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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Homework (Optional) for Thursday, December 14th

If you observe the Hanukkah holiday, this homework is not required.

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading. 
2) Finish your Spelling Story if you did not finish in class. (Students should write a creative story using 10 of their spelling words. Students may write it by hand or type the story.) 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Homework (Optional) for Wednesday, December 13th

Happy Hanukkah to all students that celebrate that holiday!

If you observe the holiday, this homework is not required

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO READ OVER BREAK! Make sure to use tomorrow's checkout to get some great books!
2) Finish today's spelling packet if you did not finish it in class
3) Look over your Informational Article.
         * If you presented today, you should edit your paper based on the feedback you received today
         * If you didn't present today, you should practice presenting for tomorrow

Tomorrow is ICE CREAM day!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, December 12th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Practice your spelling words for the week
3) Make your final edits to your Informational Article. You will be sharing with the class this week

Friday, December 8, 2017

Homework for Monday, December 11th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes

Great work this week during MAP testing!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Homework for Friday, December 8th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Study for the Midwest Region quiz and your spelling quiz (Student have had 30+ minutes in class each day this week for practice, so students should be ready to go!)

*** Tonight is a PTO fundraiser at Blaze Pizza in Highland Park. If you present this flyer (either the paper copy I sent home yesterday or showing the image below on your phone), Blaze Pizza will donate money to the Indian Trail PTO.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

No Homework for Thursday, December 7th (Math MAP Testing)

Winter Math MAP Testing is tomorrow. All students should get plenty of sleep and eat a solid breakfast.

I have added a "Regions Study Site" tab to my blog which has some great online geography activities, and perfect for studying the regions of the United States!

Crash Course on Long Division

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser Thursday Night!

Eat pizza and support Indian Trail! A true win-win! 


Homework for Wedneday, December 6th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Practice on ALEKS for 10-15 minutes, and make sure to screenshot or note any question you have so I can answer them before Thursday's MAP test!
3) Practice for this week's spelling quiz and Midwest Region Location quiz on Friday. (Students will have time in class this week to study for both, but should practice at home as well when there is time)

Tap Quiz Maps is an app that I have used in the past for learning the states. However, it does not appear to work with the newest iOS software (iOS 11). If you find a good app, let me know!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Reading MAP Testing Tomorrow (No Homework for Tuesday, December 5th)

Winter MAP Testing begins tomorrow. We will be taking the Reading assessment first.

Make sure to get plenty of sleep, eat a big breakfast, and charge your computer!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Homework for Monday, December 4th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading on your December Reading Log (went home today)
2) Practice as needed for the Midwest Region Location Quiz next Friday (8th)

*** Winter MAP Testing will be held next week. Tuesday (5th) will be the Reading assessment, and Thursday (7th) will be the Math assessment.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Homework for Friday, December 1st

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading. ALL NOVEMBER READING LOGS ARE DUE TOMORROW!
2) Complete your Word Poster and study for your spelling test

*** Tomorrow is an Early Release at 1pm.
*** I sent home a Scholastic Book Order Form for December. I will place the orders next Thursday (7th) in the hopes of getting the books before winter break
*** At conferences, some students and parents were asking for book recommendations. Today I sent home the booklist for 4th and 5th grade Book Match (also below). These are excellent (and challenging) books that I know students will love.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Homework for Thursday, November 30th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes. Reading logs due Friday
2) Practice your spelling words for Friday's quiz
3) Practice on ALEKS or code on Code.org for 10 minutes. 

NOTES:
- Please return Enrichment Sign Up Forms as soon as possible
- Friday is an Early Release (1pm)
- MAP Testing will be next Tuesday, Dec. 5th (Reading) and Thursday, Dec. 7th (Math)
- The Midwest Region Location Quiz will be next Friday, Dec. 8th. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, November 29th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes. Reading logs are due Friday
2) Practice your spelling words for the week
3) Practice on ALEKS MyPath for 10 minutes. If you have questions about the problems you are being asked, take a screenshot or make a note and I can help you tomorrow!

