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November 2016 Mr. Crocilla’s Corner Dear Parents/Guardians and Students, November Happenings The end of Trimester 1
November 2016
Mr. Crocilla’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
November Happenings
The end of Trimester 1 is upon us. The
leaves are falling and our students are growing!
With the introduction of our latest positive-
behavior system, Class Dojo, the students are
learning to set good examples for their peers
and are striving to become active leaders of our
school. With good choices, comes great
rewards! Students are being rewarded with
fun coupons to utilize in our classroom, such as
Wed. November 2 – SIP Day (Student dismissal @
11:50am – No lunch on this day)
Sun. November 6 – Daylight Savings
Time begins (set clocks BACK 1 hour!)
“Free Choice Time,” “Line Leader
Tues. November 8 – Craughwell
Election Day – “Vote for Books!”
for the Day,” and “Hat Pass!”
During the month of October, we
started piloting our new ELA
curriculum (Benchmark Advance),
Fri. November 11 – Veterans Day & Assembly
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enjoyed a visit/assembly with a
second real-life author (Tracey
Hecht, The Nocturnals),
highlighted our love for
learning and reading at our
annual Craughwell
November 13-18 – National Educators &
Specialists Week
Tues. November 15 –
Choir Concert
celebrations: “Family Education
Night” and “Family Reading Night,” as well as
Thurs. November 17 – ABC Assembly
had our first holiday party of the year,
Halloween, with the help of some fantastic
parent volunteers! I am eager to meet with
parents/guardians in the upcoming
conferences to discuss any concerns and share
the wonderful things that our students are
doing in our classroom so far this school year!
Mon. November 21 st & Tues. 22 nd – Parent/Teacher
Conferences (**by appointment ONLY)
November 21-25 -
Thanksgiving/Fall Break
(No Student Attendance)
Sincerely,
Mr. Crocilla
P.S. Just a reminder: all homework
will continue to be posted on our
class website daily.
Mon. November 28 – Winter MAP
Testing begins

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Learning Highlights: “I can…” Mathematics Reading   Evaluate my role while discussing.   Use
Learning Highlights: “I can…”
Mathematics
Reading
Evaluate my role while discussing.
Use reading strategies to have a purposeful
discussion.
Monitor my reading and use context clues to make
sense of text.
Visualize what I am reading to understand important
moments.
Share my prior knowledge of government.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is
supported by key details.
Read and analyze a personal letter.
Interpret information presented visually: sidebars,
charts, and photos
Compare information from two texts.
Solve addition problems with multiple addends.
Solve addition word problems.
Tell time to the minute/second
and determine elapsed time.
Convert between units of time.
Make the connection between factors and multiples.
Find the factor pairs for any number 1-100.
Explore and use the double-and-halve strategy.
Find prime and composite numbers.
Create a prime number factor tree.
Use the associative and commutative properties of
multiplication.
Apply multiplication strategies to solve problems.
Social Studies
Writing
Draft my personal narrative.
Edit and revise my personal narrative.
Support my peers in editing and revising.
Publish my personal narrative.
Locate and label important lines on a globe and map.
Apply tools of geography.
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Grammar
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Words Their Way
Identify whether a phrase is a complete sentence or
sentence fragment.
Read my words, identify spelling patterns, and clarify
meanings.
Capitalize proper nouns.
Identify the past tense of verbs.
Vocabulary
Explain the meaning of words with the prefixes “supr-“ and “pre-”.
Use context clues to identify unknown words.

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Fourth Grade Fun! Happy Birthday to… IXL Experts Mason - 11/3 D.J. - 11/4 Alaina -
Fourth Grade Fun!
Happy Birthday to…
IXL Experts
Mason - 11/3
D.J. - 11/4
Alaina - 11/12
Lexie - 11/30
This section will highlight the new achievements that
our 4 th grade mathematicians are making on IXL.
Using the students’ log-in form that was sent home
and kept at school, it will allow them to access the
website and start earning points and cool prizes!
https://www.ixl.com/signin/troyccsd
100 Point Club:
Zach, Addy, Elizabeth,
Evan, Alaina, & D.J.
Thank You!
Thank you to the parent volunteers that not only planned, but also helped and celebrated with us during our
Halloween Party! The fourth graders were so excited about our celebration and with your support they
had a blast eating treats, coloring Halloween-themed pictures, painting pumpkins, and playing Halloween
BINGO! This party would not have been possible without your hard work and collaboration.
November Fun Facts
November is the last month of the fall season and has 30 days.
Sesame Street first premiered on PBS on November 10, 1969.
Veterans Day is commemorated on November 11 th .
On November 20 th , Universal Children’s Day is recognized.
On November 21, 1763, the first hot-air balloon took flight!
Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, November 24 th this year.
November 25 th is Native American Heritage Day.
American football is the main sport watched in the U.S. during this month.

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STAR STUDENT This section highlights our “Star Students” of the previous month. Each student will be
STAR STUDENT
This section highlights our “Star Students” of the previous month. Each student will be randomly selected
throughout the school year to be the Star Student for the week. This student acts as the teacher’s special
helper, as well as gets the opportunity to share more about themselves with the class during our Friday
meeting! Students can share pictures that are special to them, showcase some of their favorite
possessions, and will respond to ten bonus questions by their peers. Below you will
find some information that our Star Student would like to share about his/her self.
Who will be next?
Phillipe Espino
Star Student: October 3 rd - 7 th
Birthday: March 25, 2007
Family: Mom, dad, and Jaiden
Favorite….
Book: Lego Ninjago
TV show: Phineas and Ferb
Food: pizza
Subject in School: math
Sport: basketball
Animal: lion
Color: blue
Thing to do: recess
Place to Visit: TCBY
Something special about me is: I like to fix
computers!
Mason Duncan
Star Student: October 10 th – 14 th
Birthday: November 3, 2006
Family: Me, mom, dad, and brother
Favorite….
Book: Piggy and Gerald
TV show: Jessie
Food: pizza
Subject in School: math
Sport: baseball
Animal: monkey
Color: blue
Thing to do: jump on my trampoline
Place to Visit: my hamas
Something special about me is: that I am part
Hawaiian!

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Sofia Gomez Star Student: October 17 th – 21 st Birthday: January 9, 2007 Family: Dad,
Sofia Gomez
Star Student: October 17 th – 21 st
Birthday: January 9, 2007
Family: Dad, Mom, brother, sister, and me
Favorite….
Book: Bad Kitty: Take a Bath
TV show: The Loud House
Food: salads
Subject in School: math
Sport: volleyball
Animal: zebra
Color: turquoise
Thing to do: play dolls with my cousin
Place to Visit: Florida
Something special about me is: that I am
Mexican!
Addison Gregory
Star Student: October 24 th – 28 th
Birthday: May 9, 2007
Family: Mom, step-dad, dad, step-mom, step-
sister, half sister, sister, brother, 3 dogs, 2
guinea pigs, and me
Favorite….
Book: Because of Winn Dixie
TV show: Sam and Cat
Food: chicken alfredo
Subject in School: writing
Sport: soccer
Animal: snow leopard
Color: white, black, and sky blue
Thing to do: play on i-phone
Place to Visit: Wisconsin
Something special about me is: that I am Irish
and I know how to do an Irish dance!
Absent Students
If your student is going to be absent and you would
like to pick up his/her homework for the
day, please call the office by noon and
his/her work will be sent to the office for
pick-up by 3:30pm.
Troy Craughwell Elementary School: #815-577-7313
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