Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy May!

Hello 4th Grade Families, 

Happy May! I can't believe we are in our last few weeks of school. It is amazing how quickly the school year has gone by. Thank you so much for all the gifts, notes, and emails last week for teacher appreciation! I greatly appreciate all of you! Below is a calendar of events for the end of the school year. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!

May 29th - No School
May 30th - Author Celebration 
  • Students will share their written work to family and friends from 2:30 to 3:15. 
May 31st - Field Day 

June 1st - Pillow Case & Ice-cream Party  
  • Please send your child to school with a pillow case so they can clean out their desks and take home supplies. 
  • I will send out more information about the ice cream party as it gets closer. 
June 2nd - Last Day of School & Family Picnic
  • Join us for an end of year family picnic from 12:40 to 1:20. Please bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March News

Hello 4th Grade Families, 

I hope you are all having a great start to March. Dates to keep in mind: 

March 8th and 15 CONFERENCES
- The online conference scheduler is open for you to reserve a conference date. 

- Students will be performing musical numbers about Colorado. 
- Come to the music room at 10:45

- If you have volunteered for this opportunity please come to our classroom at 1:30. 
- If you would like to volunteer please send me an email! 

March 17th - April 2nd SPRING BREAK

- If you have volunteered for this opportunity please come to our classroom at 1:30. 

Please register online. Follow the directions below. 
Our field trip to Young Ameritown is on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 and the cost is $24.50.
  • In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register.
April 4th - 14th PARCC
Please do not schedule to take your child out of class at these times. 


April 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th
       - 1:30 - 3:00 English Language Arts 
April 10th, 11th, 12th
       - 11:25 - 12:25 Math 
April 13th 
       - 8:45 - 9:45 Math
       - 11:25 - 12:25 Social Studies
April 14th 
       - 8:45 - 9:45 Social Studies 
       - 11:25 - 12:25 Social Studies

Please email me if you have any questions about the above dates. 

Ms. Lewis 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November Events!

Hello Families, 

Thank you for registering for Seesaw! We will be uploading new work this week. Thank you so much to Marly and Shellie for organizing our Halloween party. Also, thank you to all the parents who came to our party. It was great seeing you all. Below you will find upcoming events in November. 

No School November 8th: Teacher Work Day

November 14th-18th: Book Fair
​November 16th: Thanksgiving Feast and Technology Celebration (schedule below)
November 21st-27th: Thanksgiving Break

Have a great week, 

Ms. Lewis

This year we are inviting families to the classroom 30 minutes prior to their feast time to celebrate their child's learning.  Some of students' work will showcase learning they've done using their own technology device.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September Newsletter

Hello Families, 

I hope everyone is enjoying the first official day of fall. We have some great things going on in class and some exciting things coming up. Below you will find information about each subject and the activities our class will be involved in throughout the next few weeks. Feel free to send me an email with any questions or concerns you may have. 

  • Students have been activating background knowledge and connecting their schema to new information as they read. 
  • We have been focusing on non-fiction texts, text features, web features, and evaluating how authors are strategic in creating meaning. 
  • Next we will be teaching the reading strategy of questioning. 
  • Questioning helps the reader to clarify and comprehend what he or she is reading.
  • Students will practice questioning using both non-fiction and fiction texts. 
  • Explicitly teaching strategies that proficient readers use when trying to make sense out of text helps to deepen understanding and create independent readers.
  • We are deep in our study of realistic fiction writing. 
  • Students are currently finishing rough drafts of a realistic fiction story they have crated. 
  • We are using a writing checklist to revise, edit, and make writing goals. 
  • Our focus for the past many weeks has been on factors, arrays, and multiplication comparison problems. We have just finished this unit. 
  • We are currently evaluating our work from the past unit and making goals for Unit 2. 
  • In Unit 2 we will be focusing on generating and representing data. 
  • After studying ecosystems for the past few weeks students are beginning to synthesize the information they have received to create a brochure that details an endangered species. Their brochure will be a report about the animals habitat, adaptations, reasons for endangerment, and possible solution to the problem. 
  • We will be heading to the zoo next Friday to continue our research of animal species and their habitats. 
Upcoming Events
  • September 27th & October 5th - Conferences 
  • September 30th - Field Trip: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 
  • October 6th - Digger Dash 
  • October 7th to 16th - Fall Break 
I will unfortunately be getting a procedure done on my eyes the day of our zoo field trip. A great substitute, parent volunteers, and the rest of the 4th grade will be in attendance. I'm sorry to miss out, but the kiddos will have a great time! 

Have a great Friday, 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Welcome to 4th Grade

I am so happy to welcome you to 4th grade! My name is Ms. Lewis and I'll be your teacher for this amazing year. We are going to have a blast.

       I was born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As a kid I became a dedicated skier and learned to love the outdoors. In 4th grade I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition. My 4th grade teacher was incredibly supportive. She greatly impacted my education, confidence, and overall outlook on life. My experience in 4th grade prompted me to seek a career in education, so that I too could impact students the way she had.

          After graduating from CU Boulder,  I lived in Peru for four months to teach English. I came home with a new understanding of life and the importance of education. After that experience, I was given an opportunity to work in Boulder Valley. After one short year I wanted to extend my knowledge of the Spanish language, so I moved to Granada, Spain. While there I taught at a public school with kids between the ages of eight and eleven. It was one of the most impactful experiences I have ever had. The day I got back from my ventures in Spain was the day I received a job offer from Gold Rush Elementary. This will be my third year at Gold Rush, and it is an amazing place to be!  

It is my belief that all children have the ambition and ability to learn if the education they are provided fosters creativity, individuality, and inquiry. It is my job as a teacher to not only foster these characteristics,  but to also stimulate academic growth and student achievement. As an educator I will encourage students who struggle to be students who thrive—turn challenges into opportunities, and minds with boundaries into minds with limitless potential. I will ensure that each of my students is heard, and that they feel like a vital part of the classroom community. I love teaching and couldn't be more excited to start the 2016/2017 school year.

         Get ready for a fantastic year in 4th grade! I can't wait to meet each of you.

See you soon,
Ms. Lewis