Best Books for 4th Graders

Friday, December 14, 2018
Here is a wonderful resource for recommended books for your 4th grader. I have sent this list home in this week's Friday Folder as well. The link takes you to (a great resource for technology exposure and usage as well). There are direct links to purchase these books if you are interested. These books may also be found through our Scholastic website (sometimes at a discounted rate) so if you are interested, check that out as well.

Best Books for 4th Graders
Scholastic Book Club
      *Class Code: H4KMH

December 7, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018
Happy Friday!

  • Make sure to check out this week's Friday Folder, where you will find our December Newsletter. It's full of our current learning focuses, important dates, and upcoming tests. This is where you will find the most up to date test dates.
  • I appreciate your patience as I continue to grade the last math test. It is taking a bit longer. I will be sending them home with your child on Monday, 12/10, so make sure to check with your child if they forget to show you. 
  • We are having some issues with homework lately. Some students are consistently turning in incomplete homework, or missing pieces of homework altogether. It is important that they realize homework is part of their "responsibility" grades on their trimester report card.
  • Reminder! Friday, December 21 is our last day of school before the Holiday Break. It is a minimum day (1 p.m. dismissal) so please make plans to pick your child up after school.
  • Our Holiday Break is 12/27-1/4, and we return to school (with our regular schedule) on Monday, January 7, 2019.
  • We are in need of some classroom supplies, in particular in white copy paper and glue sticks. We thank you for your support! 
  • I will be updating our class Amazon wish list next week. Make sure to check it out- it should be updated by Friday, 12/14.
  • I am currently working on a recommended reading list, of books that are age appropriate and engaging for the students. I will post it on here and notify you once I have done so.

Conferences/Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 12, 2018
Hello! We are in full swing with our Fall Conferences. I have enjoyed meeting with you to discuss your child's progress thus far, and look forward to continuing to work with you throughout the school year. Please note: Conferences continue this week, and therefore, we will maintain our minimum day schedule from Tuesday, 11/13-Friday, 11/16 (1 p.m. dismissal on all days).

Next week is Thanksgiving Break. There will be no school from Monday, 11/19-Friday, 11/23. We will return to school (and our regular schedule) on Monday, 11/26.

Our field trip to The Tech Museum is fast approaching! Please make sure that your child is at school on Tuesday, 11/27, by 7:40 a.m. They should be wearing comfortable clothes, as we will be walking to the Light Rail, and they will be moving around quite a bit throughout the day. If you are chaperoning the field trip, please make sure that your current TB test is on file with the front office. Please make sure that you send your child to school with their lunch. If you ordered a school lunch, I will be picking those up in the morning, and they will be in the classroom when your child arrives. Students should come to school with some sort of small bag/backpack that they will be able to carry throughout the day (it should fit their lunch and water bottle). They should dress in layers and a have a jacket that can easily be either tied around their waist, or put into their bags. More information will be sent home in this week's Friday Folder.

Students will have homework over the Thanksgiving Break- a Social Studies project about a specific California Indian Tribe. Information about the project will be sent home on Friday. Students should also read throughout the week, but I will not be assigning it to be done daily, as it is both a holiday and they have a project to complete. However, the more they read, the better! They may also work on Lexia, Dreambox, and Typing- all of which they can access via the BUSD Clever Portal.

Social Studies Update

Friday, October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

I wanted to let you know about the Social Studies materials that are coming home in today’s Friday Folder.

·      Weeks 1-4 Pre-Test: This was given before the students had any exposure to the material, in order to gauge what they knew and didn’t know prior to beginning the curriculum. The grade was not recorded in the grade book, but used as a tool for guiding my instruction.
·      Weeks 1-4 Quizzes: These quizzes were open note, and used more as a study guide for the test that is coming on Monday, October 8. The students were able to use both their Social Studies textbook and the Social Studies Weekly newspapers (supplemental curriculum). These grades were also not recorded in the grade book.

The students will have a unit test on Monday, October 8, that wraps up Weeks 1-4. They will not be able to use their textbook or newspapers on this test. I have provided them with a notecard that they can put information they believe to be important, and use during the test. They can only use the notecard provided. It is up to the student to determine the information they believe to be important on their notecard, based on what they have learned, and the open note quizzes for Weeks 1-4. I will not be providing a detailed study guide.

The next few weeks of Social Studies will be much more intense, and take longer to get through the materials, as we will be learning about the California Indians. Be on the lookout for projects assigned in Social Studies soon!

Thank you,
Ms. Kearns