September 16

Mountain View Fun Run is Thursday, September 20th!!!!!!

Fun Run
This year’s main Foundation fundraiser is the MINDSPARK Fun Run! Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering products. The program began with the Pep Rally today. Now, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your child will run on the day of the MINDSPARK Fun Run.

Our Fun Run will be powered by the Boosterthon Fun Run, a fun organization that organizes Fun Runs all over the country. This year 2,900 schools like ours will run their fun run through Boosterthon. We’re excited for their expertise and making this EASY on everyone involved—including you!

Our Fun Run also comes with a world-class character theme. This year’s theme is MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB, combining STEAM skills with character-building. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Through this year’s Fun Run, our school goal is to raise $25K for STEM & Technology lab instructors, lab supplies, plus curriculum enrichment.

Please visit www.funrun.com to create your account to accept pledges! The 4th grade teachers have created some great incentives!!!

September 2

September 3-7, 2018

 

I hope everyone is enjoying “the last weekend of summer.” I know summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st, but traditionally, this weekend is the last weekend of summer. Please don’t forget that there is no school on Monday, September 3, 2018. The school will be closed in observance of Labor Day.  This is a short week, so we’ll be cramming lots of information and fun into this short week.

August 26

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Wow! It’s hard to believe that we’re already coming up on Labor Day! This first month of school has flown by. I have really enjoyed getting to know your students and I’m looking forward to continuing our work together!

Please remember to sign your student’s Behavior Sheet that came home on Friday. If there are no check marks or comments, your student’s behavior is great. If there are checks, this is the easiest way to communicate where they are lacking. If it was a big problem, I would have emailed. Please just be sure to check the entire folder as well. All the papers can remain at home, just return the folder on Monday, with the behavior sheet in the back. Please remember that if your child has to be out due to an illness or doctor’s/dentist’s appointment, please be sure to send in a note within three (3) days of the absence. If your child has three (3) unexcused absences, you will receive a phone call from me. If and when your child reaches five (5) unexcused absences, you will receive a letter from the school. It’s very important that your students are at school, but please keep them home if they have a fever or if they are vomiting.  Please remember that Early Release is on Wednesday, August 29th.  We are still looking for a room parent.  If you have the availability and time please let me know.

August 17

What We’re Learning

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Reading:  How can readers effectively respond to question?  What is Close reading?  How can that strategy help me as reader?

Writing: Writes narratives detailing real or imagined experiences

Math: Identify a digit and how it is used in place value; represent the value of numbers in multiple forms such as: standard form, expanded form, word form, and base ten form.

Social Studies: The causes and effects of the French/Indian War ?

August 10

Room Parent Needed

We are looking for a Room Representative, or a team of parents that would like to split the duties for our class. As class Room Representative your responsibilities would include distributing important classroom information, communication school news, coordinating class celebrations and teacher gifts, scheduling parent volunteers as needed, collecting and maintaining the classroom funds account, semi-annual accounting of funds and helping the classroom teacher obtain materials or volunteers as needed. If you have any questions you can contact the PTA Room Rep Liaison, Teri Germany at [email protected]  or Mrs. Smith at [email protected]

Thank you!

Teri Germany and Mrs. Smith

August 5

Week of August 6, 2018

Welcome to the first week of the blog updates! Each week, you will be able to come back to this site and find out what we will be working on throughout the week. Each week, I will break down each subject to let you know what we are going to cover, based on the schedule. So, without further ado, let’s get on with what we’re learning this week.

Math – This week we will begin working with place value, which is probably the most important skill in all of math. Without a strong foundation in place value, everything else is more difficult. This week, we will be focusing on recognizing that in any multi-digit whole number, a digit in any one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to it’s right. For example, in the number 777, the value of the 7 in the “tens place” is ten times greater than the 7 in the ones place. Therefore, as you are moving left in a number, each place in is increasing by a value of 10. We will also begin to compare multi digit numbers and read and write the various forms (standard, expanded, and word forms) of the numbers.

Reading – We will be working to introduce “Reader’s Workshop” – the process in which we will be reading for stamina, as well as increasing our reading ability by thinking more about our reading and responding more to the text. These first couple of weeks are getting used to routines and building on what we’ve learned in the previous years. We will continue to work on building our stamina and responding to text every day.

Writing – we will be introducing Writer’s Workshop. We will be talking about how well known writers don’t just sit down and begin writing. They have to go through some of the same process that we go through to get our ideas down on paper. We will be working on getting our ideas down, as well as doing some quick writes. We will also do some sketching and writing stories to go along with our sketches from our memories. We will also be writing about people who are important to us. These first few days are all about routines and procedures, but we will be working on improving our skills throughout the year.

Social Studies – this week we will be launching our new social studies curriculum and each student will be receiving their own copy of “Georgia Studies Weekly.” Each week, we will be incorporating some of the same skills/standards from social studies into our reading standards. However, this first week, as we begin to get our feet wet, we will be focusing on map skills. We are going to be talking about various maps and observing those maps. Hopefully the students will pick up on what all maps have. We will also be working on creating our own map that encompasses all the same things that we talk about in class.

Study Guide information – If we are going to have a test, the students will receive a study guide a week in advance. The students will be expected to complete some of the study guides in class, but there will always be a completed study guide posted to the blog. Typically, for science and social studies tests, the study guides will be located on the Science / Social Studies Page.

