November 13 – 16, 2018

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I look forward to meeting with all of you during this week for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences!  Please make sure you arrive with enough time to check into the office before our scheduled meeting.

You should know…

  • Minimum Days all this week — dismissal at 11:50am.
  • No School November 19 – 23, 2018.  Happy Thanksgiving!
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November 6 – 9, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!  I hope everyone had a nice long weekend and are ready for another week of hard work in 4th grade!

There are a few things you need to know for this week…

  • We are preparing for Parent-Teacher-Student conferences, beginning November 13.
    • Please sign up for a day and time through Sign Up.  After you have signed up, I will send home a confirmation letter — please sign and return.
    • In fourth grade at Smiley, we prefer the students to lead the conferences – it is a chance for them to show what they have accomplished and to reflect on where they may need to make improvements.  As such, I ask that you and your student come together for the conferences.   If you would prefer to meet alone, please let me know.
    • Please be sure your student brings his/her binder to the conference.
  • Friday, November 9 is a minimum day
  • No School Monday, November 12, 2018.
  • November 13 – 16 will all be minimum days.
  • No school November 19 – 23, 2018.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will begin the next chapter,  Fractions and Mixed Numbers.  Students will get their Chapter 3 tests back this week, and will need to complete test corrections by December 11, 2018.
  • ELA: This week, we will read Hurricanes.  We will work on this story both this week and next week.
    • As the next two weeks are short, students will have one Reader’s Notebook Packet (Lesson 11) to complete over those two weeks.  It will be the following week.
    • On Tuesday, we will take the STAR test and set new AR goals for the next trimester.  Please check your student’s agenda for the new AR goal.
    • We will take the spelling, comprehension, and language quizzes for this lesson next week.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit, focusing on Energy and Fuel.
  • Social Studies: This week, we begin learning about Early Exploration of California

October 29 – November 2, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!

There are a few things you need to know for this week…

  • Trimester 1 & AR ends on Friday, November 2, 2018
    • ALL missing work needs to be turned in THIS WEEK
  • Wednesday, October 31: Halloween
    • No costumes, however, students can wear pajamas!
    • We will have a Fall Party after lunch. If have not had a chance, please visit the SignUp page (http://signup.com/go/AjnVWXP) to sign up for donations or to volunteer. I would love as many parents as are interested to be at the party – the more the merrier!
  • Thursday, November 1: Symphony Trip
    • This is a district trip for all 4th and 5th No parent chaperones.
    • We will leave at 10:45am and return before lunch.
    • I ask students wear a nice school outfit – no logos or words on shirts, no rips or tears in pants.
    • We will see a performance of the music of John Williams!
  • Friday, November 2: Redlands Heritage Tour Trip
    • This is a walking & bus trip to see the history of Redlands. No parent chaperones.
    • We will leave at 9:15am and return at 1:45pm.
    • Please bring water & a labeled sack lunch – we will eat in the park.
    • Please make sure your student is wearing walking shoes, has water, and dresses for the weather. I suggest a small backpack to carry water, if available.
  • No School Monday, November 5, 2018.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be review Whole Number Multiplication and Division and take the chapter test on Tuesday.
  • ELA: This week, we will read a history of Halloween and Jack o’Lanterns.
    •  Trimester 1 AR ends this Friday, November 2.
    • There will be NO language, spelling, and comprehension quizzes on Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit, focusing on Energy and Fuel.
  • Social Studies: This week, we begin learning about Early Exploration of California

October 22 – 26, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!

To sign up to bring supplies for the Fall Party: We’re using SignUp.com

  1. Use this link to see our SignUp: http://signup.com/go/AjnVWXP 
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.   Feel free to sign up for as many as you want!
  3. Sign up! You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Don’t want to use Signup.com?  No problem!  Just drop by and chat with Mrs. Harmon!  I can sign you up and we can discuss our options.  Thank you again for your help and support!!!

You should know…

  • This week, we are finishing the Native American Project presentations. Please see the updated Social Studies Project Calendar 2018 to know when your student is presenting.  Please make sure the project is ready and prepared before that date!
  • On Friday, there will be a substitute all day.  As such, there will be no rating sheet sent home this week.  Please visit Parent Portal to see any missing work.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be finishing Whole Number Multiplication and Division.  This week, we will focus on real-world problems and reviewing for the test.
  • ELA: This week, we will read Jose! Born to Dance.  To go along with this story, we will focus on the vocabulary skills of pronouns and shades of meeting.
    • This week, students will have a chance to catch up to 90% of their AR goal.   Trimester 1 AR ends next Friday, November 2.
    • There will be a language, spelling, and comprehension quizzes on Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit, focusing on Energy and Fuel.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will finish our focus on California Native Americans.
    • Please review the instructions for Native American Project. This week and next will be dedicated to Native American Project Presentations.

