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Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 28 Newsletter

As we continue to study the states and capitals, we move on to the central states this week.  Our next quiz over these states will be on April 28.  Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in mind, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals in June.

Today, we begin chapter 7 in math.  Please read the information sheet your child brings home.  Additionally, I am allowing each student to earn an individual award (one penny), if they complete an extra part of practice from the lesson.  Each lesson has a “Math on the Spot” video and more complex problem.  I believe more than half of the class will be able to solve the problem without much assistance, but watching the lesson’s video will help them solve it completely.  To watch the video there are two options: 1. They can login to their math account (www-k6.thinkcentral.com) 2. They can use any phone or tablet with a camera and a QR Code Reader to scan and to watch the video (no logins needed).

Mrs. DeBra has asked me to remind you that there will be a book fair in the school library during the week of May 8th. Our class can bring money on Tuesday, the 9th, to purchase books during our library time. Check on the school website for more information.

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report.  Students will need to read one of these books by May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class until May 12, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library.  We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by May 1.

As I begin to think about the end of the year, I like would like a little help from a few parents.  I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can purchase and donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current bible verse:   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1,14   (Verse Test on 4/25)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God Incarnate
Grammar:  Adjectives unit - Test this week
Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - landmarks and river crossings
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 13 - Math Ch. 6 test
Apr. 14 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)

May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 27 Newsletter

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report.  Students will need to read one of these books by May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class from May 1 until May 12, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library.  We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by May 1.

Please continue studying the Western states and capitals.  Our quiz on them will be this Friday.  We will study a new section every two weeks, culminating with a final test in June over all 50, so don’t stop reviewing the past states and capitals.

Today is the last lesson on chapter 6 in math.  We will spend Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing for the chapter test, which will be on Thursday. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will be instructed to take home that part of the review which we worked for that day in class. I would strongly encourage you to go over the review (which is very similar to the test) with your child both of those nights.

As I begin to think about the end of the year, I like would like a little help from a few parents.  I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can purchase and donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current bible verse:   For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Easter (Verse Test on 4/14)
Grammar:  Adjectives unit - Test next week
Math: Ch. 6 - Test on Thursday
Reading: Mighty Jackie & Roadrunner’s Dance - Author’s purpose
Science:  Begin Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - Beginning of the Trail and some landmarks along the way.
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 13 - Math Ch. 6 test
Apr. 14 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)
May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 26 Newsletter

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break.  My family and I spent some time relaxing at home and vacationing in Seattle.  We got to hike, relax in the sun (only a little bit), and my children played in a tournament while I watched and cheered.  It was a great time of family bonding for us, and i hope it was for your family as well.

Now it is time to buckle down since the third term has began, and it is time to get even more ready for 5th grade. In the next few weeks, we will begin studying three new units.  In science we will begin a weather unit next week, so we will have a test on the Matter unit on Thursday.  We will begin reading a new novel (in commingled 4th grade groups) in a couple weeks.  Lastly, in social studies (history) we will begin studying the Western states and capitals. We will study a new section or the US every two weeks with a culminating quiz at the end of the two weeks.  After eight weeks, we will have a final test over ALL of the states and capitals!

Our last book report of the year will be a written book report on a Newbery Award or Newbery Honor book. The students should pick out their book this week.  The book needs to be at least 125 pages and needs to be read by May 1. This report will be done in class entirely.  The only work they need to accomplish at home is reading the book by May 1.

Current bible verse:   For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Easter (Verse Test on 4/14)
Grammar:  Adjectives unit
Math: Ch. 6 - Fraction equivalencies and comparisons
Reading: Mighty Jackie - Author’s purpose
Science:  Begin Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - Beginning of the Trail
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 7 - Report cards emailed home
Apr. 14 - Western State and Captials Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)

May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Flexible seating begins on Monday...

I just wanted to let the parents know that I am starting a new approach to seating in my classroom once we resume class on Monday.  We will have Flexible Seating starting once we return next week.  This is something I have been considering for over a year, and I have decided to implement it with this class for the rest of this year.  I will be sending home a sheet with the following information on Monday, but if you are curious and want to know more now, you can read through it.

What is Flexible Seating

Flexible seating is just what it sounds like. It is seating, that is flexible. Think of walking into a Starbucks and finding a seat that you want to sit at to be productive. It is just like that! Students are able to pick a seat that they feel will work best for them. In my experience, my students perform better and are more focused when they are given a choice of how and where to work. 

Flexible seating does not mean that students will roam the room all day. They are still responsible for quality work.  It does not take away structure. Flexible seating gives students the opportunity to be comfortable where they are sitting. In turn, they are open to learning and listening. 
Students are still expected to follow the rules of the classroom. 

How will Flexible Seating work in my room?

Students will not need to rush in to get their seats in the morning. Seating is not first come, first serve. Before students leave for the day, they will choose their seating for the following day. Students that make excellent choices that day, will get first choice in their seating. Not every child will get their first choice seat every day. 

What kind of seating options will they have?

