Ms. Perrigo's Classroom

  

Dear Parents and Families,

This week we have “Green Schools” presenters coming to speak to our class on Tuesday. They will be continuing to educate the students in regards to sustainability at our school and home.  Thursday we have our first Arts Attack lesson paid for through Irving PTO funds and taught this year by parent volunteer Colby Prasad, assisted by Anje Postma, Athena Shay, and Leuretta. (I’m sorry, I’m unsure of your last name.) Thank you so much to our volunteers! Speaking of volunteers! 🙂 We have our second field trip coming up! November 1st we will be doing a combination of Near by Nature and the Science Factory. I was really hoping to include a tour of Autzen for the kids, but I was unable to get anyone to return my phone calls. 🙁 If anyone has a contact person please let me know. We will be leaving the school at 8:35 and be returning to the school at 2:25 just in time for students to be dismissed. Students will need to bring a sack lunch from home or order one from the cafeteria. There will be a letter in Friday folders this week with more information. We need at least 4 chaperones for this field trip. Please email me and let me know if you are willing and able.  christy.perrigo@bethel.k12.or.us

Our first annual “Irving Open House,” will be held on Wednesday October 24th from 5:15-7:00pm.  The evening will begin with a dinner from 5:15-6:15 pm followed by a brief “parent talk” from 6:15-6:30. From 6:30-7:00pm we will have a student led “open house” where your kiddo will walk you through the room discussing important information about our classrooms, routines, and expectations. We can’t wait to see you then!

At the beginning of the school year as part of our supply list we asked that kiddos pay $10 toward additional supplies needed just for 4th graders. We have 5 kiddos in our room who haven’t paid that $10 yet. When possible, please drop off a check to Jil in the front office. Thank you!

Room 12 is quickly running out of snack. We typically only provide snack after first recess when we have donations. Thanks to the families who brought in snack at the beginning of the school year! Our class really appreciated it! If you are able to contribute, healthy snacks like crackers, fruit snacks, etc. would be much appreciated.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday October 16th: Health Screening

Wednesday October 17th: Popcorn Day

Wednesday October 17th: PTO meeting

Wednesday October 24th: Irving Open House 5:15-7:00pm

Thursday November 1st: Nearby Nature/Science Factory Field Trip. More Details to Come!

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Families,

Happy fall season! As October approaches, we’re getting more into our regular curriculum, including our math program (Ready Math), Journeys reading, and learning some new geography.  The past two weeks have also been busy with district testing as well as the diagnostic test for our new math curriculum, which will help us give each student the instruction they need to be successful in math. Students have stayed focused and worked hard to do their best on all of the tests. Thankfully we are almost finished. 🙂

At the beginning of the school year as part of our supply list we asked that kiddos pay $10 toward additional supplies needed just for 4th graders. We have 7 kiddos in our room who haven’t paid that $10 yet. When possible, please drop off a check to Jil in the front office. Thank you!

The kids are working on an essay in writing to enter into a contest being put on by Governor Brown. Oregon was selected as the state to provide the Christmas tree for the White House this year. Governor Kate Brown has challenged the 4th graders in Oregon to write a 500 word essay explaining what they love about the outdoors.   Read below for more information:

Calling all fourth grade students: “Why do you love spending time outdoors?”

One lucky, young Oregonian will have the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C. and join the Speaker of the House in lighting the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during the official ceremony. To coincide with the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree theme, “Find Your Trail!”, we’re launching an essay contest asking 4th grade students to write letters about what they love about Oregon’s outdoors. Governor Kate Brown will select one letter from statewide submissions to receive a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid trip for the winner and one guardian to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the tree-lighting ceremony alongside members of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the public in attendance, and also attend festivities surrounding the tree lighting taking place throughout the capitol.

Applications and essay submissions are due by Friday, September 28, 2018. The winner will be announced October 12, 2018, with travel to Washington, D.C. the first week of December. Essays submissions should be formatted with 12 point font, 1 inch margins and double spacing. Letters should be no longer than 500 words and will be evaluated on the following criteria: relevant content, clear focus, and originality.

