Warbritton Weekly Head's Headlines

Week of February 16th, 2016

Upcoming Events

February 15th- No School- Teacher Professional Development

February 17th- Progress Report Issued

February 29th- March 4th- Book Fair Week

Getting back in to the swing- Week 24!

Hopefully NO MORE SNOW DAYS!!! Parents make note that because we used 7 of the 5 days, March 16th and 17th will be regular school days now.

Progress reports and "Show and Tell" folders are coming home on Wednesday! The snow days pushed the grading calendar. Make sure you are looking over your child's graded papers and discussing with them the areas they feel they need to improve on. These come home every other Wednesday.

Still no word on TN READY- we know there is a lot of buzz going on about when and how. We will keep you updated as soon as we know. Our number 1 goal is teaching your kiddo regardless of when and what format test they take so they are 5th grade ready!

Jump Rope for Heart

Our community fundraiser, Jump Rope for Heart, begins February 1st. The donation envelopes are due on March 1st. The incentive for the class that gets the most donations will have a "Dress like a P.E. Teacher" Day on March 15th!


We want to give a shout out to our top 3 students this week at HOME.Way to go!! Let's keep it up. We are working on a school wide challenge. The PTA will be rewarding the classes with the highest percentage of usage!

* Chris

* Sayran

* Noah


Which writing modes should my students be practicing? Students should practice all types of writing. On TNReady, students will be asked to write essays from two of the following three modes of writing (in any combination): (1) argument/opinion, (2) informative/explanatory, and (3) narrative. For example, a student could receive an argument/opinion task and a narrative task. Or, a student could receive an informative/explanatory task and an argument/opinion task. Or, a student could receive an informative/explanatory task and a narrative task.

We have been practicing our writing in class and I will be sending home their practice informative writing with their progress report Wednesday. I am also attaching the rubric their writing will be scored with on TNREADY. Here is the link you can access the rubric as well. https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/tnready_rubric_info-expl_gr4-5.pdf

I ask that you look over your child's essay with them and talk to them about any changes/mistakes that you find. Below you will see the "kid friendly checklist" I have created for students to self check as they write. I reminded them multiple times throughout their practice writing assessment last week to reference the checklist, but will not be able to remind them during the real assessment. They will have to remember to check the "checklist" before submitting their writing on their own.

This week we will be working on opinion writing. We will do another practice writing assessment, and I will send home their writing the following week. Here is the rubric for the opinion writing for TNREADY. https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/tnready_rubric_opinion-argue_gr4-5.pdf



There will not be a Reading Log this week for homework, instead there will be a writing practice that students will complete throughout the week. We will still have word study.

Reading- RI.4.6

Read and analyze the information provided in a firsthand account and a secondhand account of a particular event or topic.

Writing- W.4.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or text supporting a point of view with reasons and information.


Write an informative text to examine a topic and convey ideas clearly

Language- Spiral review of standards

(proper nouns, capitalization, punctuation, prepositions, adverbs, and adjectives)

Spelling/Word Study- L.4.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings

Math Corner-Fractions & Decimals

NF.5 Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add 3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100.

NF.6 Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram.

Weekly reminders-

*Check their agenda daily and make sure they are completing their weekly & daily homework!

Weekly Homework: DROPS review and daily standard review practice

Make sure your child is studying their Math 4 Today spiral review each Thursday night for their quiz on Friday

GO MATH textbook and resources online https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do

You will have to fill in the country, state, district (Metro Nashville), and school

Then your child has their own username which is their firstandlastname (lowercase and no spaces) Password is their birthdate (Ex. 02102006)

*If you have an iPad- a great app I have found is the Go Math 4th grade. It is $1.99 but is a great practice tool to use.

*If you have internet access have your child log onto his/her account and practice math fact fluency and math skills tailored to your child’s strengths and weaknesses

www.mobymax.com and www.xTramath.org

*http://www.worksheetworks.com/ allows you to personalize certain skills to practice.

*Another fun site to practice math on is http://mrnussbaum.com/math-for-kids/

XTRAMATH Shoutouts!!

Congrats Erin for mastering multiplication!!

Congrats to Noah for mastering division!!

Social Studies/ Science News

SOCIAL STUDIES- The War for Independence (1760-1789)

Describe the various contributions made by Benjamin Franklin to the development of a unique American society, including his scientific experiments and inventions, the development of the Albany Plan and political cartoons.


*Collect data to illustrate that the physical properties of matter can be described with tools that measure weight, mass, length, and volume.

*Explore different types of physical changes in matter.

Science book activities http://macmillanmh.com/science/2010/student/tn/grade4/


Hello Camp Invention Families,

It is hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner and I am thrilled to be directing Camp Invention again this summer!

Camp Invention will be held at Shayne Elementary School the week of June 13th with all new programming for an exciting adventure! Hours are 8am – 2:30pm.

If you register now, you can take advantage of the biggest discount offered all year and I didn’t want you to miss it. Register now at http://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=14847 to receive $35 off the base price. This discount will expire on February 15, 2016.

If you have already registered, I just want to say thank you! I truly appreciate your support of our Camp Invention.

If you have not registered yet, is there anything I can do to help you with the registration process? If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I can’t wait to see you at camp this summer!

Julie Staehling 615-332-3020 X1150

Camp Invention Director

Wish Lists Items

  • EXPO markers

Has your child brought in earbuds?

We are so excited we now have access to 2 more additional laptop carts!!! Which means we have more time to incorporate these into our daily routines. We would like students to make sure they have personal earbuds that they keep in their pencil pouch.

Teacher + Parent + Child Working Together = A Successful Year in Fourth Grade

Dear Parents & Students-

We are excited that we will be working with you and your child this year! We will work hard this year to meet each child’s needs, no matter their ability. We will do our best to help your child to develop socially, emotionally, and academically. We firmly believe each child can reach his or her potential if he or she is willing to do their BEST! We are looking forward to a very exciting year here at Shayne!

Box Tops for Education

We are collecting box tops. Please cut and save these for our school. Place in a baggie and send in with your child. We will have two collection periods. So clip and save those box tops so our school can earn free money.