Week 32 (April 22-26, 2013)

Various 2012-13 photos can be seen here.

Race to Read (Week 5). Mr. T’s class is currently in 3rd (from last) place:

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at homeRace to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • Additional log sheets can be obtained from Mrs. Littlefield.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

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For your calendar:

  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it). Volunteers are needed with your hours tripled (details here).
  • May 9-10 (Thursday and Friday), Mother’s Day Flower Sale, Library, 8-4.
  • May 22 (Wednesday), Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

World's Pie Chart

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. All spelling words are on your kiddo’s iPad in their Google Drive. They know how to access them. Also, if they’ve done their Monday classwork, they will have them entered into their spelling app and can take pretest after pretest at home throughout the week.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words. Again, their vocabulary words are listed each week in their iTunes U language arts course.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Math. Review with them any practice sets where they scored lower than 70% (they will be highlighted in yellow).
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

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Week 27 (March 11-15, 2013)

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing concludes Monday. Yeah. Some reminders for PARENTS:

  • all electronic devicewill be collected daily before testing. All devices will be returned to students before lunch.
  • make sure your student is rested, has eaten breakfast, and has a water bottle and a good book to read.
  • testing session / time: one test / 8:20-10:00, Monday (make-up testing throughout the week as needed)
  • they will need a snack
  • following Monday’s TCAP session, they will complete normal classwork and any missing third quarter reading, writing, math, and science assignments

I'm just saying...

For your calendar:

  • MondayTCAP testing (see above).
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week and Legacy’s Got Talent Show tryouts, Ms. Klick’s room, 4pm
  • Friday. All School Dress of Choice and individual Spring portrait photos
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • March 21-31. Spring Break (no school for students).
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Poor Fluffy...

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.  They will be using them after lunch on most days this week, especially those students with missing assignments.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. After Monday’s TCAP testing, it’s business as usual.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Math problems

Week 12 (Halloween – November 4, 2011)

Parent conferences.  I met with the majority of parents.  If you couldn’t make the conferences and would like to talk about your child, please email me for either a face-to-face or phone conference.

Report cards will be going home in today’s Monday Folders.

MAP testing (reading, math, language, and science) will take place from 2 – 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The NWEA Parent Toolkit, a resource guide for parents, includes “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding NWEA assessment.

The 3rd grade’s fundraiser supporting cancer awareness and research wraps up this week, so, fourth graders, don’t forget to bring your spare change.  The classroom collecting the most money will be rewarded with a pizza party.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 12” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

  • Open Court vocabulary, and
  • multiplication facts

Starting a business project.  Also in “Week 12” is a project guide to assist your child create a business plan for a fictional business.  It will be due the first full week of December.  Stay tuned.

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math. We will continue with assignments in the classroom. The classwork becomes homework if it’s not completed in class.  They should, however, have plenty of time in class to complete their work. They will test this week.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 12″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
  • –Practice sentences, and
  • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling
  • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
  • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
  • “Elias Sifuentes, Restaurateur (study guide available online)

Week 36 (May 2-6, 2011)

Your kids will become 5th graders in 13.5 school days.

MAP testing was rescheduled to this week. As a result, both math classes will have no homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

For your calendar:

  • May 5, 3rd-5th grades Wildcat (A honor roll) Dress of Choice
  • May 5, gymnasium, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Talent Show
  • May 5, Mr. T races at Bandimere Speedway
  • May 5-6, library, Mother’s Day plant sale
  • May 6, Fundraiser/ Dress of Choice ($2)

Star of the Week. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd:

  • May 3:  Jessica
  • May 4:  Brittany V.
  • May 11:  Dalton
  • May 17 (Tuesday):  Jordan

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 36″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Please check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar each night.

Homework
Math 5. Problem sets 100-101 will be due as homework this week. Two problem sets will be assigned Thursday and due on Friday. They will test this Friday.

