Week of November 11th

Dear 4A Families,

I hope you all enjoyed the Veterans Day Weekend.  I was told the class prayer service on Friday honoring the veterans the students wrote about on their flags was very special.  Thank you for assisting your child with this project.  The flags will be proudly displayed in the classroom. Some families like to bring their flags home to give to the veteran it honors.  You are welcome to bring home your flag after your conference if you like.  Otherwise I will add them to your child’s portfolio.

The Sign Up Genius to schedule your child’s conference (celebration of learning) is now live.  Please click this link to sign up if you have not done so already.  Just a reminder, all students are expected to attend the conference with their parents. Thank you.

Religion: . Our religion topic will be the Corporal Works of Mercy, which ties in nicely with the spirit of giving during Advent. Students will be given a list of the Works of Mercy to memorize by Friday, December 6th.  Look for a study sheet in your child’s sometime this week.  Our field trip to Pike Place Market is fast approaching.  As part of our Advent Outreach we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Pike Market Food Bank.  We would like each child to bring in at least one item to contribute.  Thank for your generosity.  All items need to be to school by our field trip day, December 3rd. Look for a flyer In your child’s filer about this collection.

Spelling:  Study sheets for Unit 9, were sent home last Friday.  The test will take place this Friday as usual.

untitled Reading:   The students received a Charlotte’s Web vocabulary sentence assignment last Friday. Charlotte’s Web Vocab Sentences  It is due on this Friday the 15th.  We went over the assignment in detail at school, but we ask the parents to also read over the directions on the pink sheet in your child’s filer.

Math: Corrected math tests from last week will be in your child’s filer. Our class work is building up to the skill of multiplying two and three digit numbers.  Students will use arrays and models to demonstrate understanding of multiplication of larger numbers before we move into the algorithm.   Thank you for your continued support of regular fact practice at home.

Science: The time has arrived! Students are now officially mechanical engineers, and they began the initial planning for their Rube Goldberg machines. They’ve been placed into groups and started modeling and thinking based on the concepts we’ve learned about mechanical engineering. (For a full list of expectations, please visit the Rube Goldberg link on the website.) Students may need help with finding materials at home. The following are some of the materials students have identified: dominoes, marbles, toy cars, plastic plates, plastic cups, paper bowls, clay, measuring tape, tin foil, cardboard, cans, toilet paper rolls, pipe cleaners, magnets, etc. Please ask your child about the specific materials that her/his group needs. This week, students will be building their machines, so please help them get the necessary materials to school as soon as possible. The goal is to start testing them next week!

Habits: This week, we will be focusing on the habit of Creating, Imagining, and Innovating. This comes at the perfect time as our mechanical engineers begin planning and building their Rube Goldberg Machines. These important habits can also be used in other areas of learning. In math, problem solving is often dependent on thinking “outside the box” rather than memorizing a formula or key word. In addition, students can be innovators in the way they choose to study for their map tests in social studies. We can all create, imagine, and innovate in all aspects of our lives!

Social Studies:  Our SE State map test is this Thursday.   Next Thursday the 21st, the students will be tested on the combination of the NE and SE states.  All students will have a new study sheet for this test in their filer on Tuesday the 12th.  They are also begin practicing with the online links provided.  Our classwork will focus on preparations for the Pike Place Market field trip.


  •  Spelling test on Friday.
  • Charlotte’s Web vocabulary sentences due Friday.
  • Math homework most nights.
  • Nightly fact practice on Xtramath. 
  • SE State map test Thursday.
  • Practice recorders

Have a wonderful week everyone!