Ms. Miller

What is Happening this Week?

The Weekly Hoot!!

Week of 11/13

We are THANKFUL!! The student presentations and family support before, during, and after the presentations was amazing. The students were very proud to share their thankful letters, and I am so proud of all of them for their hard work and bravery. As we prepare for the break this week, we are concluding many areas of study. Students will be sent with items to review and study, while other homework requirements will be more limited. Towards the end of the week, we will be completing some fun turkey themed activities to prepare ourselves for the upcoming break.

Gratitude: Gratitude is this month's school focus. The students learned about gratitude at the November Early Release Assembly, and are working on ways to build an attitude of gratitude.

Portfolio Reminder: Some portfolios are still missing! Please check with your student to make sure that he/she turned in the portfolio

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 practice problem solving strategies, review for the quiz, and take the Topic 5 quiz on Thursday. A Topic 5 Study Guide was sent home on Monday. This is not for a grade, but I strongly encourage students to use the study guide as a practice tool. Our timed test focus for the next four weeks will cover basic multiplication facts. Please keep practicing every night!

CKLA - Today we reviewed the content from Unit 2 in a highly competitive game of Jeopardy! The students will begin the assessment on Tuesday and complete it on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be full of literature based turkey fun! Gobble, Gobble!!

Social Studies - We have concluded Chapter 7, and the students will take an open book quiz over the content on Tuesday. The rest of the week will consist of creating a candy business. The students will be given a budget, will need to assess human and capital resources, and present their business plans using Google Slides. Time will be provided in class to complete the project, but students may use their school account at home to do additional work if they choose.

Science - (Ms. Amer's Class) In Science, we will learn about erosion and complete our first virtual lab centered on selecting variables that will reduce the effects of erosion.

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

In Focus - We are continuing to work on developing an Attitude of Gratitude, and learning how to regulate our emotions.

Week of 11/6

November?? Already?? I cannot believe how quickly this year is moving!! We have had a wonderful trimester, and I am looking forward to all of the fun and learning that will take place in the second trimester. We are hitting the ground running this trimester with the 4th/5th Music Showcase on Tuesday, and the Thankful Presentations and Luncheon on Thursday! I am so excited to watch all of the students continue to grow and reach their goals.

Thank you to everyone that donated items and time to help make our Fall Celebration amazing!

Thankful luncheon and presentations will be on November 9th. Lunch will begin at 12:15 followed by presentations from 12:45-1:30.

Gratitude: Gratitude is this month's school focus. The students learned about gratitude at the November Early Release Assembly, and are working on ways to build an attitude of gratitude.

Portfolio Reminder: Portfolios are coming home today, November 6th, for the first review and will be due back to school by Friday, November 10th. Please complete the Portfolio Reflection with your student.

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 heading in to two and three-digit by one-digit multiplication. We will learn a few strategies as well as work to understand the standard algorithm. Our timed test focus for the next five weeks will cover basic multiplication facts. Please keep practicing every night!

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 9th, and we will begin the Unit 2 Assessment.

Social Studies - The class store was AMAZING!! Thank you to everyone who participated and assisted in making the awesome items to sell. This week we will learn how global trade affects our lives. Our first test, which is open book, will be early next week.

Science - (Ms. Amer's Class) In Science, we will begin to build our understanding of weathering, erosion and deposition. The majority of Science work should be completed in class.

Science: Miller- Please be sure to check Ms. Hiskett's Assignments Page starting next week for information about Science.

In Focus - We are continuing to work on developing an Attitude of Gratitude, and learning how to regulate our emotions.

Week of 10/30

Tomorrow will be a Spooktacular end to an amazing month full of fun, fall themed activities, which will culminate with our Fall Celebration! If you would like to join us, please make sure you leave time to check in through the Raptor system using your Driver's License. The Fall celebration will be from 2:00-3:00. Students may wear their costumes to school tomorrow, but please consider the following guidelines:

  • Costumes should be easy to maneuver and should not impede with the learning process of the day; students should be able to easily get in and out of the costume.
  • Masks are not allowed at school.
  • Face painting should be limited, should not be a distraction, and should be free of gore and blood.
  • Accessories such as knives, guns, etc. are not allowed on campus.
  • Students are not required to wear a costume or to participate in celebrations. Alternative activities will be available during the celebration time for those who do not want to participate. Please email me if you do not want your student to participate in the classroom Fall Celebration.

Wednesday, November 1st, is an Early Release Day! Dismissal is at 12:15.

Perseverance: On Wednesday during the assembly, we will spend time reflecting on perseverance. We will also learn about our November focus which is Gratitude.

Thankful luncheon and presentations will be on November 9th. Please check the school website for information in regards to ordering lunch. More information will be coming soon...

Trimester Class Store: The class store will be held on Friday, November 3rd in the lower school cafeteria.

