Good evening, Families!
After 3 weeks of grades, I am starting to get to know your children and they are starting to get to know me. Obviously every teacher has a different teaching style and to that same point, we all have little nuances when entering information into Progress Book. As a result, I wanted to use this post to update you on some things I do in Progress Book to help you navigate how your child is doing.
When you log into Progress Book (this image is from a laptop, not a mobile device), please make sure you go to "Grades" on the left side. Each subject can be clicked on to give you more detail about the assignments entered. Please note that I input grades by standard or topic so they may appear to be entered twice. However, this is just how the information is organized: first accumulated by subject and then broken down by standard.
You may see some icons next to percentages on the right. Those are:
M = Missing
L = Late
W = Weighted (tests carry more weight than classwork)
I try to make sure I am caught up on grades from the week by Sunday, but sometimes life happens. Please feel free to email me if you ever have any questions. I prefer email; it keeps me organized. I am happy to call after I see your email if needed.
With regards to the assignments, we had a great week! Those that stay with me for math got through our second topic, and everyone did great on the assessment Thursday. Those scores are in ProgressBook and will be released to the students tomorrow in Schoolwork. We completed our airplane experiment in Science and made significant headway with maps in Social Studies. And finally, we got through the fifth chapter in our class novel, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. If anyone is struggling with the book (or any future class novels), I recommend getting a copy from the library and reading it at home with your child. Sometimes getting the audiobook is a huge help, too. I love listening to the books my daughter is reading while we drive places together. It leads to great discussion, and I feel like I am in the know! 😉
This coming week we are celebrating "Hello Week." Please check out the email sent home from the district on the 16th for more information. We will be adding to those valuable events in our class by starting our "Second Step" program. The children did this last year, too. It is a social-emotional lesson once a week that is supported by our guidance counselor, Mrs. Kerrigan. I will be sending information about it home this week.
In our core subjects, we will be looking at different strategies for multiplying and dividing, getting through another five or six chapters in Tales, learning about more features on a map, and learning about vertebrates and invertebrates in science. Thankfully I have a great class to navigate the content with this year! It is another whole week with a lot to accomplish.
Upcoming Dates to Know:
September 21 - Parent Meeting at 7pm if your child is interested in playing violin
September 22 - Wear Green for "Hello Week"
September 24 - Wear your Bath Team Hero shirts, PTA Meeting, and class store day!
September 29 - Fundraiser Kick-Off
October 8 - No School / NEOEA Day
As I sit here with the Browns playing in the background, I cannot help but see this game mirror our fourth-grade year ahead. We are running strong out of the gate, and our class is so fun for me to watch. We have a strong group of kids. Even if we get sacked occasionally, I can tell it will be an exciting season for Cleveland and our Bath Team Heroes!
During this past week, we ramped up our pace and set our routine. Those children that stay with me for math have already launched into our second topic. We are now working on strategies to add and subtract accurately and with an increased pace. We explored the first chapter of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in language arts and learned how we will track our progress in a Pages reading journal. Social Studies was a fun start as we began learning about the continents and oceans. And in science, we began to understand the scientific method by drafting our own experiment using paper airplanes. Please make sure to check out the photos on Twitter (@mrsjodihetman).
This coming week we will continue to read our Judy Blume book together. In addition, we will finish our science experiment and learn more about the globe, hemispheres, and the compass rose in Geography. The students who stay with me for math will be challenged to do some EdPuzzles to prepare for our "Flipped" classroom approach, which will begin in October. This model allows me to work with children on topics they need support with while pushing those who understand it to go on for higher-level thinking work. The class seemed excited to know they had some control over their own pace.
We are going to start using our I/E (intervention/enrichment) block for some personal passion projects. The class is really excited to begin. Make sure you ask your fourth grader what topic they have chosen. These projects are a fantastic way to work on math, reading, science, and social studies in a real-world setting the children want to learn about. I cannot wait to see what these superstars accomplish!
