Week of Feb. 25, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

Special Reminders for this week:

*Friday – BOTH classes will have a word study test today! Parent signature sheets are also due!

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

*March 11 – PTO Meeting

*March 22 – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*March 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*March 29 – We ARE in school today!

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We will take our Chapter 10 math test and a math benchmark test this week. The students are doing a fantastic job with thinking flexibly in math! Again, a lot of our math tests involve a lot of reading comprehension so using interactive “think notes” really helps students to apply the math that they know with the word problems. Homework continues to include a few basis addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems where students must show work. These are non-calculator problems. Otherwise, students are permitted to use calculators on the remainder of the spiral review questions.

Word Study:  Word study tests will be coming home in Monday folders. Our next test is scheduled for Friday. Students have their features written in at the top of their parent signature sheets.

Science: We will continue to learn about electromagnets and begin to explore types of energy!

Week of Feb. 18, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Gertrude Hawk Candy Fundraiser information was sent home on Thursday!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)

*Wednesday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheets due

*Thursday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheets due

*Friday – Kids At Work Day (Students are encouraged to dress up like a career that they may be interested in exploring when they get older.)

Looking Ahead…

*March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*March 11 – PTO Meeting

*March 22 – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*March 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*March 29 – We ARE in school today!

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We are working hard to build number sense with the decimal places tenths and hundredths. We use decimals so much in the real world with money, sports, etc. Please point out these real life applications to your child. Our test will either be at the end of the week or early the following week. We have been looking at decimals as fractions, on number lines, in money, in word form, standard form and more. Students are showing flexible thinking and digging deep in their thinking! I love it and am so impressed with their efforts!

Word Study:  Parent Signature Sheets and tests are this week. Please see above for test dates. Thank you for your support in helping your child to prepare for these tests.

Science: We will learn about electromagnets and begin to explore types of energy!



Quick Updates

*Any students choosing to bring in valentines should bring them in for our Valentine’s Day exchange tomorrow! There are 24 students in our class.

*Due to the weather changes, Word Study tests are moved! The 4P test will be next Wednesday. The 4N test and signature sheets will next Thursday.

*School IS in session this Friday! Other snow make up days include March 29th and April 18th.

*Finally, math homework will look different tonight and tomorrow night. Extra credit is included.

Week of Feb. 11, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

**Please refer to your child’s Word Study Signature Sheet and/or planner for this week’s test dates.

**If your child is choosing to bring in valentines this week, we have 24 students in our class.

Special Reminders for this week:

*Wednesday – Restaurant Night at Friendly’s from 5-8 PM

*Thursday – Valentine’s Day Exchange

*Thursday – Candy Sale starts

*Friday – Weather Make Up Day (We ARE in school today!)

Looking Ahead…

*February 18 – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)

*February 22 – Kids At Work Day

*March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We will learn about fractions and decimals this week. Math groups will continue to work on enrichment, practice and remediation of various concepts.

Word Study:  Parent Signature Sheets and tests are later in the week. Please refer to your child’s planner and/or the parent signature sheet for test dates.

Science: We will continue to learn more about magnets. There are lots of enrichment opportunities available in this unit!

Week of February 4, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Have you had a chance to see your child’s report card that was sent home on Friday? I’m so, so proud of all of the hard work and progress that our class is making this year! This class is such a great group of students who work hard and work so well together! I absolutely treasure my time with your kiddos! They are a joy! 🙂

*Please return the signed brown report card envelope and parent comment sheet on Monday. You may keep the report card.

*Please refer to the adjusted test dates below…sorry for all of the changes. The weather and some changes in our schedules have moved things around a bit.

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – Please return signed brown report card envelopes and white parent comment sheet

*Tuesday – Kindergarten Information Night 7PM at Hambright (Snow Date is Feb. 6)

*Wednesday – 4N Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*Wednesday – Math CDTs

*Wednesday – 5 Themes of Geography/Landforms test

*Thursday – 4P Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*Thursday – 4th Grade Math Bowl (Good luck to our 4th grade team! They have been working hard!)

*Friday – Freaky Friday (in support of PM High School Musical) Spirit Day (Students dress like teachers, teachers dress like students.)

Looking Ahead…

*February 13 – Restaurant Night at Friendlys from 5-8 PM

*February 14 – Candy Sale starts

*February 15 – Weather Make Up Day (We ARE in school today!)

*February 18 – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)

*February 22 – Kids At Work Day

*March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We will have a math test on Tuesday. The students are working hard to add/subtract, find fractional parts of a group and use problem solving skills to solve fraction word problems. Using “think notes” is a huge help in allowing students to interact with and comprehend word problems.

Word Study:  The students are really showing growth in using the features of words to help with spelling the words correctly. Thank you for helping your child with studying for these tests!

Social Studies:  Our landforms and 5 Themes of Geography test is scheduled for Wednesday. We will move to science next!

Science: We will study magnets this week as we prepare to head into our electricity unit. There are lots of enrichment opportunities available in this unit!


Quick Updates

Good Morning! Due to the weather changes and some other changes in our schedule, I’m moving some test dates. Please see below! Stay warm Everyone!

*4N Word Study Test and Signature sheets are now on Tuesday.

*4P Word Study Test and Signature sheets are now on Wednesday.

*4P Landforms and 5 Themes of Geography Test is now scheduled for Tuesday.

