Milestone and Trying Their Best!

We begin testing at 8:00, sharp.  If your student is not here by 8:00, they will have to take the test later in the afternoon, with someone else.  Please do your best not to stress them out.  We want them refreshed and ready to “Rock” the test.  They are going to be fine.  They have all the tools in their toolbox, they just have to put forth the effort that goes along with it.  We can only ask that they do their best.  Is it going to be hard, YES!  Is it going to be tiresome, YES!  Can they do it, YES!!!!  They have all shown so much growth this year in everything they have done.  We just need to see that in “action” on the test.  We’ve talked about how it’s not a “pass or fail” kind of thing.  They just need to do their best and show the fifth grade teachers what they’re capable of.

With that all being said, I want to thank you for sharing your students with me.  I have really enjoyed getting to know them and work with them.  I’m sure there have been days that they thought we were the worst things they’ve ever seen, but hopefully they have learned something and will continue to grow as the mature and move through the grade levels.  Now is the time to shine!  We don’t have much on the docket for this week, because of testing.  The students are going to be mentally drained, so I don’t want to stress them out too much.

News for the Week of April 29

Progress Reports will go home on Tuesday; please sign/return them on Wednesday.

TEST DATES FOR the EOG (Milestone)

  • Monday, April 29th – ELA Section 1
  • Tuesday, April 30th – ELA Section 2
  • Wednesday, May 1st – ELA Section 3
  • Monday, May 6th – MATH Section 1
  • Tuesday, May 7th – MATH Section 2

Testing Tips:

·       bedtime 8:30pm

·       eat a healthy breakfast

·       share words of encouragement

·       be on time for school

·       It is important that all students come to school on time during testing. If your child arrives late to school, they will make it up on another day with a different teacher. 

A Note from Administration about Lunch Visitors:

Due to our testing schedule, the following days are reserved for eating lunch with your child on Fridays only:

  • May 3rd and 10th

Test Preperation

Math – For the next 3 weeks we will be previewing geometry, customary measurement. metric measurement, and line plots.  We will be reviewing all four operations and dissecting word problems. Our class will be reviewing Quarter 1, 2, and 3 standards along with continuing to learn Quarter 4 standards. Please look on Cobb County website for 4th Quarter standards.

Reading – For the next 3 weeks we will begin reviewing for the upcoming GA Milestones at the end of April by spending this week working on context clues.  Context clues is when you use the words around a bolded word to help you determine the meaning of the word.

Writing – we will be reviewing for the upcoming GA milestones by writing some quick opinion pieces based on some text that I will give them.  Please have your students work on typing as much as possible at home this week.  The students will need these typing skills to help them with the GA Milestones, but unfortunately, we won’t be able to use the laptops or computer lab at school, due to third and fifth grades taking the Milestones in the mornings.

Grammar – For the next 3 weeks we will be reviewing for the Milestone Test at the end of April.  We will be using the mentor text, Twilight Comes Twice, and our focus will be on figurative language.  Figurative language is often used in writing to help the reader get a clearer picture of what the author is trying to say.  Figurative language has many facets.  These facets can include metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, and onomatopoeia. Idioms and Proverbs will studied, and TSW identify and comprehend that idioms are sayings that cannot be translated literally. They have a figurative meaning and usually originate from a specific culture. Adages & Proverbs are statements that express some kind of truth about human nature or how people behave.

Spelling –  The next 2 weeks, we will get our Spelling/Vocabulary contract and we will be taking our test on Friday, 4/26.  This will be the last contract for  a while, because of the upcoming GA Milestones.  We will not have another contract until after the GA Milestones.

News for the Week of 4/8/2019

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  • April 8th – Color Run Kick-Off (see information packet in your child’s folder)
  • April 11th – Spirit Night @ Big Pie in the Sky and ZOYO Yogurt
  • April 12th – SPARKLES Field Trip (wear socks)
  • April 26th – STEAM Night 6-8pm
  • May 6th-10th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 10th – Color Run

TEST DATES FOR the EOG (Milestone)

  • Monday, April 29th – ELA Section 1
  • Tuesday, April 30th – ELA Section 2
  • Wednesday, May 1st – ELA Section 3
  • Monday, May 6th – MATH Section 1
  • Tuesday, May 7th – MATH Section 2
  • Standardized Testing Info.- We have added a Milestone page on the Pitner website for parents and students.  Click on the link below to view details:  http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx

A Note from Administration about Lunch Visitors:

Due to our testing schedule, the following days are reserved for eating lunch with your child on Fridays only:

  • April 12th, 19th, and 26th
  • May 3rd and 10th

New Schedule After Spring Break

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Due to the End of Grade Assessment, we’ll have a new daily schedule for the rest of the school year.

