Lauren Miller

Welcome to Jefferson Elementary School Fourth Grade!  I am Miss Miller.  This is my fifth year teaching at Jefferson and sixth year of teaching fourth grade.  After graduating from Carroll College (GO SAINTS!) in 2012, I moved to Boise, Idaho.  Realizing how great Montana is, my homesickness brought me back to Helena and to this amazing school.  Fourth graders begin to focus strictly on the core subjects such as English-Language Arts and Mathematics.  I have high expectations for each student in my class.  Students should also have high expectations of me!  I am confident each year that my students teach me just as much as I teach them.  To best help your students through this experience and to give them the best chance to be successful, please work with your child on math facts and reading every night for at least twenty minutes.  Encourage them to try their best and portray an attitude that school is worthwhile!  Let’s have a great year!

Posted on October 18, 2017

October 18th Wednesday Letter

October 18, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

It was a great short week here at Jefferson! I am looking forward to using this long weekend to rest and rejuvenate!

NEXT WEEK: This year, we will be having several class parties. If your child volunteers to bring something, he or she will bring home a note letting you know in advance. Please do not feel obligated to bring treats if you are unable to do so  Be on the lookout for information regarding our Halloween Party!

Our second Family Literacy Night is on Thursday the 26th from 6:00-7:00. For our “BOOOOOOOO”k Night, your children wrote scary stories and will be reading them if able to attend! Costumes are welcome!

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued to practice multiplication.

Reading: Students worked on comparing and contrasting as well as other writing skills. We did not have a reading test.

Spelling: Students did not have a spelling test due to the short week!

Social Studies: Students gave and listened to student council speeches! I am so proud of all the students who participated!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the break!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on October 13, 2017

October 13th Friday Letter

October 13, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

NEXT WEEK: Student council speeches will be given on Monday at 1:30! These are always enjoyable to listen to if you are available 😊
There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday or Friday due to MEA Conferences. Enjoy the long weekend!

Our class Halloween Party will be on Tuesday, the 31st from 2:20-3:15. If your child has volunteered to bring treats, they will be bringing home an information sheet next week! I appreciate your help in making our holiday parties a success! Students will be allowed to wear their costumes only during the party so please be sure to send other clothes with your child.

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued to learn multiplication. Remind your child that homework is an important part of school and if they are working hard during class time they should only have a few minutes of math homework to finish at home!

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Invasion from Mars”. Students learned vocabulary words and story structure. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday. STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE A MINIMUM OF 3 AR TESTS PER QUARTER! PLEASE CHECK IN WITH YOUR CHILD FREQUENTLY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE READING AT HOME NIGHTLY. Students will not have a reading test next week.

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words which included different vowel sounds. There will not be spelling words next week.
Science: Students began to learn about earthquakes.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on October 6, 2017

October 6th Friday Letter

October 6, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

What a fun-filled week at Jefferson! This week was full of field trips. I was pleased that students were able to remain focused on academics even with these extra activities. As fall approaches, many students and teachers are becoming sick! Please remind your child to drink a lot of water, wash his or her hands frequently, and get plenty of sleep!

NEXT WEEK: We are back to a regular week of school!

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students began Unit 2 which is all about multiplication! Encourage your child to bring homework home, even if it is finished in class. It never hurts to double check your work!

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Stormalong”. Students learned vocabulary words and about characters. This story was a tall tale. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday. Students also began writing scary stories! Students will be given the opportunity to present these stories during the October Family Literacy Night.

Spelling: Students took a test over commonly misspelled words.

Science: Students began learning about Earth Science.

Thank you for your support! Your children are fantastic. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on September 29, 2017

September 29th Friday Letter

September 29, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

A reminder that students MUST turn their homework in each day. We are having a difficult time with this concept. Also, please remind your child that classroom expectations are not optional to follow, but rather, are designed to help with the learning process! I do appreciate your help at home!

Thank you for those of you who attending our first Family Literacy Night! There will be plenty more of these this year. We look forward to seeing you!

Please join us SUNDAY for our Technology Fun Run. This begins at 3:00 at Centennial Park!

