Today we put together our study guides for Friday's test. All of the pages have already been completed and should be stapled in this order:
1. Study guide for "How did the Native Americans change after the arrival of the Europeans?"
2. Study guide for "How was NC established?"
3. Settlement of the Coastal Plain graphic organizer
4. Settlement of the Piedmont graphic organizer
5. Settlement of the Mountains graphic organizer
6. Settlement of the African Americans graphic organizer
7. French-Indian War/Revolutionary War graphic organizer
8. Civil War Summary
This week at Weatherstone is Red Ribbon Week where we are all vowing to be drug free! Yesterday we signed a giant banner on our way to lunch pleging to stay drug free! Today we each signed a link that was put together in a giant chain to show that ALL OF US TOGETHER ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY OF US ALONE. Here's how the rest of our Red Ribbon Week pans out:
Please sign up to be a volunteer at our first STEM Friday! Click here!
Parents – My husband TJ and I are excited to be the room parents for Ana Gates’ 4th grade class at Weatherstone this school year. We have opportunities for you to volunteer in the classroom, and we hope you’ll sign up to help. There will be two types of classroom activities held. First, STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) Fridays will occur once a month in Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb & March and will be led by volunteers from outside the school who have expertise in the specific areas of study. Second, Fun Fridays will occur once a month, and will consist of parent-led crafts/games/activities and a healthy snack from 3-3:30 right before the school day ends. We will need 2-3 parents to help with each event. Below is the schedule for both STEM Fridays and Fun Fridays. We will send a Sign Up Genius notice in the next few days to facilitate easy tracking of volunteers throughout the year. If anyone knows for sure they can help next Friday 10/19 for our first STEM Friday, please feel free to email me right away. Thanks again in advance for your support!
** Will take place from 9:15am-10:15am on the Fridays listed below.
** Please arrive no later than 9am and be prepared to stay until 10:30am for set up/clean up.
· October 19, 2012
o Fourth Grade Speakers will be: Raleigh Fossil Club leading a ‘Fossil Dig’ & NC State Physics team leading ‘Electrical magnet stations’
· November 30, 2012
· January 18, 2013
· February 22, 2013
· March 15, 2013
** Will take place from 3:00-3:30 on the following Fridays:
· November 2, 2012 - Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving theme
· December 14, 2012 – Winter/Holiday theme
· February 1, 2012 – Valentine’s theme
· March 1, 2012 – St. Patrick’s Day theme
· April 12, 2012 – Spring theme
· May 3 – Cinco De Mayo theme
· We will have an end of year activity as well – date/time TBD
ROOM PARENT CONTACT INFO
TJ – TJCawley@hotmail.com ; 919-539-9683
Kathy – Kathy.Cawley@verizon.com ; 919-539-3687
October 5, 2012
Billy Jonas 'Everybody’s in the Band'
Themes include ecological awareness, community connection, and various curriculum-related songs. Billy will discuss recycling more to emphasize the ecological awareness theme.
This program is all about participation. Concerts include sing-a-longs, bang-a-longs, and an improvised song with audience suggestions. Instruments include voices, guitar and homemade, recyclable, object instruments. This show proves to each and every participant that they are indeed a musician. For more than two decades, his creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired folks from all walks of life — touching hearts, souls, and minds world-wide .
About the Artist
As a founding member of the acclaimed duo "The Billys," Billy Jonas has made innovative use of "found objects." He helps audiences discover the music within common items … and within themselves. Billy Jonas' recordings and live concerts across the US and Canada have generated an enthusiastic following. His CD "What Kind of Cat are You?!" received multiple awards including a First Place/Gold from AFIM (American Federation of Independent Musicians), and a Parent's Choice Gold. Jonas' videos have garnered critical acclaim, including Parents Choice Awards and a New York Times "Best" listing
The students will be turning in their first written response in essay form on Friday, October 5, 2012. We looked at this article (click here) and filled in a graphic organizer with three main ideas (illnesses/diseases, trade, slavery) and supporting details. Each student should come home with all the information filled out in their graphic organizer to write their essays responding to the question: How did American Indian life change after the arrival of the Eur.
I recommend having your fourth grader work a little bit on this assignment each night. Students have three nights to do it...maybe write out a rough draft tonight and tomorrow night and then type up a final copy on Thursday night? We'll discuss ways of breaking up a larger assignment in class today.
Learn more about the PTA reflections contest, and find the form of intent by clicking here.
Also, I am excited to announce our class has two room parents!
Mrs. Ana Rhyne
I teach 4th grade math and science at Weatherstone Elementary School. I graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Spanish and K-6 licensure.