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Title: 2013-2014 School Year

2013-2014 School Year
Barbara Bush Elementary
Kathleen De Pedro (402)- Math/ Science Lindsay
Butler (403)- Language Arts/Social Studies
Meet Kathleen De Pedro
B.S. in Elementary Education - Iowa State M.
Ed. in Special Education Minnesota State --
Mankato This is my 34th year of teaching. I have
taught Junior High and High School , Fourth
Grade 28Yrs. Husbands name is Joe. Step-children
Tiffany (25) and Alex (24)
Meet Lindsay Butler
B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from The
University of Maine Master Reading Teacher
Certificate from The University of Texas This is
my ninth year teaching. I have been a reading
interventionist as well as a third grade teacher.
This is my fifth year teaching fourth grade and
my second year teaching at Bush. I have 2
daughters. Carly (2) and Kaylee (4 months). I am
married to Kevin who is a former U.S. Navy pilot.
We enjoy doing many things together as a family
here in The Woodlands.
Classroom Schedule
  • School hours
  • Morning Library Study Hall Daily at 730 a.m.
    Razzkids, Mathletics and independent work will be
    monitored by staff.
  • Morning Warm-Up lessons begin at 750
  • Schedule
  • 800-810 Announcements
  • 810-900 Specials
  • 900-1105 Switch Class
  • 1105-1205 Lunch/Recess/Study Hall/ Restroom
  • 1205-215 Homeroom Class
  • 215 - 300 PAWS Time
  • 300 305 Dismissal
  • We are teaching until the very end of school.
    Please refrain from picking your child up early
    from school unless it's unavoidable.

Classroom Management
  • Behavior Log
  • Reasons for signing log
  • -Not following class/school rules
  • -Not prepared for class
  • -No homework
  • NO Red Book

Math and Science
  • Math
  • Multiplication facts need to be practiced and
    memorized. Students will have a Facts Club
    booklet to practice. Striving for 100 facts in 5
    minutes. (or 90)
  • Division will start in October/ November
  • Problem solving Rigor 2 and 3 steps using
    several TEKS
  • Science
  • Focus is on hands-on investigation, problem
    solving and analysis through various topics in
    physical, earth and life science.
  • Papers with a check mark on have been looked
    at but not taken for a grade
  • We grade papers in class to give immediate
    feedback, then we go through the errors and
    correct. Sometimes you may see a paper with the
    correct answers but still marked wrong.
  • Increased responsibility/accountability
  • Less dependence on others
  • Helping students to think creatively/find

Whole class novels/short stories/picture books
and poetry. We ill read a variety of genre
together in class (fiction, non-fiction and
poetry). Students will develop vocabulary as
well as reading/writing through these
activities. Vocabulary Word study will include
vocabulary, wordmaster words and word patterns
along with spelling Watch planner for dates
of vocabulary tests
  • Book Club
  • 1 book every 3 weeks
  • Students choose books from a selection and their
    choice puts them into a peer group reading the
    same book
  • Book Club reading will be completed during PAWS
    time and at home with one journal entry due per
  • Students have choices for Book Club response
    questions in their BOB. They are also posted on
    my website.
  • Students will meet on Thurs. to discuss journal

  • Spelling will be incorporated into the daily
    writing grade and will not be a separate grade on
    our report cards.
  • CISD supports the movement to develop
    Life-Long spellers. Our spelling assessment
    will be based on student knowledge of word
    patterns and high frequency words rather than the
    ability to memorize single word lists.
  • Each spelling pattern will be studied through
    various activities for two weeks.
  • Approximately every other Friday, students will
    be tested on that pattern through dictation.

  • Facilitated through the Lucy Calkins Workshop
  • Scored using the 6 Traits Model
  • INTENSIVE writing in 4th grade
  • Writing STAAR test in March

  • Reading, Writing, and Spelling are combined into
    one grade.
  • Report Cards are given every 9 weeks.
  • Progress Reports are given every 4 1/2 weeks.
  • Sign report card and return 1 copy in the

Tuesday Folders and B.O.B.
  • Tuesday Folders will be sent on Tuesdays
  • Sign comment sheet and discuss expectations with
    your child if needed.
  • Keep all papers unless noted otherwise from
  • If there is a Monday holiday, folders will go
    home on Wednesday.
  • B.O.B. -- Students responsible for

  • Homework should take approximately 60 minutes
  • Please check planner for homework assignments
  • Ongoing
  • Multiplication/Division Facts
  • Book Club Reading and Response Journal

STAAR Testing
  • Writing will be April 1 and 2, 2014.
  • Math will be April 22
  • Reading will be April 23

Parent Conferences
  • Times available
  • Conference 810 900
  • We can be contacted through phone, email, or
    note. We will get in touch with you as soon as
    possible. Please be patient.
  • There will be electronic sign up for fall and
    spring conferences.

  • Send a note or fax a letter please include date.
  • Notes are not needed for choir days unless they
    ARE NOT going to choir.
  • We cannot accept email or phone calls as an
    acceptable way to change transportation.
    Transportation can only can be changed by a
    signed fax by 230.
  • Rainy Days-Your child will go home on the bus
    unless a Rainy Day form has been filled out and
    signed. We will always follow the rainy day

  • Deodorant is very helpful.
  • Sunscreen if necessary
  • Proper shoes! Sneakers must be worn for PE.
    Students can change into them prior to going to
  • Appropriate lengths and coverage of clothing is a
    must. No spaghetti straps.

Special Events in Fourth Grade -- CoHost the
announcements/Safety Patrol -- 4th Grade
T-Shirts -- 4th Grade Lock-In ( Teacher
Fundraiser) -- WordMaster Competition
(vocabulary study) awards given in May to the
top 3 out of the 4th grade classes, and top
scorer from each class. -- Field Trips The Sam
Houston Museum in Huntsville, The Cynthia Woods
Mitchell Pavillion (Houston Symphony performance)
and a tour of Mitchell Intermediate. -- 4th grade
musical in May -- clapout 4th graders are
applauded as they walk the school one last time
before moving on to a new school.
Book Orders
We will send home scholastic book orders.
Please ask your student the day that the
book orders are due.
Birthday Treats
Your child will be allowed to pass out private
birthday party invitations only if every child in
his/her class receives one. Birthdays may be
celebrated at school by sending in birthday
treats to be distributed by the classroom teacher
in the afternoon. Birthday treats must be
limited to items with no frosting. Per
Student/Parent Handbook Addendum
Supplies Needed
Check out our donation apples. All donations are
greatly appreciated!
It is going to be a great year! Your childs
success is our success!! kchristiansen_at_conroeisd.n
et lbutler_at_conroeisd.net Website access at CISD
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