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 6th 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 continue our learning by using the break apart strategy to solve two digit multiplied by one digit numbers mentally. We will also learn how to use rounding to help us multiply larger numbers.

CKLA - Who is King Henry II? This week we will read about the effect King Henry had on England. 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 9th.

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. Perfect timing for the preparation of the Class Store!

Science - This week will be the conclusion of our Volcano Unit, and there will be a Volcano Quiz on Friday to review our learning. Next week the students will rotate to one of the other fourth grade teachers for the next Science unit. Our class will be learning about Energy with Ms. Hiskett!! Please be sure to check Ms. Hiskett's Assignments Page starting next week for information about Science.

In Focus - We are continuing to work on developing an Attitude of Gratitude.

Week of 10/23

The end of October is very near, and we are cruising right along to the second trimester. Thank you to everyone for visiting with me during Parent/Teacher Conferences. I loved sharing all of the amazing things your student has been working on, and the goals they are working to accomplish. Friday is a Spirit Day and our first field trip. If your student would like to dress down, please have him/her bring dollar and green ARPS t-shirt to change in to prior to the field trip. Your student also has the option to just wear his/her green ARPS t-shirt, wear bottoms of choice, and not bring a dollar. We are excited to learn about everything the public library has to offer, especially when it comes to research! If you volunteered to chaperone, please plan on arriving around 12:40 so you have plenty of time to check in to the Raptor system.

Our next Early Release Day is Wednesday, November 1st.

Thankful luncheon and presentations will be on November 9th. More information to come...

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. The students will be voting later this week on classmates that have shown perseverance this month.

Fall Classroom Celebrations: Our Fall Classroom Celebration will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 2:00 to 3:00. If you would like to join us, please make sure you leave time to check in through the Raptor system using your Driver's License.

Trimester Class Store: The class store will be held on Friday, November 3rd. A flyer will come home tomorrow explaining the student's selling options.

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 first family portfolio review will take place next week!

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - We have concluded part one of multiplication. The students have been learning "tricks" to solve basic facts, and have applied their knowledge to problem solving. A review will come home tomorrow, and the quiz will be on Wednesday. Multiplication Part 2 will focus on multiplying numbers by 10, 100, and 1,000!

CKLA - We have reached the middle of the Middle Ages Unit. This week we will learn about the power of the church, positive aspects of life, and the battle that changed history in the Middle Ages. Please encourage the students to practice these words by using them in sentences or telling their meanings. The first Spelling Test will be on Thursday.

Social Studies - This week we will learn about currency, trade, profit, income, entrepreneurs, and supply and demand. We will also begin our discussion about making economic decisions as individuals and as a family.

Science - BOOM! Volcanoes are the final topic for this trimester's science. This week we will learn about how volcanoes are created, what happens when they erupt, the Ring of Fire, and ways that volcanic eruptions affect the people that live near them.

In Focus - We are moving from the brain stem to the limbic system! This week we will begin learning about ways to focus and calm our limbic system which is responsible for many of our emotions.

Week of 10/17

Wow! It's amazing how fast a four day weekend can pass! I hope everyone 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 Book Fair, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and the Fall Festival on Saturday. I am looking forward to all of the excitement overflowing into our classroom this week!

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences begin will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week! I hope to see everyone there, and I can't wait to share all of the wonderful things your student has been learning!

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.

Book Fair!! The Book Fair is October 17th - 23rd! We will be having our Fall Book Fair in the Lower School Cafeteria this year. If you would like to volunteer please follow the link.

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/keLUlUEEo

We will preview the Book Fair on Wednesday, and the students will bring home a Wish List. We will then return on Thursday, which is an opportunity for students to purchase books. Please send any money n a sealed envelope labeled with the your student's name, and don't forget to remind your student to complete the coloring page for the coloring contest!

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.

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - We will continue this week with multiplication. This week we will focus on reviewing multiples of factors 4 - 12. The multiplication unit is a very large unit in fourth grade, and it is very important for students to be reviewing their multiplication facts. We have two more weeks of measured addition and subtraction timed tests, before moving to multiplication.

CKLA - The Middle Ages unit is in full swing! This week we will learn about knights, castles, manors, and towns. The students will be adding vocabulary lists to their binders. Please encourage the students to practice these words by using them in sentences or telling their meanings. The students will take a Mid-Unit Partner Assessment on Friday to check for their understanding of the content up to this point. Spelling will begin late next week, so please be on the lookout for a list coming home.

Social Studies - This week we will learn that economy exists to satisfy people's needs and wants. 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 - Shake, Rattle, and Roll all the way through Earthquakes! We will conclude our earthquake unit this week by learning about tsunamis, seismic waves, and how scientists predict and prepare people for the impact of a tsunami or earthquake.

