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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Homework for Thursday, December 14th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) OPTIONAL - Work on 4th grade grammar on IXL

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, December 14th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Tuesday's spelling assignments (MatchIt Definitions and HangMouse) on SpellingCity
3) Complete Tourist Script Outline. We will edit and type tomorrow in class.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, December 13th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Students were given their Midwest Tourist locations today and time to begin researching facts and details about their locations on a graphic organizer. Students should come up with THREE solid reasons a tourist would want to visit their location, or THREE historical facts that make it worth visiting

* Thank you to all of the families that purchased books for our classroom!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Homework for Monday, December 12th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Midwest Region Tourist Location research page (which students may have finished in class). I will select locations for students on Monday, so it's important all students have a few options in case their first choice is taken. If students do not complete the page, their location will be assigned to them.

I hope everyone behaved for Mrs. Morof! Stay warm this weekend!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Homework for Friday, December 9th

Book Fair tonight! (If you attend, listening to a teacher read counts toward your 30 minutes of reading.)

Homework:
1) Read for 30 minutes

Finally, I will place all Scholastic orders tomorrow in the hopes of receiving the books before winter break. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Homework for Thursday December 8th

1) Study for the Midwest Region Quiz tomorrow. Students received a practice quiz to use for studying (it is not required, but highly recommended)
2) Read for 30 minutes

* Enrichment Sign Up forms for Winter Session went home yesterday. Let me know if your student would like to sign up for a club but did not bring the form home.
* Tomorrow night is the Book Fair!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Homework for Wednesday December 7th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Midwest States and Capitals quiz (on Thursday)
3) Review your Current Event for spelling and/or grammar errors. We will be sharing tomorrow (on Wednesday)

Reminder: Book Fair Thursday night!

Book Fair this Thursday!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, December 6th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Type up your Current Event Report
3) Study the Midwest States and Capitals for Friday's quiz

* This is Hour of Code week, dedicated to promoting computer science skills. All students have accounts on code.org. Have your student show you their new skills!

Friday, December 2, 2016

No homework this weekend

Our Midwest States, Capitals, and Abbreviations quiz will be at the end of next week. We will be studying more in class, but wouldn't hurt to practice this weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homework for Friday, December 2nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete your Current Event graphic organizer, including information on the who, what, where, when, why of the event
3) Complete all spelling work, including Word Poster, and study for quiz
4) Study the states, capitals, and abbreviations for the Midwest Region Quiz at the end of next week

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Homework for Thursday December 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Spelling work through Wednesday
3) Find current event topic to report on and begin working on your Graphic Organizer

* Also, tomorrow is the final day of the Day of Giving Donation Drive. Thank you for all of your support!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Homework for Wednesday November 30

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Perimeters Math Worksheet (Do your best. If you are having trouble, put it aside and we will work on it tomorrow.)

* I sent home Scholastic book order flyers today and will be placing the order next Friday (December 9th) in the hopes of receiving the books prior to winter break.

* There are quite a few reports from staff and students about strep throat, so please wash your hands frequently and get a lot of rest!

* Thank you to all families who have donated toiletries for Elm Place's Day of Giving! It's not too late to contribute! Donations will be collected on Thursday.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Homework for Tuesday November 29th

1 - Read for 30 minutes
2 - If you would like to share any stories from Thanksgiving break, write it down on a document on Google Docs or on paper.
3 - Share what you learned at the "Human Calculator" presentation with your parents

* Day of Giving Donation are due THURSDAY (toiletries).
* If your student is leaving for winter break early, please let me know.
* Please enjoy our poetry below:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Day of Giving

On December 3, Elm Place will be holding the Day of Giving. This is a day when collected goods are given to those in need in our community. 

Indian Trail is helping Elm Place collect toiletries for the Day of Giving.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Homework for Friday, November 18th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work for the week and study for the quiz
3) Finish working on your Conference presentation

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Homework for Thursday November 17th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on Midwest Packet - Due on Friday
3) Complete Wednesday's spelling work
4) Work on Conference Presentation

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Homework for Wednesday November 16th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish "Thankful For" mini-essay
3) Complete Tuesday's spelling
4) Sign and return The "Brainetics" permission form from Mrs. Belkind.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, November 15th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday's spelling work
3) Finish first draft of "Thankful for" essay about Indian Trail teacher or staff member (almost all students completed this in class)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Homework for Monday, November 14th

Students should find out what family members are veterans or currently serving our country.

I would like to students to thank any and all veterans for their service, and hear their stories if they are willing to share.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Homework for Thursday, November 10th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work for the week and study for your quiz
3) We will be presenting book reviews tomorrow, so rest up and look sharp!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

No Homework for Wednesday November 8th

Watch or read about the election results if you can. Tonight's results will have a big impact on your future!

However, we do have some early results from Math class... Prez-elect Composite crushes Senator Prime 363-175 in electoral college votes. "A lot of 'FACTORS' led to win," says Composite campaign spokeman.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Homework for Tuesday November 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish Monday and Tuesday's Spelling work (no flashcards this week)
3) Tomorrow is the last day of our iCivics.org "Win the White House" contest, so try one more campaign if you have time.

AND REMIND YOUR PARENTS TO VOTE!!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Homework for Friday, November 4th

1) Complete 15 minutes of practice on ALEKS
2) Read for 30 minutes
3) Study for Friday's quiz and complete all spelling work for the week, including word poster.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, November 2nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete spelling for Monday and Tuesday
3) Complete Graphic Organizer for Book Review #2 (If you do not have currently have book, it is ok if you don't know some of the information, like number of pages. We can fill it in tomorrow.)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Have a very safe Halloween!

