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Dear parents, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It's incredibly hard to believe that this is our last week of school together. It has been a wonderful year, and I've enjoyed every moment with each of your students. I couldn't be more proud of them! Here is what we have going on this week: We will no longer continue in our regular curriculum. We will instead use the time we have left to finish up any unfinished work from the end of the quarter, and then, we will mostly focus on reflections, celebrating the students' learning, and also some fun STEM projects. Also this week: On Wednesday morning, the students will have their sundae party to celebrate their hard work on their math facts this year. On Wednesday afternoon at 2:00, we will have our end of the year fourth grade awards in the cafeteria. All are welcome to attend. Each student will receive a classroom award, and some students will receive math and reading awards. We will also do our final student of the month ceremony.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a wonderful last week of 4th grade! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On May 20, 2018 at 8:15 PM
  
Dear parents, Last week, I watched as the students worked very hard on their last round of testing for the year. I am very proud of each and every one of them, as I've seen them grow so much as a student and as a person. I am looking forward to a wonderful end of the school year. We are down to just 9 short days. Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 6, Week 3 Essential Question: How have energy resources changed over the years? Comprehension Skill: Main Idea Vocabulary Skill: Greek and Latin Prefixes **There will be no spelling list this week. Math: We will review Unit 8 today and tomorrow, and we will take our Unit 8 Assessment later this week. It will be our last math test for the year. Writing: Students will make their final touches on their fictional narratives. I have very much enjoyed reading these. They are so creative! Social Studies: Students will make a poster, commercial, and their final products to be sold to 3rd grade on Thursday afternoon. They have been working so hard, and their projects are coming along very well! Also this week: On Tuesday, 4th grade will have their talent show in the gym at 9:00am. Parents are welcome to join. Wednesday, we have our field trip to the symphony. We will leave school at 10:30 and arrive back around 1:15. This is another field trip which will require a sack lunch, and I highly recommend that the students bring a snack since we will eat lunch so late in the day. For this field trip, students should dress nicely.  On Wednesday afternoon, we will have our last art session with Mrs. Gazzano.  Friday is field day. Students should dress very comfortably in active wear appropriate for the weather. It will most likely be very warm. They should wear sunscreen as well.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On May 14, 2018 at 10:15 AM
  
5/6/18 
Dear parents, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here is what we have going on this week: Reading and Math: We will take a break from our normal curriculum to review for the MAP tests this week. There will be no spelling test, reading test, or homelinks sent home this week.  Writing: Students will finish up their fictional narratives, making final edits on their drafts. Social Studies: This week, students will buy their supplies for market day and get started on their projects. They will continue building the rest of the week. Also this week: Book Fair will be going on all week during specials. Students may bring money with them if they plan to purchase any items. Thursday and Friday, we will do our end of the year MAP tests in reading and math. Please help students to get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast each of those days.  To get students excited for the MAP tests, we will do another round of spirit days: Wednesday-Headed for Success (Wear a Hat) Thursday-Pumped Up for the Test (Wear Your Workout/Athletic Gear) Friday-Prairie Creek's Got Game (Wear the School Colors/A School Shirt) Friday morning is Muffin with Moms at 7:00am for those who have signed up.  Thank you to everyone who signed up and sent in items for market day. I appreciate it.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On May 07, 2018 at 7:54 PM
  
Hi parents, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped with the field trip last week. The students had a blast, and I couldn't have done it without your help.  Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 6, Week 2 Essential Question: Why is it important to keep a record of the past? Comprehension Skill: Theme Vocabulary Skill: Homophone Math: This week in math, students will practice working with fractions and decimals within number stories, measurement conversions, and area and perimeter. Social Studies: The students will continue learning about the principles of economics such as needs and wants, goods and services, and supply and demand. On Friday, the students will begin to design their products for market day. We will build their products and create a product commercial next week. Writing: Students are finishing up their final big writing piece for the year, their fictional narratives. Most students are in the peer and teach edit phase. Also this week: I am including a link to a sign up genius for materials we will need to complete our mini society and market day activity. If you are able to send items in, I would very much appreciate the support. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4ba9a92ca3fe3-economics  Tomorrow, you will see a permission slip come home for a field trip to the Symphony. It is on May 16th. Please have the permission slips back by Friday. It is the end of April, so students will need to have their reading logs filled out and turned in. They will be due on Friday. I will send home new reading logs tomorrow. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall PS: Here is one of many great pictures from our field trip.
Posted by duvalla  On May 02, 2018 at 7:45 AM
  
