Dr. Toney- James Grade 4 Room 206 mrtoney@cps.edu

November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014- November 21, 2014

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Congratulations to Logan Lester Room 206 Student of the Week!

Dear Parents,

It was great seeing  you all at Report Card Pick-up. I really appreciate all of the kind words and positive feedback! Please bring in canned good for the canned school drive. There is a box located inside of our classroom . Great news!!!! Student are  doing much better on timed multiplication test! Please continue to practice with your child every night. Students were given additional time for their project summaries.

Supplies needed: lined paper, pencils, individual pencil sharpeners, colored pencils dry erase markers

 Weekly Objectives

Literacy- Reading for a purpose!!! Students will continue to  focus-on Informational Text (Close Read) Fourth Graders will identify structural features of Informational Text. They will identify structural patterns found in informational text  to strengthen comprehension

Inferencing/Generalizations- 4th graders will  make simple inferences, using information from texts 4th graders will draw conclusions, using information from texts (nonfiction)They will also able to determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas

 Math- The World of Fractions!!!! Students will understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. (Lessons 4.3-4.7) Students will compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two decimals refer to the same whole. Students will also learn how and why decimals are important. People use them everyday in different situations, such as counting money, looking at price tags, reading an odometer. The decimal system is a way to express large and small numbers by utilizing the decimal point

Science-  Students will begin a unit on the human body. Student will spend the next 6 weeks comparing the different functions of the skeletal and muscular systems. students will still continue to work on their science fair projects.

 

Homework for the week of  11/17/14 

 

Monday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables.  Timed Test Friday.  Write Math Facts 5 times each due Tuesday. Study Links 4.3

Tuesday:  BOOK LOG. Study Math Times Tables.  Timed Test Friday.  Write Math Facts 5 times each due Wednesday Study Links 4.4

Wednesday:  BOOK LOG.Study Math Times Tables.  Timed Test Friday.  Write Math Facts 5 times each due Thursday. Study Links 4.5 Project Summary Due.

Thursday: BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables.  Timed Test Friday.  Write Math Facts 5 times each due Friday. Study Links 4.6

Friday-  BOOK LOG.

 

November 12, 2014

November 10, 2014 – November 14, 2014

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Dear Parents,

Reminder: Report Card Day is Wednesday! Please sign up if you have not already for a time. Great news!!!! Students are doing much better on timed multiplication test! Please continue to practice with your child every night. By the end of this week students should have Science Project Summaries completed.

 Weekly Objectives

Literacy- Reading for a purpose!!! Students will continue to  focus-on Informational Text (Close Read) Fourth Graders will identify structural features of Informational Text. They will identify structural patterns found in informational text  to strengthen comprehension

 Math: Welcome to the World of Fractions!!!! Students will understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. (Lessons 4.1-4.2)

 

Homework

Monday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (11’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 5 times each due. Reading informational text: “Egypt” – Identify main idea- supporting evidence.  Thursday. Study Links 4.1 Complete Science Project Summary-Due Friday

Tuesday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (11’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 5 times each due Thursday. No Study Links

Wednesday: BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (11’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 5 times each due Thursday. No Study Links

Thursday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (11’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 5 times each due Friday. Study Links 4.2

Friday BOOK LOG.- SCIENCE PROJECT SUMMARY DUE

November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014- November 7, 2014

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 Congratulations to Kai Beauchamp Room 206 Student of the Week!

Dear Parents,

 

Can you believe it is November already? This is the last week of the marking period. Quarter 2,  will begin next Monday.  A HUGE applause goes out to all of the students who completed the oral book reports dressed as their favorite characters on Friday. The reports were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Reminder: Field Trip Thursday November, 6, 2014 to Kersten Physics Teaching Center  There is no school this Friday, November 7, 2014. Also, Report card pick-up is Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  Parental Sign-up sheets will go out this week.

Weekly Objectives

 Math:  Students will continue to solve number stories. They will use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems. Fourth graders will review strategies for solving word problems. Students will also work on solving open sentences.