NEXT WEEK: On MONDAY we will be going to the Gates of the Mountains. This trip will be from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm. Please have your child at school ON TIME and dressed weather-appropriate this day! On THURSDAY, the 5th, we will be walking to the Montana Historical Society for Archaeology Day. We will be gone from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. This day, students will also need to dress weather-appropriate as most of our activities are outdoors.

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students finished UNIT 1 and took their first unit assessment. Please check PowerSchool to see how your child fared on the test! Our next unit is all about multiplication. Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home.

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “The Power of W.O.W.”. Students learned vocabulary words and about theme. This story explains how communities can work together to fundraise for important causes. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday.

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words that focused on long and short “o” sounds. Next week’s words are in the Friday folder.

Social Studies: Students worked on various map skills. Students also learned about the Mann Gulch Fire and portions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We will continue with Montana History as the year progresses.

Science: Students began learning about Earth Science.

Please email, call, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great weekend! Your children are fantastic 

Sincerely,
Miss Miller

Posted on September 22, 2017

September 22nd Friday Letter

September 22, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

What a busy week at Jefferson School! It seems we are now fully in the swing of things. As fourth grade is a high-intensity academic year, please be sure to check PowerSchool regularly. Grades for each subject are updated daily by 4:00 p.m. at the latest. PowerSchool is a great way for you to check in on your child! You will need to obtain your access code IN PERSON from Mrs. Beattie before you can open an account.

NEXT WEEK: PICTURE DAY is Thursday the 28th!

Our first Jefferson School Literacy Night is Thursday the 28th! Drop in from 6:00-7:00!

On FRIDAY morning, we will be attending an authentic POW WOW at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds. We will leave the school around 10:30 and will return around 11:30.

On Sunday, October 1st, Join us for our first ever Jefferson BOOT UP AND RUN EVENT!

On Monday, October 2nd, we will be going to the Gates of the Mountains! We will be gone from8:30-11:45. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued to learn about place value and reviewed basic multiplication and division facts. Students also reviewed addition and subtraction using large numbers. Please remind your child to bring his or her homework to school! Students will most likely take the UNIT 1 Assessment next week!

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “My Librarian is a Camel”. Students learned vocabulary words and about cause and effect. This story explains how several other countries gain access to literature! Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday. Almost each week, students will have a reading test on Friday!

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words that focused on long and short “i” sounds. Next week’s words are in the Friday folder. Students also began writing personal narratives.

Social Studies: Students continued map skills and began to discuss the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Please email, call, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great weekend! Go Bobcats!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on September 18, 2017

September 15th Friday Letter

September 15, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

I am absolutely loving getting to know each and every one of my awesome students 

Again, please make sure to sign the Friday folder each week so that I know you are receiving the important information that is sent home! These folders will have important information for you to look over each week! You are also welcome to comment in the folders if you have a question, comment, or concern that needs to be addressed. If you need a new sign-off sheet because yours has disappeared, let me know!

NEXT WEEK: Be on the lookout for information about various field trips we will be taking in the future 

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued to learn about place value and reviewed basic multiplication and division facts. Students also reviewed addition and subtraction using large numbers. Each day, students are asked how math can be applied to the real world. I encourage you to continue these conversations at home! Please remind your child to bring his or her math assignments home every night, unless they are completed during the school day. Your child will miss recess if he or she is missing any work!

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “My Brother Martin”. Students learned vocabulary words and about an author’s purpose for writing. We had incredible discussions about the Civil Rights Movement, September 11th, and what it means to be a person of good character! Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday.

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words that focused on long and short “e” sounds. Next week’s words are in the Friday folder. Students also reviewed subjects, predicates, and types of sentences this week.

Social Studies: This week, students participated in in-depth conversations about social justice in relation to our reading story about Martin Luther King Jr. Students watched a small part of the “I Have a Dream” speech. Students also discussed the events of September 11th. Our theme for the year is “KINDNESS”, I believe this week helped put our theme into perspective! Students continued map skills as well!

