This Week … 12/09 – 12/13

There are ONLY 10 more days before the Winter Break! WOW!  During this time, I will be starting 10 days of giving for my students. Each day I will unveil the gift of the day so PLEASE feel free to ask your child!  Today’s gift is NO HOMEWORK for the next two weeks (except reading 20 minutes daily)! I hope this gives your family more time together!

*Thank you for your generous donations for Giving Bags!!!*

Reminders:
*TPV (Trained Parent Volunteer), Tuesday, December 10 from 11-1
*Pope High School Field Trip – Alice in Wonderland December 12 – Wear BLUE shirts!
*Class Holiday Party, Monday, December 16 8:50-9:35
*Early Release, December 19 and 20
*Holiday Break, December 23- January 5 – NO SCHOOL

Calendar:

Monday

  • Guidance
  • Class visit to the LC

Tuesday

  • TPV 11 -1 (Thank you Jen Seifer and Kelly Wilkins)

Wednesday

  • No Target

Thursday 

  • Pope Field Trip

Friday

  • Book Buddies

In READING, we are continuing our non-fiction unit and students will be working in groups to research extreme weather.  Students will learn that experts live in the world differently. They don’t keep their expert knowledge to themselves. Instead, they share this knowledge by teaching people in their communities. Students will be sharing their knowledge by creating a presentation on their topic! We will have a presentation celebration at the end of next week.

In MATH, we will continue our unit on division (ch. 6) and we will begin working on our perimeter/area gingerbread house designs. Their knowledge of multiplication and division facts are very important. Please keep practicing if your child does not know them.

In WRITING, students are continuing to design a tacky holiday sweater and write a persuasive essay about why their sweater is the best. Students will complete their designs this week and draft their writing. We will be working to add lots of sensory details to make our writing pop!

In SOCIAL STUDIES, we will continue studying the three branches of government.

This Week … 12/02 – 12/06

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:

*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 wear Blue class t-shirt
*Last day of Fall Fact Clubs, December 6
*TPV, December 10 (Thank you Kelly Wilkins and Jen Seifer)
*Pope High School Field Trip – Alice in Wonderland December 12 wear Blue class t-shirt
*Class Holiday Party, Monday, December 16 8:50-9:35                                                                                 *Early Release, December 19 and 20                                                                                                            *Holiday Break, December 23- January 5

Calendar:

Monday

  • Guidance

Tuesday

  • Class visit to the LC

Wednesday

  • Fire Safety Field Trip
  • No Target

Thursday 

  • Fire Safety Post Test

Friday

  • Book Buddies

Curriculum:
Math: We have finished up with Chapter 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. Students will have a test over Chapter 5 on Tuesday. 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! This is an project done in class, so no extra homework. Reading homework each night is to read for 20 minutes
Grammar – Review of parts of speech, 

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 opinion writing essays.

Science:

S4E3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.

  1. Plan and carry out investigations to observe the flow of energy in water as it changes states from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (water vapor) and changes from gas to liquid to solid.
  2. Develop models to illustrate multiple pathways water may take during the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation). 

Thank you!!!

Dear Awesome Parents and Students,

Thank you ALL so much for making us feel so special and celebrating our birthdays!   We are blown away by your kindness and generosity. We feel so lucky to be your teacher!

XoXo – Mrs. Grigsby & Mrs. Hampton

November 18 – November 22

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-22

DATES TO REMEMBER: 

Nov. 20 Progress Reports come home
Nov. 22 STEM Day
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 6 Last day of FACT Clubs

“Honoring our Heroes” essay contest sponsored by the East Cobb County Council of PTAs has begun. If your child is interested in entering, they may visit the ECC website to print the “Honoring our Heroes” entry form.

STEM Day for Mt. Bethel will be on November 22nd.  Foundation will be giving our class the supplies needed BUT we are allowed to ask for empty toilet paper rolls or empty paper towel tubes to help the students with their STEM design. Please send in any empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes.

Calendar:

Monday 

Tuesday 

  • Class visit to the LC

Wednesday

  • No Target
  • Fire Safety Pre-Visit

Thursday 

  • Book Buddies (moved from Friday)

Friday

  • STEM Day

Curriculum:

In READING, the students need to continue reading 30 minutes every night. This week in our nonfiction unit, we will be reading a story The Mystery of Roanoke. Learning Objective: Through an engaging article about the Lost Colony of Roanoke, students will learn about America 400 years ago and start to understand the effects of colonialism on Native peoples.

