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February 16th, 2018

Hello everyone!!! Can you believe we are already in the middle of February?! Next week is our winter break and we hope you’re all doing something fun and relaxing. When we get back from the break we are going to hit the ground running with getting ready for Milestones and finishing up our social studies unit. Here is a resource guide if you want to read up on the test and see what the questions might be like. GA Milestones

Please remember that the Friday we get back (March 2nd), the cereal box project is due. Please note that this is a two part project, requiring a completed cereal box and a commercial. They can present the commercial live in class or make a video. This is entirely up to them. I loved seeing their science projects and can’t wait to see the cereal boxes!

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. Have a safe and relaxing break!

What are we doing next week week?

Math: Fractions & Decimals (tenths, hundredths & how decimals and fractions relate to each other)

Science/S.S: A New Nation continued (War of 1812, Bill of Rights, Amendments)

Reading: Historical Fiction

Writing: Strategies to write Constructed and Extended Responses

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

March 2nd- New Nations Test #2 (their study guide has everything they need)

March 2nd- Vocabulary Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

A Night Divided

 


February 14th, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! Mrs. Yarus and I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone for making us feel so loved last week! We love having your kids in class everyday and appreciate your kind gifts and words. Thank you!!! Your students were given a cereal box project sheet on February 3rd. We went through tons of examples in class so they could get a feel for what was expected to them. Please make sure the book they have chosen can be finished with enough time for them to still work on their cereal box and commercial (due March 2nd). We can’t wait to see their creativity come to life! In Social Studies we’re learning all about how our country started. We won’t be having a test on this until after winter break, so just make sure your student is going over their notes nightly. In writing we finished our fabulous American Revolution books and can’t wait for you to read them!  In reading we are learning all about traditional literature and focusing on allusions, myths and fairy tales. We hope that everyone has a safe and fun break!

What are we doing this week?

Math: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions/ Adding/ Subtracting & Multiplying Fractions

Science/S.S: A New Nation

Reading: Traditional Literature/Allusions

Writing: Bringing History to Life

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

February 15th- Allusions Test

February 16th- Cumulative Fractions Test

February 16th- Vocabulary Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

A Night Divided


February 4th, 2018

Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone! I hope everyone is sitting around a tv with their loved ones and eating lots of yummy food. I heard they were trying to play a little football at the Justin Timberlake concert tonight :). Mrs. Yarus and I are really enjoying the space projects, everyone is doing such a great job!!! Can you believe that we are already in February? Look out for the progress reports coming home this Friday. Please note that your child will not be receiving a study guide for their New Nations test in social studies. All of the information they need is in their S.S notebook.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions/ Adding & Subtracting Fractions

Science/S.S: Space

Reading: Traditional Literature/Allusions

Writing: Bringing History to Life

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

February 8th- New Nation Social Studies Test #1

February 9th- Vocabulary Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

A Night Divided


January 22nd, 2018

Welcome back everyone! I hope you enjoyed your extended weekend and are ready to be back!! We are going to finally have vocabulary words again, so look for a list of those words tonight! We are still working through our Divided Loyalties unit in reading and  bringing history to life in writing. We will be working on comparing and ordering fractions in math and stars and planets in science. Please remember that the planet project is due on FEBRUARY 1st! Here are some announcements from our PTA of upcoming events:

East Side’s Family STEM Night is Tuesday

East Side’s annual Family STEM Night is Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Cheer on your child as they make paper clips fly, build roller coasters, play with robots, and more! Bring the whole family to this fun-filled, free, school sponsored STEM night. Please note, this is not a drop off event.

Volunteer Opportunity Available

Eagle’s Nest, the student run school store, is looking for parent volunteers. They need a few additional parents to help from 7:10 – 8:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The volunteers would take one shift every other week. It’s a great way to get involved as a working parent. If you are interested, please email Dana Stein at [email protected].

Don’t Miss East Side’s Cyber Safety Event!

Curious about what your kids are dealing with every day in the digital world? Mark your calendars for Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. to hear CCSD’s prevention intervention coordinator and award winning speaker Jeff Dess speak on the topic of bullying behavior and digital citizenship. Please see our PTA website for more information. The presentation will take place in the cafeteria and is for parents only. For questions, please email [email protected].

