Mrs. Eske's Team: Building Leaders

4th Grade Newsletter * Week of August 22-26

From the Desk of Mrs. Eske:

#BacktoSchool #BestClassEver #4thGRADEROCKS! #JeffriesIGNiTEYear2

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year, friends of fourth grade!!! I am so happy to have an opportunity to share this school year with you; learning, living, and leading together!!!

Learn, Live, Lead! That is our school theme!!

This year is an exciting year at Jeffries Elementary as we will be gearing up for YEAR 2 of IGNiTE!!! An informational packet was sent home to every child in grades 3-5, explaining this teaching and learning initiative. Every student in grades 3-5 will be getting a Chromebook to use during the learning day, but also as a tool to take home at night. These devices are AMAZING and I highly encourage you to read more about the devices, optional damage waiver, and device care and Internet connectivity at this link!!!

In addition, if you haven't had an opportunity to check out Dr. Cooper's Back to School Newsletter, on our Jeffries Web site, please do so at this link.

Thanks so much and I look forward to an amazing year in 4th GRADE and at Jeffries!!

Mrs. Eske

Building LEADERS one subject at a time!

This past week we had the opportunity to participate in a variety of class-building and team building activities. We played a variety of "Minute-To-Win-It" style games, participated in several "Get-to-Know-You" activities, and had fun with our new flexible seating options. We discussed routines, procedures, expectations, our classroom behavior clip chart, and our nonverbal class "Quiet" signals. Students are adjusting very well to not having desks and have done very well choosing "just right" fits, so that they will have the most successful learning environment possible!

This week we will continue setting expectations, practicing procedures, and establishing routines. We will create our norms, classroom mission statement, go through the steps for emergency safety drills, and begin reading, writing, and math curriculum. See below for more information on our subject area topics.

Reading: First 20 Days-Setting Up Reader's Workshop

Math: Place Value

Writing: Thinking Stems

It is going to be an AWESOME Week! I can't wait for us to get started!!

PTA Important Information and SPS 2016-2017 School Calendar


Important Dates and Friendly Reminders:

Important Upcoming Dates:

Monday, August 29- Intruder Drill; Students start earning Jag Bucks for Jaguar Junction (Cents of Pride store)- $1 a day for attendance (bell to bell) and $1 for good behavior; Intruder Drill

Thursday, Sept. 1- PTA Exec. Mtg. 6:30PM (Cafeteria)- all staff & parents invited

Friday, Sept. 2- Leadership Assembly/Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off (9:30AM)- wear your grade color Leader t-shirts (K-5)

Monday, Sept. 5- No School (Labor Day)

Friday, Sept. 9- Elementary Night at Kickapoo H.S. and Parkview H.S. Please plan to attend one- and tell your parents/students! Football games start at 7PM; activities for kids start at 6:30PM (more details to come).

Monday, Sept. 12- IGNiTE Deployment Day! K-2 in classrooms at 1:30PM; 3-5th grade during assembly in gym at 1:30PM.

Tuesday, Sept. 13- Fire drill; PTA K Pizza, Parents & Pals (6:30PM; Mtg. at 6:45PM in the cafeteria)- all K teachers and their students/families attend. Watch DOGS Kick-Off (for returning and those interested) Ice Cream Social 7PM (in the gym).

Saturday, Sept. 17- Constitution Day

Thursday, Sept. 22- Jeffries Open House (4:30-6PM)

FRIENDLY REMINDER: Thank you to those families who have turned in Meet the Teacher paperwork. If you have not had a chance to complete the forms, please do so as soon as possible, so that I can relay that information to the office!! I also want to start posting photos on our Classroom Facebook page so I'd love to be able to share our learning day with you! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Have a great week, Jaguars!!! More to come...

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