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Fourth Grade Parent Newsletter #7

October 23-26

 

This week we are reading "Coyote School News" by Joan Sandin.  We will focus

on some vocabulary words in this story.  It would be helpful if you will

reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child. The test will

be Wednesday, October 25, on the story, vocabulary, and the Look Back and

Write p. 156.

Please practice these words at home as well. The test will be Thursday,

October 26, on Grammar (regular plural nouns). Let's have a great week!

 

 

Vocabulary Word             Meaning

bawling                             shouting or crying out in a noisy way

coyote                               small wolf-like animal

dudes                               people who were raised in the city but vacation on a ranch;

cowhands                         a person employed to tend or ranch cattle; a cowboy or cowgirl.

roundup                            the act of driving or bringing cattle together from long distances

spurs                                metal wheels worn on a horse rider's boot heel

 

 

 

 

Math: We will be beginning Chapter 2 Multiply 1 digit numbers. Students need

to practice their multiplication facts.

 

Social Studies: We are continuing the Chapter on Weather.

 

Information has been sent home to sign up for conferences. Please return

this form ASAP. We will try our best to give you your first choice, however,

remember we have 25 students. This is why we are asking you to give us 3

choices and number them 1 being your first.

 

Pictures have also been sent home. If you did not purchase them ahead of

time you may purchase them online, or send in money or a check.

 

There are only 2 more days of the grading period (October 24)!

Remember your child is to read 5 books in their lexile range and test with a

 

70% or higher. This needs to be complete before the end of the quarter

(October 24). Please remember 70% is passing, but 80% means your child is

scoring on a proficient reading level. This will be a reading grade.

 

Flu shots are required! If your child has not received their shot there is

another clinic on October 26th from 1200-1800 at the PI Youth Center.

 

 

 

Next week is Red Ribbon Week. The 4th graders may participate in a coloring

contest. Forms have been passed out. Students may dress up each day as

followed: uniform bottoms required

Monday: Military Day- wear shirt/ hat representing military branch

Tuesday: Team Tuesday- wear jersey/shirt representing favorite team

Wednesday- wear orange shirt (represent no bullying) $1 can purchase a wear

jeans pass

Thursday-wear red shirt

 

There is no School Friday October 27 due to Teacher Report Card Preparation

Day.

 

Fourth Grade Parent Newsletter

Week of October 16-20

 

This week we are rereading "What Jo Did" by Charles R. Smith Jr.  We will

focus on some vocabulary words in this story.  It would be helpful if you

will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child.  The test

will be Wednesday, October 18th on the story, vocabulary, and Look Back and

Write p. 156. Test on grammar (common and proper nouns) will be on Tuesday.

October 19th. Let's have a great week!

 

 

Vocabulary Word             Meaning

speechless          not able to speak

swatted               hit sharply away

marveled             was filled with wonder

hoop                     a ring or round band

unbelievable      incredible

rim                         outer edge

fouled                   broke a rule in a game

jersey                   shirt worn in a game

 

 

Math: We will test Chapter 5 on Friday, October 20th. Students need to

practice their multiplication facts. There is practice in Think Central for

lessons 5.1-5.4.

 

Think Central: Online math:  

http://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

 

User name is: their first four letters and numbers @student.dodea.edu

Password: Eagles123

 

Science: We will begin a unit on Weather.

 

Remember your child is to read 5 books in their lexile range and test with a

 

70% or higher. This needs to be complete before the end of the quarter

(October 24). Please remember 70% is passing, but 80% means your child is

scoring on a proficient reading level. This will be a reading grade.

 

Fourth Grade Parent Newsletter #6

Week of October 10-12

ELAM- This week we will have no story, vocabulary, spelling, grammar or Look

Back and Write. This week we will take our Unit 1 Benchmark Test. Students

have a study guide to review. This is a test over all of the skills we have

completed in Unit 1. Also, Reading Vocabulary notebooks will also be due. We

will also be working on the writing process to support our school goal #2 "I

will be a better writer".

Math- We will continue Chapter 5 Factors, Multiples and Patterns. Parents

Think Central is back working. There are practice homework assignments for

students to complete. Students should also practice their multiplication

facts.

 

Social Studies: We will continue to work on map skills. The test will be

October 12th.

Reminders:

Sign up for gradespeed if you have not already!

Please remember to follow the dress code. Many students are coming without

belts. Remember boots are not allowed.

Remember your child is to read 5 books in their lexile range and test with a

70% or higher. This needs to be complete before the end of the quarter

(October 24). Please remember 70% is passing, but 80% means your child is

scoring on a proficient reading level. This will be a reading grade.

 

No School for students Monday, October 9 and Friday October 13. This is a

holiday and teacher Professional Development day.

On October 13 there will be a flu clinic at Elliott from 10:00 a.m.-6:00

p.m.

Have a great long weekend!

4th grade teachers

 

Week of October 2-6

This week we are reading "Letters Home from Yosemite" by Lisa Halvorsen. We

will focus on some vocabulary words in this story.  It would be helpful if

you will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child.  Test

on the story, vocabulary, and Look Back and Write p.128 will be October 4.

