Mrs. Barnes - 4th Grade

kbarnes@pinnacleclassicalacademy.com

Important Updates for PCA:

Dear PCA Families, Friday, May 22

YEARBOOKS will be distributed, for those who ordered one, inside your child's last packet of the school year on May 26!

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Dear PCA Families, Wednesday, April 8

Report Cards for Quarter 3 will be sent home in Packets on Monday, April 27.

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Dear PCA Families, Monday, March 30

This week is SPIRIT WEEK, COVID-19 STYLE! Please see the picture above ^ for all details!

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Dear PCA Families, Tuesday, March 24

1. The DUE DATE for yearbook money is Friday, April 10th. If you are still needing to drop off your Order Form/Payment, please drop it off to Mrs. Campbell at the front office as soon as possible, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.


Dear PCA Families, Tuesday, March 17

1. The END of Quarter 3 will be Monday, March 30.

2. ALL student work sent home this week (March 18) and next week (March 23) will be for Quarter 3.

3. REPORT CARDS will be available on Thursday, April 9.

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Dear PCA Families, Monday, March 16

We are writing to share our plan for moving forward with distance learning for the next two weeks in light of Governor Cooper’s recent executive order. We realize that this is an unusual circumstance and we are committed to your child's educational excellence. We will be flexible in the upcoming days as we navigate this together. We look forward to having strong communication between school and home.

Our K-2 Strategy

At the K-2 campus, teachers are diligently preparing materials for your children to use. Materials will be available for pick up on Wednesday, March 18 from 10am - 6pm. Teachers will also email a pdf of materials for you to access at home, if needed. Please make every effort to pick up hard copies of your child’s materials from the K-2 Campus. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, K-2 teachers will be available via email each day during regular school hours to take any of your questions. We feel that the students can continue to learn and grow during this difficult time.

If K-2 parents have any questions or concerns, they are encouraged to call Mrs. Clary at 704-740-4040.

Our 3-12 Strategy

In grades 3-12, we are implementing a blended model of digital and print lessons. This week, students will need to pick up printed materials on Wednesday, March 18 from 10am - 6pm. Teachers will also email a pdf of materials for you to access at home, if needed. Please make every effort to pick up hard copies of your child’s materials from the 3-12 Campus. Some of these materials include textbooks and novels.

Students who are enrolled in CCC classes:

Your assignments have been posted to Blackboard. Be sure you are checking each day and keeping up with your classwork.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, 3-12 teachers will be available via email each day during regular school hours to take any of your questions.

If 3-8 parents have any questions or concerns, they are encouraged to call Dr. Tanya Watson at 704-740-4040.

9-12 parents may call Mrs. Angela Brooks with any questions or concerns at 704-740-4040.

All work in grades K-12 will be due Monday, March 30. The end of the 9 weeks will be March 30.

We will be sending more information later in the week. We appreciate your efforts and flexibility.



Barnes' Class Updates

Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, May 27

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial weekend! I have ONE last set of updates for you for the school year:

  1. Yesterday was our LAST Packet Drop-Off / Pick-Up for the school year. Inside your student's last packet includes a "Happy Summer" letter and some reading and math practice for the summer. This summer packet is not required for Fifth Grade, but certainly encouraged as it will give your student some practice with the skills they need to sharpen before the next school year begins.
  2. Our LAST Class Google Hangout session for the year will take place tomorrow, May 28 at 2:00pm! We will say farewell to our fourth grade classmates and wish everyone a HAPPY SUMMER!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Friday, May 22

Happy, Happy Friday to you all! I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled Memorial weekend. Below are the last updates for this week:

  1. Letter's to Zuzka (Exchange Student from Czech Republic) should be placed inside the last Packet Drop-Off on Tuesday, May 26!
  2. ALL Unit 6 and Unit 7 Readers should also be placed inside the last Packet Drop-Off.
  3. Today's Packet Work assignments include:
READING: Read Chapter 7 in American Revolution Reader, then complete Activity 12.2
MATH: complete math activities titled "Finding Angles By Degrees 1" AND "Finding Missing Angles 2"
NO iReady today!

That's a wrap for this week. Please hug your students for me!

Happy Memorial Weekend!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, May 21

Happy Friday Eve! I hope everyone is off to a great morning so far. Below are the updates for today:

  1. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 3:00pm today.
  2. The LAST day of packet pick-up/drop-off will take place on Tuesday, May 26!
  3. ALL Students are expected to return their Unit 6 Geology Reader AND Unit 7 American Revolution Reader by May 26. Students who do not turn their Readers in will be issued a fee for the book, since these items are reused each school year.
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today include:
READING: Re-read Chapter 6 in American Revolution Reader, then complete Activities 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: complete math activities titled "Finding Missing Angles 1" AND "Finding Angles By Degrees 2"

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, May 20

I hope you are well and staying warm on this COLD, rainy morning! I have a few quick updates as we head into our Wednesday:

  1. Our Exchange student, Zuzka, from Czech Republic is safely back home in her country and missing America already. Several students have asked me if they could write her a letter, since she was not able to come say goodbye to them in our classroom as planned. IF your student would like to write her a farewell letter or draw her a picture, they are welcome and encouraged to do so! They can simply include it in their packet drop-off next week and I will mail them all to Zuzka in the coming days. She greatly enjoyed visiting our class back in December and would be overjoyed to receive a letter from them.
  2. Our next Class Google Hangout Session will take place tomorrow at 3:00pm!
  3. Today's Packet Work assignments include:
READING: Read Chapter 6 in American Revolution Reader, then complete boxes 7-9 on Activity 6.2 timeline. Then complete Activity 10.3(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 292-293, then complete Lesson 27 Quiz(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
30 min of iReady Reading & Math

That's all I have for now!

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Good Morning, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, May 19

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to this rainy morning! Below are the updates for today:

  1. We will have our Class Google Hangout Session today at 2:00pm!
  2. The LAST Packet Pick-Up/Drop-Off will take place next Tuesday, May 26, from 10:00am-6:00pm.
  3. Unit 7 Readers for the American Revolution are DUE in the returned packets next Tuesday, May 26. The Unit 7 Activity Books AND both math books (Instruction & Practice) should not be returned, since these are consumable items and will not be reused next school year.
  4. Yearbooks will be included in next week's packet for students who placed an order.
  5. The Packet Work assignment for today's reading material includes an ERROR: students should re-read Chapter 5, NOT read Chapter 9. The assignments for today, May 19 include:
READING: Re-read Chapter 5 in American Revolution Reader, then complete Activities 9.1 & 9.2(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 290-291, then complete Practice p. 301-302(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
30 min of iReady Reading & Math

That's all I have for now!

