Rooney & Hassman's Tribune

Week of 9/21-25

News, reminders, and more!


Why is DreamBox so important?

  • It personalizes instruction from enrichment through intervention.
  • Develops skills and closes gaps fast
  • Adapts to the individual learner
  • Integrates assessment with instruction
  • It is a research-based, standards-aligned online math curriculum
  • It empowers teachers and administrators with actionable data and reporting
  • Provides access and equity for ELLs

Please be sure to use the link specific to Horizon Elementary to access DreamBox at home. Logins should be the same as their google logins (without and passwords.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to send nut free snacks for students. We have SEVERE nut allergies in fourth grade and want to be sure that everyone is kept safe. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

What is going on next week?

The week's schedule:

Monday, 9/28--- Day 1 (Hassman- Art), (Rooney--PE) Booster Thon Assembly!

Tuesday, 9/29---- Day 2 (Hassman --Music and Spanish ), (Rooney -- PE and Spanish)

Wednesday, 9/30----- Day 3 (Hassman -- Spanish and PE ), (Rooney -- Art and Library)

Thursday, 10/1----Day 4 (Hassman -- PE and Library ), Rooney -- Music)

Friday, 10/2----- Day 5 (Hassman -- Music and PE), (Rooney -- Spanish, Music)

Upcoming MAP testing

Math Testing

10/1 -- morning Mrs. Hassman's class

10/1 -- afternoon Mrs. Rooney's class

No School Friday, October 9th

What's Going on in Fourth Grade?


Parents interested in volunteering, please make sure to return your forms by Monday, so we can begin putting together our schedules.

Volunteers must also be sure to print and fill out

a district form

prior to volunteering in the classroom. You do not need to fill out another form if you took one at Great Start Conferences and returned it to district office. Thank you!


Please make sure your child has headphones for school use. They should have a pair in their locker to use during the day. If you need headphones, the Dollar Store sells earbuds and the Horizon office has headphones (for $5).

Goals, Goals, Goals....

Self-control --> We have had the students do a quick self-control check periodically during class. Students stop and take a fast 5 seconds to see what's going on with our hands, eyes, ears, feet, etc. It's been an effective way for them to see how they're doing and make any changes if needed.

Problem solving skills continue to be encouraged each day. We are looking for daily examples to share to show some great thinking. It's also showing some fantastic responsibility. This week, we've seen students, unprompted, grab a piece of looseleaf to write down assignments if they've forgotten to bring in assignment notebooks.

Self-advocacy is so important. We continue to encourage students to ask questions and seek help when needed.

"Take risks. Ask big questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes; if you don't make mistakes, you're not reaching far enough."

David Packard was a co-founder, with William Hewlett, of Hewlett-Packard

Math: This week we took our knowledge of place value and began to apply it to comparing and rounding numbers. Math class can look different on every given day. While the structure generally looks the same, many of us come into units having a different amount of knowledge for a given concept. This means we are not all doing the same thing every class period. We have been having fun digging into Unit 1 and connecting the concepts to the real world! We continue to take ownership of our learning; asking for help and challenging ourselves when it is needed.

We continue to work on addition fact fluency and even found a great game on BrainPop to help us! Click on this link for a great resource at home!

Reading: This week we began looking at characters in more depth. Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll look dig deep with characters. We'll figure out who they are on the inside and the outside (internal and external traits). Students will head back to the text to find supporting evidence to explain their reasoning.

Writing: Students are brainstorming a variety of different ideas that could be used to turn a small moment (true story) into a realistic fiction story. We've focused on what makes a story realistic fiction vs a fantasy story. We've read a number of books that are helping to generate ideas, as we get ready to select a topic for some pre-writing.

Language: Students began work this week on grammar skills such as editing and proofreading sentences and types of nouns (common and proper nouns specifically). The first practice Spelling unit was introduced. Students have individualized lists to study for their test next Wednesday. There are also three activities due next week Tuesday. Students are writing each of their words three times for practice, using words in sentences, and selecting four words to illustrate the meaning of the word.

Boosterthon is Back!

Boosterthon is back again this year with the Fun Run at PLE and Horizon. We are pleased to announce that Asa Clark will be joining in on the fun this year with their own Color Run.

The theme this year is "Big World Recess." Students will have the opportunity to "travel" to other countries where they will meet children athletes in different sports from around the world and learn how to play with character.

Fun Run Event: Thursday, 10/08/15 (all students will get to run regardless of pledges)

The tracks will be set up on the side of PLE and Horizon and it will be led by Boosterthon with the help

of parent volunteers as well

* 3rd, 4th: 10:00-11:00

* 5th, 6th: 12:45-1:45

Reading "home" notebooks

Expectation for these notebooks/journals:

*2-3 entries per week

*2-3 sentences for each entry

*sentences can answer questions like, what was my favorite part? why? what confused me today? why? Each student should have a set of questions they can use if they get stuck trying to figure out what to write about.

First "check up" dates (please be sure notebooks are returned to school on these dates):

Rooney section -- Wednesday, 10/7

Hassman section -- Thursday, 10/8

Reading Bookmarks each week

*If students lose or misplace their bookmark during the week, it's okay for students to use a piece of scrap paper or looseleaf to track their pages and minutes read. Students are required to read 20-25 minutes, at home, each night, including weekends. Below is a sample of what the bookmark should look like filled in. Bookmarks will be due each Monday (or start of the week) and new ones will be handed out for the following week.

Sample bookmark --- see our webpage too

Name: Junie B. Jones

Homeroom Teacher: Mrs.

(Monday - Sunday) --- Week of Sept. 7th

Date book title # ofpages read # of minutes read

9/7 Frindle 8 pg 20 min

9/8 Frindle 5 pg 20

9/9 Frindle 10 20

9/10 Frindle 20 35

9/11 Frindle 10 20

9/12 Swindle 9 25

9/13 Swindle 8 25

Grand Totals 70 pgs 165 minutes

Parent /Guardian Initials -----MSJ

Reading minutes required 140 per week. Reading bookmarks are due on Mondays!

Fourth Grade Music Concerts

Concerts are scheduled for

Thursday, Nov 12th

School Matinee at PHS auditorium

*PM Group Muehlbauer --this is Mrs. Hassman's class (1:30 - 2:15) Guesstimate

*PM Group Barootian --- this is Mrs. Rooney's class (2:30 - 3:15) Guesstimate

Parent Evening Performances:

Thursday, Nov 12th at PHS auditorium

Group Muehlbauer (Hassman): (6:00)

Group Barootian (Rooney): (7:15)