Our students have been working on their essays since last week. We started typing them in their Google docs accounts today. Students have their usernames and passwords taped to their portfolios. Your student can continue to work on his or her essay at home on any computer that has internet.

 

Upcoming Events

Friday September 28th: Spirit Day (wear red!)

Tuesday October 9th: Picture Day

Friday October 12th: No School (state in-service)

Wednesday October 24th: Irving Open House (More Details to Come)

Thank you again for all of your support so far this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Have a fantastic week!

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

It has been so much fun getting to know all of your children.  It really feels like we are all learning to work as a group. We are settling into our routines, following expectations, and learning more about one another.  What a great group of students!

Jake a student in our classroom chose to spend his Dojo points on a PJ party for the class! If your child would like to, he or she may wear their PJ’s to school tomorrow!

We are so excited for our first field trip on Friday! Please remind your child to bring their sack lunch if he/she is bringing one from home! Also, please remind your child to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for trekking through 6 acres of gardens and fields. 🙂

At the beginning of the school year as part of our supply list we asked that kiddos pay $10 toward additional supplies needed just for 4th graders. We have 9 kiddos in our room who haven’t paid that $10 yet. When possible, please drop off a check to Jil in the front office. Thank you!

Please continue to help your student stay organized by checking his or her planner each day for homework. Also, remind your child to return any papers that are removed from the portfolio BACK into the portfolio so that they make their way back to school.  Thank you for recording R-A-H minutes and initialing your child’s planner so that I know you have seen it. The class is working toward a whole class R-A-H minute goal to earn a party!

We typically only provide snack after first recess when we have donations. Thanks to the families who brought in snack at the beginning of the school year! Our class really appreciated it! If you are able to contribute, healthy snacks like crackers, fruit snacks, etc. would be much appreciated.

Book orders were due Monday, September 17th.   Please make checks payable to “Scholastic Book Clubs.”  You can also buy books online using our classroom code, which is J8JXR. You are never obligated to buy a book, although it is a very inexpensive way to purchase nice books for your child’s home library.  Please be sure your child’s name is on the book order and the payment is in an envelope before returning it to school. I will be sending in the book order tomorrow!

 

 

Important Dates:

9/17-9/21 Book Fair 6:00-8:00pm

9/19 PTO Meeting 6:30 Please attend!

9/21  Field trip to Bethel Garden 9:50-1:00

10/3 Popcorn Day

10/9 Picture Day

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

I just wanted to mention a couple more things. First, YES, in 4th grade you CAN celebrate your child’s birthday if you choose by sending a treat such as cookies, popsicles, or something preferably not too messy. (We have 24 students in our class.) However, you don’t have to. Every student will receive a birthday pencil, super hero book mark, and a treat from me for their birthday. Please send me an email and let me know if your family doesn’t celebrate birthdays. For summer birthdays we pick a day sometime during the year to celebrate for “summer birthday students”.

Please remember to join PTO’s “We love Irving” Facebook page. It is a great place to hear about events happening at Irving and connect with other families. This is a closed group so once you have clicked on the link just ask to (Join The Group).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeLoveIrving/

If you are a parent that looks at your child’s Class dojo account, you may see that points are sometimes awarded in the afternoons when the kids aren’t here. That’s because it’s the first chance I’ve had to be at my computer. 🙂 I keep a pad near me while I am teaching and keep track of Dojo points and stars for the “Super Improvers” Wall then record them at the end of the day. If you need to connect with me please use email and NOT Class dojo. They have changed their system and I no longer receive alerts when a parent sends me a message. I check my email at least before and after school, so you will have a better chance of connecting with me through email. However, if there is an emergency or highly important situation occurs and you need to get a message to me or your child please call the front office and they will take a message and deliver it.  

