Class News – January 15 to 19, 2018

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Students will have nightly spelling homework this week.

Mme Jana’s Class:  There is follow-up homework in French for students who missed words on last week’s quiz. If your child missed no words, he/she has no French homework this week.

Important Dates:

Monday, January 15      No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tues. January 16           Internet Safety Presentation PTO 6:30pm

Friday, February 2         No School – Grading day

Friday, February 9         Mardi Gras celebration!

Student Teacher:  Welcome to Mme. Kimberly, UO Teach practicum student.  Over the next few weeks, she’ll lead one of our reading stations and help with other lessons in Mme. Shelli’s class.  In February, she’ll be leading several whole group reading lessons.  She video record herself teaching one or two of the read class lessons solely for the purpose of her own learning.  Red class parents, please look for a video permission slip that was sent home last Friday.  Please sign & return it as soon as possible.  If you have concerns, please email Shelli. You can find out more about Mme Kimberly at the bottom of this post.  If you have any questions, please contact Mme Shelli.

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts): We have so many things going on in FLA! To begin with, the students will be getting reassessed this week for their reading fluency in French. This is the second of their three French reading fluency assessments. They will also have a writing assessment, again the second of three.

Since all roles have been assigned for our four plays, we will begin practicing our lines for Reader’s Theater (La lecture théâtrale). I reserve the right to change roles around if any students aren’t practicing their parts seriously and assiduously; they may be shifted to a lesser role. Hopefully we’ll get good enough to invite other students and parents in to see our performances!

We’ll begin reading our non-fiction texts in French this week, and of course, we’ll continue working on writing, leading up to our three-paragraph writing project next term.

Students have begun learning some tongue-twisters, which we’ll continue to practice. Each student is required to memorize two of them to recite in front of the class!

We’re also leading up to a geography unit on map-reading and topographical map-reading, which should go nicely with our upcoming sciences unit!

Sciences: This week or next, we’ll begin a new unit, La terre, les pierres, et les formes du relief, aka Soils, Rocks and Landforms. The kits arrived sooner than expected, and we have to get ourselves sorted out and geared up!


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: Last week we read a radio play & discussed the history of radio.  This week’s texts focus on movie making.  Students will read several non-fiction articles about special effects and tricks that movie makers use to communicate. Students will become critics as they evaluate a few short movie clips looking for some of the special effects they read about in the movies.  You can read along with our story and see the clips I’ll be showing in class in Lesson 7 of Journeys in the red tab above.

Math: Students will bring home their last math booklet for Unit 2 Multiplication & Division Strategies this week.  We begin Unit 5: Equivalence & Ordering of Fractions this week.  Check out more at this link.

A Note from Mme Kimberly, student teacher

Dear Parents,

My name is Kimberly, and I will be student teaching in your child’s class with Madame Shelli this winter. Following my student teaching, I will graduate from the University of Oregon with a masters degree in elementary education.

I was born and raised in Eugene and while I myself did not attend Charlemagne, both of my little brothers were lucky enough to go here! My husband and I have 3 children, a dog named Shasta, a cat named Stella, and a fish named Secret.

We love to hike, camp, garden, cook, go to Duck games, and travel. My favorite place to travel to is Italy. I started my teaching career while I was living in Siena, Italy and knew from that point on, that teaching and working with kids is what I would do for the rest of my life.

This winter is going to be so much fun and I’m very excited to be teaching in the fourth grade classroom. I’ve spent this past week observing in the classroom and getting to know your child. I look forward to sharing some fun lessons this term!

Sincerely, Kimberly DeGifis

Other school news

Outdoor recess:

Principal Eric asks us to give you a friendly reminder that the district expects students to be outside unless there are extreme weather conditions. Therefore, please remember to appropriately dress your child for rainy outdoor recesses. We are seeing very few raincoats, which are important to keep kids’ clothing dry so they don’t have to sit sopping wet in class. Thanks for your attention to this matter!

Internet Safety and Kids Presentation, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8pm

Ophelia’s Place will be here to talk with parents about what kids are doing online and how to themselves safe.  This presentation is for all current and prospective parents at Charlemagne and is sponsored by the PTO.

The meeting is in the lunchroom, and childcare is provided in the gym.

We would love to be able to cover all topics but if you complete this survey we will do our best to cover the most requested topics https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/35WRSPV

This will be highly informative! Hope to see you there! Thanks, Mme Dale, School Counselor

After School Safety:

In effort to keep everyone safe & to get students on their way in a timely manner after school: For safety, please do not have your child walk alone between cars to your parked vehicle.  Instead, if you park, please come to our carpool area to pick up your child, and we also know that a responsible adult is taking your child.  To keep traffic moving, please pull all of the way forward in the carpool lane.  If your child is not readily available at the carpool pick up zone, pull forward or park.  For safety, children on the playground must have an adult supervision or they should remain with teachers at our pick up spot under the tree. If you have specialized after school instructions for your child, please notify us and the office in writing. Thank you.

Class News Jan 8-11

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: No regular English or Math homework this week. Instead, I’m encouraging 100% participation in Math Madness.  Students who bring back their completed Math Madness work receive 2 Wizard Stars! Collecting pledges is optional, but appreciated to support our school.

Mme Jana’s Class:  There is French homework this week.

Important Dates:

Monday, January 15      No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16     Internet Safety Parent presentation 6:30

Friday, February 2         No School – Grading day

Friday, February 9         Mardi Gras celebration!

Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: In reading, we will read an excerpt from War of the Worlds by Orson Wells in our Journeys textbook. Follow link here to Lesson 6 to read this week’s story. Students will focus on supporting their thinking about the text using evidence from the text.  This means that when a student discusses a portion of the text, the student should write or say something like, “I think … because the text says….” This is part of the first 4th grade reading standard that requires 4th graders to be able to explain what text says and to draw inferences citing specific text evidence. 

Also during reading, students will continue to read self-selected texts.  At the end of this week, they will summarize in a letter to me what they are reading independently.

Math: Early in the week, we will wrap up Unit 2 Multiplication & Division Strategies in which students solve for area & perimeter using multiplication and division strategies.  Even though students will take the unit test on Tuesday, they will continue to see multiplication and division in future homework which is mostly made of review from concepts learned in class.

Later this week, we’ll begin Unit 5- Understanding fraction equivalence and comparison. In this unit, students will discover strategies for comparing and building equivalent fractions, and they will be ordering and comparing fractions with like & unlike denominators. They will solve real world problems and communicate their thinking about fractions using models such as number lines and illustrating circle or bar fractions.  For more about this unit go to LearnZillion.

Dreambox/ Sum Dog for additional math practice

If you have time, encourage your child to do a little extra math online using their DreamBox or SumDog subscriptions.  I encourage at least 60 minutes per week outside of school time either doing an online program, doing other math activiites, or practicing multiplication/ division facts, if needed.

Other school News

Growth Mindset –

As a staff, we are committed to encouraging a Growth Mindset in our students and in our classrooms. Here is some information so you can know more about it:

Resources:
 
Video:
 

Class News Jan.3-5

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: There will be two nights of homework this week.  Students should complete it each night and bring it to class daily for correction & discussion.

Mme Jana’s Class:  We begin French homework again next week. It will be words that are helpful when we’re writing. Formal copies will come home next week, but here you go if you really need it now! 8 à 12 jan 2018 Vocab

Important Dates:

Monday, January 15      No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, February 2         No School – Grading day

Friday, February 9         Mardi Gras celebration!

Mme Jana’s News 

Thanks so much for the lovely gifts and notes and cookies and candies, etc. I haven’t written my thank you notes yet, but MERCI!!! I hope you all had a relaxing and renewing winter break.

