• Week of April 29th

    Welcome back!  Hoping you all had a fun and restful break!  We are in the HOME STRETCH here at school with many activities coming up and much to review.  Students will no longer get a To Do List FOR READING.  Students will each be working on individual assignments that they still haven't shown mastery on yet.  I will be conducting small group mini lessons and then studnets will have a chance to "show what they know" on assessments and passages.  Since different students have different needs, the To Do List wouldn't work. 

    Big thank you to everyone for helping make our READING OLYMPICS such a smashing success!  Students were excited to earn their medals and recognitions, and hopefully even more proud of themselves for meeting their own personal goals.  I am proud of them for sure! 

    Please note that this Wednesday, May 1st is now a teacher workday.  There will be no school for students.

    Please note that your child has 2 reading passages for homework this week and that they are both due on FRIDAY 5/3 (disregard the dates written on the passages--students were to cross them out and write FRIDAY 5/3). Please help your child continue to make time for THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY they can do to finish the school year stong--READ!!!  Sign off on their minutes in their agendas nightly!

    Listed below are important dates:

    Wednesday 5/1: Teacher Workday

    Friday 5/10: Field Day

    Thursday 5/16: Reading EOG

    Friday 5/17: Math EOG

    Thursday 5/23: Spirit Night @ Garner Chick-Fil-A

    Monday 5/27: Memorial Day; No school

    Tuesday 5/28 @ 10 am: Fourth Grade End of Year Awards

    Thursday 5/30: Last day of school; Early Dismissal!!

     

    Week of April 1st

    Thank you to all who donated items for our Palooza raffle basket!  I cannot wait to see how it looks and know it will be an awesome fundraiser for our students.  If you forgot to send your items in, it's not too late!  Just let Tammy Pearson or myself know!  Many thanks to Mrs. Pearson for her organization for this important event!  I'd also like to give a shout out to Alicia lee for being our classroom PTA Parent Liason.  She does a great job getting PTA information out to all our families!  Thank you BOTH!

    The Powhatan Palooza is coming soon: Firday, April 12th from 4:30-7:30!  There will be bounce houses, a Cake Walk, family games, yummy food and MUCH MORE!  Students can purchase a wristband (admission ticket for everything) in advnace for $6.  Adults and kids under 4 are free.  If you wait until the day of, the cost is $9--still a great deal!  Use the order form sent home in the Tuesday folder, or contact me if you need another.  Mrs. Besel and I will be working in the Book Fair that evening so be sure to come visit!

    Speaking of Book Fair, it is also right around the corner!  Flyers were sent home in yesterday's Tuesday folder that showed a selection of titles but of course there are many more!  Students can shop daily next week from 8:20-8:50, or during our class shopping time on Wednesday 4/10 from 10:10-10:30.  It will also be open during the Palooza!  This is an excellent fundraiser for our school AND your kids get new books--WIN WIN!!

    The Reading Olympics has ended and what a success it's been! We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate at our AWARDS CEREMONY on Thursday, April 18th at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria!  Students will be carrying their personalized flags and are encouraged to dress in the colors of their flag (just as the "real" Olympicans do!)  Parents are welcome to dress the part as well!  I'm still totalling minutes but  will let everyone know in advance if their child will be earning a medal.

    Check out the list below for IMPORTANT DATES--SEVERAL are coming up!  Please note that going home in next week's Tuesday folder will be information about our field trip to Camp Don Lee.  Please look for it and keep it so your child will be prepared for this awesome day!  Finally, be sure to check out the Curriculum Updates section for information on what we'll be doing this week!

     

    Monday 4/1: Fourth graders take last NC Check In for Reading

    Wednesday 4/3: Fourth graders take last NC Check In for Math

    Thursday 4/4: PES Spirit Night @ Panera Bread in Garner

    Tuesday 4/9: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Monday 4/8-Friday 4/12: Book Fair

    Wednesday 4/10: Progress Reports sent home

    Thursday 4/11: Chalk the Sidewalk

    Friday 4/12: Walk to School Day

    Friday 4/12 from 4:30-7:30 Powhatan Palooza

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Thursday 4/18 @ 2:00: Reading Olympics Awards Ceremony--PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

    Friday 5/10: Field Day

    Thursday 5/16: Reading EOG

    Friday 5/17: Math EOG

    Thursday 5/23: Spirit Night @ Garner Chick-Fil-A

    Monday 5/27: Memorial Day; No school

    Tuesday 5/28 @ 10 am: Fourth Grade End of Year Awards

    Thursday 5/30: Last day of school

     

     

    Week of March 25th

    Students have been READING READING READING for the Olympics!  Students have done an incredible job of putting in extra time and sampling new genres for this challenge!  We have decided to extend the deadling to MONDAY 4/1!  Remember that in order to earn a medal, students must have both the required minutes and number of genres.   We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate at our AWARDS CEREMONY on Thursday, April 18th at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria!  Students will be carrying their personalized flags and are encouraged to dress in the colors of their flag (just as the "real" Olympicans do!)  Parents are welcome to dress the part as well!  We will let everyone know in advance if their child will be earning a medal. I can't wait to watch our students finish STRONG!

    We are making final preparations for our field trip to Camp Don Lee on April 16th.  Going home in today's Tuesday folder is a paper indicating how much your child owes for the trip (if any; some people already paid in full and that's indicated on the paper).  Also on the paper are any fees that chaperones still owe.  If you've changed your mind about attending or not attending, please let us know ASAP. All parent chaperons should be approved level 2 volunteers, must provide their own transportation to Camp Don Lee (about 2 hours away), and cannot bring any other children/siblings with them.  Lunch will be provided (and is DELICIOUS!).  Please let us know if you have any questions.  Further details about how to dress and what to bring will be sent home closer to the date.

    Parents, we've had problems recently with students not completing homework.  We know they are tired.  We are tired too! We are trying to work hard as a final push because once we come back from Spring Break we will only have a few more weeks until End of Grade tests.  PLEASE help us by ensuring your child completes their homework, that minutes are signed off on, and that you are checking in with them frequently about their Classroom To Do Lists.  Several students have been kept out of POW time becuase they haven't completed either on time.  Thank you for your support!

    Important Dates to Know:

    ASAP: Final pyaments due for field trip to Camp Don Lee

    Monday 4/1: Picture Day

    Monday 4/1 AM: Reading Olympics ends!  SIGNED Minutes Log and Genre List DUE IN THE AM!

    Monday 4/1: Fourth graders take last NC Check In for Reading

    Wednesday 4/3: Fourth graders take last NC Check In for Math

    Thursday 4/4: PES Spirit Night at Panera Bread in Garner

    Tuesday 4/9: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Monday 4/8-Friday 4/12: Book Fair

    Wednesday 4/10: Progress Reports sent home

    Thursday 4/11: Chalk the Sidewalk

    Friday 4/12: Walk to School Day

    Friday 4/12 from 4:30-7:30 Powhatan Palooza

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Thursday 4/18 @ 2:00: Reading Olympics Awards Ceremony--PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

    Friday 5/10: Field Day

    Thursday 5/16: Reading EOG

    Friday 5/17: Math EOG

    Thursday 5/23: Spirit Night @ Garner Chick-Fil-A

    Monday 5/27: Memorial Day; No school

    Tuesday 5/28 @ 10 am: Fourth Grade End of Year Awards

    Thursday 5/30: Last day of school

     

     

      

     

     

     

    Week of March 18th

    I apologize for not having a newsletter last week.  It was an incredibly hectic week! Students have been learning about the causes of the Revolutionary War and practicing answering different types of questions. I was particularly improessed with their hard work on Friday during our writing block.  They are almost 5th graders for sure!

    Our Reading Olympics is moving right along!  I am impressed at the number of books many students have read!  We have less than two weeks left in this challenge so please help me encourage your child to READ READ READ!  Remember you must sign off on the minutes each night on the pink Minutes Log in order for the minutes to count.  Our Awards Ceremony will be held shortly before Spring Break but we are awaiting administrative approval before sharing the date.  More info coming soon! Thank you to all parents for helping your child with this challenge!  It's been extremely gratifying to see kids who never before read between blocks or at lunch opening their books!

    We are in need of extra dry erase markers, pencils, pencil top erasers, and colored copy paper.  Donations welcome and much appreciated!

