Weekly Newsletter – October 12, 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

On Friday, October 30, 2015, we will be having a “scary story happening”. Students will share original stories they have written this month. I encourage students to bring flashlights, so when they read their story to the class they can turn out the lights and use the flashlight to make it even more special. I will also be making hot chocolate that day. If you would like to donate hot chocolate (packets), spoons, napkins, hot cups, marshmallows or cookies it would be greatly appreciated!

Also on that day, in the morning we have our annual character parade. This is an optional event. I will pass out the permission slips this week. If interested I will give you a book report form. You may dress up as a character from a book and march in the parade on campus.

PTO is putting on a fall festival on Thursday, November 5, 2015. It takes place from 5-7 pm. Fourth grade is having a bake sale! If you are able to donate a baked good, we would love it! The fourth-grade teachers will be selling items at the table. If you would like to volunteer for a half hour or more, let me know!

Let’s have an awesome week!

Your Choices Change the World,

Mrs. Dahlberg

Reading / Language Arts

  1. Critical Thinking Reading Log: Read each night for 20 + min. & complete your log.
  2. Reading Comprehension Sheet: Kids in the Gold Fields
  3. Grammar Practice: Quotation #1
  4. Weekly Paragraph: #5 Thanksgiving Guest
  • Think Tank: Choose a character from a story. List three words that describe him or her. List a reason/explanation for your answer.

Word of the Week

convince

[kuh n-vins]

“How again was it that you convinced me to do this?” the boy said to his friend before they jumped out of the plane on their first sky dive. Convince means to talk someone into something or win someone over.
A person convinces by making an argument—you can convince your parents to let you go to the movies by promising you’ll do all your homework the next day. A thing can convince as well. The cash prize convinced me to enter the contest. The threat of failure convinced the kids to study.
  • Think Tank: How will you convince someone of something? List what you are trying to convince and to who.

Spelling

Spelling: No Spelling test this week

  • Think Tank: Create a list of 20 words that have a long vowel sound. Make sure the words are spelled correctly.

Mathematics

Ch. 2 Add and Subtract Whole Numbers

  1. Pgs. 77/78
  2. Pgs. 83/84
  • Think Tank: Create 5 problems that can be rounded to the nearest thousandths. List the number and the solution.

Website of the Week
http://www.kidsreads.com/

This is a great site for all kinds of information about books. There are regular features including books on screen, new in paperback and books for boys. There is also reading lists, special features, and monthly contests. Check out this site and sign up for their monthly newsletters!

Think Tank: I looked at “Barking Good Reads” and would like to read the book… . . .

Weekly Events and Reminders

    1. Biography Book Report due 11/13/15
    2. We won!!! Keep clipping for the next competition!
    3. PTO: only $10 to join, also school spirit shirts $10.
    4. TPES Color Run 10/24/15 Late Registration at 8am; Starts at 9 am.
    5. Field Trip Donations welcomed at any time.
    6. Fall Festival Thursday, 11.5.15 (5-7pm)
    7. Scholastic Book Fair coming soon
    8. Red Ribbon Week October 26-30th
    9. Character Parade Friday, Oct. 30th
    10. Parent Conferences 11/6/15
    11. Wear school colors on Fridays!
    12. Character Counts assembly: 10/23/15
    13. Wreath Fundraiser going on now!

Conundrum of the Week

Palindrome:
a word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.
Pronounced as one letter but written with three, only two different letters are used to make me.
I’m double, I’m single I’m black, blue, and gray.
I’m read from both ends and the same either way.
  • Think Tank: Answer.

Project of the Month

Biography Book Report Project

Last week we went through the orange handout that included all the information you need to complete your first at home project. Remember, you must choose a book, then read it, then complete the book report and project. The final due date is November 13, 2015.

Habit of the Month

Habit #2 Begin with the End in Mind

To Begin With The End In Mind is about seeing the end result before you take action to get you there. Being able to visualize the end game, the final result or the destination allows you to be able to formulate plans to get where you want to go.
Knowing the end result you want to achieve can also serve to help keep you on course – does this really help move me towards my goal? Or am I going off-course, do I need to rethink what I am doing?
  • Think Tank: To keep working towards my goal I am going to ask ________________________________ to ask me once a day/week how I am doing.

Homework Check

I have reviewed my child’s homework this week.

 

Initials ____________.