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Lexicon Vocabulary Study Sheet 2

We have another vocabulary quiz on Tuesday! The students will take this study sheet home on Monday, but I'm uploading it today so they can start studying this weekend if you'd like.
Thanks! Have a great weekend!

Weekly News 10/9-10/13

What We're Learning:
Reading: We are reading to understand characters and the changes they undergo.
Social Studies: We are studying the Native American tribes of Texas - in particular, the Caddo and the Comanche.
In Other News:
  • I am so proud of my homeroom students for how well they did at Rise and Shine last week! They spoke very clearly and represented themselves and our class very well. Way to go!
  • Tuesday, October 10 - Spirit Night at Crust Pizza
  • Thursday, October 19 - Picture Day!
  • Friday, October 13 - Last day to pre-order Monster Howl Wristbands
  • Red Ribbon Week is next week! Look for a flyer in your child's Wednesday folder to learn about the dress-up days!
Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a great week!

My School Anywhere

Our Creekview Elementary PTO subscribes to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories, online store, volunteer signups and email communications. It's secure, easy to use, and free to families.  
Follow the link below to get your family signed up. You will have access to all volunteer opportunities, other kids in your child's homeroom class, and access to all teachers' email.
Acceptance:  To ensure your family data is secure, all family submissions will be reviewed. Upon acceptance, you'll receive an email with login credentials and instructions for accessing the system.  

Weekly News 10/2-10/6

What We're Learning
Reading: We are studying characters: their traits, relationships, and motivations.
Social Studies: We are learning about the native tribes of Texas prior to European exploration and after explorers arrived in Texas.
In Other News
  • My Homeroom is presenting Rise and Shine this week, and they did GREAT this morning! Thank you for helping your child practice their part and get to school on time
    • Buford's Homeroom: October 10-13
    • Nichols' Homeroom: October 23-27
  • Fourth grade gets to visit with author Phil Bildner tomorrow! If you are ordering an autographed book, remember to send your form and book in tomorrow!
  • We have a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday! Students should have brought home a study sheet today, but if they didn't, check it out on my last post.
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to Parent Orientation last week! Check your email for a Parent Conference Sign-Up!

Lexicon Vocabulary Study Sheet

In fourth grade, we study vocabulary every day, and on Wednesday, we will be having our first vocabulary quiz. I will send home this study sheet on Monday, but I'm uploading it today in case you want to start studying this weekend.
Students will be expected to be able to define each word and use each word correctly in a sentence.

Weekly News 9/25-9/29

What we're learning:
Reading - We're working on learning strategies to help us think deeply while we are reading. Also, we are wrapping up our study of plot elements, and will have an assessment on what we've learned on Friday.
Social Studies - We are learning about the regions of Texas.
In Other News:
  • Elkins' Homeroom presents Rise and Shine NEXT WEEK! October 2-6. Students were told their parts today, and will take them home tomorrow. They need to have their parts memorized for our presentation next week! I hope you can make it out to see us one day next week!
  • Parent Orientation this Thursday from 5:45-7:15. I hope you can come to learn more about the fourth grade way!
  • Thanks to everyone that ordered books from our Scholastic Book Order! We earned a lot of points that will allow us to get free books for our classroom. Our readers read voraciously, and will be so excited to get some fresh books!
  • Follow me on Twitter @MsElkinsCES to see what is going on in our classroom on a daily basis.
If you have any other questions, please let me know. I'd love to help however I can.

Weekly News 9/18-9/22

What We're Learning:
Reading: We are still studying plot elements, and are working on summarizing fiction text.
Social Studies: We are learning about the four regions of Texas.
In Other News:
  • Tuesday, September 19 - Spring Creek BBQ fundraiser
  • Friday, September 22 - Book orders due! You can order by sending cash or check to school or ordering online (see previous post for more info).
  • Parent Information Night (grades 3-6) Thursday, September 28 5:45-7:30
Attendance Reminder: We stay very busy at school in fourth grade, and any time your child misses school, they are missing out on instruction. Unless they are sick, please try your best to have your child at school every day!
Thanks! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Scholastic Book Order

Hi parents,
We are starting our first Scholastic Book Order for the year. This is a great way to buy inexpensive books for your children to read at home. Also, every dollar spent helps us to get free books for our classroom!
If you are interested in ordering, please see the attached letter and ask your child about the flyer I gave them today.
Thanks for helping to support literacy with your children and in our classroom!

Creekview Spirit Wear Deadline Tomorrow!

The time is running out to order your Creekview Spirit Shirts! Tomorrow, Friday September 15th, is the last day to order your spirit shirts. 
If you cannot locate the form that you got last week, it is posted on the PTO's website.