Candy is important, but safety comes first! Have fun and try to save some energy for tomorrow.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Homework/Notes for Monday, October 31st

1) Read for 30 minutes

The Indian Trail Halloween Parade will begin at 1:50pm. The route, weather-permitting, is below. As I informed the students on Friday, Monday is still a school day, and costumes should not impede academic activity.




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Homework for Friday, October 28th

1) Complete all spelling work, including word poster, and study for the quiz
2) Read for 30 minutes and be prepared to share what you read

* Conference Confirmations went home today with your students. Please let me know if there are any problems/conflicts with the time you were given.
* The Halloween Parade will be on MONDAY!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Homework for Thursday, October 27th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete any unfinished spelling work from class

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Homework for Wednesday October 26th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all of Tuesday's spelling work
3) Have positive thoughts about the Chicago Cubs

Monday, October 24, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, October 25th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete your Monday spelling work, including flash cards
3) Get permission slip signed for Thursday's concert at the high school (walking, no bus)

*Scholastic Catalogs are going home today. Thank you to everyone who ordered last month, we got 6 free books for the class due to all of your purchases!

*Please turn in your conference preference form at your earliest convenience, even if you can not attend. You can also email me your preferences as well (bbrandstrader@nssd112.org).

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekend Update

1) I forgot to mention that we have two students in tournaments this weekend. Best of luck Elliana and Jasper! We're rooting for you!

2) Indian Trail's Halloween Costume Parade will be held on Monday, October 31st. More details will be share early next week.

3) Conference Sign Up sheets were sent home this week. Conferences will be held on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd, from 12pm-8pm. We do our best to accommodate all requests and schedule siblings together. Please return forms as soon as possible, even if you choose not to schedule a conference. FYI - this is a student-led conference where students will present/share their work and set academic goals for the following months. You may also email me (bbrandstrader@nssd112.org) to state your date/time preference if the form didn't make it home. 


Friday, October 21, 2016

Have a great weekend and Go Cubs!

It's been 71 years since the Cubs played in the World Series, and that streak could be broken with just 1 win this weekend. Please reflect on the magnitude of this historical moment this weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homework for Friday, October 21st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Spelling Quiz and finish any remaining spelling work
3) We are starting to study poetry in class. Please think about poems that you like, or music lyrics that you think are poetic for discussion in class tomorrow.

Conference sign up forms went home today. We do our best to accommodate all requests and schedule siblings together. Please return forms as soon as possible, even if you choose not to schedule a conference. FYI - this is a student-led conference, thus students are expected to attend if possible.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Homework for Thursday, October 20th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Wednesday's spelling work

The third and final presidential debate is tonight. Please try to watch some of the debate if possible, but not required.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Homework for Wednesday October 19th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete any unfinished spelling work from Monday or Tuesday

Monday, October 17, 2016

Homework for Tuesday October 18th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday's spelling work
3) Complete Aleks Homework

Tomorrow is PICTURE DAY! You can order online at colorportraits.com (school code: 10016001) or turn in your form to me.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Homework for Monday October 17th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Practice on ALEKS for 15-20 minutes

Have a great weekend, and get a lot of rest for the upcoming 5 day week!  And remember, PICTURE DAY is Tuesday the 18th!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homework for Friday, October 14th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Practice Math on ALEKS for 15 minutes
3) OPTIONAL - We will film tourist videos tomorrow for locations in the Northeast Region. I have given students a graphic organizer to help them organize their thoughts, but it is just for assistance if they would like it. All that is required (if your student would like to film a tourism commercial) are some fun facts, passion, and a persuasive argument for why people should visit the location you picked!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Early Release Friday at 1pm

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Northeast Region Quiz. States and abbreviations are required, capitals are extra credit.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homework for Thursday October 6th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for the Northeast region quiz on Friday (which is also the spelling quiz). States are required to be spelled correctly, capitals will be extra credit. The packet that went home tonight is for practice only, and does not need to be turned in.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, October 5th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Read for 30 minutes
3) Study for Northeast Region Quiz on Friday (either using your packet, flash cards, or Spelling City)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Homework for Friday, September 30th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Word Poster and study for Spelling Quiz
3) Make any edits to your Current Event Report that you did not make in class.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Homework for Thursday September 29th

***  Wednesdays are very hectic due to students coming and going for orchestra and other pull outs. Students are given a list of assignments to complete throughout the day, and ample time to work on these assignments, especially if they do not participate in orchestra. So while the list of homework may look long, many students have completed all of the work. If your student has a lot of work to complete, please limit them to a half hour (or an hour max including reading) and we will get caught up tomorrow. 

1) Finish Monday and Tuesday Spelling Work
2) Type up your Current Event Report (on Google Classroom)
3) Complete the first 6 pages of the Northeast Region Packet
4) Read for 30 minutes

*** Finally, we have some sick students, so I have been reminding students to wash their hands often and urging students to let me know if they are not feeling well in class so we can get healthy again!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, September 28th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday's Spelling Work (Alphabetize your list in your packet, make flash cards of your words)

Thank you to all of the parents who stayed up to watch the debate with your students! I was shocked by how many students watched a significant portion (if not all) of the debate, and we had a great discussion in class!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, September 27th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Find a current event and begin filling out the Current Event Report handed out in class. This will be the template we use to record our research before typing out a final copy. Some good sites for students to find current events are: Dogonews.com, timeforkids.com, and channelone.com.

