We're taking a few minutes this afternoon to talk about what we've been learning and working on this week.
First of all, Mr. H-A goofed! When he printed the Edmodo password labels yesterday, he put the wrong passwords on them. Corrected labels have replaced the incorrect labels. In general, the Pathfinders have two passwords for all of our different logins, either their birth date or their name with three digits following. When in doubt, try those two first. Sorry about the inconvenience of trying to login last night!
Second we'll give the Edmodo Home Reading Log a try again this weekend. When your student logs into Edmodo they should see "Home Reading Log for the weekend of September 20, 2013." Then they click "Take Quiz" to fill out their Reading Log.
Third, THANK YOU to the parents who came out last night for our 4th grade Parent Night. We hope you learned lots about being a fourth grader.
Now, here's what the Pathfinders have to say about their week here:
Fourth Grade Parents
Please save the date
Thursday, September 19, 2013
4th Grade Parent Night
Roosevelt Elementary Media Center
Mrs. Chamberlain & Mr. Holland-Anderson will be sharing information about fourth grade expectations and ways to help our fourth grade readers and mathematicians at home.
We hope to see you there!
The following letter is going home today with our first book orders of the year.
Dear Pathfinder Parents,
Attached is our first book order of the year. Scholastic Book Clubs are a great way for students to get new books at a reasonable price. Plus, our classroom earns bonus points for each book purchased which can be used to purchase new books for our classroom. Last year I was able to add 10-15 new books to our classroom library each month thanks to Book Club purchases.
If you are interested in ordering books for your son or daughter, simply complete the attached order form and return it to school with cash or check payable to Scholastic Book Clubs. Book orders will always be due on the following Friday (September 13th this month). Books usually arrive about two weeks after the order is placed. Don’t forget to write your name on the order form!
Also, you can now place your Scholastic Book Clubs orders online! Browse all the great monthly Book Club selections at low prices and order online. Plus, our class earns a FREE book every time a parent orders online. Also, parents receive a $5 Free Book Pick to be used on a future book order.
Here’s how it works:
And don’t forget: Every time a parent places an order online, we earn a FREE book for our classroom library!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you did not have an opportunity to fill out the Parent Contact Information form at Open House, you can use this link to do so.
Please help the Roosevelt PTO help our students by participating in our annual fundraiser!
Fundraiser paperwork is due September 23rd.
If you're willing and able, our classroom would be happy to accept donations of:
Roosevelt is once again collecting pop can tabs to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan.
Last year our school collected about 36 gallons of pop can tabs. Let's see if our team can help collect more than that this year!
Here's Mrs. Sharp dropping off last year's collection at the Ronald McDonald House.
We'll be sharing our learning and updates from our classroom using a variety of methods this year.
Our class website: http://mr.hollandanderson.net - specifically on the Blog.
https://www.facebook.com/PathfinderTeam (Like our page)
Text (via Remind101):
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“Life is either a daring adventure… or nothing at all.” - Helen Keller
Welcome to a new school year! It was great to meet most of you at Open House and during the first few days of school. I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Kip Holland-Anderson, but my students call me “Mr. H-A.” This school year will be my eighteenth year as a teacher (WOW! Where do the years go?).
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from North Park College in Chicago, IL where I student taught in a 4th grade classroom. Upon graduating I was offered a position working with 8th grade students. After my wife and I moved to Holland, MI, I continued teaching 8th graders at Creekside Middle School where I taught for nine years. In 2006 I requested a transfer to 4th grade and this year will be my eighth year at Roosevelt. My wife teaches 4th grade part-time at East K-7 in Holland Public Schools where our three kids attend school.
I chose the theme of the Pathfinder Team for our classroom because I believe that learning is a journey and an adventure. As the quote above states, life is a “daring adventure.” I like to extend that to education and learning as well. Learning is a daring adventure in that sometimes it is picturesque, easy-going, and feels great. Other times the journey is difficult, challenging, and possibly frustrating. Sometimes it will take risks to step out and try new things. Yet, as with all great adventures I believe that when we reach the end of the school year we will look back and be amazed at how far we’ve traveled together and how much we’ve learned.
If you ever have a question or comment, please feel free to contact me either by phone, e-mail, or by sending in a note (contact info. is at the bottom of the page). I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!
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