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Classroom Newsletter 10-16 thru 10-24  

Rysewyk’s Rockets Galactic News

10/16/17 thru 10/24/17

Astronomical Classroom Activities

Fall Festival will be held on Friday October 20th from 5:30-8:00. It is planned to be a whopping great time for the whole family! **I am seeking donations of large, medium and small Tootsie Rolls. I will pay 5 tickets for donations.

Parent-Teacher Conference I have decided to hold parent-teacher conferences after 1st Quarter Benchmark Assessments that start next week. (Oct. 23-27) This will be a great opportunity to see what specific skills your child is strong and weak in. Look for a sign-up sheet after next week. If you would like to conference prior to then, just let me know.

Quarter 1 Study Island Goal Sheet Please remind your child to work on his/her Study Island Nine Week Goals. I will collect the goal sheet on October 27.  Students that have completed the goals for each subject area with an 85% or higher, will receive extra credit for that area. For example, if all goals are completed in Social Studies with 85% or higher, students will receive a 100% extra credit in Power School.

The Leader In Me: Organizational Skills

   Imagine a school morning where everyone knows what to do and is ready on time. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible! Organization is a skill learned over time. By teaching organization at home, your child will learn this very important skill. Use the first three habits as a learning tool for you and your child:

   Habit 1: Be Proactive: Habit 1 is about initiative and responsibility. Help your child determine what heor she will need for the next day. To start, writing a list may be helpful. Next,have your child gather the non-perishable items and put them in his or herschool bag.

   Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind: Habit 2 is about visualizing how you would like something to turn out before it happens. If a smooth morning is the goal, brainstorm with your child how that will look and feel like. Your child may actually have time to do something extra in the morning if he or she is organized and you will all have a happy start to the day.

   Habit 3: Put First Things: Habit 3 means focusing on the task when there's something else you wouldrather be doing the hardest part of all! Help your child learn how to avoid distractions by reminding him or her that, if they stick to it, all the fun things can come right afterwith no guilt or nagging! Once children know these habits, and how to apply them, they can start tackling more difficult tasks independently. They will begin to feel self-confident and proud when they're able to complete homework, chores, and other tasks by themselves. They're also sure to be pleased when they find they have some extra free time to do what they'd like to do.

   Remember, it may take time to teach your child these skills. Sometimes, it will seem simpler just to do it for them. But remember, your child won't learn how to be independent and successful if you always do it for them. Using Habits 1-3 is a life skill that will benefit them their entire lives. 

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

10/16-10/20: Scholastic Book Fair

10/17: Readers are Leaders & Leadership

10/18: Practice Lock-Down Drill, Pillowcase Project Presentation

 10/19: Early Release Day @ 12:45, TLIM Clubs, Wild West Day

 10/20: PE & Art (need trash for art), Fall Festival 5:30-8:00

 10/23: 9 Week Benchmark Tests, Red Ribbon Week: Dress in Red, AIG Testing

10/24: Coding & Music, Red Ribbon Week: Favorite Sports Team Clothing

**On-going: We collect Boxtops!!


WAVE Week 5  

1st Quarter Winding Down

Families, as we begin winding down the 1st quarter of the school year, I am asking that you please take a look at your child’s grades on Parent Portal or have your child show you them on their laptop using Power School. Some students have assignments that they have not completed yet which should not be the case except for our Reading Book Conferences and Rocket Math x3’s. If your child has missing assignments, it is most likely due to misusing his/her time due to talking. This has been a troublesome area for some students and I am working hard to help them get it under control to be successful. I give ample time to complete classwork and a lot of extra time to finish incomplete work. In addition, all classwork is given back to be corrected, turned back in and receive a higher score. All assessments are given back to be corrected to reach a high score of 70%.

I am here every morning at 7:30 and your child is welcome to come in at that time to complete work not finished. I do not send classwork home in order to maintain the fairness and integrity of the assignments.

Launching Learning:

Here is what we are currently learning about:

Reading:We continue to read the novel Wonder by RJ Palacio. We will be analyzing characters and their traits.

Math: We are currently multiplying multiple digits together using a variety of strategies such as area model and algorithm

Social Studies: We are reading and reporting on current events around the globe.

Science: We are continuing our study of volcanoes.

Astronomically AVID

Please help me help your child stay organized this school year. Below is the order in which the AVID Binder should be kept.

AVID Binder Check List

Keep in this order:

1.) Pencil Bag-(with thumb drive, 3 sharpened pencils with erasers, 1 glue stick, scissors, 1 pen, ear buds, highlighter, PBIS Tickets)

2.) Planner- (Write HW down daily. Check off when each item is completed. Have parents initial that you have completed your HW.)

3.) Homework Folder- (All homework and handouts should be kept here)

4.) HW Divider- (Word Study Matrix)

5.) Important Papers Divider- (Class Calendars, Important classroom information, class policies, 4th grade policies, RES handbook, PBIS information,)

6.) Math Divider- (All completed math assignments and assessments, math reference charts, Rocket Math Data, NC Math Common Core Objectives)

7.) ELA Divider- (All completed ELA assignments and assessments, ELA Resources, NC ELA Common Core Objectives)

8.) AVID/TLIM Divider- (AVID reference papers, AVID classwork, TLIM reference papers, TLIM classwork)


“The Leader in Me”

Be a Leader Not a Boss

I am a Leader, not a boss

A boss knows everything

A Leader admits mistakes

A boss tells people what to do

A Leader shows how to do things

A boss criticizes

A Leader gives advice

A boss talks fast and gives orders

A Leader gives direction

A boss demands respect

A Leader earns and deserves respect

A boss rules with threats, not law

A Leader shows human kindness

A boss depends on rumor

A Leader investigates

I am a Leader, not a boss

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

10/6 Day 2: Readers are Leaders & Leadership, Word Study Quiz, Math / Lang. MW Quiz, 4.NBT.5 Assessment, Reading Conferences

10/9: No School

10/10 Day 3: Chick-Fil-A Night

10/11 Day 4: PE & Art

10/12 Day 5: Picture Day, $1 Popcorn Sales

10/13 Day 6: Coding & Music, Word Study Quiz, Math/Lang. MW Quiz, 4.NBT.6 Assessment, Reading Conferences, Popcorn Friday Delivery

**I am paying 5 tickets for donations of small, medium & large Chocolate Tootsie Rolls bags for Fall Festival.



Newsletter 9/18 thru 9/26  

Rysewyk’s Rockets Galactic News

Wave Week 4: September 18-September 26, 2017

Astronomical Classroom Activities

     On Thursday we received our laptops! It started out with an orientation in the library to learn all about the rules for using the computers.

      Throughout the next two weeks we will be learning how to access and use particular sites we will be utilizing in class and for homework. The students will keep logins/passwords glued into their planner and in a page protector in the Important Paper of their AVID Binder.

     It will be VERY IMPORTANT that the students charge their laptops every night and have it at school everyday! We will use them often and we do not have any extras for those forgotten at home.

Astronomically AVID:  DATA

     Keeping data will be a very important part of your child’s AVID Binder. Now that we have our laptops starting tomorrow, we will be able to access the programs our district has purchased for assessing the children in math and reading. Through the week, the students will be taking these assessments so that we can find out his/her areas of strengths and weaknesses.

     This information is not for me alone. In fact, your child will learn how to document his/her data. He/she will keep this data in the Student Leadership Binder that will be kept at school. In addition, the students will be putting their classwork and assessments into their AVID Binder so that you will be able to see it too. We will use this data to guide our learning.   

Launching The Leader in Me

Getting Involved at School

      Volunteering is a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education. Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community. Even if you haven't been involved in the past, start now! Volunteering not only benefits your children; you also benefit by making the school a more positive place. Through your modeling, relationship building and support, you will be helping in ways that will reap benefits for everyone.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

9/19 Day 2: Readers are Leaders & Leadership

9/21 TLIM Clubs & Early Release Day at 12:45

9/22 Day 4: P.E. & Art, Word Study Quiz, MW Quiz, 4.NBT.4 Quiz

9/26 Day 6: Coding & Music

***Candyman Fundraising is continuing until October 3.



Wave Week 2 Newsletter  

Rysewyk’s Rockets Galactic News

WAVE Week 2: Monday September 11 thru September 15th

Astronomical Classroom Activities

This week we will be investigating the impact 9/11 had on the world. We will use reading comprehension passages about 9/11 to begin learning a strategy called “UNRULED”. This strategy is a “recipe” that will help your child refer explicitly to the text to help him/her find details and examples in order to answer comprehension questions accurately. Please refer below for the “UNRULED” strategy.

