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Field Trip RESCHEDULED

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Our field trip tomorrow has been RESCHEDULED due to weather. The field trip will now take place on Wednesday, October 3rd.

School Wide Book Fair!!

Hi families, In addition to the book orders sent home for our classroom (which are due this Friday, September 21) we are also having a school wide Scholastic Book Fair on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27 in the library. The RES Scholastic Book Fair will be open: Wednesday, 9/26  -7:15-8:10 am, 2:45-3:30 pm & 5:00-6;30 pm. Thursday 9/27  -7:15-8:10 am, 2:45-3:30 pm & 5:00-6:30 pm.

We will have a raffle for a basket of books during the fair.   1 ticket for .25 or 5 for $1.00.

Books can be purchased online between September 17 and September 27.  Information will be placed on our school home page and the book fair link is http://www.scholastic.com/bf/richmondelementaryschool6.

~Ms. Poncelet

Happy International Dot Day!

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The fourth graders were busy this afternoon celebrating International Dot Day! International Dot Day takes place every year on September 15th to celebrate the publication of The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The Dot is a story about inspiring and encouraging creativity in others.  Be sure to ask your student about what happens in the story!

Class Promise

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Our fourth graders have been working really hard these past two weeks on learning classroom routines and building a classroom community. As a class, we had a respectful discussion about the rules that we wanted to create in our classroom. Together, we brainstormed a list of all the rules that we might want in our classroom in order to make it the best possible place to learn and grow. I was SO impressed with the students' thoughtful contributions and ideas. After compiling all of our ideas, we looked at them together to see if we could find any that might fit together. After a lot of hard work and team discussions, we came up with these 5 "promises" for our classroom.


Amazing Alliterations

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Last week we started our first writing unit on poetry. Before writing poems of our own, students took the time to explore other poets by reading and listening to all different types of poetry. After diving into the world of reading poetry, students were ready to look deeper at what elements poems contain. The first thing we looked at together were alliterations. After learning what an alliteration was, we went outside to write nature inspired poetry. Today, we began the process of publishing these poems. Students worked to finish and revise their poems on their own and then worked together with their writing partner to offer compliments and suggestions to improve their work. Ask your child what alliterations they used in their poems!

Today, we decided together as a class that we would make poetry journals where we would keep all of our poems. They were super excited about this! Tomorrow we will begin typing our poems. I look forward to reading their finished pieces.





First Week of School!

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WOW, what a fantastic first week in fourth grade! Our class spent lots of time this week learning expectations and routines in our new classroom. We also spent lots of time getting to know one another through team-building games and activities. 😊

Something we discussed a lot as a class this week was our class goals for the year. I was so proud of the students for sharing their thoughts and having positive discussions with their classmates about what we value as a class. One exciting part of these discussions was learning a new song! We watched the music video for "Have it All" by Jason Mraz and looked closely at the lyrics. Then, we talked about the meaning behind his lyrics and how they might connect to the values we have in our class and in our school. We talked about believing in ourselves, always trying our best, and never being afraid to make mistakes!

We also learned routines for independent reading and writing times. WOW! I was so impressed with how focused the stude…