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News for the week of 1/14/19



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We’ve been learning about the water cycle. Today, students learned the Water Cycle Hoe Down song. Make sure you ask your child to sing it to you! We will have a test on the Water Cycle diagram on 1/23/19; study guides were given today.



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Some students are in need of crayons, scissors, and glue. Please ask your child what they are in need of so that they are prepared for school. I have been giving materials to those who have lost theirs and now they have lost or broken what was given.


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Happy New Year…Welcome Back!


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Welcome back to all! Today was a very busy day back to school. I enjoyed listening to everyone share their stories about the break with the class. We had a few sleepy friends, but I know that we’ll be ready to rock and roll on Tuesday.

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MATH: NBT.6 Whole number quotients and remainders (long division)… Students will be able to find whole number quotients and remainders with up to  four digit dividends and one-digit divisors using strategies based on place value.

Please continue to have your child work on if they still struggle with their multiplication/division facts. They must know their facts through 12 by memory. We will also be using which covers all of the 4th grade math state standards. This website is great for review and helps to give students the extra practice needed on the standards that they may struggle with. All students will have their username and password glued on the inside of their agenda Tuesday morning. For more information, please read the parent letter that I posted further down on this webpage.

READING: RL.9 Compare/Contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics. Integrate information from 2 texts on the same topic in order to write/speak about the subject knowledgeably. Students will read fiction and nonfiction paired text in order to answer questions using text evidence.

Don’t forget to fill out your Six Flags Reading Log. It is due on February 8th. I will be checking it every Friday to make sure that everyone is doing their reading homework (read 20-30 minutes each night).

Writing/Grammar: W2 Informative/Explanatory writing;  ELACC4L1a. Student will be able to identify and use relative adverbs and relative pronouns.

  • Relative Adverbswhen, where, why, how, whatever, wherever
  • Relative Pronouns: that, which, whom, who, whoever, whomever, whichever

Spelling News: please click on the Spelling and Vocabulary List (orange tab) to the right for more details.

SOCIAL STUDIES: SS4H3 Explain the westward expansion in America. Describe the causes and events of the War of 1812; include the burning of the Capitol and the White House and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

SCIENCE: S4E3 Water Students will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.




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Dear Parent,

I am pleased to tell you that we will be using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to Georgia Standards. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child’s progress!

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your child’s username and password (pasted in their AGENDA) and click “Sign in.”
  3. Click on any skill to start learning!

IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child’s demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child’s results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.

I hope you’ll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here’s to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!


Desiree Rutherford

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The Preamble & Spelling Bee


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The following students won 1st place winner and runner up of our class spelling bee. They will represent our class at the 4th and 5th grade Spelling Bee on January 18, 2019. CONGRATULATIONS Angelina and Devin!!!!

  • Angelina Avila… 1st place
  • Devin Simpkins…Runner Up

Social Studies: Your child was given a copy of the Preamble on Tuesday. They will recite it for a grade on Friday, December 14th. Please help them to practice it at home.  They can Google:  School House Rock Preamble and the song will help them to learn it.

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Important Dates for December!!


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We have a busy month ahead of us with lots of learning and fun activities! 

Please mark your calendars:

  • 12/3  4th grade Wellstar Guest
  • 12/6  Students will take the RI (reading inventory)
  • 12/7  Dinner With Santa 5-8pm
  • 12/10-12/12  Holiday Shop
  • 12/14  Recite the Preamble
  • 12/17  Holiday Character Day
  • 12/18  Candy Cane Stripe Day
  • 12/19  Holiday Hat Day
  • 12/20  Holiday Sweater Day & EARLY RELEASE
  • 12/21  Holiday Pajama Day, Class Party, & EARLY RELEASE
  • 12/24-1/4  NO SCHOOL

On 12/21, Our Class Party schedule will roughly look like the following:

8-8:45  Muffins, Juice, & Holiday Story time

9-9:40 Assembly

9:45-10:55 Craft and Movie

11:05-11:35 LUNCH

11:40-12:10 Movie continued

12:10 Clean up and Dismissal immediately following

If you are planning to send in treats for our class, we have 24 students (a few with peanut allergies).


