Week of May 7th

Dear 4A Families,

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend!  Did you see that amazing double rainbow Saturday night?

On Wednesday afternoon the students get a special treat compliments of Michelle Porth–an ice cream party.  I believe this has been on ongoing tradition for this class.  Thank you so much Michelle!

Next Thursday the 17th is the 4th Grade Charity Bake Sale. Planning ahead, we ask each student to bring in treats to sell.  We do not sell whole cakes or pies.  Items should be cut or wrapped individually.  We generally price items between 25 cents and $1.00, depending on size. You do not need to price your own items.  We will do that Thursday morning during the set up. There is not a set number of items to bring in (a couple dozen is an average amount). If the items you make are nut free or gluten free please mark them.  This is always such a fun day for the students.

MAP Testing:  We will be starting the final MAP tests this week with reading and language arts.  Next Monday/Tuesday we will do the math portion of the test.

Math:  The students have been working hard with fractions.  We will be filling out a review sheet this week of some of the concepts we have covered. This review will come home on Tuesday.  Please look it over with your child.  You might want to “quiz” them on some of the vocabulary.  Last week the students took a review quiz on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division along with a couple of fraction and geometry questions.  I will be working with those students that need extra support/review in these areas.  I will be sending home the quiz/corrections for you to look over by Wednesday.  Taking time at home to review these basics at is encouraged.  Just a problem or two a night can really help cement the algorithms and build accuracy. We review with morning work regularly at school as well.

ZZ58241399Social Studies: The WA state mountains and rivers test will take place this Thursday.   Hopefully the students have been using both their study sheet and the online practice site. We will practice at school on Monday writing in the features on a map that will be similar to the test on Thrusday.

Science: Last week we looked at all of the data concerning the different materials for insulation. The students have a difficult decision to make concerning what the best insulation for their solar oven should be while also thinking about the environmental impacts. This week is a very exciting week as we will be assembling our solar ovens and beginning to insulate them. Start praying for sunny weather as we would love to be able to test them outside next week!

Religion:  Our religion work is focusing on the Beatitudes.  We learn how to be a blessing for others, and abou the kindness and concern know an mercy.  We learn that true happiness comes from our relationship with God and living a life of kindness and mercy to others.

Flat Stanley Journals are due May 22nd.  Students can turn them in earlier if they are finished. Be sure that each entry is read aloud at home and checked for accuracy! Thank you. If the your child’s flat person would like to spend a day at school I would be happy to take pictures.  The journal entry can be about the activities they did with their person.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are good days.  We have music and Spanish on Tuesday and art, library and computer lab on Thursday (thinking of picture opportunities).

Spelling:  This week’s spelling words are contractions.  Along with learning the correct spelling and apostrophe location, the students will need to know the meaning of each.  For instance,” they’ll” means “they will”.  The students have a study sheet in their filer and you can also access the list in the spelling tab above for Unit 25.


Happy Mother’s Day
this coming Sunday to all of our wonderful 4A moms. I hope you are all treated royally!  Look for a special card in your child’s filer if they don’t remember to give it to you!

Have a great week everyone.