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Happy Friday, Barnes' Families! Friday, May 15

I hope this sunny morning has everyone smiling and feeling well as we head into the weekend! Below are the updates for today:

  1. Our Class Google Hangout session will take place at 2:00pm this afternoon!
  2. Packet Pick-Up/Drop-Off will take place from 10:00am-6:00pm on Monday, May 18. Your student will have a bag full of their remaining desk belongings, so it will be a heftier pick-up than previous weeks :) I will be there from 10:00-1:00 and would LOVE to see those of you who can come at that time!
  3. Many students will receive a "notice" from our Librarian, Mrs. Martin, in their upcoming packet regarding overdue library books. I went through all desks/table team baskets this week and returned all library books that I found, after those notices were already printed. IF your student sees a notice for a library book that they left IN our classroom, then I have (most-likely) already turned it in. IF the notice is for a book that is currently at home, then those books must be returned before June 3, or a fee will be owed for that book. Please have them check their backpack for any stray library books as well. I encourage you to email Mrs. Martin at: mmartin@pinnacleclassicalacademy.com with any questions!
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, May 15 are:
READING: Read Chapter 5 in American Revolution Reader, then complete boxes 4-6 on Activity 6.2. Then, complete Activity 8.3 (see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 286-289, then complete Practice p. 297-300(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
NO iReady today!

That's all I have for now! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, May 14

I hope everyone has enjoyed this sweet calm in the weather the last few days. It seems unusual for the middle of May to experience such cooler temperatures! Below are some updates for today:

  1. CLICK HERE for for your student to watch a fantastic virtual field trip of the American Revolution through the Scholastic I Survived series! The video is about 25 minutes in length and 100% worth the watch!
  2. Our next Class Google Hangout session will be tomorrow, May 15, at 2:00pm.
  3. Please remember to turn in the Unit 6 Geology Reader in your student's upcoming Packet Drop-Off on Monday, May 18!
  4. Today's Packet Work assignments are:
READING: Re-read Chapter 4 in American Revolution Reader, then complete Activities 7.1 and 7.3(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 284-285, then complete Practice p. 295-296(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
30 min of iReady Reading & Math

That's all I have for now.

Happy Friday Eve!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, May 13

I hope this message finds you all well and off to a great start this morning! Below are some updates for today:

  1. Our Class Google Hangout session will take place at 3:00pm this afternoon!
  2. ALL students must turn-in their Unit 6 Geology Reader (NOT Activity Book, since that is a consumable item that they can keep) on Monday, May 18 inside their packet drop-off. The Unit 7 American Revolution Readers will be due the following week on Tuesday, May 26, which is the LAST day of Packet Drop-Off.
  3. Today's Packet Work assignments include:
READING: Read Chapter 4 in American Revolution Reader, then complete boxes 1-3 on Activity 6.2. Then complete Activities 6.3 and 6.4(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 283, then complete Lesson 26 Quiz(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
30 min of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, May 12

I hope everyone is off to a great start to your day! Below are the updates for today:

  1. Our next Class Google Hangout Session will take place tomorrow at 3:00pm!
  2. Please remember to check my CLASS WEBSITE for the Video Lessons each day for math (and occasionally reading/writing), which are uploaded by 12:00pm each afternoon.
  3. The Packet Work for today, May 12 is:
READING: Re-read Chapter 3 in American Revolution Reader, then complete Activity 5.3(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 282, then complete Practice p. 291-292(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
30 min of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, May 11

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend celebrating their mothers! Below are the updates for today:

  1. We will have our Class Google Hangout session today at 3:00pm!
  2. Please remember that you DO NOT have to pick-up new Packet Work for this week since it was included on last week's Agenda. You will include last week's work AND this week's work in the packet for Drop-Off/Pick-Up next Monday, May 18.
  3. I have posted ten excellent videos about the American Revolution on my Classroom Website! Please CLICK HERE and scroll down to watch the videos in order. I encourage students to watch one video each day, if time allows, as we would be watching these videos if we were in the classroom setting :)
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, May 11 are:
READING: Read Chapter 3 in American Revolution Reader, then complete boxes #8-10 on Activity 1.3. Then, complete Activities 4.2, 4.3 AND 4.4(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 280-281, then complete Practice p. 289-290(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
30 min of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, May 7

Happy sunny Thursday! I hope everyone is off to a wonderful start to the day. Below are some updates as we head into the last day of Packet Work for this week:

  1. Our next Class Google Hangout session will take place on Monday, May 11.
  2. The Video Lessons for today have been posted on my Class Website, so if you know that your student will be needing access, please go ahead and request it, as I will be away from my computer from 2:00pm today until 8:00am tomorrow, May 8.
  3. Please remember that you do NOT have to drop-off/pick-up packet work items for your fourth grader on Monday, May 11 due to our work being planned for two weeks. Your next Pick-Up/Drop-Off for fourth grade work will be Monday, May 18! The Interdisciplinary work from this week can simply be turned in on May 18 as well.
  4. Packet Work items for today, May 7 are:
READING: Re-read Chapter 2 in American Revolution Reader, then complete Activities 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 278-279, then complete Practice p. 287-288(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
(NO iReady this week!)

That's all I have for now!

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all of you wonderful Barnes' Class moms!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, May 6

I hope you are all having a wonderful day so far. Below are the updates for today:

  1. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 3:00pm this afternoon!
  2. Please take a moment to fill out the Google Form sent out yesterday (May 5) regarding your preference for a Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference, IF you have not done so already!
  3. We have begun our last Reading Unit of the year titled "The American Revolution!" There are several Liberty Kids videos that I will be sending you via YouTube links for your student to watch if time allows. These videos are ones that we would be watching in the classroom during this unit, so they are well worth the time! The first two links for this week are attached below:

The Boston Tea Party - Episode 1

Intolerable Acts - Episode 2

  1. Take a moment to check out my newest FlipGrid Challenge, posted yesterday evening!
  2. The Packet Work assignments for today, May 6 are:
READING: Read Chapter 2 in American Revolution Reader, then complete #5-7 on Activity 1.3, AND Activities 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 (see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 276, then complete Lesson 25 Quiz(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
(NO iReady this week!)

