4th Grade News at JCT

Week of August 31 - September 4

A Peek at Our Week

Reading

This week students are beginning to build strategies that they can use to help them evaluate a text. Specificially, we will learn and apply strategies to evaluate the setting and theme of a text.

Spelling/Grammar

During the first six weeks, students are expected to master the high frequency sight words from kindergarten through third grade. Students will take a pretest at the beginning of the week and then practice and use those words throughout the week as homework to be able to spell them in a snap. Each Friday the students will be tested over their mastery of the word list.

Math

This week we will continue learning the habits of a mathematician and learning the process of problem solving. Within the next few weeks, we will start multiplication. Students are expected to enter fourth grade with mastery of the mulitplication facts from 0-10. It would be a great idea to begin to practice the facts in order to build fluency.

Writing

This week students are continuing to learn the habits of good writers. They will be using their senses to observe the world around them in order to find the stories in their everyday lives.

Science

We are learning about the scientific inquiry process this week. Your child will be planning, conducting, recording data from, and drawing conclusions from their investigations.

Social Studies

This week we are learning about the United States flag and will determine the similarities and differences between it and the Texas flag.

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Big Kahuna Fundraiser

Today, we kicked off our Big Kahuna Fundraiser! Students will bring their brochure and collection envelopes home today or tomorrow. Order forms and money must be turned into school by Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Help your student turn this into a learning experience by setting a goal and creating a plan of action to achieve it. Thank you for your participation in this funudraiser.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 7 Labor Day School closed in observance of holiday

Tuesday, September 8 PTA meeting at 5:15 and Curriculum Night from 5:30-7. There will be a sign up available this night for Parent Teacher conferences starting in October, as well as valuable information about the learning taking place at JCT this year.

Friday, September 11 Grandparent's Day

Snacks

Each day we will have a time set aside for the students to eat a small snack as they work. This must be a snack they can eat without utensils or making a mess, and it must be of high nutritional value so students are provided with the nourishment they need to focus and be successful. Some examples of acceptable choices are listed below.

-Pretzels -Goldfish -Animal crackers -Graham crackers -Raisins -Fresh fruit

-Wheat crackers -Rice cakes -Dry cereal-Bagels -Fig bars -Vanilla Wafers

-Vegetable snacks -Fruit snacks -Crackers -Corn on the cob-Fat-free popcorn

-Low fat string cheese

Snacks that do not meet the above criteria will not be allowed.

Happy Birthday

We love birthdays and look forward to the opportunity to celebrate your child's special day at school. When planning to bring in a treat to share with the class for birthdays and other school functions, they must be store bought with the ingredients listed. We also ask that you notify your child's homeroom teacher 48 hours in advance, so an opportunity exists for parents to provide an alternative snack choice for thier student(s) who may have special dietary needs or restircitions. We want everyone to be part of the celebration. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Parent Communication Folders

Parent communication folders are being sent home each night. They will be a daily communication tool between you and your child's teachers. The folders must be signed each evening and return with the student every day to school. We will communicate both positive and negative choices made by the student, and this record will help to determine the behavior grades on each six weeks report card. The calendar in there also lists upcoming events during this six weeks. Work that needs to be completed, as well as graded work will be sent home using this folder. Thank you in advance for helping to establish a routine with your child where they can talk to you daily about their learning. It is so important for kids to know that their parents value their education and are willing to take an active part in it. Signing the folders is one small way to show your child that you will take the time out of your day to ensure that they are being successful at school. If it is important to you, it will become important to them.

Changes in Dismissal

PLEASE email the front office and your child's homeroom teacher should you have a change in how your child will go home. Ride changes must be made in writing, either in a note sent with the student, or in an email. Requests must be made prior to 2:00pm in order to ensure that it is properly communicated. Your child's safety is of our utmost concern.