Week of September 9th


Hi 4A Families!

We will continue our learning of U.S. landforms this week as we take notes during student lead presentations. Students were introduced to Google Slides last week, and will complete their digital slideshow in the next few days.

Our class has been working on earning a letter toward the word CELEBRATE over the past 3 weeks. Each day an enrichment teacher gave a sparkling report, a letter was received. This week we will have a small class celebration and play Minute to Win It games. Look for pictures on next week’s blog post.

In math, we will begin Unit 2: Generating and Representing Measurement Data. We will begin the week by collecting, recording, and describing the shape of the data distribution. We will be creating graphs and discussing how representations help us see data more clearly. We’ll also get a chance to work with our 1st grade buddy class, as we represent and compare the heights of 4th graders and 1st graders.

I need to touch base with each family this week to ensure the office has the correct contact information to be published in the directory. It should only take a moment when you drop your child off or pick them up. Thank you for your help with this.

I hope to see you all on Friday the 13th for Coffee Corner at 7:30 am. Thanks to SMA for hosting this gathering! Have a wonderful week.

Happy Labor Day!

September has arrived! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.

This week we will not be visiting the library due to Labor Day. However, we will plan our next trip on Monday September 9th. The librarian Ms. Jane Devereaux will be spending some time with our class at the library on September 23 to ensure students feel confident about how to use the library and find the books they want.

Last week we finished our first investigation with math: Representing Multiplication with Arrays. This included visualizing multiplication, reasoning about numbers and their multiples and factors, and solving multiplicative comparison problems. This week we will begin our next investigation: Finding Factors. There is a high level of engagement and student collaboration in our new math curriculum, and it has been exciting to see them communicate their understanding in a variety of ways.

In language arts we have been working on sentence structures, and this week, students will show their  understanding of simple and compound sentences by including examples in their writing. We began reading Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary last week, and we will continue our study of this novel. I am enjoying their reflection questions to me entitled, Dear Mrs. Baese. This week we will also be reading a nonfiction article entitled “Our Beautiful Town is Gone” where we will discuss text features, as well as begin working on citing text evidence in our writing.

United States landforms will be our main focus in social studies this week. Students will explore the 8 major landforms in the U.S. and present their findings on one, to the class.

I heard good feedback about SpellingCity from many students and parents. Just as a reminder, the link can be found in the links bar on the left. In addition to the games and practices, you can also print out the weekly spelling list. We will have our second spelling test, this Friday, September 6th.

One Full Week Down!























Dear 4A Families,

What a wonderful first full week. Our classroom routines are in full swing, and students have adjusted well to their new courtyard. Thank you all for bringing your students to the door in the mornings. It’s so nice to see the courtyard abuzz with students and their families.

Last week students began to bring home a daily Home folder and their planners. Hopefully they have been sharing our objectives and finished/graded work with you. Students were asked to start logging their 30 minutes reading each night, and are responsible for filling this out at home. The reading log is stapled to the inside of their planners. I conferenced with each child last week, and we reviewed their ZPD ranges from the end of last year. This will be a great resource to make sure students are reading at an appropriate level.

We will be going to the library for the first time on Monday, August 26th. Please make sure your student’s library card is dropped off to me by then. Students will practice looking for books within their reading level. It’s not a bad idea to do some research at home and check on books they are interested in before our Monday library visits. I will also be assisting them with this at the library.

I introduced our first spelling list to students last week also. I will enter these each week into Spellingcity. You can find the link to Spellingcity.com on the menu to the left on this blog. It has different spelling games and activities to use with our weekly words. We will also have a spelling packet each week in class, and tests will be given on Fridays during our Language Arts block. Students are responsible for studying and being prepared for the Friday spelling test.

Last week we changed out for P.E. twice. We’ve also learned a few pointers along the way. Please label the tag in your student’s clothing with their initials. All of the uniforms look the same, and it can be difficult to tell them apart. In addition, you are also welcome to put your child’s P.E. uniform in a ziplock bag or sports bag with a drawstring. This can help keep their things together, and contained in one area.

Building Community



Friday was a full day of building classroom community and learning new procedures. Students participated in an activity where they were asked to build castles, using nonverbal communication. They were also given limitations in materials used, and how they could be manipulated. It was wonderful to see their minds at work, determination, and creativity. We ended the day with a game on Kahoot to review classroom rules and procedures. We will continue learning and reviewing these into next week, to ensure a firm understanding of expectations for a successful year of learning.

Hopefully your child came home and talked a little about what happens to our brains when we struggle. Growth mindset is a topic we will discuss and practice throughout the year. Students took notes and wrote a reflection about what they learned. This paper got sent home in a blue pocket folder labeled Home. I would like students to bring this folder back and forth from school to home. I will send home any daily papers in this folder.

Business items:

If you haven’t sent in your child’s library card yet, please do so this coming week. If your student has their P.E. uniform, they may come to school dressed out on Tuesday. We have enrichment directly after chapel on this day. If your P.E. uniform has not come in yet, Coach Green said students can bring in appropriate length workout clothes until they arrive.

Lastly, I would like to thank each of you for such a warm welcome to St. Michael’s!

Welcome to a new school year!

It was such a pleasure to meet all of you during intake conferences! I look forward to a year of learning and fun in the 4A classroom. I want to recap a few items we discussed during our meetings.

  • All supplies will be provided for students this year
  • Backpacks cannot have rollers
  • P.E. days will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. You may come dressed for P.E. on Tuesdays
  • Bring in your library card, and make sure code is set to #1234
  • Parents will walk students to classroom door in the morning
  • 4th grade dismissal is at 3:25

During conferences I also talked with you about having your child target their reading within their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). This information was given to you at the end of the school year, after students completed Renaissance testing. The ZPD is a range of numbers given to help students focus on books that reflect their reading level. For example if the ZPD is 3.1 – 5.0, the student should be reading books leveled from third grade, first month to fifth grade. A great resource for checking the level of your child’s at home reading can be found on http://ARbookfind.com. Simply enter the site as a student or a parent, and enter the title of the book. You will be looking for the stated book level (BL). If this level falls within your child’s determined ZPD, they are reading books appropriate for their comprehension level and growth.

Lastly, you can check out our enrichment schedule found under the links heading.