Welcome to Ms. Lemon's 4th Grade Class

  • News and Announcements for L3 in the week of 9-25-17

     

    This week we will begin a new unit in our Benchmark Advance reading program. The scholars will have a spelling and vocabulary test on Friday. We will be multiplying with single and multidigit numbers this week in math and the scholars will be tested on their 6’s this Thursday. Many of the scholars are not passing the weekly quizzes. Memorization of times tables is essential for 4th grade math mastery. Please make sure to practice each day. Flash cards are a great way to practice! Our grammar focus last week was adverbs. This week we will be exploring prepositions. We will also continue using Scholastic News to supplement our reading program. Each scholar was also given online access to these wonderful resources.

    Please remember to bring in ear buds or headphones each day to use with our chromebooks. These can be purchased at the dollar store.

     

    Spelling words this week:

    right

    ordinary

    lying

    gigantic

    crocodile

    admitted

    sixty-six

    terrified

     

    Vocabulary words this week

    defeated

    disturbed

    miserable

    proud

    rage

    pardon

     

    PTA: We still need 8 more PTA memberships, just $8.00 each, to have 100% participation and earn a pizza party!! Let’s get it L-3!

     

    Book Report - Our first book report project will be assigned on Monday, September 25th. Please check with your scholar regarding the details and the due date.

     

    Field Trip  - Our first field trip will be on Tuesday, October 17th. Information and a permission slip were already sent home. Please make sure to send in the $5.00 donation and a signed permission slip as soon as possible. We will be going to the California Science Center. This is an extended day trip and all scholars will need to be at school by 7:15 and we will return to Cedargrove at approximately 3:00pm. If your scholar will need the cafeteria to pack them a sack lunch I will need to know this no later than October 1st. All scholars will need to bring a sack lunch, snacks, and drink on the day of the trip. Please inform any day care agencies that your scholar will not be back at our regular release time.

     

    Dates to Remember this Week:

    Monday, 9-25-17: Book report information sent home

    Tuesday, 9-26-17: Final turn in day for the PTA Fundraiser

    Thursday, 9-28-17: Math 6’s times tables test. Family Math night, 6pm

    Friday, 9-29-17: spelling and vocabulary tests

     

    Upcoming dates to remember:

    *Parent Conferences will be held next week 10-2-17 through 10-6-17

    (We will have minimum days on Tuesday and Friday and no school on Thursday).

    10-17-17 - Field trip to the California Science Center

    Think Central Website for Math: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

    My email:

    llemon-rush@cousd.net








     

     

    News and Announcements for L3 in the week of 9-18-17

     

    This week we will continue learning about how the government influences how we live through our Benchmark Advance reading passage. The scholars will have a spelling and vocabulary test on Friday. We will continue to take a closer look at multiplying in Chapter 2 of math and the scholars will be tested on their 5’s this Thursday. Many of the scholars are not passing the weekly quizzes. Memorization of times tables is essential for 4th grade math mastery. Please make sure to practice each day. Flash cards are a great way to practice! Our grammar focus last week was verbs. This week we will be exploring adverbs. We will also continue using Scholastic News to supplement our reading program. Each scholar was also given online access to these wonderful resources.

    Please remember to bring in ear buds or headphones each day to use with our chromebooks.

     

    Spelling words this week:

    bowl

    dome

    floating

    from

    goes

    governor

    most

    shopping

     

    Vocabulary words this week

    enforcement

    jurisdiction

    pursuant

    apparently

    authority

    confined

     

    PTA: We still need 8 more PTA memberships, just $8.00 each, to have 100% participation and earn a pizza party!! Let’s get it L-3!

     

    Book Report - Our first book report project will be assigned next week. The scholars will need a T-shirt for this project and will need to select a mystery, science fiction, or adventure story. More information will be sent home next week.