Week of January 28, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Report cards will come home on Friday! I’m really proud of the progress that the students are making this year! I love working with this group of students! The report card is yours to keep, please return both the parent comment sheet and the brown report card envelope with a signature on it. Thank you!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Thursday – 4P Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*Thursday – 5 Themes of Geography/Landforms test

*Friday – 4N Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*Friday – Report Cards Sent Home

*Saturday – Sweetheart Dance (CM girls K-6th)

Looking Ahead…

*February 5 – Kindergarten Information Night 7PM at Hambright (Snow Date is Feb. 6)

*February 7 – PTO Meeting

*February 7 – 4th Grade Math Bowl

*February 8 – Freaky Friday (in support of PM High School Musical) Spirit Day (Students dress like teachers, teachers dress like students)

*February 13 – Restaurant Night at Friendlys from 5-8 PM

*February 14 – Candy Sale starts

*February 15 – Weather Make Up Day

*February 18 – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)

*February 22 – Kids At Work Day

*March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We will add and subtract mixed numbers and find the fractional parts of a group. The students are really grasping concepts well using the CRA approach. Students are also really growing in their flexible thinking skills when thinking about math. The test will be either late this week or early next week.

Word Study:  The students did a great job with last week’s word study lists. Tests will be coming home in Monday’s brown folders. New word lists and signature sheets were sent home last week. Please see above for test dates.

Social Studies:  Mrs. Foster came in last week to teach us a lesson on GoogleMaps. We were able to pin some of the landforms that we have been learning about in class. We were able to see some really great real-life photographs of these places as well. We’ll continue to add some pins to our maps early this week, then we will have a test on Thursday.

Week of January 21, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

**Thank you for all of the Box Tops! We will still accept them on Tuesday!

**If your child is choosing to bring in valentines, we have 24 students in our class.

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*Wednesday – 4P Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*Thursday – 4N Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

*February 1 – Report Cards Sent Home

*February 2 – Sweetheart Dance (CM girls K-6th)

*February 5 – Kindergarten Information Night 7PM at Hambright (Snow Date is Feb. 6)

*February 7 – PTO Meeting

*February 7 – 4th Grade Math Bowl

*February 8 – Freaky Friday (in support of PM High School Musical) Spirit Day (Students dress like teachers, teachers dress like students)

*February 13 – Restaurant Night at Friendlys from 5-8 PM

*February 14 – Candy Sale starts

*February 15 – Weather Make Up Day

*February 18 – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)

*March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

Math:  Chapter 8 math tests will be coming home in brown folders! I absolutely love seeing how students are being flexible in their thinking with problem solving skills. We will continue to learn about fractions as we add, subtract and find fractional parts of a group in our next chapter. This is a short one! We will continue to use the CRA approach to learning fraction concepts.

Word Study:  Word study parent signature sheets and tests are this week. Your child’s new list will also come home this week. Please keep studying!

Social Studies:  We will continue to learn more about the 5 Themes of Geography and begin to learn about land forms. Mrs. Foster will be coming in later in the week to help us with a Google Maps project that will have us taking a closer look at some famous land forms.

Week of January 14, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

**It’s Box Top Blitz Week! Please send in your Box Tops this week! Thank you for your support!

**Have you seen the PTO Newsletter that was sent home last week? There are lots of fun things happening at our school!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – PTO Meeting

*Thursday – End of 2nd Marking Period

*Thursday – Sweetheart Dance papers are due back today!

*Friday – In-Service Day (No School)

Looking Ahead…

*January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*January 23 – 4P Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*January 24 – 4N Word Study Test and signature sheets due

*January 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*February 1 – Report Cards Sent Home

*February 2 – Sweetheart Dance (CM girls K-6th)

*February 5 – Kindergarten Information Night 7PM at Hambright (Snow Date is Feb. 6)

*February 7 – PTO Meeting

*February 7 – 4th Grade Math Bowl

*February 13 – Restaurant Night at Friendlys from 5-8 PM

*February 14 – Candy Sale starts

*February 15 – Weather Make Up Day

*February 18 – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)

*March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

Math:  The students are doing a fantastic job with finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, comparing fractions and problem solving with fractions. We will have our Chapter 8 Math test this week.

Word Study:  New word study lists were handed out last week. Students should begin working on studying the spelling of the words. I will be meeting with both classes at the start of the week to go over the features of the words. New test dates are listed above. Thank you for your support in helping your child to prepare for word study tests.

Social Studies:  The students did a FANTASTIC job on their science test last week. Tests will be coming home in Monday’s brown folders. We have started a new social studies unit on the 5 Themes of Geography. We will be taking notes and doing a couple of fun projects with this new unit. Stay tuned!

Week of January 7, 2019

**It was great to see everyone upon our return to school last week! The students did a great job with jumping right back into our regular schedule.

**The students will be getting assessed on Reading DAZE, Reading Dibels, Math Dibels and basic math facts tests over the next week or so.

**The Envirothon test will be given this week for the students that are studying for the qualifying test.

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Tuesday –  Science Test (Please refer to the study guide sent home last week.)

*Thursday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheets due

*Friday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheets due

Looking Ahead…

*January 14 – PTO Meeting

*January 17 – End of 2nd Marking Period

*January 18 – In-Service Day (No School)

*January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*January 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*February 1 – Report Cards Sent Home

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We started to take a look at how to find equivalent fractions using a set based model. We will continue to practice finding equivalent fractions by using a peer coaching activity during guided math group time. Spiral review homework will continue this week. Again, the students are encouraged to use calculators on all problems except basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. I strongly encourage students to write the equation that is being solved for any word problems. Again, using a calculator is encouraged so that students are able to focus on truly understanding the problem.

Word Study:  New word lists were given upon our return to school on Wednesday. I’m seeing huge growth in students accepting responsibility for working to understand the features of words and in taking ownership over studying words. Thank you for your support with helping your child to prepare for these tests.

Science:  We will have our science test on Tuesday. A study guide was sent home last week. This is a fairly big assessment, so any help with studying is appreciated. The students really enjoyed the density experiment last week.