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(281)357-3080 ext. 3498


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

 

 

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Week 6: September 25-29

Week 6: September 25-29
 
Reminders:
* Open House/Curriculum Night is this Thursday.  PTO meeting starts at 5:30pm and Mrs. Sullivan will begin with introductions at 6:00pm. Please no kids if possible.
 
In math this week, we will be continuing our lesson on decimals with decimals on a number line. There will be a quiz on Wednesday (Daily).  We will also be going over patterns of multiplying by 10 and 100 and dividing by 10 and 100.  There will  be a quiz on Friday.  Homework came home on Friday (math book pgs 81-84) and will be due this Friday.  We are still doing the facts check every Friday so please have your child keep practicing their math facts at home.  
 
In science, we will be finishing up our unit on properties of matter.  Students will be completing a review in class using their science magazine for a daily grade and will be able to bring it home to study for the test on Friday.
 
I hope you have a great week!

Textbook Info

Dear Parents,

The link for the online textbooks is below along with the information needed to log in.  Please let me know if you have any problems or questions.

https://goo.gl/cxBo6T

Username: TISD + [student id #] +[First and last initial capitalized]

ex:  TISD110705JA

Password: Tomball + [student id#]

ex: Tomball110705

Week 4: September 11-15

Week 4: September 11-15
 
*Club letters come home this Wednesday in Wednesday folders.  They are due back by Sept. 22nd.
*Curriculum Night is September 28th for 3rd and 4th grade
*Parent conferences will be come up starting at the beginning of October.  Look for a link soon to sign up online for your day/time.
 
In Math this week we will continue with Place Value.  Tomorrow, we will review place value positions, values of numbers and how to write numbers in standard, expanded, word and exponential form.  We will take a quiz over this material after we review.  Later this week, we will work on comparing whole numbers up to 1,000,000,000 and rounding whole numbers to a given place value through the 100,000.  If students are ready, we will quiz over this Friday.  I am going to start sending homework home on Friday and will have it due the following Friday.  I will include an assignment from the previous week for review and an assignment for the upcoming week to practice.  I have told your kiddos but please remind them that if they are struggling with a certain problem or skill on their homework they have all week to come and ask me. During warm-up time I have encouraged them to come and ask me any homework questions.  Please keep having your child practice their math facts at home.  There are lots of multiplication games on the internet and under my math links.  Also, there are some great multiplication apps for ipads and iphones. :-)  Good old flashcards work great too. :-)
 
In Science this week we will continue to discuss the properties of matter. Friday we took a science safety test, grades were VERY good.  We aren't allowed to send this test home but grades will be entered in grade book in the next day or two.  

Update for Homework and Place Value Quiz

Dear Parents,
 
I had originally assigned math book pages 13-14 and 25-26 for homework.  However, on Tuesday when tearing out our homework, I decided not to assign both pages.  Homework for this week, due tomorrow, is ONLY page 13-14.  
Also, I plan on moving our Place Value quiz to next week, possibly Monday or Tuesday.  We will review the day of the quiz.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
 
* I am also looking for a couple of volunteers to tear out chapters of the kiddos science books.  I have 44 books that for every chapter in science we tear out and staple the chapter.  We do this to eliminate so much clutter in their desk.  It is called a "science magazine."  I am looking to get at least the first chapter torn out and stapled for next week some time.  Please let me know if you are able to help.
 
Thank you in advance.

Week 3: Septmeber 5-8

 Week 3: September 5-8
 
It has been a very sad and devastating time for our community and city.  I pray all my kiddos and their families are ok, I know with time, Houston will be restored.  Please know we will continue instruction as usual this week.  We will however take time if needed to talk about what students have seen and experienced in their community and seen on the news in the past week.  
I have missed my students and I'm so happy for us all to be back together again tomorrow.
 
In Math this week, we will be be introducing Place Value.  We will be sending home homework (Math book pgs 13-14 and 25-26) tomorrow that will be due Friday.  Also, students will need to continue working on decorating their Math notebooks at home.  Please make sure they bring it back each day for our note taking.  Also, please have your child practice their math facts at home.  www.multiplication.com is a great website to help them practice.  Flashcards are also a great tool to help reinforce and drill those facts.  If you need other suggestions feel free to email me and I can give you more ideas.  We will also be work on fact practice in the classroom as well.  We will review Place Value on Friday and the students will be taking their first quiz.
 
In Science this week we will be talking about lab safety and will also begin States of Matter.  Students will come home with their safety contracts tomorrow and need to make sure they get signed.  Also, students need to work on decorating and tapping their Science journals as well.
 
Please email me with any questions or concerns. 

Week 1: August 22-25

Happy 1st Day!!
 
We are going to have a great year!  This is where I will be sending out weekly updates, reminders, and class needs.  My goal is to always have it updated no later than Monday morning.
 
This week in math, we are getting to know each other, building class community, and the expectations for a successful 4th grade year.  We will also be reviewing our multiplication facts.  Students will be taking a weekly multiplication timed test every Friday starting in week three.  This will be counted as half a major, so please have your child start studying/reviewing at home.
 
This week in science, we will be going over safety rules for the science lab and for during experiments/labs.  Students will be bringing home their science INB (interactive notebook) on Friday.  It will have their safety contract glued in on the front cover.  Please read over it with your child, sign, and return on Monday.
 
** This year we will not be decorating INB's in class.  Students will be bringing home their math and science INB's on Friday to be decorated over the weekend.  We would like to have students decorate the front cover.  Please make sure their name is somewhere on both INB's.  When finished, we recommend that you use clear packing tape to cover and seal the INB's so that the decorations stay on and they last all year.
                       Math - The front cover needs to be personalized with math that relates to the student.  They can use pictures, drawings, magazine cut-outs, computer print-outs, stickers, scrapbook paper, etc.  
                       Science - The front cover needs to also be personalized.  Have you child collect stickers, print pictures, etc. of science related items to decorate the front cover.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 
 
 

Total Solar Eclipse

 

As most of you probably know on Aug. 21st,  we will be in the path of a solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 11:45 AM, maximum coverage will be at 1:15 PM and it will conclude at 2:45 PM. I encourage you to watch this awesome event online from NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

 

If you have approved ISO rated eclipse glasses you will be able to watch the event outside. The only way to safely look at the eclipse is with eclipse glasses. If glasses are not available, DO NOT look directly at the Sun even during the partial eclipse as it can permanently damage your eyes.

 

Here are some safety precautions that should be taken in order to observe the eclipse safely only if you have safety glasses.

  • Never look at the Sun directly – If you have solar glasses they should only be used for short periods of time.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your glasses — do not remove them while looking at the sun
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on, and put your eclipse glasses on over them.

For more safety information please see  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

**If you don't have safety glasses, you can visit the website below.  It shows you a way to make an eclipse viewer that allow you to view the eclipse safely using products most of you already have at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6nBGuzLJDE

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.