Spelling. To clarify:

  • every student has the same spelling list every student has a spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level).
  • a copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list is kept at school

They must choose 10 words from their list and:

  • look up their definitions and their parts of speech, and
  • write 10 excellent sentences (if they are 10 years old, their sentences should have at least 10 words)

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will work with sentence classification.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 36″ in the sidebar on the right):

Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
* –Practice sentences, and
* –Answer key (available Monday night)
Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
* –Spelling list (available Monday night)
Vocabulary.
* –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test. Students will read and discuss the story in class.
* –”The California Gold Rush: West With the Forty-Niners” (a study guide is available online)

Week 33 (April 11-15, 2011)

iPadio (phone podcast):  a 30 second message for you parents can be heard here (it’s was my first or second run and it’s very rough)

Video: my contribution to Legacy Academy’s iSchool information and marketing effort can be seen here.

Spring portraits went home in last week’s Monday Folders.  I believe the drill is to:

  • return a payment if you want them, or
  • return the photo packet if you do not

Your kids will become 5th graders in 27.5 school days.

For your calendar:

  • April 12, cafeteria, 5-6pm.  Meet the candidates running for Legacy Academy’s Board of Directors prior to its monthly meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • April 14, Legacy Academy gym, 6:30-8 pm.  Second iSchool community informational meeting and pre-registration.
  • April 15, Silly Hair Day, $2 fundraiser.

Star of the Week. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd:

  • April 13:  Sarah
  • April 20:  Brittany V.
  • April 27:  Reese
  • May 4:  Jessica
  • May 11:  Dalton
  • May 17 (Tuesday):  Jordan

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 33″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Please check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar each night.

Homework
Math 5. Problem sets 83-86 will be due as homework this week. They will test this Friday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). There are no more weekly practice sentences or tests for the remainder of the school year. They will, however, continue to have a weekly DOL quiz beginning after Spring Break.

Spelling. To clarify:

  • every student has a spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level).
  • a copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list is kept at school

They must choose 10 words from their list and:

  • look up their definitions and their parts of speech, and
  • write 10 excellent sentences (if they are 10 years old, their sentences should have at least 10 words)

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will work with sentence classification.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 33″ in the sidebar on the right):

Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
* –Practice sentences, and
* –Answer key (available Monday night)
Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
* –Spelling list (available Monday night)
Vocabulary.
* –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test. Students will read and discuss the story in class.
* –”The Voyage of the Mayflower” (a study guide is NOT available online)

Week 31 (March 28 – April 1, 2011)

Spring Break was ¡muy bueno!

Your kids will become 5th graders in 37.5 school days.

For your calendar:

  • March 30-31, CSAP testing, math.
  • April 1, Pajama Day fundraiser, $2.
  • April 14, Legacy Academy gym, 6:30-8 pm.  Second iSchool community informational meeting and pre-registration.

Regarding CSAP testing (Wednesday and Thursday).  Please:

  • Make certain your kiddo gets some sleep and breakfast
  • Kids in my class will take spelling, vocabulary, and a DOL quiz on Friday
  • We will spend two weeks on the Open Court selection, “Early America.”‘ There will be NO Open Court comprehension test this Friday)
  • Math 5 students will only have homework on Monday and Thursday night, but will test on Friday

To repeat:  no homework Tuesday or Wednesday night due to CSAP testing.

Star of the Week. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd:

  • March 30:  Nicholas
  • April 6:  Abby
  • April 13:  Sarah
  • April 20:  Brittany V.
  • April 27:  Reese
  • May 4:  Jessica
  • May 11:  Dalton
  • May 17 (Tuesday):  Jordan

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 31″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Please check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar each night.

Homework:
Math 5. Problem sets  80-81 will be due as homework this week. They will test this Friday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). There are no more weekly practice sentences or tests for the remainder of the school year. They will, however, continue to have a weekly DOL quiz beginning after Spring Break.

Spelling. Due to CSAP:

  • every student has the same spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level).
  • a copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list is kept at school

They must choose 10 words from their list and:

  • look up their definitions and their parts of speech, and
  • write 10 excellent sentences (if they are 10 years old, their sentences should have at least 10 words)

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will work with sentence classification.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 31″ in the sidebar on the right):
Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
* –Spelling list (available Monday night)
Vocabulary.
* –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
Open Court. Due to CSAP, the reading test will occur in two weeks. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test. Students will read and discuss the story in class.
* –”Early America” (a study guide is NOT available online)

Week 19 (January 3-7, 2011)

Thank you for my Christmas gifts!  They were wonderful!

