Being the leader of joyful learning is one of life's supreme pleasures!!!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

Dear Parents,
         Newsletters for the remainder of the year will probably just be sent home when I need to update you on something.  However, our days will still be full of hard work and focus, so keep up the great work at home!!!
I’m excited about our field trip coming up on the 23rd.  We’re planning to have some great science review activities as each of the 4th grade teachers take a section of the science curriculum to review.  Please make sure your student brings plenty of water, wears sturdy hiking shoes, and dresses appropriately for the weather—including sunblock.
We will not need parent helpers on Monday since we’ll be gone.  Those that are scheduled to come on Mondays are welcome to come Tuesday instead if you’d like. Tuesday, April 24th will be the last day we’ll be able to have parent helpers this year.  THANK YOU so much for your hard work and dedication this year.  The students enjoy seeing their own parent, and the rest of the class benefits with the extra one-on-one time you provide each week.

Curriculum

Reading: Reading:  Your student has probably already informed you that they are earning the opportunity to join in the school-wide reading celebration that will take place on May 4th.  If your student reads and returns his/her reading log regularly, there’s really not much that will change.  In my class students are required to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week and consistently/daily turn in their reading log.  I am keeping a record of those students who are completing the requirements.  This activity was set up to encourage/motivate our students to continue reading for the remainder of the school year, so in order to attend, each student will be held accountable for his/her own reading time. Your student has probably already informed you that they are earning the opportunity to join in the school-wide reading celebration that will take place on May 4th.  If your student reads and returns his/her reading log regularly, there’s really not much that will change.  In my class students are required to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week and consistently/daily turn in their reading log.  I am keeping a record of those students who are completing the requirements.  This activity was set up to encourage/motivate our students to continue reading for the remainder of the school year, so in order to attend, each student will be held accountable for his/her own reading time.

Science:  We will continue to talk about rocks and minerals for a few days then move on to our soil unit.

Spelling: We will just have regular spelling lists for the remainder of the year with no bonus words.

Math: We talked about geometric solids today and will quickly move on to Topic 19 (skipping 16-18 for now). While studying Topic 19, the students will be reviewing basic geometric terms and concepts…
Translations
Reflections
Rotations
Congruent Figures
Line Symmetry
Rotational Symmetry

Book Report: The final book report will be based on one of the Battle books.  Your student can choose from any book on his or her assigned list, and will then create a report of the book on a cereal box.  Book reports are due on or before May 2nd.


Upcoming Events

April 23rd   Zion Fieldtrip
April 28th Kite Flight—use your reading minutes to earn a kite (see     details on        school blog and hand out)
April 30th   End of year testing begins
April 30th Language Arts Assessment
April 30th   S.U.U. Natural Museum & Battle of the Books
May 1st         Language Arts Assessment
May 2nd         Book Report Due
May 4th           Frontier Homestead State Park
May 9th         Math Assessment
May 10th Science Assessment
May 11th Math Assessment
May 11th Ice cream Sundae Party
May 14th         Reading Celebration



Mrs. Sherratt

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

Dear Parents,
         Can you believe we only have 7 more weeks of school??? It seems like we were just meeting for Back-to-School-Night.  The last several weeks will be filled with lots of learning and activities—we’ll keep working and learning up to the very end!!!
You should receive a lavender colored permission slip that has information about the next 4 fieldtrips we will take.  Please initial in the appropriate box after each field trip description and then sign and date the bottom line, and of course, return it to school.
The students have started working toward earning the sundae party celebration I mentioned in the last newsletter.  Each student has been given his or her own packet to record and track progress on and will receive a portion of the sundae party for each review completed.  This review will be of many math and language arts concepts.  We’re aiming to have our party around May 11th, so if there are any parents that would be able to help, just let me know.
Thank you all for sending in the felt.  We’ve been having a great time creating Possibles Bags. We are continuing to work on them, but should be finished soon.
                     

Curriculum

Science:  We started learning about rocks today.  We have talked about the three main categories of rocks and will begin discussing the characteristics of various rocks found in Utah.

Spelling: List #25 Bonus words: vertices & igneous

Math: We talked about geometric solids today and will quickly move on to Topic 19 (skipping 16-18 for now). While studying Topic 19, the students will be reviewing basic geometric terms and concepts…
Translations
Reflections
Rotations
Congruent Figures
Line Symmetry
Rotational Symmetry

Book Report: The final book report will be based on one of the Battle books.  Your student can choose from any book on his or her assigned list, and will then create a report of the book on a cereal box.  Yesterday you should have received the information and rubric for the final book report.


