Tara Oaks Elementary School

Newsletter 2017-2018

Information for the Week of
February 19 - 23, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please see the information below for the upcoming week:
 
SCIENCE:   Matter: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
Please check agendas daily to see when vocabulary is due for Lessons 2 - 4. 
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue our study on the Revolutionary War and events after the war.
 
Topics: King's Mountain, The Constitution, Preamble, Articles of Confederation, ratification, Constitutional Convention
 
THURSDAY- FEBRUARY 22nd  - Winter PTA meeting:
"Sailing Around the World"
Come and join Tara Oaks for a "trip around the world"! 
  • 6:00-6:15ish will be our PTA meeting, and then parents/students will be dismissed to tour the school until 7:30.
 
I encourage you to let your child watch "Liberty's Kids" on line. The students really enjoy it, and your child can go back to lots of events we have already studied.
    
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY- FEBRUARY 22nd  -
Information for the Week of
February 12 - 16, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please see the information below for the upcoming week:
 
SCIENCE:   Matter: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
Please check agendas daily to see when vocabulary is due and to see when we will be ready for a vocabulary quiz on
Lessons 2 - 4.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue our study on the Revolutionary War. I encourage you to let your child watch "Liberty's Kids" on line. There are several different short movies on different topics. Anything your child sees about the Revolutionary War would be helpful. We watched, Liberty's Kids: "Yorktown" together, and the kids really enjoyed seeing what we've been talking about in class "come to life". 
    
 
 
THURSDAY- FEBRUARY 22nd  - Winter PTA meeting:
"Sailing Around the World"
Come and join Tara Oaks for a "trip around the world"! 
  • 6:00-6:15ish will be PTA meeting, and then parents/students will be dismissed to tour the school until 7:30.)

 

 
Have a terrific weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Stock Carpenter
 
Come and join Tara Oaks for a "trip around the world"! There will be more information to come.
 
Have a terrific weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Stock Carpenter
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
February 12 - 16, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please see the information below for the upcoming week:
 
SCIENCE:   Matter: Chapter 6 Vocabulary
Please check agendas daily to see when vocabulary is due and to see when we will be ready for a vocabulary quiz.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue our study on the Revolutionary War. I encourage you to let your child watch "Liberty's Kids" on line. There are several different short movies on different topics. Anything your child sees about the Revolutionary War would be helpful. We watched, Liberty's Kids: "Yorktown" together today, and the kids really enjoyed seeing what we've been talking about in class "come to life". Our SS Rev. War test will be Wednesday (unless noted otherwise in your child's agenda).
    
February 14 - Happy Valentine's Day!  A yellow note (I ran out of other colors) was sent home with your child on Thursday, February 1st about what to bring. Your child may bring in a decorated box, a bag, or a gift bag with his/her name on it. The box/bag will be used as their "mailbox" while cards are exchanged. Our HR list is on the back of the yellow sheet.
 
Please don't wait until Tuesday night to do Valentine cards! Your child may have a HW assignment or studying to do. It will also teach your child to plan ahead a little bit.  :) 
 
I will provide an individual container of ice cream, and your child has been asked to bring in a fun-size treat, which can be brought in a small baggie/Ziplock to enjoy (sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc.).
 
THURSDAY- FEBRUARY 22nd  - Winter PTA meeting: "Sailing Around the World"
Come and join Tara Oaks for a "trip around the world"! There will be more information to come.
 
Have a terrific weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Stock Carpenter
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
February 5 - 9, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please see the information below for the upcoming week:
 
SCIENCE:  On Monday, we will discuss the term matter and discover matter all around us. We will also work with many tools for measuring matter. Check for vocabulary to go home in SCB (science composition book) early in the week.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue our study on the Revolutionary War. I love to watch the kids learn about how our country got its start! Please ask your child to share what they've learned in class.
If your child says, "Nothing" or "I don't know", then please feel free to contact me. I'll ask them
myself. :)  
 
Please check agendas nightly, and let me know if you have any questions.
   
School Mall information went out on Friday, February 2nd.
SCHOOL MALL - LAST DAY TO RETURN STUDENT PARTICIPATION CONFIRMATION IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th.
 
February 14 - Happy Valentine's Day!  A yellow note (I ran out of other colors) was sent home with your child on Thursday about what to bring. Your child may bring in a decorated box, a bag, or a gift bag with his/her name on it. The box/bag will be used as their "mailbox" while cards are exchanged. Our HR list is on the back of the yellow sheet.
 
I will provide an individual container of ice cream, and your child has been asked to bring in a fun-size treat, which can be brought in a small baggie/Ziplock to enjoy (sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc.).
 
