On this page, you will find the information for the goings on in my specific classes.
Should you need something or have a question that needs my attention, please feel free to email me or send a Dojo message. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Math: Students in my math class continue using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math Expressions program. This program will help to better prepare your child to meet the National Math Core.
The students took the test today for this unit. We will begin Unit 5 next week. This unit deals with division with whole numbers and decimals.
Reading: We are exploring the elements of fiction and using Notice and Note to find strategies to use during reading of fictional text. We are reading the book Tiger Rising and exploring vocab, looking for signposts, making personal connections and answering comprehension questions.
Word Study: There will NOT be word study for the next few weeks as we are engaging with vocabulary in our novel reading.
Writing: Students continue our grammar instruction with a unit on parts of speech. We are beginning a fiction piece. Students began generating possible settings, characters and plots. I will be looking for students to be using COMPLETE sentences and be able to identify the subject and predicate within their sentences. As we have several bigger projects that involve research and writing skills, journals will not be collected for the next few weeks.
Social Studies/Science: We have begun exploring a Science unit on environments. We have looked at biomes and discussed the environments that can exist in a biome. We also began identifying the elements of an environment that allow animals to survive. Students will need a shoe box for a project at the end of the unit.
In Social Studies, we are looking at immigration and migration. Students have access to the online text book for reading and exploring. You will be able to access this from home by going to https://student.teachtci.com/student/sign_in. The teacher email is email@example.com. Their login name is their first name (and possibly their last initial) and the password is Westmaple (case sensitive)
Emapthy Project: Students have been working with their 1st grade friends collecting information about a natural disaster. They are using research skills and online resources for this project.
Health: We will continuing our discussions about "tattling vs. telling" and what is bullying vs. a bad choice in behavior.
2-12-20 Kids Heart Challenge during Unified Arts time in Gym
2-13-20 Peacemakers 8-8:45 am
2-14-20 1/2 Day 12:05 Dismissal
2-14-20 West Maple Day of Caring: Paws and Care
2-17-20 to 2-21-20 Mid-Winter Break- No School
Birthday celebrations (or not) - As we have many allergies in our classroom, birthdays will be handled differently than maybe in past years. Students MAY NOT bring in food treats for the entire class. Instead, I will announce an upcoming birthday in advance and on the child's actual birthday, students will bring their own personal treat which will be eaten during our normal snack time. IF the student wishes to be sung to or participate in the singing will be completely optional.
If the student really wants to send something the whole class may enjoy, we are always in need of board games and books for our library!
Allergy Alert! We have students in the 4th grade this year with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. As we switch classes so often, the entire 4th grade is NUT FREE.
- If your child is going to be absent-please call #248-851-2667 before 10:00 am to leave a message so that we know they are going to be out for the day and why.
- Students are marked absent for the morning if they arrive after 9:30 am.
- Students are marked absent for the afternoon if they leave school before 3:00 pm.
End of day changes to Dismissal Plans
- Please make every effort to plan and communicate to your child how they will go home each day. We are unable to deliver messages changing dismissal plan to students and teachers after 3:00 pm.
- In an emergency, you may call the office to let us know of dismissal changes.
Morning Drop Off
- Students should not be dropped off at school earlier than 8:35 am unless they are registered for Kids Club. Staff are frequently in meetings before school and there is no supervision, other than Kids Club, for students brought to school prior to 8:35 am.
Dropping off of forgotten items
- Please make every effort to have your child bring their lunch, school supplies, and homework with them to school each day. In the event they have forgotten something you may come to the school and leave it on the cart outside of the office with your child's name on it. Staff will direct students to look in that spot if students are missing something that they need for the day.
Thank you for your assistance with these matters. We are trying to reduce the large numbers of times the office staff has to disrupt instruction within our classrooms when calling into relay message about changes to dismissal plans and for forgotten items.
CELL PHONE SCHOOL POLICY: Cell phones are to remain in the student's backpack until the end of the school day. They are not to be in the classrooms or on the student unless they are being used for instructional purposes. If a student is found with a phone, it will be taken to the office until the end of the school day.
Students are not to be in the building in the morning, prior to the bell. Students found roaming the halls or in unsupervised classrooms will be sent to Kids Club.