When this year began, I was so apprehensive about teaching virtually. I didn’t know what I was doing or how to translate face-to-face experiences to virtual ones. I didn’t know how I was going to bond with students I had never met in person and how I would even begin to meet their needs. Quite honestly, I was scared witless!
Today, as I sit in front of my blank computer screen, after waving goodbye to your children for the last time this year, I don’t know what I was so worried about back then. Your wonderful young people made this school one of the best years of my teaching career to date. I absolutely loved working with them, teaching them, getting to know them and sharing experiences with them. Thank you so much for sharing them with me this year. I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to spend so much time with them. I will surely never forget them or this year.
I know that I will see some of your children on campus next year as they return to face-to-face learning and that others are moving to other districts or states, and I will likely not get the chance to see them again. Whatever the case may be, please know that your child will always have a 4th grade teacher cheering them on and wishing for them to have incredible lives. I will hang our class picture with the others on my classroom wall and look back fondly on this unique year and the wonderful young people I had the privilege of sharing it with!
Good luck in 5th grade! Have a wonderful summer and thank you again for allowing me to teach your child this year.
I hope that everyone is enjoying having some spring weather. I know that I am! I have a few pieces of information I would like to share with you.
-We finished our fraction unit this week and took our test on it yesterday. Our class average was 80.2%. I am very proud of the hard work that our learners showed in taking this assessment! We are now moving on to decimals which are closely related to fractions. Hopefully students will be successful with this as well.
-This Friday we will have a virtual guest speaker from SanLee Park. She will be talking the the class about animal adaptations, which is a science unit we had earlier in the year. She has spoken to HES 4th graders in previous years and does a really great job! I hope that students enjoy a break from the routine!
-Coming back from spring break, I got behind on grading assignments and updating grades in PowerSchool. As of today, I finally got caught up! I entered hundreds of grades on Powerschool this afternoon, so grades are current as of about 2pm today. This includes both work submitted on time and work which was turned in late. Please log on to PowerSchool and check your learner's grades. If any work shows as missing, please check the Google Classroom to see if it was submitted. I will accept late work and redoes on assignments with low grades until I am forced to stop due to turning in grades at the end of the school year. Late work comes with a 10% penalty, though. If you notice any discrepancies between the Google Classroom and PowerSchool as far as grades are concerned, please let me know. I make it a priority to be accurate, but I am human and mistakes happen.
-I have been pulled to administer IOWA tests on Tuesday of next week, so I will not be having a morning meet on that day. I will post work for students to complete, and they will have their usual morning work and i-ready work which can be worked on during that time as well. The afternoon meet will proceed as usual.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful Wednesday!
As a reminder, we have our Tarheel presentations on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. The list of which students are presenting on which days is in our Google Classroom and was shared on March 11th. Please refer to that document if you need to know which day your child is presenting. The timeline, trading card and list of resources is also due by the end of the week. There are a few different options on how to submit this work, since we are virtual this year. If your child made hard copies of the trading card and timeline and would like to submit them (and the list of sources used), you can drop them off in the box/tub at the front of the school. If you choose this option, please ensure that your child's name and my name are both on it. A paperclip with a piece of paper is fine for my name. I just need to know which projects are for my class, since all 4th grade classes did this project. If your child made a hard copy and you wish to photograph it and upload pictures, you can do so, as long as those pictures are attached to the assignment which I will post in our classroom on Wednesday. If your child created this project electronically (Google Slides, Google Docs, Kami, etc.) please attach those projects to the corresponding assignments on Wednesday. I cannot accept assignments submitted on Dojo, as it doesn't allow me to enlarge or mark on the documents.
On a different note, this week HES will be returning to school 5 days a week, which means that I don't have to work from home on Wednesdays anymore. Because of this, Wednesdays will now look like the other days of the week, with 2 meets beginning at 8:15am and 12:00pm.
I am currently in the process of grading work submitted late. There were about 60 late assignments/redoes submitted between Thursday and Friday of last week and I have made my way through about 20 of them. Once all of them have been graded, along with the math test from Thursday, I will begin updating the grades in Powerschool. I will let you know when this is complete so that you can check and see if there is anything which looks off to you. With such a large volume of assignments submitted in such a short time, errors are possible, although I try very hard to be accurate. If you see an error, please let me know right away so that it can be fixed before report cards are printed.
This week is a regular week of school, but next week has an early release day on Thursday, April 1st (no joking!) and a holiday on Friday. Since next week is a short week, I will hold off on resuming the Studies Weekly assignments until after break. I will be resuming the weekly health assignment next week, though.
Have a great week and please let me know if you have any questions.
I want to update you on our Tarheel project. On Tuesday the students each chose a person to research and we talked about plagiarism. On Wednesday there was a lesson on paraphrasing to make sure that learners understand the importance of putting the things they learn into their own words. On Thursday there was a lesson on how to take notes (with more emphasis on paraphrasing). Today and for the remainder of the research time, I don't have specific lessons and tasks for each day. Students should be using the suggested research questions (which were presented with the project on Monday and again with the note taking lesson on Thursday) to guide their research. Not all students will be able to use all of the questions, though. They are general questions which may not apply to all research subjects. In the end they will need to have 6-8 paragraphs written about their research subjects. I will be reminding them daily that they need to be dedicating time to researching, but since we are virtual, it is difficult for me to check to make sure that they are working on this task. During the course of the next 2 weeks, please check in with your learner often (daily would be great) to ensure that they are making progress on gathering information and turning that information into paragraphs which can go on a timeline. If you have any questions please let me know. I am here to help. Enjoy today's beautiful weather and have a wonderful weekend as well!
Thank you for your patience this morning. It was hectic to say the least! I am here now, though, and moving forward with the day! I would like to tell you about a few things of importance here in class which will be useful in the upcoming weeks.
1. Next week all 4th grade classes will be starting a 3 week long research project about famous North Carolinians. This project will take the place of both ELA and social studies for that time, so there will be no Studies Weekly assignments. They will begin again once the project is done. I will be introducing this project to students on Monday and will give them all of the details. I strongly recommend that you check out this information in our Google Classroom at that time. During years which I am teaching face-to-face, I am able to move around the room and see how students are progressing with their work and if they are on task with research or not. Since students will be at home and not in front of me, I will not be able to do this as much as I would like. I would greatly appreciate it if you were able to help monitor your child during this. Since it is such a long project with so much effort involved, it will be worth several grades in both ELA and social studies. Once the project is introduced, please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have them.
2. I am usually very good about updating grades in Powerschool weekly and am continuing to try to be, but I will be honest and tell you that this week and next week are very busy for me, as I am the spelling be coordinator at our school and the spelling bee is next week. Much time which I would normally spend planning, grading and entering grades will be taken up with spelling bee responsibilities. I am still grading work and putting grades on assignments in our Google Classroom and in the paper grade book, but it is possible that I may fall behind in entering them online. This has been the case every year which I have done this. If you are trying to stay on top of your student and what work is missing, I recommend checking the Google Classroom. Missing work and individual grades are posted there. If you don't know where to locate it, please let me know and I will help you find it.
3. I am hoping to do an activity next week which involves students each having a full (or mostly full) tube of toothpaste which can be thrown away at the end. If you are able to purchase a cheap tube of toothpaste for your child, that would be great. I am willing to purchase them at the dollar store for you and put them in the pick-up tub at the front of the school if you prefer. Just let me know that you prefer this option and I will make it happen.
Thank you for your time and help in making 4th grade the best that it can be and please let me know if you have any questions. I am always here to help!
I would like to share our mid-year assessment data with you, but first I need to share some information about that data. We have 2 main ways which we assess progress in reading and 1 way in math. I will give you a little information about the assessments in each subject and will send separate messages to each parent with scores earned by their child.
The first way we have to assess reading progress is through a program called Fountas and Pinnell (F&P). This program requires students to read aloud to the teacher and then answer questions about the text. In this program, teachers are able to rephrase questions or ask for clarification of what students mean. Each grade level has an end of year goal. Kindergarten should be at a level D by the end of the year. First grade should be a level J. Second grade is a level M and 3rd grade is a level O. At the beginning of 4th grade, students should be at about a level P and we hope to get students to a level S by the end of the year. Scores in F&P are usually a bit higher than in other things since teachers can ask clarifying questions and also since reading aloud to the teacher forces the student to actually read the passage instead of just skim. During most school years students are tested in this at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. Since the start to this year was so chaotic, students were not tested at the beginning of the year.
Reading & Math
The second way we assess reading, and the only way we assess math, is through an online program called i-ready. The i-ready program tests students 3 times a year. These generally provide lower scores since there is no one to clarify questions students have or to make sure that students do more than skim a text. Scores are given numerically, but also in a grade level equivalent. The reading range to be considered at a 4th grade level is 560-629 and the math range is 465-526. Lower levels correspond to lower grades and higher levels correspond to higher grades.
I-ready Growth Goals
I-ready looks at the beginning levels of each student and predicts how much growth each student should be able to achieve in one school year. Generally speaking, the lower the starting score, the more growth is expected. So a student who scored at a 5th grade level at the beginning of the year might be predicted to be able to achieve 12 points of growth in a year, while a student who tested at a 2nd grade level at the beginning of the year, might be predicted to achieve 24 points. The company also predicts something called ‘stretch growth’ which is what they consider to be the most growth possible in a year, if all parties involved work exceedingly hard. You can think of this as the best case scenario for student growth in a year.
Within the next day or so (I am going to attempt to send them all today, but may not finish) I will be sending you a message with your child’s levels on F&P and on i-ready, along with the growth achieved so far this year. Overall, as a class, we have reached exactly 50% of predicted growth in reading at the mid-year point and 68% of predicted growth in math.
Please celebrate your child’s successes and discuss ways to improve in any areas which did not see a level of growth you are comfortable with.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions which you have. I know that this is a lot of information all at once!
Welcome to 2021! I hope that you had an excellent winter break and are ready for all that 2021 brings. I want to let you know about a few things happening in our room and at HES.
1. Wednesdays are going to start looking a little bit different starting next week. The board of education decided that Wednesdays are not required to have live instruction, but Dr. Spivey said that teachers can still do live meets if we would like. I will be splitting the difference and doing 1 live meet on Wednesday mornings and no meet in the afternoons. This time will be mostly dedicated to math, since there is much still to learn in math and our math program moves at such a swift pace. Work in other subjects will still be loaded for the students to complete, but it will be more independent work and less group work. I would suggest using this time to get a jump on the weekly social studies work, i-ready time and health projects.
2. The second marking period is quickly coming to a close, which means that this school is almost halfway done! I can't believe how quickly time flies! I have to submit final grades before I leave next Thursday and so the cutoff for students to submit missing work is tomorrow. If you need the weekend, please contact me and I will try to work with you to accommodate work submitted through the weekend, but I greatly prefer work to be turned in by the end of the day tomorrow. I strongly suggest logging in Powerschool or the Google Classroom and checking your child's grades. The late work turned in over break has been corrected and entered into Google Classroom. I plan to enter those grades in Powerschool by the end of the day on Monday. I accept redoes on almost all assignments as well, so if you see a grade which you don't like, chances are strong that it can be redone for a higher grade.