Social Studies: Fourth graders will continue to work with current events so that we can be aware of the world around us and how those events can affect our lives. Students will read and understand grade-level-appropriate material from “Time For Kids” http://www.timeforkids.com/ . They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

EXTRA CREDIT- ALL DUE BY THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2014 

Also, please save your voting receipts students will receive 50 points EXTRA CREDIT if students bring in a voting receipt. Limit 2

Social Studies EXTRA CREDIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Students will be allowed to choose up to two articles from the TFK website and answer the following questions:

Answer in S.S. Notebooks (Label Extra Credit)

What information did you already know about the topic before reading the passage? How did you learn this information?

Tell 3 facts you learned from reading the passage.

Pretend you have to teach what you learned from reading this passage to a new student. What will you tell about the topic?

Choose a color to describe the topic. Tell why you chose it.

Science: Students will continue studying the process of proposing and testing hypothesis (Scientific Method).  Students will r complete project summaries for the classroom science fair.  Fourth graders will continue to discuss experiments that are of interest to them in preparation for our classroom science fair in December. Here are some websites you can visit with your 4th grader for science project ideas. Students will work on project summaries in class.

http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml

http://www.education.com/science-fair/

Literacy:  Focus- Informational Text (Close Read) Fourth Graders will identify structural features of Informational Text. They will identify structural patterns found in informational text  to strengthen comprehension

Writing: Topic: “Why I am  Thankful”. Students will begin with their 1st drafts –

Provide an introductory paragraph.

Establish and support a central idea with a topic sentence at or near the beginning of the first paragraph.

Include supporting paragraphs with simple facts, details, and explanations.

Conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the points.

Use correct indention.

Homework for the week of  11/3/14 

 

Monday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (10’s) Timed Test Thursday  Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Tuesday. Study Links 3.11

 

Tuesday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (10’s) Timed Test Thursday  Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Wednesday. Study Links 3.12  Tic-Tac-Toe

Wednesday:  BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (10’s) Timed Test Thursday  Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Thursday. Review Worksheet  Tic-Tac-Toe

Thursday: BOOK LOG.  S Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Tuesday.   Tic-Tac-Toe – Due Monday November 10, 2014

 

Friday- No School Tic-Tac-Toe  & Book Logs  Due Monday November 10, 2014 

October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014-October 31, 2014

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Congratulations to Lea-Sophie LaChance Room 206 Student of the Week!

 

Dear Parents,

The Field Trip for today was postponed. I will keep you posted when it will be rescheduled. There is no Book Log due for tonight. Students should work on their book reports due October 31, 2014.  Students have the option to complete an oral book report dressed as the main character for 100 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS!!!! Please sign student permission form (distributed last week)

Weekly Objectives 

Math:  Students will solve number stories. They will use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems. Fourth graders will review strategies for solving word problems.

Social Studies: Fourth graders will work with current events so that we can be aware of the world around us and how those events can affect our lives. Students will read and understand grade-level-appropriate material from “Time For Kids” http://www.timeforkids.com/ . They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

Social Studies EXTRA CREDIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Students will be allowed to choose up to two articles from the TFK website and answer the following questions:

Answer in S.S. Notebooks (Label Extra Credit)

  1. What information did you already know about the topic before reading the passage? How did you learn this information?
  2. Tell 3 facts you learned from reading the passage.
  3. Pretend you have to teach what you learned from reading this passage to a new student. What will you tell about the topic?
  4. Choose a color to describe the topic. Tell why you chose it.

Science- Students will continue studying the process of proposing and testing hypothesis (Scientific Method).  Students will research possible Science Project ideas for the classroom science fair.  Fourth graders will continue to discuss experiments that are of interest to them in preparation for our classroom science fair in December. Here are some websites you can visit with your 4th grader for science project ideas. Students will work on project summaries in class.

http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml

http://www.education.com/science-fair/

 

Literacy: Fourth Graders will identify structural features of Informational Text. They will identify structural patterns found in informational text (e.g., compare and contrast, cause and effect,) to strengthen comprehension

Writing: Topic: “Why are We Thankful”. Students will begin outlining multiple-paragraph compositions (DRAFT):

  1. Provide an introductory paragraph.
  2. Establish and support a central idea with a topic sentence at or near the beginning of the first paragraph.
  3. Include supporting paragraphs with simple facts, details, and explanations.
  4. Conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the points.
  5. Use correct indention.

