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Room # 213
(281)357-3080 ext. 3498


stacyqualls@tomballisd.net
Conference Time:    11:10-12:10

 

First of all, I would like to welcome you to our class! I am looking forward to an exciting year with everyone!

 

About Me: 

I graduated from University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor degree in Marketing. After graduation, I immediately enrolled in ACT-Houston to earn my alternative education certification. I realized half way through my degree that something was missing. I realized in a variety of different ways that I was meant to help people learn! I am certified to teach Pre-K through 6th grade and I am also ESL certified. I was a special education para the first year at Timber Creek and was able to see and work with students and teachers in almost every grade. This will be my 3rd year as a classroom teacher and my 2nd year in 4th grade.

On a more personal note, my husband and I have been married for just over five years. I have a step-son named Devin who will be a junior this year (YIKES!) and a Boxer named Daisy (who is my baby girl)! I am a proud mom of a precious little boy, Knox Watson Qualls, who will be celebrating his 2nd birthday on September 7. In our spare time, we love to spend time with our families and we are also big slow pitch softball players. We both play in a league at least once a week and play with tournament teams when we have the extra time. We are big sports fans in general but I love football!! GO TEXANS!!

 

Mission:

Hope and inspiration are two things that all people need, no matter their age.

 I feel that as a teacher it would be my obligation to strive to provide my students with the belief that anything is possible and any goal is attainable through hard work, dedication and commitment to the task at hand.  Inspiring a young person to achieve goals they might have thought as out of their reach is not only an obligation of all teachers but also should be as rewarding for the teacher as it is for the student.

 

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Tomorrow

Reminders:
 
* 4th Grade Program/Awards start at 9:00am (Need to wear class shirts!)
* Clap-Out will immediately follow.
* We will be doing yearbook/shirt signing tomorrow.  Please have your child bring their yearbooks, sharpie, and wear their class shirts (or a color close to our class shirts).  Please let me know if you specifically do NOT want your child's shirt signed.
* Class Party is at 2:45-3:30pm
* Thursday, June 1st is a half day. 

Week 36: May 22-26

Week 36: May 22-26
 
Reminders: 
 
* Career Day is Tuesday, May 23.  Students will rotate with their class to learn about a variety of jobs.  Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to speak to our students. (Student only event)
 
Flea Market is Wednesday, May 24th.  Please make sure your child is prepared.  They need to come to school with minimum 10 items they have made to sell. They need to also have a poster or tri-fold advertising their products and listing the prices of their items.  I will be checking in with groups here at school as well. (Student only event)
 
* Step Up Party is Friday, May 26th.  Students will need to wear tennis shoes and their class t-shirt.  They will not need to bring a lunch or drink, that will be provided.  Parents are welcome to meet us at Lifetime Fitness, please no siblings because of space limits.  All students will have to return to the school with their class on the bus.  If you want to check your child out early, you will need to sign them out up front with Bethany when we have returned.
 
* No school - Monday, May 29th
 
4th grade End of Year Awards/Music Performance/Clap out, May 31st
Our 4th grade music performance will start at 9:00 am in the cafeteria.  The end of year awards will be right after the performance.  After the awards, we will begin our clap out!  Please join us if you can.
 
End of year party - May 31st 2:45-3:30
 
Last day of school June 1st- Early Dismissal 12:50pm
 
In Math this week we continuing our 5th grade prep!
 
In Science this week we will take our final test on Life Cycles and Ecosystems Monday, May 22.  A review sheet went home last Wednesday. 

Week 35: May 15-19

Week 35: May 15-19
Reminders: 
*Chick-fil-A spirit night tonight, May 15th
*Flea Market next Wednesday, May 24th.  Please make sure your child is prepared.  They need to come to school with 10 items they have made to sell. They need to also have a poster or tri-fold advertising their products and listing the prices of their items.  I will be checking in with groups here at school as well. 
*Step Up Party is next Friday, May 26th.  Students will need to wear tennis shoes and their class t-shirt.  They will not need to bring a lunch or drink, that will be provided.  Parents are welcome to meet us at Lifetime Fitness, please no siblings because of space limits.
*No school Monday, May 29th
*4th grade End of Year Awards/Music Performance/Clap out, May 31st
Our 4th grade music performance will start at 9:00 am in the cafeteria.  The end of year awards will be right after the performance.  After the awards, we will begin our clap out!  Please join us if you can.
*End of year party May 31st 2:45-3:30
*Last day of school June 1st- Early Dismissal 12:50pm
 
In Math this week we continuing our 5th grade prep!  I sent home an easy math computation homework today that is due Thursday.  Our test is very similar to this and will be on Thursday also. 
 
