May 13-17, 2019

Talent Show

The talent Show is May 23rd. Information about this year’s talent show is online.  Sign up online if your child would like to participate.

Field Trip

May 15 8:45-2:45 we will go to capitol building in Salem.  Students need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle in their backpacks. They may bring quiet bus activities such as books or notebooks & pencils. In keeping with our school technology policy, students may not bring any technological devices, watches, phones, cameras, Kindles, etc. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Mme Courtney or Shelli. We have posted technology guidelines from our school handbook at the bottom of this post

Yearbook Order Form

Students from the Yearbook Club are proud to present the 2018-2019 Yearbook. We are selling it for $10.00 or $5.00 for families on the Free and Reduced lunch plan. Please fill out the form so that we can correctly deliver the yearbooks to your children on Yearbook Day. Also, please consider donating the cost of a yearbook to a child who cannot afford one. Look for the order form coming home this week. Please turn in orders to the Fox Box located outside of Mme Bernadette’s office.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class:  There will be a nightly math review homework.

Mme Jana’s Class:  No French homework this week.

Important Dates: 

May 13-19     State testing in English & Math in Mme Shelli’s room. Please try to encourage a good night’s sleep and send healthy snacks for your children. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 15    Trip to Salem to state capitol building (Kids must bring a sack lunch & water!)

Thursday, May 23   Talent Show 6:00 pm 

Monday, May 27    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day 

Friday, May 31     Jog-A-Thon (le Tour du monde)

Mme Jana’s News  (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu) 

FLA (French Language Arts):  One of the classes got to correct their dictées, which will come home on Monday, and the other class will go over the corrections and their dictées should be home on Monday or Tuesday. Most of our French time is spent on the Francophone country project.

Les sciences humaines:  (Social studies): Francophone country projects are coming right along. Students are at all different places, and I plan to give time every day (except Wednesday:-) this week to work on this consuming project.

Mme Shelli (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)                                             Kacie, our student teacher, continues teaching this week.  She is designing a reading unit from our Journeys curriculum.  Students began reading some non-fiction texts about the redwood forest and forest ecosystems. On Friday, students modeled and compared the diameter of huge trees such as the Douglas Fir, Sequoia, and Redwood trees. Kacie will tie this into some art and poetry this week.

In writing, students revised and finalized persuasive essays last week. They worked to write a five paragraph essay with a clear opinion, 2-3 reasons, and a conclusion.  Look for these to come home Monday or Tuesday.

Math: Friday, students brought home their last test, multiplying fractions.  Please ask your child for these. This week, students will be doing some more work around angles and geometry.

 

 

 

 

 

Charlemagne TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

Recently in the upper grades we’ve seen some improper use of technology and a cell phone theft. Please check out this updated handbook information below.

While we recognize the ubiquitous nature of technology in students’ lives and use it as a teaching tool, we respectfully require students to leave their personal technology at home to create a more calm and focused learning environment.  

Video games, laser pens, iPods, tablets, e-readers, and other items are not allowed at school as they create unnecessary distractions.  Electronic devices such as cell phones or smart watches must remain off and away in backpacks during the school day, from drop-off to pick-up.  Administrators may temporarily confiscate an electronic device that is used inappropriately.

Electronic devices are also not allowed on school trips, including the 5th grade trip to Canoe Island or any regularly scheduled field trips.  Supervising adults have full access to their electronic devices in case of emergency.

If students have difficulty following these guidelines, we follow our regular school procedures for consequences, seeking always to educate students about proper technology use.

May 5 to 9, 2019

State Test Practice Tests Click Here

Talent Show

Information about this year’s talent show is online.  Sign up online if your child would like to participate.

Field Trip

May 15 8:45-2:45 will be our all 4th grade trip to the capitol building in Salem.  Students will need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle in their backpacks. Students may bring quiet bus activities such as books or notebooks & pencils. In keeping with our school technology policy, students may not bring any technological devices, watches, phones, cameras, Kindles, etc. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Mme Courtney or Shelli. We have posted technology guidelines from our school handbook at the bottom of this post. We have enough chaperones at this time.

Yearbook Order Form

Students from the Yearbook Club are proud to present the 2018-2019 Yearbook. We are selling it for $10.00 or $5.00 for families on the Free and Reduced lunch plan. Please fill out the form so that we can correctly deliver the yearbooks to your children on Yearbook Day. Also, please consider donating the cost of a yearbook to a child who cannot afford one. Look for the order form coming home this week. Please turn in orders to the Fox Box located outside of Mme Bernadette’s office.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class:  There will be a nightly writing/ editing practice activity this week.

