Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

September 29, 2016

Mission Statement

We, the Wizards of the CAP House, will participate in advanced level learning, have a growth mindset, and work towards BIG dreams, by following our school rules, and having fun!


  • Be prepared
  • Be respectful
  • Be Kind
  • Persevere

What's Happening??

  • 9/29 Curriculum Night 6:30pm

  • 9/30 Betty Gooch 5K 5-7pm

  • 10/13 Evening Conferences


Dear families,

Where did this week go? It seems like I was just writing our last edition of Cap Connections.

I am looking forward to seeing everybody tonight for Curriculum Night. Please visit our room at 6:30pm for a brief presentation and some Q&A time. Our room will be cozy with all our families so it has been requested that this is a parent only night, if at all possible.

Beginning next week, our class journalists will be providing content for our CAP Connections. This will be a great way for some of them to practice their communication skills as well as being able to share what's happening in our class from their point of view.

Conferences are approaching quickly! We will be talking about the format for our first conference night tonight, but please visit the Signup link below to choose a time to come in for your student led conference. This is a time when your child will be sharing his or her progress so it is imperative that he or she is available to come as well. Please sign up for a time that is convenient for you all.

I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far and I can't wait to see you all tonight!

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle


I am using Signup (used to be Volunteer Spot) to organize classroom volunteers this year. Right now I am in need of band shufflers and people to take care of putting together our book orders from home. Please check out our site and volunteer if you can. Thank you!


Part of our new district literacy block encourages students to read at home. I don't want any of my students counting minutes when they read, but rather my wish is that they enjoy reading and get lost in time enjoying a good book!

I realize, though, that a little accountability never hurt anybody so we are using the app Padlet to record our reading. Each month, students must share books they are reading on a classroom bulletin board. For September and October, students are simply sharing a picture of their book (with or without them) and writing a sentence or two about the book. In future months there will be different requirements when posting.

I use the bulletin board to "check in" to see what everybody is reading and that they are reading! I can then ask them questions about their books and guide book choices if needed.

I encourage you all to check out our bulletin board as well. Just follow the link and the password to view is "CAP". Your child should be able to help you too!


In writing this week we discussed the elements that are found in a narrative writing piece. We reviewed the rubric that will be used to grade all narrative pieces and deconstructed it so it made sense. Once everybody knew what was expected we put our pencil to the paper and started writing!

I was quite impressed with the stamina of the class. There's nothing like hearing groans when you tell them time is up for writing. I can tell we are going to have many stories to share this year!

Something to ask your child: What is a narrative writing piece? What are some characteristics or elements that are in a narrative?


Our first unit in math is focusing on place value and realizing how each place value is a power of 10. Fourth graders will work with large whole numbers and fifth graders will review whole numbers and then expand on what they know when they begin working with decimals soon.

Students completed a problem-based learning project this week as they became detectives solving mysteries that required knowledge of place value. They worked in groups to share their strategies as they wrote numbers in standard, word, and expanded form as well as compared and ordered numbers.

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