That's all I have for now! Happy Wednesday!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, May 5

It was an absolute JOY seeing many of you and your students at your home yesterday! Those smiles and sweet hugs have forever made an impact on my life and I am so grateful for this opportunity to continue teaching your child through a different school setting.

Below are some quick updates for today:

  1. Our next Class Google Hangout session will take place tomorrow, May 6!
  2. You have probably noticed that the Weekly Agenda in your student's packet for this week also includes next week's work for the week of May 11. This means that your student will NOT have a new packet to pick-up on Monday, May 11, meaning that you also do NOT have to drop-off work at this that for your fourth grader! Other grades may still have normal pick-up/drop-off, but our grade level will not on May 11.
  3. The sign-up for optional Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences is coming out later this afternoon, so please be on the lookout to indicate your preference!
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, May 5 are:
READING: Read Chapter 1 in American Revolution Reader, then complete #1-4 on Activity 1.3, AND Activity 1.4 (see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 274-275, then complete Practice p. 283-284(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
(NO iReady this week!)

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, May 4

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Below are the updates for today:

  1. I will be making my way to each student's home today to drop off my special delivery! I'll knock on the door to leave the gift in person, but if no one is home, then I will simply leave the items at your mailbox or right at your front door. I'll begin around 1:00pm this afternoon!
  2. Packet drop-off / pick-up is taking place from 10:00am-6:00pm today.
  3. We will NOT have a Class Google Hangout Session this afternoon due to the special deliveries!
  4. We are taking a break from iReady this week, so unless your student wants to continue this week on their own terms, enjoy the time off! :)
  5. The Packet Work assignment for today, May 4 simply includes any STEM or Interdisciplinary work - we do not have math or reading assignments today.
  6. This Friday, May 8 is Parent/Teacher Conference Day. I will be sending out a sign-up for a virtual Parent/Teacher Conference for those who would like to have one. Those details will be shared tomorrow morning!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Friday, May 1

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, it's Friday, and it's the first day of May!

Below are the updates for today:

  1. Please check this morning's email regarding my SPECIAL DELIVERY to your mailbox on Monday, May 4!
  2. We will NOT have a Class Google Hangout session today.
  3. Normal Packet Pick-Up/Drop Off will take place on Monday, May 4, from 10:00am-6:00pm.
  4. Please take a moment to complete the Google Form titled "Just Checking In" IF you have not done so already. I have greatly enjoyed reading the responses that have come through already!
  5. Part of today's Reading assignment is to watch a video on the deepest part of the ocean! The link is posted HERE on my class website.
  6. Today's Packet Work assignments are:
READING: Re-read Chapter 9 in Geology Reader, then complete Activity 14.1(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
*Then, watch the video below about the Deepest Part of the Oceans: Mariana's Trench!
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 272-273, then complete Practice p. 281-282(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
(NO iREADY WORK TODAY! ENJOY THE DAY OFF!)

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, April 30

I hope you have stepped outside this morning to feel the fresh air after the rain last night. It smells so clean and pollen-free! I find myself looking for all the positives I can during this time. Below are the details for today:

  1. We will have our Class Google Hangout session today at 3:00pm!
  2. I have sent you all a Google Form titled "Just Checking In" to simply check in on each student/family. Please take a moment to fill it out.
  3. Remember to check the Video Lessons for today on our Classroom Website, which will be posted early this afternoon. Simply "Request Access" if you need to watch the videos and I will approve the request ASAP.
  4. Today's Packet Work assignments are:
READING: Read Chapter 9 in Geology Reader, then complete Activity 13.2(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 270-271, then complete Practice p. 279-280(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, April 29

I hope this message finds you all doing well and getting through this week on a strong note! Below are the details for today:

  1. Our next Class Google Hangout session will take place tomorrow afternoon, April 30.
  2. Please remember to check our Classroom Website for the video lessons that pair with packet work assignments each day! Today's videos will be uploaded early this afternoon.
  3. As I make my way through the turned-in packet work items each week, I will be sure to reach out to you if there are any significant areas of concern. If you have not heard from me regarding your student's turned-in work items yet, then that is a good thing, so please do not worry.
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, April 29 are:
READING: Read Chapter 8 in Geology Reader, then complete Activities 12.2 AND 12.3(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 268-269, then complete Practice p. 277-278(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, April 28

Happy Tuesday! I have a few quick updates for you as we head into this beautiful day:

  1. We will have a Class Google Hangout Session today at 3:00pm!
  2. Please remember to check our CLASSROOM WEBSITE for the video lessons that pair with the math (and reading, when needed) lessons each and every day. The videos for today's math lesson have not been uploaded yet, but will be shortly. IF you have trouble accessing the videos, simply "request access" and I will approve it as soon as I see the request come through.
  3. Packet Work assignments for today, April 28 are:
READING: Read Chapter 7 in Geology Reader, then complete Activities 10.3, 11.1 AND 11.2(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction p. 266-267 then complete Practice p. 275-276(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, April 27

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I am sending out some important classroom updates as we head into this LAST week of April:

  1. The news about school remaining closed for the rest of the school was not a surprise for many of us, but it was still painful to hear, and it breaks my heart that I cannot finish out the year "as normal" with my kids. HOWEVER, I will continue to do my absolute best in teaching them through this distance learning process. My job is still to prepare them for 5th grade, and our fourth grade team will continue to assign curriculum that our students need to learn as they prepare for the start of the next school year. I am asking you, our class parents, to help me in making sure that they are completing this content in order to prepare for the next grade level. I am counting on you to let me know if your student is struggling in ANY way with this content so that I can help ensure that learning and mastery of the content are taking place. I understand that these are weird times to be learning in, but learning is still imperative (and expected!) as we finish out this school year!
  2. REPORT CARDS for Quarter 3 are included in your student's new packet for this week of April 27. Packet pick-up/drop off is taking place today as normal, from 10:00am-6:00pm.
  3. We will NOT have a class google hangout session today, April 27.
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, April 27 are:
STEM Assignment
Interdisciplinary Assignment
45 Minutes of iReady Reading
45 Minutes of iReady Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Friday, April 24

I hope this message finds you all well and ready for the weekend ahead! I have some quick updates for you as we finish off this week of school-at-home:

  1. Be sure to visit my Class Website for VIDEO LESSONS of all math material from this week.
  2. You have probably been wondering how your student will need to turn in their packet work assignments for the coming weeks since they are now working in their textbooks. I simply need them to tear out their Practice and Problem Solving Book pages for Math (NOT the Instruction Book pages!) and their Geology Activity pages for Reading. So, they need to turn-in Math pages 263-272 AND the Quiz, and turn-in Activities 7.3, 8.2, 9.1, 9.4 AND the extra page of questions. Put these, along with any STEM or Interdisciplinary work in their packet to turn back in on Monday, April 27.
  3. We will have our Class Google Hangout Session at 12:00pm this afternoon!
  4. Quarter 3 Report Cards will be included in your student's upcoming packet for the week of April 27.
  5. Our Packet Work assignments for today, April 24 are:
READING: Read Chapter 7 titled "Earth's Powerful Forces of Change," then use this chapter to complete questions #1-9 on the extra piece of paper included in your packet for this week!(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction Book p. 264-265, then complete Lesson 24 Quiz.(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
(NO iReady today - enjoy the day off!!)