*** Today we had a great artist presentation from the PTO, led by Mrs. Dainas! We learned about Vincent Van Gogh before students got the opportunity to use oil pastels to create their own versions of van Gogh's "The Bedroom".  We have some great artists in the room! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, November 28th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes. Reading logs are due Friday. I will start accepting logs tomorrow
2) Practice your spelling words for the week
3) Practice on ALEKS MyPath for 10 minutes. If you have questions about the problems you are being asked, take a screenshot or make a note and I can help you tomorrow!


NOTES:
- Enrichment Sign Up Forms went home today.
- Friday is an Early Release (1pm)
- Hour of Code began this week. Students have accounts on code.org, but we will be getting started tomorrow.
- MAP Testing will be next Tuesday, Dec. 5th (Reading) and Thursday, Dec. 7th (Math)
- The Midwest Region Location Quiz will be next Friday, Dec. 8th. A master sheet to study from went home today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Homework for Monday, November 27th

1) Read over the break and log your reading

See you at conferences! (And yes, students attend!)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Homework for Friday, November 17th


1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Study for Spelling and Complete your Word Poster
3) Work on Conference Slides or Seesaw

Griffin's Tale due tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Homework for Thursday, November 16th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes
2) Complete your Conference Slides

Book Fair is tonight!! I can't make it, but there are a ton of great books!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, November 15th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Study your spelling words for the week

***  Griffin’s Tale: PTO is supporting our writing curriculum by sponsoring an all school assembly in May. Griffin’s Tale will perform acts using student’s writing.

  • Stories need to be written by students (all grades) but other than that, there are no restrictions.
  • They can be as long, as short, as wordy, as picture-filled, as serious or as casual as the student wants them to be. Griffin's Tale  said they love to adapt stories of every type. 
  • All stories are due in the office on Friday, November 17.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, November 14th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Make any last edits to your "Autumn Imagery" poem. I will be printing them out tomorrow. 
3) Finishing making your spelling flashcards

***  Griffin’s Tale: PTO is supporting our writing curriculum by sponsoring an all school assembly in May. Griffin’s Tale will perform acts using student’s writing.

  • Stories need to be written by students (all grades) but other than that, there are no restrictions.
  • They can be as long, as short, as wordy, as picture-filled, as serious or as casual as the student wants them to be. Griffin's Tale  said they love to adapt stories of every type. 
  • All stories are due in the office on Friday, November 17.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Homework for Monday, November 13th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Think about edits and revisions to your Autumn Imagery poem and creative narrative story as I will be printing both out for conferences next week.

Most importantly, students should talk to their families about Veteran's Day and family members who have served. Many students shared that their grandparents had served, and I would like them to hear their stories!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Homework for Thursday, November 9th

*** Reminder - No school on Friday for Veteran's Day Observance

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Complete your Word Poster and study for your spelling quiz  

Coat and Boot Drive now in progress - please bring in any coats and boots you would like to donate!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, November 8th

*** Reminder - No school on Friday for Veteran's Day Observance

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Study for your spelling quiz this THURSDAY (You can use your flashcards, packet, or SpellingCity)
3) Continue to think about your topic for Informational Writing. Most students have selected their topic, and are now thinking about the 3-5 most important sub-topics of their article. After brainstorming, some students may find they need to refine or broaden their topic  - that's ok! It's important that the topic is focused and well thought out, and it's VERY important that it happens now and not halfway through the writing process. 

Coat and Boot Drive now in progress - please bring in any coats and boots you would like to donate!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, November 7th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Study for your spelling quiz this THURSDAY (You can use your flashcards, packet, or SpellingCity)
3) Think about your topic for Informational Writing. (In the informational writing unit, students will complete a non-fiction article about a topic of their choosing. It could be a "how-to" or be an informational description of a historical event. We will be working on this for many weeks to come, so it is important that students think deeply about the topic they choose and make sure it is something they are passionate and knowledgeable about. One way to think about it is: What would you teach the class if I let you teach a lesson?

Coat and Boot Drive now in progress - please bring in any coats and boots you would like to donate!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Homework for Monday, November 6th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Next week, our spelling words will be the Midwest States. Students can choose between three list options - states and capitals, just the states, or just the key states of the region (I will determine the key states on Monday). Students should look over the states master list this week and think about which list they think they can be successful with. (The Midwest States and Capitals Locations Quiz will be on Friday, November 17th)

*** Confirmations of conference times were sent home today with students.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Homework for Friday, November 3rd


1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Complete your word poster and study for your spelling quiz

*** Tonight is the PTO fundraiser at Blaze Pizza! Make sure to show this flyer before paying!

Coat and Boot Drive begins next week

The annual PTO Coat and Boot drive is next week (Nov. 6-10). Please see the attached flyer for more details. There will be a box by the office for donations. 

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, November 2nd

(Most assignments were completed in class, but students in Orchestra may need to complete the work they missed)

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your November reading log (received today)
2) Complete SpellingCity assignments
3) Complete Midwest Region Flashcards

*** Thursday night is the PTO fundraiser at Blaze Pizza in Highland Park.
*** Please send in any unwanted candy for Operation Gratitude by Friday (We got a ton of candy today, thank you!)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No homework for Tuesday, November 1st

However, if you did not turn in your reading log for October, make sure to bring it tomorrow. Also, if you wanted to work more on your creative narrative story, we won't have much more time in class to work on it as we move to our next unit on Monday.

Two Great PTO Initiatives

1) The Indian Trail Community will be collecting Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude.  Each student received a plastic bag to take home today.  Students should bring the baggies home, and fill them with any candy they would like to donate to deployed troops and first responders.  Filled baggies should be brought back to the classrooms Wednesday, November 1st - Friday, November 3rd. A PTO Volunteer will be collecting the baggies and dropping off at an Operation Gratitude drop-off location.

2) Indian Trail PTO is the recipient of a fundraising night at Blaze Pizza this Thursday, 5-7 pm.  **PRINT AND BRING THE FLYER WITH YOU!**  We hope you'll come out, eat pizza and support us! Blaze offers a generous 20% back to the PTO.


Great work Brian!



Awesome way to end October! Keep it up!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, October 31st

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes on your reading log. October Reading Logs are due tomorrow.
2) Complete your spelling flashcards for the week
3) Work on your narrative writing story, using the narrative writing posters and checklists  we have developed during the unit to double check your work.

The Halloween parade is tomorrow at 1:50pm. Classroom parties will take place after. Students will have time to change into their costumes at 1:30pm, but students can also wear their costumes to school as long as they do not distract from learning.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Homework for Monday, October 30th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes. Reading logs will be collected on Tuesday.
2) Work on your narrative writing draft of your story, or even better, share it with someone and hear their feedback!

*** Halloween Parade is at 1:50pm on Tuesday. Let's hope for some warm weather!

Cultural Celebration of Life

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Homework for Friday, October 27th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading. If you have meet the 400 minute requirement for the month, you can turn in your reading log.
2) Study for your spelling quiz and complete your Word Poster if you did not complete it in class.

*** I will be placing Scholastic orders tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Homework for Thursday, October 26th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes
2) Practice your spelling words for the week

*** Tomorrow is the Halloween concert at the High School. Please be on time to school as we will be leaving around 9am.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, October 25th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and make sure to log your minutes. I will start accepting reading logs that have the required 400 minutes starting on Friday
2) Practice your spelling words for the week
3) Complete your book review on Seesaw. Most students were able to complete this in class. It can be done as a video or written. If students are having trouble with this, we can work on it in class tomorrow.

*** Please remember to submit field trip forms for this Thursday's Halloween concert at the high school as well as conference forms.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, October 24th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes.
2) Practice your spelling words for the week.

