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 Nov. 17-21
**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 pretty important.
**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.
**Please send your $5 party fund money to the PTO desk if you have not already. This needs to be marked with your child's name, and cash. It helps to fund our Christmas party coming up in December.
**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.
**Thanksgiving Holiday is Wednesday, November 26-Nov. 30th.
This Week in Class---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIT 3-Animals are Characters Too
Essential Question: How do we portray animals in writing?
ELA-Besides reviewing and practicing previous skills, we are starting our Mouse and the Motorcycle book. Students will read this book and respond to it in class for a few weeks. There will be a comprehension test over the book and its vocabulary on the first or second week of December.
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!!! 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.
**The Annual Tom Turkey Project IS DUE ON TUESDAY, THE 18TH. Please refer to the sheet for specific information. This will receive a writing ELA grade and a science grade. PLEASE have your child THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX on this one! We want to see how creatively Tom Turkey can be hidden. The written portion of the project needs to be 4th grade-level work. That means attention to spelling, neatness, capitalization, etc.... If you child writes a poem, it must have substance and creativity. He/She may also write a short story or letter. This may be hand-written (neatly) or typed. You may help, but PLEASE REFRAIN from helping so much that your child does not gain the benfit of completing a project of this type. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!! We will be voting a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place turkey, as well as "honorable mention" in the class.
***READING FAIR INFORMATION WAS SENT HOME TODAY. THE READING FAIR IS OPTIONAL THIS YEAR. YES, YOU READ IT CORRECTLY, OPTIONAL. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE. STUDENTS WHO DO COMPLETE A BOARD TO PARTICIPATE WILL RECIEVE A SPECIAL REWARD OF SOME TYPE SUCH AS PAJAMA DAY AND MOVIE, OR GAME DAY. THIS IS STILL BEING DETERMINED. WINNERS ALSO GET PICTURES TAKEN WITH PROJECTS FOR THE YEARBOOK! I KNOW THAT I WILL HAVE THOSE "EXTRA-MILE" STUDENTS WHO WILL WANT TO PARTICIPATE. GUIDELINES ARE OUTLINED ON THE YELLOW SHEET. PLEASE HOLD THE PROJECT UNTIL A DAY OR 2 BEFORE JUDGING (IN DECEMBER).
Math- Beginning Chapter 7 Patterns today. This will be a welcome change, but we will NEVER leave multiplication and division altogether. I will give daily quizzes and work that will contain review skills as well. Homework will typically be 6 problems. If you would like for me to send additional practice, or if you would like to go back in the book and have your child do problems, that is fine.
** IF STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE A GOOD COMMAND OF MULTIPLICATION FACTS, DIVISION IS VERY VERY DIFFICULT! PLEASE CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND DRILL THE FACTS WITH YOUR CHILD.
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 using our Scholastic News to study current events and practice reading skills with nonfiction.
**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-Animal Adaptation and Extinction(Chapter 5 Science Text) We will be continuing our research of animals for a Haiku presentation, and reading animal nonfiction for skills practice as well as 40 Book Challenge.
Test on chapter 5 on Friday. Study nightly and reread chapter to an adult.
**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.