Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News # 17

Hello Everyone!
     I want to express a giant THANK YOU to:   ShaLiece Corry, Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Heather Mumford, Melissa Cocchia, and Terri Cook for teaching awesome activities for our 4th grade classes with Frontier Homestead!  There were nine activities that depicted the same type of activites used by The Indian Tribes and Utah Pioneers.
      Also a giant THANK YOU to our parent helpers:  Kimberly Holyoak, Nicole Washburn, SheLiece Corry, Lynette Roundy, JoAnn Brunson, Amber Nielsen, and Lisa Blodgett! I couldn't do it without your help!  We won't be needing parent helpers again, until January 7, 2013.
     To each and EVERY ONE of you! Thank you for your great support!!! Your child and I could not be so successful without YOUR HELP!!!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!
     Spelling:  Leaf, leaves, wolf, wolves, potato, potatoes, roof, roofs, family, families, library, libraries, journey, journeys, hero, heroes, ditch, ditches, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore.
     Math:  Fractions, Equivalent,  Reduced, Lowest Terms.
     Social Studies: Indian Tribes of Utah
     Science:  Deserts and reptiles.
     We will be having a Read-A-Thon on Friday, December 22.  Your child may wear pajamas, and bring a pillow and blanket.  We will also have some healthy, and not so healthy snacks.  Your child may have signed up to bring something.  If you are unable to furnish something, no worries, just please let me know.
I sure love teaching your child! What a darling class I have!!!  They have wonderful parents too:)
Have a great week!!
Karla Reynolds

Monday, November 26, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News #15

     Hello Everyone,
     I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  I know I sure did:)
     We put the faces on our Indian Dolls, and need a piece of felt, any color, to clothe them with.
     We will be making you a Christmas present that your child will need 3/4 yd. of tear-able fabric. Old Levis, old COTTON shirts, skirts, or dresses work well. New fabric is great too!  Your child     will use this as a "Measuring Math" activity, as well as a gift for you.
     Spelling: Cleaner, cleanest, bigger, biggest, earlier, earliest, quicker, quickest, busier, busiest, rougher, roughest, heavier, heaviest, happier, happiest, lazier, laziest, Christmas, reindeer.
     Reading:  We have finished reading "Brian's Winter" and have started "Brian's Hunt."  Your child is reading a book in his/her reading group.  He/she should have been reading a Newberry Award Book at home, that will be given as their book report.  Congratulations, to McCrae for moving up 2 levels in Reading, Kinzi for moving up 1 level, and Madeline for moving up 2 levels! Hip, Hip Hooray!!!!
     Book Reports are due Friday, November 30.  I sent the format of the book report home with your child today.
     Math: Long Division,  and measurement.  Spirals of past- taught math concepts.
     Social Studies:  Indian Tribes of Utah.
Thanks so much for your great support!!!! You are awesome parents!!!!
Karla Reynolds

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News Week #14

HaPPy ThAnSGiVing EvEryOnE!!!!
   We are learning about Insects. They live in all land zones, in top soil as well as on land.  We have learned that insects have three body parts: ( Head, thorax, abdomen) six legs, two compound eyes, two antennae, exoskeletons, some have wings, some have stingers.  We will make edible insects that will be anatomically correct. Thanks to McKelle, Josh, Hannah, Jennesa, Jack, Chris, Abby, Brandon, and Luke for donating supplies for this exciting activity!!!!
No spelling or math homework this short week!!! Reading, as usual!! 30 mins. everyday!! Congratulations to Luke and Katelyn for moving up four grade levels in reading, and Jacob for moving up three levels!!!!!
Parents, Thank you for your great support!!! I love your child!!!!
Karla Reynolds

Monday, November 12, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News #13

Hello Everyone!!
     We are doing well in our different Indian Tribes. Some of us have finished weaving our belts already! Our carved apple heads are drying in the sun, so that we can make our Indian Doll Heads out of them.  We are earning points for good behavior and turned in work with our names on them.  The winning tribe for the day, earns a star on their canoe and a piece of candy. The tribe with the most stars at the end of the week, earns their favorite candy bar or soda pop. So far, the Utes have earned their favorite soda.  There is a tie breaker today, between the Utes, Paiutes, and Shoshone Tribes.
     Science:  Utah Soils: Clay, Silt, Sand, and Loam. Utah's Water Van came and presented a wonderful lesson on the Water Cycle. They brought a Garter Snake, and a Tiger Salamander.
     Spelling:  Lived, living, rattled, rattling, studied, studying, traveled, traveling, changed, changing, appeared, appearing, raced, racing, hoped, hoping, wrapped wrapping, dividend, denominator, quotient.
     Math:  Long Division  Acronym: Dad=Divide, Mom=Multiply, Sister=Subtract, Brother=Bring Down, Rover=Remainder.  Three of our students competed in the "Calculator Math," along with nine others from our 4th grade classes! Trevor Nielsen, Brandon Foley, and Abby Davis! Congratulations!
     Reading:  Newberry Award Winner for Book Report, Due Nov. 29th.
In class reading "Brian's Winter" By Gary Paulson. Thirty minute reading groups.  Students read a book on their reading level in their group.  I work with a group daily during interventions.
Have a great week!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News Week#12

