Good Morning Parents~
Well, here we go! We are on the down swing to the end of the school year with only 24 days left of school. Hard to believe!
Comcast Cares Day-Saturday, April 21st– WE NEED YOUR HELP J Please come form 8am-1pm and help us spruce up the school. This is a HUGE event that requires as many volunteers as possible. If you have garden tools, wheel barrows, and strong arms, please come help us beautify our property. The fourth grade will be working in the gardens, but feel free to help wherever you can. Prizes will be raffled off to students who volunteer.
Big Shanty 2nd Annual Garden Gala Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8pm. This is an opportunity to see your child shine in many different ways. This is a very special evening. Our students will be doing a poetry reading at 7pm on the main stage. There will be music, games, trail walks, food trucks, a basket auction, an art show, and so much more. Please mark your calendar for this amazing night with your child. Please use the link for more information. https://bigshantygardengala.weebly.com/
Book Fair: April 23-27. Come out and support our Big Shanty Book Fair. Our students will be previewing the books on Monday morning. If you would like to volunteer, please click the link below.
Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. Tomorrow we begin Milestone testing. As I mentioned before, we will be testing online from 11-1pm. We will be eating early at 9:55am. Here are a few tips for helping your child this week:
- Encourage them to do their best!
- Go to bed early… even if they are not asleep… unwind early.
- Eat a good breakfast and pack a healthy lunch.
- Send them in layered clothing or bring a sweatshirt… so they can manage their own comfort-level.
- Please don’t check them out early.
- Don’t stress over the test!
I firmly believe our kids are ready and will shine brightly on the test!
Next, I will be doing a research project with the kids over the next week and half. I have most of the supplies they will need, but they may want “extra” things to make their project stand out. If you have any fabric scraps, colored index cards, fun craft paper, or other items you’d like to send in, I know the kids would appreciate it. Also, I am in need of liquid glue for this project-donations are appreciated.
Also, if you have any items for the carnival basket, please send them in as soon as possible! Thank you!
Finally, don’t forget about Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 21st from 8-1pm. We need as many volunteers as possible to help beautify our school and complete our year-long STEM project for fourth grade- Thrive in the HIVE. If you can help that day, please sign-up on the school website.
The end of the year is drawing near… let’s make the next few weeks the best ever. Thank you, Mrs. Wright
What’s Happening in Room 131?
ELA- In ELA we are beginning our review and polish of constructed response answers. When a student is asked to do a constructed response question, they should use the RACE It strategy. This strategy gives the student a format for responding to the question.
Restate the question
Answer in your own words
Cite evidence from the text using a quote starter
Explain your thinking and elaborate
Reading- In reading we will begin our review and polish of reading skills taught this year. Areas we will be working on are: text structure (cause and effect, sequencing, description, problem/solution, and compare and contrast), inferencing, point of view, figurative language, context clues, and story elements.
In Other News…dates to remember:
Early Release is Wednesday, March 14th
Poetry Book orders are due March 16th!
St. Patrick’s Day dance is March 16th
Report cards will be sent home March 21st
Spring Break is April 2-6th
Milestone Testing window April 10th-20th
Spring Carnival April 20st
Comcast Cares Day April 21st
Garden Gala May 3rd
The Georgia Milestones are right around the corner. Our school “window” for taking the test will be April 10-20th. We will not test this whole time, but it is the time allotted for our students to take it. Below is a link to the Georgia Experience, which has some practice items for kids at home. Fourth grade students will be taking the test on the computer, so continued typing and pacing practice it a great place to focus as you prepare at home.
We will also have the opportunity to practice at school, so the kids are familiar with the format of the test online. I will send more information as it becomes available.
As always, thank you for your support. Karen Wright
The link will provide students with practice on taking the online assessment. http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/
Welcome back from winter break! I hope you all had a wonderful week with your families.
This week is READ ACROSS AMERICA week for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We will be doing a number of quick and fun activities to celebrate this week. Wednesday, kids can share a silly book with a friend. On Thursday, kids can wear red, white, and blue- this is no tv, no tech day…READ! On Friday, wear a Seuss hat!
ELA/READING- In ELA and reading we have been working on non-fiction informational texts, specifically with the causes of the American Revolution. The kids have written five paragraph essays about the causes and turned them into non-fiction books with pictures, table of contents, captions, a map, a timeline, and headings. They are truly amazing! I am very proud of their hard work.
We will continue working on the RACE it strategy for answering constructed response questions, as well as a review of point of view and perspective. We will begin a spiral review of all skills we have studied to prepare for Milestone testing.