In Focus -

Week of 10/9

Happy snowy Monday! Since the snow welcomed itself this today, we were able to review the recess snow policy. Students may play on the turf or on the playground equipment if they have snow pants, snow boots, and a coat. The blacktop areas are big enough to keep busy and play games for those that chose not to bring all of their snow gear. I also asked the students to please bring a separate bag to put their snow gear in while it is in the hallway. Unfortunately, our hooks are not big enough to hold backpacks, coats, and snow gear, and we want to ensure our hallways are safe and clear. The bag will also prevent items from being lost, and it will contain the wet items by keeping them separate from items in the backpack.

Reminder: No School on Friday, October 13th or Monday, October 16th! Happy Fall Break!!

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.

Book Fair!! The Book Fair is October 17th - 23rd! We will be having our Fall Book Fair in the Lower School Cafeteria this year. If you would like to volunteer please follow the link. Flyers and the coloring contest pages will be coming home tomorrow!!

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/keLUlUEEo

Conferences: Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th. Please follow the link to sign-up for a time. If none of the times work for your schedule, please feel free to email me to set up a different time. I can't wait to share all of the wonderful things your student has been learning!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948afac2ba2f94-fourth1

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.

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - Multiplication Mania has hit fourth grade! We are beginning our journey through multiplication this week by reviewing key terms and basic facts through twelve. Our timed test will still focus on the basic addition and subtraction facts for the next three weeks. Please practice addition and subtraction facts each night.

CKLA - Welcome to the Middle Ages! This week we will learn events that led to the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages. We will also compare and contrast the lives of lords and serfs. Any CKLA reading homework may count towards the twenty minutes of nightly reading.

Social Studies - This week we will begin Chapter 7 on Economics. We will learn about producers and consumers and opportunity cost.

Science - Shake, Rattle, and Roll all the way through Earthquakes! This week we will identify causes and effects of earthquakes, and how they can change the land around us.

In Focus - This week we will learn how to calm our brain by focusing on the heart, and fostering an attitude of gratitude.

Week of 10/2

I cannot believe that October is already here! This month we will be working on the character trait perseverance. The students will be learning all about perseverance in our Early Release Assembly on Wednesday.

We had our first mini coupon store last Thursday. The students will be able to use their coupons at any time during the year with prior approval from me.

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.

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - We will be wrapping-up our decimal unit with 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. The students will have the opportunity to practice the fifty problems during Math Centers with a goal to complete all fifty in one minute. The tests will be on Friday, and students will track their progress. Please practice addition and subtraction facts each night.

CKLA - We have begun our comprehensive assessment to identify strengths and areas of growth in Reading. The students will also be finalizing their final copies. Next week we will begin Unit 2: Empires in the Middle Ages.

Social Studies - This week we will begin Chapter 7 on Economics. We will learn about producers and consumers and opportunity cost.

Science - We will begin the conclusion of our landforms unit. Tomorrow we will participate in a virtual lab to learn how volcanoes create mountains, where faults forms, and how mountains form by folding. We will have a Science quiz over landforms on Friday, October 6th.

In Focus - It's Random Acts of Kindness Week! Encourage your student to perform small random acts of kindness at home and at school!

Week of 9/25

We are closing in on the end of September, and today every student received a planner!! The students do not have to have it signed, but will earn one dollar for each day the planner is signed. Remember, our focus this month is "Respect." Please continue to talk to your student about ways they can use respect at school and at home. The students will vote on a classmate that has demonstrated respect this month.

We hope to see everyone at the Showcase Night on Wednesday, September 27th. Fourth grade will be presenting in my classroom, and we will be sharing information about curriculum.

  • 5:30-5:50 pm - Informational Meeting about the 2019 International Trip
  • 6:00-6:20 pm - Rotation 1 in the my classroom
  • 6:30-6:50 pm - Principal Presentation: Behind the Scenes - Upper School Cafeteria
  • 7:00-7:20 pm - Rotation 2 in my classroom

#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. This project is due on Friday, September 29th.

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - Our lessons this week will focus on decimal place value to the hundredths. The students will learn how to read and say decimals, and write decimals in standard, expanded and word form. Our weekly time tests have begun, and this month's focus is on basic addition and subtraction problems. The students will have the opportunity to practice the fifty problems during Math Centers with a goal to complete all fifty in one minute. The tests will be on Friday, and students will track their progress. Please practice addition and subtraction facts each night.

CKLA - This week we will conclude our study of Personal Narratives. The students will be revising their drafts, and completing the final copy. Towards the end of the week, we will begin taking a comprehensive reading assessment to determine our strengths and weaknesses in Reading.

Social Studies -

Science - This week we will continue our study of landforms by learning how maps can be used to infer causes and effects that explain types of landforms, and how constructive and destructive forces relate to patterns of earth’s features.