We will have:
2 lap desks
3 regular tables with stability balls
4 regular tables with regular chairs
2 standing tables
1 kneeling table (cushions provided)
2 low tables (cushions provided)
(all tables can sit two students)

We will also have enough regular table seating for students that want to sit at a typical seat. 

If you would like to donate a particular type of seat to the classroom, contact me and I will give you specific items needed.

Our rules concerning Flexible Seating

  1. Pick a seat that fits your body's needs best for that day.
  2. After class begins each day, there will be no switching seats, without asking an adult. 
  3. Make smart choices while using your seat. 
  4. An adult may ask you to move seats at any time for any reason.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 25 Newsletter

Thank you all for a very successful night last week.  I am very proud of how well all of the students did!  Thank you for all of your work at home with memorizing and outfitting them.  This is always a highlight of 4th grade, and I know they will remember this for many years to come. Also, if you have any feedback, please email me to let me know.  

Round up those recorders (and bags) for Mrs. Brumley, also any clothing you borrowed for your character.  Please return them by Wednesday.  

On Thursday, we are going to the Aurora Colony (an Oregon Trail era communal farm).  They reenact the pioneers way of life, and the students love the immersive way to learn, so I am sure you will hear many stories on Thursday night.  To get there in time, we need all students to arrive in the classroom at 9:05am.  This is the normal time they come in from carpool, so please drop them off by that time.  We will depart the classroom by 9:15 in cars.  Thank you to the Terhaar, Wong, Hampton, and Cartmill families for driving.  We will return to WHCS around 2:00, so they will need to bring a sack lunch and will need to bring the trash home.  Lastly, we will be outside and in unheated buildings from 9:45 - 1:30, so they will need to dress for the weather, and from experience, they should dress warmly!

We will not have spelling words nor reading logs until we return from Spring Break.  Enjoy!

Current bible verse:   Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.”  And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Sin’s Consequences (Verse Test on 3/22)
Grammar:  Nouns unit
Math: Begin Ch. 6 - Fraction equivalencies and comparisons
Reading: Me and Uncle Romie - Character study
Science:  Properties of Matter Unit test on Monday
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Westward Expansion, begin journal project
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Mar. 23 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:15-2:00)
Mar. 24 - No School - Grading Day (End of 2nd Term)
Mar. 27-31 - No School - Spring Break

Apr. 7 - Report cards emailed home

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 24 Newsletter

All students will be performing their speeches multiple times this week and should already be memorized.  In 4th grade we do not post the speech by their station, so memorization is key.  Thank you for working with your student to be successful with this project.  Please take time this week to finalize how your student will be dressed for the presentation on the night of March 17th.  Students do not need their clothing before that evening.  I still have a few pieces of clothing to borrow, if needed.   

There will be a daytime performance on Friday and family is welcome to join us if you wish.  The morning performance (for the school students and staff) will begin at 8:30am.  Please remind your child dress in red, white, and/or blue on Friday.  On Friday night, there will be a display of their art starting at 5:30 in the gym.  Students will need to arrive in my classroom between 6:30 and 6:45 dressed in their costume.  They should put any props for their speeches at their spot.  This should happen before they come to my room. Having a water bottle near their spot is a great idea, too.  The Patriotic Performance begins at 7:00pm and will be done around 7:45.  The Wax Museum will begin immediately after the performance and will conclude at 8:15.  I know this makes for a long night, but the memories will last forever.

If your child is playing their recorder in the program they need to bring it to school this week, labeled with their name. They’ll be used them during the dress rehearsals this week.

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, March 23rd. We’ll be going to the Will- Stauffer farm which is a historic farm connected with Aurora Colony, in Aurora. The students from past years have LOVED this field trip. They do jobs around the historic farm that children would have done back in the mid to late 1800’s.

Current bible verse:   Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.”  And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5 (Verse Test on 3/22)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Sin’s Consequences (Verse Test on 3/22)
Grammar:  Begin Nouns unit
Math: Ch. 5 Test on Wednesday
Reading: The Raft - Character study
Science:  Properties of Matter - states of matter
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Westward Expansion, begin journal project
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Class Party (2-3pm)
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
Mar. 23 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:15-2:00)
Mar. 24 - No School - Grading Day (End of 2nd Term)
Mar. 27-31 - No School - Spring Break

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thank you!

I want to take just a moment to thank you all for the generous birthday celebration and gifts.  I am sure that yesterday your students told you about the exciting end of our day, but if they didn't, this is what happened...

All of the sudden, I was teaching all about elements and compounds, AND I started to smell something that piqued my interest.  So, I investigated to find a couple parents had bought A LOT of Red Robin french fries and they were standing outside my room.  I quickly invited them in, since I have a little bit of a problem with Red Robin french fries.  The students quickly put away their science books and enjoyed the fries with me.  But, then, things became exponentially better...they brought Campfire Sauce!  If you have not had a chance to try out that sauce, you should.

Thank you to the Mauria Cartmill, Shannon McGuire, and Val Clarke for making the magic happen in my classroom yesterday.  And, thank you to all the parents who blessed me with the wonderful gift cards for my birthday.  I feel very honored that you allow me to teach your children.

