Brock's Bulletin

tales from a fourth grade classroom...


Wow! It is hard to believe that this year is already halfway over! I am amazed at how much the students have learned and how much learning is yet to take place.

This quarter, in Math will be all about fractions. In reading, we will be focusing on some of the following skills: Meanings of words and allusions in Mythology, comparing and contrasting themes and also firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same event, text structure, and understanding multiple types of text. I am also excited that we will be switching over to Science for the second half of the year. Some of the units that we will study are Nutrition, Types of Energy, Fossils, Moon Phases, and Ecosystems. Finally, in writing we will be working on Informational Writing and Researching topics such as the NC Lighthouses that we will be visiting on our trip to the Outer Banks.

We are going to be busy!! :-)


There are a few items that need to be replenished in our classroom. If you are able to send in any of the following items, it is much appreciated.


-scissors (several students do not have their own pair)

-Clorox wipes

-BLACK dry erase markers... and LOTS of them please! (many have gotten dried out. Students use these A LOT.)

-If you have extra games that you would be willing to donate for indoor recess time, we would LOVE to have them!

-if you have a football that you would like to donate for our outside recess (ours found its way over the fence never to be seen again!)

Homework and Behavior Card

We have weekly packets for homework each week. These packets are given out on Monday and are due on the Friday of that week. This will mostly be our Wordly Wise activities. Please check your child's Behavior Card each week. Students are expected to receive 85% of his/her letters above the line to enjoy Fun Friday! This means that in a five day week they can have no more than 3 letters below. Students also must have a parent's signature on their cards. Please also indicate how many minutes your child reads each night and initial that.
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Feb. 1- Report Cards Released: See note below:

"Also, due to weather delays report cards will go out on Monday Feb. 1st. As with first quarter, teachers will recognize students in class for quarterly awards. Our Semester Awards Ceremony has been moved to Wednesday Feb. 3rd. This ceremony is for students who have met the criteria both first and second quarter. Students will receive an invitation with their report cards. The times for this ceremony are as follows 4th grade at 9am, 6th at 10:15, and 5th at 12:15."

February 3- Early Release at 1:00