    Field Trip  - Our first field trip will be on Tuesday, October 17th. Information and a permission slip were sent home last week. Please make sure to send in the $5.00 donation and a signed permission slip as soon as possible. We will be going to the California Science Center. This is an extended day trip and all scholars will need to be at school by 7:15 and we will return to Cedargrove at approximately 3:00pm. If your scholar will need the cafeteria to pack them a sack lunch I will need to know this no later than October 1st. All scholars will need to bring a sack lunch, snacks, and drink on the day of the trip. Please inform any day care agencies that your scholar will not be back at our regular release time.

     

    Dates to Remember this Week:

    Tuesday, 9-19-17 - Minimum Day, 11:20am release

    Thursday, 9-21-17: Math 5’s times tables test

    Friday, 9-22-17: spelling and vocabulary tests, 9-22-17 - Picture Day

     

    Upcoming dates to remember:

    9-28-17 -Family math night

    10-17-17 - Field trip to the California Science Center

    Think Central Website for Math: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

    My email:

    llemon-rush@cousd.net




     

     

    News and Announcements for L3 in the week of 9-11-17

     

    This week we will continue learning about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government through our Benchmark Advance reading passage. The scholars will have a spelling test on Friday. We will take a closer look at multiplying in Chapter 2 of math and the scholars will be tested on their 4’s this Thursday. Many of the scholars are not passing the weekly quizzes. Memorization of times tables is essential for 4th grade math mastery. Please make sure to practice each day. Flash cards are a great way to practice! I will focus on modeling annotation strategies again this week in an attempt to strengthen reading comprehension. We will also begin using Scholastic News in class this week and will have table group discussions on whether or not the they think the school year should be year round.

    Please remember to bring in ear buds or headphones each day to use with our chromebooks.

     

    Spelling words this week:

    centuries

    easy

    everyone

    geography

    overseas

    representative

    residents

    these

     

    READING LOG  Last week many scholars received incomplete once again on their reading logs. Please remember to read for at least 20 minutes, write the title of your reading, fill out the genre/type of reading (fiction, non fiction, biography, mystery, adventure, poem, play, etc.), note the page number you start on and the page number you end on each day, write something you learned or would like to share from your reading (be specific and use details/examples), at least one parent signature per week.

     

    PTA: We still need 8 more PTA memberships, just $8.00 each, to have 100% participation and earn a pizza party!! Let’s get it L-3!

     

    Dates to Remember this Week:

    Thursday, 9-14-17: Math 4’s times tables test

    Friday, 9-15-17: spelling test

     

    Upcoming dates to remember:

        9-11-17 - Fall fundraiser begins

        9-19-17 - Minimum Day, 11:20am release

    9-22-17 - Picture Day

    9-28-17 -Family math night

        Think Central Website for Math: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

    My email:

    llemon-rush@cousd.net

     

     

     

    News and Announcements for L3 in the week of 9-5-17

     

    This week we will be learning about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government through our Benchmark Advance reading passage. The scholars will not have a spelling or vocabulary test due to the short week. They will have a MATH TEST on Chapter 1 on Thursday and a 3’s times tables test on Friday. Many of the scholars did not pass their 2’s test last week. Memorization of times tables is essential for 4th grade math mastery. Please make sure to practice each day. I will focus on modeling annotation strategies again this week in an attempt to strengthen reading comprehension. We will have a writing activity in class this week to assess our understanding of last week’s reading concepts.

     

    READING LOG  Last week many scholars received incomplete once again on their reading logs. Please remember to read for at least 20 minutes, write the title of your reading, fill out the genre/type of reading (fiction, non fiction, biography, mystery, adventure, poem, play, etc.), note the page number you start on and the page number you end on each day, write something you learned or would like to share from your reading (be specific and use details/examples), at least one parent signature per week.

     

    PTA: We still need 9 more PTA memberships, just $8.00 each, to have 100% participation and earn a pizza party!! Let’s get it L-3!

     

    AVID: Many scholars have not brought in their binders and supplies for our AVID notebooks. The purpose of these are to teach good organizational practices.