 

Homework

Monday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014,  NO BOOK LOG.  Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Tuesday. Think about Science Project ideas.

Tuesday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014,  Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Wednesday. Think about Science Project ideas.  Study Links 3.8. Return extra credit book report parental sign-up slips by 10/30

Wednesday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014,    Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due  Thursday. Study Links 3.9.. Think about Science Project ideas. Return extra credit book report parental sign-up slips by 10/30

Thursday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014,   Study Math Times Tables (9’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts 3-5 times each due Friday.Study Links 3.10. Think about Science Project ideas.

Friday- Book Reports Due! Timed Test Day!!!! Book Log for Homework

October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014- October 24, 2014

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Week 6 Student of the Week: Congrats to Imani Bragg for being student of the week!

Parents,

Happy Monday!  Students are not studying for their weekly timed math facts test. Therefore, students are required to write times tables 3 times each (if they passed last weeks test) 5 times if they failed  every night this week. Please make certain your child has their own pair of scissors and ruler. Please sign and return all field trip forms as soon as possible. If you would like to chaperone please contact me via email mrtoney@cps.edu . After school programs start this week.

Below I have included some websites to help you with your children at home with their Map (NWEA) scores.

Reading

http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/reading.htm

http://www.linnmar.k12.ia.us/schools/westfield/westweb/NWEA_Rdg_RIT_Sites.html

 Math

http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/+number/221-230.htm

https://sites.google.com/a/wfsd.k12.ny.us/nwea/math-map-activities

Weekly Objectives

Math- This week in Math students will continue working on various strategies for solving multiplication facts. Please  continue to practice multiplication facts with your children. All Students this week are required to write their times tables fact 3 times each nightly.  Those facts are due the very next day, not Friday (example: 3X0=0 to 3X12=36). Students will be notified on Monday which facts they need to work on.If you need clarity please send me an email.

Literacy- This week in Language Arts we will be reading realistic fiction. This week for homework, read “Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude””. Students will be continue reading their novels for small group. This week students will recognize compare and contrast relationships in text. Our Classroom Novel is “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume. Please dialogue with your fourth grader about  what they are reading. Ask them about the character traits of the main characters (protagonists) in the story. What evidence in the text supports why they feel a character has that trait?

Social Studies: While reading informational text, students will identify main idea and supporting details as well as using context clues to identify any unfamiliar words.
Writing– This week in Writer’s Workshop we continue working on our personal narrative stories.

Science- Students will continue studying the process of proposing and testing hypothesis (Scientific Method).  Students will research possible Science Project ideas for the classroom science fair. We will begin discussing experiments that are of interest to them in preparation for our classroom science fair in December. Here are some websites you can visit with your 4th grader for science project ideas.

http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml

http://www.education.com/science-fair/

 

Homework

Monday:Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014,  Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.4. Study Math Times Tables (8’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts  due Tuesday.

Tuesday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014 Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.5. Study Math Times Tables (8’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts  due Wednesday .

Wednesday:Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014 Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.6. Study Math Times Tables (8’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts due Thursday 

Thursday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014 Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.7. Study Math Times Tables (8’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts  due Friday

Friday: All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 20, 2014),

 

October 13, 2014

October 14, 2014- October 18, 2014

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Happy Tuesday! My apologies for not posting last week. I had a technical error with my page. But I am back! I hope you had a wonderful  3 day weekend!

Week 5 Student of the Week: Congrats to Nyla Sanders for being student of the week!

Students of the Week for Room 206-4 

Week 1: Matthew Narain

Week 2: Ruth Andrews

Week 3: Lily Bennett

Week 4: Rama Chikfeh

Please encourage your fourth grader to strive to be student of the week!

Progress Reports and NWEA fall score were issued to the students last Friday. Please sign and have your fourth grader return their progress reports.

Weekly Objectives

Math- This week in Math we will begin Unit 3. The Unit 2 exam will be on Wednesday. On the test students have an option on using the Trade First Method vs. Partial Difference to solve 3 digit subtraction problems. We will begin working on strategies for solving multiplication facts. Please practice multiplication facts with your children. Many of the students are not firm on the facts and need a lot of practice. Students are not studying their facts nightly. Therefore, if  a student did not pass last weeks test the are required to write their math facts 3 times each nightly. Those facts are due the very next day, not Friday (example: 3X0=0 to 3X12=36). Students will be notified on Tuesday which facts they need to work on.