Extra Credit: Today we discussed qualities a president should have. Watch the debate today and find examples of these qualities, or things the candidates say they will do that exemplify these qualities. The qualities were: intelligence, calm, problem solver, love for our country, trustworthy, environmentalist, quick thinker, dynamic, tolerant, hard worker, honest, eloquent.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Amazing Work today!

No homework this weekend, except for sharing your wonderful book reviews with your parents!

Here is the folder with all of the videos...

How to select a great background

1) Go to GOOGLE.COM
2) Type in a term
3) Click on IMAGES
4) Click on SEARCH TOOLS
5) Click SIZE, select LARGE
6) Alt-click, select SAVE IMAGE AS...
7) On the left, click iPad Pro
8) Rename the image with your name, click SAVE

How to Add Backgrounds

1) Click on this link. 
2) Click on Ipad Pro and select Add to My Drive
3) Bookmark this page (I would call it iPad)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Homework for Friday September 23rd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Word Poster and study for Spelling quiz
3) Complete writing prompt in your writing notebook - "What qualities should a president have?" You should list at least 3 qualities (in sentence form) with reasons for each, for a total of 5-6 sentences.
4) Practice your Book Review. We are filming tomorrow!

Spelling Words (also on SpellingCity): bicycle, submarine, descend, supervise, unable, internet, semicircle, dismiss, symmetry, circumvent, malicious, postseason, equivalent, anterior

Tonight is the PTO's Welcome back to school bash!  Famos! DJ, dancing and games from 5:30-7:30pm! I can't make it but it will be so fun! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Homework for Thursday September 22nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete first 3 pages of Northeast Region Packet
3) Practice your Book Review. We will be filming on Friday!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Homework for Wednesday September 21st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Year of the Boar packet (if you did not finish in class)
3) Complete ALEKS Assignment (if you did not finish in class)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Homework for Tuesday September 20th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Write each of your spelling words down THREE times on a sheet of paper
3) We are beginning our study of the Northeast Region. Have you ever visited any states or cities in this region? We will share tomorrow so have your stories/items ready to go! (If you have not, don't worry!)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Homework for Monday September 19th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finishing typing Book Review #1 (if you did not do so in class)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Homework for Friday September 16th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete first draft of Book Review if you haven't
3) Complete Word mini-poster and study for spelling test

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

No Homework for Thursday September 15th

We are MAP testing (Math) tomorrow so get a great night of sleep!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Homework for Wednesday September 14th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete both assignment activities on SpellingCity (Practice Test and Alphabetize). If you don't have access to the internet or the site isn't working, practice your words by writing them each 3 times.
3) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Out. We have completed almost 60% on our first roll!! Keep it up!

*** Information on Enrichment Clubs went home today. There was a great deal of interest in many clubs, and students who did not get into a club they requested are put at the top of this list for the next session. Some students did not get letters though they requested clubs; I am looking into the matter.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Homework for Tuesday September 13th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Book Review Organizer
3) Work on 100 Board Wipe Out (we will enter answers into our docs tomorrow)
4) Begin studying for Friday's Spelling quiz

FYI - Thursday afternoon will be our MATH MAP testing session.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Homework for Monday September 12th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Out

Talk about Perspective

Impromptu Performance!

I was about to pay a lot of money to go see Hamilton, but looks like it came to me!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016-17 Open House Presentation

Open House Tonight, ELA MAP Testing Tomorrow

I hope to see many parents at Open House tonight! If you can not attend, I will be posting the presentation here tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning is ELA MAP Testing, so there is no homework tonight, except to study for the spelling quiz. Students have been given ample time in class to work on their list of math terms.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Homework for Thursday September 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for spelling quiz on Friday

Reminder: Open House is tomorrow night, starting at 6:30pm. Let's hope it's a little cooler by then!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, September 7th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Practice your spelling words for Friday
3) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Sheet (Optional)
4) Think about/research a motivational quote that you find inspiring. Here are some examples.

Friday, September 2, 2016

No Homework for Labor Day Weekend

This was an outstanding first week of school. Enjoying the weekend with your families!

Open House is next Thursday, September 8th. There is an all-school presentation at 6:30, followed by classroom presentations at 7:00 and 7:30.

Also, next Friday morning, the 9th, will be our ELA MAP testing session.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Homework for Friday, September 2nd

*** EARLY RELEASE! Dismissal at 1:00PM ***

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for spelling quiz
3) Discuss how your family came to live in the United States, and where your family members lived before that.

Please make sure to renew your Chromebook insurance if you haven't done so yet.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Homework for Thursday, September 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Friday's spelling test (List is in Blue Folder)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  After a discussion with students, tonight will be the last night students who have not paid the insurance for 2016-2017 can take their chromebooks home. Renew today, click here!

* If you are not able to renew tonight, please bring the charger to school tomorrow, so the Chromebooks can be charged while in the classroom.

* I have very little control or information over the Chromebook insurance process. If you have a question, please send it along and I will do my best to get you answers. You should have received an email about this process last week or early this week, but I'm getting the feeling that some parents did not get it.

Homework for Wednesday, August 31st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Friday's spelling test
3) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Out (Not required, but encouraged)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Effective immediately, students who have not paid the insurance for 2016-2017 will not be able to take their chromebooks home. Renew today, click here!

Homework for Wednesday, August 31st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Friday's spelling test
3) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Out (Not required, but encouraged)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Effective immediately, students who have not paid the insurance for 2016-2017 will not be able to take their chromebooks home. Renew today, click here!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Homework for Tuesday August 30th

1) Read for 30 minutes. We will be discussing summaries of what we read tomorrow.
2) Our first spelling quiz will be on Friday. The word list is the names of our classmates. Student will be given a paper list tomorrow and time to practice during the week, and can practice on SpellingCity.com at any time.

