September 26

Week 8: Sept. 30th – October 4th

Fall Break has come and gone, but the learning still continues!

Conference Week: Conference week is coming soon, so be on the look out for a letter, to schedule your child’s conference. Mrs. Bruening and I will call to confirm the day and time of conference. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Mystery Reader: Don’t forget to sign up to be a Mystery Reader for our class. Remember you can Skype or video record yourself as a reader as well. Mystery Reader Sign-Up

Spelling/Education Galaxy: Our class now has a Spelling City and Education Galaxy account. The students will use the same username and password that they use at school to login to the school computer, to access both websites. Education Galaxy will be used as a tool for reviewing and assessing skills throughout the year. You can download the app for students to use at home or go to the website www.educationgalaxy.com to gain access.

Spelling City will be used to help the students learn commonly misspelled words and fourth grade sight words, so that they can improve their spelling in their writing as we move through the year. A spelling word list will be given to each student this week. You can access this site by going to www.spellingcity.com

Here’s what we are learning this week in our classroom.

  • Math: Finding the Perimeter with Rectangles & Solving Word Problems (including money, distance, time, and volume)
  • Reading: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
  • Language: Use commas and quotation marks correctly
  • Writing: Narrative Writing – Focus: Elaboration (adding describing details to make the reader visualize the story).
  • Science: Stars and Planets

Classroom Reminders:

  • October 2nd – Walk to School Day & Custodian Appreciation Day
  • October 5th – PTA Fall Festival 3pm – 7pm
  • October 10th – Early Release Day
  • October 14th – 19th – Conference Week (Early Release ALL Week)
September 15

Week 7 – September 16th-20th

We are one week from our Fall Break, but the learning continues! The field trip to the Youth Museum was amazing! The students had a great time acting out skits that taught them about the causes and events of the American Revolution. We will be uploading photos for your viewing soon and we’ll send a remind message when they are ready!

Book Buddies: This week we will be beginning a new adventure with book buddies with a first grade class. Book Buddies is a concept that pairs different grade-level classrooms for community reading time—an upper-grade classroom connects with a lower-grade one, and students partner for time with books. It allows younger readers to see what being fluent looks like as they have a peer model demonstrating reading skills. The older students develop social and emotional skills like patience and empathy as they work with their littler buddies. The students are excited about the idea and will be meeting once a month with their buddy.

Mystery Reader: We are also excited to announce that we will begin Mystery Reader program this month. Mystery Readers are special guests who come to our classroom to read a story to students. You can also Skype with our classroom or upload a video of you reading to the class. Mystery Readers can be parents, grandparents, older siblings, or other relatives. Students love to see their parents, grandparents, and special friends get involved in our classroom. The Mystery Reader program allows any one who wants to become involved because it requires little time, but the memories will last forever for the surprised students! Look for more information about the program and how to sign-up later this week!

Here’s what we are learning this week in our classroom.

  • Math: Solving Word Problems (including money, distance, time, and volume) – continuing
  • Reading: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
  • Language: Use commas and quotation marks correctly
  • Writing: Narrative Writing – Create a narrative writing piece that includes a strong lead, 3-4 transitional words, must have a beginning, middle, and end, with correct capitalization,and elaboration (describing details).
  • Social Studies: Causes and Effects of the American Revolution (Week 3)

Classroom Reminders:

  • September 23rd – 27th – Fall Break (School Closed)
September 8

Week #6 – September 9th – 13th

Greeting Families,

This week we will be attending our first field trip on Thursday, September 12th to the Youth Museum. Here is the website if you are interested in checking it out. (https://theyouthmuseum.org/) The students will be learning about the events that caused the American Revolution War and the results of the war. We will eat lunch when we return to school, so we will be back before 12:00. I think the students will really enjoy the trip!

Progress reports will come home Monday, September 9th. There will be a letter copied on green paper for you and the actual progress report will be attached. Please sign at the bottom of the green sheet, acknowledging that you have reviewed your child’s grades as well as the behavior chart (located on the green paper). Again if you have any questions or concerns about grading practices, please let us know. If you haven’t signed up for ParentVUE, please make sure you do, so that you have access to your child’s grade daily.

Here’s what we are learning this week in our classroom.

  • Math: Solving Word Problems (including money, distance, time, and volume)
  • Reading: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Language: Capitalization of Proper Nouns
  • Writing: Narrative Writing (Elaborating)
  • Social Studies: Causes and Effects of the American Revolution (Week 2)

Classroom Reminders:

  • Monday, September 9th – Progress Reports Go Home (please only return the green sheet)
  • Thursday, September 12th – Field Trip to Youth Museum
  • Thursday, September 12th – Math Parent Session @ 6:00 PM in the Learning Commons (Media Center)
  • September 23rd – 27th – Fall Break (School Closed)
September 6

Progress Reports

Hi Families-

There will be a call out later today, but I just wanted to let you know that progress reports will not be going home today in fourth grade due to technical issues with Synergy.  We hope the issue is remedied soon so we can share your child’s progress with you early next week.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for your patience and continued support.

September 1

Week #5 – Sept. 3rd – 6th

Greetings and Happy Sunday!!

This week we will be entering our 5th full week of learning and growing. The students have been working hard these last four weeks and we are so proud of their efforts. Mrs. Bruening and I will be sending progress reports home on this Friday (Sept, 6th)!

FYI – Students will have more science grades, since we just completed a unit, than Social Studies grades on their progress report. We are just beginning our first Social Studies unit.

If you have any questions or concerns about grading practices, please let us know. If you haven’t signed up for ParentVUE, please make sure you do. You will need to receive your login information in the front office.

Here’s what we are learning this week in our classroom.

  • Math: Adding and Subtracting Two-Step Word Problems
  • Reading: 
    • (REVIEW) Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
    • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Writing: Narrative Writing (Elaborating or adding more details to realistic fiction stories)
  • Social Studies: Causes and Effects of the American Revolution (Week 1)

Classroom Reminders:

  • Monday, September 2nd – NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
  • Friday, September 6th – Progress Reports Go Home
  • Saturday, September 7th – Grandparents Day Picnic (11 AM – 1 PM)