     

    Dates to Remember this Week:

        Thursday, 9-7-17 Meet the Teacher Night, 5:30 PTA meeting, 6:00 - 7:25 in classes, Math Chapter 1 test

        Friday, 9-8-17: Math 3’s times tables test

     

    Upcoming dates to remember:

        9-11-17 - Fall fundraiser begins

        9-19-17 - Minimum Day, 11:20am release

    9-22-17 - Picture Day

    9-28-17 -Family math night

        Think Central Website for Math: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

    My email:

    llemon-rush@cousd.net

     

     

     

     

     

    News and Announcements for L3 in the week of 8-28-17

     

    This week we will begin our Benchmark Advance reading program. The scholars will be responsible for studying their spelling and vocabulary words each day in order to prepare for their Friday assessment. The scholars will be responsible for learning the definitions of the vocabulary words. I will focus on annotation strategies this week which will strengthen their reading comprehension. These techniques will be practiced weekly and will also enrich their writing. We will continue to work on place value, rounding, and addition and subtraction of whole numbers this week in math. The scholars should also be practicing their times tables. They will be tested on their 2’s this week. We will begin to explore California geography this week in social studies.

     

    Spelling Words this week:

    • greatly
    • locate
    • maintain
    • national
    • spray
    • staff
    • trails

     

    Vocabulary words this week:

    • economy
    • elect
    • federal
    • enforce
    • initiative

     

    READING LOG  Many scholars forgot to fill out all the sections last week on the log. Please remember to read for at least 20 minutes, write the title of your reading, fill out the genre/type of reading (fiction, non fiction, biography, mystery, adventure, poem, play, etc.), note the page number you start on and the page number you end on each day, write something you learned or would like to share from your reading (be specific and use details/examples), at least one parent signature per week.

     

    PTA: We need 9 more PTA memberships, just $8.00 each, to have 100% participation and earn a pizza party!! Let’s get it L-3!

     

    AVID: Many scholars have not brought in their binders and supplies for our AVID notebooks. The purpose of these are to teach good organizational practices.

     

    Dates to Remember this Week:

    Tuesday, 8-29: Book Orders are DUE. Please order online or send in the money to class. Checks are preferred. Please make them out to Scholastic Book Clubs.

    Thursday, 8-31: Times tables test - 2’s

    Friday, 9-1: Spelling and vocab quiz

     

    Think Central Website for Math: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

    Upcoming Dates to Remember:

    9-4-17 - Labor Day Holiday, No school

    9-7-17 - Meet the Teacher Night, 5:30 PTA meeting, 6:00 - 7:25 in classrooms

     

    My email:

    llemon-rush@cousd.net

     

     

     

     

    News and Announcements for L3 in the week of 8-21-17

     

    Welcome to the 4th Grade. We had a great first two days of class. Hopefully your scholar told you all about it. If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me at lllemon-rush@cousd.net

     

    This week we will focus on organizational strategies (your scholar should have brought home a shopping list for supplies needed for our AVID notebooks), language arts routines, place value lessons in math (the first math quiz on vocabulary words from chapter 1 will be this Friday), the big science current event - The Solar Eclipse, i Ready initial assessments, and getting to know each other and the classroom routines.

     

    Homework each day will include 20 minutes of reading and filling out the reading log and the worksheet from our daily math lesson. Homework will be checked each morning and yellow cards will be marked for those who haven’t completed the assignments.

     

    The weekly newsletter can be found on our classroom page on the Charter Oak website. Don’t forget to visit the student and parent sections of the website for important links.

     

    Needed paperwork:

        Signed Discipline form

        Signed Instagram permission slip

     

    Dates to Remember this Week:

        PTA membership Drive begins. Please send in your $8.00 membership dues as soon as possible. These dues help fund class field trips, classroom needs, assemblies, and many other exciting things that happen at Cedargrove. You do NOT need to come to meetings to be a member, although we would love to have you there to share your ideas and give input. The 1st class to 100% participation earns a pizza party!!! Ms. Lemon’s class has won the last 2 years in a row… let’s keep the streak going!!!