In Science this week we will have our Science Benchmark on Tuesday, May 16th.  I sent home a salmon color review sheet for this last week.  We will study in class today and tomorrow to prepare as well.  Later in the week we will continue our study of food chains, food webs and ecosystems.  We will test over this next Monday, May 22nd. I will send home a separate review sheet to help prepare this Tuesday.  This review sheet is smaller and is salmon. :-) 
 
I will try and send lots of reminder emails and posts for our last 3 weeks of school, I know it can be overwhelming. :-)

Week 34: May 8-12

Week 34: May 8-12
 
Reminders:
*STAAR  testing Monday and Tuesday- have your child go to bed extra early and eat a nice big breakfast both days!
*Field Day this Friday 1:00-3:15.  Make sure your child wears their class t-shirt and tennis shoes. Also, you may want to apply sunscreen in the morning and have your child wear a hat.  Some stations are wet, so you may want to send in a change of clothes for students to change into before dismissal.  If you want your child to leave with you from field day you will need to check them out in the front office.  Your child will come back inside with the class after field day is over to get their things and wait for the front to call for them. 
 
After STAAR this week we will begin our 5th grade prep!  There will be no homework or quizzes this week.  STAAR test is plenty!! 
 
In Science this week we will continue talking about food chains and food webs!  
 
It's a busy last few weeks, I will try and send lots of emails and updated posts to keep us all straight. haha

Reminders

Just a friendly reminder.  Texian Time Machine is this Friday, May 5th.  Students need to wear their class t-shirts.  Also, we will be outside for several hours, there should be tents set up for shade but you might want to apply sunscreen Friday morning.  Also, students need to bring along a water bottle and a snack.  This is a student only event, we promise to share pictures; Field day, Step up party, End of the Year Party, 4th grade Awards, and 4th grade Clap Out are all events you more than welcome to attend. :-)

 

Dates to get in your calendar:

Field Day- May 12th  1:00-3:15 (wear class shirts and sunscreen)

4th grade Step up party at Life Time Fitness 9-2, May 26th (wear class shirts)

4th grade clap out- May 31st at 9:00 am 

4th grade award ceremony May 31st (TBA) I think it is during our specials time 11:10-12:10 but I will get back with you later

End of the Year Party- May 31st 2:45-3:30pm

 

Let us know if you have any questions. 

 

Week 33: May 1-5

Week 33: May 1-5
 
Reminders:
Progress reports come home this Wednesday
STAAR Math- May 8th 
STAAR Reading- May 9th 
Field Day next Friday, May 12th
 
In Math this week, we will continue our STAAR review.  Each day we have a list of skills we are reviewing.  Make sure your child is continuing to work on their homework that was sent home last week.  We will check and go over it this Thursday.  
 
In Science this week we will continue to talk about animal life cycles and food chains and food webs.

Week 32: April 24-28

Week 32: April 24-28
 
Reminders:
There is no book fair this week, sorry for the confusion.
Girl Talk this Friday, April 28th.  I sent the link in an earlier post to preview online if you would like. 
 
In Math this week, we are wrapping up our Financial Literacy Unit.  We will test over this Tuesday.  I will send a 4th grade review packet home Monday and it will not be due until the following Thursday, May 4th.  It is pretty lengthy but is a good review of all skills taught this year. Later in the week, we will go back and review previous skills taught to polish up for STAAR.  If you would like extra STAAR practice, you can visit http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/ they have released staar tests for math and reading.  There is even an answer key.  You can print them off or you can have your child do them on the computer and write their answers on a sheet of paper.  I'm happy to reward extra efforts. :-) This is optional of course. 
 
In Science this week, we will continue to discuss plant and animals cycles. We will also discuss food chains and food webs.

Field Day

Field Day is Friday, May 12th!  Thank you very much for all the people who already committed to helping out at field day.  Unfortunately, we do not have as many helpers as we need to have a successful day.  If you can help, please e-mail Brenda Spedden at brendaspedden@tomballisd.net. We are needing help from 8:30am-11:15am and 12:30pm-3:15pm.  Thank you.

Week 31: April 17-21

Week 31: April 17-21
*Book Fair week next week- April 24-28/ Popsicles with parents will be April 27th (not sure of time yet)
* "Girl Talk" for all 4th grade girls is April 28th- please sign and return the permission form ASAP.  There is a preview session noted on the form if you would like to view the video before your daughter sees it.  The girls are very anxious about this video, the boys of course want to know what it is all about too!! lol  I have told the girls to spare the boys and to talk with their parents after the video if they have any questions.. get ready.. haha
*Flea Market- Our first 4th grade Flea market is May 24th.  Because of space this is a student only event, I promise to take pictures.  The kids are having such a fun time getting creative with their shop.  So, here is the run down. Students have been placed in groups.  Each student in the group needs to create a minimum of 10 items to sell. These items can be themed or can all be different.  We are encouraging students to work on the items mostly at home but if needed we can allow class time towards the end.  We are giving class time to work on pricing, display, and the poster or tri-fold.  Please don't hesitate to email with questions.  We are talking a lot about this at school.  :-)  Pinterest has lots of great ideas.  
 
