Week of October 15th

Happy Fall!  It finally feels a little less like summer and a little more like fall!  With the fluctuating weather patterns, you may want to consider sending your child to school with a sweatshirt or light jacket each day.  Our recess time is in the morning, so can often be chilly.

This week is Conference week.  I’m looking forward to meeting with you to discuss the progress your child has made thus far.  Due to conferences, school will dismiss at 12:30pm each day.  If you have alternate dismissal plans, please send a note in writing.


10/15-10/19 – Conference week and Early Release at 12:30; no lunch visitors this week

10/16 – Fall Picture Retakes

10/17 – Fundraiser Ends

10/19 – Cape Day – Bring $1 to wear a cape to benefit CHOA

10/22-10/26 – Red Ribbon Week

10/30 – Field Trip to the Youth Museum

11/1 – Field Trip to see Willy Wonka


Math – We are beginning with factors and multiples as we look at multiplication.  We will also review perimeter of rectilinear figures and take a quiz this week over this material.

Reading – We are finishing up Point of View and will dive deep into perspective this week.

Writing – We are working on our fictional narratives – developing characters through action and dialogue.

Spelling – We will have our spelling test on Friday over Spelling Sort5.

Social Studies – This week in the American Revolution, we are studying John Hancock, Benedict Arnold, the Battle of Saratoga and Benjamin Franklin.

Week of October 8th

Congratulations to Carter for winning the plush cow for the Cherrydale Fundraiser!  Keep those orders coming!  The fundraising helps benefit our school.

I’m looking forward to speaking with you at conferences.  What a pleasure it is to work with your child and I’m so excited to share their progress with you!


10/10 – Practice Lock Down Drill for the Cafeteria

10/11 – Early Release Day at 12:30pm

10/12 – All Permission Slips & Payment are due for our Field Trips at the end of the month.  It is also Spirit Day – Wear your Red class t-shirt…or any red shirt.  We will also have a assembly launching our new behavior incentive plan!

10/15-10/19 – Conference Week and Early Release all week at 12:30pm


Math – We are working on perimeter of rectilinear shapes.

Reading – We are working on Point of View.

Spelling – We have a new sort – Spelling Homework Sort5.  This is due on October 19th, our test day.

Grammar – We are focusing on using commas in a series.

Writing – We are beginning a fictional narrative writing piece.  The personal narratives are already in the hallway, ready for you to read and enjoy!

Social Studies – This week we will focus on Paul Revere, The Declaration of Independence, and the Battle at Lexington and Concord.

Week of October 1st

I hope you had a restful and relaxing Fall Break.  We are almost finished with this first nine weeks and will be starting off the month strong!


10/1 – Book Reports Due, Reading Logs Due

10/2 – Reflections Projects Due

10/10 – End of the Nine Weeks

10/11 – Early Release Day at 12:30

10/12 – Field Trip Forms & Payment Due for Willy Wonka and the Youth Museum

10/15 – 10/19 – Conference Week and Early Release at 12:30 all week


Math – We are continuing to work on word problems and are branching out into multi-step word problems and input/output problem solving.

Reading – We are continuing with a focus on theme as we look closely at 3 texts that support the theme of “Hope Through Obstacles”.  We will look at how different narratives can portray the same theme through various stories and how we support our thinking with evidence.

Writing – We will be looking closely at how to unpack a writing prompt and will begin to break down the language of writing tasks.

Mentor Sentences – The Hope Jar

Spelling – We will have a test on Friday over sort 4 – Spelling Homework Sort4

Social Studies – We are focusing on the First Continental Congress, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere this week.

Health – We are looking at the impact of smoking on our health.


Week of September 17th

We are cruising through September at record speed (at least it feels that way).  We have a full week this week, so please read through our highlights to see what we will be working on.

This week, you received a permission slip for our upcoming field trips to the Cobb Youth Museum and the play “Willy Wonka”.  Please return both the signed permission slips and the $18 as soon as possible.  Thank you!


9/19 – Library Lesson & checkout, Huey Luey’s Spirit Night

9/21 – Dominoes Pizza Fundraiser Due

9/24-9/28 – Fall Break – No School

10/1 – Sandwich Book Report due

10/2 – PTSA Reflections Projects due


Math – We are focusing on solving word problems with addition and subtraction using the algorithm.  We will have a test on Friday (the study guide for this will be our homework as a  nightly practice – please check your child’s work).

Reading – We are finishing up theme this week and most guided reading groups.

Writing – We are finalizing our personal narratives and will celebrate with an author’s share.  We will begin looking at how to address writing prompts.

Spelling – We are beginning sort 4: Spelling Homework Sort4.  This will be due on the test date of Friday, October 5th.

Grammar – We are focusing on subjects and predicates this week.

Social Studies – We are continuing our build up on the road to the Revolutionary War.  This week we will focus on the Townshend Acts, The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.

Health – We will also spend some time focusing on healthy choices.



Week of September 10th

We are a little more than halfway through the nine weeks and we are learning so much!  I’ve been very impressed by the independent research that some of the students are doing to learn more about their interests.  I have been filled with many new concepts about planets and space that your children have found out themselves!  So amazing!


