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May 14th NewsletterPosted by Kelsey McCann on 5/14/2021 3:15:00 PM
Good Afternoon All!
We just completed our last 5-day school week of the year! Only 4 weeks until these kiddos become the top dogs at the school.
Just a few quick announcements today.
- SBAC ELA was completed this week (!!)
- SBAC Math is next week (Wednesday AM/Thursday AM/PM)
- ReadyMath Diagnostic is the following week (week of the 24th)
No school on the following days: 5/17, 5/28 & 5/31
Last Day of School: June 9th
For those of you that don't know already, my husband and I are expecting our first child this coming October! I would like to do a few fun things baby-wise in the classroom before the school year ends. On Tuesday (5/18) I am going to send home a quick paper that is just asking about baby "details" of your 4th grader (weight, length, etc...)! I am also asking for a photograph of your now 4th grader as a newborn. The goal is to have everyone in the class GUESS who is who! I'm going to do one for myself as well. Kind of a silly thing but fun and community building!
Thank you for all you've done this year for your kids and our community!!
April 9th NewsletterPosted by Kelsey McCann on 4/9/2021 3:10:00 PM
This spring has really gone fast for me! I apologize for not sending a regular bi-monthly email lately. Only 2 more months of school, and honestly I'm not ready to let this class go! They've been so fantastic, right from the start!
We just finished up on a Science/ELA unit and starting a more Social Studies focused ELA unit based on the regions of the US. For math we dipped our toes into geometry a bit and now are backtracking to hit fractions hard! Fractions can definitely be overwhelming for some, so check in with your child to see how they're doing! (So far equivalent fractions and an intro to comparing fractions)
Some online fraction fun -->
SBAC testing is just around the corner, beginning in Mid-May! We'll begin talking about it and discussing practice test questions in class to help everyone feel their best going into this assessment. These scores will be treated differently than regular years, so our motto is "No Stress!" :) Please encourage your children to be calm and confident regarding the SBAC (and really everything school-wise!).
Beginning next week we will be starting a vocabulary "unit" which has spelling lists along with it. I've had so many students ask to start up spelling tests! We will begin those again this coming week. These spelling tests focus around parts of words (like root words) giving students a great way to chunk words up as well as fully understand their meaning. For those of you with children that I tweaked the previous spelling tests, please know that I will be doing the same now to reduce any stress.
That is all for now! I hope you're all able to get out and enjoy the sunshine!
Spring PTC 2.25.21Posted by Kelsey McCann on 2/25/2021 2:50:00 PM
Good Afternoon 4M Families,
Attached (below) is the link to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences! (March 8-10) I cannot believe it’s time again for them! The Google Meet Link is on the Sign Up Genius as it was in the fall. All conferences will be 15 minutes long. Some of the slots are 20 minutes to let me get reorganized between conferences. (They will start at the said time and finish within 15 minutes with 5 to spare!)
Weekly Homework is due the following Tuesday OR Wednesday. I will obviously accept it any day, but students will only get credit for it on the following Tuesday and Wednesday. Just FYI!
I’ve been trying to keep it a bit lighter than normal to help ease the transition from hybrid to 4-days. Most students are turning it in on time! Thanks!
A note from a classroom parent!
Hello fellow 4M families,
I am reaching out to see if there would be enough interest and ability to chip-in towards an air purifier for the classroom of 4M.
While the HVAC system and air quality within Rattlesnake school meets Covid-19 recommendations, the air purifier would be an extra precaution to help protect our children and their amazing teacher, Mrs. McCann.
If you are interested in chipping in, please email Jen Sheldon at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can venmo me at @jennifer-r-sheldon be sure to put 1P air purifier in the comments.
Although, as stated above, our school HVAC system meets recommendations, an air purification system would only help! If this is of interest to you please reach out to Jen as soon as it conveniences you. It would be great to get the ball rolling if there is enough interest!!
SIGN UP GENIUS: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044BACA82CA5F58-ptc4mccann1
Thank you all for all of your support and hard work over this school year!
I look forward to meeting with all of you again soon,
Coming Back Letter from Rattlesnake Teachers and PTATeachers!Posted by Kelsey McCann on 1/29/2021 10:01:00 AM
Dear Rattlesnake Families:
As we approach a return to full classes the PTA and teachers wanted to come together and remind everyone how important it is that we protect each other's health at this time when only a small fraction of our school community is eligible to be vaccinated. Please continue to be vigilant. Distance, wear a mask, avoid gathering indoors with anyone outside of your family group and be sure to check your student for symptoms each day before sending them to school. If your student has any symptoms (fever over 100.4 degrees, sore throat, chills, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, new headache, body aches, new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nasal congestion or runny nose, or fatigue) or known exposure to COVID-19, keep them home.
