• 4S update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 1/27/2020
    Hello families!
     
    This is a pretty regular update for the week ahead.   Keep reading for the book report and a recommendation of an app to help with our USA Regions unit.
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Independent Book Report:  Most kids are in good shape with their book report, so keep up the good reading.   The book and report should be finished by Wednesday, February 5th.    We will sign up for times for the main character show-and-tell next week.  We will do about 5 a day.
    3. USA Regions Unit:    This week is the MIDWEST REGION. It gets a little harder starting with this region, but we will practice and learn about the states all week.  I Quiz Friday.  
    4.  Box Top Collection Starting Box tops are being collected from now through Friday, February 7th.  Bring them in anytime, if you have them. 
    5.  Stack-the-States :   There is a fun and education app that my students have enjoyed and has helped them with this unit.   I would recommend it, if your child has access to an ipad or smartphone.  
     
    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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  • Book Choice & West Region

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 1/12/2020
    An update for the week ahead:
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Independent Book Report:  Students will need to commit to reading a chapter book by Wednesday, January 15th The book can come from the school library, classroom library or from home.  Students received a copy of the report and project instructions today. The project is a Main Character Show and Tell. The students can read the book at home, at school, or some combination in order to finish it and the report by Wednesday, February 5th. 
    3. USA Regions Unit:    This is the week of the WESTERN REGION.  Students will be working on the western states, landforms, climates, cultures and more.  We will have a quiz on Friday to see if the kids can identify the states.  A sample quiz/study sheet is also coming home today.  If they can provide the state capital and abbreviation, I give them extra credit.   Extra credit will be in a variety of forms - each point might be a problem crossed off the homework, an extra minute of free time, googly eye or pom-pom to make a zeeblie, and sometimes an m-and-m.   I like to reward the kids for extra effort.  Please let me know if you have thoughts for the times when an m-and-m is offered as extra credit.   
      
     
    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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  • First Update in 2020

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 1/6/2020
    Good morning and Happy New Year! 
     
     
    This morning, I had a conversation with the kids about the case of pertussis in our classroom to ease any fears, to remind them of the every-present importance of washing hands and covering coughs, and to reinforce the idea that it doesn't matter who had the case of pertussis.  I trust you have all received a phone call from the health department about a case of pertussis in our classroom. To be consistent, all communication and  updates regarding this will come from the district and/or administration.  I am personally feeling well and ready to start the new year and face all that it brings!
     
     
     An update for the week ahead:
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday. Reading log due Monday.
    2.  Coming Soon - Independent Book Report:  We will have another independent book report and project soon.  I am telling you in advance, so you have time to find a chapter book.  The book can come from the school library, classroom library or from home, and the book choice due by Wednesday, January15.  The report will be identical to the last one, and the project this time is a Main Character Show and Tell. See attached, if interested. The students can read the book at home, at school, or some combination in order to finish it by Wednesday, February 5th.       
    3. USA Regions Unit:    We are starting a unit on the United States of America.  This is our intro week, and starting next week, we will look at one of the  regions each week for 5 weeks.  Students will be working on the states, landforms, climates, cultures and more.  On Fridays of those weeks, we will take a no-pressure quiz over the states in that region, to see if the kids can identify them.  If they can provide the state capital and abbreviation, I give them extra credit.   Extra credit will be in a variety of forms - each point might be a problem crossed off the homework, an extra minute of free time, googly eye or pom-pom to make a zeeblie, and sometimes an m-and-m.   I like to reward the kids for extra effort.  Please let me know if you have thoughts for the times when an m-and-m is offered as extra credit.   
    2.  Visiting Poet:  We are thrilled to have Mark Gibbons from the Missoula Writing Collaborative join us on a weekly basis, beginning January 23rd, to write and share poetry.   You will be invited to a poetry reading in April, and you will be delighted with the poetry folder the students create.
    2.  Field Trip to the Symphony:  On Friday, February 7th, we will go to the University to listen to the symphony.   It is a quick trip - we load the bus, walk to the auditorium, we listen to music, learn a little bit about the instruments, and then we return home.   Parents are welcome, but we have a limit of 2 for the classroom.  
     
    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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  • Last Update of 2019

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 12/16/2019
     
    I wish you all a wonderful break and I look forward to 2020 with your and your children!   
     
    This week's update is much the same as last week, with the addition of information for an MCT (Missoula Children's Theatre) Rattlesnake performance.
     
    1.  Homework - math homework due Friday.  No reading log for the break, but I hope everyone reads!
    2.  Celebration:  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.
     
    3. PTA Direct Donate:    An updated note comes home today. :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.
     
    4. Missoula Children's (Community) Theatre is hosting a play for Rattlesnake students in February.  A letter with more details are coming home today.  More details to follow after the break as well.
     
    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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  • 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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