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 Dear Parents,

I know this is going to be a great year! I am honored and excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience in 4th grade. This website will tell you a little about me and some important information. Please subscribe to this website for any important newsflash reminders or updates.

I understand that your child comes to me with unique experiences, interests, and learning styles. My goal is to truly know your child well and use this knowledge to guide, support, and motivate him or her. I value parent involvement and encourage you to partner with me to give your child the most powerful and joyous learning experience possible.

Thank you,
Terri Adams
281-357-4526 x 3842

Conference Period:


Recent Posts

Well, here we are, my final Friday warm and fuzzy shout out!
It just wouldn't be right to end this year without sitting down to reflect on this 2016-2017 year of adventures.  I feel like we were just meeting each other for the first time talking about all that lies ahead.  Now, I have nurtured your kiddoes to the best of my ability and I send them off to a new chapter.  I know that I personally find change scary and I like the security of knowing what is around the bend.  It has only been in the past few years that I have allowed myself to be open to the idea that change happens for a reason.  I have often had to give myself permission to enjoy new changes and not fret or question "WHY".  As I said goodbye to each little face yesterday I had to remind myself that people come into my life for a reason or a season. Your children were definitely put into my life for a reason. They have taught me more than I think I could ever teach them in return.  For that I am forever grateful.  I know that as they walk the halls of 5th grade, whether near or far, their heart will now be open to a new teacher that will get to nourish their heart and mind the way that I have this year.  Sometimes, as 5th graders they become "too cool" to give me my morning hugs, but do not worry...I will secretly know they want too ;) !!!  More often than not, I still get those hugs that give me the reassurance I need, that I am exactly were I am supposed to be.  Each of you hold a special place in my heart.  I hope that you know your child was so loved, and will continue to be loved by me until the end of time.  We ended our day yesterday by finishing the book Circus MirandusNaturally, I have been crying daily while reading it.  The message could not be more relevant to each and every one of us.  When I asked the question, "What did you get out of this book", the responses made me cry even more (is that even possible???).  I will close this year with those wise words that are music to my soul, I could NOT be more proud!
"Believe in yourself"
"Home is where the heart is"
"Life is not about you, it is about others"
"Find the magic in everything"
"You have to believe in something, no matter how small"
"Life is what you make it, so make it magical!"
Spreading sunshine and gratitude,

WAX MUSEUM!!!! A success for sure!

Dear 4th grade (almost 5th grade families),
I always get a little weepy when I look out at all the hard work the kids( and parents) have put into making this Wax Museum successful. I want to take a minute to say thank you to all of you!
*Thank you for putting up with my countless emails!
*Thank you for encouraging your child to work hard to achieve success!
*Thank you for allowing your child to do their research and create their projects as independently as possible! (I know it's hard and you want to do it for them, trust me, I KNOW!)
*Thank you for allowing their imaginations to soar when it came to figuring out who they should research, what they should make at home, and how they should dress up!
Last, but certainly not least, thank you for sharing your children with me! 
"Mrs. Adams what in the world are we going to do now that the Wax Museum is over?"
I for one, am going to enjoy every hug and smile that I can get between now and June 1st.  I am going to relax and enjoy the rest of this 4th grade journey! I am going to remind myself that this is the best time of the year and tomorrow we are going to get creative...WITHOUT USING PAINT!!!!!!!
I know some 4th graders who are going to be tired tonight, and maybe a little more quiet than normal. I NEVER thought I would see that day that these lovelies grew tired of talking! You can thank me for that later!
Spreading sunshine and sparkles, 

It is finally Friday! Day 9 until summer has arrived.
Have I told you lately that the Wax Museum is coming? It will be here  this Wednesday, May 24th, 1:15-3:00. Parents, you are allowed to come from 12:45 to 1:15 on Wednesday to help your child prepare. 5th grade classes will still be in session so we ask that you remain in the 4th grade pod area to limit distractions. The office has been made aware of the time frame for setting up and will stick to this schedule. Please remember to sign in up front.  This is put in place for your child's safety and we ask that you please adhere to this policy.  Remember also, your child will be required to return to class immediately following the Wax Museum. You are permitted to take their items with you when you leave.  
Yearbooks were sent home today. 4th grade will be doing our Yearbook signing NEXT FRIDAY, May 26th at 10:45.  Please make sure your child brings it back to get all those summer signatures and messages from friends!
The only HW your child has this week is to prepare for Wax Museum, on Wednesday! Have I mentioned that it is coming ?!  Wednesday, May 24, 1:15-3:00!!!
Our End of the Year party sign up is ready to go! Here is the link:
(I have also attached it in a separate post for later reference!!!)
I hope you have a great weekend, I hear rain is coming? A great time to snuggle up with a good book!!!
Spreading sunshine and Wax Museum info (Wed. 1:15-3:00),
See you Wednesday, 1:15-3:00 for our 4th Grade Wax Museum...I just couldn't resist!!!
I have been so busy I just realized I never posted after the Reading STAAR on Tuesday!!!! These kids worked so hard! I am so incredibly proud of them.  More importantly, they are proud of the hard work they showed!!!! (That is what makes my heart go pitter patter!!!)
Tomorrow is field day! My homeroom is wearing GREEN!!! I am excited to get outside and have some fun in the sun!
We are still working on the publishing phase of our WAX MUSEUM research.  We are now into our brown bag books and they are starting to take on a life of their own.  We will continue working on these in class, all the way up to the actual Wax Museum on May 24th. (Don't forget to mark those calendars for 24th from 1:15-3:00)  Do not worry, as we get closer I will continue to bombard you with daily reminders!  
Your child's at home project is due in class this Wednesday.  They are signed up to present on either Wednesday or Thursday. The sign ups were posted on 4/19 and you can still locate them in my previous Edlio posts.
 On Monday, we will be taking our last Social Studies benchmark for the district.  This is a cumulative review from everything we have covered this year.  We will go over the test in class Monday before they begin testing.
Important notes for the week:
No homework this week, just work on Wax Museum projects!
Spelling: List 27 (our last test)
Vocab: None!
Mon: Social Studies District Benchmark
Tues: Science District Benchmark
Wednesday: Wax Museum at home projects due and presentations begin!
Friday: We celebrate Ms. Schwarze's birthday!!!
I hope you all have a great weekend and a wonderful MOTHER'S DAY!!!  You all deserve a huge hug from your sweet babies, and here is one from me too!!!
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,

