Friday, August 31, 2018

No Homework for Tuesday, September 4th

Have a great long weekend! 

NOTE - Indian Trail Open House will be this Wednesday, September 5th. Hope to see everyone there! (However, if you can't make it, my presentation and all 4B information will be posted on my blog.) 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Homework for Friday, August 31st (Early Release - 1pm)

*** The MAP Testing website remains down, so the district will be extending the testing window. I will let you know our schedule when the site is back up.

1) All students need to know their home address. In an activity for library, Mrs. Grost found that many students were unsure of their address.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Homework for Thursday, August 30th

1) Tomorrow is Library Checkout. Please bring your books to return or renew. All students need at least one independent reading book in class.

2) MAP Testing did NOT occur today due to issues with the NWEA testing website. Once it is fixed, I will let you know what are testing schedule will be. Please remember to charge your Chromebook every night.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ANOTHER change in MAP Testing

Due to circumstances beyond my control, MAP Testing times have been changed once again.

4th Grade Reading MAP Test - Wednesday (Tomorrow) at 1:15-2:45
4th Grade Math MAP Test - Tuesday, September 4th at 1:15-2:45

Please make sure you charge your Chromebook tonight, get a good night's rest, and cross your fingers for cool weather!

Monday, August 27, 2018

No Homework - MAP Testing Wednesday and Thursday

The students did fantastic today in the very warm weather. However, due to the continued heat, MAP testing will be pushed back a day, starting Wednesday (Math) and finishing Thursday (Reading).

Friday, August 24, 2018

Homework for Monday, August 27th

1) Please read and sign your Chromebook contract, and turn it in as soon as possible. Most have been turned in, which is a great sign for the year ahead!
2) Please bring a smock to school. We will need them in art soon.
3) A letter is being sent home from Mrs. Luthardt, our music teacher, regarding recorders for class. Please look it over and let me know if you have any questions. She would like all forms returned by Sept. 15th
4) We will being using Seesaw in our class to showcase student work for parents. Today I sent home a parent sign-up sheet. This is NOT mandatory, and I will be going over this at OpenHouse as well.

Finally, if there is a change in after-school plans for your student, please include the school secretary, Patricia Garcia, pgarcia@nssd112.org, on any emails you send. We do not have any specials in the afternoon this year, so my ability to check email is limited. Mrs. Garcia will make sure to send a note down to confirm I receive the message. Thanks!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Homework for Friday, August 24th

1) Read, discuss, and sign your Chromebook contract (Due on Monday 8/27)
2) Nightly Reading -  Today we checked out books from the library, so all students should have a book (or more) to read at home. In addition, I sent home Scholastic Book Order Forms (the class code - NPWBW - is on the form) for any students looking for reading books. While nightly reading will not be mandatory until after Open House, students should develop a plan for when and where they will read at home.
3) Students need cheap, but working, headphones or earbuds for class as soon as possible.

2nd Orchestra Night!

A note from Mrs. Steckel...
Last night we had a successful evening of orchestra recruitment and have heard that there were some families who were unable to make our event.

There will be one more orchestra night.  We will provide an overview of 4th grade orchestra and students will be able to try out the instruments to determine which one they would like to play. Three rental companies will be there to provide information on renting instruments.
When: Tuesday, September 4
Where: Sherwood School, 1900 Stratford Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
Time: 7:00 PM 
Linked is the Orchestra Information Sheet

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Still going strong!

We had another great day in 4B!

We will be starting nightly reading once we have our first library checkout next week. However, it would be a good idea for students to start reading at night to get in the habit. It is not mandatory (yet), but highly encouraged.

And below is a message from Mrs. Luthardt!



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

4th Grade Orchestra Information

A message from our new Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Steckel!
Dear Parents,
This is a reminder that orchestra night is tomorrow night. I hope you can join us to learn more about orchestra in 4th grade!  Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, August 22
Where: Ravinia School (South entrance in Millennium Hall by the circle drive).
Time: 7:00 PM
Details: Your child will have the opportunity to try out instruments and you can speak to vendors about renting instruments. I will be giving a brief presentation on orchestra for the 2018-19 school year.
Here is the flyer outlining 4th grade orchestra.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
If you are unable to attend tomorrow, there will be another orchestra night coming soon. Date TBA.
Thank you,

Sharon SteckelArt Teacher at Ravinia SchoolOrchestra Teacher at Indian Trail & Ravinia Schools224-765-3651Twitter@MrsSteckel112

Great second day!

Today a Chromebook contract was sent home for students and parents to discuss, sign, and send back by next Monday (August 27th). Please let me know if you have any questions! (Also attached below.)

As I told the class today, each family has a different approach and outlook regarding technology, and I fully support and will abide by each family's decision. I will discuss in further detail at Open House.



Monday, August 20, 2018

What a great first day!

Welcome to 4th grade! I am so excited for this year. While more information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks and at Open House, I wanted to share some important details right away.
  • Class Blog: mrbrandstrader.com (you are here!) 
    • I do my best to post all class communication, homework assignments, and important school dates on my blog, as well as relevant class websites and links, in order to make it as easy as possible for students and parents to find the sites or information they are looking for. 
  • My email: bbrandstrader@nssd112.org. 
    • Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have. There are many changes this year, so please do not hesitate if you have a question or need clarification. = 
  • 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 headphones/earbuds dedicated for school use. These should be small and cheap. I prefer these headphones/earbuds stay at school, as they are needed almost daily. 
  • Specials (such as gym, art, and music) begin this week. 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. 
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns prior to Open House on Wednesday, September 5th (or at any point throughout the school year), please do not hesitate to contact me by email, voicemail (224-765-3477), or by a note sent in with your child. Thank you in advance for all of your support!