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Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Good Morning Parents,

Our class has earned a party for walking the halls quietly, following rules and working hard in the classroom. This class has beat my record for fastest party earned! Our party will be Monday afternoon. Students may wear pajamas on Monday and bring an electronic device or game to play with. The device will not be hooked up to the internet. Students will also be able to use their Chromebooks, but only on approved sites. They are welcome to bring a healthy snack to share with the class, or a single snack. 

Scholastic orders are in for this month. However, you can still order online using the class code of GWD9L. This will put it on my class and Scholastic will let me know you put in an order. I will then go in and process it right away. Thank you to all who ordered this month. I was able to get 8 Because of Winn Dixie, to replace those that are falling apart, free. Our whole school reading book for October will be Journey to the Center of the Earth. We will be scheduling a celebration for this book at the end of October. If you are interested in being in charge of food or games, please email me at

We are halfway through with the book Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing in reading. The students have written a news article and performed a commercial they made up. They just love the characters in it.
They are also working on their own fictional narrative. I can't wait to read these!
Don't forget to have your child read 120  minutes a week!

Math is a new program called Learnzillion. The fourth grade lessons are written by 4th grade teachers to go with the common core standards. IXL also is aligned to the common core standards. We are working on factors and multiples at this time. All of the D section of ixl works on multiplication, factors and multiples. Remember,, 80 minutes a week at home, for 100 points a week! 

Our spelling test is tomorrow. The words can be found on this blog to the left of this newsletter.

Thank you so much for letting me teach your children!

Dates to remember:

Monday, Sept. 18                     ixl minutes due for week of 11th - 17th 
Tuesday, September 19      STEM Night 5-7 p.m. come join the fun and learn about drones!
Monday, September 25        ixl minutes due for week of 18th -24th 
October 2                             September Reading Calendar Due
                                             ixl minutes due for week of 25th-29th
October 9 -13                       Fall Break
Tuesday, October 24           Family Pumpkin Carving, dinner, and a movie 5:30-7 p.m.
Monday, October 16            ixl minutes due from the 2nd-15th (80 minutes total)
Monday, October 23            ixl minutes due from 16th-22nd
Monday, October 30            ixl minutes due from 23rd-29th 
Wednesday, November 1    October Reading Calendar Due
November 2 & 3                   PT Conferences 3:30-7 p.m./ Title 1 informational meeting 7-8 p.m.
Monday, November 6          VCS SKATE NIGHT at Rollerdrom from 6-8 p.m. $5 entrance/$2 rentals

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Dear Parents,

I still have some students that do not have earbuds for technology and Chromebook use. Please remember to get your child a pair of earbuds. They can be purchased at the dollar store.

Remember the website for ixl homework is
Some students did not finish all 80 minutes of their homework for last week. Each student needs to complete 80 minutes of ixl at home each week. Each week is worth 100 points to the math grade.
This week students should be working on D.3, D.4, D.1, and D.2, in that order! We are working on factors and multiples. We are working on a new math program in class from  So far, we are loving it!

September Reading Calendars are coming home today. Please go back and have your child fill in the days for September. Reading for September should be from 480-500 minutes.
425-500 = A, 350-424=B, 300-349=C, 200-299=D

We have worked on Intro to Idaho in social studies. We are going to leave that behind tomorrow and start working on energy in science.

You can go into the parent portal and see when homework is due for reading and math for the month of September. Parents can get an app for their phone or tablet that will let them access the parent portal. If you need help, please call Amy Bowers at 208-455-9220.

If your child misses a day, he or she has 2 days to make up any work missed. If work isn't made up, it becomes a zero! We put a folder on the desk of all missing students with work missed while they are gone. They should then bring the work home, finish it, and return it to school for credit.

Thank you to the parents that have ordered books on scholastic book club already. I was able to order 8 new Because of Winn Dixie  classroom books that are falling apart! You can order online at scholastic  book club, using my code, GWD9L, or send with your child to me a check and book order. 


• Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

I find this class to be fun and energizing! We are going to have a wonderful, productive year!

Dates to Remember:
Monday, September 11       VCS SKATE NIGHT at Rollerdrom from 6-8 p.m. $5 entrance/$2 rentals
Monday, September 11       IXL Homework Due for past week
Tuesday, September 12      Scholastic Orders for September must be in
Monday, September 18       IXL Homework Due for past week
Tuesday, September 19      STEM Night 5-7 p.m. come join the fun and learn about drones!
Monday, September 25       IXL Homework Due for past week
Thursday, September 28     Blast off for cookie dough sales!!! 4th Grade
Monday,  October 2             IXL Homework due for past week
Monday, October 2              September Reading Calendar Due
October 9 -13                       Fall Break
Tuesday, October 24           Family Pumpkin Carving, dinner, and a movie 5:30-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Wanted:  Earbuds or Earphones!

Each student must have a pair for school! 

Thank you!