Many of us are eager for our students to be able to learn in-person more than a couple of days each week. At the same time, we must come together as a community to control case counts especially now that there are new and apparently more contagious variants of the virus. Testing capabilities in our community are limited as are vaccination levels which leaves us all in a difficult position as we try and keep everyone safe moving forward. We must each do our part to keep our school community safe for everyone. Please re-emphasize for your student that we protect others in our community and allow for us all to be together when we distance, wear our masks properly, wash our hands and stay home when we are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed.
We hope that you will join our PTA in supporting teachers as they continually enhance the educational experiences students receive at Rattlesnake Elementary. We currently need volunteers to help us connect and communicate during these times of isolation and fundraise so that we can continue to provide classroom grants to teachers to meet their future classroom needs. Our next general meeting is Tuesday February 2nd at 9:00a.m. (email us at email@example.com for a Zoom link to attend), "Like" us on Facebook and check our website for more information on how to be involved.
Rattlesnake Teachers and PTA
January 29th NewsletterPosted by Kelsey McCann on 1/29/2021 10:00:00 AM
Good Morning All!
We are gearing up for a 4-days a week schedule starting Tuesday the 2nd! This week we’ve been getting both classes on the same page for a seamless transition. I am excited to see both classes together and how they work together and listen to their amazing classroom discussions as a full class!
Going forward for Remote Learning Work we will still be assigning work, but it’ll be more like “homework”, assigned on Wednesdays and due the following Tuesdays! This is how the 4th grade team has done homework in the past.
This week’s work sent home will be due on Friday 2/5 - but can be turned in at any time. This is ONLY for this transitional week.
Please keep focusing on having your student memorize all of the multiplication facts! We will be starting long division next week and it will come in very handy! Wish us all luck!;) Like all things “nowadays” it is taught differently than we all are used to. We are teaching more the CONCEPT and understanding of what’s actually happening rather than just memorizing how to do things because it’s quick! Although it’s different, I think I would’ve learned better with this type of curriculum! So ask your student to explain it to you!
Please check my website for a letter from the PTA and Rattlesnake Teachers regarding this transition into 4 days a week! Link: https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/16248
Thank you so much again for all you’re doing at home to stay strong, healthy, and safe!
January 8th NewsletterPosted by Kelsey McCann on 1/8/2021 3:00:00 PM
Happy New Year!
ELA: Beginning a new unit focusing on Native people of different regions around our country, a focus on opinion writing
MATH: Measurement Conversions, we did a lot of review this week after the long break!
STAR360: Winter Diagnostic will be given next week (1/11-15), Math and Reading
iReady: Winter Diagnostic window is open and will be given in class later this month, this will re-assess and re-place students on their iReady MyPath to a more current place
Handwriting - I am going to get on them this semester about having nice handwriting, please remind them at home! If it's too sloppy or rushed looking (individually based of course) I told them I will have them rewrite it at school ... I don't want to ever have that happen!;)
Next week I will be introducing a book report/diorama that will be based on a Roald Dahl book, students will have 2 weeks to complete! Just a heads up if you are going to the recycling place soon;) Set a shoe box or something similar off to the side!
As always, send me an email with any questions or comments! Our world is wild right now, but our classroom is a place full of love and learning and safety! I love seeing your kids and feel grateful every day we have together! Thank you!
Happy Holidays!Posted by Kelsey McCann on 12/14/2020 9:00:00 AM
Good Morning All!
Spirit Week is this week!
(I forgot to mention this in class!!)
Tuesday/Thursday: PJ and/or Ugly Sweater Day!!
Wednesday/Friday: Hats and Buttons Day!
ELA: Working on the writing process, learning about the regions of the USA
MATH: 1x4 digit multiplication and 2x2 digit multiplication
*Focus is on understanding the place value of larger multiplication questions. Ask your student how the "area model" and "expanded vertical equation" work and what "partial products" are.
"Secret Sock Exchange!" - Each student has drawn a name of a student, for whom they will give a pair of socks. Any type of socks will work - warm & fuzzy, colorful, holiday socks, sports socks...or whatever. We will wear these socks as we celebrate on Wednesday, December 16th // Friday, December 18th. Socks should be inexpensive, $5 or less. Please bring them to school, wrapped, by Tuesday//Thursday, this week. ** I have extra socks on hand, if anyone should need them.
