4th Grade Update

Week of November 17

Get Ready, Get Set, Let's Go!

Fourth grade will be visiting the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday! A couple of bits of information:

- If you are planning on meeting our grade there then please let your homeroom teacher know. We will use this information to form student groups (and make sure your child tours with you).

- Parents may not ride the school bus. Our tour time begins at 11:00 so it would be great if you're at the DMA by 10:45. Our buses are departing WRE at 10:00.

- For parents driving on their own there is a $10 parking charge at DMA and you will need to meet us at the visitor service desk inside the museum located off of Flora and Harwood streets.

- Students and chaperones should bring completely disposable sack lunches. If the weather's permitting, everybody will picnic at Klyde Warren Park. We will eat lunch off site unless it is raining. (The rain contingency plan has students return to school and eat here since the DMA does not have any interior dining options.)

- Students may not ride to or from the museum in a parent's car. Riding the school bus must be round-trip.

- Flash photography, food and drinks are not allowed in the museum.

In the Classroom

LANGUAGE ARTS: The Great Mail Race, revising a published story; prepositional phrases

READING: Wrapping up the structural elements of drama; biographies and autobiographies and the differences between these two types of literary nonfiction

MATH: We are wrapping up our area and perimeter unit this week. Middle of Year Math Assessment is tomorrow. Yellow packets should be coming home with the students as review problems. These are not required or graded, but I highly recommend working through them in order to help the students feel prepared. Please take time to review this with your child.

SCIENCE: Comparing and contrasting physical properties

SOCIAL STUDIES: Native American research and diorama presentations will continue through this week. Students will bring home their dioramas on Thursday.

Headphones Heading to School

Don't forget! If you've got an extra pair of headphones (ear buds), please send them to school with your child. He or she will use them all year for iStation--RISD's reading program!

EXCELerator Awards

This week's EXCELerator award winners are:

Mrs. Roby's homeroom: Jaden Landeros

Mrs. Osborne's homeroom: Jabril Knighton

Congratulations Jaden and Jabril!

WRE Technology Night is Tomorrow!

WRE will host a technology night tomorrow! From 5:15-6:00 parents can learn more information about Google Classroom in the Cafeteria. From 6:00-7:00, you can visit Mrs. Roby's classroom and see some of the ways we use technology to extend our instruction.

Tutoring is Finished for 2015

This is the last week of tutoring this semester. Tutoring will resume in the spring.

A Note from Ms. McGinnis, WRE's Librararian

The Texas Bluebonnet Award is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6. If your child has read 5 books (or has had 5 books read to him or her) from the 2015-2016 Bluebonnet List and turns in a completed Tracking Chart by January 22, 2016, he or she can vote in the state-wide election for the winner of the Bluebonnet Award.

Read 5; Then Decide!

Links to Five eBook Format Bluebonnet Nominees from 2015-2016

1. Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly


2. Grandfather Ghandi by Arun Ghandi and Bethany Hegedus


3. The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert


4. Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh


5. When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill