Hello students and parents! We hope you have had a great and relaxing long weekend.

Thank you Ms. Sandra Noguera and Ms. Josiana Marquina for setting up a delicious Desayuno Catracho for our students! Thank you to all the parents for sending in their contribution to this wonderful celebration too.

This week´s activities:

We would like to remind you that this week our students will have their first Map test. Fourth A and B students  will have their Math Map test on Wednesday 20th. Please take note of this to make sure your child comes to school that day and doesn’t miss the test.

IXL- Math: B.8

IXL-Language Arts: D.7

Math: This week in math we will continue working with strategies to compute sums and differences mentally. We will be overestimating and underestimating numbers.

Reading: In reading this week we will wrap-up our Making connections unit while finishing reading our class novel Stone Fox.

Writing: We will begin working on a comic book about the novel Stone Fox. Students will use their knowledge of descriptive writing and incorporate dialogue to their writing.

Science: This week we will continue our ¨Motion and Design¨ unit. Students will be introduced to the concepts of force, design, and motion. We will learn about blue prints as well. Students will be exploring the given pieces to create their own vehicle design.

Grammar: We will study subject and predicate in simple sentences.

Spelling: This week we will continue using more vocabulary words from our novel Stone Fox. We will also include vocabulary from our Motion and Design unit.  Each week the students will get their words on MONDAY, they must turn in one of the activities by Wednesday. They will have the rest of the week to complete their assignments from the spelling menu. All the activities are due on Friday, right before the Spelling Test.

Important News and Reminders:

Mid-Term: Progress Reports were sent home the last Wednesday. Please make sure to send it in signed ASAP. If you were required for a conference please contact your homeroom teacher to agree on date and time for the meeting.

Environmental Council: Our fourth graders presented their speeches this past week. We would like to congratulate Luciana Nuñez and Daniela Aguirre for their outstanding performance. They both will be representing us in the Environmental Committee throughout the school year. Way to go ladies!!

Recycled-Art Project:  As part of our Go Green policy, students have been required to bring in any recycled boxes or containers in order to make an art project. We strongly recommend NOT to buy anything, just send in whatever you have at home.

The annual informational General Assembly will be held on Saturday, September 23, at 9:00 a.m. The Convocatoria went out last Friday.

Child care for those who need it will be available in the Early Childhood area.

Have a great week!

Ms.K and Ms. Dariela

 

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September 11-15

Happy Independence Week!!! Welcome back to a new fun week of fun and learning at Discovery School. Pay close attention to this blog, we have several announcements for this week.

Our Honduran Independence Day Celebration will take place on Wednesday, September 13. The breakdown for that day is as follows:

Our Homeroom parents have organized the Desayuno Catracho for our fourth graders. Please make sure to send in what you signed up for on Wednesday. Also if you have any typical artifacts to decorate our stand please send them in by Tuesday. All students must wear typical dress/outfit. (Except for the special presenters.)
4A will be representing Gracias a Dios
4B will be representing Olancho
This is short week and we won´t have spelling class.

This week´s activities

IXL: Math: B.4 and B.5

Math: This week in math we will continue  working with strategies to compute differences mentally. We will overestimating and underestimating numbers.

Reading: In reading this week we will finish working with connections, this time we will be focus on Text-to- World connections while  finishing reading our class novel Stone Fox.

Writing: In writing this week we will continue working with descriptive writing.

Science: This week we will begin our ¨Motion and Design¨ unit. Students will be introduced to the concepts of force, design, motion as we learn about blue prints as well.

Grammar: We will review types of sentences.

 

DIRECTOR´S NOTES

It is hard to believe that the midpoint for this first quarter is this Friday, September 8. The first Midterm Progress reports will be sent home on Wednesday, September 13.

TRAFFIC IN THE CITY as you are all aware of, the traffic in certain areas of the city is extremely difficult. We encourage all parents who drive their children to school to plan leaving at least 20 minutes prior to the normal time

The annual informational General Assembly will be held on Saturday, September 23, at 9:00 a.m. The Convocatoria went out last Friday.
Child care for those who need it will be available in the Early Childhood area. 

