Thursday, December 18, 2014

Homework for Friday December 19th

*** Practice your tourist script and send me your background if you haven't done so already.
*** Reading is encouraged but not required.

Tomorrow is a voluntary pajama day in 4B.

Also, tomorrow is the last day for this round of Scholastic Book Orders.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homework for Thursday December 18th

*** MAPS test makeups
*** Midwest Region Quiz Re-takes
*** Prep for Tourist Video Shoot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homework for Wednesday December 17th

Study for Midwest Region Quiz. This is the last homework assignment for the year due to the beginning of the Jewish holiday. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Homework for Tuesday December 16th

*** Complete Aleks homework AND work on XtraMath!
*** Write first draft of Tourist Video Script
*** Complete Text to Self Connection Rough Draft Corrections
*** Read to Log

Today we had a guest presentation on the works of Van Gogh. They drew some "Van Gogh - esque" drawings that they are bringing home tonight.

Friday is the last day for Scholastic Orders. Please send them in!

Lastly, if your students is not going to be here on Friday (or earlier), please let me know!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Homework for Monday December 15th

** Complete Text to Self Connection rough draft
** Complete MidWest Tourist Landmark Info sheet
** Read and log

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Homework for Friday December 12th

** Book Review #3 due
** Word Mini-Poster due
** Complete Spelling Packet work for the week
** Read and Log

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Homework for Thursday December 11th

** Complete Division Worksheet
** Read and Log
** Work on Book Review (due Friday)
** Study Midwest States and Capitals. Quiz will be held early next week.

ORCHESTRA IS ON THURSDAY, so bring your instruments!

Lastly, the Barnes and Noble Book Fair is tomorrow night!

Book Fair Tomorrow Night

On Thursday, December 11, Indian Trail Elementary School is celebrating literacy at our Barnes & Noble  Book Fair. Between the hours of 6 and 8pm, Indian Trail Families are invited to the Deerfield Barnes & Noble to hear guest readers, mingle with teachers, and shop for books. Barnes and Noble will contribute a percentage of the sales during that time to our school PTO.

Teacher Reading Schedule:
6:00 Karen Grost
6:15 Julie Knotek/Erica Sidell
6:30 Jeanne Walich
6:45--Caitlin Lucci
7:00 -Barbara Ross
7:15 - Christine Buti
7:30 - Bobbie Jensen
7:45 - Alayna Weinstein
8:00- Patricia Garcia (en EspaƱol)

I will also have a wish list available for anyone who wants to donate book to our library!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

No Homework and No Orchestra!

I'm sorry for the late notice, but Orchestra lessons will be held on THURSDAY this week, not tomorrow, due to a concert at Elm Place.

There is no homework tonight as we are MAPS testing (Language Arts) tomorrow.

Have a great night!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A message from the Indian Trail Health Office

As cold/flu season is officially here we are sending out a reminder regarding our Medication Policy.  These policies include, but are not limited to, cough drops, throat lozenges and Tylenol.  Please read and if you have any questions, contact Nurse Dana at 224-765-3509.

The District's medication procedures are as follows:  

1) A School Medication Authorization Form completed and signed by the parent/guardian and doctor must be on file at school to permit the child to receive all medication, including those available over the counter, during school hours.  All appropriate forms are available from the nurse or on the District website.  Please do not give your child any medicines (including cough drops, nose drops, aspirin, antibiotics, etc.) to keep on their person or in backpacks or in lunch bags.  This is for the safety of your child as well as other students.

2) Over-the-counter medicine must be brought to the school in the ORIGINAL package labeled with the student’s name.

3) All prescription medication must be furnished by the parent in a LABELED pharmacy container which displays the following: child’s name, date, prescription number, medication name, dose, and administration directions, as well as the physician’s name, and pharmacy address and phone number.

4) All medication should be brought to school by the parent or guardian.  Students should not have medication, including cough drops, in their possession.

5) The consumption of medication will be supervised by the school nurse.  When it is not possible for the school nurse to dispense medications or to supervise the self- administration of medication by the student, an administrator will supervise or dispense.

6) NSSD 112 reserves the right to reject any request for administration of medicine in the schools and to contact the student’s physician to request an opinion regarding the child’s current health status before administering any medication.

7) For students with severe allergies and/or asthma, in conjunction with the physician and the parent/guardian, circumstances should be identified in which the student may self-administer and/or carry the medication.  A student will be permitted to carry and/or self-administer medication for asthma and/or an epinephrine auto-injector.

8) All School Medication Authorization forms expire at the end of each school year.  New orders must be provided at the beginning of each school year.

Medication Authorization forms can be found on the district website under the Health section.  

