Coming Up…

Thank you for a great Red Ribbon Week!

Coming up…

Mostly Mutts donations! October 29- November 2nd

Monday: Dog and cat treats

Tuesday: Kitchen and poop bags

Wednesday: Pet shampoo

Thursday: Dog and cat bowls

Friday: Wet and dry dog food

The Canned Food Drive also continues this week! As always, thank you for any an all donations to support these local causes.

Homework: Please be sure your child is reading 20-30 minutes every night and logging it in the bottom of his/her agenda. They should also be putting in 20-30 minutes of Prodigy or First In Math daily. Typing is also important practice. While we may not send home paper homework assignments, this practice is essential to building solid skills.

Please be reminded that students are not allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Wednesday. We would also ask that you limit/monitor the amount of candy coming to school in the days after the holiday.

Thursday Folders– Please be sure to look through your child’s Thursday folder and have them return it the next day. Often they are not returned or not emptied of the contents that are being sent home.

No school on Tuesday, November 6th.

ELA…

Reading: We are continuing our journey with informational reading and text features. This can be a big change for kids who love to read fiction. Please encourage a balance in reading of different types of genres and content.

Writing: We are also working on researching and writing our own informational, non-fiction books about the battle of the American Revolution. This is a big project with multiple parts, but the finished product is definitely worth the effort.

Thank you for all that you do to support our school, classroom, and kids. I could not do it without you! Mrs. Wright

 

 

A few things….

Dear Parents~

 

Thank you for a great conference week! It was wonderful to talk with each of you and discuss your child’s progress.

 

Next week we are back on a normal school schedule. Please remember to send in a note if your child’s transportation changes.

 

A few things…

 

Next week is Red Ribbon Week! Say no to Drugs!

Monday– Wear Red to kick off the week!

Tuesday– Wear your favorite team shirt as we “Team Up” for healthy choices.

Wednesday– Wear Orange as we stand united against bullies

Thursday– Dress as a super hero! We have the power to be drug and bully free!

Friday- Wear your school t-shirt! Our school travels the right path

 

The Canned Food Drive will also begin next week. Send in non-perishable items for families in need. The more boxes we fill the better chance we have to win.

 

Mostly Mutts donations! October 29- November 2nd – we will be collecting items for Mostly Mutts.

Monday: Dog and cat treats

Tuesday: Kitchen and poop bags

Wednesday: Pet shampoo

Thursday: Dog and cat bowls

Friday: Wet and dry dog food

 

Enjoy your weekend! It is supposed to be beautiful! Thank you, Mrs. Wright

 

 

 

Conference Week

Conference Week begins on Monday, October 15th. Please remember it is early release all week.

The book fair will be going on all week during conferences. Go check out the amazing selection of books and fun reading accessories.

Remember to sign up for Synergy access after your conference.

Report cards will be given out during your child’s conference.

Have a great week! I look forward to meeting with each of you.

Mrs. Wright

 

This week…

Dear Parents~

This week we will be wrapping up all of our units. Along with this comes end of unit assessments. These assessments help us see if students have met the standards for this quarter. Some of these assessments are simply data for us to use going forward, while others are counted as a graded assignment. Hopefully, you received the study guide I forwarded from Mrs. Ryan on Friday.

Thursday, October 11th is an Early Release Day. Please be aware that dismissal will take place at 12:20.

Also on Thursday, we will begin hearing and vision testing for all fourth graders. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they have them on this day.

Conference week is October 15-19. Thank you all for responding so quickly to the scheduling of your child’s conference. Conference Week is all an Early Release week. Dismissal will be at 12:20.

October 15-19 is also the school book fair.

Just a heads up- during conferences I will give you information about Synergy, CCSD’s online grading and report card system. After this first quarter, we will no longer print report cards. All report cards will be posted electronically for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter. It will be very important for you to sign up in the office during conference week.

Also, I will be asking you to check your child’s registration card to be sure that the non-registering parent is listed as someone who can pick up the child. It may seem redundant, but they must be listed on the back as well as the front. We will handle this during conferences or you can check ahead of time with the office to make any changes.

As always, thank you so much for your support of our classroom. I couldn’t do it without you. Mrs. Wright

Fall begins…

Fall has arrived and that means the first 9 weeks is coming to a close. Please watch for conference letters to come home this week. Check the date/time of your conference and mark your calendar. If the time or day does not fit your schedule, please return the form with several options to reschedule.

