Archive for September 2016

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Friday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 4 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due next week. Open house is Thursday September 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. I will not be able to attend, but I encourage parents to come to meet with both Ms. Drewa and Ms. Wejman.

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the theme  of the text.   We will practice finding the theme  throughout the week.  On Tuesday of this week students will be given their guided reading books. These books are to be kept at school.

Math-Students will be taught to use the U.S. traditional method of addition. We will also review strategies for solving word problems.

Social Studies-  Students will continue to explore the 5 themes/topics that geographers use to classify geography as we began to study the continents and oceans of the world

Homework 

Monday 

Reading: Journeys bookPower of WOW pg 95. Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/26/16- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.6.(H) Due Monday Study Math Facts (4’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Monday.

Work on Cereal Box Projects

Tuesday 

Reading: Journeys bookPower of WOW pg 95. Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/26/16- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.7.(H) Due Monday Study Math Facts (4’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Monday.

Work on Cereal Box Projects

 

Wednesday 

Reading: Journeys bookPower of WOW pg 95. Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/26/16- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.8.(H) Due Monday Study Math Facts (4’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Monday.

Work on Cereal Box Projects

 

Thursday

 

Reading: Journeys bookPower of WOW pg 95. Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/26/16- purple notebook. 

Math: No Homelinks  Study Math Facts (4’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Monday.

Work on Cereal Box Projects

Friday

All homework is Monday . Cereal Box Projects Due Monday

Dear Parents,

We are off to a great start this year. Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Friday timed test. This week students will be tested on their 3 facts.

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the main idea of the text.   We will practice finding the main idea throughout the week.  On Tuesday of this week students will be given their guided reading books. These books are to be kept at school.

Math-Students will continue this week with place value in whole numbers and also start to explore rounding to the nearest, thousand, ten thousand and hundred thousand.

Social Studies- Students will be introduced to the study of Geography. What is it? Students will also begin to explore the 5 themes/topics that geographers use to classify geography.

 

Homework 

Monday 

Reading: Journeys book– Ecology for kids pg 377. Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/16/16- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.3.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (3’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday

Tuesday 

Reading: Journeys book– Ecology for kids pg 377. Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/16/16- purple notebook.

 Math: Home Links 1.4.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (3’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday

Wednesday 

Reading: Journeys book- Ecology for kids pg 377. Tic- Tac-Toe (H) Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/16/16- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.5.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (3’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday

Thursday

Reading: Journeys book- Ecology for kids pg 377. Tic- Tac-Toe (H) Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/16/16- purple notebook. 

Math: Home Links 1.6.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (3’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday

Friday

All homework is due.

Weekly Objectives

Reading:  “The Whipping Boy” Readers will be able to identify the character  traits of the protagonist in a story. They will provide evidence to support their ideas by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with place value in whole numbers and various  place value concepts such as writing numbers in expanded form.

Social Studies- Students will practice using maps skills  to identify continents and hemispheres.

 

Homework 

Tuesday-  Reading: Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Journeys book  Stormalong Pg. 119 . Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/12/16

Wednesday- Math: Home Links 1.1.(H) Due Friday Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday  Students will need to have classroom novels (book of choice) by  September 8, 2016. Reading: Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Journeys book  Stormalong Pg. 119 . Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/12/16

Thursday- Math: Home Links 1.2.(H) Study Math Facts (2’s) 60 Timed math Quiz Friday – Due Friday Study Multiplication Facts (2’s) (0-12)

Friday– Study Links 1.1 & 1.2  Due Today. Reading: Tic- Tac-Toe (H)  Journeys book  Stormalong Pg. 119 . Tic-Tac-Toe Due – 9/12/16

Parents- Any students showing difficulty with math homework may meet me during math enrichment time on Friday for “Fix it Friday”

September 6, 2016

Dear Fourth Grade Students and Families,

My name is Dr. Toney-James, and I am very excited to be your child’s 4th grade teacher this year! I am committed to doing everything within my power to make this year successful and exciting for all of us!

I am originally from Chicago. My hobbies include travel, training for marathons and spending time with my children. My husband and I have two children, a son named Gavin age 5 and a daughter named Avia, age 3.This is my fourth year at the William Ray Elementary School and I look forward to a year filled with unlimited learning experiences and exciting times. As an intermediate grade school teacher (grade 3-5) for over a decade, I believe that an understanding of culture, communities and pedagogies of empowerment is paramount to student success. I feel extremely honored to be at a school with such a rich reputation for strong community and parental involvement!

Communication

Every Monday, you will receive a curriculum chart outlining activities, and homework pertaining to each subject, this will be available on the classroom website.  If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact me.  My email address is mrtoney@cps.edu.  I always do my personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, I am able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to prepare the fourth graders with the procedures and routines of Room 206-4.

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 8, 2016). Throughout the week, we will practice good reading behavior during reader’s workshop.  Since guided reading groups will not begin this week, it is recommended that students bring an independent book to read.  The student’s book choice will help give me an idea of your child’s reading interests and habits.

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork.

The Grading Scale is as follows: 100-90% = A  89-80% = B 79-70% = C 69-60 = D 59% ↓ = F

Assessments: 40%      Classwork 20%   Participations: 10%      Homework / Projects: 30%

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned every night.  However, homework is not due until Friday, except for the first week of school. It will be due Wednesday.  Weekly homework will be outlined and posted via website every Monday. A weekly reading log will be given at the beginning of every week this log is to be completed and turned in the following Monday. Please be sure that your child’s homework is NEAT and COMPLETE. Homework that is given is a review of what has been taught in class. Please take a few minutes each night to check your child’s work.

Behavior Policy

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray.  In addition to learning the expectations of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. To reinforce positive behavior throughout the school, students will be praised with Ray Warrior coins.  Additionally, every week a student from each class will be recognized for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award. Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes.  September’s character trait is respect.

Additional Information

From past experience, you probably are aware of all of the important paper work that is required for you to complete (please see back to school parent packet).  With that said, parents often feel that they are the ones with all of the homework during the first week of school.  It would be extremely helpful for the school, if you return the paperwork as soon as you can.  In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

The fourth grade schedule is different this year as it pertains to specials. Every 5 weeks the special will change between Art, Spanish, Music and Library. CPS mandates that each student has 120 minutes of physical education/health minutes a week.  To accommodate this requirement, Room 206 will have physical education/ health twice a week throughout the school year. We will begin with Art and P.E. for the first five weeks.  Monday– Health  Tuesday-Art  Wednesday– Art Thursday –Art  Friday- Gym .

Also, this year I am excited to announce that students will change classes daily for Social Studies, Science and Writing(letter to follow).

I want to thank you in advance for all your support. Together we will continue to work toward success and high student achievement. I am very excited about the year ahead, and look forward to having the privilege of teaching your child!

Once again, I am very excited to work with each of your children!  Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!

Kind Regards,

Dr. Toney-James