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Hello families!

 

I hope that this message finds you and your family well. Your children and your families have been on my mind over this extended break, and I wanted to touch base with you today to check on how you are doing and let you know about a few things moving forward.

 

I am here for you and your children moving forward. Our district leadership along with our grade level team is discussing options to reinforce learning digitally. When we have details about what this will look like, we will be sure to communicate as soon as we can. Rest assured, you will not be required to create a curriculum for your child, and we will be here to support your children along the way. Please let me know if your child will not have access to a device (phone, ipad, computer) or the internet. 

 

I will be in contact with you regularly to ensure that you are clear about what is expected of your child, and please don’t hesitate to ask me questions. This is uncharted territory for all of us, and we at Creekview and Tomball ISD are working hard to create the best learning environment possible for our children while we are unable to meet together physically.

 

I appreciate you and all the support you have given me this school year. I’d love to hear from you and your children! Please reply and let me know how you and your family are doing!

 

Thanks, and I’ll be in touch!

Weekly News 1/27

This Week We're Learning (written in kid-friendly "I can..." statements):
Reading - I can understand the different text structures used in nonfiction text.
Writing - I can identify the qualities of expository writing and write introductions.
Social Studies -  I understand the causes and effects of The Battle of San Jacinto. I understand what led to the creation of The Republic of Texas.
 
In Other News:
  • Reminder: Homework due Friday! 
  • District Reading Benchmark Test: This Wednesday - just an FYI that our fourth graders will be taking this test this week!
  • Fourth Grade Field Trip to The Sam Houston Memorial Museum: February 20th. Look for the permission slip in your child's folder on Wednesday! We are so excited! Thanks to the PTO for covering the cost of the field trip for all of our fourth graders. Your fundraising and donations makes a difference for our students!
  • Please contribute to our Valentine's Day Party! Thanks to your donations and hard work, we had a blast at our Christmas party! Let's repeat it for the Valentine's Party! Go here to donate!
  • Career Day is coming up on February 7th! If you'd like to volunteer to present to our students about your career, please sign up here!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Homework Due 1/24

Thanks for supporting your child in completing their homework this week! Attached is the homework for this coming week, due January 24th. I hope this helps you and your child to fit their homework into your busy schedule.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!

Weekly News 1/13

This Week We're Learning (written in kid-friendly "I can..." statements):
Reading - I can use text features to comprehend nonfiction text.
Writing - I can identify the qualities of expository writing and write introductions.
Social Studies -  I understand the causes and effects of The Battle of the Alamo.
 
In Other News:
  • Reminder: Homework due Friday! 
  • As we're adjusting to the new homework routine, we're taking another week off of spelling. No spelling this week, but it will be back next week.
  • Please contribute to our Valentine's Day Party! Thanks to your donations and hard work, we had a blast at our Christmas party! Let's repeat it for the Valentine's Party! Go here to donate - deadline is January 31st.
  • Career Day is coming up on February 7th! If you'd like to volunteer to present to our students about your career, please sign up here!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Homework!

Now that we are in the second semester of fourth grade, it is important that your child continues to build on the skills they have already studied this year and will  continue to master. In order to do that, I will begin sending home weekly homework for reading and writing.
 
Each Friday, your child will receive their homework for both subjects stapled together. They are to complete it at home under your guidance and support throughout the week. The homework will be due the following Friday. For example, this week they will be receiving their homework Friday, Jan. 10th, so it is due Friday, Jan. 17th. Please preview the homework with your child each week and set a goal of completion in order to eliminate stress or pressure to complete it all in one day. The homework is a perfect opportunity for you to support your child each week and celebrate their academic achievements. 
 
If your child is going to be absent on any Friday, encourage them to turn it Thursday, and I will also give them the next week's assignment. 
 
If you have any questions as we transition through this process, please don't hesitate to email me anytime. ​Thank you!

Weekly News 1/6

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break with your families. I had a relaxing two weeks at home with my husband and got to visit with my family that came into town, but it was good to be back and to see the kids' smiling faces today!
 