    Report cards go home today and tomorrow is Early Release.  Here are several other important dates:

    Tuesday 3/18: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Monday 4/1: Fourth graders take last NC Check In for Reading

    Wednesday 4/3: Fourth graders take last NC Check In for Math

    Thursday 4/4: PES Spirit Night at Panera Bread in Garner

    Tuesday 4/9: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

     

    Week of March 4th

    What a busy week!  Students seemed extremely excited to start our READING OLYMPICS this past week! Students have started talking about genres, asking for recommendations, and talking to Mrs. Ennis about where to find certain genres. She even pulled grade level appropriate books into genre baskets for us! Remember to sign off on your child's minutes using the pink MINUTES LOG each day.  I can't wait to see what they accomplish this week!

    We are making a slight change to our spelling instruction.  It doesn't seem many students are internalizing the rules and using them, and, unfortunately, we don't have any more time in our schedule to devote to speling instruction. So we are changing that weekly list to vocabulary.  We will learn about prefixes, suffixes, and roots.  I will try to keep working with students who have obvious spelling needs while in small group.  Students will have homework related to our vocabulary study that week. I'm still playing around with the best way to make this most effective for students, so just keep an eye on their To Do Lists for assignments and procedures.

    Be sure to check out the "Curriculum Updates" section of this website for info about what we'll be doing.  Note that in conjunction with our Revolutionary War unit, all students will be reading a novel and will have assignments based on whichever text they're reading.  Remember these assignments (and anything that will be graded) should be completed without assistance.  Ideally, students will finish these assignments at school.  Thanks so much, parents, for your continued diligence and support!

    Dates to Remember:

    Friday 3/8: End of 3rd quarter

    Monday 3/11: Teacher workday; No school for students

    Tuesday 3/18: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/9: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

     

     

    Week of February 25th

    An email was sent to all parents on Friday clarifying expectations for the TO DO List (our weekly classwork).  Please take the time to read it and let me know if you have questions.  Thanks to the parents who have reached out to ask about their child! You can find the information here: Email about TO DO Lists

    I am excited to announce that the FOURTH GRADE READING OLYMPICS is upon us! This is one of my favorite times of year!  Seeing students become even more excited about reading and trying new genres (types of books) is amazing.  Their excitement is certainly contagious!  I explained the procedures to students on Friday and they were supposed to show you the pink informational sheet over the weekend.  You can find a copy here: Reading Olympics.  In short, students will read from as many different genres as possible in the next 5 weeks!  They will track minutes and genres and have the chance to earn GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE medals!  Please note:

    • Instead of recording minutes in their agendas, students complete the pink READING OLYMPICS--MINUTES LOG each time they read.  You must sign off to count the minutes.  This sheet should STAY IN BINDERS so they can record and I can sign off on minutes read in school.
    • You can find a book's genre by following directions at the top of the GENRE LIST. Some books can fall under more than one genre. Use your best judgement as to which ONE to use or ask if you need help. Note we don't have a "fiction" genre/category because this is too broad--most of our genres are subcategories of the fiction genre. Again, ASK if you're not sure.
    • We will let you know the date for our AWARDS CEREMONY as soon as we finalize.
    • Books must be an appropriate reading level for your child.  We aren't going to be crazy specific (ie: they can only read from this lexile range), but do ask that students use common sense.  Books too easy won't be accepted.  Any questions, just ask.
    • I will help expose students to the genres by having posters with examples and suggestions in class!  I am available daily right after lunch (before recess) to help them choose a good book and Mrs. Ennis (Media Specialist) is an excellent resource as well!  

    We planned the Reading Olympics this week because it is READ ACROSS AMERICA! A list from Mrs. Ennis of fun themes and challenges went home in last week's Tuesday folder. In case you missed it:

    Read Across America

    Thanks for your help in making these wonderful reading events a huge success! Be sure to check out the Curriculum Updates section of this website for information on what we'll be learning this coming week.  Stay dry and have a great week!

    Dates to Remeber:

    Monday 2/25--Friday 3/29: Reading Olympics

    Monday 2/25--Friday 3/1: Read Across America

    Tuesday 2/26: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Friday 3/8: End of 3rd quarter

    Monday 3/11: Teacher workday; No school for students

    Tuesday 3/18: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/9: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

     

     

     

     

     

    Week of February 18th

    Thank you, parents, for the kind notes, gifts and treats on Valentine's Day!  The students loved seeing what their classmates created and "sharing the love" with their friends!  

    We are excited to announce The FOURTH GRADE READING OLYMPICS will be coming soon!  Students will become real-life OLYMPIANS as they try to read their way through all the genres and increase their minutes read. There will even be an Awards Ceremony with bronze, silver and gold medals!  They won't want to miss it, and neither will you. Several parents (and students) reported last year that THE READING OLYMPICS was their favorite activity of the year and that it increased their child's desire to read! STAY TUNED for dates and information COMING SOON!

    Quick reminders from our PTA: 

    • The Used Book Sale collection is in progress!  Clean out those shelves and donate any gently used books you no longer need.  This Thursday, Feb 21st is the last day for collection.  The Sale will take place on Feb 27th, 28th and March 1st in the mornings and afternoons!  All books will be ONLY $1 and CASH ONLY!  This is an awesome way to stock up! 
    • The PTA has board positions availabe for the upcoming school year!  If you're interested in learning more, email ptapowhatan@gmail.com. Here are the descriptions:

      President:  The president serves as the presiding officer of the local PTA. The president provides guidance for all PTA activities, conducts executive board and PTA meetings, creates agendas for meetings, attends school functions and oversees committees.  The PTA President is responsible for conducting and running the monthly executive board and general assembly meeting. S/He prepares the agenda and ensures the meetings are run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The President also communicates administrative issues or concerns that parents bring to his/her attention.

      Vice President: Serve as the primary aide to the President. Performs the duties of the President in the absence or disability of that officer to act.  Attend the Board meetings and the other above-mentioned meetings in the absence of the President. The vice president may be called upon at any time to assume temporarily the place of the president. The VP acts as an aide to the president and represents the president upon request. Finally, this person assumes the duties of the president in case of a vacancy and fills the position in accordance with the bylaws.

      Treasurer:  Keep such permanent books of account and records of all receipts and the disbursements perform all bookkeeping and accounting functions of the PTA.  Prepare all financial reports, pay all authorized bills, and present monthly financial reports at the monthly Board of Directors meetings.

    • Boxtops!  A school-wide BOXTOP contest is going on now! This is probably the easiest way to get cash for our school!  Clip those tops and send in ASAP!

    Be sure to check out "What We're Learning" for information on what we will cover in class.  Have a great week!

    Dates to Remember:

    Monday 2/18: Formerly a workday--NOW A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY

    Tuesday 2/26: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 2/26-Friday 3/1 Read Across America

    Friday 3/8: End of 3rd quarter

    Monday 3/11: Teacher workday; No school for students

    Tuesday 3/18: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/9: Early Release Day; Students dismiss at 1:30

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

     

     

    Week of February 11th

    Whew!  Thankful those two weeks of various tests are over and we are able to get back into our routine.  I apologize for the changes to last week's To Do List. We are starting fresh this week!  The list can be found here:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HlHWUo5eGO41V_IqltNxIalevMTRjvoC3XcORmPvG6s/edit?usp=sharing

    Students are excited about the Valentine Container Contest!  Be sure they bring it in Wednesday or Thursday at the latest and that their name is clearly visible. In case you misplaced the lsit of student names for Valentines, I will email it to all parents later today (Don't want to post names on this public website). 

    Thanks to those who have donated books to our Used Book Sale!  We are still collecting so feel free to send in your gently used books! Remember the PTA is looking for volunteers to serve no the board for next year.  Please consider helping out with these important positions!  Our PTA is wonderful and acomlishes a great deal for students and in support of teachers.  I hope you'll consider volunteering your time for this wonderful organization!

    Be sure to check out the Curriculum Updates section for information on what we'll be learning. Have a wonderful week!

    Important Dates:

    Thursday 2/14: Valentine's Day & Container Contest; Bring valentines and containers

    Friday 2/15: Spelling Test

    Monday 2/18: Formerly a workday--NOW A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY

    Tuesday 2/26: Early Release Day; students dismiss at 1:30

    Friday 3/8: End of 3rd quarter

    Tuesday 4/16: Camp Don Lee field trip

    Friday 4/19-Friday 4/26: Spring Break

     

    Week of February 4th

    We survived January!  Students have been working hard and we are thrilled with most of the growth on MAP.  Unfortunately, we have another week of testing ahead.  NC Check Ins will take place on Tuesday for Math and Wednesday for Reading.  These quarterly check ins are useful for students to practice taking tests online and mimics the questions they will see on the EOG.  Teachers use this information to guide our instruction.  It provides data about what we need to cover again and helps focus our small group instruciton time.  Fortunately, this is the only time that NC Check Ins and MAP testing will be back to back!  **Parents, please ask your student if their headphones/earbuds are AT SCHOOL and WORKING.  If not, please replace ASAP!!**

    Going home THIS WEEK (not last as previously stated--sorry!) is information about a Valentine's Day contest!  The contest is optional! Included on the sheet is a list of classmates so your child can do valentine cards.  Please be sure to do one for everyone, not just friends. 