That's all I have for now! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, April 23

Happy Rainy Thursday! It's nice to take a break from the sunshine to see the ground soak up some much-needed rain. I hope you are all off to a great start to your morning! I have some quick updates for you today:

  1. First. . . . .Baby Barnes is a GIRL!! We are absolutely thrilled!
  2. You have probably been wondering how your student will need to turn in their packet work assignments for the coming weeks since they are now working in their textbooks. I simply need them to tear out their Practice and Problem Solving Book pages for Math (NOT the Instruction Book pages!) and their Geology Activity pages for Reading. So, they need to turn-in Math pages 263-272 AND the Quiz, and turn-in Activities 7.3, 8.2, 9.1, 9.4 AND the extra page of questions. Put these, along with any STEM or Interdisciplinary work in their packet to turn back in on Monday, April 27.
  3. If your student is struggling to get any of the packet work done this week, please make sure that you take time to view the VIDEO LESSONS on my class website. The videos are about 15 minutes or less and I walk the students through the entire process, just like we would in the classroom. If you need to "request access" to the video for some reason, simply request it and I will approve it as soon as I see the request come to my email.
  4. Also, if your student is struggling (either physically due to time OR emotionally) to complete their iReady time each day, simply modify the time OR skip it altogether. At this point, iReady is an extra, valuable tool for students to work on at home, but not required.
  5. We will have our Class Google Hangout Session today at 3:30 pm!
  6. The Packet Work for today, April 23 is:
READING: Re-read Chapter 6 titled "Earth's Building Blocks," then use this chapter to complete Activities 9.1 AND 9.4(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction Book p. 262-263, then complete Practice Book p. 271-272.(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, April 22

I hope you are all enjoying this sunshiny weather this week! Below are some updates for today:

  1. A GREAT website called Wonderopolis has been brought to my attention and I wanted to share it with you. It's a fun resource to use when students have "wonders" on their brain!
  2. We will not have a Class Google Hangout session today, but we WILL have one tomorrow at 3:30pm. Baby Barnes' gender will be revealed today and I will be so excited to share the exciting news with you all tomorrow! :)
  3. Please continue checking our Class Website each day for video lessons on the packet work material.
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, April 22 are:
READING: Read Chapter 6 titled "Earth's Building Blocks," then complete Activity 8.2(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
MATH: Complete Instruction Book p. 258-261, then complete Practice Book p. 267-270.(see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

PLEASE reach out and let me know if your student is struggling with the new material in ANY way. I cannot help if I do not know there is a need, so I am relying on you wonderful parents to let me know when help is needed!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, April 21

I hope everyone is having a great morning so far! Below are the updates for today:

  1. I am posting video lessons on my Class Website primarily for math, but also for reading when needed. Please check here if your student needs any help with the packet work material each day! The videos run about 15 minutes each, so if your student is struggling I highly recommend playing the video for them to work along with!
  2. We will not have a Class Google Hangout session this afternoon.
  3. Please see yesterday's email regarding the One-On-One Google Hangout Session sign-up for this week if you/your student would like to schedule one!
  4. The Packet Work assignments for today, April 21 are:
READING: Read the passage on Activity 7.3, then complete activity questions. (see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)MATH: Complete Instruction Book p. 254-257, then complete Practice Book p. 263-266. (see Weekly Agenda for more detailed instruction)45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

That's all I have for now!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, April 20

I hope this email finds everyone healthy, happy and doing well after a much-needed Spring Break! I have several updates for you as we continue our School-At-Home routine this week:

  1. Today is Packet Pick-Up / Drop Off day, from 10:00am-6:00pm! Same process as the last few weeks.
  2. Your student will receive a large brown bag today filled with their reading and math workbooks/instruction books, along with their math journal that we use in the classroom for them to take notes in (when we are not writing work out on top of their desks with dry erase markers). I have sent this home in case your student wants to solve any extra work in here to keep it in one place.
  3. Please remember that while students do not have regular reading or math work today due to packet pick-up/drop-off, they are still expected to work on iReady lessons on this day, along with any assigned work for STEM & Interdisciplinary.
  4. Please be on the look-out for another Google Form indicating your preference for a one-on-on Google Hangout session with me later on this week. The purpose of this hangout session will be for me to check in with students and their parent(s), if needed, on the new content work that is assigned for this week. This form will be sent out via email later on this afternoon.
  5. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 3:30pm today! I look forward to seeing lots of my kiddos and checking in to see how everyone is doing.

That's all I have for now!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, April 9

I hope everyone is having a wonderful morning so far! Below are some quick details as we head into Day 3 of Packet Work for this week:

  1. SPRING BREAK begins tomorrow, April 10! I hope everyone stays safe and healthy throughout this much-needed break.
  2. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 3:00 today!
  3. New Content for math and reading will begin after the break, starting the week of April 20. Instead of the miscellaneous copies of reading, science, math and vocabulary material that has filled the packets so far, your student's textbooks will be going home with you in the next round of "Packet Pick-Up!" This means that their assignments will be inside their normal Math Instruction Book/Practice Book and their CKLA Reader/Activity Book. I think this will come as a breath of fresh air for our students, as the work they will be doing will be inside their normal classroom materials and will feel more normal to our classroom routine. I am looking forward to this change and getting the resources back to your student! Please remember that there is no need to worry about the start of new material. We will focus on Reading and Math ONLY (no science or vocabulary items!), so the focus will be on two fourth grade subjects instead of four.
  4. Packet Work assignments for today, April 9 are:
READING: "Seashells" page 22-27
MATH: "Using Strategies to Subtract" page 10-11
SCIENCE: "Explore Tornadoes"
STEM/Inter. : continue packet from last week
VOCABULARY: "Homophone Ninja"
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

