Friday, November 15, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, November 15th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday)
3) Begin thinking about a current event you would like to report on

* Please turn in any permission slips for next Wednesday's field trip. Here is a link to a pdf if the original was lost. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, November 14th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday)
3) Begin thinking about a current event you would like to report on

* Thank you to all of the parents for coming in for parent teacher conferences and for your continual support at home! It makes a big difference!

* We are still looking for volunteers for our 11/20 and 11/26 field trips (permission slips coming soon). Both will be from about 9:15-12:30 pm.  Please email me (bbrandstrader@cps.edu) if you are interested. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, November 12th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Complete and return 11/20 field trip form

* Link to Personal Narrative Videos here. Thanks to all of the brave students who filmed a video! 

* Report Card Pickup/Parent Teacher Conferences tomorrow! It's not too late to sign up!  Students are invited to join, but it is optional. 

* Field Trip Information/Call for Volunteers: 

  • Biennial Field Trip (Chicago Architectural Center) is Wednesday, November 20th from 9:15a-12:30p. 
  • The field trip is $6 for the bus, and we need 3 Level 2 volunteers
  • FACETS Field Trip (Davis Theater) is Tuesday, November 26th from 10am to 12:30pm. 
  • I believe the field trip will be free and will also need 3 volunteers 
  • The 10/20 Field Trip has been rescheduled for 5/19/20, and the $8 fee that was collected previously will be applied to that field trip. 
  • We are still trying to set a date/time for our postponed Halloween "party", which looks like it will be Wednesday, November 27th in the afternoon, but has not been confirmed yet, but we will need volunteers for that as well. 
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above, please email me (bbrandstrader@cps.edu) or our Room Parent, Shannon Slabada (Shannonslabada@gmail.com) and let us know! Thank you for your support! 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, November 7th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday)

Here are the Personal Narrative Videos (so far). These are some great stories told by great story tellers! (Unfortunately the audio on some of the clips are not so great. Our studio is a work in progress.)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, November 6th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Complete Word Poster and study for Wordly Wise Lesson 3 quiz
2) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday, November 12th)

* Picture Retakes and Sibling Pictures tomorrow! You can sign up for either of those here. (Here is the revised flyer for the school picture process.)

* Sign up for Fall Conferences here!

* Finally, Coonley donated 654 brand new pairs of socks to the Common Pantry!! Way to go Cougars!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, November 5th

1) Read for 20 minutes (Students may read on ReadTheory, under ELA sites, if they choose)
2) Work on Math Packet (Due Tuesday, November 12th)
3) Picture Day Order Forms Due Tomorrow (Retakes and Sibling Pictures will be this Thursday)

* The Author Visit has been rescheduled to Friday, November 22nd. Order Forms can be found here, and I believe Ms. Wiltse has hard copies as well when we go to library tomorrow.

* Conference Sign-Up Link here!

* Students are able to access their work at home using almost any internet-connected device with the following steps:

  1. Go to drive.google.com (While we use Google Classroom more in class, Google Drive is where all of your files are stored, and generally easier to use when at home or on another device. If you are using a tablet/iPad, downloading the app might be easier than going to the website.) 
  2. Sign in with your complete CPS email (xxxxxxx@cps.edu) and password (the same you would use when signing into your Chromebook)
  3. Search for the file you are looking for in the search box at the top. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, November 4th

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences on November 13th here! 

HOMEWORK
1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (Due Tuesday 11/12)
3) Make any final edits to your Personal Narrative. Final Draft due tomorrow*

CLARIFICATION ON FIELD TRIPS
304 does NOT have any field trips this week. Our upcoming field trips are:

  • Wednesday, November 20th: Biennial Field Trip at Chicago Architectural Center
  • Tuesday, November 26th: FACETS (Children's Film Festival) 
  • Spring 2020: Make up for 10/22 Field Trip
Previously collected money will be used toward our next field trip, and I will provide detailed information when that is finalized. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Picture Day Retakes

Picture Day Ordering Forms went home on Friday. School Picture Retakes will be this Thursday, November 7th.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, November 1st

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Practice Lesson 3 vocab words (either using flashcards or Quizlet)

We had a fantastic day and it was great to be back in the classroom!!! We are working on getting all of our missed activities rescheduled, and I will post updates as they are confirmed. 
* All field trip money that was submitted will be applied to the next field trip, and I will let you know the detailed information when I have it
* I will touch base with Ms. Wiltse about author visit forms and money that were submitted
* Picture Day Forms are coming home today, but the retake date will be adjusted
* Finally, aside from the assigned homework, students are encouraged to work on KhanAcademy, ReadTheory, Quizlet and other academic sites on my blog when they have time. I will discuss more at parent-teacher conferences, but I want to be sure all parents know those resources are available. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, October 16th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

Students can use the sites available on my blog to practice, as well as work on their personal narrative, during the break in instruction. While my email may be interrupted during this time, I will check the comments on this post in case students have any difficulties with logging in or accessing these sites.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, October 15th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Turn in remaining Field Trip forms asap
4) Turn in Box Tops tomorrow for Collection #1

