Monday, April 23, 2018

For Tuesday and Wednesday:

-Career Project: Work on Steps 3 and 4 on the project checklist. Find information, read, and take notes on the career you're studying.

-PARCC Testing in math will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. We should be finished with all the sessions by lunch on Wednesday. Bring a snack to have in between tests on Wednesday. At home, get ready by taking the PARCC Practice Math Tests (in the links), and practice IXL skills.

-Bowling!: On Tuesday afternoon from 1-2, the class will walking down to Gutters to go bowling. The TCS Student Council is paying for our bowling as a reward to 4th grade for bringing in the most food to share during the Taos Feeds Taos food drive in December. Student may bring their own money to buy a snack if they want one.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Over the weekend:

-Math: Gear up for PARCC Math sessions by taking a practice test and practicing skills at IXL.

-Career Project: Step 2 - Narrow down your 6 ideas to your top 2 choices, and use the "Career Project Info" link to start doing research.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


TCS is closed on Friday, April 20 due to the Town of Taos water emergency.

Career Project:

-Parents, the class is beginning a career education project that will require your assistance. Each student is choosing a career that they are going to be studying. As part of the project, I’ve asked the students to arrange a visit and an interview with a local person who has the career that they choose. Please assist your son or daughter in contacting this person (perhaps you have a friend or a colleague who would work). The culminating activity of the project will be a posterboard or computer-projected presentation by each student teaching the class about the career that they've studied. The presentations will begin Friday, May 4 (or sooner if students finish early). Students have more information about the specifics of the project.
Please email me at if you have any questions. Thanks, MB

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

For Thursday:

-Career Project: Complete Step #1 on the orange project checklist. Brainstorm a list of 6 or more careers that you think are interesting and would like to learn more about.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Geometry Vocabulary List

1. perimeter
2. area
3. right angle
4. acute angle
5. obtuse angle
6. protractor
7. intersecting
8. parallel
9. perpendicular
10. symmetry
11. right triangle
12. trapezoid
13. quadrilateral
14. rhombus
15. pentagon
16. hexagon

Friday, April 13, 2018

Over the weekend:

-Reading: Finish up the book reviews and chapter summaries if you didn't hand them in today. Try out a recipe from the one of the chapters!

PARCC Testing Starts Monday:

-On Monday morning, 4th grade will be taking the first section of the PARCC English Language Arts test. On the days before testing, get ready for PARCC by getting fresh air and exercise after school. Get a good night's sleep. Eat a healthy breakfast, and be on-time for school each morning at 8:15. Practice tests in ELA and math are posted in the links.

PARCC testing will run each morning from Monday, April 16 until Wednesday, April 25. We'll take one session each day. There are 8 sessions in all: 4 in ELA and 4 in Math.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

For Friday:

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Study for the quiz.

-Reading: Complete the Book Review form for Everything on a Waffle. Complete any missing chapter summaries, and edit your summaries for errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

For Thursday:

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Written work is due via Google Drive or in your Spelling Journal.

-Reading: Today we finished the novel Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath. If you enjoyed it, the sequel is called One Year in Coal Harbor, and it's available on Amazon or or wherever you buy books. Here's the link to Amazon:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Spelling and Vocabulary 4/9/18

1. area
2. perimeter
3. setting
4. demonstrate
5. details
6. metric system
7. centimeter
8. meter
9. kilometer
10. liter
11. gram
12. sol (sun)
13. cielo (sky)
14. over the moon

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Saturday Bake Sale at Cid's to Benefit TCS Art and Music Programs:

-On Saturday, April 7 from 10-4 there will be a bake sale at Cid's to support our K-8 art and music programs. Please help out with donations of food and/ or time if you can. Sign up online at:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

For Thursday:

-Math: Complete p. 719-720 in My Math. Practice the starred skills in IXL Math, Section N.

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Written work is due via Google Drive or in your SJ.

Monday, April 2, 2018

For Tuesday and Wednesday:

-Tuesday Field Trip: We're leaving at 8:20, and we'll be back by 3:00. Don't forget to bring in your permission slip and $8 for bus transportation if you didn't already bring them in today.

-Reading: Read the next 2 chapters "I lose a Toe," and "Uncle Jack's Idea," and write a summary for each.

-Math: Complete p. 707-708 in My Math, and practice IXL skills N1, N2, N3, N4.

Spelling and Vocabulary 4/2/18

1. measure
2. length
3. capacity
4. weight
5. yard
6. ounce
7. pound
8. pint
9. personification
10. famous
11. infamous
12. ciudad (city)
13. pais (nation or country)
14. It’s always darkest just before the dawn.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Over the long weekend:

-Math: Complete p. 701-702 in My Math. Practice IXL skills N1, N2, N3.

-Reading: Read the next 2 chapters in Everything on a Waffle ("What Miss Bowzer Knew," and "I Lose All My Sweaters"), and write a summary for each. Keep track of new words on the vocabulary list at the end of your summary packet. Try out one of the recipes at home over the weekend if you want, but be sure to ask a parent FIRST.

-Field Trip Tuesday: On Tuesday, April 3, the fourth grade class will be taking a field trip to the Poeh Culural Center in Pojoauque. During the morning, we’ll tour the center and participate in an art activity. In the afternoon, we’ll have a picnic lunch, and then go for a hike on the way back to Taos. Students should dress for a hike, and wear sturdy sneakers. They should also bring a small backpack with lunch, and a water bottle.