​That's all I have for now. ​Please let me know if you have any questions as we get through this last day of work before Spring Break begins!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, April 8

It's another beautiful, sunny morning and we are just TWO days away from the start of SPRING BREAK! Below are the updates for Day 2 of Packet Work for this week:

  1. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 12:00 pm this afternoon!
  2. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing my video lessons posted on our Classroom Website. It may work best if your student logs into their school email account in Google, then accesses the Class Website that way and clicks the video to watch.
  3. Our Packet Work assignments for today, April 8 are:
READING: "Fire & Air" (BOTH sides) ANDLesson 17 "Greek & Latin Word Parts:AND "Over Bridge, Under Tunnel"
MATH: "Using Strategies to Add," page 7-9 (ALL questions)
SCIENCE: "Explore Tsunamis"
STEM/Inter. : continue packet form last week
VOCABULARY: "Idioms," #1-15
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

I cannot tell you how much I miss your children. I am trying my very best to stay positive and upbeat through this weird time in history, but it sure is painful being away from my precious students. Those hugs and high fives are going to be so much sweeter once we are all back together!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, April 7

I hope you are all having a great Tuesday so far! Below are the details as we head into Day 1 of Packet Work for this week:

  1. Please remember that the STEM/Interdisciplinary Packet Work items sent home last week were for last week AND this week, so your student did not receive another packet of work for this week in these areas. Please direct any questions that you have regarding these items to Mrs. Jacobs for STEM, or Miss Jaynes, Miss Duncan, Mrs. Martin or Coach Metcalfe for music/art/PE/media.
  2. We will NOT have a Class Google Hangout session today. However, please feel free to let me know if your student would like to meet with me one-on-one today and I will be happy to schedule a time!
  3. NEW content will begin in the next round of Packet Work starting the week of April 20. More details to come, but for now, please do not worry about the start of new material. Our Fourth Grade Team plans for a pretty seamless transition between the review work we have assigned so far and the new content packets to come. We will focus on Math and Reading ONLY, so your student will not have the additional vocabulary and science items that they have had these last few weeks.
  4. Please continue to check the "Video Lessons" tab on my Classroom Website for posted video lessons of the day. Some days a video for math/reading may be needed, and other days it may not, so please do not be alarmed if a video is not showing up for a specific day for this week. However, once we begin new content, there will be a reading and math video posted for most Packet Work days.
  5. Our Packet Work assignments for today, April 7 are:


READING: Lesson 16 "Using Context Clues," page 11-14 AND Lesson 13 "Unfamiliar Words.
MATH: "Understanding of Place Value" (both sides!), "Rounding Whole Numbers" AND "Comparing Multi-Digit Whole Numbers"SCIENCE: "Explore Hurricanes"
STEM/Inter. : continue packet items from last week
VOCABULARY: "Context Clues" 1.5
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

​That's all I have for now! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we make our way through this last week of School-At-Home before SPRING BREAK!!!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, April 6

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Below are the updates as we head into this new week of Packet Work:

  1. Today's Packet Work drop-off / pick-up will take place from 10:00am-6:00pm.
  2. Your student does NOT have reading/math/science Packet Work for today, but they are still responsible for any STEM or Interdisciplinary work that is assigned for today. These packets will not be due back until the next drop-off/pick-up day on Monday, April 20.
  3. SPRING BREAK will take place April 10-17. Your student will NOT have any Packet Work to complete during this time, of course! Wahoo!
  4. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 3:30 pm this afternoon!

​That's all I have for now. Happy Monday!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Friday, April 3

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and can take some time to rest and relax. Below are some quick updates for the last day of Packet Work for this week:

  1. Our next round of Packet Drop-Off/Pick Up will be this Monday, April 6, form 9:00 am-6:00 pm. The same curbside service will take place on the 3-5 side of the building!
  2. SPRING BREAK is still set to take place April 10-17.
  3. SPIRIT WEEK: "Pajama Day," because let's face it: pajamas are the best part about distance learning! If your student participates, please send me a picture!
  4. We will not have a Class Google Hangout Session today - we will resume next week!
  5. Packet Work assignments for today, April 3 are:
READING: "The Giant Who Threw Tantrums Answer Q's #1-8MATH: "Jog's My Memory" #1, #2, #3 and #4 - Solve Problems #1-7 for each section.SCIENCE: "Floods" Sudoku PuzzleSTEM: Continue working on paper helicopter assignmentVOCABULARY: "Synonyms" #1-7 AND "Multiple Meanings" #1-4 and Sample45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

That's all I have for now!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, April 2

It's another beautiful day outside, and I hope that you can all take a moment to go out and enjoy the sunshine. Below are some quick updates for Day 3 of Packet Work this week:

  1. Check out my Classroom Website for posted Video Lessons of math assignments (and some reading when needed) each day!
  2. SPIRIT WEEK: "Jersey Day," in honor of our favorite sports teams that are not able to play right now. Please send me a photo of your student if he/she participates!
  3. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 3:30pm this afternoon! I have been made aware that even after I end the Google Hangout Session on my end, students are still able to remain in the Hangout session and continue to talk to one another. Due to this, I am asking that a parent be close by while your student is participating in the chat to make sure that all is going well :)
  4. The Packet Work assignment for today, April 2 is:
READING: "Blue Corn Maiden and the Coming Winter" AND "Demeter and Persephone" Answer Q's #13-28
MATH: "Insects, Robins and Butterflies" Answer Q's #1-8 AND "Whole X's a Fraction"Answer Q's #1-16
SCIENCE: "Extreme Cold" Sudoku Puzzle
STEM: Continue working on paper helicopter assignment
VOCABULARY: #3 Pack - E & F
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

That's all I have for now! Happy Friday Eve!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, April 1

Happy First Day of April! We are off to a bright, sunny morning, and for that I am extra thankful. Below are some quick updates for Day 2 of Packet Work for this week:

