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Dear Parents,

I am super proud of all of the students for their hard work on the Milestone Assessments!!! All of the students took their time, used their test taking strategies, and rocked the test! I am even MORE proud of each child for all of the many things that the Milestone could not assess. These children are incredibly respectful to me each day. It has been an honor to work with you and your child this year. They are very compassionate to each other and have huge hearts! We recently had a student to move away and there were many tears shed over his withdrawal. While I will be super sad to send them up to fifth grade, I can’t wait to see all of their many achievements and successes in the future!!!

We have lots of fun and engaging plans this week. You may have heard about the troll infestation at Russell!!! The students will be participating in a STEM activity to capture the friendly, but sneaky, trolls. The students are also involved in planning an end of the year party. They will use all of the math standards that were taught from this year. We will start out by designing the invitation and layout of the party. Thank you for all of your help and support this year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns as we head into the last nine weeks. Each of you have been a HUGE part of making this year such a success!!! It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

  

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, April 28 – $ 2 Decade Dress Down Day – 5th Grade Fundraiser

Friday, May 1 – PTA Event: Family Night 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 2 – Relay for Life Walk at Jim Miller Park 4:00 pm

Monday, May 4 – Friday May 8 – Uniform Swap Week 7:15 am

Tuesday, May 5 – Chick-fil-A Night 5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 6 – Hawaiian Dress Down Day $ 2

Wednesday, May 6 – Smoothies on Sale 7: 15 am

Thursday, May 7 – STS – 17

Friday, May 8 – STS – 17

Thursday, May 14 – Field day

Thursday, May 14 – 3rd – 5th Russell Rewards Store 7: 15 am

Thursday, May 14 – Russell Foundation Sparkles Night 5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 20 – Smoothie Sale, Honors Day, and Early Release

THURSDAY, MAY 21 – EARLY RELEASE (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)

 

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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.

https://secure.eventsonline.us/events/getmovingcrew/classroomprogress.php?gmc=36562&teacherid=62970

 

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.

It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

 

Dear Parents,

Today begins the very first day of the PTA Spring fundraiser! Our school is having a fun run! The PTA is raising money 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:

Monday, February 23– Six Flags reading logs are due to Mrs. Winsett

Tuesday, February 24– Chapter 9 retake

Friday, February 27– Fire Safety workbooks are due, Fire Safety test

Monday, March 2– Doughnuts for Dads

Tuesday, March 3– Bingo for Books & Star Lab in school field trip

Wednesday, March 11– STEM Career Day

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?

We have been busy getting ready to fight the Revolution! The students are learning the causes that led to the Revolution which include The French and Indian War, British Imperial Policy, The Stamp Act, the slogan, “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons (and daughters) of Liberty, as well as the Boston Tea Party. On Friday, we reenacted what it would be like to be a colonist during this time. The students were taxed by parliament and the King.   They had to give the tax collectors money (Skittles) for each tax. They felt this practice was very unfair and ended the demonstration with the cry, “No taxation without representation!”

Reading Essential Question: How do I determine the meaning of an unknown word within a phrase or a paragraph?

Text book writers usually know when they must use a word that will be new to their student readers. So they often include other words or phrases to help with the understanding of the new word. These words or phrases are referred to as context clues. They are built into the sentences around the difficult word. If you become more aware of the words around the difficult words you encounter in your reading, you will save yourself many trips to the dictionary. You will be able to make logical guesses about the meanings of many words. We will learn different strategies to help us utilize the context clues that are found in various texts.

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

Ms. Davis, our reading coach, came into our class last week to introduce the essential questions. The students read one legend and wrote the important concepts into a graphic organizer. They met with their peers to learn about the other legends. This week, we will be learning how to write a comparison essay. We will focus on how to introduce and conclude the essay. The students will continue this week to revise and edit their essays. We will have our authors café on Friday to celebrate our wonderful work.

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.

It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the impromptu winter vacation!  It was great to see all of my sweet students this morning.  We need to adjust our schedule in lieu of the inclement weather days on Monday and Tuesday.  The chapter nine math test will be on Thursday, February 19th.  There will be no spelling test this week.  The domain specific words test from last Friday will be postponed until this Friday.  The Six Flags reading logs are due this upcoming Monday.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  :o)

Dear Parents,

I hope each of you were able to enjoy some time with your children outside this weekend!  Ryan and I were outside enjoying the beautiful weather on Sunday.  We are ready for spring!

Our fourth graders had a fantastic visit with Officer Cole from the Cobb County Police Department.  He did an outstanding job of teaching our fourth graders about fire safety.  We are excited to visit the Cobb County Safety Village this Friday to participate in hands on safety experiences. All of the permission slips have been signed and returned.  Hooray!

http://www.cobbcounty.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2032&Itemid=632

Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 10– Muffins for Mom

Thursday, February 12–  Chapter 9 Math Test

Friday, February 13– Fire Safety Village field trip & Dance Night

Tuesday, February 17– Relay for Life pink dress down day

Wednesday, February 18– spring pictures (individual and class picture)

Monday, February 23– Six Flags reading logs are due to Mrs. Winsett

Monday, March 2– Doughnuts for Dads

Tuesday, March 3– Bingo for Books & Star Lab in school field trip

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question(s): How do I explain the day/night cycle of the earth? How do we explain the sequence of the phases of the moon? How do I demonstrate the revolution of the Earth?

