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Monday, November 29, 2010

This Week in Literacy Nov 29-Dec 3

Welcome back! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.

This week we will be having interim (formally named Benchmark) testing. Please make sure this week your child gets a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast. The tests are spread out over 4 days. Two days on writing, one day of reading and one day of math. Science and Social Studies are not assessed.

Coincidentally, our next unit, albeit quite short, is CSAP prep. We will learn test taking strategies and building test stamina.

Book Club will still happen on Wednesday at the regularly scheduled time.

Noah Rabinowitz

Fun and Formalities info

What: Join us for a FREE class to Check out what Fun and Formalities is all about!

When: 3:45 to 4:50 Monday, November 29th at Westerly Creek

RSVP: Class size is limited, so YOU MUST RSVP!

RSVP by emailing Tara, , your child's name, grade level and homeroom teacher.

More details to come once you've registered. Check us out on the web at


Tara Walling

Fun and Formalities
"More than just manners"
office 303-722-7208
cell 803-269-6313

Friday, November 19, 2010

4th Grade Writing Celebration (MONDAY)

Your are invited to our writing celebration. 4th graders have published thier non ficiton feature articles and they are AWESOME! We will have two sessions both on Monday, one at 10:15-11 and another at 1:45-2:30. Both classes will have their writing out at both times. It will be an open house format where people can roam around and read the different pieces.

Thank again ,



The afterschool enrichment program and to register: or they can go to and click on Westerly Creek.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 15-19

Book Club is on Wednesday at 11:00 and 2:30.

Remember, Book Club notebooks are due on the Tuesday before each meeting. Please look at your child's notebook. Thank you for bringing in hot coco too!!!

Their feature articles are due this Friday. You should have received a letter about their requirements earlier in the week. Next Monday we will have an open house for others to view their feature articles. Please attend. Times will be made on Friday.

In reading we are looking at various types of text structures, with emphasis on comparing and contrasting. On Wednesday we will watch a power point and write an essay based on our Venn diagrams. Thursday we will add finishing touches to our Feature Articles.

On Friday, the boys and girls will meet with their 1st grade book buddies, take their spelling test, and learn about alliteration in Poetry.

Thank you for your support.

Monday, November 8, 2010

This Week in Literacy

Writing: Feature Article rough drafts are due Tuesday. We plan to complete our final copies by next Friday and have our writing celebration the week of Thanksgiving. After the rough drafts are done, students will meet in response groups to get feedback from peers. After students will revise their rough drafts and then edit using COPS. We will also add text features.

Spelling: Unit 10, Due Friday

Book Club: Notebooks are due Tuesday. Book Club will be on Wednesday at 11:00 and 2:30. Book Club last around 45 minutes. Thank you for all the volunteers and those who dropped off supplies.

Reading: We are looking at text structure. Text structure deals with how the text is organized. Last week we studied 'time order' texts. Time order texts uses signal words like first, next, last, before, etc. Cuase and effect, compare and contrast, timelines are other types of text structre as well.

Chipotle Fundraiser for Westerly Creek on 11/17/10 from 4-8pm

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

First Week in November

The sugar is starting to wear off!

This week we are developing more non-fiction reading strategies. We "skim" the surface of an article by first looking at text features. This gives us a general idea of the article. From there we ask specific questions that we hope the text might answer. Now we "scan" for keywords that might provide the answer. Skimming and scanning are great comprehension skills to acquire and apply. They also come in handy when answering csap questions.

For our feature articles we are in the prewriting stage by working on our outlines. On Tuesday, we practiced three ways to hook the reader with great leads. On Wednesday we will discuss conclusions. Next week we plan on drafting.

Book club starts wednesday! Boys and girls will get their books and notebooks. Lemonade will be served!

Thank you for attending your chilld's conference! We are glad you came.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Book Club

Hello 4th Grade Parents -

I am helping Mr. Rabinowitz coordinate the 4th graders' book club and we are looking for parent volunteers to help facilitate the book clubs and provide refreshments. The book clubs will meet for 45 minutes once a week on Wednesdays starting in November. The students will choose a book based on their interest and then meet once a week for four weeks to discuss the book with other students while sipping hot chocolate or lemonade. Parent volunteers get to read the books along with the students and help direct discussion during the weekly meeting. The book clubs are nicely structured and should be a fun volunteer experience. ( I did book club with the third-graders last year and loved it.) Mr Rabinowitz's homeroom will meet Wednesday mornings at a time to be determined and Ms. Grant's homeroom will meet Wednesday afternoons at a time to be determined.

Please click on the slyreply link below and sign up to help facilitate a group or bring refreshments. Thanks!

~ Missy (Lily's Mom)