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About Me

Hello!  My name is Kathryn Rimmer, although most people call me Katie and my students call me Ms. Rimmer.  I love teaching and seeing students learn and grow.  This is my 10th year teaching and my 8th year teaching fourth grade at Prospect Ridge Academy.  I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009.   My favorite subjects to teach are math and science.  I also love books and have a large classroom library as well as a library at home.  I enjoy reading, swimming, yoga, biking, traveling, spending time with family, and playing with my cats.  I have two cats, JD and Lucy.  JD enjoys playing with his stuffed animal duck and cuddling.  Lucy plays fetch with my hair ties and enjoys covering my furniture and clothing with her fur.

 

Classroom Schedule
8:15 -8:25- Welcome
8:25 -9:25- Math
9:25 -10:25 - Reading
10:25 -10:55 - Homeroom
Tuesday: Class Meeting
11:00 -11:25 - Recess
11:25 -11:48 - Lunch
11:50 -1:35- Specials
Monday: Technology , Tuesday: Music , Wednesday: PE , Thursday: Art , Friday: PE
12:40-1:20- Writing
Library on Tuesday
1:20-2:05- Social Studies with Mr. Schotters
Tuesday: Science 
2:05-2:20- Recess
2:20-3:05 - Science with Ms. Rimmer
Tuesday: Social Studies
3:05-3:15 - Pack and Clean
 

Classes

Recent Posts

Welcome Back

Dear Parents,

         Welcome to 2019!  I must start off by saying that I am unable to truly express my gratitude for your amazing generosity before the break!  The gift card wreath was spectacular and the students’ cards nearly brought me to tears. THANK YOU!

NEW SPECIALS SCHEDULE:  As we are entering a new semester we will be changing our specials schedule.  Here is our new schedule:

         Monday- Music

         Tuesday- Art

         Wednesday- PE

         Thursday- Technology

         Friday- PE

 Math: We will begin the semester by reviewing what we have learned already in math in regards to fractions.  We will then jump into multiplying fractions by a whole number and solving multi-step word problems involving fractions.  We will have our second fraction assessment on Thursday January 24, 2019.

 Reading:  We will be studying nonfiction, including how information is presented visually, orally, and quantitatively, explaining how authors use reasons and evidence.

 Writing:  In writing we will be starting our unit on writing research papers.  In this unit students will learn how to research a topic and then use that information to write a research paper.

 Spelling: Each week students will have a new spelling rule or skill and one or two “red” words.  Red words are words that do not follow a rule and are taught in a very specific way to help students memorize them. A spelling test will be given based on the rule.  Therefore, your child will not have a specific list of words to study but rather need to show knowledge of the rule. Students will be working on this skill in class and the rule will be posted to the website.

 Science: In science we are finishing up our unit on Meteorology and will be taking our test on Wednesday January 23.  We will then move into our unit on Chemistry.

 Social Studies:  Students are continuing their study of the history and geography of Colorado. 

 

 Important Dates:

  • January 17th- Core Knowledge Night
  • January 21st- No School
  • January 23rd- Science Test
  • January 24th- Math Assessment on Fractions
  • February 4th- Class Pictures
  • February 14th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • February 15th- No School for Students
  • February 18th- No School

December Update

Dear Parents,

         It is hard to believe that December has arrived already.  Take a look at what’s happening in fourth grade!

Math: We have begun our unit on Fractions.  Take look at the math page on the website for links to videos and extra practice for the skills we are working on in class. Also, there will be a chapter overview that outlines the major concepts of this unit.

Reading:  We are finishing up our unit on determining main idea and supporting details with different nonfiction structures and will be moving on to a fun unit about celebrations around the world. 

Writing:  In writing we have started a unit on narrative writing and will be focusing on vignettes (short stories that focus on one specific moment in time) and will be working our way to narratives. Also new this month we are beginning SPELLING! Yay!  Each week students will have a new spelling rule or skill and one or two “red” words.  Red words are words that do not follow a rule and are taught in a very specific way to help students memorize them. A spelling test will be given based on the rule. Therefore, your child will not have a specific list of words to study but rather need to show knowledge of the rule. Students will be working on this skill in class and the rule will be posted to the website.

Science: In science we are turning our eyes to the skies and studying meteorology.  Study guides will go home this week and the test date will be announced soon.

Social Studies:  Students are studying the history and geography of Colorado. 

 

Important Dates:

December 7th- School Spirit Day

December 12th- Author Visit from Justin Mattot

December 20th- Last School Day of 2018 for Students

December 21st- January 7th-Winter Break

January 7thand 8th– Assessment Days

 

 

November

Dear Parents,

         It was nice to be back with the kids today after a week of training.  I learned some great strategies to help students with spelling, reading, and vocabulary.  I am looking forward to beginning to introduce these new lessons and structures in the upcoming weeks.

Math: We will be finishing our third unit in math. We will review Thursday and test Friday. Next week, we will begin a short unit on data and graphing.

Reading:  This week are working identifying the main idea and supporting ideas in a non-fiction text.  Next week, we will use those skills to write a summary about a text. 

Writing:  In writing we are finishing our opinion essays.  The students have been working on writing their essays and this week we will be revising, editing, and hopefully typing.  They will be due the Thursday before Thanksgiving Break.

Science: In science are into our unit on Geology. Students need to be studying for this test!  The test will be Friday November 30th.

Social Studies:  The students are continuing their unit on Africa, looking at how trade supported the economy.

 

Important Dates:

  • Friday November 9th-Miner Mania- Students are encouraged to wear green!
  • Friday November 16th- No school for students
  • Monday November 19th- Friday November 23rd- Fall Break!

 

Weekly Update

Dear Parents,

         Wow it is almost October!  We have a lot happening in October in fourth grade. Take a look at the important dates at the bottom. Here is what is happening next week:

Math: We will be finishing our second unit in math. We will have a review on Monday and assessment on Wednesday (Tuesday is MONK Day).  We will then move into our unit on multiplication and division. We will be introducing multiplying with two digits and solving word problems using bar models and order of operations.

Reading:  We will continue on working on summarizing by identifying important events in a story and writing them in the correct sequence.  We will also work on adding transition words to help connect our ideas.

Writing:  In writing we are working on answering questions using RACES (see the writing class on the website for more information).

Science: In science we are continuing our study of the lungs.  There is no study guide for this assessment.  Students will need to identify the main parts of the respiratory system on our field trip.  I will be choosing and emailing chaperones by Oct. 1st.

Social Studies:  We are working our way through the Medieval Times! This week on Tuesday we will have MONK Day!  This is an exciting day where students get to “travel back in time” and experience what the life of a monk would have been like.  More information will go home in Thursday Folders.

 Important Dates:

  • Tuesday- Monk Day
  • Wednesday- Unit Two Math Assessment
  • October 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences (Please sign up with your child’s homeroom teacher only.)
  • October 11th- No School for students
  • October 15- No School
  • October 19th- Medieval Festival (Look for Sign-Up Genius) coming soon (we need your help to make this day happen). Students will be able to wear costumes related to the time period (historical: i.e. no dragons or fairies). More information to come.
  • October 22nd- Field Trip to the Museum of Nature and Science
  • October 29th- November 2nd- All fourth grade teachers will be out at a training.
  • October 31st- Fourth grade spirit day- students may wear PRA spirit wear.  We do not celebrate Halloween at PRA.

 

Next Week

Dear Parents,

         It is hard to believe that we are finishing our third week of school.  I apologize for not sending/posting an update last week.  If you missed back to school night I will be uploading a copy of the PowerPoint to my website. Here is what is happening next week:

Math: We will be starting our second unit in math. It covers rounding, multidigit multiplication, long division, factors, multiples, and order of operations.  Please continue to help your child practice multiplication facts at home as we will be using this skill all the time!

Reading:  We will continue on working on Author’s Purpose, identifying why an author wrote something and how that can impact our mindset when we read.  We are using the acronym PIEE to help us remember (persuade, inform, entertain, and express emotions)

Writing:  In writing we will continue working on writing strong paragraphs, looking more closely at revising and editing.

Science: In science we are continuing our study of the heart.  A copy of the study guide is available on the website and the test will be on September 20th. Also, our field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science to dissect sheep lungs has been scheduled for October 22.  In case you are wondering: No, the sheep were not killed for this purpose, the parts are donated to the museum instead of being thrown away.  It is a fascinating and exciting opportunity for students and they always enjoy it more if the words disgusting and gross are avoided.  We prefer, fascinating, scientific, a great learning experience, etc. Students are not required to touch the lungs but are asked to watch. They are provided with gloves and goggles and the museum staff does a great job!  If you are interested in chaperoning please email me.

Social Studies: Next week the students will begin studying about Medieval Europe!

Important Dates:

Thursday- Assessment Day- Please make sure you have signed up for a time.  We are also requesting that students wear dress code.

Friday- Assessment Day

Thursday September 20- Math and Literacy Night

Friday September 21- No School for Students

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