Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May and June, so far!

Please make sure that your child’s iPad is 100% charged for MSTEP days. Thank you!

May 1 4th Grade M-Step testing – ELA

May 2 4th Grade M-Step testing - ELA

May 5 Safety Orange Bowl – Troy Lanes 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Student Lighthouse Meeting – Room 8 @ 8:00 a.m.
Bagel Delivery

May 8 4th Grade M-Step testing - Math

May 9 4th Grade M-Step testing – Math
PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

May 10
4th Grade M-Step testing – Math
Ellen Cale at Troy Union
Flower Delivery – 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

May 11 4th Grade M-Step testing – Science

May 12 4th Grade M-Step testing – Science

May 13 T.R.O.Y. Fitness Run at Boulan Park--9:00 – 9:30 a.m. registration
May 17 Parent Appreciation Breakfast LGI 8:40 – 10:10 a.m.

May 18
Fire Drill @ 1:45 p.m.

May 19 Eagles Nest 9:50 – 10:20 a.m. (Specials Teachers Hosting)
Bagel Delivery and Writing Celebration

May 21 Baseball Game at Jimmy Johns Field (MRIM reward)

May 22 Troy Public Library Visit- LGI
Grades 3-5 @ 1:00 – 1:20 p.m. and K-2 @ 1:35 – 1:55 p.m.

May 23 Ellen Cale at Troy Union 7 rotating subs – Cultures of Thinking
Fire Drill – 2:30 p.m.

May 25 Cardboard Challenge – See Letter that went home 5/5 for volunteers

May 26 Students ½ day – a.m. Dismissal at 12:17 p.m.
Teachers afternoon management day
2B Specials AM in the AM

May 29 No School – Memorial Day

May 31 Band/Orchestra Assembly @ Troy Union 1:55 – 2:25 p.m. For grades 3 and 4 -- optional for lower grades

June 2 Field Day Grades K – 2 @ 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 3-5 @ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Welcome to FOURTH Grade!


I am thrilled to start this new school year with your kids! I absolutely teaching and love fourth grade! What a great age! 

I decided to write some reminders in this letter before the upcoming dates and tests that will follow. The monthly newsletter is usually short, simple and to the point because we are all busy and it is easier to see and add to your calendars. 

First, your child CAN, yes can, bring anything home from school. Some examples include books, text books, journals, binders, and all the work we do in class so you can review it at home with them. 

Second, I take respect very seriously. We have defined respect as a class and know the requirement. This is my only “rule” of sorts. They need to respect themselves by saying “YET” and giving 100% on their studies, respect the teacher as I am doing the best for them on a daily basis, respect each other by treating others the way we would want to be treated, and respect our school by taking care of the materials, our classroom and the physical building. They are all capable, but many have not mastered this…YET. 

Third, we are working on a “Growth Mindset” where we are not experts, yet… If we just give 100% we WILL and CAN get there, even if we aren’t there…YET.

Fourth, the iPads are a great tool if used properly and if the technology is reliable. Troy did not supply the students with paper agendas and we tried One Note, but it wasn’t working. Therefore, each month your child will have a paper packet agenda handed out to them. It is their responsibility to show it to you and get it signed, NOT yours. I know it is hard to let your child fail forward, but I have let mine and it teaches them some valuable life lessons. Please know, even if you drop off their notebooks, it will remain a strike. We spoke about this on Curriculum Night.

Finally, I do not assign homework strictly for home. They always have a chance to do it in class as I know time spent as a family is precious and valuable! Please check with your student and in the Communication Notebook for the “missing work” box each night. I will write in the Communication Notebook if they didn’t turn anything in to me that day. This is crucial for communication between us. You can write me notes also, or send me an email.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect for HOMEWORK...

·       Math is usually given Monday-Thursday. Friday is enrichment day! Yes, they can take notes and pictures from how I taught the lesson in One Note.
·       A “RJ” Refelection Journal is assigned 4 of 5 days a week. These are checked in once a week when I confer with them, so they never know when I am going to check.
·       The same goes for writing. Pop – Checks!
·       Your child SHOULD be reading at least 20 minutes a night.
·       Morning Work is assigned on Monday. They have 5 pages a week.
·       Quote of the Week is due Friday. They have from Monday on to complete this.
·       Book Reports, Stretch and WOW Words are available on One Note as enrichment work.
·       With Social Studies, your child should take notes on One Note with each lesson. Same for science.
·       I DO NOT assign homework over the weekend, except reading. So, only if your child was absent or didn’t finish their work during “Fun Friday” they should not have anything except reading.

Our Halloween Party is quickly approaching. If you didn’t attend Curriculum Night, we have spots open for Organizers of the Holiday Party and Valentine’s Day. I will give you the parent contact sheet and the money to throw the party. Remember, due to allergies ONLY fruit or veggies at the parties. 

October 7th is our FUN RUN! Our goal is $40 per student! Please wear your class t-shirts and a lot of YELLOW FLAIR! We run from 9:00am-9:30pm. 

That is all for now. Please check back on the first of every month AND when I write “check blog” in the Communication Notebook.
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PTO Calendar of Events

Growth Mindset
The Power of… YET!


Take Care,