Ms. Amer

What is Happening This Week?

The Weekly Hoot!!

Week of 4/16

Today is our final day of testing! I am so proud of how hard the students have worked over the past week. Please read on to find out about our Healthy Lifestyle homework we will have this week!

Other important events:

    • 4/16: Yearbook sales start today!!!
    • 4/17: Variety Show-Show-Off
    • 4/20: No School
    • 4/21: Family Movie Night, Cafe/Multipurpose Room @ 5:30 pm

Healthy Lifestyle: Our character trait for May will be focused on a healthy lifestyle, we will be discussing how to eat healthy and live an active life. You can reinforce this at home by encouraging your student to bring in a healthy snack, or by taking a walk on one of these beautiful Colorado evenings. Students will have a "Healthy Lifestyle Worksheet" coming home with them today. It should take about 4-5 days to complete the exercise portion, so please return it to the classroom by 4/23 so that we can earn an extra recess! This activity is designed to support our Healthy Lifestyle character focus this month and will help us in choosing our Healthy Lifestyle award winners for the May assembly.

Portfolio Reminder: We are creating individual student portfolios this year. If your student brings a paper home that they are very proud of, please send it back to school to submit in their portfolio. All tests will be placed in the portfolio after they have been signed and returned to school. This is a great opportunity for the students to measure growth.

Keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - This week we will start our unit on measurement and data. We will start by looking at customary units of length and customary units of capacity. Math homework will start again Tuesday.

CKLA - This week we will continue our Eureka! unit. The students have demonstrated great collaboration, creativity, and research skills. Students will be completing a variety of challenges, earning team points, and using their creativity to work towards a goal. Students should read a minimum of 20 minutes each night.

Social Studies - This week we will learn about Colorado's Resources and Colorado's people and culture. Then we will begin reviewing for our quiz over Colorado Geography which will be next week.

Science - (Ms. Miller's Class) - We will have our quiz on Tuesday over the eye structure and function and then begin our next investigation: How can some animals see in the dark?

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Hiskett's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus: We will continue our look into conflict resolution by raising awareness of conflicts and exploring anger, hurt and conflicts.

4/9-4/13

CMAS: Students will be taking Language Arts Monday- Wednesday this week, and math Thursday, Friday and next Monday. Each test is 60-90 minutes. I am so proud of how hard they are working already! I know the students are prepared and will do great!

Thank you very much to everyone who has brought in snacks for the students to enjoy before we test. If you signed up to bring a snack but I have not brought it in yet, please do so.

Remember, we will not have homework this week but students are still encouraged to read at least 20 minutes every night.

Healthy Lifestyle: Our character trait for May will be focused on a healthy lifestyle, we will be discussing how to eat healthy and live an active life.

Other important events:

  • 4/14: Springtime in the Rockies Gala- this weekend! Make sure to bid on our awesome 4th grade trip to Boondocks. http://aspenridgeprepschool.org/annualgala/
  • 4/17: Variety Show Try Outs in Ms. Smith's room @ 3:30
  • 4/20: No School
  • 4/21: Family Movie Night, Cafe/Multipurpose Room @ 5:30 pm

Math: We will practice finding the unknown length or width of a rectangle using the known area and perimeter. We will also be converting fractions to decimals.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about the geography of our state. This week we will learn about Colorado's major landforms.

CKLA: This week will will continue with Eureka!, we will practice "pitching" an invention and discuss various simple machines.

Science: We will use our eye models to discover what causes blurry vision and then take a quiz on what causes blurry vision, and the importance of the cornea.

In Focus: We will continue discussing conflict resolution and proper ways to deal with conflict.

4/2-4/6

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing spring break. April is going to be a busy, fun-filled month.

CMAS: We will be CMAS testing April 9th-13th, and April 16th in Math and Language Arts. Please make sure your child is getting enough rest, and eating a healthy breakfast.

Look for an email coming out from Celine Todd about signing up to bring snacks during testing days!

We will not have homework next week due to CMAS testing, but students are still encouraged to read 20 minutes every night.

Variety Show: The 3rd Annual Variety Show will be Wednesday, May 2nd at 5:30. Demo day will be April 17th at 3:30 in the music room. Look for a flyer coming home this week in order to sign up.

Early Release Day-April 4th

Coffee Cocoa House-April 5th at 6pm

Math: We will be adding and subtracting mixed numbers, converting fractions to decimals, and brushing up on other skills in preparation for our CMAS testing next week.

Social Studies: Colorado is pretty cool! We are learning a lot about the geography of our state. This week we will learn about Colorado's physical features, water, and popular cities within our state.

CKLA: This week we will continue with our new unit, Eureka!, which focuses on inventors and and student collaboration. Students will be completing a variety of challenges, earning team points, and using their creativity to work towards a goal.

Science: We will be creating an eye model using magnifying glasses to help us figure what causes blurry vision.

In Focus: We will be discussing conflict resolution, and how to practice and improve listening skills.

3/19-3/22

It is crazy to believe we only have four days until Spring Break! The school year is truly flying by! We have a busy week ahead with Spirit Week and our Tech Party!

Everyone did a great job on their Leprechaun Traps! I was so impressed with the creativity that was displayed.

Student must return their completed I Love To Read Month reading log to school on March 20th to participate in the Tech Party. Students that successfully reach their goal of 280 minutes will get to celebrate with a technology party on Thursday, March 23rd. Please allow your student to take ownership of this goal, and complete the log on their own. Unfortunately, I will not accept any late logs, so the students know it is time to take ownership and show off their academic attitudes by being responsible students.

I Love to Read Month Spirit Week!!