The test on the grammar (dependent and independent clauses) will be October

5. Let's have a great week!

 

Vocabulary Word             Meaning

wilderness                       place that is in a natural state

naturalist                          person who studies living things

preserve                          save

impressive                       amazing

species                            type of animal or plant

slopes                              sides of a mountain

glacier                              huge sheet of ice

 

 

Math- We will continue Chapter 5 Factors, Multiples and Patterns. Parents we

are sorry to say we are having issues with Think Central at the moment, so

students will not have access to the site at this time. Students can

practice their multiplication facts.

 

Social Studies: We will continue to work on map skills.

 

Remember your child is to read 5 books in their lexile range and test with a

70% or higher. This needs to be complete before the end of the quarter

(October 24). Please remember 70% is passing, but 80% means your child is

scoring on a proficient reading level. This will be a reading grade.

 

We are still in need of masking tape and marbles for our Interdisciplinary

block!

Fourth Grade Parent Newsletter #4

Week of September 25-29

 

This week we are reading "The Horned Toad Prince" by Jackie Mims Hopkins.

We will focus on some vocabulary words in this story.  It would be helpful

if you will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child.

The test on the story, vocabulary, and Look Back and Write p. 106 will be

September 28th.  The test on the grammar (simple and compound sentences)

will be September 29th. Let's have a great week!

 

 

Vocabulary Word             Meaning

prairie                                   plain

lassoed                                 caught with ropes

riverbed                               channel for water

favor                                     kind act

offended                             upset

shrieked                              screamed

bargain                                 deal

 

Math: We will begin Chapter 5 Factors, Multiples and Patterns. Parents as we

discussed at the Open House, please have your students work in Think

Central. This is an excellent site to review concepts. Also, check your

child's planner nightly because many are not completely some of these

assignments that ARE homework.

 

Social Studies: We will continue to work on map skills.

 

There is No School Monday due to Teacher Professional Development.

 

Remember your child is to read 5 books in their lexile range and test with a

 

70% or higher. This needs to be complete before the end of the quarter

(October 24). Please remember 70% is passing, but 80% means your child is

scoring on a proficient reading level. This will be a reading grade.

 

Items Needed for Interdisciplinary Tuesdays:

Solo cups- 50 per class

Ping pong balls- 20 per class

Large paper plates- 25 per class

Flexible straws-50 per class

Straight straws- 50 per class

Masking tape- 2 per class

Paper towels- 3 per class

Marbles-20 marbles per class

Aluminum foil- 1 per class

Pennies- 50 per class

Fourth Grade Parent Newsletter #3
Week of September 18-22

This week we are reading "Grandfather's Journey" by Allen Say.  We will
focus on some vocabulary words in this story.  It would be helpful if you
will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child.  The test
on the story, vocabulary, and Look Back and Write p. 82 will be September
20. The grammar (subject and predicate) test will be September 21st. Let's
have a great week!

Vocabulary Word Meaning 

 amazed  surprised; awe-inspired
 bewildered   confused
 homeland   native country
 longed    wanted
 towering   high
 sculptures   statues


Math: We will be finishing Chapter 1 Place value, addition, and subtraction
to one million. The test on Chapter 1 will be Thursday, September 21.

Social Studies: We will be doing geography skills.

Remember:
Open House will be September 19th from 3:30-4:30 in the cafeteria. We will
be having two power point presentations for the entire 4th grade.

Remember your child is to read 5 books in their lexile range and test with a

70% or higher. This needs to be complete before the end of the quarter
(October 24). Please remember 70% is passing, but 80% means your child is
scoring on a proficient reading level. This will be a reading grade.

Make sure if you have not signed up, you sign up for gradespeed. This will
allow you to keep up with your child's grades.

Fourth Grade Parent Newsletter #2
  Week of September 5-8

This week we are reading "Lewis and Clark and  Me" by Laurie Myers.  We will
  focus on some vocabulary words in this story.  It would be helpful if you
  will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with  your child.  The test
  will be Thursday, September 7. The test will be on the  story and vocabulary.
  Students will also be tested on the Look Back and Write  question on page 60.
  Students should be able to answer this question in a  paragraph. The grammar
  test (imperative and exclamatory sentences) will be  Friday, September 8.
  Let's have a great week!                      

docks platforms
yearned longed
scent odor;smell
scan examine quickly
migrating traveling
wharf doc;platform

Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 1 Place value,  addition, and
  subtraction to one million. There will be a mid-chapter  quiz Wednesday,
September 6.

Science: We will finish discussing the Solar Eclipse and  space.

Social Studies: We will be doing a Daily Geography 1-2.  The test will be
  Friday, September 8. Students will have a study  guide. 

Make sure if you have not signed up, you sign up for gradespeed.  This will
  allow you to keep up with your child's grades.