  1. If your family has NOT scheduled a one-on-one Google Hangout Session with me yet, please complete the Google Form ASAP titled "Google Hangout Session Sign-Up." It has been absolutely wonderful checking in with many of you so far, and I look forward to seeing the rest of you as we finish out this week.
  2. SPIRIT WEEK: "Grandparent Day," in honor of the generation most at risk during this time. Students are encouraged to dress up like a grandparent! Please send me a picture if your student participates!
  3. Yesterday I posted a math video for students to watch if they got stuck with the assignment, "All About Jacob's Class." Head over to my Classroom Website to view the video if you have not watched it already!
  4. We will have our Class Google Hangout Session at 3:30 pm this afternoon!
  5. Our Packet Work assignments for today, April 1 are:
READING: "President Obama Speaks to Students" Answer Q's #6-1 MATH: "Converting Decimals to Fractions" (BOTH Sides!) Answer Q's #1-20 SCIENCE: "Tornadoes" Word Scramble STEM: Continue working on paper helicopter assignment VOCABULARY: #3 Pack - C & D ONLY 45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

​That's all I have for now!​ Happy Wednesday!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, March 31

I hope everyone is off to a great start this morning! Below are the updates for today as we head into Day 1 of Packet Work for this new week:

  1. The Packet Work assignments for today are:
READING: "The North Wind" Answer Q's #1-5
MATH: "All About Jacob's Class" Answer Q's #1-6AND"Jogs My Memory"Q's #1-7 AND #1-7
SCIENCE: "Thunder & Lightening" Puzzle Sheet
STEM: Begin working on paper helicopter assignment
VOCABULARY: #3 Pack - Sample, A & B
45 Minutes of iReady Reading & Math

2. SPIRIT WEEK: Today's Spirit Week Challenge is CRAZY HAIR/SCHOOL COLORS DAY in honor of our hair stylists and the school that we miss! If your student participates, please send a picture my way!

3. This allergy season has me down for the count and I completely forgot to send the Monday Remind/Flipgrid Challenge yesterday evening. My apologies! Please let your student know that I will share the Tuesday Challenge later this afternoon.

4. Our Class Google Hangout Session will take place at 4:00 pm this afternoon.

That's all I have for now! Happy, Happy Tuesday!

-Mrs. Barnes

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, March 30

Hello, Barnes' Families!

I hope this message finds everyone healthy and happy this morning after such a warm, sunny weekend! I have several quick updates for you as we head into a NEW week of Packet Work:


  1. Packet Drop-Off / Pick-Up will take place from 9:00am - 6:00 pm today, March 30, on the 3-5 side of the building. Just like last time, it will be a curbside drop-off/pick-up, so you will not need to get out of your car. I will begin grading the packets from the previous two weeks and will enter those grades into PowerSchool in the days ahead.
  2. DUE DATE for Yearbook Order Forms/Payment is this Friday, April 3! Please send those in to the office if you still need to do so.
  3. Attached in this email are the details for "SPIRIT WEEK, COVID-19 STYLE!" Students can show school spirit today by dressing up as a Super Hero in honor of the hospital workers, first responders, grocery employees, essential personnel, etc. Please encourage your student to search the closets at home to create their own outfit and send to me via REMIND App, email or Flipgrid!
  4. Due to packet drop-off / pick-up today, our fourth graders do NOT have an assignment to complete in their Packet Work for today, March 30. However, IF they have access, I do expect them to complete their iReady work for the day. Packet Work assignments will continue tomorrow, March 31!
  5. You'll notice that new content will not be introduced this week, but I will begin sending some teacher videos of the Packet Work assignments for math and reading this week to give your students some practice with following along with the videos to complete their assignments, if needed. This will prepare them for when new content is introduced in the coming days and the teacher videos are sent for each subject area.
  6. We will have our Class Google Hangout Session today at 4:00 pm for all students who can join in! I will send the link close to 4:00.

I miss your children more than they will ever know. Please hug them tight for me today and let them know that I think about them constantly. I can't WAIT to be back at school with them!


That's all I have for now!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Friday, March 27

I hope everyone is looking forward to this warm, sunny weekend ahead of us! I am excited to give my two dogs a much-needed bath outside tomorrow!

Below are THREE quick updates as we head into Day 7:

  1. Today is the LAST day of Packet Work assignments for this first round, which will be DUE on Monday, March 30 when you pick-up the next round for the Week of March 30. ALL Packet Work items should be placed inside the same envelope they were given in when you picked them up last week.
  2. The Packet Work assignments for today, March 27 are:
45 Minutes of iReady Math & iReady ReadingREADING: "The First Teddy Bear"Questions #61-65(prove your answers!) MATH: "4: Fractions and Decimals" Questions #1-20 (SHOW your WORK!) SCIENCE: "Wild fires"

3. Today's Class Google Hangout Session will be a lunchtime session, taking place at 12:00 pm. I will send the link around 11:50am. Students can feel free to bring their lunch to the session and enjoy some food and conversation at this time!

That's all I have for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Thursday, March 26

I hope everyone has had a great start to their morning! Below are the updates for Day 6 of School-At-Home:

  1. Yesterday I sent a Google Form titled, "Just Checking In. . ." to all families. Please take a moment to complete this quick form, as it will help me gauge how my students and parents are doing at home.
  2. The Packet Work assignment for today, March 26 is:
45 Minutes of iReady Math & iReady Reading
READING: "The Chinese Cinderella" & "The Wish Fish"Questions #46-60 (prove your answers!)
MATH: "Adding Tenths and Hundredths" Complete Questions #1-20 (BOTH SIDES!)
STEM: "Electricity and Energy: The Light Bulb" Complete Questions #1-8
VOCABULARY: #2 Pack - E & Vocabulary Test

3. I will send another Google Form out later today for families to sign-up for a parent/student Google Hangout session with me in the days ahead to simply check in and see how things are going. Please take a moment to sign-up for a time to meet with me.

4. We will have a Class Google Hangout session at 4:00 pm this afternoon for any student to join in and visit with classmates for a little while!

That's all I have for now!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Wednesday, March 25

I hope everyone is off to a healthy start this morning! I have several very important updates for you as we head into Day 5 of School-At-Home:

  1. Dr. Bullard shared the announcement yesterday that we will continue our School-At-Home until May 15, per the Executive Order from our Governor. This means that Packet Work will continue to be provided for your student at the schedule below: 10:00 am -6:00 pm

March 30

April 6

April 20

April 27

May 4

May 11

    • Please remember that ALL packet work items will be graded and entered into Powerschool on a weekly basis, so the NEW Packet Work items going home on the"Pick-Up" days will be for one week's worth of work at a time. Our Fourth Grade Team will begin introducing new content (continued Geology Unit for reading and begin Measurement and Data Unit for Math) in the days ahead with pre-recorded teacher videos of the lessons for students to watch at ANY point during the lesson's assignment day. This should help relieve what you parents are doing at home and give the students more of a full-lesson environment, just like we have at school! More details on this to come, so please stay tuned.

