1.15.2018 Not a lot to report this week….Just a couple of reminders.
It’s time to schedule our mid-year parent/student/teacher conference. Your children will be filling out reflection forms THIS week, reflecting on what has gone well, areas that need work, and setting a goal to make the most of the rest of their fourth grade year. I want to schedule conferences starting on January 22nd and finish conferences before February break (February 23). Please send me an email with 3 times that work for you and I will do my best to make one of them work. MY best times are after school at 2:30, 3:00 or 3:30. (I do have meetings until 3:30 on Wednesday, February 7th and 21st, as well as Tuesday, February 6th and 13th). I can do mornings and evenings if you really cannot get out of work to meet midafternoon. Please be sure your child can make it to this meeting as well (he/she will be conducting the meeting!). I have heard from a couple of people about scheduling this conference but not too many. Please sign up for a conference as soon as you know some days that work for you.
Your children worked very hard on their Abenaki projects last week during the class time I gave them. They will have about 30 – 45 minutest to work on them tomorrow (Tuesday) as well. If you or your child are still not sure of the requirements, all of the information is on the “homework page” of our website. This project is due on or before January 23rd. Thank you for supporting your child in time management skills.
Don’t forget, a week from today we are going to be going to the State House. I am still missing a couple of permission slips…please get them in as soon as possible.
1.7.2018 A few things to report this week….
Your child should have brought home the paper work for the Native American Project on Friday. If they “forgot” or lost it, please print it from the homework page of our website. I would really like them to do some planning about how to get the project done on time without waiting until last minute. I am asking you to sign the “planning sheet”, letting me know that you and your child have done some talking about this project. I told our students that I expect that with the 2+ hours they are going to get in school and working a total of 2 hours at home, they will be able to produce a quality project. We also talked about different ways they can break up the work they need to do at home (10 minutes a day for 12 days, 20 minutes a day for 6 days, or even 1 hour a weekend for the next 2 weekends).
I realize that there was a lot of work in this week’s Thursday Folder. I still need the signed Thursday folders on Monday of this week, even if you and/or your child need more time to review the work in it. You may keep the work at home continue to review it. If there is work that needs to be completed/fixed, your child may work on it some more this week and put completed/fixed in the Thursday Folder next week.
I hope you all saw they permission form for our trip to the State House and New Hampshire Fish and Game in 2 weeks. I haven’t told your children yet, but we do request that students dress “business casual”, which includes clothes such as slacks (or their VERY best jeans if need be), a collared shirt, a skirt/dress, and shoes (or the very nicest sneakers they have). Ties/suits are not too much if students have them and want to wear them. No need to buy anything special, but we do like our students dress nicely for this trip. We will be going to places of business and are representing New Boston. My bottom line when students ask questions about what to wear is that you, as their parents, will help them decide what would be best to wear.
It is getting close to our mid-year student/parent/teacher conferences. Your children will be filling out reflection forms NEXT week, reflecting on what has gone well, areas that need work, and setting a goal to make the most of the rest of their fourth grade year. I would like to schedule conferences starting on January 22nd and finish conferences before February break (February 23). Please send me an email with 3 times that work for you and I will do my best to make one of them work. MY best times are after school at 2:30, 3:00 or 3:30. (I do have meetings until 3:30 on Wednesday, February 7th and 21st, as well as Tuesday, February 6th and 13th). I can do mornings and evenings if you really cannot get out of work to meet mid-afternoon. Please be sure your child can make it to this meeting as well (he/she will be conducting the meeting!).
1.1.2018 Please be sure your child had the following items in his/her back pack ready for school tomorrow (if it was not brought in before vacation):
I will be assigning a Native American Project on Thursday (1/4). If you want a preview, I have already posted it the homework page of the website. Your children will be bringing papers to fill out on Thursday and they will be due on Monday (1/8).
