Next week, on 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. The permission slip (also attached) went home in last week’s take home folder and is due along with online payment on Wednesday.
1/31 Camp Waskowitz Field Trip (all day)
2/1 Evening Family Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum
2/7 4L & 4HB Potlatch, 9:30-10:15 in the MPR
2/14 Valentine's Day
2/19-2/23 No School - Midwinter Break
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
Sign and Return: no updates from last week's short week, January Reading Logs (in binders)
Goal for the Week: Add sensory details in writing.
Coming up this week in class: Continuing fractions learning in Walk-to-Math, planning and drafting a realistic fiction narrative, reading a fictional narrative called Lunch Money, analyzing and writing similes and metaphors, continuing our January Newbery book report project, acting out village and family life in our Storypath study of NW Coast Native Americans, and looking at more Newbery rough draft examples!
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
Family Field Trip suggestions:
We are fortunate to have two wonderful museums close by that complement our Social Studies curriculum. I hope you will consider taking a family field trip or gathering a few friends together for a special afternoon/evening of learning.
The first Thursday of every month is FREE at the Seattle Art Museum!!
Information on Visiting SAM
Highlights from the collection
The Seattle Art Museum has an amazing collection of Northwest Coast Native American artifacts. I will be in that exhibit room at SAM from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 1. Won’t you bring some 4th graders to the museum and we can all enjoy it together? I’d love to see you there! All 4th graders welcome with a parent chaperone! Please RSVP (paper RSVP attached and went home in last week's green folder)!
Also, The Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus has a wonderful display of artifacts downstairs. Unfortunately, this museum does NOT offer free admission on first Thursdays, but it is well worth the cost of admission.
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. The mystery word is solution.
- 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)
Volunteer Opportunities: Thank you for your support! Our classroom calendar is here: http://signup.com/go/bKMtZZx and shows Spots for those who volunteered for recurring volunteer times for the year. I appreciate all the folks who volunteered for at-home correcting! Thanks, again, for all you do to support children, teachers and learning!
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