        Wednesday, 8-23: Fundraiser, Mooyah’s in San Dimas

        Friday, 8-25: Math Vocab QUIZ on chapter 1

     

    Think Central Website for Math: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

    Upcoming Dates to Remember:

        9-4-17 - Labor Day Holiday, No school

        9-7-17 - Meet the Teacher Night, 5:30 PTA meeting, 6:00 - 7:25 in classrooms

     

     

     

     

     

    WELCOME TO FOURTH GRADE

    Dear L-3 Families,

             Hello and welcome to an exciting school year. My name is Ms. Lemon and I am looking forward to working together with you and your scholar this year and making LEARNING come ALIVE! I am so HAPPY to announce that our class will have 1:1 Chromebooks for classroom use for each scholar this year!!! Scholars need to memorize their Google email account. Assignments will be given in Google Classroom throughout the year. I am looking forward to the many digital possibilities that lie ahead for this group. I am asking that each scholar bring in their own pair of ear buds to use with their Chromebook. Please bring them in a zip lock bag labeled with your name.

    Our school-wide theme this year is: BE GOLDEN! The following is a description of what is in store for the scholars in my class. If you have any questions and or concerns about the expectations of the class, please feel free to contact me. I would also be glad to correspond by e-mail. My address is: llemon-rush@cousd.net.

                In addition, parents and families are always welcome to stop by and visit our daily learning experience. I believe in the T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) approach to teaching and encourage your participation in our learning exploration. As a way of informing the L-3 families of our daily classroom experiences, I will be posting pictures of our learning consistently on our classroom Instagram account, ScholarsforHOPE. Please make sure to sign the permission slip and send it back to class immediately. I thank you in advance for the opportunity to work with your scholar.

             I will attempt to send home a weekly newsletter each Monday with information for the upcoming week. This will also be accessible on our classroom web page on the Charter Oak website. A copy of my discipline policy will be sent home on the first day of school. Please sign and return it immediately.

     

    HOMEWORK:

    I believe that homework is an important aspect of the curriculum and that good study habits are essential to success. You can help your child by providing them a quiet place to do their work, establishing a homework ritual, helping them to be sure all assignments are placed in their folder, and the folder placed somewhere where it will not be forgotten. We all have busy schedules; still, homework and good study habits need to be encouraged. The habits they establish now will pave the way for their future endeavors.

    All homework is due the morning of the next day it was assigned. Late homework will only be accepted 1 day late. Scholars will not be allowed to call home for forgotten homework. Homework should take approximately 1 hour to complete. If your child seems to have an excessive amount of homework, it could be class work that needs to be finished. Please check their binder reminders and Notebook nightly. This will help you to see what has been assigned as homework and what is unfinished class work. If your child has to complete class work at home on a continuous basis it will result in a grade reduction in study habits.

     

    1. READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

             Benchmark Advanced is our reading program. The emphasis of this program is annotation and collaborative conversations. The concepts that will be taught are aligned with Common Core Standards and are intended to prepare the scholars for SBAC testing. The program utilizes small group instruction time to meet the needs of all scholars. I have extensive experience teaching this model and am excited about incorporating it this year. All scholars will also be expected to read a specified amount nightly at home. They should be reading chapter books that are age-appropriate. Time will be allotted daily in class for our supplemental program, i Ready.         Comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary will also be incorporated into the homework structure for Reading & Language Arts.

     

    1. MATH

             Math homework is assigned nightly and will be due the following day. Math lessons will be taught in class and will be practiced together. Homework will be assigned each day that corresponds to the daily lesson and will be due the following day. We will plan to correct the homework together each day in class; therefore it is essential that it be returned on time.

             If your child does not know their multiplication facts, they must work on these each night.

             I Ready Math will be utilized weekly in class to support the math curriculum. The Think Central website should be used to assist with all math concepts being taught. http://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

     

     

    1. SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE

             Homework and projects will be assigned periodically in social studies and science. The 5th grade social studies focus will be California history and I will be taking a STEM approach to science, which will incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Study guides will be given for each unit of study.

