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 Fourth Grade Weekly Newsletter - Mrs. Reese


August 21-24, 2018



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I can't believe this is our last week of 4th grade!!!!  Here's the plan!
Monday - No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday - Math Carnival and Flea Market
Wednesday - Talent Show
Thursday - Class Party (9:30) and Early Dismissal (12:50)
Thank you for sharing your kids with me this year!  It's been a wonderful year and I'm sad to see it end.
Have a wonderful summer!!!!!!

Next Week May 21-25

We have a lot going on this week :)
Monday - SS Benchmark (look through TX History notebook that went home and review sheet)
Tuesday - Author Visit 
Wednesday - Wax Museum at school (bring costume)  I encourage you to have your child recite their speech to you the night before for practice
Thursday - Board Games (bring board games)
Friday - Movie (bring pillow, blanket)

Great Day!!!!

Wow!  I'm so proud of all my student's hard work today.  I can't wait to see their scores and how they have grown as readers this year!  We will get back to our normal schedule tomorrow, but we will do a small reading lock in for the last 30 minutes of class. If your child would like to bring a small blanket or pillow, they may.  I will have some sheets for them to build tents :)  This should be a fun way to celebrate their hard work!  Go Reese Longhorns!

This Week May 14th - 18th

The time has come for you to show off how smart you are.... our STAAR Reading Test is Tuesday May 15th (math is Monday May 14th).  Please get a good night sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, wear something comfortable and come ready to rock the test.  I can't wait to see how you do.  Every student has grown sooooo much this year!!!!
Friday May 18th - Field Day 1:00-3:00 - Wear your class t-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes.  Bring an extra pair of clothes to change and a towel.  Bring a water bottle and sunscreen too.... I hear the high on Friday is 97.  Get ready to sweat and have some fun!!!!
I can't wait to spend these last three weeks with my students.  It has been an awesome school year.  Thank you for all the goodies last week for Teacher Appreciation.  I was spoiled.
Bring on the week!!!

Texan Wax Museum Research Project

Hi Parents,
We began working on our Texan Research Project for our Wax Museum this week.  Please make sure you sign the note that went home tonight in your child's research folder.  We will do all the research and speech writing in class.  Students will need work on their outfit they will wear from home.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Research Project Guidelines

May 7 Choose Texan to research folder - work on biography worksheet

May 8-11 Research in class - 3 sources ( 1 index card per source)

May 16-17       Rough draft  for speech written on index cards - Speech needs to be at least 1 minute

May 21-22 Presentation Day - (questions encouraged)

May 23 Present for TCES students

4th Grade Behavior Incentive

Talent Show Party

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce a special treat for the 4th  grade students at TCES. The students will be able to earn an opportunity to participate in a Talent Show Party on Wednesday May 30th.  In order for each child to participate, they will have to earn that privilege by following the guidelines for the Talent Show Party.   The guidelines for the Talent Show Party are as follows:

*Each child will earn this privilege through their conduct.

*Starting on Monday May 7th  – Wednesday May 30th your child’s conduct will count towards earning the Dance Party.

*Students will need to earn 25 compliments and fill their “punch card.”  This will be their ticket to the party.

*Students automatically lose the opportunity to participate if they have an office referral or a bus referral.

*Students will need to be able to perform their talent in the classroom and make sure that it is school appropriate.

This is an opportunity for each child to earn and participate in a fun activity.   We are looking forward to all students participating in the Talent Show Party. Please continue to encourage your child to do their best at school.


                                                   Thank you for your support,

                                                   The Fourth Grade Teachers

Field Trip Tomorrow

Don't forget that our field trip is tomorrow!!!
Bring a sack lunch!!
Wear your class t-shirt!!
Bring your best behavior!!
Be ready to have some FUN!!!
I can't wait!!!


I am so proud of how hard my students worked this past week on STAAR Writing!  They gave it their all!  
I hope they enjoyed their no homework week, ice-cream party and Dash and Bash Friday.  
Let's finish the year strong.  We have four weeks until our next STAAR Math / Reading.
Keep up the great work!!!!!!
-Reading Test on Thursday April 19th
-Last Cougar College on Friday April 20th
-Field Trip to Sam Houston Museum on Thursday April 26th

STAAR Writing Note

Please don't forget your STAAR notes for your child.  I will place them on their desk Tuesday morning, and they can read them before they begin testing.
Enjoy your weekend!

Writing STAAR Test

Wow!  I can't believe we have entered the month of April.  Two more months and you will have fifth graders.  
This will be our last week of STAAR writing prep before our test on Tuesday April 10th.  I am so proud of the work and growth every student has made.  This week we will finish our writing boot camp, play minute to win it and escape room review games.
All week I will work on motivating and building up their confidence for the test.  They've got this!  I encourage you to ask your child what they have learned in their writing this year.  
-What is editing?
-What is revising?
-What is the difference between editing / revising?
-What is expository writing?
-What are the six expository writing topics? https://goo.gl/ahCBu9
The test is broken into two parts:
1.) edit / revise multiple choice questions
2.) expository essay
If you would like to look at previous tests and do more reviewing with your child, you can look at the website below.  (STAAR Released Tests Writing)
I will also send home their STAAR Writing Prep Folder towards the end of the week.  You can look over it as well.
Again, I'm so proud of the hard work every student has put in to their writing. I can't wait to celebrate their hard work on Monday April 9th with an ice-cream party, then rock the test Tuesday and celebrate again on Friday with Dash and Bash.

Dash and Bash

This Friday, March 9 is the deadline to donate items or cash for the 4th grade silent auction basket with a CAMPING theme. (Details were posted on Edlio and sent home in Wed. folders) If you would rather not shop, you may contribute cash that allows our room moms to shop for items needed to complete the basket. Donations must be given DIRECTLY to your room mom or sent by Paypal to StephPiepho@att.net. (Pls do not send money to school with your child.) Contributions typically range from $5-$50, depending on how much you would like to help our school raise money. The school uses this money for software licenses, technology, campus security equipment, books, educational resources & equipment, supplies for teachers, and more!  Donations are optional.   For any questions please contact your room mom or Stephanie Piepho at StephPiepho@att.net
Link to SignUp Genius list:

Art To Remember Fundraiser

Don’t Miss Out! Now is the time to place your order for custom keepsake products featuring your child’s artwork. These items make great gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and any other important person in your child’s life.

The deadline to order is Wednesday, March 7th.  Go to Order.ArtToRemember.com to place your order.

Thank you for supporting our school!

STAAR Test Shirt

As many of us watched the Super Bowl and the Olympics, we have been motivated by the Carrie Underwood song “The Champion”.  We are carrying the same theme this spring for growth mindset and STAAR motivation.    This new shirt will symbolize our desire to be unified as champions at TCES!  You may purchase the shirt at:


Deadline to order is March 6th.  Shirts will be delivered to TCES the week after Spring Break.  Thank you for your consideration.  We would love for a “sea of blue motivation” to fill our halls and classrooms during STAAR testing.  Please let Mrs. Cathcart know if you have any questions.