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Monday, November 6

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    Week of October 30thNovember 6, 2017
    This and That:
    -Reports should be signed and returned. the signed copy lets us know that you have seen it. Once I receive the signed copy, I will then send home a copy for your records.
    -Please be sure to check and sign the Tuesday folder. This is an important communication tool for you and it has your child's grades from the previous week.
    -All conduct folders are check for parent signatures every Friday. Please be sure to check your child's blue conduct folder and sign when needed.
    -Please be an advocate for your child's learning and review his or her graded work with them each week. This is a very important part of helping your child retain the information taught in class and learn from their mistakes. It is time well spent.
    Important Dates:
    Wednesday November 8 – Spirit Night (Subway)
    Monday November 13 – Picture Day
    In Class this week:
    In Math:
    We are moving into multiple digit multiplication and division this week! We have spent 2 days on Partial Products multiplication. The next algorithm I will teach them is the Area model. This is still partial products but it's a short cut of sorts. Both of these algorithm are meant to move the oung mathematician toward the traditional model with better understanding of how the traditional algorithm works. Later this week, students will be learning partial quotients and begin 4 by 1 division. With all of these algorithms, fluency in basic multiplication facts is a must for success.
    Students continue working on learning their basic facts and have set their study goal for the week. Their goal is written in their agenda. Please encourage your child to work toward meeting their study goal.
    We are also reviewing extended facts and rounding factors to estimate products.
    In Science:
    We continue our study of matter. This week students are learning about physical change and how heat (or the removal of heat) affect matter. On Thursday, we will be doing an in class experiment on buoyancy and density.
    As always, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have.
    Have a lovely week.
    Week of October 30th
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    A big thank you to Maria's dad who bought everyone a full size pumpkin. You should have seen them lugging their pumpkins home. Too cute!
    Thanks also to those of you who have taken a picture of your child's carved pumpkin and sent it to me. They are adorable!
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    Please be an advocate for your child's learning and review his or her graded work each week. This is a very important part of helping your child retain the information taught in class and learn from their mistakes. It is time well spent.
    Also, please remember to encourage your child to study his/her multiplication facts daily. Each student has created their study goal for the week and written it in the agenda for you to see. We are moving into advanced multiplication this week and knowing their basic facts is the first step toward success.
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    a problem.
    In science, we continue to look at matter. Last week the students learned about the definition of matter and how each state differs from the other. This week we will learn about measuring matter and matter changing states.
    Have a great week and as always, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you might have,
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Sunday, October 29

  1. page Ms. O'Reilly edited Week of October 30th This and That: A big thank you to Maria's dad who bought everyone a full si…
    Week of October 30th
    This and That:
    A big thank you to Maria's dad who bought everyone a full size pumpkin. You should have seen them lugging their pumpkins home. Too cute!
    Thanks also to those of you who have taken a picture of your child's carved pumpkin and sent it to me. They are adorable!
    Tuesday is our annual dress as your favorite book character day. Students are invited to dress as their favorite literary character. Please remember we have younger children on campus and avoid being scary.
    If your child rides the Kolter bus, please continue to have those conversations about proper behavior on the bus.
    Finally, please remember that school does not open until 7:15. Children should not be dropped off before then as there is no supervision before 7:15.
    In class this week:
    Please be an advocate for your child's learning and review his or her graded work each week. This is a very important part of helping your child retain the information taught in class and learn from their mistakes. It is time well spent.
    Also, please remember to encourage your child to study his/her multiplication facts daily. Each student has created their study goal for the week and written it in the agenda for you to see. We are moving into advanced multiplication this week and knowing their basic facts is the first step toward success.
    As we gear up for learning larger multiplication problems, we will start with learning about factors and multiples, then review multiplying by 10s and 100 to estimate a product. On Thursday, I will teach the Partial Products algorithm. This, like Partial Sums taught last week, decreases the amount of regrouping needed, thereby reducing potential errors. I will be teaching your child several algorithms. It is important for students to have more than one way to solve a problem.
    In science, we continue to look at matter. Last week the students learned about the definition of matter and how each state differs from the other. This week we will learn about measuring matter and matter changing states.
    Have a great week and as always, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you might have,

    Week of October 16, 2017
    This and That:
    -Reminder from administration-students should not be dropped off prior to 7:15. Supervision/breakfast begins at 7:15.
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    of events.
    -Our agendas are in! Your child will begin to write homework assignments and study goals in it, so be sure to check it if you have any questions about what your child should be doing for homework.
    -speaking of study goals-you child has now taken 3 timed multiplication tests and graphed his or her results on a line graph. This week each student will create study goals in their agenda. They will specifically plan how and where they will study their multiplication facts. Remember, all that is needed from you is regular reminders to your child to work toward his or her goal.
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    As always, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you might have.
    Have lovely week.
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Monday, October 16

