Friday, June 21, 2019

Welcome To Fourth Grade!


Hello Everyone! 
We are SO excited to begin this school year and get to know each of you! We would like to introduce ourselves.

My name is Louise Crook and I have four children. My oldest daughter, Cassidy, graduated from BYU and got married last year.  My son, Josh, returned home from an LDS mission in Brazil last year and is attending USU. My daughter, Kylee, graduated from Spanish Fork High School in May and is attending BYU this fall. My youngest daughter, McKenna, will be a Junior at SFHS. I finished my Master's of Education with a focus on math. I love to travel, read, go four-wheeling in the mountains, watch BYU men's volleyball, and spend time with family and friends. I love being at Sage Creek and having the opportunity to teach 4th grade! I look forward to a fabulous school year.

Ms. Zhang will be teaching you Chinese this year. She is from northeast China, from a town called Dalian, which is a beautiful city by the sea. She loves reading, exercising, and dancing. She graduated from a Master's program at the University of Utah. She also looks forward to seeing you very soon in her fourth grade classroom!

Fourth Grade Dual Immersion is going to be a little different compared to 3rd grade. The students will have Reading, Writing, and Math in English this year. In January, the students will take a 10-week keyboarding class. The students will have science in Chinese. Please review science vocabulary in English with your student, as they will be tested in English at the end of the year.

Please review math tests with your child and look over their homework. Students can correct ANY math tests at home and if they bring them back with a parent signature within 1 week, their score will go up. My goal is for each student to understand the concepts and build their confidence in each of the math standards being taught.

Also, for reading this year, I am going to focus heavily on building student's vocabulary. The number one thing that good readers struggle with on comprehension tests is understanding new vocabulary. Please discuss new vocabulary words with your children each day in your day-to-day conversations. Discuss new vocabulary words in books they are reading. Play a game with them to try to use new vocabulary words in their conversations with you. I am going to reward students with extra auction tickets if they can use new vocabulary words with me in conversations using the correct context. It can be any new word that they are not usually using. It will be a fun little challenge for all of us!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:

We will provide each student with the school supplies that they need. Students will be given a colored pencil bag depending on what class they are in. However, if students want to bring their own special pencil box, they are welcome to. It is the student's choice to keep the one that is given to them or keep the one that they brought. If they bring their own, PLEASE have their name label on the top so we can easily identify who it belongs to. All the other supplies will be provided. It saves me a lot of time to have everything color coded for red and blue classes. However, we always greatly appreciate donations that the whole class can use such as pencils, black dry erase markers, small treasure box prizes, wrapped candies, or Clorox disinfectant wipes.

One thing that each child would greatly benefit from is bringing their own headphones or earbuds to use with the Chromebooks. Thank you so much for your help with this!

PARENT HELPERS:

I love having parent helpers join our class! I will send out a parent helper sign-up email in about a month for those who are interested in helping in Mrs. Crook's Class.  I will have you work with a small group of children to give more one-on-one instruction to students. This is a fabulous way to make sure each child gains greater confidence and masters the concepts.

Also, I will be available one morning before school each week to help tutor any student who needs a little extra help with any subject, but must be scheduled with me beforehand. I will let you know the days and times soon. Anytime your child needs extra help, please let me know! Email me and I will be happy to schedule a time to help them. My door is always open and I want each child to succeed, have fun, and gain a love of learning.

Last, I have a class shout-out board. This is a board that students can post friendly notes to other students that they want to spotlight for doing kind things. It can also be a board to post pictures of students or recognize talents or events that they are participating in. Please have your child bring any picture or hobby that they would like to share with the class. I love to post them on the board and enjoy celebrating all these cute kiddos talents. We can all get to know each other's interests. Any pictures will be returned after a good amount of time of displaying them on the board.

I would love to try to attend any extra curricular events the students are participating in, if my schedule allows. Always feel welcome to let me know of any fun events your child may be involved in. It is always exciting to see students and share memories outside of the school environment as
well!


MATH: Please work on the multiplication facts with your child. After the summer, it is easy for the children to forget their times tables. The more practice they have, the more confident they will become. Our first unit is Place Value. In Fourth grade students need to understand numbers up to the millions place. These are some of our math goals that we will are working on.



Place Value


Read and Write Multi-Digit Numbers

Compare Numbers


Order Numbers


Use Place Value to Round
Number/Operation in Base 10


Number/Operation in Base 10

Number/Operation in Base 10


Number/Operation in Base 10


Number/Operation in Base 10
Digit, place value, period, number line, greater than, less than, equal to, expanded from, standard form, word form
I can identify the place value of digits in multi-digit numbers.

I can read and write multi-digit whole numbers.


I can compare numbers using a number line & a place-value chart.

I can order numbers by using a place-value chart & comparing the digit.

I can estimate numbers by rounding.


HOMEWORK: Students will be receiving their first homework packet on Friday, Aug. 23. Please look over their homework and sign their reading log when they are finished. They need to read 100 minutes in English and 50 minutes in Chinese. It will be due the following Friday. Students who bring back their homework on time, receives a 20 ticket for our class auction and gets a special treat.

BIRTHDAYS: We all love to be recognized and celebrated, especially on our birthdays.  We invite you to send treats or a special prize, such as a pencil or eraser, on your child’s birthday to share with their whole class.  We will take time at the end of the day to share any treats that have been sent and sing to your child. 

Please keep in mind the following when sending treats:
Treats MUST be purchased from the store, NOTHING homemade.
Napkins/plates/cups/utensils are very helpful if the treat requires them.  Please send these along with the treat when needed.

If your child’s birthday is over the weekend, we will celebrate it on the closest school day to their actual birthday. For example, if their birthday is Saturday we will celebrate on Friday. If their birthday is over the summer, we will celebrate it on the closest school day to their HALF birthday or on a day in May. I will send an email of the days we will celebrate each child’s birthday.

Thank you!

Please mark these dates on your calendar:

Monday, August 19: First Day of School! Wahoo!
Monday, September 2: No School, Labor Day

School Hours:

Each Monday is Early Out Day 9:00AM-2:30PM
Tuesday - Friday 9:00AM-3:15PM

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at:

wanqi.zhang@nebo.edu
louise.crook@nebo.edu

We look forward to meeting you!