Example of Text to Self Connection Poster

Homework for Tuesday December 9th

* Complete Aleks Homework
* Read and log
* Complete Midwest Worksheet
* Complete STEM Reflection on your blog (2-4 sentences at least)
What did you think was the best or most interesting station? Why? 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Homework for Monday December 8th

*** Read and log (I will be checking logs on Monday)
*** Find a text passage that you will use for your Text to Self Poster. (You may a quote or passage from any book that you had a personal connection to)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Homework for Friday December 5th

*** Complete Aleks homework
*** Complete word mini-poster
*** Study for Spelling Test
*** Read and Log

UPDATE: The Word Mini-Poster should contain 6 items: Your name, your word, the part of speech, the definition, a picture, and a sentence using that word properly. This is a great example.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Homework for Thursday December 4th

** Complete Current Event report on blog (or paper).
** Read and Log
** Book Review #3 will be due next Friday, so starting thinking about the book you would like to select

Math MAPS Test Link

  • Breath and stay calm to maintain your focus. Your first choice is usually correct, 
  • use scratch paper
  • double check your work
  • Read all of the directions, and read the entire question before answering
Session: aroma8767
Password: 3276

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

No homework for Wednesday December 3rd

Math Maps Test tomorrow so rest up and eat a good breakfast!

Reminder - tomorrow is an early release day. School ends (for students) at 1PM.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Homework for Tuesday December 2nd

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Complete Dust Bowl Reflection (students were given time in class)
How were the perspectives of the grandpa, dad, and son different? Why do you think they had different perspectives?

3) Complete Reflection on Sound Presentation. (UPDATE - Just write a few sentences about your thoughts on the speaker and what he presented today. What did you think was interesting or cool or have more questions about?)
How did today's presentation change the way you thinking about sound, light, and their waves? What is another example (besides Lamorinda Idol) of how sound and light affect performances? 
4) Read and log!

**** Math MAPS test is on Wednesday. We will be reviewing all concepts we have learned this year on Tuesday, so please ask any questions you have!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Have a great Thanksgiving!

See you at Conferences (students must attend!), but no school next week.

I expect students to read (but not log), enjoy time with their families, and eat well.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Homework for Friday November 21st

** Read and log
** Finish any incomplete work, including your conference presentation! We will practice tomorrow in class!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Homework for Thursday November 20th

** Read and log
** Fill out Goodbye Charlie form
** Finish Play
** Finish Conference Presentation
** Finish Powtoon Word Problem

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homework for Wednesday November 19th

** Read and Log
** Work on your Conference presentation
** Work on your play script
** Complete the Goals form below

Who are you thankful for?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Homework for Tuesday November 18th

*** Read and log
*** Work on conference project
*** Work your play (Start your script)
*** Start thinking about your hall project thank you letter

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Homework for Monday November 17th

** Read and log
** Make sure your blog posts are labeled properly
** Think about what you are thankful for!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Homework for Friday November 14th

** Read and log
** Complete Math Homework
** Complete Play Graphic Organizer (you do not need to use complete sentences, and you do not need to complete the PLAYED BY section or start the actual script. But you can if you want!)
** Study for Spelling quiz

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Homework for Thursday November 13th

Much of this work should have been done in class...
** Complete Wednesday's Spelling Work
** Complete Social Studies Packet - Map should have the state name, abbreviations, capitals, and 4 bodies of water clearly marked. (See example below)
** Make final edits to Letters from the NorthEast.
** Practice your play parts! (But remember, you don't need to memorize anything)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Homework for Monday November 10th

Read and log and enjoy the weekend.

Conference confirmations were sent home today. Please let me know asap if there is an issue. I believe all students/parents received a preferred time, and all families with multiple IT students received back to back conference. Please let me know if this is not the case.

In Class Icivics Assignment

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Homework for Friday November 7th

** Complete Patterns Worksheet (take no more than 15 minutes on it) 
** Study for Spelling Quiz
** Discuss service project with your parents. Brainstorm ideas to raise money (besides begging your parents) 
** Answer both of these questions in complete sentences on your blog. 
  • What does this project mean to you from your perspective?
  • What do you think this project means from the perspective of the Nicaraguan students?

News and Notes for Thursday November 6th

Do you have a personal passion project you would like to share with the class? Sign up here, or click the tab at the top right of the page. 

Join! This site was founded and led by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues. 

  1. Go to
  2. Click Join iCivics in the top right corner
  3. Click Student
  4. Enter your information. (it's confidential) 
  5. Enter your username and password in your Passwords Doc. 
  6. Once your account is created, click on My iCivics. 
  7. Click on Classes
  8. Click on Join Class
  9. Enter the code MARSHALL12571
  10. Explore!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Homework for Thursday November 6th

  • Read and log
  • Finish 1st Draft of Letter from the Northeast. (Use your checklist to make sure you have everything you need!) 
  • Make sure Book Review #2, Poem, and Persuasive Essay are posted. \
  • Complete Wednesday's Spelling Work
  • If you would like to redo your Tourist Video, we will be doing our re-shoots on Friday. Don't wear green! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Homework for Wednesday November 5th

*Complete 3 Spelling City activities of your choice. If your internet is not working, please select an enrichment activity on the last page of the spelling packet to complete.
*Read and log
*Try to read or watch the news about Tuesday’s election, or discuss with parents/family. We will be discussing on Wednesday

Agenda for Monday November 3rd

Hello students, 

I hope you had a wonderful and safe Halloween and didn't eat ALL of your candy. Mr. B did very well in his marathon, but his old legs aren't working very well so I will not be at school today. Here is the agenda. 

