December 9th – 13th

There are ONLY 9 more days before the Winter Break! WOW! During this time, I will be starting 9 days of giving for my students. Each day, I will unveil the gift of the day so PLEASE feel free to ask your child!

Reminders:
*Please sign and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Giving Bag Collection  – Thank you for all your donations!!
*TPV, December 10
*Pope High School Field Trip – Alice in Wonderland December 12 – Wear GREEN class shirt!
*Class Holiday Party, Monday, December 16 8:50-9:35                                                               *Early Release, December 19 and 20                                                                                       *Holiday Break, December 23- January 5

Curriculum:

Math: Today we began Chapter 6, Divide by a One-Digit Number. This week we will focus on dividing multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 as well as estimating quotients. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems. Students are also able to get on Prodigy, Khan Academy, and Moby Max at home to review and reinforce previously learned skills.

Reading Workshop: Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” – Students have been researching their extreme weather topic and have started working collaboratively on their Power Point Presentation. Vocabulary Unit 9 – Test Friday.
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue reviewing vowel teams as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays. Students are working on adding examples and mini-stories to support their ideas.

December 2nd – 6th

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had an incredible week off, spending quality time with family. It’s hard to believe we only have three weeks of school before the holiday break, and these next few weeks will be BUSY! 🙂 

Reminders:
*Please sign and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Six Flags Read to Succeed logs went home Friday! Please read through the directions carefully. You will be logging your child’s minutes online this year!
*Giving Bag Collection Begins, Monday, December 2 – MBES is thrilled to continue our community outreach Spirit of Giving Bags tradition again this year. Many families attending our sister schools rely heavily on school provided breakfast and lunch and when schools break for holidays these families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10 TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities. Please see approved items below and send in on or before 12/10. We have put together a list of what is most important for these families. Please do not send in opened or unwrapped items. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
*Fire Safety Field Trip, Wednesday, December 4
*Last day of Fall Fact Clubs, December 6
*TPV, December 10
*Pope High School Field Trip – Alice in Wonderland December 12
*Class Holiday Party, Monday, December 16 8:50-9:35                                                      *Early Release, December 19 and 20                                                                                  *Holiday Break, December 23- January 5

Curriculum:
Math: We will finish up with Chapter 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. Students will have a test over Chapter 5 on Friday. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems. Students are also able to get on Prodigy, Khan Academy, and Moby Max at home to review and reinforce previously learned skills.

Reading Workshop: Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” – This week, students will begin their big WEATHER research project!
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue reviewing vowel teams as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays. Students will convert their ideas to Boxes and Bullets to make sure their essays are both strong in content and form. We will also focus on composing and sorting Mini-Stories.

Social Studies: Students will evaluate the major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention; looking specifically at the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

November 18th – 22nd

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Quite a bit of important information went home with your child on Friday regarding our upcoming field trips. Please sign and return all field trip forms that went home with your child as soon as possible. 🙂

Reminders:
*Please sign and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Fire Safety Pre-Visit, Wednesday, November 20
*Friendship Feast with our Book Buddies  Wednesday, November 20 – Thank you to everyone for donating items!                                                                                                                       *STEM Day Friday, November 22 – Please send in empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls
*Six Flags Read to Succeed logs are coming home tomorrow! Pleas read through the directions carefully. You will be logging your child’s minutes online this year!                           *THANKSGIVING Break November 25-29                                                                                  *Fire Safety Field Trip December 4                                                                                            *Last day of Fall Fact Clubs December 6                                                                            *Field Trip to Pope High School to watch a performance of The Wizard of OZ December 12     *If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:

Math: We will continue with Chapter 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. We will continue to multiply 2-digit numbers using the various strategies students have learned. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading Workshop: Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” – This week, students will be tackling tricky vocabulary and learn to summarize a nonfiction text through a summary boot camp!
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday. Vocabulary Unit 8 – Your child may have homework each night to help prepare for his/her test on Friday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue reviewing vowel teams as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays. Students will continue collecting ideas as essayists, write to learn, and use elaborate prompts to grow ideas.

Science: We will continue our unit on the Water Cycle.

November 11th – 15th

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Parents, please fill out this lunch choice form ASAP for our upcoming Cobb Safety Village field trip.