Upcoming Events

April 12th Polyphonic Male Vocal Group Performance
April 23rd Zion Fieldtrip
April 30th End of year testing begins
April 30th S.U.U. Natural Museum & Battle of the Books
May 4th Frontier Homestead State Park


Mrs. Sherratt

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27


March 27, 2012

Dear Parents,
         Thank you all for your support in helping your child prepare a great science fair project.  I had a chance to go through and see each project.  They were all wonderful, and the school was buzzing with excitement as the students shared their projects.
            The school year is quickly passing, but we still have many fun, exciting, and important activities to come.  One thing we will be focusing on is preparing for and taking the End of Level tests.  I am planning on letting the students earn an ice cream sundae party as a reward for completing various reviews and activities to prepare for testing.  This will be similar to the cornucopia celebration we had in November for times table pass offs.  More details about this will come home in the coming weeks.
            We are currently learning about mountain men and will be creating a possible bag next week.  Each student needs to bring 1 or 2 pieces of felt (we’ll share colors). Any color is fine.  Please send the felt by Monday, April 2nd.

Curriculum
Science:  We’re still working on fossils, but we’ll soon begin learning about the rock cycle.
Spelling: List #24 Bonus words: minerals & rendezvous
Math: We began Topic 14 today. This chapter covers area and perimeter in detail.
Book Report: The final book report will be based on one of the Battle books.  Your student can choose from any book on his or her assigned list, and will then create a report of the book on a cereal box.  Just be thinking about the project for now—I’ll send home more information and a rubric on Monday.

Upcoming Events

April 30th           Battle of the Books


Mrs. Sherratt

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012


March 21, 2012

Dear Parents,
         We’re having a super week.  The students have been really enjoying their time learning about and making fossils.  We’ve also learned some interesting facts about mink farming in social studies.  The decimal unit is also going very well, as a matter of fact, we began multiplying with decimals today.
        Please remember the science fair tomorrow.  Projects need to be set up in the gym between 8:30 and 9:00 in the morning.  Parents and family are invited to come back to the school between 1:30 and 3:00 to view projects.  It should be a great day tomorrow!!!

**Tuesday--Library & Music
**Thursday--P.E.
**Friday--Music
Curriculum
Science to come...  As I said, we’ve had lots of fun making fossils. Next we’ll explore what Utah might have been like during prehistoric times.
Writing:  The students began an informative piece of writing today. This writing should take a few weeks to complete.
Spelling: List #23 Bonus words: organism & sediment
Math: Topic 13 Understanding Decimals. This topic covers…
*Rounding Decimals
*Estimating with Decimals
*Multiplying a whole Number by a Decimal
*Dividing a Decimal by a Whole Number
Reading: We've been focusing our reading time on fluency and comprehension, spending a great deal of our time studying subjects across the curriculum.
Book Report:   The science fair will be held on March 22, 2012. You will receive more information next week on when and where to set up projects.
Upcoming Events
March 22nd        Science Fair
March 22nd& 23rd South Choir Performance 6:30-&30
April 30th           Battle of the Books


Mrs. Sherratt


Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12


Dear Parents,
         Thank you all for visiting with me during SEPs last week.  I enjoyed showing you the progress your student has made this year and making plans for the remainder of the year.
         We have several things to look forward to in the coming weeks, so read each section below.

**Tuesday--Library & Music
**Thursday--P.E.
**Friday--Music
Curriculum
Science to come...  We are continuing to graph the weather and look for any patterns we can find that might help us to make a prediction. We also began learning about fossils last week.  The students enjoyed an activity we completed where they used Peanut M-n-Ms as a model. We will continue to learn about fossils this week and even make our own fossil models.
Writing:  The students began an informative piece of writing today. This writing should take a few weeks to complete.
Spelling: List #22 Bonus words: preserved & impression
Math: Topic 12 Understanding Decimals. This topic covers…
*Decimal Plce Value
*Comparing & Ordering Decimals
*Fraction & Decimals
*Fraction & Decimals on a number line
Reading: We've been focusing our reading time on fluency and comprehension, spending a great deal of our time studying subjects across the curriculum (mainly water cycle, weather, and social studies). 
Book Report:   The science fair will be held on March 22, 2012. You will receive more information next week on when and where to set up projects.
Upcoming Events
March 16th          End of 3rd Term
March 16th         Spring Pictures
March 19th         Arts Night
March 22nd        Science Fair
March 22nd& 23rd South Choir Performance 6:30-&30
April 30th           Battle of the Books

Thanks so much for all you do at home, and for sending such awesome kids to school each day!!!

