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Galactic News 3/8 thru 3/16/18  

Rysewyk’s Rockets Galactic News

March 8 thru March 16, 2018

Astronomical Classroom Activities

As I am sure you are aware, we are in the midst of the “Sick-Season”! It has hit our class hard most of the January and February. Teachers and custodians are spraying down the classrooms and common areas everyday in an offensive and defensive effort to kick these germs to the curb. In addition, we are encouraging the kids to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer more often. We are directing the students to sneeze or cough in the crooks of their arms.

Please keep your child at home if he or she is running a fever. Giving a child medicine for a fever and then sending him or her to school is not allowed. Students must be “fever-free” without medicine for 24 hours before returning to school.

Please send a water bottle with your child to help keep them hydrated. Eating healthy, exercising, drinking lots of water and getting extra sleep will also help. Cough drops, medicated lip balm, and personal hand sanitizers are not allowed on campus.

Thank you for your help in fighting these nasty germs!

 Parents: Please take the Advanced ED Survey:

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home

Put First Things First: 

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

1) Make a family calendar or schedule for the week.

2) Chore chart for the kids. Work before play!

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

3/9/18Day 2: Readers are Leaders and Leadership

3/11/18   Daylight Savings Time: Spring forward 1 hour

3/13/18Day 4: PE & Art

3/15/18No Day: TLIM Clubs & Digital Literacy

3/16/18Day 6: Coding & Music, Lock Down Drill, Sliming the Principals**Must have recorder for Music!!!!

Community Service Projects:

*On-going Collection of: Soda Tabs, Box tops, Plastic Containers of Peanut Butter, Pet Supplies, Letters for Heroes

We are still in great need of:

pencils, hand sanitizer, tissue and printer paper! I am paying 5 tickets to your child for donations.

Galactic News 2/28 thru 3/7/18  

Astronomical Classroom Activities

       Next Wednesday, March 7th, 4th graders from all over Onslow County will be attending the NC Symphony. We will leave school approximately at 9:45 and return to school around 1:00. We will be eating lunch in our classroom that day. It is encouraged that everyone dress up for the symphony.

       Our class will be finishing up our poetry unit this week and will be moving in to a “perspectives and points-of-view” unit. This is a fun section and often eye-opening for the children. At home, talking about each other’s perspectives and points-of-view on particular topics/situations make for lively conversations.

       As we move forward with our word study each week, the lists will continue to include 4th grade site words. However, critical verbs will no longer be on the students’ lists.   Now, we will be including words that address the grammar and language objectives from the 4th grade Common Core. We have started with figurative language and will be moving on to topics such as antonyms, synonyms, prefixes and suffixes. Please continue to review the definitions and sentence examples that are sent home each week.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events


2/28  PBIS Store, Wacky Wednesday: dress your wackiest!

3/1    Day 2: Readers are Leaders and Leadership, Smencils for sale $1, Oh The Places You Will Go: dress in college or career attire

 3/2   Smencils delivered, Cat in the Hat: Wear your favorite hat or dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character

3/5    Day 4: PE and Art

3/7    Day 6: Coding only, NC Symphony Field Trip

Community Service Projects:

*On-going Collection of: Soda Tabs, Box tops, and Campbell Soup Labels

**We are in great need of hand sanitizer, tissue and pencils please. I will “pay” 5 tickets to your child for their donations!

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home

Begin with the End in Mind:  I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.

1) Have a family discussion about goals and what each child wants to be when they grow up. Discuss things you could do right now to be working towards those goals. Make an action plan and get started!

2) Make a family mission statement.

3) Create a family budget. Have kids determine how to spend and save their allowance.



Galactic News 2/20-2/27  

Astronomical Classroom Activities

Poetry Unit

       The students are in the midst of adding to their knowledge of poetry. We are specifically focusing on the figurative language within the poems. Reading, writing and analysing poetry with figurative language is tough; in fact it is one of the most challenging genres due to the sophistication of the language usage.   Some of the figurative language we are working on are: metaphors, similes, personification, hyperboles, clichés, idioms, alliteration and more.

      The children have been asked to write a 10-line poem for our Poetry Slam. In class we are taking their ideas and adding every detail/fact we know on the subject using graphic organizers. We are then writing sentences that include the information. Next we are going to be turning those literal sentences into figurative language sentences. This will make their poem very powerful. The students will then practice the performance piece of their slam poem. In slam poetry, the acting part is just as important as the words that have been written. It brings the poem to life, gives it more meaning and drives important messages home. If you get a chance check out some children’s poetry slams on Youtube; they are powerful.

