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Mrs. Leaver's Class 2017-2018

Welcome to our class! 
This page will provide an overview of class procedures and expectations, a list of upcoming events and/or tests, and a description of weekly homework assignments. Please contact me with any questions about the information provided here.

Mrs. Leaver


CONTACT INFORMATION

Classroom phone: 775-8889

(Use before and after school hours)


4LEAVER WEEKLY SPECIALS:

MONDAY: Music

TUESDAY: Art

WEDNESDAY: P.E. (remember sneakers)

    THURSDAY: Library (return books weekly)

FRIDAY: P.E. (remember sneakers)


JUNE 2018

Thank you for a terrific school year!  Have a happy and healthy summer!

See you in the fall.

~Mrs. Leaver :)



MONDAY, MAY 14th:

  • Please help keep your child on schedule with the Science Fair project.  All parts should be completed and printed by Thursday, 5/24.  Please contact me with any questions.

  • Please help your child monitor his/her reading time for the STAR reading program.

  • Thursday, 5/16 is an early release for students.

  • State Assessments (SAS) for Math are on Thursday, 5/17 and Friday, 5/18 for 4th grade students.

  • Unit 6 Math Assessment is scheduled for Monday, 5/ 21


4th Grade Science Fair

April 2018

In order to have a successful science fair, please consider the following:

  • Your teacher will be ordering Tri-Fold posters for the students.  The cost is $3.50 per student. Please submit as soon as possible.

  • Start collecting materials such as scrapbook paper and cut-out letters to be used on the posters.

  • Remember to have pictures taken of you doing your experiment! You will print these to add to your poster.

  • You may work with another student from your class (with parent permission as you will need to schedule times to get together)

  • All your work should be typed in a Google Doc (in one document).  Final sections will need to be printed.

  • Posters will be put together in-class, but you are responsible for completing all the following sections ahead of time. See below for dates:


Introduction- Science Fair Kick-Off!

Monday, 4/16

Question

Due: Thursday, 4/19

Hypothesis

Due: Thursday, 5/3

Materials and Procedure

Due: Thursday, 5/10

Completed experiment (including photographs), results (data chart), and conclusion

Due: Thursday, 5/24

Science Fair

Thursday, May 31, 2018

LSS Celebration of Learning



  • All sections of the project will need to be printed prior to Thursday, 5/24 (in font large enough for poster)

  • Posters will be completed in class.  Bring in glue sticks and scrap book materials if you are able.

  • Science Fair presentations will be during the LSS Celebration of Learning night on Thursday, May 31st.  More info to follow.


As always, please contact us with any questions.

The Fourth Grade Team



Wednesday, 4/11

Social Studies- Southeast Region Quiz scheduled for Thursday, 4/19.  Study materials were sent home.

Parent/Teacher conferences today through next week.  Please see link through Sign Up Genius

Field Trip tomorrow to Concord, NH!

April vacation: April 21-29.  Have fun!


Monday, 4/2

I hope everyone had a very happy Easter weekend! I can't believe we are in the 4th quarter of the school year!

Report cards will go home this Friday, 4/6

There are early release days scheduled for Wednesday 4/11 and 4/18 to allow for parent/teacher conferences.  You should receive a Sigh-Up Genius email from me soon.

Our field trip to Concord, NH is Thursday, 4/12.  Parents who have offered to chaperone will receive notice this week.  Thank you!

April Vacation will be 4/20-4/29!


Thursday, 3/22

The first US Regions test has been scheduled! The Northeast Region test is scheduled for Thursday, March 29th.  Study materials went home with students today.  Please help remind them to review their notes and study.


Monday, March 12th:

  • Music in our Schools- 4th grade concert tonight at 7:00pm in the gym.  Students should arrive by 6:45pm.
  • No school Tuesday, 3/13
  • SAS- State testing begins Monday, 3/19.  Please see notice that was sent home 3/12
  • Grade close March 30th


Monday, March 5th

Term 3 Homework Update

Hello Families!