MYON info from Ms. Hock in the library

Here's a note from our librarian:

The district has again been given access to MYON for the summer, and the kids are able to log on now. They should be able to just go to Clever and login using Google.

 MYON has about 6,000 titles. These are Capstone books, which is a publishing company just for libraries and schools. The titles will look familiar, though, because we have a bunch here in the library, like the Sports Illustrated Kids series and quality nonfiction for lower grades.

Hopefully, this will be a good resource for those of you working on research projects as we end the year! 

MYON also has national summer reading prizes, so one of our students could win an Ipad or gift card! 

Thank you!

 Gretchen Hock

I am so proud of all the hard work I saw the kids putting into their STAAR Math today! I know tomorrow they will work just as hard on the STAAR Reading.  No homework this week, just  let those kids get outside and run around in this gorgeous weather! I know they will come in ready to READ their hearts out tomorrow!
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
A few quick Friday tidbits:
Monday:  STAAR Math 
Tuesday: STAAR Reading
Wednesday: Creativity day (and Wax Museum artifacts due in 1 WEEK!!!! 5/17)
Thursday: Game day
Friday: Field Day, Adams homeroom is wearing green! Any shade will do! 
* Reading RockSTAAR posters came home today.  You child has a special place for them under their pillows! I know all this information will travel into those eager brains while sugarplums dance in their dreams!
*No spelling or vocab this week due to STAAR!
*If you have not sent in the letter for your child to read please do so by then! We still have a few kiddoes without a letter! :(
*Please make sure your child starts their morning off with a healthy breakfast, after they wake from going to bed early the night before ;) !!!
*Feel free to wear those lucky socks and bring a jacket for testing days!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
I am speechless! ( and you all know that does NOT happen very often!)
Thank you for all the sweet love letters and thoughtful gifts this week.  I cannot begin to express how much your kiddoes mean to me.  They each have  a special place in my heart and I will carry it with me forever.  Thank you again for the many blessings this week.  
Spreading sunshine and gratitude,
Dear Parents,
Don't forget YOUR homework is due tomorrow! Thank you to all of you that have already sent it in! It means the world to these hard working 4th graders!
Spreading sunshine and good vibes,

Wax Museum Information and tidbits (the first of MANY reminders)

Just a friendly reminder that Wax Museum season is upon us! I have attached a separate link that will take you right to my Edlio page with probably MORE INFORMATION than you need to be successful!  This information was also sent home in Wednesday folders on 3/29  and 4/5.  Don't forget your child's at home project/artifact is due in class on 5/17.  On my Edlio page you will find several examples of what a project could look like.  Remember, you are not limited to the examples!
If you haven't already marked your calendar please write this down:
4th Grade Living Wax Museum 
Wednesday, May 24th 1:15-3:00
** You may come to the classroom/pod to help your child get ready starting at 12:55.  However, Parents WILL NOT be allowed into the cafeteria until 1:15.  The custodial staff needs time to clean after lunch and get it sparkling for us! Don't worry, your child will already have an assigned spot so they will know exactly where to go and set up!
Spreading sunshine and reminders,

Today is one of my favorite day's of the year.  I have a basket I have kept from the time I started teaching.It is filled to the brim and has love notes I have gotten over the past 22 years.  I can take each one out an picture the face and the heart that it came from.  I love each note the kids took the time to write for me. Please know they are loved and will be cherished forever.  Thank you ALL for making my heart full and being my sunshine!
Spreading sunshine and warm fuzzies,
P.S. one side note, and more to some soon...
Next Friday, May 12, is our Field Day.  Adams homeroom color will be green. Each child is encouraged to wear the same color to allow us to keep track of each class.  Thank you!