The trip will cost $8 for bus transportation. Please send cash, or an $8 check made out to the school. Ms. Woodall arranged our visit to the cultural center, and there is no charge for our group to enter Poeh. Students should be at school ready to go at 8:15 a.m., and we’ll return by 3:00 p.m. We will most likely miss the busses at the end of the day, so please plan to pick your child up at 3:00 or carpool with another family. Permission slips went hoem today with students. Please sign those and return them to school on Monday.

-Happy Easter! See you Monday.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Progess Reports

-Parents, 3rd marking period progress reports went home with students today. Please take some time to read and discuss the grades and comments with your child. You're always welcome to come meet with me after school 3-4, or email me if you have any concerns or questions.

-There's no school on Thursday, March 29 for parent-teacher conferences. I've already scheduled meetings with some of you, and I meet with some parents fairly regularly, so conferences are not mandatory for all students at this point in the school-year. If I haven't yet contacted you, and you would like to meet, please email me to set up a conference. I'm also available to talk after school most days from 3-4, either in-person or over the phone, if that's more convenient for you.

-Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Spelling and Vocabulary 3/19/18

1. Spring Equinox
2. cite
3. evidence
4. fact
5. opinion
6. intention
7. persuade
8. decimal
9. tenth
10. hundredth
11. thousandth
12. primavera (spring)
13. viento (wind)
14. a dime a dozen

Thursday, March 8, 2018

For Friday:

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Written work is due via Google Drive or in your Spelling Journal. Study for the quiz.

-Math: Complete p. 617-621 in My Math. Practice the starred skills in IXL sections Q and S to get ready for the chapter 9 test.

Monday, March 5, 2018

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete p. 597-598 in My Math.

-NMSBA Testing: 4th and 7th graders at TCS will be taking the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment in Science on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

Spelling and Vocabulary 3/5/18

1. mass
2. evaporation
3. condensation
4. igneous rock
5. sedimentary rock
6. metamorphic rock
7. habitat
8. erosion
9. renewable
10. non-renewable
11. piedra (rock)
12. tierra (land)
13. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Monday, February 26, 2018

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete My Math p. 565-566, and practice the starred skills in IXL Math section Q.

-Science: Finish up reading and taking notes on your science report topics.

-TCS Basketball Tournament starts today after school, and continues every day until Sunday. Go Hawks!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Over the weekend:

-Science: Continue to find information, read, and take notes on your science report topics. Hands-on demonstrations, posterboard presentations, and projection reports are due Friday, March 2. If you choose to do the 3 paragraph written report option, those are due Monday, March 5th.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

TCS Basketball Tournament is NEXT WEEK

-Parents, please sign up to volunteer at our TCS tournament next week if you haven't already. Our 4th grade night is Thursday, March 1st. We need you!

Dear Parents and Friends of TCS:

Finally, our biggest community event and fundraiser of the year: the TCS annual Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held from Monday, February 26th to Sunday, March 4th. The weekday games will run from 4pm till 8:30 pm, and the weekend games begin at 9 am, running till 3 pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

We are in need of concessions, and LOTS of volunteers!

Each night of the tournament will be “dedicated” to a grade at Taos Charter School. Parents from that grade will be encouraged to donate volunteer time at the concession stands, the admission desk, or inside the gym helping with scoring or refereeing. If you cannot volunteer on your class’s evening, feel free to volunteer on a different day. We would also like to see 2 parents from each grade “supervise” their day. At the end of the tournament, each class will receive $200 to spend on field trips or play equipment.
Mon., Feb. 26: Grades 7 and 8

Tues., Feb. 27: Grade 2

Wed., Feb 28: Grade 5

Thurs., March 1: Grade 4

Friday, March 2: Grade 3

Saturday, March 3: Grade 6

Sunday, March 4: Grades K and 1

Please see the below sign-ups: - referee, scoreboard keeper and operator sign up - volunteer sign up -concession sign-up

We thank you for your continued support!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

For Wednesday:

-Math: Complete p. 541-542 in My Math. Practice starred IXL skills in section P (Pemdas: Section N).

-Science: Move through Steps 2, 3, 4 on the orange science report checklist. Have a report topic ready for Wednesday that meets the criteria listed on Step 3.

-Spelling and Vocabulary: There's no list assigned this week so you'll have more time for your science report.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Over the long weekend:

-Science: Share the orange project checklist with your parents. Decide which general field of science you're interested in studying (Step #1). Use the "Science Topics" list link at Academic Kids Encylopedia or Wikipedia to explore and learn more about the field you choose.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

For Thursday:

-Math: Finish up the last 3 pages of the fraction review packet.

-Spelling/ Vocabulary: Written work is due via Google Drive or in your written Spelling Journal. Study for the quiz.

Spelling and Vocabulary 2/12/18

1. equivalent fraction
2. improper fraction
3. field of science
4. biology
5. geology
6. meteorology
7. astronomy
8. ecology
9. hydrology
10. physics
11. adentro (inside)
12. afuera (outside)
13. kill two birds with one stone

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ski Sipapu!

-Just a reminder that 4th graders ski for FREE at Sipapu. Just bring a copy of your most recent report card to the ticket window and they'll give you a FREE lift ticket, every day.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

For Thursday:

-Math: Complete p. 509-510 in My Math.

-Written spelling and vocabulary work is due via Google Drive or in your spelling journal. Take a practice quiz at Spelling City.