Two Notes for Parents:
1) This year, students will not be given loaners when their Chromebook is broken or being repaired. Thus, it is important to pay any fee or deductible as soon as possible as the Chromebook will not be returned until the payment is received. I will discuss this further at Open House on Thursday September 8th.

2) If there is urgent information that you need to pass along during the school day, especially regarding a change in pick up time, please call the office as I am not able to check my email during many parts of the day.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Homework for Friday, August 26th

Another great day!

1) Discuss and sign Chromebook contract. Today we reviewed proper Chromebook practices to ensure safe, responsible, and respectful internet usage. In addition, all students created new passwords for their Chromebooks (shared with me) and we discussed why secure passwords are important as well as proper email etiquette.

Let's have an amazing Friday to end a terrific first week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What a great first day!

It was a fantastic first day at Indian Trail in 4B!!



I am so excited for this year, and we are already off to a great start! While more information will be forthcoming, I wanted to let you know about some first week information.
  • ●  I post all class communication, homework assignments, and important school dates will be posted on my blog, mrbrandstrader.com. (Please be patient as I transition the blog from 15-16’s class to 16-17)
  • ●  A BLUE HOME FOLDER will be use to deliver documents and notes to and from school daily. This will be used for homework, flyers from school and communication from home. This take-home folder should be emptied on a regular basis. Please help your child get in the routine of unpacking and re-packing this folder every night.
  • ●  If you ordered supplies and they were not delivered to the classroom, please send a note letting me know. Every year a few bags get placed in the wrong room, and I’m sure it will be resolved quickly. I have a plethora of supplies, so all students will have everything they need while we get up and running in the class.
  • ●  Your student will need a smock for art within a few weeks. Please send it to school at your conveniences and label the smock to avoid confusion.
  • ●  Gym shoes need to be worn everyday for P.E. class, in order to participate. If you would like to send a pair of gym shoes to be kept at school, please make sure that your child’s first and last name is labeled on each shoe.
  • ●  Your student will need a pair of headphones/earbuds. I really would prefer NO BEATS (or other expensive) headphones as I can not ensure the security of the room at all times.
  • ●  Please send ONLY healthy snacks (fruit, fresh veggies, yogurt), in order to adhere to our district’s food policy. Please visit the district website for more information. You will find the policy in the posted parent handbook.
  • ●  In the warm months, it is essential to stay hydrated! Please send a water bottle (no juice or sport drinks) with your student. Sport-tops are best and help to avoid spills!
  • ●  Recess/Lunch is every day from 11:50-12:40. Students need to be prepared to dress for a variety of temperatures and weather conditions. Also, please inform your child if he/she will be receiving hot lunch at school. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Have a Great Summer!

See you next year! We covered a great number of topics this year, though there were more I had hoped to cover. I felt a little bit like this ...




Thanks for a great year!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Homework for Wednesday June 8th

1) Turn in Yellow sheet for 5th grade teachers
2) Practice your Creative Writing Presentation (if you didn't present today)
3) Finish your Kahoot if you made one

REMEMBER: Wednesday and Thursday, students are released at 1:40pm

Monday, June 6, 2016

"Homework" for Tuesday, June 7th

1) Read
2) Complete Yellow Form for 5th Grade teachers
3) Look over Creative Writing Projects - sharing tomorrow and Wednesday

*We have done a pretty good job with getting materials home over the past two weeks, but tomorrow "everything must go!", so I've asked students to bring in an extra bag in case they have too many items for their backpacks. I don't think it will be a problem, but it's possible other teachers may have things they are returning as well.

* Yearbooks went home today. Tomorrow students will have an opportunity to exchange autographs, so students may want to bring them back. For anyone that ordered a yearbook and did not receive it, or would like to order one now, I will get the contact information tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Homework for Thursday, June 2nd

1) Read
2) Complete all spelling work through Wednesday, including the creative story.
3) Tomorrow is the 50 state challenge. I'm excited to see how much you guys have learned!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, June 1st

1) Read
2) Work on Post It Project (Math) if you did not complete it in school
3) Rory Deutsch Good Citizenship Essay due (The suggested length is 2-4 paragraphs about what it means to be a good citizen. I suggest using the same format we have used all year for opinion papers and tourist reports - An engaging introductory paragraph listing three ways to be a good citizen, 1 to 3 paragraphs explaining why each way to be a good citizen is important, and a final paragraph summarizing your paper. It would also be wise to look at the Rory Deutsch Foundation page for ideas and inspiration.)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Homework for Tuesday May 31st

1) Read
2) Complete Final Draft of "My Perfect Summer"
3) Work on your Rory Deutsch Good Citizenship Essay (due Wednesday)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Homework for Friday May 27th

1) Read
2) Complete all spelling work and study for the spelling quiz
3) Study for Southwest Region quiz

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Homework for Thursday May 26th

1) Read
2) Complete all spelling work through Wednesday
3) Study for Friday's Southwest Region Quiz
4) Begin thinking of ideas for your Rory Deutsch Good Citizen Essay (due next Friday)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Homework for Wednesday May 25th

1) Read
2) Complete ALEKS assignment from class
3) Complete all spelling work through Tuesday
4) Study for this Friday's Southwest Region quiz

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Note from the Library....

