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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.