There will be remote learning work assigned this week.
Class A Remote Days - 12/17&18, 1/4. Class B Remote Days - 1/4-6. Reading can/should be all through the break!;)
Happy Thanksgiving!Posted by Kelsey McCann on 11/20/2020 2:55:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Break!
Just a quick thank you to ALL for being so amazing this week! Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences went off without much of a hitch at all! It was so nice to see faces and hear your voices. You are all superheroes to your kiddos, even when they don't realize it! Thank you for keeping on them about their remote learning. It's not an easy feat for anyone!
Here is the remote learning directions for the next remote learning days:
- Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log (please send these back!)
- Read your leveled novel, must be finished by day 1 next week for “book club”. Also complete your “Book Synopsis” activity!
- Writing - Gratitude Flip Book, please use your most beautiful handwriting and illustrations!!
- Math - Complete the math pages and complete one (or more!) “My Path” lessons on iReady!
I will begin adding an ELA and MATH standard for the week to this email after break if anyone wants to supplement the work coming home. :)
I talked with many of you about spelling concerns - we talked as a grade level and are going to add in some spelling-type work during class and remote learning. Anything else you'd like to do at home regarding spelling (anything subject really) is great by me! The more the merrier!
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and are able to make it special even if it looks a little different this year! I'll see you (your student) in December!! Don't hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, concerns as always!
November 5th 2020Posted by Kelsey McCann on 11/5/2020 3:20:00 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of November 16th! I expect these to be probably quicker than the normal 15 minutes as it will be virtual and I won’t have all of the physical copies to slide across the table to you! This is new to all of us so we will see how it goes! Please join the Google Meet (using the given link on signup genius) at the exact time you signed up for! I have included 5 minutes of “buffer time” between most conferences so there is no overlap.
Remote Learning Work this week (due next) -
Please require your student to complete the following:
- Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log (please send these back!)
- Read your leveled novel, must be finished by day 1 next week for “book club”!
- Writing - “Fantasy Fun” (With a focus on dialogue and “vivid” verbs and adjectives)
- Math - Complete the math packet and complete one (or more!) “My Path” lessons on iReady!
Book Fair through Fact and Fiction!
(Here is the Rattlesnake Wishlist page https://www.factandfictionbooks.com/wishlist/search/rattlesnake
(I completely forgot about this … creating one tonight! Oops!)
NO SCHOOL on Thanksgiving Week, Group B will be in school 11/19 and 11/20! (Check the school calendar for any clarifications!)
Please let me know if you can only do a phone call PTC! I can accommodate anyone who cannot find a time that works for you, if need be!
Have a great afternoon/evening,
October 23, 2020Posted by Kelsey McCann on 10/23/2020 10:30:00 AM
Good Morning 4M,
ELA: Finishing unit on skeletons, informational writing and infographics (using pictures, captions, labels, feature boxes (ie fun facts) as well as informational paragraphs). Next unit focuses on Tall Tales, Folk Tales, and dialogue writing.
MATH: Beginning Multiplication (using comparison bar models), students got it faster than I did! New vocabulary: "6 times as many as 7 is 42" -> 6x7=42. Please practice multiplication facts at home using flashcards, "pop quizzes", online games (find on my staff webpage or clever "4M classroom", and/or "Multiplication War" (same as the regular "war" card game except whoever find the product of the two cards face up the fastest wins the pair!). My Path on iReady is an online resource I will be assigning (1 lesson) each week for remote learning - it IS online, but is an important academic resource that if you have online availability I would very much appreciate being done!
Halloween: We will be celebrating Halloween in 4th grade! (A: 10/28, B: 10/30) Students are asked to COME TO SCHOOL IN COSTUME (!!) if they choose to dress up. As always costumes need to be school appropriate and not distracting (especially since they will be in it all day). Please stray away from any props that can be forgotten or a distraction! If your student does not want to dress up they can have PJ day instead :) The PTA is so generously providing safe, clean, healthy, and fun (!) treat bags for each student. THANK YOU PTA!!!
Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place (virtually or via phone if need be) the week before Thanksgiving. Please keep an eye out for the Sign Up Genius link that will be sent out at some point soon!
Thank you for continuing to be safe and thoughtful during these times! As always any questions please shoot me an email! I've tried my best to get back to you asap (during school hours, if possible!!).