Week of 9/16-9/20/19

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Wow!  It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been in school for almost 6 full weeks now!  Just 5 busy days until we’re off on our first week long break of the year.  Hopefully, this week will be a little calmer than last week was.  Whew!  Who knew a slight change in our schedule would make for such a strange week?  Well, hopefully, we’ll be back on a normal schedule this week and it will fly!  Thank you to all who have come out to support the Fall Book Fair.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to pop in, you can continue to come in until Thursday of this week.  The book fair will be closing at 12:00 noon on Thursday.  Please feel free to click the link in the post below to order books.  Also, thank you for all you did for sending out the fundraiser donation links!  We greatly appreciate it!  Please let us know your thoughts on how you think it worked.  Just a quick reminder to be sure and have everything turned in no later than this Friday, 9/20/19!  Don’t forget about our “Awesome 80’s” dress up day on Friday!  Pull out those scrunchies, big bows, and neon to wear to school on 9/20/19!

Grammar – Due to a change in the schedule last week, we will still be working on the mentor text Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, where we are focusing on showing possession.  Remember, when we’re showing something that belongs to one (1) person or thing, we write an apostrophe and add an s to the end of the noun.  If we are talking about something that belongs to more than one (1) person, we just need to add an apostrophe to the end of the word.  We will also be reviewing adjectives.  Remember, adjectives are words that describe the noun.  For example, Mrs. Poulos wore a blue shirt to school today.  The word, “blue” describes which shirt Mrs. Poulos wore.

Writing – This week we will be publishing our final draft on our personal narrative, using Microsoft Word and placing into our Fascinating Fourth Graders Class Notebook.  If you haven’t used Office 365, it’s a great way to do work and access your account from any computer.  Your children will have access to pull up their Office 365 account from any computer or device.  We will be spending lots of time learning how to log-in and upload to the notebook.  Please ask your children to share their writing with you.

Reading – We are continuing our unit on determining the Theme (lesson/moral) that the author is trying to convey with the story.  For example, the theme for this week’s mentor sentence text, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, was to be kind, even if someone isn’t kind to you.  Also, some of the students mentioned, “Lend a helping hand,” “Be Yourself,” “Friendship,” “Care for others,” and “Stand up for yourself.”  With theme, there is not always one right or wrong answer.  We are working toward students determining the theme and then supporting their thinking by using examples from the story.  In your students’ nightly reading, please consider asking them some questions related to the theme.  Even if you have not read the book, your child should be able to tell you what they think the theme is and then have them show or explain to you what made them come up with that idea.

Science – this week, we will be discussing the planets in our solar system and the constellations in our night skies.  We have a special treat this week.  We will have the CCSD star lab coming to Pitner.  Our very own Mrs. Homer has been trained on the Star Lab and we will get the unique opportunity to venture in there and find out where all the various constellations are located in the night sky.  This is one of our favorite things during the entire school year!  We will be testing on planets and the moon on Friday, 9/20.  A study guide should have come home in your child’s graded paper folder on Friday, 9/13.

Math – we are continuing with our unit on addition and subtraction.  The students are doing a great job of regrouping the zeros, when there are no other “units” to regroup.   We are still having some difficulty with the subtraction of larger numbers.  Please continue to encourage your students to work on Xtra Math (www.xtramath.org) at home. I know they love Prodigy, but having those addition, subtraction, and multiplication math facts down will help tremendously as well.  Please be sure to check out the “Math How-To” page for videos that might be helpful in helping your child with this daunting task.


Friday, 9/20/19 – 80’s Dress-up Day!  Wear your favorite 80’s outfit
Monday, 9/23-Friday, 9/27 – Fall Break – No school for students or Staff
Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins
Friday, 10/4/19 – CHOA Cape Day – Bring $1.00 and wear your favorite cape!  See information link in the blog post below.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Well Star Visit at 12:30 p.m. – Temper Tamers
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Pitner’s Fall Festival
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release – 12:30 dismissal – please know how your child is going home.
Monday, 10/14/19 – Friday, 10/18/19 – Early Release due to Conference week – 12:30 dismissal

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