Hello everyone,
     Wow! Week #11 came and went so fast, I didn't get to post anything.  It's hard to believe that we are already in our 12th week!!!
     Our Mystery Book Reports went very well!!!  Thank you for your support with this!!! Your child's next book report will be on a Newberry Award Winner.  Most students have already chosen a book from the library and are reading it.  The report will be due Thursday, Nov. 29. I will send a rubric home before Thanksgiving.
     Thank you so much for donating items for our "Edible Soil Profiles," and Witches' Brew!!!  We had a great time learning about science as well as celebrating Halloween!!! Thanks so much!!!!
     We have divided up into The Five Indian Tribes of Utah!!!  Thanks so much for sending a large apple for your child's"Indian Doll Head," and a skein of yarn for weaving a belt!!!  This is a fun learning opportunity for our social studies unit!!  If any of you are qualified to teach us about the Ute, Paiute, Goshiute, Shoshone, or Navajo tribes, please let me know!!! We'd love to hear from you!!!
     Spelling: Anyone, however, everything, himself, birthday, herself, somewhere, afternoon, chalkboard, daydream, downstairs, grandparents, breakfast, outfield, scarecrow, nobody, dragonfly, keyboard, Goshiute, Shoshone, and Navajo.
     Math:  Double digit multiplication.  Three of our students have qualified to participate in our annual Calculator Math Competition.  Trevor, Elizabeth, and Jacee.  They will compete with the winners of the other 4th grade classes, to go on to the district level!!!!  Congratulations to them, and good luck!!!!!!!
     Reading:  Class reading, "Brian's Winter" By Gary Paulsen.  Reading groups.
     Science: The Living Planet Water Van will visit 4th grades on Thursday, Nov. 8.  We have almost finished our Rocks, Minerals, and Soil units.
Thanks for all that you do!!!!! A giant THANK-YOU to our Reading Helpers!!!!!
Have a great week!!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reynold's Raptor's News #10

Hello Everyone,
     I hope you had a wonderful fall break!!!
     Social Studies:  We will be starting our Utah Indian Tribes unit this week!  Your child will be a part of either The Ute, Paiute, Goshiute, Shoshone, or Navajo Tribe.  We will make shrunkin Indian- Head Dolls. (With apples) Weave Indian belts, (with one skein of yarn rolled into a ball,) and make Indian Rain Sticks.
     Science: Land zones, plants, animals, soil profile.
     Spelling: Across, alone, among, brother, again, front, banana, appear, compass, pedal, given, heaven, mountain, ocean, cousin, purchase, often, color, Halloween, and Utah.
     Math: Double-Digit Multiplication and simple Division.
     Reading: "Brian's Winter," By Gary Paulson (Whole class)  Mystery Books (Individual)  30 minutes during class, 30 mins. at home.
     Field Trip: Thursday, October 25th. To the S.U.U. Braithwaite Art Gallery.
     Red Ribbon Week!!!
     Have a great week!!!
Love, Karla

Monday, October 15, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News #9

Hello Everyone,
     This week is a short one, so no spelling.  Along with our edible soil profile and Mystery book reports for Oct. 30, we will be carving apple-heads instead of pumpkins.  Please send the largest apple you can find with your child that day.  We will make shrunkin' Indian head dolls.  They go along with our social studies unit, of the five Indian tribes of Utah.  We will also weave indian belts during the month of Nov.,  Please send skein of yarn wound into a ball,  in a zip lock bag with your child's name on it.  Thank you so much for your great support!
Have a very enjoyable Harvest Holiday!!!! No school, until Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Reynolds' Raptors' News Week#8

