Monday, December 16, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #17

Hello Everyone!
      I hope you are enjoying your cute "Rag Christmas Trees!"  Your child had fun making them for you!  We incorporated "Math Measurement," in this activity!!  A giant THANK YOU goes out to each of our reading helpers!! Thanks for helping us improve our reading fluency and comprehension!!  We'll see you again next year, 2014!!
     Our special Battle of The Books Read-a-thon is today from 2:00-3:15!! I'm so happy that each of our students qualified for this fun activity with Mr. Oldroyd and Ms. Marriot!!  We have read three of the books in class, and gave a report on individual books read.  Your student should be reading another battle of the books, book to report on January 6, 2014.
     Happy Birthday to Brock!! December 23!!
     Spelling:  Leaf, leaves, wolf, wolves, potato, potatoes, roof, roofs, family, families, library, libraries, journey, journeys, hero, heroes, ditch, ditches, quotient, remainder.
     Math: 4.7 Divide Using Repeated Subtraction,  4.8 Divide Using Partial Quotients,  4.9 Model Division with Regrouping, 4.10 Place the First Digit.  Homework is connected to the daily math lesson taught.
     Social Studies:  Finish up Indian Tribes of Utah.
     Science: Amphibians
     Christmas Party: Friday, December 20.  Pajama Day!  Read-A-Thon!  Treats! Movie!
Merry Christmas!!!  Happy New Year !!!!
    

Monday, December 9, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #16

Hello Everyone,

     I hope everyone is enjoying your Christmas present from your child!  We needed to send them home early, so they could be enjoyed during the entire Christmas season!  It was actually a math measurement activity/Christmas present!
     We only have two more weeks until Christmas break! I can hardy believe how time flies.  We will have a Christmas  party Friday, December 20!  Your child may have signed you up to donate something for this! If you are unable to provide something, please let me know! Thank you, in advance!!  It will also be a"Pajama Day!"
     Spelling:  Early, earth, search, service, wonder, surface, curly, shirt, thirty, doctor, sailor, shower, bakery, another, barber, collar, worse, world, dividend, divisor.
     Math: 4.4 Divide tens, Hundreds, and Thousands, 4.5 Estimate Quotients using Compatible Numbers, 4.6 Division and the Distributive Property.
Math Homework: Correlates with the daily Math Lessons.
     Social Studies:  We will finish up Indian Tribes by Christmas break.
     Science: Amphibians
     Reading: We have started reading "Brian's Winter," sequel to "Hatchet," by Gary Paulsen.
Monday, Dec. 16th will be a Read-A-Thon with Mr. Oldroyd for those who have done, two Battle of The Books Reports.  Our entire class is eligible to participate.  Participants will also be able to wear their pajama's.
     Book Report:  Our next book report will be another Battle of the Books, book.  It will be due, January 6.
     Thanks to all of the Reading Helpers!!! I appreciate all that you do!  Please take this week and next week off!  Have a great week!!
    

Monday, December 2, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #15

Hello Everyone!!
     I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday!  We will only be in school for three more weeks until Christmas !!  I can hardly believe it!!  This school year is going by so very fast!!!  I guess that's an indication that we are having a great year!!  Time always seems to fly, when your having fun!!
     Heads-up for December: Your child will be making a Christmas present for you, in which they will need 1yd. of tear-able fabric.  It can be old Levis, skirts, shirts, or new fabric, as long as there is 1yd. and it is tear-able.  Please send it to school this week, as the present they are making you, will be something you can display during the whole month!  Thank you!
     Birthdays:  Happy Birthday to John Dec.7, and Brock Dec.23.
     Book Reports:  Our Scrumptious Book Reports were delicious!! Sorry, but only half the class will get full credit for having it ready on time.  10 points will be subtracted for each day, it is past due.
     The next book report will be due,  January 6th.  It will be on another Battle of The Books book .
     Reading:  Our class will finish up "Hatchet" then go straight into it's sequel, "Brian's Winter."
     Spelling:  Cleaner, cleanest, bigger, biggest, earlier, earliest, quicker, quickest, busier, busiest, rougher, roughest, heavier, heaviest, happier, happiest, lazier, laziest, Christmas, Thanksgiving.
     Math: Chapter 4.1 Divide By One Digit Numbers, 4.2 Remainders, 4.3 Interpret Remainders, 4.4 Divide Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands, 4.5 estimate Quotients Using Compatible Numbers.
Please remember that the Math Homework parallels with the daily math lesson.
     Socials Studies:  Indian Tribes of Utah
     Science:  Amphibians
     Due:  November Reading Logs and November Journal Jots.  Also A Scrumptious Book Report.
Thank you for your great support!!!  I can't do it alone!!! You are all wonderful!!!
    

