Mrs. Weinsteiger

Welcome to Mrs. Weinsteiger's Fourth Grade Class

About Me

Background Information:
I graduated from Lebanon Valley College (2009), Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a specialization in Special Education. I am dually certified in Elementary Education and in Special Education. In 2013, I graduated from Wilkes University with a Masters Degree in Educational Development and Strategies. This is will be my tenth year teaching at Hereford Elementary School and my eleventh year teaching! I started my career by teaching learning support in grades 1-4. I ventured into general education years ago as a fourth grade teacher and absolutely love it!

Personal Information:

My husband Philip and I have two children, Mason and Mia. Mason is almost six years old and keeps us very busy. Mia is 1 year old and big brother Mason is thrilled to be helping out with little sister. We also have a household full of animals. Our newest edition is our dog Reesie. We rescued her earlier in the year from Logan's Heros, which is a local rescue. We also have two cats, Peppe and Dewey. When weather permits, we spend a lot of time outside playing in the yard, chasing after bubbles and swimming in the pool. When winter time comes around, I like to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace.

Schedules

Mrs. Weinsteiger’s Schedule

8:35 – 9:00

Homeroom/Morning Meetings

9:00 – 10:30

ELA/Guided (Mrs. Weinsteiger's Class)

10:30 – 11:10

Specials

11:10 – 12:10

Lunch/Recess

12:15 – 1:45

ELA/Guided (Mrs. Hower's Class)

1:45 – 2:35

Writing (Mrs. Hower's Class)

2:35 – 3:20

Writing (Mrs. Weinsteiger's Class)

3:20 – 3:30

Dismissal

Specials Schedule:

Day One: Library

Day Two: FLITE

Day Three : Gym

Day Four: Music

Day Five: Art

Classroom Rules

Team 47's Classroom Expectations

  • Do your best
  • Be ready to learn
  • Eyes forward and listen
  • Raise your hand
  • Be respectful
  • Say please & Thank you
  • Share and take turns
  • Keep hands to yourself
  • Follow directions
  • Try new things
  • Believe in yourself
  • Work hard & Have fun

Classroom Procedures

Volunteers:

If you are interested in volunteering in class, please complete the form and return it at your earliest convenience. Throughout the year, we need help for various activities such as special projects, science, field trips, celebrations, preparing supplies, etc. I will also need weekly volunteers to help with guided reading, rocket math, and other activities. There are also abundant opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year for special school wide events such as Hereford Hike, Holiday Bazaar, Family Nights, etc. PTFS organizes many of these events, and I would encourage you to join ($5.00 membership fee per family)! Please be aware that if you decide to be a regular volunteer, you will need to undergo a tuberculosis test and submit a child abuse clearance application to the state of Pennsylvania.

Absence/Health:

If your child is not going to be in school, please call the school to make us aware. If your child had a fever or vomited the previous night, please keep them at home. While we want all children in school whenever possible, we also don’t want to prolong an illness or spread an illness with a too soon return. Upon your child’s return to school, PLEASE SEND IN AN EXCUSE NOTE. Also, please remember that the nurse is here to take care of your child in the event of an injury or illness that occurs at school. If your child becomes ill or is injured outside of school and requires medical attention, please contact your family physician.

Parent Pick-Ups:

Whenever possible, have your child use school provided transportation. However, if you need to pick up your child for any reason, you must send in a note with your child by 8:35 of the day they are to be picked up. Please include all relevant information on the note (child’s name, who will be picking them up, time, etc.). When picking up your child you will be asked to provide identification, so you might want to give yourself a few extra minutes when picking your child up for an appointment.

Homework:

In general, your child will have homework Monday through Thursday night. I try not to give homework over the weekend, except in the case of incomplete work, long term assignments, or if there is a shortened school week due to scheduled days off or weather. Please initial your child’s homework sheet each night, and write comments as needed. I check their homework folder each morning to see that your child has completed their homework from the night before, and that they have written their assignments for that night correctly. I also check in the folder for notes from you, lunch money, forms, etc. I check all assignments for correctness, and your child is responsible for making corrections as needed. Homework is also a grade on the report card, and can be a factor in determining marking period grades in subject areas. Also, remember to complete your child’s monthly reading calendars. On your child’s report card they will be given an O for 0-2 homework misses, an S for 3-6 homework misses, and an N for 7 or more homework misses.

Classroom Supplies

Below are a list of the classroom supplies specifically for Mrs. Weinsteiger's 4th grade class. A comprehensive list of supplies for all the fourth grade teachers can be found on the Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center homepage. Thank you in advance for sending these supplies in with your child on the first day of school!

  • (2) yellow highlighters
  • #2 pencils (sharpened already if possible). Disposable mechanical pencils work great too.
  • (1) pack of 12 colored pencils
  • (1) box of 12 crayons
  • (1) red pen
  • (4) Fine point, unscented dry-erase markers
  • (1) Clean Old Sock (for dry erase boards)
  • (2) glue sticks
  • Pair of earbuds/headphones (these do not need to be new!)
  • (1) 1.5 inch 3-ring binder (not trapper keeper type)
  • (4) binder folders with pockets (holes already punched)
  • (2) pocket folders
  • (1) zippered pencil pouch with holes to fit in front of binder

*Any duplicates of items that I asked for will be stored in your child's cubby in a Ziploc bag. If you could please send a gallon size Ziploc bag in with your child it would be greatly appreciated.

 

**Items that would also be helpful in our classroom would be: (2) family size boxes of tissues, a container of sanitizing wipes, a pack of wide-ruled notebook paper, a pack of index cards and Gallon Size Ziploc Bags.

Assignments

All About Daily 5

All About Daily 5

Now that we have begun our Reader’s Workshop routine, I would like to share with you more about “The Daily Five.” The purpose of this letter is to fill you in on what the Daily Five is all about, so you don’t have to nod your head while wondering what in the world your child is referring to. The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster the children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.

There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5 component. We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5 and fostering our classroom community. I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction. Your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read,

Your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand, and are interested in, which they will read during the Daily 5. They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading. I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accomplished by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.

Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase. It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing.

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Daily 5 Components

Read to Self

The best way to become a better reader is by practicing each day, with books the students choose and are a "Good Fit".

Read to Someone

Partner reading allows for more time to practice strategies, helping to build fluency, check for understanding, hear their own voice and time to share in this learning community.

Work on Writing

Just like reading, the best way to become a better writer is by practicing writing each day.

Word Work

Expanded vocabulary and correct spelling allow for more fluent reading and writing thus speeding up the ability to comprehend what is read and get thinking down on paper.

Listen to Reading

Hearing good examples of literature and fluent reading expands your vocabulary, builds stamina and helps you become a better reader.

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I PICK "Good Fit Books"

The students are taught from day one about choosing and selecting books that are just right for their reading level. They are called "Good Fit Books".

  1. I pick a book
  2. Purpose (What's my purpose for choosing this book? )
  3. Interest (Does this book interest me?)
  4. Comprehend (Can I comprehend what I'm reading?)
  5. Know (Do I know most of the words?)

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Three Ways to Read a Book

  1. Read the pictures
  2. Read the words
  3. Retell the story

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Check for Understanding

This is a comprehension strategy that teaches children to stop frequently and check, or monitor, if they understand what they are reading.

Often as beginning readers, children are so aware of reading accurately that they forget to take time and think about what they are reading, checking to see if they understand the text. Advanced readers can develop the habit of reading through the text without monitoring if they were aware of Checking for Understanding as beginning readers.

This vital strategy is not only one of the first we introduce, but is also one we model frequently throughout the year.

When students are Reading to Someone, their job is listening and retelling what their partner just read. Then they switch, the other student reads and this time they "check for understanding".

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Building Stamina

Many parents are amazed to hear their child speak about building "stamina". It's not a typical word you hear second graders say! When we begin teaching The Daily 5 parts, the first time we model, instruct, and demonstrate how to do this skill, the students start on their own for 3 minutes. Every day we add one minute, eventually building their stamina to 30 minutes. Some days we may only get to do 20-30 minutes depending on special activities, assemblies, or holiday events. The students "build stamina" for each of the Daily 5 parts.

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What's the teacher doing during Daily 5?

Explicit modeling, practice, reflecting and refining takes place during the launching phase, preparing the foundation for a year of meaningful content and instruction tailored to meet the unique needs of each child. After weeks and months of modeling, practicing, and building stamina for each Daily 5 part, the students become very independent and are on "automatic pilot".They know these routines, they look forward to them each day. In fact, they are disappointed if we don't get to all five if there is something special in our day. This automaticity allows the teacher to work with students one on one, in Skills Groups, or Guided Reading. The teacher can give assessments such as DRA's (Developmental Reading Assessment), or DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) tests. Teachers can confer with students individually to discuss how they are developing as readers and writers and discuss their goals.

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Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a web based program which allows teachers to track students’ behaviors (positive AND negative) easily and efficiently. The program is based on points, and students can be given positive points for things like being on task, being respectful, participating, or working hard. On the other hand, points can be taken away if students are off task, talking out, or unprepared.

After students have been added to the system, there is a student access code we will give to each student so that they can log on to the website. On the site, they are able to see how many points they have, which positive behaviors were noted, and which negative behaviors they need to work on.

One of the greatest features of Class Dojo is that it allows us to send parents a “behavior and skills report” every Friday by e-mail. All you need to do is use the parent access code to get signed up.

Class Dojo

Mrs. Hower

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One big change at the Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center will be the departmentalization of our teaching staff. I am so excited to introduce my teaching partner to you, Mrs. Nikki Hower. Mrs. Hower comes from Marlborough Elementary and will be giving your child all of their Math, Science and Social Studies instruction this year. Any specific questions for Math, Science or Social Studies can always be directed to her at nhower@upsd.org

For more information about Mrs. Hower, please visit her webpage at the link below!

Mrs. Hower's Page

Websites

Reading:

Scholastic - Class Code: K37QT

Spelling City

Reading Rockets

Story Online

EPIC

Click on the word "websites" to take you to my Symbaloo site. It has a variety of learning activities and games.

Scholastic Book Club

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Scholastic Book Orders are a great way to enhance your child's personal library at home. Book orders will be distributed several times throughout the year. Please keep in mind, these book orders are 100% optional! To order, you can fill out an order form and have your child bring a check, payable to Scholastic Book Club, into school, or scholastic has now made it convenient to order online. If you choose to order online, our classroom code is K37QT. Thank you!

Contact Information

Contact Information:
Upper Perkiomen 4th and 5th Grade Center
 

510 Jefferson Street
East Greenville, PA 18041

Room 207

E-mail: kweinsteiger@upsd.org

Phone: 215 -679-6288 Ext. 4207

 

You can contact me from 8:15 -8:35, and 3:40-4:00. If I am unavailable at that time, please leave a message and I will get back to you soon as I can. You can email me or Dojo message me as well.

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