Check out the Weekly Menus for our Cafeteria at https://wolvescafeteria.wordpress.com/
CANASTAS CATRACHAS- RAFFLE BY THE DPTO
The DPTO is selling tickets for the raffle of THREE Canastas Catrachas, a beautiful basket with Honduran goodies to enjoy with a cookout over the Honduran  Independence Day weekend (gift certificate for meat included).
Please support the DPTO and its activities by purchasing tickets at only L50 a piece. You can get them from any DPTO member or from Ms. Gaby Chavez or Ms. Ruth Villalobos in the main office.
 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS
The Elementary Students elected their Nature Ambassadors last Friday, September 8. These officers will serve as the Elementary School Student Council for the 2017-2018 school year.  They will be meeting next Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Ketterer, Ms. Cristiana and Mr. Andrew.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

 

Wednesday, September 13
Independence Day Celebration (Early dismissal 11:45 a.m.)

Progress Reports go homeThursday, September 14
HOLIDAY
Friday, September 15
HOLIDAY


Monday, September 18 – 29
MAP Exams

Saturday, September 23
General Assembly

Have a safe and fun long weekend!

Ms. K and Ms. Dariela

September 4- September 8

Welcome back to a new fun and learning experience for this week. It is hard to believe how fast time pass. We just completed our first month in school. Among other things we would like to request parents to please let your kids to bring their electronics to class, since they are using them for researching on different projects in class. (They will be used for educational purposes only).

This week´s Activities in grade 4

IXL: Math skills:    T.4, B.1                        Language skills: A.1

Math: This week we will be having our first chapter 1 math test, on Wednesday September 6th. We will be reviewing these two first days in class, place value, comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals. We will be also learning one more strategy for Word problem solving, Look back and check. Finally we will begin learning how to compute sums and differences mentally.

Reading: In reading this week we will continue discussing the different connections we might find in books. This time we will be focusing in text-to self connections while reading our class novel Stone Fox.

Writing: In writing the students will continue working on a new idea, writing a small descriptive paragraph including three new ingredients, (ACTION, Feelings and SETTING).

Spelling: This week we will continue using more vocabulary words from our novel Stone Fox.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their assignments from the spelling menu.

Grammar: In grammar we will be focusing on the different types of sentences and how understanding these allows writers to control the tone of their sentences in their writing pieces.

Social Studies: Students are explaining their understanding on maps and globes and different key features learned in class through different activities. 

Have a great week!

Ms.K and Ms. Dariela

 

August 28- September 1

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in with us at our Grade 4 blog!

**Please be sure to check your child’s learning log every night and sign next to each day.  We want to be sure your child is keeping you informed of his/her daily responsibilities!!

 

Josh’s Birthday Lunch!!!  Today in lunch time we will be celebrating the birthday of our dear Josh. His mom will bring pizza, cake and drinks for both classes. 

IXL Skills:  

Math: IXL skills this week will be T.1 and T.13

Language : None

*** All IXL exercises for the week should be completed by Sunday, September 3.***

Math: In our Math lessons this week we will be reviewing lessons taught in math so far in class. Also we will start studying decimals. We will use money to understand decimals and start exploring strategies for solving word problems.

Reading: We will continue analyzing the characters in our class novel Stone Fox, and will begin to practice making “Text-to-Text” connections in what we read.  Students will be encouraged to transfer these skills to their self-selected reading books as well, focusing on what connections they might have found with other texts.  Just a reminder that students should be bringing their Self-Selected-Reading books to school every day, along with their reading logs.

Writing: The students this week will start working on their first draft of a descriptive piece of writing using 3 main elements of Action, Feelings, and Setting.

Grammar: This week the students will be able to identify the importance of correct grammar in real-life scenarios.

Spelling: The focus of this week’s words will continue using more vocabulary words from our novel Stone Fox.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their.

