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Week of September 9, 2019

Dear Parents,

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night Last week. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I’d like to reiterate some of the important information shared.  I sent home the Curriculum Map which we discussed in Friday Folders. This is a general guideline of our fourth grade units. Also included in the Friday Folder were the directions for our Monthly Book Projects. Students look forward to these creative projects, fun presentations and the opportunity to learn about other good books their friends are recommending. Your child should be reading 30 minutes each night in order to complete their books and projects each month.   

Also discussed at Back to School Night was the opportunity for students to correct work sent home in their Friday Folders. We try not to give homework over the weekend and this allows students to “Ketch-Up” on missing work, complete unfinished work,  or correct low grades on tests/quizzes. We want to honor students’ effort correcting their work. We will raise their grade a half point for each problem corrected. 

Two other homework opportunities we encourage are practicing typing and math facts. We suggest at least 15 minutes a week on typing.com and 15 minutes practicing math facts. This may be done with flashcards, playing games like Addition/Multiplication War, or going on websites like multiplication.com. Students enjoy our weekly Fun Fact math challenge trying to beat their own records and the class records as well. 

A  big responsibility in fourth grade is to learn the skill of using a planner.  Each day we take time as a class for everyone to fill in their planners and go over homework. Be sure to help reinforce this skill by checking your child’s planner each night and signing it too.

I am really pleased how well students have done starting learning our homework routine. It is encouraged that students do a page a night in both spelling and grammar. However,  the weekly spelling is due on Fridays and grammar is due on Thursdays. Math homework is assigned nightly Monday through Thursday unless there is a test.  Please check over your child’s homework to make sure he/she is practicing correctly.  Our first test on Chapter 1 will be Friday, September 13. Please go over the Chapter Review with your child, as the test is exactly like this, but with different numbers. So if they understand the practice, they should do well on the test!

Finally, please ask your child to share something about the first Core Novel, Pollyanna, or what they are learning about Maps in Social Studies. After we finish reading Pollyanna, we will have a Pollyanna Day, watch the movie and compare it to the book, play the Glad Game, and even dress up as a character. Before the final test on our Map Unit, we will have some fun showing our understanding of maps by labeling a balloon globe and demonstrating elevation using rock models.  Students will be able to use their classwork packets to help them on the test which will be the beginning of next week. 

You will be amazed at how much your child will learn this year in fourth grade. Please don't hesitate to email or stop by with any questions or concerns.


Week of August 19, 2019
Dear Parents,

It was so great meeting you and my new fourth grade students at the  Meet and Greet Ice Cream Socials. Their enthusiasm created an amazing first day of school today!  We started the day with class introductions. Then, Ms. Gordon’s class joined us to learn our school song,  discuss the August Core Virtue respect, and share a “Friendship Salad” for snack which was a metaphor for all the kind and hardworking students who are in our classrooms. Next, they went back to their own classrooms to complete their math pre test. They also captured  memories of the first day in their Writer's Notebook. For lunch, these fabulous fourth graders were so impressive as they helped their kindergarten buddies at our All School Picnic. 

Thank you for purchasing all the needed supplies for your child. The afternoon concluded as we organized and labeled supplies. Their homework binders should come back and forth each day.Yes, I did assign you homework! Please complete the yellow Parent Survey by this Friday.  Also, please sign student planners each night and check over their homework. To get into the routine from the start, students  have spelling and grammar assigned for homework due this Friday. Plan on one spelling page and one grammar page a night. They will also have nightly math homework starting next week. Summer homework must be turned in by Wednesday for students to get a Free Dress Pass.

Please plan on coming to Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 4. Ms. Gordon and I will give you more specific details about our fourth grade Core Knowledge Curriculum and Go Math. If you have any other questions, please send me an email at tvickery@rmae.org. Please also get in the habit of checking our class website weekly for newsletters and updates.

Thank you! I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year!

Tracee Vickery


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