    This week is the Second Grade Wax Museum!  We will support our second graders as they practice on WEDNESDAY.  Please help your child collect coins and put them in a baggie to activate the "statues."  Our students always love revisiting their second grade classrooms as the big kids to support this wonderful cause.  Please send change to school on Wednesday in a xiploc baggie labeled with your child's name. 

    Finally, our PTA is collecting gently used books for the Powhatan Used Book Sale!  Clean out those bookshelves and send whatever you are not longer needing to school!  There are contests and prizes for classes who donate the most!  (We do realize that many of you donated during our push to provide toys and books to schools effected by the hurricanes!  No pressure if you don't have anything left to donate!) The sale is Feb 27, 28 and March 1st.  

    Important dates:

    Tuesday 2/5: NC Check In--Math

    Wednesday 2/6: NC Check In--Reading

    Wednesday 2/6: Progress Reports sent home

    Wednesday 2/6: Visit Second Grade Wax Museum

    Check out the "Curriculum Updates" section for details on what we'll be learning.  Have a wonderful week!

     

    Week of January 28th

    Thank you to those who are helping their child remember to finish up their To Do List over the weekend if needed.  This week's list is at the top of this link:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HlHWUo5eGO41V_IqltNxIalevMTRjvoC3XcORmPvG6s/edit?usp=sharing

    No spelling this week, but students will need to read part of an online book.  You can access it via the To Do List, or go to http://trueflix.scholastic.com.  Full directions are found on the To Do List.

    We have a crazy week ahead--MAP Math testing for my homeroom today, Tuesday is the Minute-to-Win-It Quarterly Party (for those who used their tickets to purchase), as well as Early Release Day. Wednesday is MAP Math testing for Besel's students.  We will do our best to keep students working hard and moving forward! The date for Progress Reports has been changed by the county from 1/30 to 2/6.  We've also had to change our NC Check In for Reading.  The new date is listed below. We have several conferences scheduled for those who requested it.  If you would like to meet with us, please send either Cathy or I an email.

    Going home tomorrow in the Tuesday folder is information about a Valentine's Day contest! Students will be able to create their own Valentine Holder/Mailbox at home and bring it to school, where students and teachers will vote on winners! We will exchange cards on February 14th. 

    Be sure to check out "Curriculum Updates" for information about what we will be learning. 

    Tuesday 1/29: Early Release Day; dismissal at 1:30

    Wednesday 1/30: Besel homeroom MAP Math testing

    Tuesday 2/5: NC Check In Assessment--Math

    Wednesday 2/6: Progress Reports sent out

    Wednesday 2/6: NC Check In Assessment--Reading

    Have a great week!

     

     

     

    Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  We did not get a chance to discuss this holiday and the man behind it this past week, but will do so starting tomorrow.  Included in your child's TO DO LIST for this week include reading an informational text about Dr. King's life and homework includes watching a video and asking questions. We will discuss Dr. King's legacy, and students will have time to consider and share what they want their legacy to be one day. 

    Speaking of TO DO LISTS, you can find your child's weekly lists by cutting and pasting this into your web browser:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HlHWUo5eGO41V_IqltNxIalevMTRjvoC3XcORmPvG6s/edit?usp=sharing

    I simply add on to it each week.  Students requested we keep the "Homework Assignments" section at the bottom, but wanted to continue to record minutes/signatures in their agendas. So from now on we won't take the time to record homework in the agendas each week (this takes more time than you'd think) BUT THEIR HOMEWORK WILL BE ON THEIR TO DO LISTS CLIPPED INSIDE THEIR AGENDAS or you can use the link above if your child misplaces their list! Please let me know if you have questions, and thank you for your assistance as we experiment to figure out what works best for students.   

    Students worked incredibly hard on their MAP Reading tests last week!  Mrs. Moore, who was helping out in the computer lab, shared that our students worked longer and harder than any other grade level so far!  BRAVO to their efforts!  I am proud of them for trying their best, and overall very pleased with results.  I will be sharing scores with students sometime soon (as soon as I find out from admin when I'm allowed to do so).  I believe having a specific goal in mind helped make the test less abstract and encouraged them to work hard.  Keep in mind that most students set a personal goal for themselves to try to do an extra 20-30 minutes of Lexia at home each week in addition to the 30 minutes required at school.  Please help them to remember this!  I cannot tell whether minutes are completed at home or school, so I will be signing off on TO DO LISTS whenever your child completes their 30 minutes.  It would be up to you to hold them to their extra minutes if that is what you want them to do. You can even record extra minutes each week on the back of their pink goal setting sheet to help them stay on track.   Please lmk if you need any help or have questions about this.  

    Go to "What We're Doing" for information on what we'll be covering this week.  See below for important dates:

    Monday 1/28: Reichard homeroom MAP Math testing

    Tuesday 1/29: Early Release Day; dismissal at 1:30

    Wednesday 1/30: Progress Reports sent out

    Wednesday 1/30: Besel homeroom MAP Math testing

    Tuesday 2/5: NC Check In Assessment--Math

    Thursday 2/7: NC Check In Assessment--Reading

    Have a great week!

     

     

    Week of January 14, 2019

    "To Do" Lists were a hit!  Students did an excellent job working towards finishing up their tasks for the week and the lists helped clarify who was working and who was idiling.  Thank you to those who helped their child finish up their last bit of work over the weekend.  If your child did not finish and hand in their To Do List on Friday, I asked them to take it home and finish.  Some did, some did not.  I sent emails to parents whose student did not finish up as asked.  Please ensure they finish this work tonight and hand it in tomorrow.  Students overwhelmingly said they liked having the list to go by.  In an effort to make it easier, I also put homework on the list this week, but forgot to put the daily 25-45 minutes of reading.  Please remember this is the most important homework for me each night and should still be recorded in their agenda with a parent signature. I will take a vote at the end of the week to see what students thought of having homework on this week's list and go from there.  I'm open to suggestions and new ideas so don't hesitate to let me know if you have something for us to try.  Parents, please check in with your children a few times each week to see how they are progressing through their responsibilites.  As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

    In an effort to make our report cards (aka Standards-Based Teaching and Learning or Standards-Based Grading) more readily understood by parents and students, I have attached to this webpage the presentation from our Parent Information Night in December.  In addition, I have created a document that lists all the "priority (most important) standards" for Reading and Writing, and contains an explanation of what an N, B, P and M looks like. (Note, I didn't create the priority standards, I just cut and pasted them into one easy to read document for you!)  Feel free to access this by clicking the tab entitled "Standards Based Teaching and Learning" on the bottom left of my homepage. A parent also had the excellent suggestion that we put some indication on the papers as to which attempt/opportunity this might be for your child.  Getting a "B" on a new standard for which this is the first or second grade taken is much different than getting a "B" on something they've had six opportunities to practice.  I am starting to put this information at the top near the box with the standard/grade. Hope this helps!  Thanks, parents, for taking the time to look over this information, and especially for offering suggestions of how we can make this clearer to you and to your child!

    Please return the field trip permission form sent in last week's Tuesday folder if you haven't already.  Thank you to those who have done so!

    FYI, students in Reichard's homeroom will take the mid-year MAP Reading Test this Thursday 1/17 and Besel's homeoom will take it on Friday 1/18. I'm eager to see their growth!  I have spent a great deal of time conferencing with each student about their goals for Lexia and MAP, and each has set a goal for themselves as well as a plan for achieving that goal.  If they share this with you and you sign their pink Goal Sheet, I will give them a ticket!  I still have just a few left and hope to finish those up tomorrow.  Be sure to ask your child about it!

    Go to "What We're Doing" for information on what we'll be covering this week.  See below for important dates:

    1/10-1/15 : First field trip payment ($27) due; checks payable to Camp Don Lee (adult chaperones $8.50 extra)

    Thursday/Friday this week: MAP Reading Test

    Monday 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; No school

    Week of 1/22 and 1/28: MAP Math testing

    Thursday 1/24: PTA Spirit Night @ Bungalow Bounce

    Tuesday 1/29: Early Release Day; dismissal at 1:30

    Wednesday 1/30: Progress Reports sent out

    Have a great week!

