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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Dear DPS Employees:
Tomorrow, Friday, September 23, more than 100 different agencies from around the greater Denver metropolitan area will be participating in a full-scale emergency exercise. This exercise, called Operation Mountain Guardian, is a terrorism-based simulation exercise that will begin as early as 5 a.m. in some locations and may last until 5:30 p.m.
The main exercise locations will be: Union Station, Smedley Elementary School (a vacant DPS school building), Park Meadows Mall, the Lowry Campus of the Community College of Aurora, Denver Health, Sky Ridge Medical Center, University Hospital and Sports Authority Field/Mile High Stadium.
The exercise at times will include loud noises, simulated weapons, smoke, emergency vehicles and other equipment that will be audible and visible throughout the day near the above locations.
The purpose of this advisory is to alert as many people as possible about the exercise, the specific locations, and the activities to help avoid confusion or concern.
If you have any questions, please call 3-1-1 or Denver’s Joint Information Center (after 8 a.m.) at 720-865-7695.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday, September 20th

In grammar we identfied the subject (the who or what ) and predicate (what the dubject is or does) of a sentence.

To supplement the lesson, we watched a school house rocks video on Subject and Predicate. This video talks about Mr. Morton and what he does.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Hello 4th grade families!

As you all know, WCE PTA grants a very large amount of money to the school each year to help fund paraprofessionals, buy technology, fund the library technologist (Mr. Jay), as well as many other things. They are currently getting ready to kick off the 20111-2012 GAP Drive to help raise funds to fulfill their commitment to the school for $136,000. There are two parties coming up on September 25th and September 30th where you can go to learn about why they fundraise and where the money specifically goes. Details of the parties can be found here as well as where to RSVP Of course, if you cannot attend you can always find information on the PTA website, about why fundraising is so critical to the success of our children's education. You can also ask any teacher why having paras in the classroom is so critical!

Please consider attending a party as they are a lot of fun, a great night out, good food and beverages, and also a GREAT cause! You can donate directly online if you prefer not to attend a party at

You can set up a monthly withdrawl which makes it so EASY to give and is much easier on the checkbook by spreading out your donation throughout the year!!!!

As always, the teachers and students thank you for helping to "Bridge the GAP" between the true cost of educating our children and the funds provided by DPS!!

Noah Rabinowitz

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today in 4th Grade

In writing, we enjoyed a mini lesson on the various purposes we write for. We write to inform, to entertain, and to persuade. At the end of our lesson, we check our understanding at the following link

In reading, we discussed the importance of punctuation marks for signalling. For practice we tried reading numbers. Lots of fun!
89123? 345. 45678? 89123. 789. 234567. 56789? 91234. 89123? 1234. 123? 456. 789? 123. 5678! 91234.

Next week we will start writing our personal narratives and learn additional reading strategies.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spelling City

4th graders have four activities to complete at Each student was given a username and password.

In reading workshop, we learned about written responses to explain our thinking and deepen our understanding of the text. Our responses today centered around a read aloud. Ask your child about the book titled Baseball Saved Us. Who was the guard?

Tomorrow we will develop a checklist/rubric for reading responses.

In writing, classmates helped each other with story ideas by asking questions of what was omitted or needs to be added to the writing. Many found this process beneficial.

Remember no school on Friday!

Happy Trails,
Mr. Rabinowitz

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spelling City

Spelling city is up and running. The AM class will get their passwords on Friday. Assignments have changed so you might have to start over if you have already completed one. Nevertheless, I applaud those that have already started.



Today we completed day 2 of our district writing benchmark.
On Friday we will have our first spelling test.
Please remind your child to ask you to sign their reading log.
Check out Student user names are being entered soon.

Enjoy your day

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Proper Nouns Game


Tuesday, September 6th

Welcome back,
Today we sorted our spelling cards by vowel sound.
We also clarified the differences between proper nouns (We salute them) and common nouns (we twiddle our thumbs).
However, as one student pointed out, why don't we capitalize iPods and iPhones.

RESPOND: Why don't we capitalize iPods, and iPhones?

HOMEWORK: Spelling is due tomorrow! Don't forget. If you lose your copy, you can get an extra copy from me or call a friend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Good afternoon fourth graders and families. In writing, we flushed out stories ideas from literature and connecting them to our own experiences. In reading, we used fluency phones (ask your 4th grader!) to make sure that the words we read match the text that we hear as we read. All of them can read, but I want to become become READERS!
We also used criteria based decision making to select how we should select the CREEK KID each week.


See you later,
Mr. Rabinowitz