Mrs. Raggio's Website
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Week Dec. 15-19
**Please see the note that was sent home today (the 15th) so that we know who is coming to the party on the 18th at 1:15. I will send a reminder of the food item that you have signed up for, if you are one of the parents who responded. Thank You! We are still a bit short in collecting our $5 party fee from each student. Please send it in if you have not already done so.
**Students may dress up as Whos from "Who-Ville" on Thursday as we are going to celebrate growing our hearts three sizes with a reading and viewing of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas that morning. Pajamas will work perfectly. Plus, I expect to see some wacky hair-dos in true "Who" style!
**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 a healthy snack and WATER to drink. We eat lunch at 12:20, so the snack is very important.
** 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.
This Week in Class---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIT 3-Animals are Characters Too
Essential Question: How do we portray animals in writing?
ELA-Open book comprehension test-Monday on Mouse and Motocycle. This test is more an application of skills than a test that a student can study for, but a good working knowledge of the book is helpful. Students have read the book at home and at school. They have collaborated on questions and discussions of the book also.
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
**The 40 Book Challenge grade for 15 books read and reponded to in students' notebooks will be taken on December 18th. This has been ongoing, and students have been reminded and/or checked on throughout this process. My goal is for each student to read richly and widely across genres to grow as readers! Thank you for encouraging your child.
READERS!!! I have only gotten a few slips back indicating that you are aware of this ongoing assignment. I WILL TAKE A READING GRADE ON THE 15 BOOKS & SLIPS THAT ARE BEING COMPLETED WITH EACH BOOK FOR THIS SEMESTER. SOME STUDENTS ARE DOING VERY WELL, SOME STUDENTS ARE LAGGING BEHIND. CHECK WITH YOUR CHILD. I WILL INDICATE THIS ON HIS OR HER PROGRESS REPORT. MOST STUDENTS HAVE READ THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF BOOKS. SOME HAVE NOT COMPLETED THEIR STORY ELEMENTS SHEETS.
Math- Chapter 8 Fractions Fractions in Chapter 8 of the text. We will have an assessment over skills taught on Wenesday, the 17th. NOW, IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GIVE YOUR CHILD SOME HANDS-ON FRACTIONS PRACTICE BY LETTING HIM OR HER HELP YOU BAKE IN THE KITCHEN! NOTHING HELPS THESE CONCEPTS STICK LIKE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE. You don't have to be a super mathematician to do this. Just talk about the part to whole relationships, and how some measurements are more or less than others. I would love to hear about this from my students!!!
** IF STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE A GOOD COMMAND OF MULTIPLICATION FACTS, DIVISION and fractions will be VERY VERY DIFFICULT! PLEASE CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND DRILL THE FACTS.
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. . ***Some students are taking fluency tests on calculators, so you will not see a paper sheet coming home of this grade each week. (Remember, these are averaged together for one grade at the end of the 9 weeks.)
We are finished for the 9 weeks with social studies other than discussing Christmas traditions of other countries compared to ours.
**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-We will continue our study of animals through research. Students are finishing their Powerpoints and presenting them. AN ELA GRADE WILL BE TAKEN AS WELL AS A SCIENCE GRADE.
**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 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
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.