November 19

Quick Reminders…

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  • Cobb Youth Museum trip on 11/20/19…Please wear your red 4th grade t-shirt.
  • 11/20/19 Progress Reports (please sign and return)…Be sure to view your child’s grades weekly on Parent Vue. Keeping abreast of your child’s grades, will help you to avoid surprises. 
  • 11/21/19 American Revolution Test
November 12

American Revolution Test on 11/21/19

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American Revolutionary War

Study Guide Test Date: Thursday – 11/21/19

  • The colonists were upset about the new taxes because they didn’t have representation in parliament to help decide the taxes.
  • “The shot heard ‘round the world” took place at Lexington.
  • General George Washington and his troops spent the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge.
  • King George III taxed the colonies.
  • Benedict Arnold began fighting for the Patriots and later switched to the British side for money and a higher ranking.
  • Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense.
  • Boycott– the refusal to buy, sell, or use certain goods.
  • Quartering Act– colonists were forced to provide food, housing, and supplies to British soldiers.
  • Sugar Act– placed on many goods; the first tax placed on the colonists.
  • Intolerable Acts– this law closed Boston Harbor until all the money from the tea dumped into the harbor was paid.
  • Boston Massacre– Crispus Attucks and 5 other colonists were killed.
  • Tea Tax– British East India Co. sold tea at a low price, although the tax was very high.
  • Boston Tea Party– colonists dressed up as Native Americans and dumped British tea chests in the harbor.
  • Townshend Acts– taxed lead, paint, glass, and tea.
  • Stamp Act– taxed most paper goods.
  • The Declaration of Independence– was a document that freed the colonies from British rule.
  • Treaty of Paris– was a document that ended the Revolutionary War.
  • Yorktown– Gen. Cornwallis surrendered at this battle.
  • The first fighting began at Lexington and Concord.
  • The first major battle of the Revolutionary War was at Bunker Hill.
  • Battle of Saratoga- was the turning point of the war.
  • Trenton– was where Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.
November 8

News for the Week of 11/11/19

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  • Nov. 11th – Veteran’s Day
  • Nov. 15th – PTSA Dance Sock Hop
  • Nov. 20th- Cobb Youth Museum Field Trip 11am – 2pm
  • Nov. 20th – Progress Reports
  • Nov. 25th-29th – Thanksgiving Break

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: RI.1 I can use details and examples from a text to explain and draw inferences. Please be sure that your child is reading every night for 20-30 minutes and that their agenda is filled out each night with the book title, minutes, and your signature.

ELA and Writing: 4.W.1a I can organize my writing to support an opinion. I can write using reasons and information to support an opinion.

Math: NBT.5 I can use strategies to multiply large numbers. I can illustrate and explain the calculation by using rectangular arrays and areas models to solve multiplication. Your child should know their multiplication and division facts to 12. If they are still struggling with these, please have them to practice each night using flashcards, memorizing, writing them down, or use

Social Studies: SS4.H.1 I can explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.


November 1

News for the Week of 11/4/19

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Important Dates:

  • Nov. 5th – NO SCHOOL / Teacher Work Day
  • Nov. 7th – Day of Awesomeness
  • Nov. 15th – PTSA Dance Sock Hop
  • Nov. 20th – Cobb Youth Museum Field Trip…Please return your permission form and $20 fee.
  • Nov. 25th – 29th – THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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Reading: We’ll be reading  fiction and nonfiction text in guided reading groups. Students will  summarize a text and tell the main idea, using key details to support it.

ELA and Writing: Students will learn to use a comma before a conjunction in a complete sentence. We will also continue writing opinion pieces. Students will state their opinion on topics/texts and support their point of view with reasons.

Math: Multiplying a whole number up to 4 digits by a one digit number using strategies based on place value. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using rectangular arrays and areas models to solve multiplication.

Social Studies: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.

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We’d like to send a HUUUUGE thank you to Tristan’s mom for being our Mystery Reader on Halloween! She read Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo and also gifted us the book. We all enjoyed her visit! 

We’d also like to thank Caden Burgos for bringing in Halloween goodie bags for all of his classmates!


October 18

News for the Week of 10/21/19

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I’d like to take this time to thank you all for meeting with me this week to discuss your child’s academic progress. I enjoyed our discussions and I look forward to continuing our working relationship. 

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: RI2- Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details. We’ll also learn how to summarize nonfictional text during our guided reading groups. We will focus on these reading standards for the next 3 weeks.

Writing: W2- Opinion Essays

Math: OA4 and NBT5 – Students will use multiples and number patterns to multiply. They will determine the difference between prime/composite numbers and factors vs. multiples.

Social Studies: We are learning about the causes of the American Revolution.

