Ms. Rooney's Class

News notes for week of 12/1/14

What's News?

Reading--Fiction vs Nonfiction Can nonfiction books have fiction characteristics? Is it possible to have nonfiction books with characters? Who/what are those characters? Do those characters have motivations? needs or wants? struggles? Talk to your child about two books we've read this week, Snowflake Bentley and Teammates.

Writing-- Come one and all for our essay writing celebration. Join us Friday, 12/19 from 12:00-12:30 as we celebrate and share our essay writing.

Math-- Unit 2 Multiplication Test is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11th. Need a little help with the Area Model of Multiplication? Check out the video tutorial below.

Spelling -- Unit 9 Test is scheduled for Friday, 12/12. Contractions will be on the skill portion of the test.

Science--This week Mr. Alberswerth began our unit on Energy. Students are learning what energy is and how it can be divided into categories -- stored vs active energy.

Regions across the US-- Moving on to the Rocky Mountain Region. Test date is TBD.

Double Digit Multiplication Using the Area Model

Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our class, as well as others, are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! We'll be completing our hour on Friday, 12/12.

Learn more at

Anybody Can Learn - 60 sec teaser

Other news

Kenya connection with Jairus Makambi

Cheery Children's Education Centre believes education is the best way for the children to escape the miserable conditions they are living in today. The donations to the center will help provide basic needs and quality education. The Centre is open to any kind of donations, either in kind or deed, because the children are in dire need of clothes, uniforms, school fees and items, desks, pens, books, and toys for baby care.

A HUGE, HUGE thank you to all the families who have already made donations! Your generosity is appreciated!

Scholastic Book Orders

This week your child should have brought home a coupon from Scholastic. This month, if you spend $10 on books, your child gets up to $5 in free books. You can order your books at Our classroom code is JVR8R.

All you need to do to get your free book(s) is to enter the code on the coupon.

Student Council --Christmas Clearing Council fundraiser

A HUGE thank you from the student council. Items were picked up early today, but you can still bring in some last minutes items. We'll be sure they get delivered.

Fourth grade is collecting items for a four month old girl--- onsies in the size of 6-9 months, diapers (size 2, 3), baby wipes, socks (size 6-9 months), clothes (size 6-9 months), baby toys. Please do not wrap any of the items. Student council is also collecting cash donations.

These items are due Dec. 9th. Any questions, please let us know.

What's next for Student Council?

Members would like to raise money for the students our district sponsors at our sister school in Uganda.

Fourth grade students we sponsor:

Isaac -- lost his father during the war. He is very shy and would like to grow up to be a scientist.

Nancy-- lost her father during the war as well. She is smiley and sweet, and would like to grow up and become a nun so she can help others.

Students who bring a dollar to school by Friday, Dec. 19th get to wear pajamas for a PJ day. Our class is deciding if we'd like to have it on the 19th, 22nd, or 23rd. More to come.

Read to Succeed

Students who read 360 minutes, or 6 hours, during January/February 2015 have the opportunity to earn a ticket to Six Flags.

Students must record their reading on the log sheet that will come home. Parents must initial each entry and then sign the form, before turning in the completed form. All

logs must be returned by Monday, Feb. 23rd. No late entries will be accepted.

Be sure to ask your child about the tree octopus activity this week!