International Festival: East Cobb’s Best Dinner Deal

Did you know there’s a place in East Cobb where can you get live entertainment, dinner, dessert and a Coke for $7? The PTA’s International Festival gives you this amazing deal. Log onto the PTA website to buy tickets online by Feb. 7 and they are just $7 each. The International Festival is a celebration of our school’s many cultures featuring food and performances from around the world. Our poster contest is still going, but the deadline is Jan. 26. Questions? Email Chen Li at [email protected].

 

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

January 26th- Vocabulary Test

January 26th- Comparing and Ordering Fractions Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

A Night Divided


January 14th, 2018

It was so great to see everyone this week! This week we got started on our informational unit in reading as well as learning all about the Georgia fine arts standards while exploring our text “Divided Loyalties”. In writing, we are creating our own revolution chapter book to bring history to life and can’t wait to share it with you! We are learning all about space in science and have a planet project DUE ON FEBRUARY 1ST! In math, we are starting our fractions unit and actually had our first quiz this Friday. Please look for that to come home next week. Everyone enjoy their long weekend for MLK. Make sure you do something kind for someone else. #dayofservice

What are we doing next week?

Math: Simplest Form (fractions)

Science/S.S: Space

Reading: Informational Reading/Drama

Writing: Bringing History to Life

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

January 16th Space Quiz #1

January 16th- Fractions Quiz #2

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

A Night Divided


January 5th, 2018

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!! We were so happy to see all the smiling faces yesterday and are well rested and ready to learn! Report cards are coming home today in Friday folders! Please sign the white envelope and RETURN ON MONDAY. We are so excited to get started on some new units in class and have some fun. Today in class was tax day, so be sure to ask your students (colonists) all about their experience. 🙂 In math, we are diving into equivalent fractions with and without models. In reading, we are focusing on looking at informational texts and we are reading a historical fiction drama based on the Revolutionary War. There will be quite a few homework assignments from this book, so please make sure your child is bringing it back to school every day. In writing, we are working on bringing history to life in informational writing. In science, we are starting an awesome unit on everything space!! Sometime in the next few weeks, your child will be bringing home information in completing a planet project, which is one of my favorites to see! We hope that everyone had an amazing break and enjoyed relaxing with loved ones. As always, please email us with any questions or concerns.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Equivalent Fractions

Science/S.S: Space

Reading: Informational Reading/Drama

Writing: Bringing History to Life

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

January 12th- Vocabulary Test 

January 12th- Space Quiz #1 Will be moved to Tuesday the 16th

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

A Night Divided


December 1st, 2017

Hello everyone! It is wonderful to be back in the swing of things! Administration is still talking about how wonderful the poetry cafe was. I hope everyone enjoyed it, it’s definitely something I’ll be doing for years to come! This week we dove right into our American Revolution and learned about everything up until the Towshend Act. I encourage you to discuss the timeline with your student this weekend to help them remember. In writing we started our persuasive unit where your students are actually applying for jobs and having to persuade the boss to hire them; how cute! In math we took our first division test today and are ready to divide bigger numbers! In reading we are working on a non-fiction project that involves many venomous animals. It’s really cool! Talk to your student and see which animal they’re studying. They would love to share! I hope that everyone has an amazing weekend and gets some much needed relaxation!

What are we doing next week?

Math: Division

Science/S.S: American Revolution

Reading: Non-Fiction research project

Writing: Persuasive Writing

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

December 6th- Causes of the American Revolution Test

December 8th- Vocabulary Test

December 8th- Division Test

December 15th- Battles of the American Revolution Test (they have not learned any of this yet. I am just giving you a heads up). 🙂

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Various picture books (we don’t like to start a chapter book without being able to finish)

Important Dates

December 6th- High Touch, High Tech (Light)

December 12th- Youth Museum Field Trip

December 19th- Holiday Party

December 19th & 20th- Early Release Days

 


