Last Week of School! Week of 6/11/18

Its hard to believe that this is the last week of school. Here are the last few things that are going on during the last 3 and a half days fourth grade!

Student Grades: Most of the grades are in with an exception of a few that I am still working on. I have not put in Extended Learning grades in yet either but they will be done soon so you can see how the students did the last quarter. 

Tutoring: There will not be any tutoring this week as we are not learning anything new and there really isn’t anything we can work on before the last day of school!

American Revolution Museum: Our PBL presentations are Thursday June 14th from 1:30-2:40. Students are encouraged to dress up as someone who lived during the time of the American Revolution. Students have worked hard to show what they’ve learned about the American revolution and are excited to present this knowledge at our museum. The presentation is a gallery walk style where parents are free to roam around the classroom and look and any presentations they would like about the different aspects of the American Revolution. I look forward to seeing you all there! πŸ™‚

Last Day of SchoolThe last day of school is Friday June 15th and is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00. It is also a free dress day for students! 

End of Year Party: I would like to have a little party with the fourth grade on Friday to celebrate the end of the year. I am going to bring in some treats for the kids and we can either watch a movie, have a dance party, or just hang out as a class during the day. We will have our party from 10:30-11:30 on Friday. If you would like to bring something in or volunteer to help, please email me and let me know! 

Let me know if there are any questions about what is happening this week! 

P.S – Students did super awesome at Field Day on Friday. We had so much fun and proved that we are tiny but mighty! πŸ™‚ 

Week of 5/29/18

 

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend! We are officially done with CAASSP Testing! Woohoo! Only three short weeks left so let’s make them count! Here’s what’s happening in 4th Grade this week!

Language Arts: We have reviewed the American Revolution in class today. We will do another review tomorrow and then have a End of Unit Assessment on Thursday May 31st. After that, we will be working on our American Revolution Museum. 

Math: We will finish one more unit in math for the next three weeks and it is Topic 13 – Measurement: Find Equivalence in Units of Measure.

Science: We will continue learning about Electricity. 

Social Studies: The American Revolution will be infused in Language Arts as well as Social Studies. 

Extended Learning: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are posted! We have gone over the directions and expectations for each opportunity as a class and students are welcome to start turning in any of them as soon as they are complete. They will be due on June 8th which is the end of next week! Please let me know if there are any questions about this!

Tutoring: I cannot stay for tutoring on Thursday due to a meeting.  

Quarter 4 PBL: The Quarter 4 PBL Project is going to be an American Revolution Museum! Students will be in groups and asked to represent one aspect of the American Revolution (causes, battles, laws/acts, people, lifestyle, etc) in any way they choose! Students know which groups they are in and have already started talking to their group members. Groups will be getting this week to start working! I would love if the students dressed up for the PBL presentation in attire from this time in history and I know they would like to do this as well. Presentations will be on June 14th from 1:30-2:50 and will be in the form of a Gallery Walk. Parents are welcomed to come at any point during that time frame!

MAPS Testing: I am very excited that we are done with CASSP testing, however we have one more set of tests to take before the end of the year! Students need to take the end of the year MAPS test to see how they have grown throughout fourth grade. Students will be taking these tests next week. On Monday June 4th students will take the Reading MAPS test and on Wednesday will take the Math MAPS test

Peter Pan Field Trip: We will be going to see a performance of Peter Pan put on by Center State Children’s Theatre in Mission Hills on June 7th at 10:00 am! It costs $5 per student to attend the performance. The performance is about an hour and a half long. We will be leaving OTA at 9:30 and will be back on campus by 12:00, just in time for lunch! Permission slips have been sent home so please turn in the cost of the show and permission slip by this Friday June 1st. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered and to the students/parents who have already turned everything in!

Field DayThis year OTA will have its first Field Day! There will be different times for different grade levels to go down to the field and participate in different organized activities like tug of war, water balloon toss, egg and spoon race, etc. Fourth grade’s day and time is Friday, June 8th from *8:30-10:30. Fourth and fifth grade will be participating at the same time, competition style! πŸ™‚ Mrs. Cook and I are planning on making this a competitive, but very fun day for the fourth and fifth grades. We have chosen to have the grades wear two different colors and fourth grade will be wearing blue! I have bought a shirt from Michael’s to show students a blue shirt option they can get for Field Day that costs $4. If not, students can wear a blue t-shirt that they have that day. I will also be looking for other blue accessories like bandanas, sunglasses, beads, face paint, and hairspray to use that day! Please let me know if any parents are interested in getting any accessories for that day so I can get something different! If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to volunteer to run one of the games during our Field Day Time by going to the link below! Thank you in advance for your time volunteering! πŸ™‚

FIELD DAY VOUNTEERS

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about anything this week or coming up! Looking forward to another great week in fourth grade!