3. The i-ready minute goal for this week has been lowered from 45 minutes to 30 minutes per subject since we have a short week.
4. The i-ready mid-year assessments will be given when we return from the MLK Day holiday. More information will be coming about these as the date approaches.
5. I am currently in the process of testing students individually to get a formal reading level on each one. I am using the time which would usually be used for reading groups to do this, so until they are all completed, reading groups are being suspended. This will continue through next week for sure and may take up a few days of the following week as well, depending upon how it goes. Once the whole class is complete I will send messages to parents notifying them of what levels their students achieved. You can help your child be more successful in this by encouraging him/her to read independently on a daily basis. Reading the key to academic success!
6. Next Friday (1/15) is a teacher workday and the following Monday (1/18) is a holiday. There will be no meets on either day.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a terrific evening!
As we approach the end of school for the month, I would like to share a few things with you. First, I have just finished updating grades in Powerschool, so everything should be current. The exception is the math which was assigned Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The due dates for those are today and tomorrow, so I didn't include them yet. Everything else has been recorded. I would STRONGLY suggest logging into Powerschool before the end of the day tomorrow to review grades. I accept late work and redoes on almost everything. There are a few exceptions on redoes, but not many. If you see any grades which you don't like, please have your learner redo the work. I usually include comments on assignments with low grades, so students should be able to figure out what needs to be fixed without too much trouble. The last day which I will accept late work for this marking period is January 8th, so please check it now to avoid the need to rush at the last moment. Also, I am not assigning any i-ready work over the break (it is a break after all). However, if your child does decide to do 45 minutes or more (or if you decide for him/her) I will replace a low grade in the subject which i-ready work is done with a 100% . I encourage students to read over break, but also an not requiring it. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have. I will respond through Monday of next week, but then I will be disconnecting from my school accounts for break so that I can give my full attention to my own family. I wish you a very happy holiday season spent with people you care about!
I would like to remind you that picture day is tomorrow. Our class is scheduled to go at 11:00am. If you have more than one child and only want to come by the school once, that is fine, but please let me know so that I am not waiting for you. Just as a reminder, parents are not permitted to accompany their students into the gym, but will need to fill out a Covid screening paper. Students will have their temperatures checked before entering the gym. Please have students wear masks. They will be removed for the pictures, but need to be on while waiting for the picture to be taken. Also, please ensure that your child doesn't wear green clothing, since the picture company uses green screen technology to allow parents to customize the background. Pictures will be available to view, customize and order online within a couple of days of being taken. The website for this is jostenspix.com . Our event code is FE89820. You will have to create an account with them and request access to your child's pictures. An email with your access code is usually sent within a day of requesting it. In addition to getting pictures taken, students will also be picking up a bag from me with their holiday gifts, some treats and some supplies for a craft we will do later this week. If you are coming at a time other than our assigned time, let me know in advance so that I can make arrangements for your child's gift to be in a location where it is accessible. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them!
I hope that you are having a fantastic day! I have a few updates I would like to share with you.
1. We are using dry erase boards and markers daily in math. Each student was given a dry erase board and 1 marker at the workbook distribution in October. During math students solve problems and hold their boards up for me to see their work. Recently, several students have mentioned that they no longer have functioning dry erase markers, and this makes checking work difficult because the writing on paper is often to light for the camera to pick up. If you are able to check your child's supply of markers and purchase more as needed, that would be great. Dark marker colors are preferable to light colors, since they are more visible to the camera.
2. In 3rd grade, classes had begun learning multiplication facts, but then left before finishing, due to Covid. The result of this is that students understand the concept of multiplication being repeated addition, but don't necessarily have all of the facts memorized. Several students are struggling with current math concepts because these facts are not committed to memory. It is frustrating for them to understand the concepts, but to get the answers incorrect because they calculate the problems incorrectly. I know that I have mentioned it before, but if your child does not have basic facts solidly memorized, please work to help him/her memorize them. Flash cards or apps are a good solution, but just calling out facts for your child to answer will work, too. These facts are also important in 5th grade and beyond, so helping your child learn them now, will help for years to come.
3. Picture day is coming up next Tuesday. Our time for photos is 10:00am. Photos are being taken in the gym, so you will need to bring your child to the school at that time. We will enter through the front of the gym and exit through the back. The company this year uses green screen technology, so make sure that your child doesn't wear green (unless you want a school picture with a floating head in front of a background of your choice, in which case, green it up!).
As always, thank your for your continued support as we move through this unique school year. Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a fantastic evening!
I hope that yesterday was a good day for you. I enjoyed time with my family and hope that you were able to do so as well. I have a few updates to share with you.
1. My morning duty is changing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will be on duty until 8:25, which means that our morning meet will start a little later and end a little later on those days. The duty schedule is changing frequently, so it is possible that this will not be permanent, but it will be this way unless you hear other wise. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays will continue to have an 8:15 starting time.
2. I have a teacher training day tomorrow and subs are not allowed to be hired for virtual teachers. I am going to sign on at 8:25 and do an abbreviated morning meet, giving the students work for the day and going over our math review which they were told to finish after our afternoon meet ended today. When that meet ends, though, I will not be signing on for an afternoon meet. This would be a perfect opportunity to polish off the i-ready requirements for the week, Studies Weekly crossword and test, health project and any missing work.
3. We are making great progress on our multiplication unit in math. I am finding that some students are still struggling with single digit multiplication facts, though, which is really having a big impact on their ability to do multi-digit multiplication. I strongly recommend downloading an app or purchasing some flash cards to help with this. If that isn't an option, even just calling out multiplication facts for kids to give answers to is helpful. When we finish multiplication, we are moving into the land of long division, and a firm grasp of these facts is vital for that as well. They are also necessary when we get to fractions. In reality, there is very little in the duration of 4th grade math which doesn't require the use of single digit multiplication facts. They are necessary in 5th grade as well, so time spent mastering them will be time well spent!
4. The last item I want to bring your attention to is our use of dry erase markers. Every student was given a dry erase board and one marker at the workbook pickup a few weeks ago, and we are now using them daily in math. This is very helpful in determining which students are struggling and which ones solidly grasp concepts. The downfall is that dry erase markers get used up very quickly. If it is possible for you to purchase a few markers to keep in reserve, that would be great. Darker marker colors are preferable here, since the light ones don't show up as well on the computer screen.
As always, thank you for your continued support and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
I hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy. I wanted to give you a few updates this afternoon. I will bullet point the items I want to share.
-If you have not yet completed the federal form sent to on here on the 15th, please do so ASAP. They are very important.
-I-ready work is now being counted as a grade in both math and reading each week. Students should complete at least 45 minutes in each subject each week. I will be checking on Fridays around 2pm to see if this is complete. If it is complete, the student will receive a 100% for the week. The grades will lower as the minutes go down. When I checked mid-morning today, only 6 students had done any i-ready lessons in either subject for the week, even though it had been assigned to complete 20-25 minutes on both Monday and Tuesday. Please check up on your learner with this and give them pats on the back if they are one of the six!
-In math we are moving on to the land of multi-digit multiplication. Students are now taught several methods to solve problems, as opposed to how you and I were taught. If you child asks for help on a new method and I am not available to help, please feel free to check out some YouTube videos about whichever method is troubling you. I know that the inclination is strong to tell them to ignore the new ways and just do it the way we were taught, but try to resist that inclination. The new ways are actually much more simple and accomplish the same goal with less time. If you need any assistance, please send me a Dojo message and I will be happy to send links to good videos, if you need them.
-Next Tuesday there is no school due to election day. There will be no meets and no work assigned in Google Classroom. If your child has missing work, feel free to use that day to catch up!
Have a terrific afternoon and please let me know if you have any questions or need any help.
I have several items to discuss with you. First, is our federally connected survey. This is distributed every year and helps Highland Elementary School receive much-needed funding to support our students. Most years this is a hard copy which is sent home, but this year it is electronic. It is a short survey, but does require you to have access to your child's student number, which is printed on the front of the school laptop. Please take this survey today or tomorrow if at all possible. Here is the link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM7X9Nsau3cBp7m69gDrlM6Qg05WK6UHaOV7tHdeeFzjmAAA/viewform
Next, our school administration has requested that students spend about 45 minutes per week doing i-ready lessons in math and also in reading. I-ready diagnostics were given at the beginning of the school year and assessed each student's strengths and weaknesses in reading and in math. It will then design lessons to meet each student's individual needs. Students who actively complete 45 minutes a week in each subject, tend to show much more academic growth than students who do not. As a result, I have started adding i-ready to the list of work for each day. We will alternate between reading days and math days. If students do 20-25 minutes each day M-Th, they should meet the weekly goal and be able to skip i-ready on Fridays. If you would like your child to complete more i-ready each day, that is fine by me. Just communicate your wishes to him or her.
Next, our marking period is quickly coming to an end. I have to submit final grades for the first marking period at the end of next week. As a result, I am setting a cutoff of Monday to submit missing work for the first marking period. I would strongly suggest visiting your child's Google Classroom to review what work is missing. In the classwork section there is a link at the top to view student work. Clicking this link will show you all completed, graded, ungraded and missing work. Obviously, look for work which may be missing, but also check for assignments with grades of zero. Some students know that their parents check for missing work and so they submit blank work. I give this a grade of zero, since I can not go back and mark it as missing. If you see anything which you would like your child to do or redo, please make sure that it is complete by the end of the day on Monday.
The last item I want to discuss is cameras. I understand that there are some situations which require students to have cameras switched off and I am not allowed to force kids to turn their cameras on. With that being said, it is difficult for me to tell if students are understanding the material (or even if they are in the same room as the computer) if the camera is off. If your child is able to keep the computer's camera switched on during our meets, I would really appreciate it. I am not allowed to require it, but you are. If you feel that it is appropriate, in your situation, for the camera to remain on during our meets, please instruct your child to keep it turned on.
As always, thank you so much for your support and please let me know if you have any questions.
I have several things to share with you.
1. Progress reports will be emailed to you tomorrow. There is no science grade yet. We have done 2 science assignments this week, but several students haven't finished them yet, so I decided not to include them since those who were not finished would have very low grades as a result. The health grade is only based upon 1 assignment. There was another due last Friday and another due tomorrow. When I went to correct the one from last week, I found that several kids hadn't understood the directions, so I am giving kids more time to finish their work, after reviewing the directions, before entering the grades. Nothing that you see on these reports is permanent. If you see a grade that makes you cringe, please check your child's Google classroom or the Powerschool portal. Most low grades are a result of missing work and I accept late work and redone work until I am told to close my grades for the marking period, which will be the end of October. If you see grades that make you smile, compliment your child and give yourself a pat on the back! Digital learning is a whole new experience which is a challenge for EVERYONE! If your child is rocking it, celebrate the accomplishment!
2. Health projects and Studies Weekly are both assigned every Monday and due by the close of the day on Friday. Please check up on your child to see if these are being completed.
3. On Tuesday of next week we will be taking a math test over everything we have done so far in math. This includes number forms, place value, comparing numbers, adding with regrouping, subtracting with regrouping and multi-step problems. On Monday we will do a review in class. Please help your child prepare for this, by giving them problems to do. Most kids who are struggling are struggling in borrowing when subtracting and in multi-step word problems.