THURSDAY- FEBRUARY 22nd  - Winter PTA meeting: "Sailing Around the World"
Come and join Tara Oaks for a "trip around the world"! There will be more information to come.
 
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the week ahead!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Stock Carpenter
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
January 22 - January 26, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
What an odd week we had with the snow/ice last week! It was great to have the "bonus" time, and it was also great to get back to school on Friday and hear the kids' stories from their snow adventures. There were lots of smiles!
 
 
 SCIENCE:  On Monday, we will review "W.E.D." - weathering, erosion, and deposition. Please assist your child by going over these vocabulary words from chapter 5. We will watch a video on Brainpop, Jr. about this subject, and students will take a quiz on Tuesday over this topic. A good review would be to watch the Brainpop, Jr. video and take the easy and hard quizzes on line. (I'll send an email with
the username and password for this site in case your child doesn't have it written in his/her agenda).
 
Brainpop & Brainpop, Jr. can be extremely helpful when learning a new skill and/or reviewing something we've already gone over in class.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will study the French & Indian War and work our way up to the
Revolutionary War.
Terms to know this week:  French & Indian War, Iroquois League, Fort Loudoun,
                                          Treaty of Paris of 1763, Proclamation Line, Watauga Settlements
 
Please check agendas nightly, and let me know if you have any questions.
 
 Have a super week!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Stock Carpenter
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
January 8 - January 12, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
 
 SCIENCE:  On Monday, we will review moon phases and facts. There will be a quiz Tuesday over this information. Also in science, we will work in Chapter 5: Earth Science. Please assist your child by going over new vocabulary words this week. 
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will review some of the most important leaders of the original 13 colonies. There will be a test on Wednesday, January 10. We will sing, "Kevin's Song" to help us remember which leaders' names go with the different colonies. Your child will also need to study his/her notes in the SS part of the binder for this test.
 
Please check agendas nightly, and let me know if you have any questions.
 
Next Monday, January 15, will be a school holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr..
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Stock Carpenter
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
January 4 - January 5, 2018 
 
Dear Parents,
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you and your family the best in 2018!
 
First, I'd like to take this opportunity to say a very sincere, "Thank you!" to you and your child for all of your kind words, cards, hugs, gift cards, gifts, and drawings which I received before our break. I am truly grateful for each of you, and I wish you all every happiness in the new year. 
 
As we return to school for your child's 2nd semester of 4th grade, I would like to share with you that I love this part of the year because your child knows so much more than he/she did in August. When we return for 2nd semester, your child will have matured a great deal since August and he/she will be ready for the challenges that come to 4th graders during the second semester. Before you know it, you will have a 5th grader, but let's enjoy the rest of this year first.  : )
 
SCIENCE:  This week in science, we will discuss upcoming objectives and prepare for the new semester.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will review some of the most important leaders of the original 13 colonies. We will sing, "Kevin's Song" to help us remember which leaders' names go with the different colonies.
 
I hope your child has a wonderful Wednesday at home! Please tell your child that I look forward to seeing him/her as well as all of my kids on Thursday, January 4th.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Carpenter 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
December 18th - December 20th (1/2 day - dismissal at 12:15)
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please continue to check Power School. I will close out my grades for the semester in science and social studies this week. If your child did not turn in an assignment, then the grade was marked as a zero. I do not want ANYONE to get a zero on an assignment, so if there is a "0" on Powerschool, then your child needs to see me to get it worked out on Monday.
 
SCIENCE:  This week in science, we will continue to work on the Sun, Earth, and moon.
We will review the eight phases of the moon.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will review some of the most important leaders of the original 13 colonies. We will sing, "Kevin's Song" to help us remember which names go with different colonies.
 
Please continue to check with your child to see what is on the agenda each night .
 
December Dates - 
 
December 19          E/S Conduct Party (BRING YOUR YELLOW CONDUCT SHEET BACK TO
                                SCHOOL ON MONDAY SO I CAN TELL YOU WHICH PARTY YOU WILL
                                ATTEND ON TUESDAY. :D
December 19         Christmas Sweater Day/Sing A Long in Cafeteria (for students)
December 19         Christmas Party.    K-3 from    2:00- 3:00
December 20         4th - 5th  Christmas Party 10:15 – 11:15
 
Have a terrific week!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
December 11th - December 15th
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please continue to check Power School. When your child misses a day, he/she will have make-up work. Have your child check with the teacher about notes, etc. missed. 
I do not want ANYONE to get a zero on an assignment. If there is a "0" on Powerschool, then your child needs to see me to get it worked out.
 
SCIENCE:  We have said a fond farewell to our mealworms. Your child was a great mealworm/larva/beetle "parent".  :D
This week in science we will work on explaining how the Sun, Earth, and Moon move.
We will also begin to learn our eight phases of the moon.
  
