September News and Information

Week of September 24

Dear Parents, here is a preview of what is coming next week:

Monday 9/24
Blog on Place Value is due
ISN check (to be sure that all pages are correct and completed)

Tuesday 9/25
Introduce Word Study to students

Wednesday 9/26
School Holiday

Friday 9/21
Blog on Rounding is due
Open note reading assessment (“Stealing Home”)

Science: In science, we are going to be starting a short unit on the natural resources of Virginia. One of the most interesting parts of this unit is the study of watersheds. We will connect this topic to what the students are studying in VA Studies.

Language Arts: We ended this week by previewing how to use inferencing skills with a picture book lesson (“The Memory String”). We will continue to practice this skill with the short story “Stealing Home.” In English, we will discuss how to write a paragraph, and how our paragraph writing has developed from third to fourth grade. We will also discuss the difference between subjects/predicates. Finally, we will introduce Word Study with a whole-class practice of number words.

Math: We are completely immersed in place value this week! From the ways we can write numbers (standard, expanded, word form) to the relationship between place values to comparing and rounding numbers, this is a busy week!

Homework: It is crucial that your child participates in our Flipped Classroom blog posts. These are homework assignments. For each one that your child does not complete, it will count as 5% off their homework grade. While the students are getting used to this new model, it would be helpful for you to check that they are responding to the correct blog post. They also should never use their full name or a real email address.

nList: By the end of next week, you will be receiving an email to invite you to use nList. We will use it often in our room to arrange copy parents, mystery readers, wish list items, and other parent volunteer opportunities. We will also be using nList to sign up for parent conference times in November. Along with our classroom blog, nList is a vital online tool for our classroom. Thanks so much to the PTA for arranging for us to use it!

Type to Learn: Our Type to Learn window will not open for many more weeks. As we will be doing much work with word processing, your child may find that they want the practice with typing. This link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/) is a free site that will give your child some experience before we begin typing in class.

Volunteering for PTA: There will be opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, and you will be hearing about some of those in the upcoming weeks. We also need parents that are willing to help with morning drop off, the welcome center, marquee, hospitality, and other opportunities. Please contact Amy Foy or Anett Crumley for more information. If you need their email addresses, just let me know!

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Week of September 10

Good afternoon! I hope that you had a fantastic weekend. Last week absolutely flew by, and it’s incredible that I will be meeting with you all in just 3 days for Back to School Night. I wanted to let you know about the happenings in our classroom for the week.

Tuesday, 9/11
“Leaping Into Learning” blog response due (If a student cannot respond during the homework window, they need to complete their blog assignments between 7:20-7:40 AM in the classroom. We will discuss this during Back to School Night.)

Wednesday, 9/12
MAPS Testing: Math

Thursday, 9/13
MAPS Testing: Reading
6:30 PM Back to School Night

Friday, 9/14
Library Introductory Lesson

In future weeks, I will send out a newsletter email at the beginning of the week that explains the concepts and skills on which we will be working. In this email, I wanted to introduce you mainly to our class blog, as it will be a great communication tool for this year.

Class Blog Page: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/ddoyle/

Newsletters: If you hover your mouse over the “News and Information” tab, you can find an archive of our newsletters, separated by month.

Calendar: In order to see events, tests, and assignment due dates, hover over “News and Information.” You can click on the calendar option from there.

Flipped Classroom: On Back to School Night, we will be talking in great detail about the Flipped Classroom model and the use of it in our class (and for homework assignments).  You can read ahead and get some answers to your questions here: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/ddoyle/news-and-information/flipped-classroom/

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m so excited to be working with your children this year!

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Our Open House will take place on August 30 from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM. Please make sure to bring all of your school supplies at that time.

School starts on September 4 at 7:40 AM. I will see you then!

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