Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Welcome Back to School!

 Dear Families,


            Welcome to fourth grade at Gold Rush Elementary.  My name is Jennifer Poli, and I will be your child’s teacher.  I am excited for the journey of a new year to begin and to experience it with all of the children and you!  I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we embark on this journey together.  I truly look at my role as your child’s teacher not only as an educator with regard to the fourth grade curriculum, but as someone who will be a part of his/her growth as an individual (academically, socially, emotionally).  I teach with both my “educator hat” and my “mom hat” at all times, and I will do all I can to challenge and support your child as we grow together throughout the year. 

            Allow me to tell you a little about myself as I will be spending a great deal of time with you and your child.  I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from William Paterson University in northern New Jersey.  My teaching degree is from Rutgers University, and I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Temple University in Pennsylvania. I have been teaching for sixteen years, and I have had the privilege of teaching here at Gold Rush for the past seven years. My daughter also attends Gold Rush, and to us, it is home. 


            Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family.  I have two children; Brayden is eleven and will be entering sixth grade this year.  My youngest, Brynn,  is nine.  She will be in fourth grade this year.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking/baking, reading, hiking, physical fitness, and cheering on my children at their many sporting events.  You can often find me on the football, soccer, softball field, or basketball court when I am not in the classroom.  Kids sure do keep you busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!


            I look forward to working with you and your child in the upcoming school year!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jennifer.poli@dcsdk12.org.  I have an open door policy, and I feel that communication is an essential part of a successful school year so please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me with regard to anything you or your kiddo needs.  I hope you enjoy every last moment with your child before the school year starts.

 

Here are a few important reminders for the start of the upcoming school year. 

 

  • All family members must wear a mask at all times while on school grounds. 

  • All family members must socially distance from other families.

  • Here is an online sign up genius for the optional Meet Your Teacher.  It is going to be very hot on these days.  Sessions start at 8 and end close to noon all outside so we have been told we can give you the opportunity to meet virtually.  Please still sign up electronically if you plan to meet with me virtually. 

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F48A8A923A3FE3-meet  

 

  • Please send your child to school with a water bottle and healthy snacks for snack time.  

  • The composition book with grids on the supply list, is also called a graph composition book . This will help the kids organize their math computations.

  • Lastly, it would be wonderful if your child could come to school with at least 3 books of his/her choice.  The books can be fiction chapter books or nonfiction (a mix of both is great too).  We do have a classroom library the kids can borrow from.  We will also be going to the school library, but having a few books to start as we work on building the foundations for reading workship will be a really big help! The books can be from your home or from the Parker library.  If this is not possible, please know that I will give your child time to select books from the classroom library. 

Attached to this email, you will find a few photos of our classroom.  I know you are not able to come into our room as you have been able to at the start of previous years.  Here’s a look at where your child and I will be learning and growing together. 


Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you soon!


Sincerely,


Ms. Jennifer Poli


Friday, May 15, 2020

Learning for 5/15

Good Morning Students and Parents!
As you know, we have a few important dates coming up next week so please be sure to check Mrs. Brown's email from May 8th for specific details. Here is a list of some of the important dates:
  • May 18 - Virtual Field day
  • May 19, 20, 21 - Curbside pick up of student belongings and drop off of books, technology, etc.
  • May 21 - End of Year Class Zoom (I will send you the link that morning.)
  • May 22 - Last Day of School/Neighborhood Staff Car Parade
** I will send you an email Monday morning giving you end of year activities you can do during the week.  You will also be writing a letter to your 5th grade teacher introducing yourself.  I will send you all of that information on Monday.  Monday is virtual field day so you will not work on the letter until Tuesday, unless you want to.
**Check out Reading Google Classroom for the link to sign up for an optional end of year meeting.  

Here are your learning opportunities for today.