FLA (French Language Arts): We will conquer the last of the four primary irregular verbs aller (to go), in January. We’ll also work on vouloir (to want) and pouvoir (to be able). These two verbs, in addition to avoir, être, faire, and aller will allow students to write and say most of what they want. We’ve done verbs that end in -er, and we’ll conjugate verbs that end in -ir and -re. We’ll also likely conjugate devoir (to have to) again, as well as mettre (to put or place), prendre (to take), boire (to drink) and voir (to see). These are all in present tense. We do, of course, use past tense, but they really begin to study it in 5th grade.

We did a “J’observe” together on the last days of school. I showed a cartoon drawing of Julia Child at her stove, and we did full, interesting sentences together. We’ll continue to observe drawings and photos and write about them. My goal is that the students can lead up to writing a three-paragraph work in French. 

We’ll begin reading our non-fiction book next week as well.

Over the next few months, we’re going to begin a few Reader’s theater fairy tales (La lecture théâtrale) which really get kids talking. No promises, but we’ll try to get to the point that you can come and watch. We’ll also be memorizing some poems (les poèmes) and tongue-twisters (les virelangues) which the kids always enjoy.

When you look at your student’s homework, when they write sentences, please remember to correct sentence basics, like the sentence must begin with a capital letter and end with punctuation. If you notice either of these things when you are signing the homework Wednesday evenings, please ask your child to correct them so that Mathilde and I don’t have to ask 59 children to do so at school. Merci!

We will rebegin Tap’Touche with a different focus on structure and using the correct fingers for the correct keys! I also ask students to sit up straight while typing. I know this isn’t always the case at home, but they only get the one back!!

Sciences: This month, we’ll begin a new unit, La terre, les pierres, et les formes du relief, aka Soils, Rocks and Landforms. We will begin it close to the end of January. It takes the warehouse a bit of time to receive, restock and resend the kits.


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: In reading, most students completed a three week novel study of the books Sing Down the Moon or Soft Rain. A few students will need this week to wrap up their novel study.  Students’ work on these novels will be coming home in the next week or two.  

For this short week, students will be choosing independent study novels to read & journal about.  This self-selected reading will be a weekly part of our reading rotations this month.  This dedicated time allows all students to choose books of interest and books at their reading level to read. Students participating in OBOB after school can choose to read their OBOB books during this time, if they would like. 

Next week, we will begin another unit from our Journeys textbook. We will focus on 4th grade standards of summarizing, describing character, setting, & plot and determining theme of a text.

Math: In the next week, we will wrap up Unit 2 Multiplication & Division Strategies in which students solve for area & perimeter using multiplication and division strategies.  Students use area models and partial quotients to solve division problems, discovering how the context of the problem determines the interpretation of the remainder. (See a quick video of partial quotients division here.)  Learn more about this unit at this link.

Dreambox/ Sum Dog for additional math practice

If you have time, encourage your child to do a little extra math online using their DreamBox or SumDog subscriptions.  Students should be able to login using their school login & passwords. (You will need updated Flash on your internet browser for either game.) Both programs are computer adaptive based on your child’s specific understanding of topics.  The more they play, the more adaptive the program is.  If your child plays SumDog, please encourage them to watch the videos that the program suggests for missed concepts.  This allows your child to learn new concepts for future games. If your child plays DreamBox, the videos are an integral part of the games.

Other school News

Growth Mindset –

As a staff, we are committed to encouraging a Growth Mindset in our students and in our classrooms. Here is some information so you can know more about it:

Resources:
 
Video:

Music – 

Our temporary music teacher, Marty VanWormer, is retiring.  M. Chappell will be our music teacher starting in January!  Mme Marty wanted to let you know that your kids have been doing the following with her over the last few months:

John Kanaka – sing, circle game

Sansa Kroma (4th gr. Spotlight on Music) – sing, play stone passing game

Draw a Bucket of Water (workshop material) – sing, xylo bordun, 4-person movement game

Whacky Ogre (Music K – 8) – use Boom-whackers to play a melody, perform with CD

Weevily Wheat (4th gr. Music Connection) – sing pentatonic melody, 4-person movement

Old Joe Clark (Music K – 8) – sing, discussion about autoharp, bluegrass music

Old Brass Wagon (Music K – 8) – sing, circle activity

Yearbook club  

Dates for Yearbook are: 
Jan 8th
Jan 22nd
Feb 12th
Feb 26th
Mar 12th
April/May TBA
 
Head Lice

You may wish to monitor your child for head lice over the next few weeks. We are going into our winter break times and when students return from breaks, lice cases tend to flare. This is attributed to the fact that lice are most often transmitted in the community and identified at school (evidence shows lice are rarely transmitted at school—so that is the good news! It is much less ‘contagious’ in a school setting than the common cold.)  If you want more information about head lice, contact our Nurse Laurie Morgan.

