Newsletter 23 – 2/27/15


We are so proud of everyone on Monday night! The play was amazing, and we are still pumped! Everyone had their lines perfectly, and we had a ton of fun. We are so grateful to Mr. Chris and Ms. Sara for giving us this amazing opportunity. Read more in the Performing Arts section. We are very, ahem, excited for ISTEP, which will be happening on Tuesday. Get lots of sleep and eat healthy food, people! Please let us know if you are able to bring in the following items to support students during the days/weeks of testing. 

  • Mints
  • Gum- preferably spearmint or cinnamon (proven to help brainpower)
  • High protein snacks, including:
    • Bananas
    • Grapes
    • Cheese sticks
    • Strawberries
    • Apples

Readers Workshop

This we have been doing ISTEP prep we mostly write about the things we’ve read in the practice test. Normally we do the same process every time. The process is we read a story then answer some questions then we write a story by answering the prompt that they gave you. Then we do the same process on the same prompt but in the practice book. We will start ISTEP next week. Students have been working in smaller groups to handle grade-relevant prompts for the ISTEP. We have been working specifically with narrative writing in 4th grade and then with literary essays and “continue the story” narratives in 5th grade. Students are remembering to cite evidence and explain their citations throughout their pieces. 

This week in The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Byron, Kenny`s older brother plays with fire and almost gets burnt by his mom.

Math Workshop

In Ms. Caitlin’s group this week we have been working with Ms. Kalei’s group on ISTEP testing practices. On Thursday we did stations for things we wanted to review before starting the test on Tuesday. Some of the things we worked on were solving for unknowns, converting fractions and decimals, percentages, and subtracting/ multiplying fractions. It would be great if parents went over some math with kids to prepare them for ISTEP!

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on I.S.T.E.P. practice. We had conferences one on one with Ms. Kalei to focus on strategies that support us during independent work. On Friday, we have been doing some stations. There  was 8 stations. We have been doing these stations for I.S.T.E.P. practice/prep.

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we have been working on I.S.T.E.P prep work. The istep prep is where we work on doing story problems and multi-step problems. We have been working on a new problem solving strategy that asks us to draw a diagram/picture as we are learning the information related to the problem. 

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group we utilized problem solving strategies we have learned throughout the year to tackle multi-step word problems.  In Guided Math we have been working hard to read charts and graphs and answer specific questions using the information provided.

ISTEP+ Reminders

Testing will begin on Tuesday for the majority of the 4/5 class. We will be doing the math assessment, english language arts assessment, and the science assessment (4th grade). If your child has testing accommodations, email us and we can give you more specific information about what days they will be testing. In any case, please support your child by: 

  • Establish an early bedtime routine, to ensure your child/children receives at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Remove distractions from his/her bedroom to ensure they have an uninterrupted sleep.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast before school.
  • Be positive about the test! Don’t put undue pressure on your child’s performance.
  • Reassure your child, let them know that they just need to do his/her best.
  • Encourage your child to take his/her time, they are given plenty of time to complete the test.
  • Dress your child in comfortable/loose fitting clothing.

The second part of ISTEP, the multiple choice questions, will begin at the end of April.

Performing Arts

In performing arts, we have had are play! In my opinion it seems crazy that we are not still rehearsing our lines our song and our dance moves. Everyone still has lots and lots of energy from going to the waldron and seeing all the people (and babies) in the audience. ⅘ would like to thank everyone for being so, so supportive. We worked very hard last week on Friday and this week Monday and it all definitely payed off. We saw our play and after Mr. Chris copies the DVD he will be selling them at $5.


This week we learned about computer research.We got to go on computers.  All students (a handful of exceptions) now have access to their google doc accounts. Their usernames are “first initial last name @ No spaces are in the username. Passwords have been individually generated and Ms. Kalei has access to them. We created a computer ethics policy which is listed below: 

Think before you type. (or speak)
Stay on the page that google gave you.
Don’t download anything. Avoid advertisements.
Carry the computer with two hands.
Be appropriate.
Stay on topic.
Use common sense (imagine your invisible audience).
Use reliable websites.
Be critical of your sources (websites, ads, text).

Morning Meeting

We did the game wax museum – it is where you have to be frozen and not laugh. Anyone tries to make you laugh and if you laugh you become a docent- trying to make other people laugh and you can get people out if they are moving. This week we did the dot to dot greeting  you take the other person’s arm and write good morning or hi in a dot to dot way. We also did the cold greeting – you do a handshake without touching the person’s hand- no germs!

Visual Arts

This week we have been doing task. Task is a thing where you write a creative thing to do on a slip of paper and the pick one yourself. After you pick the slip of paper you have to interpret  the slip in a creative way if its a drawing or a dress it super cool, awesome, funnylicious way!!!


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