In Math this week, we are still in our financial unit.  We are having so much fun talking about MONEY!!  Last week we talked about what a financial institution is.  We also discussed how to save, share, and spend money and what fixed and variable costs are.  Friday, we talked about calculating profit.  Money Earned- Expenses = profit earned.  This week we are going to continue to talk about calculating profit and are going to get into check writing, filling out deposit tickets, and keeping a register! They love this unit!!  We will be having a quiz over what we have learned so far on Tuesday.  We will have homework coming home Monday and it will be due Friday.  
If you are interested in extra STAAR practice you can visit http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/ and go down to 4th grade and print math or reading questions or you can have your child do it online.  The answer key is provided.
 
In Science this week, we will continue to talk about complete and incomplete metamorphosis.  Our butterflies have been released, but we have a caterpillar left behind so we get to watch the process all over again.  I'm still searching for eggs left behind on our milkweed plant.  Later in the week we will talk about food chains and food webs. 

Week 30: April 10-13

Week 30: April 10-13
 
Reminders:
*No school this Friday, April 14th- Good Friday
*Chick-fil-a Spirit Night 5:30-7:30 
*Progress Reports come home this Wednesday
 
In Math this week we will go over our Data Analysis Test we took Friday.  Grades were very good, I will have them posted on Monday.  This counted as a major grade and will be coming home in Wednesday folders this week.  I won't send Math Benchmarks home yet, because those take more time to go over.  (I like to go over each one missed one on one with each student).  The math benchmark counted as a daily grade.  This week we will start our financial literacy unit.  I will send home a homework Monday and it will be due Thursday.  During this unit we will discuss our flea market project and even allow class time to work on this project.  
 
In Science this week, we will be wrapping up our animal/plant adaptions and inherited and learned traits unit.  We will have a test over this material Thursday before we leave for Easter break.  I will send home a review sheet to help study Monday.  
 
It's a short but busy week!  

Week 29: April 3-7

Week 29: April 3-7
 
Reminders:
*3rd 9 weeks Award Ceremony 9:45-10:30 (Parents are welcome to attend.  Just a reminder that, this time, students will stand in their place and not walk up on the stage)
 
*Chick-fil-a Spirit Night 5:30-7:30 next Monday, April 10th
 
In Math this week, we are taking our Math Benchmark on Wednesday.  This test will cover all concepts taught this year.  We will count this test as a daily grade.  We will review for this by playing 2 different fun review games Monday and Tuesday.  Friday, we will have our Data Analysis test which will count as a Major grade.  There will be no homework this week.  I am however, encouraging students to take their math journals home to look over past skills taught.  
 
In Science this week, we will continue to talk about animal adaptations.  We will also talk about inherited traits and learned behaviors.  We will be taking a quiz on Friday (daily).
 
Have a great week!  

Step-Up Party Letter

Dear Parents,
 
I have attached the letter that went home last Wednesday regarding the fast approaching Step-up Party.  Many of you have already filled out and returned the forms and the donation for the party, but we do still have a few missing.  The forms and donations are due tomorrow.  Please send them with your child to school in the morning.  As always, thank you so much for your support!
 
 
If you need another set of forms, please let me know as soon as possible.
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Boone and Mrs. Qualls

Week 28: March 27-31

Week 28: March 27-March 31
 
In Need: 
We are running low on a few items that we need to get us through the last 9 weeks.  If you are able to donate any of these items we would greatly appreciate it! 
*scissors-student size
*clorox wipes
 
Reminders:
*STAAR Writing is this Tuesday, March 29th.  Please make sure your child gets a good nights rest and a good breakfast.  Parents are not allowed to eat with their child on testing days.  Students need to bring a couple books to read after the test and they may want to bring a light jacket to make their testing environment more comfortable.
*Math and Reading tutoring start this week for those invited.  Please refer to the calendar sent home for days and times.  Please try to be here a few minutes early (7:35) so that we can start promptly at 7:40.  
*Step Up party is approaching.  Please fill out the 3 forms that were sent home last week and return your minimum $10 donation as soon as you can. (They are due Wednesday)  The more money turned in the better the party for our 4th graders.
*Report cards will come home this Wednesday.
*All E Reward Celebration will be Friday for those students with all Es this 9 weeks.
 
In Math this week, we are continuing our Data Analysis unit.  We will test over this unit next week.  We will then start our financial literacy unit.
Homework will be sent home Wednesday this week due to STAAR testing and will be due Friday. (it will be a shorter assignment)  We will be having a quiz over this material on Friday (daily).
 
In Science this week, we will continue to talk about animal adaptations.
 
I hope you have a great week!