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Week of 11/26/18


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We have a busy week planned with much to learn.  Please help reinforce regular habits and routines so we can maintain consistency, as much as possible.


11/27 – Watershed Presentation from the Cobb County Water Department

11/28 – S.O.A.R Presentation (bus safety)

11/30 – Reading Logs for November are due…Be sure to turn it in so that you can get your coupon for a free pizza!!

12/7 – Dinner with Santa

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Don’t forget to sign/return Progress Reports (they went home on 11/16) . Remember to view your child’s grades weekly in order to avoid surprises. You have 24/7 access of your child’s current grades/averages on Parent Vue!! 

What we’re learning:

Math – Multiplication comparisons and we will continue to focus on the same strategies (area model, distributive property, algorithm) but with larger numbers.

Reading – We are continuing with non-fiction text and will focus on referring to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Writing – We are going to analyze examples of opinion writing and determine the characteristics of good writing.

Grammar – We will be learning about complete and compound subjects and predicates.

Science – We are continuing with ecosystems with a focus on food chains, food webs, and adaptations.

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News for the Week of 11/5/18


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  • Nov. 6th…NO SCHOOL— Teacher Work Day— Election Day!
  • Nov. 9th…PTSA Movie Night @ 6pm Featuring: INCREDIBLES 2!! Free for PTSA members or $3 at the door.

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Reading: We’ll be reading informational text in guided reading groups and learning to write complete summaries.

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.

Science: Ecosystems- We are learning about the differences between producers and consumers. Identify and describe the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Communicate the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.

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News for the Week of 10/22/18


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I’d like to take this time to thank you all for meeting with me last 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.

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Your child will be working on their multiplication and division facts using the following website:   Parent letters with directions can be found in your child’s Monday Folder. Also, I have pasted their personal Pin# on the front page of their agenda. Please make sure that your child is practicing their multiplication and division facts daily. I will be checking student usage each week. In addition to using this website, we will also be taking weekly multiplication quizzes. Students will chart their progress on our class Fact Master Chart.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our unit on the American Revolution. After that, we will begin our unit on the New Nation.

Science: Ecosystems, food webs, and food chain

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October 22-26 is Red Ribbon Week (flyers were sent home)

Monday– Wear RED

Tuesday– Canned Good Drive (canned veggies, soup, dried beans, rice, pasta, canned tuna, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, & instant potatoes)

Wednesday- wear favorite team shirt

Thursday– wear your favorite or crazy hat

Friday– wear Pitner gear; assembly


FILED TRIPS: There are a few students that still need to turn in their signed permission form and fees for next week’s trips; please do so ASAP.




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Week of October 1st


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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 15th-19th – All students will come home with their conference letters on Wednesday. Please sign and return by next week Monday, Oct. 8th. 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.

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  • CEREAL BOX BOOK REPORTS: This project is due next week Monday, Oct. 8th. Late projects will be deducted 10 points each day that it is late. Your child will earn two grades for this project; please scroll down to read the details posted in early September.
  • FALL FESTIVAL & Chili Cook Off: Oct. 6th 11:00am – 3:00pm…Please visit the Pitner website for further details.
  • EARLY RELEASE: Thursday, October 11th
  • Field Trip forms/Money due October 12th


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News the Week of 9/17/18


Science: The Solar System study guide is in your child’s hw folder (on pink paper). The test will be on Thursday. Help your child to study a little each night; waiting until Wednesday night would not be a good idea. I’ve attached the link in case your child has misplaced their guide.

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Field trip: Upcoming trip information can be found in your child’s Monday folder today. The deadline to return the signed form (front/back) along with the $18 will be on Oct. 12.

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!

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