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Welcome Back to School!

Dear Parents and Students,
 
Welcome to 4th grade!  This year has so many opportunities for growth for your student and the 4th grade teachers are so excited to begin the journey.  
 
Meeting your students on Monday and getting to know them this week has been great.  We have begun the year in such a positive way that I am so excited for the upcoming year.
 
4th grade students met with their Math teachers on Thursday and will be meeting their L.A. teachers on Monday the 28.  
 
Back to School Night on Sept. 28 at 6:30 is set up in an open house style and we are looking forward to meeting with you and giving you more information on our grade and what is expected of your student this year.  Each teacher will have a sign-up sheet for opportunities to volunteer in your student's classroom activities, upcoming field trips, etc.  
 
In Homeroom this week students will be studying about Water and the Water Cycle.  In History we will begin on basic geography of Utah.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
 
Mrs. Romriell 
 
 

Jan 9-13

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This week we have an exciting Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History.  This visit will take place on Wed. Jan 11th.  Students and teachers will leave on buses at 9:15, so make sure you aren't late!. parents who will be chaperoning a group of students around the museum will meet us at the museum by 9:50.  We will be greeted by staff who will give us instructions and then we will be off to explore.  We will eat lunch at the museum and return to the school by about 12:30 to 12:45, (depending on weather etc).  Students must return home on the bus.  Thank you so much for the parents that have volunteered.  If you would still like to come just email me and our student groups can be a bit smaller.  
 
This week we will also have our School Spelling Bee on Tue. Jan 10 at 10:00 in the auditorium.  The 8 finalists, two from each 4th grade class will be participating on Tues.
 
This Friday we are also having our 4th grade class auctions. Students have been earning "bucks" for excellent work, turning in items on time, good behavior, etc.  There is a flyer coming home, so please read with your students.  If you have any questions, please email me.  
 
It is nice to get back to school and my wonderful class.  They are the best!!!!
 
Mrs. Romriell

Jan. 3-6

Dear Parents and Students,
 
We have a very exciting and full January.  What a great way to start the New Year and the third quarter of school.  January will include a field trip, spelling bee, Literacy Night and MAPS testing.  
 
The Spelling Bee will be held on January 10 at 10 a.m. in the Jr. high auditorium.  Class and grade spelling bees will be held during the week before to determine who will go on to the finals.  Copies of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade lists will come home with your student on Tues.  Unlike other years these are just study lists.  The words on them may or may not be part of the spelling bee.  You can also find the lists on the 3rd and 4th grade websites.  I am having difficulty adding attachments right now, so please check the other teacher's websites for the lists.  
 
The 4th grade is also taking a Field Trip on Wed. Jan. 11th to the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Students will be receiving a permission slip on Tues that must be returned so they can take part in this event.  Each teacher needs 4 to 5 volunteer parents to go on the trip with us.  Parents will need to drive to the museum and meet our classes there.  Please email me is you would like to attend and have a small group of students to explore the museum with you.
 
Literacy Night will be held on Monday Jan. 23rd, so put it on your calendar. More info will be coming.  Please help your students to record their reading on the snowmen that were given out before the Holiday break.  Our grade has set a goal of 20,000 minutes of reading.  
 
MAPS tests will be conducted on the week of Jan. 23 - 26,  Students should be extra careful to a get good night's rest to ensure they can do their best work on the tests.  These tests are used by the teachers to determine your students growth so far this year.  
 
The Poem for the Month of January is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost.  Students will be given a copy of the poem and it will be on the website soon.
 
The genre for the monthly book report is Fantasy.  Each L.A. teacher will send home book reports with their students.  
 
In Science 4th grade will be studying Weathering, Erosion, and Soil this month.  In History we will finish our study of Native Americans and move on to Mountain Men.  
 
I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready to get back to the incredible joy of learning!
 
Mrs. Romriell

Dec. 5-9

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This week in L.A. students will have Spelling Homework on Monday.  We will not have Grammar Homework going home this week or next as we prepare for the end of the quarter that is coming up on Dec. 21.  The Grammar homework I usually send home will be completed in class. 
 
This week we will finish presenting the last of our Informational Writing Project "i am the Expert"  We will begin work on our new writing project that will entail researching and writing about a country of the world.  This new type of informational writing is one of the student's favorites and helps prepare them for the 4th grade county report that each student will do at the end of the year, as we finish up or study of Utah.
 
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns, and if needed set up a meeting.
 
Mrs. Romriell 
 
 
 
 

Dec. 5-9

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This week in Math class, we will be studying Multiplying by 2 digit numbers, the Associative property, how to name and identify lines and segments, and relating multiplication and division.
 