Mme Jana’s Class:  French homework this week comes from words we have used in class. Please find it here: mai 2019 Vocab

Important Dates: 

May 6-19     State testing in English & Math in Mme Shelli’s room. Please try to encourage a good night’s sleep and send healthy snacks for your children. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 8    School closure “Day of Action”

Wednesday, May 15      Trip to Salem to state capitol building (Kids must bring a sack lunch & water!)

Monday, May 27    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day 

Mme Jana’s News  (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu) 

FLA (French Language Arts): Last week, we again had reading groups twice, and we again spent most of the week working on the Francophone country project. We went over the corrected sentences and those should have come home. 

Les sciences humaines (Social studies): The kids continue to be very excited about their Francophone country projects. Here are the research materials for the project and a list of which students have which countries :  Liste projet pays francophone 2019 order alph, francophone projet. Again, if you look under “Les ressources de Mme Jana” at the top of the blog, you’ll see the “Géographie” section, and you can browse some of the sites we will explore. Most students have finished side 4 of the dodecahedron, the flag (le drapeau), and side 9, the government leader(s) (les têtes du gouvernement). Many have completed side 1, a map of the country, showing any countries and/or bodies of water that border it, its capital and its currency (l’identité du pays). Several students have either completed or are working on side 3, which is climate (le climat). Next, most kids are very excited to work on the flora and fauna (la flore et la faune) of their country, side 5. That said, many students have already completed five of their 12 sides. We’ll try to get two more sides completed this week. Next are side 7, the official languages (la langue officielle) of the country and side 8, the geography (la géographie) of the country.

Mme Shelli (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

 

Kacie, our student teacher, continues teaching this week.  She is designing a reading unit from our Journeys curriculum.  This week, as a continuation of our discussion of Women’s suffrage, students will learn about how our government is organized.  Later in the week, students will be doing some non-fiction reading about ecosystems. 
In writing, students are beginning to edit and revise their persuasive essays.  They have written a 4-5 paragraph argument about a topic that interests them with an introductory paragraph, 2-3 paragraphs with supported, logical reasoning, and a conclusion.  Later in the week, students will use teacher and peer feedback to revise their essays.  
Math: Students will wrap up a unit on modeling multiplication of fractions on Tuesday.  Kacie will take the lead in teaching with me assisting.  Students will not just learn to multiply numerators and denominators, but will be modeling what is happening as they multiply. Next, students will be doing a fun geometry unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES Recently in the upper grades we’ve seen some improper use of technology and a cell phone theft. Please check out this updated handbook information below.

While we recognize the ubiquitous nature of technology in students’ lives and use it as a teaching tool, we respectfully require students to leave their personal technology at home to create a more calm and focused learning environment.  

Video games, laser pens, iPods, tablets, e-readers, and other items are not allowed at school as they create unnecessary distractions.  Electronic devices such as cell phones or smart watches must remain off and away in backpacks during the school day, from drop-off to pick-up.  Administrators may temporarily confiscate an electronic device that is used inappropriately.

Electronic devices are also not allowed on school trips, including the 5th grade trip to Canoe Island or any regularly scheduled field trips.  Supervising adults have full access to their electronic devices in case of emergency.

If students have difficulty following these guidelines, we follow our regular school procedures for consequences, seeking always to educate students about proper technology use.

April 29-May 2

Talent Show

Information about this year’s talent show is online.  Sign up online if your child would like to participate.

Field Trip

May 15 8:45-2:45 will be our all 4th grade trip to the capitol building in Salem.  Students will need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle in their backpacks.  Students may bring quiet bus activities such as books or notebooks & pencils.  In keeping with our school technology policy, students may not bring any technological devices, watches, phones, cameras, Kindles, etc.  If you would like to chaperone, please contact Shelli hopper_s@4j.lane.edu.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class:  Nightly math review homework

Mme Jana’s Class:  No French homework this week. 

Important Dates: 

Friday, May 3   NO SCHOOL – Transition Day (Teachers work, kids stay home.)

May 6-19     State Testing in English & Math in Mme Shelli’s room.

May 15      Trip to Salem to state capitol building

Monday, May 27    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day 

Mme Jana’s News  (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu) 

FLA (French Language Arts): Last week, we we had reading groups twice, and we spent most of the week working on the Francophone country project. We still need to go over the corrected sentences and the last dictée. Please check out your child’s latest reading in French on Seesaw. It’s the same as a reading they did in November, so you can compare the two, unless your child missed the first reading or did it incorrectly. I’ve written comments for one whole class, but I have the red class to do, which I will do early this week. It’s pretty amazing the progress they’ve made; I am super pleased.

Les sciences:  Sorry, no update yet.

Les sciences humaines (Social studies): The kids are super into their Francophone country projects. We are doing all the research online and in French, which is time consuming as they are not yet skilled at Internet research and some of the French can be challenging. Each week I will includ all the research materials for the project and a list of which students have which countries :  Liste projet pays francophone 2019 order alph, francophone projet. Again, if you look under “Les ressources de Mme Jana” at the top of the blog, you’ll see the “Geographie” section, and you can browse some of the sites we will explore. Most students have finished side 4 of the dodecahedron, the flag, and side 9, the government leader(s). Next, they do side 1, a map of the country, showing other countries or bodies of water that touch it, its capital and its currency. Our next side will be the climate, and we’ll go from there. I’m hoping that most students will have six of their 12 sides completed this week.

Mme Shelli (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

I’ve been reading your notes to your children about their historical fiction journals.  Thank you for taking the time to celebrate their work!  I think students enjoyed the unit and learned a little about narrative writing, too.
Kacie, our student teacher will be doing much of the teaching this week.  She is designing a reading unit from our Journeys curriculum.  This week students will be reading about Women’s suffrage and will be learning a little about how our government is organized. 
In writing, students are beginning to formulate persuasive essays.  They will learn to formulate a 4-5 paragraph argument with an introductory paragraph, 2-3 paragraphs with supported, logical reasoning, and a conclusion.  Students have selected topics that are important to them.  Don’t be surprised if your child brings home a paper such as “Why we should get a dog” or “I should be allowed to stay up later!”
Math:  Students continue a unit on modeling multiplication of fractions.  Kacie will take the lead in teaching with me assisting.  Students will not just learn to multiply numerators and denominators, but will be modeling what is happening as they multiply.
The modeling is crucial to the process for students to build conceptual knowledge of fractions.  In the past, some students have learned the process without learning they how and why.  This has caused confusion for many students when they try to understand higher level math because they really didn’t understand fractions at the earlier levels. Our goal is for students to deeply understand the concepts so they can apply their understanding to complex, multi-step problems.
Here are a few samples of problems students will solve and explain.  Modeling Multiplication  Table Problem

April 21-25, 2019

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class:  Students will bring home their Oregon Trail journal to share with you this week. The homework is to read it to you and to reflect on their learning from our Westward Expansion unit.  Please write your child a few comments about their learning on the homework reflection sheet & return it by Friday.

Mme Jana’s Class:  French homework this week studies the sound [ɪn], which does not exist in English and is made by the letters in, im, ain, and aim, and is pronounced the same in the words insecte, important, pain and faim. Homework will come home on Monday, and here it is:  ain aim in im 2019 Vocab

Important Dates: 

Thursday, April 25 Field trip to Lane County History Museum Blue class 9:40-11:30 Red Class 12:15-2:00

Friday, May 3   NO SCHOOL – Transition Day (Teachers work, kids stay home.)

May 6-19 State Testing in English & Math in Mme Shelli’s room.

May 15 – Trip to Salem to state capitol building

Monday, May 27    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day 

Mme Jana’s News  (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu) 

I was out sick two days last week with a delightful cold, and I was only able to find a French-speaking sub one day, so we have a little catch-up work to do this week. 

FLA (French Language Arts): Last week, we did some work on our latest “J’observe” and we had reading groups once. We spent time talking about our new social studies project and choosing which student will be studying which francophone country. The students also did a new sentence correction quiz. We will go over those and over the last dictation, but I’m still formulating the new dictée. I hope students will finish up the last “J’observe” and we’ll be able to begin a new one next week.

Les sciences:  Since I was sick, I haven’t made progress on new sciences, so we’ll begin our final unit, L’environnement (Environments) next week.

