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Lauren Graham

lgraham1@srvusd.net

lgraham1@srvusd.net

01/07/19

Thank you for visiting the class webpage. I will post information regarding our next week's activities every Friday.  Please take the time between Friday and Monday to review this webpage in its entirety to make sure that your child is ready to go!  If I need to update during the week, I will alert you to changes made through group e-mail.  Please contact Queen Bee Hania Fijman at Haniamelhem@yahoo.com or (408) 896-7773 to add all interested parties to our classroom group e-mail. If there is a question or concern that I've missed, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll get back to you ASAP!  DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE THE "1" WHEN SENDING ME A MESSAGE.  IF NOT, IT GOES TO ANOTHER "lgraham" AT ANOTHER SCHOOL.  :) 

 

Caught Being Awesome:

October- Ava Villela, Beau Banta

November- Chloe Wong, Cole Garrettson

December- Gwyneth Fijman, Aaron Blasdel

January-  Zayna Desouky, Zoe Evans

 

 

I want to correct some misinformation I gave out regarding report cards.  This year we have switched from trimester to semester and the correct report card date is Tuesday, 1/22.  The date you might see on the C.C. homepage for 1st semester report cards is 1/18, but this is the day we return from Coloma.  Mrs. Glaser has asked that 4th grade distribute report cards after our return.  As 1/21 is a holiday (Matin Luther King Day), please look for the report card envelope to come home in Tuesday's backpack.  I apologize for the confusion. 

 

Thank you for those who have brought in snacks for our brave Coloma chaperones.  Please see the Coloma Chaperone Signupgenius in the locker section of this webpage to contribute.

 

Thank you to all that have donated the $440 towards our Coloma trip.  To make things easier for those who have not yet donated, you are now able to pay using the link below.  Please know that the total will be $454.00 to include a credit card processing fee. A separate link will soon be provided for our upcoming Sacramento field trip.

https://cces.futurefund.com/store?school_session_id=331  

We will obviously take payment anytime.  

 

SECRET "1849" LETTER- Please take a moment to write your CODS bound student 1 letter from home.  The students love it when you get creative with your letter by pretending that they are a real gold miner in a real boom town! Ask them how much gold they found, if they are staying warm and dry, how the chow is etc.  Please keep your letter UPBEAT AND HAPPY- send them your love and kisses but no food/candy or special treats.  As this letter is a surprise for your child, either submit it through to office of put it in a blank envelope with my name on it and have your child turn it in to me.  Don't forget to include a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE so you child can write back.  

 

The following items are ALWAYS welcome in room 15- tissues, hand sanitizer, notebook paper, large and small Ziplock bags, disinfecting wipes, Air Wick plug ins

 

FIELD TRIP INFO:

Thank you those who wish to support our upcoming field trips!  I'd like to gently remind grown ups that volunteer AND driver's clearance needs to be updated every year. 

1.  Submit completed permission slip paperwork (packet) to me (most of you did this at Back to School Night).

2.  Obtain BOTH Volunteer AND Driver's clearance through the office.

3.  Check clearance situation in the office before sending me an e-mail of interest.  Please include YOUR NAME, YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND HOW MANY STUDENTS YOU CAN TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE VENUE.

 4.  Due to district regulation, siblings ARE NOT allowed on field trips. 

5.  An e-mail as been sent to those who inquired about donation matching. Please contact Mrs. Glaser directly if you are also interested.

6.  The total for our field trips is $575. PLEASE LOOK FOR RECEIPTS TO COME HOME STAPLED TO YOUR CHILD'S PLANNER.  The 4th grade team respectfully asks that all donations be submitted by 12/7/18 to align with our submitted paperwork.

 

SOME field trips allow an unlimited number of grown ups to attend. SOME field trips ask for a limited number of participants.  In this instance, the first 6 grown ups who meet the above criteria will attend.  Here are the dates of our upcoming trips:

Coloma Outdoor Education-1/15/19-1/18/19  THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO CHAPERONE THIS TRIP!  The following parents are scheduled to chaperone:  Mrs. Novosel, Mrs. Wong, Mr. Fijman, Mr. Banta, Mr. O'Connell (Tishler) and Mrs. Alenda (Kriz).    

Sacramento- 3/4/19

Cal High Pool- 5/30/19

  

We are lucky to have Mrs. Elder push in to our room 1x per week to lead the class in Second Step curriculum.  Second Step reinforces social, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills in a fun, group context.  There are 3 weeks left of this program.  

 

Thank you to all my volunteers!  Here's who I have down:

Math Fluency Test Scorers:  Sofia Barajas, Christina Novosel

Queen Bee:  Hania Fijman   Hive:  Stephanie Garrettson, Christina Novosel, Lynne Wong, Azarmi Gotta, Elise O'Connell, Jossie Segura, Rakhi Dusara

Carnival Liaison:  Jossie Segura

Class Basket Liaison:  Shannon Banta

Class Art Liaison:  This position is still available!  Please e-mail me if interested.  

