2019 – Week #3 – January 22nd, 2019

Welcome back to a short week! We have a few things happening this week.

First and foremost, we are heading to our 2nd field trip to the Smith Center.  The topic of the trip is Innovation Nation, so it will be a great time!.  Here is a brief synopsis of the trip:

– Based on the two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS Saturday morning TV show, this brand new production brings to life world-changing innovations. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation – Live! will inspire students with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators – highlighting major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice.  Like the popular TV show, this production will stimulate students’ imagination and creativity.

Yearbooks are on presale for $20 so order them now before the price goes up to $25!

We have our ongoing Penny Wars where students are raising money for the 5th grade rafting trip.  The grade level that brings in the most money will get extra recess!  So far, 4th grade is in the lead!  The 5th grade teachers and students would like to thank everyone for helping with this.  It ends on the 31st.

A few flyers have gone out regarding AstroCamp!  We have a few slots left and need them filled.  Please hurry into the office to pay your $100 deposit to secure your child’s place.  It is a great opportunity to send your child to a safe learning environment where they will get hands on lessons on space and Earth sciences. We will be doing activities like zip lining, rocket building and launching, and stargazing. Don’t miss this opportunity!  If you have questions or concerns, you can ask me or Mrs. Richard.  We’ll be happy to help you out with this.

We have a few before and after school activities coming up.  One is a STEAM night where students can participate in experiments and activities.  Another is the Alaskan Husky STEM night this Thursday where students get to frolic and mingle with friendly Husky dogs.  A few other nights like STEM night in February and Literacy night in March are scheduled as well.  There may be a charge for some of these activities, as a few of them are fundraisers, so please be on the lookout for the flyers.

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Day 6 – Art
Wednesday: Day 1 – PE
Thursday: Day 2 – Library
Friday: Day 3 – SCIENCE

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Jan 7 – 31st: – Penny Wars
Jan 21: – No School (MLK Jr. Day)
Jan 22: – Field Trip to Smith Center
Jan 24: – Alaskan Husky STEM Night at 2:30 pm

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  No School
Tuesday: Spelling
Wednesday: Math and Spelling
Thursday: Study spelling words for test

SPELLING: Sounds in the word Shout
however
couch
flowerpot
trout
mountain
towel
scowl
drowsy
mound
ounce
browse
grouch
scout
coward
announce
eyebrow
shout
outdoors
hound
boundary

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2019 Week #2 – January 14th, 2019

Hello everyone.  I hope that you had a nice weekend and are ready to get back to action this week.

A few things are going on this month.  First, we have our ongoing Penny Wars where students are raising money for the 5th grade rafting trip.  The grade level that brings in the most money will get extra recess!  So far, 4th grade is in the lead!  The 5th grade teachers and students would like to thank everyone for helping with this.  It ends on the 31st.

Secondly, a few flyers have gone out regarding AstroCamp!  We have a few slots left and need them filled.  Please hurry into the office to pay your $100 deposit to secure your child’s place.  It is a great opportunity to send your child to a safe learning environment where they will get hands on lessons on space and Earth sciences. We will be doing activities like zip lining, rocket building and launching, and stargazing. Don’t miss this opportunity!  If you have questions or concerns, you can ask me or Mrs. Richard.  We’ll be happy to help you out with this.

We have a three day weekend coming up in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  That means no school on Monday the 21st! Please stay safe if anyone is traveling for the weekend.

We have a few before and after school activities coming up.  One is a STEAM night where students can participate in experiments and activities.  Another is the Alaskan Husky STEM night where students get to frolic and mingle with friendly Husky dogs.  A few other nights like STEM night in February and Literacy night in March are scheduled as well.  There may be a charge for some of these activities, as a few of them are fundraisers, so please be on the lookout for the flyers.

This Friday we have Donuts with Dads at 7:30.  Please feel free to come with any family member that can make it!

Last week, I was out one day and the students had a guest teacher for the day.  I just wanted to share that the teacher said the class was wonderful and they worked hard all day!  Thank you all for being a great class!

On Tuesday the 22nd, we have our next field trip to the Smiths Center.  The topic of the trip is Innovation Nation, so it will be a great time!.  Here is a brief synopsis of the trip:

– Based on the two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS Saturday morning TV show, this brand new production brings to life world-changing innovations. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation – Live! will inspire students with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators – highlighting major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice.  Like the popular TV show, this production will stimulate students’ imagination and creativity.

Yearbooks are on presale for $20 so order them now before the price goes up to $25!

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: Day 1 – PE
Tuesday: Day 2 – Library
Wednesday: Day 3 – SCIENCE
Thursday: Day 4 – PE
Friday: Day 5 – Music

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Jan 7 – 31st: – Penny Wars
Jan 18: – Donuts with Dad
Jan 21: – No School (MLK Jr. Day)
Jan 22: – Field Trip to Smith Center
Jan 24: – Alaskan Husky STEM Night

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  Math and Spelling
Tuesday: Spelling
Wednesday: Math and Spelling
Thursday: Study spelling words for test

SPELLING: Homophones
two
break
threw
beet
to
brake
through
thrown
too
there
by
throne
piece
their
bye
aloud
peace
they’re
beat
allowed

New Year – Week #1 01/07/2019

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that everyone had a pleasant and relaxing break.  Let’s make this a great second half!

Parents!  We only have a few spots left for Astrocamp so please make sure you get your deposit in to secure your child’s place!  It will be on the weekend of March 8th.

Yearbooks are on presale for $20 so order them now before the price goes up!

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: Day 2 – Library
Tuesday: Day 3 – SCIENCE
Wednesday: Day 4 – PE
Thursday: Day 5 – Music
Friday: Day 6 – Art

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Jan 7: – Classes Resume
Jan 7 – 31st: – Penny Wars
Jan 18: – Donuts with Dad
Jan 21: – No School (MLK Jr. Day)
Jan 22: – Field Trip to Smith Center

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  Spelling Pages ABC Order And Crossword
Tuesday: Math Page 235
Wednesday: Math Pages 238-241
Thursday: Study spelling words for test

SPELLING: Words with -ed or -ing

watched
studying
happened
robbing
watching
stopped
happening
slipped
danced
stopping
noticed
slipping
dancing
dried
noticing
hurried
studied
drying
robbed
hurrying

Week #18 – December 17, 2018

Season’s Greetings everyone!

We are in the final week of the semester.  We’ve been completing our midterm assessments and overall, we have seen plenty of improvement in student achievement.  Students are working hard daily to be where they need to be as fourth graders.

**URGENT**
Please have students return their field trip forms by Friday.  They are due along with the $5.00 bus fee.  The field trip to the Smith Center will be in January, but we need to finalize numbers.  This will be our second trip there this year.  If you would like to volunteer and attend as a chaperone, please make sure you have the CCSD volunteer credentials.

This week, we are having a pajama day on Friday the 21st.  Students can wear their warm, comfy jammies all day long.  We will also be having a party Friday near 1:30 pm.  Students are encouraged to bring store bought treats to share.  Students will also be taking home their  stockings on Friday.  They can still bring in surprise treats or gifts to stuff each other’s stockings.  Remember that we have 27 students in class

This Monday. our December Celebrations Websites or booklets are due.  Students have had 3 weeks to research 6 holidays celebrated in December and either create a website or a book to present their findings.   A few students have already completed theirs and I have created a site with their pages linked.  I will update it as students finish their projects.  Here is the link to their work:

https://sites.google.com/nv.ccsd.net/diazdecembercelebrations

We have a parent volunteer that will be coming in this week to test students on NV Citizenship Award requirements.  When a student passes off one of these, they will get their name on a hallway board showing the school that they have passed off one of them.  Students are to sign up for any they have studied and are ready to pass off.  There are 7 requirements that need to be passed off by May 2019.
1. State Song
2. State Symbols
3. NV Governors in order
4. Map of Counties
5. Map of Features (Mountains, rivers, etc…)
6. Map of Native Americans
7. Preamble of NV Constitution

AstroCamp registration is happening now.  It will continue until all the seats are gone, so hurry and get your $100 deposit in if you are sending your child to AstroCamp in March.

Yearbooks are on presale for $20 so order them now before the price goes up!

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: Day 3 – SCIENCE
Tuesday: Day 4 – PE
Wednesday: Day 5 – Music
Thursday: Day 6 – Art
Friday: Day 1 – PE

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Dec 17: – December Research project due
Dec 21: – Pajama Day, Winter Celebration, and Last Day of Semester!
Dec 22 – Jan 6: – Winter Break – No School
Jan 7: – Classes Resume

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  Math Page
Tuesday: Math Page
Wednesday: Math Page
Thursday: Return Field Trip Form

SPELLING: No Spelling this week

Week # 17 – December 10th, 2018

Happy Holidays everyone!

