September 17

Vocabulary Lists Are Coming Home!



Today (9/17/18) your student will be coming home with vocabulary words and vocabulary homework for my ELA class! Each week we will work with about 5 new words.  Please do your best to help your student with the homework and initial our Homework Calendar when it is completed.

Over the week in class we will be working on the words assigned for homework, but it is crucial students also practice the words at home!


Thank you so much for all of your support!

September 11

At Home Reading Logs



Yesterday, 9/10/18, was the first day your child brought home a homework calendar and reading log. These will come home each week starting on the first day of the week. It will be your child’s responsibility to keep both in their take home folder to bring home and back to school each day!

I am asking for your help with our reading log! Each student must read at least 15 minutes each night for homework. Once they have read, please have them write the date and minutes read and then please initial the reading log to confirm they did the reading! Of course, students may read longer than 15 minutes, but I would like them to be reading each night Monday through Thursday.

Students have a reading log in class on Google Classroom; they are not required to fill that out for the at home reading, but they certainly may if they would like!


Thank you so much for all your help and support! If you have any questions, please let me know!


Mr. Straub

September 7

Another Great Week in 4th Grade!

Week 2 of 4th grade was a busy and fun time for all students. We started getting into the routine of switching for ELA and Math classes and even started some rotations in those classes!

In math we started to talk about place value and the difference between place values, going all the way up to millions.

In ELA we talked about finding the main idea of a reading and key supporting details.

Be on the lookout for homework calendars coming home next week! Some boxes might be crossed out on the calendar and that’s okay- we are easing back into the homework routine 🙂

I can’t wait for our first full five day week together!

August 30

A Great Start to the Year!

Week 1 of 4th Grade is complete, and it was a great week! We spent a lot of time getting to know each other as a fourth grade community and going over the expectations for 4th grade. Students had the chance to share special items from home with their classmates. We also learned a lot about 4th grade expectations and will continue to review those expectations in the coming weeks.

Looking ahead to next week, we will begin to switch to our ELA and Math classes and begin to learn how to work with our classmates there.

On Wednesday night starting at 6:30 Back to School Night will be taking place at Brecknock, so please stop by to see what 4th grade is all about!

August 26

Welcome Back!

Welcome to 4th Grade! I am so excited to begin the year! This week we will be spending a lot of time getting to know each other as a whole 4th grade community. We will also learn about the expectations in 4th grade, so we can be the best learners possible this year!