The Silver Scoop

February 1-5

2nd Quarter Awards

Last Friday we were finally able to celebrate students' achievements in 2nd quarter. Before lunch, 4th grade held our own awards celebration and passed out Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and Reaching for Success awards. At the end of the day, we celebrated with the whole school at our PRIDE Convocation where Extra Credit Winners and Value Achievers were honored. Congratulations to all of the award winners!


Spirit Leader: Mia Hinkle

Extra Credit Winners: Maddox Law and Riley Swanson

Value Achievers: Luke Brewer, Reagan Wilson, Norah Haines

Perfect Attendance: Christian Blok, Joshua Bolinger, Tyran Golston, Nik Graff, Josh Nunley, Kiki Conkle, Reagan Wilson

Honor Roll: Maddy Bishop, Christian Blok, Joshua Bolinger, Luke Brewer, Kiki Conkle, Tyran Golston, Nik Graff, Norah Haines, Savannah Helmick, William Johnston, Bella Julius, Maddox Law, Josh Nunley, Gabi Ocaranza, Abigail Sturgeon, Riley Swanson, Reagan Wilson, Vinny Wittenbring

Reaching for Success: Christian Blok, Luke Brewer, Kiki Conkle, Keagan Evans, Nik Graff, Mia Hinkle, William Johnston, Bella Julius, Vinny Wittenbring

AR Stars: Maddy Bishop, Christian Blok, Joshua Bolinger, Luke Brewer, Jacob Catron, Kiki Conkle, Keagan Evans, Tyran Golston, Nik Graff, Norah Haines, Savannah Helmick, Mia Hinkle, William Johnston, Bella Julius, Maddox Law, Josh Nunley, Telly Rogers, Alexis Sharrett, Abigail Sturgeon, Riley Swanson, Reagan Wilson, Vinny Wittenbring

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Upcoming Events

Scholastic Book Orders are due this Tuesday, February 2. Orders can be placed online at http://www.scholastic.com/bookclubs using Class Activation Code HCJBM.


On Monday we are kicking off a new program called "One School, One Book." Every Clarks Creek family will receive one copy of the book Mr. Popper's Penguins to read together throughout the month. The students can earn fun prizes by reading the book at home with their families and by having a parent sign the weekly reading log. We have a special surprise planned for Monday, too! In fact, this program is a surprise for the students, but we hope that they will all come home excited about reading this classic children's book this month. Be looking for the book and reading logs to come home on Monday, and happy family reading!


Two charity fundraisers begin on Monday. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Colgan's Life Skills classes are sponsoring the "Cause for Paws" pet supply drive all next week. Student Council is sponsoring our annual "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser, too. On Friday, students brought home boxes for collecting spare change that can be brought to school over the course of the next 2 weeks. Students are asked to count the money prior to bringing it in to save time on counting here at school. All money raised will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And if you are in a generous spirit, we can always use donations for our class prize box!


The next PTO meeting is Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.


The AP Physics class at Plainfield High School is sponsoring "Physics for All" on Tuesday, February 9. There will be table demonstrations from 5:30-6:45pm and a stage show from 7:00-7:30. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5; children under 4 are free and family admission is $20. This will be a fun way to witness science first-hand!


Our Valentine's Party will be on Thursday, February 11 at 2:30. You can sign up to volunteer during the party or to bring needed supplies. Visit http://vols.pt/uA9mTw to sign up.


This week's special schedule:

Monday--Computer Lab, Tuesday--Library, Wednesday--Music, Thursday--Art, Friday--Gym

**Our class will take the STAR Reading test during computer lab time this week.

Last Week's Learning

Last Monday, teams of 4th and 5th graders competed in the "Battle of the Books." After reading the 20 books nominated for the Young Hoosier Book Award, the students answered trivia questions about the books. Several students from our class competed in the first round, and many proceeded on to the second round. It was exciting to cheer for one team, the Hoosier Award Royals with William Johnston and Norah Haines from our class, as they made it to the semifinals and competed in the gym in front of the entire 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I am so proud of all of our competitors!
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What We Are Studying This Week

DOL/Word Work -- We will do Daily Paragraph Editing, Week #11. On Friday, there will be a quiz. In Word Work, we are on List #21 on homophones, and there will be a test on Friday. If you recall, we rotate every 4 weeks from vocabulary words to words that teach a language skill. We are starting 4 weeks of homophones and Greek and Latin Roots. For this week's words, the students need to know how to use the correct homophone in context. This week's words: its, it's, your, you're, whose, who's, there, their, they're, to, two, too. Core Words: general, sign, region, period, amount


Math -- This week we will do Lessons 14-6, 14-7, 14-8, and 14-9 on metric units and conversions. The students will learn the metric units for length (millimeters, centimeters, meters, kilometers), weight/mass (grams, kilograms), and capacity (milliliters, liters). We will also learn about units of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, decades, centuries, millenniums) and how to convert between units. There will be homework on Monday, Wednesday, and possibly Thursday.


Science -- We will read from the old red science book again this week, studying the 3 types of rocks and the rock cycle. The students will make a rock cycle diagram, write "The Rock Hound News" newspaper with information about rocks, and make a "choose your own adventure" rock cycle wheel. There will be homework on Wednesday or Thursday.


Reading -- Our story this week is "Jim Thorpe's Bright Path" from the blue reading book. The students will read about Jim Thorpe's childhood and the obstacles that he faced growing up. Some people say Thorpe was the greatest athlete of the 20th century, and he was certainly successful in many different sports, including football, track and field, baseball, and basketball. We will focus on how Thorpe used perseverance to overcome obstacles in pursuit of athletic success. The students will also read a leveled reader about other famous athletes, identifying common character traits among them. Our reading skills are character traits and fact/opinion. There should not be any reading homework this week, but we will have a story test on Friday.


Language -- We will continue to identify the parts of speech in sentences from the Grammar Town book. The students will write about the nonfiction texts we are reading and will cite evidence in their written responses to support their opinions. We will continue to refine the "Yes Ma'am" constructive response formula we learned about last week.


Social Studies -- We will read Unit 2, Lesson 4 about the American Revolution in Indiana. The students will learn about George Rogers Clark and his involvement in the war. There should not be any social studies homework this week.

This Week's Cartoon

By fourth grade, your child is a proficient reader who can read chapter books independently. But for our One School, One Book program, we are asking families to spend a little bit of time each day reading together. So gather around all of your children, grab your very own free copy of Mr. Popper's Penguins that is coming home tomorrow, and read one short chapter each night. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there is a substantial relationship between parent involvement for the school and reading comprehension levels of fourth-grade classrooms. Where parent involvement is low, the average classroom reading score is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average - a gap of 74 points. Even after controlling for other attributes of communities, schools, principals, classes, and students, that might confound this relationship, the gap is 44 points. (U.S. Department of Education. 1996. Reading Literacy in the United States: Findings From the IEA Reading Literacy Study.) You can read more about why you should read with your kids here: http://readtothem.org/why/.
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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We're going to have an AMAZING week!

Mrs. Kara Silver

4th Grade Teacher

Clarks Creek Elementary

Plainfield Community Schools