Class News

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: There is nightly spelling homework this week.  Students will also bring home an additional yellow homework assignment to share their Oregon Geography books with you.  Please sign & return the yellow page.  Keep the booklet.

Mme Jana’s Class:  There is no French homework on my side until after winter break. However, the vocabulary from this past week’s homework were pretty hard, so we’ll keep working with those words in class. I’m attaching a copy here in case you or your child wants access. 27 nov au 1er déc 2017 Vocab

Important Dates:

Monday, Dec. 4             No School – Academy day for teachers

Dec. 16- Jan. 2               No School – Winter break

Jan. 3rd                           First day back for students in 2018

January 15                       No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mme Jana’s News 

Thanks so much to the parents and students that have given me cards, notes and hugs about my dad. I appreciate it.

FLA (French Language Arts): We have worked through conjugating two irregular verbs, avoir (to have) and être (to be), and also verbs ending in -er, which accounts for most French verbs. Conjugating doesn’t come naturally, and then being sure to use the conjugations correctly when writing and speaking are even more challenging, so we’ll be working on verbs all year. We’ll introduce conjugating the verb faire (to make or to do) before winter, then the last of the four primary irregular verbs aller (to go), in January. We’ll also work on vouloir (to want) and pouvoir (to be able). These two verbs, in addition to avoir, être, faire and aller will allow students to write and say most of what they want.

The children wrote their own sentences this week, which they were able to do for the most part. Some students didn’t follow the instruction in English that the word had to be used in a sentence that showed they understood the word, i.e. J’ai un circuit fermé. (I have a closed circuit.) Clearly, any noun could be placed in this sentence, so it is not an acceptable effort, and those children will be remaking sentences next week. Also, many students are forgetting sentence basics, like that the sentence must begin with a capital letter and end with punctuation. If you notice either of these things when you are signing the homework Wednesday evenings, please ask your child to correct them so that Mathilde and I don’t have to ask 59 children to do so at school. Merci!

We began Tap’Touche, which is our French typing program, and this will help the students to be able to type and learn how to insert accents. In French, if the word doesn’t have the appropriate accent marks, it can completely change the meaning of the word, let alone the pronunciation. For example, ou means “or” and means “where.” I’ve also noticed that students can use more practice keeping their fingers on the home keys, sitting correctly and figuring out which keys to hit with which fingers. This will all help improve their speed and accuracy.

Sciences: We’ll complete the Energy unit before winter break, then in January, we’ll begin a new unit, La terre, les pierres, et les formes du relief, aka Soils, Rocks and Landforms. It is also a fun unit with plenty of hands-on experiments.


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: Students just finished a mini-booklet about Oregon Geography and history.  Your child will bring it home this week (12/5) to share with you as part of a homework assignment. 

In reading last week, students began a three week novel study of the books Sing Down the Moon or Soft Rain.  These books, written for children, feature Native American characters who experience great hardship at the coming of Western settlers during the latter part of the nineteenth century.  

Students will be reading for an extended time each day and they will participate in 2-3 discussion groups per week. As a class, we will be comparing the experience of the main characters to real-life experiences of Oregon’s Native peoples during the time of Westward Expansion.

Math: We finish LearnZillion unit 3 – Fractions.  Students are improving communication of math strategies as they add and subtract fractions by drawing number lines & area models, labeling their work, and explaining their thinking with clarity. This week students will be solving problems with addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators and using mixed numbers.  Find out more about Unit 3 goals at this link.

