Locke's Letter

Important Dates

Friday January 15th, 2016- All late, missing, or corrected work due to Ms. Quinn!

DATE TBA- Biltmore Field Trip

Monday January 25th, 2016- Second Raleigh payment of $35 due.

Tuesday January 26th, 2016- UPDATED DATE: Report Cards go home

Monday, January 18, 2016- MLK Day Holiday

Tuesday, January 19, 2016- Teacher Workday

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

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

Friday, February 19, 2016- Early Release Day

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

Flexible Math Grouping

The fourth grade team has decided to flexibly group students for math stating this week. Flex grouping means that we asses how students learn best and group them to support their learning style as best as we possibly can. Last week students took a pre-assessment for fractions, the fourth grade team met to grade the assessments and discuss learning styles of all fourth grade students. Beginning on Monday, your student may be going to another classroom for math only. All homework will remain the same, what we are teaching will be aligned and planned as a team. As a result, your student will learn in his/her most comfortable way, hopefully leading to better understanding of math skills. We will constantly use weekly assessments or class work to regroup students. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me.

What Are We Learning This Week?

Math: In math this week, we will be learning about comparing fractions in our new flexible groups.

Language Arts: We will review our responsibilities in Daily Five this week, and we will working on determining the main idea of a nonfiction text.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on economics in North Carolina.

Classroom Needs

Snack: I am in need of parents to volunteer time dividing snack into individual bags. It takes away almost 10 minutes of instructional time to pass out snack. Placing snack, pre- measured into Ziploc bags will save us time and learning!

Thursday Folders: I am in need of a parent to volunteer time to get graded work placed into mailboxes along with Thursday folders. This should take no more than 25 minutes on a given Thursday.

Copies: I have a project I am working on for students data binders. I would love a parent volunteer to help make copies and hole punch packets for binders. This would save me so much time after/before school.

Please let Ms. Locke know if you are willing or able to help with any of the needs in our classroom. We would appreciate it all!

Morning News

It is our class turn to do the morning announcements. Please see the schedule below for more information. If you child is NOT on the schedule it is because he/she opted out of being a morning news broadcaster. On their "Complete Script Day" they will need to be in the office by 7:45AM to complete their script. On their reporting day they will need to be in the office by 7:55. This schedule was created by Ms. Eggett and Ms. Dechant and goes in alphabetical order by last name. This is the schedule for the next week.

Date: Tuesday, January 12th

Reporter: Ki'Morrah

Script: Isabel

Date: Wednesday, January 13th

Reporter: Isabel

Script: JJ

Date: Thursday, January 14th

Reporter: JJ

Script: Delilah

Date: Friday, January 15th

Reporter: Delilah

Script: Will

Date: Wednesday, January 20th

Reporter: Will

Script: Anthony

Communication Is The Key To Success

Please feel free to always contact me.

If you would like to change your child's transportation, please do so PRIOR to 2:00PM. Email is best as I don't always have time to check the phone.

If you would like to schedule a conference, please do so through email or phone call. I am usually busy after school with meetings, plans and just cleaning up the room. I would be happy to meet with you if you would please schedule a conference with me at least 24 hours in advance. I cannot meet in pop-in conferences in the mornings/afternoons as all teachers have a required duty during those times.