Raggio`s Weekly News 

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Welcome to our class website!  This is the place to get all of the "scoop" on the happenings in our classroom.  Please check my site each week.

Week Oct. 20-24



*Please send signed report cards back by Tuesday, the 21st. 

*The Zoo Field Trip is on Friday, October 31.  The $10.50 fee needs to be paid by Wednesday, the 22nd.  Please make sure that checks have a phone number.  We need a parent volunteer to bring a cooler with ice to house our sack lunches.  Please let me know if you can do this for us.

**Our new attendance campaign has begun!  Be a Jag Who Can Brag!  Information was sent home earlier this week.  Students are entered in a weekly and monthly drawing for perfect attendance.

**We are in the process of collecting a $5 party fund fee for our class.  This helps to meet some of the expenses of sending treats and in buying prizes or needed items for the Christmas party.  Please send this in cash, and have your child take it to the PTO desk.

**We need a couple of items for a cool science experiment.  These are shaving cream and food coloring.




This Week in Class---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

UNIT 2-Weather or Not



ELA-We are reading in our science text and practicing skills.  This week we are talking about scanning and scrolling in order to find information and facts in a text.  Your child will be bringing home the science text to reread and answer questions.

Students are to read nightly for 20 minutes, a book of their choice.

***40 BOOK CHALLENGE HAS BEEN ISSUED!  More info is coming home soon.  Students should be actively working on this.  Though everyone may not make the 40 books, everyone is expected and required to read and document at least 15 per semester.  Much of this is done at school, but I wanted you to be aware of it, and encourage your child.  I am planning a 40 Challenge Party in May to celebrate my 40 BOOK READERS!!!


Math-We are currently studying chapter 5 which is 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.  Students should know how to work a problem with partial products and the turtlehead method.  Google "Turtlehead Multiplication" to review a tutorial.  We have worked with this method for several weeks now.  Partial products are explained step-by-step in the textbook.

IXL is now up and running for each student.  I will send a letter home explaining it, but most students are familiar with it.  I gave them a slip of paper with the username and password.  Students NEED MORE PRACTICE than we can do in class or for homework.  Please have them regularly review past skills as well as skills we are workin on currently.  I get a weekly report of the skills and time put in.


Study multiplication facts nightly, online if possible.  There will be a fact fluency test given each week, usually on Thursday.  These tests will be averaged for one grade that will go into the gradebook this 9 weeks. WE ARE MOVING UP TO 50 PROBLEMS IN 5 MINUTES.  I SUGGEST THAT STUDENTS PRACTICE FOR SPEED AND FLUENCY.  SOME ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH MANY OF THEIR FACTS. .

Social Studies

*A current event is due this Friday.  Dogonews is one site that is good for finding articles.

*We are also discussing and working with articles in our Scholastic News.  Grades taken as needed.

**For upcoming projects and practice, it would be VERY beneficial for each student to have a pair of earbuds and a flashdrive for storing work.  This flashdrive can also be used next year, as 5th grade requires it.

**IF your child has an electronic device, such as an Ipad or Kindle, it may be used for reading and research in the classroom.  He or she must use it responsibly, or lose the privilege of using it.


**Please check your child's take home folder daily. Each student is directed to write down assignments each day, Monday through Thursday. 


*****A Few Notes For Kicking Off the Year
-The PTO Spirit Store is open daily until 8:30. 
 -Our lunchtime is from 12:20-12:50.  Please keep money in your child's account or send a  lunch.
-Students are allowed and encouraged to bring a healthy snack and water each day.
 We have a later lunch time, so it will be important for students to have that boost
  at about midmorning. (No Capri Sun drinks or Gatorade, please.)
-Our PE day is Tuesday.  Wear tennis shoes. 



~All parents need to go to our School Webpage to sign up for "Notify Me" in order to receive important updates through text or email.

~Please use the school form for your child's absences.  You can print this directly off the DCES website.  Thanks!

~Homework-Please check your child's HW/TAKE HOME folder EVERY day.  Your child should be reading each night.  It can be anything that interests your child...magazines, newspapers, chapter books, myON, etc.  Just so he/she is reading regularly.  You MAY even read a book to your child.  Fourth graders are NOT too old to be read to.  Research backs up the fact that reading to your child makes him/her a better reader.  Much is gained by listening to your modeling of correct wording, fluency, and just sharing a story together!  :-)

~Graded papers will come home on Thursdays. Please sign and send all graded papers  and send it back by Friday.  I will file them in your child's student file. Please help your child correct any wrong answers.

~If you have not signed up for parent portal, I strongly encourage you to do so.  Check with the front office to retrieve your login information. Grades are posted as soon as I have them graded, and this way you will know immediately what is happening with your child and his/her grades. 

~Sign up for "Remind" asap...this is an invaluable line of communication between us for the school year.  This is not a personal cell number, but rather a number Remind assigned for our class...you will not be able to respond, but will keep up-to-date on the latest happenings in the class.

HOW TO JOIN?      Send a text with the message @jags4th to number228-215-7010.   

Let's make it a great week!   

Mrs. Raggio

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  My e-mail is suzanne.raggio@dcsms.org, or you may call the office.  If your child has a note for me, please direct him or her to give it to me at the beginning of the day so that I have time to respond.  E-mail is the quickest way to reach me, and for a response.  Phone calls will be returned within 24 hours, as I may not have a planning time in which to contact you during the day.


Items on OUR Wish List  

Sidewalk Chalk

Games for indoor recess (Yatzee, Jenga, etc....)

Decks of playing cards for math (These can be used & don't have to have ALL cards!)

Please donate your used children's books to our classroom library!  We want to flood the room with good reads!  :-)  Children's magazine back issues are welcome too!

Bags of small wrapped candy such as Smarties, Jolly Ranchers, Dum Dum suckers.

Gift Cards for classroom supplies and activities to any of the listed stores.

(Walmart, Target, Office Depot, Knowledge Tree, Sam's, Michael's)

Black Sharpies

snack-sized baggies

Small bagged individual snacks (Little Debbies, crackers, or chips)*For those who forget snacks or for a class treat.  (We currently have 24 on roll.)

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS, for our library!!! These can be new or used.  Kids' magazines (back issues) would be great also.  We want our classroom library to be an exciting place where students can find many different genres and reading materials that interest them.