Cortez Spy Report

From the desk of Mrs. Cortez ~Week of March 14, 2016~

Important Lower Pottsgrove Upcoming Dates

3/15 ~ 5 - 8pm LPES PTA Applebee's Night
3/17 ~ Spring Picture Day
3/18 ~ School Store
3/22 ~ Book Swap


Monday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *SL 8.5, *Word Work
Tuesday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *SL 8.6, * Word Work
Wednesday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *SL 8.7, *Word Work
Thursday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *SL 8.8, *Word Work

Encore This Week

Monday - Day 3 - Health
Tuesday - Day 4 - Art
Wednesday - Day 5 - Music
Thursday - Day 6 - Computers
Friday - Day 1 - P.E. *Please wear sneakers!

Winter Recess Guidelines

I hope we've seen the last of below 20 degrees!!!!

When the temperature (with or without wind chill) is 20 degrees or lower we will hold indoor recess. If the temperature is above 20 degrees, we will hold outdoor recess that day.

W.I.P. (Work In Progress)

Our W.I.P. folders are all up to date! Your students have been hard at work getting caught up and correcting mistakes in their work. I'm so proud of them!

We LOVE math!!!!

Last week we began Unit 8 and our focus is now on perimeter and area.

Keep memorizing those multiplication facts! The students now each have a set of ninja multiplication cards to practice with at home and at school.

Use the link above to support your child's success as a 4th Grade Mathematician!

*Copies of ALL Study Links

*Help with 4th Grade algorithms

*Vocabulary definitions and examples

*Games that can be played at home.


1. Select Learn About Everyday Mathematics at the bottom of the screen. You do not need to sign in.

2. Select Parent Resources from the menu on the left.

3. Select Grade 4.

4. Select the Unit that we are currently studying.

5. Scroll down. You will see Vocabulary, Study Link Help, and Games

Do you need help? Be sure to see Mrs. Cortez for a recess review session on a Monday or Friday!

Language Arts

Writing ~ I've gotten a chance to conference with all the students about their persuasive letters. They are really coming along nicely! :) We have read many mentor texts and today we analyzed our last book - 'The Salamander Room'. Each child has shown me that they can find the audience, issue, and evidence in books and letters! This week we will be making sure our own letters have these 3 strong components in them.

Reading ~ Going forward into the 3rd trimester, we will continue in our study of informational texts. I see great growth from the beginning of the 2nd trimester; however we still have a ways to go to be ready for 5th grade! At home when you see them reading non fiction ask them "What have you learned?" It's hard for them to realize that they need to slow down and pay attention to text structure.

Word Study

New sorts will be given out on Monday. Tests will be on Friday.

Science ~ Kids, did you know?

Today we read a non fiction passage titled 'The Force be with You'. It pulled the kids right in. (Pun intended!) Here are some of the facts that we learned...

  • Magnets are objects that produce an area of magnetic force called a magnetic field.
  • Magnetic fields by themselves are invisible to the human eye.
  • Iron filings can be used to show magnetic fields created by magnets (such as in the picture to the right).

  • Magnets only attract certain types of metals, other materials such as glass, plastic and wood aren't attracted.

  • Metals such as iron, nickel and cobalt are attracted to magnets.

  • Most metals however are not attracted to magnets. ex. stainless steel

  • Magnetism can attract magnetic objects or push (repel) them away.

  • Magnets have a magnetic north pole and a magnetic south pole. If the same pole of two magnets are placed near each other they will push away (repel), while if different poles are placed near each other they will pull together (attract).

  • Magnetic objects must be inside the magnetic field to respond, which is why you may have to move a magnet closer for it to have an effect.

  • The Earth's core is believed to be a mix (alloy) of iron and nickel, giving the Earth its own magnetic field.

  • The Earth's magnetic field is responsible for deflecting the solar wind, charged particles that come from the sun.

  • Magnetic compasses use the Earth's magnetic field to help navigate in north, south, east and west directions.

Each student will research one way that magnets are used in everyday life. Then we will have an open book vocabulary quiz at the end of the week.