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    In class, we will be working on:

    Our January class reading goal is 50 steps! Students should try to read 2 steps nightly at home. Remember each step is 15 minutes. Please remember to have your child log their time.

    Reading -  Our nonfiction reading unit continues. Students are learning strategies and skills necessary to successfully navigate various types of nonfiction. Students are also working in small groups to research various types of extreme weather. They will be presenting their information in Google Slides.

    Writing - Our new writing unit is persuasive writing. We all have strong opinions abput one thing or another. Students are working on essays that will convince their reader see things "their way". 

    Math - We are now in topic 5 in math - Division. We will review divison when we return, and we will have a quiz on Friday. This is a key fourth grade concept. Your assistance in helping your child master multiplication facts is appreciated. (since fact recall is essential to division) 

    Nightly student job responsibilities: 
    Read 2 steps (a total of 30 minutes) and get log signed.
    Study spelling words 
    Complete math worksheet and study fast facts. 

    Pre- and Post On Demand Writing Assessments

    For each Unit of Writing’ Workshop, students complete a Pre-on Demand writing sample at the onset of the new unit and then a Post On Demand piece upon completion of the unit. The Pre On Demand piece is a formative assessment used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student(s) before beginning the unit of study.The Pre On Demand sample does not count toward the student’s grade. This assessment equips the teacher with an understanding of the student(s) needs while preparing instruction to meet the needs of his(her) learners. 

    At the end of each unit, the students will complete a Post On Demand sample which is a summative assessment counting toward the student’s performance on the unit. The teacher analyzes each piece to identify the growth the student has made since writing the first sample.

    Each assessment is scored on a rubric that analyzes development of ideas, organization, elaboration as well as conventions including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization , and grammar. It is expected that the child will show growth from the onset. 


    The rubric is scored on a scale of 1 - 4, with four being the highest score.

    It should be noted that the rubric used is set on a June expectation.


    4= writing exceeds grade level expectations

    3= writing is on grade level and meets the expectations of the grade level.

    2= writing is approaching grade level expectations.

    1= writing is below grade level expectations


     Some important upcoming events:

    01/08 - School Store during lunch

    01/17 - Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite book character

    01/17 - PTN Candy Bingo Night

    Class Schedule: 
    Monday:         Gym with Mr. Hamdi (Don't forget to wear sneakers)  
    Tuesday:        Art with Ms. Martinez (Bring in a smock) 
    Wednesday:  Computers with Mr. Autenreith   
    Thursday:      Music with Mr. Morgan
    Friday:          World Language with Mr. Luell

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    Our class is scheduled for last lunch, which is 1:00.  I believe that the class would benefit from a mid-morning snack to help the students maintain their focus during lessons.  Since we will be working through snack, I ask that you limit the snack to one healthy food item per day.  (some examples: one piece of fruit, carrot sticks, pretzels, crackers).

    Our classroom is nut-free due to child allergies. Please DO NOT SEND any tree nut or peanut containing products with your child for either a classroom celebration or for a snack. I am asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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    Lysol Wipes

    Baby Wipes

    Hand Sanitizer

    Paper Towels

    Zip Loc Bags (all sizes)

    Paper bowls/plates