Hello Everyone,
     Reading:  Our "Here's The Scoop" book reports were awesome!!!  Your child should be reading a "Mystery Book" that they will report on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  I will be sending home the rubric a week prior to when it is due.  We have finished reading Hatchet By Gary Paulson, and have started reading Brian's Winter, by the same author. Reading Groups in our classroom during Interventions.
A GIANT THANK YOU to our Reading Helpers!!!! You Rock!!!!!
     Science:  We have been filling out evidence pages, of indigenous plants of Utah, that we took samples of, while on our field trip.  We are still studying Rocks and Minerals, then will start our soil unit.
     Spelling:  Follow, matter, summer, million, dollar, scissors, cattle, address, office, suppertime, blizzard, penny, wrapper, wallet, occurrence, village, collide, battle, plants, indigenous.
     Writing: "Save A Little Summer" and "In The Haunted House I Saw"  September Journal Jots!
Thank you for helping edit your child's "Save A Little Summer" pages!  Please critique the September Journal Jots and send them back to class. Thank you!
     Math:  Double digit multiplication, changing fractions to decimals, number lines, reading a thermometer, factors, prime and compound numbers.  Please continue tohelp your child with multiplication tables 1's through 12's.
     Picture Retakes:  Monday, Oct. 15.
     Halloween Party:  We will be making edible soil profiles and eating them for breakfast.  Your child has volunteered you to donate something towards this science activity.  If you are unable to donate, please let me know.  Thank You ahead of time:)
    Happy Columbus Day!!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Reynold's Raptor's News #7

Hello Everyone!
     Our field trip to The Canyon Park, The Water Shed, Woods Ranch and Navajo Lake was AWESOME!!! We had a very educational, fun, and exciting day!  Thanks to Todd Lloyd for sharing with us his expertise in Cedar City's water supply!!! Thanks to Lisa Blodgett for moral support and chaperoning!!! We learned about rocks and minerals, erosion and weathering, indigenous plants of Utah, wetlands, elevation, coniferous and deciduous forests, land zones, bogs and frogs! Check out the pictures we took on the previous post!
     SEP week!  I'm looking forward to visiting with each of you about your student.  Please arrive at your appointment and leave on time, so that everyone is effectively and efficiently served. Thank you!
     Spelling:  Blush, crutch, crunch, grumpy, much, umpire, uncle, none, does, fuel, cute, cubicle, human, future, usual, uniform, used, beautiful, deciduous, coniferous.
     LA: Alphabetizing
     Math: Understanding Multiplication
     Book Reports: Battle of the Books, book.  Our next book report will be a "Mystery Book." Most students have already checked out a mystery book from the library.
     Remember school ends at 2:30 EACH DAY, including Wednesday!!
Have a great week!!!! Don't you just love Fall???

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reynolds' Raptor's News #6

Hello Everyone!
Last week got away from me.  Sorry about that:(

This week's spelling words are: Strong, wrong, copy, cloth, problem, October, whole, explode, control, shown, bowl, bottom, smoky, coach, throat, toast, doughnut, foe.
Math:  The Meaning of Multiplication
Science: Rocks and Minerals.  Land Zones, Indigenous plants and animals of Utah
Reading: "Hatchet" By Gary Paulson  This is a class read, and also a Battle of The Books, book.
Reading Helpers: A GIANT THANK YOU!!! I couldn't do it without your help!!!
Book Report:  Your child should have been reading a Battle of The Books,  book, on his/her level for the past month.  I have sent home last Friday, the rubric and ice-cream materials your child needs to do his/her book report. Due Friday, September 28.
Intervention Reading Groups: Start this Thursday, September 27.
Field Trip:  Is this Friday, September 28.  Please remember to dress in layers, in older clothes and shoes.  Please make sure your child's lunch account is current, as everyone will eat a sack lunch prepared by our lunch help that day. Hand sanitizer, and 4 plastic grocery bags, will help keep the bus and our hands clean!
I'm excited to visit with each of you and your child next week at SEPs:)
THANKS for your great support!! You're awesome!!!
Karla Reynolds

Monday, September 10, 2012


Wow! I can't believe we're in our 4th week of school already!!!
Thanks to Mrs. Merriot and her reading aides, "Bench Marks" have been processed and your child knows their individual reading level!!  We also started our class"Reading Helpers" today! Thank you so much for your volunteer time!!!
Today is Picture Day and the Back to School Bash!!
Spelling: Then, else, edge, when, tenth, empty, sketch, easy, eager, sneakers, mean, fifteen, receive, piece, believe, spelling, people, squeeze, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic.
Language Arts:  Possessives
Math:  Rounding
Science: Rocks and Minerals
Thanks for your great support at home!!!
Have a great week!!
Love, Karla Reynolds