            The students are also starting Word Study this week. Their words consist of academic vocabulary and critical verbs. Instruction on their meanings, usage, and spelling of these challenging words will take place in class. Please help your child review the words at home for their Word Study Tests each Friday.

Strategies to use with math story problems and reading passages:

Math: CUWS

C= Circle the numbers in the problem.

U= Underline the clue words.

W=Write the operation above the clue words.

S= Show your work!


Reading: UNRULED

U=Underline the title of the passage.

N= Number the paragraphs.

R= Read the questions before you read the passage.


U= Underline the key words in the questions.

L= Look/listen for the answers as you read the passage.

E= Evidence! Underline your proof to an answer in the passage. Then Elect the correct answer.

D= Double check your work. This means redo the all of the steps again.

Astronomically AVID

Where does AVID fit in with the Common Core?

       While the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) describe “what” students should know, AVID strategies provide “how” students will learn and master the knowledge and skills needed to meet the standards. The expectations of AVID align with CCSS in many ways and are embedded within the curriculum to meet the rigorous expectations. For example, the higher-level thinking skills required by the CCSS (i.e., analyzing, comparing, inferring) are the exact skills that AVID has promoted and used to design its curriculum for the last 30 years.

Launching The Leader in Me

"Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves."    -Stephen R. Covey

TLIM Worldwide

240 Lighthouse Schools

2752 Schools in the Leader In Me Process

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

9/11: Day 2: Readers are Leaders & Leadership

9/13: Day 4: PE and Art

9/14 Students will receive their 1:1 laptops, Candy Man Kick-off

9/15 Day 6: Coding and Music, Word Study Test, Rounding Test, Math/Lang MW Test







Wave Week 1   

Hi Families,

      I wanted to write and let you know that yesterday was super duper amazing!  We have an exceptional class this year and I am thrilled to be working with all of these bright minds.  I look forward to forming a strong partnership with the families as well.  Have a great day.


Welcome 2017-18 Rockets!  

Welcome Rysewyk's Rockets!


          I am so very excited to have you join our classroom community!  It is going to be an amazing year filled with many adventures in learning.  We will be getting laptops for each student, go on exciting field trips, become leaders through The Leader in Me program, read memorable stories, conduct science experiments, learn all about our wonderful state of North Carolina, get organized with AVID, and so, so much more.  

       One of unique things about our classroom is that we will not have traditional seating arrangements.  We will use flexible seating for a differentiated learning environment.  Each student will get a cubby and a coat hook instead of a desk to put their items in/on.  Come take a look at Orientation; it's really cool in here!

       I look forward to seeing you on August 24th either from 12:00-2:00 or 4:00-6:00.  You will be able to bring in your school supplies, pay your school fees, look at your classroom and meet ME.  



Needed School Supplies  

RES 4th Grade School Supplies:

It is highly suggested that the students have the items listed below on the first day of school. We will use these items often. Pencils, erasers and glue sticks will probably need to be resupplied throughout the year.

*4th Grade Supply List:

·  1 two-inch binder (no Trapper Keepers)

·  Pencil pouch with 3 holes (to put in binder)

·  Pack of 25 heavy duty sheet protectors

·  2 packs of 5 dividers (to put in binder)

·  2 two-pocket folders without prongs (hole-punched)

·  1 package of loose leaf paper  

·  #2 Pencils (NO mechanical pencils)

·  Glue sticks

·  blue pen(s)

·  Highlighter

·  Crayons   

 *Mrs. Rysewyk’s Rockets’ 4th Grade Supply List:

**In addition to the RES 4th Grade Supply List, your child will also need:

  • 3 3-subject notebooks: (one 3-subject for Math, one 3-subject for ELA, and one 3-subject for Morning Work & Centers)

  • Personal pencil sharpener (with an area on it to collect the shavings)

  • Pencil top erasers

  • 1 set of ear buds for the computer

  • Lots of pencils. (We go through them fast.)

  • I highly suggest the students keep a water bottle and sweater/sweatshirt in the classroom.

*Supplies Requested by Specials Teachers:

·  1 one-inch Binder

·  1 pack of five dividers

All supplies are needed on the first week of school. We will begin with organizational skills and without supplies, your child will not be able to complete the activity. Please do not label your child’s items with a school subject; we will be doing this in class together.

Throughout the year, donations are always appreciated for our classroom community: wrapped candy, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, printer paper, individually wrapped snacks, playground balls, used chapter books