Weekly News 9/11-9/15

Hello Fourth Grade Families!
Check back here each week to be updated on what we have going on at school.
What We're Learning:
  • Reading: Story elements and plot, including characters, setting, rising actions, climax, resolution, and theme.
  • Social Studies: It is Celebrate Freedom Week! This is a week set aside by our federal government to teach about the intent, importance, and meaning of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. 
In Other News:
  • Tomball Homecoming Parade: This Wednesday evening! If you signed your child up for this event, please look for a red flyer from Mrs. Robinett in their folder tomorrow.
  • Spring Creek Barbeque Spirit Night: Next Tuesday, September 19th. Come out and enjoy a delicious dinner while giving back to our school.
  • Spirit Wear orders are due this Friday, 9/15
  • Celebrate Freedom Week dress-up days:
    • Monday - Wear Red
    • Tuesday - Wear Blue
    • Wednesday - Wear White
    • Thursday - Wear Red, White, and Blue
    • Friday - Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • Our first Library day is this Wednesday! We are excited to get new books to read in class and at home!
  • No reading homework this week, but be on the lookout for your student's planner - they have Spelling and Math homework!
***Volunteer Needed!***
I would love to have someone come help me bc filing papers and putting together Wednesday folders each Wednesday. If this is something you are interested in doing, please let me know! If you want to help, but can't commit to every week, please email me to let me know and I'll put you on my list to contact first for other needs. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for your support. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way. The best way to reach me is by email.
Have a great week!

Conduct Sheets

Conduct sheets went home today in our fourth graders' folders for the first time. Please look over it, sign, and send it back to school with your student tomorrow.
I wanted to share a brief explanation with you regarding how conduct grades are figured. We explained to the students today that we have high expectations of our students in fourth grade. For a student to be considered "excellent," the student needs to truly have had excellent behavior, meaning that a teacher has not had to correct the child's behavior at all that week. "Satisfactory" means that their behavior has been acceptable, but not perfect. If a student generally has good behavior, but sometimes needs a reminder of how to behave, this is the conduct grade that will be assigned. That being said, please don't panic if you child has an S for one or more of their classes this week. It means they are normal! While "E" is certainly something to strive for, "S" is another indicator of acceptable behavior at school.
The other fourth grade teachers and I have been bragging about how wonderful your children are for the past few weeks. We are lucky to have such great students!
Thanks for your support. Let me know if you have any questions!

Welcome back again!

It was so nice to be back at school with the students today! I had missed them while we were all home for the hurricane. The students were in good spirits - I think they were (mostly) glad to be back too!
I know that many of our families experienced damage to their homes during Hurricane Harvey. If this true for you, and if I can help you in any way, please let me know. The other teachers and I are working to create a warm, caring environment for all of our students, but we would like to know how to best serve you and your children.
A Few Notes:
  • If you'd like to come have lunch with your child, our lunch time is 12:17-12:47. Our full schedule can be found on the schedule tab on my website.
  • Starting next week, our library day will be Wednesday.
  • We go to PE on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please make sure your child is wearing athletic shoes on those days!
  • Since we are really just now getting into the swing of things, we do not have any homework this week.
  • Check your child's Wednesday folder! We have many important forms going home this week, including t-shirt order and Birthday Book Club forms!
***Last minute volunteer request!***
If anyone is free tomorrow (Wednesday, September 6), I would love to have someone come help me stuff Wednesday folders and do a few other tasks in the classroom. I can accommodate any time during the school day tomorrow, and it should take about 30 minutes (maybe less time if you are quick). 
I am also looking for someone to come weekly on Wednesdays to help me stuff and organize Wednesday folders. Let me know if you are interested!
Thank you! Please let me know if you have any questions, or if there is anything I can help you with.

Welcome Back to School!

Tomorrow is the big day! The other fourth grade teachers and I are so excited to get started with our new students tomorrow. I have a couple notes that will make our first day run as smoothly as possible.
  • Please talk to your child before school and make sure they confidently know how they are to go home (bus, car, walker). 
  • Please make sure your child either brings their lunch or has money to buy lunch in the cafeteria.
  • If you did not buy supplies through the school order, or did not bring them to Meet the Teacher, please bring them tomorrow. We will need some of our supplies on day one!
  • Please be patient with everyone on the first day! Things may take a little longer than usual, since we have many new students. Please expect the car rider line to take longer than usual, and the buses to get to your house later than usual. I promise, we will get faster!
If you have any questions - today or ever - email is the best way to contact me. Please let me know how I can help you!
See you for the first day!