Week of 5/21-5/23/18

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Wow!  Only 3 more wake-ups and school is out for the summer!  I have enjoyed getting to know and work with each and everyone of you this year.  You all have made tremendous progress this year!  Keep up the great work.  I hope you all come back and visit me and Mrs. Homer again next year.  We wish you the best in all your endeavors!  Please be sure to look at the end of the year letter that is posted below to help you know what we have going on this week.  We will be having our ice cream celebration for those that have earned it with Xtra Math on Monday.  We will be having our “end of the year” party on Wednesday with a pizza party.  Please don’t forget that we will be having early release (at 12:30) on Tuesday and Wednesday.  If your child is to go home a different way these last few days, please remember to send in a note regarding those changes.  Again, I have really enjoyed working and getting to know each and everyone of you.  You can do anything you put your mind to!  Best wishes for fifth grade!  Be the role model everyone looks up to!  Below, please be sure to refer back to the end of the year letter to stay on top of what’s going on.  


Below, please find a copy of the Summer Reading Challenge from Ms. Stanley.  Be sure to bring it back in by August 10, 2018.  There’s all kinds of prizes that you can win by completing this sheet! 

Week of 5/14-5/18/18

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First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity toward me and Mrs. Homer during Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful parents and caring students.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtfulness and kindness!  We definitely felt appreciated!  Also, I would like to wish all the mothers a very “Happy Mother’s Day!”  I hope that you are all treated like the queens you are.  Now, it’s hard to believe that we are 8 short days from Summer Vacation.  That means, you have 8 more days to work on Xtra Math and get that ice cream sundae earned.  We have several people who have earned the ice cream sundae, but I would like to see even more.  Mrs. Homer and I can’t eat all the ice cream by ourselves!  We need some help!  Keep working on those math facts!

Monday is our field day!  Please wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes and your class t-shirt.  If you weren’t here when we ordered class t-shirts or you can’t find yours, no big deal.  Just wear a blue (ocean blue) colored shirt.  If you are interested in coming to “play with us” during field day, we welcome you to come.  Just let me know, so that I can give the office advance notice.  Well, let’s get on with what we need to talk about this week – Please be sure to read all the way through the blog to find information regarding various activities this week.

Math – We will be working on some fifth grade skills, to help prepare us for fifth grade, since we are only 8 days from being 5th graders!  We will be focusing our time on multiplying and dividing using the traditional algorithm, as well as reading line plot graphs.  This should be a rather fun time.  We will also be working on increasing our addition, subtraction, and multiplication automaticity by playing some fun games (like musical chairs, but with a twist0.

Reading/Writing – we will be finishing up our author studies and beginning to present them.  I think the students have had a blast learning about the new authors and having the opportunity to learn and read about new authors.  We’ve had to make a slight change to the schedule.  All book reports (“New Cereal on the Shelf,” “Comic Strip,” or “Souvenirs” need to be completed no later than Friday, 5/18.  Dr. Hosey informed us this week that back packs will not be allowed the last three days of school, so we’ll have to send everything home on Friday, 5/18.  For the “book report” portion of our author study, the students will need to do either a book talk or a character talk.  They can dress up, if they choose, but it’s not mandatory.  Extra credit will be given for those that go above and beyond.  The students will have the opportunity to use note cards, if needed.  Please be sure you are prepared with your project by Friday, 5/18.

Social Studies/Science – We will begin our career lessons this week.  We love the career lessons!  The students will be learning about architecture, manufacturing, STEM, and Business Management/Administration.  We have some very fun activities planned with this. Be sure to talk to your students about the career clusters that we cover this week.  We will also be presenting our “Out of this World” Planet Projects.  We will be using a rubric to grade the students, as well as giving the students a chance to grade themselves and how they felt the group work went.  The students have been working very hard on these projects as well and we are very excited to hear all about their planets.