2. I sent several awesome links in yesterday's update for websites that are offering some fantastic opportunities for our students working from home. Please take some time to check those out if you haven't already! Those links have also been listed under the "Websites for School-At-Home" tab on our Classroom Website! Free BrainPop Family Access is also another great website offering free family access at home during this time. All students have a Reflex Math username and password to access as well, so please feel free to add this into their daily schedule from home if you are needing some extra things for them to work on.

3. Packet Work assignments for today, March 25 are:

45 Minutes of iReady Math & 45 Minutes of iReady Reading

READING: "Invisible Ink" then answer Questions #39-45 (prove your answers!)

MATH: "3: Whole Number Operations" Questions #1-20

(SHOW your WORK!)

SCIENCE: "Drought"

VOCABULARY: #2 Pack - D

4. I sent out a "Dinner Writing Challenge" last night on Flipgrid/Remind, and four of our students have participated so far! I have greatly enjoyed seeing those faces and hearing all about their delicious family dinner. Please keep them coming!

5. We will have a Class GOOGLE HANGOUT SESSION at 3:30 pm today for any Barnes' student who wants to join in and see their classmates. I will share the link close to 3:30 pm!

That's all I have for now! Please let me know if you have any questions along the way!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, March 24

I hope everyone is off to a great start this morning! I am excited for some warmer weather coming later this week so that we can all get back outside and enjoy some fresh air.

Below are some important updates for today as we begin Day 4 of school from home:

  1. If I have NOT had a chance to have a Google Hangout session with your student, whether as a group or one-on-one, I would LOVE to schedule one with him/her today or tomorrow to check-in and see how things are going. It is important to me to see their face and make sure all is well. Please let me know via REMIND or email when the best time would be for us to connect on Google Hangout. Let's make this happen!
  2. Today's Packet Work assignments are:
45 Minutes of iReady Reading 45 Minutes of iReady Math READING: "Kia's Summer Job" AND "Dandelion"Read, then complete Questions #29-38 MATH: "Multiplication Word Problems" C & D. Solve Questions #1-8 (SHOW your work!)STEM: "Electricity & Energy - Electrical Safety"Read and answer Questions #1-8 VOCABULARY: #1 Pack E AND Vocabulary Test

3. I have collected some awesome websites for you all to use at home for your students to complete virtual field trips/tours, miscellaneous activities, science experiments, etc. Please take a look at: https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/

https://freedomhomeschooling.com/

https://www.romper.com/

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

http://www.airpano.com/

https://www.creativebloq.com/free-kids-drawing-lessons

4. Please stay tuned for details regarding current Packet Work drop-off and upcoming Packet-Work pick-up. I will send those details your way as soon as I know the plan!

5. There are still a few families that I am waiting to connect with on the REMIND app, which I have been using daily since we began this new school-from-home endeavor. Please take a moment to text the message: "@barnesbri" to the number: "81010" to join. You won't want to miss anything!

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Hello, Barnes Families! Sunday, March 22

I hope you all have had a safe and healthy weekend! Below are some quick updates as we head into Day 3 of our Packet Work:

  1. Mrs. Jacobs sent an email on Friday, March 20 regarding her Google Hangout sessions each Monday morning at 10:00am for students who may need some help on their at-home STEM assignments. Please join her session at 10:00 am tomorrow, March 23 if your student would like some assistance, or would simply like to say hello to Mrs. Jacobs and some fellow 4th grade friends!
  2. The Packet Work assignments for Monday, March 23 are: 45 Minutes of iReady Reading
45 Minutes of iReady Math45 Minutes of iReady Reading READING: "Lindbergh Flies the Atlantic" AND "Lindbergh Does It" (Read BOTH passages, then answer Questions #13-28.)MATH: "2: Algebraic Thinking"Solve Questions #1-14 (SHOW your work!)SCIENCE: "Volcanoes" VOCABULARY: #1 Pack E AND Vocabulary TestSTEM: finish "Binary Coding" activity!

3. I will be available from 8:00am-4:00pm for any student needing help with Packet Work, iReady lessons, just needing to chat, etc., so please do not hesitate to reach out to me for a Google Hangout session if your student would like to have one. It has been an absolute JOY seeing many of my kiddos on Google Hangout already, and I hope to see even more of those sweet faces this week!

4. Stay tuned for my next weeknight student challenge, tomorrow evening on Flipgrid!

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Hello, Barnes Families! Thursday, March 19

It sounds like our students have had a very successful Day 1 of "School from Home," which is excellent news! I hope you are finding the directions for each content area of Packet Work to be clear and concise.

Below are some important updates as we head into Day 2:

  1. Our second go-around of Google Hangout this afternoon brought 8 students together, which was excellent! I am learning that it is a bit loud and busy to have many students join at one time, so I am going to try something a little different tomorrow: IF your student would like to schedule a Hangout Session with me, whether to ask questions about Packet Work or to simply chat for a little while, simply email or send a message on REMIND to set-up a time with me between 8:00am and 4:00pm (IF this time frame does not work for your family, we can make arrangements for another time that works best - just let me know). This is an excellent opportunity for you parents to meet with me if you have any questions yourself, so please take advantage of this, if needed.
  2. For all our science lovers out there: NASA has made their entire collection of images, sounds and video available and publicly searchable online! Check it out!
  3. GetEpic.com has not allowed students to access their free school account remotely, until now! I sent all parents an email invitation this afternoon with the link to the remote access for student accounts on GetEpic. This website is a favorite in our classroom with all kinds of reading materials, educational video clips, etc. Please take advantage of this opportunity in the days ahead!
  4. Tomorrow's Packet Work for March 20 includes:
45 Minutes of iReady Reading45 Minutes of iReady MathREADING: "The Acorn Woodpecker," then answer Questions #7-12 (prove your answers!)MATH: "Determining Greatest or Least w/ Denominators" - answer Questions #1--18 (BOTH sides!)VOCABULARY: #1 Pack - C & DSTEM: "Binary Code Activity" (this will take you two days to complete, so do 1/2 today and the other 1/2 will be assigned on Monday!)
  1. As of today, we have 16/21 students working on iReady Reading lessons, and 16/21 students working on iReady Math lessons. The students who are showing "0" minutes in either or both of these areas need to get the ball rolling, since this is an expectation each day of the week.
  2. Please check my latest Flipgrid video announcement for tonight's reading challenge!

