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Last Day of School

Congratulations to the students (and their families) for a successful 4th grade year!  This day is always bittersweet for me…sad that the year is over and thrilled at all they accomplished.  This will be my last post for the school year.  I appreciate all of you and what you do for your kids each day.

All report cards will be mailed next week, if you provided stamps and your accounts are cleared.  If you did not provide stamps or owe money on any accounts, the envelope will be held for pick up.  Enclosed in the envelope are summer suggestions, a summer contest, free certificate for dinner, academic certificates, and login information for an online reading program.

Please keep in touch over the summer.  I would love for your kids to email me updates about their days and activities.

Have a great summer!

Week of May 20th

We had a great week full of fun and wrapping up all our preparations for 5th grade!  It’s so hard to believe we only have 3 days left!

Monday, May 20th – Game Day & “Float” into Summer Day! – This day will be focused on cleaning out the classroom and preparing for the end of the year.  Please bring a board game to play today.  In addition, the students will make ice cream sundaes as we “float” into summer.  Everything will be sent home today.  No backpacks are allowed at school after today. 

Tuesday, May 21st – Sports Day! – The students are encouraged to wear their sports uniform or any other sports shirt.  Please do not bring any sports equipment from home, as we will be doing a variety of activities throughout the day pertaining to sports: playing group games inside and an outside kickball game (weather permitting) while having fun together.

Wednesday, May 22nd – Last day of school & Movie Day! – The students will participate in some farewell activities. They cannot bring anything to/from home today except for a snack in a disposable package/container.  We will watch a few movies and bid farewell to our friends for the summer break.

Week of May 13th

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms and grandmothers out there!  I know how important this role is in the lives of your children.  Thank you for being there for your kiddos every day!

Thank you again for the outpouring of love and generosity last week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I was so blown away!

ALL STUDENTS WILL HAVE NO MORE HOMEWORK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!  I would still love for them to spend 20-30 minutes each day reading for pleasure, but there will be no more math homework.  If you would like for them to continue reviewing skills at home, they can log in to Prodigy or IXL.

In the midst of all our end of year activities, we are still learning and growing as we prepare for 5th grade.  This week will focus on:

Social Studies –  Major Battles and Reconstruction

Science – We will continue our unit on simple machines and forces and motion.

Writing – We will be continuing with a poetry unit.

Reading – We will apply our reading standards to content-specific material.

IMPORTANT AND UPCOMING DATES – Last Week of School

5/13 – 4th Grade Field Day

5/14 – Summer Library Presentation

5/15 – Kell High School Orchestra and fun with Mrs. Edie

5/16 – Rescheduled Color Run

5/17 – Autograph Afternoon & Yearbook Distribution

5/20 – Classroom Clean Out & Game Day

5/21 – Sports Day & Early Release Day (No backpacks)

5/22 – Movie Day & Last Day of School – Early Release Day (No backpacks)

Week of May 6th

Testing continues this week!  We will test (and have community breakfast) on Monday and Tuesday for Math.  Thank you for helping with donations and helping your kids get to bed early!

ALL STUDENTS WILL HAVE NO MORE HOMEWORK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!  I would still love for them to spend 20-30 minutes each day reading for pleasure, but there will be no more math homework.  If you would like for them to continue reviewing skills at home, they can log in to Prodigy or IXL.

For the remainder of the testing day, we will be working on Social Studies, Science and some Writing.   We will apply our reading standards as we integrate our Social Studies and Science content. This week will focus on:

Social Studies – North vs. South and Major Battles

Science – We will continue our unit on simple machines and forces and motion.

Writing – We will be continuing with a poetry unit.

IMPORTANT AND UPCOMING DATES

5/6 – Math Milestones day 1

5/7 – Math Milestones day 2

5/10 – Career Day & Color Run

5/13 – 4th Grade Field Day

5/15 – Kell Highschool Orchestra

5/17 – Autograph Afternoon

5/20 – Classroom Clean Out

5/21 – Early Release Day (No backpacks)

5/22 – Last Day of School – Early Release Day (No backpacks)

Week of April 29th – Testing Week 1

Testing begins on Monday…and so does our community breakfast!  We will be testing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Therefore, it is vital that the students are at school on time.  If your child comes to school by car, please try and have them in the car lane by 7:20am, so that they have enough time to eat breakfast and settle in, before testing begins.  I will be serving cereal and fruit (thanks to your generous donations) from 7:20-7:45. I like to create the least-stressful environment as possible, so the students will be allowed to work on some relaxing morning activities after they finish their breakfast. Please send in a sweatshirt for the kids to keep with them during testing.  Our classroom thermostat fluctuates throughout the day and I have little control over the temperature and it can get very cold.  Please encourage your child to do their best and remind them how proud of them you already are.  That will hopefully eliminate some of their self-imposed pressure! 🙂

ALL STUDENTS WILL HAVE NO MORE HOMEWORK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!  I would still love for them to spend 20-30 minutes each day reading for pleasure, but there will be no more math homework.  If you would like for them to continue reviewing skills at home, they can log in to Prodigy or IXL.