The homework assignments will be as follows:
 
Mon. Lesson #44 -- Multiplying 2-digit numbers
Tues. Lesson #45 -- Parentheses, the Associative Property, naming lines and Segments
Wed. Lesson #46 -- Relating Multiplication and Division Part 1
Thurs. Lesson #47 -- Relating Multiplication and Division Part 2
Friday: Task Day
 
It is so important to have your student show a parent their homework.  Parents should look over student's work to determine that they are showing their work and seem to be understanding the problems.  Sometimes studen's will try to do problems in their head and just show the answer.  it is imperative that students show how they did the problem, so that when a student misses a problem we as teachers can look to see where the error in thinking has happened.  Then we can work with your student to reteach the concept.
 
Thank you for all your support of your students in their Math education.
 
Mrs. Romriell
 
 
 

Dec. 5-9

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This week in 4th grade we will continue our study of Rocks, Minerals, and the Rock Cycle. Students will be preparing study guides for the Science test that will happen the week of Dec 12-15.  We will also continue our study of the 5 Native American Tribes that live in Utah today, by studying each tribe's history, culture, and future in Utah.
 
A tradition in my classroom over the last 5 years has been to challenge the students to read 400 books over the course of the year as a class.  To celebrate this accomplishment we have a "Book Celebration Party at the end of the year, where each student receives a book to take home.  I will be sending home a Scholastic Book Order that will be due by Dec. 9th.  This book order needs to be turned in by Dec. 12, so that we can ensure shipping to the school before our Holiday break.  Participating once over the year in a book order from our class helps me to be able to provide each student with a book of their own to take home at the end of our year Book Celebration. We will have at least three more Scholastic Book order forms that will go home this year, so there is still plenty of time to participate if you would like to do so,
 
Our Poem for the Month is December by Aileen Fisher.  Students have been given their copy last week.  It will be due on Dec 19th. and student's will recite it for the class that day.
 
Book reports for the month are based on a Poetry Book.  The Book report is a simple one since the month is short. As usual, the reports are assigned by your student's L.A. teacher,
 
Also, just a reminder that the end of the 2nd quarter is Dec. 21.  Encourage your student to check with their teachers and make sure they are caught up on any missing work or homework assignments,  
 
If you have any issues or questions, please contact me.
 
Mrs. Romriell
 
 
 
 

Nov. 28 - Dec 2

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This week in L.A. there will be Spelling Homework on Monday.  Grammar homework will come home on Mon. through Thurs.  There will be a Spelling, Grammar, and Comprehension Test on Friday.  
 
Book Reports are due on Nov. 30th.  Presentation will be performed in class the following week.
 
This week students are showing their informational text writing by showing the class a demonstration on how to do "something they are an expert at doing"  Students performances have been great!
 
Students will be required to finish their Utah Compose essay by the end of the week.  If they have not finished it on Thurs,, The day we have the computers in my classroom, they will be required to finish it at home.  Our goal for this first essay is to score at least threes in each category.
 
Thank you,
 
Mrs. Romriell
 
 
 
                                                                    

Nov. 28 - Dec 2

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This week Book Reports are due in L.A. classes.  Please check with your student to make sure they are prepared to present part of their report in class.  Students will be given a Poem to memorize for Dec.on Wed.  
 
The Book Report Genre for the month of Dec. is Poetry.  Since Dec is a shorter month, this book report is only one page long and will not take too much time in this very busy month.  Students should choose a book of poetry that they enjoy to use for this assignment. 
 
In Science we are studying  about Metamorphic rocks this week.  Students will learn how Metamorphic Rocks are created in the Rock Cycle.
 
In History we are finishing up our study of the Goshute Tribe and are moving on to the Shoshone Tribe.
 
Please encourage your students to check with their teachers for missing or late work.  The end of the quarter is on Dec 21.
 
Thank you for all the encouragement you give your students,
 
Loree Romriell
 
 

Nov. 21-22

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This is a short week and we will only have Homework on Mon.  
 
We will be finishing up our study of Capacity and then study how Decimals and Fractions are related to money.  
 
Have a great break!
 
Mrs. Romriell

Nov. 21-22

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This is a short week, so there will be no homework for L.A. class.  Students can work on their Utah Compose Essay if they have not finished it by the time we leave for Thanksgiving break.  I will be sending a letter home with the students on Monday explaining how students will be using Utah Compose from home this year in 4th grade.  Most work will be completed in school, but student's can use it at home to finish assignments if necessary.
 
Just a reminder that the November Book Report and presentation of a Biography Genre book is due on Wed. Nov. 30th.  We will begin presenting these reports to the class on Wed. and hopefully finish by the end of that week.  
 
Mrs. Romriell
 
 

Nov. 21-22

Dear Parents and Students,
 
This is a very short week, but I will give the students a Weekly Planner so they can fill in their reading and have you sign it for them.  Last week our College Bound celebration was informative and fun for the students. Our hope is that our students at Summit Academy will set the goal to go to college.   
 
In History we have finished our study of the Early People in Utah and now are moving on to the 5 Native American Tribes that still live in Utah today.  This short week we will study the Goshute Tribe.  
 
In Science we have identified and studied igneous rocks and will tackle Sedimentary rocks this week.
 
I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving Break.
 
Mrs. Romriell