Dear parents of incoming 4th grade students (2018-2019),
Although you can view pages on this particular website for general information, throughout the school year I rely heavily on the Bloomz application to communicate with you. Every Sunday I send home letters through Bloomz that fill you in on our week ahead and any upcoming special events. I will be setting up this year's class , and you will be receiving a letter explaining how to download and use the Bloomz application, within the next week. Please be sure to contact me via my school e-mail if you have any problems setting up your Bloomz account!
In my letter, I have asked for you to come to school with a few supplies - they include:
PLEASE REFER TO MY BLOOMZ APP FOR ANY NEW UPDATES! I POST TO THIS SITE EVERY SUNDAY AND OFTEN TIMES MID-WEEK.
In an effort to streamline my newsflashes, I am using Bloomz. If you are NOT a member of Bloomz, please call me and I will walk you through the process to sign up and become a member of The Reading Red Sox group. With Bloomz, you will receive posts directly on your i-phone. You do not need to go into any e-mail account. Please call me if you have any questions or need help downloading this application.
I have a few reminders and announcements for you!
1. This Friday, March 9th, the P.T.A. is hosting a movie night in the gymnasium! The P.T.A. will have popcorn and refreshments available - doors open at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6:00!
2. Tuesday, March 13, there will be no school as it is voting day.
3. Next Thursday night, March 15th, is our 4th grade OPEN HOUSE! Doors to the classrooms open at 6:00 and the performance in the gymnasium starts at 6:30. Mark this on your calendars please!
4. Our 4th grade class has been given an opportunity to participate in a statewide math contest on Saturday, March 24th at the Londonderry High School from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. When I mentioned this to the class and asked who was interested in participating, I got an overwhelming amount of YES's!! I would be thrilled to chaperone students who are interested in attending this event. Friday, March 9, I will be sending home the permission slip which needs to be signed and returned AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I would like to register our team by next Wednesday, March 14th. The Reading Red Sox have not only excelled in reading, they have become excellent mathematicians as well. Mrs. Fragos and I are very impressed by their skill sets and work ethic every morning as we work on new math concepts. They are very proud to show what they know, and this math contest is a great place for them to shine! Please talk to your son/daughter about the contest to see if he/she is interested in participating. In addition, if I have any students who would like to stay after school for some practice sessions, I would be willing to set up after school times to work together with them. So PLEASE, PLEASE consider this as a great opportunity for your child to grow!
I hope you all enjoyed your winter vacation break! I can't wait to be with the kiddos again and hear all about their adventures from last week! I have just a few reminders for you...
1. Tomorrow is our Artist in Residence event. Thank you (in advance) to the parent volunteers who signed up to help us from 1:05 until 2:00. You are welcome to meet in the classroom at 1:00 and go to the event with the class. Don't forget to wear appropriate attire as we will be outside!
2. We will have spelling and grammar this week as we head into our second week of unit 4 in our Wonders reading. Our theme for this week is "Why do people run for public office?" This question stretches across our curriculum as we complete our unit on government and civics in social studies. Once we feel our powerpoint presentations are ready, I will send home the invite for anyone interested to come and learn about our local, state, and national governments!
3. We will dive right into unit 6 in math this week! Once again, please make sure to look at the unit 5 test. I will be sending home the unit 6 parent letter tomorrow night with corrected work.
4. Don't forget about our read-a-thon this week as well. Simply scroll down to previous posts for details!
I just wanted to let you know that the students ROCKED the unit 5 math test. With an average score of 96.4, the class did very well! I will be sending the tests home today with the students; they were all very excited to be taking them home to show you. As always, the challenge question and the open response question are both scored separately, and we corrected these together as a class. Your child should be able to explain the answers to these problems with you.
Don't forget that we have our AIR date on Monday, March 5th. Make sure to read the letter sent home yesterday regarding what the students should wear on that day. I also sent home the P.T.A. read-a-thon information. The read-a-thon is scheduled for March 8th. On this day students can wear their pj's or dress up as a fictional character. We are looking forward to some extra reading time on Thursday!
Please send back report card envelopes if you still have them.
Have A Wonderful Vacation,
I have an important announcement that we forgot to add to our agendas this afternoon. This Friday, February 23rd, is a school spirit day. All students are welcome to dress as their favorite factual character. For example, they could dress up like a favorite sports character (Tom Brady), a President (George Washington), or entertainer (Bruno Mars or Carrie Underwood). Let their imaginations run wild!
Wow! One more week before February vacation. It feels like we just returned from the last holiday break. We have a lot in store for the upcoming week.
First, we are finishing up unit 5 in math and the test will be on Thursday, February 22nd. The students have completed one study guide and we will work on two more before the test day. They will continue to bring home double digit multiplication problems this week as well.
