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Welcome to 4th grade!!
     My name is Helen Braddock and I am so excited to be teaching your child! I am originally from Columbia, South Carolina where I attended Columbia College. Go Koalas!  I graduated in December of 2016, Magna Cum Laude with my BA in Early Childhood Education and a certification in Elementary Education.  This is my fourth year of teaching! Many of you may remember me as the 1st grade teacher from 2017-2019. I moved back to SC for a year while my husband deployed for the second time and while I was away I can firmly say my heart missed my family here at HGCS! So, after a cross country road trip I am back and so happy to be teaching 4th grade!  I have been very blessed to be a part of the Howard Gardner Community school family, as the experience I have had here has been nothing short of incredible and life changing.  I am a firm believer of Howard Garnder's Multiple Intelligence theory and I try to integrate it as much as possible into my instruction. No two students are alike and therefore instruction should not be a one size fit all approach. Here in 4th we will explore various academic subjects with a hands-on approach, all within a supportive community atmosphere.  I am excited to see what this year holds! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.



Updates and Obeservations

Good afternoon wonderful 4th grade parents/ guardians,

This is Mrs. Braddock coming to you with some updates as we enter our 4th week of school! The students have been learning about opinion writing, showing me what they know in math, and reading nonfiction articles. As we move forward, I would like to go over a few updates and observations. First, it is crucial that your child shows up to school every day on time! When students miss a class or show up late, they miss vital information and I am not always able to stop teaching and go over information taught. I understand that this can be hard due to technology issues to show up right at the designated class time but, if a student is doing this consistently by more than 15 minutes, I will have to contact the student's  parents. Secondly, it has come to my attention that some students  are muting themselves and turning off their camera and leaving their chromebook and doing other activities, such as, video games, playing on their phone/ tablet, or any other activity outside of classwork. To curb this students must show themselves on Zoom for at least 5 minutes. I understand that Zoom/ distance learning can be uncomfortable and awkward but, seeing their face not only helps me to take attendance but also to see that students are staying on task and paying attention. Adding on to this, please make sure that your students are learning in an area where they are not likely to be distracted.  It is important that students are  aware of lighting and background noise when participating in Zoom meetings. If possible students should find a space in their home where they can get work done.  Students should join class from a place where they can sit up and focus.  Third, please make sure that your child is completing their work daily. I understand how frustrating  this time is due to Covid-19 and how stressful it can be to balance everything. To help with this all student work is due by Friday at 11:59 pm. However, if a student waits until the last minute to do work then it can be very overwhelming! They often will rush and complete assignments incorrectly. So, if they pace and do a little every day then by Friday they will be complete and relaxed. To help keep parents in the "know" / loop about their students work completion  starting this week and moving forward, every Friday I will send an update of what assignments have been completed/ not completed by your student via email. 
Lastly, students should read every day for at least 20 minutes. At the beginning of each week on Google Classroom I share an online Reading Log with them. It is the expectation in 4th grade that they will read for 20 minutes or more and fill out the log and turn it in on Friday.  Research has shown that daily reading increases comprehension skills and understanding. In Math students  need to do reflex 2 to 3 times a week  for at least 30 minutes OR until they get "green"( there is a circle in the upper right hand corner of the screen that will turn completely green when the students have mastered their math concepts.  This helps them to keep their understanding of basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, which in turn will help them in understanding more complex math concepts such as fractions, place value, and decimals. Thank you so much for your patience during this stressful time. It has been amazing seeing the students and their smiling faces. I look forward to the day when we can safely return to school, until then please stay safe and healthy.  
Buenas tardes maravillosos padres / tutores de 4º grado. ¡Les habla la Sra. Braddock con algunas actualizaciones al entrar en nuestra 4ª semana de clases! Los estudiantes han estado aprendiendo sobre escritura de opinión, mostrándome lo que saben en matemáticas y leyendo artículos de no ficción. A medida que avanzamos, me gustaría repasar algunas actualizaciones y observaciones. Primero, es crucial que su hijo llegue a la escuela todos los días a tiempo. Cuando los estudiantes faltan a una clase o llegan tarde, pierden información vital y no siempre puedo dejar de enseñar y repasar la información enseñada. Entiendo que esto puede ser difícil debido a problemas de tecnología para presentarse justo en el horario de clase designado, pero si un estudiante lo hace de manera constante por más de 15 minutos, tendré que contactar a los padres del estudiante. En segundo lugar, me ha llamado la atención que algunos estudiantes se silencian, apagan la cámara, dejan su Chromebook y realizan otras actividades, como videojuegos, jugar en su teléfono / tableta o cualquier otra actividad fuera del trabajo de clase. Para frenar esto, los estudiantes deben mostrarse en Zoom durante al menos 5 minutos. Entiendo que Zoom / aprendizaje a distancia puede ser incómodo e incómodo, pero ver su cara no solo me ayuda a tomar la asistencia, sino también a ver que los estudiantes se mantienen concentrados y prestan atención. Además de esto, asegúrese de que sus estudiantes estén aprendiendo en un área donde no es probable que se distraigan. Es importante que los estudiantes sean conscientes de la iluminación y el ruido de fondo cuando participan en las reuniones de Zoom. Si es posible, los estudiantes deben encontrar un espacio en su hogar donde puedan trabajar. Los estudiantes deben unirse a la clase desde un lugar donde puedan sentarse y concentrarse. En tercer lugar, asegúrese de que su hijo complete su trabajo todos los días. Entiendo lo frustrante que es este momento debido a Covid-19 y lo estresante que puede ser equilibrar todo. Para ayudar con esto, todo el trabajo de los estudiantes debe entregarse antes del viernes a las 11:59 pm. Sin embargo, si un estudiante espera hasta el último minuto para trabajar, ¡puede ser muy abrumador! A menudo se apresuran y completan las tareas incorrectamente. Por lo tanto, si caminan y hacen un poco todos los días, para el viernes estarán completos y relajados. Para ayudar a mantener a los padres informados sobre la finalización del trabajo de sus estudiantes a partir de esta semana y en el futuro, todos los viernes enviaré una actualización de las tareas que su estudiante ha completado / no completado por correo electrónico. Por último, los estudiantes deben leer todos los días durante al menos 20 minutos. Al comienzo de cada semana en Google Classroom, comparto un registro de lectura en línea con ellos. Se espera que en 4to grado lean durante 20 minutos o más y llenen el registro y lo entreguen el viernes. Las investigaciones han demostrado que la lectura diaria aumenta las habilidades de comprensión y comprensión. En matemáticas, los estudiantes deben hacer reflejos de 2 a 3 veces por semana durante al menos 30 minutos O hasta que se pongan "verdes" (hay un círculo en la esquina superior derecha de la pantalla que se volverá completamente verde cuando los estudiantes hayan dominado su conceptos matemáticos. Esto les ayuda a mantener su comprensión de las operaciones matemáticas básicas, además de la resta, la multiplicación y la división, lo que a su vez los ayudará a comprender conceptos matemáticos más complejos, como fracciones, valor posicional y decimales. Muchas gracias por su paciencia durante este tiempo estresante. Ha sido increíble ver a los estudiantes y sus caras sonrientes. Espero con ansias el día en que podamos regresar a la escuela con seguridad, hasta entonces, manténgase sano y salvo.