As the end of the year comes to an end all library books must be accounted for. Your student's books are due back to school Friday May 27th which is BEFORE Memorial Day weekend.  If your student has lost a library book, Mrs. Grost is asking for you to pay for a replacement. If you have any questions about what your child has out or how much their LOST library book costs, please email her at kgrost@nssd112.org.

Homework for Tuesday May 24th

1) Read
2) Complete Monday's Spelling Work
3) Complete School Floor Planner Project if you were working on it.
4) Study for Friday's Southwest Region quiz
5) Practice your West Region Tourist script!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Homework for Monday, May 23rd

1) Read
2) Practice and prepare to film Tourist Location Videos
3) Finish Southwest Region packet
4) Safety Patrol applications are due on Monday

Kindness Day Notes

I was very touched by all of your kind words to each other. Since I wasn't able to pass them out today, I've decided to post them here. (I've combined notes and edited a few just to make sure it stayed anonymous, which I know was very important to some of you.) 

So the 4B class would like to...

- Thank Aidan for teaching us how to play Club Penguin, for being grateful, sweet, and kind, teaching us cursive, playing with us after school, giving us compliments, and always being a good friend. Your actions made us feel happy, confident, and amazing!

- Thank Ariana for helping us when you don't have to and being nice to us all the time and being funny. Your actions made us feel amazing and wonderful!

- Thank Brandon for helping us a lot, especially in Art, making us laugh, and saying nice things about our projects. Your actions made us feel happy, relieved, and satisfied!

- Thank Briar for helping us with school work, working on projects and dominos with us, and always being nice to us and letting us into your group. Your actions made us feel so happy and fantastic!

- Thank Claire for being such a good friend, being so polite and grateful, and always making us feel good. Your actions made us feel so good and happy!

- Thank Cooper for helping us with Cat Ninja and so many other things. Your actions made us feel happy, joyful, and good!

- Thank Cuny for being nice, helpful, funny, and a great work partner. Your actions made us feel happy and made us laugh!

- Thank Daja for being so thoughtful and kind, helping us with math and other work, and being the best friend ever. Your actions made us feel so so happy and grateful!

- Thank Danny for always helping us with our work and telling us what we should be doing and always holding the door for us and helping us with our jobs. Your actions made us feel so good and thankful!

- Thank Jon for always having a great attitude and being a good friend and laughing at all of our jokes. Your actions made us feel so awesome and happy!

- Thank Jordan C. for always agreeing with us on what we say,  teaching us how to play math games, and always including us in activities and work groups. Your actions made us feel happy and amazing and not lonely!

- Thank Jordan N. for always being nice, talking to us, helping us in music and spelling, including us in your projects, and making us feel great! Your actions made us feel very, very, very happy!

- Thank Jose for always playing with us at recess and helping us with math and being a good friend. Your actions made us feel good and very happy and cool!

- Thank Melissa for being nice and always there for us and for being a fantastic friend. Your actions made us feel so good and better and safe!

- Thank Miguel for always being happy and laughing and helping us with things and being such a good friend. Your actions made us feel very, very good and happy!

- Thank Lauren K. for helping us with math and being funny and being a great work partner and friend. Your actions made us feel so great and amazing and cool!

- Thank Lauren W. for saying nice things to us when we do a good job, always being nice to us, being a great friend, and making us feel so happy. Your actions made us feel so wonderful and happy!

- Thank Opal for being so nice to us, including us in almost everything, and always being kind when we are lonely or sad. Your actions made us feel amazing and so happy!

- Thank Parker for always helping us with work and being so funny and playing with us at recess. Your actions made us feel so happy and not lonely and awesome!

- Thank Ricky for always helping us with work and always having a great attitude and including us. Your actions made us feel so amazing and happy!

- Thank Samantha for being a helpful friend, being really nice, helping us with homework, and giving us chocolate at lunch time. Your actions made us feel very happy, cool, safe, and not hungry anymore!

- Thank Stephanie for always being a good friend no matter what and always including us in groups for work. Your actions made us feel fantastic and happy!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Homework for Friday May 20th

1) Read
2) Complete West Region Tourist Location Report
3) Complete all spelling work for the week and study for the spelling quiz
4) Finish your "Perfect Summer" descriptive writing assignment

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Homework for Thursday May 19th

First, best of luck to the 4B musicians performing tonight at Elm Place Middle School! I'm so sad I can't make it, but I know you will all be fantastic.

In light of the big concert, no homework is due tomorrow, but students should be mindful that:
1) West Region Tourist Location Reports are due Friday (5/20) and will be filmed on Monday (5/23)
2) The Southwest Region Quiz will be next Friday (5/27)
3) Reading is an every day habit!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Homework for Wednesday May 18th

1) Read
2) Complete all Spelling Work for Tuesday
3) Complete West Region Tourist Location Research page
4) Begin studying for Southwest Region quiz (Next Friday 5/27)
5) Safety Patrol forms due on Monday (5/23)

MAP makeups are this week. If any student was not feeling 100% during either test and would like to re-take it, please let me know.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Homework for Tuesday May 17th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Complete Spelling work for Monday
3) Begin researching West Region location
4) Read

Friday, May 13, 2016

Homework for Monday, May 16th

1) Read 
2) Begin researching West Region locations for your upcoming Tourist Location Videos, as I will assigning locations to students early next week.
3) Monday is "I can do" day. If you have a special talent you would like to share, you will have the option to do so. However, you will probably have about five minutes at most for your talent performance, so please take that into consideration.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Homework for Friday, May 13th

1) Complete all spelling work and study for the quiz
2) Write a short essay (no less than 6 sentences) on what you think is the biggest environmental problem the Earth faces right now, why you think this problem is so important, and suggest a few possible solutions to the problem. You can complete the short essay on Google Classroom or on paper
3) Read

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ELA MAP Testing tomorrow at 9am

We are testing at 9am tomorrow, so please make sure all Chromebooks are charged and that you arrive to school on time.

