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 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 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.