In MATH,  students will continue learning how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. We will be looking at the algorithm (how you learned).  It is EXTREMELY important that the students know there multiplication facts.

In WRITING, we will continue with Opinion Writing. We are still working on 3-4 paragraph essays. Topic: You Should Try This,  Students will state their opinions about an activity or hobby that they enjoy and give reasons, details, and examples why others might want to try the activity.

In SOCIAL STUDIES, the students will evaluate the major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention; looking specifically at the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

November 11 – November 15

Reminders:

Fire Safety Village field trip is 12/04, permission slip will come home Thursday 11/14  Please complete the  Safety Village Lunch Survey    

**If you select the Chick-Fil-a option you may pay the $7 online (via mypaymentsplus)

November 11- Happy Veteran’s Day  (Wear red, white, and blue)  Thank you to all of those that served!
November 13- Half way through the 2nd quarter!
November 14- Diabetes Awareness Day- wear BLUE
November 15- Bring in $1 to wear PJ bottoms to school
November 25 – 29 – Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

Calendar:

Monday

  • Veterans Day
  • Guidance

Tuesday

  • Class visit to the LC

Wednesday

  • Target day

Thursday 

  • Mystery Reader

Friday

  • Book Buddies

Curriculum:

Math: We will finish up Ch. 4 and test this week. On Friday 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 or MobyMax

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
Grammar – We will spend the next few weeks focusing on grammar (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Singular/plural, adjectives, conjunctions)

Writing Workshop: Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Opinion Essays. Our unit opens with an essay structure boot camp! Students will begin collecting ideas as essayists. Topic for the week: A Better School Lunch we are building up to 3-4 paragraph essays.

Science: S4E3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.

a. Plan and carry out investigations to observe the flow of energy in water as it changes states from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (water vapor) and changes from gas to liquid to solid.

November 4 – November 8

Reminders:

November 4 – Tijuana Joe’s spirit night 5pm-9pm

NOVEMBER 5 – ELECTION DAY (NO SCHOOL)

NOVEMBER 6 – PTA BOARD MEETING

NOVEMBER 7 –  PTA GENERAL MTG

NOVEMBER 8 – BREAKFAST WITH DAD @6:30-7:15

Calendar:

Monday

  • Class visit to the Learning Commons

Tuesday

  • No School for students

Wednesday

  • Target day

Thursday 

Friday

  • Book Buddies

Curriculum:

Math: We will continue Ch.4 One-Digit multiplication all week. 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. Please encourage students to practice multiplication facts on MobyMax or  XtraMath.

Reading Workshop: This week we will begin Readers Workshop – Unit 2: Reading the Weather, Reading the World: This unit will focus on students reading non-fiction text. Reading homework each night is suggested to read for 20 minutes.

Grammar. – We will spend the next few weeks focusing on grammar (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Singular/plural, adjectives, conjunctions)

Writing Workshop: We will begin Unit 2 in Writers Workshop this week. Our focus this unit will be Opinion Writing: Veterans Day, we are building up to 3 good, fourth grade paragraphs. 

S.S. – SS4H2 Analyze the challenges faced by the framers of the Constitution.

October 28 – November 1

Reminders:

Patron Drive- Ends Oct. 31st! We are still in full force and would LOVE your participation! Are you curious as to how your donation helps out your child’s classroom? A 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

October 31 – Idiom Day

November 2 – Fun Run

November 5 – Election Day (NO SCHOOL)

November 6 – PTA Board Meeting

November 7 –  PTA General Mtg

November 8 – Breakfast with dad @6:30-7:15

Calendar:

Monday

Tuesday

  • Class visit to the Learning Commons

Wednesday

  • Target day

Thursday 

  • Halloween – Dress up as your favorite Idiom day
  • Mystery Reader

Friday

  • Book Buddies
  • Reading celebration day – watch Hoot in the classroom

Curriculum:

Math: We will continue Ch.4 One-Digit multiplication all week. 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. Please encourage students to practice multiplication facts on MobyMax or  XtraMath.

Reading Workshop: This week we will begin Readers Workshop – Unit 2: Reading the Weather, Reading the World: This unit will focus on students reading non-fiction text. Reading homework each night is suggested to read for 20 minutes.

