Mr. Wallace’s Monthly Herald:
Thank you for your support of our grade level Family and Friends Fundraiser! Please let me know if you have questions, or if your child needs an additional supply packet. Parent conferences will be held Mon.-Fri. beginning October 27. I will be emailing parents the electronic sign up sheet soon.
Technology update: By now, I trust that your child has made you well aware of how our online classroom on Edmodo.com is providing every student with additional academic enrichment. I’m very pleased with the level of online student engagement I see each day, along with the practice of digital citizenship. Student daily behavior reports can be accessed via parent Class Dojo accounts.
As we continue to journey toward 21st century skill mastery, I’m pleased to have acquired a tablet and several “smart phones.” If you are wondering what to do with your old wifi capable phone or tablet, we’d love to give it a good home in Room 303 and put it to use.
Academic note: Student grades can be checked anytime via the Edmodo “progress” tab. This will give you a “ballpark” snapshot of how your child is doing academically and whether all assignments/test have been completed. Approx. 75% of assignments/tests are given via Edmodo and viewable on the “progress” tab.
As we move into our ninth week of instruction, I’m continually impressed with the many ways my students are adopting the positive character traits we daily aspire to within our classroom/online community. Whether helping a new student feel welcome, or holding the door open for a classmate, I appreciate the level of respect my fourth graders display for themselves as well as their peers.
We will soon be launching our second theme in language arts, American Stories, and students are continuing to focus on parts of speech and sentence structure while strengthening reading and writing skills in preparation for our first narrative writing prompt. In math, students are moving toward a more in depth study of math functions, number sense and math reasoning skills. We are learning about the importance of rocks and minerals in science and will soon be applying our understanding of California’s unique geography to its settlement by Native American tribes.
Study skills note: Students are reminded to focus on taking accurate notes daily. They will have received instruction as to exactly what they should be studying in their notes prior to a test and I’m requiring them to record upcoming test dates in their agendas. Test preparation is a skill to be developed, and I am asking them to spend 10 minutes, 3 times a week reading over their notes. This can include making flash cards or using a study buddy.
*All notes will be posted online via Edmodo under the folders tab of each subject area.