Reminders:
*Please sign and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Veteran’s Day Monday, November 11
*TARGET day has been changed to TOMORROW – Monday, November 11
*If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:
Math: We will begin unit 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. This week we will multiply by tens, estimate products, use the distributive property, and multiply by two-digit numbers. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading Workshop:  Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” – We will be examining different nonfiction text structures to help accentuate what matters.
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue reviewing vowel teams as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays. Our unit opens with an essay structure boot camp! Students will begin collecting ideas as essayists.

Social Studies: Students will be finishing their project about the major battles during the American Revolution. They will continue working with their group to create a Brainpop movie about one of the battles.

November 4th – 8th

Reminders:
*Please sign and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Election Day- NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 5
*Breakfast with Dad- Friday, November 8 (6:30-7:15 in the cafeteria)
*If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:

Math: We will begin unit 4, Multiply with One-Digit Numbers. We will continue modeling multiplication using area models and partial products. The standard algorithm (“regular way” of multiplying) will also be introduced. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading: We will begin Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” which focuses on nonfiction books. We will be examining different nonfiction text structures to help accentuate what matters. Vocabulary Unit 7 – Your child may have homework each night to help prepare for his/her test on Friday.
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue reviewing vowel teams as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: We will begin Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays. Our unit opens with an essay structure boot camp! Students will begin collecting ideas as essayists.

Science: We will begin our next unit on the Water Cycle. Students will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.

October 28th – November 1st

Reminders:
*Please sign and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
* Patron Drive – Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate $125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials. Please donate today! The Patron Drive ends on 10/31 and our goal is to have 100% participation!
*Walton Cluster Family night – No homework -Wednesday, October 30                                 *TARGET FIELD TRIP – Wednesday, October 30                                                                       *Idiom Dress Up Day October 31
*If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:

Math: We will begin unit 4, Multiply with One-Digit Numbers.We will be using strategies to solve problems like estimation, partial products, and basic facts/patterns to quickly find answers. The standard algorithm (“regular way” of multiplying) will also be introduced. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading: We will begin Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” which focuses on nonfiction books.
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will review vowel teams this week as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: We will continue working on our opinion piece, “Should your recess be longer?”  and begin publishing this week. Students will choose a side and find evidence to support their opinion.

Social Studies – Students will learn more about the major events of the American Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and British defeat; include the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown.

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October 21st – 25th

What a great week of conferences!  I truly enjoyed getting to spend time with each of you to share your child’s progress so far in fourth grade!

Reminders:
*Due to early release and conference week, mail and behavior sheets will go home on Monday. 🙂
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Cobb Youth Museum field trip Wednesday October 23rd
* Patron Drive – Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate $125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials. Please donate today! The Patron Drive ends on 10/31 and our goal is to have 100% participation!
*STEM Fair October 22 at 5:30                                                                                          *Idiom Dress Up Day October 31
*If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:
Math: Students have been working very hard learning about factors and multiples and prime and composite numbers. We will continue to work practice and review for our test on Friday. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading: This week we will study a nonfiction story from our Storyworks magazine titled Our Beautiful Town is Gone. Learning Objective: Students will read an article about a devastating wildfire and identify key details that help them understand what people experienced during and after the event.                                                                    Vocabulary Unit 6 – Test on Friday
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will review vowel teams this week as well as continue to review -r controlled syllables, open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: We will begin looking at an opinion piece, “Should your recess be longer?” Students will choose a side and find evidence to support their opinion.

Science: We will be wrapping up our Earth and Space unit this week with a moon phases activity. To conduct this activity, we will need quite a few packages of OREO cookies! If you would like to donate a package of OREA cookies, we would greatly appreciate it!!
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October 14th – 18th

Conference week is here! I am looking forward to meeting with all of you and sharing your child’s progress! We will follow early release schedule all week. 

Voyagers of the Month – Congratulations to two very deserving students, Kellen Cao and Ryan Patrick, for being selected as Voyagers of the Month for Cooperation!