POETRY BOOKS- Please watch your child’s Thursday folder for an order form for the poetry book our class has created. There are three different versions, but my suggestion is to buy the cheapest one, if you plan to order.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, thank you for your support. Karen Wright
Well, we made it to Friday! It’s been quite a week with so many kids out, but we will persevere. Ms. Ryan and I are doing our best to get kids caught up and back on track, if they have been out! Below are a few things to keep in mind for the upcoming weeks.
*Progress Reports go home today! Please sign and return with your child on Monday! If you child has been out, and their grades aren’t what you expected…we may still be playing catch up with some of their lessons and assignments. We will continue to be diligent in making sure they get what they need.
*Valentine’s Day- As per my last email, we will have a quick exchange on Wednesday. If your child is planning to participate, he/she should bring one for each member of our class.
*Winter Break- Winter Break is Feb. 19-23.
*Kindness Week- Next week is Kindness Week! Kids have the opportunity to do nice things for those around our building or in our community!
*Please continue to have your child read and log their minutes on Eaglenasium, as well as complete their time on First In Math each night!!!
*Also, remember to continue to practice typing on a regular basis! I have already seen a huge improvement. This will be very important when they take the Georgia Milestones in April.
*Please take some time to wash jackets, hats, book bags, etc. over the break! I’m hoping to come back to a germ-free room after break!
Have a great weekend! And as always, thank you for your support. Mrs. Wright
All I can say is WOW! Your kids did such a great job with the extra assignments I sent home over the snow days!! I am so impressed! I know doing “work” over days off may not be enjoyable to some, but I truly want to thank you for pushing your kids to keep their brains active during this extended break. If your child did any of the activities, but hasn’t yet brought them in, please send them to school, so I can give them credit and their extra eagle bucks. Once again, thank you for that little extra push!
The fourth grade musical is upon us! Now even sooner than ever! Please send in a black shirt for your child as soon as possible… and any extra donated black shirts are greatly appreciates. Remember, the musical is Thursday, February 1st at 6pm.
Thank you so very much! Have a great week! Mrs. Wright
This quarter in English Language Arts we are working on writing summaries for informational passages. We are reading informational pieces about the causes of the Revolutionary War, summarizing each passage, and then using those summaries to build informational essays. After writing their 5 paragraph essays, students will turn those essays into informational books using different non-fiction text features.
Students are learning to expand their writing abilities by identifying and applying the use of compound and complex sentences into their writing. They are also working to apply very precise word choice to their writing.
Applying their word choice skills, students are working on free verse poetry using figurative language such as: imagery, personification, similes, and metaphors. These poems will be complied as a class to create a book that will be published through Student Treasures.
Along with informational reading, the students are continuing to read fiction texts of their choice. Please be sure your child is logging their reading time on Eaglenasium or at the bottom of each day in their agenda.
Please give your child the opportunity to practice their typing skills as often as possible. It is very possible that they may be typing on the Milestones Test, so practice is very important. The sites below are a great resource for practice.
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful and relaxing break with your family. It’s hard to believe we are halfway through the school year. There is a lot of learning and growing left to do over the next few months, so we will be jumping right in when we return tomorrow.
- Thank you all for your presence and support for our holiday party. Whether you volunteered or donated items, everything you do is appreciated. Thank you all as well, for the many special gifts and tokens of the holiday. It is very thoughtful of you to think of me during this season.
- REPORT CARDS will be sent home on Friday. Please review it with your child, set a few achievable goals, and have your child reflect on their areas of strength and areas that need improvement. Please sign the envelope and return with your child ASAP.
- Eagle Award invitations will be sent home with report cards. This is also a great time to reflect on study habits, conduct, and organization.
- WEATHER- the weather is very cold! Please send your child with a coat and long pants until this frigid air moves on. Burr!
- January 16th is MLK, Jr. Day- there is no school!
- Please be reminded that each student has the responsibility of completing 30 minutes of First in Math daily, as well as 30 minutes of reading. Students should log their reading in Eaglenasium or at the bottom of their agenda daily. Please encourage your child to challenge themselves with their reading choices.
- TYPING- there is a good possibility that 4th grade students may be taking the Milestones Test on the computer. This means they will be typing their written responses. It is crucial that students be able to type at a steady pace and know all the functions of the keyboard. PLEASE, please, please allow your child to practice typing on the computer. Ideas for typing are: RACE it type questions and format, research essays (3-5 paragraphs), letters to family, summaries, poems, etc. Kids should be mindful of how long it takes them to complete a task, so timing them to “Beat the Clock” and still be accurate is a good practice. Later this month, I will be sending optional typing practice home with kids.
- Below are a few typing resources to choose from:
- 4th Grade Musical will be held February 1st.
So, here we go! I am very proud of the progress our kids have made so far this year! I know 2018 will be fantastic! Thanks for all you do! Karen Wright