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Announcements Week of 11/13  

Hello Patriot Families! 

I hope you had a great long weekend! We have a nice, normal week ahead of us! Here it is at a glance...

 

Schedule:

Monday- E Day, new math and reading homework uploaded 

Tuesday- F Day, morning specials, spelling test and homework due, new lists will be uploaded to Word Study Team and due next F day 11/27

Wednesday- A Day

Thursday- B Day

Friday- C Day, afternoon specials (wear appropriate shoes for PE), math and reading homework due, Fall Festival 5:30-7:30

 

Learning About:

Math- continuing long division, assessment will likely be Wednesday, then moving onto review multi step problems with mixed operations

Reading- continuing our novel study on A Dog's Life and working on theme and summarizing and context clues skills 

Writing- putting the finishing touches on our final draft of our personal narrative, making a cover for our story, printing (I print them at school) and displaying/ sharing them!

Science- reviewing and finishing up Sun, Moon, and Earth, quiz on the causes of day and night and seasons will likely be Tuesday 

Social Studies- beginning Pirates study 

 

Other Information:

Please return report card envelope signed and our student expectations quarterly review contract signed if you have not done so already.

Fall Festival is Friday the 17th from 5:30-7:30 and the theme is Circus/ Under the Big Top. A sheet went home about ticket purchases and costs. 

If you're interested in your child entering the STEM Fair, let me know. a flyer went home about it and the person in charge of it would like to get a count. 

 

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 11/6   

Hello Patriot Families! I hope you had a restful weekend and are ready for a short school week! Here is our week at a glance...

***If you have any regular 20oz. empty pop bottles with the cap included that you can donate for a science experiment, I would GREATLY appreciate it! I will need about 20 of them by Thursday this week and I've only been able to collect a couple myself. 

 

Schedule:

Monday- B Day, math and reading homework from last week is due.

NO NEW MATH OR READING HOMEWORK- ENJOY THE SHORT WEEK AND LONG WEEKEND!

There will be a STEM Fair meeting in Mr. Pleis' classroom at 5:00 for those interested in participating in the STEM fair this year.

Chess Team will be announced and letters will go home this day. 

Tuesday- C Day, specials in the afternoon (wear appropriate shoes for PE).

MAKE-UP Picture day.

Also, please be sure to send in either your picture packs with any or all unwanted pictures, or the money for them, or both if you're only purchasing some of the pictures. Directions and money envelope are inside the picture packs.

Report cards go home, please sign the envelope and return the envelope only with your child the next day. 

Wednesday- D Day

Thursday- No Day, EARLY RELEASE at 12:20! Please let me know of any transportation changes. 

Friday- NO SCHOOL

 

Learning About:

Math- Long division

Reading- A Dog's Life novel study, and studying tall tales and their characteristics

Writing- Finishing touches on typed final draft of personal narrative 

Science- Earth's rotation/ causes of day and night, and Earth's revolution/ causes of seasons 

 

Other Information:

Virus Update: Still working to tackle the virus, so we still highly encourage no one to access their wifi from student devices at home until further notice. 

Huge shoutout to students, our class demonstrated exemplary behavior on our field trip to Camp Don Lee on Friday! It was an absolute blast and I'm so proud of their representation of Stateside Patriots! Another huge thanks to you, parents, for getting kiddos to school and picking them up promptly to help make our field trip run so smoothly! See the Scoop for some pictures!

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 10/30  

Hello Patriot families! I hope you all were able to sharpen your saw over the beautiful weekend! Here is our week at a glance...

 

Schedule:

Monday- C Day, specials in the afternoon (please make sure your child wears appropriate shoes for PE), I will be finalizing grades for quarter 1. I still have a few things to add to the gradebook. New math and reading homework will be uploaded. Due to the virus threat and students not accessing internet connections other than the OCS network, I will remind all students how to download it ahead of time at school so they can view it in their downloads once at home (no internet needed). If there are any troubles, please encourage your child to advocate for himself or herself and let me know so we can troubleshoot or I can accommodate as needed. Due to our field trip Friday, math and reading homework won't be due until the following Monday the 6th :)  

Tuesday- D Day, end of quarter 1 grading period (report cards will go home Nov. 7th), your child can wear his or her costume for $1 (nothing gory of course). 

Wednesday- E Day, we will be hosting a Tech Night at 5:30pm, more information on this will go out as I receive it and will also be in the Stateside Scoop for this week once it goes out. 

Thursday- F Day, specials in the morning, Spelling test and homework due, new lists will be uploaded and due next F day. 