This month is speeding right by and we still have a great deal of things coming up.  First, this week we are opening our holiday student store for students to come in and buy gifts for family and friends.  Prices range from 25 cents to $11.00.  The store will be open from 8 am through 2 pm daily until this Friday.  Parents, please note that this store is supposed to be for students to buy gifts for others.  That’s why the prices are as low as they are.  Students were given an envelope to bring money for their shopping, so please be on the lookout for that.  They were also given an opportunity on Friday to go into the store to preview the items, so they know what items to buy and how much to bring.

Also this week, we will have an opportunity to visit the star lab on the stage of the multipurpose room.  It will be Tuesday afternoon.

This week, we are finishing up our December celebrations project.  Students are researching different celebrations from around the world by different countries and cultures.  They are due on Monday the 17th.  Students are either creating a website with their research, or a book.  Students have chosen their path and have been working on this for over a week now.  Most projects are near completion but please make sure students are completing it by Monday.

We have a parent volunteer that will be coming in this week to test students on NV Citizenship Award requirements.  When a student passes off one of these, they will get their name on a hallway board showing the school that they have passed off one of them.  Students are to sign up for any they have studied and are ready to pass off.  There are 7 requirements that need to be passed off by May 2019.
1. State Song
2. State Symbols
3. NV Governors in order
4. Map of Counties
5. Map of Features (Mountains, rivers, etc…)
6. Map of Native Americans
7. Preamble of NV Constitution

AstroCamp registration is happening now.  It will continue until all the seats are gone, so hurry and get your $100 deposit in if you are sending your child to AstroCamp in March.

Yearbooks are on presale for $20 so order them now before the price goes up!

Parents,  I had to rearrange the classroom to keep students from getting to chatty, but we still are having a hard time with a few students and their constant talking. Please talk to your children to remind them that there is a time and a place for socializing, but the classroom and hallways are not them.  I spoke to most of you about this during conferences, but some students are still finding it hard stop.  Unfortunately, citations will be given out more often to help stop this disruptive behavior.  If your child brings one home, please make sure you discuss it with them and work with them to improve in this aspect.

One last thing,  The students have been given a stocking and it is hung in the classroom.   Students are encouraged to fill each others’ stockings with treats and gifts.  We have 27 students in class, so please make sure you bring enough for everyone.  Some sample ideas are pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, rice crispy treats, candy canes, etc…  Students will take home their stockings on the 21st.

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: Day 4 – PE
Tuesday: Day 5 – Music
Wednesday: Day 6 – Art
Thursday: Day 1 – PE
Friday: Day 2 – Library

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Dec 10 – 14: – Santa Store
Dec 11: – Starlab
Dec 17: – December Research project due
Dec 21: – Last Day of Semester
Dec 22 – Jan 6: – Winter Break – No School
Jan 7: – Classes Resume

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  Spelling Page in ABC Order and Math 4-6 Worksheet
Tuesday: Spelling and Math
Wednesday: Spelling and Math Page
Thursday: Math Page

SPELLING: December Celebration Words (For this week)
Kwanzaa
Hanukkah
Christmas
celebrations
St. Lucia Day
St. Nicholas Day
traditions
chilly
snowman
stocking
candles
kinara
menorah
dreidel
December
New Year’s Eve
candy cane
jingle bells
cheer
star

Week #16 – December 3rd, 2018

Welcome to the first full week of December! We have a few busy weeks ahead of us before winter break. Please make sure everyone stays healthy and safe this holiday season.  Eat lots of healthy foods, wash your hands often, and get plenty of rest everyday!

We began our December Holiday Project last week where students are doing research on holiday celebrations around the world.  The final product will be a webpage or a booklet containing facts and images from their research.  The final project is due on the 17th.  Students will be working on this at school and at home.

This Friday evening is the Drop-N-Shop where parents who would like to do some shopping without the kids can drop off their potty-trained children for a fee and have them watched for a few hours while you go shopping.  More info has been sent home in a flyer, or you may see/call the front office for details.  It is a fundraiser for the classes at Goynes.

