Ms. Rooney's Class News

11-13-14

Pies for iPads

Pie Pick up for the Music Department Fund Raiser is this Saturday, November 15th from 9:00 -10:00 AM in the Horizon Front Lobby. Don’t forget to pick up your pies, or they will spoil. They cannot be left here over the weekend. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Report Cards and Conferences

Conferences are a good time to share your child's successes and accomplishments at the start the year. Your child is on a journey this year. Developing greater independence, consistency in habits and skills, perseverance, and growth are a part of this journey. Below is a video link that exemplifies what learning is all about---ideas, planning, trial and error, success and failure, reflection and growth, enthusiasm and celebration.

Your child's report card will be given out at the conference. You will also receive your child's MAP score results, a "Look Ahead" at this year's curriculum topics (link below), as well as a number of items from your child's academic portfolio (samples of work). We are excited to share our progress and our goals.

Please be sure to fill out the pre-conference form if you have not already.

Audri's Monster Trap

What's Up?

REMEMBER--no school for students tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 14th


Next Friday, 11/21 ---Region test on the Pacific states (Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska) and Southwest states (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas).


Thanksgiving Break -- no school for students Nov. 26-28.


Fourth Grade Field Trip--Please return permission slips and $6 for the fourth grade play field trip on Dec. 5th by this coming Monday. Please make checks out to Horizon Elementary. Students will need a cold lunch this day.

I will be contacting chaperones soon.


Scholastic Book Fair during conferences

Candy sucker pull -- students may bring a small amount of money for this (cost = 25 cents a pull/sucker). It's an opportunity for students to win a prize at the book fair.

Book Fair times:

Monday, November 17-Thursday, November 20 from 9:00am-8:00pm

Friday, November 21 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Our class will be browsing on Wednesday afternoon.


Student Council is leading the charge for a Christmas fundraiser in which our entire school is adopting children in need and providing gifts for them this year. ​ The event begins now and ends 12/9. (See link below for more info and a short video about the fundraiser.)

Fourth grade students are sponsoring and collecting gifts for a four month old girl. We are looking to collect size 2/3 diapers, clothes size 6-9 months and baby toys. Please do not wrap the items. All items need to be new, not used. Gift cards or cash donations are accepted as well. Any questions, please contact Ms. Rooney, Ms. Cross, or Mrs. Jones.

Mystery Skypes have expanded our horizons at Horizon

Our quest to meet students in all 50 states via mystery skypes continues. Currently we've connected with students from nine states and four other countries. As a part of our nonfiction studies, we've talked about how we read nonfiction in a different way than fiction. As nonfiction readers we rev up for reading, we are reading with a pen, we are reading chunks, completing stop-n-jots, and synthesizing important facts. Even our eyes track and read text features differently in nonfiction. Not only are we reading nonfiction books for information, but we are learning to read websites for information as well. As a part of our nonfiction reading, we've been reading, collecting, organizing, and summarizing important facts about Nairobi, Kenya. Why Kenya and not some other nonfiction topic? We are prepping for an opportunity to skype via videos back and forth with a teacher and his class there. Your student can show you the Google Doc that contains the work they've completed in their research teams. After connecting with the class in Kenya, and having conversations, students will be working to write personal essays based on this experience. These essays will be featured in our next Writer's Celebration.

Fourth Grade Music Concert

This past Wednesday night was a spectacular concert. Kudos to all the fourth graders, Mrs. Barootian, and Mr. Muehlbauer. Thanks for all the families who attended! Your support of the arts is greatly appreciated!