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WELCOME TO FOURTH GRADE!  This website will help provide parents and students with school and classroom information.

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Welcome Parents!
It is hard to believe that it is already time for a new school year to begin. I am delighted to be your child’s teacher. This is a wonderful class of hardworking students and supportive parents It is a wonderful environment in which your child can safely learn and grow. I know that this is going to be an exciting year for all of us! To make the transition to fourth grade as smooth as possible and to ensure that this is your child’s best year, there are many policies and programs in our class that I would like for you to be aware of. I strongly believe that your child’s success in school not only depends on what I do as your child’s teacher, but also what you do as a parent to support your child throughout his/her educational experience. I hope that this letter serves as a means of information regarding routines and procedures that I will be using in my classroom. I will be discussing all of this with the students, but it would be helpful if you would go over them with your child as well. That way not only will your child know what I expect, but your child will be aware of the fact that you know what I expect as well. I have found that this has been extremely beneficial to everyone involved. One of the first topics that I would like to discuss is the class homework program and expectations. Each student will need a folder to help them organize their homework and other papers that need to be returned to school, and papers that can stay at home. We will work together in class on organizing papers and class work. Please be sure to go through the folder regularly with your child. They will need to have this folder with them at school everyday. Students will also receive a planner in which we will be recording all homework assignments. This way you and your child can see what work needs to be completed for the week and any long term assignments. I encourage you to check your child’s planner regularly to ensure that all work is being completed. Students are expected to read at home for at least 90 minutes a week. Students will be recording the books they are reading on their reading log each night. Please be sure to review your child’s entries to verify that your child has read. I will be checking their logs regularly. Over the course of the first trimester fourth graders are encouraged to read books at their reading level. We will be using the STAR reading portion of the Accelerated Reader program to help students determine their reading level and progress throughout the year. They will not however, be required to earn A.R. points. Instead, they will be participating in a 40 book challenge. I will be challenging your child to read 40 books this school year. This will allow your child to experience books of different genres and develop a lifelong love of reading. We will be going over this thoroughly in class and at Back to School Night. In addition to reading each night, your child will receive a weekly Spelling packet each Thursday . This packet will be due the following Thursday. Spelling tests will be every Thursday. Reading and Math homework will typically consist of any unfinished class work or an enrichment/review page that will be due the next day. Any unfinished class work will be placed in the homework folder to be returned the next day. It is my hope that this will allow you and your child flexibility in completing the work, and help your child develop time management and planning skills. Special projects and book reports will also come home with lots of advance notice and instructions. The next topic I would like to discuss is your child’s class work. In order to keep you informed of daily and weekly progress, your child will bring home a “Finished Work” folder most Fridays. This folder will have examples of his/her daily work and tests. Please look over the enclosed work, sign and date the signature log (attached to the folder), and have your child return the folder on the following Monday. Please go over test items with your child and quiz them during the week on items they have missed so that they may conquer those errors. Your signature on this form indicates that you’ve received, examined, and discussed your child’s work with him/her. I’ll also request your signature on certain tests and assignments to be sure that you’ve received them and are aware of his/her progress. This year our school district is shifting to common core standards. In Language Arts we will be using the Houghton Mifflin reading program. We will be focusing on reading fluency and comprehension. In mathematics we will be using the Engage NY program. This is a step by step program that will help build your child’s number sense and problem solving abilities. This program is going to challenge your child to think far beyond what they are used to. The work that your child brings home will look different than what you are used to seeing. Do not worry! Please rest assured that your child will be just fine. I am certain that with hard work they will rise to the occasion and be very successful. To help keep you up to date on upcoming events, daily assignments, and other important school information I have created a class website. On the website you can find some helpful links for math and language arts help. I will be posting math vocabulary as well as math help ideas as a reference for you to use with homework. There is also a class calendar and other district links. I strongly encourage you to visit the website regularly If your child is absent, please be sure to check the blog for assignments they missed and will need to make up. It is also important to remember that if your child is absent, they are still responsible for completing any missed class and homework. You can access our blog at http://mcs.monet.k12.ca.us/schools/TeacherWebsite/k-6/Riley.C. I know that this seems like an overwhelming amount of information. However, I feel it is important that you are aware of what is going on at school in order to help your child have a meaningful year. I am very confident this year will be a successful and meaningful one for your child. My purpose and goal is to make certain that it is a success. I invite you to be a part of our class family and look forward to working with your and your child. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 576-4683. You can also email me at riley.c@monet.k12.ca.us. You may use the QR code below. Please do not hesitate to “touch base” concerning your child’s performance or needs. Remember-together we can make a difference! Sincerely, Mrs. Riley
Monday, April 22, 2013

Homework

Math-None

Reading- NONE         

Spelling- NONE

Spanish- Los Verbos due Wednesday, May 1st

Solar System Project— Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

                                       -Final copy of report and project—due May 8th

 

In class today we did a little test review Jeopardy in preparations for testing tomorrow.  The children seem well prepared but need to remember to slow down and look carefully at answer choices before choosing an answer.  They make careless mistakes and miss simple questions because they move too quickly.  We tried wrapping up last week’s center work, but some children are still working to finish things up.  We continued learning about the solar system and the sun.  We also went to library skills.

