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What an amazing week!  The Tropicana Speech was gut wrenching but so very exciting!  The topics were amazing and seeing the children's personalities shine through their speeches was endearing.

15 Year Celebration:  Friday, May 1st, we celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the Villages Charter School.  If your child purchased the 15 year tee shirt, they are allowed to wear it that day.  I will be wearing mine as well! 

We continue to prepare for 5th grade in all subjects and the students are persevering to the end.  The core values of the Villages really shines through when the going gets tough.  Hard Work is evident in their work ethic; Hospitality is shown each day when visitors come in or we are walking through the hallways; the students are showing their Creativity as we explore novels, science discussions, and math projects; and the students continue to respect the wonderful campus we have been given and all that goes along with it as they show Stewardship.

Tropicana Speech:  Congratulations to all of our students for all their hard work on the speeches.  The judges and I enjoyed listening to each of them.  A special congratulations to the following winners for Mrs. Crane's Class. 

First Place:  Aaralyn Howell

Second Place:  Brian Yang

Third Place:  Charlotte Liptak

Aaralyn Howell will compete in the VCF 4th Grade Tropicana Speech on Thursday, April 30th.  We know you'll do an awesome job representing our class, Aaralyn!

April Newsletter available in the PDF files

 

Other Important Information:

Each week, the students will be doing Cold Reads as homework each night.  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 have glued all their passwords on the back page of their agenda with the corresponding website.  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 Monday.  If they score 100% on the pretest, they are exempt from the weekly homework and Thursday post-test.  Study over the weekend 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:   Getting Ready for 5th grade with place value and decimals.

Writing:    Friendly letters

Language Arts:   Unit 5 Week 5

Focus Skill:  Sequence

Focus Strategy:  Summarize

Genre Informational Article

Spelling:    pebble, humble, double, gamble, trouble, uncle, needle, fiddle, cuddle, cradle, jungle, single, marble, ramble, tackle, ankle, freckle, buckle, hustle, tangle  BONUS:  staple, stifle

Reading Log:  Each evening your child is required to read 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. 

HELPFUL INFORMATION:

         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.  http://www.tvcs-ar.org/RenaissanceServer/HomeConnect/Login.aspx

     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. 

Contact: ann.crane@tvcs.org

PDF documents
2014 Fourth Grade Spelling List - 2014 Spelling Bee list
April Newsletter 2015 - April Newsletter 2015
August 2014 Newsletter - August 2014 Newsletter
Chapter4math - Chapter 4 overview
December Newsletter 2014 - December Newsletter 2014
February Newsletter - February 2015 Newsletter
March Newsletter - March Newsletter 2015
Math Vocabulary Geometry - Math Vocabulary Week of March 9
Reading Strategies - Reading Strategies for a cold read
September 2014 Newsletter - September 2014 Newsletter
St. Augustine Consent Form 2014 -
St. Augustine Parent Letter 2014 -
Tips for Writing Success - Narrative/Expository Success

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