We have a parent volunteer that will be coming in on Friday the 7th to test students on NV Citizenship Award requirements.  When a student passes off one of these, they will get their name on a hallway board showing the school they have passed of one of them.  Students are to sign up for any they have studied and are ready to pass off.  There are 7 requirements that need to be passed off by May 2019.
1. State Song
2. State Symbols
3. NV Governors in order
4. Map of Counties
5. Map of Features (Mountains, rivers, etc…)
6. Map of Native Americans
7. Preamble of NV Constitution

AstroCamp registration is happening now.  It will continue until all the seats are gone, so hurry and get your $100 deposit in if you are sending your child to AstroCamp in March.

Yearbooks are on presale for $20 so order them now before the price goes up!

Parents,  I had to rearrange the classroom to keep students from getting to chatty, but we still are having a hard time with a few students and their constant talking. Please talk to your children to remind them that there is a time and a place for socializing, but the classroom and hallways are not them.  I spoke to most of you about this during conferences, but the students are still finding it hard stop.  Unfortunately, citations will be given out more often to help stop this disruptive behavior.  If your child brings one home, please make sure you discuss it with them and work with them to improve in this aspect.

One last thing,  The students have been given a stocking and it is hung in the classroom.   Students are encouraged to fill each others’ stockings with treats and gifts.  We have 27 students in class, so please make sure you bring enough for everyone.  Some sample ideas are pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, rice crispy treats, candy canes, etc…  Students will take home their stockings on the 21st.

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: Day 5 – Music
Tuesday: Day 6 – Art
Wednesday: Day 1 – PE
Thursday: Day 2 – Library
Friday: Day 3 – Science

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Dec 4 – 10: – Santa Store
Dec 7: – Drop-N-Shop – 5:30 pm
Dec 11: – Starlab
Dec 17: – December Research project due
Dec 21: – Last Day of Semester
Dec 22 – Jan 6: – Winter Break – No School
Jan 7: – Classes Resume

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  Math Page 175
Tuesday: Spelling and Math
Wednesday: Spelling and Math Page
Thursday: Math Page

SPELLING: December Celebration Words (For the next 2 weeks)
Kwanzaa
Hanukkah
Christmas
celebrations
St. Lucia Day
St. Nicholas Day
traditions
chilly
snowman
stocking
candles
kinara
menorah
dreidel
December
New Year’s Eve
candy cane
jingle bells
cheer
star

Week #15 – November 26th, 2018

Hello all and welcome to my favorite time of year! It’s holiday season!  We are going to make the last few weeks of the semester great ones.

We will begin our December Holiday Project this week where students will be doing research on holiday celebrations around the world.  The final product will be a booklet containing facts and images from their research.

This week we will have a couple of days of practice SBAC testing to see where the students stand.  It will be on Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday we will have crazy hair, clothes, and socks day.  Make them wild!

As we get into the cooler weather, please remind students to constantly wash their hands and to make sure to eat healthy breakfast and lunch.  We don’t want students getting sick and missing school days.

Parents, please remember that the first school bell rings at 7:50 and that students arriving after 8:00 am are marked tardy.  Those tardies do count and you might get notices from truancy court.

Astrocamp deposits are now being taken for our trip in March.  It is first come first served so please don’t wait!

Also, parents, even with our smaller class size, please continue to talk to your children about positive behavior in school and remind them to always be the best examples to everyone around them.  We are 4th grade upperclass students.  The younger students look up to us and follow our examples.  We are Kind, Responsible, and Respectful.

SPECIALISTS:
Monday: Day 6 – Art
Tuesday: Day 1 – PE
Wednesday: Day 2 – Library
Thursday: Day 3 – Science
Friday: Day 4 – PE

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Dec 2: – Crazy Hair Day
Dec 4 – 10: – Santa Store
Dec 21: – Last Day of Semester
Dec 22 – Jan 6: – Winter Break – No School
Jan 7: – Classes Resume

HOMEWORK:
Monday:  Spelling Page (Crossword Puzzle)
Tuesday: No Homework due to SBAC Interim testing (Students can still read and take AR tests tomorrow in class)
Wednesday: Spelling and Math Page
Thursday: Spelling Page and Study for Spelling Test

SPELLING: Words with ear, ir, our, ur

return
courage
surface
purpose
first
turkey
heard
early
turtle
birthday
journal
courtesy
nourish
purse
furniture
search
curtain
burrow
hamburger
survey