Quinn's Q&A

What's going on in Ms. Quinn's class?

Important Dates and Reminders!

ASAP- $8 Binder Money Due! This purchases a durable 'take home' folder for the student to use throughout the school year. Our grade level chose to use this instead of agenda books this year, in order to lower costs and streamline communication. If you need a scholarship for this, please let me know!

September 11th- $30 Montreat Field Trip Money and Forms Due! It is important that the pink field trip form (sent home last week) is filled out completely.

September 16th, 2015- Montreat Field Trip

Wow! What a week we have planned!

Math: We will be continuing our investigation of place value, but this week we will be taking a special focus on rounding. We will be learning on how to round accurately to tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, and hundred thousands. Towards the end of the week we will begin reviewing and assessing addition of numbers up to 1,000 using the standard US Algorithm (what many of us remember as "Carrying the 1!").

Daily 5: This week we will continue working towards independence in our Daily 5 activities. Our class is doing very well with Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Word Work. We are working hard to improve our focus during Buddy Reading!

In addition to our Daily 5 rotation, we are also working on building a CAFE Menu of strategies to help us become better readers. We will be adding onto this menu throughout the year. The categories of strategies to choose from look like this:




E-Expand Vocabulary.

The strategies we have discussed are Check for Understanding, Back Up and Re-Read, Use Prior Knowledge to Make Connections with the text, and Tune Into Interesting Words. See if you can encourage your child to remember and use these strategies when reading at home!

Writing: This week we will continue working on writing Narratives using the Writing Process. This includes Prewriting (using a graphic organizer), Writing, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. Last week our class came up with some awesome ideas to write their narratives about. Throughout the week, ask your child where they are in the Writing Process and how it is going!

Science: This week we will be continuing our exploration of Nutrition and Health. We will be discussing important nutrients like Carbohydrates, Fats, Protein, etc. Discuss with your child what these nutrients do for your body, and how they fit into your meals at home!

MAP Testing This Week

Our 4th graders will all be completing their MAP testing this week! The tests are very brief (only about an hour long), and they are done in our classroom on the Chromebooks. Reading will be on Thursday, and Math will be on Friday. You can help your child by making sure they get plenty of sleep, a healthy breakfast, and lots of positive encouragement!

Notes and Reminders

Incomplete Work: Students each have an Incomplete Work folder in our classroom. Classwork will be submitted throughout the week, but if it is unfinished it goes in the student's Incomplete Work folder. They may pull things out and work on them whenever they finish another assignment and have some extra time. All work that is marked as missing in the grade book is due at the end of the quarter.

Corrected Work: Graded work that comes home can be corrected and returned for half credit on each question missed.

Pencils: We use only yellow, wooden #2 pencils in our classroom! We share these pencils to minimize distractions from sharpening during the day. We do not allow mechanical pencils, so any mechanical pencils or "special" pencils need to be used at home only.

Snack: Thank you to everyone who has donated snacks to our classroom! I encourage everyone to send your child with their own healthy snack every day if possible. I have snacks for students who forget or don't have a snack that day . We have been going through lots of snacks, and I don't want to run out and leave anyone hungry!

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"