Monday - Hat Day

Tuesday - Twin Day

Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday

Thursday - Crazy Sock Day

Gala News: I can’t wait to see which of my students wins my Teacher Outing! Ms. Hiskett, Mrs. Miller and I will each be taking a few lucky students to Boondocks for mini-golf, arcade games, and more! Ticket prices go up March 26th during Spring Break so be sure to get online now:

http://aspenridgeprepschool.org/annualgala/

Academic Attitude: This month's focus is Academic Attitude. Please talk with your student about what having an academic attitude looks like and sounds like in different settings. We will look forward to celebrating two students who have demonstrated academic attitude throughout the month at the next Early Release Assembly on April 4th.

Portfolio Reminder: We are creating individual student portfolios this year. If your student brings a paper home that they are very proud of, please send it back to school to submit in their portfolio. All tests will be placed in the portfolio after they have been signed and returned to school. This is a great opportunity for the students to measure growth.

Keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - We are continuing our study of fractions! This week we will be looking at how to decompose fractions, and add fractions with like denominators. Math homework will start back up this week!

CKLA - We will finish up our Unit 5 assessment focused on Geology. We will then spend the rest of the week kicking off our next unit, Eureka!, which focuses on inventors and collaborations. We have been working on typing Tsunami pamphlets, Volcano Wiki's and a descriptive paragraph. These are all due on Thursday before students leave for spring break! Please check in with your student to see how much more they need to type.

Social Studies - We will finish up our quiz on Chapter 2 tomorrow and then begin Chapter 3, Geography of Colorado. The students will learn about physical features, water resources, and major land areas in the state.

Science - (Mrs. Miller's Class) Students will discover the basics of how their eyes work, and figure out some of the causes of vision problems.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Hiskett's Assignment Page for information about Science.

In Focus - This week we will learn about positive ways to solve conflict.


3/12-3/16

Hello everyone! We have another busy and fun filled week ahead. I am so proud of all the hard work I have seen out of these students. They are showing lots of growth in division, and their knowledge of geology. Remember, Leprechaun Traps are to be brought to school Friday (3/16) for presenting, let me know if there are any questions about this this!

Spirit Week days next week:

March 19th: Hat Day (for Cat in the Hat)

March 20th: Twin Day (Thing 1 and Thing 2)

March 21st: Wacky Wednesday (Wacky Wednesday)

March 22nd: Crazy Socks (Fox in Socks)

I Love Reading Month-Reading log: Students received a reading log on Friday, March 2nd to track their reading minutes. The goal is for each student to read 280 minutes by March 19th and return the completed log to school on March 20th. Students that successfully reach their goal will get to celebrate with a technology party on Thursday, March 23rd.

Academic Attitude: Our focus for this month's Early Release is academic attitude. Having an academic attitude means having a curiosity and eagerness to learn, as well as persevering and showing respect. Please feel free to talk at home with your students about this topic.

There’s still a little time to donate to our annual Gala & Auction! Email auction@aspenridgeprepschool.org with your info and we’ll make sure your generous donation is a major benefit to our school. Check out Donation Ideas on our Gala website:http://aspenridgeprepschool.org/annualgala/donation-ideas/


Math - Fraction fun continues this week! We will learn how to create equivalent fractions using multiplication and division and adding fractions. As always, keep practicing your multiplication facts!!

CKLA - We are finalizing our study of Geology this week. We will study characteristics of mountains and how they form. We will learn how to use multiple adjectives in the correct sequence, and use words with the suffixes -ly and -y and words with the roots graph and rupt in sentences. Spelling words went home Thursday for students to begin practicing. We will have a spelling test on Friday, March 16th.

Social Studies - This week we will focus on the United States since World War II. The students will learn about the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and how the United States faces continuity and change in the twenty-first century. We will end the week with a quiz on this topic.

Science (Mrs. Miller's): We will be finishing up our unit on Growth and Development this week by comparing different animals life cycles and number of offspring. We will have a quiz at the end of the week.

Science-Check Ms. Hiskett's page for what Ms. Amer's class is doing in science!

In Focus - This week we are reviewing strategies we can use to eliminate stress.

3/5-3/9

March is I Love Reading Month, and we are celebrating by completing our reading log, read below for more details below about the log! Other events this week:Wednesday is an Early Release Day, Thursday is our Coffee and Cocoa House Performance at 6:30 pm and Friday is a Dress Down Day.

CKLA homework-- our geology unit has more reading homework than our poetry unit so please ensure you are helping students stay caught up!

I Love Reading Month-Reading log: Students received a reading log on Friday, March 2nd to track their reading minutes. The goal is for each student to read 280 minutes by March 19th and return the completed log to school on March 20th. Students that successfully reach their goal will get to celebrate with a technology party on Thursday, March 23rd. Please allow your student to take ownership of this goal, and complete the log on their own. Unfortunately, I will not accept any late logs, so the students know it is time to take ownership and show off their academic attitudes by being responsible students. We will also be celebrating our love for reading March 19th - 22nd with a Spirit Week. Stay tuned for more details. Happy Reading!

Gala News: Aspen Ridge's 2018 Spring Gala and our biggest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner! Check out the website and get your tickets now. You won’t want to miss this evening of dinner, dancing & fundraising! http://aspenridgeprepschool.org/annualgala/

Keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - Our next unit will focus on fractions. We will start by identifying and generating equivalent fractions. As always, keep practicing your multiplication facts!!

CKLA - The students will also be learning how to research and take notes in order to create their own wiki on volcanoes. Students will also be learning about the different types of rocks, and the rock cycle. We will also be practicing using comma's correctly in dialogue. We will have a spelling test on Wednesday, March 7th.

Social Studies - This week we will focus on how the United States became a world super power in the early 1900's. The students will also learn about the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement.The chapter test will be next week.

Science - (Ms. Miller's Class) We will be learning about the relationship between the number of offspring an animal has, and how that relates to the type of care given to it's offspring.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Hiskett's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus - This week we will focus on feeling challenging emotions an believing in oneself, and developing a strong "I think I can" belief.

