Mrs. Raggio's Website
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. 27-31
*The Zoo Field Trip is on Friday, October 31. Be here on time, as we leave very quickly after the bell. Wear your teal class shirt or a teal shirt, if you did not purchase one. Students must ride the bus back to school, and can not be checked out from the field trip. Bring a lunch in an insulated bag to keep it cool. Students are encouraged to bring and wear a small drawstring backpack if you have one to carry your lunch. Anything brought on the trip such as a camera or phone is the responsibility of the student. This trip is for learning about animals, and there is a program for us to attend. We will not have time to ride rides or shop this trip.
**Students' harvest treat bag will be handed out upon return from the field trip on Friday.
**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.
**A NOTE ABOUT DRESS CODE: Dresses need to be long enough to cover bottoms and upper thighs, as do shirts with leggings. A few girls have worn leggings with shirts that do not cover sufficiently, as well as skirts that have been too short. Please monitor this, as I would hate to have to call you for a change of clothing.
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!!! PLEASE READ AND SIGN THE BOTTOM PORTION OF THE 40 BOOK CHALLENGE PAPER THAT I am sending HOME ON MONDAY. STUDENTS ARE TO BE WORKING ON THIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
Math-We are beginning chapter 6, which deals with division and several methods for dividing. Look for a parent letter which I sent home on Monday. This is a valuable resource for step-by-step guides of the problems that your child is learning to master.
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.
******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.
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. .
*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.
Science-We are studying the weather and climate in chapter 10 of the textbook. Students will bring this home to read and reread lessons. On Monday night, students are to read lesson 3 and complete the sidebar questions. Study their vocabulary word cards each night also. This can count as the 20 minutes of reading. The more familiar students are with the text, the better they will retain this knowledge for the chapter 10 test. This test will be given early next week.
**Thanks for sending in items for the lab experiments.
**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!
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. My e-mail is email@example.com, 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
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)
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.