4. Beginning next week there will be children in the school and I have been assigned a morning duty which means that I will not be able to start my morning meets until 8:15-8:20. Up until now I have been opening the meet at 8:00 and giving kids until 8:15 to arrive before getting started. Beginning next week, I will be logging in between 8:15 and 8:20 and starting exactly 5 minutes after I log on. Please ensure that your child is seated at a desk or table with the computer open and ready to begin at 8:15, so we don't lose any instruction time.
Thanks for all of your help, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I hope that you have an excellent evening!
Good Morning and welcome to week 3 of digital learning! In class I regularly post resources and ask students to copy them into their English Language Arts (ELA) notebooks. Sometimes math, too, but that isn't as frequent. Taking these notes serves several purposes. First, if they are copying the notes, I can guarantee that their eyes are on the material at least once. Second, when you write something, it makes it more likely that it will stay in your memory. Third, it provides a resource for kids to use while completing assignments. There are usually notes to take at least 2 or 3 days a week....sometimes more. If students were here in person, I could walk around the room and verify that the notes were actually recorded. Being that we are learning digitally, I cannot do this. If you would please ask your child to see their ELA notes in the next day or two, I would really appreciate it. Also, I would suggest making a habit of asking them about these periodically. Thanks for your support, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Also, I have started assigning a Studies Weekly paper each week and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year. Each Monday, a new week is assigned and it is due by Friday. Kids have to read the paper, complete the crossword and submit the answers on a Google Form and take the online quiz over the reading material. When they are taking the quiz, they need to highlight where they find their answers (Either on the paper version or the PDF version). I provided paper copies of these papers in the packets that went out with computers. I also provide a PDF version and they are also available to read on the Studies Weekly website. Last week only 10 students completed the quiz. If you could please check up on this with your child as well, that would be fantastic. Thanks so much to those kids who completed this on time!
A weekly health project is also being assigned each Monday and is due each Friday. The directions and resources are all in the Google Classroom under the heading for each week. This week is about conflict resolution and asks kids to write a script in which 2 people have and resolve a conflict using the steps to conflict resolution provided in the resource video. Other resources can be used if you have them.
Again, I understand that these are challenging times for you, your students and even for teachers! I am here for you to provide any assistance you may need. If I don’t have an answer to a question you have, I will work to get one. Working together, we can have an excellent school year!
Thanks for your continued support,
Dr. Spivey asked all teachers to send a message to parents letting them know about a few things in our classrooms, so here it goes.
-We will log in to Google Meets every day at 8:00am and again at 12:00pm. Please make sure that your student is on time to these, as it is very distracting to others when I have to stop teaching to allow late students into the room.
-The links for the Meets appear in the 'stream' section of our Google Classroom about 5 minutes prior to the sign-on time.
-Student assignments appear on the 'classwork' section of the Google Classroom.
-I have a preference for students to complete work using Kami, which allows kids to complete and submit work entirely online. If you prefer to do work on paper, you will need to scan and upload the work so that it can be corrected.
-Morning work (M-Th) can be done on paper. It is done as practice and we correct it together. On Fridays, there is a quiz over the same material, which is graded. If students fail to complete the M-Th morning work, their chances of being successful on the Friday quiz, diminish. Please check up on your child to make sure that they are doing the M-Th work, even though I don't collect it.
-The phone number for tech support is located in the 'resources' section of the classwork area of our Google Classroom. Please call them with any tech problems you may have. I try to help with as much as I can, but troubleshooting tech issues is not my strength. Tech support would be able to offer much more help than I can.
-Please remind your child that they are still in school, even though it is digitally. Students should be dressed appropriately and seated in an upright position. If at all possible, please provide a quiet location to work.
-Please remind your students to mute their computers when they aren't speaking. The background noise of 25 computers at once makes it difficult for students to hear instruction. Also, not everything said in the background is school appropriate.
-The 'stream' section of our classroom and the chat feature of the Google Meets is to be used only for academic issues. Personal conversations need to take place elsewhere.
-I am happy to stay signed on after our meets to help students who still have questions. Please let me know if your child needs something additional, or ask your child to let me know.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. Have a terrific Tuesday!
We had a great first day! I really enjoyed your children and think that we are going to. have a fantastic year! Since this is such a new experience for everyone, though, I will need to send updates and observations often, at least until this becomes a routine. There are a few observations and requests I want to pass along from today.
-First, the school dress code applies to these meets. If you wouldn't wear a bathing suit at school, don't wear one on a Meet. Boys need to wear their shirts at all times during the meet, even if they don't need to at home or outside.
-Our meets begin at 8:00am and noon each day. Students should be present for both. The morning meet opens at 8:00am and students can sign on between 8:00 and 8:30. Morning work should be completed and ready to be corrected by 8:30. I am available from 8:00-8:30 to help students with morning work and answer questions they have. Please try to be on time for both meets, as it takes time away from everyone if we keep having to back track to catch people up.
-Links to the Meets are in the 'stream' section of the Google classroom. They are posted at 8:00am and noon. It won't let students enter until after I enter, so don't sweat it if they click on the link and it tells them that they can't enter yet.
-The chat window in the Google Meet is for academic chatting, not personal conversations.
-If you would like a parent invite to the Google Classroom so that you can check in on what your kids are doing and their rate of work completion, send me an email address you would like to use and I will send you an invitation.
- The classroom codes for the enhancement classes have been updated. There were 2 of them which weren't working and they should now work. If you had problems with them before, give it another try. They are all listed in the 'resources' area of Google Classroom.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you have. I know that we will have bumps in the road, but I also know that we will get through them and have a successful year of learning!
Hi Parents! Here is the link to our Class Dojo. This is what I will primarily use to communicate with families. Please join!
Google Classroom Code: y3ugijx
Here is the supply list for our digital room.
- Small, personal dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
- 3-4 notebooks (spiral or composition)
- Pencil Sharpener
- Inexpensive headphones
I hope that you and your young people are doing well and staying healthy during this time. I am currently in the classroom to pick up a few things and it cannot be said how empty it feels in here! I miss teaching your children! As of right now, 13 students are enrolled in the google classroom. If would be good if more kids could join that, even if they can't be on for long periods of time to complete work ( I know that many families have 1 computer and several people who need to use it). It is a way for them to quickly check things, and get messages.
I have a few updates and suggestions to share.
First, the work which you picked up or accessed when this started was actually this week's work, since last work became our spring break. I know that several students already completed that and are eager for more work. If this is the case, i-ready lessons are probably the very best bet. They are not just worksheets, but actually teach lessons which mid-year testing showed that your child needs. They are different for each student, based upon student needs. I-ready also has learning games, but those are not as good as the lessons. They are more of a way to keep already acquired skills sharp. These lessons are endless. If you or your child want to keep working, move to i-ready. Also, the Raz Kids website has countless online books and quizzes. It is another great resource.
I have received no more information than you about when school will resume, but statements from the governor and the state superintendent both suggest that we will be out longer than the original 2 weeks. Fourth grade had originally planned 10 days of distance learning lessons in just math and reading, and these were designed to keep already learned skills from slipping away, rather than teach new information. We were told to just do these 2 subjects. However, I have the 4th quarter health projects available and can open and assign numerous Studies Weekly newspapers in social studies. I can get our daily vocabulary and morning work to students as well. However, I don't want to complicate anyone's lives by doing this if it not what you, as parents (and homeschool teachers, now) prefer. If you have strong feelings about this, one way or the other, please let me know. If most of you want to just stick to math and reading, I will do that (unless school administration requests otherwise). If most of you prefer having more work added, then I will go that route. We are all in uncharted territory here.
I have been enjoying a few online resources for my personal kids, during this time. I think that yours might like them, too. They are not required, but are an excellent way to fill time, with things of value. On the last day of school before this began, we had a guest speaker from SanLee part in Sanford. She spoke about animal adaptations (which is part of 4th grade science). She has since started doing Facebook live events 2 day a week showing adaptations of various animals at her center. Last week, she did frogs which are native to our area and birds of prey. I think that your children would enjoy these and learn a lot from them. In order to view them, you have to like "Outdoor Education Program at San-Lee Park" on Facebook. Another Facebook live which has been popular at our house is from an art studio in Ohio called McHarper Manor. They were forced to close because of Covid 19 and decided to take their art lessons to an online platform. There is no fee for them, and they are a lot of fun. They have supply lists each week and do a Facebook live event every weekday. The supply lists are linked to Amazon, so you don't have to leave the house to get them.
On a final note, we should be starting our geometry unit any day now. One of the biggest parts of geometry is vocabulary. If we are still out next week, I will start sharing geometry vocabulary words and definitions on google classroom. It would be very helpful if kids could transfer this information to flash cards and learn them. If they know what the terms mean, the rest falls into place rather easily. To that end, if you can get some index cards to use for this, or even cut paper in cards for the same purpose it would be good.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and please tell your children how much I miss them. Have a marvelous Monday!
Good Morning,First, before we get to the practicalities of distance learning, I want to tell you that I already miss your children. I am saddened that this has happened and want you to know that I am here to help in any way that I can. If I am not, personally, able to help you, I will do what I can to find someone who is able to help. We are a community and a team and we will work together to get through it.As far as work is concerned, I have created a google classroom for your kids to join, which has all of the information they need to complete work in math and ELA for a week. Your children should know how to join a google classroom, since they have done it with some specials teachers and may have done so in 3rd grade. The code to enroll in the classroom is pm3k22. If students log in with their school email (if they forgot this, I will give you instructions to figure it out later in this email), they should be able to go to the square of 9 dots and click on classroom. They can then choose to join the classroom and enter the code. After that they should be able to access their work. In most cases, the work is displayed online and should be completed on notebook paper.If your child doesn't have a device which can access this, and need a paper copy of this work, it can be picked up today from 11-3 and again from 5-6. Please let me know if you will be coming to pick this up, as we want to make sure to have enough copies.In addition to this, students are encouraged to read, read, read and then, after that, read a little bit more. They can read any books they have at home, read e-books or read on the raz kids website. I will include instructions to do as much of this as I can at the end of this message. If you want them to do more than this, they can log on to i-ready and do the lessons (this is highly recommended as it teaches them based upon their individual needs) or the learning games in both reading and math. Encourage students to practice basic math facts and to review the fraction work we have done so far this year.As more information becomes available, I will update you on class dojo (assuming that it starts working again soon).Thank you for your support and patience during these uncertain times. Stay healthy and please let me know if you need anything.Amy BauerStudent email code: Last 2 digits of their birth year +18, followed by first name and last initial, followed by birth year and month, followed by @harnettstudents.org example: Jane Doe born January 1, 2010 would be email@example.comRaz Kids login:Teacher Name: Abauer37Student Code: Same as Studies Weekly login-The entire 1st name of the student and some letters from the last name (I started with the first name and last initial and if that was taken, added the next letter of the last name and so on, until one was available) Password is the student's lunch number.I-ready login: Access it through the Harnett County Schools Webpage to ensure that it is set to the correct district. The username should be the first initial and last initial, followed by the lunch number, with no spaces. The password should be just the lunch number.E-books through HES: This link has directions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SWmGBbqxu1mixgLzu9Si3UPu2STrC5J_k_eky_lDanw/editE-books through Harnett County Library: This link has directions. https://drive.google.com/file/d/137h0Z_4ODKl1L2rnAEQpTysFh6Lx95jL/view
I hope that you are doing well. I have a few updates to share with you.
1. The 3rd marking period only has 2 weeks left! Thursday, March 26 is the last day of the marking period, and also the last day to turn in any missing work. Anything not submitted by this date will be entered as a zero, with no potential to fix it. If you do not have a PowerSchool parent portal account, you can still access grades, and view missing work at home using the student login. We do it regularly in class, and students should be able to show you how. The username is the student's lunch number an the password is MrsBauer4. Report cards will be issued April 2nd.
2. March 26th is an early release day (11:50 for car riders and 3:10-3:20 for bus riders). March 27th is a teacher workday, without students in attendance.
3. The book fair will be taking place next week and our class will be attending on Wednesday the 18th at 9:55am. If your child wishes to purchase books, please send money at that time.
4. Highland will have a kindergarten registration and dual language information session tonight from 5pm-6pm. If you wish to register your child for kindergarten, please bring a birth certificate and proof of residency, such as a utility bill or rental contract with your address on it. This will be followed by a 1st grade performance in the gym at 6:30.
5. Lastly, we are making every effort to keep students healthy here at school, by washing hands regularly and discussing precautions against illness. We are asking with your help in this. If your child is ill, please keep him/her home until 24 hours after the fever has dissipated (without the aid of medication). I know that this can be a challenge with parents working and jobs requiring attendance, but it is very important to the health of everyone.
6. Our class earned 10 gold coins (for good behavior outside of my classroom) and will be using PTO funds to make tie-dye t-shirts within the next couple of weeks. If you may be interested in helping out with it, let me know and I will keep you posted about the date and time.
7. Look for more information, next week, about an upcoming in-school field trip about electricity.
Thanks for everything you do to help our students achieve great things!
I have a few updates to share with you. First, Highland is having a spirit week next week to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. The themes are below:
Monday- 'Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character
Wednesday-Wear your wackiest outfit (Wacky Wednesday)
Thursday-Wear your craziest socks (Fox in Socks)
Friday-Pajama day (The Sleep Book)
Also related to reading is our school read-a-thon. This is an online fundraiser which promotes reading. Students were given papers with codes to set up their individual reading pages and invite people to sponsor them. This continues for the month of March. Consult the paper for more detailed information.
Also distributed yesterday was information about ident-a-kid. The company will be at HES on Monday to photograph kids. If you want your child to participate in this, be sure to send the form and the money on Monday.
Tomorrow, February 29, Harnett County Schools will be hosting a Kinder-Fair for rising kindergarteners. The event will have games and family fun, a school bus to tour, snacks and a free book for each future kindergartener. You can also register for kindergarten at this event. If you would to register for kindergarten at this event, please bring your child's birth certificate and proof of residency. The event will take place from 10am until noon at Overhills High School.
Lastly, progress reports were distributed today. Please sign them and return them on Monday. If you have questions about grades, I would suggest checking PowerSchool before contacting me. All students have been shown how to log on to PowerSchool, so even if you don't have a parent account to view grades, you should still be able to access the grades. Most low grades (not all) are a result of missing assignments. If you have questions after checking PowerSchool, feel free to contact me and I will get back to you on the next school day.
I hope that you have a fantastic weekend and please let me know if you have any questions.1-31-20Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,
We are now in the 3rd marking period, which means we are more than halfway through the school year! Where has the time gone? You are half a school year away from having a 5th grader! I have some information to share with you about the goings on here in class.
-First, the 3rd quarter health project papers were distributed today. One is due each Friday, as with the previous 2 marking periods, but I am switching things up a little bit. In the previous marking periods, I explained all 6 projects in detail when the assignments were distributed and then didn't really mention them much throughout the rest of the marking period. This time, I am choosing 1 project per week to explain in detail in class. Hopefully this will result in the students having a clearer picture of what each assignment is. Kids can choose to do a different one than the one I explained, but it isn't recommended. The final date for all projects to be submitted is Friday, March 6. I will upload images of the project papers (in English and Spanish) to the 'class story' section of Dojo shortly.
-Second, we have started working on our NC Tarheel research projects. Each student in class has chosen a different North Carolinian to research. The project consists of 3 parts. The first is a timeline of the person's life. The timeline needs 6-8 items and each item should be a paragraph long and have a picture or graphic to go with it. The 2nd part is creating a trading card of their Tarheel. This is similar to a baseball card, but it will be the size of a piece of construction paper. The 3rd part is an oral presentation about the person. This should be 1-2 minutes long and be in first person. Your child should dress as the Tarheel and present as if they actually were that person. We will be using time each day in class to do the research, but final assembly of the timeline and preparation for the speech will most likely need to be done (at least partly) at home.
-Kids in our class have previously been allowed to chew gum in class, but between last week and today, gum has ended up on our rug and also on a student's chair, which then got stuck to the student's pants. For this reason, gum is no longer permitted in class. It is disappointing that a couple acts of irresponsibility have taken the option to chew gum away from everyone, but that is the way it has to be.
-Report cards are being distributed on Wednesday. Please sign the envelope and return it on Thursday. The report card is yours to keep.
-Permission slips for the field trip to Western Harnett High School to see The Miracle Worker were distributed a couple of weeks ago and all of the permission slips have not yet been returned. If you still have yours at home, please sign it and return it.
-We are now deeply into fraction land in math. Today was the 2nd day of simplifying fractions and most kids are catching on quickly. The only issue facing some students is that they are not fluent in their multiplication and division facts. Not having these facts memorized makes it incredibly difficult to do these fraction operations. If your child is still struggling with these basic facts, please practice at home. There are several apps which can help, as can flash cards and just calling out facts for kids to answer.
-Thanks so much to those of you who donated paper to the classroom. It is greatly appreciated. I think that we will have enough to make it through to the end of the year now. We are starting to get a little low on soap refills, though. If you would like to donate those, it would be very helpful, as well.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions and have a marvelous Monday!Amy Bauer
I hope that everyone enjoyed the break. We are jumping right back into the routine of school after 18 days off. I have a few pieces of information to share with you.
1. Permission slips for a field trip we will take on February 26 were distributed today. We are going to see 'The Miracle Worker' at Western Harnett High School. The cost will be $4, but money will not be collected until the week of February 10-14. We would to collect the permission slips next week, though. If you would like your child to attend the trip, but the cost is a problem, please message me and we can find a solution.
2. Our marking period will be ending on Friday the 17th. Please make sure that all missing work is submitted by then. If you need to know what is missing, please check the Powerschool parent portal. We check grades and missing work in class on the student version of this, so if you have internet access, your child should be able to show you how to view missing work online, even if you don't have a login yourself.
3. Many of the students' dry erase markers are starting to dry out. We use these daily in math and I don't have enough to supply the whole class for the remainder of the year. Please check with your child to see if his/her supplies need to be replenished.
4. Our supply of copy paper has been restricted at school. We do not have textbooks, so most of the work we do requires copies to be made. Teachers often go to the copy room and leave without making copies because there is no paper available. If you would like to donate a ream of plain white copy paper for our classroom to use, it would be appreciated.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful weekend!
The winter reading, math & writing challenge paper will be distributed tomorrow. It is arranged like a bingo board, and kids just need to complete one line (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) to receive a hot chocolate party. Kids who complete the entire board will receive a pizza party. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Also, the school science fair will take place shortly after kids return from break in January. This is an optional event. If students wish to participate, they must use the scientific method to complete an experiment (not a model or a demonstration) and display it. The work will probably need to be done over the holiday break. Our school is currently short on copy paper, so I only want to run copies of the instructions for the families who plan to participate. If you plan to participate, please let me know by tomorrow so that I can make the copies to send home on Friday. Thanks and have a terrific evening!
On Wednesday day afternoon, December 18th our class will be celebrating with a Winter Mug Exchange. I am asking each student to bring in one winter/holiday ceramic mug stuffed with small treats and wrapped in some type of plastic wrap. The students will exchange mugs with one of their peers. The mug (including all items inside) should cost no more than $5 to $7, and it should be able to be given to a boy or a girl. Most dollar stores have mugs, pre-filled and ready to give, if you would like to go that route.
I would like all children to be able to participate in the Winter Mug Exchange, and I’m willing to help if needed. All mugs must be turned in by Monday, December 16th so that I know if any extras will need to be provided! Let me know if I can assist you in any way.
Also, we will be having a holiday gathering with some treats and fun activities. If you would like to bring in any food or drinks, please let me know what you plan to bring, so that we don’t end up with 24 kids bringing in the same item. We will be starting our party around 1:05pm, so if you would like to join us, you should plan to arrive between 1:00 and 1:05. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. Thanks for your support!
Progress reports are being distributed today. You will notice that there is no grade for science. When I started to correct the science assignments this quarter (there are 2 of them from the science book so far) the quality was very low, which would have resulted in grades which were very low. I decided to let the kids redo these before assigning grades. We also have participation grades for 2 science activities, but they would all be 100%, so I decided not to enter these at this point since I didn't want deceptively high grades on the progress reports. I hope that the science redoes will be redone and graded so that I can enter them next week. I will also enter the participation grades at this time. The health grades and social studies grades are current as of what was turned in this morning. The math and ELA grades are current as of the end of last week. Students all have the ability to log in online to see grades on specific assignments and also to see which assignments they are missing. They can log on at home, as well, if you would like to see specific assignment information and don't have powerschool access yourself. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope that you and your children enjoy some quality time together during this time off of school, and that they come back ready to learn on Monday. I have a bit of information I would like to share with you before leaving for break.
1. Our class will be participating in the holiday shop on Tuesday, December 10. More information will be sent home as the date approaches, but I wanted you to save the date. Students will be able to shop for loved ones at school so that gifts are a surprise. If you want your child to participate, please plan to send in money for their purchases on the day of.
2. We use computers regularly in class and some of the things we do require the kids to hear the computers. It tends to get noisy when 25 kids all have computers going at the same time, and headphones help solve this problem. If your child doesn't already have headphones, please send them in. If you would prefer saving the trip to the dollar store, I have pre-purchased some. Kids can purchase them from me for $1.
3. Work which was turned in on time has been graded and grades have been entered in the computer. The exceptions to this are items which were due yesterday or today and two science papers which were assigned when subs were here. Those have not yet been graded. Please check powerschool to see if your child is missing any work.
4. Health projects are due weekly, and 3 of the 6 should have now been submitted. Some kids are doing a fantastic job on these, and others are either failing to complete them, or producing very poor quality work with very little effort given. These projects are designed to make kids do a little bit of research and planning. Each project should probably take 20-30 minutes. It is very obvious which projects were given the effort they deserve and which ones were thrown together at the last minute. If you check grades and the health grade is low, please check with your child to ensure that these are being done properly.
5. We are having a problem with some students in the room finding it funny to 'roast' each other. They thrown insults at each other and think it is very funny. Of course, the person the receiving end of the roasting usually ends up with hurt feelings. The person doing the 'roasting' claims that they were just playing and no harm was meant. We have had numerous discussions in class about refraining from this kind of behavior, but it still continues to be a problem, and I often don't hear about it until after people are upset. Please reinforce with your kids the importance of being kind to others and the idea that saying mean things isn't funny, even if they mean it as a joke.