Last but not least, I ask you all to look a little extra carefully in your child’s Thursday folder next week (and from now on). For these last few months I have really tried to find class time for every child to finish assigned work and have found there are a few students who don’t seem to be using class time very wisely. If your child has some work that says “Please finish” or “Please fix for more credit”, I would like that done at home. If you feel that your child did not finish the work because he/she truly did not understand what was being asked, please send it back with a note and I will make time to help your child.
12.22.2017 Because of the surprise snow day, I have a few things I wanted to let you and your child know.
We will NOT be having our holiday party after vacation. However, I will make time to do our book exchange when we get back. If your child wants to participate and has not brought in a book, you may want to put it in their backpack today. (Please let me know if you and/or your child decided not to participate). Please let your child know that I will also find time for them to watch the last section of “Sign of the Beaver” sometime during the week we get back (not necessarily on Monday though).
The last school news for today is that if your child has not turned in his/her reading log journal, please have them (finish and) put it in their backpack today, so they don’t have to think about it the rest of vacation. Your child may also take this week off from writing in their At Home Journal if they so choose. I will still be looking for at least 3 entries when they turn it in after vacation, but if they write “as usual” during school time they should be able to get in the 3 entries. If I have your child’s At Home Journal and they choose to write during vacation, they can write it on loose paper and we will tape it in his/her journal when they get back.
Most important however, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hope you and your children are able to rest, have fun and laugh a lot.
12.17.2017 Couple of important things today.
First, I have planned a lighter work load this week due to excitement of the holiday break. I am not assigning a spelling list this week, we are going to be taking time to catch up and finish projects we have started, and we will be taking some time to watch the movie “The Sign of the Beaver” (It was our read aloud this fall). Please, however, remind your child that the work we do have to do requires focus and is important.
As your child has probably told you, I have changed the “Reading Log” homework policy. I sent home a note for your child to put on his/her reading log journal. (A copy has put on the “Homework” page). The “Reading Counts” quizzes consist of 15 multiple choice questions that students answer on the computer. I am hoping that this change will encourage our students to complete books they start. Please encourage your child to ask me to take a quiz when he/she finishes a book.
The animal projects came out great! Please make a plan with your child to get it home this week.
I am debating whether or not to send home a Thursday folder this week. If you have a preference one way or another please feel free to send me an email, otherwise I will make a decision on Thursday morning. There will be note in your child’s assignment book if I decide not to send it home.
Last but not least, your child may bring in a book for the exchange at any time this week. I do have a few extra “gently used” books in case your child forgets. If you and/or your child DECIDE not to participate please let me know.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and thank you for sharing your children with me. They are all very special to me.
Addition to this update: Don't forget our Minecraft Theme basket. We are still looking for items to put in it. From what I hear it is one of the most talked about baskets and I would love to get it really full! If you did not get the email from Karen with the link to the "sign up" link, let me know and I will forward it to you.
12.11.2017 Not a lot to report this week other than Tuesday is our big day! Animal Projects are due and we are having our Math Test.
Is there anyone who would like to organize our holiday party? I am thinking we could do it on Friday the 22nd at about 1:00. We will have time for a snack, our book exchange, and a craft project or a game.
For students who would like to participate in the book exchange, I ask them to bring in a new or gently read wrapped book with no name on it. We then draw numbers and students choose a different book (those who bring in a new book will choose from the “new” pile and those who bring in a gently read book choose from the “gently read” pile). FYI usually about half the students bring in new books and half bring in gently read books.
Oops, just realized I never posted last week's post! Hope it wasn't too much of a problem.
12.3.17: Hope all is going well with the Animal Projects. If your child is not sure about something, please encourage them to ask me. Looking forward to seeing them next Tuesday.
We are coming to the end of Unit 3 in Math. This has been a funny unit, there have been parts your children have seemed to understand very well and parts that seemed very confusing to them. We will be working on the review sheets and going over answers on Monday and Tuesday and then they will come home on Tuesday afternoon. I think we will do the assessment next Tuesday (yes the same day as project is due). Please help your child use the review sheet to narrow down which parts of this unit was most difficult and have him/her ask me questions. I will be conducting small groups at the end of this week and next Monday to help students who need it.