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    Week of October 16, 2017
    This and That:
    -Reminder from administration-students should not be dropped off prior to 7:15. Supervision/breakfast begins at 7:15.
    -Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Ms. Dickinson sent email parents with a schedule of events.
    -Our agendas are in! Your child will begin to write homework assignments and study goals in it, so be sure to check it if you have any questions about what your child should be doing for homework.
    -speaking of study goals-you child has now taken 3 timed multiplication tests and graphed his or her results on a line graph. This week each student will create study goals in their agenda. They will specifically plan how and where they will study their multiplication facts. Remember, all that is needed from you is regular reminders to your child to work toward his or her goal.
    In Science:
    We have moved from our review of simple machines into force and motion. You child will be learning about acceleration, velocity and motion.
    In Math:
    We are wrapping up our study of decimals. This week your child will learn how to place decimals on a number line, how to add and subtract decimals and learn how money, fractions and decimals are related. I anticipate our end of unit test to be on Thursday.
    As always, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you might have.
    Have lovely week.

    Week of October 9, 2017
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    Welcome!Week of October 9, 2017
    This and That:
    -Our Tuesday folders aren't in yet but we are going to send graded work home in your child's conduct folder. Please take a moment to review their work with them.
    -Please speak to your child about the importance of listening and being attentive in class, I am having to spend a lot of time getting students on task and focused both before and during lessons. The lack of focus is frequently reflected in their work as well.
    -Conduct folders will be going home nightly. If there is a note written in it, please sign it to indicated that you have seen it and talked with your child. We are in the third week of school and our expectations are that classroom procedure and routine, as well as school expectations, are followed every day.
    In Class:
    Science-We will review simple machines then move into force and motion. Students will review the steps of the scientific process on Thursday by doing an experiment to see how many drops of water will fit on a penny.
    Math-We are beginning our unit on place value of decimals. They will learn how to read and write decimals to the hundredth place. They will take their knowledge of how to compare and order whole numbers and apply it to decimals.They will apply their knowledge of the 5 ways to express a number to decimals. Finally, students will learn how to turn a decimal into a fraction and vice versa.
    Very Important-please be sure your child is taking 5 minutes a night to review their multiplication triangles. Seventy five percent (75!) of all fourth grade math hinges on immediate recall of the basic multiplication facts. The triangles enable your child to work independently. All that is needed from you is to remind him or her to take a moment and work with them. It only takes 5 minutes a day, We will take our timed quiz on Friday, create a line graph of the results and begin the goal setting process.
    Thanks and have a great week,
    Kim

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Monday, September 25

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    Helpful Information & Upcoming Events:
    Open House Handout {Open House 2017-2018.doc}
    First Day of School - Monday, September 25th
    Open House/Meet the Teacher Night - Sunday, September 24th from 3:00 - 3:45
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Monday, September 18

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    We can't wait to teach you! Here's a little bit about us....
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    Mrs. Curry
    This is Mrs. Curry’s 24th year teaching and her 8th year at Kolter. She attended Kolter herself from 1st – 5th grade. At age 10, she moved to California where she attended middle school and high school. She graduated from UC San Diego, after which she returned to her hometown of Houston. She has taught in California, Texas, South Korea, and Poland. She has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Mrs. Curry has a 12 year old daughter and two beagles. She enjoys traveling, reading, and playing with her dogs.
    Ms. Groce
    This is Ms. Groce's 5th year at Kolter. She has previously taught 5th grade for one year at Davila Elementary and two years at YES Prep Gulfton teaching 8th grade Algebra. Ms. Groce is a military brat who has lived in California, New Mexico, Ohio, and different parts of Texas. Traveling as a child sparked Ms. Groce's love for traveling and experiencing new cultures. Along with traveling, Ms. Groce loves music, movies, reading, trying new restaurants, and playing with her dog, Hendrix.
    Mrs. Lidsky
    Mrs. Lidsky has been teaching for 37 years, and she’s been at Kolter for about 20 years. She’s taught 4thgrade for 35 years! When she’s not teaching, she enjoys reading, cooking, and relaxing in front of the TV. She is married with two children.
    Mrs. O'Reilly
    Mrs. O'Reilly has been teaching for 14 years. This is her ninth year teaching 4th grade. She loves teaching math and science. She was a neurosurgical ICU nurse in her first career. She still considers herself to be in the business of brains-just young, healthy ones. She is a married with 2 boys in college and she has a boxer named "Sugar". She loves to read, travel and cook.

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    Volunteering - To volunteer you need to register as a VIP online and show your ID at the front office. It takes about 2 weeks (sometimes less) to be cleared. If you are already in VIPS just Show your ID at the front office.
    School Information - Kolter information can also be found on the Kolter PTO Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kolter.pto) and the Kolter Parents page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/908001799325729/?fref=ts).
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