2/26-3/2

As we begin the third trimester we have a busy week ahead! March 2nd (Dr. Seuss' birthday) will kick off our school reading month and we will be celebrating by having a read-in. Students may wear comfy clothes on Friday, March 2nd, as well as bring a pillow and a book to read! They will be spending the afternoon listening to reading, reading to themselves and reading with their first grade buddies. They will also be receiving a reading log to log the minutes they read from March 2nd to March 21st, with a goal of 280 minutes!

Additionally, the students earned a tech party on Thursday, March 1st because 90% of their classmates turned in their Random Acts of Kindness papers; students are allowed to bring their technology from home and will have 30 minutes at the end of the day to use their technology. I will be able to lock the electronics in my cabinet until the end of the day in order to keep them safe. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Gala News: Please send in any donations for our class auction item with your student as soon as possible!

The teachers are really excited to auction off their outings with special students! Be sure to get your 2018 Gala tickets for a chance to bid and benefit our awesome school: http://aspenridgeprepschool.org/annualgala/

Kindness: This month's focus is on kindness. Please talk with your student about what kindness looks like and sounds like in different settings. Remind them that no act of kindness can be too small. We will look forward to celebrating two students who have demonstrated kindness throughout the month at the March Early Release.

Portfolio Reminder: Please review your child's portfolio with them and return it to school by Monday, February 26th.

Keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - This week we will be expanding on long division as we work through dividing a three-digit and 4-digit number by a one-digit number using the standard algorithm. We will have a quiz on long division at the end of the week. I will send out a study guide at the beginning of the week.

CKLA - Our study of Geology will continue this week as the students explain what causes earthquakes, and how tsunamis relate to earthquakes. We will practices using commas for dates, addresses, city and state, and items in a series, and distinguishing between root words and words with the suffix -ly. We will also begin to describe informational pamphlets, and identify the pamphlet's purpose and intended audience.

Social Studies - American History continues as we look at the divisions that led to the civil war and the effects of the Civil war on the growing nation.

Science - (Ms. Miller's Class) We will be learning about how various animals grow and develop, and compare the number of offspring animals have to the amount of care they give their young.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Hiskett's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus - This week we will discuss how self-talk and self-affirmation can benefit our confidence and ability to take healthy risks.

2/20-2/23

Kindness: This month's focus is on kindness. Please talk with your student about what kindness looks like and sounds like in different settings. Remind them that no act of kindness can be too small. We will look forward to celebrating two students who have demonstrated kindness throughout the month at the March Early Release.

Portfolio Reminder: Students will be bringing their portfolio's home this week for a portfolio review! Please look through your students portfolio with them and fill out the attached reflection inside of their portfolio.

CKLA poetry book:We will be continuing to work on our poetry books this week during FLEX. However, they will be due on Friday, February 23rd. Therefore, this week for homework please make sure they are finishing up typing their poems. Please let me know if you have questions on this. Thank you!

Gala Update: If you or your business would like to donate items/services/gift cards, etc. to Aspen Ridge’s Gala & Auction, please email auction@aspenridgeprepschool.org before March 1st. Also, check out our Amazon Wish List if you’re looking for ideas of cool items: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/3RTASV4XW6VG1?ref=cm_go_nav_hz

Math - This week we will be continuing to learn about long division. Students will be working on dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. Please help them review these sort of problems at home.

CKLA - Tomorrow, we will began learning about our next unit, Geology. Students will explore the different areas of study that can be related to Geology, and began to define Geology. This week we will focus on how people's knowledge of what happens on Earth's surface has changed over time, and identify and describe Earth's layers and describe the movement of tectonic plates. The students will identify the correct location of commas in dates, addresses, city and state, and items in a series, distinguish between root words and words with the suffix -ly and use those words correctly in sentences, and explain similes related to geology concepts.

Social Studies - We will cover the exploration to America, The American Revolution, the formation of the colonies, the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

Science - We will be making our final science switch for the third trimester. Students from Ms. Amer's class will be going to Ms. Hiskett's class for science. Please check her website for details as they learn about energy!

In Focus - This week we will discuss the importance of being responsible social media users, the importance of self-reflection, and how self-reflection can help us be great decision makers.

2/5-2/9

February's focus is all about kindness and the students did a wonderful job last week doing random acts of kindness for their friends and family! We tallied over 150 random acts of kindness as a class!

  • Congrats to Jonah Zimmerman for placing 3rd place in the all school spelling bee!
  • We have an Early Release this Wednesday, February 7th and we will be having our Communication Assembly.
  • Please sign up for a conference time the week of February 12th. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4cacaf28a4f58-parent
  • Don't forget, our Valentine Celebration will be on Wednesday, February 14th from 2-3pm. If students would like to bring valentines, please make sure they have one for each student (22).
  • Our Grade Level Store and the End of the Second Trimester is on Thursday, February 15th.
    • If your student is planning on selling items at the grade level store, please start planning now!
  • No School on Friday, February 16th or Monday, February 19th.
  • Usborne Book Fair - ARPS will be hosting the Usborne Book Fair Feb 12th - 15th in the Lower School Library. You can also shop online at:https://c4928.myubam.com
  • Valentine's Grams-We are gearing up for our Valentine's Grams fundraiser again this year, this time to benefit the National Junior Honor Society. They will be on sale in Upper School lobby from 7:45 to 8:00 am, 2/5 through 2/13. Valentine Gram Order Form

Math - Tomorrow in math we will be celebrating our 100th day of school by creating popsicle stick bridges that hold 100 pennies! Later in the week we will be learning about how to divide 2-digit by 1-digit numbers, with a remainder.

CKLA - We will be concluding our poetry unit this week. We will be using poetic devices to summarize poems, and we will continue to use poetic devices to compose narrative poems.

Social Studies - We will start out the week with a quiz on Chapter 1 and then we will be beginning Chapter 2 where we will look at America's History, and what happened when Europeans and Native American's met.