     

    Week of January 7, 2019

    Happy New Year!  Hoping you all had a relaxing and fun break with your sweet children!  We had a restful break but missed our students and are ready to start the new year off with a BANG!  We will hit the ground running on Monday! 

    Thank you for those parents who were able to attend the SBTL Night in December.  We had a low turn out but did have a great discussion and ideas to help parents understand the Standards-Based Teaching and Learning expectations (grades and report cards).  I will be copying and placing into student binders the English-Language Arts proficiency scales for our priority standards. Completely confused?! PRIORITY STANDARDS are those parts of the curriculum the county deems MOST IMPORTANT and will appear on your child's report card.  We have been provided a detailed description of what N, B, P and M look like for these priority standards.  They have helped us teachers understand the expectation at each level and will be in your child's binder so you can refer to them as work comes home. You'll remember that for some assignments, students can only earn a "P" at this time. The presentation we gave that evening will (hopefully) be posted on my webpage as soon as Cathy can help me! :)  Thank you for hanging in there and being patient as we all learn these new ways.

    Parents, we have had a huge problem with students not completing or handing in work.  We are, quite frankly, tired of constantly asking students to complete or find work, so wanted to share with you our procedures. We will stress with them as we begin this new year that they are to take more responsibility for their work and plan on being quite strict in doing so.

    • For Math, Mrs. Besel has a folder in her classroom that houses all their unfinished work.  They are to check it daily or every two days and have time to do so first thing in the morning or during TLT time in the afternoon.
    • For ELA and SS, students have folders in their binders where they are to keep all work in progress. I will be doing binder checks periodically and awarding tickets to those who have all items in the correct places and some sort of (as yet undetermined) penalty for lost work. Students will receive a "List of Tasks" each week detailing their responsibilities (ie: 30 minutes Lexia, 2 WOW Writing Journal entries, specific worksheets due, etc) and I will have to sign off on it weekly.  For now, the "List of Tasks" will be in their binders, but eventually will be done electronically via Google Classroom. Feel free to ask to see your child's list, but remember all graded work is to be completed while at school. 

    We hope that these procedures and the fact that we placing renewed emphasis on their responsibilities will assist students not meeting expectations to improve.  Please let us know if you have questions!

    Finally, we will be sending home a field trip permission slip for our second FIELD TRIP to CAMP DON LEE on April 16th.  The cost is $53 and the first installment ($27) is due between January 10th-15th.  Parents can attend the trip with their child (but cannot ride the chartered bus).  Parent cost is $8.50 and parents must be approved Level 2 volunteers this school year.  If you were an approved Level 2 for the field trip to Raleigh, you are still approved for this coming trip.  Camp Don Lee is always an amazing trip and a favorite of both students and parents.  Please look for the information coming home in the Tuesday folder and let us know if you have questions!

    Check out the Curricululm Updates section of this webpage for more information. 

    Dates to Remember:

    Tuesday 1/8: Spirit Night @ Venero's

    Thursday 1/10: Report Cards go home

    1/10-1/15 : First field trip payment ($27) due; checks payable to Camp Don Lee (adult chaperones $8.50 extra)

    Week of 1/14: MAP ELA testing

    Monday 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; No school

    Week of 1/22: MAP Math testing

     

     

    12.10.18

    I hope everyone enjoyed the snow and day off!  We have a busy week ahead! Hoping to see everyone at Tuesday's Standards-Based Teaching & Learning Night. We will start at 6:00 with a presentation that includes specific standards/objectives for reading and math that are coming up.  This will be a wonderful way to help parents understand more about the Standards-Based report card, as well as how our teaching is changing. The program runs from 6-7, but we promise we won't talk for the whole hour! :)

    As we are half way through the school year, my expectations for Reading Response homework has changed.  Students are to write one full page on what they are reading.  They can choose to answer one question or two, or however many is needed to write one full page.  Please encourage your child to add details and their own opinions to make their writing longer.  I will reevaluate the Reading Response questions over break and send home some new choices in January.

    We will not spelling this week or next.  Students WILL be spending some time reviewing grammar and language concepts and applying the spelling rules we have learned to new words. I will send home a sheet on Tuesday and it will be due on Friday.

    Remember we have some fun activities planned for next week (listed below).  Please let me know if you plan on attending the Holiday Party on the 20th.  Thanks!

    Monday 12/17: Grinch Day--wear your favorite Grinch-y clothes or colors!

    Tuesday 12/18: Ugly Sweater Contest

    Wednesday 12/19: Crazy Hat / Hair Day

    Thursday 12/20: Wear red & green for our HOLIDAY PARTY (Parents invited!  1:30-3:00)  See invite in the Tuesday folder for more information!

    Friday 12:21: Pajama Day and Early Dismissal @ 1:30

    Friday 12/21: Early Dismissal @ 1:30 & End of 2nd quarter

    12/24-1/4 Winter Break (1/3 and 1/4 Teacher Workdays)

    1/7/19: Students return to school

     

     

    12.3.18

    We had an absolute blast on our field trip on Friday!  Thanks so much to all students and parent chaperones who made this trip a success!  Students made us proud with their excellent behavior, attention and questions for the guides.  Parents, please share any pictures you took with me so I can share with everyone. Bravo all!

    The Book Fair has begun!  Students are able to shop as a class tomorrow, TUESDAY 12.4.18,  or can shop any morning from 8:20-8:50 through Friday. If sending money, please be sure it's in a ziploc baggie and labeled with their first and last name, as well as "Book Fair" written on it so we know it's not for the cafeteria.  Thanks!  Also remember that you can shop "on the sly" at the Book Fair, or via www.scholastic.com if you'd like to purchase books for the holidays.  Just LMK that it's a surprise and I will hold them for you until you can pick them up.  If ordering online, our class code is MFRND.

    Thank you to those who have been able to make a donation for children in hurricane stricken towns in NC.  If you would like to donate, feel free to send in new toys or gently used/new books by Friday, December 7th.  

    There are a few important upcoming events at school to remind you about.  First, Spirit Night is tonight (MONDAY) at Rainbow Lanes between 4:00-8:00. Hope to see you there!  Second, we hope you can attend the Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Parent Night on Tuesday, December 11th from 6:00-7:00.  We will review specific examples of what an N, B, P and M look like for an upcoming Math and ELA standard.  The presentation will start at 6:00. We hope to see you there!

    Dates to Remember:

    12/3 - 12/7 Book Fair shopping (our "class time" is Tuesday but students can shop other days in the morning)

    Friday 12/7: Donations deadline--new toys and gently used/new books for NC hurricane victims

    Monday 12/17: Grinch Day--wear your favorite Grinch-y clothes or colors!

    Tuesday 12/18: Ugly Sweater Contest

    Wednesday 12/19: Crazy Hat / Hair Day

    Thursday 12/20: Wear red & green for our HOLIDAY PARTY (Parents invited!  1:30-3:00)  See invite in the Tuesday folder for more information!

    Friday 12:21: Pajama Day and Early Dismissal @ 1:30

    Friday 12/21: Early Dismissal @ 1:30 & End of 2nd quarter

    12/24-1/4 Winter Break (1/3 and 1/4 Teacher Workdays)

    1/7/19: Students return to school

     

    Be sure to check out "Curriculum Updates" for more information about what we will be doing this week!  Have a wonderful week!

     

     

     

    11.26.18

    Welcome back!  Hoping each of you had a fantastic break!  We are looking forward to our field trip this Friday 11/30 to the Museum of History, State Capitol, and Legislative Building.  Please check your child's Tuesday folder tomorrow for important updates/reminders about the trip!

     

    We are going to have a busy four weeks until our next break!  Please note important additions to our calendar below:

    Monday 12/17: Grinch Day--wear your favorite Grinch-y clothes or colors!

    Tuesday 12/18: Ugly Sweater Contest

    Wednesday 12/19: Crazy Hat / Hair Day

    Thursday 12/20: Wear red & green for our HOLIDAY PARTY (Parents invited!  1:30-3:00)  See invite in the Tuesday folder for more information!

    Friday 12:21: Pajama Day and Early Dismissal @ 1:30

     

    Please remember that we are helping collect NEW toys, and NEW or GENTLY USED books for North Carolina children effected by the hurricanes this fall.  Feel free to send in any donations to our classroom by Friday 12/7.  Thanks so much for your consideration! 