Please email, call, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Thank you for sharing your children with me! They are amazing! Have a wonderful weekend 

Sincerely,
Miss Miller

Posted on September 8, 2017

September 8th Friday Letter

September 8, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

If you have not already done so, PLEASE WRITE THE BEST EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER FOR ME TO REACH YOU AT THE TOP OF THE SIGN-OFF SHEET IN THE FRIDAY FOLDER! THANK YOU!

It was a great second week at Jefferson. I am quite impressed with every student’s work ethic and positive attitudes!
Please make sure to sign the Friday folder each week so that I know you are receiving the important information that is sent home! These folders will have important information for you to look over each week!

I apologize for the confusion with ThinkCentral! Our district was doing maintenance on the site and it was not ready to go. It should be working now 😊

If you would like your child’s log in information for PowerSchool, you must get this information from Mrs. Beatty IN PERSON! I am not allowed to have this information.

NEXT WEEK: There will be EARLY RELEASE on Monday. Students will be dismissed at 2:30.

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students learned about place value and reviewed basic multiplication and division facts. Students also learned different ways to write numbers and discussed how these different forms would be used in real life situations. Students will most likely have homework every night. These homework sheets are two-sided. Homework is always due the next day! If students are focusing during the day, they are given ample time to complete these in class. I allow students to make corrections to their homework for full credit.

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Because of Winn Dixie”. Students learned vocabulary words and about a story’s setting, characters, and plot. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday. Almost each week, students will have a reading test on Friday!

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words that focused on long and short “a” sounds. Next week’s words are in the Friday folder. I will send spelling words home on Fridays so that, time-allowing, students can prepare over the weekend! The final spelling test that students will be graded on will be on Fridays.

Social Studies: Students started learning about map skills.

Please email, call, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Thank you for sharing your children with me! They are amazing! Have a wonderful weekend 

Sincerely, Miss Miller

Posted on August 28, 2017

September 1st Friday Letter

September 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

PLEASE WRITE THE BEST EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER FOR ME TO REACH YOU AT THE TOP OF THE SIGN-OFF SHEET IN THE FRIDAY FOLDER! THANK YOU!

Welcome to fourth grade! Summer seemed to whiz by but I couldn’t be more excited for a new school year. We have a busy year planned with a lot of new changes! A huge part of student success will come from the communication between school and home. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Almost every week I will be sending home a Friday folder. This folder will contain important papers and student work. Please make sure to sign the Friday folder so I know your child is sharing his or her work with you. Feel free to make comments or ask questions in the comment section on the sign-off sheet as I check these and reply when necessary! In previous years, I also included a written letter to provide important information about upcoming events such as this one. This letter also gave a brief overview of each week so that parents had an idea of what students were working on in each subject. I will still be composing a weekly letter; however, due to printing costs, I will be posting this letter to my teacher webpage instead of printing! To access this letter please visit http://jefferson.helenaschools.org/teachers/lmiller/ Please let me know if a hard copy is preferable 

NEXT WEEK: There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday due to Labor Day. We will have P.E on Mondays and Thursdays. Please send your child with tennis shoes!

This year in fourth grade there will be major focuses on Mathematics and English Language Arts. It is important that students are memorizing multiplication facts at home and reading every single night! Fourth grade is a vital year for student achievement as academic subjects become more rigorous. Please let me know how I can help you help your child at home! I am so excited for the year with your children and with you! Let’s have a great year!

Sincerely,
Miss Miller

Mathematics

English-Language Arts

Social Studies

Science

Upcoming Events

  • October 16, 2017

    Student Council Speeches

    1:30 in the Auditorium

  • October 19, 2017 - October 20, 2017

    NO SCHOOL

    MEA Conference

  • October 26, 2017

    BOOOOOOOOOk Night

    Family Literacy Night from 6-7! Come listen to our spooky stories!

  • October 31, 2017

    Class Halloween Party

    From 2:20-3:15

Lauren Miller's Schedule

  • 10:45-11:15 Mondays

    Mario Music

  • 1:10-1:40 Mondays

    Physical Education

  • 8:40-9:10 Wednesdays

    Music

  • 8:35-9:05 Thursdays

    Physical Education

  • 12:30-1:30 Fridays

    Library Skills and Checkout