Miss Heckathorne's Classroom News

Starside Elementary

Specials Schedule

2/10 E Computer

2/11 T Music/PE

2/12 C Library


Parent Teacher Conferences

Spring conferences will be held on February 13th and 14th. Information about your scheduled time was sent home two weeks ago. Please contact the office if you need to make any changes or need to confirm your scheduled time. 4th grade students participate and should attend their conference as well.

No School

There will be no school on February 13th, 14th, and 17th.

Valentine's Party

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 13th. At 3:00, all 4th grade classes will celebrate together. PTA and parent volunteers are organizing this event. In addition, we will do a Valentine's card exchange in our classroom on the 13th.

Field Trip

4th Grade will be taking a field trip to Kauffman Stadium on February 19th. Each student is being asked to bring one canned good as our "entrance fee" to Kauffman Stadium. Please send one canned good to school with your child, any time before 2/19. Thank you!

Johnson County Spelling Bee

The Johnson County Spelling Bee will be Friday, February 14th. We wish Brady good luck!


Math: This week we are finishing Topic 8: Multiplying 2-Digit Numbers. Our topic test will be this Wednesday. Our objectives are:

  • multiplying by multiples of 10
  • using partial products to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers
  • using the standard algorithm to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers
  • problem solving to solve 2 question problems

Reading: The students will take a test over determining the theme of a Greek Myth using details from the text, analyzing characters, and summarizing their reading.

We will then begin focusing on text structure.

Writing: The students will begin a writing piece that will be integrated with our Social Studies topic of explorers and immigrants. The students will read about different immigrant groups and explorers who have impacted Kansan. They will then create an informational writing piece and poster to share their knowledge of a specific immigrant group.

Science: This week we are still studying structure and function of plants and animals. Our guiding question is: How are plants, animals, and society structured for survival? This week we will focus on animal adaptations, and also focus on the human brain and eye.

Spelling: There is not a spelling list or test this week due to our shortened week.


Scholastic Book Orders - February

Book orders will be due on February 25th. You can order by returning the packet to school or online using our class code - L7Z7W.


Our Mission:

Through a collaborative learning community we will build a foundation upon which all students can develop essential academic and life skills.

Our Vision:

Starside will be a Learning Community (staff students, parents, and community members) that collaborates to:

· Provide a safe, positive environment that promotes academic growth, good character, and values diversity.

· Implement researched-based strategies to ensure students achieve academic skill

· Maximize learning time to focus on essential skills

· Monitor student growth based on high expectations