Friday, March 20, 2015


Ms. Howell’s 4th Grade Class 
March 20, 2015
Dear Parents,

Please make sure that your child has the supplies that they need for school. Such as pencils, red pens, glue sticks, and scissors. I am completely out of my personal supply of these materials and I will not be able to make another purchase this school year. Please talk with your child and see what supplies they need, so they can be prepared for the remainder of the school year.

Please ensure that your child is taking GMAS practice tests online weekly, or even nightly. All tests are due by Friday, April 17th. They are a great preparation for the GMAS we have coming up at the end of April. They model the GMAS and it is important that your child feels confident with the format of the test. It will reduce any anxiety they have before the real thing! If you have any questions please let me know.

Please look over your child’s Progress Report in the left side of the Friday Folder today. You can keep the Progress Report and initial the back of the envelope. Please return the envelope in the Friday folder on Monday. If you have any questions regarding your child’s 3rd 9 weeks progress report please let me know!

GMAS Information:
One of the things I shared at conferences this week was about the new Georgia Milestones Assessment (GMAS).
Below are some links of information that will give you some additional information. 
·      Want more general information about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment? Take a look at the PTA Guide.
·      Would you like to see a sample of the online Georgia Milestones Assessment? Click through this elementary online test sample.
·      Want detailed information about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment? The Department of Education published this assessment guide specific for each grade level tested.
·      Parents: This is last year's Georgia Department of Education practice test. This is the only practice test available date formats as seen in the assessment guides.  There are about  4 practice tests for each subject for grades 3-5. There are about 8-12 questions on each practice test.

Below are just a few reminders/notes for the week:
·        The Media Center March book mark is due on Friday, April 3rd
·        Don’t forget to be completing practice tests on the OAS website.  If students turn in forms by April 17th, they will receive a special treat from me. 
·        In last week’s Friday folder is information regarding our upcoming International and Fine Arts Night.  I hope to see many of you there on April 2nd
·        In the Friday Folder you will find information on Spring Pictures on Wednesday, April 1st
·        In the Friday Folder you will find an order form for field day t-shirts due by Friday, April 17th
School Wide Information 

  • Friday, March 27th-All Pro Dad’s Breakfast
  • Wednesday, April 1st- Spring Pictures
  • April 2nd International and Fine Arts Night
  • April 6th – 10th – Spring Break

Next Week at a Glance

Reading – Information and Opinion Responses to Reading
Writing/Grammar Adverbs – test on Wednesday, March 25th.
Word Study – No Word Study until after GMAS
Social Studies Westward Expansion  
Mon/Tues Group: Vocabulary test on Thursday, March 26th and Unit Test on Tuesday, March 31st
Wed/Fri Group:  Vocabulary test on Friday, March 27th and Unit Test on Thursday, April 2nd
Science –
Group Wed./Fri:  Animal Adaptations Vocabulary Test Wednesday, March 25th’ Animal Adaptations Test week of March 30th
Group Mon./Tue.: Ecosystems Vocabulary Test Tuesday, March 24th; Ecosystems Test week of March 30th
9:00 Group Measurement  
12:45 Group Decimal Fraction Test Monday, March 23rd’ Begin Geometry Unit

Specials Rotation:
Wednesday –Music
Thursday –Technology

Friday – PE

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