Dear parents, I hope you had a great weekend. It's hard to believe we are half a quarter away from the end of the school year!  Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 6, Week 1 Essential Question: How do traditions connect people? Comprehension Skill: Theme Vocabulary Skill: Connotation/Denotation Math: We will continue our final math unit, unit 8.  Writing: Students have been working hard on their fictional narrative drafts. This week, they will finish their drafts and then begin the editing process. Science/Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit over fracking in the beginning of the week. Then, we will start our final social studies unit which is over economics. During this unit, students will run their own business. They will design and create a product to sell. I will be sending out a signup genius for supplies needed for this unit later this week. Any supplies you are able to send in will be greatly appreciated. Also this week: Last Friday, I sent home your student's progress report. Please sign and send back the yellow envelope after reviewing their report. Friday is our April student of the month assembly. Due to our field trip, we will hold the assembly at 8:30am instead of the normal time. Friday is also our field trip to Kauffman Stadium. We will leave school around 10:15 and return around 1:00. Because the field trip is during our lunch time, I would highly suggest making sure your student brings a snack to eat before we leave. We will not eat lunch until we get back to the school. I will send out more details for the field trip closer to Friday. If you are one of the five volunteers, expect an email from me after school tomorrow with further details about the trip.  If you have not yet sent back the permission slip for the field trip, please do so as soon as possible. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall  
Posted by duvalla  On Apr 22, 2018 at 6:54 PM
  
3/5/18 
Dear parents, I hope you had a good weekend.  Last week, we had several fun things going on including the start to our explorers unit for social studies and Dr. Seuss Spirit Week. It was fun seeing the students dress up and participate in the spirit days.  Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 5, Week 1 Comprehension Skill: Story Elements Vocabulary Skill: Homographs *We will not do the weekly assessment this week, but we will take our spelling test on Thursday. Math: We will finish up Unit 6, review on Wednesday, and take our Unit 6 test on Thursday.  Writing: Students will finish their book review. Social Studies: Students began a research project over an explorer which they will create a Buncee for with their group members. This will be due on Wednesday. At the end of the week, students will begin learning about Westward Expansion and the Oregon Trail. Also this week: We will have counselor on Monday, art on Wednesday, and makeup art from last month on Thursday. By Wednesday (3/7), the students should bring back and turn in their February Reading Logs.  Thursday, we will have an all school assembly to wrap up Hoops for the Heart. We will start heading down for the assembly at 2:10 in the gym.  Friday, the students will have no school, as it is the start of their spring break. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On Apr 22, 2018 at 6:36 PM
  
Dear parents, I hope you and your students had a wonderful spring break. I am looking forward to seeing all of them back today. Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 5, Week 2 Essential Question: What are some reasons people moved west? Comprehension Skill: Cause and Effect Vocabulary Skill: Homographs Math: We will complete our cumulative assessment today. This test will not be for a grade. It will just be used to see what skills we may need to review before our state assessments in April. Then, on Tuesday, we will begin Unit 7. Writing: This week, we will begin learning about and brainstorming for our fictional narrative. Social Studies: We will finish up our social studies unit with a week focusing on the Oregon Trail and westward movement.  Also this week: Report Cards will go home with your student on Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding grades after looking over the report card. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On Apr 22, 2018 at 6:36 PM
  
