Mrs. Dang's Newsletter

Sept 22-26

Upcoming Dates

  • Dot Day (school-wide enrichment). We will be doing "Dot Day" activities on Monday and Wednesday, but wear dots all week long!!
  • Thursday- School Pictures.
  • Friday- PTA WatchDOGS Pizza Night @ 7:00 p.m. in cafeteria and gym
  • LISDOLA- LISD outdoor learning area field trip - Oct 21
  • 4th Grade swimming - Nov. 17-21 (more details to come)

Homework (sorry there's a lot of info).

Much of the homework that I am getting back is not done with as much effort as it should be. I tell my students all of the time that I want their best work ONLY. I'm going to do a couple of things to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do their best.

1. I'm going to send a homework schedule home again like I did the first week, so that the kids can pace themselves. I've had some feedback this week that it was helpful. Here's the link for it. They should stay as much on that schedule as possible.

2. I'm going to do a MID-WEEK CHECK. That means that the students need to keep their homework in their RED FOLDERS all week. I will probably check it on Wednesday to make sure it is done correctly.

Social Studies- We are going to be memorizing part of the Constitution. Students must be able to recite "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." by next Friday. We will be discussing what this means this week and next week.

***UPDATE on Social Studies- Due to a change in plans, we won't be able to spend as much time on the Constitution this week as previously planned. Because of this, I am not requiring all students to memorize this. If your child has memorized it, however, I will give them extra credit for it. I want to give them credit for their work!

What Are We Doing This Week?

*We are adding agendas to the RED FOLDERS. Plans may change throughout the week, so whatever is in the agenda trumps the newsletter.

Reading- Homework due on Friday. We are distinguishing fact from opinion this week. We will also be identifying similes. This will be tied into writing as well.

Writing - Editing/ revising compositions for the following:

Monday and Tuesday- Simple/ Compound sentences. Writing homework- due Thursday.

Wednesday- Run-on sentences

Thursday/ Friday- Similes

Spelling- Test on Friday

Social Studies- Dot Day activities (school-wide enrichment) and Early Explorers of Texas.

Math - Beginning Topic 2, Addition & Subtraction of Whole Numbers & Decimals. This is a review unit up until the decimal lessons. If you still have addition or subtraction flash cards, the students might want to brush up on facts.

Homework: Workbook pages Monday-Thursday

Math Website: User names are the first initial, last initial, ID #, @lisd (ex. pk10001000@lisd); password is abcd1234

Science - Mixtures & Solutions; lab activities will be graded this week.

Reader's Hall of Fame

So proud of Nate for reading his tail off this Summer. He was inducted into the Reader's Hall of Fame at the PTA meeting Tuesday night. Way to go!

Katie Dang

Conference time 10:10-10:55

I am loving spending time with your kids. At Polser, all of the teachers were challenged to choose a word that they want to live by or want to work toward. I chose "serve". I want to serve you and your students the best I can. I also had all of my students choose a word for their 4th grade year. Ask them about theirs!

Teacher Wishlist

If you would like to help our classroom out, here are a few things we could use:

Felt fabric

Post- it notes

Thanks to those of you who sent supplies last week!