Friday- A Day, FIELD TRIP DAY! Remember, this is an extended day trip and students will arrive need to arrive at school between 7:15-7:30. Buses will be leaving at 7:45. Make sure your child has his or her packed lunch and proper clothing. Hopefully we will have clear skies and dry ground. There will be a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes. Layers will probably be best, as it will likely be a chilly morning but pleasant afternoon. The bus ride is long, so if students can fit a book or drawing pad in their lunchbox and want to take it for the bus ride, that's fine with me. They are responsible for anything they take, but we cannot take backpacks with us. Your child will not need their backpack at all that day, just lunchbox. We will arrive back at 5:00pm for you to pick up your child. 

 

Learning About:

Math- Long division

Reading- A Dog's Life novel study and Study Island practice on our benchmark weak areas (capitalization, summarizing texts, and root words/ affixes).

Writing- finishing typing and putting the final touches on our personal narrative

Science- moon phases and Earth's rotation 

 

Other Information:

Operation Christmas Child as ran by our NEHS is going on and fourth grade is collecting the following items if you can donate any: blankets, shirts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear, flip-flops, scarf, mittens, gloves, hats, tote bag, purse, bracelets (can be hand-made!), hair bows. Items are due by Nov. 9th but can be brought in at any time between now and then! 

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 10/23  

Hello Patriot Families! I hope you had a great weekend! Here is our week at a glance...

Monday and Tuesday we will be taking our county benchmarks for reading and math. Please make sure your child brings his or her laptop to school charged and arrives on time.

It is also Red Ribbon Week, the theme for each day is listed below. 

Schedule:

Monday- D Day, wear red, Reading County Benchmark on Study Island, new math and reading homework uploaded to Teams

Tuesday- E Day, crazy socks, Math County Benchmark on NC Test

Wednesday- F Day, bright colors, morning specials Media, Art, and Music, Spelling test and homework due, new spelling lists will be uploaded and due next F day, grades 3-5 optional STEM Fair meeting for parents 5:30 (information on STEM Fair will go home Monday) 

Thursday- A Day, wear mismatched clothing, Optional Ident-A-Kid picture day for ID 9:00 (more information on this will go home soon) 

Friday- B Day, wear 4th grade team color- orange, math and reading homework due 

 

Learning About:

Math- multiplying multi digit numbers using a variety of methods (assessment for this standard will likely be Friday)  

Reading- A Dog's Life novel study 

Writing- personal narrative, we will be finishing typing our final drafts 

Science- Moon Phases and Earth's rotation 

 

Other Information:

Operation Christmas Child is starting again! Items are due by November 9th. Here is what fourth graders have been asked to bring in: *4th Grade items to bring: blankets, shirts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear, flip-flops, scarf, mittens, gloves, hats, tote bag, purse, bracelets (can be hand-made!), hair bows.

The end of the grading period for quarter 1 is October 31st. Report cards will go home November 7th. A half sheet of paper went home the week before last with directions on how students can check their grades on their laptop. We have done it together in class so they should already know how to do it. This is a great tool to utilize to check for missing work, or what he or she can improve on, as well as encourage them to be advocates for themselves and their grades.

Link for conference sign up is below. Due to other events taking place in the library, we will meet in our classroom 516 for all conferences. If it is outside normal offices hours (after 4:30) the front doors are locked and no one is usually in the office to buzz people in, but I will wrap up each conference and be down there to let parents in as promptly as possible. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e45aaae2faaf85-conferences2

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 10/16  

Hello Patriot Families! 

I hope your weekend was great! It's looking like the temps this week will finally start to feel like Fall! Here is our week at a glance...

 

Schedule:

Monday- F Day (morning specials-Media, Art, Music), new math and reading homework uploaded, Spelling test and homework due (lists and menu are on Word Study Team in Office 365), new Spelling lists will be uploaded, and as a reminder for those it pertains to 4th Grade AIG testing (if this pertains to you, you already recevied a letter about it) starts about 8:45. 

Tuesday- A Day, AIG testing continues 

Wednesday-B Day 

Thursday- EARLY RELEASE Day, please let me know of transportation changes, and field trip permission slip and money due! This will be the final day to get permission slips and money in due to Camp Don Lee needing our numbers, etc. 

