Another school year is underway and we are off to a great start. The boys and girls have been discussing our IVS Code of Conduct with a focus on respect and routines. We have begun attending our specialty classes and have met all of our teachers. On Friday we had a guest teacher, Miss Hayward.
We have an amazing group of students this year and I can't wait to learn and grow with these wonderful boys and girls.
We are beginning spelling this week. The boys and girls will have three spelling lists to choose from and they are encouraged to choose a list that will challenge them. We will also be doing some more writing this week and beginning our new health, social studies and science units for this term. We have lots to learn in grade 4!
I can't wait to have a super year with this wonderful group of boys and girls!!
It's hard to believe that it's already November! We have been very busy for the past two months and now we will move into a busy schedule as we prepare for Report Cards, which includes demand writing and District Math Benchmarks. Students should be reading nightly and practicing their basic math facts. We have been working on many different mental math strategies and there will be a mental math component on the District Math Benchmark. I enjoyed reading the student recounts of our train trip and these Quick Write activities will be sent home for you to see a sample of your child's writing and to also let you know how they are doing with respect to organization and basic conventions in their writing. In grade 4 students should be adding many details to their writing and they should also be using uppercase letters at the beginning of sentences as well as appropriate sentence endings in all of their writing work. A note will go home this week indicating our parent teacher interview times. Please fill out this form and send it back by the end of the week. Report cards will go home on Monday November 23rd and our Parent Teacher Interviews will be held be held on Thursday November 26th from 3:30 to 6:30 pm and again on Friday November 27th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. I look forward to meeting with you during this time. Have a super week!
Now that school is well underway we are working on creating routines in our classroom. We have an amazing group of 27 boys and girls. They are a kind and bright group who are very keen to learn actively in our classroom. We have now begun our weekly homework and this week you will find that students should be reading for 20 minutes each night. They are also asked to complete a patterns practice activity as well as a reading comprehension activity. In Math we will continue with patterns and number sense. We will be learning about standard form, expanded form and written form using numbers up to 1000. We will also work on addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers. Students should know their basic math facts and be able to recall them quickly and accurately. We have also been working on narrative writing pieces. I'm looking forward to reading their wonderful and creative stories. Have a great week!
With a blizzard in the forecast, it's a great time to focus on Family Literacy Day, which is tomorrow. Our school plan is to promote daily reading by having multiple Drop Everything and Read sessions. Daily Literacy is an important part of regular routine and many children don't realize how many things they do that are considered literacy. Some of these are things such as making a grocery list, reading signs as you drive from one event to another, reading to a younger sibling or other family member. Reading is a lifelong skill, which I hope that you and your children will enjoy for years to come.
Today, with the Homework, two notices were sent home. One was a request for volunteer readers to come and share a favorite story or chapter of a book with our students. We would love to have you share this with our class at a time that is convenient for you. There is also a notice with suggested literacy activities. If your child completes 5 of these activities this week, their name will be put in a draw to win a book. Also this week, the second One Minute Book Talk is due. Students should all be reading chapter books for this and the presentations will begin on Friday. My hope is that we will all learn about some great books and that the boys and girls will become more comfortable sharing with their classmates.
It is hard to believe that we are almost at the half way mark for our grade 4 year. We are having a wonderful time in grade 4 and I love working with your children.
Happy Family Literacy Day!
As I listen to the wind and rain while I work on report cards, it is hard to believe that two months of school have already gone by. Time flies when you're having fun and I'm having a super time with these amazing boys and girls! We had a super time painting pumpkins this past week. Thanks to everyone for sending in pumpkins. The boys and girls really enjoyed it! This week we will start using our personal spelling lists and we will also continue with some more testing. Report cards will be sent home next Monday so please make sure that you filled in the Parent - Teacher Interview Form if you would like to meet with me. Interview times will be sent home with your child's report card on Monday.
We will have a Fire Safety Presentation on Tuesday of this week. This will include training with the Fire House where children will be shown how to get out a burning building.
This week is also Career Week so we will be discussing different careers and a school based Career Fair will take place on November 12th.
Keep warm and dry tonight!
As we celebrate this long weekend with family and friends I am so pleased to see the friendships blooming in our classroom. Our grade 4 family is a group of very polite, friendly, talented and optimistic boys and girls. I am so proud of the work that they do each day and all of the wonderful things that I see them doing in our school and community.
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of smart, talented and delightful children. Happy Thanksgiving!
September is rolling along and we are covering many outcomes in our daily learning. Students are comparing and ordering numbers as well as representing numbers to 1000. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts.
Today we watched a Terry Fox movie in preparation for our school run which is being held tomorrow. We will be discussing heroes and setting goals.
On Thursday we will go on our field trip to Crane Mountain Landfill. Students should bring a snack that is compostable or a snack that it is in a reusable container.
Well, we've had two weeks of school and it's been great. The boys and girls are getting used to our routines and things are running along smoothly. We started homework assignments last week and you should find the homework to be manageable. Students are asked to read 15 minutes each night and then record this in their reading log. On Friday of each week we will be looking for 60 minutes of reading time in total. Students will also have a comprehension and/or math practice activity each week. Students are encouraged to manage their time and can turn in the homework book on Friday.
We were lucky to have a trip to the Sculpture Saint John site last week. The two grade 4 classes were taken on a tour and were able to view sculptors and interns at work. There was an opportunity to ask questions. After our tour, the children used their new sketch books to sketch one or more of the sculptures. Surprise surprise, I had my group sketch the sculpture from The Netherlands!
This week we will be having a visitor from Scotland who is in Saint John for the Stonehammer Geoparks Conference. We are looking forward to this presentation which will take place on Wednesday.
Have a super week!
Wow...what a wonderful day we had in Grade 4! I was so excited to meet all of my students. I know that we are going to have an awesome year.
Today we spent some time discussing routines and the Island View Code of Conduct. Students brainstormed ways that we can Be Respectable, Be Responsible and Be Safe. This group of boys and girls spent their day showing me just how awesome they were in all of these areas!
We had our first music class with Mrs. Dick today. Tomorrow we will have our first gym class with Mr. MacMurray. We also welcomed our new EA, Mrs. Marr into our classroom today.
Thank you to everyone who sent in their school supplies. Today you should check for 6 notices that were sent home....these include a note from me, a registration form to be check ed, our Computer User Agreement, our Violent Threat/Risk Assessment letter and our Information for Dismissal due to Inclement Weather notice. Tomorrow, information will come home about the school calendar, allergies and other important information.
Welcome to Mrs. Ruigrok's Grade 4 Class. I am excited to be working with your children this year. We will have a fantastic year and I am looking forward to teaching your child, as well as growing, learning and sharing with them. I am pleased to be returning to Island View School. Last year, I taught grade 4 at Champlain Heights School, for the three years prior to that, I taught grade 2 at Morna Heights School. Prior to that, I taught grade 4 for two years at Island View and also taught other grades at IVS...including a job share in grade 1, science in grade 3 and grade 4.