6. In math we are working with multi-digit multiplication and (starting next week) long division. The way that kids are taught to do this is much different than the way we were taught as kids, but they are much more straight forward ways of getting the correct answer. I am attaching some links to youtube videos which explain how your students are learning to do this math. I hope that you find them helpful.
2 digit X 2 digit lattice multiplication https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cijuPxHgZAA
1 digit X 3 digit lattice multiplication https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yPU68QU11A
partial product multiplication (several examples) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfrIejN9Cc
long division with boxes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rHnkkTY4DI
Thank you so much for your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I will respond on Monday when we return from the break.
I want to let you know a few things. First, federal forms were distributed today. We filled in section A in class today. Please complete sections B and C and sign the bottom. I would love to have all of these returned by the end of the week, although they will still be accepted after that. Our kids will earn extra recess if everyone returns the form, and the first class in the school to return 100% of their forms will win a pizza party! Please ask your child about these forms and send them back to school, completed, as soon as possible.
Secondly, we will be running the Ninja Warrior Challenge course tomorrow at 10:45, so tomorrow will be the last day to return the signed waivers. If you have raised money, please send that, too. Even if you don't have the $3, your child can still participate if you sign and return the waiver.
The third thing I would like to mention is that all of 4th and 5th grade will be taking a new type of state assessment on Monday, October 14. The test will begin after we return from specials. It is a reading test and should last about 90 minutes. This test was originally scheduled to be on the computers, but we are now taking them using pencils and paper. The results of these tests will be used to help guide instruction. One will be given each marking period.
The last item I want to share is that the end of the marking period is quickly approaching. October 29 will be the end of the marking period and late work will no longer be accepted after that point. Please encourage your child to complete any missing work which he/she may have. We have a missing work board in the classroom, and students have also been shown how to view grades online, so they should always have a way to determine which assignments are missing.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Have a excellent evening!
I hope that this newsletter finds you happy and healthy! I wanted to send out a message to let you know about a few things happening in our class.
- This year we have nut allergies in our classroom. If you bring any birthday treats to class during the year, please ensure that they are nut free. This included peanuts and tree nuts. Your child is still welcome to bring items with nuts for their own consumption, though.
- This year we will be having several opportunities for parents to volunteer, including field trips. In order to participate in these, all parents must have a background check on file through Harnett County Schools. The background checks take no more than a couple of minutes to fill out and usually come back within a few days, sometimes even sooner. It is important to note that you will NOT be allowed to attend a field trip without a background check on file. Please visit www.harnettvolunteers.com to fill out your form.
- Picture day will be September 20. More information will be sent home soon.
- Order forms for yearbooks will be distributed tomorrow. The cost is $20 and you must place your order online. The website is www.strawbridge.net and the online code is YB107170.
- Homework started being distributed last week. Students receive it on Monday and turn it in on Friday. In addition to the paper, students need to read 20-30 minutes each night.
- Next week we will begin our health contracts for the year. Health contracts are papers which tell students the 6 health projects they must complete each marking period. Students are welcome to work on the assignments in class if they finish work early, or have extra time, but time will not be provided especially for them. Beginning next Friday, September 20, one project will be due each Friday. Students may use health books or other resources for their information.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Email or Dojo are the best ways to get in touch with me. I try to respond to messages received during the week within 24 hours and messages received on the weekend, on Monday. Have a terrific Tuesday!
¡espero que este boletín los encuentre felices y saludables! Quería enviar un mensaje para informarle sobre algunas cosas que suceden en nuestra clase.
- Este año tenemos alergias a las nueces en nuestro salón de clases. Si trae algún regalo de cumpleaños a la clase durante el año, asegúrese de que no contengan nueces. Esto incluía maní y nueces de árbol. Sin embargo, su hijo aún puede traer artículos con nueces para su propio consumo.
- Este año tendremos varias oportunidades para que los padres sean voluntarios, incluidas las excursiones. Para participar en estos, todos los padres deben tener una verificación de antecedentes en el archivo a través de las Escuelas del Condado de Harnett. Las verificaciones de antecedentes no demoran más de un par de minutos en completarse y, por lo general, regresan en unos pocos días, a veces incluso antes. Es importante tener en cuenta que NO se le permitirá asistir a una excursión sin una verificación de antecedentes en el archivo. Visite www.harnettvolunteers.com para completar su formulario.
- El día de la fotografía será el 20 de septiembre. Pronto se enviará más información a casa.
- Los formularios de pedido para los anuarios se distribuirán mañana. El costo es de $ 20 y debe realizar su pedido en línea. El sitio web es www.strawbridge.net y el código en línea es YB107170.
- La tarea comenzó a distribuirse la semana pasada. Los estudiantes lo reciben el lunes y lo entregan el viernes. Además del documento, los estudiantes necesitan leer 20-30 minutos cada noche.
- La próxima semana comenzaremos nuestros contratos de salud para el año. Los contratos de salud son documentos que les indican a los estudiantes los 6 proyectos de salud que deben completar en cada período de calificaciones. Los estudiantes pueden trabajar en las tareas en clase si terminan el trabajo temprano, o si tienen tiempo extra, pero no se les dará tiempo especialmente para ellos. A partir del próximo viernes 20 de septiembre, se entregará un proyecto cada viernes. Los estudiantes pueden usar libros de salud u otros recursos para su información.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo. El correo electrónico o el Dojo son las mejores formas de ponerse en contacto conmigo. Intento responder a los mensajes recibidos durante la semana dentro de las 24 horas y los mensajes recibidos el fin de semana, el lunes. ¡Que tengan un excelente martes!
Happy April Parents,
I hope that this soggy start to April is working out for you. In class, kids are working hard on academics and also working hard to contain their excitement about the upcoming spring break. I have a few reminders, a few requests and a few new things.
First, the reminders:
- Field trip permission slips were distributed last week. I have received them back from about 75% of the class. If you have not yet returned your child's permission slip, please do so as soon as you can. If your child would like to purchase a bagged lunch from the school, I need the permission slip back this week. If they are bringing lunch from home, you can wait until after break. So far only 1 parent has expressed an interest in chaperoning. If you would like to chaperone as well, let me know. The more the merrier!
- I would like to wrap the rubber bands around the shirts for tie dye before we leave for break, and will need to purchase the t-shirts this weekend. For this reason, I need either a plain white cotton t-shirt and 50 cents or $2.50 cents by Friday of this week from each student. Thank you to those who have already sent theirs in!
Now the requests:
- Students use dry erase markers every day in class. They are essential tools for learning in our class. Several students have either lost their markers or have markers which have dried out. Please check with your child and replenish markers if necessary.
- Our supply of pencils is running low. If you happen to be able to send in some pencils to get us through to June, it would be very much appreciated.
Finally, the new information:
- Our school had an author come visit us yesterday and he was selling autographed copies of his books. Many students in the school forgot to bring money, since his visit had a long weekend preceding it. As a result, the author has agreed to come back tomorrow morning to sell his books in the front lobby. The books are $8 for one or $15 for two. If your child wishes to purchase an autographed copy of a book, please send money tomorrow morning.
- HES will be having a spirit week next week to celebrate April being the month of the military child. Here are the spirit week themes: Monday-Wear Camo, Tuesday-Wear Stars or Shiny Sparkles, Wednesday-Wear Your Favorite Superhero Look, Thursday-Wear Red, White and Blue, Friday-Wear Purple.
- Lastly, the health contract for the 4th quarter was distributed yesterday. The first project is due on Friday of this week and one will be due each Friday until they are all complete. The final due date for all 6 projects is May 17. Children are allowed to work on these in class if they have extra time, but time for it is not explicitly provided. Your child will probably need to work on them at home. Many of the projects have multiple parts, so make sure that your child reads the directions carefully, and does research in order to learn about the material in each project. I have attached a copy of the paper which details the requirements of each project.
- Report cards will be distributed on April 4th. Please keep the report card and then sign and return the envelope the next day.
As always, thank you for your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Good Morning,I want to give you a heads up about a few events happening here. Papers about two of these events are being distributed to students today.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions and have a terrific Tuesday!Amy Bauer
- First, HES has an author by the name of Michael Finklea coming to speak to us on Monday. Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase on Monday only. The papers being distributed today have brief descriptions of the books available for purchase and their prices. Purchasing a book is not required, but I wanted to make sure that you knew that the option was available.
- Second, our field trip permission slips are being sent home today. Please return the permission slip as soon as possible. The $4 fee can be turned in at a later date if you desire, but we need to submit lunch count numbers to the cafeteria far in advance, so I need the permission slips back soon. You are welcome to send the money now, as well, if you would like.
- Our spring/class pictures will be held on April 10. Papers will be coming home at a later date with details about purchasing class pictures.
- If you have not yet sent in $2.50 for a t-shirt, please do so by the end of next week, so that we can prepare our t-shirts to be tie-dyed before we leave for spring break. Papers were distributed to students a couple of weeks ago and an email was sent last week with details about this.
I hope that this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the first (chilly) day of spring. I have a few updates to share with you today.
- The end of the 3rd marking period is next Thursday, which is an early release day. Any missing work or redoes must be turned in before students leave on the 28th, as I have to submit grades on the 29th. Students have access to their online grades and missing work, and can show you this from home if you don't have access to the Powerschool Parent Portal and wish to see your child's academic progress.
- Our school's spring fling festival will take place on April 6th. The PTO is looking for volunteers and vendors for the event. If you would like to do either, please contact the PTO. More information about the event will go home with students as the date approaches.
- The 4th grade will be taking a field trip to Raleigh on Friday, April 26th. The cost will be $4 per student. Permission slips will be going home within the next week. If you would like to chaperone, please make sure that you have completed a background check through the school. It can take up to 2 weeks to come back, so please go to www.harnettvolunteers.com and fill out the information soon if you hope to chaperone.
- In preparation for the trip, our class will be tie-dying t-shirts in a class color. On the day of the trip it is easier to locate our students quickly if they are all dressed in the same thing. In order to do this, please send in $2.50 with your child. This will allow me to purchase packages of t-shirts and dye in the color the class chooses. Alternately, you may bring in a new white cotton t-shirt and 50 cents to cover the cost of dye. Please have these turned in by the end of March.
- Lastly, HES is having a spirit night at HWY 55 on March 26th. A portion of the profits go to our school. If you plan to dine out that night, please consider doing so at HWY 55.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday!I hope that you have had a terrific week and had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful weather. I have a few pieces of information to share with you.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns which you may have. Enjoy your weekend!
- Our school is having a box top collection competition for all grade levels. The grade level with the most box tops turned in will earn an ice cream party from Sunni Skies Ice Cream. Please send in all of your saved box tops so that 4th grade can win the sweet treats!
- Papers were distributed today about our school's Read-A-Thon. It goes from now until March 8th. There are prizes for each level of reading and fund-raising. More information can be found on the paper which students received today. Each student who logs at least 500 minutes of reading between now and the end of the read-a-thon will have a root beer or orange soda float in class, in addition to the rewards listed on the paper. Please encourage your child to read read read!
- If you have not returned the pictures envelops or money for the pictures which were recently sent home, please do so ASAP. Thanks to those who have already turned returned them!