9/10 – Wellstar Visit – “Just Eat It”

9/19 – Huey Lueys Night (Cobb Parkway) – 5pm-9pm – 20% of the proceeds go to PTSA!

9/24-9/28 – Fall Break – No School

9/24-9/28 – Are you looking for a great activity for your child during Fall break that they will love?  STEM Cobb is holding camps in 3 locations throughout the county during the break.  You can choose one or more days for your child to participate.  The exciting news is one of the locations this year is at Pitner!!  Sign your child up to learn and have fun with some of our fantastic local teachers! https://stemcampcobb.weebly.com/


Math – We are continuing to focus on addition and subtraction with regrouping.  We are specifically going to look at subtraction across zeros, checking subtraction with addition, and eventually looking at problem solving.

Reading – We are beginning to look at theme as we continue to map out narratives.  Guided reading groups are working on individual skills. Don’t forget to begin working on the Sandwich book report!

Writing – We are continuing out personal narratives.

Spelling – We are finishing up sort 3  with a test on Friday.  The students’ contracts are due on Friday with their activities or parent signatures. Spelling Homework Sort3

Social Studies – We are beginning our unit on the American Revolution.


Week of September 4th

How can it possibly be September already?  We have flown through the last month of school and have been very busy learning in 4th grade!  We will have our first guidance lesson this week with our new guidance counselor, Ms. Whitton.  Also, progress reports will go home on Wednesday.  Please sign your child’s orange behavior sheet that comes home on Friday and return on the following Monday.


9/3 – Labor Day – No School

9/4 – August reading logs are due

9/5 – Progress reports go home

9/7 – Science test – study guide will come home on Tuesday


Math – We are moving into multi-digit subtraction this week.  We will continue to use multi-digit addition as well.

Reading – We are working on types of conflict within the plot.  Guided reading groups are working on skills covering fluency, comprehension, story mapping, and context clues.

Writing – We are continuing to develop our personal narratives.

Grammar – We are working on possessive nouns this week (singular and plural).

Spelling – We are beginning sort 3 – Spelling Homework Sort3.  This sort is due on the testing date (9/14).

Science – We are finishing up our unit on space and the solar system.  A study guide will come home on Tuesday and the test will be on Friday.


Week of August 26th

It’s so hard to believe we are in the last week of August already!  We have been very busy in 4th grade and we continue to push forward, learning and growing.

Thank you to: Mrs. Edie, Mr. & Mrs. Livingston, Ms. Allsen, and Ms. Thomas for helping with fact clubs this week!  I didn’t get a chance to snap any photos but I’ll be sure to get some so you can see the kids in action!

Check out our highlights for this week:


8/29 – Early Release day at 12:30pm.  Please be sure to convey any dismissal changes for Wednesday.

8/31 – Sprit Night at Escalade

9/3 – Labor Day – No school


Math: We are beginning a new unit on multi-digit addition. We will build on our knowledge of place value to establish the standard algorithm to add numbers into the hundred-thousands place.

Reading: We are continuing to build on our knowledge of the narrative story structure with a focus on mapping stories.  Guided reading groups are also established and in full swing.

Writing: We are building our own narrative stories this week.

Spelling: We will have a spelling test on Friday over Sort2.  Spelling contracts are also due on Friday.

Grammar: We are focusing on mentor sentences this week with a strong focus on context clues.  Our book will be Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun.

Science:  We are going deeper into space this week focusing on the planets, stars, and star patterns/constellations.

Have a great week!

Week of August 20th

We are rocking and rolling in 4th grade!  I’m so pleased with how well the students transitioned this week.

I wanted to let you know that Pitner lost an angel this past week.  Debbie Bernard was one of our former custodians and lost her battle with cancer.  She left an amazing legacy in all that knew her.  If you feel so inclined, here is the link to her gofundme page to help with expenses for her family: Support for Debbie.

Here are the updates for this week:


8/22 – Picture Day (individual photos) – forms came home on Friday

8/29 – Early Release day at 12:30pm



Math – We are finishing up our unit on place value.  We will focus intensely on rounding and estimation.

Reading – We are beginning a unit on the structure of narrative text (stories).  We will focus on the main components of a story, how to identify them, and how that aids in our comprehension of the text.  We will also begin guided reading groups this week.

Writing – We are finishing up our first writing.  This first writing focuses on ideas and purpose.  We will also begin a narrative unit this week focusing on hooking our reader and developing a story.

Grammar – We are going to continue looking at mentor sentences and the use of prepositional phrases.

Spelling – We are beginning sort 2 this week.  The students will remain in their same assigned “group” as last time.  Here are the words for sort 2: Spelling Homework Sort2

Science – We are beginning a unit on space.  We will focus this week on the moon, what makes day and night, how the Earth revolves and rotates, how seasons occur and begin looking at the planets.  We will have a quiz over the moon phases on Friday.  A study guide will come home on Monday.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Rounding Rap & Remind

Good evening!

I wanted to share this rounding rap with you.  We watched this in class today as a tool to help us with rounding.  This is traditionally a skill that can be challenging for students, so as they are working on their homework, you may want to review this.

Rounding Rap – YouTube


Also, I’ll be signing everyone up for Remind.com unless you let me know that you are not interested.  Many of you have already registered but I wanted to give you a head’s up.

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