Social Studies: In social studies, we will continue our geography unit, focusing on the locations of the continents and oceans.

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR´S NOTES

As part of our AASCA membership, we receive an EBSCO Deluxe account for the use of our entire community. Commonly just called EBSCO, it is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. All our community – parents, staff, teachers and students – are welcome to use this amazing source of information by visiting http://search.ebscohost.com/ or you can find it on our websitewww.discoveryschool.edu.hn under Parent Resources and using the User ID:discovery and the password: Honduras
We want to remind everyone that every Friday is SCHOOL SPIRIT FRIDAY!We are doing our very best to have all our polos and t-shirts delivered early next week. We would love to see all our students and teachers in their polos next Friday, September 1 for our Honduras Flag Day Assembly.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
(Grades Kinder-5th)

After school activities begin today! (from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) Please make sure you have filled out and turned in the After School Activity Sheet and turned it in to Ms. Yery or Ms. Ruth in the office.
If you need to see the sheet, please click on the following link:https://goo.gl/BiqkAVBricks4kidz begins today, and the dates for sessions for this module will be August 28, and September 4, 11, and 18. This activity is designed for children grades Kindergarten to 5th.
New Activity: The Board Game Club- This semester we will have a new club centered around learning and playing board games. Board games are not only fun, but highly educational. (Shhh! Don’t tell your kids!) Children will develop many skills including memory, communication and vocabulary, basic operations, and logical reasoning to name just a few. The group will meet after school on Tuesdays with Mr. Andrew. Hope to see you there! Parents are welcome too!

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT

Reducing our Waste Line” – In commitment to Discovery’s mission for environmental responsibility, we will begin a cross-curricular STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and mathematics) project for waste reduction.  To spark our students’ understanding of issues caused by waste, we will begin a variety of activities to inspire their waste reduction. 
On August 28 and August 29, the students will be collecting all their waste.  Waste will be explored and evaluated in their classrooms.   As well, the 10th grade environmental students will prepare activities that will promote waste reduction, including an Ecofriendly Lunch Day, a day which helps to encourage our students to pack a “waste free” lunch.  This will be held on Friday, September 1.   For more information about waste free lunches, please visit http://wastefreelunches.org/ .
We also encourage recycling.  Please use the recycling bins throughout campus to recycling plastic, aluminum, and paper
.

NUESTROS PEQUEÑOS HERMANOS (NPH)

COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB  
The Community Service Club is seeking Discovery students, teachers, and families to join us in forming mentoring relationships with a group of children from the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage.  The first visit for the school year will be on Sunday, September 3rd, when we will celebrate Children’s Day.  If you would be interested in joining the club, please come to a meeting at lunch (11:45 AM) in Room 7 (Secondary Building) on Tuesday, August 29th or send Mrs. Christina Agurcia an email at cagurica@discoveryschool.edu.hn
High school students may earn community service hours for participation in the club.  If you would be willing to donate a piñata, candy, cookies, or other treats for the Children’s Day celebration, please contact the above email.  

COMMUNITY NEWS – HELPING OUR OWN

As the caring and supportive community that we are, the school is asking for our parents, teachers and students support for Ms. Regina Ochoa. She has been helping her mother for the past month in her fight against cancer. To pay for a necessary treatment, Ms. Regina has organized a Noche Beneficiosa to raise funds. This will take place on Thursday, August 31 anytime from 12:00 to 8:30 p.m. at McDonald’s on Juan Pablo II. Tickets can be gotten directly from Ms. Regina in the secondary building, or you may ask Ms. Ruth for them.

We thank you in advance for your support!

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

Monday, August 28
Waste Reduction Activities

Friday, September 1

Honduran National Month Assembly   8:10 a.m.

Bake Sale – Senior class
Eco Friendly Lunch (Early Childhood and Elementary)

Friday, September 8 
Midterm

Wednesday, September 13
Independence Day celebration (early dismissal)

Progress Reports go home

Thursday, September 14
HOLIDAY

Friday, September 15
HOLIDAY

Thank you!