November 27th, 2017

Welcome back everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful break and got see lots of family and eat yummy food! We are ready to jump back in and have packed some really fun lessons into these last three weeks before break. Please remember that your child should be reviewing their multiplication facts daily. This will help them SO MUCH with division and make it a lot easier for them. We are starting our American Revolution unit which means that we will be listening to some Hamilton, yay!! Please study with your child each night as there will be a lot of information during this unit. Everything they need will be in their homework folder or their social studies journal. As always, please shoot us an email if you have any questions.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Division

Science/S.S: American Revolution

Reading: Non-Fiction research project

Writing: Text Structures

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

December 1st- Vocabulary Test

December 1st- Division Test (Partial Quotient & Deal Out Method)

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Various picture books (we don’t like to start a chapter book without being able to finish)

Important Dates

November 29th- STEM Day

December 6th- High Touch, High Tech (Light)

December 12th- Youth Museum Field Trip

December 19th- Holiday Party

December 19th & 20th- Early Release Days

November 9th, 2017

Hello everyone!! First, let me start by saying thank you SO MUCH for the birthday wishes, sweet cards, gifts and flowers. I truly appreciate it! Secondly, we are so excited for our poetry cafe TOMORROW in room 309 at 9:30! We have been practicing our poetry and can’t wait to share with you! We enjoyed our trip to the fire safety village and I will be uploading pictures onto our Shutterfly site soon. Can you believe there’s only one more week until Thanksgiving Break?!

We wrapped up our multiplication unit in math and finished our beloved poetry unit in reading and opinions in writing. In science we learned all about light and sound and are gearing up for social studies until the end of the year.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Intro to Division

Science/S.S: Colonies

Reading: Non-Fiction research project

Writing: Text Structures

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

November 17th- Vocabulary Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Ban This Book

Important Dates

STEM Day- November 17th

Thanksgiving Break- November 20th-24th


October 20th, 2017

We made it though conference week!! We enjoyed meeting with each and everyone of you and getting to brag on your super awesome students! Last week our compliment chain hit the floor and we will be voting on what we want our first compliment party to be on Monday, yay!! The Hairspray table also got enough table points to get their own specials surprise, so be on the lookout for that! Our Target students are collecting socks for their sock drive if you would like to donate. This week, we learned how to take notes on biographies in preparation to write our own next week!! Each student will be assigned a poet and given information in class to help them research their poet. We started our opinion writing unit and also learned all about sound in science. In math we continued with multiplication and are really understanding the cool new area model.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Multiplication (2X2)

Science/S.S: Sound

Reading: Biographies and Poetry inspired by famous poets

Writing: Opinion

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

October 27th- Biographies Due (IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT)

October 27th- Multiplication Test #2

October 27th- Vocabulary Test October 24 Vocabulary

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Ban This Book

Important Dates

October 27th- In house “So you want to be a colonial kid” field trip

October 31st- Fireman come visit

November 7th- No School, Teacher Workday

November 8th- Fire Safety Village Field Trip

November 9th- End of the 4 1/2 weeks


October 16th, 2017

Good morning everyone and welcome to conference week! We are so excited to meet with all of you and brag on your wonderful children! Please remember to knock on the door when it’s your conference time as a friendly reminder in case we go over. Last week we finished our book “Love that Dog” and Mrs. Yarus and I might have shed a tear or two. We started multiplication in math and I must say that they caught on quite easily! In science we got to explore the different types of simple machines and in writing we finished our personal narratives! 

What are we doing next week?

Math: Multiplication (Multiplying by 10’s,100’s and 1’000’s, area models, estimation and rounding with multiplication)

Science/S.S: Simple Machines

Reading: Poetry Unit

Writing: Realistic Fiction (finishing by Friday)

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

October 19th- Force & Motion Test

October 20th- Vocabulary Quiz and Multiplication Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Ban This Book

Important Dates

Conference Week (early release every day) – October 16th-20th


October 8th, 2017

Good evening everyone! We had so much fun at Sparkles on Friday and learned a ton about Force and Motion. We wrapped up our unit on force and motion in science, continued our poetry unit in reading and our realistic fiction unit in writing. In math we finished our time unit with almost all A’s and B’s, woo hoo!!! Please remember that we have an early release day on Thursday, 10/12. Can you believe that we are finished with our first 9 weeks of school? Wow! 