- Our geometry standards in 4th grade are very heavy on vocabulary, so although have not yet started our vocabulary unit, we have started introducing 2-3 geometry vocabulary words per week. My hope is that this will make the geometry unit easier for children when it does arrive. So far, we have discussed line, line segment, point, vertex and ray. I will occasionally update you on which new words have been introduced. It would be excellent if you could discuss them with your child.
- The due dates for the Tarheel project are fast approaching. The trading cards are due next Friday, February 15th. The timelines are due the following Tuesday, and the presentations are staggered on the 20th-22nd. We will continue working on these next week in class, but kids will probably need to finish them at home.
- Our classroom awards will take place on March 1st. On Monday I plan to email the parents of children who will receive awards. I will not be sending this email to parents whose children are not receiving awards. I will also include the time of the awards in this email.
1-25-18Good Afternoon,I have a few more updates to pass along to you.First, as you were notified last night, there was an error with powerschool which resulted in grading errors in Harnett County as well as several other counties in the state. Due to this error, teachers have been asked to not enter any more grades into powerschool until the issue is resolved. This means that if you are signed up for the powerschool parent portal, it will show no changes until we are cleared to enter grades again. We are still doing work and work is still being graded, but those grades just can't be entered yet.Secondly, students in our class chose Tarheels, today, to research for our research project. This is a very involved project which we will spend close to 3 weeks working in in class. There are 3 main parts to the project.1. For the first part, students will need to make a timeline about the Tarheel chosen. The timeline should have 6-8 items on it and each item should have both a paragraph (at least 5 sentences) and a picture or graphic to accompany it.2. The students will also need to make a trading card of their Tarheel. This should be similar to a baseball card, except that it should be the size of a piece of printer paper, with the person's picture, name and birth/death dates on the front and a bulleted list of important information about the person on the back. The trading card needs to have a border which has something representing the Tarheel, as well. For example, a card with a baseball player, might have baseballs and bats drawn as a border.3. The last component of the project is an oral presentation in which each student will dress as their chosen Tarheel, carry 1 or more props which represent that Tarheel and speak for 1-2 minutes to the class, as if they were the Tarheel researched. Please use items which you already have at home to create your tarheel costume and prop. Grades will be given on effort and preparation, not on the elaborateness of the costume.If you need help getting anything for any part of the project, please let me know soon and I will try to help get the items. We will be doing much of the research in school, but some work will also need to be done at home. The trading card is due on February 15. The timeline is due on February 19 and students chose their presentation dates in class today. These days are February 20-22. Your child should be able to tell you which one he or she selected. Please let me know if you have any questions.Lastly, the 3rd quarter health contracts will be distributed on Monday. The first project will be due on Friday, and one will be due each Friday until they are finished. As usual, it doesn't matter in what order they are completed, as long as they are all done by the final due date of March 8. I have attached a copy of the health contract for you.As usual, if you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me. I will respond when I return to work on Monday.Thanks!
Good Morning,I hope that your holiday season was a wonderful one and that you enjoyed spending some extra time with your children. I know that I enjoyed spending some time being a mommy to my own kids! I am excited to be back teaching, now, though. As we move into a new year, I have some information I would like to share with you.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Enjoy your soggy Friday!Amy Bauer
- The school science fair is on Wednesday, January 16th. If your child has been doing a project, please bring it to school on Monday, January 14th, so that it can be set up for display and judged.
- We will be having our classroom spelling bee on January 24th and 25th. The winner will advance to the school spelling bee on February 1st.
- The final due date for health projects for this marking period is next Friday, January 11th.
- The end of the marking period is fast approaching. Please encourage your child to turn in any missing work as soon as possible.
- There is no school on January 21-23 for MLK day and teacher workdays.
- In math we are beginning our voyage into the land of fractions, where we will remain for much of the 3rd marking period. Fractions account for roughly 1/3 of the questions on the math EOG, so it is really important to become confident in them. This is much easier to do with a firm grasp on single digit multiplication facts. If your child is still not solid on these, please take time to practice them each day.
- It is the time of year when students are starting to run low on some supplies. The biggest item we struggle to have enough of is dry erase markers. We use them daily in math, and several students are without them. I am down to one box, which I will need to do instruction on the board between now and the end of the year. Please check with your child and replenish as necessary.
- We are starting to take mid-year assessments in class, and so far, they are showing that most kids are making good growth. The best way to keep the growth moving forward in reading, is by doing lots and lots of reading. Please make sure that your children are reading 20-30 minutes at home EVERY night. The more they do, the more they will grow.
- We are approaching time of year when the weather can get fairly cold, but we still go outside unless it is precipitating. Please make sure to send warm outerwear on cold days.
I hope that you are having a terrific Tuesday and that your Thanksgiving will be full of thankful thoughts and delicious food. Among other things, I am thankful that I get to work with your children each day. They are a phenomenal group of young people! I have several updates to share with you today.
- First, as I am sure your children happily shared yesterday, we don't have homework this week. You may choose to do a health project for this week or not. I am happy with either choice. Please continue to read nightly, even though no other homework is due.
- On December 11 we will be taking a field trip to see 'A Christmas Carol' at Western Harnett High School. Permission slips were distributed about a week and a half ago, but several people haven't returned theirs. The cost will be $4 per person and money will be collected next week. If you haven't returned the permission slips yet, please do so as soon as you can.
- Also on December 11, our class will be going to the holiday shop put on by the PTO. More information will be going home within the next couple of weeks.
- If you plan to order books from Scholastic, please do so before we leave for Thanksgiving break. This will allow time for them to ship before the winter break.
- Highland's science fair will take place on January 16th. I will be giving kids more information about it in the next couple of days. The science fair is optional this year. I rarely give extra credit, but will give extra credit for participation in the science fair. If students choose to participate, they must do experiments using the scientific method. Demonstrations or models will not be accepted. If you choose to participate in the science fair, it would be a good idea to start thinking of idea now, since some experiments take time to complete.
- Tomorrow is Career Day at HES. Students are encouraged to dress up in the clothing they would wear if they had the job they want to have as adults. As always, no weapons are allowed.
- Lastly, our class goes outside each day for recess unless it is precipitating. This is true even on cold days. Please make sure that your child dresses according to the weather. We go our at a little after 1pm each day, so it is usually near the daily high temperature. If you need assistance getting winter clothing, please let me know and I will do what I can to help.
As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Have a terrific Tuesday!
Hello and happy Friday! I have a few notes to share with you about the goings on here in our classroom.
- Highland will, once again, be having our book character parade on Wednesday of next week. At 10:00am students who are dressed as a character from a book will walk through the halls of our school showing their costumes to spectators. Students are encouraged to bring the book the character is from, but this is not required. The school dress code still applies. No weapons, masks or scary costumes are permitted.
- Our kids who raised at least $100 for the Ninja Warrior Challenge will have their demonstration and ice cream party on Tuesday afternoon. Our Ninja Warrior Challenge was a huge success and raised close to $20,000! Thanks to everyone who participated.
- The last day for the 1st marking period is next Friday, November 2nd. All missing work which must be turned in no later than this. Anything still missing after the 2nd will become a permanent zero in the grade book. Your child has logged into the student portal of powerschool more than once and should know how to do it. They can see what assignments are missing from here. If you would like to apply for parent access, you can download the papers from this link https://www.harnett.k12.nc.us/Page/10400 and return them to the school office. You have to do this in person and show your identification at that time. I do have some copies printed out already. If you would like me to send one home with your child, please let me know and I will do so.
- If you have not already contacted me to schedule a conference, please do so as soon as possible. I am generally available from 8:45-9:15am or from 3:40-4:15pm. There are some exceptions to this. If you absolutely can't make either of these times, let me know and we will see what we can do to find something which will work for both of us.
- If you haven't turned in your Federally Connected Survey yet, please do so ASAP. These were distributed on Monday. Returning these surveys provides HES with much needed funding. Last year the returned surveys resulted in our school getting almost $100,000.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. If I receive emails during the school day, I usually respond the same day. Emails sent after I leave school for evenings or weekends are usually returned on the next school day. Have a fabulous (soggy) Friday!
Good Afternoon,We had a wonderful trip to the symphony today, and then spent some time talking about the perseverance that the musicians must have to make it as far as they have. We related it to students' lives and talked about how they must have perseverance as well, to meet their academic and life goals. We talked about the importance of picking yourself up and trying again when things go wrong. It would be great if you could discuss this at home, as well.Student information sheets were distributed last week and the majority of the class still needs to return them. If you would please verify the information on the form is correct, correct any information which is not correct and then sign and return it as soon as possible, that would be excellent.Ninja Warrior Challenge envelopes were distributed last week as well. The prize information is listed on the back of the envelope, but the really important part is the waiver of participation on the front of the envelope. It costs a minimum of 1 dollar to participate (more is excellent!), but the money makes no difference if the permission slip on the front isn't signed. We would like to have all of the envelopes collected by Friday.The book fair is this week. Our class visited on Tuesday, but if students forgot money on that day, they may bring money tomorrow and visit during our recess time. The book fair closes at 1pm on Friday, so it is possible to go on Friday, but tomorrow is much preferred.Tomorrow evening at 5:30 we have curriculum night at HES. The teachers of each grade level will be telling parents about the standards which will be covered in their grade. Fourth grade will be set up in the multi-purpose room. Also, the book fair will be available starting at 5pm in the media center.Grades are now being entered in the computer regularly. If you have not signed up for PowerSchool parent access yet, I would strongly encourage it. This is a program which allows you to see individual assignment grades as well as overall grades as soon as they are entered in the computer by me. It allows you to stay on top of missing work and low grades. More information about how to gain access can be found here. https://www.harnett.k12.nc.us/domain/4058If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Have a wonderful Wednesday!Amy Bauer
Good Afternoon,I hope that you came through the hurricane without significant damage. It was great to be back in the classroom with kids today. Although I enjoyed the chance to spend time with my own children, sleep in a little and relax a bit over the break, I can honestly say that I missed working with YOUR children while we were out. I have several updates to share with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have. During the week, I usually respond to emails within 24 hours, and I usually respond to emails received over the weekend on Mondays.
Have a great evening!Amy Bauer
- The first item I would like to share with you is the date of our upcoming book fair. The book fair will be at HES all next week, but our class will be attending on Tuesday morning. If you would like your child to have the chance to choose his/her own books, please send money on Tuesday. Papers about the book fair were distributed today.
- The vision screening which was originally scheduled for last Monday and Tuesday will be rescheduled for October 25th and 26th. If you already opted out of the test, you do NOT need to do so again.
- The Friendly Dental Van will be coming to HES to clean teeth again soon. The enrollment paper will be distributed tomorrow. The paper says that it must be returned by September 10th, but the new date is October 1st. If you would like to have your child's teeth cleaned here at school, please fill out the form tomorrow and return it no later than next Monday.
- Our curriculum night, which was originally scheduled for last Thursday will now take place next Thursday, October 4th at 5:30pm. The 4th grade teachers will do a presentation about the standards taught in 4th grade. It should last under an hour.