Student chromebook password

The student passwords for their Google Account have been changed to hgcs4throcks.

The first Zoom meeting is just for students but, the meet and greet the teacher at 12:30 is open for parents to join as well!  

Not a goodbye but, a see you later!

Dear 1st grade parents and guardians,
I would like to say what an amazing year it has been. It has been nothing short of incredible to watch your children grow, learn, and become remarkable human beings. I have learned more from them than I think they have learned from me. Your students have taught me to be a better teacher through differentiation of lessons, showing compassion for all individuals, and celebrating all cultures. This is why it grieves me to say that I will not be returning next school year. I will be returning to my home state of South Carolina to fulfill a scholarship obligation that I had prior to moving to California, in addition to my husband's next deployment. I appreciate all of your support this school year in the aiding of nurturing these young minds. My heart will always be with my 1st graders and the HGCS faculty and staff, without them, I would not be the teacher I am today. I will be letting the students know of this change today in the afternoon by reading the story, "The Invisible String" by Patricia Karst. This story details that no matter how far away a person is from another person, they are always connected by an invisible string attached to our hearts. I read this story at the very beginning of school, and I find that it is fitting to read it again. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 
With all of my love,
Mrs. Braddock

DRA schedule

Below is the DRA schedule for the rest of the week! Thank you all for being amazing! I can not believe the year is so close to being over.

Wednesday morning 9:00-11:00am
Nathen M.

Thursday after school 12:30-3:30pm

May showcase tonight!

Don't forget!
Students should be in costume today as we are presenting school wide.
Family and friends can see our presentations in the evening from 5:00-6:00pm. Thank you! The students have worked so hard and I am so incredibly proud of them!

Upcoming Events

Good morning wonderful 1st grade parents!
This email is to provide you with a few reminders!
May showcase projects are due this Friday, May 24, 2019. Your students should arrive in costume or the colors of their country's flag. Students should also bring their poster board and be prepared to present their project via a speech. Additionally, students will present their projects for May showcase on May 29, 2019 during the school day and then again at 5:00pm to 6:00pm. During May showcase their will be a silent auction in the auditorium from 4:30 to 6:30pm. All earnings will go towards the new play ground.
Also, year books are on sale in the auditorium for 15 dollars from  now until May 30th. Lastly, below is a schedule of all upcoming events. Thank you for your time and consideration.
5/27 No School
5/28 Early Release (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
5/29 Late Start, awards assembly, school wide May Showcase presentations (11:25 AM - 3:30 PM)
5/29 May showcase presentation (5:00PM-6:00PM)
5/29 Silent auction (4:30PM - 6:30 PM)
5/30 Early Release (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
5/31 Early Release (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
6/3 Early Release (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
6/4 Early Release (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
6/5 Early Release/Promotion (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
6/6 Last of School (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
6/8 Playground demolition (9:00 prompt start)

Buenos días maravillosos padres de 1er grado! Este correo electrónico es para proporcionarle algunos recordatorios! Los proyectos de exhibición de mayo deben presentarse este viernes 24 de mayo de 2019. Los estudiantes deben llegar disfrazados o con los colores de la bandera de su país. Los estudiantes también deben traer su cartel y estar preparados para presentar su proyecto a través de un discurso. Además, los estudiantes presentarán sus proyectos para la presentación de mayo el 29 de mayo de 2019 durante el día escolar y luego nuevamente de 5:00 pm a 6:00 pm. Durante el mes de mayo se exhibirá una subasta silenciosa en el auditorio de 4:30 a 6:30 pm. Todas las ganancias se destinarán al nuevo campo de juego. Además, los libros anuales están a la venta en el auditorio por 15 dólares desde ahora hasta el 30 de mayo. Por último, a continuación se muestra un calendario de todos los próximos eventos. Gracias por su tiempo y consideración. 5/27 No hay escuela 5/28 Salida temprana (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) 5/29 Late Start, asamblea de premios, presentaciones en toda la escuela en May Showcase (11:25 AM - 3:30 PM) Presentación del 5 al 29 de mayo (5:00 PM-6:00PM) 5/29 Subasta silenciosa (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM) 5/30 Salida temprana (8:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.) 5/31 Salida temprana (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) 6/3 Salida temprana (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) 6/4 Salida temprana (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) 6/5 Lanzamiento temprano / Promoción (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) 6/6 último de la escuela (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) 6/8 Demolición del patio de juegos (9:00 inicio rápido)  

May showcase

Hello wonderful 1st grade parents and guardians!
I apologize for the influx of letters, emails, and messages. We are very close to the  end of the year and we have many important things coming up. One of which is our May show case project. This project is due on May 24, 2019. Yesterday, your child should have returned home with the following.
A letter detailing all important dates that are coming up.
Information about our school wide fundraiser at Applebees this Saturday.
A  blue or grey folder that contains their speech outline, note cards that are optional for their speech, and their research that was turned in May 1, 2019.
And lastly, a checklist and rubric for the May show case project.
Last week, I sent home a packet with the different country flags, and images of culturally appropriate costumes or attire. 
Please note, if your child is not in the costume of the culture/ country they are studying then they must be in the colors on the country's flag.
Tomorrow, Friday May 17, 2019 and Monday May 20, 2019 you may send your child to school with their poster and information. I will support the students with my supplies and aid in putting their poster together if it is not already completed.  Whatever is not complete in class must be completed at home. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to have their poster created with different supplies. 
If you do not wish your child to bring their poster or it is already completed then on those dates they will be given the opportunity to practice their speech with a peer.
The total project which includes, costume/ outfit,  poster board, and speech are due for a grade on May 24, 2019. 
Thank you for your time and consideration. 
Hola maravillosos padres y tutores de 1er grado!

Me disculpo por la afluencia de cartas, correos electrónicos y mensajes. Estamos muy cerca del fin de año y tenemos muchas cosas importantes por venir. Uno de los cuales es nuestro proyecto de muestra de mayo. Este proyecto vencerá el 24 de mayo de 2019. Ayer, su hijo debería haber regresado a casa con lo siguiente.

Una carta detallando todas las fechas importantes que se avecinan.

Información sobre nuestra recaudación de fondos a nivel escolar en Applebees este sábado.

Una carpeta azul o gris que contiene su esquema de discurso, tarjetas de notas que son opcionales para su discurso y su investigación que se entregó el 1 de mayo de 2019.
Y, por último, una lista de verificación y una rúbrica para el proyecto de caso de muestra de mayo.

La semana pasada, envié a casa un paquete con las diferentes banderas de los países, e imágenes de trajes o atuendos culturalmente apropiados.
Tenga en cuenta que si su hijo no está en el traje de la cultura / país que está estudiando, debe estar en los colores de la bandera del país.

Mañana, viernes 17 de mayo de 2019 y lunes 20 de mayo de 2019, puede enviar a su hijo a la escuela con su póster e información. Apoyaré a los estudiantes con mis materiales y ayudaré a armar su póster si aún no está completo. Lo que no esté completo en clase debe completarse en casa. Esta es una oportunidad maravillosa para que los estudiantes realicen su póster con diferentes materiales.

Si no desea que su hijo traiga su póster o ya está completo, en esas fechas se les dará la oportunidad de practicar su discurso con un compañero.

El 24 de mayo de 2019 se debe entregar una calificación al proyecto total, que incluye vestuario / atuendo, cartulina y discurso.

Gracias por su tiempo y consideración.

Important Dates

Important dates!
Hello Parents!
As our year quickly comes to a close here are some important dates and information that you should take note of early on.
May 14th & May 15th - MAPS Testing
Students at HGCS are required to take standardized tests in 1st grade. This test is critical to our charter renewal and helps staff better support your students for their future success. Our class will be testing on Tuesday and Wednesday THIS WEEK. Please have students arrive on time (8:25 am) and fed with breakfast. Makeup testing will be this Friday 5/17/19
 May 21st - Class Field Trip to the SAN DIEGO ZOO
Our class will be leaving promptly at 9:00 am, so please make sure your student arrives on time to school. Also make sure each student is wearing a school uniform or approved outfit, has a backpack, brings a lunch and a booster seat. Another reminder will be sent out on Monday of next week.
May 22nd- School Wide Holi Celebration
Students will get the opportunity to participate in the Holi Festival of Colors on Wednesday, May 22nd. Students MUST have permission slips turned to participate. Please let me know if you need another copy.
May 24th- MAY SHOWCASE Due for Grading
On this day students must arrive with their project for credit. Please have students in costumes, with models, and prepared with their speech practiced. Throughout the day students will have the chance to present their projects to their peers.
 May 27th- NO SCHOOL Memorial Day Holiday
May 28th-May 31st Early Release (12:00pm) for DRA Testing
This will be the final DRA testing for the year! The schedule is attached.
May 28th- May Showcase Presentation (4:45pm-6:00pm)
Students will have the chance to share their May Showcase projects with their friends and family Wednesday evening. Please have your students arrive at 4:45pm so that they can have time to set up.
June 3rd- June 6th Early Release Days
June 5th- Kindergarten Graduation 9:00am
June 6th- Last Day of School!
June 8th - Playground Tear Down!
Hola padres
A medida que nuestro año se acaba rápidamente, aquí hay algunas fechas importantes e información que debe tomar nota.
14 y 15 de mayo - Pruebas MAPS
Los estudiantes de HGCS deben tomar exámenes estandarizados a partir de 1st grade.. Esta prueba es fundamental para la renovación de nuestros estatutos y ayuda al personal a apoyar mejor a sus estudiantes para su éxito futuro. Nuestra clase estará probando el jueves y el viernes ESTA SEMANA. Por favor haga que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo (8:25 am) y que se alimenten con el desayuno. Las pruebas de maquillaje serán este viernes 17/05/19
 21 de mayo - Viaje de clase al ZOO SAN DIEGO
Nuestra clase saldrá puntualmente a las 9:00 am, así que asegúrese de que su estudiante llegue a tiempo a la escuela. También asegúrese de que cada estudiante lleve un uniforme escolar o un traje aprobado, tenga una mochila, traiga un almuerzo y un asiento elevador. Otro recordatorio será enviado el lunes de la próxima semana.
22 de mayo- Celebración de Holi en toda la escuela
Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de participar en el Festival de Colores Holi el miércoles 22 de mayo. Los estudiantes DEBEN tener las hojas de permiso para participar. Por favor, hágamelo saber si necesita otra copia.
24 de mayo - MAYO SHOWCASE para la calificación
En este día los estudiantes deben llegar con su proyecto de crédito. Por favor, tenga a los estudiantes en disfraces, con modelos, y preparados con su discurso practicado. A lo largo del día, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de presentar sus proyectos a sus compañeros.
 27 de mayo- NO HAY ESCUELA Día festivo de Memorial Day.
28 de mayo al 31 de mayo Lanzamiento temprano (12:00 pm) para las pruebas de DRA
¡Esta será la prueba final de DRA para el año! Se adjunta el horario.
28 de mayo- Presentación de escaparate de mayo (4:45 pm-6:00pm)
Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de compartir sus proyectos de May Showcase con sus amigos y familiares el miércoles por la noche. Por favor haga que sus estudiantes lleguen a las 4:45 pm para que puedan tener tiempo para prepararse.
3 de junio - 6 de junio Días de salida temprana
5 de junio- Graduación de Kindergarten 9:00 am- Más información adjunta
6 de junio- ¡Último día de clases!
8 de junio - ¡El patio de juegos destruye!

Writer's Workshop Party.

Good morning!

Due to different variables the author/ writer's workshop celebration has been moved to this Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:30pm. If you would like to donate items such as food, juices, tableware please let me know ASAP. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Welcome back!

Good morning and Welcome back!
I hope you have all had a restful and amazing break! We have a great deal of exciting things happening in 1st grade! First, our Author party will be on April 29, 2019. The students have been working so hard on their stories in writer's workshop. They will be finishing them up in the next 2 weeks. As the date gets closer I will send an email regarding donations for this event. Next, I have already kick started our May showcase project.. Before break you should have received a letter regarding this project. Today, in addition to sight word homework, the students will be bringing home a form with their chosen culture that they will research and the form they must complete. The project as a whole is not due until May 24, 2019 but, the research portion ( the form that must be filled in) is due May 17, 2019. Every Monday class time will be dedicated to research, however, research must occur at home as well. If you have any questions please let me know. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Buenos días y bienvenidos de nuevo!

Espero que todos hayan tenido un descanso tranquilo y sorprendente! ¡Tenemos muchas cosas emocionantes sucediendo en 1er grado! Primero, nuestra fiesta de Autor será el 29 de abril de 2019. Los estudiantes han estado trabajando muy duro en sus historias en el taller para escritores. Los terminarán en las próximas 2 semanas. A medida que se acerque la fecha, enviaré un correo electrónico con respecto a las donaciones para este evento. A continuación, ya inicié nuestro proyecto de presentación en mayo. Antes del receso, debería haber recibido una carta sobre este proyecto. Hoy, además de la tarea a la vista, los estudiantes llevarán a casa un formulario con la cultura elegida que investigarán y el formulario que deben completar. El proyecto en su totalidad no vencerá hasta el 24 de mayo de 2019, pero la porción de investigación (el formulario que debe completarse) vencerá el 17 de mayo de 2019. Cada lunes, el tiempo de clase se dedicará a la investigación, sin embargo, la investigación debe realizarse en casa tambien Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor hágamelo saber. Gracias por su tiempo y consideración.

Leprechaun Trap Examples

Good evening wonderful parents and guardians,
Your child should have come home with a packet in both English and Spanish regarding the project that is due Friday, March 15, 2019. Alongside your child please construct a small trap that could be used to catch a leprechaun. Feel free to use popsicle sticks, cereal boxes, construction paper, etc, as long as it resembles a simple machine. I have attached an example to this post regarding what a simple machine looks like. Your child will present their trap on Friday, as well as their, drawing of their trap. Due to this project, homework will be very minimal this week to accommodate time for this project. If you need any materials please let me know ASAP and I will try to provide to the best of my ability. Additionally, if you need an extra copy of the rubric that I will be using to grade or the letter with the instructions please let me know. Thank you for your time and consideration! 

Office Hours Update

Good afternoon, I have updated my office hours. Office hours are currently every Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00pm. If you would like to meet during my office hours please let me know beforehand, just in case I get pulled in to a meeting or have other after school commitments. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Parent Child Dance

oin the dancing and fun on Friday, March 15th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
$1 Admission - for all ages
$1 Raffle Tickets
$1 Chips, Desserts, Drinks
$2 Pizza Slice
Tickets will be sold before and after school this week.  
Profits will help fund our 8th Grade End of Year Field Trip

Hello wonderful parents & Guardians

I am excited to announce that starting this week, I will have office hours every Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Feel free to drop in during this time to ask any questions,  and to check out what we are doing in 1st grade! I will have a sign in sheet near the front of the door to just keep track of who is coming and going in our classroom. It is important to note that  if you have any concerns or questions that you would like to ask/ tell privately, please feel free to contact me via email or Bloomz and I will be more than happy to schedule a conference with you. Thank you for your time and consideration!