July 24

Welcome To Fourth Grade

Welcome to fourth grade! I am so excited about our year together at Mountain View Elementary School! This year is going to be a very exciting yet challenging year for your child. Many new and sometimes difficult skills are taught to students in fourth grade. Every effort will be made to establish a comfortable and positive learning environment for your child. We must work together to make this year a successful one! The following information will help us accomplish this goal.
1. The school day begins at 7:45am. If your child arrives after the morning bell, he/she will be considered tardy. You must bring your child into the office to sign in. Your child will not be able to check in alone. If your child is absent, you will need to send a written excuse or doctor’s note to school the next day.
2. Notify the office of any transportation changes before 1:40pm. You may also send a written note explaining the transportation changes to the classroom teacher in the morning. To ensure your child goes home correctly, we will not be able to accept transportation changes verbally from the child.
3. Your child is not allowed to bring toys/electronics to school UNLESS it is directly related to the standards, in which case he/she may present it for show and tell at the end of the day. Our state standards may be viewed at www.georgiastandards.org.
4. When sending money to school, please place it in an envelope with his/her name and its purpose clearly written on the front.
Daily Agenda and Homework Folder:
Your child will be bringing home a Daily Agenda and Homework Folder each day. Your child is required to take these items home each afternoon and is responsible for bringing it back to school each morning. I will be checking these items each morning. The Daily Agenda is a way of maintaining effective communication between home and school. Here is how the items will be used:
1. Daily Agenda: All homework assignments, upcoming test, study guides, important dates, and occasional teacher notes will be recorded in the Daily Agenda. A parent/guardian needs to initial the agenda each night. If you have a question or concern, please write a short note in the agenda.
2. Homework Folder: This will contain daily homework and paperwork that needs to be completed and returned. Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Students will also be expected to read at least 30 minutes nightly.

Blog Updates:
Our class blog will be updated twice a month with updates and important information for me to share with each of you.

I thank you now for the help and cooperation you offer in the education of your special little person. I am looking forward to teaching and getting to know you and your child!

 

April 30

Week# 35

Well, we’ve made it to the last 18 days of school. The students are still continuing to work hard.  We are continuing to learn new things everyday.

Math – we will continue reviewing the measurement unit, but we will be moving on to capacity. We  learned a story about King Gallon, which I hope will help the students remember the parts of customary capacity. Please be sure to ask your student to tell you the story! Again, with metric measurement, the students found this easier, since it doesn’t really change other than saying liters rather than meters.

Writing – we will continue working on writing our author’s biographies and creating our sways. Please understand that it is not necessary for your child to work on this project at home, but some of the students have really taken to creating the sways and want to work on them at home. I’m okay with that, I just wanted to make sure you all were aware that it wasn’t mandatory that they do them at home.

Science – the students will continue to research and complete their “Space Travel” brochures in class. We are giving the students an opportunity to create an actual brochure that can be printed or they can create a sway or powerpoint to present their information. The students are working in groups of 2 – 3 to create their brochures.

Social Studies -we have just finished learning about the suffrage movement as well as abolitionist.  We will be moving into the next part of this unit which is the civil war.

Reading- we are reading The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach. This book goes with the unit on women’s suffrage.  The students are really enjoying this book.  This book requires the students to use the learning strategies that they have been taught throughout the year to help with them with comprehension.

April 13

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break and you’re ready to finish out this year! As you know, we had “The Test” beginning on Tuesday of this week. We will continue testing in the mornings from 8:00 – around 10:00 or 10:30. If at all possible, please do not schedule appointments until after 11:00 this week and next. Testing is stressful enough without having to take it in a different place, at a different time and with a different teacher, because of not being here. We will not be having homework this week or next, on testing nights. I want the students to enjoy their afternoons and get out some energy, as well as go to bed early to get a good night’s rest. Please be sure that your students eat a good breakfast each morning. Getting good rest and eating a good nutritious breakfast will help ensure good testing habits and hopefully will help to relieve some of the stress. The students have worked so hard this year to make sure they are learning as much as they can, now is the time to show what they’ve learned.

March 15

Week of March 12-16, 2017

Welcome to the last 1/2 week of the third quarter! I don’t know about y’all, but this year is flying by! I don’t know when a year has gone by this quickly previously! Wow! Well, that’s enough about the year. Thursday, 3/15 will be the first day of the fourth quarter. Don’t give up and let your grades begin to fall because of “Spring Fever.” Just a few more weeks and you’ll be out for summer as a 5th grader! This is going to be an extremely busy week. Be sure to read all the way to the end of the blog.

Math-This week in math we reviewed fractions, decimals, elapsed time, and rectilinear figures.  Being that this is the last week in the quarter I took the opportunity to go back and review some of the skills we covered earlier in the year.

Writing – We will be going back to the lessons and talking about how we can work together to elaborate more by writing partner sentences. Hopefully, this will allow us to elaborate more within our informational writing.

Reading-We are currently reading an amazing book titled Dear Levi by Elvira Woodruff.  It is a book about a young boy sending letters home about his experiences from the overland trail.  The students are really enjoying this book and don’t ever want to put it down.  The students are making some terrific self to text connections.

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Social Studies-We just started our new unit on the Westward Expansion.  This week we will be covering why the Louisiana Purchase was significant in Westward Expansion; why Lewis and Clark were significant to Westward Expansion;  what was the significance of the war of 1812 and why the US Capitol and White House were burned; and why the Oregon Trail was significant in Westward Expansion.

Upcoming Events

March 16th:      Taste of the Park

March 21st:      Report Cards Go Home

April 2nd-6th: Spring Break