Reynolds' raptor's News #14

Monday, November 18, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #13

Hello Everyone!
     Wow! This year is passing fast!!  Your child was involved in a net smart safety assembly on Friday, 15, 2013.  As a follow-up to this program, your child needs to access http://nsteens.org and play games, do activities etc. to show what they learned during the assembly, about being internet smart.  I have to report to the district offices that each child accessed and used this site.  Please make sure your child does this, please sign, and return a paper stating that it was done, and return it to school.
     Science:  Ranger Kody Schoppman with wildlife resources, will be here Tuesday, Nov.19. to share with us more, about Animal Adaptations and Habitats.  We will start our study of fish.
     Math:  3.5 Multiply with Regrouping, 3.6 Choose a Multiplication Method, and 3.7 Problem Solving. Multiply 2-Digit Numbers. Math Homework correlates with the days assignment.
     Spelling: Lived, living, rattled, rattling, studied, studying, traveled, traveling, changed, changing, appeared, appearing, raced, racing, hoped, hoping, wrapped, wrapping, Navajos, and tribes.  We will not have spelling next week, as it is a short week.
     Social Studies:  Activities related to the Five Indian Tribes of Utah, and Thanksgiving.  Most have their belts started, some are completed.  Our Indian Dolls are finished and are in the display case in our hall.  We will be God's eyes with the remaining yarn.
     Reading: We are finishing up Hatchet,  and will start on Brian's Winter both By Gary Paulsen.
All students will participate with Mr. Oldroyd in a special Read-A-Thon for reading and doing book reports on two of the Battle of The Books.  We acheived this in class.  We read, Sign of The Beaver and Walk Two Moons. Your child should be reading a Battle of The Books book on their on own, and is scheduled to report on it November 26, in class.
     Heads-up for December: Your child will be making a Christmas present for you, in which they will need 1yd. of tear-able fabric.  It can be old Levis, skirts, shirts, or new fabric, as long as there is 1yd. and it is tear-able.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Thomas!!! November 25th.
Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #12

Hello Everyone!
     I can hardly believe how fast this yer is zipping by!!  I have a great class, and I love each and every one of them.  Their success is evident in the support they get from home!! Thank you so much for your undying support!!  Thank you for supplying items for our anatomically correct, edible insects!! They were fun to make, and delicious also!!
     Social Studies:  We have divided up into the five Indian tribes of Utah!  They are the Utes, Paiutes, Goshiute, Shoshone, and Navajo Tribes.  We are weaving our belts, and letting our Indian Doll heads, shrink in the sun!  We have learned a song about the tribes, and done an anticipatory guide.  We have looked up special vocabulary, regarding the tribes. 
     Spelling:  Anyone, however, everything, himself, birthday, herself, somewhere, afternoon, chalkboard, daydream, downstairs, grandparents, breakfast, outfield, scarecrow, nobody, dragonfly, keyboard, Goshiute, Shoshone.
     Math:  3.4 Multiply using Partial Products.  3.5 Multiply With Regrouping.  3.6  Choose a Multiplication Method.  Math homework correlates with the lessons taught above.  Please continue to use Think Central in helping solidify the lessons taught in class.
     Science: Spiders and Animal Adaptations. Fish
     Reading:  We have read two Battle of the Books together as a class, and have written book reports on each of them.  This will qualify our entire class to participate in a Read-A-Thon with Mr. Oldroyd in December.  Currently, our class is reading "Hatchet," By Gary Paulsen.  Your child should have read a Battles book on their own, that they will give a report on November 26th.  I will send home the rubric for that report on Friday.
Have a great week!!!  A giant THANK YOU to our reading helpers!!!!

    

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #11

Hello Everyone!
     I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!!  Our field trip to "Frontier Homestead," was a great success!!  Sorry, I wasn't able to attend, as my uncle's funeral was that same day!  Our Spelling Test was words only! No dictation!  Biography Book Reports were great!!!  Ashtyn was surprised  when her uncle, Brandon Kintzler, a professional baseball player, (Pitcher) for the Milwaukee Brewers, showed up for her report!
The whole school was invited to see him, and ask questions about his career in baseball!  We made our anatomically correct, "Edible Insects!"  Thank you for your support in furnishing the ingredients for this fun, learning activity!
     Spelling: Didn't, that's, they're, you're, couldn't, haven't, o'clock, we're, isn't, I'm, it's, who's, they'd could've, they've, you'll, don't, aren't, Utes, Paiutes.
     Math:  Chapters 3.1, Multiply by Tens, 3.2 Estimate Products, 3.3Area Models and Partial Products, 3.4Multiplying using Partial Products, 3.5 Multiply with Regrouping. Pages 99-122
     Math Homework: Correlates with the lessons above.I also sent home a "Homework" page that was due Monday, Nov. 4.  It gave step-By-Step instructions on how to access Think Central and our Go Math Book, Homework Book, and activities.  You needed to sign that your child accessed the site!
     Science: Insects, Spiders.  Compare/Contrast
     Social Studies:  We have divided into the Five Indian Tribes of Utah!  We will make "Indian Dolls" using our 'shrunkin'", carved apple heads, weave belts with yarn, make small "God's Eyes," and learn about the different tribes, through music and reading.
     Reading:  Our next book report will be on a "Battle of The Books," book.  It is due, November 25.
We are still reading "Hatchet" By Gary Paulsen, as a class!
     Have a great week!!!
I love your child!! What a great class I have!! Thank you for giving me this opportunity to teach them!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #10