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will learn the leaders of the original 13 colonies using "Kevin's Song".
 
Please continue to check with your child to see what is on the agenda each night .
 
December Dates - 
December 9          11:00 A.M. Collierville Square -  Tiger Tones
December 15          9:15 Spelling Bee in Cafeteria
 
December 19         Christmas Sweater Day/Sing A Long in Cafeteria (for students)
December 19         Christmas Party.    K-3 from    2:00- 3:00
December 20         4th - 5th  Christmas Party 10:15 – 11:15 Please join us! :D
 
Have a wonderful week!
 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Julia Carpenter

 
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
December 4th - December 8th
 
Dear Parents,
 
Please continue to check Power School. When your child misses a day, he/she will have make-up work. Have your child check with the teacher about notes, etc. missed.
 
SCIENCE:  Mealworms will be released Monday. We will go outside to release them in to the "mini forest" behind the purple hall. If you have a small garden tool (like a rounded trowel) you'd like to send with your name on it, it would be appreciated. It can be difficult digging a hole with a plastic spoon- especially in December.  :)
 
TUESDAY: Please send a flashlight from home if you have one.
Also this week: Earth/Sun/moon relations
We will conduct a demonstration to show how we have day and night and how we see different phases of the moon from the Earth.
 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 13 Original Colonies
We will wrap up this topic and move on to the start of the Revolutionary War.
 
Please continue to check with your child to see what is on the agenda each night .
 
December Dates - 
 
December 1st         PTA Reflections Contest and Awards
December7             6:00 P.M. Christmas Program in Cafeteria
December 9          11:00 A.M. Collierville Square -  Tiger Tones
December 15          9:15 Spelling Bee in Cafeteria
December 19         Christmas Sweater Day/Sing A Long in Cafeteria (for students)
December 19         Christmas Party.    K-3 from    2:00- 3:00
December 20         4th - 5th  Christmas Party 10:15 – 11:15
 
Have a great week!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
November 27 - December 1st
 
Dear Parents,
A big, "Thank you!" to all who were able to go to the Pink Palace with us! The kids seemed to enjoy their time there, and after grading all of the Scavenger Hunts, I can tell they learned a lot!
 
SCIENCE:  This is our final week for mealworm observations with our kindergarten students. We will release the mealworms either this Monday or next Monday depending on how many adult beetles we have.
 
Also this week: Earth/Sun/moon relations
We will conduct a demonstration to show how we have day & night and how we see different phases of the moon from the Earth.
 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 13 Original Colonies
We will continue working on the colonies this week.
Quiz Tuesday: Choose whether given facts relate to the New England, Middle, or Southern Colonies. (example- I have rolling hills, and I was known as the "Breadbasket Colonies" because I grew so many grains." answer- Middle Colonies
 
Please continue to check with your child to see what is on the agenda each night .

 

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!!! I wish you and your family a very nice holiday. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
November 20 - November 21
SCIENCE:  Mealworm Observation with Kindergarten students... We will release the mealworms either this Monday or after Thanksgiving break depending on how many adult beetles we have.
 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 13 Original Colonies
I reminded students that we would have a quiz on Monday over the 13 Colonies. I do not usually give quizzes on Monday, but I knew we wouldn't be able to take it on Tuesday due to the field trip, and we will be off the rest of the week. 
Quiz: Locate and label the Original 13 Colonies on a map using a word bank. Choose whether given facts relate to the New England, Middle, or Southern Colonies. (example- I have rolling hills, and I was known as the "Breadbasket Colonies" because I grew so many grains." answer- Middle Colonies
 
FIELD TRIP:

      Fourth grade will be going on a field trip to The Pink Palace Museum on Tuesday, November 21st!  We will visit the museum, complete a Scavenger Hunt handout, and view the permanent exhibit areas: Natural History of the Mid-South and Cultural History of the Mid-South. The Enchanted Forest will be an added bonus to our field trip adventure.

 

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (the buses will be departing Tara Oaks at approximately 9:15 and should arrive at the museum between 9:45 -10:00) We will meet parents out front. Please have your child wear his/her class t-shirt. 

Cost of Trip: Kids: $8.75 (this includes bus fee)

Adults: $5.00

ATTENTION, PARENTS: We hope you can join us!

If you did not purchase a ticket ahead of time and you decide to meet us there, you may still purchase a ticket, but it will not be at a discounted price.

Lunch: Students and teachers will have lunch when we return to school.  You may check your child out at the museum. If you plan to do a check out, it is easier to sign the form at the beginning of the field trip. Just check with your child's HR teacher.