In Focus - Our focus this week will be learning about our individual strengths and areas of ability.

Week of 9/18

I'm sure you know, but we have an amazing group of fourth grade students this year! I have been so impressed with their ability to demonstrate flexibility and respect in all aspects of the school day. Remember, our focus this month is "Respect." Please continue to talk to your student about ways they can use respect at school and at home.

#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. This project is due on Friday, September 29th.


SAY CHEESE!! Picture orders are still being accepted! If you would like to order individual pictures, please contact me and I will send a form home with your student. All orders must be in by Wednesday, September 20th.

Please remember to keep sending in your BOX TOPS!

Math - Our lessons this week will focus on subtracting across zeros and solving word problems using the Draw a Picture strategy. A study guide will be coming home on Tuesday to review mental math, estimating sums and differences, adding and subtracting, and solving word problems. The Part 2 quiz will be on Thursday, September 21st. Next week we will begin learning about decimals. Please practice math facts each night.

CKLA - This week we will continue our study of Personal Narratives. We will read excerpts from the story Small Steps, while focusing on analyzing details that convey meaning in the text and reviewing cause and effect. Students will continue drafting their own personal narrative focused on a memory. This week we will focus on the body paragraph and the conclusion.

Social Studies - 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. This week the students will analyze their Reading and Math data and set a goal for each subject.

Science - This week we will begin studying different landforms. We will continue to review weathering, erosion, and deposition and how they impact and create landforms.

In Focus - Our focus this week will be learning about our individual strengths and areas of ability.



Week of 9/11

We have made it to our first five-day week of school! We have been learning a lot, and are continuing to work on consistently following routines and expectations. 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 - Our class will use Prodigy for one of our Math centers this year. Your student should be bringing home a log in sheet. They may play at home, after completing their homework, but it is not part of a homework requirement. Our lessons will focus on reviewing addition and subtraction. Please practice math facts each night.

CKLA - This week we will continue our study of Personal Narratives. We will read excerpts from the story Small Steps, while focusing on inferring character traits from actions, learn about similes and metaphors, and review cause and effect. Students will begin drafting their own personal narrative focused on a memory.

Social Studies - 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. This week the students will begin creating a goal for Reading, Math, Behavior, and a Personal goal.

Science - This week we will be learning about deposition and how deposition creates land forms. We will take our first unit test on Friday, September 15th. Please look for a review coming home on Tuesday, September 12th.

In Focus - Our focus this week will be learning strategies to help balance the nervous system.


Week of 9/5

We are continuing to move forward with our curriculum, and the students are working hard. Wednesday is an Early Release Day and we will have our first assembly from 9:-9:20 in the Upper School Multi Purpose Room. Please feel free to join us! We also will meet our Kindergarten Buddies and have lunch with them at 10:30. Also, Friday is a Spirit Day. Bring a dollar, or $10 for the year, and your student may dress down.

Math - Today we learned how to use make an organized list when solving a word problem. The rest of the week will be spent reviewing for our test on Friday. A study guide came home today, and is intended to help prepare your student for the test. The Study Guide is NOT homework. We will take our first topic assessment will be on Friday, September 8th.

CKLA - This week we will continue our study of Personal Narratives. We will read excerpts from the story Small Steps, and identify character traits, identify details that demonstrate the narrator's feelings, and describe the chronology of a personal narrative. Students will begin drafting their own personal narrative focused on a memory.

Social Studies - 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 a Specific goal, and this week we will learn how to create an Action Plan, and determine if the goal is Realistic.

Science - We are concluding our virtual lab focused on how to prevent erosion in a park utilizing three variables, soil, amount of water, and type of incline. The rest of the week we will be learning about deposition and how deposition creates landforms. We will take our first unit test on Wednesday, September 13th. Please look for a review coming home on Monday, September 11th.

In Focus - This week we will begin talking about bullying, and strategies students can use to prevent bullying.


Week of 8/28/17

Math - This week we will be focusing on comparing large numbers, rounding, and the problem solving strategy Make an Organized List. Please be on the look-out for a Study Guide/Review to come home early next week. We will take our first topic assessment on Wednesday, September 6th.

CKLA - We are still learning about characteristics of personal narratives and writing personal narratives. This week we will focus on the use of dialogue and using transitions to show chronological order.

Social Studies - 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 a Specific goal, and this week we will learn how to make a goal Measurable, create an Action Plan, and determine if the goal is realistic.

Science - Erosion and Deposition are forming the classroom! This week we are distinguishing differences between weathering and erosion. The students will practice designing a lab, using a virtual simulation, to prevent erosion in a city park.

In Focus - How do the brain and the nervous system work together? We will begin to focus on strategies that will allow us to calm our nervous system so that listening and learning can happen.