•                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 September 4, 2016


    Dear Families,

              I’m so excited to have your child in my 4th grade classroom this year.  This year, we have a full-year intern in our classroom.  Please help me welcome Ms. Jordan Schoppenhorst to Nixa and our classroom.  I'm excited to have this opportunity to work with a student teacher throughout the whole school year, and I foresee more individualized attention for our students with two teachers in the classroom.  

              During our reading block, we will continue to work in small guided reading groups and the Daily 5 stations:  Working with Words, Writing, Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Listen to Reading.  We will start with a mini-lesson as usual and then pursue our fourth-grade specific standards while targeting your children's individual needs in the small guided reading groups. 

              During writing, we will continue to have a mini-lesson at the beginning of the session, and then each student will work toward mastery of fourth grade learning standards.  We will continue to have small-group and individual conferences during the Writer’s Workshop time so that we can help each child grow from where they begin the year.

              In Math, we will continue to work with small guided math groups after our mini-lesson each day.  Students will work to set and reach goals based on their performance data from beginning of the year assessments and frontrowed data.  

             Ms. Schoppenhorst and I will work collaboratively to plan Science and Social Studies lessons each quarter.   This class will be projects-based with many hands-on learning opportunities.  In addition, we will be inviting parents each quarter so that we can showcase for you what we're learning.         

             As we begin this school year, please encourage your child to continue reading for enjoyment.  Fourth graders should be very comfortable with their basic multiplication and division facts so that we can begin almost immediately to work toward mastery of fourth grade learning standards. 

             I look forward to working with you to ensure your child’s success this year.    J


                                                                  Mrs. Volce