Clipboard: If you have a clipboard at home, please send it Monday or Tuesday for the FT.  Your child will have a Pink Palace Scavenger Hunt to work on while on the trip, and they may carry a clip board or folder to work on their questions and illustrations. 

No School: Wednesday - Friday 

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!!! I wish you and your family a very nice holiday. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
November 13 - November 17
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 3 . Students did a great job on their presentations of "Creative Creatures", and they came up with some fabulous adaptations for their own creature to survive!
Look for a quiz over chapter 3 material this week. We will also describe how environmental changes caused the extinction of various plants and animals.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 5: "European Colonization"
We will continue to focus on the 13 original colonies this week. Your child has a map and a study guide to review the information we've learned in class. Students will be tested on the New England, Middle, & Southern colonies. They need to locate these colonies on a map (in SS CB & SS pg.125) as well as the information from their notes on the colonies.
 
PLEASE continue to check your child's agenda for daily information, quizzes, etc. 
 After this week, we look forward to our upcoming field trip next Tuesday, November 21st!  :D
Enjoy your week!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
November 6 - November 10
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 3 . Students will review adaptations and explain how adaptations can help a plant or animal survive. Your child received a "Creative Creature" project sheet last week. The students filled it out for HW on Thursday, and they will present their creatures in front of the class and answer questions orally about their individual creature's adaptations.This project is due on Wednesday, but if it is ready on Tuesday, then your child will receive +5 points extra credit for turning it in early. Both the "creature" (on construction paper) and the stapled paperwork must be turned in at the same time. The 1/2 sheet rubric is attached to show what I am looking for on this project. I am always amazed at the ideas the kids come up with each year!
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 5: "European Colonization"- We will continue to work on the following:
-What happened after European explorers brought many new people to the Americas?
-Virginia Settlement
-New England Settlements
-Dutch and French Colonies
We will focus on the 13 original colonies this week. Your child will be given a map and a pink study guide to review the information we've learned in class. Instead of waiting for a quiz or "pop" quiz, your child should be getting in to the habit of reading over his/her notes a few times a week. It's also VERY helpful when remembering facts to read them aloud, record your own voice, and listen to yourself. An iPhone is a very helpful tool for this! This would be great to do with the pink study guide this week. :)
 
PLEASE check your child's agenda for daily information. We have a busy week with health screenings, Career Day, plus the usual "stuff", so it will help your child immensely if you have him/her check the agenda each night.
 
Thanks for all you do! One more full week and an upcoming field trip next week...  :D
Enjoy your week!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
October 30 - November 4
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 3 . Students will learn about adaptations and how these adaptations can help a plant or animal survive. Your child will receive a "Creative Creature" project to complete at home. This is a project that my kids love, and each student will present their creature in front of the class. Look for information to come home Monday or Tuesday.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 5: "European Colonization"- We will continue to work on the following:
-What happened after European explorers brought many new people to the Americas?
-Virginia Settlement
-New England Settlements
-Dutch and French Colonies
 
REMINDERS:
*Please consider writing your child's name on the tag of his/her jacket. We have too many jackets that are found, but we don't know who they belong to so they end up in the BIG "Lost & Found" in the cafeteria.
*Many students are running low on certain supplies including pencils, highlighters, and red checking pens, and dry erase markers.
*Please check your child's agenda each night. Thanks! 
 
TUESDAY/HALLOWEEN: For a donation of $1, your child may wear his/her Halloween costume to school. The kids and teachers are super excited about this day!  
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
FIELD TRIP INFORMATION WENT HOME LAST MONDAY.
PLEASE TURN IN $$$ FOR THE PINK PALACE FIELD TRIP AS SOON AS YOU CAN (last day is Friday, November 4th) Please make sure you send in the exact amount needed. Thanks!
 
We are excited about our Pink Palace Museum Field Trip on Tuesday, November 21st. We hope you can join us!  :D
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
October 23 - October 27
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 2 . Students will review food chains, food webs, plus complete and incomplete metamorphosis. There will be a quiz Wednesday over complete & incomplete metamorphosis (info. is in both Science CB and science section of binder).
Our mealworm project is going great! My 4th graders enjoyed meeting and working with their new kindergarten buddy this week.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 5: "European Colonization"- We will work on the topics below this week:
-What happened after European explorers brought many new people to the Americas?
-Virginia Settlement
-New England Settlements
-Dutch and French Colonies
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
 *Please check your child's agenda each night. Thanks,
 
FIELD TRIP INFORMATION WILL GO HOME ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD.
PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT  FOR A PERMISSION SLIP!
 
We will be going to the Pink Palace Museum on Tuesday, November 21ST. We hope you can join us!
 