Grammar/Spelling – We will be having our final Spelling Test and Invitation to edit quiz on Friday.  Please be sure you are working on your spelling contract this week.  You don’t need to turn in each activity, just the contract with your parent’s initials that you did the activity.  This week’s mentor sentence will come from the book Titanicat by Marty Crisp.  This week’s grammar focus will be on prepositional phrases.  In the past, we have focused on the preposition, but this week we are focusing on the prepositional phrase.  We will probably take our invitation to edit quiz and our last spelling test during our “writing” time, so that I have an opportunity to get them graded and sent back home before the “no back pack” rule.  In case you need the spelling contract again, please feel free to download it below.  


Need a little boost to your math grade?  Check out the extra credit document below.  The extra credit will be due no later than Friday, 5/18.  You can download the following activity to complete and turn in no later than Friday, 5/18 to replace the lowest math score in the gradebook.  There’s even an opportunity to bake some goodies!  Don’t forget, the project is due no later than Friday, 5/18 (that’s this week!)

End of Year Letter – Please be sure to refer to the “End of Year” letter that will be coming home with your children on Monday for other vital information.  You might want to post it on your fridge!  

Monday, 5/14 – Field Day – 8:15 – 10:15 (Stations) and 1:00 – 2:00 (Tug – o – War)
Monday, 5/14 – Planet Projects due
Tuesday, 5/15 – Visit from Allatoona Park Ranger 10:30-11:15
Wednesday, 5/16 – Last Guidance Lesson with Ms. Perry
Friday, 5/18 – Autograph Day – Yearbook Distribution
Friday, 5/18 – Completed Author Study projects due to Mrs. Poulos
Friday, 5/18 – Last day for grades/book bags
Friday, 5/18 – Talent Show (7:00 p.m.)
Monday, 5/21 – Author Study Project Presentations
Monday, 5/21 – Game Day – Float into Summer Day (Ice Cream Sundae Reward for Xtra Math)
Tuesday, 5/22 – Sports Day – wear your favorite sports gear.  We’ll get out and play kickball with some of the other classes.
Tuesday, 5/22 – Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:30 – Last day to take home items – Bring a large shopping bag
Wednesday, 5/23 – Last Day of fourth grade – Early Release Day @ 12:30 – Movie Day

Free Eye Exams and Glasses for Children in Need

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In case you’re interested…

Free eye exams and glasses for children in need; pre-registration required

“Two million children in the U.S. do not have the glasses they need to see the board, read a book or participate in class.” This is a startling statistic from the nonprofit organization Vision To Learn. It is a growing national charity offering free vision screenings, eye exams and, if necessary, glasses for children ages 5-18.

Three Cobb County public libraries are hosting upcoming mobile eye clinics. Each Vision to Learn visit will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited and no walk-ins will be accepted. Please note pre-registration is required.


These library events will be the first Vision To Learn visits in Cobb County and at Georgia public libraries. They are part of Cobb Public Library System’s efforts to collaborate with organizations to improve educational outcomes for “cradle to career” success. Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn now reaches low-income students in 12 states. VTL was launched in Georgia in 2017 through a multi-year partnership with the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. More than 1,000 Atlanta Public School students have received free glasses so far in the 2017-2018 school year.


Week of 5/7-5/11/18

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Oh wow!  How did get to this point so quickly?  Only 13 more “wake-ups” before we’re out for summer vacation!  Just two more weeks (this and next) to make sure all our grades are in and we’re able to finish up anything that we have missing.  These next 13 days are going to be extremely busy ones, so please be sure to read the blog and check your emails for upcoming events and other important information.  We will not be having the “traditional” homework this week.  We will be focusing on Xtra Math to increase our automaticity and reading for the reading log to build our reading fluency and our comprehension.  Be on the look out for your free Six Flags ticket, if you completed and turned in your 6 hours of reading forms back in February!  Here’s what we have on the “agenda” for this week.

Math – we will continue working with measurement conversions.  This week, our focus will be mainly on mass/weight.  The students will also have an opportunity to complete a measurement conversion project.  I think they’ll enjoy working on it.  During our small groups, we will be focusing on multiplying and dividing using the traditional algorithms.  We will be multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits using the traditional algorithm and dividing up to four digits by 1 digit, then checking with multiplication.

