Week of November 15th

Hello 4A Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  In Thanksgiving reflection, I am so grateful for all of the kind support I receive from all of you! I’m also thankful for the amazing 4th grade students that I have the pleasure of teaching everyday and in person! I am excited for our upcoming Celebrations of Learning Conferences next week!

Celebrations of Learning (Conferences): Students are busy preparing for conferences next week. Your child will be leading us in prayer, sharing some of their work, and discussing goals for 2nd trimester. Just to be clear, all students will be attending their conference, Zoom or in person!  I look forward to meeting with you all as we discuss your child’s progress and goals. If you haven’t yet signed up for a Zoom Conference time slot, you can do so here

Thank you for filling out this Pre-Conference Form and sending it to school. If you haven’t yet filled it out, you can find it in your child’s filer, or you can click on the link and then make a copy of the document or download it. Please send it by Tuesday, November 16th. Thank you in advance!

Thanksgiving Service: Normally at this time of the year, we would be visiting the Pike Market Food Bank and making donations. Unfortunately, the pandemic has prevented us from taking this trip. However, we can still be in service to others. So, as a Thanksgiving project, students will be creating some art rooted in gratitude as well as writing a note (or a few!) to attach to food items that we will donate to St. Vincent DePaul in West Seattle. We are encouraging students to find ways to earn items to donate. Please help your child with this…think chores around the house or yard, safely helping out neighbors with raking or other tasks, etc. We appreciate your support, and we are excited to continue our tradition of giving!

Reading/Language Arts:Reading: We are thundering (as Lurvy would say) through Charlotte’s Web! This week, we will focus on Chapters 10-14. Students are becoming increasingly more independent in choosing meaningful quotes and writing sentences with context clues. We are also working on improving fluency.

Language Arts/Spelling/Vocabulary:  This week the students will be focusing on composing well-written sentences that use context clues to support Charlotte’s Web vocabulary.  The students will be practicing by using five different methods of defining words within an original sentence.  Accurate conventions (punctuation, grammar and spelling) are expected.  We will complete two of the nine sentences at school on Monday. The remainder of the sentences will be completed as homework and due on Friday. These will also serve as the spelling words for the week with a test on Friday, 11/19. Look for the word list and directions in your child’s filer. 

Science: This week, we will be starting our final projects for science. Students will work in groups to create a podcast or video public service announcement about concussions. This project will be a comprehensive assessment of our science brain unit, and students will also get to use their collaboration and creativity skills. 

Social Studies:  The combination NE/SE test will take place on Friday the 19th.  There are no new states or features to learn. This is a review of the two regions the students have already been tested on so far.  We will be continuing our journey with Lewis and Clark this week.

Math: Our math work this week will focus on multiplication of one and two digit numbers.  Keep up the Xtramath work on multiplication and division—at least 4 times weekly.

All students are encouraged to read regularly and practice their math facts over the break! 

Have a great week, and holiday ahead.

Ms. Simpson

I look forward to seeing you next week during your conferences.

I also want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for all of my 4th grade families.

Wishing you a blessed and safe holiday full of joy!