October 15 – 19, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!  I hope everyone is enjoying this blustery weather as much as I am.  Time for another week at Smiley Elementary!

You should know…

  • This week, we are continuing the Native American Project presentations. Please see the updated Social Studies Project Calendar 2018 to know when your student is presenting.  Please make sure the project is ready and prepared before that date!
  • Box Tops are due this week.  Please turn them in to the office or send them with your students to class.
  • On Thursday, we will participate in the Great Shake Out of 2018.  At 10:18am, we will run an earthquake drill.
  • Wednesday, there will be a substitute for the majority of the day (9:00am – 12:00pm) while I am at meetings and trainings.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue working on Whole Number Multiplication and Division.  This week, we will finish practicing division and begin using our skills in multiplication and division in real-world problems.
  • ELA: This week, we will concentrate on reading Harry Potter and finishing our Tall Tales. To go along with this, we will work on compound sentences and antoynms..
    • By the end of the week, students will need to complete 90% of the AR goal.
    • There will be a language, spelling, and comprehension quizzes on Friday.  The comprehension quiz will be based on Harry Potter.
  • Science: We will finishing our unit on weathering, erosion, and deposition.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will focus on California Native Americans.
    • Please review the instructions for Native American Project. This week and next will be dedicated to Native American Project Presentations.

October 8 – 12, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!  This week, we will go on our first field trip to the Yucaipa Water Center!  We will learn how water is processed and cleaned for our taps. In preparation for this trip, visiting experts from University of California, Riverside will come to talk about water on Tuesday.

You should know…

  • Next week, we are continuing the Native American Project presentations. Please see the Social Studies Project Calendar 2018 to know when your student is presenting.  Please make sure the project is ready and prepared before that date!
  • On Friday, we will go the the Yucaipa Water Centers
    • Please pack a sack lunch for your student
    • Make sure your student wears walking shoes & dresses for the weather
    • The waste water center can be odorous — students can bring a face mask or mints to make them more comfortable
    • No electronics or anything else of value that could be lost
    • The bus will leave Smiley at 9:00am and be back at 1:00pm.  Please make sure your student is at school on time

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue working on Whole Number Multiplication and Division.  This week, we will finish working on multiplication and begin practicing division.
  • ELA: This week we read Me and Uncle Romie. To go along with this story, we will work on progressive verb tenses and figurative language.  Additionally, we will continue to work on the Tall Tale writing assignment.
    • By the end of the week, students will need to complete 80% of the AR goal.
    • There will be NO quizzes on Friday due to the field trip.
  • Science: We will be learning about the water cycle and how water is processed for use.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will focus on California Native Americans.
    • Please review the instructions for Native American Project. This week and next will be dedicated to Native American Project Presentations.

October 1 – 5, 2018

Welcome to October!  I always love this time of year, and hope you are just as excited as I am to enter the chillier months.  Please make sure to check the weather and send your students in appropriate dress!

You should know…

  • This week, we will begin Native American Project presentations. Please see the Social Studies Project Calendar 2018 to know when your student is presenting.  Please make sure the project is ready and prepared before that date!
  • Last week, I sent home a permission slip for the Yucaipa Water Center Field Trip.  Please return the permission along with a $5 donation to help pay for transportation.  The trip will be next Friday, October 12.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue working on Whole Number Multiplication and Division.  This week, we will learn double-digit multiplication. This is a challenging chapter and I will be talking with the kids about showing persistence when faced with hard problems.  Please help encourage your student to push him/herself and grow during this chapter!
  • ELA: This week we be finishing Invasion From Mars, an excerpt from Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds.  We will listen to the original 1938 broadcast and discuss the historical and cultural importance of this broadcast.  We will focusing on story structure and be learning about verb tenses and Greek/Latin word roots.. Additionally, we will continue to work on the Tall Tale writing assignment.
    • By the end of the week, students will need to complete 70% of the AR goal.
    • There will be a quiz on Friday in comprehension, language and spelling.
  • Science: We will be focusing on the effects of weathering on the earth.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will focus on California Native Americans.

