February 19 – 22, 2019

Welcome back from the long weekend!  I hope everyone is rested and ready for another important week at Smiley Elementary School!  We have a lot going on so please check with your student to be sure he/she is up to date and ready to go.

  • This week, the Science Fair is Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00pm.  Student projects are due in the morning to the classroom for Mrs. Harmon to grade.  Projects will then be moved to the cafeteria.  Students can take home their projects after the science fair that evening or the following day at school.
  • We have finished and will be testing Chapter 7 & 8 (Decimals) in math.  Please help your student study & prepare to take the test on Wednesday.
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 is the end of second trimester AR.  Please make sure your student is reading and taking AR quizzes to finish their reading goals this week.  Third trimester AR will begin next week.
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 is a minimum day.  Dismissal will be at 11:50am.
  • Second trimester gradebooks will also close on Friday.  Students will get an up-to-date progress report on Monday February 25 and will have until Friday, March 1 to complete and turn in any missing work from the trimester.  Please check Aeries (Parent Portal) to see updated grades for the trimester.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be review & test chapter 7 & 8, Decimals on Wednesday.  Before the end of the week, we will begin the next chapter (Chapter 9: Angles.)
  • ELA: This week, we will read Harvesting Hope and work abbreviations in grammar.
    • We will take a spelling, language, and comprehension quiz on Friday.
    • AR: Second trimester AR ends February 22, 2019.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
    • Science Fair is Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history and begin learning about the Mission and Settlement period of our history.
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February 11 – 15, 2019

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Welcome to Valentine’s Day week at Smiley Elementary School!

  • This week, we will have the 4th grade Valentine’s Dance!  On February 14, at 8:00am, all 4th grade students will be participating in a dance as a final event to show off the waltz, salsa, and other dances they have been learning.  This is a P.E. event and we invite families of students to come watch!
    • For Valentine’s Day, students will also have a chance to pass out Valentine’s or other treats to their classmates.  I ask that, if they bring any Valentines, they bring enough to share with the whole class.
  • Students should be continuing working on  Science Fair Projects at home, as it takes time to complete. The project is due February 21, 2019.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be finishing chapter 8 and begin reviewing all work on decimals to prepare for the chapter test, which they will take next week.
    •  Please help them complete corrections of chapter 6 test, due this Tuesday.
  • ELA: This week, we will continue working Hercules’ Quest.  We will also be working on relative pronouns and adverbs, and reference materials as related language skills.
    • We will take a spelling, language, and comprehension quiz on Friday.
    • AR: Students need to complete 90% of their second trimester AR goal.  Second trimester AR ends February 22, 2019.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history and begin learning about the Mission and Settlement period of our history.

February 4 – 8, 2019

Good morning and welcome back to another week in 4th grade at Smiley Elementary!

  • This week, we will continue the mid-year assessments.  These assessments will mimic the end-of-year assessments we will take in May.  It will give me a good chance to see how well your student has been learned and progressing thus far this year.  This assessment will not be reported to parents or added to gradebooks — it is a tool for myself and the district to use in order to best prepare for the rest of the year.
    • Please make sure your student has a good snack on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  In my experience, it helps to have a full belly to keep focused!
  • Students should be continuing working on  Science Fair Projects at home, as it takes time to complete. The project is due February 21, 2019.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will finish Chapter 7, Decimals.  We will also begin Chapter 8: Adding and Subtracting Decimals.  As these chapters are so related, we will be testing both together.
    •  Please help them complete corrections of chapter 6 test, due February 12, 2019
  • ELA: This week, we will working on our next text, Hercules.  We will also be working on prepositional phrases and adages/proverbs as related language skills.
    • We will take a spelling and language quiz on Friday.  We will continue to work on Hercules and the related text, Zomo’s Friends next week, and will not take the comprehension quiz until next Friday.
    • AR: Students need to complete 90% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history and begin learning about the Mission and Settlement period of our history.

January 28 – February 1, 2019

Good morning and welcome back to another week in 4th grade at Smiley Elementary!

  • Tuesday is a Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to dress like a 100-year-old to celebrate the 100th day of school!
  • This week, we will start the mid-year assessments.  These assessments will mimic the end-of-year assessments we will take in May.  It will give me a good chance to see how well your student has been learned and progressing thus far this year.  This assessment will not be reported to parents or added to gradebooks — it is a tool for myself and the district to use in order to best prepare for the rest of the year.
    • Please make sure your student has a good snack on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In my experience, it helps to have a full belly to keep focused!
  • Friday is a minimum day.  Students will be dismissed at 11:50am.
  • Students should be continuing working on  Science Fair Projectsat home, as it takes time to complete. The project is due February 21, 2019.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue Chapter 7, Decimals.  We will also begin Chapter 8: Adding and Subtracting Decimals.  As these chapters are so related, we will be testing both together.
    •  Please help them complete corrections of chapter 6 test, due February 12, 2019
  • ELA: This week, we will writing the final draft for Ecology for Kids and beginning the next text, Hercules.  We will also be working on adverbs and suffixes as related language skills.
    • Due to the district assessment, on Friday, there will be NO comprehension, language, or spelling quizzes.
    • AR: Students need to complete 80% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history and begin learning about the Mission and Settlement period of our history.

