Miss Lotter's Leaders

Parent Newsletter January 25-January 29


I feel like it has been so long since we have actually had a normal school day. Even though we had a short week full of testing, I was so happy to see the kids again! I am hoping that in the next few weeks we can quickly get back into the routine and start the third quarter off strong! We have quite a few changes and events coming up, so please read the rest of the newsletter for that information!


**We will have our MAP benchmark tests Monday and Tuesday this week.

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 creative writing narrative unit.

Social Studies: We are going to be starting our unit on significant historical events of North Carolina.


As we get further into the year and the kids are growing, our homework is changing to help continue with that growth. The homework is shifting from reading responses to reading analysis and justification. The students are going to be reading an informational article, answering questions about that article, justifying their answers, and writing a summary of the article. Nonfiction, informational text is often the most difficult for students to understand and work with. This new homework will expose students to this type of text and challenge them to dig deeper and create rich responses to the text based on evidence. I have attached a picture below of the worksheet given to the students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.
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We are halfway through the year and I cannot explain to you how thrilled I have been with the kid's growth! I can tell you all day long about how great the students are doing, but I think it would be much better for them to show you! So, this quarter I am going to help the students prepare for a parent conference that they are going to lead! Because we have so many students, this may take some time, but be on the lookout for an email to schedule this conference with your child. I have included some pictures below about what a student-led conference is, the top reasons to implement this type of conference, and the benefits for the students, parents, and the teacher. Thank you for your patience and support!


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I am extremely excited to introduce something new that we are going to be starting in fourth grade which are passion projects! Often, in all of the many requirements of public education, we can get lost in the things we have to do and forget about the educational opportunities that we want to do! In order to inspire our students to love education, we are beginning STEAM based passion projects! STEAM is science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. It is all about bringing the sciences and arts together to achieve critical thinking and 21st century skills! Each teacher, Ms. Quinn, Mrs. Locke, Mrs. Eggett, and myself, will meet with students once a week to facilitate a project based on our personal passions! Ms. Quinn will be creating ecosystems in a jar, Mrs. Locke will be doing 3D mapping, Mrs. Eggett will be coding with students through the coding club, and I will be engineering wind turbines with students. Every student got to choose which project they are passionate about and we will be starting those projects in February. I have attached the link for our Google Presentation about these projects, so if you would like further information you can follow the link below. We are so excited to see the passion that comes from the students with these projects!



-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:

  • 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.

Important Dates at Claxton:

DATE TBA- Biltmore Field Trip

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


-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!

Valentines Dance!

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

241 Merrimon Avenue

Asheville, NC

I am so excited for the Valentines Dance! I always have the most hilarious time talking to the kids and seeing their signature dance moves! The dance will last from 3:30-4:30. When you pick up your children, we ask that you please stay in your cars in the car line. We will be dismissing from the gym just like we do at the end of the school day. We want to make sure that every student is safe and leaves with the correct person. So, we ask that you please do not walk up to the school, but stay in your car and your child will be brought to you. Thank you in advance!