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4/19 No School
4/23 Bluebonnet Books Field Trip 11-1 (for students who have read all of the books)
4/23 Reunion Ranch Chaperone Field Trip $ and forms due
4/26 Eagle Day - wear and send extra sunscreen! Cook's Class decided to wear the Cedar Creek t-shirt from this school year or a dark blue/gray shirt.
4/30 Early Release @ 11:50am
5/2 Reunion Ranch End-of-Year Celebration
5/3 Daddy/Daughter Luau
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- We need Clorox antibacterial wipes, please! Keeping our classrooms clean helps us lessen the spread of germs between the two classrooms. Any wipes that you can send our way would be MOST appreciated. Clean desks = healthier children.
- Please help your child empty out his or her Thursday Folder each week! Thanks!
- Eagle Day Schedule
- 7:40-8:00 Morning Assembly
- 8:00-9:25 Block 2
- 9:25-10:50 Block 1 Homeroom
- 10:50 - 11:15 Lunch
- 11:15-11:40 Recess
- 11:40-11:50 Get ready
- 11:50-2:15 Eagle Day
Reunion Ranch End-of-Year Celebration: On Thursday, May 2, we will be having our end-of-year celebration at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. Some of the numerous fun activities that are available are: zip-line, basketball, volleyball, playscapes, paddle boats, softball, and miniature golf.
Every student’s admission and lunch have been paid for. The students will be provided an all-you-can-eat lunch of hot dogs, chips, and baked beans. Unlimited water and sodas will be available, too.
**If your child has special lunch needs, please send a sack lunch with him/her. No alternative lunch will be provided.**
We will need chaperones! If you would like to join us and help supervise the trip, you are more than welcome to attend. It is free admission for parents; however, if you’d like to enjoy the delicious hot dog/bean/potato chip lunch, the cost for your lunch is $3.00. A bright orange chaperone letter was sent home on 4/12. If you'd like to join us, please detach the bottom portion and return it to your homeroom teacher, with the $3 lunch fee (if applicable), by 4/23.
What We're Learning
In Math: We are wrapping up our last unit, Financial Literacy. Between now and May 13 we will work on reviewing all of our topics. We will have a large vocabulary quiz over our top 25 words from this year. The quiz is called, Words to Remember. The quiz is set for 5/1. There is a quizlet they can use to practice at home.
What can you do at home to help get ready for STAAR?
1. I encourage students to practice any vocabulary quizlets located on my Curriculum Helpers page on the website.
2. Have your child practice their basic skills. What is mostly missed is subtracting across zeros (9,000 - 2,345), 2 x 2 multiplication (34 x 98), dividing by zeros (45,000 / 90), long division (4,567 / 8), multiplying by zeros (80 x 7,000), and basic + and - of decimals.
In Science, we are working on our Environments and Organisms Unit! Our first focus will be on Organisms. Please have students review our vocabulary each night. They can use their notebook or the Quizlets. The quizlet that matches the test, says matches test! We are having fun observing the life cycle of mealworms and isopods!!! Test is moved to April 25.
In Language Arts, we continue to learn poetry terms likes rhyme scheme, rhythm, meter, tone, alliteration, and personification, and to find examples of these terms in different styles of poetry. Whether it's haiku, cinquain, limerick, or free verse, we're unlocking the meaning of the poems and discovering how poets use different elements to bring their poems to life. Students have completed their own acrostic poetry, and I Am poetry is up next. In addition, we took a practice STAAR Reading test on Tuesday and will work on strategies for that test based on the results of the practice test.
Please help your child continue a routine of nightly reading. In fourth grade, we ask students to read a book for at least 20 minutes every evening. At this point in the year, I'm asking students to read chapter books rather than graphic novels to help build stamina for paragraph and chapter reading. Thank you!
In Social Studies, we're learning about the Runaway Scrape where Texans fled their homes in retreat of Santa Anna's army, the Battle of San Jacinto where Texans finally defeated Mexican troops, and the Treaties of Velasco that granted Texans freedom from Mexico as well as a peaceful resolution between the two countries. Next up: Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas.
Thank you for sharing your precious children with us. We are so excited to embark on this learning adventure with them. Have a nice, long weekend!
Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Post
Students did an amazing job of working in teams to write our classroom Community Agreements, and students and teachers alike signed the agreements in unanimous support. We are working hard at upholding our agreements and discussing how each contributes to a successful, happy classroom and school where all students can thrive. Ask your child which agreements are most challenging to uphold and why, and which are easiest to uphold and why. Our agreements are universal and apply to many situations in one's life (children and adults alike)! Here are our Community Agreements:
1. …to be friendly, nice, and kind to others.
2 …to create an environment that allows all students to focus and learn by showing mutual respect to others
(the Golden Rule, whole-body listening).
3. …to not talk while others are talking, during lessons and instructions, and when it is quiet work time.
4. …to be supportive and helpful, and to show cooperation and teamwork.
5. …to work hard and use our best effort.
6. …to not ask others to do something that is against our Community Agreements.
7. …to be respectful of other people’s things and personal space.
8. …to help our classroom feel welcoming in the morning, calm, cozy, and safe during the day, and always like a home.
9. …to keep our school clean and happy, and to be an on-time ROCKin’ Eagle!
10. …to laugh, learn, and love together as a community.