A simple reading log will go home tomorrow for the Modesto Nuts Reading Program.  This is the final week!!

 

Reminders for this week:

School Pride Assembly—Friday@ 9:30 a.m.

STAR Testing April 22nd-April 26th

Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

Thursday, May 2nd—Riding Freedom Book Club (notes going home tomorrow)

Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

Final copy of report and project—due May 8th.
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homework

Math-None

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry        

Spelling- Unit 31—due Friday

Spanish- Los Verbos due Wednesday, May 1st

Solar System Project—due May 8th

 

In class today we reviewed out test release questions in preparation for the STAR test.  We talked about testing strategies so that the children are prepared for next week.  We learned the Earth is part of a solar system in the Milky Way Galaxy.  We also did a cute activity reviewing our place in space.  I was surprised to find that many children were confused about what city, state, and country they live in.  We reviewed measurement in math today and focused on length in inches, feet, yards, and miles.   The children also went to P.E. and got to watch a little more of the end of the movie Charlotte’s Web.

School Pride Assembly will be held this Friday.  Multiplication Olympics awards will be given out at this assembly.  A note has already gone home if your child is receiving an award/s.

 

Reminders for this week:

School Pride Assembly—Friday@ 9:30 a.m.

STAR Testing April 22nd-April 26th

Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

Thursday, May 2nd—Riding Freedom Book Club (notes going home tomorrow)

Final copy of report and project—due May 8th
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Homework

Math-Test practice page 549 all

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry

            -Finish practice book pages from today’s center work

Spelling- Unit 31—due Friday

Spanish- None

Solar System Project—due May 8th

 

In class today we read Call of the Wild and did center work to practice the vocabulary.  We took a quiz on last week’s skills.  We practiced using a calendar to find information.  The children went to P.E. and got to watch a quick video about relaxing and not worrying about the upcoming STAR test.

For those children who have/are reading Riding Freedom, there will be a school Book club on May 2nd.  A note will come home tomorrow with all of the details.  I know that many of the children have read the book and would greatly enjoy a morning of fun.

School Pride Assembly will be held this Friday.  Multiplication Olympics awards will be given out at this assembly.  A note will go home tomorrow if your child is receiving an award/s.

 

Reminders for this week:

School Pride Assembly—Friday@ 9:30 a.m.

STAR Testing April 22nd-April 26th

Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

Thursday, May 2nd—Riding Freedom Book Club (notes going home tomorrow)

Final copy of report and project—due May 8th.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Homework

Math-Finish Enrich 22.8/22.9

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry

            -Finish practice book pages from today’s center work

Spelling- Unit 30—due Friday

Spanish- None

Solar System Project—due May 8th

 

In class today we reread the story Animal Homes and took our story test. The children did VERY well on this.  We went to library skills where the children learned about encyclopedias.  We began our work on this week’s spelling unit.  In math we did more test prep and learned about elapsed time.  Tonight’s homework is more of the same.  We also began our unit on the solar system.

I placed a more detailed outline form for the solar system project under the assignments tab on here.  And, yes, it is in PDF form so apple users should be able to open it with no problem.  You DO NOT need to use this form, but it may be helpful to help your child organize their thoughts and information.

School Pride Assembly will be held this Friday.  Multiplication Olympics awards will be given out at this assembly.  A note will go home tomorrow if your child is receiving an award/s.

 

Reminders for this week:

School Pride Assembly—Friday@ 9:30 a.m.

STAR Testing April 22nd-April 26th

Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

Final copy of report and project—due May 8th.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Homework

Math-Finish class work pg. 531-532(12-38 even; 41-44)

            Enrich 22.6

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry

            -Finish practice book pages from today’s center work

Spelling- Unit 30—due Friday

Spanish- None

Choose top three solar system project topics—parent note due tomorrow.

