Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Field trip fees due

Just a reminder that the 1st payment is due for your student's field trip fee. Make checks payable to FPD. You may pay 1/2  now and the second 1/2 in January.  Thank you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Online Report Cards

4th Grade Parents,

For the 1st and 3rd 9 weeks, report cards are available online.  Below are the directions for accessing your child's report card.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carrie Rogers.  We have had a wonderful 9 weeks getting to know your children! :)

FPD NetClassroom
To access NetClassroom, go to www.fpdmacon.org.
Go to FPD Community at the top of the page.
Scroll down to the NetClassroom tab.
Click on that tab and enter your
 user ID and password on the log in page.

New to NetClassroom:
Your user ID is your first and last name with no spaces. It is not case sensitive. Your temporary password is 12345.
When NetClassroom opens, go to the green bar at the top and click on settings. This drop down menu offers an option to change your password to whatever you would like.

*If you used NetClassroom last year, then your ID and password will stay the same.

To View Report Card:
On the NetClassroom home page, hold your cursor over the student’s grades tab located at the top of the page. Slide your cursor down to report card tab and click. Your child’s report card should be visible. *Report cards will be posted to NetClassroom quarterly as indicated on the Red School Calendar.

Questions/Forgot password:
Contact Carrie Rogers
477-6300 ext.118

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Air Pressure Experiments in the Science Lab

4th grade students are finishing an information-packed science unit entitled Weather and Climate. 

Today in the lab students completed a variety of experiments about air pressure.  Below are just a few pictures of our learning in the lab...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Upcoming Explorer Projects...

Parents,  By now you have received the information about your child's upcoming Social Studies Explorer Project.  These projects will be due on November 8th.  A copy of this information is located below, as well as a few photos to help you get started.  We hope that children learn a great deal about Exploration and Research through participating in this unit of study.  Happy exploring and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a question.  Thanks so much for all that you do at home to support learning in the classroom! :)


Over the coming weeks, you will be conducting research in class, in the computer lab, and in the library using notecards provided to you.  You will be answering the following important questions as you investigate your explorer:

Who?    Who is your explorer? (Name, Family Facts, etc.)

What?   What did your explorer do? What makes your  explorer famous? What did he/she discover?

When?   When was your explorer born?  During what time period did your explorer live?  When did he make his discoveries?

Where?  Where was your explorer from?  Where did he/she explore?

Why?    Why did he/she choose to explore? 

How?     How did he/she explore (by air, by land, or by sea)?  If possible, tell what type of vehicle he/she traveled in.  J


This information you gather through your research will be used to write a biography in class about an explorer that you have selected.  Most written work will be done at school during our Social Studies time, however, if you are unable to finish in class over the next few weeks, biographies may be sent home to complete.  All final drafts/written biographies will be due Friday, November 8th.


In addition to researching your explorer in class, you will also have a“character cut-out” to dress and decorate to look like the explorer you are researching.  After cutting out your explorer from the file folder provided, you may use fabric, yarn, string, markers, crayons, felt, foam, etc. to decorate; use ANYTHING you choose to help make your explorer stand out and look interesting. 

We will share biographies and character cut-outs on Friday, November 8th.    Please be prepared to spend about 5 minutes sharing about your explorer’s life, travels, and accomplishments. 

Have fun with this project!  Make it interesting and full of fun facts, creative cut-outs, and remarkable research. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Science Weather Test on Thursday, October 17th :-)

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful break with your families!

This is just a reminder that we have a science test tomorrow over our weather and climate unit.  The students received a study guide last Thursday, but I am including the information here as well to assist you in preparing.  Students placed their study guides in either their blue homework folders or their science section of their binder--whichever place they felt would be most beneficial.  

We have learned so much during this unit of study.  Did you know that all weather occurs in the troposphere?  Or that the eye of the hurricane is the calmest part of the storm?  Our weather unit has been packed with interesting facts just like these.  

I can't wait for you to show me what you know on our test on Thursday! :)

What do you need to know for the test?

·       You should be able to recognize/define the terms listed below.  There may be matching, multiple choice, labeling  and short answer questions in which you will need to do this.

§  The 3 main types of clouds:  cumulus, cirrus, stratus

§  The 4 parts of the water cycle:  evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation

§  Careers in weather:  meteorologist, climatologist, storm chaser

§  Weather tools and instruments:  thermometer, barometer, anemometer, wind vane, Beaufort’s wind scale, weather balloon, weather satellite, weather map

§  The 5 parts of Earth’s atmosphere:  troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere

§  Natural disasters:  hurricanes, floods, tropical storms, tornadoes, blizzards, and droughts  

There will also be a couple of discussion questions in which you will apply what we have learned about weather and weather safety.  Remember, it is important to use capital letters and correct punctuation when writing complete sentences. 

What can you use to study?

·       Your study guide
·       Your class notes and handouts in the Science section of your binder
·       Your water cycle and cloud models that we made after attending Science Lab

You are going to do great!  Hasn’t our study of weather been so interesting? J 
“Who is this man that even the wind and waves obey Him?”  Mark 4:41

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Meeting Our Prayer Pal, Harry!

4th graders this year are praying for a special prayer pal, Harry Le.  Harry is an FPD student who is visiting our country from Vietnam.  
It was so interesting to talk to Harry Le last Friday and to find out more about his family and country.  
We would love for you to join us in praying for Harry Le too!