presentation of the American Revolution.


Please send in those BOX TOPS by Friday, October 27th.  We would love to win the contest.

This week we are studying simple machines and will start to learn about the European Explorers.  Look for a study guide on simple machines on Thursday.  The test will be on Thursday, November 2nd.


October News

Tonight, October 5, the students will be singing at 6:30 the songs that they have been learning.  I hope to see everyone there.  They were excited today when they left.

Tomorrow night, October 6, is the FAll FESTIVAL from 5 to 8PM.  It will be a fun evening with games, basket raffles, and food.

Our field trip to the Youth Museum is next Tuesday, October 10th.  If you have not returned the permission slip, please do so by Monday, October 9th.  

Tomorrow you will be getting the conference form.  Please return these to me by Tuesday, October 10th.  If you need to request another time, go ahead and email me as soon as possible.  I want to have the opportunity to talk with each of you.

Lots of Effort Being Shown in the Classroom!        September 14, 2017

   WE have been busy workers this three day week.  The children have completed the first part of our reading of the book, Love That Dog.  We will begin reading The Sign of the Beaver on Friday.  This book will tie into our unit on Native Americans.  

The students have learned about the different types of clouds.  When you are outside with your child, ask him or her to identify the type of cloud.  WE also have a display of the clouds we have made outside our room.

Next week, we will resume having a reading log to be completed Monday – Thursday night at home.  As always, the reading log will be due on Friday morning.  In addition to the reading being done at home, the kids are reading for at least 20 minutes in class.  Building this stamina for reading has been shown to improve scores on testing.

I am excited about the progress that I am seeing being made with showing mastery of the multiplication facts.  While this is a third grade skill, time needed to be given to “refresh” students’ fluency with the facts 0 – 10.  What makes me so excited now is when the kids know they have passed the mini drill and talk to me about it.  This makes their teacher HAPPY!!!!

All BOX TOPS for EDUCATION need to be turned in by September 22!  I have family members saving them, and I have a bag full.  Maybe we can be the winning class.

September 22 – picture day



4th Week of Fourth Grade is Almost Complete

This morning during our class meeting I told the students that by Friday we will have finished 4 weeks of  school.  During these four weeks, the students have been learning routines, taking several pretests, learning and adjusting to fourth grade expectations, and making new friends.  I am excited about the way that everything is coming together for our class.

This week the students will take the water cycle test and the first spelling test.  I look forward to seeing their progress.  Every Thursday the students will take a spelling pretest for the next week’s list.  I look at their score on the spelling pretest to determine which spelling words they will have.

We are still finishing up The Lemonade War book.  I look for us to finish it by Tuesday of next week.  After we complete it, the class will review economics by identifying examples of the economics vocabulary found in the story and then we will take the economics test.  Continue to help your child review these terms for the assessment.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress after you have looked at their graded papers, do not hesitate to send me an email at [email protected]