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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

video

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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