Friday, January 19, 2018

January 19!

What a busy month it is! In your child's homework packet is a Track Meet Paper. Please have your child choose 3 events that they would like to participate in. Please make sure that each paper has a parent signature and it is returned in the homework packet next Friday. Our 4th grade track meet will be help in May. The date will be announced later.

On February 14, we will be having our class Valentine's parties! The students always look forward to this exciting day of celebrations! First of all, each student needs to bring a valentine for each student in the class. There are 27 students in red class and 27 students in blue class. Each student also needs to bring a decorated Valentine box with their name printed big and clear on the front. Please make sure that the opening to put Valentines in is big enough for treats that might be attached to the Valentines.

February 22 is our 4th grade Science Fair. Please have your child begin working on their projects! The boards will need to be brought back to school on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Friday, March 2nd is the 3rd term fiction book report deadline. Students can choose their own fiction book as long as it has at least 100 pages. When your child has read the book, please have them ask me for their poster. It is so fun to have the students share their book reviews with the class.

Students are busy with keyboarding, learning fractions, writing informational essays, and learning about conjunctions in our grammar book. They are such a delight to work with.

Here is a Valentine list of names for each class.

Blue Class

Oliver, Sophi, Easton, Eislee, Spencer, RiKell, Alek, Allen, Priya, Makaelynn, Florence, Halle, Keira, Elizabeth, James, Delanie, Lauren, Maci, Macie P., Lili. Mason, Logan, Tegan, Colin, Bethany, Joseph, Saira

Red Class

Sophia, Aspen, Juliette, Rees, Max C., Siena, Forrest, Preston, Max H., Hadley, Anson, Kylie, Khloe, Charity, Brigham, Gage, Bradley, Jasmine, Maycee, MaKensey, Mia, Trey, Madeline, Tess, Malea, Matthew, Xander

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018! We are off to a great start for this year.

First, SEP's or Parent Conferences are next Thursday, January 11! We are SO very excited to celebrate your child's success and all of their hard work! PLEASE make sure you sign up for a time. Here is the link for the sign-ups. It is also available on the school website.

Chinese Program:

Second, the next book report will be due on Friday, March 2nd. It is a Student Choice fiction book. The only requirement is that it has to have at lease 100 pages. They will be receiving the poster in February.

Next, we are continuing our Multiplication Olympics. Please work on multiplication facts with your child at home. They will be receiving another timed test on Friday in their homework packet. We want ALL of the students to medal and attend our Olympic Party on March 14. It is absolutely essential for each student to be fluent with their multiplication facts.

Also, next Monday all of the 4th grade students will begin keyboarding. They will be doing this daily until Friday, March 23. Please ask your child about this and help cheer them on as they learn to progress in this new skill!

Also, this month we are focusing on writing Informational Essays. We will also begin fractions next week. It is busy but will be a very productive and fun month!

Last, all of the 4th grade students will do a science fair project. The 4th Grade Science Fair will be held on February 22! You will be receiving a Science Fair packet with all of the information at SEP Conferences. You might want to brainstorm some fun Science Fair Projects with your children.

We LOVE seeing your sweet children's smiles each day. It is truly a pleasure to teach them!

Please mark on your calendar:

Friday, January 12: No School for students: Teacher Work Day
Monday, January 15: No School: Martin Luther King Day
Thursday, February 22: 4th Grade Science Fair

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Multiplication Olympics


The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, are almost here! Just as the athletes competing in South Korea need lots of support and encouragement from their families, your child needs your support and encouragement as they begin their own Multiplication Olympics.

Our current math unit is Long Division. The biggest challenge I am seeing with many students in this unit is that they do not have a solid foundation in multiplication, and so, they struggle with division. For the remainder of this term and all of the next term we will be participating in the Multiplication Olympics. They need your help at home to gain proficiency in multiplication, and thus, gain proficiency with division.

-       Included in the weekly homework packet will be a 2-sided worksheet with random multiplication problems. Please practice with your child!
o   Time them for 5 minutes to see how many of the problems they can answer. (The 4th Grade Standard is attaining multiplication fluency.)
o   At the 5-minute mark, stop them and grade their work.
o   Record the number correct at the top and let them finish the rest of the problems for practice.
o   Use the 2nd side of the page on the same day or another day of the week and follow the same timing and scoring procedures.
o   Spending this time to help your child will greatly increase their chances for success!!!
-       Once a week we will have our Multiplication Olympic events for the students to earn “medals”! We will follow the same 5-minute procedures they are practicing at home.
o   “Medals” will be awarded based on the following standards.
§  Gold medal under 5:00 with no more than 1 error
§  Silver medal under 5:30 with no more than 1 error
§  Bronze medal under 6:00 with no more than 1 error

The goal is obviously to achieve Gold Medal level, but all who receive any medal will participate in a Multiplication Olympics party on March 14.