  • Conference week is October 15-19th.

  • Report cards will be given out at your child’s conference.

 ELA Update:

In Writing, students have begun typing their realistic fiction stories. Their stories include all elements of the Arc of the Story.

In Reading, we are currently finishing our novel study of The Tiger Rising. We have learned about theme, symbolism, debating story lines, interpretations in a story, as well as how a part of a story relates to the whole. We will wrap up with a culminating assignment demonstrating proficiency of these skills.

In social studies, students are learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution.

I hope you had a wonderful and restful week off with your family. I look forward to seeing you all during conference week. Mrs. Wright

This week at BSI…

ELA- we are continuing to work on our realistic fiction stories this week. Students are learning to write scenes that include the elements from the Arc of the Story.

READING- We are also continuing our journey with the novel study, The Tiger Rising. This is an amazing story. This week we are working on theme and interpreting elements of the story such as the setting and symbolism.

SOCIAL STUDIES- This week we will begin working on the events leading to the American Revolution, such as: The French and Indian War, The Stamp Act, Boston Massacre, and Boston Tea Party.

Constructed Response- We have been focusing heavily on a strategy called RACE. This is a format for answering a constructed response question (short essays questions). Students will use this strategy all year long and in future grade levels.

Restate the question, Answer in your own words, Cite evidence from the text, and Explain your thinking

  • Please don’t forget to wear red, white, and blue on September 11th for  Patriot’s Day at 1:00
  • Tuesday is also Chick Fil-A Night 6-8  (at Chastain Meadow)
  • Come one, Come all to the Fall Back to School Jamboree from 6-8pm on September 14th! Tickets are on sale now!

Halfway through the first 9 weeks!

I don’t know how it’s possible, but we are already through the first half of the quarter. Which means progress reports will go home this week. Please keep in mind that the first two weeks of school are used for setting expectations, procedures, and routines. We may have fewer grades for this progress report than usual. If you are concerned that a grade is low, please know, we still have another 4 1/2 weeks before report cards. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Progress Reports go home on Wednesday, September 5th.

 

Back to School Jamboree will be held at Big Shanty on Friday, September 14th. Come join all the fun.

 

Please continue to study the reading and writing vocabulary that was sent home last week. The quiz will be Friday.

Last Friday was our first STEM day. The kids were fantastic! Ask them about their soft landing vehicles- they were very creative and inventive.

A few things…

Good afternoon Parents~

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Attached is a list of vocabulary words we will be learning, studying, and applying over the next few weeks. This kids will have a quiz over them in two weeks. They will get a copy of them, and we will practice them in context and using games over the next two weeks. I wanted to send them to you so you could reinforce them at home. A great student tool is a site called    http://www.studyblue.com Students can put the words and definition into the site and have online flashcards to practice.

 

Also, we will be typing on Microsoft Word often this year as we publish writing pieces. They will also take the Milestones Test online and be required to type. It would be of great benefit to our kids if they could practice typing at home as often as possible. Ideas for practice might be: writing letters or emails to relatives, start a blog, write stories, poems, etc. My goal is to have them typing without the “hunt and peck”  system, but more fluidly and with a decent amount of speed. Another site that is a good resource is www.typetastic.com or www.dancemat.com – or as I said just practicing keyboarding and the tools of Word.

 

Thank you for all your support. Have a great week. Mrs. Wright

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our class was the winner of the most pledges in the school for the Boosterthon! We couldn’t have done it without your support!

What’s happening in ELA?

Our classes will go to the media center for check-out every Monday. Kids should bring books they need to renew or return on that day.

We are beginning our work on how to respond to a constructed response question. The strategy we use is called RACE. It stands for:

Restate the question

Answer it in your own words

Cite evidence or an example from the text

Explain your thinking

Reading:

We will begin reading an excellent book entitled, The Tiger Rising. This book is filled with many themes, vocabulary, and literary elements. We will learn about the ARC OF THE STORY and how a story is built.

Writing:

In connection with our reading lessons, the kids will be learning how to write realistic fiction. We will learn to build characters and setting, as well as connect the ARC OF THE STORY to their own writing.

We are off to a very good start. Have a wonderful week, and as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Mrs. Wright