What are we doing this week?

Math: Multiplication (Multiplying by 10’s,100’s and 1’000’s, area models, estimation and rounding with multiplication)

Science/S.S: Sound

Reading: Poetry Unit

Writing: Opinion

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

October 19th- Force & Motion Test

October 20th- Vocabulary Quiz and Multiplication Test

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Love That Dog

The Witches 

Important Dates

October 12th- Early Release Day

Conference Week (early release every day) – October 16th-20th


October 4th, 2017

Please note: We have a field trip on Friday to Sparkles skating rink for Force and Motion and there is a chance that your student will be skating if we finish all the rotations. If you DO NOT want your child to skate, please email me and let me know.

Thank You! 🙂


September 15th, 2017

Hello everyone and happy Friday!!! Today we got our new class fish (name TBA) and are super excited!! This week, we wrapped up our Native American unit and learned the difference between an analog and a digital clock. This weekend, quiz your student on reading an analog clock and talk to them about elapsed time throughout your day. For example, ” Your brother has soccer practice from 3:00-4:45. If it takes us 35 minutes to get home, what time will we arrive at home”? In Social Studies we started our unit on Explorers and discussed the three R’s (ask your students). We started a super exciting poetry unit in reading and are getting very creative and learning how to write poetry without parameters. Poetry Pictures Each student has been given a copy of Love That Dog to use throughout our unit. If they bring it home, please have them them make sure that they bring it back to class everyday, because they will need it for classwork. I have placed a volunteer sign up on our Shutterfly site for our first school wide STEM day on September 22nd. Please have your student bring in ONLY two boxes (any size) on either the 21st or 22nd. As always, please email us if you have any questions or concerns. Have an awesome weekend! 

 What are we doing next week?

Math: Elapsed Time

Science/S.S: Explorers

Reading: Poetry Unit

Writing: Realistic Fiction

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

September 21st- Elapsed Time Quiz

September 22nd- Vocabulary Quiz Vocabulary List Week 2  (Remember it’s ONLY the vocabulary words and definitions)

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Love That Dog

The Witches 

Important Dates

September 22nd- Caine’s Arcade STEM (bring 2 boxes)

Fall Break- September 25th-29th


September 12, 2017

Hello everyone!

We hope that you have all stayed safe during Hurricane Irma and enjoyed your extended weekend. This past week we wrapped up our Perimeter unit and learned even more information about the Native Americans. and ended our amazing FCIM unit. Tomorrow we will have our very first Adventures in Art session, thanks to Claire and Cole’s moms! There will be no vocabulary test this week due to the missed school days.We can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces tomorrow!  🙂

What are we doing next week?

Math: Elapsed Time

Science/S.S: Native Americans

Reading: Poetry Unit

Writing: Realistic Fiction

 

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

None

 

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

Love That Dog

The Witches


September 1st, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!

First, let us start by thanking everyone who has sent something in from our classroom wishlist; we are beyond grateful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This week we started factors and multiples in math, so quiz your students to see what they’ve learned. They should know about prime and composite numbers, as well as products and quotients. In writing, we finished our personal narratives, so be on the look out for those very soon. In reading we are still working on our FCIM unit. Your students are learning how to make predictions using evidence found in the text and learning all about symbolism. Make sure you ask them about “the suitcase” and “the cage”. In social studies we kicked off our Native American unit and are having some really amazing conversations in class, yay!! We hope that everyone enjoys their long weekend. See you Tuesday! 🙂

What are we doing next week?

Math: Perimeter and Word Problems

Science/S.S: Native Americans

Reading: Following Characters into Meaning Unit

Writing: Poetry

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

Vocabulary Test (September 8th)  Vocabulary List week 1

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

The Tiger Rising

The Witches


August 27th, 2017

Happy Sunday everyone!

Mrs. Yarus and I were at a leadership meeting all day Friday, so I apologize for not updating the blog until now. We had a great week this past week and go to wrap up our units on addition, subtraction and weather. Your students should be experts on reading weather maps and should be able to add and subtract big numbers with ease. We are still working on our personal narratives in writing and following characters into meaning in writing. Please note that this week will be the last week that we have spelling words. Starting next week, students will only be tested on vocabulary, not spelling.