* Tomorrow is Pride Stride! Make sure to wear good walking shoes and a good jacket in case it's cold outside!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, October 11th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet
3) Study for Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Quiz

*** Pride Stride is WEDNESDAY!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, October 10th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Complete Word Poster
3) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday)
4) Study for Wordly Wise Lesson 2 quiz (Tuesday)

****PRIDE STRIDE NEXT WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, October 9th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (Due Monday)
3) Practice vocabulary flashcards (Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Quiz Tuesday)


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, October 8th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Turn in any outstanding forms (Field Trip, Tutoring Income Verification for District, Parent Contact Info for Room Rep)*

* Please clean out your home folders as I found some students had folders bursting with papers!

I hope all students and families that observe Yom Kippur have an easy fast and we'll see you on Thursday!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, October 7th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Turn in Field Trip Forms

* Wordly Wise "Lessons" or lists will be completed approximately every week and a half. Lesson 1's quiz was on Friday (scores were outstanding) and Lesson 2, which we started flashcards for today, will culminate next Tuesday with the quiz. I will post the date of the quiz every week, but wanted to give students and parents a heads up on the general pacing.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, October 4th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (Due Tuesday)
3) Study for Continents and Oceans Quiz

* Progress Reports went home today. Students are off to a great start and staying on top of their work. However, additional grades (including some test and quiz grades) are being entered into the online Gradebook over the coming days and weeks, so please keep an eye on the online Gradebook for updated information.

* Pride Stride is next Friday! Sign up at funrun.com if you haven't already!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, October 3rd

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday)
3) Study for tomorrow's Wordly Wise 1 quiz (The Quizlet link is posted at the top of the page)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, October 2nd

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Tuesday)
3) Complete Wordly Wise Lesson 1 Flashcards and practice for Friday's quiz

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, October 1st

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due next TUESDAY) 

* We are set on volunteers for the 10/22 field trip (thank you!) but we have two more field trips in November, as well as in-school volunteering opportunities coming up as well, so please stay tuned. 
* Make sure to sign up for Pride Stride at funrun.com
* October is also Socktober!! Student Council is collecting new men's socks in their original, unopened packaging between October 7-October 31.  (Men's socks because they can fit everyone)

Monday, September 30, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, September 30th

1) Read for 20 minutes

* 304 students will receive their math packets tomorrow (copier issue I believe)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, September 27th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Finish your Math Packet
3) Finish your Map of 304 (if you did not finish in class)

* I will begin posting grades in Gradebook starting next week now that there are a number of assignments that have been scored. I will post on the blog once they are entered.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, September 26th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

* I am still waiting on a few more parent contact forms, but will put out information about Room Parents as soon as possible. In the mean time, we have some field trips coming up and will need volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering, please make sure you have appropriate clearance with the front office/district. I know there are a few steps, so please look into it as soon as possible if you are interested.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 25th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Decide on your topic for your personal narrative writing

* Pride Stride began today! Please sign up at funrun.com. In addition, we will be collecting winter jackets for those in need as well.

* We have had an influx of fidgets in our classroom. As I have discussed with students, fidgets are allowed so long as they INCREASE focus and engagement, and are not be used or handled by other students.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, September 24th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Finish coloring your Word Poster to share tomorrow

* Congratulations to our new student council representatives, Tyler and Julia! It was a very close election, with all candidates getting many votes, and I'm very proud of everyone who participated!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, September 23rd (PICTURE DAY TOMORROW)

1) Read Flora and Ulysses Ch.56-61 (p. 185-203) if you did not finish in class. If you did, please read 20 minutes of an independent choice book
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday).
3) Math Test Corrections due Friday
4) 304 Only - Finish Spanish Project if you didn't finish in class.

* Tomorrow is Picture Day! Our time slot is at 11:00am.
* Student Council speeches were outstanding! I will tally the votes tonight, but all candidates should be very proud of themselves! And remember, Abraham Lincoln lost his first eight elections, so if you don't win, don't be too sad, you could be president one day!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, September 20th

1) Read Ch. 49-55 in Flora and Ulysses (p. 162-184). Students had the option to get started on the reading in class today.
2) Complete Math Packet

* From the Office: CPS is collecting Family Income Forms. Even if your family doesn't qualify, the district requires the family to state that they do not qualify, and so some families were sent the form again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

* Picture Day is Tuesday!

* Student Council Candidate Speeches Monday! All candidates must have a written speech if they would like to be considered for the position. I'm excited to hear the candidates!



