The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of September 17, 2018

Important Dates:

Fall Break:  September 24th – 28th

Wednesday, October 11th:  Early Release

October 15th – 19th:  Conference Week (Early Release)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will continue to subtract large numbers. Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  subtract large numbers that require regrouping. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on subtracting multi-digit numbers:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-subtraction

Science: We will continue our unit on SPACE this week. We will learn about stars this week. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/universe.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will continue to learn about causes of the American Revolution.  We will be learning about “No Taxation Without Representation”.
ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, student will be working on completing their first draft of their Realistic Fiction pieces.  They will then begin the revision and editing stages.  Our grammar focus will be personification.
Reading- This week during Reading. we will be continuing to read our mentor text Tiger Rising.  We will also be continuing to focus on theme,as well

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of September 10, 2018

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 11th:  Patriots Day (1:00)  Popsicles will be sold for $1.00.

Friday, September 14th:  Back to School Jamboree  (6:00 – 8:00)

Fall Break:  September 24th – 28th

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will subtract large numbers. Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  subtract large numbers that require regrouping. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on subtracting multi-digit numbers:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-subtraction

Science: We will continue our unit on SPACE this week. We will continue to learn about the inner and outer planets of our solar system. The following slideshows are great for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-inner.htm  and  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-outer.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies we will begin learning about the American Revolution.  We will begin with the events that caused the American Revolution.
ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, student will be completing their Story Arc and begin writing their narrative stories.  We will also be continuing to work on our R.A.C.E. constructed responses.  Our grammar focus will be vivid verbs.
Reading- This week during Reading. we will be continuing to read our mentor text Tiger Rising.  We will also be focusing theme.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of September 3, 2018

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 5th- Progress Reports Go Home.

Please complete the family activity below sometime this week.


PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Allen: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will add large numbers. Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  add numbers large numbers. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on adding multi-digit numbers: http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-addition
Science: We will continue our unit on SPACE this week. We will learn about the inner and outer planets of our solar system. The following slideshows are great for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-inner.htm  and  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-outer.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students: https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies we will be continuing to focus on the man-made features of the United States.
ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, we will continue to use the Story Arc graphic organizer to generate our Realistic Fiction stories. We will also be completing a second R.A.C.E. constructed response together. R.A.C.E. is a strategy we focus on throughout the year to complete constructed response questions. It stands for R: Restate the question, A: Answer the question, C: Cite text evidence, E: Explain your answer.
Reading- This week during Reading. we will be focusing on the main characters of Tiger Rising.  We will complete character anaysis’s on Rob and Sistine.  We will be going to the Learning Commons on Wednesday for check-out.  (Normally, we go on Mondays, but due to the holiday weekend, our schedule has changed.)

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of August 27, 2018

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Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, August 29th: Early Release
  • Thursday, August 30th:  Picture Day
  • Friday, August 31st:  STEM Day

PARENTVUE Accounts- ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance.  If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key.  ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:

  • Weidner/Allen:  Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

  • Math-  This week we will work on rounding large numbers.  Students in fourth grade need to round numbers to the  millions place.  The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on rounding numbers: https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t-s&p=videos+that+teach+rounding#id=15&vid=5f27dd20a65b83860c39bc78fa5dcd95&action=click
  • Science:  We will continue our unit on SPACE next week.  This week we will do the EGG DROP CHALLENGE STEM PROJECT.
  • Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:  https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531
  • Social Studies:   This week in Social Studies we will be continuing to focus on the man-made features of the United States.
  • ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, we will begin using the Story Arc graphic organizer to start our Realistic Fiction stories.  We will also be completing a R.A.C.E. constructed response together.  R.A.C.E. is a strategy we focus on  throughout the year to complete constructed response questions.  It stands for R:  Restate the question, A: Answer the question, C:  Cite text evidence, E:  Explain your answer.
  • Reading-  Last week we began reading our shared reading book Tiger Rising.  The students are loving it!  We use this book to drive our lessons and instructions.  This week we will be continuing to focus on synthesizing (changing your thought process throughout the book), as well as introducing envisionment (making movies in our mind).

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
  • During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out.  Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of August 20, 2018

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Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, August 29th: Early Release
  • Thursday, August 30th:  Picture Day
  • Friday, August 31st:  STEM Day

PARENTVUE Accounts- ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance.  If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key.  ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:

  • We had several items on our wish list that were posted on our boards during Open House. We appreciate any donations.

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
  • During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out.  Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of August 13, 2018

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Important Dates:

  • Thursday, August 16th:  Boosterthon Fun Run: 4th Grade at 10:15 (blacktop) 
  • Wednesday, August 29th: Early Release
  • Thursday, August 30th:  Picture Day
  • Friday, August 31st:  STEM Day

PARENTVUE Accounts- ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance.  If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key.  ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:

  • We had several items on our wish list that were posted on our boards during Open House. We appreciate any donations.