We will be sharing our Oregon Trail journals as well. As a reminder, I am only concerned about the writing. Some students wanted to make their journals look old and authentic, which is great, but not a requirement.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, May 11th

1) Read
2) Work on your Oregon Trail Journal (Final Draft due Thursday)

Many students did not complete MAP testing today, so they will continue tomorrow. I was very pleased to see so many students taking their time!

Monday, May 9, 2016

MATH MAP Testing tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon is Math MAP testing, so there will be no homework tonight (BESIDES CHARGING YOUR CHROMEBOOK!). However, I would encourage students practice math on one of our many websites and read to get their minds sharp. Additionally, Oregon Trail Journals are due on Thursday.

The ELA MAP test will be Thursday morning. Please let me know if you miss either session so that I can schedule a makeup test asap.

Finally, this week's A-Z countdown schedule:
Tues 5/10 - Extra Recess Day
Wed 5/11 - Formal Day
Thu 5/12 - Green Day
Fri 5/13 - Hat Day

Friday, May 6, 2016

Homework for Monday May 9th

1) Read
2) Final Oregon Trail Journals will be presented next Thursday. Students had over an hour of work time today to share their rough draft, plan their final draft, and ask any questions. While some students are very eager to make their journal look authentic and old, it is not required. I am most concerned with the content of the journal, not the appearance.

Bingo Night is tonight! Unfortunately I can not make it, but it should be a fantastic time!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Homework for Friday May 6th

1) Complete rough draft of journal entries for your Oregon Trail journal. You will still have time to add detail and make edits, but you should have a solid idea of the dates of your entries and the information within the entries.
2) Study for spelling quiz and complete all spelling work for the week.                                          

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Agenda for Tuesday Afternoon and Homework for Wednesday May 4th

Students, I am out of the building this afternoon. I know you will be well behaved.
  • 12:45 - Math
    • Knowledge Check
    • Once you are done, work quietly on ALEKS.COM, IXL.COM, or MULTIPLICATION.COM until all students are finished.
    • Once all students have completed the knowledge check, you can play a box car game, work on a math poster, color in your math packet, or continue working on a math site on their Chromebook.
  • 1:45 - Reading
    • Continue reading I survived San Francisco Earthquake 1906.
  • 2:15 - Gym
  • 2:45 - Continue Reading
Homework:
NOTE: PARCC Makeups will be held tomorrow. Students who are making up a test will be given an extension on homework assignments.
1) Read 
2) Revise the first entry for their Oregon Trail Journal, including your feelings on leaving your home and friends (old identity), concerns about traveling for 6 months on The Oregon Trail, and what you hope your life in Oregon is like) 
3) Write a rough draft on your second entry. I highly recommend your second entry is written after the first big event of your Oregon Trail trip (first sickness, obstacle, trade) 
4) Complete spelling work through Wednesday

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Homework for Wednesday May 4th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Complete Spelling Work through Tuesday
3) Complete 1 entry for your Oregon Trail Diary (Rough Draft)
4) Read

Monday, May 2, 2016

No Homework for Tuesday, May 3rd

Tomorrow is our final day of PARCC testing. All makeups will likely be completed this week as well.

Today we had a fantastic assembly about American Tall Tales, presented by Spotlight Youth Theater. 

Finally, Wednesday starts our ABC countdown for the end of school year! Below is the list of themes for each day. Participation is OPTIONAL and will not be allowed to disrupt the school day. Summer may be near, but there is still plenty to learn!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Homework for Monday, May 2nd

It was an intense week of PARCC testing, but 4B students rose to the occasion, staying calm, focused, and respectful. We have one more PARCC test left on Tuesday.

This weekend, please read and begin thinking about what you are going to include in your Oregon Trail journal (thoughts, feelings, perspectives of your character).

Finally, some students have been working on the schwa, so I added two slideshows that might help clarify this very difficult concept. But don't worry, we will keep working at it!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Early Release (1pm) tomorrow

Tomorrow we have PARCC testing first thing in the morning, so get a good night of sleep and eat breakfast! 

Homework:
1) Read
2) Finish all spelling work (including word poster) and study for the quiz. (Students have had plenty of time in class to complete work and study)  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Homework for Thursday April 28th

No PARCC test tomorrow! 

However, that means we have some homework to get done. 

1) Complete Math Worksheet
2) Complete Oregon Trail Identity Graphic Organizer
3) Complete all Spelling work through Wednesday
4) Read

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Homework for Wednesday April 27th

1) Read
2) Begin brainstorming about your character's identity and perspective for The Oregon Trail Journal Writing Project.

While there is no assigned homework, students can continue their class work in math and spelling if they are looking to stay sharp.

Finally, many students have been looking for a good book, and they're in luck! Parker, Brandon, Aidan, and Jordan have a great recommendation!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Homework for Tuesday April 26th

1) Read
2) Students will have spelling this week, but the work will be limited and students will be given plenty of time in class to complete all work.

Also, next Friday is Bingo Night! All dinner orders must be placed by this Friday.

Friday, April 22, 2016

No Homework this Weekend

Enjoy the weekend. Remember to read, and if you would like to write a letter to Don and Morrie (our Underwriters Lab guides), I will be sending them on Monday.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Great Field Trip!

