Room 18 Updates

May 16th, 2016


This is the final week of Michigan's 4th grade MSTEP test. Please use this link to read more about this test. MSTEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress)

This week's final MSTEP testing dates are as follows:

Tuesday, May 17th: 4th Grade Math

Thursday, May 19th: 4th Grade Math Performance Test

You can help support this important time of year at home by ensuring your student is getting a good night's sleep and eating a nutritional breakfast. Should you run out of time in the morning, State Road's school cafeteria provides a free nutritional breakfast each morning. You can also be proactive by sending healthy snacks (fruit, vegetables, etc.) to help fuel your child's brain during testing.

Most importantly, it is imperative we (both parents and teachers :) remain positive through out the testing window, as it helps the students who may experience test anxiety stay calm through the process.

No Homework or Spelling Lists

Due to the rigorous testing schedule, students are excused from homework packets and spelling lists this week and next. I would prefer students take time to play and rest, so they are fresh for test days!

Although there won't be a reading log, I would still highly recommend students take time to read at home, in order to work toward meeting their AR goals this marking period.


This week in Chapter 12, Area and Perimeter, we will be studying composite figures to find their area and perimeter. Please remember, I welcome fix ups of all assignments and highly encourage students to resubmit math workbook pages for a better grade. This not only boosts their math grade, but helps solidify challenging core math concepts.

Math Facts

Math facts are an important tool that help us become more efficient in our math practice. Please continue to study math facts on a regular basis. Using old quizzes that come home in the Data Binder are a great way to start!

Regions of the United States

Last week, we started researching 5 different regions of the United States. These include the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and Southwest regions. The students have been divided into groups are are responsible for becoming "experts" on their assigned region. Once they have completed their individual research packets, they will work with other children studying the same region to create a Slide presentation to present to the rest of the class. I love watching how enthusiastic the students are about project based learning opportunities, I hope they share their excitement with you over the next couple of weeks!


Holes, by Louis Sacha, is the new book in our listening center. Although many of the students have already watched the movie, it is important to remember that the book is almost always better :)

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Children should be reading every night, as assigned in the weekly homework packet.

There are thousands of AR titles available for AR quizzes. If you are not sure if a book you have at home is an AR book please visit

They should be bringing their AR books home every night and bringing them back to school each day. If your child is forgetful, it is perfectly acceptable to read one AR book at home and another at school.

Library books are welcome to go home, but I do prefer my classroom collection stays in the classroom (I will make exceptions if there is a prior arrangement).

Please find a routine that works for you and your student.

Keep reading!!

Data Binders

Please have your child review their Data Binder with you, reflect on last week with them, and set some new goals!

They have a fresh, Quarter 4 AR goal and their week 2 progress has been recorded!

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Scholastic Book orders!

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You'll find the best values on a variety of formats

Thank you for your support!

Miss Chittick's class Scholastic Book Order link!

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, May 18- Culver's Night (Tiger Leadership Committee fundraiser)

Friday, May 20- Popcorn Day!

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