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 December 15, 2017

December 15th Friday Letter

December 15, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you for attending our holiday performance! Your children worked extremely hard to make this show a success. Tears filled my eyes many times during this week listening to their beautiful voices. I am so thankful to have my students as a daily reminder to enjoy the holiday season.

One more week until WINTER BREAK! We can do it! Please remember to send your child to school dressed appropriately for the weather. It is sometimes freezing in our classroom as well as outside!

NEXT WEEK: Our party will be on December 22nd  If your child volunteered to bring treats, he or she brought home an information sheet last week!

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students studied for the unit 3 math test which will be next week!

Reading: Students took a break from our regular reading stories to focus on reading the novel, Dexter the Tough. This novel discusses themes relating to family, bullying, and friendship!

A reminder that your child needs to pass at least three AR tests per quarter.

Spelling: Students did not have a spelling test this week.

Social Studies: Students continued to learn about landforms.

Science: Students began learning about human body systems. Next week we will be doing some candy cane science experiments.

Please be sure to call, email, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on December 8, 2017

December 8th Friday Letter

December 8, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

TWO more weeks until WINTER BREAK! We can do it! Please remember to send your child to school dressed appropriately for the weather. It is sometimes freezing in our classroom as well as outside!

NEXT WEEK: Join us for our Holiday Performance on Thursday at1:30 or on Friday at either 10:00 or 1:30! Our songs make me laugh every time I hear them, I know you will love it!

Our class holiday party will be on Friday December 22nd. Again, please do not feel pressured to bring treats if your child has signed up! If your child has signed up, he or she will be bringing home a notification in their Friday folder. We will be having a pajama and holiday movie party! Feel free to contact me with questions 😊

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued reviewing long division. We will be taking our Unit 3 Test within the next few weeks. Our next unit is all about algebra.

Reading: Students worked with the short story, “The Earth Dragon Awakes”. Students discussed similes and how natural disasters affect our world. Next week we will be taking a break from our regular reading series to read the novel Dexter the Tough. This novel has themes of friendship, bullying, family relationships, and much more!

A reminder that your child needs to pass at least three AR tests per quarter.

Spelling: Students took a test over words with -ed, or -ing endings. There will not be a spelling test next week.

Social Studies: Students continued to learn about landforms. Be sure to ask your child about the game they created!

Please be sure to call, email, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great weekend. Looking forward to seeing you next week.

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on December 1, 2017

December 1st Friday Letter

December 1, 2007

Dear Parents and Students,

Can you believe it is already December?! Where has this year gone! Please remind your child to dress appropriately for the weather. Students should not be wearing shorts and t-shirts when it is so cold outside 

COMING UP: Please join us for our Holiday Performance! You are welcome to attend the performance on Thursday, December 14, at 1:30 or Friday, December 15, at 10:00 or 1:30. Looking forward to seeing you there!

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued learning long division.

Reading: Students worked with the short story, “Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms” and discussed text and graphic features. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday. Be sure to log into PowerSchool to check grades! Students have a one more week to finish taking their AR tests for this quarter!

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words which were compound words. Next week’s spelling words are in the Friday folder.

Science: Students wrapped up our unit over earthquakes and volcanoes.

Please be sure to call, email, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on November 13, 2017

November 17th Friday Letter

November 17, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you for attending Parent/Teacher Conferences this week! The more communication between home and school, the more success your child will have in school! I appreciate the support you all give to me and to your children! It was lovely to have a chance to visit with you about your children. This year has truly been a treat for me. Each day, I am surprised by how kind my students are to me, and more importantly, to each other.

NEXT WEEK: We will only have school on Monday and Tuesday due to Thanksgiving! Because of the two day week, I will not be writing a parent letter  Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends.

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students wrapped up their Unit 2 Assessment and began long division. A great resource to use for help on this subject is khanacademy.org. This website has fantastic tutorials 

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Jose Born to Dance”. Students learned about author’s purpose, similes, and metaphors. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday.

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words which again included different vowel + r sounds. Students will not have a spelling test next week due to the short week.

Science: Students continued learning about earthquakes and volcanoes.

Have a wonderful weekend and Thanksgiving next week. I am looking forward to a little break and time with my family! 

GO BOBCATS!

Sincerely,
Miss Miller

Posted on November 10, 2017

November 10th Friday Letter

November 10, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

I look forward to seeing all of you at Parent/Teacher Conferences! Communication between school and home is a major part of your child’s education. Conferences are a time for us to discuss how to best help your child be a learner both at school and at home! I do not require your child to attend conferences with you, but they are welcome to attend 

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students wrapped up our multiplication unit and took the unit assessment. Our next unit is all about long division.

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Dear Mr. Winston”. Students learned about characters and humor. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday.

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words which included different vowel + r sounds. Next week’s words are included in the Friday folder.

Science: Students discussed earthquakes and volcanoes.

Sincerely,
Miss Miller

Posted on November 3, 2017

November 3rd Friday Letter

November 3, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

I had a wonderful first quarter with your students! I am having a hard time believing that we are already one week into quarter number two! As the quarter begins, please remind your children the importance of turning work in on time  I love the start of new quarters because they are fresh starts for us all.

Thank you to all the parents who brought treats and helped make our Halloween party a success! Students each signed up for one class party at the start of the year. If your child did not bring home a slip of paper for this party, they signed up for either the holiday party or the Valentine’s Day party!

BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Please make sure to send back your Parent/Teacher Conference slip so we can schedule a time to meet during the week of November 13th! I look forward to seeing all of you at Parent/Teacher Conferences! Communication between school and home is a major part of your child’s education. Conferences are a time for us to discuss how to best help your child be a learner both at school and at home! I do not require your child to attend conferences with you, but they are welcome to attend 

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students worked on finishing Unit 2. We will take our unit math test next week!

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Me and Uncle Romie”. Students learned about characters. Students took a test over this week’s story on Friday. Students also created their own collage!

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words which included different vowel sounds. Next week’s words are included in the Friday folder. Students also learned about various word tenses.

Science: Students continued studying about Earth Science.

Much to my dismay, it is starting to get COLD, especially in the mornings. Please send your child to school dressed appropriately  Shorts and snow do not mesh well! Have a great weekend, I will see you next week!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

Posted on October 27, 2017

October 27th Friday Letter

October 27, 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

What a busy week here at Jefferson. Thank you to families who were able to attend our Family Literacy Night! We will have plenty of events like this throughout the year.

NEXT WEEK: Our class Halloween Party will be on Tuesday from 2:20-3:15. Students will be allowed to wear their costumes only during the party so please be sure to send other clothes with your child. If your child has volunteered to bring treats, you are welcome to bring these in before school starts. I appreciate your help in making our holiday parties a success!

THIS WEEK:

Math: Students continued to learn multiplication. Students are nearing the end of Unit 2. Remember to encourage your child to turn in his or her homework every day!

Reading: Students worked with a new short story, “Coming Distractions” and discussed how media can be a distraction as well as movie production. Students took a test over this story on Friday. STUDENTS MUST HAVE PASSED 3 AR TESTS BY FRIDAY OF NEXT WEEK—THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER!

Spelling: Students took a test over this week’s words which included different vowel sounds.

Science: Students began to learn about earthquakes.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Miss Miller

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

Mathematics

English-Language Arts

Social Studies

Science

Upcoming Events

  • December 14, 2017 - December 15, 2017

    Holiday Performance

    Join us on Thursday at 1:30 pm or on Friday at either 10:00 am or 1:30 pm for our Holiday Performance!

  • December 22, 2017

    Class Holiday Party

    We will be having a movie/pajama party!

  • December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018

    Winter Break

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