Science - (Hiskett's Class) We will be starting our final unit on how animals sense and receive information. We will start by looking more closely at the five senses.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Miller's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus - We will work on reading body language to help us identify feelings.

1/29-2/2

February is a short month packed full of events, so here is a quick look at what is to come:

  • January 29- February 5 is Kindness Week for Aspen Ridge: For homework this week, students will have to complete various Random Acts of Kindness and get a parent signature.
  • The All-School Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, February 2nd in the afternoon.
  • February 5th- Pennies for Peace (bring in 100 pennies)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner, and will be held on Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th. Please be on the look-out for more information. I cannot wait to brag on this group of talented students!
  • Valentine Celebrations on Wednesday, February 14th.
  • Grade Level Store and End of Second Trimester on Thursday, February 15th.
    • If your student is planning on selling items at the grade level store, please start planning now!
  • No School on Friday, February 16th or Monday, February 19th.

Math - This week we will continue with division by looking at place value patterns to help us find the quotient. Students will also be taking a math benchmark test this week that covers Units 1-4. We will not have math homework this week.

CKLA - Our study of poetry will continue this week with a focus on poetic tools such as similes, metaphors and anaphoras. Students will practice writing and interpreting poems that contain these techniques.

Social Studies - This week we will focus on ways people adapt to and change the environment to meet their needs, especially in Colorado. The website is almost complete, which means a chapter quiz is on the horizon for later in the week. Students will be advised to take their Social Studies books home to study.

Science - (Hiskett's Class) We will be wrapping up our frog lab and then begin reviewing for our physical features quiz later in the week. The quiz will cover differences between herbivores and carnivores as well as the physical features that help plants survive.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Miller's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus - We will work on managing our emotions and improving our ability to focus.

1/22/-1/26

We had a great time on Friday at the museum of Nature and Science! The students had a blast exploring animal adaptations, as well as checking out the Space and Human Body exhibits.

Looking ahead, our grade level store and Valentine's Celebrations will be here before we know it. The grade level store is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th. If your student is interested in selling a product, they should begin planning now!

We will have our Valentine's celebration on Wednesday, February 14th. If your student would like to bring valentines to pass out, please ensure that there is a valentine for every student in the class. (We have 22 students)

In Focus: This week we will be expanding our awareness of impulsive behavior, and working on ways to increase our patience. (With such a busy week last week, we didn't have time for In Focus!)

CKLA: This week in our poetry unit we will be focusing on tone. We will practice speaking with different tones, and using details from the text to infer the tone of different poems. We will also be creating a draft of our memory poems.

Math: We will be continuing with division this week. We will spend time using strategies to solve basic division problems, define dividend, divisor, and quotient, and use our knowledge of multiplication to create fact families. The following week we will have a quiz on our introduction to division.

Social Studies: This week we will be continue our chapter on geography in the United States. We will be looking at the natural resources each region has that are used to make products. We will also explore how people adapt to and change the environment to meet their needs.

Science: (Ms. Hiskett's class) This week we will be doing a virtual lab to explore which physical features help tree frogs survive in the rain forest. We will be having a quiz on the physical features of animals the following week (January 29th).

1/16-1/19

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and was able to get some rest, rejuvenate, and have some fun. This week is a short week, but it is packed full of events like the 4th grade spelling bee (congratulations Keaton, Jonah and Booboo on advancing), as well as our second Field Trip of the year. We will be going to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Friday. Please remind students to wear their green owl t-shirt and bring a sack lunch!

Communication: This month's focus is on communication. Please talk with your student about positive ways to communicate with peers, teachers, and you! The students will vote on two students in January that have demonstrated positive communication skills, and we will recognize those students at the Early Release Assembly in February.

Portfolio Reminder: We are creating individual student portfolios this year. If your student brings a paper home that they are very proud of, please send it back to school to submit in their portfolio. All tests will be placed in the portfolio after they have been signed and returned to school. This is a great opportunity for the students to measure growth. The next portfolio review will be the week of January 29th.

Social studies: We will continue work on the geography of the United States by looking at the weather and climate of various regions of the US. The students are doing a nice job using the information to create a website.

Math: We will begin our first unit on division. We will be discussing when to use division and looking at the relationship between multiplication and division. It will still be beneficial to practice multiplication facts as we work on division.

CKLA: This week in CKLA we will be continuing our poetry unit! Students will be planning memory poems, as well as practicing reading and writing poetry with similes and figurative language.

Science: (Hiskett's class) We will be continuing our Physical Features unit by identify the various physical features that help plants meet their basic needs

In Focus: We will be learning about the brain and impulse control, as well as strategies for managing our impulses.


1/8-1/11

Welcome back! We had fun and productive first few days back. We are going to be starting our Poetry unit in CKLA, I think the students will really enjoy it! We will also be learning about aspects of the Daily 5 and working to incorporate aspects of the Daily 5 into our FLEX time.

Our class spelling bee is this Wednesday, and the 4th grade spelling bee will be next Thursday, the 18th.

Friday the 19th will be our Field Trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It should be an educational day learning about Super Animal Adaptations. Please remember to pack students a sack lunch for that day.

This month's focus is on communication. Please talk with your student about positive ways to communicate with peers, teachers, and you! The students will vote on two students in January that have demonstrated positive communication skills, and we will recognize those students at the Early Release Assembly in February.

The end of the second trimester is February 15th. We will hold our grade level store that afternoon. There will be more information to come.

In Focus: This week we will be expanding our awareness of impulsive behavior, and working on ways to increase our patience.

CKLA: This week in CKLA we will be starting our new unit on poetry! Students will be receiving their own poetry journals. We will be discussing stanza's, lines, repetition and rhythm within many poems including "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" as well as "Ask Aden" and "Wishes". Students will also be creating original pieces of works using alliteration and figurative language.