Our book reviews are ALMOST all completed and we are well underway with our persuasive writing. This week we WILL also have spelling and grammar packets. We are beginning our Unit 4 Week 1 unit of study in our Wonders Reading Program. Our essential question for the week is "Why do we need government?"
This question ties directly with our social studies unit on government. The students have started their research on our national and state government as well as our civic duties. I foresee powerpoint presentations taking place AFTER vacation. I will make sure to keep you posted on these.
Ask your child to tell you about the Olympic competition they are in when they attend our specials. It has been a lot of fun and they look forward to seeing their scores at the end of each class!
Finally, I do have a friendly reminder for you all. Please make sure to ask your children to show you their completed work in their manilla folder every Monday night. This work is supposed to be taken OUT of the folder and kept at home. Many of the students still have work in their folders when we pass back the following week's corrected work. Also, don't forget to sign and return ANY dental slips as soon as possible.
Enjoy This Beautiful Sunday!
I have a couple of updates for you.
1. The students DO NOT have multiplication homework tonight. Instead, I have sent them home with a study guide for next Thursday's unit 5 test. We completed some of the problems together in class, and the students circled the rest to complete tonight. Please check to make sure it is completed and ready to review in the morning.
2. Dental slips were sent home today. On Friday, March 16, Dr. Brenner will once again offer his services to clean teeth. Please ask your son/daughter to give you this permission form.
3. I handed out the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge today as well. I told the students that they could record the first three books as books they have already read in class. They ALL have done such a great job reading, it would be a stretch to ask them to read 5 chapter books before the due date, so they can record three they have just read this year and read 2 additional books. Have fun with the challenge and enjoy a Fisher Cats game!
There was no spelling/grammar this week (we had a week full of writing, presentations, and math), but we will be back to Unit 4 Week 1 on Monday!
Enjoy Your Evening,
Here's your weekly announcement regarding what is in store for the upcoming week.
In math we will continue to work on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. We will also discover line plotting as well as how to read angle measurements. Tentatively, I have scheduled the unit 5 Math test to be given NEXT Thursday, February 22nd. We will work on study guides for this unit during the end of this week and the beginning of next week.
We are still finishing up our book reviews (the snow day backed us up a bit) and we have started brainstorming ideas and completing the graphic organizer on our persuasive writing pieces. Ask your child what he/she is going to write about and who he/she is going to send the letter to. What change are they going to try to create by writing this letter?
We will complete our science unit with the end of unit assessment on the human body before we begin our social studies unit on government and civics this week. I will keep you informed about when we will be presenting our power points on this social studies unit!
Our Valentine's Party will be on Wednesday afternoon - (1:35 - 2:00). You are welcome to send in a goodie, but this is NOT needed. I have drinks and a treat ready for the kiddos, and we are going to play a game. Once again, they are welcome to bring in their Valentine's boxes (otherwise I supply brown paper bags!), and their cards/treats on Wednesday! As always, feel free to call with any questions or concerns.
Enjoy Your Week!
I hope you all received the report cards on Friday. Please sign and send back the report card envelope as soon as possible.
This week I am hoping for FIVE uninterrupted days of school! The students have plenty to catch up on. In writing, we will be completing our book reviews and starting our persuasive essays. This is always one of my favorite writing projects to complete with the students. Talk to your son/daughter about what he/she would like to see changed in our school, the community, or the world! Each student will have an opportunity for his/her voice to be heard. We will be creating persuasive letters and sending them to the people who may be able to help make the change we are requesting. In the past I have had letters written to the N.H.S.P.C.A., the State House in Concord, Dodge's Store, and the town of New Boston. Before we begin our writing, the class will have a brainstorm session in order to get our wheels spinning.
We will NOT have spelling and grammar this week. We have finished all of Unit 3 spelling and grammar lessons, so we will be spending this final week in Unit 3 covering our reading and our writing assignments.
We are well into our unit 5 math lessons, and we are learning how to turn improper fractions into mixed numbers (and vice versa), as well as adding fractions, mixed numbers, and continuing to turn fractions into decimals. The students will be bringing home the first math home journal that we worked on in quarters 1 and 2. This journal can stay home, as we have jumped right into the second one last week.
In science, we will be finishing up our unit on the human body. This week we will be focusing on how our brain makes our body work. Once we wrap up our last topic on the human body, we will move right into social studies and begin our next project.
We will be researching our state and national government, discovering what it means to be a citizen, learning about why volunteering is essential, learning about our state Governor, and finding out why we pay taxes. The culmination activity for this project is a power point presentation given by group members on each subject. I will send out an invitation for any parents/guardians who would like to come learn about our wonderful local, state, and national government when we are ready to present!
That is all for now - I must get go get prepped for THE SUPERBOWL! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!