Jane Liepitz - Room 3
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Sept. 5, 2017

Dear Parents,

I am excited to teach your son/daughter math and science/STEM this year!  I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I can be reached via email with any questions or concerns Jane.Liepitz@mpls.k12.mn.us.  Our first 4th grade math unit is on number sense (large number comparison and place value, basic multiplication facts up to 12x12, and large digit multiplication such as 325 x 42).  I use guided math groups to differentiate for different levels/types of learners at least 3 days per week.  If your child has not yet mastered their basic multiplication facts 1-9, have some fun playing practice games such as multiplication war with playing cards or speed flash cards to help them memorize those important facts. 

WEEKLY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:  Every Monday I will send home a two-sided homework sheet due Friday.  Students are encouraged to complete it independently, but if they get stuck, feel free to help them work through one or two.  Keep in mind, some of the problems may be new or unfamiliar as it is designed as a spiral review.  Students are also encouraged to spend 20-40 min per week on their Dreambox lessons, whenever possible.  (see reverse for login information)

In science, our first unit is Earth Materials FOSS (rocks & minerals).  Students will explore what it means to work as a geologist observing earth materials and classifying rocks/minerals. 

It is my goal to send a MONTHLY reflection and progress report to families.  I hope to see many of you at CURRICULUM NIGHT on Sept. 26th.  We are going to have a FANTASTIC year!

Sincerely, Jane Liepitz

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