January 22 – 25, 2019

Good morning and welcome back to another week in 4th grade at Smiley Elementary!

  • Today, your student will receive a Progress Report of the current grades.  Please sign and return this on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Your student should complete any and all missing work thus far — missing work pages can be found on Think Central, the homework page of this website, or by asking Mrs. Harmon for new copies. Please make sure to check Parent Portal to view your student’s grades and progress as the trimester progresses.
  • Last week, I went over the instructions for the Science Fair Project.  Students should be working on the project at home, as it takes time to complete. The project is due February 21, 2019.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will begin Chapter 7, Decimals.  Students will get back their chapter 6 tests.  Please help them complete corrections of that test, due February 12, 2019
  • ELA: This week, we will finish the writing assignment on Ecology for Kids and focus on an opinion writing assignment based on this text.
    • On Friday, there will be NO comprehension, language, or spelling quizzes.  Students should instead be focusing on completing any missing assignments and catching up on AR goals.
    • AR: Students need to complete 70% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history by focusing on early explorers.

January 14 – 18, 2019

Good morning and welcome back to another week in 4th grade at Smiley Elementary!

  • Please make sure to check Parent Portal to view your student’s grades and progress.   We are reaching the half-way point of the trimester and it is important that your student completes any and all missing work thus far.
  • On Tuesday, I will be going over the instructions for the Science Fair Project.  The project is due February 21, 2019.  Please review the instructions with your student & decide on a project topic by this Thursday.  This projects needs to be start at home this week — it takes time to complete!
  • Monday, January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There is no school.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be finishing Chapter 6,  Fractions and Mixed Numbers.   We will focus on word problems involving fractions and learning Plot Lines with fractions.  On Friday, we will take the Chapter 6 test.  Please make sure to help your student study and prepare for this test.
  • ELA: This week, we will continue to work on Ecology for Kids and focus on an opinion writing assignment based on this text.  We will be working on adjectives and figurative language as related vocabulary skills.
    • On Friday, we will take quizzes in spelling and vocabulary.  There will be NO comprehension quiz this week.
    • AR: Students need to complete 60% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history by focusing on early explorers.

January 7 – 11, 2019

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break and are ready to be back to learning.  Welcome to 2019!

This week, I will be focusing on reminding the class about behavior and procedures at school.  As we are now more than half way through the year, I will be raising the expectations of maturity and responsibility.  Please help your student start the second half of our year strong by checking homework and agendas every day, checking that the binder is organized and neat, and making sure your student comes to school each day with an AR book, pencils, and other necessary supplies.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 6,  Fractions and Mixed Numbers.   This week we will focus on learning fractions of a set, and then on word problems involving fractions.  We will be finishing and testing on this chapter next couple week.
  • ELA: This week, we will be reading Ecology for Kids and working on developing main ideas and details.  We will be working on irregular verbs and using context as related vocabulary skills.
    • On Friday, we will take quizzes in spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension.
    • AR: Students need to complete 50% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will continue to work on the Energy and Fuel Unit.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history.

December 10 – 14, 2018

Hello room 5!  Welcome to our last week before Winter Break!

Friday, December 14 will be a minimum day.  We will also be having a Winter Party!  If you are interested in donating or volunteering for the party, please visit the Sign Up page

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 6,  Fractions and Mixed Numbers.   This week we will focus on Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
    • Chapter 3 test corrections are due December 11, 2018.
  • ELA: This week, we will be focusing on finishing and taking the last quizzes on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
    • AR: Students need to complete 40% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit, focusing on Energy and Fuel.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history.  We will also be presenting the Winter Holidays Project

November 26 – 30, 2018

Welcome back to room 5!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break.  We will be back to work and on track with a normal week!

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 6,  Fractions and Mixed Numbers.   This week we will focus on Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
    • Chapter 3 test corrections are due December 11, 2018.
  • ELA: This week, we will read The Earth Dragon Awakes and focus on learning Sequence of Events.  Additionally, we will be working on singular and plural nouns and will briefly review synonyms.
    • AR: Students need to complete 20% of their second trimester AR goal in order to stay on track.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit, focusing on Energy and Fuel.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history.  We will also begin a Social Studies research project all about Winter Holidays celebrated all over the world.

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!