Hello Everyone!!
     Happy Birthday to Ellie!!
     Science:  We will be making anatomically correct "Edible Insects" as our insect test.  We need a few items in order to make them:  Two packages of large marshmallows, one bag of chocolate chips, one bag of potato chips, one bag of pull apart Twizzlers or Red Vines, one bag of stick pretzels, one can of white frosting, one small bottle of peanut butter, twenty-five paper plates, and twenty-five plastic cups.  Your child will sign you up to furnish something.  If you are unable to donate, please let your child know.  Thank you!!
     Social Studies:  We are starting our Indian Tribes of Utah unit!  Your child needs to bring the largest apple you can find.  We will be carving Indian heads for dolls out of them.  A piece of felt, and one large ball of yarn.  We will be weaving belts to be worn during our tribes unit.  The sooner these items get here, the faster your child can start weaving and carving!  Thank you for your support!
     Field Trip:  We will be going to the Frontier Homestead Museum on Friday, Nov. 1.  We will take a bus there, eat a sack lunch on the park, then walk back to school.  We will be involved in many Native American and Pioneer activities while there.  We have plenty of parent helpers that have signed up to go with this. Thank you!!
     Math:  We have started Chapter 3, in Go Math!! Your child should have torn out all homework pages, completed, and  returned them to school, through 2.12.  3.1 Multiply 2-Digit Numbers, 3.2 Estimate, 3.3 Area Models and Partial Products, 3.4 Multiply Using Partial Products.
     Book Reports:  Bibliographies are due this Thursday, October 31.  Your child may bring their props or dress-ups with them to school.
     Spelling: Across, alone, among, brother, again, front, banana, appear, compass, pedal, given, heaven, mountain, ocean, cousin, purchase, often, color, insects, spiders.
     Have a great week!!!

  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #9

Hello Everyone!
     I hope you enjoyed the five days off, as much as I did!!  The end of the 1st quarter was October 16th.  I will send home a progress report with your child on Friday!  Please sign and return it.  This week is Red Ribbon Week!  Tuesday is:" Crazy Hair Day," Wednesday is: "Non-Matching Shoes and Socks Day," Thursday is: "Pajama Day," and Friday is: "South Shirt and Glasses Day".
     Math: 2.11 Multiply 3-Digit and 4-Digit Numbers with Regrouping, and 2.12 Solve Multi-step Problems Using Equations.  Math homework, correlates with the math lessons taught.
     Spelling: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January, February, March, April, May June, July, August, September, October, November, December, holiday, calendar, minute, second, season, autumn, year, minerals, crystals.
     Science:  Insects and Spiders. Compare the two.
     Reading: Our class is reading "Hatchet," By Gary Paulsen.  Your child should be preparing to give a Bibliography Book Report, Due Thursday, October 31st.
     Social Studies:  We will start our "Indian Tribes of Utah" unit.  We will carve apples instead of pumpkins, on Halloween.  Please send the largest apple you can find, to school with your child, that day. We will make "Indian Doll Heads."   Nov. 1st,  we will start weaving our Indian belts.  Your child needs a skein of yarn wound in a ball, and put in a gallon Zip-Lock Bag, with his/her name on it.
     Field Trip:  Nov. 1st, 4th graders will take a bus to, The Frontier Homestead!  We will eat school lunch at the city park, then walk back to the school.  Our 4th grade level needs a total of 7 parent helpers.  If you are willing, and able to help.  Please contact me by email, or phone 435-592-4892.
Thanks for all that you do, to support me, and your child!!
Have a great week!!
 
    

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Reynold's Rapter's News #8

Hello Everyone!!
     It was great, visiting with each of you,  during SEPs!  We had 100% attendance!! That shows what great support you parents are!!  Thank you for that!
     Spelling: Follow, matter, summer, million, dollar, scissors, cattle, dress, office, suppertime, blizzard, penny, wrapper, wallet, occurrence, village, collide, battle, coniferous, deciduous.
     Math:  Chapters 2.8, 2.9, 2.10.  We are still trying to figure out all of the new ways to break apart numbers and how to think, outside the box!!  It's coming along slowly!  Your child will bring the torn out pages of homework home, and leave their books at school.  It has been too easy, to forget to bring back their books to school!  Your child is enrolled with Go Math on Think Central.  You can access our Math Book, Practice  or Homework Book, plus many activities for your child to play, learn, and quiz themselves.  Process:  Google Think Central.com  Click on the option for students, teachers and administrators.  Sign in User Name ex.  firstandlastname.   Pin: gomath  Click on My Library.  Have fun, exploring great Math activities! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHoZF5TVXzU
     Reading:  We just finished reading "Sing Down The Moon," by Scott O' Dell.  Your child should be reading a biography, getting ready to report on Oct. 31.  They will dress-up like the person, or use props when presenting their book report.  Also, your child should be reading a Battle of The Books book.  Please remind your child, to return the September Reading Log!
     Science:  We have finished dinosaurs and fossils.  We have started land zones, and indigenous plants of Utah.  We are making evidence pages, using the plant samples we found on Cedar Mountain.
Have a great week!!!
     

Monday, September 23, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #6

Hello Everyone!

