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Adventures Await in Fourth Grade!
 
I am so excited to have a front row seat to your child's growth in reading and writing this year! We will dive into grammar, writing, reading, and social studies as the year unfolds. 
 
While this is my second year at Canyon Pointe, it will be my 10th year in education. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Whoop!) and married my husband, Justin, in 2006. We have two kiddos of our own, Gavin (4th grade) and Addison (1st grade). I love to read, watch baseball (go Astros!), drink coffee, and spend time with my family and friends. 
 
You are my partner in your child's education, so please feel free to contact me for anything you need!
 
Email address: keriruchti@tomballisd.net
To sign up for a Google Hangout with Mrs. Frazier and Mrs. Ruchti, click here:
 
Please be sure you have filled out the permission google form from the district before signing up. We look forward to seeing you!
 

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Parent Email Sent 4/9/20

Happy Easter!  We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with lots of family time!    

Here is the outline for next week (April 13-17). We are also attaching a checklist to help you stay on top of all of the items that are needed for the week.   Please let us know if you have any questions! 

Click here to see the outline. 

Click here to see the checklist.

Additional Information for April 13-17

  1. Mrs. Price has made Rise and Shine Activities for you to use to start your day.  The link can be found in Google Classroom on Monday morning!
  2. Mrs. Price and her amazing library now have a Google Classroom! Here is her code to get in: bnpm43y
  3. As you know, we have started grading assignments.  Some assignments will be graded for accuracy. These will be graded just like traditional assignments where answers are correct or incorrect.  Other assignments will be graded based on completion. For assignments graded for completion we will be using a rubric to determine the score assigned.  The rubric will be posted in google classroom for you to see at any time. You can also view the rubric by clicking on the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o8vILSpE26PUE86U5yQUKtym44XO-Sw5-Uv_I5nRnfA/edit?usp=sharing
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: For the safety and security of ALL our Canyon Pointe students, teachers, and families, we will NOT be conducting small group or large group hangouts through Google Meets. Please let your teacher know if you have any questions regarding this district-wide decision.

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Mrs. Frazier and Mrs. Ruchti



Parent Email 3/16/20

Dear Wildcat Parents,

I hope this email finds you all safe and healthy. Please pay attention to your email, the TISD website, and social media regarding further information from Tomball ISD. For more information, here is the COVID-19 update webpage...  Tomball ISD COVID-19 webpage

FREE MEALS OFFERED TO ALL TOMBALL ISD STUDENTS: Tomball ISD will offer a free curbside meal service for all Tomball ISD students from 8 am to 11 am on Tuesday, March 17th or Wednesday, March 18th at Tomball High School’s front entrance. To limit exposure risk, we will provide meals for the week and families are asked to come one of the two days for their meals. Please be ready to provide your student’s ID# upon pick-up. If you do not know your student’s ID#, we will assist you. If school closure continues, we will provide this repeated service on Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24th.

Below are some suggested practices to work on while your child is at home this week. Please understand that these are NOT mandatory, graded assignments. These are just some helpful tools to keep your child learning!

Writing:

  • I sent home a Revising and Editing practice page the Friday before Spring Break. This would be good practice to tighten up on skills we have gone over. Here are the answers to the practice so you can check your child’s work.

*What is a Best Friend? (Revising Passage)

1. A          2. J 3. C          4. F 5. B

*The High Dive (Editing Passage)

1. B          2. G 3. C          4. J 5. D 6. H

  • I dropped a couple of slides on my Google Classroom page. These are just some practices for revising and editing. You can be creative in how you complete these with your child. I always like to play some kind of game or competition with them. The answers for the slides are on the speaker notes section. Let me know if you have questions about this!

Reading:

  • Students have access to their MyOn account at home through Clever. Students can choose books to read and enjoy! Please make sure that the listening feature or sound is turned OFF when reading.

  • Scholastic is offering an AMAZING resource for your kids to use. They break it down day by day, and there are a lot of virtual activities you can experience. It’s awesome! Here is the website… 

  • Have your child read for the love of reading! Have them read whatever book they like. Some students have taken my books home, but most of the class should have their library books to read.