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October 21-25 is Red Ribbon Week (flyers were sent home)

Spirit Days

  • Monday: Red-y to Live a Drug Free Life –  Wear Red
  • Tuesday: We Can Live Drug Free & Hats Off to Being Bully Free – Can Good Drive & Wear favorite hat
  • Wednesday: I’m Too Bright For Drugs – Wear bright or neon colors
  • Thursday: From Head to Toe I’m Drug Free – Crazy Hair & Socks Day 
  • Friday: TEAM UP Against Bullying & Drugs – Wear your favorite team shirt

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We will have a Mystery Reader opportunity on Thursday, October 31st! You can bring your own favorite book, but I’ll have books here for you to choose from if you need it. If you are interested in reading to our class, please let me know. You can send me an email or message me on REMIND with the time slot that works for you. The time slots are first come, first served. Here are the available times that you can read to us:

  •  9:45-10:05
  • 10:10-10:30
  • 10:35-10:55
  • 11:00-11:20
  • 11:25-11:45




October 14

News for the Week of 10/14/19


This week is Early Release and Parent – Teacher Conference Week. I look forward to meeting with all of you.  See you soon!


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We will focus on the following skills and standards for the next two weeks:

Reading: Determine the main idea and details of a text by using specific details.

ELA: Students will write opinion essays with reasons and examples to support their view.

Math:  We’ll begin our unit on multiplication with  factors and multiples. Please have your child to practice their multiplication and division facts to 12.

Social Studies : We have begun our unit on the  American Revolutionary War. We’ll identify the causes and how it shaped our country. We’ll integrate our reading and social studies with a novel entitled: The Fighting Ground by Avi. We’ll examine character, setting, point of view, mood, theme, main idea, and details.


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October 12

Just a few of Our 1st Quarter Highlights…

October 2

October is Here…

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Welcome back to all! I hope that everyone enjoyed their break. October is going to be a busy month filled with activities, field trips, and parent/teacher conference week.

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CONFERENCES: Conference Week is October 14th-18th – All students will come home with their conference letters on Wednesday. Please sign and return by next week Monday, Oct. 7th. If the assigned time does not work for you, I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.

Note: Report Cards are given during this time.

Mark your calendars:

  • Cereal Box Projects are Due Friday, October 10th 
  • WellStar Lesson: “Temper Tamers” on October 4th
  • FALL FESTIVAL & Chili Cook Off: Oct. 5th 10:00am – 1:00pm…Please visit the Pitner website for further details.
  • Fire Safety Village Field Trip October 8th
  • EARLY RELEASE – Thursday, October 10th
  • End of the 1st Quarter – October 11th
  • Early Release and Conference Week 10/14 – 10/18

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I’d like to thank two more students, Annabella and Emma for each purchasing a book from the book fair (prior to the break). We’ll be adding these books to our classroom library. THANK YOU!!!!!



September 16

Updates for the Week of 9/16/19

Happy Monday to all! The boys and girls are very excited about working on their 1st quarter book project (Book in a Box Project). Information, guidelines, and rubrics for this project were sent home on Sept. 9th. Please make sure that your child does not wait until the last minute to begin their project. They must read the entire chapter book that was chosen. I’ve extended the deadline; it is now due on Friday, October 4th.

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Field Trip: October 8th  is our trip to the Fire Safety Village; please return your signed permission slip ASAP. Thank you.

Here’s what we’re learning:

Writing: W3– We’re writing fictional narratives about imagined experiences.

Reading: RL2–  Students will learn how to determine theme in a text.

Science: SCI.4.S4E2 Students will learn to identify and demonstrate the Phases of the Moon. Study guides for the Earth and Space unit test went home today; test is on Friday, 9/20. Please study a little each night.

Math: 4.NBT.4 Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

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We’d like to give a HUGE Shout Out to Tristan, Kylie, and Easton for buying books from our class wish basket at the Book Fair. We are very grateful for your donations to our classroom library!

We’d also like to thank Emma’s mom, Mrs. Colquitt, for doing our copying and laminating when needed. You ROCK!!!

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  • 9/18 Star Lab/Planetarium (lesson on the constellations)
  • 9/19 Last Day of Book Fair
  • 9/20 Earth and Space Test
  • 9/20 80’s Dress Up Day
  • 9/23 – 9/27 FALL BREAK – No School



September 9

BOOK in a BOX PROJECT is due on Friday, October 4th

  • Students will be responsible for reading a chapter book on their level in order to complete the Cereal Box Book Report. I am sending home the directions and rubrics for the Cereal Box and for the Oral Presentation this week. Your child will earn two summative grades for this project (oral report – ELA & completed cereal box – reading). This project isn’t optional. It is due on Friday, October 4th. Late projects will be deducted 10pts. for each day it is late.