Friday- C Day (afternoon specials- PE, Spanish, Cultural Awareness), math and reading homework due 

 

Learning About:

Math- multiplying 4 digit by 1 digit, and 2 digit by 2 digit, etc. using a variety of methods 

Reading- novel study on A Dog's Life, focus on inferencing 

Writing- typing and putting finishing touches on final draft of personal narrative 

Social Studies- finishing up 3 regions of North Carolina 

 

Other Information:

Please help ensure your child is effectively charging his/her laptop each night, and bringing it back to school the next day. 

The sign up link for conferences is below! 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e45aaae2faaf85-conferences2

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 10/9  

Hello Patriot Families! I hope you had a great weekend! Here is our week at a glance!

 

Schedule:

Monday- No school for students 

Tuesday- B Day, Picture day, new math and reading homework will be uploaded to Teams on Office 365 

Wednesday- C Day, afternoon specials (please make sure your child wears the appropriate shoes for PE)

Thursday- D Day

Friday- E Day, math and reading homework due, field trip money and permission slip due!

 

Learning About:

Math- using the four operations to solve word problems

Reading- novel study

Writing- personal narrative 

Grammar- subjects and predicates

Social Studies- 3 regions of North Carolina

Science- moon phases 

 

Important Information:

I have confirmed all three necessary chaperones for the field trip. I GREATLY appreciate the volunteers! For this first field trip of the year, I went with the three who confirmed they could attend and sent the money in for both themselves and their child. Thank you again so much, and I appreciate knowing for more upcoming field trips I have an abundance of volunteers! If you wish to attend anyway, there is the option to drive separate and meet us there. We would need to call to confirm that anyone who meets us there is able to participate with the groups they divide us into and rotate through things with us. Let me know if you are interested in this option. 

Please help ensure your child is charging their computer each night and remembering to bring it to school each day. 

Spelling homework is in Office 365 Teams and will be due next Monday (F Day) the 16th. 

CONFERENCES: Conferences will be held Tuesday October 24th- Saturday October 28th. A Sign Up Genuis link is included in this email register for a day and time. Due to the larger class sizes, fourth and fifth grade teachers are hosting a large portion of conferences on Saturday the 28th, however, there are still several time slots during the weekday evenings too. All conferences will be in the library unless otherwise notified. 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E45AAAE2FAAF85-conferences2

 

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you!

 


Announcements Week of 10/2  

Hello Patriot Families! 

I hope you had a restful weekend and are enjoying the cooler temps! Here is our week at a glance...

 

Schedule:

Monday- C Day, afternoon specials (please have your child wear appropriate shoes for PE), and new math and reading homework distributed

Tuesday- D Day 

Wednesday- E Day

Thursday- F Day, morning specials, Spelling test and homework due, new spelling homework distributed  

Friday- A Day, math and reading homework due 

 

Learning About:

Math- problem solving using a variety of operations and steps

Reading- continuing our novel study of A Dog's Life

Writing- continuing our personal narrative and moving toward writing our rough draft

Grammar- parts of speech review

Social Studies- the 3 regions of NC 

 

Other Information/ Important Dates:

Thank you to everyone for getting your Federal Impact Aid cards back to me so quickly! I greatly appreciate it! If you have not signed and returned the progress report slip, please do so! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 9/25  

Hello Patriot Families! 

I hope you had a great weekend! Here is our week at a glance...

 

Schedule:

Monday- D Day, new math and reading homework, this time, it will be accessed via Office 365 on their laptops and answers will be recorded on a separate sheet of paper which I will outline with them. I have showed them how to download the document just in case there is a situation with no internet, they can access it via their downloads. If there is any trouble with it, I will gladly provide a paper copy to any student who requests one. 

             Reminder that I will unfortunately not be able to attend Open House due to a course I am enrolled in that takes place at the same time. So sorry! 

             IMPACT AID Federal cards will being going home tomorrow! PLEASE fill it out very carefully and return it Tuesday with your child! It is crucial we get all cards back and filled out correctly as soon as possible! Thank you for your help in ensuring this! 

             Book Fair open from 8am-7pm

Tuesday- E Day, book fair open 8am-4pm

Wednesday- F Day, specials in the AM (Media- this will be their book fair shopping time, Art, Music)

Thursday- A Day, Interims! I will be showing students how to access their grades on their computers and send directions out for this as well. You need only to sign a slip that will go home that states you saw their grades and return it as soon as possible. Again, if no internet access if available, I will gladly print a copy of your child's grades! 

