The Rigsby Reader 5.18.15

Updates from Room 311

Dates to Remember:

    • May 21st: Celebration of Learning Potluck
    • May 22nd-27th: Scholastic Book Fair
    • May 25th: Early Release Day (12:00)- SPA DAY!
    • May 27th: Reading EOG, All books need to be turned into Library
    • May 29th: Math EOG
    • June 8th: WestSound Concert
    • June 9th: Variety Show (2nd-5th only) from 8:30-11 am and 12:30-2 pm
    • June 10th: Kindergarten Graduation at 9 am
    • June 10th: Awards Ceremony (2nd-5th) 1 pm
    • June 11th: 5th Grade Graduation at 9 am

    Weekly Progress Reports & Data

    On Monday I'll be sending home your child's end of year MAP (Measures of Academic Progress Computer Test in Reading and Math) and mClass (Reading Level) data sheets. Look them over and email/call me with any questions. I'm more than happy to meet with you to go over them an answer any questions you may have.

    I'll also be printing weekly progress reports for every student on Fridays until the end of the quarter. This will show what assignments they are missing or should re-do. These assignments are availiable in a binder in the classroom for students to grab.

    Spa Day- Relaxing Before the EOGs on Monday 5/25

    Next Monday- We are having an early release day at 12pm. All that morning we will be having a Spa Day and Read In! Students can wear their pajamas and bring slippers and a pillow. Students will be enjoying infused water & hot tea while nibbling on healthy snacks. We will relax with gentle facials with steamed towels. We will also do some gentle yoga poses, and calming visualizations. Students will be eating lunch in the classroom- picnic style.(home or school lunch).

    If you are able to help or send in items- please sign up on this spreadsheet or call the classroom.

    A Note About EOGs

    We will be taking our reading EOG on Wednesday, May 27th. We will take our math EOGs on Friday, May 29th. I am so very proud of all of their hard work and the growth they have shown this year! We have been talking in class about how the EOGs are just a chance for them to show how much they have learned in 4th Grade. EOGs shouldn't be a stressful time- if all students feel ready and proud of the work they have put in this year!

    What should I be doing as a Parent?

    • Encouraging them- Tell them how hard they have worked this year, explain that this test is just a snapshot of their learning, let them know that if they use STAMINA and have CONFIDENCE they will be SUCCESSFUL on the test.
    • Getting plenty of rest! It is never to early to start getting a few extra minutes of sleep each night! A good nights sleep helps your brain and body function. Kids who get adequate sleep are also happier!
    • Eating right ! Eating a balanced breakfast and lunch each day will help students perform better! You can't do your best on an empty tummy!
    • Reading and building stamina! This test is LONG. Students should practice reading stamina and taking their own brain break! Ask them about taking their own brain break, they should follow six steps to taking their own break and get back to reading.
    • Plenty of OUTSIDE play time. Students who play outside are getting the exercise they need to rest better and be successful and happy.

    Below are charts for your information. I wanted to let you know the % of each of the different categories in both reading and math.

    Reading EOG

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    Math EOG

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    EOG Breakfast

    The mornings of the EOG's (Wednesday 5/27, Friday 5/29) we will be having a continental breakfast in the classroom- with healthy energy filled brain food! If you are able to send in an item- please sign up on this spreadsheet or call the classroom.

    What We Are Learning

    • Reading- We will be discussion point of view in fiction works, and Primary and Secondary sources in non-ficiton. Strategy groups will be looking closely at EOG practice passages.
    • Math- We are reviewing all of the things we have learned this year with Kahoot Quizzes, Gameshow Activities, and Small groups.
    • Social Studies- Learning about how NC Was established.
    • Writing- Students read a classroom mystery- and are playing detective as they decide "whodunit". They are writing their opinion into an essay- pulling evidence from their passages to support their opinion.

    Reading a Recipe

    Last week- we read a recipe about how to make 'No Bake Energy Bites'. Then we copied the recipe- making it 4 times bigger (multiplying fractions!). Students were excited to break into groups and get their hands in the mix. A popular flavor was the "Nutella Chocolate Chip & Coconut" batch!

    5th Grade Graduation

    As a send off to the 5th graders the 4th grade provides a reception following their graduation ceremony on the last day of school. We expect anywhere from 300-400 students and family members to attend. Please help by donating your time or an item for this event. I have attached a google doc if you wish to sign up. Thanks so much for all your support this year!

    Molly Russell (PTO)

    Hard to Recycle Just Got Easier at Claxton

    Between now and June 11th, Claxton is working with TerraCycle to collect hard to recycle items and trade them in for cash for our school. Plastic lined, color coded boxes will be placed on EACH floor and inside the front door. We strongly encourage bringing in waste from home.

    What can I recycle now that I couldn’t previously?

    · Plastic writing utensils (markers, mechanical pencils, highlighters pens, etc.)

    · Foil lined snack bar wrappers (think Cliff Bar)

    · Wine corks (both synthetic and natural)

    · Juice bag containers (Honest Kids, Capri Sun)

    · Household batteries (All alkaline, such as most flashlight batteries; lithium, such as watch and hearing aid batteries; and nickel and cadmium batteries, such as rechargeable batteries used for power tools.

    Where do I recycle my items?

    · Plastic lined, color coded boxes will be placed on EACH floor and inside the front door in the main lobby.

    · LARGE ORANGE BOXES - Plastic writing utensils, foil lined snack bar wrappers and wine corks (both synthetic and natural)

    · SMALL GREEN BOXES - Juice BAG containers ONLY. No boxes or cartons.

    · GRAY PLASTIC BUCKETS - Household batteries

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    Finding Mrs. Rigsby

    If your child has a change in how they are going home- please send a note with your child or call the classroom and leave a message. I try to check my email often- but once I'm teaching, I don't stop! Please let me know how I can help your student be successful.