As we move through the second half of the school year and into the (hopefully) warmer months, I am making the following changes to the class’ homework policy:

  • Math homework will only be assigned two nights a week.  Monday night’s math homework is due the following Wednesday, and Wednesday night’s math assignment is due on Friday.

  • This will allow students to spend more time practicing math facts as needed, or using DreamBox to practice other skills, but still allows me to monitor the students’ independent practice.  I will continue to expect students to be accountable for their assignments.

  • I will also provide weekly math enrichment activities for those interested.

  • I no longer be using the monthly reading chart to monitor daily reading.  Instead, I am asking you parents to help support your child’s reading on a regular basis.

  • I will be providing an optional book report enrichment activity in the near future.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns, or to let me know how homework is going for your child.



Updates:

  • Make-up volcano presentations (for those who were absent) will take place Thursday, 2/8  10:30-11:00am
  • Jump Rope for Heart is having it's annual fundraiser.  Packets will go home Friday, 2/9
  • We will have a small Valentine's Day celebration in the class on 2/14.  If your child would like to bring in Valentines, please make sure there is enough for everyone in the class (18 students)
  • The class has just started a new PBL (Project Based Learning) called the NH Staycation with Mrs. Pupino's class.  Ask your child about it!
  • There will be an early release on Friday, 2/23 for students.  
  • Vacation is 2/26-3/2. School resumes 3/5.
  • WISH LIST: antibacterials wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues.  Thanks!




Presentation Time! 

Please note: Due date has been changed to Thursday, 2/1

-Research page, volcano model, and project (poster or slideshow)

Please join us as we wrap up our Geology unit with a bang!

Volcano project presentations are scheduled for the following dates and times.

Please join us in Room 107. 

Mrs. Pupino’s Class:

Thursday, 2/1   2:00-2:40 (Students with last names A-L)

Friday, 2/2   1:00-2:00 (Students with last name M-Z)

Mrs. Leaver’s Class:

Thursday, 2/1   10:00-11:00 (Students with last names A-M)

Friday, 2/2   10:00-11:00 (Students with last name N-Z)

Each student will give a brief, 2-3 minute presentation.  This should include:

  • Introduction (child name and volcano)
  • Showing of Google Slides or poster
  • Explanation of how volcano model was built

The last 10 minutes or so of class will be saved for eruptions!

*I will provide all necessary materials for this.

 

Thanks for all your support with this project.

~Mrs. Leaver






January 21st:

REMINDER: Volcanoes Projects are due Wednesday, 1/31!

Grades closed Friday, 1/19.  Report cards will go home Friday, 1/26


Unit 3 Math Test scheduled for Friday, 1/12.

  • In class review on-going 

Upcoming: Rock Test scheduled for Wednesday, January 10th

  • Study Materials were sent home by Wednesday, 1/3
VOLCANO PROJECT!
  • Informational packet sent home week of 1/2
  • Volcanoes and projects are due Wednesday, 1/31
  • Presentations are scheduled for 1/31 and 2/1

    Volcano Project

     

    To conclude our Geology unit, the class will be researching and building volcanoes!

    Much of the research will be done in class, however, the poster or slide show and construction of the volcano will be done at home.

     

    This project is an opportunity to learn about a real volcano! If you are interested in a particular volcano, you may select to use it for your project.  Otherwise, choose one of the ones below:

     

    Mount St. Helen's                                            Mount Vesuvius

    (Washington state, USA)                                 (Pompeii, Italy)

     

    This handout will provide you with all of the information you need to complete your project.  The project has four parts:

     

    1. Research- this will be mostly done in class.  You will use the internet, World Book Online, nonfiction books, handouts and more. This information will be used to create a presentation on the volcano you select. (25 points)
    2. (Choice) Poster or Google Slides show- this will mostly be done at home.  You will use the information from your research to make a creative and informative presentation (see other page for details).  (25 points)
    3. Volcano- this is the fun part! At home, you will build your own volcano! Use pictures and information from your research to learn what your volcano looks like. Then, use the directions included to construct your volcano.  (25 points)
    4. Presentation- During class time, you will present your poster or slides show and volcano to the class (parents are welcome; more information to follow).  Please be prepared to share what you learned.  (25 points)

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this project!

    lleaver@sau16.org or 603-775-8889




Friday 12/22 Update:

Due to tomorrow's early release, we will have our class party from 9:00-10:00.  Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!