Friday- B Day, math and reading homework due 

 

Learning About:

Math- Finishing up rounding and estimating sums and differences

Reading- Novel study on A Dog's Life emphasis on character traits and story elements 

Writing- Drafting a personal narrative 

Grammar- parts of speech review 

Social Studies- Map features 

 

Other Information/ Important Dates:

Everyone seems to be doing a great job remembering to charge their laptop at home each night and bring it back to school each day! Students are really catching on well to Microsoft Teams and we're excited to utilize in class regularly! Again, my apologies for not being able to attend open house tomorrow! 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask! 

 


Announcements Week of 9/18   

Hello Patriot Families! 

I hope you had a great weekend! Here is our week at a glance! 

 

Schedule:

Monday- F Day New homework for math and reading goes home. Specials in the AM Media, Art, Music. 

Tuesday- A Day Charleston Wrap Fundraiser ends 

Wednesday- B Day

Thursday- No Day- Early Release at 12:20 please let me know in advance if there are any transportation changes for this day! 

Friday- C Day Math and reading homework due. Specials in the PM PE (please wear appropriate shoes), Spanish, and Cultural Awareness. 

 

Learning About:

Math- Rounding and estimating sums and differences 

Reading- Novel study for A Dog's Life 

Writing- Personal narrative graphic organizer and rough draft 

Science- Finished up scientific method

Social Studies- NC state notes and map features 

 

Other Information/ Important Dates:

Open House is next Monday 9/25 5:30-7:00- I will unfortunately not be able to attend this event due to a scheduling conflict with a course I am enrolled in that takes place every Monday evening from 5-7 as well. I'm very sorry I cannot be at the Open House, but please know our classroom is always open and if you ever have any questions or concerns, please let me know! Also, conferences are just around the corner (more info. to come on that) so that will be a great time for us to chat about your child and what we've been accomplishing so far this year!

 

Hopefully your child has enjoyed their laptop! Please make sure they charge it each night, leave the charger at home, and bring their laptop back to school each day fully charged! They are going to be a wonderful tool for our learning throughout the year. I am very excited to get them trained in Microsoft Office and using it regularly for class work, quizzes, tests, projects, and activities. Eventually we will make the transition to homework on Office 365 instead of paper copies (not this week though!). They will also be trained on how to check their grades from their laptop as well. Remember, the filtering system on the internet works at home just like it works at school! 

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask! 


Announcements Week of 9/11  

Hello Patriot Families!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I'm sure we're all grateful we won't be enduring any major impacts of Hurricane Irma. My prayers are with the people of Florida and I hope if you have any family or friends there, they are safe. 

 

Here is the week at a glance:

Schedule:

Monday- A Day Patriot Day National Day of Service and Remembrance 

             New Math and Reading homework goes home- we are going through all the directions and even a couple example problems in class so              that all students know the expectation of homework and all questions are hopefully answered ahead of time :) Every student did a                    FANTASTIC job remembering to complete it with effort and get it turned in.  

Tuesday- B Day 

Wednesday- C Day 

                   Students have Specials in the afternoon- PE, Spanish, and Cultural Awareness

Thursday- D Day

Friday- E Day

           Math and Reading homework are due 

 

Learning About:

Math- Rounding and estimating sums and differences through the millions place values

Reading- Novel study on A Dog's Life and elements of the story and character traits 

Writing- Brainstorming and beginning to organize a personal narrative 

Science- Conducting experiments using the Scientific Method 

 

Other Information:

There were some slight changes made to our schedule (lunch time, specials on F days, switched math and reading times, etc). There will be a copy attached to the email and I always update it on the school website when any changes are made. 

 

Laptops will be issued likely at the beginning of this week! I have all permission slips, however, please make sure you pay the $25 laptop fee. You can also still purchase a laptop sleeve with handles from the school for $15 if desired. 

 

Student planners were generously donated to our class! We are SO very lucky and thankful to have received such a gracious and unexpected donation. They should be arriving tomorrow and from then on, students can make sure to copy my agenda on the board daily with their homework and other reminders as they pop up. Please sign or initial that you see your child's planner each day next to the parent signature spot. It is a great communication tool, so if you ever want to write a little note in it to me, please do so as I check their planners every day as well! 

 

A big shout out to the class for doing an exceptional job with a science experiment we did last week! They were challenged to form a group of 5 or 6 people and create a 'vehicle' with only a few supplies. They planned it out excellently and then the biggest challenge... They had to construct their vehicle without talking! They crushed the challenge and every 'vehicle' successfully traveled a measurable distance when tested! Congratulations to the winning group who earned bragging rights and their picture in the hallway!

 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  


Announcements Week of 9/4  

Hello Patriot Families!