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Hello, Barnes Parents! Wednesday, March 18

Man, I sure do miss your kids. I can't tell you how exciting it has been for me to see the ones who have responded to my Remind/Flipgrid video messages these last two days with a message, picture or video of their own! Please keep them coming!

Below are some updates as we head into the FIRST day of assigned Packet Work tomorrow, March 19:

  1. IF you have not yet joined our class REMIND App, please do so ASAP! I have already sent lots of information on this app and will continue to do so as the days progress - you will not want to miss out! To join, simply TEXT @barnesbri to the number 81010. You will automatically join our Barnes' Brilliant Bunch Remind App page!
  2. Please continue checking our Class Website for PCA updates (front page) and Homework assignments (Homework tab) as the days progress. I have the homework assignments listed on my website in addition to student packets.
  3. I sent a Google Form via email this afternoon to get an idea of each student's availability to participate in future Google Hangout sessions! We had our very first "Trial Run" this afternoon to test it out, and it was a lot of fun seeing each student's face on the screen in real time! I plan to give Google Hangouts another try tomorrow, later in the afternoon. Stay tuned for those details!
  4. Tomorrow's Packet Work includes:
45 Minutes of iReady Reading45 Minutes of iReady MathREADING: "A Mad Tea Party," then answer Questions #1-6 (prove your answers!)MATH: "1: Number Sense" - answer Questions #1-20SCIENCE: "Tsunamis" coding sheetVOCABULARY: #1 Pack - Sample, A & B ONLY
  1. Please remember that ALL packet work assignments will be graded once they are turned in on March 30, and updated in Powerschool for Q3 grading period.

That's all I have for now! I look forward to seeing more pictures/videos in response to my student challenge of the night, posted on Remind/Flipgrid!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Tuesday, March 17

It's me again with a few more updates as we head into "Packet Pick-Up Day" tomorrow:

  1. Dr. Bullard sent out a All-Call message this afternoon regarding the details for packet pick-up tomorrow, March 18, from 10:00am-6:00pm. This will happen as a drive-through service on the 3-5 side of the building, so please come through as you normally would for the car-rider line, and we will take care of you from the comfort of your vehicle! :)
  2. Inside each packet will be Reading, Math, Science, and miscellaneous Interdisciplinary subject area items. The very top page is a day-to-day, detailed list of what our fourth grade students are expected to complete starting Thursday, March 19 through Friday, March 27. The Reading, Math and Science assignments are to be turned in no later than Monday, March 30 to be graded and entered into Powerschool for this third Quarter.
  3. When working through these items in the packet, please DO NOT allow your student to rush ahead and complete more than one day's list of assignments at a time. The goal is to sharpen these skills over the next several days - not rush through and complete it half-hazardly. Please help monitor this from home.
  4. In addition to this packet, I am expecting each student to complete a minimum of 45 minutes of iReady Reading and 45 minutes of iReady Math lesson work each and every day. For the last four weeks we have spent this same amount of time in our classroom for iReady lesson work, so this at-home expectation is the same as it would be in our classroom. I will be monitoring each student's progress each day and will reach out to parents if there are specific areas that need extra attention :)

That's all I have for now! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns along the way, and I will be happy to help!

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Hello, Barnes' Families! Monday, March, 16

I hope this message finds everyone well and rested after a nice, warm weekend! I certainly appreciated the sunshine and spent some much-needed time outside. I hope you all did, too!

I appreciate your patience as you have waited to receive some updates from me regarding how your child's schooling will look during these next two weeks! Below are some updates as we head into this first week away from the classroom. Please read through each area carefully:

  1. Attached below are the directions for signing up for the REMIND App for our classroom! I will be reaching out to you all via this App each and every day in the weeks ahead, so please go ahead and follow these easy steps to sign up. You won't want to miss a thing, and this will be the easiest way for you to contact me with any questions you may have in the days ahead.
  2. Our Fourth Grade Team is working to put together some simple packets of work for our students to complete from home during this time away from school, which will be ready to pick-up from the Office from 10:00am-6:00pm this Wednesday, March 18. An electronic version will be shared with you via email as well for you to print at home, if needed.
  3. We are being very purposeful in the work we are assigning our students during this time - NO new content will be taught over these next two weeks. We will be assigning review-based work for our students to sharpen their skills in the areas they have already mastered this school year. Assignments / directions will be easy to follow, so please take a deep breath and rest assured that we are keeping students and parents in mind when planning this material.
  4. As I receive updates for our school from our Administration, I will post onto the main page of our classroom website. Please check there in the days ahead to ensure that you do not miss updates on Yearbook order form deadlines, Quarter 3 grading period, etc!
  5. I plan to assign some fun, daily tasks via the REMIND App during this time to keep my students light-hearted and joyful, despite this unsteady school change. Stay tuned for those details to come!

That's all I have for now. Please know that my door remains "open" for any questions or concerns in the coming days via the REMIND App or email. I am here to help in any way that I can while we all navigate through this uncharted territory together!


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WELCOME TO MRS. BARNES' CLASS!

Hello! My name is Katie Barnes, your child’s fourth grade teacher this year. This is my seventh year teaching, and my fifth year teaching here at Pinnacle Classical Academy!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University in December, 2012. I spent my first three years teaching fourth grade here at Pinnacle Classical Academy where my heart continued to grow more passionate toward classical education. After relocating to Georgia in 2016 for my husband to complete his Juris Doctor at the University of Georgia, I continued teaching fourth grade at Rocky Branch Elementary School, where I received my Gifted Certification. I also spent those years in Athens coaching for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club at the University of Georgia, where I had the pleasure of meeting several 2016 Olympic swimmers! We moved back here to Shelby, NC in May, 2018 so that I could return to teaching here at Pinnacle Classical Academy. My husband, Delton, is an attorney here in Shelby, and we live in our cute little home with our four sweet pets, named Kaiser, Bailey,Tulip & Oliver.

Aside from teaching fourth grade here at PCA, I also coach the Middle/High School Swim Team during the winter, and am the Director of our High School Theatre program during the spring.

I am deeply passionate about inspiring young people in being creative, thinking outside the box and taking pride in who they are. I am thrilled with this opportunity to have your child in my class this year. We have a fun and memorable school year ahead in BARNES’ BRILLIANT BUNCH!

-Mrs. Barnes