Cortez Spy Report

Room 25 ~ Week of January 11th

Important Lower Pottsgrove Upcoming Dates

Friday, January 15th- PTA School Store
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


Monday - * Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Study Link 6.3, *Word Work
Tuesday - * Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Study Link 6.4, * 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 30 minutes, *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

Monday - Day 5 - Music
Tuesday - Day 6 - Computers
Wednesday - Day 1 - P.E.
Thursday - Day 2 - Library
Friday - Day 3 - Health

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. This week it is Jayden's turn. He will contribute to our estimation jar and have special privileges throughout the week.

Word Study

New sorts are introduced on Monday. Tests are taken on Fridays.
I am also looking to see if your child is able to apply spelling rules to written homework and classwork.

We LOVE math!!!!

We are in Unit 6 tackling division and the algorithms that help us solve division questions. It can be tricky! Please encourage your child to follow along with me and not to give up! Then we will move to rotations, angles, and how to use a protractor.

Keep memorizing those multiplication facts!

We will have a guest teacher visit on Friday to help us master Exemplar lessons.

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

Writing -
1) We can write about imagined events! Our classroom is beautifully decorated with stories of how the students became trapped in a snow globe and how they plan to escape.
2) We can write a logical conclusion when writing a narrative piece! This week we will finish our narratives that we began in the fall and use our computer skills to publish our final copies.

Poetry -
Since Thanksgiving we have been reading, analyzing, and writing about poetry. What is your favorite poem? Share it with your child! Mine is Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This Thursday we will take a final assessment.

Guided Reading -
I love connecting with your children over quality children's literature. I think small group time may be my favorite part of the day. At my circle table, we look within the text, beyond the text and how we can apply our learning to our lives outside of school. Ask your child about the book that he or she is reading with me!

Social Studies

I will send home a review packet on Monday. Our final test on the Southern states will be Friday.

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.