Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reynolds' Raptor's News #2

WOW!!!  What a wonderful class!!  We've made it through an entire week already without any problems!!  Thank you for giving the awesome opportunity to accompany you in teaching your child!!  The following is an outline for the week:
Happy Birthday  Megan!
Happy Birthday  Luke!
Happy Birthday  Emma!
Happy Birthday Dylan O.!

Math:  We have completed lessons 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5.  Homework for these lessons have already been sent home, returned, and checked!
We will continue with lessons, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 and Chapter 1 Review Test.
Math Homework: Correlates with the lessons taught each day.

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

Science:  Land Before Time  Parts of The Earth, Pangea, Mountains, Valleys,  Volcanos. Dinosaur environment.

Social Studies:  All about "Me" activities!!

Library, Music, and P.E. have already started!  We have a new Art Teacher, Debbie Davis, who has a masters degree in Art!  We will go to Art this coming Thursday!  Cheryl Savage is our new Music teacher, but not new to our school!!  Welcome to South Elementary!!

Have a great week everyone!!!  Remember, No School on Monday, September, 1,   Labor Day!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Welcome Back To School! 2015

               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 mins. each day, from a book on his/her level. 15 mins. should be read out loud, to an older person for clarification of vocabulary etc. and 15 mins. 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 report will be a “Here’s The Scoop” Book Report. It will be due the last week of September. It will be from our “Battle of The Books” list. 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:  Our math program is called “Go Math” I’m excited about this program, because it will be accessible to you at home through the internet. We use Go Math Practice Book as homework. Both books will stay at school.  If needed, Google: thinkcentral.com your child’s name is the user name and go math is the pin number. Your child can work online, copy and bring it back to school.  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, 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.

Personal Items:  Please make sure your child's name is on everything sent to school!  Please do not allow your child to bring toys or irreplaceable items from home!  The school, or I will not be responsible for any personal items brought to school, that are lost stolen, or broken!

Classroom Management:  I have many reward systems in place!  If for some reason your child does not adhere to any to them, I have a three strikes....your out policy!  After three warnings or chances to adhere, your child will be asked to move their desk to the back of the room. They become an "Outlier"  Mathematical term for alone.  If three strikes are again earned, your child will call you, then be sent to the focus room, and possibly be referred to the "Skills Program."  They may also earn their way back into the "Cluster," another Mathematical term for (Group)
Your child has ample time to finish the required work in class!  If they don't finish what is expected, they will stay in from all breaks until finished.  If the work is still not finished by the end of the day, it will come home, and be added homework.

Homework:  Nightly reading, one page of math from the practice book, are the homework requirements on a regular basis.  Typing and spelling words as needed. 

I hope this will be one of your child’s favorite school years yet!!  We are Reynold’s Rockin’ Raptors!!  Thank you for the privilege of being your child’s teacher and advocate for a successful year!!  You may email me anytime at karla.reynolds@ironmail.org.  Call or text me at 435-704-1091.
Thank you in advance, for a great year!!