The Villages Elemetary School

Mrs. Ann Crane « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar

VALENTINE'S DAY

We will be celebrating the wonderful friendships we have made this year with our classmates.  A list of students was sent home on Friday.  Please make sure EVERY student receives a valentine.  

Moon Phase Project

Students have been given a booklet to observe and draw the moon each evening.  We started on February 2nd and will go through the 28 days of moon phases.  If you are unable to see the moon, there is a website at the bottom of my webpage that you can go to.  The website will show you the moon in real time.  Students can also come into the classroom before school starts and access the website on a student computer.  Students will hand in their booklet each day and a final project grade will be given to them when it is complete.

Upcoming Events:

 

Lifetouch Spring Pictures:  February 15th (athletic shoes must be worn)

NO SCHOOL (President's Day): February 20th

Math Field Day:  February 24th

FSA Writing Test:  February 28th

 

WEBSITES TO HELP YOUR CHILD:

http://mrnussbaum.com  (All subjects, interactive or printables)

https://www.ncsu.edu/project/lancet/fourth.htm (printable reading passages)

http://mrswarnerarlington.weebly.com/reading-comprehension.html (onlline comprehension activities to include compare/contrast, sequence, point of view, etc)

 

New Spelling Expectations:   We will take a pre-test on the current week’s words on Mondays.  If the students score 90 or above, they will be exempt from the homework as well as the final test on Friday.  I think this way, the children are learning the current week’s words unless they have already mastered them.  This week's words are as follows:

 SPELLING FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13TH:

Week 24

Transitional Words in Writing

   

To begin with,

Most Importantly,

Additionally,

Likewise,

Furthermore,

For example,

Another reason

According to the article,

For instance,

Clearly, the evidence proves

Obviously,

Imagine,

Undeniably,

This reminds me

In conclusion,

Without question,

In summary,

Therefore,

   

 

SPELLING WORDS FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21ST

Plurals

1. clams

11. couches

2. mints

12. arrows

3. props

13. enemies

4. arches

14. babies

5. dresses

15. ranches

6. parents

16. patches

7. caves

17. mistakes

8. glasses

18. supplies

9. hobbies

19. mosses

10. engines

20. armies

Bonus

inventions

compasses


GEOMETRY VOCABULARY TERMS:  

All students will be given geometry vocabulary words this week in lieu of spelling words.  They will be expected to define, draw, and classify the terms given.

Terms

Geometry Terms

 

perpendicular lines

line segment

ray

isosceles triangle

scalene triangle

right triangle

acute triangle

obtuse triangle

parallelogram

rectangle

square

rhomus

trapezoid

equilateral triangle

side

angle

vertex, vertices

triangle

quadrilateral

pentagon

right angle

obtuse angle

straight angle

polygon

point

acute angle

hexagon

intersecting lines

parallel lines

symmetry

line of symmetry

line

 

 


Password
: Passw0rd
Username example: pm1234567890
Username
: (first initial of first name + first initial of last name in front + skyward 10 digit ID)
Social Studies/Language Arts
Student Log In:
 

https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

 

Math and Science:

www.thinkcentral.com

Student Log In:

Username: Their Skyward ID (a1234567890)

Password: Pasw0rd (note that is a zero)

A reminder to please sign your child's agenda nightly and ensure they are completing their homework.  Reading logs are handed in daily so please make sure your child is filling it in completely after reading each evening.

 

Here's our daily Specials schedule

Monday:  Lab #1 8:05-8:50

Tuesday:  Spanish 8:05-8:35

Wednesday: Art 8:05-9:05

Thursday:  Lab #2 8:05-8:50

Friday:  Art 8:05-9:05

P.E. Daily 9:35-10:05

 

Important Information:

Homework

     Your child will purchase a planner this year. The planner will help them develop goals, keep their assignments organized, and remind them to prepare for upcoming tests, projects, and homework assignments. It will also serve as a guide to keep you informed on what we’re doing at school on a daily basis.  Please check their homework and initial for the appropriate day and assignment.

     We will have spelling tests on Friday. Language Arts tests will follow the end of a unit. This may vary according to the particular skill assessed. Math assessments are given Mid-chapter and after every chapter, which are generally about every two weeks. Your child will be assigned a Science, Social Studies, or Language Arts project each nine weeks.  This is to be completed at home and occasionally when time is allowed in class. Please check our website and your child’s binder nightly for more information.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to turn in all assignments when they are due unless they have an absence. Makeup work must be turned in within the number of days missed plus one day to receive credit. Any assignment turned in a day late will only be given a maximum of 60% and will earn a zero thereafter. All projects are due on the due date. No late projects will be accepted, even if the child is absent (see handbook pg. 19).