Writing – we will hopefully be getting very close to finishing up our author study projects.  The students are working hard to complete their Sway projects, as well as their book reports relate to the books they’ve been reading by their author.  Also, I would like to congratulate Caitlyn for winning a new gemstone for her mom with a piece she wrote for a David Diamond Douglas writing contest!  All the students entered and Caitlyn’s was selected out of 8200 entries!  Way to go Caitlyn!

Grammar – This week, our mentor text is Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco.  This weeks grammar focus is on punctuating dialogue correctly.  Students have really been trying to include some dialogue in their writing, but some are still having a hard time with punctuating it.  Hopefully, after this week, they’ll have a better understanding.

Spelling – this will be our LAST spelling contract for this year! Hooray!  Thanks you to those who have worked so diligently complete the contract each week.  I hope you have enjoyed working and learning to spell some new words.  You can download the last contract here.  

Reading – This week we are going to finish up reading our books by our authors for the author’s studies.  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know some new authors, as well as their writing styles.  I am really looking forward to seeing the many “New Cereal on the Shelf” projects, as well as the comic strips and other projects you all are coming up with.  You have worked very hard on this project and I appreciate all that you’ve done!

As we get closer to the end of the year, we have a variety of activities planned.  Please be sure to check out the following “End of the Year” letter that will be coming home with your students in their graded paper folder this week.  Please understand that your student can be removed from any of the following activities due to their behavior.  We will be having a “study hall” for any one whose behavior is not appropriate.

Looking for an opportunity to earn some extra credit, that will replace your lowest math score?  You can download the following activity to complete and turn in no later than Friday, 5/18 to replace the lowest math score in the gradebook.  There’s even an opportunity to bake some goodies!  Don’t forget, the project is due no later than Friday, May 18th (that’s a week from this Friday)!

Monday – Friday 5/7-5/11 – Teacher Appreciation Week – information was sent home a few weeks ago from PTSA.
Tuesday – Thursday, 5/8 – 5/10 – Talent Show Auditions (information coming home on Monday)
Friday, 5/11 – All books due back to the Media Center
Sunday, 5/13 – Mother’s Day
Monday, 5/14 – Field Day for 4/5 graders
Tuesday, 5/15 – Visit from Allatoona Park Ranger 10:30 – 11:15
Wednesday, 5/16 – Last Guidance Lesson with Ms. Perry
Friday, 5/18 – Autograph Day – Yearbook Distribution
Friday, 5/18 – Completed Author Study projects due to Mrs. Poulos
Friday, 5/18 – Last day for grades

Friday, 5/18 – Talent Show (7:00 p.m.)
Monday, 5/21 – Last day for backpacks
Monday, 5/21 – Author Study Project Presentations
Monday, 5/21 – Game Day – Float into Summer Day (Ice Cream Sundae Reward for Xtra Math)
Tuesday, 5/22 – Sports Day – wear your favorite sports gear.  We’ll get out and play kickball with some of the other classes. 
Tuesday, 5/22 – Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:30 – Last day to take home items – Bring a large shopping bag
Wednesday, 5/23 – Last Day of fourth grade – Early Release Day @ 12:30 – Movie Day

Week of 4/30-5/4

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Well, we’ve made it to the last 18 days of school.  We’ve been working hard on our author studies and I think the students are really enjoying learning about these authors.  I tried to give them some “new” authors that they may or may not have known previously.  I’m looking forward to seeing their final projects!  I’ll try to put them here on the blog for you all to look at over the summer, since they aren’t due until the 21st of May.  Well, that’s enough about the end of the year, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week.

Math – we will continue working with measurements, but we will be moving on to capacity.  We will be learning a story about King Gallon, which I hope will help the students remember the parts of customary capacity.  Please be sure to ask your student to tell you the story!  Again, with metric measurement, the students probably find this easier, since it doesn’t really change other than saying liters rather than meters.

