• Newsletter 11/18/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 11/18/2019

    Hello families,


    We are off to another busy week up here at Weller. Here are some things to note about this week:



    Students are expected to read each night. They also have a new list of spelling words, and it is recommended that they review those words each night before their test on Friday. If your child is still learning his/her math facts, it is also recommended that some time is spent playing the math games that support their math fact fluency.

    Alaska Room field trip


    We are excited that our class has the opportunity to visit the Alaska Room and learn more about the indigenous cultures of Alaska. Because the Alaska Room can only accommodate half of our large group at a time, we will be visiting the Alaska Room in two phases:


    *The Green group (Mrs. Roth’s class roster) will be going to the Alaska Room on Wednesday, November 20 from 11:50 - 2:45.

    *The Blue group (Mrs. Richardson’s class roster) will be going to the Alaska Room on Wednesday, November 27 from 11:50 - 2:45.


    Party Time


    Our class has filled the marble jar and we are going to have a class party! We will have our party this Friday, November 22 in the afternoon. We will have more details about what students can bring for the party coming soon!


    State Report Potluck/Unveiling


    Students are excited to share their state report posters with you this Friday evening from 5:00 - 7:00. Please see the information below for further details about the night. We hope to see you all there!





    Dear Parents/Guardians,


             We are excited to celebrate the students’ hard work! The fourth-grade classes at Weller will be having a potluck celebrating our study of the 50 United States. The potluck will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM.       

    Our students have been working hard researching one of the states and are making large posters to share what they have learned. As part of the celebration, we are inviting students to bring a potluck item that is connected to their state in some way. It could be something that is grown or raised there, or a recipe with some cultural connection. 

             We hope everyone can make this special event. Please contact us if you have any questions.


     Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Roth, and Mrs. Couch 

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  • Class Newsletter 11/05/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 11/5/2019

    Hello families,


    It was wonderful to meet with many of you during conferences last week. We enjoy getting to share your student’s accomplishments and setting goals for the coming quarter.


    Here are the things to note about this week:

    *During our literacy time, students are perfecting their blog posts about their state.

    *Mrs. Couch is teaching the students about iconic art in the various regions of the US during our social studies time.

    * During math, students are exploring place value, adding and subtracting multidigit numbers or multiplication. 


    Homework for this week:

    Students are expected to read nightly. They also brought home a sheet of spelling words to practice for their test on Friday. In class, students explored the spelling patterns related to those words, so students are encouraged to focus more on the spelling patterns rather than trying to memorize all of the words.

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  • Class Newsletter 10/21/19

    Posted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 10/21/2019

    Hello families!


    We have begun another busy week up here on the hill. Here are some things to note about this week:


    *During our writing time, students are writing a mock blog post featuring the sights and sounds from their state.

    *in reading, students are reading a tall tale and are exploring hyperbole and point of view.

    *During math, students are exploring patterns in our number system and place value. Some students are also beginning to review multi-digit addition and subtraction.

    *In the afternoon, students are working on their state report posters.


    Homework for this week:

    Students are expected to read each night. Students also have a spelling packet to complete for the week. Some students will also have math homework to do.


    Parent/Teacher/Student conferences


    Conferences are coming up soon! Please log into PowerSchool and go into the PowerPTC link to sign up for a time for us to meet and discuss your child’s progress so far this year. Students are welcome to come be a part of that discussion. Just in case you missed the directions for getting into PowerPTC, you can find them again below.




    We are excited to let you know that we are using PowerPTC, the convenient and easy way for parents and guardians to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences ONLINE. PowerPTC opened Friday, October 18th at 8:00 am to allow you to start scheduling your conferences, and will stay open for scheduling through Friday, November 1st. You can access the PowerPTC through a link in your Parent PowerSchool account located on the upper right-hand side of the PowerSchool home page. If you are receiving the email you have a PowerSchool account already created.

    Scheduling Your Conferences

    1. Log into your Parent PowerSchool account at k12northstar.org.
    2. Click on the small box with arrow, located in the upper right-hand corner.
    3. Click on the PowerPTC page link.
    4. Click on the Conference Schedule.
    5. Select the date you would like to schedule your appointment.
    6. Select a starting time for your appointments.
    7. If you would not like to attend conferences with certain courses, uncheck the box under the Schedule column.
    8. Click Build Your Schedule Now!
    9. Finally, click Print Schedule to create a hard copy of your parent-teacher conference schedule.
    10. If you are scheduling for more than one student, you can switch the active student you are scheduled for by clicking on the Select a Student link from the left-hand menu.