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

Dear Parents and Families,

Good Morning,

There has been a few questions regarding planners & 4th grade homework. It’s always so hard to get routines started these first few weeks of school especially since we are doing curriculum night differently this year. It will actually be called, “Irving Open House”, and it will be held October 24th. I will try my best to communicate with you how our 4th grade homework, planners, work completion etc. works before we discuss it in more depth at Open House. (o:

Homework is generally not assigned just for the sake of giving homework.  Students are given a specified amount of time to finish their work in class.  If the work is not completed during the class time then it is assigned that night as homework and should come back complete the next day.  Spelling homework will come home on Monday and is due on Fridays (students must complete one activity on the back of the word-list and bring it back on Friday). We are also asking that students are reading 20 minutes nightly. Students will be responsible for Math Fluency practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Any unfinished math problems will come home daily and will need to be returned the following school day.

Many assignments will be kept in their portfolios that may not be assigned for homework. Please leave all assignments in the portfolio as we will be continuing to work on them throughout the week in class. Graded work will be coming home in the Friday Envelopes weekly. If a situation occurs at home that keeps your child from being able to do assignments please inform us so that we can make necessary adjustments.  We do not expect any student to spend more than an hour a night on homework.  If your child is spending excess time on a regular basis please let us know.

Daily planners are given to each student at the beginning of the school year (they received one last week).  Students are expected to maintain their daily planners.  This means recording assignments each day.  Students should record all assignments in their planners. If the assignment is homework, the the student needs to circle it and write a HW for homework when it is not finished. Using daily planners helps students to build good study habits and stay organized in their assignments.  Students should take these home each night for their parents to see and initial.  This is also a great way for parents to know what their child is doing each day and to help them stay current on their work.  We will be checking planners on Fridays to make sure students are maintaining them (Please initial each night, so we know you’ve seen it) .  There will be rewards or consequences based on this.

Fourth grade is a big transition year for student responsibility with work completion, planners, & homework. It usually takes most students 3-5 weeks to really get the hang of filling out their planner, marking what items are homework, taking home their assignments that are homework, and bringing the homework back the next day. For the first few weeks we will be more lenient and will guide students through this process.

If you would like to order from the Scholastic book orders that I sent home on Friday please turn in your order form by Monday. You can also go online to scholastic.com/bookclubs to place your order. Our class code is J8JXR. Every time a parent places an order online we get a free book for our classroom. If you are placing an order at any time for a birthday gift or a Christmas present just let me know and I can send it home securely wrapped for you. 

Thank you so much for all your support.

I am so excited to work with your kiddos this year.

Warmly,

Ms. Perrigo

 

Important Dates:

9/14 Spirit Day and Back to School Assembly 1:40-2:20

9/17-9/21 Book Fair 6:00-8:00pm

9/19 PTO Meeting 6:30 Please attend!

9/21  Field trip to Bethel Garden 9:50-1:00

10/3 Popcorn Day

10/9 Picture Day

 

 

Hello and Welcome to a new school year! I will be updating our classroom blog with information that will enable us to make this a very positive and rewarding year. We feel that open lines of communication between the parent, student, and teacher are the key to promoting an educational climate that is conducive to learning. I am looking forward to working with you and your child. Together we can make a difference! You can help by sending well-rested children with full tummies and a hug and a kiss still fresh on their minds. This sets the stage for a lovely day.

It is indeed a pleasure to have your child in my class. It is my goal to be the best teacher that I can be. In doing so I will do whatever necessary to help your child feel successful and have an enjoyable 4th grade school year. Our goal, as teachers, is to never stop learning, growing, and improving. I believe that your child is a “teacher” as well as a student and as a classroom family we will spend the school year learning from one another.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if there is a question or situation you would like to discuss. You will receive additional communication throughout the school year. I look forward to building a relationship with you and your child and thus providing the best education that I am capable of giving.

We can’t wait to get started! Please click on link at the top of the page to complete the Parent-Contact Information survey if you have not done so already. From the data collected we will be better able to contact you throughout the school year to discuss your child’s growth and needs. Our first field trip of the year is actually already scheduled for September 21st. We will be going to the Bethel School Garden to learn about habitats, composting, planting, and nutrition. There is no cost for this field trip as it is covered by a grant through the USDA. However student will need to either bring a sack lunch from home or order one through the school cafeteria. There will be a letter going home about it in the first Friday folder and more information to come the first week of school.

If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.

Warmly,
Ms. Perrigo