 

Room 15 is a NUT FREE CLASSROOM.  Please be mindful when preparing birthday treats or snacks. Some more information is coming home in today's Friday Folder. 

 

Please be sure to check the SRVUSD district webpage for this year's instructional calendar.  It will make you aware of conference weeks, staff development days, teacher work days and holidays.  

 

If you'd like to meet during a non-conference week, please make an appointment.  I can make myself available most days before and after school with a little notice (8:00-8:30, 3:05-3:35).  Please e-mail me some preferred days/times as well as the nature of our meeting.  This will allow me to prepare any necessary data or include any specialists if need be.  

 

It is my policy to "eat when you are hungry", as a full/ hydrated body is set up for success in the classroom.  Students are allowed to bring in a small, NUTRITIOUS snack if they want to to eat during our class time as long as they are not distracting others.  Please also remember that the ONLY BEVERAGE allowed in their water bottles is water.

 

Birthday treats are welcome!  Those students with birthdays on non school months can celebrate using the month of their choice but the same date.  If you have a child with food sensitivities, you can provide some options in a LABELED bag so your child may have an alternate treat.  I want to encourage non food items such as pencils, stickers etc. Birthday invitations MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED at school.  Please use the school directory/group e-mail for this task.  

 

I look forward to getting to know all of my fourth grade families!  Here's to a GREAT year!

 

:)  Lauren Graham

 


Calendar

Homework

To practice the life skills of accountability and responsibility, students are recording their own homework assignments in their daily planners.  If a student missed an assignment or is absent they can call a "Study Buddy" from the list provided in their Homework Folders.   This section of the webpage will contain any specific information or instructions regarding certain homework assignments and long term projects.

 

It is expected that you review and sign your child's Planner daily.  When you initial the Planner this indicates that you have: 1.Monitored that your child read for 20 mins. and asked appropriate comprehension questions from the booktalk sheet provided 2.  Reviewed all homework for accuracy and completion and 3. Reviewed Math Fluency assessments, Reader's/Writer's Workshop folders and Reading Level scores if applicable.

 

Note that ALL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS MUST CONTAIN COMPLETE SENTENCES WITH PROPER CAPITALIZATION AND PUNCTUATION.  It is important that the content and convention standards that we learn in class be transferred to all of their work.  Students submitting work with sentence fragments and/or multiple writing convention errors will be expected to rework the assignment and submit the next day. PLEASE REVIEW AND SIGN THIS REWORK before submission. 

 

Weekly math fluency assessments began on Friday, 8/31.  There will be a weekly timed test every Friday to improve single digit multiplication fluency.   Every student will take an assessment on Friday and have 5 mins. to complete 50 single digit multiplication equations.  A score of "3" (proficient) has at least 47/50 correct.  Those who score a "3" will move on to their next level the following week.  Those who do not master their assessment will take it again the following week and move towards advancement.  Please look for these assessments to come home in Monday's Homework Folder.  A copy of all 20 assessments are available in the locker section of this webpage to print out and review.  Those students who master all 20 will move on to challenge sheets!

 

Your child will be bringing home their Reader's Workshop notebook every Monday.  Writer's Workshop notebooks come home every Thursday.  Please review their day's entry and discuss. The students are beginning a non-fiction unit on Monday, 10-8.   As we work through the writing process, we meet with partners for feedback. Partners offer each other a COMPLIMENT (Tell your partner something that you really liked about their writing.  Be SPECIFIC and DESCRIPTIVE) and a SUGGESTION (Share with your partner something that you really enjoy as a reader.  How can you help your partner "bump up" their writing piece?).  Please resist the urge to contribute more than that in either content or convention.  Your child's finished piece should be a reflection of THEIR understanding of the writing process, incorporation of learned writing strategies, grammar and punctuation.  Final copies may be printed out or written in blue or black ink only.  

 

Here's what we're working on in Workshop- In Reader's we explore all genres of text while we work in interpretative book clubs.  In Writer's we go through the writing process and explore the literary essay.  

 

In regards to reading levels, as discussed at conferences, students participate in an online process called Literably. Along with teacher lead running records, students are assessed for fluency and comprehension every few weeks.  I typically get the results of each session back within at least 2 days.  From now on I'll include those results in the reading section of your child's Planner for parent review. Along with their reading level, you'll see a fluency score in accurate words per minute (WPM) and a comprehension score from 5 literal and inferential comprehension questions.  

 

                     

  When Zearn math homework is assigned, our class code is QW7D4X

 

*NEW DREAMBOX LOG-IN INFO- 

The issues we ran into last week with Dreambox changes were an unexpected consequence of an update with a program the district uses to upload student information to different sites students use. Moving forward, we need to have students use the district portal to sign on to Dreambox.  Eventually, other applications will also be available there. Here are the steps for students to login:

Go to https://portal.srvusd.net

Username: cc.firstinitiallastname (example cc.dglaser)

Password: ID#222222 (their personal 6 digit ID number)

Click on "Country Club Applications"

Click on "CC-Dreambox"

 

 

 

 

:)  Mrs. Graham