A big thank you to all of the students for being very well-behaved on the field trip! We had a great time.

  1. Tomorrow, we have PARCC testing first thing in the morning, so please get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and be on time! 
  2. West Region Quiz is also tomorrow. Students have had ample time to study in class, so there shouldn't be any late night cram sessions.
  3. Think about the different identities and perspectives of people from the 1840s and 50s who traveled The Oregon Trail (or were affected by the travel). We will be creating journals from the point of view of various characters, so let's get creative! 
  4. Finally, please discuss emergency meeting places and procedures with your family. A little planning can make a BIG difference! 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great work today!

I want to share my appreciation for all of the students' patience and persistence today. Testing is never fun, and even less so with extensive internet issues to start the session. However, students waited patiently as we worked through the issues, and students read quietly and respectfully while others were still testing.

Tomorrow is our field trip to Underwriters Laboratory in Northbrook. All information is in the post below as well as on the top half of the field trip form, but if you have any questions, please email me and I will respond as soon as I can.

Reminder: Our West Region quiz will be on Friday. Students should have completed their packets and we will review tomorrow in class. And read!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thursday's Field Trip

Thursday's Field Trip to the Underwriters Laboratory is almost here! We will be leaving Indian Trail at approximately 9:45am and returning around 1:15pm. For those who are not familiar with Underwriters Laboratory, I have attached a link here. A couple of notes -

  • Students will be eating their lunch at the field trip location. Please pack your student's lunch in a disposable bag. If your student receives a brown bag lunch at school, it will be brought on the field trip. If your student receives hot lunch, it will be waiting for them when we return to school, but we do a good amount of walking, so I suggest packing a lunch or large snack for them. 
  • While I know some parents may want their student to bring a phone in case of an emergency, I highly discourage it. The Underwriters Laboratory is very rigid on limiting the number of students visiting each day (I've never seen another group there during our trips), so even if a student was to wander off or get separated from the group, they would be found quickly. (The location is an operating facility, so it's basically a corporate office with cool labs throughout the building)
Please let me know if you have any questions. 

PARCC Testing Tomorrow at 9am

There is no homework tonight. The first PARCC English Language Arts Test will start tomorrow at 9am, so please get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast, and please be on time.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Important Announcement for Parents and Homework for Tuesday April 19th

Homework for Tuesday April 19th
1) Read
2) Work on West Region Packet in preparation for Friday's quiz (States and capitals will double as our spelling work for the week. Thus, CAPITALS will be required, not extra credit)
3) Bring Chromebook charger to school and make sure you have working headphones

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM 4TH GRADE TEAM

Dear 4th Grade Parents,
Over the next few weeks, assigned homework will be drastically reduced due to PARCC testing, MAP testing, and religious holidays. Additionally, Chromebooks will stay at school for the next two weeks (starting tomorrow) to ensure all students have charged, working Chromebooks for PARCC testing.

Students will still be encouraged to read five times a week for 20-30 minutes. 

If students have access to personal computers or tablets at home, students can practice their math skills on ALEKS, IXL, XTRAMATH, or multiplication.com. Students can work on their grammar and punctuation on IXL Language Arts, or work on their spelling and writing skills on SpellingCity.com. Other options include iCivics.org (educational games centered on civic responsibilty and government functions), RAZ Kids (reading passages), Code.org or Scratch (coding), or The Oregon Trail computer game (a strategic simulation of the westward expansion of the 1840s and 50s).


Most importantly, students should get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.  We truly appreciate your help adjusting to this change in our routine.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

No Homework for Friday April 15th

There is no homework tonight due to the big performance tomorrow! Make sure to get a great night of sleep!
Also, we had a great author, Matthew Cody, come visit today! He was awesome! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Homework for Thursday April 14th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Finish all spelling work and study for the quiz
3) Read

** In order to properly learn about the West Region, I have added The Oregon Trail Computer Game link to my blog above. However, it does not seem to be working on Chromebooks at this time. I am working on a solution.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, April 13th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Complete West Region "What's Missing" and "Networking the Names"
3) Complete Spelling Work through Wednesday
4) Read

Monday, April 11, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, April 12th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Complete Monday and Tuesday Spelling Work
3) Complete pages 12, 15, 18 (States, Abbreviations, Capitals) in your West Region Packet
4) Read

** Spelling Quiz will be on Thursday due to the music performance on Friday.

Book Survey

Click here to fill it out! 

Yearbooks!


our school code is 19642

When you get to the website:
enter our school code: 19642
select:  buy a yearbook
select: quantity you wish to buy
select:  buy these items
select: buy these items for a student (in the red box)
select:  the green button that says student
Enter:  your last name and hit search
select:  Add new student name  (please add for each student

enter all the details including your credit card and make sure you receive a confirmation code so you know you completed the purchase.

This is the only time the yearbooks will be on sale.  
Remember:  the deadline is April 24th!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Homework for Monday, April 11th

  1. Read and either:
    1. Log
    2. Be prepared to share what you've read


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Homework for Friday, April 8th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Read
3) Complete all spelling work and study for quiz
4) Prepare to shoot Midwest Videos (Parents: I realized that we forgot to shoot our Midwest Region Tourist Videos, so we are shooting them tomorrow and Monday in a rather ad hoc, improv manner.)

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Keep up the great work Parker and Cooper!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Homework for Thursday, April 7th

1) Read
2) Complete spelling work through Wednesday
3) Complete Math Worksheet (12 inches = 1 foot, 3 feet = 1 yard)
4) We will share Spring Break stories tomorrow.