Social Studies:

  • Students can access their Studies Weekly account through Clever. Right now, we are working on Week 17 (The Alamo). You can access the newspaper article online. There are a few additional activities that go along with the newspaper article, as well as some questions you can answer at the bottom of the page as you read each section. I have also added some questions for Weeks 17 and 18 to google classroom.  These are some optional questions you can discuss as you read the newspapers. Let me know if you have questions about this, or if you have trouble finding anything!

Science:

  • I dropped a project on MyOn for students to work on at their leisure called Plant and Animal Adaptations. I provided a few books that discuss this topic. Students can choose a book to read, then complete the short quiz and book review when they’re finished. Then, they can complete a graphic organizer to turn in. I provided three different types of graphic organizers to give choices (KWL chart, Venn diagram, and a main idea/ details web). Let me know if you have any trouble finding this project, or need guidance on how to navigate it.

  • Since we are learning about the concept of adapting to an environment, take a walk outside and observe different plants you come across. Analyze their features and discuss with your child how this plant could adapt to its environment. You can observe plants near water, plants in shade/ full sun, etc!


Math:  


Games and Songs:

Take care and stay safe!


Mrs. Ruchti

Week of 1/27-1/31

Upcoming Events:  

**Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29-30: District Reading Benchmark

**Thursday, February 6th: District Writing Benchmark

**Friday, February 7th: Aggie items are due for the silent auction

**Monday, February 10th: Presale begins for Carnival at the Pointe 

**Thursday, February 13th: Class Valentine’s Day Party 2:30-3:30 (preregister here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/168kXZ5fPdzFK-JBftgOGIwsmsVu8cpVZpVBC6VYsQk4/viewform?ts=5e209803&edit_requested=true

**Friday, February 14th: Student Holiday

**Monday, February 17th: Student Holiday

**Saturday, February 29th: Carnival at the Pointe!! 12-4pm

 

This week in....

Reading: We will begin discussing dual passages and how to navigate them leading up to the district benchmark. Wednesday and Thursday, we will take the district benchmark, and on Friday, review central idea and supporting details.

How can you help at home with reading?  Have your child read silently each night (even if just for 10 minutes) as well as practice reading aloud to you occasionally. Also, ask your child questions about the main characters and events in the story to be sure they are understanding what it is that they are reading.

Grammar:  This week, we will be discussing “distractors” and how to decide which answers not to choose and why. We are also continuing to edit sentences and review what compound and complex sentences.

Composition: Your students rocked the essay stamina day last Friday! Not one student didn’t finish their essay within the 2 hour time limit. You should be very proud! We will begin our next essay on Monday, February 3rd. 

Social Studies: We finished up Week 13 on Monday, and will be taking our Weeks 12 & 13 test in Google Classroom this Friday. Students actually enjoy these, and can use their notes!

Week of 1/13-1/17

Upcoming Events:  

**Tuesday, Jan. 14: Library Day (our day has changed from Fridays to Tuesdays)
**Monday, Jan. 20: Student Holiday
**Friday, Jan. 24: Writing Stamina Day (students will plan, write, and publish an expository essay in 2 hours)
**Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29-30: District Reading Benchmark
**Thursday, Feb. 6: District Writing Benchmark

This week in....

Reading: We will finish up discussing nonfiction text features and how they help us understand what we are reading. Then we will jump into one of our biggest fourth grade skills yet...Main Idea and Supporting Details! We will discuss and practice this skill over the next two weeks along with nonfiction summaries.

How can you help at home with reading?  Have your child read silently each night (even if just for 10 minutes) as well as practice reading aloud to you occasionally. Also, ask your child questions about the main characters and events in the story to be sure they are understanding what it is that they are reading.

Grammar:  Last week, we finished up our learning on complex sentences, and this week, we will dive into complound sentences! Once we have taught these, your child’s writing should become more and more diverse in sentence structure. We will also jump back into revising by practicing revision of unclear words and central idea of a paragraph.

Composition:  We are beginning our next essay on a favorite activity. 

Social Studies: This week, we will complete Week 12 of our Studies Weekly about the first Spanish Missions in Texas. Your child may go onto clever.com at home and visit the Studies Weekly tab at any time to continue learning at home!