Dreambox/ Sum Dog Technical Assistance

We have two math programs kids are able to use from home for math practice.  Dreambox has a limited subscription for about half of the class.  If your child is using this, you may need to update your Flash; here’s a link with instructions. For SumDog, I have a subscription for the other half of the class & a free account for everyone.  You also will need flash to use SumDog.  The link above may help you install Flash on your computer.

Yearbook club starts next week

Is your 4th grader interested in taking part in the making of an amazing yearbook? If so, we’d love to have your child participate in Yearbook Club. We’ll meet every other Monday and this year we’ll be working mostly on computers. Students who are excited about graphic design, photography, and working on computers and can meet after school are welcome to join us. Our first Yearbook club meeting is scheduled for 3:00-3:45 on Monday, December 11th.  Mme Shelli has permission slips; ask her for one if interested. You can also contact Mme Michele at jensen_m@4j.lane.edu, or Mme Elise at salmond_e@4j.lane.edu for more details. 

Thank you!
 
Meeting days
Dec 11th
Jan 8th
Jan 22nd
Feb 12th
Feb 26th
Mar 12th
April/May TBA
 
Head Lice

You may wish to monitor your child for head lice over the next few weeks. We are going into our winter break times and when students return from breaks, lice cases tend to flare. This is attributed to the fact that lice are most often transmitted in the community and identified at school (evidence shows lice are rarely transmitted at school—so that is the good news! It is much less ‘contagious’ in a school setting than the common cold.)  If you want more information about head lice, contact our Nurse Laurie Morgan.

Class News

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: No homework this week.

Mme Jana’s Class:  No homework these two days of school.

Important Dates:

Wed to Friday, Nov 22-24                      No School – Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Dec. 4             No School – Academy day for teachers

Dec. 16- Jan. 2               No School – Winter break

Jan. 3rd                           First day back for students in 2018

Mme Jana’s News 

Dear parents, I am sorry to miss more school, but I will be absent Monday and Tuesday. My father died late Wednesday evening in his sleep, and I will be taking bereavement leave. I know how rumors run rampant at school, so I don’t know what your children may have already heard, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide if and what you tell them. They do know I have been gone some because my dad has been very ill. Rebecca Harlan will sub for me both Monday and Tuesday, and our highly competent intern, Mathilde, will be there to do most of the teaching as well. I will be back the Monday after Thanskgiving.

FLA (French Language Arts): We will continue to work on vocabulary and grammar. Most students have completed their first fiction book and those few stragglers will finish up this week. After the break, we’ll begin our non-fiction book.

Sciences: We will complete electrical circuits this week, and begin electromagnets, the next part of the Energy unit, after our short break.


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: This week students completed writing their first draft of a 5 paragraph essay about an indigenous people group from Oregon.  They revised and edited both alone and with a peer.  This week, they will use feedback from me to finalize and type their papers.  Their work will be compiled into a mini booklet for you to see after Thanksgiving.

Math: We continue LearnZillion units 3 & 5 on Fractions.  Students have been labeling fractions on both vertical and horizontal number lines to show their thinking as they problem solve. A challenge for many students is drawing fractions, labeling their work, and explaining their thinking with clarity. This week students will be solving problems with addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators. Check out Monday’s homework for a few examples of types of problems we’re doing in class. Find out more about the unit 3 goals at this link.

Other News

Is your 4th grader interested in taking part in the making of an amazing yearbook? If so, we’d love to have your child participate in Yearbook Club. We’ll meet every other Monday and this year we’ll be working mostly on computers. Students who are excited about graphic design, photography, and working on computers and can meet after school are welcome to join us. Our first Yearbook club meeting is scheduled for 3:00-3:45 on Monday, December 11th.  You can contact Mme Michele at jensen_m@4j.lane.edu, or Mme Elise at salmond_e@4j.lane.edu for more details. 

Thank you!
 
Meeting days
Dec 11th
Jan 8th
Jan 22nd
Feb 12th
Feb 26th
Mar 12th
April/May TBA