     It was the first time in twelve years, that no one caught a frog, at Navajo Lake!  But, it was the first time in twelve years, that someone caught a fish!!  Cooper caught a minnow with his net!!  What a fun field trip, mud and all!!  We visited the different landzones and learned about their elevation, indigenous plants and animal habitats.
     I hope everyone has seen their SEP schedule.  Most have returned them.  The schedule is as follows:
Mon. Sept. 30  2:30- Craig,  2:45-Ashtyn, 3:00- Brock,  3:15-                    ,  3:30 -Daxton,   3:45- T.J.,  4:00 Brody,  4:15 - Linden 
Tues. Oct. 1 8:30 -Tasha,  2:30 -Blakely,  2:45 -Alexa,  3:00 -Abby,  3:15- Laurinda,  3:30- Austin,  3:45- Bryce  4:30- Kaden
Wed. Oct. 2 8:30 -Ellie,  2:30- Mckenzie,  2:45- John,  3:00- Laura,  3:15- Sadie,  3:30 -Maddie,  3:45- Megan,  4:00- Spencer
Thurs. 4:00-Cooper
Fri. 8:30-Noah
I'm excited to get to visit with each of you!
     Spelling: Strong, wrong, copy, cloth, problem, October, whole, explode, control, shown, bowl, bottom, smoky, coach, throat, toast, doughnut, foe, elevation, indigenous.
     Math:  Multiplying by One Digit Numbers, Algebra, Multiply Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands, Estimate products.
     Math Homework: 2.1, 2.3, 2.4.
     Science:  Fossils. Landzones.
     Science:  We've had two Tiger Salamanders, Ten Polywogs that turned to Toads, and now a Lizard!  We are having some hands-on science lessons on animals!  The S.U.U. Biology professor Dr. Hansen, brought several of his students to south, along with a Garden Snake,  Collarded Lizard,  and Tarantula.  Dr. Hansen talked to us about their adaptations and habitats.  It was really interesting!!
     Art:  Our Art teacher has done a fabulous job!!  We made land zone collages, and ink prints!
     Reading:  Our class is reading Sing Down The Moon By Scott O' Dell.
     Mystery Book Report: Due September 30.  Our next book report will be on a famous person.  A Bibliography.  We will get to dress up like the person.  It will be due around Halloween.
Have a great week!!! Thanks to our Reading Helpers!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #5

Hello Everyone!

     Field Trip:  Tuesday, September 17.  Please remember to put money in your child's lunch account!  Students should wear old sneaker type shoes and older clothing.  Please bring a light jacket in case of inclement weather.  Snack, water bottle, hand sanitizer is also appreciated.
     Reminder: No "Reading Helpers," on Tuesday because of field trip!
     Spelling:  Since, which, inch, string, title, shrimp, picnic, mind, wild, decide, why, skyscraper, buy, right, lightning, write, cypress, bicycle, forest, desert, wetland.
     Math:  Subtracting Whole Numbers, More Problem Solving.  Math Homework coincides with math lessons 1.7 & 1.8.
     Science:  Fossils & mineral replacement.
     Reading:  Your child should be finishing up a "Mystery Reading Book."  The Rubric was sent home last Thursday Sept. 12.  Book Report is due September 30.  Battle of The Books list was sent home Friday the 13th.  You may choose a few books to read with/to your child.  Your child will also be reading books from the list in class and by themselves.  We will have several book reports due on different Battle Books.
     Social Studies:  We will be studying Utah History this year.  We will start out with Utah's Symbols, then counties.
     SEPs:  September 30-Oct. 4. Please watch for your appointment slip.  I look forward to your visit!
Have a great week!!!
   

Friday, September 6, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #4

Hello Everyone!!

     Picture day is today!!! Monday, Sept. 9th.  Also, don't forget our Back To School Bash tonight from 5:30-8:00.  Buy your punch card early, 8:30-9:00 & 3:15-4:00!   The Bash Dash, will award your child with five extra card punches!!
     Reading Helpers start today!  Our students have been "Bench Marked,"  and put into Reading Groups.  Our field Trip has been cancelled, because of the weather.  It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 17.  So no Reading helpers on that day!
     Spelling:  Then, else, edge, when, tenth, empty, sketch, easy, eager, sneakers, mean, fifteen, receive, piece, believe, spelling, people, squeeze.
      Safety First:  Parents, your child will NOT be allowed to walk out to your car in the parking lot!  Please walk over to them, and take them safely back to your car! How horrible would you feel, if you motioned for your child to cross the parking lot, and they were hit by a car!  Please, be aware of this safety issue, and put your child first! Thank you!
     Math:  Your student should be taking home his/her math homework book every night, and returning it to school every day.  Assignments should be completed through 1.6.  Thank you for your help at home.  We're getting used to our new, "Go Math." 
     Reading: Your child should be reading a mystery book.  I'm sending home the rubric for the Mystery Book Report, Due, Monday, September 30th. Our class just finished reading "Sign Of The Beaver" one of our Battle Of The Books this year.  A list of Battle of the Books will come home today also.  You may read it to your child, or they may read it alone.

