Mrs. Raggio's Website
Week April 13-17
- We finally have a nice long regular week at school! We have much to do, so let's make the most of it. Please have you child study and practice skills such as IXL skills.
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.
Exciting News! We now have a class blog! Just click on the link below and it will take you to our new blog. I look forward to hearing from you on our blog, writing, and sharing our thoughts together for the remainder of our time together this year.
Click on your name. I will send the password via Remind 101. If you would like to change your password to something that you will remember more easily, that will be possible once you log in for the first time. Try it out and see what your think! This should be fun.
**We will be taking PARCC test MATH Part 2 on Wednesday. Please be here on time, and have a pencil or two.
Click here to take the ELA PARCC PBA PRACTICE TEST:
Click here to take the MATH PARCC PBA PRACTICE TEST:
**Our class supply of pencils and glue sticks has been depleted. Each student will be responsible for bringing and maintaining a personal supply of pencils and glue sticks. Mechanical pencils are allowed also.
**Please remember to keep your child's lunch account replenished or send a nutritious lunch. Students are allowed to bring 1 healthy snack and WATER to drink. We eat lunch at 12:20, so the snack is very important. (No candy.)
** Be a Jag Who Can Brag! Students are entered in a weekly and monthly drawing for perfect attendance. Many have enjoyed earning "brag tags" for their bookbags.
**Don't forget to save, clip, and send in Boxtops for Education! These earn PE equipment for the students.
**If you have not sent in a bag of candy for the treat bucket this year, PLEASE do so. I ask that each student bring at least 1 nice-sized bag of candy each year to help us have enough candy for rewards. THANKS!!!! We could also use #2 pencils for the class supply, which is depleted at this time
**We could really use reams of copy paper (white or colored) if you have them to spare.
This Week in Class---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIT 5-Stories of Earth & Sky
Essential Question: How are earth and sky protrayed in fiction and nonfiction?
ELA-We studying Native Americans in fiction and in nonfictional folktales.
A NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECT sheet was given and explained today. This will be due on the 23rd. Most of the work on this project will need to be done at home. I will be able to allow a bit of time in class, but not devote much classtime to it. Groups will come together to present (each student responsible for his/her job) this project. The goal of this project is to research, learn, and present material in an interesting way to an audience. Creativity is a plus, but please, it is your 4th grader's project. I do not expect total perfection, just accuracy, neatness, and a bit of creativity. A bit of guidance will probably be needed by you though. Thank you in advance. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR CHILD ON THIS.
**The 40 Book Challenge continues for 2nd semester. Students are again required to read for the challenge throughout the semester. Fifteen books read and documented will be a "100" A. A test grade will be given based on the number of books read and completeness of documentation. (More info below.)
In class reading and writing to prepare for upcoming assessments. This is a review of all skills.
PBA's (past skills/cold read) are administered periodically to check for application of skills and comprehension.
Math- We will be finishing our test on area and perimeter on Monday and Tuesday. We'll start on Chapter 14, which is Geometry. Look for a parent letter to come home this week outlining the skills.
ALL STUDENTS ARE NOT PRACTICING ON IXL AS DIRECTED FOR HOMEWORK MANY NIGHTS. LAST WEEK, ONLY 5 STUDENTS WERE PRACTICING ON THIS SITE.
IXL is the best site for math practice. PAST SKILLS AS WELL AS PRESENT SKILLS SHOULD BE PRACTICED. Students have a login and password in order to complete problems. I also get a report of students' use and progress.
**I will be giving out Smarties to my "smarties" who do significant practice this week on IXL!
Another excellent site for practice is Internet4Classrooms. Go to 4th Grade Skill Builders. Students need to keep up past skills as well as new skills, so have your child work on these.
Fluency Quiz on THURSDAY. (Mixed problems)
** 100 problems in 5 minutes! STUDY and PRACTICE!!
******STUDENTS MUST BRING TEXT/WORKBOOK BACK TO SCHOOL EACH DAY. IF THE PAGE HAS BEEN TORN OUT, IT SHOULD BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY AS WELL. Many times, we do not complete all problems in a given lesson. You may have your child complete these for extra practice if you would like.
We are researching and compiling a lapbook on Native Amercian tribes of the Mississippi region. We are finishing this up this week.
**For Myon reading and projects, students need a pair of earbuds to use at school.
**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.
Science will be taught in the coming weeks.
**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 WITH A GRADE OF D OR F back so that we can pull them out for review at a later date. 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!
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.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
WE NEED CANDY!!! THE BUCKET IS EXTREMELY LOW RIGHT NOW.
GENTLY USED BOOKS THAT YOUR CHILD HAS FINISHED READING FOR OUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY.