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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
terresaadams@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 x 3842

Conference Period:
9:40-10:35

 

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It’s a Fabulous Friday 4th Grade Families!!


This week has once again been busy.  (I feel like I say that every week!) Thank you to all the families that joined us for Parent Information Night.  If you were unable to make it, no worries! We will send  home the slideshow handout  in Wednesday folders next week to anyone who could not attend.  You can also access it on my Edlio page.  Just look for the Parent Open House 2017  tab.


For Writing, this week and next, we are at one of my favorite stages.  We have used a Personal Narrative timeline to plan out our stories.  We have begun what we call “Scene Work”. We divided our story into 3 sections (beginning, middle, and end).  For each scene we Sketch, Story tell, and then Write.  We also add F.A.T. details, (feelings, actions, and thoughts) for each scene.  This is really when they start to see their stories come to life! We will continue with our scene work, and begin the drafting process.


In Reading, we are continuing to look at plot elements.  We will dig deeper next week by looking at how the character’s actions affect the future events in a story.  It has been an A-HA moment for the kids this week, to plot out their own story and then do the same with an author’s story.  I loved hearing the conversations connecting their thinking! It makes my heart warm and fuzzy!


In Social Studies, we will finish up Native American in Texas and move on to begin learning about explorers that were important to Texas. I like to maximize as much of our learning time as possible.  Social Studies is the perfect outlet for fine tuning our real life reading skills. We use non fiction text to research and summarize information, use text features to locate information, as well as using our comprehension skills.  This time is crucial to our reading success!


Homework for next week: I always take a photo of the planner for the week and add it to Google Classroom.  This allows the students to access it at any time.  I will also attach the link that will allow you to see our HW planner for the week.  This helps keep everyone on track! Please see the link below to look at your child’s planner and HW for next week:


https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Njg3NjY3MzE4OVpa/p/Nzc2NDg3MjIzNVpa/details


Education Galaxy: We are excited to try out a new program our school has purchased.  Ms. Schwarze and I have both added all the kids and they can login and check it out.  We will go over it in class together but if they want to jump right in, go for it! I have added assignments for them to work on.  However, these are really just  ways for the kids (and myself) to practice using the program.

Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/PpTYgU

Login: lunch number Password: tisd and birthdate

Parent Conferences:

If you haven’t already signed up click the link below for an available slot.  We still have plenty of openings.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0449a5ab2aab9-adams1

Now for the really important info:

I just know that I am secretly turning some of you into Buckeye fans! A special shout out to Mrs. Sutter for the delicious homemade BUCKEYES!!!!! I have secretly hidden them from the rest of the family!  In case you don’t already have it written in your calendar,  you can catch The Ohio State Buckeyes against  UNLV Rebels, at 11:00 on the Big Ten Network! We started making our comeback last week, it only gets better from here! (Fingers crossed).

Enjoy your weekend and snuggle your sweet kiddos!

Spreading sunshine and sparkles,

Terri

Parent Conference Sign Up

Ms. Schwarze and I are excited to visit with you about how your child is doing.  Please go to the link below to sign up for a Fall Conference. These conferences will be with BOTH teachers at the same time.  You will not need to sign up for 2 separate times.  We look forward to meeting with you.
 
 
Spreading sunshine and great news,
Terri

Happy Friday!
 
Our week has absolutely flown by.  We have been busy getting into the swing of things.  Today was a bittersweet day for many of us.  We are so excited to welcome our new 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Morrow.  This afternoon she got to welcome her new students into their new classroom.  I have a special place in my heart for each and ever one of those kiddos! I know that starting a new school year can be hard, this year is no exception.  For the new class, it might feel like the first day all over again.  I know that they are in great hands and can only hope that they keep a special place in their heart for me! Luckily, I will still see them on the recess field!!!
 
In Writing, we will begin planning out, or timelining, our first Personal Narrative.  I have spent a lot of time talking about where my ideas come from. This requires sharing a few of my real life stories. Many of them embarrassing, too many to be exact!  We will also work on adding details that can be exaggerated to draw the reader in.  We call this the "Big Fish" factor. This is the time the kids start getting their engines revved up and ready to write, write, write!!! That makes my teacher heart so happy!
 
In Reading, we have been focusing on how the story elements are used purposefully by the author.  We are also locating the Theme for each book. This also helps us as writer's.  It allows us to see how we could also create stories that show our reader the life lessons our experiences have taught us. This is a process that does not come easily.  However, the end result makes for some very proud 4th graders. We will also find the plot for the stories we are using and use them as a model as well.
 
In Social Studies, we wrapped up our tour of Texas, and its landmarks and symbols. If your child did not finish their Texas slideshow today, I am allowing them to wrap it up over the weekend. On Monday,  we will begin researching the important Native American tribes that made a difference in our Texas History.
 
Important information for this week:
 
**Picture day is Tuesday.  Envelopes went home a a couple of weeks ago.  If you sent your money in already, it is being held in the front office and will be given to the photographers on Tuesday.
 
**Thursday is Parent Information Night.  The night will begin in the cafeteria at 6:00.  We will start our presentations at 6:30, and again at 7:10.  We can't wait to tell you all fun happenings in 4th grade!
 
Now for the really important information:
 
You can catch my Buckeyes (who unfortunately LOST last weekend) tomorrow at 3:30 on Fox.  Better luck to them this week.  I just know you will all be routing for my team!!!
 
 
I hope you all have a great weekend, they seem to fly by just as quickly as our school day!
 
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
Terri
 
Happy Friday 4th grade families!
 
I know, it is technically not the 1st week of school, but it certainly feels like it. I am one tired teacher.  My energy gas tank is running on empty right now, and my voice has completely left the building! (I keep telling the kids how happy this probably makes my family...maybe if I didn't talk so much I would still have a voice!)
 
Some of your kiddos might be bringing home their notebooks to finish decorating.  If you have clear packing tape and want to seal the covers once they finish, that would be a great help.  They will need the notebooks in class on Monday.  I have tape to go over the notebooks if you are unable to do so. No big deal!
 
Next week, we will begin our next unit in Reading.  We will focus on Story Elements and the Theme or message of a story.  We will end this unit with an in class project to assess their knowledge. In Writing, we will continue gathering writing "seeds" or "nuggets" as I like to call them.  The following week these seeds will  start to become our 1st official writing piece!
 
In Social Studies, we will be working on learning more about Texas, and the symbols and landmarks that make our state such a great place! Your child will be working on creating their own Texas slideshow in Google classroom.
 
The weather feels absolutely amazing, and the kids are loving it too. We can always tell when the weather changes a bit, the children become a little "chatty". I have no doubt that we will be into our routines in no time.  
 
Speaking of the awesome weather, the feeling of Fall can only mean one thing...COLLEGE FOOTBALL has started.  The kids know how I feel about my Ohio State Buckeyes!  In case you were wondering, they will be playing against Oklahoma tomorrow at 6:30, on ABC.  O-H-I-O!!!!! I realize that some of you may be interested in those other teams, but it never hurts to broaden your horizons!
 
Enjoy your weekend and hug on your sweet children!
 
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
Terri

Wednesday folders

Your child will be bringing home their Wed. folder today.  It has some flyers with information, look for the Picture Day flyer!!  There are 2 different technology  forms that I have sent home.  One is for permission to use an e- reader (tablet, kindle, I-Pad, etc) in class.  This only needs to be sent in if you choose to let your child use one of these in school.  They are only used for reading, not playing games.  The other form is our Chromebook expectations and policy.  Please read over this and review it with your child.  This needs to be signed and returned for all students.  We will be using these in class weekly and want to make sure each child understands their responsibilities.  We will begin sending home the weekly progress reports next week.  Thank you for all you do!
 
Spreading sunshine and information,
Terri

Yes! I feel like a brand new human now that the kids are back! A tired human but, I can deal with that for sure!
 
Just a few things to kick off the week:
 
*Planners, we added HW and spelling for the week to our planners today. I will add a "Spelling Menu" to my Google Classroom at some point this week.  Again, these are just suggestions.  You are welcome to study the best way that works for your child. We also got on chrome books and I showed the kids how to access my website and find their spelling words, for the entire year. They also joined my Google Classroom and we are up and running! Let the work begin!!! You can also find directions on how to access google at home on my website.
 
Here's the link:
 
Please know that we have decided to reschedule Parent Information Night, so it will NOT be this Wednesday.  As soon as I know the date, I will let you know.
 
*In addition to studying spelling words, your child's homework this week will be to decorate his/her Reader's/Writer's Notebook.  (The notebooks are glued together, so essentially it is one BIG notebook now.)  Please be sure it is returned EVERY day because we will use it. Friday, we will have our decorating party!
 
* FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY: we use flashlights on Fridays during our reading and writing time! Your child can bring one to leave in class all year, I will return them.  You child can also bring it just on Friday's. Whatever works! I have extras also.  We will have our 1st Flashlight Friday this week.
 
* Headphones: If you have not already sent in headphones we will be using them ASAP.  Thank you, these will be returned at the end of the year also.
 
I think that about covers it...until I get home and think of another 50 things :).
 
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
Terri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Hello 4th grade families,
 
I hope that this finds you all safe and dry.  I usually send out my posts on Friday and share all the amazing things we have been doing in class.  This is not your typical post.  I have been incredibly blessed to have only property damage outside my home. My next door neighbors have completely lost everything, like countless others.  It is so difficult to try and wrap my brain around the devastation, and the massive area that has been affected.  It brings me to tears to see all of the kindness being spread across our region. I continue to say, for every story we hear about, there will be many that will remain untold.  My heart aches for those facing a new day that right now seems uncertain.  If I can take one thing away from this, I would say that it has been an incredible life lesson for my own child.  She was only a month old when we rode out the storm during Hurricane Ike.  As a parent, I want to set the example of paying it forward and helping others, for no other reason than to spread some sunshine! Our family has tried to help out the best we can, where we can! We have not once had to tell her what to do, she has jumped right in and worked hard to help out with an open and cheerful heart. If our kids can live this life lesson now, imagine the example they will set for others in the years to come.  School business will resume and life in Texas will move forward.  I know that I will hug my family just a little bit tighter each day and make no mistake, that includes each and every one of your sweethearts too!!!! I just wanted to reach out and let you know you are never far from my heart. 
 
Spreading sunshine and strength,
Terri

Hoping you are all safe!

 Just a quick note! I am sure this is not at the top of your list of things to worry about, just wanted to touch base.  Obviously, our notebook party never happened on Friday.  In order to establish our routines and really get into the heart of our learning, we will not have our decorating party as soon as school resumes.  My plan is this, we will be working in our notebooks during class.  I am going to ask the students to bring their notebooks home each night to begin decorating them.  The notebooks MUST come back into class each day. On Friday, we will have our decorating party and they can finish up any last minute touches.  If your child has already brought in stuff to decorate, they can just bring it back home and work on it then.  This will be the only homework for me this week.  We were originally going to start spelling on Monday.  If we come back on Tuesday, I will more than likely give them their first list.  If we are out of school any longer than that, I will hold off until the next week.  We will just be flexible! 
 
We have a tradition of celebrating the end of the 1st week of school with new PJ's and a family movie and PJ party.  We are just carrying that PJ party into this extended weekend.  Although, I don't really feel like I truly finished the 1st week.  I must say, by our 3rd day of school, we were really starting to find our rhythm and get into a solid routine.  I am missing your lovelies and can't wait to see them soon.  Stay safe and enjoy a little extra snuggle time with your sweet babies!
 
 
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
Terri

Notebook decorating party tomorrow!

 TGIF, almost! I cannot believe how quickly this week has flown by.  Don't forget tomorrow we will be decorating our Reader's and Writer's notebooks.  A HUGE thank you goes out to the amazing moms that came in and glued them together for the entire 4th grade.  I can't wait to see how the notebooks turn out.  Enjoy your evening!
 
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
Terri

It's finally here! The first day of 4th grade begins tomorrow.  I am so excited to begin our journey together.  I always have a hard time sleeping the night before school starts. I can be a worrier and my nerves kick in! I know that many of the kids are a little apprehensive about the lockers this year.  We will make sure they get into their lockers and by the end of the week, they will be locker professionals!
 
For those of you who ordered supplies that didn't arrive on Friday, they came in today! I labeled all the stuff and your child will be ready to go.  If you were unable to make it to Meet the Teacher, we will make sure your child finds their locker and help them get supplies in order.
 
Thank you to all the parents who signed up to help glue notebooks at 9:45 on Wednesday and Thursday.  If you would like to join the fun we have plenty of notebooks to go around!!  We are in need of clear packing tape and hot glue sticks (the mini ones) to make this a success.
 
This week on Friday, we will have our Notebook decorating party! We will be jazzing up our Writer's notebook and Reader's notebook.  Some suggestions for items to use to decorate:
 
Washi and duct tape
Stickers
Letter Stickers
Pictures (photos or printed off pics work)
Pictures of book covers (for the reader's notebook)
Scrapbook paper
 
We will have limited a limited supply of decorations. Your child is welcome to bring in their own items or items to share also! On Friday, after our decorating party, your child will be bringing their notebook home to complete any last minute touches.  If you are anything like me, I like to get in on the fun too, we don't mind if you make it a family project!
 
I hope you all have a great evening.  I can't wait to see all those smiling faces in the morning.
 
Spreading sunshine and sparkles,
Terri Adams