    

















Monday, September 2, 2013

Reynold's Raptor news #3

Hello Everyone!
     I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!!  If you have not yet, filled out the new registration form and returned it to school with your child, please do so.  They were sent home at back To School Night, in the take home folder. 
     Our class is in charge of raising the flag, lunch workers, and hall monitors this week.  Only those who have returned their permission to work in the lunchroom will be allowed to do so.  They will receive free school lunch on those days that they serve.
     Our literacy group have not yet bench marked our class.  I'm unable to group them until this is done.  Therefore, we won't start reading helpers, until next week!  I will call those who signed up to help, on Friday, to let you know for sure.
     Spelling:  fact, began, clasp, rapid, able, later, space, stranger, grade, display, main, explain, freight, neighbor, weigh, vein, April, ankle, Utah, Raptor's.
     Math:  Rounding Numbers  1:4   Renaming Numbers  1:5   Add Whole Numbers 1:6  Problem Solving  1:7
     Science:  All About Dinosaurs, Fossils.  Land Zones. We have a salamander, some tadpoles and toads, in our classroom.  We will study Amphibians and Reptiles along the way.
     Reading:  Our class is reading "Sign of The Beaver ," By Elizabeth George Speare.
September's Reading Calendar will be sent home on Tuesday!
     Picture Day:  Monday, September 9.  Please send money packets to school with your child.
     Back To School Bash:  Monday, September 9, 5:30-8:00P.M.
     Field Trip:  Friday, September 13  Navajo Lake!!  Land Zones, catch frogs!!!
Have a great week!!!
     

    

Monday, August 26, 2013

Reyold's Raptor's News #2

Hello Everyone!!

     We got through the first complete week of school!  We are having a lot of fun, and enjoying getting to know each other!  We have already had one spelling test, and one multiplication tables test! We did a prerequisite for Math., and a beginning of the year test.
We started Go Math! today!! Please watch for the Math Homework book to come home tonight!!
We are studying Place Value.

Spelling words are:  Attach, where, sandwich, change, watch, singer, slippery, spring, gather, these, thread, athlete, worth, thirsty, whisper, whistle, awhile, nowhere, Pangea, dinosaur.

Science:  We started with Land before Time.  We will add a timeline, and different types of dinosaurs that walked the earth, millions of years ago.

Daily Language:  Finished week #1 and started week #2.  We have reviewed, common and proper nouns .  We will review abbreviations, and Plurals.

Birthdays:  We celebrated Laurinda's Birthday!!

Reading:  As a class, we are reading "Sign of The Beaver," By Elizabeth George Speare.  Please make sure your child is reading at home thirty minutes each night.  I won't send home a reading calendar until September.  That's when the Pizza Hut reward begins.
Reading helpers will begin after Labor Day.  I will call and remind you, if you signed up to help!

Thanks so much for your support! It's going to be a great year!!
Karla Reynolds

Friday, July 5, 2013

Reynolds' Rockin' Raptor's Back To School News

Welcome To Mrs. Reynolds’ 4th Grade Class!

Reynolds’ Rockin’ Raptors,
I am 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 the 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, Click on teachers, click on Mrs. Reynolds picture.  My email address is karla.reynolds@ironmail.org

Reading:  It is important that your child read at least 30 min. each day, from a book on his/her level. 15 min. should be read out loud, to an older person for clarification of vocabulary etc. and 15 min. 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 parents signature, and turn it into me on the first day of the following month. We will learn about the different genre of reading.

Book Reports: Book Reports will be given on a different genre each month.  The first book report will be a “Mystery Book Report.” It will be due the first week of October.  I will inform you well in advance, what type of genre, how, and when the  report will be given.

Spelling:  A “Spelling List” will be sent home each week and also put 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 can not be made up. :( Vocabulary words will be used 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.

Math:  We have a new math program called “Go Math!” I’m excited about this program, because your child will work in a reproducible workbook, that they may take home. We also do ADD, Mountain Math, and use Daily Math as homework.  Using a variety of math resources will assist students in learning the Utah State Core for 4th grade. We also have a “Multiplication Tables Chart” that will be tested on each Friday!

Science: We will start the year exploring “Land Before Time.”  We will explore the Scientific Method. We will study the Earth, different Land Zones, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Rocks and Minerals, Indigenous Plants of Utah,The Water Cycle, Weather, Animals and Insects.

Social Studies:  We will study Utah’s history.  Starting with the symbols and counties of Utah. We will move to American Indians, Spanish Explorers, Mountain Men, and the Utah Pioneers.  "Utah Studies Weekly," is a fantastic newspaper addition that teaches these topics.

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, limericks, idioms, and writing of students individual interests. We will use Six-Traits to improve writing skills. Monthly Journal Jots will be done 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 Spiral practice sheet, anything that was not finished in class, spelling, multiplication tables, and extra work where needed.

Grade Printouts:  Sent home or emailed 2 times a quarter.  Please visit "Power School," weekly to keep-up-to date on your child's grades and missing assignments.  The website location, your child's confidential ID and password was sent home to you in your welcome back to school letter. Please keep it in a safe place, and refer to it often.

Organizational Skills are reinforced in 4th grade.  Each student is responsible for his/her own work.  If a child's assignment is missing, they may visit the "Extra's Cart," to find a copy.  I make 5 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 ASAP.

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 become an "Outlier."  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," threes more strikes, and he 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.:(

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 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 birthday's are celebrated as a half birthday.  You may send a store bought treat for the class, if you wish. :)

Thank you once again, for entrusting me as your child's teacher and advocate.  I'm looking forward to a fantastic year!!!



