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Update 9/20/21

Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:


  • Ongoing – Bluestem Reading Opportunities Blue Stem Book Awards 
  • 9/21/21 Lockdown Drill & Bus Safety Drill
  • 9/22-9/24 NWEA 4th Grade Make Ups
  • 9/24 PSO Fun Food Friday
  • 9/24 Scholastic Book orders due (Flyers coming home Monday) online     code P83VZ
  • 10/1/21 Royal Oaks Field Trip
  • 10/3/21 PSO Golf Outing- All proceeds benefit PSO 
  • 10/7/21 Early Release 1:00
  • 10/8/21 No School Teacher In-Service
  • 10/14/21 Halloween Craft Club
  • 11/4 -11/18 Thursdays 3:45-­4:45 p.m., Pokemon Fall Club


  • Fun Food Friday is Sept 24 – Register today!
    Put away the lunch bag and let your kids enjoy a day of pizza instead! Our first Fun Food Friday is September 24.  Registration IS OPEN on PowerSchool (look under PSO/Fundraisers)!  This is open for all grades K-8! A volunteer from each classroom will also be needed to help distribute pizza – keep your eyes peeled for an email from your class Room Parent by the end-of-week. Contact Rebecca Daugherty at with questions.
  • Please check out the Bluestem reading opportunity that is being offered, details in attachment: Blue Stem Book Awards 
  • I am putting in a Scholastic book order. Please do not feel obligated to order! Sometimes scholastic offers 1.00 books as well.  You can choose to have your books shipped to your home or delivered to me with our class order *then I would send it home in a backpack). With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 Book (use code: READS). 

Class Order Due Date: 09/25/21 

Shop Our Class Page:

Shop Digital Flyers for Our Grade with Your Child:

All orders also earn FREE Books for our class. Thank you for your support!

  • 10/3/21 Golf Outing and silent auction – Thank you for your support of the PSO!  If you are looking for other ways to be a part of or support the PSO feel free to reach out! 
  • I wanted to take a moment to turn the spotlight to Mrs. Crothers, room 18’s Instructional Assistant. Mrs. Crothers’  started at P.C.C.S. this August and since then, she has rocked it! She has given her support to children and works hard to help them grow. Mrs. Crothers is an incredible asset to our room 18 students and myself, and we are so grateful to have her many talents in this class!  




Reading and Writing,  

This week we will continue our normal spelling groups. Please follow the weekly spelling homework routine.

This week, we will learn/review how to infer, and “read between the lines” to understand the story on a deeper level. We were able to understand that the main character, Wanda, in “The 100 Dresses” is extremely poor from some of the clues within the text. This week, we will also practiced the comprehension strategy to go back and reread when we didn’t understand a part of the story or found our minds wandering instead of focused on the text. We will  practice this in class, and will continue to do so the next week as well. We will continue reading “The 100 Dresses” and plan to finish the story this week. We will focus on a new strategy- retelling. This strategy reinforces what we know from the text and helps summarize a story or passage, focusing on the important events. 

This week, we will have a listening center story, called “Charlie the Caterpillar” by Dom DeLuise.  After listening to the read aloud, students will summarize the important information of the story. They will also connect this story to another text we have previously read in class.  Students will also group read an article on business. 

Next week, we will focus on Visualization as a comprehension strategy. We will also discover the theme, or author’s message in the stories we have read in class. Students will also continue to practice questioning owl, Inferring iguana, making connections “spinner spider” from a text to self, to another text and to the world, “fix up bear” as we learn even the best readers sometimes will need to stop and reread text to improve comprehension. 

Next week we will be starting an introduction to myths. 4th graders will build background knowledge of Greek mythology. This is the start of our next unit which will span several weeks, leading into a new chapter book.  

In writing, we are starting to brainstorm small moments we can write about as a personal narrative. This project will span the next few weeks as students are walked through the phases of writing. We will be brainstorming, choosing a topic, learning how to write with detail, and starting our rough drafts. Next we will edit the rough drafts on our own and with a peer. We will work towards a final draft over the next few weeks.


3rd grade Math,  

We are completing unit 1 on Thursday 9/29 with our unit 1 assessment. A study guide will be sent a week prior to the assessment. This week we will be finishing module 3 and starting module 4. Module 3 focuses on 2 digit addition and subtraction strategies. In the first four sessions of module 4, students solve story problems that involve adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers. They spend time discussing their strategies and modeling them with the open number line, splitting diagrams, and equations. Session 5 features multi-step problems involving both addition and subtraction, and the students not only model their strategies with equations but also write equations to represent the problem.

Study Guide will be due 9/28

Assessment planned for Thursday 9/29 * please note this may be adjusted depending on the pacing of lessons.


We are also working on the September Number Corner. We have also surveyed each other focusing on the question: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? To finish up the September number corner, we will also play spud and complete a loops and groups game. In October, we will start a new Number Corner which focuses on geometric shapes and angles.


4th grade math,  

This week we completed Unit 1 and took the assessment which will come home this week.  Please sign the assessment and return it to school with your child.  This week we will be doing some fun, hands-on measuring lessons.

     Your child has learned how to log into  On nights that there is not a homework assignment it would be great for your child to spend 15- 20 minutes working on math concepts on  This is a fun program that can help reinforce math concepts we are working on in class.

Science/Social Studies,  

We are in our social studies unit on economics. Next week, we will start developing our business plan. The students will discuss what types of businesses we can create from the crops we are harvesting. Then we will come up with a budget and a plan. We will be  working through all the aspects of a business, including creating a budget and taking a “loan.” This week, we will learn about sustainable practices and food miles. Later in the unit, we will be learning about advertising techniques. Then, we will apply what we have learned to develop our own advertising for our business. 


We will continue to participate in phenology and solo spots Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside on a regular basis. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!