Dear parents, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Last week, I was so impressed by how much hard work the students put in on their first round of state assessments. As I told the students, I saw wonderful strategies being used, and I saw incredibly respectful and patient classmates being quiet while others finished.  Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 5, Week 5 Essential Question: How can learning about the past help you understand the present? Comprehension Skill: Sequence Vocabulary Skill: Proverbs and Adages **We will not have a spelling list, and we will not take the weekly assessment due to state assessments. Math: We will pause from our regular curriculum to spend time reviewing the skills we have learned so far this year. This will help prepare the students for our next round of state assessments on Thursday and Friday. Writing: The students will continue to work on their fictional narrative. Science: We will finish up our science unit this week, learning about hydraulic fracturing. Also this week: Students were sent home a permission slip for our next field trip on Friday. We will be taking a tour at Kauffman Stadium on April 27th. The permission slip will be due this Friday. For the field trip, I am able to take 5 parents volunteers, so if you are interested in attending and helping to monitor a group of students, please let me know by no later than the end of the school day on Tuesday, April 17th. If I receive more than 5 volunteers, I will do a drawing to decide who can attend. If you are one of the volunteers selected, I will notify you Tuesday evening.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, happy grams will be sold to start getting students excited for the big top bash. If students would like to purchase happy grams, they will need to fill out their grams and bring $0.50 for each one they plan to purchase. On Thursday and Friday, the students will take their math state assessments. I will remind them, but if you could help them remember to get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast, that would be wonderful.  To help pump students up for the math state assessments, we will do another round of spirit days. Wednesday: Let's Review (backwards day) Thursday: Sock It to the Test (crazy socks day) Friday: Testing Superpowers (superhero day) Friday, students will receive their 4th quarter progress reports. If you have any questions after reviewing their grades, feel free to reach out to me. Also on Friday, the school will hold our big fundraiser, the Big Top Bash.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On Apr 17, 2018 at 9:12 AM
  
4/9/18 
Dear parents, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: We will be doing a lot of review early on in the week as we prepare for our state assessment on Thursday and Friday. We will not have a spelling list or a weekly assessment this week due to testing. Math:  We will finish up Unit 7 this week, take an informal assessment, and then begin Unit 8.  Writing:  Students will continue to work on their Fictional Narrative. We will begin drafting this week. Science: The students were given an earthquake engineering task on Friday. This week, they will research and build a structure that they believe will be earthquake-proof. We will test these buildings out using a trampoline to simulate an earthquake.  Also this week: On Wednesday, we have an early release day, so students will be dismissed at 1:10 instead of 3:10. Thursday and Friday, the students will have their state assessments. We looked at a practice assessment today to help prepare them for the types of questions they may see. Tomorrow and Wednesday, we will review key skills such as main idea, point of view, theme, text structures, and vocabulary.  To help get the students pumped up for the state assessments, we have planned spirit days for them. This week, the spirit days are as follows: Wednesday: Rock the Test (Students can dress up like a rock star or celebrity.) Thursday: Dreaming of Success (Students should dress their best for the test.) Friday: Don't Sweat the Test (Students should wear their favorite athletic team's jersey or shirt.) On Friday afternoon, we will have a testing reward to celebrate the students' hard work and use of strategies during the test and throughout the year.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On Apr 09, 2018 at 3:30 PM
  
4/1/18 
Hi parents, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are staying warm in today's weather.  Here is what we have going on this week: Reading: Unit 5, Week 4 Essential Question: What can you discover when you look closely at something? Comprehension Skill: Sequence Vocabulary Skill: Context Clues Math: We will continue in Unit 7. This week lessons focus on patterns and measurement conversions. Writing: Students will continue brainstorming for their fictional narratives. Science: We will begin our final science unit. This unit focuses on earthquakes and fracking. This week, students will learn what causes earthquakes and where they are most prevalent, and then, they will act as building designers choosing a location and building structure that will be the most earthquake resistant. Also this week: We will begin to review the skills we have learned this school year as we prepare for state assessments. Our reading state assessment will be on April 12th and 13th, and our math state assessment will be on April 19th and 20th.  Tomorrow, we will have our next class party. The students voted on a slime party, so the students and I will be making slime tomorrow. I plan to use glue, baking soda, food coloring, and contact solution. I will not be using borax, as I am aware that it is not considered a safe ingredient.  We will have counselor on Monday afternoon, continental math league on Wednesday morning, and art on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday and Friday, I will be out of town for a wedding, so the students will have a sub on those two days. The March reading log will be due by this Friday, April 6. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, and have a great week! Ms. Duvall
Posted by duvalla  On Apr 09, 2018 at 1:13 PM
  
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