    Be sure to check out the Curriculum Updates section for what we'll be doing this coming week!  Have a great week!

     

     

     

     

    11-12-18

    First and most importantly, thank you to all our veteran parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc who served in the military.  We appreciate your service and sacrifice to keep us living safely in this beautiful country.  We will be talking with students tomorrow about the significance of Veteran's Day.  THANK YOU!!

    We have a busy week ahead!  NC Check In for Reading will be on Tuesday and for Math on Thursday. Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday.  Please sign and return the empty envelope ASAP. 

    As mentioned in an email last week, my church is collecting NEW toys and new or gently used children's/teen books for hurricane victims in North Carolina.  I hope you'll consider making a small (or big!) donation to this worthy cause that is so close to home!  Donations can be brought into my classroom until Friday, December 7th. This is a wonderful way to model generoisty to our children (and possibly clean out those bookshelves!) Thank you for your consideration!  
     
    Be sure to check out the Curriculum Updates section for what we'll be doing this week (in the two days of actual instruction!).  Have a wonderful week all!

    Tuesday 11/13: Spirit Night @ DQ

    Wednesday 11/14: Progress Reports

    Saturday 11/17: Vendor Fair

    Wednesday 11/21-Friday 11/23: No School; Thanksgiving Break

    Friday 11/30: Field trip to downtown Raleigh (Museum of History, Legislative Building, State Capitol)

    Friday 12/7: Donations deadline--new toys and gently used/new books for NC hurricane victims

    Friday 12/21: Early Dismissal @ 1:30 & End of 2nd quarter

    12-24-1/4 Winter Break (1/3 and 1/4 Teacher Workdays)

    1/7/19: Students return to school

     

    11-4-18

    Whew!  What an awesome week! On Wednesday, students worked hard on comparing/contrasting two Frankenstein stories and LOVED making a fun Frankenstein Twinkie! Even more exciting was finishing up our first ELA test and practicing our spelling!! LOL Just kidding!  Even more exciting was our Toga Party on Friday!  Students were thrilled to don constumes and sample Greek foods. I'm thankful that we decided to make two copies of our Mythological Trading Card this year so they could keep a copy! One mistake I made was not getting a group shot of Block #2!  Would it be possible for students in BLOCK TWO ONLY to bring their costumes and cards back on Monday for a group picture?  (If your kids are like mine, it'd take them two weeks to clean out the costumes in the first place!)  Once I get that group shot I will send out some pics. It was a fun week!

    One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping kids get excited about reading.  They have become hooked on our current read aloud, A Long Walk to Water, which is based on a true story of Salva and Nya, young people in Southern Sudan during different time periods.  It's INCREDIBLE and they hang on every word.  We are almost finished, so be sure to ask your child about it! Even better, ask them about it and then read it yourself based on their recommendation.  They would LOVE it, and I have no doubt ask you daily what part you're on.  What a beautiful way to share literature and conversation with your child.  I will let each block vote on our next read aloud and try to remember to let you know in case you wanted to read along with us. 

    This coming week students will be taking their first "NC CHECK IN" assessment. This is a state-wide assessment option for schools each quarter.  Teachers are excited as it gives us valuable practice but even more importantly, gives us a "check in" to see how students are doing overall.  We cannot count this towards the report card, but it will be helpful for us to help plan instruction.  Keep in mind we have only been doing objectives based on literature (fiction) as per our county's units, so I'm interested to see how students will do on the non-fiction sections, but also plan on using the non-fiction results as a sort of "pretest" to help form small groups and guide our mini-lessons. Honestly, I don't know when or how parents will be notified of results as this is a county decision, but as soon as I know, you will know.  They will take Reading on Tuesday and Math on Thursday. LMK if you have any questions!

    Thank you to all families who donated items for our special snack on Wednesday or the Toga Party on Friday!  YOU helped make this an amazingly fun week for our classes.  Thank you!

    Students will have a regular Reading Response due this Friday 11/9.  Just an FYI, the following week they will have the option of created a disguised turkey from the book Turkey Trouble.  I wanted to tell you now so you could look out for the information coming in this week's Tuesday folder.  This is optional and will take the place of the Reading Response that is due Friday 11/16. So to recap: Regular RR due 11/9.  Alternative turkey RR due 11/16.

    Finally, a quick reminder that our first spelling test will be on Friday 11-9.  Students must submit two additional spelling activities (or more!), SIGNED BY PARENTS, on that day. They will be tested on the words with -s endings (not the base words), but also must know the rule/pattern.  They will be given at least two new words and they'll have to decide whether to leave the -y, add s or drop the -y, add -ies.  They must know the rule, and will be expected to use this rule when spelling all other words "for the rest of their lives!"  :)  Please LMK if you have questions.

    Be sure to check out the "Curriculum Updates" section of this webpage for more information on what we'll be covering this week.  Have a great week!

    Monday 11/12: Veteran's Day; No school

    Tuesday 11/13: Spirit Night @ DQ

    Wednesday 11/14: Progress Reports

    Saturday 11/17: Vendor Fair

    Wednesday 11/21-Friday 11/23: No School; Thanksgiving Break

    Friday 11/30: Field trip to downtown Raleigh (Museum of History, Legislative Building, State Capitol)

    Friday 12/21: Early Dismissal @ 1:30 & End of 2nd quarter

    12-24-1/4 Winter Break (1/3 and 1/4 Teacher Workdays)

    1/7/19: Students return to school

     

     

     

      

     

     

     

    10-28-18

    We had a hectic but happy week in fourth grade!  The character pumpkins were awesome and it was wonderful seeing students' enthusiasm! I will post pictures on Twitter today! Great job all!   We have another full week ahead, including introduction to fourth grade spelling procedures, a Halloween crafty food activity, and Toga Party!  Details:

    • Thank you to parents who signed up to bring materials for Wednesday's Halloween activity!  We will be comparing Halloween stories and creating a fun food! Mrs. Besel's math classes will be making homemade applesauce.  It's sure to be a fun day!
    • Thank you to parents who signed up to bring food items for Friday's TOGA PARTY!  I promise I only ask for donations about three or four times each year, and apologize that there are two falling on the same week.  If you didn't get a chance to sign up, you can do so here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_caHBd8mtVgEyws8volfvM7Kcx3Oc77lBUsLyaWXx_A/edit?usp=sharing  Students will be creating Mythological Trading Cards and will have the chance to snack on Greek food and dress up and share/swap their trading cards on Friday.  As mentioned in the email earlier this week, a simple white sheet or fabric would make an easy outfit to be worn over their clothing.  Feel free to send it in your child's bookbag and we will dress in our props during ELA block on Friday!  I will be sure to post pictures!
    • Spelling will begin this week.  Please see the lilme green information sheet sent home last Friday.  Spelling is different than what students have likely experienced in the past.  It sounds complicated but it really is not, and students adjust to the new procedures quickly.  Keep in mind that everything we do with spelling is to ensure students learn rules/patterns that will help them on many other words.  They have two weeks to study words and patterns, and are expected to remember them "for the rest of their lives!"  (That got some chuckles in class last week!) Please sign the bottom of the green sheet and be sure to ask your child about spelling on Monday.  A minimum of TWO spelling activities/assignments will be due on Friday!
    • Report cards will be sent home on Monday.  Please sign and return just the envelope. Many have signed up for conferences, but if you haven't yet and would like one, feel free to sign up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b9fijNRnYY739O3e7g_GP8tvPx5gn8u4_8qXgMbVJT0/edit?usp=sharing
    • If you haven't returned the field trip permission form for November 30th, please do so ASAP.  **Parents, I sent a note last week that in order to attend you must be an approved LEVEL 2 volunteer!**  I apolgize for my error on the original form sent home.   You can apply here: https://www.jcsvolunteers.com/    Remember that you must reapply every school year.  

    Be sure to check out "Curriculum Updates" for information on what we'll be doing this week.  Enjoy this beautiful weekend and have a fabulous week!  

    Monday 10/29: Report cards go home

    Thursday 11/1: THIS IS NOW A REGULAR STUDENT DAY!!!

    Friday 11/2: Toga Party!  Feel free to send in a "costume" for your child to wear during their ELA block. 