We will finish up our unit on the colonies on Monday. The students will play a game to demonstrate trade among the different colonies. Our next unit will be out of this world… Space! We will learn about the rotation and revolution of the earth, phases of the moon, and the size and location of each of the planets. Mrs. Bodner is teaching the students all about stars and constellations. The students will be ready to identify all of the constellations when the Star Lab comes to visit in February!

Reading Essential Question: How do I determine the meaning of an unknown word within a phrase or a paragraph?

Text book writers usually know when they must use a word that will be new to their student readers. So they often include other words or phrases to help with the understanding of the new word. These words or phrases are referred to as context clues. They are built into the sentences around the difficult word. If you become more aware of the words around the difficult words you encounter in your reading, you will save yourself many trips to the dictionary. You will be able to make logical guesses about the meanings of many words.  We will learn different strategies to help us utilize the context clues that are found in various texts.

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

Ms. Davis, our reading coach, came into our class last week to introduce the essential questions.  The students read one legend and wrote the important concepts into a graphic organizer.  They met with their peers to learn about the other legends.  This week, we will be learning how to write a comparison essay.  We will focus on how to introduce and conclude the essay.

Math Essential Question: How do I multiply a fraction by a whole number?

I can’t believe we are almost at the end of our fraction unit!  The students are doing an awesome job of adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  This week, we will be multiplying fractions by a whole number.  We will review how to do all of the operations with fractions and take a unit test toward the end of the week.

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.

It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

Dear Parents,

It’s been a busy week in our class! We are working hard to prepare for the fourth grade wax museum. The students have been studiously researching and writing their informational essays on their famous historical figure. I have been hearing lots details about some fabulous costumes. I can’t wait to see all of our fourth graders transform into their figures for the fourth grade wax museum. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend this exciting event.

We are excited to have the Cobb County Fire Department visit the fourth grade. The fire fighters will be coming on Friday, February 6th to teach our students about fire safety. We will go to the Cobb County Safety Village the following Friday to participate in hands on safety experiences. Field trip permission slips went home today in Friday folders. Please be sure to complete both sides of the permission form. Click on the link to learn more about the Cobb County Safety Village.

http://www.cobbcounty.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2032&Itemid=632

We are so proud of Mariam Kolley and Mikol Rosa for being our spelling bee representatives. They did an outstanding job in the Russell spelling bee! The fourth graders will be taking over the Russell News Network on Monday. Our very own Laura Mode and Elijah Wilson will be a part of the broadcast. Laura will debut on Monday as a newscaster! We can’t wait to see you!

We would like to give a big thank you to Mr. Wilson, Elijah Wilson’s grandfather, for stopping by our classroom on Friday. He was a wonderful addition to our discussion on economics in the colonies. We love to have visitors pop in anytime!

Important Dates:

Thursday, January 29– Fourth grade wax museum

Friday, January 30– Talent Show

Friday, January 23– Movie Night

Monday, February 2nd-Friday, February 6th– Bookfair

Thursday, February 5th–  International Night

Tuesday, February 10– Muffins for Mom

Friday, February 13– Fire Safety Village field trip & Dance Night

Tuesday, February 17– Relay for Life pink dress down day

Wednesday, February 18– spring pictures (individual and class picture)

Monday, February 23– Six Flags reading logs are due to Mrs. Winsett

Monday, March 2– Doughnuts for Dads

Tuesday, March 3– Bingo for Books & Star Lab in school field trip

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question(s): How were the lives in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Colonies a like and different? What was colonial life like for various people, including large landowners, farmers, artisans, women, indentured servants, slaves, and Native Americans? How do I explain the day/night cycle of the earth? How do we explain the sequence of the phases of the moon? How do I demonstrate the revolution of the Earth?

We will finish up our unit on the colonies on Monday. The students will play a game to demonstrate trade among the different colonies. Our next unit will be out of this world… Space! We will learn about the rotation and revolution of the earth, phases of the moon, and the size and location of each of the planets. Mrs. Bodner is teaching the students all about stars and constellations. The students will be ready to identify all of the constellations when the Star Lab comes to visit in February!

Reading Essential Question: How do I describe the overall structure (e.g. chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text of part of a text?

Text structure refers to how the information within a written text is organized. This strategy helps students understand that a text might present a main idea and details; a cause and then its effects; and/or different views of a topic. Teaching students to recognize common text structures can help students monitor their comprehension. The students will take notes on the important features of each text structure. They will examine multiple representations to understand each text structure.

Language Arts Essential Question: How do I write an expository essay to share information?

This week, the students used the lap tops and their devices to access our online databases through a wonderful resource called Mackinvia. Each student found the appropriate information for the informational essay graphic organizer. This week, we will take all of our research and draft our informational essays on our important historical figures. I will be meeting with your child to help them edit and revise their work. The students will take the information from their essay and create the speeches that will be shared in the wax museum. In grammar, we are learning how to order adjectives.

Math Essential Question: How do I convert mixed numbers to improper fractions? How do I convert improper fractions to mixed numbers? How do I add and subtract fractions with like denominators?

The students will have a classwork assignment on comparing fractions on Monday. We will continue to work on converting fractions with the use of various models (pictures and number lines). Toward the end of the week, the students will learn how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators. We will pay special attention to unit fractions. Please include your child in activities that require fractions—cooking, baking, measuring, and cutting.

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.

It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

 


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