Math: We will be defining and identifying factors and multiples of numbers. We will also be identifying prime and composite numbers. Students are continuing with their weekly timed multiplication tests. Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home with your child.

Social Studies: This week we will be starting our new chapter about geography in the United States. We will be looking at land and regions in the United States, as well as the weather and climate in the U.S. Students will be using the knowledge they gain from reading to create a Google website.

Science: (Ms. Hiskett's class) This week we will be looking at the basic needs of plants and animals, and what physical features plants and animals use to meet these basic needs.

12/11-12/15

Hello everyone! It is wild how fast this year is flying by. We only have one week until Winter Break. With that being said, we have a fun and busy week ahead of us.

Students will be finishing up their Aimsweb test in math. They all completed their reading test last week, and showed lots of improvement!

Buddies: On the 15th we will be celebrating the holiday season with our first grade buddies by making ginger bread houses! Mrs. Zehnder and I are asking for candy or vanilla icing donations. Please feel free to send those in anytime before the 15th.

Winter Party: Our Winter Party will be Friday, the 15th from 2:00-3:00! Everyone is welcome to attend. Please sign up to bring a snack for the party as well: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044bacae2ba02-msamers1

Holiday brochures: Students are researching and creating brochures about different holidays celebrated the world. They are due December 15th.

Tech Day: The students have earned a Tech Party by meeting our class goal for the Alsup Elementary Donations! Our tech party will be Thursday, December 14th. Students are allowed to bring their technology from home and will have 30 minutes at the end of the day to use their technology. I will be able to lock the electronics in my cabinet until the end of the day in order to keep them safe. Also, I will have chromebooks available for students who do not have technology from home to bring in. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

CKLA: This week in CKLA we will be looking at the Civil War between the two major branches of Islam that led to the different branches of Islam. Students will also be writing a historical fiction story set in Arabia in 565 CE. We will be having our spelling test this Wednesday, December 13th.

Math: We are continuing with multiplication this week, please make sure students are reviewing math facts at home each night! We will learn different strategies to solve two-digit by two digit multiplication problems and how to multiply two digit numbers by multiples of 10. A quiz over multi-digit multiplication will be late this week, look for a study guide coming home.

Social Studies: We will have our first quiz on economic principles tomorrow (December 11th), it will be open book. We will also wrap-up our study of geography skills. We will learn the difference between physical and political maps, define longitude and latitude, and use maps to show events.

Science: (Ms. Hiskett's class) This week we will begin our Physical Features unit. We will define the words: function, classify, anatomy and structure. We will also describe the features that make animals unique from other living things.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Miller's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus: This week we will look at ways to express love and the differences in how boys and girls express their feelings.

12/4-12/8

Hello everyone, we have another busy week ahead!

Wednesday is our December Early Release Day and we will be having an assembly to recognize students who show gratitude consistently in and out of the classroom.

Also, we are accepting donations for Alsup Elementary through December 8th, please bring in items to help our class meet our goal.

Please submit your book orders by December 8th. Our class code is PBJQD.

CKLA: This week in CKLA we will be looking at how Muhammad become one of the most influential religious leaders of all time, as well as the events that led to the different branches of Islam. Students will begin brainstorming ideas for a historical fiction story set in Arabia in 565 CE. Finally, students will be receiving their spelling homework and spelling words on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, the test will be the following week.

Math: We are continuing with multiplication this week, please make sure students are reviewing math facts at home each night! We will be looking at how to use an array and partial products to solve 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication. Students are continuing with their weekly timed multiplication tests.

Social Studies: This week we will learn how global trade affects our lives and talk about the pro's and con's of globalization. Our first test, which is open book, will be at the end of the week.

Science: (Ms. Hiskett's class) This week we will be wrapping up our unit on Animal Growth and Development by looking at the differences between how raccoons and frogs care for their offspring. We will have a quiz towards the end of the week on this topic.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Miller's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus: This week we will discover strategies for dealing with fear, as well as ways to express love.

We have an amazing opportunity to give at Aspen Ridge! The class has set a goal to donate 22 items (one item per student) for Alsup Elementary School. Each class that reaches their goal will receive a "dress comfy" day on December 12th. All donations must be sent in by Friday, December 8th!! Please feel free to start sending donations tomorrow!! Thank you for your support with this wonderful service project!

We are looking for...

-New Boys & Girls Pajamas

(sizes 5-10 for K-2 students)

-New Boys and Girls Fuzzy Socks

(all sizes for grades 3-5 students)

-New or Gently Loved Books

(grade levels K-5 students)

-New Warm, Fuzzy Blankets


Aspen Ridge is also offering Parent Workshops!! FREE childcare will be provided, so come join us from 6-8 in the Upper School! The first workshop How to Keep Your Kids Safe from Assault is on Monday, December 4th.

11/27-12/1

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their families and had some time to recharge!

We have lots of fun things in store for the next couple weeks. On Wednesday, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be coming to perform The Comedy of Errors for our students. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival partners with CU Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) and the Department of Theatre & Dance to create a touring program that increases awareness of Shakespeare and violence prevention. It is sure to be educational, informative and fun!

Report Cards: Report cards for Trimester 1 will be available to view starting December 1st on Infinite Campus. Please let me know if you need a copy printed or need help logging on to Infinite Campus.

Keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - We are continuing with multiplication this week. We will begin to focus on multiplying 2-digit by 2-digit numbers. We will work on using mental math to multiply by multiples of 100 as well as how to round to estimate larger multiplication problems.

CKLA - We will be beginning part 2 of our Empire in the Middle Ages unit. We will start with an introduction to the Islamic Empire by reading about the Byzantine Empire, the Persian Empire and Arabia. We will also be learning about Muhammad's early life and sequence events related to the spread of Islam throughout Muhammad's life.

Social Studies - In social studies we will work on defining positive and negative economic incentives and give examples of opportunity costs for individual decisions.