8:50 - 10:15
  1. 8:50 - 9:20 - Warm up on Chromebooks
    1. Students should work on ALEKS pie, QuikTables, or XtraMath
  2. 9:20 - 9:50 - Students who created multiplication word problems on Friday should share them one at a time, and the rest of the class should solve.
  3. 9:50 - 10:15 - If there is extra time, students may play the box car game of their choice.
10:15 - 10:30
  1. Students should eat their snack and
    1. continue working on your math/classroom posters
    2. for those few who already finished their posters, you can draw or  read quietly (no computers)
10:30 - 11:00
  1. Students should share their book reviews. You may bring their computers to the board. I doubt you will get through all of them, so the rest can show theirs in the afternoon.
11:00 - 11:50  
  1. Complete your Monday AND Tuesday work in the packet.
  2. If students finish early, you should complete THREE activities of your choice on Spelling City. If you don’t finish in class, they should finish for homework.
11:50 - 12:40 LUNCH

12:40 - 1:15
  1. Continue Book Reviews or Silent Reading
1:15 - 2:15
  1. 1:15 - 1:45 - In my magazine rack in the reading area, there are ample copies of National Geographic and StoryWorks magazine. INDIVIDUALLY, students should select a magazine and pick an article that interests you and complete the Non-Fiction Notes worksheet. If done right, this should take most of the 3o minutes. Write in complete sentences and complete all sections.
  2. Students who complete the notes early can work on, typing club, or read quietly while others finish.
  3. 1:45 - 2:15 - Students should share the information they discovered in their reading.  
2:15 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:15
  1. Clean Up
  2. Homework
    1. Complete 3 assignments on Spelling City
    2. Read and Log
    3. Try to read or watch the news about Tuesday’s election, or discuss with parents/family. We will be discussing on Wednesday

Friday, October 31, 2014

Greetings from Times Square in the Northeast Region

Hello students,
I hope everyone was well behaved today. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will not able to calculate Dojo Points until I get back to school, so I will update everybody next week. I hope you guys were star students in my absence so I can give you more points and you can redeem some fun prizes!

Homework for Monday November 3rd

Book Review #2 is due on Monday. Hopefully everyone finished in class. There is no other homework, and I will be requiring only 4 reading logs this week so you can enjoy the weekend.

Be safe and don't eat too much candy!

Monster Mash Up for Buddies

Good morning 4B friends,

So word has traveled to me in the Northeast Region that our printers are not working well. Hopefully they will be fixed by buddies, but if not, here is the link the MONSTER MASH UP activity. Make a copy of the doc and have fun! 

STEP 1: Older buddy asks younger buddy to pick….

A location
A favorite color
A number
A body part
A favorite food
An animal
A favorite thing to write with
A favorite dessert
A quality that describes your best friend
A song
An ugly color
A funny animal
A sound an animal makes
ANSWER: (put in past tense)
A body part
A number

Agenda for Friday October 31st

Hello Students, 
I know you are very excited for Halloween, but I expect exceptional behavior today. I want you to have fun, but the parade and party start at 1:30pm, not 8:45am. 

I expect you to work hard (until 1:30pm) then party hard (the rest of the day, in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner). 

8:50 - 9:50
  1. 8:50 - 9:20 - Warm up on Chromebooks
    1. Students should work on ALEKS pie, QuikTables, or XtraMath
  2. 9:20 - 9:50 - Creative Math. Students MUST either:
    1. Create a multiplication word problem on Powtoon
9:50 - 10:20 BUDDIES
  1. Mrs. Sanders and her buddies will come down to our room.
  2. Buddies will create a monster through a monster mad lib.
  3. The older buddy will ask the younger buddies questions to complete the monster character sketch.
  4. Once the character is created, the buddies will come up with a name for the monster and then will draw a picture of their monster.
  5. If there is time, buddies will write an introduction from the perspective of the monster. (Hi, I’m Ronny the Green Dog Monster…)
  6. Share with class!
10:20 - 10:50
  1. 10:20 - 10:30 - Students should take their spelling tests on their chromebooks.  Once they complete the test, they should read quietly. (Tests should not take more than 10 minutes.)
  2. 10:30 - 10:50 - Everyone should go to the carpet with their snacks. Read from the GHOSTS AND GOOSE BUMPS Book.
10:50 - 11:50  
  1. Work on the Zombie Reading Packet.
11:50 - 12:40 LUNCH

12:40 - 1:15
  1. Students should share their Halloween Poems. Students may hook up their Chromebooks to the Promethean Board to show their posts unless it starts taking too long. If it is taking too long, students can share from their seats.
  2. Some students may have created Halloween Powtoon Videos. If there is time, they can show them.
1:15 - 1:30
  1. Students may put on their costumes. They may use the gym bathrooms if necessary but only to change QUIETLY and return to the classroom immediately.
1:30 - 2:00
  1. Parade begins. Be calm.
2:00 - 3:05
  1. Have fun, but be safe, respectful and responsible. You are still at school in our classroom. 
3:05 - 3:15
  1. Clean up
  2. Book Reviews are due Monday. That is the only homework.

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