12/9-12/13

Upcoming Events:  

**Tuesday, Dec. 10:  Campus Spelling Bee 9:00

**Wednesday Dec. 11:  Speeches presented in class (NO costume worn)

**Thursday, Dec. 12:  Peppermint Village shopping (bring your money)

**Friday, Dec. 13:  4th Grade Program 10:00

**Friday, Dec. 13: Famous Texan Wax Museum (wear costume, no parents please)

**Saturday, Dec. 14:  Breakfast with Santa 9-11

**Monday, Dec. 16:  Grinch Day (wear a Grinch shirt or green shirt)

**Tuesday, Dec. 17:  Elf Day (wear an elf or Santa shirt)

**Wednesday, Dec.  18: Reindeer Day (wear a reindeer or Rudolph shirt or the color red)

**Thursday, Dec. 19:  Polar Express Day (wear pajamas)

**Friday, Dec. 20:  Christmas Spirit Day (wear your favorite Christmas/holiday shirt)

**Friday, Dec.  20: Christmas Party 11:30-12:30

**Friday, Dec.  20: Early Release 12:50

**Monday, Dec. 23-Tuesday, Jan. 7:  Winter Break

**Wednesday, Jan. 8:  Back to School

This week in....

Reading/Social Studies: We will continue our Literary Nonfiction and Research units.  We will create our posters, practice and give our speeches, and conclude by teaching others as we put on our Famous Texans Wax Museum.  

How can you help at home with reading?  Practice your child’s speech each night. Prepare a costume to portray their famous Texan for Friday.    

Grammar:  This week, we will be learning about complex sentences.  We will practice recognizing and combining sentences to make a complex sentence using a subordinating conjunction.  We will learn when to add a comma to a complex sentence (if the subordinate conjunction is at the beginning) and when we not to add a comma (if the subordinating conjunction is in the middle).  

Composition:  We are continuing our essays about a prized possession.  

 

Important Information about the Wax Museum

  • Due to safety and the fact that all younger grades will be attending, parents are not allowed to attend the wax museum.  
  • The Famous Texans Wax Museum will be held from 1:40-2:40 on Friday, December 13.  You child has worked very hard on this project. Please make sure they are here!  
  • A costume portraying the famous Texan needs to be worn for the wax museum.  Since it is not until the afternoon, do not have your child wear the costume to school.  He/she will be allowed to change and get ready starting around 1:15 on Friday. Please have them bring everything needed for the costume that morning.  

 

Important Information about the 4th Grade Program

  • It is on Friday, December 13 at 10:00.  
  • Parents are invited.  If you plan to come please use the following link to sign up.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfte0_6VDThp6j8C_ClFhTewBO_DhSL3hc8w66rZ43jBM2FlA/viewform
  • Students need to dress up as their favorite toy.  Some suggestions include: rag dolls, toy soldiers (no guns please), princess and prince dolls, ballerinas, puppets, teddy bears, stuffed animals, cowboys and cowgirls, monkeys with toy cymbals, toy clock, Santa, crayons, and transformers/robots.
  • Since the program is in the morning, your child may come to school dressed for the program.  We will allow them to put on accessories and such, so if they are going to wear something that might be a distraction, have them pack it and put it on right before show.  
  • Please send a change of clothes for after the program.  

 

Important Information about the Christmas Party

  • Your student will be responsible for bringing one tub of ready made white cake frosting (Not in a tube)
  • The party is Friday, Dec. 20 from 11:30-12:30.  
  • Parents are invited.  
  • We will be making gingerbread houses.  Look for an email with a sign-up genius link from the homeroom mom.  

Week of 11/18-11/22

Upcoming Events:  

**HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

Our Annual Food Drive will begin on November 18th and end on the 22nd. We will be partnering with St. Anne’s in Tomball again this year. A flyer will be coming home with a list of items needed. This is an excellent example of kindness to teach our students! Thank you for supporting our food drive and helping families in need!