Mrs. Sherratt

Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 27

Dear Parents,
         Thank you for returning the orange S.E.P. form.  Remember that S.E.P.s will be held next week and school will be let out at 2:30 each day.

**Tuesday--Library & Music
**Thursday--P.E.
**Friday--Music
Curriculum
Science to come...  We will continue to review and study the water cycle and weather units, including weather tools and weather data. We will then move on to study fossils in the next few weeks. 
Writing:  We will be using a template this week to review basic writing skills and using summary skills to retell.
Spelling: List #20 Bonus words: meteorologist & anemometer
Math: Topic 10--Fractions  The students are completing the Topic 10 test and we will move on to Topic 11. Topic 11 covers adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.
Reading: We've been focusing  our reading time on fluency and comprehension, spending a great deal of our time studying subjects across the curriculum (mainly water cycle, weather, and social studies). 
Book Report: Last week the students shared their science fair project ideas--it sounds like they're going to be great!!!  The science fair will be held on March 22, 2012.
Upcoming Events
February 27th     South Elementary Spelling Bee
February 29th     Guest speaker Kodi Shoppmann--animal review
March 1st            CMS Band Performance
March 1st            Marvin & Jesse Assembly--Honesty
March 2nd          CMS Orchestra Performance
March 3-9th        SEP WEEK--school is out at 2:30 daily
March 16th          End of 3rd Term
March 16th         Spring Pictures
March 22nd        Science Fair
April 30th           Battle of the Books

Thanks so much for all you do at home, and for sending such awesome kids to school each day!!!

Mrs. Sherratt

Monday, January 2, 2012

February 13, 2012


                                                                                                                  February 13, 2012
Dear Parents,
         Our time with Mrs. Beecher is quickly coming to an end. She's been great and we've enjoyed the many exciting lessons she has prepared.  We especially enjoyed the treasure hunt today--thank you to all the parents who made this fun activity possible by donating their time and treats.
        You will soon begin to notice a couple of changes in how I will be entering grades into the computer for the remainder of the school year.  Instead of giving the students a missing assignment print out every other week, I will now enter the enter assignments that are due and they will show as a '0' on the print out.  I think this will make it easier for myself, the students, and parents to see more clearly assignments that are missing. Students will still be able to turn in any missing assignments for partial credit before the end of each term.
      I talked with the students today about turning over a little more responsibility to them in obtaining a high standard of achievement for themselves. I normally check assignments, hand the assignment back to the students and ask them to redo the problems they missed. Once corrections have been made I enter their "final grade" into the grading system. I'm now going to give each student a choice in whether they would like to try to improve a score.  We've talked about working hard and being proud of ourselves, so I think the students will take the opportunity to improve scores wherever possible.
               
                

  
**Tuesday--Library & Music
**Thursday--P.E.
**Friday--Music
Curriculum
Science to come...  I will begin a review of the concepts covered over the passed few weeks and assess how much further in depth I need to go with our current units of study. 
Writing: The students have finished writing autobiographies and some great raindrop stories that went along with our water cycle unit. We're now working on poetry.
Spelling: List #19 Bonus words: numerator & denominator
Math:  Topic 10--Fractions
*Regions & Sets
*Fraction & division
*Estimating fractional amounts
*Fractions in simplest form
*Improper fractions and mixed numbers
*Comparing & ordering fractions



Book Report: Look for a bright yellow science packet to come home this week. There will be no book report for February or March. Instead,  all 4th grade students will be required to participate in the science fair. More information will be sent home as our school science fair committee provides it, but for now, be thinking of some ideas.  Last week we had tons of fun as Ethan A.'s grandma (Mrs. Demille, the science teacher at Cedar Middle School) came in and got us all pumped up and excited while she taught the scientific process and completed some fun experiments.  The science fair will be held on March 22, 2012.
 Upcoming Events
February 14th Valentine Party
March     22nd  Science Fair
 Class List:
Melissa
Shaylee
Ender
Michelle
Erick
Aidan
Ethan A.
Ethan H.
Ashlynn
Camden
Brecken
Skylynn
Emily T.
Emily M.
Gabe
Mercedes
Landon
Shanda
Carter
Andrew
AubriAnna
Logan
Valerie
Kylie
Spencer
Nash
Brianne
Elizabeth

Thanks,
Mrs. Sherratt & Mrs. Beecher