Cortez Spy Report

Room 25 ~ Week of January 18th

Important Lower Pottsgrove Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 18th - MLK Day - No School

Tuesday, January 26th- PTA Book Swap

Wednesday, January 27th- Act 80 Day - 2 hour early release

Wednesday, January 27th - LPES Beginning Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 28th - LPES Beginning Band Concert 7:30 PM

Friday, January 29th - LPES Someone Special Dance (Boys) 6 - 9 pm

Saturday, January 30th - LPES Someone Special Dance (Girls) 6 - 9 pm

Class Dojo

Many children in our class are ready to turn in Class Dojo points for prizes. Each child has the opportunity to choose to save points up for a larger prize (I will write down the number of points on an index card and hang on to it) or choose to use their points for specific rewards. I then reset the entire class' points.


Monday - * Read *Try out Xtramath *Have fun!
Tuesday - * Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Word Work
Wednesday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Study Link 6.5, *Word Work
Thursday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Study Link 6.6, *Word Work
Friday - *Read *Practice facts. Play outside! Have fun with your family!

My Homework Policy

1) I check study links every morning. Students who complete their homework receive 5 Class Dojo Point.
2) I check reading logs, math logs and word work logs each Friday for an additional 5 Class Dojo points.
3) Students also lose 5 Dojo points for each incomplete homework assignment.
*If students forget their study links they are able to print them out from the Everyday Math site. See the math section of my newsletter.

Falcon Four

Cortez Spy Kids are respectful, responsible, safe, positive, learning with their teacher and helping one another.

I give falcon feathers for students who consistently demonstrate our school's pledge in each of these areas. Throughout the day I am vigilantly looking for students who are putting the Falcon Four into practice. Check out Class Dojo to see all the ways your child can earn points.

When a student chooses not to follow our school's Falcon Four they may need to take time to 1) stop and think 2) stop, walk and talk or 3) spend extra time with me catching up on unfinished work during recess.

Encore This Week

Tuesday - Day 4 - Art
Wednesday - Day 5 - Music
Thursday - Day 6 - Computers
Friday - Day 1 - P.E.

For Fun!

In Room 25 we are on the same team!
We show this by having weekly classroom jobs, sitting in teams and earning tickets together, and by choosing a Spy Kid of the Week.

Word Study

We will have a new sort on Tuesday and our test will be on Friday.

We LOVE math!!!!

Our focus of study this week will be on rotations, angles and protractors. I will also be meeting with small groups and teaching mini lessons on rounding, estimating, and remainders.

Keep memorizing those multiplication facts!

Use the link above to support your child's success as a 4th Grade Mathematician!

*Copies of ALL Study Links

*Help with 4th Grade algorithms

*Vocabulary definitions and examples

*Games that can be played at home.


1. Select Learn About Everyday Mathematics at the bottom of the screen. You do not need to sign in.

2. Select Parent Resources from the menu on the left.

3. Select Grade 4.

4. Select the Unit that we are currently studying.

5. Scroll down. You will see Vocabulary, Study Link Help, and Games

    Do you need help? Be sure to see Mrs. Cortez for a recess review session on a Monday or Friday!

Language Arts

This week we will begin Unit 4 - Exploring Informational Texts and Text Structure.
Here are some of the questions that we will be addressing throughout the unit.

In what ways do good readers read and respond to text?

How do I respond to text in a variety of ways?

How do good readers apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency?

Why do good readers read a variety of genres?

How do good students become active and engaged readers?
What strategies can I use to read fluently and accurately?

How do good readers apply word structure and vocabulary skills?

Social Studies

Our review packets are almost complete. Our final test on the Southern states will be Wednesday this week.

Meet Nancy Cortez!

Wife, mom to 3 (awesome, silly, sweet, rowdy) boys, sister to 4 brothers and 3 sisters, fan of food, crazy about coffee and a major school nerd! I tell the children that I loved school so much that I never wanted to leave, so I became a teacher.

I studied at Immaculata University and graduated with a degree in Spanish and Elementary Education.

I began teaching 4th grade at Lower in November of 2015.

I lived in Texas and taught 5th grade in the Pasadena Independent School District. Now I live in Pottstown with my family.

Any questions, concerns, or feedback... Contact me at or through the amazing Class Dojo app.