Science - (Ms. Hiskett's Class) In Science, we will look at how animal parents make sure that some of their young will survive. We will look at the number of offspring apple snails, gorillas and bald eagles each have related to the amount of care they give their offspring.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Miller's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus - This week we will focus on how to recognize anger and hurt in our bodies, and discover strategies for dealing with anger and hurt.


11/13-11/17

Thank you to everyone who came to the Thankful Presentations! I know the students were nervous to speak in front of everyone but they all got up there and did it! Public speaking is an important skill we will continue to work on!

We only have one week of school before we have a whole week off. The students have been working very hard and we will be having assessments in both CKLA and math before we leave for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please have students return their portfolio's tomorrow, if they have not yet!

Keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - We are heading in to two and three-digit by one-digit multiplication. We will be working to understand the standard algorithm. Our timed test focus for the next five weeks will cover basic multiplication facts. Please keep practicing every night! We will be having a test on Friday covering multiplying by 1-digit numbers. A study guide will be coming home early in the week.

CKLA - This week we will read about the Magna Carta and use text evidence to justify its importance in the Middle Ages. Our grammar focus will be identifying parts of speech and subjects and predicates. We will also review the meaning of the Greek root "arch" to complete sentences and add new words to our vocabulary. The Spelling test will be on Thursday, November 16th, and we will begin the Unit 2 Assessment.

Social Studies - We are still working on fitting in our social studies time. We will finish discussing how to make economic decisions as individuals and as a family, as well as scarcity and opportunity cost.

Science - (Ms. Hiskett's Class) In Science, we will begin to build our understanding of how animals grow and develop by looking at how different animals grow and change over time.

Science: Amer- Please be sure to check Ms. Miller's Assignments Page for information about Science.

In Focus - We will be working on ways to express emotions responsibly and we will discuss strategies for dealing with sadness.

11/6-11/10

It is crazy to think tomorrow is already the start of Trimester 2! Just a reminder that students will be switching for science class starting tomorrow. Our class will be going to Mrs. Miller's class for science.

The class store was a success! Everyone did an awesome job learning how to write a check and use their check register to track their purchases. Thank you for helping them prepare items to bring in and share with their classmates.

This month we will be focusing on the character trait Gratitude. Please talk with your student at home about what it means to be grateful!

Thankful Luncheon: Lunch will be at 12:15, you are invited to join your student for lunch and then come back to the classroom for the presentation. We will be reading our letters in alphabetical order (12:45-about 1:30).

Portfolio Reminder: We are creating individual student portfolios this year. If your student brings a paper home that they are very proud of, please send it back to school to submit in their portfolio. All tests will be placed in the portfolio after they have been signed and returned to school. This is a great opportunity for the students to measure growth. Portfolios will be coming home on November 8th for the first review and will be due back to school by Friday, November 10th.

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - Multiplication Mania is continuing in Fourth Grade! This week we will learn how to solve three digit and two digit numbers multiplied by one digit numbers. We will also learn how to use rounding to help us multiply larger numbers.

CKLA - We will read about The Battle of 1066, and how it changed history, as well as the importance of King Henry. In writing, we will use text evidence to write a persuasive paragraph about a person they would like to live as in the Middle Ages. The next Spelling list will come home Thursday! The test will be next Thursday, November 16th.

Social Studies - This week we will learn about making economic decisions as individuals and as a family. This will include learning about scarcity and opportunity cost.

Science - Please be sure to check Mrs. Millers Assignments Page starting this week for information about Science.

In Focus - We will continue to focus on emotions by learning how to express our emotions through writing and how to share our emotions through I-messages.


10/30-11/3

It is hard to believe this is our last week of the first trimester! The time has flown by, and I have loved working with all of your hard working children! Trimester 2 will be starting on November 6th and report cards for the first trimester will be available for viewing December 1st through Infinite Campus. Also, starting on November 6th students will be switching for science class. Ms. Amer's class will be heading to Ms. Miller for the second trimester.

In Focus: This week in In Focus we will learn how to increase our awareness of our emotions and practice identifying emotions in characters.

CKLA: We will continue our Empires in the Middle Ages unit.We will be learning about the power of the church during the Middles Ages and gather information about knights, craftsmen, monks and nuns. We will be having our first spelling test on Friday, November 3rd. Please help students study and make sure they have worksheet 6.5 to turn in on Friday.

Math: We have wrapped up our first section of multiplication and are moving on to learn about how to multiply multiples of 10 and 100, as well as how to use rounding to estimate a multiplication problem.

Social Studies: This week we will be learning about trade, inflation, entrepreneurs, and supply and demand. We will also begin our discussion about making economic decisions as individuals and as a family.

Science: We will continue our unit on Receiving and Using Information. We will learn how animals process the sensory information they receive. We will also do a hands on lab where we will test whether auditory or visual stimuli has a quicker reaction time.

Class Party: We will be having our class Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 31st from 2:00-3:15. Students will be allowed to come to school in costume.

Class Store (Friday, 11/3):The students are encouraged to become a store owner and create an item to sell to their classmates. Some examples are friendship bracelets, origami, stickers, etc. Small individually wrapped snacks are an option but please be mindful of allergies. Running a store is completely optional! Supplies for a student’s store must be made available at the start of the store. They may bring the items in at the beginning of the day or have a parent drop them off BEFORE the start of the store.

We will be opening the store at 2:00 and end at 3:00.

Only classroom money will be used to purchase items from the class store! Do not send in actual money.

10/23-10/27

We have another fun and busy week ahead of us! Please make sure you are helping students stay on top of all assignments that are coming home.

Thank you to everyone for meeting with me at Parent Teacher conferences! We had some very productive conversations.

Field Trip: We will be having our walking field to the Erie Public Library on Friday. We will be leaving school at 12:50, so students will not need to pack cold lunches. However, please have your student wear their green owl shirt.

