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November  2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Rose Williams and everyone who helped make our Halloween party a spooktastic event!  Our day started with our pumpkin math experiment. Students found the height, weight, circumference, and number of ridges of their pumpkins. They worked cooperatively collecting their data and analysing our class results to determine if the larger  pumpkins had more seeds. After that they enjoyed watching Disney's’ version on Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow.  Fourth grade discussed how similar this was to the novel they had just completed. Finally, the party was filled with making a glowing ghost ornament, Minute-to- Win- It games,  a variety of treats, and the school costume parade. I am hoping to get some photos from this party and the many fun fall events uploaded onto our website soon.

For our short few weeks in November, we will be focused on finishing our Chemistry unit in science, becoming more efficient multiplying two digit numbers in math, reading our new novel, Robin Hood, and publishing several pieces of expository writing.  

Please continue to check over your child’s math homework. The Chapter 3 test will be next week Tuesday November 13. The Chapter Review has the same problems as the test, but changes the numbers. So it is very beneficial to work together with your child on that activity to prepare for the final test.

Students will complete a study guide to study for their Chemistry test next Wednesday November 14. There will also be an extra credit crystallization experiment sent home sent home this week. I am hopeful to see some successes on this at home, as this experiment did not do well in the classroom last time we tried. The goal is to have results sent in by the Friday November 16 before the Thanksgiving break. If more time is needed, experimenting can continue over the break and shared when students return.

I am thankful to get to spend my days teaching your wonderful children. They are always so excited about learning. Today one student said, “ I can’t decide whether I liked learning about Ancient China better or Chemistry.”  Another parent reported that their child said social studies was never this much fun at her last school. RMAE is a special place. This is because of the whole community of great parents, super students and all the amazing teachers I get to work with each and every day here at RMAE!  I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a terrific Thanksgiving Break too!

Dates To Remember:

November 9 Scholastic Book Orders Due

November 15 & 16 3rd-5th grade musical RATZ 6:30 at Center Stage ( Break a leg Avery, Declan, Lyla, Addy, Layla, Jordan, Sadie, Fiona, Logan and all the other great participants in this sure to be hit musical production!)

November 19-23 Thanksgiving Break

November 26 Return to School

November 27-29 Book Fair

November 29 Open House 6- 7:30

November 30: November Book Projects due


Weeks of October 22 and 28, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy second quarter of fourth grade! Report cards should be posted Wednesday. Your children worked so hard and have learned so much this first quarter. Field Day was the perfect way celebrate on Friday. It was great seeing many of you helping out and enjoying the day as well. I loved watching the cooperation, good sportsmanship and everyone having such a fun time!

This week we are back to a regular five day week and schedule: math homework, spelling homework and our October Book Projects are due Friday. Ask your child about the Core Knowledge Novel we are currently reading. They are enjoying and waiting in anticipation for the Headless Horseman to appear. What a perfect story around Halloween. We will watch a Disney’s cartoon version of this book on Halloween after our pumpkin math and before lunch. Rose Williams has a bunch of fun activities and a cool spooky crafts planned for out party that afternoon after specials (1:20-2:20) . Please see the classroom google doc to help out with the party or send in some treats or supplies.

Dates To Remember:

October 26 Book Projects Due ( Free Dress Day- no costumes)

October 31 Halloween Parade and Party

November 2 Teacher in-service day- no school for students

November 9 Scholastic Book Orders Due

November 19-23 Thanksgiving Break


Week of October 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

Wow, what an incredible week we had last week!

First, thanks for all the amazing food and help with crafts for our Ancient China Day. Also, here’s a huge shout out to all parents for getting your kiddos up and out so early the next day for our Space Week field trip to the Air Force Academy. I was so proud of their great behaviors and participation in all the fun science events. Many of their letters to the astronaut, Digger Carey, will be featured on the RMAE homepage next week. Then on Wednesday, we were all glad that field day was rescheduled and enjoyed Pollyanna Day. We even had several students dress up as their favorite characters! Further congratulations to our participants in the spelling bee last Thursday. Way to go Fiona, Addy, Tristan, Ethan, Layla, and Jakob!  Finally our busy, short week wrapped up with conferences. Your children did such a super job self reflecting and sharing during their student led portion of the conference. What a wonderful way to celebrate so much learning this first quarter of fourth grade!

Dates To Remember:

October 15 Wear boots or p.e. shoes- outside activity

October 19 Field Day (wear green)  

October 19 Scholastic Book Orders Due (Extended due to such a busy week last week)

October 26 Book Projects Due

October 31 Halloween Parade and Party

November 2 Teacher in-service day- no school for students


Weeks of October 1 and 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our GIving Apple gifts through PTO. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

I was so impressed with our first book projects that were shared last Friday. Students enjoyed hearing about all the great books that were read. They discussed what made presentations and projects stand out and are excited about starting their next books for October. Their books need to be chosen and approved by Friday and the Project are due Friday the 26th.

