Quinn's Q&A

02.01.2016

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Important Dates and Reminders!

DATE TBA- Biltmore Field Trip

Tuesday, February 2, 2016- PTO Meeting at North Asheville Community Center at 6:00

Thursday, February 11th, 2016- Valentine's Day Dance

Thursday, February 18, 2016- Family Voices/Community Outreach Night at the Montford Center

Friday, February 19, 2016- Early Release Day

Monday, February 22nd, 2016- Teacher Workday

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016- FINAL Raleigh payment of $30 (or remaining balance) due.

Thursday, February 25, 2016- Tea & Talk with the Superintendent for Claxton Families

Happy CLX

We're Happy!

Our class was HAPPY last week that we rocked our practice EOGs! The students worked very hard and were enjoying a well-earned extended indoor recess time. This week we have MAP tests coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday, which are fortunately much shorter than the practice EOGs. We also are doing MCLass Benchmarks with some students this week. The fourth grade team is currently working on planning a special treat for our students next week, as a reward for working hard through all their testing--stay tuned for more info to come!

Passion Projects!

As you may have already heard from your student, we are very excited to be starting our passion projects this Friday! Often, in all of the many requirements of public education, we can get lost in the things we have to do and forget about the educational opportunities that we want to do. In order to inspire our students to love learning and to pursue their passions, we are beginning STEAM based passion projects! STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. It is all about bringing the sciences and arts together to achieve critical thinking and 21st century skills! Each of the 4th grade teachers and Mrs. Eggett will meet with students once a week to facilitate a project based on our personal passions! I will be creating self-sustaining ecosystems in a jar, Mrs. Locke will be doing 3D mapping, Mrs. Eggett will be exploring computer programming with the students through the coding club, and Ms. Lotter will be engineering wind turbines with students. Every student got to choose which project they are passionate about and we will be starting those projects in February. I have attached the link for our Google Presentation about these projects, so if you would like further information you can follow the link below. We are so excited to see the passion that comes from the students with these projects!

New Reading Homework!

As we get further into the year and the kids are growing, our homework is changing to help continue with that growth. The homework is shifting from reading responses to reading analysis and justification. The students are going to be reading an informational article, answering questions about that article, justifying their answers, and writing a summary of the article. Nonfiction, informational text is often the most difficult for students to understand and work with. This new homework will expose students to this type of text and challenge them to dig deeper and create rich responses to the text based on evidence. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.

Support in the Classroom

First of all, I want to thank ALL of the families in our classroom for a wonderful year so far! We have never gone without snack or any other materials we needed. Thank you so much for your continued support of our awesome class!


Many of you have been asking about how you can further support our classroom by volunteering your time. I've created a sign-up sheet of volunteer tasks and times to come in. Making copies for the week and sorting papers into mailboxes are tasks that take up a lot of my time before and after school. Having a volunteer do this allows me to devote more of my time to planning instruction. I also included a sign-up to be a "mystery reader" on Fridays--the students love to be read to, and listening to other people read is an important activity for developing literacy. You can sign up to do any of these tasks by adding your name to the Google sheet.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JaVJ9bux8Xr4Vwu9B89J7ilzuC3eKoKkEHiAFEN5K2I/edit?usp=sharing


Thank you for your support!

Classroom Needs

Clear glass jars with lids (for our passion projects)

Snack for the class

Band aids

Peek at the Week

**We will have our MAP benchmark tests Monday and Tuesday this week.


Math: In math this week, we are continuing our unit on fractions. Be on the look out for a lot of resources over the quarter to support your child in this area.


Language Arts: We will continue accountability in daily five this week! Each day, the students will track their choices and what they accomplished during each round. Students will have the option to listen to reading, read to someone, read to self, work on words, and work on writing.

-We are focusing on how to determine the main idea of an informational text, as well as, how to effectively summarize a text.


In writing, we will be starting a new creative writing narrative unit.


Social Studies: We are going to be starting our unit on significant historical events of North Carolina.

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"