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Newsletter 4/10/20Posted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 4/10/2020
As we settle into the groove of remote teaching and learning, we have very much enjoyed seeing the work your children have shared with us. We have also enjoyed being able to connect during our class meetings.
Student Personal Belongings
With the news that we will not be going back to school this year, we know that many of you have questions about getting your child’s personal belongings from school. Weller staff is working to bag up the contents of cubbies so that families can come and pick them up. Kindergarten and first grade classes were done first, so it may be a little while before 4th grade classrooms are done. If your child needs his/her belongings sooner, please let us know and we can request that those items be bagged up independently.
You can find the information for our Zoom meetings in Google Classroom or in the reminder emails. While the meetings are optional, they are a great way for students to feel connected to their classmates.
Note: Our Friday Zoom’s theme will be **wear your favorite color** and our meeting will include both Mrs. Richardson’s and Mrs. Roth’s class--so be ready for a big group of fun! We will use Mrs. Roth’s class Zoom meeting ID and password for Friday, which can be found in Google Classroom, or we will also send out a reminder email.
Next week’s suggested work (posted in Google Classroom):
*Daily reading assignments (3 days in personal books, and 2 days with assigned articles)
*Math (check the Google Classroom post for more specific information for the student’s group)
*Choice Board - one activity per day, with a writing piece
*Daily Check-in - complete daily, to help us see what has been accomplished and if a student needs help with anything.
We’re Here to Help
Many of you have reached out to us with questions. Know that we are here to help and support you and your child during this time, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Class newsletter 4/3/20Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 4/3/2020
We made it through our first week of remote learning, and we hope the students learned as much as we did! Despite a few bumps in the road, it feels like many people have settled into a bit of a routine. As always, if you encounter issues, have questions, or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us so we can help.
As we continue to develop lessons for these few weeks, we are planning with the essential 4th grade skills in mind. Luckily, we had covered a lot of material before Spring Break, so our list of essential skills is rather small. As you are working with your child at home, these skills may be good to keep in mind.
*Use correct conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
* Write in complete sentences.
*Understand basic fraction concepts (¼ + ¼ = 2/4 )
*Understand basic decimal place value
*Understand how to write decimals (four tenths is written as 4/10)
*Summarize what they have read
*Identify the main idea and details in a reading passage
We fully believe that we can give students the opportunity to go further than just these skills, but these are the most important, most essential skills they will need to have mastered to be successful in 5th grade.
With that in mind, here are some things to note about this next week:
Students have 4 major parts to their work each day.
- Reading - we encourage students to read for 25 minutes and complete the reading response/activity each day. On Wednesday, there is one article that we would like students to read. The article will either be included in the paper packet, or available for access through Google Classroom. Students can either write their responses on paper, or they can write them on a single document assigned Google Classroom. This week, students will wait until Friday to turn in the assigned Google Doc.
- Math - students are encouraged to check Google Classroom on Monday to see if there are any additional resources or videos for their math lessons. Students will either work through their lessons in the paper packet, or they will do their lessons in Khan Academy. Note: Please help your child find the assignments given to them by their math teacher in Khan Academy by clicking on the “Assignments” tab on the homepage. While all math work is good, working on the assignments ensures they will have the skills they need for 5th grade.
- Choice Board - Each day, students are encouraged to choose an activity to complete. Each of the activities includes a writing assignment. Students may either do their writing in Google Classroom (this will be a bit more straight-forward this next week), or they may write it on paper.
- Daily Check-in - We ask that students fill out the Daily Check-in form once they have finished their work for the day. This helps us celebrate what the students have accomplished and helps us to support students and plan for future lessons. This form is either in the paper packet, or can be accessed in Google Classroom.
Additional optional activities
Enrichment - for students who would like something more to do, please feel free to explore the Enrichment and Art tabs in Google Classroom or on the website at www.wellerwhales.org
Zoom Class Meetings
We will host our optional Zoom class meetings on Mondays and Fridays from 10 - 10:30 am. Teachers will send out a reminder email with the meeting information. This is a time for students to connect with their classmates, ask questions, and play games. Due to popular demand, we added the second class meeting on Friday. Watch for information about office hours in an email coming soon. As always, we are available through email from 8:00 - 3:30 pm each weekday.
We know this is a stressful time for families; a time when you may have many, many things to deal with. Know that we are here to support you and your student, so if you need to modify what your child works on each day, that is just fine. Please reach out to us if you can think of other ways that we can support you.
Class Newsletter and Information about school next weekPosted by Stephanie Richardson on 3/28/2020
Welcome to our first week back after our extended Spring Break! We know this is a time of transition, as we are all adjusting to a new way of doing things. We miss the kids, but are looking forward to connecting with them in the upcoming weeks.