Grammar. – We will spend the next few weeks focusing on grammar (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Singular/plural, adjectives, conjunctions)

Writing Workshop: We will begin Unit 2 in Writers Workshop this week. Our focus this unit will be Opinion Writing: Best Part of Halloween, we are building up to 3 good, fourth grade paragraphs. 

Science: Begin unit on Ecosystems

October 21 – October 25

Reminders:

Conference Week- Was a huge success, thank you SO much for your time.

Field Trip– Monday, October 21st to the Cobb Youth Museum. Students need to wear their BLUE class T-shirt

Patron Drive- Ends Oct. 31st! We are still in full force and would LOVE your participation! Are you curious as to how your donation helps out your child’s classroom? A 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!

October 22
STEM Fair 5:30-7:00 PM
November 2
Fun Run and Fair
November 5 Election Day- No School
November 6
PTA Board Meeting
November 7
PTA General Meeting and Principal’s Chat 7:00AM
November 8
Breakfast With Dad 6:30-7:15 AM

 

 

 

 


Calendar:

Monday

  • Field Trip to Cobb Youth Museum – wear BLUE class T-shirt

Tuesday

  • Class visit to the Learning Commons

Wednesday

  • Target day

Thursday 

  • Mystery Reader

Friday

  • Book Buddies

Curriculum:

Math: We have finished Chapter 3, Understand Multiplication and Division – test on TUESDAY. We will begin Ch.4 One-Digit multiplication on Wednesday. Please encourage students to practice multiplication facts on MobyMax or  XtraMath.

Reading Workshop: This week we will begin Readers Workshop – Unit 2: Reading the Weather, Reading the World: This unit will focus on students reading non-fiction text. Reading homework each night is suggested to read for 20 minutes.

Grammar. – We will spend the next few weeks focusing on grammar (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Singular/plural, adjectives, conjunctions)

Writing Workshop: We will begin Unit 2 in Writers Workshop this week. Our focus this unit will be Opinion Writing: Should Your Recess Be Longer?. We are building up to 3 good, fourth grade paragraphs. 

S.S:  Articles of Confederation

October 14 – October 18

 

Conference Week –  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 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.

Calendar:

Monday

  • Early Release

Tuesday

  • Class visit to the Learning Commons
  • Early Release

Wednesday

  • Target day
  • Early Release

Thursday 

  • Early Release

Friday

  • Book Buddies

Curriculum:

Math: We will finish Chapter 3, Understand Multiplication and Division.  We will focus on Multiplication properties and division rules. CH. 3 test will at the end of the week. Please encourage students to practice multiplication facts on MobyMax or  XtraMath.

Reading Workshop: This week we will shift gears and focus on a Fiction story from our Storyworks magazine titled In the 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. Reading homework each night is suggested to read for 20 minutes.

Grammar. – We will spend the next few weeks focusing on grammar (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Singular/plural, adjectives, conjunctions)

Writing Workshop: No formal writing assignment this week due to early release

S.S: No S.S. unit this week due to early release

October 7 – October 11

 

Reminders:

October 10
Early Release Day
October 11
Bus Driver Appreciation Lunch
October 14-18
Conference Week, Early Release
October 22
STEM Fair 5:30-7:00 PM
November 2 Fun Run

 

 

 

 

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 – 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.

Calendar:

Tuesday

  • Class visit to the Learning Commons

Wednesday

  • Target day

Thursday 

  • Early Release Day

Friday

  • No Vocab Test
  • Book Buddies
  • WellStar

Curriculum:

Math: We will continue Chapter 3, Understand Multiplication and Division.  We will focus on Multiplication properties and division rules. CH. 3 test will be next week. Please encourage students to practice multiplication facts on MobyMax or  XtraMath.

Reading Workshop: This week we will shift gears and focus on a Paired Text story from our Storyworks magazine titled In the Nugget Nation/Mac and Cheese Mania. Learning Objective: Students will read two related articles and compare and contrast what made two foods gain popularity among Americans. Students will also describe the author’s craft and use text evidence to make inferences.
Reading homework each night is suggested to read for 20 minutes.

Grammar. – We will spend the next few weeks focusing on grammar (Noun, Verb, Adverb, Singular/plural, adjectives, conjunctions)

Writing Workshop: Unit 1: Narrative. We will finish up Narrative Writing this week with publishing on Friday. 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 planets and working on an in class poster project.