And congrats to all of our great writers! Young Authors Day was a blast!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, April 6th

1) Complete Monday and Tuesday Spelling Work
2) If you would like to share your Spring Break experiences, please prepare something (written doc, Google Slides, presentation, etc.) for tomorrow
3) We will be shooting our forgotten Midwest Region Tourist Videos this week. Research locations and ideas for your video.
4) Read!

Tomorrow is Young Authors' Day, and we will be attending an assembly regarding writing in the morning and spending the day crafting and creating amazing stories, so get a good night's sleep and come to school ready to write!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Have a great break!

While I want all students to enjoy a well-deserved break, I think it would be a good idea to continue to read, and practicing on ALEKS and IXL-ELA isn't a bad idea either.

All students who did not have a face to face conference must show their parents/guardians their presentation, discuss end of the year goals, and returned the signed sheet on April 5th when school resumes.

Finally, as we near the end of the year, we are running low on some supplies:

1) Markers, highlighters, and Sharpies
2) Pencil erasers (we have plenty of pencils, just no erasers)
3) Tissue boxes

We are not in dire need of any of the above, but if you have any of these lying around the house, we would very much appreciate a donation!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Homework for Tuesday March 22nd

1) Work on Conference Presentations. Most students have now received notes for edits and are expected to make them to their final presentation.

REMEMBER: Tomorrow's dismissal is at 2:10pm.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Update from Mrs. Lee (Art) and Mrs. Grost (Library)

A message from Ms. Lee, Indian Trail's art teacher:
Would you like to know what exciting activity is happening in art class?
Follow @itartroom on Twitter for updates and pictures of art class activities!

And Mrs. Grost wanted to let you know the Shelfie Selfies are up! (4B starts at 2:28, and, in my opinion, ours are the best!) 

Homework for Monday, March 18th

  1. Read
  2. Work on Conference Presentations
    1. If you presented, make the changes I suggested.
    2. If you didn't present, look over your presentation for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. 


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Homework for Friday, March 18th

1) Complete all spelling work for the week and study for the quiz
2) Complete your conference presentation
3) Read

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Homework for Thursday, March 17th

1) Complete Aleks Homework (The homework consists of multiplication and division, starting at basic math facts and ending with multi-digit problems. Students should make their best attempt at the problems, but I know some might find the long division work very difficult.) 
2) Complete any unfinished spelling work
3) Work on Conference Presentation
4) Read

NOTES FOR PARENTS:
* Trimester 2 Report Cards will be mailed home tomorrow afternoon
* There are important forms in your student's home folders. Please check the folders tonight and please return the forms at your earliest convenience.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Homework for Wednesday March 16th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Complete any unfinished spelling work
3) Read
4) Complete Shiloh Writing Assignment
In the book Shiloh, Marty steals Shiloh from Judd Travers because he does not think Judd treats Shiloh well. Do you think Marty made the right decision? Why or why not? Would you feel the same way if someone stole your dog because they thought you were a bad owner? Please use complete sentences to explain your thoughts.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, March 15th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Complete Multiples booklet through 9
3) Newsela is holding a student vote for President. Log in and vote!
4) Read. Instead of logging, students will share what they have read orally every Friday. Students are still expected to read for 30 minutes, 5 times a week.
5) Complete any remaining Monday spelling work.

Also, tonight there is a fundraiser for the Indian Trail PTO at Chipotle! If you are looking for dinner ideas, this would be a great one!
 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Homework for Monday, March 14th

Students should read this weekend, but we will be changing our reading log process Monday, so no need to log. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Homework for Friday, March 11th

1) Read and Log (I will be checking tomorrow)
2) Complete all Spelling work and study for the quiz tomorrow
3) Finish Class Dojo Monster (if you are turning one in)
4) Any student that did not take the Southeast Region Quiz on Tuesday will take it tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Homework for Thursday, March 10th

1) Read and Log 
2) All students who have not filmed their Tourist Location video will present on Thursday.  
3) Complete Math homework
4) Decide on Conference Presentation Format (Google Slides, Prezi, Video or other option)

Also, I posted this earlier, but wanted to post another reminder about our March Spirit Days!

Agenda for Wednesday, March 9th

8:50 IXL - Grammar
Complete the JOBS SURVEY and look over the schedule.
Once you have finished, go to IXL.COM to the language arts section. Each student has a checklist of skills to practice and complete, and should work quietly on those skills, and should quietly ask students next to them for help if needed. If they are stuck, they should ask you or move on to another topic.

9:20 Silent Reading
Students can read independently or with a partner around the room, but must be respectful and relatively quiet.

9:50 Spelling
Work on Wednesday portion of your spelling packet. Once you have finished, you may choose an APPROVED INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY (on the board) quietly.

10:20 Conference Slides/Snack
Eat snack and begin creating your presentations for their upcoming conferences using the “Spring Conference Checklist”.  You are allowed to create their presentation in a variety of ways. You should use this time to explore ideas on how and what method to use to present. However, on Google Classroom, I have created an assignment for you which has the Checklist and a Slides Template if you would like to use it.

10:50 Conference Slides (cont’)

11:20 Read in Library

11:50 Lunch

12:45 Math
Review and turn in Homework
Complete Aleks Assignment
Work on Multiples Packet

1:45 Class Dojo Project

2:15 Gym
2:45 Study Hall, start Homework
1) Read and Log 
2) All students who have not filmed their Tourist Location video will present on Thursday.  
3) Complete Math homework
4) Decide on Conference Presentation Format (Google Slides, Prezi, Video or other option)

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