I hope you all enjoyed an extra long weekend! Our week at a glance is listed below! Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Schedule:

Tuesday- C Day This our first 1/2 Wave day. Students will attend PE (please make sure they wear appropriate shoes), followed by Spanish, and Cultural Awareness in the afternoon.

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser kickoff- information to be sent home about it.

Wednesday- D Day 

Thursday- E Day

Friday- F Day Students get their second 1/2 Wave day. They will attend Art, Media, and Music in the morning. 

 

Learning About:

Reading- beginning a literature novel study!

Math- review of place value and number sense 

Writing- starting the brainstorming and drafting process to our first narrative story 

Science- (my favorite!!!) learning about and conducting experiments using the Scientific Method! 

 

Other Information:

We had a great first week of school doing so many fun activities to get to know each other better- including painting rocks the first day! I can already see a wonderful class dynamic building. I will attach a few pictures of our first week to our announcements email! To answer a few questions I've been receiving:

- Laptop permission slips went home last week. Please sign and return them and if you have not already paid the $25 fee, please do so! As soon as our media specialist relays information on when students can receive their laptops, I will let you know (we're hoping maybe later this week or early next week?!). Here is a great link on Onslow County 1:1 devices for parents to look over.  http://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/Default.asp?L=2&LMID=&PN=Pages&DivisionID=2543&DepartmentID=2473&SubDepartmentID=&SubP=Level2&PageID=25462&SubPageID=20161

- Student planners... Currently our students are using one of their composition notebooks as a weekly planner. This is temporary as we as a fourth grade team are in the process of discussing alternatives, such as ways of purchasing planners for our fourth grade students, or using a monthly calendar that would be kept in their "Take Home" folder. This week our fourth grade team will continue this discussion, and I will be sure to let you know when we make a change to their organization system. For now, weekly homework assignments and notes will be written in their planner composition notebook. If you could check it sometime throughout the week and sign or initial it, I would greatly appreciate it! 

 

A BIG THANK YOU to all for the generosity with supplies (for students and our classroom) as well as great communication on transportation the first week of school! Thank you for all you do and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask! Can't wait for another fabulous week! 


Announcements Week of 8/28  

It's finally here! The first week of school is about to be in session! It's going to be a fantastic year full of new learning strategies, techniques, fun projects, and of course a laptop for each student! I wanted to briefly answer questions about laptops that I got at Open House. In the upcoming beginning weeks of school, you will receive a notice about laptops to give permission for your child to have one. There is a $25 fee that you will send back with the permission slip. Once your child has been issued a laptop, they will be responsible for taking it home and charging it each night and bringing it back to school fully charged. You will also need some form of protection for it (i.e. sleeve, case, special backpack with a foam liner for laptops). This is all the information I have now and I'll continue to relay laptop information as I get it! 

Back to announcements... Every Sunday I will email announcements. These are just a brief overview of important reminders/ dates, a schedule of the week and what is going on each day, as well as what what we're working on in each content area. These are meant to be brief but informative so of course if you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Just a few announcements to kick off the week...

We're on a 6 day Wave rotation (like previous years) except now each day is a 'letter' day (A,B,C,D,E,F days) and our specials as a fourth grade are broken apart between C and F days instead of all in one day. Please refer to our class schedule you obtained at Open House for more details. It is also posted under the schedule tab of my page on our school website. Updates will be made to our schedule as needed. 

Monday- No Wave

             Please make sure you have indicated to me how your child is getting home, especially their bus number if he or she is a bus rider!                    Please also send any and all school supplies with your child tomorrow, as we will be unpacking and organizing them. 

Tuesday- No Wave

Wednesday- No Wave

Thursday- A day

Friday- B day

As for content: This week will primarily be an introduction/ review to how our classroom operates, as well as our school wide expectations. We will also be doing a lot of fun back from summer, and team/ relationship building activities. Later in the week, we'll begin review content from last year, and previewing new content in math and reading. 

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and I can't wait to see all the students tomorrow! 

 


Open House!   

Open House is scheduled for August 24th from 3:30-6:00pm. You are welcome to come meet me, if you haven't already ;). You can drop off your child's supplies and check out the classroom (room 516). If you attend open house, I ask that upon entering the classroom you sign in and write down your email address (very important for weekly announcement emails from me) and indicate the mode of transportation your child will use the first day/ week of school and regularly to get home. There will be two stacks of paperwork for you. The top stack are papers that need filled out and returned to me as soon as possible (you're welcome to fill them out here or take them with and send them back the first week), and the bottom stack is information for you to keep. I am so excited for a great school year and can't wait to meet/ see every one! :)


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