Star of the Week. Wednesday, January 5: Janice. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd. On deck (January 12):  Anthony.  In the hole (January 19):  Savannah.

PJ DayThis Friday, for a $2 donation, students can come to school in their pajamas!  I know I am.

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 19″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Please check the blog each night.

Homework
Math 5. Problem sets 51-53 will be due as homework this week. They will test this Friday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

Spelling. Every student has a spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level). A copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list kept at school.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will work with sentence classification.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 19″ in the sidebar on the right):

* Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
* –Practice sentences, and
* –Answer key (available Monday night)
* Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
* –Spelling list (available Monday night)
* Vocabulary.
* –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
* Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test. Students will read and discuss the story in class.
* –”The New Doctor” (a study guide is available online)

Week 16 (November 29 – December 3, 2010)

Scholastic Book Fair.  This week only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the LA Library.

Star of the Week. Wednesday, December 1: Caylynn. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd. On deck (December 8):  Lindsey.  In the hole (December 15):  Britney B.

This Friday:

  • Extra Dress of Choice day for a $2 donation.
  • Middle school play performance at 1:30 p.m. for 3rd through 5th graders.  A donation of $1 to offset production costs is suggested.

Science Fair.  It’s a week from Thursday, December 9.  Your little scientists should be working on their display boards and practicing their presentations at home many, many times.

Market Day is Wednesday, December 15Here are some helpful hints.

Check Infinite Campus (IC) for your student’s grades and missing assignments.

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 16″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Please check the blog each night.

Homework
Math 5. Problem sets 43-46 will be due as homework this week. They should have plenty of time in class to complete missing homework. They will test this Friday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

Spelling. Every student has a spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level). A copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list kept at school.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will work with sentence classification.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 16″ in the sidebar on the right):

* Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
* –Practice sentences, and
* –Answer key (available Monday night)
* Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
* –Spelling list (available Monday night)
* Vocabulary.
* –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
* Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test. Students will read and discuss the story in class.
* –”Business is Looking Up” (a study guide is not available online)

Bring your receipts from Safeway to LA for big bucks!

Until October 13, Legacy Academy will receive an amount equal to 10% of your purchases made at Safeway. All we need is the bottom part of any Safeway receipt (there is apparently an e-Scrip number on the receipt that we’ll tally here for the dough).

Miss Anne advises, “…tell your friends, buy stuff you don’t need!” Again, the promotion runs through (and includes) October 13th.

Week 4 (September 15 – 19, 2008)

Look for progress reports in the Monday Folders.

Dress of Choice Day and Picture Day are this Friday.

Thanks to all the volunteers at the fourth grade booth at LA’s Fall Carnival at Casey Jones Park last Saturday. Mrs. Waide and I couldn’t have done it without you.

Please remember that in order to view and print almost anything on the fourth grade website, you must download a copy of Adobe Reader. This the Adobe Reader download site for most versions of Windows operating systems. If you cannot find a version compatible with your computer, we have to talk.

Every Monday, parents should look for these two things:

  • *This Week’s Assignments (in the sidebar on the right), and
  • the current issue of my classroom newsletter, Mr. T’s Tattler

Star of the Week. Wednesday, September 17: Bridget. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd. Next week’s Star is Molly.

Math 65. Problem sets 18 – 22 and supplemental practice worksheets 18, 22 and 24 will be due as homework this week. They should have plenty of time in class to complete homework. They will test this Friday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

A copy of the practice sentences with an answer key are available every Monday. Each night, to reinforce your student’s learning, ask s/he to edit that day’s two sentences again which you can correct using the answer key (this work never has to be turned into me). Parents should familiarize themselves with the proofreading markings which will be used for the remainder of the year (these marks will be utilized when I edit any student’s written work).

Spelling. Students take a 20 word pretest from Open Court every Friday or Monday. On the following Friday, students test only upon the words they misspelled on the pretest plus words at their spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level). This means every student has an individualized spelling list each week of 10 to 20 words. A copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list kept at school.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will be classifying sentences and working with synonyms and antonyms.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows:

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Click on the links for:
  • Practice sentences
  • Answer key
  • Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
  • Open Court spelling words (remember that their individualized spelling list may bear little resemblance to the Open Court spelling words)
  • Vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary words
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
  • Mae Jemison, Space Scientist (study guide online)