Welcome to 4th Grade and room 19!!
This is going to be a wonderful year full of fun and learning!
I believe that a great parent-teacher relationship is necessary for a successful school year. One of my main general classroom communications is this class page. I hope that you will visit it often to learn what is happening in our room. Announcements that pertain to our class will be posted on our class page. I also use the REMIND text system to convey important information, and I will provide you with a link to join our class.
Please mark your calendars for our 4th Grade Back-to-School Night which is Monday, September 23rd.
An important note about school supplies:
Since our desk storage space is limited, I ask that students refrain from bringing in binders or multiple notebooks/folders/supplies. I will be providing each student with the essential class materials. The following optional list contains suggested supplies to help keep students’ work (and their desks) organized this year:
- Two packs of Post-it notes
- Two highlighters
- One small pencil case or box
- A box of tissues
Please note that our classroom is a nut-free classroom. Please do not send any tree nut or peanut containing products to your child’s classroom during classroom celebrations or as a snack each day. We are asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you need to get in contact with me, I can be reached at email@example.com
*It is VERY important to notify the main office and myself of a dismissal change for your child. Please call the main office or send a note/email with your child's full name, the date, and teacher's name on your letter.*
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) NO PEANUTS OR PEANUT PRODUCTS OF ANY TYPE DUE TO PEANUT ALLERGIES IN THE ROOM. Thank you for your cooperation!
The September 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.
Specials Schedule for 2019-2020
Monday: Music (Mr. Morgan)
Tuesday: Gym (Mr. Hamdi)
Wednesday: World Language (Mr. Luell)
Thursday: Computers (Mr. Autenrieth)
Friday: Art (Mrs. Zhang)
Here's what we are working on......
Math: Students are working on Topic 2: Students will be working to fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers
Reader's Workshop: Students are working in Unit 1 Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story. In this unit children study the complexity of characters and explore themes while developing skills such as inference and interpretation.
Writing: Students are working in Unit 1 The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction. In this unit students learn that the lenses they bring to reading fiction can also be brought to writing fiction, as they develop believable characters with struggles and motivations and rich stories to tell.
Spelling: Students are working in their designated spelling group. They will follow our class schedule and be tested on the 7th day of their cycle.
I will be sending home Scholastic catalogs throughout the year. You can help us earn free books for our classroom!
Our class code is- H4LWD
I encourage you to take advantage of the enVision Math web site. It will provide your child with activities and games to practice and enrich; there is a wealth of resources available at
* At the Pearson sign in page- click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
* Where it says choose your district- type and select: JACKSON TWP SCHOOL DISTRICT- INT
* Student log in:
* Username/Login: Student ID #
* Password: First name + grade level (example: Mark01)
In keeping with last year, we will be having our school store on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the cafeteria during lunch. Students will have the opportunity to shop once they have eaten. Items are priced between $0.25 - $2.00
Additionally, the PTN is always looking for volunteers, please contact Samantha Marley or PTN.firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations of tissues, hand sanitizer, and Lysol Wipes are always greatly appreciated.
Please send in an official doctor's note for your student's absence to be excused. Handwritten notes will not count.
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