Writing – we will continue working on writing our author’s biographies and creating our sways.  Please understand that it is not necessary for your child to work on this project at home, but some of the students have really taken to creating the sways and want to work on them at home.  I’m okay with that, I just wanted to make sure you all were aware that it wasn’t mandatory that they do them at home.

Science – the students will continue to research and complete their “Space Travel” brochures in class.  We are giving the students an opportunity to create an actual brochure that can be printed or they can create a sway or powerpoint to present their information.  The students are working in groups of 2 – 3 to create their brochures.

Grammar – this week, our mentor text is My School is a Zoo, by Stu Smith.  This week’s grammar focus will be possessive pronouns.  Possessive pronouns are the pronouns that take the place of a possessive noun (Bud’s shoes = his shoes, or the classes’ pencils = their pencils).

Spelling – please continue working on your spelling contract.  Our spelling test will be on Friday, 5/4.  Parents, please remember that it is not necessary for the students to turn in the “projects” related to the spelling contract, if your child does the six choices, then just initial the contract and then encourage your child to turn in the contract on Friday.  

Reading – the students will continue working on reading books written by the author they chose for the author study and the students will begin working on the “projects” that go with the book.  The students were given a “project menu” that they could choose from for their “book project.”  With that being said, if you happen to have any empty cereal boxes or coffee cans that you could/would be willing to donate, I’ll be glad to take them off your hands.  Just send them in with your students!

Monday, 4/30/18 – WellStar Presentation on “Get Fit”
Tuesday, 5/1/18 – Kindergarten orientation
Wednesday, 5/2/18 – Kell Orchestra at Pitner for demonstration
Wednesday, 5/2/18 – We’ll be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) in the computer lab during specials.  Please be sure to show what you’ve learned this year!  You want to make sure those 5th grade teachers what you are capable of.
Thursday, 5/3/18 – Last day to turn in PNN applications and two reference forms.
Friday, 5/4/18 – Star Wars Day (wear your favorite Star Wars shirt)
Friday, 5/4/18 – Career Day – We’ll be traveling from room to room to visit with various parents explaining their careers.  Some of the careers that we will be able to learn about are:  banking, veterinary, chiropractic, photography, make-up artistry, and personal training.  We will be rotating beginning at 9:00 and continuing until 11:05.  We will have a specials change from 9:15 – 10:00 to 1:15 – 2:00.
Monday, 5/7 – Friday, 5/11/18 – Teacher Appreciation Week – information coming home on Monday, 4/30.
Monday, 5/7 – Friday, 5/11/18 – PNN auditions and interviews
Monday, 5/14/18 – Field Day for 4th and 5th graders
Friday, 5/18/18 – “Pitner’s Little Big Shots” Talent Show – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 5/21/18 – Author Study Presentations – all day
Tuesday, 5/22/18 – Early Release – Dismissal at 12:30
Wednesday, 5/23/18 – Last day of 4th Grade – class party – Early Release – 12:30 dismissal

Week of 4/23-4/27/16

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I am glad to be back on a regular schedule.  Sometimes, it’s nice to change things up a bit, but I’m glad to be done with testing.  With that being said, we do still have several weeks together.  Let’s make these weeks the best ones yet!  We will be doing more “projects” in class, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t still have quite a bit of learning to do.  With that being said, let’s get on with what we’ll be learning this week.

Math – we will be working with measurements – customary and metric units of measurement.  We will be converting from inches to feet, feet to yards, and from millimeters to centimeters to meters.  This should be a little easier and more “concrete” than the geometry unit has been.  We will still be revisiting some of these geometry standards through our group work, so keep working!

Writing – we will be continuing to write our own myths, based on some of the mythical gods and monsters that we have been talking about in reading.  I’m very excited to read the stories that you are working on.  Don’t forget to include/introduce the characters, include dialogue among the characters, include a setting, and have a problem and solution.  This is your chance to shine and show what all you have learned about writing a narrative from throughout the year.