This Week We're Learning (written in kid-friendly "I can..." statements):
Reading - I can identify the theme of stories and I can summarize fiction stories. (Review!)
Writing - I can identify the qualities of expository writing,
Social Studies -  I understand the causes and events of the Texas Revolution.
 
In Other News:
  • Thank you so much for all of the generous Christmas gifts given to me and Ms. Ault. She and I were overwhelmed by your generosity. We were able to send her back to Iowa with a huge basket full of items she will use when she has her own classroom. Your kind and generous spirits do not go unnoticed, and I am blessed by you!
  • Heads-up! On Friday, fourth grade students will bring home with first-ever reading and writing homework. I will post more about it on Friday, but I am talking to the kids about it this week and modeling how I would like for it to be done. Homework will be due on the following Friday so that the students can complete it when it is convenient for your family.
  • No spelling this week! :)
  • Career Day is coming up on February 7th! If you'd like to volunteer to present to our students about your career, please sign up here!
  • For additional info on these things and more, check out our Creekview Weekly Newsletter here!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Ongoing Project: Toy Drive

Toy Drive: December 9th-13th

Creekview Cares will be collecting toys to donate to Interfaith of The Woodlands.

If you wish to participate, please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child of the same age and gender as your student.

The collection location will be in the main hallway the duration of the week.

Have your student drop their donation off before Rise and Shine at the designated tables.

Thank you!

Volunteers Wanted!

If you'd like to come help in our classroom and see a little of what we do every day, I would love to have help tearing out workbook pages. It's not a super-fun task, but it would help me a ton. Please let me know if you are able and willing to come help for 30 minutes or an hour one day! My time is flexible - email me what works for you! amyrauscher@tomballisd.net
 
Thanks!

This Week 12/2

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great week!
 
This Week We're Learning (written in kid-friendly "I can..." statements):
Reading - I can comprehend biographies.
Writing - I can plan and write an argumentative essay. I can use my knowledge of grammar to edit sentences.
Social Studies -  I understand the causes and events of the Texas Revolution.
 
In Other News:
  • Our amazing student teacher, Miss Ault, will have her last day with us on December 19th. I would love to send her off with some supplies to help her start her new classroom. Please keep her in mind as you are out shopping for Christmas gifts! We are keeping it a surprise for her, so please send in your donations discreetly.
  • Our class holiday party is Thursday, December 19th at 1:00. Each student can have up to two guests attend the party, but the school asks that (if possible) no younger siblings attend. After the partly, parents may check out their students early from our classroom.
  • Polar Express Day for fourth grade is Wednesday, December 18th. Students may wear pajamas to school that day, but please wear "real" shoes!
  • For additional info on these things and more, check out our Creekview Weekly Newsletter here!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Study Guide
We will have a cumulative grammar test next week, on December 12th. Pictured here are the skills that will be tested. A copy of this will also go home in your child's Wednesday folder tomorrow. We are constantly reviewing these skills in class, but I wanted you to be aware in case you wanted to study at home as well. Thanks!

This Week 11/18

This Week We're Learning (written in kid-friendly "I can..." statements):
Reading - I can comprehend poetry. I can understand the meaning of figurative language (metaphor, simile, personification, etc).
Writing - I can plan and write an argumentative essay. I know the when to use "good" and when to use "well."
Social Studies - I understand the missions of Texas and their influence on Texas culture. I understand the causes of the Texas Revolution.
 
In Other News:
  • Thank you so much for sending in contributions of hand sanitizer and dry erase markers! Mrs. Holmes and I are so grateful for your donations that help our classrooms to run smoothly.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - November 25-29 Enjoy the time you get with your family!
  • November 20th - Spirit Night at Chic-Fil-A! Please let them know you're with Creekview!
  • International Day - Postponed until Spring 2020
  • For additional info on these things and more, check out our Creekview Weekly Newsletter here!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!