***Please note:

  1. Do not choose books that have been made into a movie.
  2. Do not choose graphic novels (comic book type novels).
  3. Do not choose books that I have read aloud to the class.

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*Please return your signed Progress Report by 9/10

*Please return Fire Safety Village / field trip forms by 9/11

* Scholastic Book Fair 9/12 – 9/19

September 3

Week of 9/2/19

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  • 9/2 Labor Day – No School
  • 9/6 Progress Reports 
  • 9/6 Deadline for 4th grade t-shirt orders ($6) 
  • 9/9 Step it Up Fundraiser Assembly
  • 9/12 Curriculum Night 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • 9/13 College Shirt Day
  • 9/20 80’s Dress Up Day
  • 9/23 – 9/27 FALL BREAK – No School


Here’s what we’ll be learning about for the next few weeks:

Writing: W3– We’re still working on writing personal narratives about real or imagined experiences.

Reading: RL2–  Students will learn how to determine theme in a text.

Science: SCI.4.S4E2 Students will learn to identify and demonstrate the Phases of the Moon.

Math: 4.NBT.4 Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

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August 21

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August 19

Week of 8/19/19

Reading: RL3 We have started our whole group novel study entitled Lemonade WarImage result for lemonade war. Students will use specific details from the story to describe a character or setting in depth. We’ll also be completing comprehension quizzes, journal entries, and activities along the way.

ELA: W3 We will continue to work on writing personal narratives.

Math: NBT.1 Students will use place value strategies to round and compare numbers.

Social Studies: SS4G1a,b Students will use map skills to locate major geographical features in the U.S. We’ll have our map skills assessment on Friday. Study guides went home on Friday; please help your child to study a little each night. Here’s a copy of the study guide below:


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Don’t Forget:

*Please remember to turn in your child’s Emergency Dismissal form and the T-shirt order form with the $6 fee.

*Picture Day is on Wednesday, August 21st at 10:45 am.


August 17

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Absences: If your child is absent, you have 3 days to submit an excuse note. After the 3 days, it becomes an unexcused absence.

ParentVue: Please be sure to obtain your username and password from the front office. ParentVue allows you to view your child’s grades and current averages in all subject areas. You should be accessing this information weekly. Being aware of your child’s current averages will help you to avoid surprises when progress reports/report cards are given.

Remind Text Alerts: Please, Please, Please sign up to receive my text messages. Many parents haven’t signed up and I would love 100% participation. Many of your questions can be answered if you are taking advantage of the text messages and reading our class blog. Click on the link on the orange sticky note to the right of this page and join. It is super easy and free!

August 5

Week of 8/5/19

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Happy Monday! This week, we will continue to learn and practice our classroom rules and procedures. We are also getting to know one another through class discussions and activities.

Spelling: I’ve added the Spelling List tab/link to the right of this page. Your child also has a spelling list in their HW folder.; please help them to study a little each night. Spelling test will be bi-weekly on Thursdays. The 1st spelling test will be on Thursday, August 15th. 

Math: Students are to study multiplication facts 0-5 for a quiz on Friday (this should be a review for all). We will begin our unit on Place Value. NBT.3- Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place. NBT.2- Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using <, >, = to record comparisons.

ELA: ELAGSEL1.f- produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting rhetorically poor fragments and run-ons. ELAGSE4W10, 8, and 3- Write narratives

Social Studies: SS4MG1a-j- Use the following: cardinal/intermediate directions,  a map scale, map key/legend, and latitude/longitude. Define and know the difference between political and physical maps. Identify physical features on a map.

August 1

Please View the Open House PowerPoint

Hello parents! We had an awesome first day back to school! If you were unable to attend Open House, please click on the link below to view our classroom procedures, information about homework, grades, etc. Also please sign up to receive REMIND text alerts; a form was sent home with directions. You can also click on the yellow sticky note ( REMIND text alerts )on the right to sign up.

Click on the link below to view:

Welcome to Open House 2019-20


July 21

Welcome Back My Friends!

Hello to all of my 4th grade friends! My name is Mrs. Rutherford and I’ll be your teacher this school year. I hope to see you all at Open House / Sneak a Peek! This is also a great time for you to drop off your school supplies. We will take off like busy bees during our first week of school!

To learn more about me, click on the tab entitled: “Who is Mrs. Rutherford?” (see the yellow sticky note on the right)


  • Open House / Sneak a Peek is on Tuesday, July 30th from 4 pm – 6:45 pm. There are 3 sessions beginning at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 pm – each session is 45 minutes long.
  • Drop off school supplies if you wish
  • First day of school is Thursday August 1st
  • School begins promptly @ 7:45 am (you are tardy after that time).
  • Share your child’s method of transportation for dismissal
  • Sign up to receive REMIND text alerts (see yellow sticky note on the right)
  • We will have conference week in October.