*** Picture Day is tomorrow! Make sure to bring your form in if you haven't yet. Picture Day is run by an outside company, so I don't have much additional information. If you have questions, I can do my best to get you answers.

*** Conference schedule preference forms went home today. I will do my best to accommodate all requests, but with a class of this size, it's going to be tough. Please get your forms in as soon as possible so that I can make sure that all parents/guardians get a time that works for them, even if not ideal.

*** As we implement our new math curriculum, I will send home an information sheet at the beginning of each unit regarding the topics and skills we will be working on during this unit. This is just a broad overview, and instruction will be differentiated to best meet each student's learning needs.

*** Halloween is next Tuesday. Beneath are the rules, notes, and schedule for the day.

Student Costumes
Remind parents that students’ costumes should be safely designed and age appropriate to allow for adequate vision, mobility and warmth. Masks cannot be worn. NO TOY WEAPONS of any type will be allowed at school.

Schedule
  • 1:50 All school parade 
    • Parade Route: All classrooms will exit the front doors and turn left (south) on St. John’s Street. Students will walk and turn left (east) on Elm Place. Turn left (north) on Sheridan Road and turn into our bus lane and enter back through the front doors. Please do not open any other exterior doors in the building. The front doors will allow us to monitor visitors entering the building for all school safety. Remind your classroom parents to keep the sidewalk clear​ for our students and line up on the grass. The extended parade route will allow parents/families to spread out and enjoy the parade.
  • 2:15-3:00 Classroom parties
  • 3:17 Dismissal (students dismissed directly from classrooms) 











Saturday, October 21, 2017

Homework for Monday, October 23rd

1) Students should read for at least 20 minutes and log their minutes

Reminder - Picture Day is this Tuesday (October 24th)!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Homework for Friday, October 20th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes on your reading log
2) Study for your spelling quiz
3) Return your Field Trip Permission form as soon as you can

*** We have had some illnesses in the classroom this week. Let's make sure to keep washing our hands and getting plenty of sleep.
*** Last call for Box Tops!
*** Please send in your picture day forms if you would like to order pictures

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Homework for Thursday, October 19th

  1. Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading 
  2. Finish writing your spelling words and study for the quiz 
  3. Keep brainstorming scenes for your story 

*** Box Tops due on Friday! Get them in if you have them!
*** Please turn in picture day forms if you have them.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, October 18th


  1. Read for at least 20 minutes and log your reading
  2. Practice your spelling words for the week
  3. Share your narrative story idea with someone at home for feedback

Monday, October 16, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, October 17th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes on your reading log
2) Practice your spelling words (Students made spelling flashcards in class today)

** Tomorrow we have another Author Visit (Troy Cummings). Mrs. Grost send home another flyer as she wasn't sure all of the original flyers made it home. Ordering is NOT required, she just wanted to make sure it made it home.

I have held back on update Seesaw for the past few days as we are having some issues with signing into my class account (especially parents who have signed up for Seesaw previously). I have been emailing with Seesaw and got this response to troubleshoot the issues. Hope it works!


  1. Follow this link. 
  2. Choose your child from the class list.
  3. On the signup screen, click the "Sign in" tab at the top instead of creating a new account.
  4. Sign in to your existing account and click the “Register for Updates” button.
  5. The teacher will need to approve your access. Once you have access, you can tap the Menu button to switch between journals.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Homework for Monday, October 16th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes

2) I gave students copies of their spelling list for next week today, as some students/parents wanted to have a full week to practice. Nothing is assigned over the weekend, but it's always good to get a head start!

