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
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
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!
Patriot’s Day is September 11th at 1:30 on the blacktop. Please feel free to join us as we thank our First Responders.
Hat day is this Friday. Bring $1.00 to wear a hat for the day!
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
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.
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