Reminders:

*Please initial and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet in his/her red folder.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Please return permission forms for the Cobb Youth Museum ASAP.
*Conference Week – . It will also be early release every day this week. Please make sure you send in a note if your child will be going home differently than usual. Please note that there will be no FACT Clubs this week.
* Patron Drive – Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate $125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials. Please donate today! The Patron Drive ends on 10/31 and our goal is to have 100% participation! 🙂
*STEM Fair October 22 at 5:30                                                                                           *Idiom Dress Up Day October 31
*If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:

Math: Students ROCKED their Area and Perimeter test last week! WOW!! We also began Chapter 3, Understand Multiplication and Division. This week we will focus on the distributive property of multiplication as well as factors and multiples. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading: We will focus on Figurative Language this week and incorporate Reader’s Theater into our learning.
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue to review -r controlled syllables along with open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: We will begin looking at an opinion piece, “Should your recess be longer?” Students will choose a side and find evidence to support their opinion.

October 7th – 11th

Thank you to our three amazing mom volunteers, Mrs. Pruitt, Mrs. Skold, and Mrs. Weisberger, for covering our class during TPV last week. Students had a blast going through their Fall themed stations!

Reminders:
*Please initial and return your child’s ORANGE behavior sheet in his/her red folder.
*Remind your child to bring both his/her agenda and red folder to school tomorrow.
*Please return permission forms for the Cobb Youth Museum ASAP.
*Early Release & Conference Week – Thursday, October 10 is an early release day. Dismissal should be complete by 12:30. Also, October 14th through October 18th is conference week. It will also be early release every day that week. Please make sure you send in a note if your child will be going home differently than usual. Please note that there will be no FACT Clubs that week.
* Patron Drive – Envelopes regarding the Patron Drive were sent home last week. Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate $125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials. Please donate today!
*Yom Kippur October 9 – Happy holiday to those families celebrating!
*STEM Fair October 22 at 5:30                                                                                                  *Idiom Dress Up Day October 31
*If you would like access to online text books, here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/digitaltextbooks.aspx Username is firstname.lastname
Password is 123

Curriculum:

Math: We will wrap up Chapter 13, Perimeter and Area, with a Test on Tuesday. We will begin Chapter 3, Understand Multiplication and Division. Homework each night is to spend 10 minutes practicing multiplication facts on XtraMath. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to know his/her facts. It’s key to their success throughout the school year and ability to solve more complex problems.

Reading Workshop: This week we will shift gears and focus on a Fiction story from our Storyworks magazine titled In the Game. Learning Objective: Students will analyze the problem and solution in a story about a boy who is figuring out how to balance his desires with what’s fair to others. Students will also describe the author’s craft and use text evidence to make inferences.
Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and log minutes. Please don’t forget to initial your child’s log each Thursday.
Vocabulary Unit 5 – Your child may have homework each night to help prepare for his/her test on Friday.
O.G. – We will spend the next few weeks covering syllable types. The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. We will continue to review -r controlled syllables along with open and closed syllables and consonant + le syllables.

Writing Workshop: Unit 1: Narrative. Students will continue to publish their narratives which will wrap up this week. I can’t wait to share their masterpieces with you all! Next, we will be looking at an opinion piece, “Should your recess be longer?” Students will choose a side and find evidence to support their opinion.

Science: This week we will begin discussing the moon and the different phases that it experiences.

MBESF Patron Drive 2019

LET’S GO ALL IN!

October is the month of our annual Foundation’s Patron Drive! Your donations ensure that our Buccaneers have opportunities to ENRICH. EMPOWER. EXCEL above and beyond funding from the District. Packets went home Yesterday! Please click on this link to see a video about our fabulous Foundation!
Visit the Foundation website to make your donation today: http://www.mbesf.org
Please remember to check if your company offers Corporate Matching by clicking here!

Why is the Foundation important to me? Let me count the ways…

The Foundation is important to me because it allows me to be a better teacher for my students. I have been able to receive more professional development due to the Foundation. I have been able to receive training in the Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop and some Orton-Gillingham Phonics training.

This year, we received training in Kagan Cooperative Learning which ensures that every student is actively involved. Using Kagan Cooperative Learning not only improves academic achievement but improves social relations.

Not only did we already receive training this school year, we are implementing “The Voyage” adventures in character schoolwide. This program helps to create common language that inspires students to positively influence their classrooms, homes, and communities.

Another benefit our fourth graders received was a Study Skills Lesson at the end of August. This helped the students with organization of materials, use of their agenda and some study skill strategies. The students were active and had good questions during their lesson.

The Mt. Bethel Foundation has helped in many other countless ways. I am extremely grateful that we have such a strong community that is “ALL IN” to enrich, empower, and excel!

Thank you MBESF!

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