    Tuesday 11/13: Spirit Night @ DQ

    Wednesday 11/14: Progress Reports

    Saturday 11/17: Vendor Fair

    Wednesday 11/21-Friday 11/23: No School; Thanksgiving Break

    Friday 11/30: Field trip to downtown Raleigh (Museum of History, Legislative Building, State Capitol)

     

     

    10-21-18

    Thank you, parents, for your amazing support for our KINDNESS WALK!  Students had a blast walking and dancing yesterday as we raised money for our school!  I will let you know the total amount when I find out, but no mtter how much we raised, I greatly appreciate your help and support in getting our kids excited!  Thank you to our amazing PTA for this well organized event!

    The quarter ended yesterday, and with that I have a few important announcements:

    • I will be out Monday but your child should be coming home with an orange half sheet explaining an alternative Reading Response for this coming week.  They can decorate a pumpkin as a book character of their choice, then write a detailed paragraph about him/her, telling what the character is like on the inside (traits), their likes, dislikes, skills, abilities, etc.  This is optional and meant to be FUN!  If they'd prefer, your child can simply complete a regular Reading Response entry as usual.  Whichever they choose, they are due on Friday! Check out the orange half sheet for more details!  
    • We have spent a great deal of time with students on RL 4.3 (Describe in depth a character, setting or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.  Lo and behold, when we went to enter grades on Friday, we discovered they had changed this from a priority standard to a supporting standard, and thus it isn't on the report card!!  Let's just say we were thankful that students weren't there as there may or may not have been a few choice words uttered!  :)  Luckily, another standard which is VERY similar IS a priority standard and so we will use that in place of 4.3.  It is RL 4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicity and when drawing inferences from the text.  Whew!  Please lmk if you have any questions.
    • In addition to the above change, you may notice that there will not be any writing grades on the report card.  DO NOT PANIC!  We are teaching writing several times each week, but are following a writing workshop model, which means that students have to have several rough drafts started, and then after we teach a mini-lesson on a specific skill, they pull out a rough draft and apply what they have learned to one piece of writing.  We don't feel that it's fair to take a grade when we haven't gotten too far with this yet.  We will have writing grades on every quarter for the rest of the year!
    • Punctuation, capitals and spelling grades will be taken from now on.  Honestly I wish I had started the first day because you would not believe some of the mistakes I'm getting.  I was wanting to go over several concepts first, but I just cannot take it any more.  They should already know basic ending punctuation and to capitalize the beginning of sentences, proper nouns and I, and we will review these again next week.  I do believe some think that these things don't matter, BUT THEY DO!  Hopefully attaching a grade on these skills each time they write will help them to pay more attention to it.  See details below about spelling.
    • Report cards will be sent home on Monday, October 29th.
    • SPELLING!  Yay!  We are eager to start spelling instruction and practice with students.  Please understand, we have a finite amount of time to complete an incredible number of standards, and of those standards, spelling is one small piece of one standard.  However, we do feel that spelling is critical and will be spending time on it.  We will introduce a new spelling pattern/rule every two weeks and students will choose ten words from that list and five words from their own personal NEED TO LEARN list. Though we will discuss and do some practice at school, the majority of practice will take place at home with homework.  A detailed letter will be coming home this week.  Please go over this information with your child, then sign and return the bottom.  We will start a week from Monday, on October 29th, and the first test will be a week and a half later on Friday, November 9th.  As mentioned, the letter provides a great deal of information and will be kept in your child's binder for you to refer to as needed.  Please take time to review it with your child and help us support this important instruction and learning with your child at home.
    • We ran out of time on Friday to take our character trait quiz.  Actually, a few students who stayed the afternoon chose to take it, but most did not.  We will take it on Tuesday.  Please help your child to practice one more time! I will have PRIZES for students who do well! 
    • This coming week we will become CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS as we look into what happened on Roanoke Island, also known as THE LOST COLONY!  Props for this fun activity are thanks to the Petit family, who donated an Amazon gift card for fun supplies and books.  Thank you Petit family! Be sure to ask your child what they think happened!
    • November 1st is now a STUDENT DAY.  They switched this from a teacher workday to make up for Oct 11th.
    • Be sure to check out the Curriculum Updates section of this webpage for more information on what we'll be covering!  Have a great weekend!

     

     

     

    10-12-18

    Busy week!  Hope you all were safe and suffered no damage from this past week's hurricane.  Join me in praying/hoping for no more bad weather this school year!  A few important updates:

    • A permission slip for our FIRST FIELD TRIP will come home in the Tuesday folder.  We will be going to downtown Raleigh on Friday, November 30th to visit the Legislative Building, State Capitol, and Museum of History. Parents are welcome to attend, but must provide their own transportation.  Please read the information carefully and return only the completed/signed permission slip.  There will be no cost for this trip. 
    • Kindness Walk: Rescheduled for Friday 10/19. Times may be altered slightly b/c it's also Early Release Day.  I will let you know as soon as I know. Good news is we have more time to RAISE MONEY! Thank you so much to everyone who has been working on this!  Keep up the amazing work!
    • For HOMEWORK this week, students will be bringing home their READING NOTEBOOKS this week to practice learning the definitions of several character traits we've been talking about.  We MAY have a little QUIZ on Friday!  Please help them to learn what the character traits mean. It doesn't matter if they know which "category" to put them into.  Words like gullible, sly, vain, anxious, generous, mischevious, conceited....thank you!  We will be studying these each day in place of doing a Reading Response.  STUDENTS SHOULD STILL BE READING 20-40 MINUTES EACH NIGHT!
    • Monday is the last day to join PTA to have it count towards our class totals.  We will get a $50 gift card for purchasing books if we get to 75% of families to join from our room.  Please consider joining if you haven't yet! Go to https://powhatanes.memberhub.com/dues  Thank you!
    • Emails will be sent today to anyone who requested a conference.  Please choose a time!
    • For our Fall "special snack" students will be making fun food in both of their classes, and we will enjoy these snacks at the end of the day.  Thank you to Tammy Perason (who is our Room Mom in charge of special events) for sending out a sign up sheet for parents!  This particular event is for students only.  We will try to have other fun things in the future where parents will be invited!
    • Thank you to Alicia Lee for being our PTA Room Parent Liason! 

    Check out the Curriculum Updates for more information on what we'll be doing the week of October 15th.  Have a great weekend!

     

    Friday 10/19: Kindness Walk & Early Release Day; students dismiss at 1:30

    Thursday 10/25: Spirit Night @ McDonald's, 5:00-8:00 PM

    Monday 10/29: Report cards go home

    Thursday 11/1: Teacher workday; No school for students

    Wednesday 11/7: Progress Reports

    Tuesday 11/13: Spirit Night @ DQ

    Saturday 11/17: Vendor Fair

    Wednesday 11/21-Friday 11/23: No School; Thanksgiving Break

     

    10-8-18

    Thanks for all who attended Open House last week!  We appreciated your attention and questions.  We will be sending out a sheet with Conference Times this week to those who requested it or anyone whose child was on an MTSS Intervention Plan last year. Please sign up for a time that works best for you.  Anyone who wasn't able to attend last Tuesday, I will place the presentation on this webpage (as soon as Mrs. Besel reminds me how!) 

    • PTA: Thank you to the parents of Avenlei, Cameron T, Connor, keigan, Maddie F, maggie G, Owen and Simone for joining PTA!  PLEASE parents, if you haven't yet joined, consider doing so TODAY!  If we get 75% participation, our class will get a $50 gift card to use towards BOOKS!! The cost is only $6 and our PTA does amazing things for our school and children.  LMK if you need another form.  If you joined but your name isn't on the list above, please LMK. Thank you!  
    • Kindness Walk: Please register your child for the Kindness Walk!  www.thegetmovincrew.com  This is our BIG fundraiser for the year so please help your child to get as many donations as they can!  Feel free to join us in cheering the fourth graders on this Friday, October 12th between 11:40-12:30! 
    • Reading Homework: No Reading Response this week!  Homework is to read in as many different places as they can!  They have a sheet to keep track!  Prizes this week for most minutes and most places! We will have another fun Reading Homework option in two weeks so be on the lookout!

    Dates To Remember:

    Thursday 10/11: Spirit Night @ Vinson's, 5:00-9:00 PM

    Friday 10/12: Kindness Walk (4th grade: 11:40-12:30)

    Friday 10/19: Early Release Day; students dismiss at 1:30

    Thursday 10/25: Spirit Night @ McDonald's, 5:00-8:00 PM

    Monday 10/29: Report cards go home

    Thursday 11/1: Teacher workday; No school for students

    Wednesday 11/7: Progress Reports

    Tuesday 11/13: Spirit Night @ DQ

    Saturday 11/17: Vendor Fair

    Wednesday 11/21-Friday 11/23: No School; Thanksgiving Break

    Be sure to check out "Curriculum Updates" for more information on what we'll be learning this week.  Have an awesome week!