For the remainder of the testing day, we will be working on Social Studies, Science and some Writing.   We will apply our reading standards as we integrate our Social Studies and Science content. This week will focus on:

Social Studies – Compromises of slavery and the divided nation.

Science – We will begin a unit on simple machines and forces and motion.

Writing – We will be finishing out the year with a poetry unit.

Week of April 22nd

For those who are celebrating today, I hope you have a Happy Easter.  We have a full week, given that it’s our last full week before testing.

For those that haven’t yet signed up for our community breakfast, we still have a few items left to be donated.  Please click on the link here: Community Breakfast.

UPCOMING DATES:

4/26 – Spelling Test & Science Test over Light & Sound

4/29-5/1 – Milestones for 4th grade – ELA (breakfast Monday-Wednesday)

5/6-5/7 – Milestones for 4th grade – MATH (breakfast Monday-Tuesday)

5/13 – 4th Grade Field Day

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are finishing our unit on geometry.  This week we will finish angles and begin our unit on measurement.

Reading – We are focusing on figurative language this week.

Writing – We are finishin a writing piece that highlights how unique the students are.  We will begin a new opinion writing.

Spelling – We will test over Sort 15 – Spelling Homework Sort15.

Science – We will have a test on Friday over light and sound.  A study guide will come home on Monday.

Social Studies – We are beginning a unit on the Civil War.

Week of April 15th (check out the sign up)

I hope you had a restful weekend!  We have a full week this week, so please read all of our highlights below.

Testing is coming soon and I want the kids to feel as confident as possible.  That being said, I would like for them to visit the test-prep site and practice using the tools. Here is the link to the testing resources available: http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx.  Also, I would like for the kids to continue their typing practice on http://www.typing.com.

We will be having a community breakfast for testing.  Here is the link to sign up: Dr. Caracelo’s Community Breakfast Signup.

UPCOMING DATES:

4/14 – Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Whitten

4/29-5/1 – Milestones for 4th grade – ELA

5/6-5/7 – Milestones for 4th grade – MATH

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are continuing a new unit on geometry.  This week we will focus on types of angles and their measurements.

Reading – We are reviewing comprehension strategies, text analysis and the use of integrating content from different sources.

Writing – We are working on a writing piece that highlights how unique the students are.

Spelling – We will begin Sort 15 – Spelling Homework Sort15.  This will be due on the testing date of 4/26.

Science – We are continuing with our unit on sound and light.  We will continue with how light travels and bends this week.

Week of April 8th

Welcome back!  I hope you had a restful and relaxing Spring Break!   We have a full week, so please read through all the announcements so you can be “in the know”.

Please be on the lookout for an email and Signup Genius that will let you know about our community breakfast during testing.

Here is the link to the testing resources available: http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx

We have a new schedule for specials that begins on Monday and carries us through the remainder of the year.  We will have specials from 12:30-1:15.  Our recess time will move to the morning.  I’ll post an updated schedule on my blog soon.

UPCOMING DATES:

4/9 – Special Performing Arts Play – “A Wrinkle in Time” –  as a replacement for our play that was cancelled earlier this school year.  This is an in-house presentation.

4/12 – Field Trip to Sparkles – don’t forget to pack a sack lunch, wear our class t-shirt and socks/shoes

4/29-5/1 – Milestones for 4th grade – ELA

5/6-5/7 – Milestones for 4th grade – MATH

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are beginning a new unit on geometry.  This week we will focus on points, lines, rays, segments and begin angles.

Reading – We are going to be looking at how to read poetry, drama and prose.  We will look at their characteristics and how we can learn from different formats.

Writing – We are going to be practicing some quick write strategies while responding to the text. We will analyze responses and sharpen skills.

Spelling – There is no spelling this week.

Science – We are continuing with our unit on sound and light.  We will focus on how light travels and how it bends this week.

 

Week of March 25th

The kids had a blast at the State Fair.  Thank you to Ms. Stanley, who made this event very special for our 4th graders!  This is the last week before Spring Break.  It’s hard to believe we are in the last few months of school.

We announced a field trip on Friday to Sparkles to enhance our Science units.  Please sign the permission slip and return with $14 cash or check by 3/29.  Check out our important reminders and highlights below:

IMPORTANT DATES:

3/25 & 3/26 – Dr. Jones-Pringle will work on Writers Boot Camp with us

3/27 – Special Westward Expansion lesson with Ms. Stanley

3/29 – Spelling Test (see note below) and Fraction Cooking Projects are due

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are still working on comparing decimals as we focus on more performance tasks to help make this meaningful.  Additionally, we will celebrate our fractions with our fractions cooking project (due on Friday): cooking_project.

Reading – Reading – We are continuing to focus on paired passages and integrating text as a whole group.  Our guided reading groups are working on leveled skills using fictional text.

Writing – We are beginning Writers Boot Camp this week with Dr. Jones-Pringle.

Spelling – We are having a spelling test this week over sort 14 – Spelling Homework Sort14This will be the only homework the kids have besides preparing for the cooking project.  Only 2 activities will be required this week.

Science – We are beginning a unit on light and sound.  This week we will focus on what sound and light are and how they travel.

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