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                               Week of November 11-15, 2019



    I hope you all had a nice three-day weekend! It’s always nice to have an extra day to spend together as a family. And, Veterans Day is an important holiday for us to take notice of and remember the amazing soldiers of the armed forces who are and have been a very important part of helping our world be a safer place for our families throughout our country’s history.

    This week we begin a new unit in Room 102 Math. We are working on understanding multiplication as a comparison. We also started our new math walk to or from other classrooms. So far, things are going well. 😊

    In Reading, we continue our unit on analyzing text structure with fiction, narrative nonfiction, and drama. We’re looking very carefully at character, setting, plot, point-of-view, and conflict in the texts or books that we are reading during IDR.

    And, this week in Writing, we finish our personal narrative pieces by taking the edited and revised first draft in our Idea books and copying the new version to notebook paper for a second draft. Then, we look at conventions, punctuation and spelling. Finally, we publish our finished work by typing it in the computer. The last step will be creating a cover, possibly an illustration, and printing out our final work to build our personal narrative books. Very exciting stuff!

              We are focusing on Microworlds Science this week. Students are using hand lenses and understanding more about the difference between observations and opinions when we analyze something.

    I’m sending home a copy of our completed charter for families to look at together. We discussed the idea, that families could create their own charters. Our room 102 charter is a promise to each other about how we want to feel when we walk through the classroom door. We want to feel welcomed, creative, comfortable, mindful of others, and powerful during our learning day.


              Finally, remember that next week our fourth graders head off to Islandwood adventure school on Bainbridge Island. We wish you a wonderful trip and look forward to hearing all about it, when you return!

              Remember, Saturday, November 23rd begins our Family-Teacher conferences. I am including the schedule for you as a reminder for your appointment with me in the room 102 classroom. I’m looking forward to visiting with many of you! If you haven’t set up an appointment with me, please send me an email with a time that might work for you.



    Upcoming Events


    Monday, November 18-Thursday, November 21: Islandwood Environmental Learning Adventure for Fourth Graders


    Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, November 23, 25, 26:

    Family-Teacher Conferences

    These are 20-minute conferences where the teacher provides families with input into their child’s progress in the current school year.


    Friday, November 29: Last day of the first trimester


    Thursday, December 5: Sacajawea Family Fun Night and Book Fair


    Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14: Sacajawea Drama Performance (evening)


    Thursday, December 19: Progress Assessments go home


    Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3: Seattle Schools Winter Break


    Monday, January 13: Instrumental Music Concert, 6pm


    Student Homework


    Continue reading those good fit chapter books.  Read 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week outside of school.  Students are welcome to “check out” a book from the Room 102 library at their current reading level if this helps for home reading. You can also ask me for suggestions on books based on what they are choosing to read at school. Consider all those important elements of stories we’ve been learning about when you are reading your books: characters, setting, plot, point of view and conflict or problem. Share how one of your main characters change or develop; discuss the conflict or problem that is happening and predict what you think might happen in with the plot!J



    Practice your math facts – single digit addition, subtraction, multiplication each night for 5 minutes. 






    Please remember to clean out your binder.  If you have old work or graded work that we are finished with at school, keep it home.


    Proper binder order:

    Notes Home = Left hand pocket of binder’s cover (Home pocket)

    Pencil pouch = On top of first tab divider. 

    Monthly Calendar

    1st tab divider = Homework section (for Homeroom’s homework)

    2nd tab divider = Math (math classwork and math homework)

    3rd tab divider = ELA (English Language Arts – reading and writing)

    4th tab divider = S/SS (Science and Social Studies)

    5th tab divider = Other (for other subjects)

    A small paper supply goes at the end of the binder.



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