Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

November 12, 2015

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Mission Statement

We, the SHIELDS CAPtains, will participate in advanced learning, continuously grow, and move on to the next grade level, by being responsible, doing our best, working together, and learning from our mistakes.

What's Happening??

  • 11/16 > 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 11/17 > PTO Meeting 6:30pm in the library
  • 11/20 > Report Cards Go Home
  • 11/25-11/29 > Thanksgiving Break!

Looking for Leaves!

I have a creative art project that I would like to do with the kiddos either next week or the Monday and Tuesday before break. We will need some fallen leaves though. They can be all different sizes and colors, but do need to be whole. If each student could bring a paper bag full, I think we will have enough. Please try to have them in by middle of next week. Thank you!


Writing Grades

You should have received a letter this week that was from Mrs. Kolakowski explaining how writing grades will be configured on report cards. Students will not receive a percentage grade, but rather all students will earn a grade of 1, 2, 3, or 4 as their writing grade. As the letter explained, these rubric scores are to show how your child is doing with mastering the writing standards.

We are still using the writing rubric that has been attached to the pieces that have came home. You can find these rubrics here. I have also entered these rubrics on Schoology where many of the writing pieces will be submitted. The rubrics break up the writing into specific criteria, which allows students (and families) to see the strengths and weaknesses of the writing for each piece. I also try to provide detailed feedback so that students can continuously improve their writing skills.

You will see on Schoology that I have been grading all writing on a 1-4 rubric and when I send writing assignments/pieces home, I will also now only be recording a final grade of 1-4.

At the end of the marking period, the scores will be averaged and that will be the final grade recorded on the report card. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Scholastic Book Orders

Just a reminder that all book orders are due next Friday, November 20th! When you order books through Scholastic then our class gets free books so please consider ordering. I know this month there was only one book as they keep sending me catalogs for younger grades, but online there are many catalogs you can look through. You can also order and pay online, which makes it easier than writing checks and sending them to school. Let me know if you have any questions.

See the picture for instructions on how to order online!

Cursive Writing

Cursive writing is not explicitly taught, but it is something that students enjoy learning and is something that students can easily learn at home with your assistance. Being able to write your name in cursive is something everybody should be able to do in order to provide a signature on documents. There are many online resources where you can print practice worksheets. Click here for one site I used with my own children. You can print out the .pdf file to practice at home. Let me know if you need me to copy from school!


Project-Based Learning: Plan a Thanksgiving Dinner

Next week, the students will be using their math skills to plan a Thanksgiving dinner. They will be making a guest list, creating a shopping list, and reading grocery circulars to determine the cost of their meal. Maybe they can tell you where the best deals are for your Thanksgiving dinner!

We will need grocery story circulars so if you have any at home or can pick some up at grocery stores for next week that would be much appreciated!

Division & Dividing Math Groups

We have moved on to division this week and are beginning by thinking about how multiplication can be used to help us solve division equations. We are investigating what exactly remainders are and analyzing how the left overs affect the answer. One of our big learning focuses this year will be on long division, so this is just the beginning!

In the next few weeks, we will be dividing our math instruction into small groups so that the 4th and 5th graders can work on specific standards for their grade level. These groups will be flexible though allowing students to move back and forth to work on the skills they need.

Volunteers are needed so please click on the link below to see if there is a time that would work for you!

Classroom Needs

We are set up for now! I'll update this part of the newsletter as items are needed!
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