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    4th grade rocks

     This is what we will be working on:

    Our October reading goal is 60 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: We will continue our first unit - Interpreting Characters. Students will continue to learn the strategies of engaged readers. In addition, during this unit, we will be working on four important ideas of fiction: character traits; character change (characters can and often do change in stories); part-to-whole relationships (how one part of a story relates to the whole story); and finally theme. (what did the author teach you about life?) Our whole class read-aloud is "Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCamilo. This award winning novel has some incredibly interesting and complicated characters, and students are loving it. Students will apply their new strategies to their independent reading.

    Reading is a big part of learning, so I will ask that EVERY student participate in our Reading Challenge. As part of their nightly homework obligation, students are required to read 2 steps or a total of 30 uninterrupted minutes. Please provide your child with a quiet place to read and an opportunity to discuss what they have read. Reading with your child is extremely important at any age and this will give you another way to communicate with them.  Book talks are important and an essential part of growing as a reader and thinker. Thank you so much for your cooperation and assistance and......... HAPPY READING!!

     

     Math: We have begun Topic 3: Multiplying large numbers using different stategies. Please take 10 minutes every night studying multiplication fast facts. 

     

    Writing: Our first writing unit is writing "realistic fiction". Over the next several weeks, students will be creating a character and plot to write an entertaining realistic fiction story.

     

     
     
    I will be sending home Scholastic catalogs throughout the year. You can help us earn free books for our classroom! 

    Our class code is- JZ47N

     

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    Class Schedule: 

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

     

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    Upcoming Events:   

     

    Tuesday, October 15th - Book Fair begins (Our class will visit the book fair at 1:40)

    School Violence Awareness Week (Oct 14th - 18th) 

    Monday, October 21 - 25 Red Ribbon Week 

    Wednesday, October 23rd - School store during lunch periods

    Friday, October 25th - 4th grade to visit Fire Safety House (students need a signed permission slip)

    Monday, October 28th - School Pictures 

    Wednesday, October 30th - PTN Family Fall Festival 6:30 - 8:30

    Thursday, October 31st - Students to wear costumes to school. No weapons or masks. 

     

     The PTN is looking for volunteers. Please contact Samantha Marley or PTN.switik@gmail.com

    Thank you!!!

     

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    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. 

     

    To the Parents of Room 20:

         A great parent-teacher relationship is necessary for a successful school year. I will communicate with you through notes (in your child's planner), telephone calls, email and/or conferences. Please check your child's planner daily for any communication related to your child or class changes. These changes will also be posted on my class page. Should you have any questions or concerns at any time, feel free to contact me via note, e-mail (tdelsontro@jacksonsd.org) or by phone (732.833.4650). I will do my best to get back to you that day. I am looking forward to getting to know every child in my class and helping each and every one of my students have a successful and fun school year. 

    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. 

      This fact NEVER goes away: In order for students to be successful in the fourth grade curriculum, it is essential that they memorize their multiplication facts. This cannot be accomplished without your help. Please spend 5 minutes per night reviewing multiplication facts with flash cards. There are links to multiplication websites on my class page.  

     

     
    boxtop         The Box Top contest is under way! Please help 
    support our PTN  by sending in as many box tops as you can.  Collection sheets can be printed from the PTN website, or you can send them in loose.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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

     

     


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    A note from our Principal, Mrs. McKiernan: 
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    er’s Workshop is up and going at Switlik School!
    As we continue in the second marking period, grades 1- 5 will enter a new unit of writing instruction. Across the grades students will be working on an array of informational writing forms from how-to books, all about books, science lab reports, and history research topics in grades 4 and 5.
     Our kindergarten students will continue to work on the foundations of Writer’s Workshop program.
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    Writer’s Workshop, students write daily studying author's texts to see how they can strengthen their own writing techniques by following the author. Teachers work to help students develop greater writing stamina with daily writing. Our students are demonstrating great enthusiasm with Writer’s Workshop.

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     *Remember - You can access to the Envision Math series under my Student Resources page.  The link to your child's textbook and other helpful EnVision resources is located in the lower right-hand corner of this class page.  A letter will be sent home this week with log-in information. Your child's username is: his/her lunch number@jsd - the password is: student1 (all lower-case letters)   

     

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    Remember to be....bucket fillers not bucket dippers!

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    Bucket Filling Initiative
    Switlik Elementary School is working towards a more caring and respectful environment. We are using the world acclaimed book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today- A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids in order to create a safer, kinder, more respectful school culture.

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    Since our desk storage space is limited, I ask that the students REFRAIN from bringing in large binders. The following is a wish list of suggested supplies to help keep student work and desk organized this year!

    2 marble composition books 
    2 folders labeled Homework and Class Work 
    1 small pencil case or box that will hold the following items: 1 pack of pencils, 2 pens, 1 pack of colored pencils, 1 glue stick, 1 highlighter, 1 pack of pencil top erasers or 2 block erasers
    1 pack of Post-it-Flags
    2 packs of Post-it-Notes (3x3)
    scissors
    2 boxes of tissues 
    Thank you for your assistance with getting the supplies necessary to begin the school year off right!!