Our villagers continue to face challenges and changes!
This Wednesday, 1/31, fourth grade is going to
WASKOWITZ OUTDOOR EDUCATION Field Trip Students must be dressed for a full day OUTSIDE! Lunch will be provided on this field trip.
Family Field Trip is this week: The first Thursday of every month is FREE at the Seattle Art Museum!! SAM has an amazing collection of Northwest Coast Native American artifacts. Some of the 4th grade teachers will be in that exhibit room at SAM from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 1. All 4th graders are welcome with a parent chaperone! Please RSVP!
1/31 Camp Waskowitz Field Trip (all day)
2/1 Fourth Grade Spelling Bee Round 1
2/1 Evening Family Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum
2/7 4L & 4HB Potlatch, 9:30-10:15 in the MPR
2/13 Newbery Book Report due
2/14 Valentine's Day
2/19-2/23 No School - Midwinter Break
3/13 Fourth Grade Science Fair
3/15 CVES Science Fair
3/27 Fourth Grade Music Concert
4/9-4/13 No School - Spring Break
5/9 4th Grade SBAC testing
5/15 4th Grade SBAC testing
5/16 4th Grade SBAC testing
5/22 4th Grade SBAC testing
5/23 4th Grade SBAC testing
Monday Take Home Folders/Return to School every Tuesday:
Review and Keep at Home: math practice pages, box top information, scored assignment calendars
Sign and Return: teacher-assessed updates, January Reading Logs (in binders)
Goal for the Week: correctly punctuate the dialogue in my realistic fiction narrative.
Strep throat in 4th grade: please read the attached letter from our school nurse. Thank you!
Coming up this week in class: Continuing fractions learning in Walk-to-Math, revising and editing a realistic fiction narrative, finishing Lunch Money and starting to read Max Malone Makes a Million, the mystery word is treaty, finishing Newbery books and working hard on rough draft packets, acting out village and family life in our Storypath study of NW Coast Native Americans, meeting up for a family field trip at the Seattle Art Museum, and visiting Camp Waskowitz!
Book Report: The Newbery book jacket (assignment attached here) is due on Tuesday, February 13. There is more information and examples on the 4th grade website. The children and I discussed appropriate chunking of big projects and decided the following dates would be reasonable checkpoints:
Tues. 1/30 finish reading the book
Wed. 2/7 finish the rough draft packet for teacher approval
Tues. 2/13 project due
Volunteer Opportunities: Our class would love to have two volunteers per day to help us with our next Museo art classes on February 12th and 13th! Please sign up using our class volunteer calendar: http://signup.com/go/bKMtZZx Thanks, again, for all you do to support children, teachers and learning!
Valentine’s Day: will be celebrated on Wednesday, 2/14 in Room 14. All students will have a Valentine’s mail sack/bag made and decorated at school. Due to food allergies and dietary restrictions, no candy/gum/food will be distributed at school. Please respect the safety and health of our students. Cards only…..more info will be coming in next week’s newsletter. Thanks!
Our state standardized testing (SBAC) for 4th grade begins in May.
Our testing dates are: Wednesday, May 9; Tuesday, May 15; Wednesday, May 16; Tuesday, May 22; and Wednesday, May 23.
Please try not to schedule medical/dental appointments or vacations on these days! Thank you !
From the computer lab:
Typing Agent challenge for January and February
to earn 1 class of free choice each student individually must:
- Spend 15 minutes per week outside of school on Typing Agent. (Can be multiple sessions.)
- Complete all of the Unit Tests and be working toward completing Units 4-6
Reading: Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. Lessons are focused on:
- Using details to analyze story elements
- Analyzing characters
- Using text evidence to make inferences about characters
- Summarizing the text
- Examining descriptive details
- Describing characters in depth
- Analyzing word choices
- Using elements of a narrative to determine theme
Writing: Narrative writing with lessons focused on:
- Establishing a situation and developing a sequence of events.
- Introducing a narrator and characters
- Using dialogue
- Using descriptive and sensory details
- Using transitional words, including sequence words
- Using meaningful figurative language (focus on simile)
Please visit our 4th grade blog…. http://cves4.weebly.com/
Homework: Please check the binder reminder (located in the front of the binder) to support your child’s homework habits. It is also posted on our classroom blog daily.
In our partnership to ensure success for your child, good communication is critical. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you and look forward to working with you this year.
Emily Larson, MIT, NBCT
Cascade View Elementary School
34816 SE Ridge Street
Snoqualmie, WA 98065