     

    1. SPELLING AND VOCABULARY

             The spelling and vocabulary will be coming straight from our Language Arts program and will be assessed approximately each week. The units are intended to take 3-4 weeks each. I will have informal assessments to check for understanding throughout each unit so that each scholar can be successful.

     

    1. P.E.

    P.E. is every Wednesday and Friday. Scholars are expected to participate and dress appropriately (shorts under skirts, tennis/type shoes that are sturdy and protect their feet, clothing that isn’t restrictive or too baggy) for their safety. Scholars will begin the trimester with an “s” in P.E. Above average and exemplary participation will earn a grade of an “O”

             If a scholar has an injury or illness that requires missing P.E., they must have a note from their parent. If the illness or injury requires them to miss more than 3 days of P.E. in a row, a doctor’s note is needed. Excessive absences from P.E. will affect their grade.

     

    1. AVID NOTEBOOKS

    Organization is one of the keys to success. Scholars MUST be responsible for keeping their AVID binders organized, taking daily notes during instruction, and handing in their daily homework. Failure to do the above will result in a grade reduction on the report card in the area of study skills.

     

    1. CHOIR

    Choir will be every Tuesday from 1:00 to 1:35pm.

     

    1. 9. LIBRARY AND BOOK BUDDIES

    Library will be every Friday morning from 8:30 – 9:00am. Our first grade book buddies from Mrs. Fillinger’s class will join us every other week.

    1. GRADING SCALE

     

    90- 100 = 5

    80 -89 = 4

    70 – 79 = 3

    60 – 69 = 2

    59 and below = 1

     

    ATTENDANCE

    Regular school attendance is critical to the learning process. When a scholar is absent they miss valuable instruction time. Excessive absences create gaps in learning that can be difficult to overcome. Scholars should remain home when they have a fever and are ill, but missing school for less urgent matters is not in their best interest. Please phone the school to report your child’s absence or send a note the next day. If your child will be out for longer than a week, please request an independent study packet.

     

    TARDIES

    Scholars are allowed 3 excused tardies. If they have an excused tardy please send a note. Yellow cards will be marked for each unexcused or excused tardy past the 3 tardy limit. Our day begins at 8:00a.m. and being tardy is disruptive to others and means your child begins their day behind.

     

    HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

    Return all paper work sent home on the first day that required a signature.

     

    FIELD TRIPS:

    A more detailed description of field trips and fund-raising possibilities will be discussed at Meet the Teacher Night.

     

    BOOK ORDERS:

    Book club order forms will be sent home approximately every month to month and a half. All orders earn free books for the classroom. Look for the first book club order to be sent home in the next week. Online ordering is available for your convenience. Checks are preferred if you do not order online. Please make your checks payable to Scholastic Book Club.

     

     

     

    WISH LIST:

    Many families want to know if there is anything that they can provide for our classroom. We are always appreciative of donations. Some of the items that are frequently needed include: baby wipes (for our hands and desks), zip-lock baggies, glue sticks, hand soap, healthy snacks, pencils, erasers, Kleenex, stickers, and small prizes for the treasure box.

     

    BOX TOPS:

    Please cut and send to class Box Tops for education on General Mill’s products. This is a great way to earn money for our school.

     

    UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

    * PTA membership drive begins soon. Please support our wonderful Parent/Teacher Association by sending in your donation. These donations help fund field trips, assemblies, and special events at Cedargrove. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

             *Welcome Back brunch, September 21st, 2017, 9:45am – 10:40am

             * Labor Day Holiday, Monday, September 4th, 2017

    * Meet the Teacher Night, September 7, 2017 from 6:00-7:25,

    PTA meeting at 5:45pm

    * Fall Fundraiser begins, September 11, 2017

    * COEF Fun Run, September 17th, 8:00am

    * Constitution Day, September 18th

    * Minimum Day, September 19th – 11:20am release

    * Picture Day grades 4-6, September 22rd

    * Fall fundraiser ends September 26th

    * Family Math Night, September 28th – 6-7:30pm