Science – As you may recall, when we were working on our solar system unit, we explained that we wanted you to have a chance to create a brochure to encourage people to come and visit your planet.  You all expressed an interest in creating this brochure after “the test,” so that’s what we’ll be doing.  We will have access to our new tablets as well as bringing in your own devices to work on your groups’ project.  We’ll also be utilizing office 365 for everyone to be able to work on the project together at the same time.

Grammar – we will start back up with our mentor sentences.  I have missed doing these.  We are introduced to so many great new stories through these mentor sentences and you have really learned a lot.  It’s amazing to see the transformation from the simple sentences you all were writing at the beginning of the year to the nice, compound and complex sentences you are now including in your writing.  We will be reading a book called Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher and focusing on personification.  Personification is the figurative language in which “personal” characteristics are given to inanimate objects, such as trees or desks.

Spelling – You will be receiving a new spelling contract this week.  This is the next to the last spelling contract for this year!  Woohoo!  I know you are excited about that.  Please be sure to complete 6 activities over the next two weeks.  If you have forgotten your spelling contract or if you can’t find it, you can download it below.  

Reading – we will be starting our Author studies this week.  I’ve created a list of authors that I think the students would enjoy reading and we are going to be reading some of their works, as well as researching about them.  Then, we will create a SWAY to share our information with our classmates.  I’ll be sure to post the sways here on the blog, when they’re done.  With that being said, please encourage your child to bring his/her device for the next several days.  We will be working on these projects using their devices.  If they don’t have a device, no worries.  I have 10 new Samsung tablets waiting to be used, that I had donated through Donors Choose.

I have really enjoyed working with this group of students this year!  It has truly been a pleasure.  I know that there have been some days that were better than others, but the students have really learned a lot this year and I’m very pleased with their progress.  Keep up the great work!  We’ll keep trucking along at school to make sure we cover all the things we need to before the end of the year.  It’s so close.  I just keep asking myself, where has the year gone!?  Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children this year!  I will miss them next year!

Tuesday, April 24th  – Cobb County Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off
Wednesday, April 25th – Jump Rope for Heart – Information sent home last week
Friday, April 27th – Color Fun Run fundraiser
Friday, April 27th – Zoyo Cup fundraiser at Zoyo at the corner of Baker Road and Jiles Road
Friday, April 27th – last 4 1/2 week progress reports to go home.
Monday, April 30th – WellStar Visit – 11:00 – 11:45
Tuesday, May 1st – Kindergarten Orientation
Wednesday, May 2nd – Kell Orchestra Performance for fourth and fifth grades
Thursday, May 3rd – Last day to turn in PNN applications and Reference forms
Friday, May 4th – Career Day
Friday, May 4th – Zoyo Cup Fundraiser
Monday – Friday, May 7 – 11th – Teacher Appreciation Week – info coming soon.
Monday – Friday, May 7 – 11th – PNN try-outs/interviews
Monday, May 14th – Field Day for fourth and fifth graders
Friday, May 18th – Talent Show
Tuesday, May 22nd – Early Release Day – release at 12:30
Wednesday, May 23rd – End of Year Class Party, early release at 12:30, and last day of fourth grade!

Week of 4/16/18

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Just two more days of our End of Grade (EOG) testing.  Whew!  We’re almost done with the hard part, but please understand that the school year is not over, even though we’ve taken the “End of Grade” test.  We still have a lot of work to do and many more standards to make sure we cover prior to the end of the year.  Thank you for making sure your students are at school on time, with a good breakfast and a good night’s sleep prior.  Thank you also for your understanding of not having visitors during lunch during our testing.  We will continue to have the “no visitors” policy through Friday, April 20th, to make sure all testing is complete and make-ups are finished.  The students worked very hard last week and if they continue to work hard on the test the next two days, there may be a special treat for them on Friday.  Please continue to encourage your students each morning.  Please encourage them to use the scratch paper that is provided.  It’s important that they actually try to work out the problems and not try to work them out in their head.  They have a variety of ways to solve the problems, so please encourage them to use those strategies.  Now, on to what we’ve got on our agenda for the rest of the week, following testing.