Thank you for your help with this! Your child will benefit greatly as they work on their multiplication skills!!!

The fourth grade students have been tutoring the first graders on their reading. What excellent tutors they are! Next Monday each of the 4th graders are supposed to bring a board game or card game to teach and play with their 1st grade buddy to celebrate their hard work and have some Christmas fun. Please make sure that the game has their name on it, and no electronics are allowed.

Next week, we will be having fun school-wide dress up days!

Monday, Dec. 18- Backwards Day (wear your clothes backwards)
Tuesday, Dec. 19- Crazy Sock and Hair Day
Wednesday, Dec. 20- Christmas Day ( wear red/green or anything Christmasy)
Thursday, Dec. 21- PJ Day (wear school appropriate pajamas)
School will be dismissed at 12:00 on Thursday!

I hope everyone has a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! I look forward to seeing your child back at school next year on January 2nd!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Happy December!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The students have been enjoying making a Christmas stocking stitch art. They have done a great job! It is fun to feel the holiday energy in the air.

In writing, the students are writing an opinion essay on whether or not they think it is a good idea to be a Pony Express rider.

In math we are working on long division. Please practice this with your child at home. This is a very important math skill that each student needs to be fluent in. Also please help your child master their multiplication facts because this skill will also help them with division. Practicing a few minutes each night will help them gain greater confidence.

Also, don't forget to save your box tops! We are having a school-wide competition to see which class can collect the most box tops. We're cheering on the 4th grade Red and Blue class!

Please mark on your calendar.

Friday, December 8: Biography book report poster is due
Thursday, December 21: Half Day- Students will be dismissed at noon.
Friday, Dec. 22- Jan. 1: Christmas Break
Tuesday, Jan. 2: School Resumes
Monday, Jan. 8: 4th Grade Keyboarding class begins
Thursday, Jan. 11: SEP's; End of 2nd Term

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please mark on your calendar that we only have school next week on Monday and Tuesday. On Nov. 22-24 there will be no school due to the Thanksgiving Break. Your student will not be given any homework for the Thanksgiving week. Enjoy your break and we hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

When students return on Monday, Nov. 27 they will receive their weekly homework packet. They will also be given their Biography Poster Book Report if they have not already asked for one. These book reports are due Friday, Dec. 8. Please remember that there is no page requirement for the Biography book that they need to read. I just want each child to pick someone to learn about that they are interested in.

We are currently finishing up the multiplication unit in Math. Students will be bringing home their end of unit tests and quizzes next Monday. If they have a stamp on them, they can always correct it at home and return it for a better score. The goal is that they understand. After Thanksgiving we will be starting division. As I teach math, I am teaching students multiple strategies to solve each problem. When they take the test they are always allowed to use any strategy that they choose to complete the problem. The goal is that each student understands and can explain what is happening in the problem. If you are helping your child at home, please make sure that they can explain to you the steps and understand why they got the answer that they did. Also it is good for them to use a second strategy and check their work.

In writing, we are writing Narrative books. The students are working hard on publishing their own hard cover book for you for Christmas!

Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as it begins to get colder at this time of the season.

Thank you for your support and working with your own child to make sure they are understanding each of the concepts taught. We are so lucky to be part of such a great Sage Creek school.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Happy Veteran's Day!

We look forward to honoring the Veteran's tomorrow in our school-wide Veteran's Day Assembly.

For those who are interested, I sent a class Parent Helper sign-up yesterday. You are welcome to sign-up on the google sheets for the Monday you are interested in December.

Just a reminder that the Biography Book Report is due on Friday December 8th. I will be sending home the Biography posters on Monday November 27. If your child needs one earlier, they are welcome to ask me for one. Also, any student who completes their book report can turn it in early. I already have had a few students hand theirs in.

Please check your child's backpack and have them correct their math quiz and test. Please sign the paper and have them return it to school.

As the cold weather approaches, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. They are not permitted to stay inside because they forgot a coat. Thank you so much for your help with this.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We love teaching your darling children.

Please mark on your calendar: No School For Thanksgiving Break Nov. 22-24

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy November!

A HUGE thank you to all of the parents who helped with our Halloween parties yesterday! The children had such a blast. The cute little spooks enjoyed the school Halloween Parade as well. It was a fun day to celebrate and see all of the creative costumes. 

The next book report is due in December. It is a Biography. Please have your child choose a person that they would like to learn more about. Each student should be reading this at home. If they finish their book, they are welcome to ask me for the poster and turn it in early. 

Right now we are working on Narrative writing. We are also working on multiplication. This week we are finishing up 2 digit by one digit multiplication and next week we will begin 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. Please review basic multiplication facts with your child up to 12. This will help them a lot!

Next Tuesday we will be having a Fourth Grade Assembly about Native Americans which we are looking forward too!

Please mark on your calendar: Thanksgiving Break November 22-24. 

Thank you so much for all of your support. We sure enjoyed talking with each of you at SEP's!