Class Party: We will be having our class Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 31st from 2:00-3:15. Students will be allowed to come to school in costume. Keep your eyes peeled for a Sign Up Genius being emailed out in the next couple days.

CKLA: We will continue our Empires in the Middle Ages unit. We will be be reading about the growth of trade in the Middle Ages as well as creating an informative paragraph about the lives of serfs. Students will be bringing home a few pages to read and questions to answer over the course of the week. Spelling will begin late this week, so please be on the lookout for a list coming home.

Math: Multiplication madness continues. This week we will be looking at strategies to solve our 10's, 11's and 12's. We will also work on solving multiplication problems by drawing a picture. On Friday, we will have a multiplication quiz, look for a study guide on Tuesday!

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about producers and consumers, as well as focus on ways that the government plays a role as a producer and a consumer.

Science: We will be begin our new unit on Receiving and Using Information. We will be looking to answer the question: How do organisms detect, process, and use information about the environment? We will explore our five senses and our sense receptors.

In Focus: We will spend this week looking at emotions and how to identify them, as well as how to develop a tolerance for all emotions.

10/17/17-10/20/2017

Perseverance: This month we are continuing to work on the character trait perseverance. Please talk with your student about perseverance and what it looks like through actions.

Math: We will continue our unit on multiplication by looking at patterns for 2's, 5's and 9's. We will also look at the distributive property and how we can use known facts to help find the products for other facts. The multiplication unit is a very large unit in fourth grade, and it is very important for students to be reviewing their multiplication facts

CKLA:This week in CKLA we will be continuing our Empires in the Middle Ages unit by writing an informative paragraph about Lords and reading why knights and castles were needed in the Middle Ages. We will continue to have homework a few times this week for CKLA, please be on the look out for it.

Science: We will finish up our unit on Physical Features with a quiz on Thursday. The study guide will be coming home tomorrow. We will then begin our unit on Receiving and Using information after that.

In Focus: This week we will discuss making friends, the qualities of friends and how to embrace the challenges of friendships.


10/9/17-10/12/17

This month we will be working on the character trait perseverance. Please talk with your child at home about what perseverance means.

CKLA: We will begin our next unit in CKLA called "Empires in the Middle Ages". We will be discussing important people, events and ideas from the middle ages and comparing the lives of Lords and Serfs. Students will be coming home with reading homework from this unit that will require them to read and answer questions.

Math:We will be wrapping-up our decimal unit on adding and subtracting decimals. The students will be completing a Menu Project for the assessment. I am excited to see their creativity and understanding of decimals shine through their projects. After, we will begin Unit 2 which will be all about multiplication.

Social Studies: We will continue to look at different types of economies and we will work to answer the question, how does our economy meet our needs and wants? We will also define producers and consumers.

Science: We will be finishing up our unit on Physical Features by looking at how organisms are grouped into different categories. We will then do a virtual lab on what physical features help frogs survive. We will have a short science quiz the following week, look for a study guide to be sent home on Thursday.

In Focus: This week we will be generating weekly goals as well as discussing the meaning of gratitude.

Students will also be taking iReady this week in Literacy and Math. iReady is an additional measure that we use to assess students literacy and mathematical ability.

10/2/17-10/6/17 update

CKLA:This week in CKLA we will be working on our Beginning of Year assessments which help determine students preparedness for Grade 4 CKLA instruction. It is comprised of reading comprehension, grammar, fluency and morphology. Also, students who have not finished typing their personal narratives should have them typed by Thursday, October 5th for homework.

Math- We will continue our topic on decimals. This week we will be looking at how to round decimals, estimate the sums and differences of decimal, and adding and subtracting decimals. I will also be handing back our second test tomorrow, please have test corrections and reflections returned by October 4th for credit.

Social Studies: Students are almost finished writing their first set of SMART goals. They have done an awesome job analyzing data to help them create these goals. We will also (actually) be starting our our first official Social Studies unit about Economy-we will work to answer the question, "How does our economy meet our needs and wants?"

Science-We will continue our unit on Physical Features by looking at how animals use their physical features to survive. We will also look into why and how organisms are grouped into different categories.

In Focus: This week we will practice participating in random acts of kindness, and look at the domino effect of caring acts, making mistakes and encouraging risk taking.

Sign up for our Fall Festival Booth: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044bacae2ba02-msamers

9/25/17-9/29/17 update

#WeMakeADifference Project: We have been working on character traits in Reading, being respectful, creating a safe environment, and setting goals. This project is designed for the students to reflect on a word that represents them as a whole. They should then research a quote that motivates them to be the word they chose to represent themselves. Finally, they will right a mission statement describing how they will use their chosen character trait to make our class and school a better place. Due September 29th.

CKLA: We will be wrapping up our unit on Personal Narratives. Students will finish reading the story Small Steps and analyze the conclusion. We will also be writing conclusions to our personal narrative and then revising, polishing and sharing our personal narratives.

Math: We will be finishing up our final section of Topic 2 (Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers) by looking at specific problem solving techniques and reviewing. A study guide will be sent home Monday, the 25th. We will have our second test on Wednesday, September 27th. We will then start our final topic of Unit 1-Operations with Decimals.

Social Studies: We will continue to work on creating our SMART goals. Students will be analyzing data to help them create reading, math, and behavior goals. We will also be starting our our first official Social Studies unit about Economy-we will work to answer the question, "How does our economy meet our needs and wants?".

Science: We will be continuing with our unit on Physical Features by comparing and contrasting the physical features of different animals and looking at how a plant’s physical features help it survive, grow, and reproduce.

In Focus: This week we will continue look at our individual strengths and areas of ability. We will look specifically at the musical, interpersonal, interpersonal, and naturalist abilities this week.

9/18/17-9/22/17 update

Another week down! Everyone is working hard and continuing to get into a routine. The students are earning money, and will be able to purchase tickets at the end of the month. Our focus this month is "Respect." Please feel free to talk to your student about ways they can use respect at school and at home.