- Our field trip to the symphony will take place next Wednesday. Students should dress up for this event if they are able. A trip to the symphony is a fancy affair, after all! More information will be send home on Wednesday of this week, but I wanted to give you a heads up that our buses will be leaving for this trip at 8:15am. Students should plan to eat breakfast at home that day, as there will not be time to do so at school before the buses leave the lot. I have not yet been given information about specific times for arrival at school, but I will get that information to you once I am given it.
- As a result of the damages done by Florence, our county is offering free breakfast and lunch to all students through the end of October. This does not include extras such as chips and ice cream, but does include the standard meals served at school.
- Our PTO thrift store is always looking for people who would like to donate time. I have gone in and worked before and it really is fun. The hours that you work translate to money for HES. The profits from sales at the store are divided among the schools in the area based upon the number of volunteer hours from each school. Each hour that you work, means more money for the students at Highland.
- Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 25, HES is having a spirit night at the HWY 55 restaurant in Cameron. If you dine there between 4:00pm and 8:00pm and mention the fundraiser, HES will get a share of the profits.
Hello and welcome to another great week of school in 4th grade! I hope that you had a safe and fun long weekend. I have a few items I would like to share with you.
- I realized after the supply lists were sent home that I omitted headphones from the list. We use computers regularly, and students will need headphones. If you could send in a pair with your child, along with a container to store them in ( a zippy bag or a small plastic container labeled with your child's name will be fine) that would be great. I will try to make it to the dollar store in the next week, as well. I will buy several pair, which your child can purchase for $1 if you are unable to get to the store to purchase your own.
- The technology permission forms were distributed and discussed in great detail on Friday. About half of the students returned them today, and I really appreciate that. If those who have not returned them would please do so as soon as possible, that would be fabulous. We have many activities which utilize technology, and these forms must be returned before we can use the technology.
- Homework will start next week. It is a single piece of paper which is distributed on Mondays and should be returned on Fridays. It will have both a front and a back, so make sure that you look at both. In addition, students are expected to read 30 minutes daily at home. We do not do a reading log, but use the honor system. Reading independently is vital to being a successful student, so please encourage your child to read each night.
- Health contracts will be distributed to students within the next week. I will send more details, as well as an electronic copy of the contract, within the next week. Basically, though, these are short projects which address our health standards for the quarter. One is due each Friday beginning next week. They can be done at school, after other school work is done, or they can be done at home.
2017-2018 School Year Newsletters
May 21, 2018
As the end of a wonderful school year is quickly approaching, I am writing to ask for support in several areas. As you are well aware, the End of Grade Test is approaching (May 30th & May 31st ). The students have worked hard and I believe that they will shine on these tests. It is important that they see this test as an opportunity to show off what they have learned.
Please remind your child to show all of their work in their test booklet to increase their success with the End of Grade Test. Some students are still not displaying their work accurately unless prompted to do so and teachers CANNOT prompt during the End of Grade Test.
Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest on the nights prior to testing. Make sure that the morning routines are uneventful and that your child has plenty of time to get ready for school each day. Rushing them out of the door and off to school usually starts the day off on the wrong foot. Please do all that you can to ensure peaceful mornings for your child.
On the mornings of testing I would like to offer a nutritional breakfast/snack for the students. I would like to serve things like: juice, sliced fruit, granola bars, trail mix and mini bagels. Please let me know as soon as possible which of these items you could send in and I can schedule you for one of the testing days. Remember that we have 28 students in all.
We are also in need of yellow highlighters and number 2 pencils. Your donations are appreciated by each and every one of us. Thank you again for the support this year.
Please feel free to e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.
There are many things I need to update you on. First, thank you to everyone who participated in making the field a success. Our students who attended had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things. It was a long day for everyone, but it was well worth it. Now, on to the new stuff!
As always, thank you so much for your support, and feel free to contact me with any questions.Amy Bauer
- Our class will be going to the book fair tomorrow morning. This is our buy 1 get 1 free book fair. If your child wants to buy books, please send in money tomorrow.
- If you would like to order books online through Scholastic, go to www.scholastic.com. Our class code is GYTBT. I will be placing an order on Friday, so if you decide to make a purchase, please do so before then.
- If you are able to proctor for EOG's at our school, we would greatly appreciate it. We need people on May 30 and 31st, all day.
- As students get more excited about the end of the school year, focus on academics becomes more of a challenge for them. Much instructional time is being wasted each day, trying to refocus students who are talking or playing with friends during class. If you could stress the importance of good behavior, it would be much appreciated.
- Unless it is breakfast time, and kids have juice or milk from the cafeteria, only water is permitted in class. When other drinks spill, it causes sticky messes which are difficult to clean up without a water source in class. The students have been told this multiple times, and still come to class with drinks other than water. Unless you are packing it for lunch, please don't send beverages other than water to class.
- Progress reports are due to go home tomorrow, but due to numerous factors, they won't be going home until Wednesday or Thursday. With all of the field trip planning, I haven't updated grades online recently, and want to do so before sending home progress reports so that they are as accurate as possible. I will email you on the day I send them home, so that you know to expect them.
- We are getting low on soap again. We only have 22 1/2 days of school left, so just a little bit more should get us through. If you are able to send in anymore soap, it would be greatly appreciated.
Good Afternoon,I hope that you had a wonderful spring break. It is hard to believe that we are now 75% of the way through this school year and have only 7 weeks left until EOG tests begin. In class we are working hard to make sure that students are prepared. There are several important items which I need to share with you.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
- School pictures or picture money was due before spring break. If you haven't returned one of these, please do so ASAP.
- Our awards day will be at 1:30pm on Wednesday, April 25th. I will be sending out an email later this week to the parents of all students receiving awards. If your child is getting an award, please feel free to join us to celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of all students receiving awards.
- Report cards for the 3rd marking period go home on Thursday. Please sign the envelope and return it on Friday.
- Many students are running low on dry erase markers. We use them daily in math, and I no longer have extras to provide to students. In spite of some parent donations, some kids have to borrow markers daily. Please check with your child to see if their markers are running out, and replace them as needed.
- The time has finally come to collect money for our field trip! The trip is under a month away and we will be collecting money this week and next week. The cost for students is $76. If you are planning to attend and wish to drive on your own, the cost for you will be $29. Until all students have paid for the trip, we don't know which parents will be able to ride the bus. If you are on the waiting list for the bus, please pay the $29 for the trip now. If you are able to ride the bus, we can collect the remaining $47 later. Please do not send bus money in for you now. If you plan to chaperone and have not had your school background check yet, please do so right away, since it can sometimes take a few weeks to come back. The web address for it is www.harnettvolunteers.com.
- We will be tying rubber bands around our t-shirts to tie-dye on Friday. If you have not yet sent in the $2.50 or the $.50 and a white cotton t-shirt, please do so before Friday. These shirts will be used for our field trip and also for our field day, so it would be great if everyone could participate, even if they aren't planning to attend the field trip.
It is really hard to believe how fast March is flying by! It seems that the 3rd marking period just started and now it is under 3 weeks away from being done. I have some updates which I would like to share with you.
- First, the last day to turn in work for the 3rd marking period will be March 28. I have to submit grades on the 29th, so anything turned in after the 28th won't be accepted for a grade.
- Field trip permission slips were sent home at the beginning of the month and many people have returned them. If you have not, please do so ASAP. If your child does NOT plan to attend, please email to let me know.
- I gave students notes last week about making tie dye shirt for the field trip and also for field day (which will be later in the year). I asked that students bring in either a plain white cotton shirt and 50 cents to cover the cost of dye, or $2.50 to cover the cost of the dye and a white shirt which I will purchase for them I would like all money and shirts to be in by next Thursday, March 22, so that I have time to purchase the correct sizes of shirts that weekend, and we can put rubber bands on the shirts before spring break.
- Our Tarheel project presentations are this week. It would be ideal for students to dress like the person they are presenting, but since not everyone has clothing to match the person they are presenting, it is not absolutely necessary. If they don't dress up, they need to at least bring a prop which represents the person they are researching. For example, if they are researching a singer, they might bring a microphone. If they are researching soccer player, they might bring a soccer ball.
- We are running low on small soap containers which we take with us to bathroom breaks. I have a couple jars of soap refills left, but the small containers with the pumps are slowly breaking and needing to be replaced. If you are able to donate some, it would be appreciated. We are also running low on tissue.
- We have been having numerous student conflicts in our room recently. We have had class discussions explaining the importance of treating others with kindness, even when they aren't doing the same for you. The policy of "If you don't have anything nice to say, just don't say anything at all," is one which needs to be paid close attention to. If you can reinforce this at home, it would be much appreciated.
As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
I want to remind you that the Tarheel project timelines are due this coming Wednesday, which is March 7th and the trading cards are due the following day. Students have been given plenty of time to research this in class, but may need to print out their paragraphs and pictures and arrange them on the timelines at home. Most students have done a great job applying themselves and their work looks excellent! I have a sign-up sheet in class for students who are unable to print at home. They just need to let me know when they are done writing (by signing up on the papers in class) and share their documents with me on google docs. If they need to do this, they will need to be ready to print by the end of the day Monday, so that I can get them the papers off of the copier on Tuesday. This will allow them to take them home and arrange them on their large timeline by Wednesday's due date.
Also, permission slips for the ocean trip in May were distributed yesterday. I would really like to have the permission slips back by the end of next week, so that I have a rough idea of who is going, but I will accept them later if it is necessary. We are not accepting money until after spring break, so please don't send that in yet.
As a final reminder, if you have not signed and returned your child's progress report, please do so ASAP.
Thanks for your support, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
February 13, 2018
Good Afternoon,I hope that this message finds you happy and in good health. I have some bits of old news to remind you of, and several bits of new information to share, as well. The reminders will go first.
And now the new information!
- Our awards day is Thursday at 1:30. If your child is receiving an award, you received an email stating so a couple of weeks ago. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our students.
- We go outside for recess each day at 11:30 unless it is precipitating or the temperature is below freezing. Please ensure that your child is dressed to go outside each day, even if it is chilly.
- Report cards went home last Wednesday. If you haven't returned the signed envelope yet, please do so ASAP.
- We will be going to Western Harnett High School to see their students perform The Diary of Anne Frank next Wednesday (February 21). We will be leaving Highland at about 8:50am and returning shortly before lunch. If you haven't returned your permission slip or $4, please do so tomorrow.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions and have a terrific Tuesday evening!
- Students were given new health contracts last Wednesday. The first project is due this Friday, and one is due each Friday until they are all complete, just like last time. It doesn't matter to me what order students choose to do the projects in, as long as they all get done in the end.
- We are well into researching our famous Tar Heels. Each student has chosen a person to research and we are dedicating time to it each day. Students will have to complete a time line, with at least 6-8 items. Each item on the time line should have a picture and and accompanying paragraph. Students will also create a trading card about their tarheel and do a first person speech, dressed as the person they are researching. We may also have a wax museum presentation but this isn't certain yet. Specific due dates have not been set yet, but will most likely be in the first week of March. I want to make sure that students have enough time to research in class, and will set due dates accordingly as we get closer to the end. It is likely that students will need to put the finishing touches on this project at home, including assembling the time line. We are doing the paragraphs here, but the finished products will need to be completed at home. If you need help gathering supplies, please let me know ASAP so that I have time to find them before the due date.