     

    9.30.18

    Great week!  Students working hard and getting EXCITED about Book Celebrations and what they're reading.  Important reminders:

    • Monday 10/1: Picture Day!  Bring your smile!  Students/Parents can select the background using the flyer sent home last week. Payment is not due in advance and all students will be photographed. 
    • Tuesday 10/2: PTA Meeting & Open House: The PTA meeting will begin at 5:30 in the cafeteria, followed by TWO CLASSROOM VISITATION SESSIONS, one from 6:00-6:30 and the second from 6:30-7:00.  Please note this is different from years past as teachers will be presenting information to parents starting at 6:00 and again at 6:30. Please try to be in our room at the start of one of the sessions if possible so everyone receives all information.  We teachers will not take up the entire 30 minutes so this will allow you time with your child to explore the room, ask questions, and visit both classrooms.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!
    • Your child's first grades for ELA will come home in this week's Tuesday folder.  Please review, sign and return.  Come to Open House for more detailed information on what these grades mean in fourth!
    • Thank you to Tammy Pearson for volunteering to act as our ROOM MOM to help coordinate fun classroom events!  We are still in need of someone to be the PTA Liason for our room. Ideally, this person would try to attend PTA meetings and convey information to parents via email. Please LMK if you might be willing to assist our class in this manner!
    • Please register your child for our KINDNESS WALK by going to www.thegetmovincrew.com .  Only half of our students have registered so far!  We can do better!  This is our PTA's largest fundraiser of the year, so please consider helping with our goal of raising $27,000!  All monies donated will go directly to our school. Kickoff is Friday, October 5th with the WALK TO SCHOOL DAY, followed by a week of Kindness lessons and celebrations.  We would love parents to come support our class while they walk on Friday, October 12th!  I will notify you of the time as soon as I know it.  Thanks for your support!
    • If you haven't yet joined PTA please do so ASAP!  If we get a certain percentage we will receive a $50 gift card for class materials!  Go to https://powhatanes.memberhub.com/dues to join--only $6! As of now, we only have six families who have registered.  PLEASE JOIN!
    • Remember that students are to read a MINIMUM of 20-40 minutes each night, record it in their agenda, then ask a parent to sign.  Most weeks, they'll have a MINIMUM of 80 minutes do by Friday AM.  If you have other commitments one night, I'm fine with them making this time up on another night.  However, try to make this a regular routine.  I cannot stress enough the importance of making this reading a priority!  
    • Why Read 20

    Check out the Curriculum Updates section of this website for important information about what we'll be doing this week.  Have a restful weekend!

    Dates:

    Monday 10/1: Picture Day

    Tuesday 10/2: PTA/Open House, 5:30-7:00

    Friday 10/5: Progress Reports sent home; Walk to Schoool Day

    Friday 10/12: Kindness Walk

    Friday 10/19: Early Release Day; students dismiss at 1:30

    Monday 10/29: Report cards go home

    Thursday 11/1: Teacher workday; No school for students

     

    9.22.18

    Welcome back all!  Hoping everyone made it through Florence without too many headaches or damage. I feel very lucky that the storm turned, but know there is still great devastation in much of NC.  Please let us know if you have specific needs due to the storm.  We at Powhatan are like a family and willing to help however we can so don't hesitate to reach out.

    • Volunteers: I am in need of one or two parent volunteers to assist as Room Mom and PTA Liason.  Room Mom duties include helping me coordinate supplies and volunteers for any classroom activities or "learning experiences" throughout the year. PTA Liason is the contact person between PTA and our classroom parents and would attend PTA meetings as able, then update parents abour PTA sponsored events and needs.  These jobs can be combined or kept separate.  Please email me if you are willing to help!  Thanks in advance!

     

    • Open House: Open House has been moved to Tuesday, October 2nd. The PTA meeting will begin at 5:30 in the cafeteria, followed by TWO CLASSROOM VISITATION SESSIONS, one from 6:00-6:30 and the second from 6:30-7:00.  Please note this is different from years past as teachers will be presenting information to parents starting at 6:00 and again at 6:30. Please try to be in our room at the start of one of the sessions if possible so everyone receives all information.  We teachers will not take up the entire 30 minutes so this will allow you time with your child to explore the room, ask questions, and visit Mrs. Besel's room as well.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

     

    • Progress Reports: Progress Reports (mid terms) have been moved back to October 5th. Your child's envelope will contain MAP testing results. You'll rememner MAP is an online assessment that the county is using to replace iReady. More information will be given about MAP at Open House.

     

    • Grades: We realize you are eager to see your child's grades. We have spent a great deal of time getting to know your children, building community, developing classroom and school expectations, and getting comfortable with procedures. We have also been READING and WRITING! I am still in the process of reading individually with every child to compare what I see to information from last year.  We started our first "graded" assignment this past week so you will likely see those in about a week. Please don't be alarmed that it takes awhile to get grades going at the beginning of the year. This is fully intentional.  Think of it this way: Before you can get to the "meat and potatoes" (content), you have to first set the table. And do the shopping, and teaching and reteaching how to prepare the meal. We have been taking notes and keeping records of what we are seeing so far, but realize that doesn't translate into something tangible yet for you parents. Hang in there and you will see "grades" soon. 

     

    • The Kindness Walk officially KICKS OFF on Friday, October 5th with WALK TO SCHOOL DAY!  This will be followed by a week of activities focused on KINDNESS and culminating on the KINDNESS WALK on Friday, October 12th (times TBA). This event was wildly successful last year and is the main PTA fundraiser for our school. The PTA has sent home sponsorship information and a pamphlet from "The Get Movin' Crew" (Though I must admit that I forgot to send Tuesday folders last week so your pamphlet will be coming Tuesday!  So sorry!) Please help your student to sign up at www.thegetmovincrew.com as soon as possible. You can upload a picture and send out the link to family and friends near and far. Payments can be made by credit card right on the students pledge page or by cash/check sent into the school. **With online payments, a small percentage will go to The Get Movin' Crew.**  Please consider sending in CASH OR CHECKS so that 100% of your donation will go directly to the school!!  With your help, we hope to raise $27,000 for our teachers and students.  If you have any questions please email Michele at michelemelvin2018@gmail.com  #wearepowhatan #powhatanPTA #KindnessWalk2018 www.thegetmovincrew.com
       
       
       
      Be sure to check out the "Curriculum Updates" section of this site for more information about what we will be doing.  Lastly, if you didn't receive an email from me telling you this webpage had been updated, please notify me at daniellereichard@johnston.k12.nc.us so I can double check your email address in my contacts list.  Thanks parents and have a lovely weekend!
       
        

     

     

    9.9.18

    Happy Almost Monday!  We are moving right along in fourth grade! Highlights:

