Peek at the Week – 10/16

Dear Families, 

With initial assessments finally behind us, I have the class split into various groups for the core subjects. This week’s focus will be a re-emphasis on small group expectations, and independent time expectations.

Topics for Discussion at Home:

  • Equal vs. Fair – students may be wondering about their groups. The groups are ever-changing based on informal assessments. Remind your child that in our class, everyone gets what they need and while it may look unfair, it is always equal
  • Teamwork – What does it mean to work as a team? When and where are times that is it beneficial to work as a team?

Homework: 

  • 20 minutes of reading & reading response question daily 
  • NEW! Weekly math packet
    • Will always be review
    • Students will receive the packet on Mondays.
    • Packets are due Friday.
  • NEW! Spelling words 
    • Spelling quizzes will be on Fridays

Homework should not take more than 30-45 minutes. If you find your child taking longer than this each night. Please contact me and we can work out a plan. 

Interested in volunteering in our classroom or chaperoning on field trips? Read here for more information. 

**Questions about classroom logistics? Hover over the Classroom and Homework Expectations tab. 

Peek at the Week – 10/9

Dear Families, 

We are about to begin our social studies focus for this year – Native Americans in Oregon past and present and Oregon history.  

Homework:  20 minutes of reading & reading response question daily

Interested in volunteering in our classroom or chaperoning on field trips? Read here for more information. 

**Questions about classroom logistics? Hover over the Classroom and Homework Expectations tab.

 

New Digital Resource – Front Row

Families,

As we slowly get into routines and begin to include technology into our classroom. Here is a resource that students will be trying this week – Front Rowfrontrow

Front Row provides students with math and reading tailored to just their level. It provides additional practice with the math we are working on in class but also has a review  or going beyond for students. I am also able to monitor students’ process.  

Our class code is hsieha.

Students login with their first name and last initial.

Volunteering

Dear Families,

Many have asked about volunteering in our classroom and on future field trips. Please take a moment to complete this form. It takes about 2 weeks to process. 

Once completed and approved, it is valid for 5 years. However, in the past, 4th grade has been the year where families will need to complete the form again. 

Bethel Volunteer Form

Thank you!!

 

Peek at the Week – 10/2

Dear Families, 

A giant thank you for taking the time to write amazing references on the job applications!   

I had a hard time determining who should get which position. With that, there were a few students who did not turn in an application. I tried my best to give those who did turn in their completed application one of their three choices before filling in the rest with those who did not turn one in. 

Topics for Discussion at home:

  • Being safe & respectful on recess– At recess students are expected to freeze when they hear the first whistle then line up at second whistle. Students have been needing multiple reminders of these expectations and we’ll be discussing them again this week. Please help by reminding your student at home too! The goal is to make sure everyone is safe and respecting all adults on recess. 
  • iReady Math Assessment – This math assessment will help me better determine math groups and where each student is at in math knowledge. Please help by encouraging your child to do their best every morning! 

Homework: Please keep up with the 20 minutes of reading a night and complete the reading response questions.  The goal is to ignite a love for reading and to keep it going therefore students are encouraged to read any just right book for them. 

**Questions about classroom logistics? Hover over the Classroom and Homework Expectations tab.

 

 

Peek at the Week -9/25

Dear Families, 

We’ll be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. this week and reading excerpts from My Brother Martin. With this, we will also be thinking about equality and fairness, justice and injustice. 

We’ll be finishing various projects that will hopefully be ready to show on Thursday.  

Topics for Discussion at Home:

  • Class job applications were given last Friday. Talk to your child about what classroom jobs they would like to apply for. Students will need to explain and give examples for why they are the best fit for the job. They will also need to ask for two references. 
  • Dismissal – I ask that students give me a high-five before leaving the school building at dismissal so that I know that they have left. This is a little different than what they are used to but please remind them that part of my job is to make sure they are safe.

Reminders:

  • Open House – Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-7 pm – Looking forward to seeing you!!
  • Garden classes are every other Monday.  Closed toed shoes and clothes that are okay to get dirty in.

Homework: Please keep up with the 20 minutes of reading a night and complete the reading response questions.  The goal is to ignite a love for reading and to keep it going therefore students are encouraged to read any just right book for them

**Questions about classroom logistics? Hover over the Classroom and Homework Expectations tab.

Garden Classes

Hi Families, 

This week in Tuesday folders, you received a letter from the School Garden Project. 4th graders will be having garden classes this year! We will have 5 sessions in the fall and 5 sessions in the winter. Both 4th grade classes will be participating. We’ll be in the school garden every other Monday starting this Monday, Sept. 25th. 

Please remind your child to wear closed toes shoes and clothing that they are able to get dirty and work in. 

If you didn’t receive the letter click here:

 

Digital Tool: Typing.com

Families,

The class was introduced to Typing.com  last Friday.  It is an engaging way for students to learn how to type. It also allows for me to track student progress.

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Homepage with the list of levels

I’m encouraging students to have at least 90% accuracy level on each lesson. All students regardless of typing experience started at the beginning. I’m also requiring that students learn the standard keyboard hand position first.

Students can login to practice typing at home. The website also include games to help with practice. If you would like to explore it – I do have a demo student account that I can share. Please let me know. 

Bi-Weekly Letters

Families,

This year, as a way to get to know everyone, I’m asking students to write letters to me. The letters will usually be given to students on Monday and I ask that they write me back by Friday. What students choose to share in the letters to me is up to them. Their first letters to me were wonderful!!

I will always include these directions: 

A reminder: your job is to answer the questions in bold and share other things about yourself. Don’t forget to include questions for me! And for the words that are in bold and underlined – tell me the definition and other words that are similar. For an extra challenge – use them in sentences when you write back to me!

Your letter is due on________________

This is meant to be a fun project and a way to for me to connect to each student and vice versa. Each letter is a little different depending on what each individual student asks me. 

Peek at the Week – 9/18

Dear Families, 

 We will be starting science this week. With our schedule and time constraints, I’ll be doing my best to alternate science and social studies on a week by week. In addition, we’ll be having the School Garden Project come teach 10 classes to the 4th grade this year. More information in Tuesday folders. 

Topics for discussion at home:  

  • This week’s school focus is Hallway Transitions. Please take a moment to discuss with your student about what transitions in the hallway should look and sound like. We are also working on transitions in the classroom. Our best time on record so far is 17 seconds!! 
  • Additionally, in our classroom we are working on building stamina. Our goal right now is to have 20 minutes of productive work time then a break. 
  • We are still working on our family project. Look for the questions that were posted last week to come home either today or Tuesday.  Please return those by Thursday. 
  • The class voted to have gum in class – please read and go over the gum agreements here

Homework: Please keep up with the 20 minutes of reading a night and complete the reading response questions.  The goal is to ignite a love for reading and to keep it going therefore students are encouraged to read any just right book for them. 

Coming up:  Classroom jobs – I’ll be introducing those this week and will have an application form for students to complete. They will need two adult recommendations (preferably one from home and one from school.) Due date for that is TBD. 

**Questions about classroom logistics? Hover over the Classroom and Homework Expectations tab