Wednesday, May 23, 2018

For Thursday:

-Field Day for K-4 will be here at school on Thursday, outside from 10:00-11:30. Parents are invited! Challup's pizza will be provided to students for lunch thanks to the Friends of TCS. Students should dress for outside PE and have a water bottle.

-After Field Day, we'll be watching the movie-version of Holes in class. Kids may bring some popcorn and lemonade or juice to share if they want.

-4th marking period progress reports and awards will be sent home with students on Thursday. There's no school on Friday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

For Wednesday:

-Reading: Read chapters 46, 47, 48 in Holes.

-Class clean-up: Please bring in a cloth grocery bag to take home all of your supplies and materials so you can re-use them next year.

-Missing Library Books:

Cammy: One Came Home
Darius (3): Bill and Pete to the Rescue, The Child's World Book Encyclopedia, A Good Night for Ghosts
Estevan (2): Pirated!, Destructive Re-Entry
Josh: Child's World Book Encyclopedia
Liana: Lyme Disease

Please return those books Wednesday, or bring in $25 per missing book for replacement.

Monday, May 21, 2018

For Tuesday:

-Talent Show: Bring in at least one good joke to tell.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

For Thursday:

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

-Be sure to bring in your permission slip and $8 for our Bandelier trip if you haven't already.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For Wednesday:

-Reading: Read chapters 29-30 in Holes and write a title for each.

-Career Project: Bring in the address of the person you interviewed for your project, and your own mailing address too so we can send off your Thank-You letters on Wednesday. Parents, please double check the addresses to make sure they're correct and include zip codes.

-Friday Field Trip Info: On Friday, May 18, the class will be taking a hiking field trip to Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos.

During the morning, we’ll take a 2 ½ mile loop hike on Tsankawi Mesa to tour Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings. In the afternoon, we’ll have a picnic lunch, and then hike down the Frey Trail into Frijoles Canyon about 2 ½ more miles to explore the main ruins. Students should be prepared for the elements and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots, and a hat to block the sun. They should also bring a small backpack with sunscreen, their own lunch, and at least one water bottle.

The trip will cost $8 for bus transportation. Please send cash, or an $8 check made out to the school. We were granted an educational waiver from the National Park Service for this visit, so there is no charge for our group to enter Bandelier. If we have time, we’ll stop for ice cream at the Dairy Queen in Espanola our way back to Taos, so kids should bring an extra $5 or so cash for that stop.

Students should be at school ready to go at 8:15 a.m., and we’ll return by 5:00 p.m. Please send in the bus fee and permission slip on Wednesday or Thursday. Thanks! MB

Monday, May 14, 2018

Upcoming Events in May:

-Races in the Park: Tuesday, May 15 at Kit Carson Park. 4th graders will run at about 9:00 a.m.

-Class field trip to Bandelier National Monument: Friday, May 18, 8:15-5:00 pm. Info and permission slips going home Monday.

-K-8th Talent Show: Tuesday, May 22 in the TCS Gym 12:30-2:00.

-K-4th Field Day: Thursday, May 24 in the TCS playground 10:00-11:30.

Spelling and Vocabulary 5/14/18

1. Anasazi
2. Ancestral Pueblo
3. cliff dwelling
4. viga
5. artifact
6. cistern
7. petroglyph
8. kiva
9. cavate
10. pottery sherd/ shard
11. archeologist
12. pueblo (village, small town)
13. mesa (table, or flat-top landform)
14. Don’t cry over spilled milk.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Over the weekend:

-Reading: Read up through chapter 25 in Holes. Go farther if you want, and write a title for each chapter you finish.

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!