Ms. K and Ms. Dariela

August 21-25

Welcome to a new week of learning experiences in Discovery Grade 4!  We hope you had a lovely weekend.  Thanks for stopping by to check in!

This week we will begin working on IXL.  Students should practice all of the skills indicated in the blog by Sunday evening at the latest.  Students should wait to do the IXL skills until they have been introduced in class.

This Week’s Fourth-Grade Activities:

IXL SKILLS:

Math: A.2, A.7

Language Arts: A.5

Math:  This week students will be practicing comparing, ordering, and rounding numbers through the millions.  We will also continue to work on problem-solving strategies.

Reading:We will continue reading our class novel “Stone Fox” and be working on character sketches and how to describe the physical and personality traits of the main characters in a story. We will also talk about the different types of genres and how to identify the genre of their books.

Grammar:  This week we will review complete and incomplete sentences.

Writing:   For writing, we will continue our focus on the writing trait of “Ideas,” using descriptive language to make ideas and details interesting.  Students will be drafting and publishing their descriptive writing about something they love or can’t stand.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from our class novel Stone Fox.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 3 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City,  https://www.spellingcity.com/list-management.html#/my-lists which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! The spelling homework will prepare them for the quiz on FRIDAY.

Social Studies:  In social studies, we will continue our geography unit, focusing on latitude and longitude and learning about the different types of maps.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS – HELPING OUR OWN

As the caring and supportive community that we are, the school is asking for our parents, teachers and students support for Ms. Regina Ochoa. She has been helping her mother for the past month in her fight against cancer. To pay for a necessary treatment, Ms. Regina has organized a Noche Beneficiosa to raise funds. This will take place on Thursday, August 31 anytime from 12:00 to 8:30 p.m. at McDonald’s on Juan Pablo II. Tickets can be gotten directly from Ms. Regina in the secondary building, or you may ask Ms. Ruth for them.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Have a great week,

Ms. Karen and Ms. Dariela

Week of August 14-18

 

The 2017-2018 school year is underway!  Grade 4 is off to a great start and ready for our learning experiences to begin.  Thank you to all the parents who helped make sure their children were ready with all the materials necessary to start the year.

Adriana’s Birthday Lunch!!!


We are very excited to celebrate Adriana’s Birthday this Friday 18 here in school during lunch time. Adriana’s mom will bring pizza, cake and drinks to share with both classes. Don’t pack up lunch for this day.

Thank you

 

Note: Every Friday has been designated “School Spirit Friday.” We are asking students to join in with staff in showing our Discovery pride by wearing a Discovery shirt every Friday. If your child needs a shirt, please stop by the office and order your shirt whit Ruth the secretary.

This Week’s Activities:

Math:  This week we will be deepening our understanding of place value in order to lay the foundation for the rest of the number work we will do throughout the year.  The students will learn to put numbers into standard form, expanded form, and word form.  They will also practice comparing and ordering numbers, and rounding numbers to the nearest thousand and ten-thousand place value.

 Reading:  This week we will be introducing our literacy program to  the students. We will have students begin their ‘self-selected reading’ program and commence our ‘guided reading’ program with the first class novel of the year, Stone Fox.   We will be working on character sketches and how to describe the physical and personality traits of the main characters in a story. We will also talk about the different types of genres and how to identify the genre of their books.

Grammar: The students will be able to compare complete and incomplete sentences in their interactive language notebook.

Writing:  In writing this week we will begin practicing descriptive writing, emphasizing the writing trait of “Ideas.”  Students will be learning about adding interesting details and descriptive words when describing something they like or don’t like.

 Social Studies:  This week we will begin our ‘Maps and Globes’ social studies unit.  The students will be labeling a world map with the major oceans, continents, and hemispheres.  We will then be learning about population and area, and comparing the continents using these criteria.