Thanks also for all the beautiful fabric that was sent in for students’ Emperor projects. They are working so cooperatively to complete these to be displayed on Ancient China Day on Monday October 8. Thank you to Tiffany March who volunteered to chair this fun culminating event. Please keep watch on how you can help out with food, crafts and other ways to join in on the fun.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at conferences and at any of the upcoming events you are able to attend.

Dates To Remember:

October 8 Ancient China Day (Chinese attire is welcome)

October 9 Space Week Field Trip ( 6am, wear red polos and khaki bottoms, pack a sack lunch)

October 10 Field Day (wear green)  Evening Conferences ( See RMAE homepage for sign-ups)

October 11 Spelling Bee and Pollyanna Day: 12:00 dismissal for conferences

October 12 Fall Break! No School/Comp Day for Conferences

October 26 Book Projects Due

October 31 Halloween Parade and Party


Week of September 24

Dear Parents,

Happy fall!

Gradebook is all set up now on Infinite Campus. Please check Infinite Campus from time to time to see how your child is doing. If you are not able to access your child’s grades, please call Dyann in the office.

As a fourth grader, responsibility to complete work and turn it in is on the student. They are expected to record homework in their planners each day. I also keep a list on the whiteboard in class of “Ketch-up “‘ work students need to complete.   If your child is completing his/her work and you are helping him/her correct work from Friday folders, then grades should not be a problem. It is really only missing assignments that bring grades down. If you have any concerns however, please contact me.

Conferences are coming up and a sign up schedule will come out soon. This year at RMAE we will be doing Student Led Conferences. Students are asked to come to the conference and help present. They are the experts on what they have been learning and this is a great opportunity to develop their communication skills. We will also set goals for the year based on their NWEA Map scores and their classwork.

Have a wonderful week!


Dates To Remember:

Friday September 28: Book Projects Due (See Pink Page in student binders for project details)

October 1-5: Emperor Projects ( We need material donated- Chinese patterns appreciated)

October 8 Ancient China Day

October 9 Space Week Field Trip

October 10 Field Day and Evening Conferences

October 11 Pollyanna Day, 12:00 dismissal for conferences

October 12 Fall Break! No School/Comp Day for Conferences


Week of September 17

Dear Parents,

This is a short week. Friday is an Inservice Day, which means no school for students. There will be no spelling test, but the spelling packet is due on Thursday. There is no math homework Monday night since students were correcting their math tests during class today. They will have math homework the rest of the week. This will also allow one more day for children needing to finish any Chapter 1 math homework time to catch up before we begin Chapter 2 on Tuesday. Missing Math homework was listed in their planner last week. Tests will be sent home in Friday Folders with the option to correct any missed problems for half credit.  They will have math homework the rest of the week.

Ask your children about the tree they “adopted” on Friday. As part of our Fun Friday Nature and Science time, students “Adopted a Tree” to observe throughout the year. This will also be their special tree to visit with their kindergarten Green Team Buddy as we discuss ways to make our school site more “Green.”

Enjoy this last week of summer and the summer weather as we officially move into fall!


Dates To Remember:

Friday September 21: No School: Teacher Inservice

Friday September 28: Book Projects Due (See Pink Page in student binders for project details)

October 1-5: Emperor Projects ( We need material donated- Chinese patterns appreciated)

October 8 Ancient China Day

October 9 Space Week Field Trip

October 10 Field Day

October 11 Pollyanna Day


*Stay tuned for more information on our exciting projects and special days coming up in October.


Week of September 10-14

Dear Parents,

Thank you for getting the Space Week Field Trip releases in right away. Since this is hosted by the Air Force Academy, things are very strict. Sorry, they do not allow chaperones and only teachers/school staff may come. We all have to have a security clearance. This was the release for the Air Force, which they will collect tomorrow when they come to talk to our students. The trip is on October 9 and the bus Field Trip Permission Slip will be sent home soon with more specifics. This trip is only offered to classes with a NASA Teacher Liaison and we are fortunate that Ms. Gordon and Mr. Dunbar are both at our school allowing us this special invitation.


P.S. It was great seeing everyone at Back to School Night. Anyone who was unable to come, please don’t hesitate to see me if you have any questions. The information is all on our website. I will post a weekly update here each week.

Have a fantastic week!


Week of September 6-10, 2018

Dear Parents,

What a great start to a Fantastic Fourth Grade year!

You children are in the groove with our regular classroom routines now in every subject. The have nightly math homework, spelling homework, and should be reading 30 minutes each night as well. Please check your child’s binder to see our workbooks for math and spelling along with a planner which they are responsible for filling our each day. Students should be independent in completing their homework; however, I ask that you please check over the math homework to make sure that your child is practicing it correctly. I check off homework 10 points for completed assignments and 5 point if partly done. Student will check their own work in the morning.

I hope to see you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday from 6-7:30.

Have a wonderful week!


 


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