In preparation for next week, there are a few things we would ask you and your child to do. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our website, which can be found at www.wellerwhales.org. As we go along, we will continue to add things to this site. We also ask that students practice logging into ClassLink, by clicking on the CLASS LINK LAUNCHPAD tab on the website. Class Link will be the place where students can access many resources over the next few weeks. In preparation for class meetings and office hours help, please go to https://zoom.us/ and download the Zoom program or chrome extension, and/or add the app to your phone or tablet. There will also be an option for students to call in using a telephone if they would like to do that.
Here is a quick run-down of what we would like students to do this next week:
- Reading - We would like for students to read for 25 minutes in a fictional book of their choice. Then, students are asked to answer some questions about their reading. This can be done either online or offline. You can find more information about the reading and the questions by going to the website and clicking on READING, or click here.
- Math - approximately 30 minutes daily. Students who have online capability, can do their lessons through Khan Academy. To get to Khan Academy, go to the website and click on CLASS LINK LAUNCHPAD. Once students have signed in using Google, they can click on the Khan Academy icon. Students will need to enter their math class code. See below for the codes:
Mrs. Roth’s Red Group class code - HFERQWYQ
Mrs. Richardson’s Blue Group class code - 3ZJA8R8C
Mrs.Couch’s Green Group class code - E29G34SY
Mr. Sassman’s Math Class - these students have already signed up.
If your child will not be able to do math online, we will have paper copies of math available for pickup at Weller. We have already reached out to many families who will need this option, but feel free to email us to confirm that you would like paper copies.
- Integrated Writing - approximately 30 minutes daily. Students will have a Choice Board for the week, with many different activities to choose from to complete. These activities combine writing with other subjects, and students may choose to complete their writing either online or offline. You can find more information about the Choice Board by going to the website and clicking on CHOICE BOARD or by clicking here.
Optional office hours and class meetings
As we begin this new process of teaching and learning, we ask that you remain flexible.
At this time, we would like to hold a class meeting on Mondays at 10:00 am. This is an optional meeting, but it will give students a chance to ask questions and connect with their classmates. Look for an invitation to the Zoom meeting to come in your email.
Tuesday through Friday, we will be available for office hours from 10:00 - 10:30 am. This is a time when students can get help, ask questions, and meet with the teacher. We will send out an invitation to our office hour Zoom on Monday. We are always available through email at any time.
This is new for all of us, and we will undoubtedly be making changes as we go along. If you find your child needs extra activities to do this next week, please feel free to go to the website and click on ENRICHMENT. At the same time, if you find that your child has too much to do, please do what you can. We realize that families are busy, and it is very possible that multiple children and adults are working at home now, so also take this opportunity to enjoy this unique time with your family.
We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email
Stephanie Richardson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karma Roth - email@example.com
Pamela Couch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Twin Bears Camping TripPosted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 2/18/2020
TWIN BEARS CAMP, May 13-15, 2020:
An Educational Excursion in Nature
The fourth-grade classes at Weller are planning a three-day adventure to Twin Bears Camp in the last month of the school year. Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Roth, and Mr. Sassman are hosting a meeting for parents on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 5-6 pm to give you information about this year’s educational excursion on May 13, 14, and 15, 2020.
If you are not familiar with Twin Bears Camp, it is located at ~Mile 30 on Chena Hot Springs Road, and features a beautiful lodge, kitchen/dining hall, about 14 small cabins sleeping 4 to 8 people, and a small lake. We will be hiking Angel Rocks the first day, then setting up camp in cabins for two nights. Our schedule includes special activities with visiting experts, boreal forest explorations, insect investigations, and projects integrating art and science. It also includes campfires, s’mores, and games.
At the meeting on February 24, we will be going over things like packing lists and agendas, but we will also be asking for parent volunteers who can act as chaperones for this culminating fourth-grade event (If you are able and willing, parent volunteers will be required to fill out the district volunteer packet, which includes fingerprinting and a background check).
Now...we need to find a way to pay for all this... so we will be doing a Read-A-Thon Fundraiser. The Read-A-Thon will begin Friday, March 2, 2020 and end Monday, March 30, 2020. Students will be asked to collect sponsors to raise a minimum of $50 toward our trip expenses. If we exceed our goal, we will put the rest of the funds towards other end-of-the-year field trips and activities (which are plentiful).
We hope you agree that this is a golden opportunity for students to learn and earn at the same time. We will speak with the students and encourage them to talk, not only to you, but also to grandparents, aunts, uncles, close family friends, and (others?) about our trip. BONUS! This will encompass spring break, keeping the kids motivated to read while school is out. (More on back)
Again, this is a reading sponsorship activity, so it is meant to encourage students to read, read, and read more! Please encourage your student to take the lead in this fundraiser.
We will be giving students a Read-a-thon form during Parent-Teacher Conference week, so they can begin collecting sponsors. Again, from the beginning of March to the end of March, they will keep track of their reading minutes each day on a calendar.