 
 
 
 
FALL BREAK: October 9 - 13 Have a happy Fall Break!  :D
 
Information for the Week of
October 9 - October 13
 
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 2 . Students will review food chains and food webs. We will begin learning about complete and incomplete metamorphosis on Wednesday. We will begin our "Mealworm Project" this week! 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 5: "European Colonization"
We will learn what happened after European explorers brought many new people to the Americas.
-Virginia Settlement
-New England Settlements
-Dutch and French Colonies
 
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
 
 *Please check your child's agenda each night. Thanks, and have a fabulous Fall Break!
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
October 2 - October 6
 
TIGER WALK is tomorrow!!! Tiger Walk is PTA's biggest fundraiser, and the PTA helps our school tremendously! The web address to sign up is thegetmovincrew.com. Please send in your donations by October 6th.  $$$ must be turned in by noon on 9-29 to be eligible for prizes.
Our class, "Carpenter's Court", will march with our banner and crowns at Tiger Walk, we hope you can join us! We walk during our LAMPs time, so we hope to see you at 2:05 - 2:55. 
Class Cheer for Tiger Walk:
All: Carpenter's Court!
      Carpenter's Court!
      Carpenter's Court!
Boys: We are the kings!
Girls: We are the queens!
All: We are the best in the land, you see!
We'll practice tomorrow!  :D
 
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 1 . Students will explain how energy is cycled through an ecosystem (through producers, consumers, and decomposers). Students will explain the difference between a food chain and a food web. Look for a test towards the end of this week. We are REALLY doing this this week! We had to spend extra time on the European Explorers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 4: "Europeans Arrive in the Americas" This is the "Age of Exploration".
We will review any material that needs to be gone over after the test on 9-29.
 
Thanks for the donations of Band-Aids! We are good for a while.  :)
 
 Let me know if you have any questions.
 
*Please check your child's agenda each night. Thanks, and have a fabulous week!
One more week of working hard, and then we will have Fall Break!
 
 
Information for the Week of
September 26th - 30th
 
SCIENCE:  
Chapter 1 . Students will explain how energy is cycled through an ecosystem (through producers, consumers, and decomposers). Students will explain the difference between a food chain and a food web. Look for test towards the end of this week. We will begin our mealworms in a couple of weeks, so please try to send in supplies for this fun science project when you hear from your Room Parent or me.  :D
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 
Chapter 4: "Europeans Arrive in the Americas" This is the "Age of Exploration".
Students will learn more routes of various explorers and explain the reasons why explorers ventured away from their homelands. 
Last Week- Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, & Amerigo Vespucci (no route for him)
This Week- Robert de La Salle, Hernando DeSoto, & Henry Hudson
Your child should be able to trace the route for each explorer on a map. He/She can trace it in the SS text with their finger, pencil eraser, or tip of highlighter. There are world maps in the binder (which is supposed to go home every night) with the routes and explorers on one and just the routes on the other. These maps are in page protectors so students can trace the routes and erase them over and over for additional practice. Students have additional information in the SS CB (social studies composition book) about each explorer. More info will go home next week on the explorers.
 
TIGER WALK is almost here!!! Tiger Walk is PTA's biggest fundraiser, and the PTA helps our school tremendously!  A pamphlet went home last week with information on how to sign up to support our school. The web address is thegetmovincrew.com.
Our class, "Carpenter's Court", will march with our banner and crowns at Tiger Walk, and you are welcome to join us! We walk during our LAMPs time, so we hope to see you at 2:05 - 2:55. Our Room Parent, Mrs. Ford, is getting volunteers to send in popsicles & water. Our co-room mom, Mrs. Cannon, is typing up our class directory. Thank you both for your help!
 
THE IPADS ARE COMING! Students are super excited about getting the iPads on Monday!  :)
 
Let me know if you have any questions.
 
*Please check your child's agenda each night. Thanks, and have a wonderful week!
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
September 18th - 22nd
 
SCIENCE:  We will continue working on biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors in an ecosystem, Chapter 1 . Students will explain how energy is cycled through an ecosystem (through producers, consumers, and decomposers). Students will explain the difference between a food chain and a food web. Look for test towards the end of the week.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will begin Chapter 4: "Europeans Arrive in the Americas". Students will learn the routes of various explorers and explain the reasons why explorers ventured away from their homelands. There will be a quiz over explorers by Wed. or Thurs. of this week.
 
*Please check your child's agenda each night. Thanks, and have a great week!
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
September 11th - 14th
 
Monday, September 11th - Please wear red, white, and blue in honor or Patriot Day.
 
We will work on the following skills this week: 
 
SCIENCE:  We will identify the biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors in an ecosystem. Students will explain how energy is cycled through an ecosystem (through producers, consumers, &
decomposers).
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will discuss the more modern tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, & Shawnee. We will analyze religious beliefs, customs, and various folklore traditions of these tribes.
 