*** Picture forms went home yesterday. Please check your student's folder for the form this weekend in case it did not make it.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Homework for Friday, October 13th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes

2) Study for tomorrow's Northeast Region Quiz. I sent home a blank map with the answers on the back for practice, but students can use their packet or flashcards or this song or this app to practice as well! (Capitals are extra credit)

** The primary purpose of this quiz is to locate the states on a blank map and identify the abbreviations for each state. There will be multiple versions of the quiz for students to choose from, including versions with word banks for students who are having difficulty with the spelling of the state's names.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Homework for Thursday, October 12th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes
2) Complete your math work from class. If you are confused, circle the questions you need help with and we will review tomorrow in class
3) Use your Northeast Region Packet and Flashcards to study for Friday's Northeast Region quiz

*** Today is the final day to sign up for the Fun(d) Run! Hope to see you this Saturday!
*** Keep turning in Box Tops!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, October 11th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes
2) Use your Northeast Region Packet and Flashcards to study for next Friday's Northeast Region quiz (on 10/13)

*** I'm signed up for the Fun(d) Run. Are you? Would love to see (and run) with some students next Saturday (14th)!

*** Keep turning in Box Tops!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homework for Friday, October 6th (Early Release at 1pm)

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes
2) Complete your Word Poster if you did not finish in class and study for your spelling test. (Your lists are in your "Shape" folder)

Keep turning in your Box Tops!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Share the Love Food Drive!


Homework for Thursday, October 5th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes in your reading log.

2) Students who have not yet completed their "My Family and My Identity"presentation must do so by Friday.

3) Students should finish their spelling flashcards and practice their words for Friday's quiz.

*** Keep sending in Box Tops!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, October 4th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes

2) Liam O., Emily, and Kevin did fantastic jobs presenting their "My Family and My Identity" Slides. Other students should be finishing up and finalizing their projects to present this week. Please look these over with your student to make sure the information is correct.

3) Students should make flashcards for their spelling words this week using the lists I sent home yesterday. (We are still getting used to our standard spelling routine due to the lack of full 5 day weeks to start the year, including how we use SpellingCity. If your student is confused or the lists didn't make it home, we will get the work done in class.)

*** Some students were mentioning the incident in Las Vegas yesterday in class. While it's important to cover current events, this event is obviously very tragic and upsetting to some students.  I would appreciate it if parents would discuss the event with their student in order to provide information in a setting that is comfortable for the student, as it is bound to come up in class.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, October 3rd

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your minutes (October Reading Logs went home today)
2) Students should share their "My Family and My Identity" slides with their families to make sure everything is accurate, and to see if there are any additional facts to add.
3) Students received 2 spelling lists today (one for home and one for school). Students should type their lists onto Seesaw, using their lists as a guide. (If this can't be completed at home, students will have the chance to do so in class tomorrow)

** All Seesaw posts are now private, so that students can post without getting comments from other students. We will use that feature later in the year, but I have turned it off for now.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Homework for Monday, October 2nd

1) If any students did not finish their Word Problem in class, they should do so at home as we will be sharing on Monday. (Almost all students finished. The few that were still working wanted to spend a little more time on the visual model [drawing] of their problem)

2) Students should continue to work on their "My Family and My Identity" Slides, entering in information or verifying that the information they have is correct.

3) Any student who did not turn in their Reading Log must do so Monday. I will be handing out October's Reading Log on Monday.

Finally, 4B is deciding on our theme, and students had quite a few suggestions. We will debate the best one for the class on Monday, so if you feel strongly about a theme, think about some reasons it would be a great theme so that you can convince your classmates!

Here are the list of suggestions: Ninjas, Hackers, Champs, Police, Dragons, Explorers, Travelers, Tourists, Astronauts, Spies, Cool Beans, Ballerz, Artists, Tigers of the World, Scientists, Mathematicians, Wizards, Fidgets, Musicians, Zappers, Hikers, Bugs, Dabbers, Entertainers, Team, Secret Superstars









Thursday, September 28, 2017

Homework for Friday, September 29th

1) September Reading Logs due tomorrow
2) Study for the spelling quiz on Northeast Region
3) Students began creating their Family History presentations today. Some students had details about their family history, while others still need to discuss with their families. Students who have not talked to their families should make a plan to do so before Monday.

** Deadline for Spirit Wear is tomorrow!
** Scholastic Orders being placed tomorrow for the month.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Homework for Thursday, September 28th

1) Read for 20 minutes and record your minutes on your reading log. Reading Logs are due Friday, but students who have completed their minutes for the month can turn them in any day this week.