Language Arts:

  • Please continue working on your iReady reading diagnostic. You have until this afternoon to finish it. Remember to do the work on your own, try your best, and take breaks when you need it. (I see most of you have finished this which is wonderful!!).
  • 45 min of independent reading
  • You may also choose to go on iReady "My Path" reading since many of you are finished with the diagnostic.
  • FLIPGRID - I also added two fun new Flipgrid topics that I hope you will enjoy!
Math:
  • Your fourth grade teachers are not assigning new iReady or Math Practice Buddy this week so you can focus on your reading diagnostic.  If you would like extra math practice, you may go on "My Path" on iReady.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Learning for 5/14

Good Morning Students and Parents!

Here are your learning opportunities for today.

Language Arts:

  • Please continue working on your iReady reading diagnostic. You have until Friday afternoon to finish it. Remember to do the work on your own, try your best, and take breaks when you need it. (I see most of you have finished this which is wonderful!!).
  • 45 min of independent reading
  • You may also choose to go on iReady "My Path" reading since many of you are finished with the diagnostic.
  • FLIPGRID - I also added two fun new Flipgrid topics that I hope you will enjoy!
Math:
  • Your fourth grade teachers are not assigning new iReady or Math Practice Buddy this week so you can focus on your reading diagnostic.  If you would like extra math practice, you may go on "My Path" on iReady.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Learning for 5/13

Good Morning Students and Parents!

Here are your learning opportunities for today.

Language Arts:

  • Please continue working on your iReady reading diagnostic. You have until Friday afternoon to finish it. Remember to do the work on your own, try your best, and take breaks when you need it.
  • 45 min of independent reading
Math:
  • Your fourth grade teachers are not assigning new iReady or Math Practice Buddy this week so you can focus on your reading diagnostic.  If you would like extra math practice, you may go on "My Path" on iReady.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Learning for 5/12


Good Morning Students and Parents!

Here are your learning opportunities for today.

Language Arts:

  • Please continue working on your iReady reading diagnostic. You have until Friday afternoon to finish it. Remember to do the work on your own, try your best, and take breaks when you need it.

Math:
  • Your fourth grade teachers are not assigning new iReady or Math Practice Buddy this week so you can focus on your reading diagnostic.  If you would like extra math practice, you may go on "My Path" on iReady.
Reminder:  There are no reading groups today as I will be at Gold Rush with a small group of teachers, safely bagging up all of your belongings from your desks and your cubbies.  

Friday, May 8, 2020

Learning for 5/8

Good Morning Students and Parents!


Here are your learning opportunities for today.
Language Arts:

  • 40 minutes of independent reading 
(GetEpic is also another great option for reading. Parents, please check your e-mail for information about signing in to Get Epic remotely.)

  • Head to Flipgrid for the new topic, or click on the link below. Read the article. At the very bottom of the article, there is a part that says "Try it Out". Pick one of those and record a video of yourself on Flipgrid sharing your thinking. I hope you have fun with this activity!
  • https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/Why-Do-Whales-Breach
  • Here is the link to our class FlipGrid. https://flipgrid.com/53c35310
  • Your SCR for the synthesis task is due today. 

If you are looking for more reading fun on iReady, you can also go to “My Path” and continue growing as a reader! 

Math:

  • You have several Language Arts tasks due today so I am not assigning additional math. You can go on to "My Path" on iReady if you are looking for more practice.


If you are needing sign-in instructions for any of these sites, please reference the purple sheet that was sent home. 

Additional Remote Learning Opportunities in the Specials Areas:
Link to Mrs. Fitch’s blog (school counselor):

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Learning for 5/7

Good Morning Students and Parents!

Here are your learning opportunities for today.
Language Arts:

  • 40 minutes of independent reading 
(GetEpic is also another great option for reading. Parents, please check your e-mail for information about signing in to Get Epic remotely.)

  • Continue working on the Synthesis task from Mrs. Kramer. This is due by Friday at 3:30. Be sure to use the sample response as you write yours

If you are looking for more reading fun on iReady, you can also go to “My Path” and continue growing as a reader! 

Math:

  • Continue working on your Math iReady Diagnostic. Please finish this by Friday at 3:30.
  • Practice your multiplication facts.

If you are needing sign-in instructions for any of these sites, please reference the purple sheet that was sent home. 

Additional Remote Learning Opportunities in the Specials Areas:
Link to Mrs. Fitch’s blog (school counselor):