Please have your students wear ALL BLACK on Wednesday for Mrs. Mavity’s birthday.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Multiplication

Science/S.S: Native Americans

Reading: Following Characters into Meaning Unit

Writing: Personal Narrative Unit

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

Spelling Test (September 1st) Spelling and Vocabulary Week 4

Early Release Day (August 30th)

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

The Tiger Rising

The Witches


August 18th, 2017

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe we’re almost a month into school. Time is really flying by! We have been having some amazing discussions in reading regarding out mentor text; The Tiger Rising. Our students are very deep thinkers and offer very well thought out feedback during our reading workshop time; love it! We are weather instruments test yesterday in Science and are moving right along learning all about fronts, meteorology and air pressure next week. We have gotten a great start to our personal narratives with lots of seed ideas and are ready to put pencil to paper! In math we really got into adding large whole numbers and remembered to always add right to left. 🙂 We have been enjoying class everyday and are so excited about this year. We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! If you are traveling to view the eclipse, make sure you come back with some cool stories! We also got approved to have Friday folders (yay), so folders will be coming home on Friday, NOT Monday.

What are we doing next week?

Math: Addition, Subtraction and Estimation

Science/S.S: Weather

Reading: Following Characters into Meaning Unit

Writing: Personal Narrative Unit

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

Spelling Test (August 25th) Spelling and Vocabulary List Week 3

Weather Test (August 25th)

Addition and Subtraction Test (August 25th)

Early Release Day (August 30th)

Picture Day (August 23rd @9:15)

What Book(s) are we reading in class?

The Tiger Rising

The Witches


August 11th, 2017 

Hello everyone!

We had a great time at open house last night and want to thank you again for coming to see what our class is all about. This week we wrapped our water cycle unit in Science (grades are on synergy), finished our place value unit in math (grades will be up by Sunday) and finished our summary workshop in reading. In writing we had a recap on what should be included in a sentence and kicked off our personal narrative unit! This Monday, your student will be bringing home their Monday folder for the first time. Please remember to sign and send the folder back on Tuesday! Thank you so much for sending in items from our wish list, we are forever grateful! We hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend and we can’t wait to see smiling faces on Monday!

What are we doing next week?

Math: Addition, Subtraction and Estimation

Science/S.S: Weather

Reading: Following Characters into Meaning Unit

Writing: Personal Narrative Unit

Upcoming Assessments/Events:

Spelling Test (August 18th) Spelling and Vocabulary List

Early Release Day (August 30th)


August 5th, 2017

Hello, everyone!

We had an amazing first week in fourth grade and we hope you have heard all about it. We learned some very interesting facts while presenting Me bags and had some fun getting to know one another. This week we started learning about the water cycle in Science and place value in math. One thing we have found out this week, is our students LOVE to read!! They are also amazing mathematicians. There were so many hands in the air, we didn’t know who to call on, which is a great problem to have! We discussed study skills and different ways to study to set ourselves up for success this school year. We also started our homework club and hope that everyone will be able to celebrate being in the homework club at the end of the month. We even got to add three links to our compliment chain from displaying such great East Side Eagle behavior! Next week is going to be even more exciting as we hunker down and really get back into the swing of things. As always, please email us with any questions or concerns that you may have. We can’t wait to see all of you at open house at 6 pm on Thursday, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Upcoming Tests:

  • August 9th– Water Cycle Test (students were given a study guide last week and it’s due this Monday)
  • August 11th– Place Value Test (they will receive their study guide Monday), Spelling and Vocabulary Test (they will receive their words on Monday)

July 29th, 2017
Happy Friday everyone!

We really enjoyed meeting everyone yesterday at meet and greet and can already tell that this will be an AWESOME year! We are super excited for school next week and can’t wait to start getting to know all of our new students.

If you haven’t, please double check to make sure your child knows which bus to ride on Monday, as schedules have changed.

Don’t forget to have your child bring their Me Bag on Monday and please enjoy your weekend!

See you Monday!

Mrs. Williams & Mrs. Yarus