  • MONDAY - BREAKFAST ITEMS (ex. Cereal, Oatmeal)
  • TUESDAY - PASTA (ex. Rice, Noodles)
  • WEDNESDAY - FRUIT AND VEGETABLES (ex. Corn, Applesauce)
  • THURSDAY - PROTEIN (ex. Peanut Butter, Tuna, Beans)
  • FRIDAY - DESSERTS (ex. Cake Mix, Cookies)

All items are welcome any day of the week!

**Tuesday, November 19th: Literary Nonfiction Assessment

**Wednesday, November 20th: Revising Assessment 

**Wednesday, November 20th: A letter will be sent home about the fourth grade Famous Texans Living Wax Museum. Please sign and return this letter by Friday, November 22nd.

**November 25th-November 29th: Thanksgiving Break!!

 This week in....

Reading: We will end our Literary Nonfiction unit on Tuesday with our unit test. Literary nonfiction is a nonfiction book full of true events but written in the form of a story. It will still have a plot and character traits and feelings to analyze.

How can you help at home with reading?  Read with your child and talk about the characters.  Especially look at feelings and struggles, interactions with other characters, and their motivations to make decisions. Also discuss the plot of the story, focusing on the conflict, climax, and resolution. 

Grammar:  This week, we will be continuing our discussion on REVISING. Revising is a crucial skill in essay writing, as well as reading. We will take Revising all the way through Thanksgiving, then we will continue after we get back! We will do a quick revising test on Wednesday. Don’t worry...your students nailed this portion on the district writing test!

Composition:  We are finishing our essays about our favorite place and will publish those this week!  As we write we are focusing on developing our reasons so that the story doesn’t sound like a list.  

Social Studies:  Your student will choose the famous Texan they wish to complete their biography project on this Wednesday, and we will send a letter home detailing the work we will be starting when we return from Thanksgiving Break.

Week of 11/11-11/15

Upcoming Events: 

**Monday, November 11- 3rd Grade Veteran’s Day Program (4th grade watches)

**Tuesday, November 12 - Classroom Spelling Bee

**Wednesday, November 13 - Writing Assessment over compound sentences, commas, and skills taught up to this point

** Friday, November 15 - Field Day/Fun Run! For more details and to sign up to volunteer, click here https://www.smore.com/7behd.Wear your 4th grade class shirt and tennis shoes! (4th grade class shirts will be handed back out that day and will come home with your student.)

 

This week in....

Reading: We will begin our Literary Nonfiction unit. Literary nonfiction is a nonfiction book full of true events but written in the form of a story. It will still have a plot and character traits and feelings to analyze.

How can you help at home with reading?  Read with your child and talk about the characters.  Especially look at feelings and struggles, interactions with other characters, and their motivations to make decisions. Also discuss the plot of the story, focusing on the conflict, climax, and resolution. 

 

Grammar:  The students did AWESOME on their district writing benchmarks! We will continue to work with commas in a series as well as commas in compound sentences. Our assessment over these will be on Wednesday, November 13th. After that, we will begin revising writing to make it sound better. We will focus on strong introductions and conclusions, adding relevant details, and deleting unimportant details.

 

Composition:  We are working on writing essays about our favorite place.  As we write we are focusing on developing our reasons so that the story doesn’t sound like a list.  

 

Social Studies:  We will take our Studies Weekly Test over weeks 9-11 over the course of the week. Students will be allowed to use their notes taken in class to help them complete this.

  

 

 

Week of 11/4-11/8

Upcoming Events:  

**Monday, November 4- Plot and Character Assessment

**Thursday, November 7- Class Picture Day

**Thursday, November 7- Fall District Writing Benchmark

** Friday, November 8-Field Day/Fun Run! For more details and to sign up to volunteer, click here https://www.smore.com/7behd.Wear your 4th grade class shirt and tennis shoes! (4th grade class shirts will be handed out sometime next week)

This week in....

Reading: We have been working on analyzing characters.  As we read we are inferring character feelings by looking for clues about what they say, what they think, and what they do.  We are also paying attention to how the characters interact with one another and how these interactions affect the character and their feelings.  Lastly, we are looking at how characters feelings change throughout the story. The students have had some great conversations about these things, and they are ready to rock their test on these things on Monday. 

How can you help at home with reading?  Read with your child and talk about the characters.  Especially look at feelings and struggles, interactions with other characters, and their motivations to make decisions.  