*Thursday, September 14 is Parent/Teacher Conference Night (forms will be sent home Friday). On Friday, September 15, school will be closed for students. Teachers will have an Inservice Day.
 
*Please check your child's agenda each night.
Thanks, and have a great week!  :D
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of
September 5th - 8th
 
We will work on the following skills this week: 
 
SCIENCE:  We will work on the parts and functions of plant and animal cells. There will be a test over the parts and functions of plant and/or animal cells this week. I am scheduling it for Friday at this time.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue to work on Native American tribes from the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississipian Indians. We will also discuss the more Modern tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, & Shawnee.
 
Monday is Labor Day, and school will be closed.
*Please check your child's agenda each night.
Thanks, and have a great holiday!  :D
 
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of August 28 - September 1
We will work on the following skills this week:
 
SCIENCE:  Students will locate and label parts of a plant cell and explain each part’s 
function/job. We will have a quiz over these parts and functions mid to late
week. As always, please check agendas.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will discuss the Paleo (trick: “Oh, they’re SOOOOO old!) Native American tribes from North America, as well as the more modern tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw). Again, it is important to check your child’s
 agenda daily to get updates.
 
T-shirt $ is due. If you did not turn it in yet, then please turn it in Tuesday, 8-29-17.
If you don’t have the form that was sent home, just write your child’s t-shirt size on an envelope, sticky note, etc. and send it with $10
 
When you write a check to Tara Oaks, please do the following:
*make sure there is a phone # on the check
*make sure your child’s 1st & last name are on the memo line
*make sure you write what the check is for (the kids don’t always remember, and I collect in homeroom for everything)
 
Monday, September 4th is Labor Day. School will be closed.
 
I’m looking forward to a great week! As we work together and work out “the kinks”, then it will get even easier as time goes by.
 
There are a few parents who have not taken the on-line questionnaire about iPad usage. Please do this at your earliest convenience so your child can get his/her iPad on schedule. Thanks!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,
Julia Carpenter
4th Grade Science & Social Studies
Tara Oaks Elementary
 
 
 
 
Information for the Week of August  21 - 25
 
 SCIENCE: We are really excited about "Moonday "/Monday! We are ready to see the solar eclipse! Later in the week, we will learn about the "Five Basic Functions of All Living Things". There will be a test on Wednesday over this objective. If time permits, we will begin learning about cell parts and functions for both plant and animal cells.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will learn about primary and secondary sources.
 
"MEET THE TEACHER" NIGHT is Tuesday, August 22. You may choose from the following times: 5:15-6:00 OR 6:15-7:00. We hope to see you on Tuesday!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had a great first week of 4th grade! This upcoming week will be the first "real" week of switching classes at our regular time.
Your child did a really good job of getting organized for class and following directions, and I look forward to teaching all of my classes about science and social studies. Thanks for checking this site!
 
Your child should bring home the following every night: binder, purple folder, and agenda.
 
Please check your child's agenda pad daily so you can be informed about upcoming dates, etc. 
Also, if your child writes, "Study ____________", in the agenda, then there is a good possibility of a "pop" quiz the following day.
I begin the school year by letting students know about "pop" quizzes because I want them to know that even if a written assignment isn't given, then HW still needs to be completed (studied). We will discuss this further during  "Meet the Teacher Night" on August 23.  
 
Information for the Week of August 14 - 18
 
SCIENCE:  We will discuss the Scientific Method and the "Five Basic Functions of All Living Things". Your child will take notes in class and be given information for his/her CB (composition book) and/or binder.  
 
SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will review mapping skills (compass rose, legend, latitude and longitude, etc.) and pass out a WS (worksheet) on "Geographic Features". Students will make FC (flashcards) to learn different types of geographic features. FC should stay in the
SS (social studies- blue section) of binder. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Parents,
 
As you know, I have been sending information to you via email and your child's agenda.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know.
 
Sincerely,
Julia Carpenter
 
Information for the Week of October 31 - November 4th
 
Friday was a great day to be a zoo animal. The kids looked terrific in their costumes! We all know that Monday is Halloween, but it is not a dress-up day at school. I wish you a lot of fun after school for those who go trick-or-treating! 
 
Science: We will continue to learn about plant and animal adaptations and how these adaptations can help an organism survive. We will have a quiz Tues. or Wed. Please continue to check agendas for important information.
 
Social Studies: We will continue to work on the 13 Colonies. Your child will need to know which colonies (later to become states) belonged to the New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, and Southern Colonies. We will also cover information from each of these three regions and tell how each region was different. A test will be given at the end of this week or the beginning of next week (depending on how much we are able to cover during the week).
 
