4th grade rocks







    Upcoming Events: 

    02/12 - PTN Jersey Mike's Night 4:00 - 8:00 pm

    02/13 - School Store during lunch

    02/15 - School Spirit Day - Wear your favorite sports team jersey

    02/25 - Book Fair

    02/28 - Dr. Seuss Night (In celebration of Read Across America Week)


    The Switlik Staff, JEA Pride Committee, and the Switlik PTN invite you to CELEBRATE………



    Switlik’s “DINO DARE” Game Show!

    Some other activities include: 

    Treats and prizes

    Raffle Basket Giveaway 

    Scholastic Book Fair hosted by the PTN

    Thursday, February 28th

    6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Switlik Gym

    There will be only 1 session this year.

    Gym doors will open promptly at 6:30.

    We ask that families enter the building through the doors near the gym.  

    Shop in the Scholastic Book Fair and please wait to enter the Gym.



    Read Across America

    Spirit Days 2019 


    Monday Feb. 25: 

    Prehistoric Partner Reading: Grab a partner and travel back in time. Read a book about a Dinosaur or just a book you have read before. 


    Tuesday, Feb. 26:

    Stomp! Chomp! READ! Bring in a snack, grab a book and read! 


    Wednesday, Feb. 27:

    Wacky Wednesday! Dress in your Wackiest clothes! 


    Thursday, Feb. 28 

    COLOR WARS! Dress in your grade level color for the day! (Colors found on next page) Book Fair Family Night and Game Show. 


    Friday, March 1st: 

    National Grab a Book and Read with Cat day! Dress in your Red, Black and White (Switlik gear) and Read EXTRA today!


    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. 


    This is what we will be working on:

    Our February reading goal is 62 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 continue our nonfiction reading skills with "Reading History". We have immersed ourselves in this topic. We are learning about the causes of the war in social studies, and our historical fiction read-aloud is also based on Washington's march to Trenton. This week we will be focusing on the patriots and loyalists. (after all there are two sides to every story) Students will be preparing for a debate on the subject. 


    Math: This week we continue our an in-depth study of fractions with Topic 8. Our Topic 8 test will be on Tuesday. We will then review and brush up on our skills as we preapare to take the Benchmark test on Friday.   


    Writing: We will continue our literary essay unit. During this unit, students are reading various short stories. Students will pick one story to write an essay in which they summarize the story and  provide their own thinking on the story. (including what they think the theme of the story is)    


    Spelling has begun. There are 3 groups on a rotating schedule. 


    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.



    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.  


    Class Schedule: 
    Monday:  Music with Mrs. Noble 

    Tuesday: Gym with Mr. Hamdi
    Wednesday:  Art with Ms. Martinez 
    Thursday:  World Language with Mr. Luell 
    Friday: Computers with Mr. Autenrieth  


    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




    A note from our Principal, Mrs. McKiernan: 
    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.
    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.


    Reading is a big part of learning, so I will ask that EVERY student participate in 100 Book 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!!


     *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)   





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

    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.



    School Supplies needed:

    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)
    2 boxes of tissues 
    Thank you for your assistance with getting the supplies necessary to begin the school year off right!!