The due date for our 3rd quarter Book Report Projects is approaching. All reports should be turned in by Monday, April 9. I have been so impressed as this quarter, the 4th graders have been requesting meetings to discuss their book and project sections with me, as opposed to me having to hunt them down! This demonstrates that they are planning ahead and taking initiative with their long-term assignments. I’m so happy to see this level of organization and foresight! I am sending home a new copy of the assignment sheet and rubric for your reference. If your child needs help remembering which categories they have already completed, they may meet with me and I’d be happy to review my notes with them. As a reminder, there will be no 4th quarter book report assignment. This is reflected on the paper coming home.
Math Project assignment choices are also coming home today. While I intended to set a due date before the 3rd quarter ends, our curriculum did not lend itself to a fair timeline in which that would work out. That being said, these math project grades will be on the 4th quarter report cards. We will have an additional 4th quarter project assignment, but it will be far less intensive than the project assignments coming home today.
Your 4th grader has been working on writing a letter to their Chinese pen pal. Mr. Qiao will be sending the letters to China over spring break. Therefore, all letters must be turned in by Friday at the latest. If your child will not be in school on Friday, their letter must be turned in on Thursday (not here on Thur/Fri, letter turned in on Wednesday…). The letter assignment is not complete until it is in an envelope that Mr. Qiao provided with our Bell School address and the address of the pen pal’s school. I have attached an image of directions for your child to follow while they are working on this at home that Mr. Qiao had displayed during class time.
There is a music assembly in which your 4th grader will be performing this Thursday. Parents are invited to attend the 1:30 pm show in the auditorium. Your child will need their recorder at school on Wednesday for rehearsal and on Thursday for the performance.
Friday Folders are coming home again this week. Please make sure to review, sign, and send back the folders (including the piece of work your child selected for their portfolio) on Monday.
Progress reports for quarter 3 are inside the folders as well. These were printed early this week before many important assignments and assessments were entered (science and math tests from this week will be entered early next week). Please keep an eye on the parent portal for most accurate and updated grades throughout the quarter.
Have a wonderful weekend!
As we move into chapter 7 in our math curriculum, we have run out of space in our math journals! Today, your child will be bringing home their math journals containing vocabulary, objectives, notes and practice from chapters 1-6. I hope this is not the very first time you have ever seen these journals, as I do encourage the class to take them home to use for studying and homework help. Please encourage your 4th grader to keep this journal as a resource. Looking through the pages will also provide you insight into their habits as note takers and can bring about some discussion regarding both math concepts and classroom behaviors.
Everyone was provided with new journals and was excited to compare the fresh, thin notebook to the old notebooks overflowing with knowledge and information that they are bringing home tonight.
Friday Folders are coming home tonight. Thank you for understanding as I took a week of last week from sending these homes. Between Wish List and being out sick, I just did not have enough time or valuable work to send home. (Speaking of Wish List, it was so wonderful to see many of you there! It was a great night and I truly appreciate all your support! Our class sold 17 tickets! Amazing!) It was my priority this week to send home as much math as possible, as we will be taking the chapter 6 math test next week.
There were many “redo slips” for opportunities to receive half credit on missed questions this week. These redo slips end up coming home mostly for math assignments. This is largely because the quick checks are not worth many points, meaning any missed question has a greater weight on the percentage. (Remember, slips are sent for assignments scoring below the 70%) While, at the end of the quarter, these small point amounts may not have huge impact, it is a valuable opportunity for your child to look at something they missed, analyze the reason, and learn from their mistakes. Another frequent cause of this week’s redo slips that I noticed was not following directions, both oral and written. Things like not simplifying fractions when told to do so, or providing answers for only the first part of of a multi-step question were quite common on the mid-chapter check. Please encourage your child to take some time this weekend, make corrections on any work with redo slips, and return their corrected work on Monday. They will receive some points back, and it will be great practice for next week’s test.
PARCC testing will begin next week. Your child should have brought home an informational letter about this last night. We will be testing ELA on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Then, we will be testing math on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the following week. Please direct any questions related to PARCC to Mr. McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s an extremely busy week at Bell School! Most notably, the Wish List event is this Friday 2/23/18! If you have not yet, please visit the Bell School website to purchase your ticket or donate to the Wish List. I am very involved in planning this particular event and it would mean so much to have your support!