If you wanted to order books from Scholastic, please do it this week. I need to put it in on Friday so I can be sure they will get here for our break. If the books you are ordering are gifts and you would like me to hold them, please just shoot me an email.
Last but not least, our evacuation drill has been rescheduled to this Thursday. Remember it is just a drill.
11.26.2017: I hope you found some time to relax and enjoy your children over this Thanksgiving weekend.
I am looking forward to the next 4 weeks of school. The only foreseen interruption is our Professional Development Day on December 8, when students will have the day off.
For many of you, your child has already shared my “new” expectation of our assignment books. For those who need clarification here it is: I have asked students to initial the “done” box for each assignment given, as a way to show me they have finished their homework every night. I am also asking you, as the parents to continue to sign the assignment book as well. Please feel free to add notes for reasons your child may have not completed the assignments or if you have questions. I told students that, starting 3rd quarter, they will not need parent signatures IF homework is being done (including their initials and parent signatures) on a regular basis.
New Thursday Folders will be coming home this Thursday. Please review them with your child and sign the cover sheet. Please encourage your child to fix or complete ONLY the work with a note from me. (It may say “Please fix” or “You may finish for more credit”). I have been spending a lot of time re-correcting work that doesn’t really show a deeper understanding of the concepts. If you go over work and feel your child has a better understanding of the concept, feel free to send in the corrected work with a note (written by you or your child) explaining what was learned. Looking at papers and discussing what mistakes were made, WHY they were made (worked too fast, needed to ask a question, still really doesn’t understand the concept) and how your child can do better the next time I an effective way to use the Thursday Folder.
As promised before the Thanksgiving Holiday, your child will be introduced to and bringing home their first project tomorrow (Monday). It is due on Tuesday, December 12. Please help your child with planning and time management as best you can. Students may bring home notes they have taken during class at any time, however it will be VERY important for them to bring them back to school each day. I have also posted the project expectations and rubric on the “Homework” page. Please encourage your child to use it to help them get the most of the project.
11.19.2017: I hope your child shared what a great time they had with our STEMbassadors last week. I was quite impressed with their perseverance, positive attitude and hard work they put into their projects! I added a new page to our website called “Pictures”. I encourage you look at them with your child so they can explain what is going on in them.
Although it will be a short week this week I have a lot of things planned.
I am hoping we will finish our Sarah Hale essay, so your child can bring it home and share all they have learned about this great woman from New Hampshire. Please be sure to ask your child about her; she really was a very interesting woman!
We are also learning about New Hampshire animals. Students will be assigned a project to show off what they have learned right after vacation.
On Wednesday morning we will be having a pep rally! The Student Council and the PBIS team are asking fourth graders to wear purple to show their school spirit. Please let me know you if you are having a hard time to find something purple for your child to wear OR if you have an extra purple t-shirt or bandana that another child could wear.
11.12.2017 We have a couple of different things coming up this week…please read carefully.
The most exciting thing is on Friday we have a group of UNH students who call themselves STEMbassadors coming to work with our students. They will be helping us to “design an amusement park ride”. We will be doing some preparation on Wednesday and Thursday before our STEMbssadors come. Please be sure to ask your child about it.
Thursday, if whether permits we will be conducting our evacuation drill. Ms. Underwood sent out information last Thursday.
Report cards will be coming home on Friday along with Thursday folders. This week’s Thursday folders will have the last of first quarter work. Please be sure to review work with your child, but then please keep the folder and work at home. I will be sending new Thursday Folders home after Thanksgiving.
I have placed the Scholastic order for those who ordered and set a new due date of Dec. 8. You can go to https://clubs.scholastic.com/ to order. Remember our class code is FBLZ8. If you are ordering Christmas gifts and would like me to hold our order, just let me know.