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Welcome to Curriculum Night

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Kim Evans

on 14 September 2014

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Welcome to Curriculum Night
A Message from
Mr. Balingit
A little about me . . .
Born and raised in Forest Hills
My husband and I both went to Collins and FHN
I have 2 daughters who also went to FHN
Katelyn, 25, is a 2nd grade teacher
Niki, 29, is a genetics professor at Purdue
I now live in Rockford on Silver Lake
My Credentials
BS Electrical Engineering 1981
-Michigan Technological University
BA Social Science & Education 1996
-Aquinas College
MA Education 2000
- Mary Grove University

Special Endorsements
Social Sciences K-8
Reading Specialist K-8

Mrs. Evans' Class 2013-2014
Our Daily Schedule
8:40 School Begins
8:40 - 8:50 Common Core Practice
8:50 - 9:50 Specials (Tuesday - Friday)
9:50 - 10:00 Snack
10:00 - 11:15 Math
11:15 - 12:15 Word Study, Independent Reading, Writing Mini-Lessons
12:20 - 1:00 Lunch & Recess
1:05 - 2:10 Social Studies OR Science
2:15 - 2:30 Recess
2:30 - 3:35 Guided Reading & Writing

First bell rings at 8:35
Your child will be marked tardy if he/she arrives after 8:40
If your child is late, please stop in the office to check in and make a lunch choice.
Specials Schedule
Monday 8:50 Music
11:20 PE
Tuesday 8:50 Tech (Typing)
9:20 Spanish
Wednesday 8:50 Music
9:20 Media Center
Thursday 8:50 - 9:50 Art
11:30 Tech (Testing & Projects)
Friday 8:50 PE
9:20 Spanish
Please make sure that your child has a clean pair of gym shoes to KEEP at school.
The 4th Grade Team
Mr. Chris Soda
Mrs. Shannon Curcuru
Mrs. Kim Evans
Mr. Jon Techentin
We team teach Social studies and Science. Your child will have Mr. Soda and me for Social Studies and Mrs. Curcuru & Mr. Techentin for Science.
Goals for 4th Grade
to give students the academic and social skills they need to progress to 5th grade
to provide a supportive and fun classroom environment
to help students make new friends and discover new interests.
4th Grade Core Curriculum
4th Grade is Challenging!
Guided Reading Units
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Riding Freedom
Owls in the Family
Poetry Unit
Stone Fox
Biography Project
Independent Reading
(aka Book Bug Books)
Self-selected independent reading program that encourages students to read books that interest them, yet are challenging and support comprehension strategies
Students required to read across genres
Read at or just above SRI level
6 books 1st semester
4 books 2nd semester
Focus on . . .
Writing process skills
journal writing
6 Traits of Writing program
Writing Diner
Super Story Strategies
Use of Mentor texts
In 4th grade, spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, and correct grammar count!
Math Units
1st Semester

2nd Semester
Geometric Figures
Numbers & Data
Multiplication & Division
Estimation & Computation
Division & Angle Measurement
Perimeter & Area
Reflections & Symmetry
3D Shapes, Weight, Volume

It is imperative that your child learn his/her multiplication facts as soon as possible. The advanced topics we will be studying this year (multiplication and division of two and three digit numbers, multiplying and dividing decimals, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, etc.) require students to have automatic recall of multiplication facts.

Please visit the
Everyday Math Website
We Use the Everyday Math Program
All aspects of the math program, other than the journal pages, are available online. This included parent letters and many helpful hint videos.
Math Facts
4th Grade Science Units
Taught by Mrs, Curcuru & Mr. Techentin
Heat, Magnetism, and Electricity
Properties of Matter
Sun, Moon, & Earth
Living Things
4th Grade Social Studies Units
taught by Mrs. Evans & Mr. Soda
Studying Geography
The Northeast
The Southeast
The Midwest
The Southwest
The West
Michigan History, Government, & Economics

Your child will receive a TCI account while he/she is studying social studies. The book, vocab, and review games are available on-line.
Our Classroom is a community of learners. In our community we have rules to help us get along with each other.

Our class rules are:
be respectful and responsible
be organized and follow directions
be on time
be prepared
never interfere with another student's learning
Classroom Community
Assignment Planners
Each 4th grader will receive an assignment planner.
Students are responsible for writing assignments in their planners each day.
Students will be asked to pay for a replacement if they become lost or damaged.
Please look over and initial your child's planner each night.
FHPS policy is 10 minutes of homework per grade level each night - plan on 40 minutes.
Expect daily math homework along with occasional reading, social studies, and science work.
Students should practice spelling words and math facts nightly as needed.
Daily assignments not completed during the school day will become additional homework.
Spend any extra time reading.
Missing Work
Homework is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise noted.
Missing homework will result in sitting at the Homework Table in the lunch room to complete missing work.
Students are responsible for making up assignments missed due to any absence.
Sufficient time will be given for completion of any work missed, generally equal to the time of the absence.
Homework - What is your job as a parent?
Help your child schedule a special time and place each night just for doing homework,
Together, find a place to work with good lighting and not too much noise.
Be available to look over papers and discuss your child's questions and concerns.
If your child has attempted and assignment several times and is "stuck," give a nudge in the right direction, but don't do the work yourself.
If your child is "stuck" and you are unable to help, please write me a note or send me an email.
Weekly Spelling Tests
Unit Math, Social Studies, & Science tests (approximately every 3 weeks). Study Guides provided.
SRI Reading Comprehension tests (computer - 3 times a year)
Discovery Educations standards testing (computer - 3 times a year)
MEAP (October)
No letter grades
Percents and rubric scores
Standards based report card
Most daily work is corrected together in class. Other assignments and assessments are given a percentage and/or a rubric score dependent on the type of assessment.
Grading Rubric
Parent Communication
daily assignment planner
classroom website
emails from me at least once a week
- Calendar includes what we are studying, upcoming assessments, and school activities.

I do not sent paper copies unless absolutely necessary.
How to Reach Me
By Email
- kevans@fhps.net anytime, forwarded to my home and phone. I will respond ASAP

By Phone
- office: 616-493-8900

In Person
- Please call to schedule an appointment. I would be happy to meet with you.
Any Questions?
Thank you for coming!
Word Study - Spelling
New spelling program for 4th grade this year
Word Journeys allows students to work at their own developmental level.
Combines spelling and phonics
6 spelling groups

Please be patient with us, we are all learning this together,
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