Literacy- This week in Language Arts we will be reading realistic fiction. This week for homework, read Coming Distractions”. Students will be continue reading their novels for small group. This week students will recognize fact and opinion relationships in text.

Writing– This week in Writer’s Workshop we continue working on our personal narrative stories.

Social Studies: While reading informational text, students will identify main idea and supporting details as well as using context clues to identify any unfamiliar words.

Science- Students will continue studying the process of proposing and testing hypothesis (Scientific Method). We will begin discussing experiments that are of interest to them in preparation for our classroom science fair in December.

 

Homework

Tuesday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014 Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.1. Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts if Applicable 3 times each due Wednesday.

Wednesday:Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014 Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.2. Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts if Applicable 3 times each due Thursday 

Thursday: Work on Book Report Due October 31, 2014 Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Math- Study Links 3.3. Study Math Times Tables (7’s) Timed Test Friday Write Math Facts if Applicable 3 times each due Friday

Friday: All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday October 20, 2014),

September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014- October 3, 2014

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Updates: Change in the Book Report Due Date. It will be due 10/7. Also All Social Studies Quizzes are due Tuesday signed by parents.

Reminders: PE is on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child wears appropriate gym shoes so they will be able to participate in PE.

 PBIS is seeking donations for the Ray School store please contact me via email on how your family can help.

Homework

Monday: Literacy- Book Log , Work on Book Report  Math-  No Study Links , Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Thursday

Tuesday:  Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Work on Book Report,, Math- Study Links 2.4. Study Math Times Tables (5’s) Timed Test Thursday

Wednesday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet,  Work on Book Report,  Book Log  Math- Study Links 2.5  Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Thursday

Thursday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, Work on Book Report, Math- Study Links 2.6 Study Math Times Tables (5’s)Timed Test Thursday

Friday:  All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log and Book Report (Due Monday October 7,  2014),

September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014 – September 26, 2014

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Reminders: PE is on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child wears appropriate gym shoes so they will be able to participate in PE.

PBIS is seeking donations for the Ray School store please contact me via email on how your family can help.

Picture Day is this Thursday, September 25th

The school day begins promptly at 8:45 a.m..  Students arriving after 8:45a.m  are marked as tardy.

Math- This week in Math we will begin Unit 2. Students will take their Unit 1 assessment. We will begin identifying place value up to one billion. This week students will also be using a calculator.

Literacy- This week in Language Arts we will be reading realistic fiction. This week for homework, read How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez. Students will be introduced to their new novels for small group. This week students will recognize cause and effect relationships in text

Writing- This week in Writer’s Workshop we begin narrative stories.

Social Studies- This week students  will continue studying the continent of North America.

Monday: Literacy- Cereal Box Projects Due this week! Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.8 Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Thursday

Tuesday:  Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 2.1. Study Math Times Tables (4’s) Timed Test Thursday

Wednesday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Journal Entries 1-5 DUE Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 2.2 Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Tic-Tac- Toe Sheet, Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014), Math- Study Links 2.3 Study Math Times Tables (4’s)Timed Test Friday

Friday:  All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday September 29, 2014),

September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014- September 19, 2014

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Weekly Objectives for September 15- 19, 2014

Reading- Readers will be able to identify why the author wrote the selection. Is the purpose stated or implied? Which details support the purpose and Identify if there is an author’s bias. Students will identify story elements and use them to summarize. They will provide evidence to support their ideas by citing appropriate details and examples from the text. They will analyze the relationship between two or more characters in the story.

Social Studies– .Determine the main idea of text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. Students will summarize informational text in their social studies book.

Science- Students will investigate and sort objects based on their physical properties. They will record observations with pictures, numbers, and words.

Math– Students will be able to understand the relationship between defined and undefined terms. They will be able develop and use principles of logic and reasoning. Students will be able to identify the properties of polygons.