Last but not least, we will be using our grammar spiral notebooks this week. If you have not already, please send the notebook and glue in with your child tomorrow. Thank you!
Upcoming Dates to Know:
September 16 - STEM starts for our class
September 20 - Kindness Week begins
Monday - Hey Day!
Tuesday - Random Acts of Kindness
Wednesday - Wear green
Thursday - Social Switch-up
Friday - Note Day
September 24 - Wear your Bath Team Hero shirts
I hope the first week of school was manageable - very few tears, no forgotten lunches, early bedtimes, and lots of laughter for both you and your children. 😄 I know I forgot lunch once for me, but I managed to pack my daughter's every day. Priorities, I suppose.
We had a fun week in room 111. By Friday, we were on schedule! We started Topic 1 in math, defined science and what a scientist looks like, learned about 9/11 and Labor Day and even wrote our first paragraph. The draft was sent home Friday; it is about a significant thing - your child.
We will continue building our routine this week by starting fluency practice, daily language review, and journaling. In addition, we will start our first novel together: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. In math, we will wrap up our place value review so we can get into adding and subtracting with large numbers. Science will be fun as we navigate the scientific method with a hands-on flight experiment. And social studies will be all about geography.
By Friday, you should have seen a few papers in your child's take-home folder. In addition to hard copies, you can also find digital copies of the work we do on our iPads by opening the Schoolwork App. It is a yellow icon with a globe and books. Ask your child to help you find the "Done" category so you can see their Scientist Selfie. I recommend checking this app periodically because many of my math and learning journals will reside in the tool.
Upcoming Dates to Know:
September - Math MAP Test
September 9 - Math ELA Test
September 10 - Picture Day
September 16 - STEM starts (for real this time, sorry!)
September 20 - Kindness Week begins
I hope you enjoy this three-day weekend. The weather is ideal for cook-outs, boating, and barbecuing. ⛵
I am a person of habit, and one thing I enjoy doing each weekend is reflecting on our week and organizing my thoughts around the week to come. Hopefully, I will even get into the routine of adding photos to the thoughts here. Until then, I do recommend you check out my Twitter feed @mrsjodihetman. You will usually find a pic or two on my feed, showcasing the fun things we do in class.
Because last week was a lot of professional development and classroom setup time, allow me to just look ahead. This week in class, we will spend a lot of time getting to know one another and establishing our routines.
Right now, the schedule for the day is as follows:
Homeroom 8:20 - 8:35
Students can be dropped off as early as 8 AM, but they will be in the fourth-grade common area until 8:20.
Math 8:40 - 9:55
Some students may leave for Mrs. Coen's class at this time.
Lang Arts 10:00 - 10:55
Lunch/Recess 10:55 - 11:45
We eat first, and we will be rotating between eating in our classroom and the cafeteria.
Science / Social Studies 11:50 - 12:55
IE (intervention/Enrichment) 12:55 - 1:35
Encore 1:37 - 2:19
Day 1 - Music, Day 2 - Gym, Day 3 - Art, Day 4 - Library
Grammar 2:24 - 2:50
Dismissal 3:00 - 3:20
3:00 begins parent pick-up. Last names A-D will pick up in the bus loop, and E - Z will pick up at the main entrance. Please note if you are picking up from the main entrance, you must park and come up to the entrance for your child. Bus Riders will be dismissed from the classroom beginning at 3:02.
The class schedule may get modified after the first week; we will see how our days flow.
A few other things to note:
I think that is all for now! I am excited for school to start tomorrow!
I will use this blog page to update you weekly. Typically, I share what we have done in class the prior week as well as give you a heads up on where we are going. I will try to consistently update on Sunday nights; a REMIND announcement will let you know when a new post has been published.
In order to help me get started with our exciting plans for the year, I would like to ask you to take two minutes to complete a parent survey for me. In advance, I thank you! I know you have 100 directions to go in so I appreciate you sharing this moment with me.
I hope your family has a great start to our 2021-2022 school year!
Mrs. Jodi Hetman