Class Newsletter

What's New? September 28th, 2015

PROGRESS REPORTS

You should receive your child's Progress Report today. Please note that many of the grades were based on effort of activities which are completed in class after or during a lesson. I have sent home test papers to be signed, however, some of the grades come from participating in class discussions, which I, of course, can not send home. If your child is missing some grades from the ELA Interactive Notebook then I will be sending these home soon so they can catch up.


Students have had 4 weeks to understand homework expectations so they will be held accountable for any work not completed beginning today.Please note that starting today, there will be many more grades based on performance on classwork, homework and assessments.

READY...SET...LET'S READ!!!!!!!!

The First of Many FUN FLASHLIGHT FRIDAYS!

This past Friday was the first of our class' Fun Flashlight Fridays. It was fun watching the kids as they enjoyed something as simple as a flashlight, a blanket and a book. The next Flashlight Friday will be this Friday, November 2nd. ONLY students who turn in ALL READING RESPONSES for Monday through Thursday night homework will be allowed to participate. Students who do not have their reading homework finished will work in another teachers room to complete this work. I am hoping for 100% of the students to be able to participate.


FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY RULES



  • Bring your own flashlight.
  • No sharing the same flashlight
  • (Let me know if your child needs a flashlight and I will pick up some from the Dollar Store before Friday.
  • NO stuffed animals this week.
  • Small blankets or small pillows to sit on may be brought.
  • No sleeping bags please.

HOMEWORK FOR THIS WEEK

Each student stapled a copy of this week's homework into their agenda book today. Please sign the agenda each night AFTER you have looked at and approved their READING RESPONSES, MATH HOMEWORK and helped them study for their spelling test, which will be on Friday.

FLOCABULARY... A FUN WAY TO LEARN VOCABULARY

Starting today, students will spend about 15-20 minutes daily learning and using new vocabulary words. I am NOT testing them on the spelling of these words. They do, however, need to know the meanings of the words and be able to use them in sentences. The goal is to build their "bank" of words to increase reading comprehension. We will do activities in class each day which will allow them to practice using the words in context. Part of the Flocabulary program is that the students will watch and sing along with the Lyrics on a video. This program was very beneficial and fun for my former 5th graders and I am sure my class will benefit from this program. If your child does not complete the required classwork then I will email you and let you know that the work needs to be completed as homework.


I have included a link to the site so that you can read about the benefits of Flocabulary. There are several Flocabulary Videos on Youtube for various subjects. We have been watching some videos on Idioms and other Figuratve Language.

KEY TERMS FOR UNIT 1 FLOCABULARY

Key Terms

These words are covered in the lyrics.

TEST FRIDAY!

  • Capable
  • Developed
  • Disclose
  • Extraordinary
  • Invisible
  • Manufactures
  • Master
  • Mature
  • Practice
  • Variety

PLICKERS!!!!!!!

I am so excited to have discovered (through my daughter's teacher) a fun and innovative way to instantly get feedback on student learning through an app called PLICKERS. I set the program up on Friday afternoon and plan on trying it out TODAY as we review some grammar rules. Ask your child to tell you all about it. Hopefully the kids will be as excited about using this new assessment tool as I am!

SPELLING WORDS FOR THIS WEEK. TEST ON FRIDAY!

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WHY LEARN TO SPELL NUMBER WORDS?

As we continue to study Place Value in math, students are repeatedly asked to write the expanded, standard and word form of a number. Unfortunately, spelling number words is a weakness for many so I have chosen these words for spelling words this week.

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE

In our JET time, students have been studying Figurative Language. Check out the chart below and quiz your child on the different types.
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OPEN HOUSE and PARENT CONFERENCES

Thank you to each of the families represented at Open House last Thursday. We had 18 of our 25 students represented. This says a lot about your dedication to your child's education. I know that some could not attend due to prior commitments. I completely understand.


If you were not able to attend Open House, I have sent home a Conference Form which needs to be filled out as soon as possible. My goal is to meet with each parent prior to the last day in October. I f your child has a PEP, I will be asking you to come in sooner, rather than later in order to discuss and sign PEP paperwork.

FINAL NOTE OF THANKS!

I just want to end by telling you how much I enjoy have each and every child in my class. No matter whether your child is AIG or academically challenged or somewhere in the middle, he or she is of equal importance to me. I have to admit that going from teaching 5th to 4th has been a challenge. However, I am learning something about 4th graders every day and doing my best to reach and teach them where they are emotionally, academically and socially.


If at any time you have ANY questions about how or why I am doing something or think that my expectations are too high, or too low for your child, I ask that you text or call me so we can meet and discuss your concerns.


I do set my expectations high because I believe that if you tell a child they can do it and you believe in them then they will reach their potential.

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Bob Beauprez

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