    ** The times for both conference types are as follows:

    Thursday, October 31, PowerPTC SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    Friday, November 1, PowerPTC SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


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  • Newsletter 10/14/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 10/14/2019

    Hello families,


    Here are some quick notes about this week:

    *During our writing time, students will be working on the writing portion of their state report.

    *In reading, we are working on our fluency by reading through a Reader’s Theater.

    *During math, students are wrapping up their look at patterns and some are exploring place value.

    *Students are working on their state report posters in the afternoon.


    Homework for this week:

    Students are expected to read for 20 minutes each night. They will also have another spelling packet to complete this week to be ready for a spelling test on Friday.


    Fall Festival Help

    Our class will be running two booths during the Fall Festival this Friday evening from 5:00 - 8:00. Our booths will be Balloon Shaving and the Pencil Pull. If you are able to help us run one of the booths for part of the time during the Fall Festival, please e-mail Mrs. Richardson at stephanie.richardson@k12northstar.org. Thank you for your help!


    Winter Gear Reminder

    Thank you to those of you who have helped your child have his/her winter gear. Having the proper gear helps the students be safe and comfortable during recess.



    This Friday, October 18, our class will be having a Read-In! Students are welcome to wear pajamas that day, and they may bring in a small blanket and small stuffed animal if they like. Because it is a Read-In, they should also bring lots of reading material! We look forward to a fun day of reading


    Quick note about Mrs. Roth

    Mrs. Roth is out of town, and she will be gone through October 21. If you normally contact Mrs. Roth and have any questions or concerns while she is out, please do not hesitate to email Mrs. Richardson at stephanie.richardson@k12northstar.org

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  • Newsletter 10/7/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 10/7/2019

    Hello families,


    It has been a busy few weeks up here at Weller. We have been exploring paragraphing, learning more about the states in the United States, analyzing cause and effect and backing up our answers with evidence in reading, and exploring patterns and geometry in math.


    Notes for this week:

    *During our reading time, we will be practicing our fluency as we read a play.

    *Our writing time will be spent focusing once again on paragraphs.

    *We will be continuing to work on our state reports during our afternoons.

    *We will continue to explore patterns during our math time.


    Homework for this week:

    Students are expected to read for 20 minutes each night. They should also finish their spelling packet work, and practice for Friday’s spelling test.


    Spelling is here!

    Beginning this week, students will have a formal spelling test. Students brought home a packet today. The packet is due on Friday, which is also the day students will have a test. We are starting with some of the 4th grade “No Excuse” words. Here are the words students are studying this week: people, little, were, which, their, write,  would, took, know, who, very, called, your, where, down, I’m


    Winter has made an appearance

    With our colder weather, it is important that students have the proper winter gear to be safe and comfortable out at recess. Students are required to have a coat, hat, gloves, and boots when the temperature is below 32 degrees. When the temperature drops below 0, students will also need to have snowpants. Please help your child make sure he/she has all of the necessary gear each day. Thank you for your help!


    A quick note about Mrs. Couch:

     Your students are doing some amazing work this year! Many of you have elected to share that work with our teaching intern to support her professional development and have signed a UAF permission slip. Since the 4th grade classes often work together on activities and projects, we wanted to inform you that a second intern in the other 4th grade Weller class may be now including your child in their assignments. 


    If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Thank you for supporting our teaching interns on their journey to becoming certified teachers. 


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  • Class Newsletter 9/6/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 9/6/2019

    Hello families,


    This was another good and busy week up here on the hill. We explored properties of multiplication, looked at paragraphing in narratives, learned about flashbacks and point of view in fictional stories, and created our own stop-motion animation stories showing how organisms use UV coloration as a way to survive.


    Things to note for next week:

    *During our writing time, we will continue to work on paragraphing as we write personal narratives.

    *Students will continue to explore multiplication and division patterns.

    *During our reading time, students will continue to look at story structure and ways to back up their answers with evidence from the text.

    *In the afternoon, we will begin to look at the states in the United States.


    Homework for next week:

    Students are expected to read nightly. Depending on the day, students may have math homework, although some students will be doing their homework in class.


    Field Trip!

    Please don’t forget, our class will be going on a field trip next Tuesday, September 10. We will be gone from 9:00 until approximately 2:30. Please help your child make sure he/she has the proper gear for the day, as well as a sack lunch if he/she did not request one from the school.



