My name is Suzanne Bartel and I’m so excited to be teaching your child this year in my grade 4 class! Please feel free to come in and visit anytime!
This year I am working part time. I work on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In the next week or two, Mr. Gardner will hire someone to work in our classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays. We’ve been lucky to have Ms. Pinning join us to start the year while the hiring process takes place!
I have a class blog that will help you keep updated with what happens in our classroom. You can find it at www.missbartel.edublogs.org . There you will find a calendar of our class events, as well as other information that you might be interested in. I will update it throughout the year, so check back often to see samples of your child’s work, and examples of what we are learning in class. There is also a contact form on the blog for you to email me if you have any questions about our classroom community. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . Email is a great way for us to stay connected about your child’s progress. Please feel free to email me at any time.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! I will do my best to answer all of them.
Today, April 16, 2015. We are joining in the ‘We Are Silent’ Campaign with others around the world to stand up for children who do not have a voice or the ability to stand up for their own rights. I am so proud of those of you taking this stand with me.
I hope you all have a wonderful spring break. I hope you have the opportunity to spend lots of time with your family and friends! I hope you have the chance to try something new… learn something… and go on adventures that spark your curiosity and imagination.
A couple things you might enjoy doing:) – This work is NOT mandatory for students.
If you would like to receive comments on this post, it should be posted in the first week of Spring Break. This is not mandatory, but I will make sure I advertise the posts for those of you who do them:) I think it’s a great blog post topic! I can’t wait to see some of your pictures:)
Post a picture of a place that is special to you. This place could be as simple as your backyard where you get to visit every day. It could be a place where you have only visited once, but you’ll never forget it. Your special place could be somewhere that you enjoy alone or with family and friends. Let your readers know about this special place, what makes it so special, and help us feel as if we are there.
If you did not take the picture of your special place, give credit to those who did.
Make sure that your picture does not give identifying information to the world.
Follow any other guidelines for this project that your parents, teacher, and/or school have put into place.
Here is next week’s blog challange. You will be given time to work on this next Wednesday in class if you would like. It is due on Thursday, March 19.
Did you know that we have over 1,200 students signed up for the Global Blogging Challenge? That’s a lot of talented kids! So, this week your challenge is to teach us something. Think of a special talent or skill that you have or something that you are an expert on, how you would like to teach your readers, and teach us!
This challenge can be completed with written words, pictures, video, screenshots, screencasting, etc.
Week #2 Topic: Have you ever looked at a picture and thought, “There’s a story!” Here are some pictures that are sure to get you writing! Pick one picture from below that you think you would be able to write a story about. Include the picture and your story in your post. Although many of us will write about the same picture, the details that we include will be very unique. I look forward to reading your different versions!
For those of you who are enjoying blogging, there is a great activity going on right now called the Global Blog Challenge. This is an amazing opportunity for you to share your blog with other children around the world, and have an opportunity to read their blogs. Each week you’ll be given a new blog challenge. Your homework is to complete it before Thursday. You’ll be given time on Thursday and Friday to share it with others and read and comment on other blogs from around the world. If you choose not to do the blog as homework, you’ll use the time on Thursday and Friday to create the blog.
This Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day! Take a moment to watch the videos below. It is of Travis Price, the founder of Pink Shirt Day, and his story of how Pink Shirt Day came to be. It is an incredible story that started in Canada and is now celebrated world wide! I hope you join myself, Travis, and people all of the world, by taking a stand on Wednesday against bullying. Wear something pink to show your support.
Take a moment to leave a comment on this post by clicking on the comments link at the top of the post. What are some other ways (other than wearing pink) that we can take a stand against bullying?
For our next unit in math with Mr. Hodgins, we will be exploring measurement further by looking at area and perimeter. Here is a helpful video on some tips of calculating area and perimeter if you want to get a head start, or as a helping tool down the road.