Friday, November 4th is Career Day, and 4th graders will listen to professionals who have different careers talk about what skills are important for when you grow up and earn a living.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!
 
Sincerely,
Julia Carpenter
4th Grade Science & Social Studies
Tara Oaks Elementary School
 
 
 
Information for the Week of October 3 - 7
 
 We will be working on the following this week:
 
Science: We will begin chapter 2. We will study what a metamorphosis is and learn the difference between a complete and incomplete metamorphosis. Mealworms will be introduced this week!  :D  Yippee!!!
 
Social Studies: European Explorers- Tuesday there will be a test over routes of explores and information about these explorers.
A study guide was sent home last week, and students have information in their binders over the explorers.
 
Next week (October 10 - 14) will be Fall Break, so we will see you the following week.
 
Have a wonderful break with your child!  :D
 
Sincerely,
Julia Carpenter
4th Grade Science & Social Studies
Tara Oaks Elementary School
 
 
 
Information for the Week of September 26 - 30, 2016
 
 
 We will be working on the following this week:
 
Science: Oral Review of Chapter 1 Test
 
Social Studies: European Explorers
 
We will discuss why European explorers started coming to North America in the 15th & 16th centuries.
 
There are seven explorers and their routes, which your child will need to know. Each child will draw these routes on either paper maps, or he/she will draw with a marker on a laminated world map. If your child studies the two or three explores introduced each day, then he/she will do great! The routes of each explorer can be found in the SS textbook. Also, SS CB and agendas will have additional information.
 
Mon. - Christopher Columbus & Ferdinand Magellan
 
Tues. - America Vespucci, Robert deLa Salle, & Hernando de Soto
“Quick Quiz” over the two explorers from Monday.
 
Wed. - Henry Hudson & Jacques Cartier
“Quick Quiz” over the three explorers from Tues.
 
Thurs. -  Review the seven explorers we learned this week.
“Quick Quiz” over the two explorers from Wed.
 
Fri. - There will be a test over any/all of the seven explorers we work on this week. This information can include routes, which country each explorer is from, and what he discovered. (Look for notes, maps, etc. in SS CB.) Students need to be able to draw each of the explorers’ routes on a map . Your child will also need to be able to look at a world map with routes already drawn and distinguish which of the routes belongs to which explorer.
 
Please check agendas each night.  Your child will need to practice some each night.
 
HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Tiger Walk is Friday! Please send in your donation envelope or donate online. Information has been sent home about how to do this.
Thank you for supporting our awesome school!   :D  
 
Monday -
Tuesday - Moments w/Moms A-M (wear red)
Wednesday- Moments w/Moms N-Z (wear white) + Picture $ due
Thursday- (wear blue)
FridayTIGER WALK!!!!!!!!!!!!! (with a rain date on October 7th)
Wear your class t-shirt. You may bring a hat to wear.
4th Grade participates from 2:05 – 2:55 out near the bus circle.
Parents and grandparents are welcome to cheer students on!
 
 
Monday - Happy Labor Day!  :D 

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE: September 6 - 9

*Determine how different organisms function within an environment in terms of their location
  on an Energy Pyramid.
NOTE: Please try to send in 3-5 stuffed or nonbreakable animals on WEDNESDAY. (They need to be "real" animals, not Pikachu-like animals.  :)  We will use them to make our own food chains, food webs, and/or food pyramids. The 3-5 animals need to fit inside a Walmart type bag. Thanks!

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL STUDIES: September 6 - 9

*"P.A.W.M." (Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, & Mississippian) Explain how the first Americans arrived in North America.

*Preview Modern American Tribes.

*Tara Oaks did a FABULOUS job on raising money for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital! Our total was over $1,000! We had a blast celebrating our first "Wild Rumpus Day"! We even went outside with our pajamas, blankets, and stuffed animals to work on Social Studies.

*Information was sent home Friday about the Fire Poster Contest. 
 
HOMEROOM KIDS: Please bring back your completed crowns on Tuesday. Some students finished decorating their crowns for our "Carpenter's Court" banner before we were dismissed.
 
Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend!  :D
 
Sincerely,
Julia Carpenter
 
 
 
 

    

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE: August 29 - September 2

*parts and functions of an animal cell
Please check agendas for possible quiz over animal cell parts and functions.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL STUDIES:  

*Students will describe the legacy and cultures of the major indigenous
  settlements of Tennessee.
*Look for lots of information in your child's SS CB (Social Studies
  Composition Book).
*Know two scientific theories about how the first people arrived in the
  Americas.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: 

 Report Cards and Interims:

Collierville School District will no longer  print Interim Progress Reports or 9 week report cards.  Grade information will be available on the Powerschool.  Information on how to access the Parent Portal will be sent home this week.