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

  • Math-  This week we will work on different ways to represent numbers.  Students in fourth grade need to recognize numbers to the millions place.  Also, students will work on the PLACE and VALUE of a digit to the millions place.  For example, in the number 345,139…the 5 is in the thousands place so the value of the 5 is 5,ooo.  The following is a great video for you and your child to watch to better understand place value concepts:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/place-value
  • Science:  We will begin a unit on SPACE.  This week we will study the rotation of the Earth on it’s own axis as well as the orbit of the Earth around the Sun.
  • The following is a great video for you and your child to watch to better understand these concepts:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/day-on-earth.htm
  • Social Studies:   This week in Social Studies we will be focusing on locating important physical features of the United States.
  • ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, we will be reviewing over watermelon (big idea) and seed (small moments) stories.  We will also be focusing on generating ideas for personal narratives.   Lastly, we will begin working on the R.A.C.E. strategy.  We will begin with the”R”:  Restating the question.  In grammar we will be focusing on proper nouns.
  • Reading-  This week in Reading Workshop we will be discussing what Readers Workshop looks like.  We will also be working on strategies to use to choose “Just Right Books”.  On Thursday we will be going to the Media Center for orientation.   S

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of August 6, 2018

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We had a fabulous first few days doing team-building activities!

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, August 7th:  Boosterthon Pep Rally (more details to come)
  • Wednesday, August 29th: Early Release
  • Thursday, August 30th:  Picture Day

PARENTVUE Accounts- ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance.  If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key.  ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:

  • We had several items on our wish list that were posted on our boards during Open House. We appreciate any donations.

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

  • Math-  This week we will take some math baseline assessments to determine what students know coming in to fourth grade.  We will also set up our math notebooks and go over our EAGLE expectations for math.  Math homework will NOT begin until next week.
  • Science:  We will go over EAGLE expectations for science.
  • Social Studies:   This week in Social Studies we will be creating our Social Studies notebook.
  • ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, we will be taking our narrative pre-assessment.  We will also be creating our writing notebooks and setting individual goals.
  • Reading-  This week the students will be taking the RI on Tuesday.  The RI (Reading Inventory) is a reading comprehension test taken on the computers.  This test will determine student’s Lexile level. We will also be creating our Reading notebooks.  Please remember to send photos in with your child by Friday, August 10th (letter went home with your child on Monday, Aug 6th).

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of July 30, 2018

MEET YOUR “SUPER” TEACHERS!

Mrs. DeBusschere:  This is my 27th year teaching in Cobb County.   I love teaching fourth grade math and science.  Last summer I became a grandmother for the second time.  Bellamy, my grand daughter, is two years old and my grandson, Navy, will be one in August.  My husband and I love to babysit our precious grand-babies whenever we can.  I love to read and swim.  My husband and I love to travel.  We have traveled to some beautiful countries such as England, Russia, France, Greece, and Italy.  

Mrs. Weidner:   This is my 17th year teaching, and my fourth year at Big Shanty!  I love teaching Reading, Writing and Social Studies!  I am so excited to be here with such a wonderful group of students and teachers!  I grew up in Ohio, and after attending Clemson University moved to the Atlanta area.  While teaching, I received my Masters in Reading and Literacy and my Specialist in Leadership.  I have been married for 10 years (my husband attended Big Shanty many years ago) and have a four year old and seven year old daughter.  I am looking forward to a fantastic school year.

Ms. Wilder:  This is my 27th year teaching and my 3rd year at Big Shanty. I  have spent the last 2 years working with 5th grade on math, science and social studies and I am super excited to join the 4th grade team this year working in ELA. My real love is reading and writing and I can’t wait to share this passion with the students. I am a mother of 2 young men Trey, 19 and Cody, 14 and 4 crazy dogs! I am looking forward to a fantastic year in 4th grade!

Ms. James: This is my 5th year teaching at Big Shanty and I will be teaching math and science this year. One of my master’s degrees is in teaching which I received from Valdosta University and I am looking forward to an amazing year of learning with your children.  My passions in life are my 13 year old daughter, reading, and dance. This promises to be the best school year ever!

 

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of May 14, 2018

Important Dates:
Friday, May 18th: Eagle Awards for 4th Nine Weeks at 10:00 (invitations will be going  home in your child’s Agenda Book on Monday.
Tuesday, May 22nd: Early Release (no book bags)
Wednesday, May 23rd: Early Release and last day of school (no book bags)

Items Needed:
Weidner/Allen: sharpened pencils, Chlorox Wipes
Debusschere/James: Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– We will focus on division this week.  Students will have a test on this concept on Thursday.
Social Studies/Science– We will continue our unit on the Solar System.  We will focus on the relationships of the Earth, Moon, and Sun.
Reading- This week we will finish reading Number the Stars.  We will also take the last Touchstone Mini assessment.
ELA/Writing– This week we will finish up our chick writing project.  The project and chicks will be going home with your child.  Our grammar focus this week will be adjectives.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of May 7, 2018

Important Dates:
Friday, May 11th: Field Day
Friday, May 18th: Eagle Awards for 4th Nine Weeks
Tuesday, May 22nd: Early Release
Wednesday, May 23rd: Early Release and last day of school

Items Needed:
Weidner/Allen: sharpened pencils, Chlorox Wipes
Debusschere/James: Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– We will focus on division this week.  Students will have a test on this concept on Thursday.
Social Studies/Science– We will continue our unit on the Solar System.  We will focus on the relationships of the Earth, Moon, and Sun.
Reading- Library books are due to the Learning Commons on Monday.  Please help your child remember to bring them to school.  This week we will continue reading Number the Stars.
ELA/Writing– This week we will continue with our chick writing project.  We will be finishing up our narrative writing on them.  Our grammar focus this week will be quotation marks.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning