About Mrs. Brenda Schultheis
After marrying a local farmer I moved to Colton in 1987 where I enjoy living in the country, raising animals, and teaching here at Colton School, now going on my fourteenth year. The first three years that I lived here I taught first grade in Colfax. Prior to that experience I was a teacher in Spokane for many years. I’ve taught a variety of positions from Jr. High English, computer lab, first grade, first/second combination, adults, and third/fourth combination. Seven teaching years in Spokane were devoted to a third/fourth grade combination.
I earned my teaching credential and Masters in Reading degree from Eastern Washington University. Several years ago I helped produce the WEST-E reading endorsement exam and scoring guide.
- 6 Pocket folders, with pockets on the bottom-plain or decorated
- Colored pencils
- Crayons-48 or more preferred
- Washable markers-fine or broad or both
- 2 Pencil boxes or pencil pouches-large enough to together hold all pencils, markers, and crayons
- Spiral notebook (about 70 pages or more, wide-ruled)
- 2 Composition type notebooks —wide ruled
- PE shoes with non-marking soles
- Old shirt for art
- Individual pencil sharpener with a case to collect the shavings
- Ruler with inches and centimeters-optional
Collected and Shared Items-Please do not label:
- 5 Dozen number 2 pencils
- 2 or 3 large box(es) facial tissue
- 1or 2 package(s) hand wipes
- 5 packages notebook paper (WIDE-ruled)
- Red pens-two packages
- 1 Composition-type notebook – wide ruled preferred
- Glue sticks – at least 3
- 1 White Glue (Elmer’s preferred) 4 oz.
- Optional 1 Box zip-type bags – sandwich – quart or gallon
Parents: This is a recommended list of supplies that are meant to last your child the entire school year.
Please bring what you can on the night of our Ice Cream Social: the evening of
Thursday, August 29th from 6:30-7:30
- Length of Day: School begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. Students are asked to come to school no earlier than 8:10, as there is no one on recess duty until then.
- Weekly Reports: Every Friday your child will bring home Weekly Report. Please read them over (they are great conversation starters!) and if you have any questions or comments please include a note in the Friday Folder. Please help your child remember to return the Friday Folder (signed by you) to school on Monday.
- Homework: 3rd and 4th grade students will have homework every Monday – Thursday evening. Your child will have a homework folder to help transport papers back and forth.
- Healthy Snacks: If students wish to bring a healthy snack (crackers, cheese, fruits and vegetables, dried meats, etc.) we usually have a snack time in the morning. We don’t allow candy, pop, chips, etc. for snacks.
- Recesses: Students are outside during recess. Please send your child with weather appropriate clothes.
- PE Shoes and Art Shirt: Students need to have a pair of non-marking PE shoes that will be reserved for inside wear. They also need an old, oversized shirt to help protect their clothes during art activities.
- Birthdays: Treats may be sent or brought to school and will be served during lunchtime. Summer or holiday birthdays may also be recognized on a school day — please contact us for an un-birthday date.
- Book Orders: Book order forms will be sent home periodically during the school year. These are inexpensive books of good quality. Money and orders need to be returned to school in an envelope marked “Book Order.” Make sure to write your child’s name on the order form. All checks need to be made out to the book company.
- Parties: We celebrate Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. We also have a picnic the last week of school. If you would like to assist with any of these parties, please let us know.
- State Tests: Both third and fourth graders take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests (MSP) during the last two weeks of April. These are very challenging tests and last several days. Please do not schedule any appointments during these important weeks.
- Student Use of Telephone: School telephones are not available for general student use. With teacher permission, students may use the phones for necessary calls. Social arrangements need to be made before leaving home in the morning.
- Bus: If your child is riding a different bus home with a friend, please write and sign a note to let us and the bus driver know.
8:10 – 8:25 Early morning recess
8:25 – 8:35 Attendance, lunch count, announcements, going over learning goals for the day.
8:35 – 10:00: Language Arts: reading, writing, spelling
Monday: Dictionary/vocabulary work, spelling, and reading
Tuesday – Thursday: direct reading instruction/work
Friday: Students complete self-evaluations of learning (“I Learned” sheets),
complete reading tasks and take spelling tests.
10:00 – 10:10 Recess
10:10 – 10:25 DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)/One-on-One time with students
10:25 – 11:18: Reading/writing/social studies
Monday: Writing instruction
Tuesday – Thursday: Writing/social studies
Friday: Special Person sharing/newsletter work
11:22 – 12:02 Lunch and recess
12:02 – 12:42 Activity time—your child might have PE, computer lab, music, or art.
12:42 – 2:15 Math
2:15 – 2:55 Science
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night your third or fourth grade child will have homework to complete. As a class, we discuss the importance of homework—to further develop reading, writing, and mathematical skills as well as to learn responsibility by completing the returning homework on time. I have set up a basic schedule, which allows for a certain amount of flexibility and individual choice, including independence in choosing what books are read. As the year progresses, any necessary changes will be made in the homework schedule.
Monday: Reading and/or Writing Homework:
Reading: Students choose a book or magazine to read for at least ½ hour and then write the name of the book or magazine in their reading logs and a short comment about what they read. Then they put their reading logs into their homework folders and turn them in on Tuesday. Students read independently or with a parent or a sibling. Students may always check out books from our classroom library. Periodically, reading or writing assignments may be sent home in place of reading log homework.
Tuesday: Math Homework:
Math (or occasionally science) homework: To allow for busy schedules, students will be given both Tuesday and Thursday math assignments on Tuesday, which consist of the front and back of a single sheet. Students will complete the assignments, put them in the homework folder and turn them in on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Third and fourth graders will have math homework in which someone at home is invited to participate in students’ mathematics experiences. The activities are intended to promote review, follow-up, and enrichment at home.
Wednesday: Spelling or Penmanship:
Spelling: Students practice spelling words by writing them three times each. Students are asked to look at the word, say the word aloud letter- by-letter or syllable-by-syllable, think about the word, cover the word and write it from memory, then check it over carefully. Students do this independently or with parent help. The students put the spelling practice sheets in the homework folders and return them on Thursday.
Penmanship: Students complete cursive writing practice pages and return them on Thursday.
Thursday: Math or Science Homework:
If students have not completed both sides of their math assignments, they need to complete them tonight and put them in their homework folder to be turned in on Friday.
Homework Help at Home
As a parent, you can help your child by:
- Helping your child choose a place in which to work. This study area needs to be well lit, quiet, and have all of the necessary supplies. (It does not need to be a large spot, but needs to be well away from radio and TV.) Whenever possible, keep the study area off limits to brothers and sisters during homework time.
- Setting a time to begin homework at the same time every day. A good time is immediately after your child gets home, or perhaps immediately after dinner. Remind your child each day when he or she is to do homework.
- Encouraging your child to work on his or her own. Check to see if he or she is doing homework at the agreed upon time. If your child needs assistance, provide it after he or she made a real effort to do the work first. If needed you might suggest that your child call a friend for help. If your child is having a lot of trouble, have him or her put the homework away and ask the teacher for help as soonas he or she arrives to school the next morning.
- Choosing with your child a special Homework Drop Spot at home to help him or her develop the habit of putting completed assignments in their blue homework folders and in the same place each night. It is helpful if the homework drop spot is easy to “spot” on the way out the door in the morning.
- Helping your child who needs to complete homework at another location other than home, put together a “Homework Survival Kit” containing supplies such as pencils, a book or two, construction paper, tape, glue, a dictionary, etc.
This general scoring rubric allows us to measure and document students’ progress throughout the year as they work to meet grade level standards.
|This level represents exceptional performance, notably above that required for meeting the standard of the assignment.|
|This level represents expected performance for the assignment. Students reaching this level are secure and demonstrate proficiency.|
|2||WORKING TOWARD STANDARD|
|This level denotes partial accomplishment of the knowledge and skills that are fundamental for meeting the level of skill for the assignment.|
|This level denotes beginning or little demonstration of the prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for the assignment.|
|x||NOT EVALUATED AT THIS TIME|