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Reynolds' Raptors' News' #3

Hello Everyone!
 I hope you had a relaxing Labor Day! I apologize for this late blog, but my internet has been down for a week.  I am on a visitors site as we speak!  I hope you are checking your child's grades at least weekly, as we are about to end the third week of school already! 
Picture Day: is this Monday, September 10.  It is also "The Back To School Bash" from 5:30P.M.-8:00P.M.
Book Report: Battle of The Books book report due, September 28.  Your child should have brought home a list of books to choose from. Some students have already chosen a book from our school library.
Spelling: Fact, began, clasp, rapid, able, later, space, stranger, grade, display, main, explain, freight, neighbor, weigh, vein, April, ankle, volcano, mineral.
Math: Adding and subtracting whole numbers, estimation.
Science: Rocks and Minerals.
Field Trip: Navajo Lake Friday, September 28th all day!
Social Studies:  Utah State Song, The Pledge of Allegiance, poems and raps applicable to science and math.
Reading: Hatchet as a class!
Language Arts: Common/Proper Nouns, Compound Words,  Contactions
Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Hello Everyone!
   We made it through a full week of school!!! I hope your child had as much fun as I did!!! I have a darling class, and I'm anxious to be their teacher this year!
   Please ask your child what we have been learning in class, and how they are feeling about things!!! I hope they are happy!! Please let me know if you have any concerns!
  Spelling Words: Attach, where, sandwich, change, watch, singer, slippery, spring, gather, these, thread, athlete, worth, thirsty, whisper, whistle, awhile, nowhere, fossil, science.
  Science: Fossils
  Math: Estimating Sums and Differences of Whole Numbers (Rounding)
  Reading: Hatchet  (Whole Class).
  I haven't sent home a reading calendar  for August, but will send one home for September.  Please keep it on your fridge or in a place that it can be seen as a reminder to read!!
We will start Reading Helpers after Labor Day!!  I will contact those who have signed up to help!
Thanks so much for your support!!! Have a great week!! Remember there is NO SCHOOL next Monday, September 3!!!
<3 Karla Reynolds

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hello Everyone!
It was nice to see each of you at back To School Night!  I have a darling class, and I'm excited to get to know and love each and every one of my students.  The first two days went really well!  Please ask your child what they did in class, and how they are feeling about 4th grade.  Please let me know if you are having any concerns, so we can nip them in the bud!  On Monday, we will start our regular routines in Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, Music, P.E.,  Homework, Spelling, and Library. I'm looking forward to a full week!  We will start Reading helpers after labor Day! I will inform those of you who signed up to help.  Thank you for your support! I couldn't do your child justice, without you! :)
Spelling: Bridge, gravity, hungry, eclipse, secret, applaud, laundry, trouble, attract, twilight, between, describe, snowflake, freedom, slimy, glance, burglar, switch, earth, pangea.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome To Mrs. Reynolds’ 4th Grade
Reynolds’ Rockin’ Raptors”

I’m thrilled to have such a wonderful group of students coming to my class this year!  Fourth Grade is very exciting!  During this year, many concepts are introduced, reviewed, and built upon from previous years!  I believe that the first step for a successful school experience is helping each child discover that he or she is a valued person and member of the classroom body. I pledge to treat your child with dignity and respect.  It is important to me that your child love school!  If, for some reason, you notice your child is not feeling this way, please let me know. I am more than willing to do what I can to help with the situation.  I look forward to working with you and your Fourth Grader! Together we can make this one of the most successful and memorable years ever!

Class Blog:  If you access our class blog once a week, you will be informed on everything you need to know.  If you do not have the internet, please let me know and I will give your child a hard copy.  I would appreciate your email address written on the 3X5 card I gave you.  To access my blog: Go to Iron County School District. Click on schools, click on South Elementary, click on teachers, click on Mrs. Reynolds picture.  My email address is

Reading:  It is important that your child read at least 30 minutes each day, from a book on his/her level. 15 minutes should be read outloud to an older person, for clarification of vocabulary etc. and 15 minutes in silence.  Mark the time read each day on the monthly reading calendar.  At the end of the month, please total the minutes read, add a parent’s signature, and turn it into me on the first day of the following month. 
  We will learn about the different genre of reading.  There will be a “Battle of the Books” competition toward the end of the year.  I will inform you of the books that will be involved.

Book Reports:  Book Reports will be given on a different genre each month.  Each report is presented in a different way.  I will inform you well in advance on the blog, the type of genre, how it is to be done, and when the report is due.

Spelling:  A “Spelling List” will be sent home each week and also posted on the blog.  We will work in class on spelling and vocabulary.  The weekly “Spelling Test” will be given each Friday.  Sorry, but spelling tests cannot be made up. L  We will incorporate vocabulary words from our math, science, social studies, and class reading books.  We will be having a grade level, as well as a school wide “Spelling Bee,” at the end of the year.  That spelling list will go home well in advance, so your child may study through out the year.

Math:  Our math book is called enVision Math!
I’m excited about this book because it goes right along with The Common Core and is accessible to you at home through the internet!  We also do ADD, Mountain Math, Multiplication Tables Charts that will be tested on each Friday, and Daily Math as homework.  Using a variety of math resources will assist students in learning the Common Core for 4th grade.

Science:  We will start the year exploring “Land Before Time.”  We will explore the Scientific Method.  Studies include classification, The Earth, Land Zones or Biomes (Deserts, Forests, Wetlands (Riparian Areas), Rocks and Minerals, Fossils, Dinosaurs, Indigenous Plants of Utah, The Water Cycle, Weather, Animals and Insects.

Social Studies:  We study Utah’s History, starting with the American Indians, Spanish Explorers, Mountain Men, Utah Pioneers, and the symbols and counties of Utah.  Utah Studies Weekly is a fantastic newspaper addition that helps teach these topics in more depth.

Language Arts & Writing:  Students are given Daily Language lessons, Mountain Language, and writing activities.  We will write letters, poetry, *Journal Jots, Stories, Persuasive Advertisements, Tall Tales, Compare/Contrast, Descriptive, Haikus, Cinquains, and writing of students individual interests.  We will use The Six Traits to improve writing skills. Monthly *Journal Jots will be written in class, then taken home for you as a parent, to critique and send back to class each month.

Homework:  Reading at least 30 minutes each night:  Daily math practice sheet, anything that was not finished in class, spelling, multiplication tables, and extra work where needed.

Missing Assignments List: Sent home once per quarter.
Grade Printouts:  Sent home once per quarter.  Please visit “Power School” regularly to keep-up-to date on your child’s grades and missing assignments.  The website location, your child’s confidential ID, and password is in The South Elementary Folder. Please keep it in a safe place, and refer to it often. J

*Organizational skills are reinforced in 4th grade.  Each student is responsible for his/her own work.  If a child’s assignment is missing, they can visit the “Extras Cart” to find an extra copy.  I make five extra copies of each assignment.  If the extras are all gone, the score remains a zero.  I am not able to make extra copies for individual students.  If this becomes a chronic problem for a particular student, I will be contacting the parent to come up with a plan to solve the problem.

Attendance: Attendance is crucial to the success of each child. Please do what you can to schedule lessons, Dr. appointments, and vacations outside of school time.  If you need to pick up your child during school hours, please check them out at the office first.  If your child is absent, the work that was done during the day, will be put on his/her desk to complete when they return.  Your child may bring this work home to complete, then, return it to school. Please do not ask me to gather work for your child ahead of timeJ

Behavior Policy and Procedures:  Each child, by Law, has the equal opportunity to learn. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate good behaviors each day.  Students are expected to follow the teacher’s directions promptly and with a good attitude.  They are expected to treat others with respect and take responsibility for their own actions.  When students comply with these expectations, they earn the right to stay in the “Class Cluster.”  If after three strikes, or verbal warnings, for misbehavior, the student will be moved away from the cluster and becomes an “Outlier.” (*Mathmatical Terms) The student must earn their way back into the “Cluster”.  If for some reason the student continues to be noncompliant when he/she is an “Outlier,” three more strikes, and he/she will be referred to Mr. Oldroyd, and the parent will be contacted. A behavior plan will be put in place.  If the child becomes an “Outlier” a second time, the child will be referred to the “Skill Building” program. L

Sharing:  In 4th grade we do not have time for a regular sharing time.  If a child has an item that is applicable to what we are studying in class, he/she may ask me a day or so ahead of time, if they can bring it to share. Otherwise, toys and other items should be left at home.  If a child is caught playing with anything during instructional time, I will confiscate it until you, “The Parent” picks it up.

Birthdays:  A Birthday sheet is included in “The South Elementary” folder. It needs to be filled out and returned to class ASAP.  We will celebrate your child’s birthday as close to the real day as possible.  Summer Birthdays are celebrated as a half birthday.  You may send a store bought treat for the class, if you wish. J

Thank you for “Popping” in to “Back To School Night!”  Let’s make this school year, the best your child has ever had!!! With your help, we can do it!!!