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POSTED: Monday, September 25, 2017

October 4th      Individual and Homeroom Photos taken – more information coming home with students and on the website Curriculum Night – K-4th grades and Unified Arts 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


October 6th      NO School – Professional Development Day for staff


October 13th – 23rd      Pick-A-Time for Parent Teacher Conferences available

                                    More information coming home the first week of October and on the website


October 9th      NO School – Columbus Day

October 18th    Walk/Bike To School Day – stay safe walking only in designated areas and crossing at crosswalks.  Rain date is October 19th


October 24th    School Closes at 12:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences     K-4          4:00 – 7:00 p.m.


October 26th    School Closes at 12:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences     K-4         12:30 – 3:30 p.m.


October 27th    K-8th grade Pumpkin Run – starts at 9:30 a.m. meet in playground (rain date Oct 30th)

                        Annual PTA Halloween Event – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the gym


October 30th    School Closes at 12:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences     K-4            4:00 – 7:00 p.m.5-8              12:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Newsletter / Teacher-Parent Communication: 2-3 times a month we will post a newsletter on our webpage at  This week we are sending home a hard copy but in the future all newsletters will be posted on the web page only.  It is important to read the newsletter for upcoming projects, field trips, announcements and events.  In each newsletter I will highlight themes of learning as well as specific approaches that we are using in the classroom.  The best way to be in touch is through email. Please feel free to send in written notes as well.  Last week I sent home a parent survey that asks for your input regarding your child.  If you have not returned this please do so as soon as possible.

Homework: We will begin homework this week.  Your child will use a WEEKLY HOMEWORK LOG to write down daily assignments.  PLEASE SIGN YOUR CHILD’S LOG each night.  If your child goes to homework club, then the supervisor there may sign your child’s log.  For homework we usually have 20 minutes of ELA (reading or writing) each night plus 20 minutes of math.  Your child will come home each night with his/her actual homework page(s) in his/her homework folder.  It is important that your child have a consistent routine as well as a quiet place at home (desk, table, etc.) to complete assignments.  We preview the homework each day in school to give students an opportunity to ask questions and be clear about the assignment.  If questions arise at home please feel free to contact me via email at





Social Curriculum (Responsive Classroom)

Fourth graders begin hosting weekly K-4 Community Meetings each Friday morning this week. It’s fun to be the senior members of the K-4 wing!

We have developed Hopes and Dreams as well as classroom rules for the year.  The systems of the classroom are up and running smoothly thanks to a respectful and kind group of learners.



Throughout the month of October we will be reviewing skills learned in 3rd grade and improving upon these skills.  WE will be working to become better all around writers with: Diaglog, Strong Leads, Vivid Verbs, Transition Words, Show-Not-Tell-Sentences, etc.   We will use these skills to write our first "Zoomed-In" narrative.  With these narratives, students will focus on ONE small moment rather than a long, drawn our story.  For example, he/she might right about one at bat during a baseball game rather than the enire game or innning.  



In this unit, the students read and analyze the elements of narrative text structure in fiction and narrative nonfiction stories and drama by focusing on character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.  As they hear text read aloud, they ask question and make inferences about the plots, characters, and setting of the texts; the conflicts the characters face; and the themes of the texts. They practice using these story elements to make sense of narrative text read independently during Individualized Daily Reading (IDR). 

Our goal is to provide students with a variety of narrative text at a wide range of reading levels for the students to read during IDR. Narrative fiction includes chapter books, picture books and short stories in carious genres, such as mystery, adventure, science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fictions, fable folktales, myth and legends. 

Spelling / Grammar We administered a spelling inventory to our fourth graders. It gives us information about which spelling patterns students need to practice this fall.  Weekly spelling homework will start later this month.


We are about half way through the 25 day long module on Place Value, Rounding and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction.  The kids have been working hard to complete their place value projects. We hope that they will be ready for your viewing on Wednesday For Curriculum night. 


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