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Week Sept. 30-Oct. 3rd



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

UNIT 2-Weather or Not



ELA- We are continuing to draw inferences this week, and are discussing cause and effect.  Students are partner reading Night of the Twisters this week, completing comprehension, word, and writing activities as they read.  We will be finishing the book this week, and preparing for a comprehension test.

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.


Math-We have begun chapter 4.  It is multiplication.  It is even MORE important that students know those facts and practice for quick recall (fluency).  We will test on Friday.  Students are given a letter with each chapter that is an invaluable study guide.  Please keep this, and go over the sheet with your child to study.


Study multiplication facts nightly, online if possible.  There will be a fact fluency test given each week, usually on Friday.  These tests will be averaged for one grade that will go into the gradebook this 9 weeks.  We are currently studying place value and rounding to the hundred thousands. Next 9 weeks we will go to 50 problems in 5 minutes!


Social Studies

We are  researching  a natural disaster to learn about its impact on a geographical area.  Students will compile a PowerPoint project that will be due at the end of this 6 week unit.

**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.