2) Complete your flashcards for the Northeast Region. (State on the front, Abbreviation and Capital on the back)

3) In Language Arts, we are beginning our class novel, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord, which involves a fourth grade student moving from China to the United States. In the novel, she struggles with her identity as she embraces a new culture while wanting to stay true to the previous one.

I have asked students to discuss their own family history, especially any traditions or customs that might be unique to your family as soon as possible. However, I don't want the conversation to be rushed, so if needs to be this weekend, that is ok. Students will be completing a short Slides Presentation regarding their family's history, which they will begin tomorrow, but will not be due until next week.

*** Collecting all Box Tops!
*** I will be placing Scholastic Orders on Friday! I see some parents have already placed orders (thank you!), so please submit yours by Friday if you want to purchase any books this month.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, September 27th (Late Post)

A huge shoutout to Jordan and Cassidy for emailing and letting me know that, while I wrote the post in front of the class, I never pressed PUBLISH! (And they used complete sentences in their emails with no emojis!!)

1) Read for 20 minutes and record your minutes on your reading log. Reading Logs are due Friday, but students who have completed their minutes for the month can turn them in any day this week.

2) In Language Arts, we are beginning our class novel, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord, which involves a fourth grade student moving from China to the United States. In the novel, she struggles with her identity as she embraces a new culture while wanting to stay true to the previous one. I have asked students to discuss their own family history, especially any traditions or customs that might be unique to your family. (Because of the delayed post, this is not a required assignment for tomorrow.)

3) Study for Friday's Northeast Region spelling quiz.

*** Please bring a SMOCK tomorrow if you haven't yet.

*** Collecting all Box Tops!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, September 26th

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your minutes. Reading log forms are due at the end of the week. If your student has completed their required reading minutes, they can bring their forms in at any point in the week.

2) Begin studying how to spell the names of the Northeast States and Capitals (some students are just working on the states, others are working on the states and capitals). The master sheet went home today and should stay at home. This will be the spelling list for the week.

*** It has been very hot at school, and it's essential that students drink a lot of water both at school and at home.

*** We began using our SeeSaw accounts today (just to post introductory pictures). Access to the class site is limited to 4B students, parents, and teachers. Items posted to Seesaw should be academic in nature, as should comments. I have stressed to all students that they shouldn't post anything that they wouldn't want their parents or teachers to see, and I think it's a great way to learn and practice proper internet skills and etiquette. (Thank you to the parents who commented in real time, it was great to see students' faces when they realized their parents could see and comment on their posts right away!)

*** We are collecting Box Tops! Please send them in if you have them!

*** Finally, please submit any PTO spirit orders you have! Go Tigers!

A NOTE FROM MS. LEE ...

ART CAN GET MESSY!!
If your child is concerned about their clothes, please have them bring a smock to school. Some examples are an old large t-shirt, an old button-down shirt, or a School Smart full protection vinyl smock. Students should try to avoid wearing their best clothes and shoes on the day they have art.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Homework for Monday, September 25th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and record your minutes on your reading log
2) Drink a lot of water! It was very hot at school today

** Students now have accounts on Prodigy, a math-based adventure game. This is not a required website, and is just an option for students once they have finished their assigned work. My students last year really enjoyed using it, and it has a lot more math than most "fun" math websites. However, there is a "paid" membership option, that allows users to add certain powers or accessories. This membership does not add any additional academic aspects, and I do not encourage students/parents to pay for this option. So if it pops up or your students mentions it, don't let them fool you into thinking you should buy it.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

No homework for Friday, September 22nd

There is no assigned homework (and no school tomorrow) due to the religious holiday. However, students who are not observing the holiday are highly encouraged to read, study their spelling words, and practice math on ALEKS. There will be a spelling quiz on Friday, but students may take it on Monday if they choose due to the holiday.

See you on Friday!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, September 20th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes and log your minutes.
2) Study spelling words for Friday’s quiz
3) Bring smock for art (if you haven’t yet)
4) Library Checkout is tomorrow, make sure to bring the books you wish to return or renew.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, September 19th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Begin studying your spelling words for Friday’s quiz (Lists went home today)

** Thursday is a religious holiday. If your student observes the holiday, they can take the quiz and complete any missed school work next week.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Homework for Friday, September 15th

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your reading
2) We will be taking a "practice" spelling test tomorrow. The grades won't count but I would still encourage students to study to get into the habit.

** I will be out the next few school days due to a family event. Mrs. Morof will be the substitute and we've been planning together over the past few weeks so that all schedules, routines, and lessons will continue as planned. If there is an emergency, please contact the front office.

Open House Presentation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Homework for Thursday, September 14th

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your reading

* Tomorrow is QUARTERS for Hurricane Relief donations (but all coins are accepted).
* OPEN HOUSE IS TONIGHT! 
The festivities begin in the main gym at 6:30pm where Principal Grable will welcome parents back and provide school information. Following the presentation, parents will go to their student's classroom for the class based presentation. There are two, identical sessions (7:00-7:20, 7:30-7:50) for parents that have students in more than one room. (FYI - if you do have another, non-4th grade student in the school, I would recommend attending the other session first, as we have a big class and it's going to be crowded.) 

Can't wait to meet everyone! In case you can't make it, all information will be posted on this blog tonight.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, September 13th

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your reading
2) Set up your Seesaw account! (see post below if you did not complete it in class)

** Orchestra starts tomorrow!

** Open House is tomorrow night, starting at 6:30pm. If you can not make it, all information will be posted on this blog.

** Today we briefly discussed the events of September 11th. I encourage all families to discuss this day with your students, as it is very sensitive, yet important day in our history.

Set up your Seesaw account!

Seesaw is an online portfolio app/software for students to highlight their work. (Parent access will be provided at Open House.)
  1. Go to app.seesaw.me
  2. Choose "I’m a Student"
  3. Choose Email/Google Account
  4. Choose "New Student?"
  5. Choose “Create Email Account” or “Sign in with Google”
  6. Type in the code: EWWJISOK. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, September 12th

1) Read for 20 minutes and log your reading minutes
2) We are going through our spelling routine this week, using a list of 4th Grade Terms. This is a practice list, and no grades will be recorded. Students do have their word lists in their folders, which they will receive every Monday, but their is no graded test on Friday.

*** OPEN HOUSE is WEDNESDAY!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Homework for Monday, September 11th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Show your parents/guardians your Reading Log for the month. Look it over and think if there are any big events coming up that might impact your homework. (A sample is below, and I will discuss further at Open House)

** Fun(d) Run is Saturday, October 14th. Sign up now! 

Open House Next Wednesday (9/13)!

Can't wait to see everyone! Don't worry if you can't attend, all information presented will be posted on this website the next day.


Help those affected by the hurricanes!


A Note from Music Class


Thursday, September 7, 2017

No Homework for Friday, September 8th (MAP Testing Math)

Please get a good night's sleep and eat a filling breakfast so that you have plenty of energy and stamina for our MAP Test tomorrow afternoon. 

*** Parents, enrichment confirmations are being sent home today, and most clubs will begin Monday. Many clubs had more students sign up than the number of spots of available, so I know that lotteries were run to determine who got into those clubs this session. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, September 6th

1) Read for 20 minutes (reading logs will be assigned this week)
Optional) Try the Math Challenge Extension of today's Math activity (worksheets were passed on in math)

** MAP Testing (ELA) went very well today, and I appreciate how focused students were during testing, and how respectful they were of others when they finished.  Math MAP Testing will take place this Friday.

** Reading at home will be the only "required" homework until Open House next Wednesday. However, students can (and I encourage them to) practice math on ALEKS, practice grammar on IXL, practice reading using ReadTheory, or study a multitude of topics on BrainPop until then.