- Spring pictures are Friday, February 23. The envelopes were distributed today. Group pictures are $10 and must be paid for on the day the pictures are taken. Individual pictures will be taken of everyone and sent home for you to review. You will have the option to purchase them after you view them.
January 30, 2018
Good Afternoon,I hope that you are having a terrific Tuesday! I would like to update you on a few things going on at school.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
- The postcard book fundraiser is still going on. So far our class has brought in 60 completed postcards. Our school earns 50 cents for each one, so that adds up to $30 already. If you haven't already assisted your child in filling in the books and returning them, you have until the end of the week.
- Permission slips for our trip to Western Harnett High School went home a couple of weeks ago, and some students still haven't returned them. If your child is included in this, plesae send return them ASAP. Also, we will be receipting money for this trip next week. The cost is $4 per child.
- Information sheets concerning the ocean field trip in May were distributed last Friday. Please let me know if you would like to be on the waiting list for a seat on the bus. Also, please feel free to contact me with any questions about the trip.
- Our school book fair is going on this week. If your child would like to purchase books, please send the money to school with him/her this week. Allowing students to self-select books is a great way to raise enthusiasm regarding reading.
- During a teacher meeting today, I was told that, according to our mid-year i-ready diagnostic data, 79% of the students in our class are currently proficient in math and 61% of our students are currently proficient in reading. The only class scoring higher than ours at this point, is the class of gifted and talented students. Our students are working exceptionally hard to do so well, and I appreciate all of the help at home which parents have been offering. Remember to have your child read for at least 20 minutes every night and make sure that multiplication facts are memorized to continue this positive trend.
- Forms from the Friendly Dental Van are being distributed today. If you would like to utilize this service to have your child's teeth cleaned, please return the completed form no later than Monday, February 5.
January 22, 2018
Good Afternoon,I hope that you enjoyed your latest snowcation. I am hopeful that this one will be the last of the year! As a result of the snowcation, a few things have changed on the school calendar. First, the cutoff day for the end of the 2nd marking period has been moved again. The last day to turn in all work is this Friday, January 26th. Report cards will go home on February 2nd.On the optional teacher workday last Friday, I entered all grades which I have into the computer. The students should know how to log in and see what is missing (if anything). If you don't have your own powerschool account, I would recommend having your child log in under his/her account so that you can check it out. Any missing work will be accepted through Friday.On Tuesday of last week, a super easy fundraiser envelope was sent home with students. All that they have to do is fill out the packet of postcards with the names and addresses of family members or friends and return the packet. Each returned post card earns the school 50 cents. With a school of over 1100 kids, and 11 postcards in each book, that could add up to a lot of money. Please return the post cards as soon as possible.The permission slips to see The Diary of Anne Frank performed at Western Harnett High School went home the week between the snow storms. Please return them as soon as possible. Money will be due the week of February 5-9.Our class is on our last box of tissue and also running low on pencils. If you are willing to donate some, it would be greatly appreciated.Lastly, we are spending a couple of weeks on geometry before moving on to fractions in math. A strong knowledge of single digit multiplication facts is essential to be successful with fractions. If your child is still struggling with them, please dedicate a little bit of additional homework each night to learning them. Doing so will help them in the rest of their educational days!As always, thank you for your support and feel free to contact me with any questions.
January 9, 2018
Good Afternoon,I hope that you had an excellent Christmas break and enjoyed your snow-cation as well! I have numerous updates to share with you today.
If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to ask. Thanks and have a terrific Tuesday!
- As a result of the snow days, the end of our 2nd marking period has shifted a couple of days. Report cards will now go home on February 2 instead of January 31.
- Also, as a result of the snow days, the teacher workdays scheduled for January 23rd and 24th have been moved to January 25th and 26th. There will now be school on the 23rd and 24th, and no school on the 25th and 26th.
- Yearbook sales are now underway. Orders are being taken online at https://online-pay.memorybook.com/parent. The pay code for our school is 89644 and the cost is $20. Orders will be taken through March 1, 2018. Yearbooks usually arrive sometime in May or June.
- The Scholastic Book Fair is once again coming to HES! It will be here from January 29-February 2. More information about our class' specific time to visit will be sent out once I know it.
- The PTO Zaxby's night will be this Thursday, January 11 at the Zaxby's in Cameron. 10% of the sales between 5pm and 8pm will be given to the HES PTO. If you are in the mood for chicken, this is the time to go!
- Fourth grade students at HES will be attending a play at Western Harnett High School on February 21st. The cost is $4 and permission slips will be going home within the next week. Please be on the lookout for them.
- Also be on the lookout for an information sheet about our field trip to the beach, which will take place in May. That information can be expected before the end of the month.
- My classroom stock of dry erase markers which I can give students is nearly depleted. We use dry erase markers daily in math. Please check with your child and replenish these if necessary.
- Since our week last week was short, I will not be giving out new homework papers this week. Students can turn in last week's homework at any point this week. Several have already done so. It is due no later than this Friday, though.
- The exception to that is the health project. The due date for all projects to be turned in is still this Friday, January 12. Several students have done so already.
- If your child chose to participate in the science fair, the due date for projects to be turned in has been moved to this Friday, as well. The original due date was tomorrow.
December 14, 2017We are so close to break that you can just smell it in the air! The excitement is mounting with each second, and before you know it, school will be out and your kids will be home with you each day. If you are looking for some academic things to keep them from going stir crazy, I have a few suggestions.The first is the Highland Elementary School winter break reading challenge. It will be distributed to students today. Reading is essential in all subject areas, and going more than 2 weeks without doing any of it can be enough to set students back. That is why we have the reading challenge this year. One sheet of paper is a calendar and the other is paper marshmallows with different places or ways to read. Students are challenged to read in a different location or for a different reason for 20 minutes each day. When they do one of the types listed on the marshmallows, they cut the marshmallows out and glue them the days of the calendar. Students reading at least 10 of the days will be invited to participate in a hot chocolate party on January 12th. The papers are due back on January 3rd.The second item is doing an experiment for the school science fair. The science fair is optional for 4th graders this year, but I will give extra credit in science for doing a project. Science fair projects must be experiments (not models, research papers or demonstrations). For some information on what an experiment entails, you can watch this video http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/scientific-inquiry/scientific-methods.htm. More information about it was distributed to students yesterday. If your child chooses to participate, the projects are due on January 10th.Lastly, many of you are aware of the iready program which we use at school. It is a computer program which tests each child and then makes lessons tailor made to their specific needs. Students use it regularly in school, but it can also be accessed at home. It is recommended that students spend 45 minutes a week on the math portion and an additional 45 minutes a week on the reading portion. Doing more over break wouldn't be a bad thing, either. I would highly recommend spending some time using this over the break.I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you and your child during the new year. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
December 4, 2017
I have a few items to share with you.
- Tomorrow is the last day to turn in book orders. If you plan to order books, please do so by then.
- I gave students information about the school's Santa Shop today. Our scheduled day is Thursday of this week, which is December 7th. Items range from $.50 to $5.00. If you would like your child to participate, please send money on that day. It is also helpful to fill out the envelope listing who they need to shop for with a proposed budget.
- Our classroom party will be Thursday, December 14 at about 1:30. If you plan to bring something, please let me know in advance so that we don't get 29 of the same thing. One parent has already said that they are bringing a fruit tray and another is bring drinks, so those are already taken. Please feel free to join us if you wish.
- Progress reports were distributed today. Please sign them and return them tomorrow. If you have questions about grades, I am always happy to discuss them with you. However, I would recommend logging onto the online grading system and checking it out before doing so. We have done it multiple times in class, so even if you don't have a username and password for the parent portal, your child should be able to access it from any computer and show it to you.
- The school science is coming up shortly after the break. Participation is optional, but extra credit will be given for projects completed according to the guidelines which will be discussed with students soon. If your child would like to participate, doing the experiments over break might be a good choice. More information will be coming soon.
- Remember that health projects are due weekly. The 3rd project should be turned in this week and the 4th one next week. If your child decides to turn them in sooner, that is fine as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
November 28, 2017
Good Afternoon!I want to update you about a few things in class. First, I distributed book order forms today. Ordering books through these isn't required, but allowing kids to choose their own books is a way to increase reading time. If they feel that it is exciting, they are going to do it more. I told the kids that they may want to request some books for Christmas from these orders. If you decide to do this, and would like it to be a surprise, please let me know so that I don't give your child the books you order when they arrive. If you would like to order online, the website is www.scholastic.com and our class code is GYTBT. You are welcome to send in the order form and money, as well if you wish. The last day to send in orders or to place them online will be Tuesday, December 5. I will place the orders the next day to ensure that they arrive before Christmas break.On a different note, I wanted to let you know that we will be having a classroom party during our last week of school before break. I don't yet know which date, but will let you know once I do. During our party, we will be doing a mug exchange, which is why I am telling you about it early. The mugs will need to be good for either gender and should have a value of no more than $5. Most dollar stores have them pre-assembled and already filled, for only a dollar. If you will be unable to purchase one, please let me know with plenty of time so that I can purchase one for your child.In math we are about halfway through our unit on long division, and most children are doing a great job. There are some who are struggling, though, as a result of not having their single digit multiplication facts memorized. Please continue to work on this with your child, as it will be important in our units on fractions as well.Our school will be having an information night in conjunction with the 3rd grade concert on December 5th. Each grade will have a table with useful information. This will begin at 5:15pm and continue until 6:15pm. The 3rd grade concert will begin at 6:30.On a final note, as we approach our break, excitement builds daily, and behavior tends to decline. I remind students daily of the behavioral expectations in our room, but it would be great if you would back that up at home, as well. Even though we are approaching a long break we are still in school and the rules have not changed. There is much work to be done between now and then, as well.As always, thank you for your support, and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.Amy Bauer
November 13, 2017
I want to update you about some of the goings on in our classroom. First, I distributed papers with health assignments on them today. There are 6 different assignments on the paper and there will be one due each week until they are all complete. It doesn't matter to me which ones the kids do and submit in which order, as long as each child completes each assignment. For the first assignment on the paper, it mentions our class country study, and I told the kids that they may choose any country they would like for this project. Another talks about drink labels, and I asked them to add that they need at least 5 labels. If there are any supplies which you need help obtaining, please let me know well in advance and I will do my best to gather them for you. If you would prefer to have your child do all 6 assignments at once and turn them in, that is fine as well. There may be time to work on this in class, but at least part will most likely have to be done at home.
The next item is that we are shifting our work slightly this week. Since we didn't have school last Friday and we won't have school next Thursday and Friday, we acted as though today was last Friday. We took our morning week quiz from last week and did our vocab test from last week. We will be doing this week's things starting tomorrow and take the tests next Monday. I am telling you this because the vocab homework has the words for Monday-Thursday and we will be doing them on Tuesday-Friday. If you would like to have your child do them and turn in the work on Friday, even though we won't have done all of the words at that time, that is fine. If you would prefer waiting until Monday to turn it in, that is fine as well.
In math we are just about ready to finish our unit on multi-digit multiplication. Our test will be within the next few days. We will then be moving on to long division. Having single digit math facts memorized is still critically important. It would be be very helpful to review them verbally, using flash cards, or using an app on a regular basis. These facts will continue to be important through the remainder of 4th grade and then again in 5th grade.
As always, thank you for your support and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.