• Celebration

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 12/9/2019

    Hello Families,

     
    On Friday, December 20th, we will celebrate the joy of being together, of the completion of our Montana Unit, and the upcoming winter break.
     
    Our plans for the afternoon include:
     
    - Sock Exchange -  We will exchange socks, in a secret-santa style.  The socks should be inexpensive and fun!    Today, each student will draw a name of another student, for whom they will get a pair of socks. I also have several extra pairs, if needed.   Please bring the socks wrapped.
    - Montana-Shaped Cookies.   We will be mixing, cutting, baking and decorating a Montana shaped cookie.   (If you have a Montana shaped cookie cutter, we'd love to borrow it!)
    - Playing Board Games - we will play board games for the afternoon, after putting on our new socks  and enjoying our cookie.  I welcome students to bring in one of their favorite games from home to share.
     
    It should be a wonderful afternoon!  If you have any questions, just let me know.
    Thanks,
    Carrie
     
     
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  • 4S Update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 12/2/2019
    Good morning!  
     
    It is back to a full week of learning, and it is a rather straight-forward week.  Hope your break was thoroughly enjoyable!
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  PTA Direct Donate:    A letter was distributed last week.  If you have any questions, see https://rattlesnakepta.org/2019/11/23/direct-donate-2019/ or  email to rattlesnakepta@gmail.com  This fundraiser will go through December 21st, 2019.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • Short Update & Thanks for Conferences

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 11/18/2019

    Good morning, and here is a quick update this week!

     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.   Montana Postcards   We have started our unit on the state of Montana.  We are creating a 'Montana Big Book', and there is a section where we use postcards.   It would be very helpful if you have the chance to pick up 2 or 3 postcards for your kid to use or share.  (They are near the wine section in Albertsons, in the front of Target, and just about any other store). The postcards can be anything to do with our state - wildlife, cities, rivers, universities, humor, etc..  I also have a selection for the kids to choose from, if needed.  Please bring in by Friday.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • Conferences This Week!

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 11/10/2019
     
    Good morning!    I look forward to meeting with all you this week.  
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Thursday - a quick review of math facts. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Parent Teacher Conferences:   Half day on Thursday (11:35 release) and no school Friday.  Thank you for signing up for conferences.  Here is the schedule:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ea4ac22a2f94-parent2
    3.  Book Fair!   The Rattlesnake Library, PTA and Fact and Fiction are having a book fair at the school library. Join us to browse the books: Nov 12th-14th, Tuesday 8-7 Wednesday 8 -7, Thursday 8-124.  
    4. Can the Cats Food Drive, November 11-14 -Your student can bring canned goods to school next week to support the Missoula Food Bank.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
     
     
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  • 4S Short Update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 11/3/2019

    Good morning! 

     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Picture Re-takes - Wednesday, November 6th in the morning.
    3. Parent Teacher Conferences Next Week:    Here is the schedule:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ea4ac22a2f94-parent2
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • Halloween, Permission Form and Parent Teacher Conferences

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/27/2019
    Good morning,
     
    Time goes so quickly - we are coming close to parent teacher conferences already!
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Book Dioramas -   I am always excited to see the dioramas.  They are due today, and the students will present them to the class.
    3.  Green Permission Sheet for Electronic Usage :  Another permission form is coming home today, due by Friday or earlier.  This one is related to a state law about student privacy for web-site and app use. MCPS requires web-sites and apps not to share student information or use for commercial reasons.
    4. Halloween Celebration- On Halloween from 1 to 2:30.  Students can change into costumes after lunch.  General guidelines - No weapons, nothing too scary and the student cannot be unidentifiable.   We will play some games, show off our costumes, and have popcorn as a snack.  We still need rolls of toilet paper (with the toilet paper on it - we are making some mummies!)
    5. Parent Teacher Conferences -  An email be sent on Tuesday asking for on-line signups.  (All teachers are sending out their on-line sign ups on Tuesday.)  
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
     
     
     
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  • 4S Update - report due, family fun night

