Miss Heckathorne's Classroom News

Starside Elementary

Specials Schedule

10/28 T - Music/PE

10/29 C - Library

10/30 O - Art

10/31 M - Music/PE

11/1 E - Computer

What We Are Learning

Math - Topic 1: Multiplication and Division: Meanings and Facts

Our objectives for the week are as follows:

  • - recognizing and continuing mathematical patterns
  • - using and drawing models to solve division problems
  • - completing division and multiplication fact families
  • - using inverse operations to solve
  • - drawing a picture and writing an equation
  • Reading - Novel Study of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

    Our objectives for the week are as follows:

    - describe story elements in depth

    - identify main idea

    - using context clues to understand new word meaning

    Writing - Personal Narrative

    We are continuing to work on paragraph writing. Then, the students will begin a narrative piece related to our science topic.

    Science - Our Changing Earth

    We are continuing to study Our Changing Earth. The students will learn about the layers of the earth, rocks and minerals, erosion, weathering, natural disasters that shape the earth and much more. The students will have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers, videos, non-fiction texts, realia, and hands-on experiments. This week we will have two guest presenters and will learn through many hands-on experiences. Today the students enjoyed our first guest speaker and learned about the three types of rocks!


    All of the 4th grade teachers decided to adopt a new spelling practice and we are starting with new lists this week!

    This is our new spelling routine:

    Monday: Orally Read and Spell, Copy and Spell, Cover and Spell, Uncover and Check

    Tuesday: Word Meaning and Spelling Dictation

    Wednesday: Word Study Activities (syllables, missing letters, etc.)

    Thursday: Edit for Spelling Activities

    Friday: Spelling Test (Includes sentences that the students must write using the words)

    On Friday, the new spelling list for the following week will be introduced, and important consistencies will be pointed out, such as a phonetic or structural element. For example, the list for our first week focuses on two syllable words and consonant blends.

    Our hope is that having more time focused specifically on spelling will increase scores and will help students to transfer learned spelling patterns into their everyday writing. This will also help the students to see the words in a deeper context.

    Please help your child practice their spelling words each week. For now, you can still use spellingcity.com but you'll just need to manually enter the words. Thank you.



















    Halloween Parade & Party

    Thursday, Oct. 31st, 2:45pm

    35400 West 91st Street

    De Soto, KS

    Students will be given time to change into their costumes prior to the parade and party. Please remember that all Halloween costumes must be appropriate for school. There should be no weapons, blood, etc. Thank you!

    Scholastic Book Orders Due!

    Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 3:45pm

    35400 West 91st Street

    De Soto, KS

    You can order online using our class code (L7Z7W), or you can return the paper order forms and money to school.

    Red Ribbon Week

    Monday, Oct. 28th, 8:45am to Friday, Nov. 1st, 3:45pm

    35400 West 91st Street

    De Soto, KS


    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