Crane Courier

Important Information for the Week of September 1, 2014

Welcome to Fourth Grade!!

Dear Parents and Students,

Can you believe we are already halfway through our third week of school? Hopefully your children are starting to settle into a routine. Thank you so much for helping them get off to a good start this year. I appreciate the work you do each night with them on homework, and making sure they have what they need for class. We make a great team!

Progress Book

Please check Progress Book at least once a week to stay on top of your child's assignments and grades. I don't always write comments on graded papers, but often type comments into Progress Book as I am entering grades. If your child is not writing down his or her homework in the agenda, Mrs. Duerr and I are posting it nightly on Progress Book. If you want to build responsibility in your child, ask him or her to write the homework down daily in the agenda, then check it against what we have recorded on Progress Book.

Language Arts Information

If your child has Mrs. Main and me for language arts, I will be sending home a handout soon that describes the structure of our class. Sorry for the delay, we are piloting a new language arts series this year, and are still learning how it works. Below you will find a link to our language arts program. All the stories are online, along with games and other resources for the kids to access at home and at school. Your child's user name and password are on a sticker on his or her agenda.

This week in Language Arts:

We are working on making predictions, sequence, and characteristics of fairy tales. In writing, we are working on complete sentences and are starting a personal narrative. Next week we move on to realistic fiction. Please make sure your child is reading at home every night!

Social Studies Information

Big changes have come to the world of fourth grade social studies this year! The state of Ohio has decided to test fourth graders in social studies beginning this year. This will be like the tests taken in language arts and math. The tests will be given in two parts, one in February, and one near the end of the year. Students will take them on computers, and will have to do a lot of typing of extended response answers. If you are surprised by the amount of social studies content I throw at the kids this year, and the difficulty of the material, please understand that I am trying to prepare them for these new assessments.

This week in Social Studies:

We are learning to find distances on a map using a scale. Next week we will study how the landform regions of Ohio developed.

Important First Quarter Events:

PTO Fundraiser Starts

Monday, Sep. 8th, 9am

This is an online event.

Fire Assembly

Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 10am


Picture Day

Thursday, Oct. 9th, 9am


Inservice Day-- No School!!

Friday, Oct. 17th, 9am


End of First Quarter

Friday, Oct. 24th, 4pm