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dear Parents and Students,
     Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.  As most of you know, my Mother passed away on the 13th of May.  We weren't able to have her funeral until the 20th, because we waited for my brother to get back home from Maryland.  He was attending a Homeland Security training on terrorism.  He is our Cedar City Police Lieutenant.  I didn't come back to school until Thursday, the 22nd.
     I just want to express my gratitude to each of you for your kind words, thoughts, prayers, and gifts.  You are such a wonderful bunch of parents and friends.  I have loved every minute of teaching your child this year in 4th grade.  They take after their parents, such a wonderful class.  I will miss them, and you.
     Thanks again for a fantastic year!!  Have a safe and fun summer!!
Love,
Karla Reynolds

Friday, April 19, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News #32

Hello Everyone,
     It's that time of the year again! Testing time!  Our class will be testing everyday this week. Our schedule goes as follows:
Mon. April 22  Language Arts  1:00-2:30
Tues. April 23  Language Arts  1:00-2:30
Wed. April 24  Math 9:00-10:30
Thurs. April 25 Math 9:00-10:30
Fri. April 26 Science 10:30-12:00 and 1:00-2:00
On Monday, the 22nd, I will make a pancake/sausage breakfast for the class. Some students have signed- up to bring extra items. Syrup-Abby and Luke,  Milk-Chris, Cups-Seth, Orange Juice-McCrae and Makell C., Apple Juice and Plates Taylor, Chocolate Chips-McKelle, Whipping Cream-Trev Dog, Forks-Jinger.  Please let me know if you are unable to donate before Monday morning.  Please make sure your child gets to bed early every night and gets a good breakfast every morning.
Thank You in advance, for your support with this special breakfast!
Calendar of Events:
Testing   April 22-April 26
Library Books Due  April 29-May3
Take Home Leveled Books Due May 2
Zion Field Trip Friday,  May 3
Meeting of The Railroads  Friday May 10
Wax Museum Wednesday, May 15
4th Grade Program, Thursday, May 16  2:30 -Gym
Battle of the Books,  Friday, May 17
Reading Celebration  Monday, May 20 1:30-2:10
Field Day Tuesday, May 21 All Day
Have a great week!! Thanks for all that you do!


    

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #30

Hello Everyone,

     Today was the last day our student teacher, Tanna Orton was here. We will miss her.
Arts Night is tonight at 6:30 P.M. Come watch our students perform and see their artwork!
     We will start End of level Tests April 22, with Language Arts. Please don't schedule vacations or outside activities during the testing window.  We want our students to be able to do their best.  Please make sure that your child gets a good nights sleep, and a healthy breakfast each day.
     Spelling:  Multiply, imagination, favorite, computer, citizenship, invisible, undercover, enjoyment, discussion, America, unusual, example, melody, temperature, understanding, experiment, explanation, oxygen, hygrometer, barometer.
     Math:   Review all past taught concepts.
     Science:  Weather, Mammals,  Review
     Social Studies:  Mountain Men.  Rendezvous on Friday, April 12.  Your child can bring items from home to sale, (Using their earned tickets) and trade: Toys, jewelry, hand-made crafts, food, clothing, posters, games, trinkets, misc. etc.
     Reading:  We have finished reading, There's A Boy in The Girl's Bathroom, and will start Night Of The Twisters.  We are reading books for Battle of The Books , held in May.
     4th Grade program: Thursday, May 16th, 2:30P.M.
     I can hardly believe that we are so close to the end of the year.  I have loved teaching your child this year. Thank you for your great support!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reynolds' Raptor's News#29

Hello All,
    Our class Science fair projects were awesome!!! Everyone was a winner, in my book!  Great ideas, displayed well!  Thanks so much for your support with this.  Next year, your child could do the same project, but,  tweek, or expand, to make it even better.  We had four class winners out of the 4th grade classes.  Jinger Holyoak took 2nd place,  Kaden Lloyd, McKelle Sherratt, and Jennifer Bulloch, were Honorable Mentions.  Congratulations to each of you!!!
     Thanks to each of you that contributed to our class Easter Egg Hunt/Math activity! It was a fun!
Have a safe and  happy "Easter/Spring Break!"  School starts back on Monday, April 1st.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #28

Hello Everyone,
     Our Science Fair Project will double as an Informational Book Report for March.  The Science Fair is this Thursday, March 21. Please take your project to the gym upon arrival to school.  Judging will take place all morning, so no one is allowed in the gym, after the bell rings, except judges and called on participants. Parents may come look at the Science Fair projects at 2:00-3:30 P.M.  The awards assembly is Friday, March 22nd at 2:15 P.M. Thank you so much for your support with this project!
     Spelling:  Hopeless, careless, homeless, tireless, hopeful, fearful, cheerful, careful, graceful, happily, friendly, angrily, swiftly,  suddenly, darkness, goodness, sadness, kindness, rendezvous, science.
     Science: Water, Weather, Birds
     Math:  Circumference, radius, diameter, spiral of all previous math concepts taught.
     Reading:  Our class is reading, There's a Boy In the Girl's Bathroom, By Louis Sachar
     Easter Tuesday:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt on Tuesday, March 26.  If you able to, please send  one bag of wrapped candy with your child to school.  Please make sure there are at least 25 pieces in the bag.  This fun activity will double as a division in math activity.
Thank you so much, for your undying support! I really hate to see this school year end! I love your child!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #26

