Miss Lotter's Leaders

Parent Newsletter January 11-January 15


We had such a wonderful week full of learning in our classroom! With report cards coming out on the 26th, it has become apparent as to just how much the students have stepped up and become responsible learners. They have all grown so much in the last nine weeks and I cannot wait to see how much further they grow by the end of the year!


Math: In math this week, we are continuing our unit on fractions. Be on the look out for a lot of resources over the quarter to support your child in this area.

Language Arts: We will continue accountability in daily five this week! Each day, the students will track their choices and what they accomplished during each round. Students will have the option to listen to reading, read to someone, read to self, work on words, and work on writing.

-We are focusing on how to determine the main idea of an informational text, as well as, how to effectively summarize a text.

In writing, we will be starting a new narrative unit.

Social Studies: We are going to be wrapping up our unit on economy.


The fourth grade team has decided to flexibly group students for math stating this week. Flex grouping means that we asses how students learn best and group them to support their learning style as we best possibly can. Last week students took a pre-assessment for fractions, the fourth grade team met to grade the assessments and discuss learning styles of all fourth grade students. Beginning on Monday, your student may be going to another classroom for math. All homework will remain the same, what we are teaching will be aligned and planned as a team. As a result, your student will learn in his/her most comfortable way, hopefully leading to better understanding of math skills. We will constantly use weekly assessments or class work to regroup students. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me.


Our leader of the week is Mishonte Mills! Mishonte has done an incredible job this quarter of being proactive and taking control of her learning. She has shown incredible growth and has achieved A honor roll this quarter! Great Job Mishonte!
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We have a few students in class who have taken the initiative during work on writing in daily five to create a classroom newspaper! I have read through the first edition and I cannot express how creative and wonderful it is! We will be distributing the first edition on Thursday, so be on the lookout for our student created classroom newspaper!


One of the primary concepts that we are learning in our economy unit is wants and needs. What things truly are needs that we cannot survive without and what things are wants that would be nice to have, but we don't need to survive? It was very interesting listening to the kids discussions and justifications about if items such as phones and cars are wants or needs!



-Please make sure that you are up to date with the Raleigh paperwork and payments.
-I have also posted the payment schedule below for reference.

Payment Dates and Deadlines:

  • January 25th (Monday)- Second payment of $35.00 due to your child’s homeroom teacher.

  • February 23rd (Tuesday)- Third, and FINAL payment of $30.00 due to your child’s homeroom teacher.

On February 23rd, you should be paid up for the entire cost of the trip, $135.00/student.

**Report cards will go home January 26**

Important Dates at Claxton:

DATE TBA- Biltmore Field Trip

Monday, January 18, 2016- MLK Day Holiday

Tuesday, January 19, 2016- Teacher Workday

Tuesday, February 2, 2016- PTO Meeting at North Asheville Community Center at 6:00

Thursday, February 18, 2016- Family Voices/Community Outreach Night at the Montford Center

Friday, February 19, 2016- Early Release Day

Thursday, February 25, 2016- Tea & Talk with the Superintendent for Claxton Families


-We need class snack.

-As always, the most support we need is for you to continue to encourage your child to come to school and try their best! Also, to really help them in becoming a leader through emphasizing those leadership habits whenever possible.

Thank you for all that you do!