  • 8:00-9:30 Math
  • 9:30-10:30 Reading
  • 10:30-11:30 Writing/Grammar
  • 11:30-11:50 RECESS
  • 11:55-12:25 LUNCH
  • 12:30-1:15 Specials
  • 1:20-2:10 Science / Social Studies

News to Know for March 25-29

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Please sign and return the report card envelope that went home on Friday.

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MATH: We will  learn the following: how decimals & fractions are related and how to compare decimals.

READING: We will continue our unit on compare/contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (good/evil) and pattern of events in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

GRAMMAR / WRITING: This week we’ll continue our lesson of figurative language. Students have and will continue to  learne about similes, metaphors, idioms, alliteration, personification, hyperboles, etc. In writing, we are learning how to analyze a writing prompt- (What is the prompt asking you to do?) We will complete several activities as a class and with a partner in order to practice this writing skill.

SCIENCE: This week, we will continue our weather unit. Students will learn the uses of weather instruments, what is weather, and how weather changes.

 

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  • Field trip to Sparkles is on April 12th.
  • Sign/return permission slip and send in $14 fee by Friday (this pays for admission & bus).
  • Students must wear SOCKS!!
  • Yes, they may bring their own skates.
  • DO NOT bring money or cell phones!
  • Students will have a STEM lesson on Light & Sound (4th grade standard), skate, eat lunch, and have fun in the playground area. Each 4th grade class will rotate through these areas after the whole group STEM lesson.

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NO SCHOOL April 1st – 5th!!!!

 

WEEK OF 3/18 – 3/22

Today marks the 1st day of the 4th quarter. We have so much more learning to do in order to get ready for 5th grade!

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REPORT CARDS will go home on Friday. Please sign/return the envelope by Monday. Remember to view grades weekly on ParentVue in order to avoid surprises. Remember: You should always be aware of your child’s current averages.

REPORT CARDS will go home on Friday. Please sign/return the envelope by Monday. Remember to view grades weekly on ParentVue in order to avoid surprises. Remember: You should always be aware of your child’s current averages.

 

4th Quarter: What We’re Learning…

*Writing: We have been writing short and extended constructed responses to text using the RACE strategy. Students are expected to read a passage or two and answer 1-2 questions in an essay format. They must use the RACE strategy in order to cite evidence in order to support their answers. Dr. Jones-Pringle will be coming to the classroom to present a writing lesson this week.

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READING: RL.4.9 Students will compare/contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (good/evil) and pattern of events in stories, myths, & traditional literature from different cultures.

GRAMMAR: Students will learn about figurative language (similes, metaphors, hyperbole, idioms, alliteration) and the difference between literal and figurative language.

Math: NF4.a,b Multiplying fractions by a whole number…all students should practice multiplication and division facts using www.xtramath.org. In addition to that, all students should be logging onto www.ixl.com to practice the current fraction standards for extra practice. These free websites are very beneficial and should be used as much as possible to sharpen math skills. (Your child’s username and password for these sites are stapled in their agenda.)

SCIENCE: We have started our weather unit. Students have been learning about weather instruments, weather symbols, clouds, and they’ll learn how to read a weather map.

Social Studies – Last week, in our discussion of Westward Expansion, we focused on the lower half of the “soon to be US.” This week, we will continue our focus on Westward Expansion, but we will be focusing on the pioneers who began moving west on the Oregon Trail.  We will be completing some more structured notes and will be having a test next Friday, 3/29 on Westward Expansion.  I will be sending home a study guide no later than this coming Monday, 3/25 in your child’s VIP folder.  Please begin studying as soon as you get the study guide.  All the answers to the test will be on the study  but guide probably not in the same order.
Wednesday, 3/20 – Ms. Whitton, our counselor, will be coming to our class for our monthly Guidance lesson.
Friday, 3/22 – Our “State Fair.”  We will be attending the “State Fair” from 9:40-10:10.    

If you are interested in accessing the digital resources, please feel free to click on the links below.

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