Open House Presentation

It was great meeting so many of you last night! Here is the slideshow for anyone who missed it.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, September 19th

1) Read Chapters 43-48 (pages 138-162) in Flora and Ulysses. Students were given 20+ minutes in class to get started, so many should have a good head start.
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

Tonight is Open House! Mrs. Malhiot and I will be giving presentations at 6pm and 6:30pm. I will post the information on my blog for all that can not attend.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 18th

1) Read Flora and Ulysses Chapters 38-42 (18 pages)
2) Work on Math Packet (Due Monday)

* Open House is tomorrow night at 6pm! Hope to see everyone there!
* Student Council representatives will be chosen next week. Candidates that are interested in the position must give a written speech to the class on Monday on why they should be the classroom's representative. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, September 17th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Complete "It's a Round World" geography packet (most finished in class today)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, September 16th

1) Read for 20 minutes. Please bring Flora and Ulysses books back to school if they were left at home over the weekend.
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

* We've had a few students out sick, so please remember to wash your hands and get a good night's sleep to fight off the back-to-school germs!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, September 13th

1) Read Chapters 30-33 (pg. 97-108) in Flora and Ulysses*
2) Complete Math Packet
3) Complete Classroom Contact Information Form (for our Room Parents) and return to Mr. Brandstrader. (A Picture Day letter went home as well, but no action is needed, just information for parents)

* Flora and Ulysses was intended to be read in class, but is taking long than expected in both 4th grade classes and we need to speed up the process. Students are accountable for reading these chapters this weekend, but may need help with some vocabulary. We appreciate, and encourage, any help parents can provide in the reading process, including reading to their student.

Finally, Some students were brave and made book review videos of their favorite books. Check out the videos, then check out the books! 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, September 12th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Finish your Goals Worksheet
3) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 11th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Work on Rough Draft of Goals for 4th grade (304 only): Students are setting goals for the school year. #1 and #2 should be academic goals, #3 should be a behavior goal, and #4 should be a personal goal.


* Today we had a very constructive and respectful discussion about the events of September 11th in class, but I highly encourage parents to discuss with their students at home. Thank you to all of the families who had discussions last night.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, September 10th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet for Mrs. Malhiot (due Monday)

* Tomorrow is September 11th, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We will be discussing the historical event in an age-appropriate manner, but I always urge parents to discuss with their child at home as well. Students hear bits and pieces about the attacks from outside sources, and it's important that they have context. I try to stay away from anything overly upsetting for a 4th grader, but all students have different experiences/background knowledge and I want to be respectful to all. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, September 9th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet for Mrs. Mahliot (due Monday)
3) Complete Spanish Homework (most students finished in class)

* Students will need a set of headphones or earbuds for class this year. Almost all students have a pair, and we have a few classroom sets, but we could always use extra pairs. If you have any unused pairs at home, we'll take them! I really discourage students from bringing expensive headphones or earbuds to school as it is a shared space with other classes.

* I have added links to Google Classroom, Khan Academy, iCivics, and Mrs. Mahliot's blog to the top of my blog for easy access. Students will be using Khan Academy for both math and grammar practice this year. iCivics.org is a website founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to improve students’ civic knowledge, civic attitudes, and core literacy skills, using innovative games to  teach young people to understand how our political systems work. This is an independent choice option for students, not part of the core curriculum, but I highly encourage students and parents to check it out. I will explain further at Open House next week.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, September 6th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Turn in any remaining forms as soon as possible
3) Complete Family Homework for Mrs. Mahliot
4) Complete Welcome to Fourth Grade Packet (304 only, and most students finished in class)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, September 5th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Turn in form(s) in the CPS packet handed out yesterday (due Friday)
3) Work on homework from Mrs. Mailhot (due Monday)

Happy Birthday Violet and GO BEARS! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 4th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes*
2) Turn in form(s) in the CPS packet handed out yesterday (due Friday)
3) Work on homework from Mrs. Mailhot (due Monday)

* Students will be expected to read nightly for at least 20 minutes. At Open House, I will explain expectations and how students will be held accountable for reading at home. Until then, students (and families) should start thinking about what type of reading routine (time/place/book options) will be most successful.

Finally, thank you families of 304 for all of the amazing classroom supplies, and thank you to the students of 304 for your patience as we sort through them!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Great first day!

The rain couldn't put a damper on today! It was a fantastic first day, and I look forward to a fantastic year in fourth grade! We were a little rushed at the end of the day during our assignment notebook time, but recording our homework will be a key part of our routine and I will make sure students are given plenty of time to record their homework and key information. (I will also post it here as well.)

HOMEWORK:
1) Today a packet was sent home from the district with information as well as a form that needs to be completed by each student's family. Please complete the form and return it as soon as possible. I have set Friday as the due date, but please take the weekend if needed.
2) Students will be expected to read 20 minutes a night. I let students know that they should start thinking about what book(s) they would like to read (if they are not currently reading one) as the nightly reading requirement will begin this week.

** Note: We will have PE on Thursdays and Fridays. Students will need appropriate athletic shoes on those days. If students would prefer to leave gym shoes here, they can bring them in.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Welcome to 4th Grade!!

My name is Mr. Brandstrader and I am so excited to meet all of you! Please bookmark this page as it will have all of the information and sites that you will need this year!

See you Tuesday!!

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