If you are worried about whether this undertaking is realistic, we can assure you that Twin Bears Camp Excursions have been a FABULOUS experience for students in years past. We know we can make it happen but only with your support. We hope to see everyone at our meeting on Monday, February 24. 2020 at 5 PM, so we can give you more details about this event and encourage you to volunteer.
Thanks for helping us make learning extraordinary for our kids at Weller Elementary School.
Have a great week!
It’s a good life ☺
-Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Roth and Mrs. Couch
Class Newsletter 2/10/20Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 2/10/2020
We’re starting another busy week up here at Weller. Here are some things to note about this week:
Homework: This week there is NO spelling test on Friday, so students should read each night. Some students may also want to work on make-up assignments if they have been absent and/or need more time to finish their work. Powerschool is a great source to find information about missing assignments.
*We are well into our class science fair projects. Students have been working in small groups on projects related to energy. This week they are finishing their testing, writing their results, and explaining what happened.
*During math, students are either reviewing multi-digit multiplication, or they have begun to explore fractions.
This Friday is Valentine’s Day, and students will be given a short amount of time to pass out goodies to other students if they wish to do so. Because we operate as one big class, it would be wonderful if students could bring something for everyone. There are 50 students in our large class. Due to time constraints, we are encouraging students to simply sign their name to their card/goodies rather than addressing them to each individual classmate.
Conferences are right around the corner, and we look forward to sitting down to chat with each of you. Please don’t forget to sign into PowerSchool and sign up for conferences using the PowerPTC link, found in the arrow in the upper right hand corner of PowerSchool. If you have any questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to contact Jodie Ellingson in the front office at 457-1629.
Newsletter 1/10/2020Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 1/10/2020
It is great to be back after the break! We have been warm and busy inside Weller, learning during this cold stretch. Here are some things to note about our week ahead:
Students are expected to read each night. Spelling will begin again starting on Monday, so students will also want to make sure they practice for their spelling test. If your child has been absent, he/she will also have make-up assignments coming home for homework. There are also many students who are bringing home some reading vocabulary work to complete at home. Please also check with your child about math homework, as many students have brought home some math homework to complete this weekend.
*During our writing time, we will be revising our imaginative narratives. Students will be adding dialogue that improves the story, as well as taking one part of their story and adding specific details.
*During reading, students will continue to explore how authors infuse their perspectives about topics in their writing.
*In math, students are working on either multi-digit multiplication, or they are exploring long division.
*In the afternoon, students will continue to explore Alaska’s relationship to the Pacific Rim countries.
Thank you for helping your child make sure that he/she has all of the required gear each day. Even if your child has a regularly scheduled activity during recess, it is important that the gear comes each day, as there are days when those activities are canceled and students will need to go outside for recess.
Newsletter 12/13/19Posted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 12/13/2019
We have had another very busy week up here at Weller. Here are some quick notes about next week:
Students are expected to read nightly. They will also bring home spelling words to study on Monday for their test on Friday.
*In writing, students are working on an imaginative narrative that takes place in outer space.
*Our reading and science is combined next week as we continue to explore sound energy and sound waves.
*During math, students are working on either adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers, or multiplying multidigit numbers.
Next week, Weller is having a Spirit Week. Here are the items students may wear each day next week:
Mon - White out (everyone wears white)
Tues - dress nice day (since there's a concert)
Wed - Head-to-toe day (wear hats/headbands/antlers etc./socks)
Thurs - Seasonal Colors (red/green; blue/white (Hanukkah); red/green/black (Kwanzaa colors); etc.)
Fri - PJ day
Newsletter 12/2/2019Posted by STEPHANIE RICHARDSON on 12/2/2019
We hope that everyone had a nice holiday weekend. We were excited to see the students’ smiling faces this morning!
Here are a few notes about our week:
Students are expected to read nightly. They also have spelling words that they should have brought home today to study for their test on Friday.
*We are MAP testing on Monday and Tuesday.
*Students will be exploring the elements of a story during their reading and writing times.
*During math, students are working on wrapping up multi-digit addition and subtraction, as well as continuing their work with multi-digit multiplication.
*In the afternoon, students will begin to explore energy and waves.
We enjoyed seeing all of you during the state report potluck. Thank you for supporting our students and helping them celebrate their learning.
Winter is here
With the temperatures dropping, it is important that students have all of their gear to be safe during recess. Students should have a hat, gloves, snowpants, boots and a coat. If you can help your child make sure that he/she has all of the necessary gear each day, it would be greatly appreciated.
Newsletter 11/18/19Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 11/18/2019
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.
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!
U.S. STATES CELEBRATION POTLUCK!
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
Class Newsletter 11/05/19Posted by Stephanie Richardson on 11/5/2019
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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