Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Recorder Concert Tonight!

Just a reminder that the 4th grade recorder concert is tonight at 7:00pm.  Students should arrive at school no earlier than 6:45pm.  When students arrive, they will meet Ms. Taylor outside of our classroom and she will walk them down to the gym at 7:00. After the concert students should meet you in the lobby. Unfortunately, I have a prior commitment and will not be able to attend this evening. 

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck everyone! I can't wait to see the video!

Mrs. Carney

Friday, April 20, 2018

SBAC Complete!

Dear Families,

What a busy few weeks it has been!  We finally finished our SBAC testing today and celebrated by watching Harry Potter.  Students have worked so hard to stay focused and put forth their best effort. I am very proud of them!

On Friday, May 11th, we will be going to the Ethan Allen Homestead to participate in the Water Conservation Fair. Students will be bringing home field trip permission slips with more information this afternoon. Please review and email with any questions.

Please be on the lookout for cardboard and other recyclable materials around your home.  After vacation students will be building cardboard arcade games!  I will send out more information on our cardboard carnival after April break.  In addition to cardboard and recyclable materials, please also be on the lookout for shoe boxes. We will be using them to build dioramas for our Regions of the United States unit. You can send in all materials the week of April 30th.

I hope everyone has a safe and restful vacation.  Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine!

Happy Friday!
Mrs. Carney 




Monday, April 9, 2018

SBAC testing

Dear Families,

We have a busy few weeks ahead of us as will begin our SBAC testing this week. Students will complete the Math portion of the test on Tuesday and Thursday, April 10th and 12th.  Next week, students will complete the English Language Arts section on Tuesday and Thursday, April 17th and 19th.  Please make sure students are getting plenty of rest and eating well.  Fingers crossed that everyone stays healthy!

Here are a couple of reminders for testing weeks:

  • There will be NO homework this week or next week
  • Students may bring in their own mints and gum. I will also have mints and gum available in the classroom.
  • We will still have unified arts classes so students should still plan to bring their recorders for music.
  • If you would like to send in a class snack (goldfish, pretzels) please remember that it should be PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE 
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Carney 

Monday, April 2, 2018

THANK YOU!!

Thank you for all of your support with our passion project celebration!  The kids were THRILLED to have so many family members check out their projects.  We were excited to share our learning with you.





























Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Passion Projects

Snakes, dolphins, Mount Rushmore, and Neptune! Students have worked so hard researching for their passion projects.  We have learned how to research and take notes using books and the internet.  Several students even started writing their first drafts this afternoon.  We will continue to work on our writing pieces for the rest of this week.  Next week, students will start working on their projects.  If your child is working on their project at home, they should also have a plan of some things that they can do here at school next week. 

The lighthouse 4th grade will be presenting our passion projects next Friday, March 30th from 9:00-10:00am.  Students will be spread out in all four of the lighthouse 4th grade classrooms.  We hope you can come!   

Friday, February 16, 2018

February News

Carney’s Crew News and Updates  

Hi All,

It’s hard to believe that February break is just a week away.  Like always, we have been so busy with new learning in our classroom.  

We have been enjoying clips from the Olympics in the morning after students get checked in and then again during snack time.  So far we have been able to watch snowboarding, hockey, skiing, figure skating, luge, and the skeleton!  It has been such a great opportunity to further connect our learning in the classroom to the real world. The Olympics have also been a great connection to all of the work we have been doing on growth mindset and perseverance.  

Here are some of the things happening in our classroom:  

Math- We wrote down the fastest times from the skeleton and luge races as fractions to help us learn about tenths and hundredths of a second.  We also converted the distance that the racer runs at the start of the race from meters to centimeters.  In addition, we discussed how the luge track was divided up into segments, and the racers times were being reported for each segment.  Students very quickly made the connection to fractions and recognized the track as the whole! They begged me to do “Olympic Math” all day!  

Along with “Olympic Math” we have learned about unit fractions, parts of a whole, and how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.  

Writing- Students have been so focused on writing their “hamburger” paragraphs which include a topic sentence, four supporting details/facts/examples, and a closing sentence.  We have also worked hard to learn and apply new strategies to our introductions and conclusions, and add text features to our writing. Next week we will peer edit, revise, and then have a small author celebration.  


Reading- We have been focusing very heavily on distinguishing between the topic and main idea of an article and/or text.  Students have enjoyed reading from Newsela.com, an online current news site for kids.  We are also practicing writing about the main idea using supporting details and evidence from the text.  

Science- We started our Land and Water science unit and have begun to learn about some of the ways that land and water interact.  We completed our first Mystery Science lesson on volcanoes. Students did a coordinate grid mapping activity to look at the patterns of volcanoes and determined whether or not a volcano could pop up in their backyard.  Next week we will learn about weathering and erosion.  

Unified Arts 3rd Quarter Schedule-
Monday- PE (sneakers please!)
Tuesday- Art
Wednesday- PE (sneakers please!)
Thursday- Art AND book exchange 
Friday- Guidance

Other News and Upcoming Dates-
Conferences- March 5th and 6th.  Visit the MBS homepage to sign up
February Break- February 26th -March 6th.  Students return Wednesday, March 7th.

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email- kari.carney@colchestersd.org and/or school phone- 264-5867. 

Happy Friday!   

Mrs. Carney 

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