 

 

 

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE: August 22 - 26

-review the "Five Basic Functions of All Living Things" (quiz Tues.)
 (info./list of functions is in your child's science composition book (SCB))
-name & explain the function of each part of a plant cell
-vocabulary (vocab.) Chpt. 1 (SCB)
-study plant cell diagram (pg. 30)
-study animal cell diagram (pg. 31) if time permits
 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL STUDIES: August 22 - 26

-listen to the story of how the first Americans came to North America
-compare & contrast pictures & diagrams from the SS textbook & the TN
 textbook

Curriculum: 

     In science, your child will be studying the following:

Animal and Plant Cells

Interdependence in Ecosystems

Flow of Energy (between organisms)

Heredity (including continuation of a species and metamorphosis)

Adaptations and Extinction

The Universe

The Earth

The Atmosphere

Matter

Energy (different forms)

Motion (including friction, speed, and distance)

Forces in Nature (including magnets and electricity)

     

    In social studies, your child will learn about the history of America to 1850. We will become familiar with native civilizations in North America, European explorations to the New World during the 15th and 16th centuries, and the political, economic, and social development of the British colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Students will also study the early development of democratic institutions, including the ideas and events that led to the independence of the original 13 colonies and the formation of a national government

under the Constitution. Students will also discover the history of Tennessee and its role in the development of the United States and how our state impacted our nation. The purpose of fourth grade social studies is to give students an understanding of the formative years of the United States and Tennessee history through research, analysis, and critical thinking.  

 

Class Schedule

 

 

2016-2017 L.A.M.P.'s Schedule:  (TBA)

Monday- Specialists will be implementing technology skills

Tuesday- Art

Wednesday- Music

Thursday- Week A=Guidance Week B = Library

Friday- P.E. (wear your tennis shoes)

 

Grading Policy

93-100= A

85-92= B

75-84= C

70-74= D

69 and below= F

 

Homework- Every student begins each nine-week period with a free 100/A for each subject area. For any incomplete or missing homework assignment, five points will be deducted from your child’s 100/A homework average from that particular subject. 

 

Conduct Grades:

E=0 marks     

G=1 marks

        S= 2 to 3 marks      

 N=4 marks

                U= 5 or more marks

***Conduct sheets are sent home on yellow construction paper every Friday. Please sign and return by the following Tuesday. 

Our Classroom Rules:

qBe Attentive

qBe Prepared

 qBe Responsible

qBe Orderly

 qBe Courteous

 

Positive Rewards:

Verbal praise/"Carpenter Cash" / Good notes home (via e-mail, agenda, etc…)                                                                                                                                    Reward for good conduct = “Reading Party” or "E.G.S. Party" (given at the end of each nine week period) 

Consequences:

Conduct mark

Student conference with teacher

Phone call/written note/email to parent

Parent conference

Office referral

Arrival/Dismissal/Transportation:

IMPORTANT!!!! If your child’s dismissal plan changes, we MUST have a WRITTEN note or you must call the office on the specific day informing us of the change. You may email your child’s homeroom teacher, but you must get an email confirmation that the homeroom teacher has received the change. If you do not receive a note/email, we are required to send your child home in the customary manner.  Parents are not allowed to check students out after 3:30 p.m. due to dismissal.  Parents cannot call and change the way their child goes home unless a note or fax is sent in the morning.     (901) 854-2349.

***Parents are not allowed to park in the front parking lot for arrival or dismissal as this is reserved for our students with special needs.

 

Attendance:

A “study buddy”/"Ketchup Folder" will be assigned by the homeroom teacher to write down assignments and collect handouts as needed for your child on the day he/she is absent. 

Your child will receive missed assignments when he/she returns to school. You may also choose to have a sibling take home the missed work. Another student (i.e./neighbor) may also take the assignments home. If you notify me early in the morning, we can get your child's work to the office by 3:00 for you to pick  up, or we can send it to another classroom.

Please try to email me by 9:00 if your child will be checking in late or leaving early. If you do not hear back from me, then it means that I did not get a chance to read the email yet. I will respond to your email as soon as I can.

 

"Meet the Teacher" / Parent Night

Our parent meeting, “Meet the Teacher” night, is Tuesday, August 23rd, 5:15-6:00 or 6:15-7:00. You may choose one time that best fits your schedule. Due to limited space, we are asking that you do not bring children on the 23rd. I look forward to seeing each of you there! Thank you!

 If you have any questions, please email me. Please try your best to attend the "Meet the Teacher" night because our team will go over all of its policies and procedures.

 

Thanks for sending in your great kids!  :D 

jcarpenter@colliervilleschools.org