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Welcome to our 4th Grade Classroom website! Please feel free to look around and remember to subscribe to receive updates. 
 
 
Wednesdays are our grade level collaborative day/extended specials. Students will begin their day with Specials at 8:40 based on our specials rotations. 
 

Mrs. Smith’s 21 -22 4th Grade Schedule

 

 

Time

Subject

Minutes

8:10 - 8:30

Student Arrival

20 min

8:30 - 8:40

Rise and Shine

10 min

8:40 - 10:10

Smith Homeroom ELA Block

90 min

10:10 - 10:45

Social Studies

30 min

10:45 - 11:15

WIN "What I Need" Block

30 min

11:15 - 12:05

Specials Rotation

50 min

12:05

Switch Classes - Wells

 

12:05 - 12:20

Wells Homeroom ELA Block Begins

15 min

12:20 - 1:20

Lunch/Recess/Restroom

60 min

1:20  - 2:40

ELA Block Continued

80 min

2:40 - 3:10

WIN "What I Need" Block

30 min

3:15 - 3:50

Social Studies

30 min

3:50

Dismissal

 

 
 
 

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Emails from Teachers

Dear Wildcat Families,
 
Please check that both [email protected] and [email protected] are added to your email contacts. We are receiving a lot of emails marked as undeliverable to certain accounts and we want to be sure our newsletters do not end up in your junk box.
 
Also, please make sure your email address in HAC is accurate to ensure you don't miss out on information.
 
Thank you!

Reminders - Thursday October 7th and Friday October 8th

Thursday, October 7th
  • Individual School Pictures
  • All missing assignments due for report cards
 
Friday, October 8th
  • Early Dismissal
  • No Lunch Visitors
 

Lakewood Staff Bitmoji Photo
We had to get a little creative on an end of year photo! Can you spot some of your LES teachers?
Packing Up Classroom
Hello Wildcat Families,
 
This week teachers have been packing up student belongings at school. You should have received an email about how to pick up your student items. Please use the link provided in this email to sign up for a time to pick up your child's belongings. This will help us prepare your child's items and be ready for you at pickup time. Based on our current preparations, May 11-13 will be the only opportunity for you to pick up and drop off items in the drive-thru/limited contact process. More information about this process can be found on the attachment provided in the email. 
 
All 4th Graders will have a bag that includes their end of year 4th grade awards. Even if you indicated on the form that you do not want your child's supplies, your child will still have a bag with their awards. When cleaning out desks, we tried our best to honor your request based on the completed form.
 
If your child had library books in their desk, they will be checked in to the LES library for them. You should receive an email by Monday if your child is still missing LES library books.
 
Please have your child check their backpack and areas where they keep their school items/books for any "Smith Classroom Library" books or items from other teachers: Mrs. Castille, Mrs. Donald, Mrs. Vittrup, Mrs. Bull, etc. These should be returned to school at your scheduled pickup time. Please place them in a Ziplock bag with the teacher's name.
 
Thank you for your patience and support as we work to get your child's items back home.
Merry Christmas from the Smith Family
Dear Parents,
 
Thank you for sharing your students with me. It truly is an honor to be their teacher. 
 
I hope you enjoy some family time over the break. I am looking forward to playing with my little guy (he's working on walking) and spending time with Mr. Smith. 
 
If you haven't sent me a picture of your child and their yeti at home, please feel free to email those. They have been so much fun!
 
I look forward to seeing your child's smiling face on January 8th for a pajama day!
 
Merry Christmas!

Dictionary Skills

Dear Parents,
 
Dictionaries are a resource allowed for all students during reading, writing in class and on the STAAR Reading and STAAR Writing assessments. In the future, STAAR procedures may allow an online dictionary to be used on assessments, but currently dictionaries must be a hard copy dictionary that is regularly used in class. (We also learn how to use an online dictionary as part of our in class instruction.) 
 
We are practicing using a dictionary with school and children's dictionaries in class. However, some students may need more practice with this skill to become proficient in locating unfamiliar words. 
 
If you have a dictionary at home, I would highly recommend practicing using it once a week with your child. Ask them to locate a spelling word, or an unfamiliar word from the book they are reading. Have your child write a sentence using a specific meaning or tell you which meaning in the dictionary applies to the way the word is used in their book.
 
Areas that students often struggle:
  • Using guide words to accurately locate the word
  • Understanding alphabetic order within the word to locate the word
  • Understanding that common words have multiple meanings, not just the meaning they are most familiar with
Please let me know if you have any questions about dictionary use in class.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Smith

Healthy Habits

Dear Parents,
 
Please assist us in promoting healthy habits at school. Here are some ways you can help:
 
Water Bottles - Please send your child with a reusable water bottle. (Walmart had some for $.60 over the weekend) Flip Top or sports tops are preferred to decrease the amount of spills in the classroom. Access to personal water bottles helps students stay hydrated without the need to leave the room to get water. Students have the opportunity to refill the water bottle as needed, including at lunch. This also reduces the need to use the water fountain, which will hopefully reduce spreading of germs.
 
Snacks - Please send 1-2 healthy snacks with your child each day. Snacks choices should be easy to eat and no utensils needed. Please refrain from sending any type of dips, cookies, chips or sticky items. Recommended choices include, but are not limited to: fruit, veggies, high protein snacks, goldfish, pretzels. 
 
Students are given the opportunity to wash hands before lunch and hand-sanitizer is available in the classroom. If you choose to send students with a personal hand-sanitizer, please make sure it is unscented. 
 
Thank you in helping our students stay healthy and focused on learning.