Nightly Reading Logs

Please encourage your child to read nightly for at least 20 minutes.  Data shows that this is the best way for your son or daughter to grow as an independent reader.  Please remember library books are read nightly. Each book should be on his/her reading level.  Every child will be assigned an individual goal each nine weeks that they will be expected to meet.

     Every student should bring home a book they enjoy reading.  HAPPY READING!

Lunchtime:

Our Lunchtime is 11:10-11:35a.m. We have a beautiful cafeteria. Come and check it out and have lunch with your child! Your child can also purchase many items that are not included with school lunch, so please plan accordingly!

Other Important Information:

Passwords:

I am having the children glue their passwords inside the front cover of their agenda.  The Reading and Social Studies (www.connect-ed.com) passwords are still being processed and we will add them as soon as possible.  In the meantime, you may access www.thinkcentral.com and explore the Math and Science Curriculum and all the wonderful resources that go with it.   

Reading Log:  

Please have your child explain the reading log to you.  If you have any questions, please email or call.  Your child should be reading at least 15 minutes nightly.

Box Tops:  Send in your box tops!    Box Tops help raise funds for our school and we use those funds for equipment and other special resources such as the Positive Message Program on our Morning Announcements.  Each class competes to see who can collect the most box tops.  The winning classrooms get a special prize.

The students will be doing Cold Reads as homework once weekly .  A cold read is a reading passage that a student has not read before.  They have learned strategies on how to read one of these passages and how to answer the questions.  These strategies are below in a PDF file.  Please ensure your child is doing his/her very best work on the homework.  Each piece of homework has a very specific purpose to help your child gain success in each phase of fourth grade. 

The students will be glueing all their passwords on the back page of their agenda with the corresponding website once they receive them.  Please explore www.thinkcentral.com.  It is an online version of the students Math book as well as extra practice, remedial instruction, enhanced instruction, video explanations, etc.  Wonderful resources to help you and your child understand the math curriculum.

 I will be giving the children a pre-test for Spelling on Friday or Monday.  If they score 90% on the pretest, they are exempt from the weekly homework and Thursday post-test.  Study as this is a great opportunity to lessen the load.

Have fun studying spelling by going to www.spellingcity.com .  Search for The Villages Charter Elementary School and click on my name "Anne Crane".  Choose the list the kids are studying this week and all kinds of different games come up using this weeks words!  Happy playing! 

Remember, they should be reading at least 15 minutes nightly and give a 1 or 2 sentence summary of what they read during that time in their reading log.  Homework is posted online for your convenience so be sure to check the website often for updates.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Math:   Geometry

Writing:     Four Paragraph Essay (expository and opinion)

Language Arts:     Main Idea, Context Clues, Homophones, Pronouns

 

Science:  Physical and Chemical Changes


HELPFUL INFORMATION:
Reading Log:  Ensure your child reads at least 15 minutes nightly.  Your child is also required to track his/her reading on a reading log which is inside a sleeve in the agenda binder.  Parents must sign the log. 

         In an effort to be better stewards of our resources parents will no longer be receiving AR TOPS reports.  To view your child's progress towards their goals you can visit the website listed below.  It is easy to get signed and ready to use this great service.  You will receive emails to your personal address when your child has tested.  It is a valuable tool to use in keeping in touch with your child's progress.   

     Parents, please make sure that your child is taking advantage of the ThinkCentral website.  This is a valuable tool to use for practice in both reading, math, and science.  Your child has been given a username and password for this website.  The information is located in their binders.  www.thinkcentral.com

     Students will be getting acquainted with Spelling activities that will help them be successful on Thursday tests.  We have created a link to Spelling City which provides games and printables for each week's spelling words.  Please go to www.spellingcity.com and  click "search" on the top menu.  Click "schools" on the search menu.  Type in "The Villages Elementary School"  and then click on the school name.  Find my name "Anne Crane" name.  Students will need to choose the list of words we are working on that week.  Happy playing.   

     Please make sure to check binders nightly for important information, weekly assignments, and tests.  Please make sure that your child is reading every night.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me, jot a note in the planner, or email me at anytime. 

To access the Accellerated Website, use the following link:  https://hosted220.renlearn.com/2352255/homeconnect

 

 

Moon Phases

http://lunaf.com/lunar-calendar/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-b4XvuQo1Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCweccNOaqo 

 

 

Coding URL

https://studio.code.org/sections/GQWTDB 

Contact: ann.crane@tvcs.org

PDF documents
December 2016 - Newsletter Dec 2016
January Newsletter - January Newsletter
November Newsletter - November Newsletter
Reading Strategies - Reading Strategies for a cold read
Tropicana Homework Due Dates - Tropicana Homework Due Dates
Tropicana Parent Letter - Tropicana Parent Letter

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