Les sciences humaines (Social studies): Each student has his or her francophone country, and we’ll begin researching them on Monday. I have finalized all the research materials for the project, so copies of them as well as a list of which students have which countries are here:  Liste projet pays francophone 2019 order alph, francophone projet. This is a project we will do at school. If you look under “Les ressources de Mme Jana” at the top of the blog, you’ll see the “Geographie” section, and you can browse some of the sites we will explore. We’ll begin by figuring out where our countries are in the world and what countries border them.

Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:

Students will wrap up their pioneer novel studies and historical fiction journals on Monday.  Tuesday, Kacie, our student teacher will begin a reading unit from our Journeys curriculum while I begin a unit on persuasive writing.  I will have Kacie update the blog soon with information about her unit. Persuasive writing is always a fun unit for 4th graders!

Math:  Our angles unit wraps up on Monday.  We have to postpone the second part of our geometry unit until the beginning of May because the workbooks are back ordered from the print shop.  Instead, we’ll go on to a crucial fractions unit of multiplying fractions.  Kacie will take the lead in teaching with me assisting.  Students will not just learn to multiply numerators and denominators, but will be modeling what is happening as they multiply. Here are a few samples of problems students will solve and explain.  Modeling Multiplication  Table Problem

 

April 15-19, 2019

Upcoming Field Trip:

We will take a short field trip to the Lane County History Museum on April 25th as a follow up to our study of pioneers and the Oregon Trail.  We have enough volunteers going at this time.  Our time out of the building will be: Blue class 9:40-11:30 Red Class 12:15-2:00.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class:  There is nightly math practice this week. 

Mme Jana’s Class:  There is no French homework this week.

Important Dates: 

Thursday, April 18    Drawing for Canoe Island chaperone at 6 pm.

Thursday, April 25 Field trip to Lane County History Museum Blue class 9:40-11:30 Red Class 12:15-2:00

Friday, May 3   NO SCHOOL – Transition Day 

May 6-19 State Testing in English & Math in Mme Shelli’s room.

May 15 – Trip to Salem to state capitol building

Monday, May 27    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day 

Mme Jana’s News  (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu) 

FLA (French Language Arts): We did not work on “J’observe” or on any new dictées this week. We spent a fair amount of time letting most kids catch up on overdue assignments. We’re nearly caught up now, and will work on writing this week. We did have two days of reading groups and two days of science experiments. I am pleased to see the kids are developing some good strategies for understanding French spelling. Most students did particularly well on this past week’s vocabulary spelling quiz, and it had a number of difficult words

Les sciences:  We completed our run at the soils, rocks, and landforms kit. The kids were able to see how normal rain affects erosion and deposition of landforms. Then on Thursday, we modeled flood conditions, so the kids were able to see what a momentous impact it can have on our physical environment. We also discussed what was happening in Alton Baker Park and in the Dorena Lake area. We’ll begin our final unit, L’environnement (Environments) the week after next. I still have to order critters!

Les sciences humaines (Social studies): I hope to begin the francophone countries project this week. We’ll have a slow start as we explore which countries in the world speak French. Then we will draw sticks, and each student will draw a country arbitrarily from a hat. Next, we’ll work together on researching those countries. Oncc I have finalized all the research materials for the project, I will post copies of them on the blog. This is a project we will do at school, and we’ll use the research to make dodecahedrons. The kids really love this project and get to present their work to the class and may well choose to hang the dodecahedrons in their rooms. ( I love that!) I will make a schedule so you can come and see your child give his/her presentation if you are available.

Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:

This week, students will continuing to read a novel that focuses on the time period of Westward Expansion.  Each day, either Kacie or I are leading literature discussions and checking in with individuals to help them successfully finish their novel.  In the end, students will be writing a novel review.

Students are writing historical fiction journals based on a fictional journey to Oregon in 1847.  Each day, students are getting a bit of historical background before making decisions about what will happen to the characters they are developing.  If you haven’t already heard about it, be sure to ask your child what is happening in their story!

Math:  For three weeks, students will be studying geometry.  Students will be classifying angles and polygons.  They will be measuring angles with protractors and solving real world problems such as this one about a ferris wheel or this one about game spinners.

Welcome back to our student teacher, Kacie Kennett.  She will be with us full time through the first week of June.  She will continue to help lead small group novel studies this week.  She will also be leading our next math units: Angles and Geometry. I will still be there to support and guide as needed.  This class is a great group and I’m sure they’ll be very welcoming to her.