Week of 12/18/17

The Holiday season is truly upon us! Despite the hustle and bustle, please enjoy this time with your family and friends.

  • Fourth graders were shown a holiday movie today as a "gift" from Mr.Bairstow and Ms. Smith
  • There will be no spelling/spelling homework this week
  • Our classroom celebration is Friday 12/22/ fro 10:00-11:00.  All are welcome! Our room parent, Ginny Christenson, is helping to organize.  If you did not receive the Sign Up Genius and would like to contribute, please let me know!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!





Classroom Info
  • Math Enrichment HW- Optional math challenge assignments.  Due each Friday.
  • Edmodo
  • DreamBox

September 5, 2017

The second week of school is off to a great start! 

  • Homework is starting this week.  Please take a moment to look through your child's take home folder and assignment book.  I have sent home a HW Guidelines handout for your information.  Please contact me if you have any questions about your child's HW assignments.
  • Student Council "elections" will be held this week.  If your child is interested in running, he/she may share a poster by Thursday.  Only one student will be selected from our class.  Student Council reps should be able to make Tuesday meetings at 8:00am.
  • Instrumental Lessons: packets went home today and should be returned by Friday, 9/8.  Instruments will be passed out at Open House on 9/14.


August 30, 2017

Welcome to the school year! We've had a great first few days.  I can tell this is a wonderful group of children.  Just a couple of things I'd like to share with you:

  1. Homework will start next week.  Please make sure your child is using his/her home folder and assignment book to stay organized.
  2. As we are still getting to know the students, official math and reading programs will not start until week of 9/11.  Until then, we are learning procedures and reviewing past learning strategies.
  3. There is a typo in the Classroom Procedure handout.  We are NOT a peanut/nut free classroom!
  4. Open House if scheduled for Thursday, September 14th.  More info to follow.

Thank you for prompt attention to all the "Parent HW" that has been going home.  I appreciate all the support.
Best, 
Lauren Leaver





Classroom Procedures:

Mrs. Leaver’s Class 2017-2018

The following is a list of general classroom procedures. Keep this handout accessible throughout the school year as it contains valuable notes about your child’s class. Please sign below and return to school with your child.

Homework: SAU 16 guidelines state that homework will be assigned approximately 30-50 minutes a night, Monday thru Thursday. Additional at-home projects will be given ample notice. Please note that this is only a guideline and will vary upon each student’s ability. Fourth grade places much emphasis on student responsibility and accountability. The following help to enforce these values.

  • After each month, students who have not missed any homework assignments will earn a Homework Pass that may be used toward a night free from homework.
  • Any missing homework assignments will result in a Homework Slip. This will be sent home and must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned the following school day along with the missing assignment. Incomplete assignments may need to be completed during recess time. The Homework Slip is a means of communication between the child's parents and myself and helps teach student accountability.
  • Each student is provided with a Homework Assignment Book. It is the students’ responsibility to have each assignment recorded and completed by the following day. Homework must be returned to class the day it is due in order to receive full credit.
  • The students will have weekly spelling assignments. Each Monday there is a spelling pre-test. Workbook pages will be assigned each Monday and are due each Friday along with the corrected pre-test. The spelling post-test will be given each Friday.
  • Most every night there will be math homework. This allows the children independent practice and offers me the opportunity to monitor progress. The emphasis on the math homework is effort, and while the students may not be able to solve every problem, they should make a fair attempt.
  • There is a strong emphasis on mastery of math facts in fourth grade. Students will be expected to practice their multiplication facts at home on a regular basis.
  • Homework assignments and other reminders can be accessed on-line.

Snack: There will be a daily “working snack.” Please provide your child with a healthy snack for class. Students are also encouraged to bring a bottle of water to school to keep at their desk.  This is a nut/peanut free classroom.