    • Last week: Students started their first personal narrative, learned more about Book Celebrations and worked together to create a story map/plot diagram from a read aloud. We continued to discuss behavior expecations and celebrated students who exemplify the PAWS ideals (Positive words, Act responsibly, Work hard, and Stay safe) that day. Students loved watching video clips that demonstrate growth mindset and we started a list of possible CLASS MOTTOS.  (My favorite: Make Defeat Your Fuel.  Watch the awesome ad where this came from here: Make Defeat Your Fuel  Finally, students participated in their first "Book Tasting" by sampling three different genres: historical fiction, realistic fiction, and science fiction. We discussed elements of each, tried to find a title they would enjoy, and sampled special snacks that went with each genre too! Can you tell we have been BUSY?  It is going to be another exciting week as we begin to actually CELEBRATE each student as they complete a book!  Be sure to ask your child about these celebrations and how they are coming along with their own books. 
    • Reading at Home: Thank you to those parents who helped their child record minutes read in their agenda and initialed/signed next to it.  You'll remember the expectation is 20 minutes OR MORE per night Mon-Thu. Due ot the short week last week, they only had to have 60 minutes, but this week will be 80 OR MORE!!  Always streses the OR MORE!!!  See the pink sheet in your child's binder for reminders and expectations. Parents, I cannot stress enough how critical this reading time at home is to your child's growth and development! There are several studies (which I will work on getting posted on this website soon) that clearly link minutes read to achievement,.  Unfortunately state requirements, testing, passages, and more testing often extinguish their LOVE of reading by the time they get to fourth grade.  IT IS TIME TO BRING THIS LOVE OF READING BACK! This is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children this year. Please help me get them excited about reading again by making reading FUN at home.  Partner read with them, talk to them about some of your favorites as a kid, discuss and laugh or cry with them about what you're reading together.  Do NOT ask them a zillion questions to check their comprehension (trust me, we will do that at school, but in a fun way!) or correct every single mistake they make when reading. This reading is not a test, it is a time to share something meaningful and fun with your child.  I will be giving you information soon on how to help your child correct their own mistakes when reading and what kind of questions to ask, but for now, JUST MAKE IT FUN!  Only thing I ask is that you help them remember to record minutes and sign off on them.  Thank you! 
    • Reading Responses: Students should complete their first Reading Response for homework this week!  We will go over the questions in class and work on answering a few questions together so they know what to expect.  Please allow your child to do this independently.  Feel free to ask them questions to ensure they've answered all parts of the question they've chosen, but the writing itself should come from them.  This will enable us to get to know your child and their abilities better.  Plus, I'm pretty sure all our parents have already passed fourth grade. Thanks!
    • PTA: Please join if you haven't already:    Skip the lines and join the PTA online at  https://powhatanes.memberhub.store/. Our PTA is THE BEST! Please support!
    • Supplies: Please send in your child's earbuds container and extra pencil pouch if you haven't already.  We will start using both this week. Also a very generous family brought in an entire basket of supplies in a collapsable black milk crate type container.  I would like to return the container so please LMK if it was you!  Thank you again EVERYONE for the amazing donations of supplies for our class! 
    • Check out the Curriculum Updates/What We're Doing section of this website for details on what we'll be doing this week.  Finally, stay tuned for information about school as this hurricane approaches. To quote Ross, "PIVOT!!" Praying everyone stays safe!  (P.S. READING WITH A FLASHLIGHT--WHAT A FUN WAY TO PASS THE TIME IF WE LOSE POWER--or EVEN IF WE DON'T!)
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     Dates to Remember:

    • Thu 9/13: PTA Spirit Night: Vinson's Pub
    • ***DATE CHANGE*** Originally Mon 9/17: Open House & PTA meeting---NOW MOVED TO TUESDAY 9/25
    • Wed 9/19: Progress Reports sent home
    • Fri 9/21: Early Release Day (1:30)
    • Mon 9/24: Green Kids Club meeting
    • Mon 10/1: Fall pictures
    • Fri 10/5: Walk to School Day & Kindness Walk/Week KICKOFF!
    • Fri 10/12: Kindness Walk

    9.2.18

    Whew!  What an incredible first week of FOURTH GRADE!! We are so impressed with your students who have shown enthusiasm and kindness as we get to know each other and decide upon our classroom rules/expectations.  I am over the moon with their READING TO SELF--never have I had a group that came right in and every student knew exactly what to do without reminders or prompts.  We are going to have an amazing year!  

    Please excuse the length of this newsletter and thank you for taking the time to read through the entire thing! I usually update for the upcoming week on Friday or Saturday and will always send an email with the link.  

    • Supplies: Thank you, parents, for  sending in extra supplies and materials for our class.  I appreciate your generosity!  As indicated in the email sent last week, please send in some sort of container for your child's ear buds (plastic mint container, Altoids tin, plastic travel soap dispenser, etc) as well as an extra zippered pencil pouch for behavior tickets. 

     

    • Communication: Starting this Tuesday, we will send home paperwork via the Tuesday Folder. Please return anything needing your signature (graded papers will be marked with a red stamp) and keep the rest at home. In addition, please check the agenda daily for notes and to sign off on minutes read for homework (more below). Returning Tuesday folders don't always get checked in immediately so if you need to reach us, the best way is through a note delivered by your child, or via email: daniellereichard@johnston.k12.nc.us and catherinebesel@johnston.k12.nc.us .  *Please note Mrs. Besel's email contains her full first name--CATHERINE. 

     

     

    • Transportation/Check Out: Please let us know in writing if your child's afternoon transportation will change.  We must submit these to the office for approval. It is also helpful to let us know in advance (if possible) when you plan on checking your child out early.  This ensures a quick dismissal if we are out of the room and prevents us from having to leave the rest of the class to walk your child back to the room to unlock the door.  Thank you in advance.

     

    • PTA: If you haven't done so yet, please JOIN the PTA!!!  Our PTA is amazing and very supportive of parents, students and teachers.  The cost is only $6 per person and anyone can join (both parents, grandparents, friends, etc).   Skip the lines and join the PTA online at  https://powhatanes.memberhub.store/.  *Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, and teacher in the notes section.  Our big fundraiser for the year will be our second annual KINDNESS WALK on October 12th.  More information later, but they do need to know every child's t-shirt size now.  If you haven't received or replied to the email sent out last week requesting this information, please let us know ASAP.  Youth S, Youth M, Youth L, Adult S, Adult M, or Adult L. Thank you!

     

    • Kid Clubs & Special Classes: Remember to ask your child about joining the Chorus, Glee Club, Green Kids Club or signing up for Strings class.  All require signed permission by parents which students have already received. Let me know if you need additional forms.

     

    • Last but definately not least, READING!  As you saw on the pink and blue papers sent home Thursday for signature, we will be challenging all students to read 30 books or more this year.  We have several engaging activities and procedures to encourage your child to read MORE THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEFORE!  Book Celebrations, Book Raffles, student and teacher recommendations, Book Tastings, Text Talks, Reading Olympics, engaging read alouds, and, most importantly, student choice and TIME to read at school.  You'll be hearing about these activities throughout the year so be sure to ask your child how it's going!  In addition to our work at school, every child is expected to read 20-40 minutes at home Monday-Thursday, for a minimum total of 80 minutes. As explained to students, this is a MINIMUM and more is encouraged!  Please be sure to help your child remember to record number of minutes read in their agenda and PARENTS PLEASE SIGN EACH NIGHT. In addition, your child will need to complete ONE Reading Response each week (most weeks but not all) which should be handed in no later than Friday morning. Refer to the pink and blue sheets in your child's binder for more details and let me know what questions you have.  HOMEWORK FOR THIS SHORT WEEK WILL ENTAIL READING ONLY.  No Reading Response is expected. However, students will be bringing home their WOW Writing Journal to decorate. Please help them remember to bring back and forth to school each day even if it's not decorated yet.  Feel free to add stickers, washi tape, colored paper, family photos...anything! I can't wait to see what they come up with!

     

    • Dates to Remember:
      • Mon 9/3: Labor Day; No school 
      • Thu 9/13: PTA Spirit Night: Vinson's Pub
      • Mon 9/17: Open House & PTA meeting
      • Wed 9/19: Progress Reports sent home
      • Fri 9/21: Early Release Day (1:30)
      • Mon 9/24: Green Kids Club meeting
      • Mon 10/1: Fall pictures
      • Fri 10/5: Walk to School Day & Kindness Walk/Week KICKOFF!
      • Fri 10/12: Kindness Walk

     

    Thank you for sticking with this LONG newsletter!  Be sure to check out the "Curriculum Updates--What We're Doing" section for more information on our lessons and explorations this week. Thank you for your support and assistance as we strive to truly make this your child's BEST YEAR at Powhatan!  :) 

     

     

     

    8.24.18 General Information from Meet the Teacher Night:

     

     

    8.20.18

    Welcome to FOURTH GRADE! Mrs. Besel and I are so excited to meet our fourth grade scholars and know we will have an amazing year.  We look forward to welcoming students and parents on Thursday 8/23 between 4:30-7:00 pm.  Plan on visiting BOTH your classrooms that evening: Mrs. Besel teaches Math and Science and I teach Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Social Studies.  Parents please remember this is not the time for individual conferences as we want to have time to meet everyone.  If you must speak with us about a concern before the first day of school, feel free to email us both (daniellereichard@johnston.k12.nc.us and catherinebesel@johnston.k12.nc.us) and we will be sure to address your concerns as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, check us out on twitter @reichardclass4 and @Besel4thGrade to see some of the fun things we've been doing to get ready for our students.  See you Thursday!

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    Our Typical Day 2018-19

    8:20-8:50 Arrival and prepare for day

    9:00 - 9:40  Block #1

    9:45 - 10:30 Enhancements

    10:35 - 11:30 Block #1 cont.

    11:30 - 11:55 Read to Self

    12:05 - 12:35 Lunch 

    12:40 - 1:10  Recess

    1:15 - 2:55 Block # 2

    3:00-3:30 Targeted Learning Time

    3:40 Begin dismissal

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