Week of 5/21/18

One test down, a few more to go! The fourth graders did great this morning during testing.  As a reminder, students need to bring in headphones to use during the tests. Some of the questions require students to listen to something in order to answer questions. There are limited amounts of extra headphones so it would be great if students brought in ones from home. Please and thank you! 

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests:

  • Math CAT– this is a review of all concepts learned in 4th grade. This includes multiple choice, short answer, graphing, etc. 
  • Math Performance Task (PT)- this is a real world math problem that will require students to expand and think deeply about the concept. Students are required to fully explain their thought process, the math they are completing, and why they did what they did. 
  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 4th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. 

 

Here is the 4th Grade Testing Schedule:

Tuesday 5/22 –> ELA Performance Task Part 1 10:15-11:50

Wednesday 5/23 –> ELA Performance Task Part 2 8:05-10:05

Thursday 5/24 –> Math CAT 10:15-11:50

Tuesday 5/29 –> Math Performance Task 10:15-11:50

Besides testing students will continue learning about the American Revolution, Electricity, and reviewing fourth grade math concepts.

Extended Learning: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are posted! We have gone over the directions and expectations for each opportunity as a class and students are welcome to start turning in any of them as soon as they are complete. They will be due on June 8th which is a week before school ends. Please let me know if there are any questions about this!

Tutoring: I will be staying for tutoring on Thursday until 3:45. 

Quarter 4 PBL: The Quarter 4 PBL Project is going to be an American Revolution Museum! Students will be in groups and asked to represent one aspect of the American Revolution (causes, battles, laws/acts, people, lifestyle, etc) in any way they choose! This week students will choose their top three aspects they would like to represent and from there I will place students into groups. I will be introducing the project by the end of the week, but we will not start until after CAASSP Testing. 

 

Peter Pan Field Trip: As a final field trip for the year, I would like to invite the fourth graders (on behalf of Sapna Surber) to see a performance of Peter Pan put on by Center State Children’s Theatre in Mission Hills on June 7th at 10:00 am! It costs $5 per student to attend the performance and I will need 5 or 6 drivers/chaperones for this trip! The performance is about an hour and a half long. We would be leaving OTA at 9:30 and will be back on campus by 12:00, just in time for lunch! Permission slips have been sent home so please turn in the cost of the show no later than Friday June 1st. Thank you in advance! 

Field Day: This year OTA will have its first Field Day! There will be different times for different grade levels to go down to the field and participate in different organized activities like tug of war, water balloon toss, egg and spoon race, etc. Fourth grade’s day and time is Friday, June 8th from 8:30-10:30. Fourth and fifth grade will be participating at the same time, competition style! πŸ™‚ Mrs. Cook and I are planning on making this a competitive, but very fun day for the fourth and fifth grades. We have chosen to have the grades wear two different colors and fourth grade will be wearing blue! I have bought a shirt from Michael’s to show students a blue shirt option they can get for Field Day. If not, students can wear a blue t-shirt that they have that day. I will also be looking for other blue accessories like bandanas, sunglasses, beads, face paint, and hairspray to use that day!  If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to volunteer to run one of the games during our Field Day Time by going to the link below! Thank you in advance for your time volunteering! πŸ™‚

 FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about anything this week or coming up! Looking forward to another great week in fourth grade!

 

Week of 5/14/18

Here’s what’s happening in 4th Grade this week!

Language Arts: We are halfway through the American Revolution Unit! We will do a review of what we have learned so far and take a short mid-unit quiz tomorrow! 

Math: We will continue with Topic 12: Understand and Compare Decimals. 

Science: We will continue learning about Electricity by completing a Static Electricity lab. 

Social Studies: The American Revolution will be infused in Language Arts as well as Social Studies. 

Extended Learning: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are posted! We have gone over the directions and expectations for each opportunity as a class and students are welcome to start turning in any of them as soon as they are complete. They will be due on June 8th which is a week before school ends. Please let me know if there are any questions about this!

Tutoring: I cannot stay for tutoring on Thursday due to a Staff Meeting.  