September 24 – 28, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!  This week, I am emphasizing student engagement during lessons.  Please encourage your student to raise his/her hand, ask questions, get help when needed, and participate in class!

You should know…

  • Next week, we will begin Native American Project presentations. Please see the Social Studies Project Calendar 2018 to know when your student is presenting.  Please make sure the project is ready and prepared before that date!
  • This week is the last week of the Fall Fundraiser.  Please support our school and our PTA through this fundraiser!  All Order Forms are due Thursday, September 27.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will begin our next chapter, Whole Number Multiplication and Division.  This is a challenging chapter and I will be talking with the kids about showing persistence when faced with hard problems.  Please help encourage your student to push him/herself and grow during this chapter!
  • ELA: This week we begin Invasion From Mars, an excerpt from Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds.  We will listen to the original 1938 broadcast and discuss the historical and cultural importance of this broadcast.  We will focusing on story structure and focus on Verbs and Suffixes as related grammar skills. Additionally, we will continue to work on the Tall Tale writing assignment.
    • By the end of the week, students will need to complete 50% of the AR goal.
    • There will be a quiz on Friday in language and spelling.  We will spend two weeks working with Invasion From Mars and will not take the comprehension quiz until next week.
  • Science: We will be focusing on the effects of weathering on the earth.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will focus on California Native Americans.
    • Two weeks ago, students brought home instructions for the Native American Project. Last week, each student was assigned a project and a presentation date.  Please take some time going over the directions with your student.  If you have any questions or comments about this project, please let me know!

September 17 – 21, 2018

Welcome to another fabulous week at Smiley Elementary!  This week, we have reached the half way point for the first trimester!  For each trimester, I use this week to inform about grades and give students a chance to make up any missing work.

You should know…

  • On Monday students will bring home a Progress Report and a Missing Work Report.  Please review, sign, and return these reports by Tuesday.  There is no RNB Packet homework this week — instead, students should work on completing any and all missing work!
  • This week is one of the Fall Fundraiser weeks.  Please support our school and our PTA through this fundraiser!  This week is also the Book Fair and Friday evening is the Smiley Camp Out.
  • Friday, September 21 is a minimum day.  Dismissal is at 11:50am.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be finishing and testing Estimation and Number Theory this week.
    • Please help your student practice multiplication facts at home
  • ELA: This week we will finish our work on Stormalong, one of my personal favorites!  To focus on this story, we will be working on Understanding Character.  Along with this story, we will be working on writing a Tall Tale.
    • By the end of the week, students will need to complete 50% of the AR goal.
    • There will be a quiz on Friday in comprehension.
  • Science: We will be focusing on the effects of weathering on the earth.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will focus on California Native Americans.
    • Two weeks ago, students brought home instructions for the Native American Project. Last week, each student was assigned a project and a presentation date.  Please take some time going over the directions with your student.  If you have any questions or comments about this project, please let me know!

September 10 – 14, 2018

Welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed the second long weekend and are ready to get back to our normal routines this week!

You should know…

  • Band and Strings will begin this Thursday, September 13.  Please return the “Be Apart of the Band” golden half-sheet before than if you want your child to participate!
    • On Thursday, band & strings students will bring their instruments to the classroom.  I will dismiss them at 1:00pm and they will come back to the class at 1:50pm.
    • These students will miss part of the DEAR time and some Social Studies lesson.  Please make sure they read an additional 15 minutes and complete any work missed in class.
  • Thursday, there will be a Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assembly.  Students will bring home information on how to participate and support the school!

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be continuing Estimation and Number Theory.  This week we will be finish working with factors and focus instead on multiples.
    • Please help your student practice multiplication facts at home
  • ELA: This week we will read Stormalong, one of my personal favorites!  To focus on this story, we will be working on Understanding Character.  Along with this story, we will also be learning about proper nouns and reference materials.
    • By the end of the week, students will need to complete 40% of the AR goal.
    • There will be a quiz on Friday in language, and spelling.
  • Science: We will be focusing on the effects of weathering on the earth.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will focus on California Native Americans.
    • Last week, students brought home instructions for the Native American Project. Please take some time going over the directions with your student.  If you have any questions or comments about this project, please let me know!
    • By Tuesday, students need to turn in the Project Instructions with the 3 top choices of activity.  I will let them know Wednesday which project they are assigned!