 

In class today we reread the story Animal Homes  and reviewed center work from yesterday.   We the next two chapters in Charlotte’s Web and discussed the story plot.  IN Spanish the children learned descriptive sentences to describe a person.  In math we did some test review and learned how to multiply and divide money amounts.  We also reviewed last night’s homework.  The children also went to library check out.

Please be sure to see the post below regarding tomorrow’s field trip.  A hard copy went home today.

PICTURE DAY is also tomorrow.  Since our class has a field trip, we will be trying to get the class in to take pictures first thing in the morning.  If this is not possible, then we will have to take pictures when we return from our trip.  Fortunately, we will be indoors for this trip so your children should not get too messy.

A note regarding our final project for this year went home today.  Please read and return the yellow note tomorrow with your child.  They will need to have at least three topics that they would like to research.  The children expressed their displeasure with the first come first serve method we used to pick projects earlier this year, so we decided that drawing popsicle sticks was acceptable.

Reminders for this week:

Field Trip- Tomorrow- 9 a.m.-12 noon

Picture Day--Tomorrow

STAR Testing April 22nd-April 26th

Rough Draft of Solar system project—due April 26th

Final copy of report and project—due May 8th.

Tuesday, March 9, 2013

Homework

Math-Finish class work pg. 525(7 & 8); pg. 527 (7-21 odd); 529(8-20 even; 21-24)

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry

            -Finish practice book pages from today’s center work

Spelling- Unit 30—due Friday

Spanish- None

 

In class today we read and did center work for the story Animal Homes.   We read the next chapter in Charlotte’s Web and discussed the story plot.  In math we reviewed adding and subtracting with money.  This was pretty basic for the children so we have moved along quickly.  Tonight’s math may be a challenge for some children so please be sure to look over it with them.  We did several problems together in class so hopefully that helped.  We also went to P.E.

Please be sure to see the post below regarding this week’s field trip.  A hard copy will be going home tomorrow.

 

Reminders for this week:

Field Trip- Thursday- 9 a.m.-12 noon

 

A note with yoru child's current A.R. point toal went home today.  Please remember that time is running out for them to meet their 30 point goal.

Congratulations to the the following children who have met or exceeded their A.R. reading goal for the second semester.  GOOD JOB!

Liz

Abby

Bella

Emma

Kylie

Joey

Areeya

Great Valley Museum Field Trip

Great Valley Museum Field Trip

Dear Parents,

Thursday will be our final field trip for the year to the Great Valley Museum located at the M.J.C. campus.  Thank you to those parents who volunteered to drive.  We will definitely need your help getting all of the students across town.  We will be leaving school at nine o’clock and returning before noon.  We will be returning to school in time to eat lunch at school so please plan for your child as you normally do.  Please make sure that your child is wearing comfortable shoes and has a sweater.  It may be windy so dressing in layers is recommended.

These parents have volunteered to drive.  From my estimates of how many children will fit in each car, we have JUST ENOUGH parent drivers, so please let me know A.S.A.P. if your plans have changed and you cannot attend.

Mrs. Culvahouse(3)

Mrs. Diaz(5)

Mrs. Moon(3)

Mrs. Arnold(5)

Miss Gonzales(3)

Mr. Duckart(3)

Thank you!!!

Mrs. Riley

Monday, April 8, 2013

Homework

Math-Enrich 22.1/22.2

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry

Spelling- Unit 30—due Friday

Spanish- None

 

Today was a crazy windy day.  The children did a great job getting right back to work.  We read and are finishing up Charlotte’s Web.  We also worked on finishing our poetry writing for our class poetry anthology.  We did practice for the upcoming STAR testing.  We reviewed how to use various sources for information as well as finding details in a story.  In math we compared money amounts and learned how to make change. 

 

Reminders for this week:

Dentist check up -tomorrow

Field Trip- Thursday- 9-12

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Homework

Math-Enrich 21.6/21.7/finish classwork

-Multiplication practice (only for children who have not earned gold medals)

Reading- read for 30 minutes/1 entry

Spelling- Unit 29—due Thursday

Spanish- None

 

Today was a fun day.  We had a school pride assembly.  Congratulations to Isabella for being our new Student of the month!  Several of the children got to perform Irish dancing with the some other third grade students.  They looked great! We did spelling practice.  In Spanish the children began to learn the names for body parts (head, arms, etc.)  In math we learned about line plots and how to find the mean and mode of data.  The children also went to library check out and had multiplication olympics.

 

Reminders for this week:

School Pride Assembly- Wednesday at 9:30

Minimum Day Thursday; 1:40 dismissal

Friday- NO SCHOOL!!!

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