    School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 12 in the morning.

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  • Class Newsletter 8/30/19

    Posted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 8/30/2019

    Hello families!


    The leaves are changing up here on the hill, and our weeks are zipping by. This week, we took the MAP tests in reading and writing, explored growth mindset by completing math challenges, began work on a personal narrative, looked at the meaning of multiplication in math, and explored how plants and animals use colors as a strategy for survival.


    Here are some things to note about next week:

    *During writing, we will continue to work on our personal narratives.

    *In reading, we will be examining the parts of a story, including setting, plot and characters.

    *Math will have us continuing to look at patterns in multiplication and division. We are continuing to switch students with Mr. Sassman’s class to best meet the needs of all students in math.

    * In the afternoon, we will continue to explore plant and animal structures and how they aid in an organism’s survival.


    Homework for next week:

    Students are expected to read for 20 minutes each night. Students will also have math homework each night Monday through Thursday.


    Recess Duties needed!

    Weller is looking for recess duties. If you enjoy fresh air and kids, please consider helping us out! The pay is $12 an hour, and you would work less than 15 hours per week for the school term. If you are interested in helping, please visit www.k12northstar.org for more information and to apply.


    Upcoming Field Trip

    Our class will be going on a field trip to Ballaine Lake on Tuesday, September 10. More information about the trip was sent home with your child today. Because we will be gone over the lunch period, please let your child know if would like for your child to order a sack lunch from the school. We will take a lunch count on Tuesday for the field trip. We are looking forward to a fun day of outside learning!

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  • Class Newsletter 8/27/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 8/27/2019

    Hello families!


    We had a busy first week of school here at Weller, and we are very excited to be working with your student this year. We are off to a great start.


    Here are some things to note for this week:

    *During our writing time, we are beginning to explore organizing our ideas into a personal narrative.

    *In reading, we are continuing to gain stamina for reading to ourselves.

    * During math, we are exploring multiplication and division patterns. We have been mixing with Mr. Sassman’s students to allow us to best meet the needs of all students.

    *In the afternoon, we will explore camouflage as a structure that helps animals survive, and the different ways that plants use colors to aid in their survival.

    *We will also be taking the MAP tests this week.



    Students should be reading nightly. Look for official math homework to begin next week.

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  • Newsletter 4/19/19

    Posted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 4/19/2019

    Whew! We made it through a long and busy week, which included hip hop dancing and PEAKS testing. Our schedule was far from normal, and we are looking forward to returning to business as usual on Monday.



    Students will bring home a homework sheet that is due on Friday. Students are also encouraged to practice their spelling words. They will get new spelling words on Monday, and their test will be the following Monday.


    Next week:

    *During math, students will be exploring decimals, reviewing fractions, and looking at ways to convert measurements.

    *During reading and writing, students will be exploring poetry. They will analyze poets’ writings to determine the types of literary devices the poet likes to use, as well as the themes the poet often writes about. Students will also be writing their own poetry and combining the poetry with art.

    *Students will be working on a slideshow for the West and the Midwest regions of the US. Each student is part of a team researching one state in those regions, and they are sharing their information via a Google Slides presentation. Students will eventually use the information to plan a trip through the regions.


    Thank you for helping to make sure your student has his/her winter gear each day. This is certainly the time of year where it is hard to predict what the weather will be like at recess. Having the gear in their backpacks allows all students to enjoy recess.

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  • Class Newsletter 4/3/19

    Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 4/3/2019

    Hello families,


    We are well into another busy week up here on the hill. Here are some things of note:



    This week, students have homework that they should be working on at home. There are extra copies of the homework papers accessible to students if they have misplaced their copy. Students will also have a spelling test on Monday, so students should also be practicing their spelling words at home.


    This week:

    *In reading and writing, we are continuing to explore comparing/contrasting texts using evidence. Students are also taking that information and writing an essay to answer the question.

    *During our math time, students are either wrapping up their work with fractions, or they have moved into exploring measurement systems.

    *In the afternoon, we have been working on an art lesson exploring different perspectives and analogous colors.



    We have filled the marble jar and the students have earned a class party. Our class party will be held tomorrow, April 4, in the afternoon. Students brought home a note today explaining more about the party.


    Winter is not quite over yet…

    While we have enjoyed some wonderful spring weather, it can still be cold and windy up here at Weller. For the next few weeks, please help your student make sure to have a warm hat, gloves, boots and a coat for the cold recesses. Thanks for your help!

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