Also notable, the class will be taking a test on Kira Kira tomorrow in class. As long as they have read, comprehended the plot and paid attention to our class discussions and activities, the test should not be overly challenging. I will allow the last 10 minutes or so to be open book.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Let’s hope for a sunnier tomorrow!
We will be having a very small Valentine’s Day celebration in our classroom next week in Wednesday 2/14/18. It will simply entail allowing the kids to walk around and pass out valentines (if they choose to bring them) and perhaps watching a short movie if there is time. We will be self-contained and while it we won’t be making a big production of it a few things:
Students ARE allowed to bring in valentines for their friends
If your child chooses to bring valentines they must bring a valentine for each child in the class (Click Here for Class List)
Nothing will be eaten at school, if your child’s valentines include an edible treat it will go straight home and not be opened here
Please do not send ANY treats with peanut or tree nut ingredients/traces/etc.
You child may bring a vessel to gather their valentines in if they have something special (I will have bags for everyone if needed)
Please let me know if you have any questions!
As we excitedly rushed to get to the auditorium for the afternoon’s Talent Show, we did not have time to write the upcoming assignments in planners. Things to keep in mind include…
Book Report due 1/29 – The 2nd quarter book report due date is approaching! To support getting this done, your child is bringing home a copy of the grading rubric and assignment sheet with a few notes. Throughout the quarter, I meet with each child a few times to talk about their ideas, progress and questions about the book report. I record very brief notes on what book they are reading and what project they are completing. The copy of the assignment sheet they received today has these notes. This way, if anybody forgot which category they completed in the first quarter, they will have the information and be better able to plan for 2nd quarter.
Kira Kira section 1 Vocabulary – This week we began our new novel, Kira Kira. One of the weekly assignments is finding vocabulary in context and using context clues to come up with a definition. While most of the work for each section is due during the week, I will always give the students until the following Monday to finish up any vocabulary they have remaining. If your 4th grader did not finish this, they should be bringing it home and completing it for Monday’s class.
Division quiz – We will be taking the “Divided by 7” quiz on Monday. As the facts increase in complexity, encourage your child to spend a few minutes studying at home.
Have a great weekend!
Please see the information below from the Bands for Bell chairs:
- BANDS FOR BELL
- JANUARY 26, 2018
- 7:00 PM, DOORS OPEN AT 6:30
- MARTYRS’ – 3836 N. LINCOLN AVE
- 21+ EVENT
- TEACHERS PET (7:00)
- SAMSON THE AVIATOR (8:00)
- THE AVONDALE RAMBLERS (9:00)
- CATCHING AILEEN (10:00)
- THIS YEAR WE ARE ALSO HAVING A RAFFLE FOR A $1,000 GIFT CARD TO TICKETMASTER TO BE USED ANY WAY YOU WISH! RAFFLE TICKETS ARE $10 EACH AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE EVENT AND BELL SCHOOL! THE RAFFLE TICKET ORDER FORMS WILL BE COMING HOME VIA BACKPACK MAIL, AND I HAVE ATTACHED A FORM TO THIS EMAIL. RAFFLE TICKETS WILL ALSO BE SOLD AT THE EVENT.
- OFFICIAL BANDS FOR BELL ADULT AND YOUTH TSHIRTS ARE AVAILBLE. TSHIRTS WILL BE SOLD AT THE TALENT SHOW ON 1/19, THE FAMILY WELLNESS NIGHT ON 1/25, AND AT THE EVENT ON 1/26. YOU MAY ALSO USE THE TSHIRT ORDER FORM ATTACHED TO THIS TO THIS EMAIL.
- STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ROCK THEIR HAIR (COLORED HAIRSPRAYS, MOHAWKS, OR JUST CRAZY HAIR) AT SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 TO KICK OFF THE EVENT.
- BANDS FOR BELL IS AN ADULT ONLY EVENT.
This evening, your child is bringing home their 2nd quarter progress report in their “Take Home” folder. For anybody who participated in PARCC testing last year, score reports are also being sent home with your child’s progress report.
We will be going on a field trip tomorrow morning to Facets Cinema. We will be gone from 8:30 am until about 11:00 am. Being here on time will be very important as we are leaving the building so quickly. The kids will be back in time for a normal lunch, so there is no need to make any special lunch plans. All students should, however, wear their blue tie-dye shirts. Thank you!