P.E.: Students have P.E. class on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your child has sneakers and is dressed appropriately.

Behavior: Students are expected to be respectful toward peers, adults, and school property at all times, in accordance will the policy set in the Student handbook. Our class policy aims to create a warm and safe learning environment. Students will have consequences for inappropriate behavior. Parents will be notified of any problems or concerns.

Communication: I believe that parent/teacher communication is instrumental in aiding your child’s success. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comment, question, or concern. You may do so by the following: send a notice to school with your child, email me directly at lleaver@sau16.org (please do not send confidential info in an email), or call the classroom directly at 775-8889 (before or after school hours).

Lastly, I thank you in advance for all of your continued support throughout the school year. I am very excited to embark on this journey of learning with your child!





Interesting article on Executive Functioning:


Weekly Homework Assignments


Math Homework: Math homework will be assigned most nights. The focus of math homework is EFFORT. I would like to see each student attempt all of the problems even if they are unsure of what to do, as it shows me what he/she is able to do independently.   Please let me know if math homework is taking more than 30 minutes to complete on a regular basis.

Math Facts: There is a big push for students to master their math facts this school year. Practice will occur at school, but home practice is expected as well.

Spelling: There will be a spelling pre test each Monday. The pre test is to be correct and returned by Friday. There also will be 4 spelling work book pages assigned each Monday and due on Friday. Students are expected to study their words for a spelling test each Friday.

Reading: Students should begin reading for a minimum of 15 minutes per night. Parents should initial reading chart nightly. The reading chart will be checked each Friday and will count as a homework assignment.

Science and Social Studies homework will be assigned periodically.

Other homework will be assigned individually. Some unfinished assignments from class may be sent home to be finished.



Our Fourth Grade Curriculum!



ELA (English/Language Arts)
Reading:

4th grade reading groups will focus on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and written responses. You can help by encouraging your child to read at home, and asking him/her questions about what is being read. Some examples of questions to ask include:

· What do you think will happen next? (predictions)

· Where does the story take place? (setting)

· What is the problem in the story and how is it solved? (narrative elements)

· Why do you think…? (forming opinions)


Literacy: The children will engage in literacy in a number of ways.
  • The first is through Daily Language Review, which is regular language arts practice. The students will be periodically assessed with DLR quizzes. 
  • I am looking forward to our Scholastic Weekly Readers and to spend time reading, discussing, and responding to this nonfiction magazine on a weekly basis. This is a great way for the children to become exposed to current events. Ask about it at home!
  • Fourth graders will continue to develop their cursive writing skills through a handwriting workbook. They gradually will integrate cursive into more of their classwork.
  • Spelling- The class will participate in weekly spelling work. Spelling application in all content areas will also be expected.
  • Writing- There will be numerous short and long writing assignments throughout the year on a variety of genres (opinion, informational, fictional etc.). 
  • As a reminder, all students may access Typing Pal at home via the Internet. Typing skills will become very important as your child progresses through school. 

Math: For math homework, I expect that effort and practice will help to provide responsibility and good study habits. Please remind your child to show his/her work with ALL math problems, and write me a brief note if your child is having a difficult time with a particular skill. Your child may practice his/her facts on-line at home:

ixl.com  This site will be used some for assigned homework, but students may also go to the multiplication practice questions

math-play.com

myschoolhero.com/mymathhero/

aplusmath.com/

fun4thebrain.com

www.abcya.com

www.funbrain.com

www.learninggamesforkids.com

www.coolmath4kids.com

Mathmagician: www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html


Science: Numerous topics will be explored in 4th grade as students become investigators in the scientific world! The scientific method and inquiry tasks will be incorporated into each unit.  Science units include:

  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Geology/Earth Science
  • Weather
  • Health

Social Studies: In addition the 4th grade curriculum, current event topics will be covered through use of the Scholastic Reader magazines.  During the first semester, students will explore and learn all about the great state of New Hampshire.  The second half of the year will be focused on the U.S. states and Capitals.









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