Math: We will continue with the next part of Topic 1 focused on adding and subtracting whole numbers. We will be working on subtracting through the 1000's this week as well as subtracting across zeroes. Our class will use Prodigy for one of our Math centers this year. Your student should have brought home a log in sheet. They may play at home, after completing their homework, but it is not part of a homework requirement.

CKLA: We will continue with our unit on Personal Narratives. Students will finish reading the story Small Steps. They will then identify textual details of the story and analyze the conclusion of Small Steps. We will also continue drafting the body paragraphs of our personal narrative and revise our personal narrative drafts to incorporate good and varied details.

Social Studies: We will begin to work on creating some of our first Smart goals of the year. Students will be analyzing data to help them create reading, math, and behavior goals. I will also be assigning our "We Make A Difference" project where students will create a mission statement that explains how they will make a difference in the class, school or world. This will be due September 29th.

Science: Students did a fabulous job on the first science test of the year. We will be starting our unit on Physical Features, working to answer the question: How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions? by defining the words biological diversity, bilateral symmetry and predator.

In Focus: This week we will look at our individual strengths and areas of ability. We will look specifically at the kinesthetic ability, spatial ability, mathematical ability and linguistic ability.


9/11/17-9/15/17 update

Math: We will begin the next part of Topic 1 focused on adding and subtracting whole numbers. We will start by looking at how to use mental math and estimation to find the sums and differences of whole numbers.

CKLA: We will continue with our unit on Personal Narratives. Students will read excerpts from the story Small Steps, and identify character traits, similes and metaphors. Students will begin drafting their own personal narratives focused on a memory and work to include similes and metaphors in their writing.

Science: We will finish up our mini research project on raccoons and frogs to help us study for our Unit 1 assessment. The test will be Wednesday. The study guide is on the assignment board and will go home in print tomorrow. Then we will start our unit on Physical Features, working to answer the question: How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions?

Social Studies: We will finish going over the components of Smart goals, checking to make sure our goals are realistic, and that we understand the importance of setting a time limit on our goals. After, we will begin to work on creating some of our first Smart goals of the year.

In Focus: This week we will look at various techniques (breathing, mindfulness, etc.) for calming the brain and nervous system.

Homework

*Read for 20 minutes each night.

Please make sure students are bringing a reading book to school!

Monday, September 11th-Review what you know for math. Study guide for science.

Tuesday, September 5th- Daily spiral 2.1. Study for quiz on Wednesday in Science.

Wednesday, September 6th- Daily Spiral 2.2

Thursday, September 7th- Daily Spiral 2.3. Picture Day.

Check the assignment board nightly for updates!

9/5/17-9/8/17 update

We will be starting Flex time. What is Flex time?

Flex time is 40 minutes everyday where our class get the extra support of an enrichment teacher. The point of flex time is to work with small groups or one-on-one in order to meet tiered standards. This time will be helpful for student confidence and competence building.

Math: This week we will be finishing up our first unit on place value. We will wrap up by learning how and when to make an organized list to help solve problems and then take a short quiz on this first topic. A study guide will be sent home to review for the quiz. We will begin our new topic, addition and subtraction of whole numbers, after that.

CKLA (Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Spelling): We will continue our first unit on Personal narratives. Students will practice writing food narratives that include dialogue as well as begin to brainstorm other possible ideas for a personal narrative. Feel free to help them come up with ideas!

Science: We will continue our unit on Growth and Development and work to answer the question: "How does the way an animal parent takes care of its offspring relate to the number of offspring it has?" Keep an eye out for a study guide coming out later in the week to review for a quiz on this concept.

Social Studies: We will finish going over the components of Smart goals. This year the students will be keeping a portfolio that will include work and data demonstrating growth. Creating and reaching goals will be a large piece of the portfolio. We have discussed making Specific and Measurable goals, and this week we will learn how to create an Action Plan, and determine if the goal is realistic.

In Focus: This week's theme during In Focus is bullying. We will look at how to take action and speak up against bullying.

Homework

*Read for 20 minutes each night.

Please make sure students are bringing a reading book to school!

Tuesday, September 5th- Daily spiral 1.7. Study guide for quiz Thursday will be sent home today.

Wednesday, September 6th- Study for math quiz Thursday. Finish quick check 1.7 problems 2-4.

Thursday, September 7th- Work on science study guide for quiz next week

Check the assignment board nightly for updates!



8/28/17-8/31/17 update

What's Happening at ARPS?

-September 1st - No School

-September 4th - Labor Day - No School

-September 6th - Early Release Day

-September 8th- Dress Down Day

-September 14th- Fall Individual Picture Day

What's Happening in Fourth Grade?

Math: This week we will continue our first unit on place value. Students will be comparing and ordering whole numbers, rounding whole numbers and learning how and when to make an organized list to help solve problems.

CKLA (Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Spelling): We will continue our first unit on Personal narratives. Students will be identifying sensory details, and using sensory details in their writing. They will also begin writing about a food experience, and practice writing narratives that include dialogue.

Science: We will continue to read about how different types of animals grow and develop over time. Students will look at the concept that, how an animal parent takes care of its offspring relates to the number of offspring it has.

Social Studies: We will continue to spend time on writing and creating SMART Goals. Students are taking a deeper look at what specific, measurable and realistic goals look like. Students will also be presenting their Me Museums this week!

Homework


*Read for 20 minutes each night.

Monday, August 28th- Daily Spiral 1.3, problems 4 and 5

Tuesday, August 29th-Daily Spiral 1.4, problems 4-6

Wednesday, August 30- Check-in 1.4, Student 4th grade contract must be signed and returned by today.

Thursday, August 31st-Me Museum due today. Please bring your 5-7 items, and notecards for each item to school today. Book orders are also due today!

Have a great four day weekend!