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/20/2019
    Good morning! 
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Independent Reading Report/Project - Report due by Wednesday, October 23rd.  The shoe-box diorama is due by Monday, October 28th.   Please see my web-site for examples:  Book Project Examples 
    3. Family Fun Night: Family Fun Night with Animal Wonders! Thursday, October 24th from 6 to 7:30 at the Rattlesnake Gym.   Free and fun!  All family members welcome. 
    4. Vision Screening - all 4th graders will be vision screened on Tuesday, October 22.  You will only receive notification if your child's vision shows a discrepancy.
    5. Halloween Celebration- On Halloween from 1 to 2:30.  Students can change into costumes after lunch.  General guidelines - No weapons, nothing too scary (think- would it frighten a kindergartner?) and student cannot be unidentifiable.   We will play some games, show off our costumes, and have popcorn as a snack.  I will provide the popcorn, but if anyone wants to bring in apple cider, we can have that too.  Just let me know via email if you can bring that.  I will also need many toilet paper rolls for a mummy game.  If each student brought in a roll or two, that would be wonderful.  No need to let me know, just bring them in.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • Short Week & No Math HW

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/13/2019

    Good morning! A short update for a short week:

     
    1.  Homework - NO math homework because of the short week., Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Independent Reading Report/Project - About 5 kids have already turned in their reports, and lots of kids are finishing their books.   Remember the deadlines:  Report due by Wednesday, October 23rd, or earlier.  The shoe-box diorama is due by Monday, October 28th.   Please see my web-site for examples:  Book Project Examples 
    3. NO SCHOOL on Thursday (10-17) and Friday (10-18): Enjoy the long weekend.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • 4S Update - PEAS Farm, New Math Unit, Indepedent Book

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/6/2019

      Happy Monday!  A quick update this week:

     
    1.  Homework - the usual. Math due Friday, Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Independent Reading Report/Project - I have been meeting individually with everyone, checking for how far they have read their book and for comprehension.  I will continue to do so.  Remember the deadlines:  Report due by Wednesday, October 23rd, or earlier.  The shoe-box diorama is due by Monday, October 28th.   Please see my web-site for examples:  Book Project Examples 
    3.  PEAS Farm with our K-Buddies: Wednesday, October 9, we will be walking to the PEAS Farm with our kindergarten buddies to tour the farm, harvest food and enjoy ourselves.  We will leave at 1:15 and be back by 2:30.
    4.  New Math Unit: The students did very well on their Unit 1 math test!  We will now move into a multiplication unit where we will multiply larger numbers  (458 x 3, 7,235 x 5, and 56 x 89).  It is a tough unit, so be prepared for some extra effort.  Also, we practice our multiplication facts every day in school, but if your child is struggling, I strongly encourage them to practice at home.  Focusing on the 6s, 7s, and 8s is the most beneficial.   Also, we teach multiplication strategies in two separate ways.  The first is visual and based on area  (Area Model) and second is the way we all learned (Old Fashion Method).  All students are expected to learn and know both models, and after that has been shown - they are welcome to choose the method they prefer.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • Spirit Week, Picture Day, Field Trip, and More

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/29/2019

    Happy Monday!

    We have a busy week ahead, and hopefully our weather gets back to normal for our outdoor field trip on Friday.
     
    1.  Homework - Math homework comes home today and is due Friday.  Reading logs are due today, and a new one is coming home for next Monday.
    2.  Independent Reading Report/Project - Everyone has chosen a book, and now is the time to read (if they haven't started already).   Students may read in school during reading time, at home for their reading log or a combination.  A blank report is coming home today and is due by Wednesday, October 23rd, or earlier.  Students will also be making a shoe box diorama.  The diorama is due by Monday, October 28th.   Please see my web-site for examples:  Book Project Examples
    3.  Picture Day: Thursday, October 3rd at 11:55. You can order on-line www.mylifetouch.com  Picture Day ID:  JX619506Y0  
    4. Field Trip with Naturalist: Friday, October 4th from 9:30 to 1:30.  We will be outside the entire time, so please wear layers appropriate for the weather.  A sack lunch can be ordered from the cafeteria, if needed.  I will ask the students for any orders.
    5. PTA Beef Jerky Fundraiser Forms and money due today, Monday, September 30th.
    6. Spirit Week -   The Rattlesnake Spirit Week is here!-  Sept 30 through October 3rd!   Dressing up is super fun, but optional.  We hope you join in!   Monday:  Dress like a teacher,  Tuesday: Dress like a Superhero/Villain,  Wednesday:  Dress in a Wacky Way,  Thursday:  Dress Fancy and Formal (note this is school picture day),and  Friday: Wear Montana Griz or Rattlesnake School Gear.
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.  You can email, call or just stop by.
     
    Thank you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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