Grammar:  Last week we finished up commas in a series. The students are doing awesome with this!  We will continue to look at commas as we practice correctly using commas in compound sentences.  

Composition:  We are working on writing essays about our favorite place.  As we write we are focusing on developing our reasons so that the story doesn’t sound like a list.  

Social Studies:  We are beginning to learn about the explorer LaSalle!

Week of 10/28-11/1

Noteworthy News:
*Monday, 10/28 was our Wildcats in the Zone Fun Run Kick-off. Sign your student up at funrun.com to raise money online!
*Wednesday, 10/30 is the 50th day of school. Students may dress up in 50's attire if they'd like. It is not required.
*You may have received an email stating your child's books are overdue to the library. Don't worry! We haven't been to the library in two weeks due to book fair. Those emails generate automatically. We will be going to the library this Friday.
*Field Day/Fun Run will be on November 8th. For more details and to sign up to volunteer, click here https://www.smore.com/7behd.
 
This week in....
Reading: We will continue to talk about the elements of plot through our new BOOK CLUBS we formed this past week. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (typically), students will be flexibly regrouped with other teachers and students, and together they will go through a book! We will use this book club to really tighten up our skills on plot, as well as characters in Fiction. Speaking of characters... that is what we have been digging into this week! We are still looking at Fiction, but instead of looking at plot, we are looking at the story arc of a character. We will look at the changes this character will undergo, as well as look at feelings and struggles, interactions with other characters, and their motivations to make decisions. We will close out our character unit on FRIDAY (November 1st), and we will assess on MONDAY (November 4th).
Language Arts: This week, we will be looking into using commas in a list (or series), as well as in actions! We are gearing up for our next assessment in grammar based off the skills we have gone through so far. Our Fall District Writing Benchmark is coming SOON (date is TBD).
Social Studies: We will finish up the study of Spanish Explorers venturing to Texas.

Week of 10/21-10/25

Noteworthy News:
*Book Fair will be THIS WEEK at CPES. Please check out Mrs. Price's Smore for more details!
*Willie's Ice House Spirit Night will be on Wednesday, October 23rd.
*Trunk or Treat will be held in the front parking lot on Thursday, October 24th from 5-7pm. Don't forget to donate candy...the event can't run without it! (We have run out of candy the last couple years.)
*If your child would like to participate in the classroom spelling bee, please sign and return the form that was sent home in last week's Wednesday Folder. They are due TOMORROW (10/21).
*Field Day/Fun Run will be on November 8th. For more details and to sign up to volunteer, click here https://www.smore.com/7behd.
 
This week in....
ReadingWe will begin reading groups this week as well as dig deeper into character traits and interactions.
Language ArtsConjunctions (including correlative) will be taught as well as homophones and commonly confused words. They will also begin brainstorming for their next essay about their favorite place (we didn't get to it last week)!
Social Studies: We will begin the study of Spanish Explorers venturing to Texas.

Week of 10/15-10/18

Noteworthy News:
*I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend! I know we sure did. :)
*Book Fair will be at CPES the week of October 21-25. Please check out Mrs. Price's Smore for more details!
*Willie's Ice House Spirit Night will be on Wednesday, October 23rd.
*Trunk or Treat will be held in the front parking lot on Thursday, October 24th from 5-7pm. Don't forget to donate candy...the event can't run without it! (We have run out of candy the last couple years.)
*We are sending home a letter about the spelling bee in this week's Wednesday Folder. All students are invited to participate. Interested students need to complete the bottom portion of the letter and return to their homeroom teacher. Students wishing to participate must return the bottom portion of the letter by 10/21.
 
This week in....
ReadingWe will be finishing up our plot unit with adventures in myths and fables. This Friday, your students will be taking their second reading test on plot. They did awesome last time and I don't expect any less this time!
Language ArtsWe will be reviewing pronouns, prepositions, and subject/verb agreement this week. Our second grammar test will be this Wednesday! Your students are ready, and I'm excited to see how they do! Last week, we finished our first expository essay. I will spend this week scoring them using the writing rubric I shared with them (it is the same one the state and district use). They will also begin brainstorming for their next essay about their favorite place!

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