 

Homework September 15, 2014 to September 19. 2014

Monday-   Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math– Study Links 1.5 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Tuesday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.6 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.7 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy-Work on Cereal Box Projects, Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Math- Study Links 1.8 Study Math Times Tables (3’s)Timed Test Friday

Friday:   Unit 1 Math Test. All Homework is Due (Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday September 22, 2014), Cereal Box Projects due next week.

September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014 to September 12, 2014

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Weekly Objectives

Reading:  Readers will be able to identify story elements and use them to summarize. They will provide evidence to support their ideas  by citing appropriate details and examples from the text.  They will analyze the relationship between two or more characters.

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

Science-  Students will be introduced to the 3 types of matter.  Students will begin by investigating and sorting objects based on their properties.

Math-Students will begin 4th grade math with geometeric properties. They wil identify, describe and draw line segments, points, lines, and rays.

 

Homework September 8, 2014 to September 12. 2014 

Monday-   Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  Math- Study Math Times Tables (2’s)Timed Test Friday

Tuesday:  Literacy- Book Log(Due Monday  September 15, 2014),   Tic- Tac Toe, Cereal Box Project    Math- Study Links 1.2,       Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log (Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Cereal Box Project   Math- Study Links  1.3, Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Thursday: Literacy– Book Log(Due Monday  September 15, 2014),  ,  Tic- Tac Toe , Cereal Box Project   Math– Study Links  1.4            Study Math Times Tables (2’s) Timed Test Friday

Friday:   All Homework is Due ( Study Links, Tic-Tac Toe) Literacy- Book Log, (Due Monday  September 15, 2014), Cereal Box Project   

September 3, 2014

Welcome to Room 206-4

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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 3 and a daughter named Avia, age 1.This is my second 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 the common core standards, 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. Through the CHAMPS classroom management system, the students will learn the expectations of each activity during the school day. In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P). When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 3, 2014). 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.

Headphones/Earbuds (by October 1, 2014 for IPAD activities). Please plan to have the earbuds to school by or before October 1st when IPad use will begin. The safe keeping of the earbuds will be the student’s responsibility and they will be stored in the student’s desk at all times.              

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork. Should your child have an unsatisfactory test grade (D or F), the test must be signed by a parent and returned the following school day.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned every night. However, homework is not due until Friday. 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 tickets. 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 turn in the paperwork as soon as you can. In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

All of the fourth grade specials will take place at the end of the day from 2:45 p.m.-3:45p.m. The schedule is as follows: Monday– Gym, Tuesday– Art, Wednesday– Library, Thursday- Spanish, and Friday- Music. A new CPS mandate this year requires that each student has 90 minutes of physical education minutes a week. To accommodate the requirement, Room 206 will have an additional half hour of physical education on Thursdays from 9:00-9:30. Since physical education will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, students should wear gym shoes on these days.

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

May 27, 2014

May 26, 2014- May 30, 2014

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Dear Parents,

It’s Invention Convention Time! This week students are to work on their invention convention outlines. Each student received a copy of questions that must be completed by Friday, May 30th. Also, this Friday is our class field trip to the Musuem of Science and Industry. Please make certain you pack a bagged lunch  for your child.

Homework

Tuesday: Literacy- Book Log ( Only for students who did not turn in a log for the week of May 19th)  Math– None  Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions Science Invention Convention Outline

Wednesday: Literacy- Book Log ( Only for students who did not turn in a log for the week of May 19th)  Math– None  Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions (Test Oral/ Map Monday June 3, 2014)  Science Invention Convention Outline (Due Friday May 30, 2014)

Thursday: Literacy: Journal Entry # 25: These are famous quotes by the late great Maya Angelou. Select one quote and write how this applies to your life. 1) “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”  or 2.) “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”   Book Log  is due on Friday May 30, 2014 (Only for students who did not turn in a log for the week of May 19th)  Math- None  Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions (Test Oral/ Map Monday June 3, 2014) Science Invention Convention Outline (Due Friday May 30, 2014) 

Friday: Social Studies- Study Midwest Regions (Test Oral/ Map Monday June 3, 2014)  Science Begin Invention Convention Posterboard. Finalize protypes. Students may bring posterboards to school Monday June 2, 2014. The Invention Convention is Thursday June 5, 2014. Reminder: The Ray School Olympics for 4th grade are being held this Monday June 2, 2014. Make certain students wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes.

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