Thank you all!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Read-In...success!

We all had a great day of being more relaxed than normal and enjoying a book or two (or seven!)  But, as I promised, we had a couple times today, where the students were focused and reading silently.  This is the only day of the year that they can count reading minutes from the classroom on their reading log, if you agree to it.

Today in class we read 42 minutes.  That number can be recorded for today, if you wish.

Blessings!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 23 Newsletter

Your student’s Wax Museum speech is due (via Google Classroom) anytime on Tuesday.  I may make minor edits to clean it up one last time, but they should start to memorize it ASAP.  They will begin reciting their speeches next Monday, though some students may not be chosen until Tuesday or Wednesday. The sheet I sent home last week lists what the speech will be graded on when it is presented in front of the class. This week and next, your child will also need to plan their costume. Please look around your house for things that can be used or check out Goodwill for great costume pieces, if needed. On the night of the program, students will need to arrive in my classroom at 6:30, and there will be a display of their art starting at 5:30 in the gym.

If your child is playing their recorder in the program they need to bring it to school this Tuesday, labeled with masking tape and their name. Next week they’ll be used them during rehearsals so they’ll need to bring the recorders back to school on Monday for those.

This just in...literally.  As a class, we have earned enough compliments to earn a Read-In!  They have chosen to have the Read-In on Wednesday 3/8.  They can come to school in relaxing clothes (modest PJ’s, robes, slippers in the classroom are fine), bring two items (pillow, blanket, stuffed animal), and bring a book to share.  We will have limited lessons this day and read more than normal.  For this day only, I will record reading minutes they can use on their reading log.  I will send you an email on Wednesday to let you know how many minutes they read that can be recorded.

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, March 23rd. We’ll be going to the Will- Stauffer farm which is a historic farm connected with Aurora Colony, in Aurora. The students from past years have LOVED this field trip. They do jobs around the historic farm that children would have done back in the mid to late 1800’s.





Current bible verse:   For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24






What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Sin Nature (Verse Test on Friday)
Grammar:  Begin Nouns unit
Math: Begin Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Reading: The Raft - Character study
Science:  Properties of Matter - states of matter
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - Westward Expansion
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Mar. 8 - Read-In!
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
Mar. 23 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:15-2:00)
Mar. 24 - No School - Grading Day (End of 2nd Term)
Mar. 27-31 - No School - Spring Break

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wax Museum final draft info

Good evening,

Sorry for the late email, but I wanted to let you all know what I told the students today in class.   First of all, they should share a one page info sheet with you.  (If they didn't, I attached it here.)  Please read it over.  I know it is long, but I wrote it to help with the final draft writing process.

Please feel free to help them adjust any part of their speech to make it sound better.  We have gone through the entire writing process, from research, note taking, organization, rough draft writing, and editing and revision.  At this point, I want their speeches to sound polished and show each students unique writing voice.  So, it is ok if you to assist them with editing and revising their final drafts.

Their final speech should be between one and a half minutes and two minutes in length.  Please feel free to assist them in adding or taking out parts of their speech to make it fit near those guidelines.

If you have any questions at all, please email me (don't reply to this email...it goes to a Blogger black hole).

Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 22 Newsletter

This week the students will edit, revise, and turn in their Wax Museum rough drafts.  On Friday, March 3, the corrected rough drafts will be sent home to be typed into a Final Draft.  They will start this process at school, but it will need to finished at home via their Google Accounts.  All students will know how to login, but time will need to be given next weekend or on Monday 3/6 to finish typing at home.  If this is not possible, please let me know and I will make other arrangements for your student.  The rough drafts are due (electronic copy only from their Google Account) on Tuesday, March 7 or before.  

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, March 23rd. We’ll be going to the Will- Stauffer farm which is a historic farm connected with Aurora Colony, in Aurora. The students from past years have LOVED this field trip. They do jobs around the historic farm that children would have done back in the mid to late 1800’s.

Hoop-a-thon pledge information was sent home last week. Hopefully students have already started getting pledges.  Remember that the pledges can be “turned in” online this year.  Click here to find out more!





This week's bible verse:   Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17 (Verse Test on 3/1)





What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is omnipotent (Verse Test on Wednesday)
Grammar:  Verbs
Math: Begin Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Science:  Properties of Matter - physical/chemical properties and the metric system
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - Review / Unit Test on Friday
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice

What's coming up:
Feb. 27 to Mar. 3 - Spirit Week
  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - Sports Day
  • Wednesday - Lumberjack Day
  • Thursday - Disney Day
  • Friday - cRaZy DaY (class choice)
Mar. 3 – Hoop-a-thon (Fourth Grade shoots from 9:30-10:15)
Mar. 17 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum (7:00-8:30pm)
Mar. 23 - Aurora Colony field trip (9:15-2:00)
Mar. 24 - No School - Grading Day (End of 2nd Term)
Mar. 27-31 - No School - Spring Break