Friday, September 1, 2017

No Homework for Tuesday, September 5th (MAP Testing ELA)

Thank you to all students for an absolute fantastic first full week of school.

There is no homework over the weekend. However, we will be completing our FALL Language Arts MAP Test on Tuesday morning, so please get a good night's rest and make sure your Chromebook is charged for Tuesday. (If any families are traveling, testing sessions are flexible, so other times are available. Just shoot me an email)

Please bring writing journals back to school

Please submit any remaining Orchestra, Enrichment, or Technology forms as soon as possible.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Homework for Friday, September 1st

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Begin working on decorating your writing journal (Due next Tuesday, September 5th)

** Tonight is the Back to School Party. Unfortunately, I can not attend, but I hope everyone has a great time!

** Reminder, tomorrow is an Early Release (1pm)

MAP Test Times

It has been confirmed that 4th grade will be MAP Testing on Tuesday, September 5th at 9:00am (Language Arts) and on Friday, September 8th at 12:45pm. 

If there are any issues, or your student won't be at school during one of those times, please send me an email to let me know so I can make sure to find an alternate time, which is no problem.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Homework for Thursday, August 31st

1) Review your Identity brainstorm sheet. Make sure you use interesting and specific traits (I don't want to see the word good!)
2) Read for 20 minutes

** Students' ALEKS accounts (used for math) are now active for any students looking to practice math at home
** The Back to School party is tomorrow night from 5:30 to 7. Unfortunately I can not make it, but I know it will be a blast!
** Please submit Orchestra, Enrichment, and Tech forms as soon as possible

Reminder - Friday is an Early Release (1pm)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, August 30th

1) Discuss and sign the technology expectations contract with your parents/guardians
2) Charge your Chromebook
3) Make sure to bring your Home Folder back to school

Please turn in Orchestra and Enrichment Forms as soon as possible! Thanks!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Great First Monday!

There is no homework tonight, but nightly independent reading homework (~20 mins) will be starting soon. We will be checking out books on Wednesday at library, but it might be a good to get into the habit of nightly reading.

Orchestra forms went home if your student was interested in joining.

Also, please turn in Enrichment forms as soon as possible.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Off to a great start!

Thanks to all of the students of 4B for a great first week, even if it was a bit chaotic!

Next week, our schedule will begin to normalize and we will start getting into the rhythm of the academic year. However, next Friday is an early release (1pm).

Please turn in Enrichment forms as soon as possible if you are interested in after school enrichment clubs.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Footage of the Waterspout


Star Journalist/5th Grade Teacher/Recess Supervisor Mr. Rosenfeldt captured the waterspout that suddenly appeared at recess today. I'm very proud of how well all of 4B responded, quickly getting inside and into a safe position, staying calm, and comforting others who were nervous. This is a very kind group of students!

Homework for Friday, August 25th

  1. Show your parents/guardians your home folder
  2. Give your parents/guardians the Enrichment Sign Up Sheet and the Musical Performances Sheet
    1. Enrichment Sign Up Sheets are due next Friday, September 1st
  3. Remember to bring your Chromebook tomorrow as we will be updating, cleaning, organizing, and bookmarking! 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Update: Specials start tomorrow!

I'm sorry for the incorrect information in the letter, but we start our specials TOMORROW, not next Monday. Please make sure to wear or bring gym shoes!

What a great first day!



I can tell it's going to be a great year! Today I sent home a short welcome letter, as well as a letter regarding allergies in the room. We weren't able to get to our supplies today, so the two sheets of paper are just inside the backpack. Tomorrow we will get all of our supplies out and organized, including the Home Folder.

I have included the information from the welcome letter below.
  • 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 in the class. 
  • A HOME FOLDER will be used 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. 
  • Your student will need a pair of DEDICATED school headphones/earbuds. These should be small and cheap. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Fall Enrichment begins on September 11th. Sign up sheets will sent home by Monday, possibly by this Friday.

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