Thanks for stopping by to see what We’re  planning for this week, and We appreciate so much your support of your child’s education.

Have a great week everyone

Ms.K and Ms.Dariela

 

Greetings from Ms.K and Ms. D!!!

 

Classroom Information

Dear Parents:

Thank you to those of you who came today to the open house.  The following document is an outline of what we will be doing in class, and an idea of what to expect in terms of homework, discipline and classroom expectations.  We would also like to ask those parents whom we have not spoken with yet to please let us know if your child has access to the internet, since we would like to assign occasional activities that require the students to search online for information. We would also like to ask for some assistance in terms of planning field trips and other fun class activities throughout the year.

All the best,

Karen Raudales and Dariela Velásquez

Reading

We will focus a lot of time in the classroom on strengthening your child’s English reading skills, and helping them on the path to becoming a lifelong reader.  In the class we have two main ways of teaching reading: the first is called reader’s workshop where the students will work on becoming better readers while reading independently and responding in written and oral form to the different texts that they read.  The second is through guided reading where the class or groups within the class will read the same text together while thinking and discussing what they read and then practicing skills that will improve their reading appreciation and comprehension.

Writing/Grammar/Spelling

For our writing periods the class will spend most of the time in sessions that we call writer’s workshop.  In these periods we will give the students lessons on how to write effectively in English, and then give them the freedom to write and practice these lessons in their writer’s notebook.  There will be some whole-class writing assignments that we will give them, but the majority of periods the student’s will be encouraged to write things that are interesting to them, and things that they can then share with us and their classmates.

This year we will continue implementing the  6+1 traits program for writing, where we will focus on two traits per quarter. This will facilitate improving their writing skills in specific areas.

Grammar lessons will focus on the students’ learning important grammar rules and learning how to craft quality sentences and paragraphs.

Spelling lessons will work on building the students’ vocabulary and their grasp of the confusing rules of spelling properly in the English language.  The lessons will introduce fifteen new words each Monday along with 5 high- frequency words for fourth graders. The students will be using Spelling City to practice their words. One homework assignment from the Spelling Menu will be due on Wednesday, with the final two assignments due on Friday. They will also be quizzed on the entire 15 words that morning.

 Math

Our math program follows the well-renowned Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley Grade 4 Math program.  We will be following this program and covering roughly one lesson, per one hour class session.  The students will have a follow-up homework assignment each evening that allows them to review and practice what they learned in class that day.  There will be a test at the end of each chapter, and quizzes periodically to assess the students’ learning.  We are planning to cover 3 chapters of the program each quarter.

Social Studies and Science

We plan to alternate these two sections to make it easier for the students to focus and to keep our classroom from getting too crowded with projects and homework assignments.  There will be one Social Studies unit and one Science unit that we will learn about per quarter.

Homework

Almost every night your child will have reading homework and math homework.  The reading homework most nights will be simply to read 20-30 minutes of the book that they are currently reading.  EACH STUDENT SHOULD HAVE A BOOK THAT THEY ARE READING AT HOME AND IN CLASS.  THIS BOOK GOES HOME EVERY NIGHT FOR HOMEWORK AND MUST COME BACK EVERY DAY IN THEIR BAGS.  The math homework will likely be a photocopied page or online assigments  from that day’s math lesson, as We explained above.  The spelling homework will be due each Friday and will be completed in their spelling notebook.  There will also be occasional theme and writing projects that may require parental assistance and/or computer and internet access. The students will also be required to do 2-3 IXL skills every week  (Math,Language), all IXL exercises for the week should be completed by Sunday night. 

If you ever have a question about homework please refer to your child’s “Learning Log”.  It is a small white notebook where they record their homework each night.  If they can’t explain what it is they need to do for homework then they probably haven’t been paying full attention in class and will need to be reminded to do so.

Contact:

kraudales@discoveryschool.edu.hn  

dvelasquez@discoveryschool.edu.hn

or   blog:  www.grade4turf.wordpress.com

Happy 2017- 2018 School Year!!