Spelling for Week of August 26

Short A and E Words

sandwich               basket

blanket                   address

effort                       cabin

package                  banner

extra                        gather

traffic                     salad

napkin                 celery


Students may practice their words any way they wish. Some suggestions: typing them out (also practicing keyboarding skills), writing them on a whiteboard in cursive (practicing cursive), skywriting their words.  I leave the method up to the child so they develop a sense of how they learn best and practice time management skills.


What’s Happening Week of Aug. 19

Hello parents,

We have almost completed the first week of school.  The students have been doing a wonderful job getting familiar with routines and rules.  We have also been getting to know one another better, building community, and speaking directly to Growth Mindset.  We have discussed strategies to deal with frustration and a how to persevere.    They are eager and excited learners.  I look forward to a fun and engaging year.

Please ask your child what they did or learned each day.  We did an engaging activity on the first day.  Students  had to construct a castle from folded index cards in complete silence.  They accomplished this task and were focused for nearly 45 minutes.  They worked in teams and pairs cooperatively.

Students also did a scavenger hunt, completed a goal setting page, and circulated the room answering specific questions which I will share on Curriculum Night.  I continue to read many books about Mindset and perseverance, as well.


Next week we will begin a simple homework routine.


Students will have an opportunity to begin their spelling homework in class.  What they do not complete, will be homework for the following day. They will have at least 45 minutes at the end of the day for spelling homework. There is a test every Friday.


Students should be reading at least 30 minutes per night.  At least once per week, I will give a short reading piece with multiple choice answers.

If a student cannot complete a task in class, they will be required to finish the work at home. I do not foresee this being an issue however, as, so far,  most students seem to have good focus and time management.

Social Studies:

I plan to begin social studies next week.  We will begin by learning about landforms and mapping.


Every year, I begin writing with sentence structure and parts of speech.  This will also begin next week.


We are delving into a new math program which is a combination of constructive thinking and fluency.  It is highly hands on and engaging.  The students relish the 10 Minute Math segment.  This is a daily practice of ‘playing with numbers and operations’.  It allows the students to take risks and have fun with numbers while fortifying computation skills and number sense.




Looking forward to Friday

Hello families,

I am so looking forward to seeing all kiddos this Friday morning.  It’s going to be a great year!  Remember to bring  the book Kokopelli’s Flute to school.  We will be having some wonderful discussions about the story and learning about the different elements of literature.

We have a wonderful group of 18 students this year – 8 boys and 10 girls.  Three new students will be joining us:  Caroline, Audrey, and Aminah.   Welcome to St. Michael’s!

Things to Know:

The classroom door will be open  at 7:45 a.m. each morning and grade 4 students are dismissed at 3:25 p.m.  This is a little later than K to 3 students but the same as middle school.  If there is a change to your child’s pick-up routine, please let me know via email.

The students have PE on Friday. Don’t worry if their PE uniforms have not arrived.  They can change into any shorts and a t-shirt for now.  Also, if you would like to send your child with deodorant or wipes, that is perfectly acceptable.

If you need to contact me, please don’t hesitate to email.    I look forward to working with all of throughout the year in order to make your child’s year fun and successful.


Enjoy the last few days of summer.  See you soon!



Mrs. T. 🙂