Hello Everyone,
     The Caldecott book reports were fun!! I have the most creative group of students this year! Your child's diorama will be displayed in the library this week.  Visit the library with your child during SEP's. You will be able to look over our class display.
     Book Report: Informational.  It will double as a science project.  I hope your child has already started working on this. Due Tuesday, March 19.
     Multiplication Tables: Those students who have passed off the timed multiplication tables at a 100%, at least six times, were awarded "Banana Splits!!" Congratulations!! Keep working towards another one!!
     Birthday's: Luke, Kinzi, and Katelyn Happy Birthday! We celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Friday, March 1.  We ate green eggs and ham. I didn't have to persuade anyone to eat them!  I read the book Green Eggs and Ham to them, as a writing prompt. Students will write a persuasive advertisement, in class.
     Son's of The Utah Pioneer Essay Contest:  Due March 15. What a great way for your child to become acquainted with his/her ancestors.
     SEP Week:  I'm looking forward to visiting with you and your child, this week at SEPs.
     Spelling: Volcano, lazy, flavor, piano, recent, really, item, pilot, triangle, climate, gigantic, program, obey, puny, prepare, vacant, pulley, menu.
     Reading:  New reading groups! Students are progressing nicely in reading!  We finished reading Snow Treasure, and will start reading a new book this week.
     Science: Finished fish, starting birds. water cycle and starting weather.
Have a great week!!!
      

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #25

Hello Everyone,
     I hope each of you enjoyed President's Holiday! I sure did!  My oldest granddaughter got married!
It was nice to have the extra day!!
     Thank you for all of the "Sweet" Valentines!!  I will treasure each and every one of them.  Also, Thank you for helping with items for our Valentine's Day Party!!  We had a fun time!!!
     Book Report:  Caldecott Book Report, due Thursday, February 28th.  This is to be done in the form of a diorama.  Please attach an index card, with the title of the book, the author's name, and your child's name.  These will be displayed in the school's library. I've demonstrated several to the class.
     Spelling: Action, fiction, mission, divide, division, attend, attention, pollute, pollution, express expression, educate, music, musician, magic, magician, physician, condensation, evaporation.
     Math: Spiral of Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Improper Fractions, Reducing Fractions, Equivalent Fractions, Long Division, Double Digit Multiplication.
     Social Studies:  Mountain Men
     Science: The Water Cycle/Fish
     Reading: Reading Groups 30 minutes each day.  Class Book, Snow Treasure. Home Reading 30 mins. each night.  I'm so excited about the students progress in reading! Keep up the great work!!!
A Giant "THANK YOU" to our Reading Helpers!!!
Have a great week!!!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #24

Hello Everyone,
     I hope everyone is happy and well this week!  January was a record breaking cold for Utah, since 1949.  I guess that's why there's been so much sickness!  I'm looking forward to spring!! 
     Science Fair: All 4th graders are required to do a "Science Fair" project.  The yellow paper I sent home last week, needs to be signed by you and returned by Friday, February 15.  If your child doesn't submit the paper on time, they will not be able to be judged.  The science fair project doubles as an Informational Book Report., for March. Those not participating in the judging, will still need to present their project to the class!  Sad thing! Last year, I had three students who didn't turn their paper in on time, so weren't able to participate in the judging. When they presented to the class, their projects, were some of the best ones out there. They, and I, wished they could have been judged.
This project is a prerequisite for what your child will do in 5th grade.
     Valentine's Day: I'm sending home a class list today.  We will be making our Valentine containers in class.  Students will pass-out their Valentines to the class, on Thursday. We have 24 students.
     Spelling: Calf, walked, ghost, gnawed, climber, wreath, listen, island, scent, wrench, judge, fasten, wrist, doubt, knock, answer, knelt, sign, percolation, precipitation. 
     We have our top two competitors for the school wide Spelling Bee! Congratulations Jacee Brunson and Jennifer Bulloch!  We actually had to test four of our students four times to get the top two. Jinger Holyoak, Luke Armstrong, were in the top four! Congratulations to each of you!
     Science: The Water Cycle, and Fish.
     Social Studies: Mountain Men
     Math: Spiral of Double Digit Multiplication, Long Division, Fractions, Improper Factions, Mixed Numbers, Adding and Subtracting Fractions. Changing Fractions to Decimals. Reducing Fractions. 
     Son's of The Utah Pioneers Essay Contest:  I hope you are helping your child with this project. I'm looking forward to reading about your ancestors.  This is a prerequisite to what your child will do in 5th grade.
     President's Holiday: Monday, February, 18th. No school!!
Thanks for all that you do to support me, teaching your child. I love them, and want them to be successful!  Your support is vital!! Thanks Again! Karla

