I apologize for not updating the blog for two weeks – with the short week I got carried away and ran out of time. We finished our first math unit and students should have their end of unit tests in their folder. If they do not it is because they did not finish or were absent on Friday. We are going to skip forward a little and move on to Unit 4 which talks about large number and place value. Please check the math page for the updated information! We are also skipping to Lesson 5 in Journeys. I have posted the vocabulary words for the week on the page as well as a link to Think Central. If your child can get onto Think Central during the week and read or listen to the story that would really help their comprehension!
This week is safety week at Willagillepie. We will be reviewing many safety drills throughout the week and talking about safety in many different situations. Our school follows the A.L.I.C.E. protocol and we will be talking to students about the expectations during a lockdown or if someone dangerous enters the school. This can be a very sensitive topic and I would encourage you to talk with your child as well about these situations. Students always have many “what if” questions that I simply cannot answer. My answer to them is that we learn what to do in most situations so that if we are ever in danger we can use one of the solutions or strategies. If you notice your child is having a hard time with the topics please let me know so that I can help them at school. Having a plan is always best!
We are getting close to book talks and parent teacher conferences. I have been checking in with students regularly to make sure they are reading their book talk books. They should be finishing their books in the next week or two. On Monday the 23rd, we will label the index cards for their speeches and talk about a strong introduction. Book talks will start on November 6th. November 8th and 9th are parent teacher conferences and I will be sending home a sheet with times for you to choose from. Please start thinking about what times can work for you. With such a large class I cannot schedule everyone for after work hours and appreciate your willingness to come during the day. I always look forward to getting to talk to everyone!
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Happy October! The first month of school went by quickly and we are moving right along in class. We are up and running with all of our groups, we took our first reading tests on the computer, and we are getting the hang of in-class responsibilities. I think that some of the class is feeling a little overwhelmed with everything that we are doing, so this would be a great time to check in with your child and see how they are feeling about school. I keep them very busy during the day and expect them to get a lot done!
We are going to have another busy week here at Willagillespie. The fourth and fifth grade students who are running for student council have been making posters and practicing their speeches in preparation for the elections this week. You are invited to attend the election assembly where each student will give their speech in front of the 4th and 5th graders. When we get back to our rooms we will vote and the student council members will be announced by the end of the day. It is so fun to see them work so hard and for some of them it might be a tough week especially if they don’t make student council. I will be wishing all of them good luck!
Friday is the Willagillespie Fun Run. Fourth graders will be running from 11:45-12:30. You are invited to come and run with your child, mark cards, or just watch and cheer them on. I hope to see you there!
We are officially in the groove of school! Last Friday we had our first library day and many of the students picked out books to check out. Students can keep books for 2 weeks before they need to be renewed, and they can renew them once. We talked briefly as a class out their first book talk that will be due in November. Our goal is to have a book picked out by the end of this week! Please contact me if you have any clarifying questions about book talks!
This week we will start groups with Mr. Cerbin and Tammy C.! These are flexible groups that are meant to meet students where they need to be met. The fourth grade team is very excited to have Mr. Cerbin’s help and expertise!
The Willagillespie Fun Run will be on Friday, October 6th. This is our school’s biggest fundraiser and the funds raised help classrooms with field trips, special art supplies, events, and much more. Our goal is for each student to raise $25. Please help your child ask family members and friends for a donation in support of their running in the Fun Run!
I hope you are finding this blog helpful and that the start of the year is going smoothly for your family.
We had a very successful first week of school! As a class we worked to spell out the word ‘self-control’ to earn an extra recess. In order for the class to earn a letter they had to be showing self-control! On Friday we earned the extra recess 🙂 I have been blown away with everyone’s ability to work together, be respectful, and get work done! This week we will make another goal to work towards.
This week we will start science, unit 1 of our new math curriculum, and writing. I am excited to see what a ‘normal’ week looks like! On Tuesday we have curriculum night and I would highly recommend you attend if you can. I will be talking about class expectations, homework, 4th grade projects, field trips, and what our day looks like. There will also be some time to answer questions.
I am always excited at the beginning of the year, however, this is a truly amazing group of kids and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish!
8:35 Good Morning
8:45 Science/Social Studies
1:05 Whole Group Reading
1:45 Tier 2 and Tier 3 Reading
Music – Monday 9:30 – 10:00
P.E. – Wednesday 9:30 – 10:00 & Thursday 1:15 – 1:45
Library – Friday 10:50 – 11:20
Important Dates and Reminders
9/19: Curriculum Night is from 7:20-8:00pm
9/22: Picture Day
10/6: Willagillespie Fun Run