The Ritenour Review

2017 - 2018 Fourth Grade Weekly News

Winter Weather Preparedness

From Tom Hundley:

"As Old Man Winter prepares to roll in, please be sure to send your student to school appropriately dressed for the weather as it grows colder and snow is on the ground. As stated in the handbook:

As the weather turns colder, each child needs a winter coat, hat, and gloves. Snow pants and boots are required when there is snow on the ground.

Students without snow pants and boots (when there is snow on the ground) will only be permitted to play on the cleared blacktop.

All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range)." Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days."

What's Normal?

We are definitely using our lifeline of being flexible right now. Mother Nature loves to throw curve balls into our schedules. Last Thursday, I was out for a professional development opportunity. Due to a district wide substitute shortage, we had to get creative for my class on Thursday. Our class was split among four other classes and worked independently with their group. Every teacher had high praise for their willingness to take on this last minute change. So proud! I thoroughly enjoyed my four-day weekend, and now I am ready to get us back on our track to success.

This past week:

In math, we jumped back into fractions. We are working on converting and adding fractions. We will move quickly through this unit, so I highly recommend encouraging your child to hop onto Khan Academy or Everyday Math Online to practice if he/she has extra time throughout the week.

In reading, we were catching everyone up from before the break. We had several friends out the last few days before break. In order for us to move forward at a good pace, we needed everyone on the same page. We used this week to recap our non-fiction unit, finalize our research on natural disasters and research facts on our resolutions.

In science, we looked into heredity and genes. I hope you played the genetic traits card game with your child.

Coming up next!

  • Math: We will learn to add fractions (including mixed numbers and improper fractions) and decimals and hopefully learn the skills to subtract those types, too! Once we have all finished our math NWEA, we will look at our individual scores and make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)

  • Reading: We will be presenting with our Natural Disaster teams on Tuesday and starting Wednesday we will kick off our Historical Fiction Book Clubs! My favorite genre!

  • Science: We will continue our heredity study. We should be receiving our next science kit this week - the delivery date is always changing, so we plan to just have some fun with genetics instead of fretting over shipments.

  • Writing: We will finalize our One Word Resolutions. Last week, each child picked a word they wanted to focus on this year and they are creating a digital poster to share with the class this week! Once they are finished, I would love for them to show y'all at home, too.

Special's Schedule

  • Monday: STEM
  • Tuesday: Music
  • Wednesday: Art
  • Thursday: Wellness **bring/wear tennis shoes
  • Friday: Library

Upcoming Dates!

January 12th - School Canceled due to inclement weather. Make up day is May 25th

January 16: - NWEA Reading Test (Make-ups will happen throughout the week)

January 18th - Boone Meadow Spirit Day - "Twin Day"

January 27th - Talent Show Rehearsal 1:30-5:00pm

February 3rd - Talent Show in BME Cafe @ 2:30

February 19th - Presidents Day - No School

February 20th - No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Staff)

February 23rd - BME Mixer at Golf Club of Indiana 6:30pm - Sponsored by PTO - See below

March 30th - April 6th - Spring Break (No school)