Math – we will be continuing to work on geometry to discuss lines of symmetry, as well as classifying shapes, such as quadrilaterals and triangles.

Writing –  we will be working on writing personal narratives – taking what we know about writing narratives (stories) and writing about a personal experience.  We will be focusing on “small moments” and really beginning to use more elaboration in our writing.

Science – we will begin our unit on animal habitats, as well as completing a project on a planet of their choice.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Grammar/Spelling – we will be picking up with our mentor sentences and spelling contracts beginning back next Monday, 4/23.  Our next spelling test will be Friday, May 4th.  Be sure to check back next week for the spelling contract.

Reading – We will be working on various reading standards using Greek  Mythology Stories.  The standards that we will be covering are:  describing in depth a character, the setting,  or event drawing on specific details in the text.  We will also be determining the meanings of words and phrases as they are used in the text.

Monday and Tuesday – GA Milestones Testing
Thursday, 4/19 – Kindergarten Registration – Take 2 beginning at 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/25 – Jump Rope for Heart – information came home on Friday.
Friday, 4/27 – Color Run and Zoyo Cup Fundraiser and last 4 1/2 Week Progress Reports come home
Monday, 4/30 – WellStar visit 11:00 – 11:45
Tuesday, 5/1 – Kindergarten Orientation
Wednesday, 5/2 – Kell Orchestra Performance for 4th/5th grades
Friday, 5/4 – Career Day and Zoyo Cup Fundraiser
May 7 – 11 – Teacher Appreciation Week – More details to come home soon.
Monday, 5/14 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grade
Friday, 5/18 – Talent Show
Tuesday, 5/22 – Early Release at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/23 – End of the Year Class Party
Early Release at 12:30 p.m.
Last day of fourth grade!


Week of 4/9 – 4/13

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break and you’re ready to finish out this year!  As you know, we have “The Test” beginning on Tuesday of this week.  We will be testing in the mornings from 8:00 – around 10:00 or 10:30.  If at all possible, please do not schedule appointments until after 11:00 this week and next.  Testing is stressful enough without having to take it in a different place, at a different time and with a different teacher, because of not being here.  We will not be having homework this week or next, due to testing.  I want the students to enjoy their afternoons and get out some energy, as well as go to bed early to get a good night’s rest.  Please be sure that your students eat a good breakfast each morning.  Getting good rest and eating a good nutritious breakfast will help ensure good testing habits and hopefully will help to relieve some of the stress.  The students have worked so hard this year to make sure they are learning as much as they can, now is the time to show what they’ve learned.

We will be testing in the media center on the computers.  What does this mean?  This will hopefully mean that we get the test scores back earlier.  This year does not “count” toward advancement of the grade level, but we do want the students to show what they’ve learned and try their best on the test.  Please encourage your students to do their best, but don’t overwhelm them.  I want them to do the best they can, that’s all I ask for.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at [email protected]  Be sure to check back next week for upcoming events.  I hope you have a great week!

Week of 4/2 – 4/6/18

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Greetings from New Orleans, LA!  I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break.  Be sure to get lots of rest and begin going to bed earlier, so that you’ll be ready for “THE TEST” next week!  I hope you are working on those test packets that were sent home last week!  I’ll see you on Monday, 4/9!

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A huge thank you goes out to Donors Choose (www.donorschoose.org) and Ripple.com (www.ripple.com) for making this the best school day ever!  Ripple.com funded every single Donors Choose project that was on their site last night!  We are now going to have several new iPads and cases that got donated!  I’m one happy teacher today!  If you are happening to look for some way to donate, please go to www.donorschoose.org and find a project here in our area to help fund.  Teachers really need the support!  Thanks again Donors Choose and Ripple.com!  You’re the best and made me one happy teacher!