There will be no school Monday due to Labor Day. We hope  everyone has a
  wonderful, long weekend. Please remember to sign your  child's PC (progress
  card- yellow) and their eagle pride envelope. Please keep  their work!

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Welcome  to fourth grade for the 2017-2018 school year!

Dear Parent(s),

This is a very exciting and significant  year for your child. We know from experience that students benefit when parents  and teachers work as a team, so please read and discuss with your child the following  expectations for fourth grade.

Parent Surveys

As a parent you know the most about your child's likes, dislikes, and unique ways he/she is motivated. If you would complete the parent survey and return it to school, it would help us get better acquainted with your child. Feel free to add any information you feel is relevant in helping us get to know your child better. Please return the surveys as soon as possible.

Daily progress

Daily Progress Card/ Friday Folders 

Your child has received a planner to be used daily for his/her assignments. In addition, students are required to maintain a binder for all their subjects. Please do not clean out binder!  Your child will bring home a Daily Progress Card, which is located in front of the binder. Please sign by the date in the box so I know your child has read his/her 30 minutes reading homework/ 30 minutes studying. All students are expected to participate in READING COUNTS, an important part of our Language Arts program. Your child is asked to maintain a progress folder containing book titles which he/she has tested. The number of stars lost will be noted on the end of each block. Any comments that are needed will be put on the back. Please initial dated block and any comments.

Friday Folders 

Each Friday, your child will bring home graded materials, reports, plus correspondence from the office in an Eagle Pride envelope. Signing the envelope assures us that you have seen your child's work and grades.

Grade report

Grades

Students' grades may be seen on Gradespeed. If you have not signed up please do so ASAP.  GradeSpeed It will take a few days for the application to be approved. Your child's grades will not be a surprise! We update grades at least every 7-10 days.        

There may be occasions when the numbers below will be used and converted into approximate number grades:      

  • 4=A
  • 3=B
  • 2=C
  • 1=D
  • 0=F

Class Rules

Classroom rules

During the first couple of days we will go over our expectations for our classroom community. We will help the children develop a set of class rules that will allow them to establish the educational climate that they will learn and grow. 

We keep two clipboards on our desks: One is a "Star Chart". The children have fifteen stars a week (three a day) to KEEP.  Losing a star will result in losing all of their recess that day. Misbehavior and lack of homework/class work will result in loosing stars. Keeping all stars by end of Friday will earn a positive reward. I will let you know each week when and why your child has lost a star! Our other clipboard is to check off any work or papers to be turned in. If work is not turned in on time, a circle goes in. When the work is turned in late, we will mark it "Late" and put a check inside the circle. Late homework results in a loss of a star on the star chart, as well.

We feel it will be more effective to help your child make the right choices throughout the day by modeling and guiding your child's decision making. Children who repeatedly break rules may be counseled by us, removed from an activity, have a note sent home, or a parent-teacher conference may be requested.  Severe cases will be sent to the office. We will keep you informed of inappropriate behavior through the Friday Progress Card.

Supplies

Supplies

A supply list for our grade level can be found in the school office. Please get your child's supplies ASAP. We will be organizing binders and supplies the first week of school.

Classroom participation/ Routine Procedures

Classroom participation is an important component in fourth grade. Fourth graders need to be Prepared, Responsible, Independent, Dependable, and Enthusiastic (PRIDE). It will be the student's responsibility to make up any and all work missed due to absences. Should a student miss school because of an unexcused absence, such as a family vacation, work will be made up after, rather than before or during the absence. 

Please read the following; these are a few routine procedures we will use to help your child with schoolwork, homework, and to develop organizational skills. 

  • Reading Street story comprehension test will be given weekly.
  • Spelling and Grammar tests will be given every Thursday unless otherwise noted. I will distribute spelling words for five weeks at a time so they may be reviewed and studied ahead of time if desired.
  • Please encourage your child to study and learn math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 
  • Students are assigned a Homework Log to reinforce Reading , writing, and thinking skills. PLEASE REVIEW this each night. 
  • Instructions for will be taped to the inside of the cover of a hard cover composition book. This will not begin right away. Students are required to read 5 books a quarter in their lexile and take a Reading Counts test (passing with at least 80%). Each book not completed will be a 20 point deduction.
  • PLEASE keep a good supply of paper and pencils at home all year so to replenish your child when necessary.
  • Also, it is extremely important for your child to be on time for school. We have a very tight schedule starting right at 8:00 and morning work prior. So please make every effort to have your child at school at 7:50 to start the morning off bright.

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We have the same important goal in mind and that is the education of your child. We are so excited to have your child in fourth grade and we are very excited about working with you.  Feel free to drop us a note in your child's planner or an e-mail for conferencing, phone calls, concerns etc.  We will do our best to get back to you via e-mail, phone call, or conference as soon as possible. The office number here is 846-6112.  As much as we would love to talk to you when your child arrives, trying to discuss your child with other students in the room is not a good time. Please work with us as we form this new classroom.  We know we are going to make a great team and together we will make your child's fourth grade experience the best!