Parents are responsible for setting up carpools, transportation, and parking fees. Please reach out to the teachers or Niema if you are able to take students in your car or if you need carpool for your student.
- Tue, Sep. 13: SCOOTER'S JUNGLE-Starts at 5 pm...get your tickets early!
- Grammy Museum Fieldtrip: Wed, Sep. 28th from 9;30-3:00
- PEC #1: If you missed PEC 1, make sure to go to the last makeup meeting on Mon, in Patrick's room. He'll be sharing some great strategies about writing workshop with you.
- Core 3 MAPS testing will begin Sep. 26th
- Look for a Student-Led Conference (SLC) signupgenius soon
- My office hours are M/T/Th/F from 8:15-9 or M/F from 3:30-4:oo and Wed by appointment only. You are welcomed to come during office hours to inquire about concerns, suggestions, or checking in. It is always best to email me, just in case I already have a meeting during that time. I will also create a signupgenius for my Office Hours. It is hard to have lengthy conversations with you from 9:00-9:15 because this is my time to help students with routines and getting ready for the day. Some days are so filled that I don't have time to glance at my email throughout the day. If you have an urgent message you need to get to me during the school day, please call the office at 310-725-2800.
- Fostering Independence: As we begin week 5, I'd like you to help your student by fostering independence. Say your goodbyes at the chalkboard door and allow them to enter campus independently this week. Create chores at home and check-in with them to share your observations of their work. Allow time for independent research and have them share what they learned to you. Make a list of "To Do" items for their morning routine and see how many they can "check off" without extra reminders.
- New feedburner: Tasneem helped me create a new feedburner link because the old one would only send email posts on Sundays. So this link is supposed to send you links at least one day after I post. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Check out Darlene's DP for the 'Writerly Life Blog' located under Parent Resources and Writing. I will add tips and suggestions biweekly of the strategies the students are using in class.
Fourth grade students have been refining their understanding of place value concepts by playing ‘I Declare War’, ST Math, math talks, Engage NY math lessons, and tackling word problems. They have also been practicing reading and writing large digit numbers, and sharing different strategies to find what number is greater than, less than, or equal to. When practicing this skill at home, try having them compare a number in standard form and a number in written form. I also encourage you to practice reading and writing 6 and 7 digit numbers at home.
A wonderful resource I have been incorporating for both third and fourth grade students is Illustrative Mathematics, which is a free resource that provides assessment tasks, lesson plans, and other resources. Here is the link to check it out: https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/. Also, check out my DP for a word problem template that a family shared with me. It’s an excellent way for your student to break down the problem into meaningful parts, encourages dialogue, and successfully guides them to the answer. You can find it under the resources tab.
I am in the process of testing students with a spelling inventory assessment, San Diego Quick assessment, and DRA's. However, this process will take a few weeks because each assessment is given individually, except the spelling inventory assessment. I will share the results with you soon.
We will begin learning about music genres next week.
Students have now logged into their davincischools.org account and created a password. They will use this account to log into the Chromebooks. They will also be able to use Google docs as well.
Students will be practicing keyboarding skills each school day for about 10 minutes using some of the websites listed under "Work Journal 1." I encourage you to set aside time during your homeschooling day for students to practice keyboarding skills, focusing on their hand positions using the homerow and not "hunt and peck."
Have a fun week of learning and fostering independence with your student!