Rooney & Hassman's Tribune

Week of May 2nd - May 6

What is going on next week?

The week's schedule:

Monday, 5/9: Day 4 (Hassman PE ) (Rooney - Music)

Tuesday, 5/10 Day 5 (Hassman- Music and PE) (Rooney- Spanish and Music) Math MAPs

Wednesday, 5/11 Day 1 (Hassman- Art), (Rooney--PE) Library Math MAPs

Thursday, 5/12: Day 2 Rooney (Spanish, PE) / Hassman (Music, Spanish)- Library

Friday, 5/13: Day 3 (Hassman -- Spanish and PE ), (Rooney -- Art)

**MAPs testing will being the week of May 9th. Students will have the math portion of this test on Tuesday 5/10 and Wednesday 5/11. Students will have the reading portion the following week on Tuesday 5/17 and Wednesday 5/18.

**Reading Notebooks due May 20th

**Please remember, on days that students have Music class, they need to be sure they have their recorder at school. Mrs. R's class needs recorders this week Monday (Day 4) and Tuesday (Day 5).

---- From Mrs. Barootian: Students have 5-10 minutes of recorder practice each night that they should be recording on their calendar.

Cash for Critters

Want to support a great cause? View the slide show below to see how your students can help the wonderful HAWS organization! This is presented by a group of High School students for their business class.

News, reminders, and more!

DreamBox Weekly Homework

Just a reminder that students should be completing 30 minutes of DreamBox a week at home. DreamBox challenges students where necessary while also supports them in concepts they may need to revisit. DreamBox is personalized to your student's needs and is a great resource!

What's Going on in Fourth Grade?

Math: Students jumped into the next math unit pertaining to fractions and decimals. Students compared fractions and provided "proof" of their thinking with visuals (fraction strips, number lines, benchmark fractions). Be sure to ask them all about it!

Please continue to practice those math facts at home to keep them fresh in our minds!

Looking for a video on some of the strategies we work on in 4th grade? Please scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for the videos!

Need some advice and resources for how to sustain a love of math within children? Check out this information from Jo Boaler (Professor of Math at Stanford & Creator of youcubed).


Looking for ways to encourage and sustain a love of math within your child? Check out these steps you can take at home. There is also a variety of resources provided: including math tasks to try at home, recommended apps/games, parent resources, and a lot more!

Science/ Social Studies: Students finished up learning about immigration and are now moving on to our circuit unit in science. Students have loved creating circuits! Be sure to ask them all about it!

Reading & Writing:

This week students continued work in our reading history unit and are hard at work on our persuasive essays!

Persuasive essays are due Friday, May 20th

Reading "home" notebooks

Next "check up" dates (please be sure notebooks are returned to school on these dates).

Students should have a minimum of 12 additional journal entries by this next due date. (This would make a total of sixteen if you include the first group of six the students did.)


Rooney section -- next check in 5/20/16

Hassman section -- next check in 5/20/16

Expectation for these red, home, Reading notebooks/journals:

*2-3 entries per week

*2-3 sentences for each entry

*Entries can focus on our Reading strategies -- making predictions, identifying character traits, making connections (text-text, text-self), etc. Each student should have a set of questions they can also use if they get stuck trying to figure out what to write about. Details and journal sample questions here:

Wax Museum

Students completed their Wax Museum Project Preparation. Students do not need to spend a lot of money when creating a costume for their presentation. We discussed many creative ways to dress up as our person using items we have at home.

This project is a way for students to demonstrate their understanding, practice their speaking skills, and harness their creativity all at the same time.

We will let you know when they will open their museum and you can come in for a tour!

Math Division Strategy Videos

Division Using Chunking
Rectangle Method for Division
Expanded Notation Method for Long Division

Math Multiplication Strategy Videos

Double Digit Multiplication Using the Area Model