Monday, February 4, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #23

Hello Everyone,

     I hope everyone is well! We've sure had a lot of sickness!  I apologize for not sending home last quarter's progress record. Our school printer has been down for repairs since we returned after New Years, and now the Power School is down and I can't submit assignments.  Thank goodness the blog still works!!!  I will get those out to you as soon as the machines allow me to.
     Because of the temperature and weather conditions, we were unable to attend the Annie production!  Sorry!  We had a wonderful presentation  by a local Mountain Man, Larry Bilyeu, and his wife Crystal.  They came dressed authentically with lots of stories and items to share and tell us about.  We were happy to have them come.
     I sent home "Son's of The Utah Pioneer Essay Contest Rules," to those interested.
This project is only available to 4th and 5th graders.  There is a cash award for the winners.  I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, helping your child learn about his/her family history.
     The Inventions  were amazing!! Thank you for your help with this science project!!! We had a lot of fun with this.
     Book Report: This month's book report will be from a Caldecott Award winner.  Due February, 28.  Your child should have checked out a book from the library already. They will make a diorama and display it in the library.
     Math: We are still struggling to do Double Digit Multiplication and Long Division.  Anything you can do at home to help your child with these concepts would be great!!!
     Science: Fish and The Water Cycle
     Social Studies: Mountain Men
     Utah Common Core: In order to take the end of level tests this year, your child will need a personal email address. I will send home permission slips this week.  We are short a lab of computers, and will be using a "Krone" (Similar to a laptop) for part of the testing.
     Reading: We are reading, "Snow Treasure" By Marie McSwigan as a class. Students read thirty minutes in reading groups everyday. Thank you for continuing to read at home. Thirty minutes each day. Have a great week!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News! Week # 22

Hello Everyone!
     I hope you are all happy and well. There has been so much sickness going around. I think we just keep passing it back and forth:(  It makes it almost impossible to teach important concepts, when half the class is missing. I hope the weather clears soon, so that we can get out in the fresh, clean air.
     Inventions: Using 2-liter bottles are due Thursday, January 31.  Those that have been turned in already, have been pretty awesome!
     The Son's of The Utah Pioneers writing contest: Rubric is going home with the students who are interested in participating.  I'm always amazed by the stories of my student's ancestors.  This is a great way for your child to learn more about their Family History.
     Spelling: Enough, tough, fifty, pharmacy, alphabet, nephew, trophy, paragraph, telephone, photograph, giraffe, forest, figure, refrigerator, draft, phrase, traffic, chief, mixed number, improper fraction.
     Math: Mixed Numbers, Improper Fractions, Common Denominators, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, spiral of concepts taught previously.
     Science: Fish, Water Cycle.
     Social Studies:  Spanish Explorers
     Book Report: Due Thursday, February 28, Caldecott Award Book.  Diorama.
Thanks for all that you do to support your child in his/her education!! I am grateful to be your child's advocate!! Have a great week!
Love,
Karla Reynolds
   

Monday, January 14, 2013

Reynolds' Raptors' News #20

Hello Everyone,
     The thermometer in my car this morning was -17.  As I pulled into South's parking lot, it warmed up to a toasty -11.  Looks like we'll be having indoor breaks for today at least!  Please make sure that your child dresses warm, non the less!  Our weather is so unpredictable! 
     I can't believe that we are starting the third quarter already! Time flies, when your having fun!!
The Biography Book Reports were awesome!!! Thanks for supporting your child with this project!
There will be no book report due this month! Instead, they will be inventing something using 2 liter bottles. I have given them some examples and explained the process.  Their inventions are due January 31st.
I love your child, and feel it a privilege to be their teacher.  Please make sure to keep up with your child's progress, by checking their individual progress record, at least weekly.
     Spelling: Shoes, clues, wound, junior, truth, duty, news, through, few, who, schoolroom, whose, conclusion, June, shampoo, cruel, choose, ruin, amphibian, water.
     Math:  Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Spiral review, double digit multiplication, long division, fractions to decimals.
     Social Studies: Spanish Explorers
     Science: Amphibians/ Water Cycle

Have a great week!!! Thank you for all that you do!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Reynold's Raptor's News #16

     Hello Everyone,
     Sorry this news letter is at the end of the week. But here are some of the things we have learned and participated in over the past week.
     We made Christmas gifts for you.  I hope you like the "Rag Trees."  I like to send them home at the first of December so that you can enjoy them during the currant Christmas Season.  Thank you for your support with furnishing the fabric for these.  I thought they turned out wonderful!
     Thank you to Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Terri Cook, Melissa Cocchia,  ShaLiece  Corry, and Heather Mumford, for helping with activities brought to us from "Frontier Homestead."  We participated in nine different activities that the early people of Utah did. They included: Packing a wagon, Indian Petroglyphs, Checkers, different medicines, clothing, telegraph, Morris Code,

Reynolds' Raptors' News #19

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!
     I hope each of you had a joyous Christmas!!!  Thank you for  your great support and food donations for our Christmas Party!!  It was great!!!  You guys are the best!! Thanks so much for the thoughtful treats and gifts! I really appreciate each and every one of them!
     Book Report: Biography, due this Thursday, January 10.  I sent the rubric home with your child. They may bring a dress up, or  props of the person reported on.
     Spelling: Voice, oyster, voyage, annoy, choice, avoid, appoint, enjoy, moisture, noise, drown, amount, fountain, crowded, southwest, thousand, flour, pronounce, numerator, denominator.
     Math: Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Improper Fractions, Reducing, Adding, Subtracting, Equivalent Fractions.
     Social Studies:  Mountain Men
     Science:  Inventions/Two-Liter Bottles,  Amphibians, Water Cycle.
I hope 2013 is the BEST YEAR  so far!!!!!
Thanks for all that you do to support me, in supporting your child!  YOU're Awesome!!!!
Love,
Karla