     Please check in with your child often to see how their poem writing is going and how they plan to perform their slam poem. Thank you.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

2/20: If you haven’t yet, please return your symphony permission slip.

2/21: Day 2: Readers are Leaders & Leadership

2/22: PBIS Dance 4:00-5:30

2/23: Day 4: PE & Art, Interim Reports go home

2/27: Day 6: Coding & Music

Community Service Projects:

*On-going Collection of: Soda tabs

**We are in great need of: pencils, hand sanitizer and Kleenix

The Leader in Me at Home

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood:

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

1) Practice reflective listening. Say something to your kids and then have them repeat back what you said. Do this until you feel like everyone in the family listens without thinking of a response simultaneously.

2) Conflict Resolution: The next time there is a problem within the family have the involved parties sit down and listen to the other person’s point of view. They have to be able to restate the other person’s feelings before they can state theirs or respond to what was said. (“So what I heard you say was”)

3.)  Take family time to learn about other cultures. 

Galactic News 2/1 thru 2/8/18  

Astronomical Classroom Activities

M.O.Y. Benchmark Testing

     I wanted to let you know that you would be so, so proud of your child during the M.O.Y. Benchmark Testing. The students worked their tail-feathers off! The kiddos showed their work and thinking for every single problem in both reading and math. They took their time and double-checked all of their work. As their teacher, I was bursting at the seams with pride.

Student-Led Conferences February 8th

     Please join us on February 8th, anytime between 4:00-6:30, for your child’s Student-Led Conference. Instead of having a 2nd semester Parent/Teacher Conference, your child will host the conference. He/she will present all of his/her academic data with you during this conference. If after your child tells you all about his/her grades, scores, and learning you still have questions and would like to meet with me, I will have a sign-up sheet for you do schedule a time.

School Supplies Needed Please!

         In addition, I am writing to ask for classroom donations of: pencils, hand sanitizer, tissues, cleaning wipes, small wrapped candy, and printer paper. We have nearly run out of these items and I would be very thankful for any donation you can offer. I am paying 5 tickets for all donations.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

2/1 Report Cards Sent Home

2/2 Day 2: Readers are Leaders & Leadership, Pennies for Pasta Kick-off

2/6 Day 4: PE & Art

2/7  2nd Qtr. Award Assembly @ 11:00 for: Honor Roll, Principal’s List, Leadership, Teacher’s Choice (Parents are welcome to attend if their child is receiving an certificate.)

2/8 Day 6: Coding & Music, Student-Led Conferences from 4:00-6:30

2/14: Valentine Day Card Exchange: Each student is invited to bring in a special snack (Class list is being sent home.)     

Community Service Projects:

*Ongoing Collection of: Soda Tabs, Boxtops, Campbell Soup Labels

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home

Be Proactive:  I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking. 1) If you have a child that is constantly complaining of being bored, have them brainstorm ways that they could do something nice for someone else, either a neighbor, friend, or family member. 2) Circle of Control: Take some sidewalk chalk and go outside and draw two circles within each other big enough to stand in. The middle one is the circle of control. Give your kids examples of different things they can control (homework) and other things they can’t (weather). Have them move in and out of the circle depending on the scenario. 3) Role-play: Proactive vs. Reactive. Demonstrate for your kids how to deal with a situation proactively vs. reactively.


Galactic News 1/22/18 thru 1/31/18  

Astronomical Classroom Activities

   This week we start the 2nd Semester of 4th Grade.    We will be conducting Midyear Assessments from 1/25 thru 1/31 in reading, math, word study and writing. It would be very, very helpful if you would please talk to your child about these assessments. Some suggestions are listed:

Advise your child to not rush through the questions. This tends to be a difficult concept for some students. Especially when a question is hard, children want to hurry up and get passed the challenging work. Going slow allows the directions, stories and problems to be read accurately.  Express the importance of working out each problem. Showing work on paper helps ensure silly mistakes are not made.   Just as important is double-checking problems by working them out a second time. This helps children catch any mistakes they might have made the first time he/she solved the problems.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events
Midyear Assessments: 1/25-1/31

 1/22  Snow Make Up Day: Day 4  PE & Art

1/23   Snow Make Up Day

1/25   1st day of Quarter 3, Day 2Readers are Leaders & Leadership

 1/26 Day 2: Computers & Art

1/29 Day 4: PE & Art

1/31 Day 6: Coding & Music and Yearbook Orders Due

Community Service Projects:

*Ongoing Collection of: Soda Tabs, Boxtops

**We are in GREAT need of pencils! I will pay 5 tickets for each pack of pencils donated to the class.

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home



Habit 1:
Be Proactive

Part of being proactive is stopping to think before we act. Sometimes, we react to a situation immediately, without taking time to think about the results of our actions.

Role-play different situations with your child that will provide them the opportunity to think before they act.



Galactic News 1/11 thru 1/19  

Astronomical Classroom Activities

Attention Parents: January 22nd and 23rd are now student scheduled days. These are the make up days for our snow days on January 4th and 5th.

   This month we will be delving in to “figurative language”. This can be a challenging unit for students, especially the boys and girls who are quite “literal”. I am writing to ask if you will try to interject some examples of figurative language in your discussions at home? This will expose your child to rich language, but also give them more opportunities to discuss what they mean. In addition, it is exciting to notice examples of figurative language in our daily lives. (t.v., video games, books, billboards, commercials, mail, etc.)

     I am including some attachments. One has explanations of what the various types of figurative languages are and another attachment with lots of examples of the types of figurative language.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

1/12 Day 2: Readers Are Leaders & Leadership

1/15 No School: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/17 PE & Art

1/18 TLIM Clubs

1/19 Day 6: Coding & Music (**Need Recorders)

1/22 & 1/23 Normal School Days

Community Service Projects:

*Ongoing: Soda Tabs, Boxtops, Campbell Soup Labels

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home


I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.

I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.

I spend time with family and friends.

I take time to find meaningful ways to help people.

I balance all four parts of myself.

 At Home:

I go outside and play, ride my bike, with my friends and siblings.

In School:

During my quiet time, I read my book for silent reading.

Please Check With Your Child!!!

Your child may be in need of replenishing some of his/her school supplies: notebooks, folders, pencils, glue, erasers, etc. Thank you.


**Our class supplies are running low. We would GREATLY appreciate donations of: hand-sanitizer, pencils, printer paper, and page protectors. I will pay your child 5 tickets for each donation.**


Galactic Newsletter 1/3/18 thru 1/10/18  

Astronomical Classroom Activities

Happy New Year!

       We are going to be very busy this month finishing up and reviewing all 1st semester skills/strategies. We are in to difficult concepts that require each student’s full attention and active participation in order for him/her to absorb and comprehend the rigorous material. You can help them and me out by ensuring your child gets to bed at a reasonable hour, eats breakfast and doesn’t miss any class time. Multiplication and division multi-step story problems will be a large portion of the Math Benchmark. Please practice math facts with your child. January 25th thru January 31st we will be administering Midyear Benchmark Assessments.

     One way we are practicing and reviewing for the Midyear Benchmark Assessments is by completing the lessons and practices on Study Island for the skills we have learned this semester. Your child has a data form of these skills in the homework section of his/her AVID Binder. We should be getting laptops back quickly, but until then Study Island is accessible from any home device with Internet. He/she needs to record the score he/she receives on the practice quizzes on that form. An average of 85% is needed for each Practice Assignment.

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home


I value other people’s strength and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I seek out other people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than any one of us could alone. I look for the Third Alternative.

At Home:

I choose to initiate having family meetings to make decisions.

In School:

I will be open to learning a different way to study for science test.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

1/3 We are back from Winter Break.

1/4 Day 2: Readers Are Leaders & Leadership

1/8 PE & Art, RES Reading Campaign Prize Patrol

1/10 Day 6: Coding & Music   (**Need Recorders)

Community Service Projects:

*Ongoing: Soda Tabs, Boxtops, Campbell Soup Labels

Your child may be in need of replenishing some of his/her school supplies: notebooks, folders, pencils, glue, erasers, etc. Please check with him/her to see if he/she needs new items. Thank you.

**Our class supplies are running low. We would GREATLY appreciate donations of: hand-sanitizer, pencils and page protectors**

Galactic News 12/5 thru 12/12/17  

Rysewyk's Galactic News

12/5 thru 12/12/17

Astronomical Classroom Activities

Onslow County Schools has purchased 2 Research-based, highly effective programs for our school to use. These are Study Island and Reading Eggspress. We have been using them in the classroom, but your child should be using them at home as well. Please help monitor that this is occurring. These programs have been proven to help fill in the gaps of learning, review the skills taught and push the children to higher levels of thinking. They effectively support the instruction happening in the classroom.

Study Island: This program is listed by subject and within each subject are the skills we need to learn this year. Your child is to complete the “Lesson” first and then complete the 10-question “Practice”. If he/she receives an 85% or higher on the “Practice”, then he/she may play the games that review that skill. If an 85% is not achieved, then your child will need to redo the “Lesson” and “Practice” until that occurs. When you look in reports, it should state an 85% average or higher. Each Friday, you are emailed a report of your child’s progress.

Reading Eggspress: This program assessed the students and placed them on a “Map” to address reading skills your child needs extra practice on. Your child should complete at least 1-2 “Maps” a week. On each “Map” is a book your child will read. Then he/she will be asked to complete 4-5 “Lessons” that practice vocabulary, reading fluency and reading comprehension skills. After successfully completing each “Lesson”, your child moves a game place on the “Map”. At the end of the “Map” is an “Assessment”. If your child is successful on the “Assessment, then your child moves up a level to the next “Map”. If he/she does not pass the “Assessment”, then it moves him/her down a level to a lower “Map.” The books read on these “Maps” may be counted on your child’s reading log.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

12/5 Bobcat Chorus Performance at Marine Chevy @ 6:30

12/6 Readers are Leaders & Leadership

12/8 PE & Art, Progress Reports sent home, 3rd grade music performance for 4th grade

12/9 Word Study Quiz, MW Quiz, 4.OA.1 Assessment, Century Club Quiz-8 min.

12/12 Coding & Music, Science Fair (Go Cameron!), Chick-fil-A

Community Service Projects:

*Coat Drive

*Bobcat Chorus Food Drive

*Pencil Drive

*Ongoing: Soda Tabs, Boxtops

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home


I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.

At Home:

I choose to share my meal or candy with my sibling, rather than being selfish.

In School:

I learn to play a different game with other friends when others don’t allow you to play with them.


Galactic News for November 27 thru December 4, 2017  

Rysewyk’s Rockets Galactic News

November 27 thru December 4, 2017

Astronomical Classroom Activities

         The number 1 question I get is, “What can we do at home to help our child?” There are a couple of on-going assignments that you can help your son/daughter accomplish. Ensuring your student completes these will help his/her grades. These are:

1.) Read!  This quarter your child will need to read at least 20 books. Each student is required to conference with me on every 5 books read, which equates to 4 times this 9 weeks. The quality of these book conferences are evaluated and recorded as a grade in the grade book.

2.) Memorize Math Facts!  This quarter each student is required to have the multiplication math facts through the 7’s memorized. These Rocket Math Multiplication quizzes count for 4 grades in the grade book.

3.) Work on 2nd Quarter Study Island Objectives! Completing the 2nd Quarter Study Island Objective Goal sheet with an average of 85% or higher will help your child in multiple ways. First, the practice strengthens his/her understanding of the work we are doing in class. This helps with in-class assignments and tests. Second, these objectives will be assessed on the next State Benchmark’s in January, thus practice will help prepare him/her for these assessments. Finally, your child can earn extra credit in each subject of the grade book if he/she completes the sheet with an average of 85% or higher on each objective. Study Island may be accessed using a home computer/device and going through the RES home webpage. Click on the 1:1 Student Symbaloo.

4.) Prepare for Assessments! Fridays are our usual assessment day. We take our weekly Morning Work and Word Study quizzes. Your child brings home words, definitions and sentence examples to study every Monday. He/she also brings home our completed Morning Work sheet every Thursday to help prepare for the next day’s quiz. In addition, most final math and reading skills assessments are given on Friday.

5.) Check Power Schools!  Your child has access to his/her grades at all times. Ask to see these grades. In addition, when he/she clicks on the grade, it will bring up each assignment completed and those not completed. I enter grades each Sunday evening. Staying up-to-date with your child’s grades and missing work will help to eliminate last minute stress as we get close to report card time.

Upcoming Ecliptic Events

11/28 Readers are Leaders, Leadership, School Picture Retake/Make-Up Day

11/30 PE, Art, PBIS Store, Candy Man’s Main Event, Limo ride

12/1   Classroom tests: MW Week 10, Week 7 Word Study, 4.NF.1, and 4.RI.7

12/4 Coding, Music

The Leader In Me: Parent Support at Home


I spend my time on things that most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

At Home:

I choose to spend quality time with family by cooking and eating together.

In School:

Thinking of my work that needs to be completed, I chose to get the most important work done first.