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Weekly Update:

Posted on: March 9, 2015

Dear Parents,

     I would like to give a big thank you to all of the parents who have donated to the Russell Elementary School fundraiser!  If you have not donated, there is still time to help out our wonderful school!  Please click on the link to fund Classroom Assistance, PTA Events, Staff Appreciation and a ROCK CLIMBING WALL FOR THE GYM!  If we reach our goal, we will be able to purchase a Rock Climbing Wall for the Russell Gym dedicated to Coach Stewart. She has been teaching at Russell for over 25 years and has been battling cancer for the last 5. Coach continues to stay RUSSELL STRONG! This rock wall is her vision for the Russell community to continue the journey of good health and strong muscle growth. Please see the flyer that was sent home with your child in Friday folders. Thank you for any donations you are able to give.


Important Dates:

Wednesday, March 11– STEM Career Day

Thursday, March 12–  Write Score Writing Assessment

Friday, March 13– Fundraiser Fun Run

Wednesday, March 18– Third nine weeks report cards go home

Friday, March 20– Last day for pledges

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question(s): What are the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution?

The students will be researching and presenting the major battles of the American Revolution.

Reading Essential Question: How do I draw conclusions?

Observations occur when we can see something happening. In contrast, inferences are what we figure out based on an experience. Helping students understand when information is implied, or not directly stated, will improve their skill in drawing conclusions and making inferences. These skills will be needed for all sorts of school assignments, including reading, science and social studies. Inferential thinking is a complex skill that will develop over time and with experience.

Language Arts Essential Question: How do compare the themes and topics across various cultures?

This week, we will be preparing for the Write Score Writing Assessment.   We will be learning how to cite evidence from a text.  When we take an author’s work, it is important for us to give credit to the author.  One way of giving the author credit, is to cite the evidence from the text.   The students were given examples and will practice citing the author.   We will also brush up on our introductions and conclusions.  The writing assessment will be on Wednesday.  It will be a great practice for the Milestone Assessments that will be given after spring break.

Math Essential Question: How do I use decimal notation for fractions with denominators of 10 and 100? How do I compare two decimals to the hundredths place?

This week, the students will learn how to find decimal equivalents for fractions with 10 and 100 as denominators. Later in the week, we will learn how to compare decimals by place value.

Volunteer Opportunities:

I look forward to working with your family and like family, the door is always open to come and help. If you are able to help out in the classroom via volunteering in the class, help with materials (cutting out materials, gathering, assembling etc), room parent, or any other means of helping out in or out of the classroom please let me know.

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