Friday, October 22, 2010

Ready or Not! Here We Come Second Quarter!

As we finish first quarter, all I can say is Whewwww!!!! We have been busy, busy, busy! We have completed our first quarter and report cards will be coming out this next week! Please remember our Book Order Deadline is this coming Thursday, Oct. 28th.
Conferences will be November 2nd and November 4th from 4:00-7:30. Please note the earlier starting time this year. Signing up for conferences can be done online this year. Please remember to sign up for your conference or call Connie Miller at school (472-2110) to sign up. Please go to Fairfield School's Website and click on the Parent/Teacher Conferences Link.
We will be doing Student-Led Conferences first quarter and you will be receiving a letter from me on Monday. The students will be preparing for their conference next week and I hope that each student will be present with their parent on one of these nights to share their school experience.
Now that second quarter has started, please start looking for student written blog posts. It is my hope that students can improve their writing skills by writing for a specific audience, their parents!
We have begun our Fall Reading Incentive, Reading Saves The Day. Students should continue to do their Reading Log and bring it back on Monday. They will receive a prize each week with a culminating prize of going to Jefferson County Park for Lunch and Games as well as getting to watch the movie, "The Incredibles". As always, it is important for your child to read at home each night. They hear me say it everyday so I thought I would add it to my blog post today!
For the most part, students are doing a great job of returning homework to school. I do have a few that I will continue to work on this responsibility trait with every week. As parents, let's help get them off on the right foot. They might need a little push from home to help them start doing it on their own!
Students that have 5 or less missing signatures in their Assignment Journal will be enjoying Dinner/Movie next week with Mrs. Hanshaw and Mrs. Kurth. Every quarter, the fourth graders will be rewarded for having their assignment journal signed everyday.
Ready or Not! Here We Come Second Quarter!
I took our pictures from our September field trip and put them into a web 2.0 tool called Photopeach. Try it out for a neat way to show your pictures and to share with others. These same pictures can be found off to the right in a Picasa photo album.

Fall Trip to Jefferson County Park on PhotoPeach

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saying Goodbye

We have had a busy week in fourth grade! We continue to work on responsibility in fourth grade. Taking homework home and returning it to school the the next day may not seem like a big thing, but it is a major step in building responsibility for a fourth graders' future character. It is important for the fourth graders to do their spelling homework and their math homework on the night it will be turned in.
Another note on Reading at Home! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Encourage your child to read at least 5 nights a week for 15-25 minutes. It is so important to build a love of reading and getting to the point where you don't have to set a timer anymore.
This week we each planted a few seeds in our pop bottle. We will continue to observe and journal about our plants for ten school days! We planted Lady Lavendar, radishes, carrots, and chives. It has been interesting to see whose seeds germinated faster. (Radishes came up right away!)
In Social Studies we learned about Regions this week. This is a great introduction to the rest of our school year as we study all the regions of the United States. We will begin our study of The Northeast this week.
This week we focused on the genre, Mysteries. I am excited for students to share their mysteries with the rest of the class.
We will be finishing Unit 2 in math and moving on to Unit 3 where we will be doing more multiplication. Keep working on facts at home as this will help in the classroom as well. Please look for the Unit 3 Family Letter to come home this week and keep it as it has the answers for all the homework.
Sadly this week we lost a student! Cierra and her family are moving to a new town with a new school, new teacher, and new friends. We wish her the best but we will really miss her and hope she will be able to come back and visit sometime this year.
Although we had a sad end to our week, a new week is upon us with new challenges and great learning! Thank you again for giving me the privilege to teach your children everyday! I have the best job in the world!

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Already?

Wow, I can't believe it is already October 1st. I would say we are well into the school year now and our routines are established. You might say this was the week of tests. A Spelling test, Social Studies test, and a Science test were all given today. I have to say, I didn't intend for that to happen, but I am sure the 4th graders studied very well at home this week. With tests, comes review of information. This week we were able to review for Science using Classroom Jeopardy. It looks like the real game that is on t.v. and is a great way for us to review information we need to remember. Another great way to review was using Glogster. Students used Glogster to review the 3 Branches of government. Glogster is a web 2.0 tool that students use online to share information about a topic or about something they are interested in themselves. I can't believe the great interest outside of school with some of the 4th graders. I can only say, well, Awesome! I was excited to hear how many of them worked on Glogster at home on our project and also on their own projects. Here are a few of their projects:
A'lia's Glog
Dylan's Glog
Madison's Glog
Have your child show you at home this great tool for sharing information and being just plain creative.
Overall, we had a good week! Remember to have your child read at home 15-20 minutes every night and practice those math facts as well! We will be starting a whole school reading incentive in the next two weeks. Stay tuned... It takes a village to educate our kids which means it takes all of us to do our part and help our kids to be successful in school. Please remember to help keep your child on track when it comes to bringing homework back to school. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Cooler weather is definitely on the way.