Cortez Spy Report

From the desk of Mrs. Cortez ~Week of February 1, 2016~


FYI - I've moved much of the information that I have previously included in my newsletters to my website.

Important Lower Pottsgrove Upcoming Dates

Friday 2/5 ~ Book Fair begins ~ Deadline for basket donations

Saturday 2/6 ~ Bowling Event ~ 6 - 8 pm

Wednesday 2/10 ~ PTA Meeting ~ 6:30

Thursday 2/11 ~ Book Fair Ends / Family Fun Night ~ 6 - 8 pm

Friday 2/12 ~ Professional Development Day ~ No School

PTA Book Swap ~ New date TBA


Monday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Unit 6 EDM Review Packet, *Word Work
Tuesday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Unit 6 EDM Review Packet, * Word Work
Wednesday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Word Work
Thursday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts, *Word Work
Friday - *Read 30 minutes, *Practice facts. Play outside! Have fun with your family!

Encore This Week

Monday - Day 5 - Music
Tuesday - Day 6 - Computers
Wednesday - Day 1 - P.E.
Don't forget to have your child wear sneakers to school. It takes quite a bit of time for my students to change their shoes in the classroom before gym. Last week we were running, excuse me, walking late. :(
Thursday - Day 2 - Library * Don't forget to return library books
Friday - Day 3 - Health

Winter Recess Guidelines

When the temperature (with or without wind chill) is 20 degrees or lower we will hold indoor recess. If the temperature is above 20 degrees, we will hold outdoor recess that day.

Spy Kid of the Week

Since last week was a short week we moved RuQayyah's turn to this week. She will contribute to our estimation jar and have special privileges throughout the week.

W.I.P. (Work In Progress)

Check in with your child... ask how their WIP work is coming along. :)

We LOVE math!!!!

On Monday and Tuesday we will review all the material that we learned in Unit 6. Then our math test will be on Wednesday.

Keep memorizing those multiplication facts!

Use the link above to support your child's success as a 4th Grade Mathematician!

*Copies of ALL Study Links

*Help with 4th Grade algorithms

*Vocabulary definitions and examples

*Games that can be played at home.


1. Select Learn About Everyday Mathematics at the bottom of the screen. You do not need to sign in.

2. Select Parent Resources from the menu on the left.

3. Select Grade 4.

4. Select the Unit that we are currently studying.

5. Scroll down. You will see Vocabulary, Study Link Help, and Games

    Do you need help? Be sure to see Mrs. Cortez for a recess review session on a Monday or Friday!

Language Arts

Writing -
I was privileged to work with Chris Hyde the Apple coach that was visiting Lower Pottsgrove last week. He showed me how to teach the children to compose their written work in Google Docs and then submit their pieces to my folder on Google Drive. So cool!
When all stories are complete and submitted I will be able to upload the folder to my web page for the world to see! :)

Nonfiction Informational Texts -
We will be working in our interactive notebooks this week so that we can record all about different graphic organizers and text structures as we find them throughout literature.

(My boys LOVE nonfiction and I've found that many reluctant readers do too. If your child struggles to get into a good book try out the 'Who Would Win?' series by Jerry Pallota.)

Guided Reading -
This week Guided Reading coaches will be coming to our school to evaluate our program and offer suggestions to strengthen all teachers in this important aspect of reading education.
As the students finish the fiction works that we have been reading, we will bring non fiction informational books and articles into this time as well. In this way, I will differentiate instruction to meet every child's needs.


We are shifting gears and focusing on Science for the next few weeks. Our unit will be on Electricity.