Quarter 4 PBL: The Quarter 4 PBL Project is going to be an American Revolution Museum! Students will be in groups and asked to represent one aspect of the American Revolution (causes, battles, laws/acts, people, lifestyle, etc) in any way they choose! This week students will choose their top three aspects they would like to represent and from there I will place students into groups. I will be introducing the project by the end of the week, but we will not start until after CAASSP Testing. 

CAASSP Testing: The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASSP) is coming up. The fourth grade testing window starts  Monday May 21st and ends on June 1st

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests:

  • Math CAT– this is a review of all concepts learned in 4th grade. This includes multiple choice, short answer, graphing, etc. 
  • Math Performance Task (PT)- this is a real world math problem that will require students to expand and think deeply about the concept. Students are required to fully explain their thought process, the math they are completing, and why they did what they did. 
  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 4th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. 

Practice Tests 

We will be referring to these practice tests in class, but will most likely not complete them all in class. Students are encouraged to practice navigating/getting comfortable with the testing platform and concepts at home as well. 

Testing Week Donations:

Thank you so much for the snack donations for the week of testing. I as well as the students appreciate your help in making sure the students do their best during testing! πŸ™‚

Here is the 4th Grade Testing Schedule:

Monday 5/21 –> ELA CAT 8:05-10:05

Tuesday 5/22 –> ELA Performance Task Part 1 10:15-11:50

Wednesday 5/23 –> ELA Performance Task Part 2 8:05-10:05

Thursday 5/24 –> Math CAT 10:15-11:50

Tuesday 5/29 –> Math Performance Task 10:15-11:50

Peter Pan Field Trip: As a final field trip for the year, I would like to invite the fourth graders (on behalf of Sapna Surber) to see a performance of Peter Pan put on by Center State Children’s Theatre in Mission Hills on June 7th at 10:00 am! It costs $5 per student to attend the performance and I will need 5 or 6 drivers/chaperones for this trip! The performance is about an hour and a half long. We would be leaving OTA at 9:30 and will be back on campus by 12:00, just in time for lunch! If you are interested in being a driver/chaperone, please email me and let me know how many children you can fit in your car. Permission slips have been sent home so please turn in the cost of the show no later than Friday June 1st. Thank you in advance! 

Field Day: This year OTA will have its first Field Day! There will be different times for different grade levels to go down to the field and participate in different organized activities like tug of war, water balloon toss, egg and spoon race, etc. Fourth grade’s day and time is Friday, June 8th from 8:30-10:30. Fourth and fifth grade will be participating at the same time, competition style! πŸ™‚ Mrs. Cook and I are planning on making this a competitive, but very fun day for the fourth and fifth grades by choosing different colors for each grade to wear, making banners and cheers, and routing for our peers! If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to volunteer to run one of the games during our Field Day Time by going to the link below! Thank you in advance for your time volunteering! πŸ™‚

 FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about anything this week or coming up! Looking forward to another great week in fourth grade!

 

Week of 5/7/18

Here’s what’s happening in 4th Grade this week!

Language Arts: We will continue learning about the American Revolution.

Math: Students will take their Topic 11 Math Test tomorrow and will start Topic 12: Understand and Compare Decimals 

Science: We will start our final unit, Electricity!

Social Studies: The American Revolution will be infused in Language Arts as well as Social Studies. 

Extended Learning: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are now posted! Tomorrow we will go over the directions and expectations for each opportunity as a class and students are welcome to start and turn in any of them as soon as they are complete. They will be due on June 8th which is a week before school ends. Please let me know if there are any questions about this!

Tutoring: I will be staying for tutoring on Thursday until 3:45. 

Talent Show: OTA Talent Show will be on May 11th at 9:00 am and again at 6:00 pm. 

Quarter 4 PBL: The Quarter 4 PBL Project is going to be an American Revolution Museum! Students will be in groups and asked to represent one aspect of the American Revolution (causes, battles, laws/acts, people, lifestyle, etc) in any way they choose! More details about this to come! πŸ™‚

CAASSP Testing: The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASSP) is coming up. The fourth grade testing window starts  Monday May 21st and ends on June 1st

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests:

  • Math CAT– this is a review of all concepts learned in 4th grade. This includes multiple choice, short answer, graphing, etc. 
  • Math Performance Task (PT)- this is a real world math problem that will require students to expand and think deeply about the concept. Students are required to fully explain their thought process, the math they are completing, and why they did what they did. 
  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 4th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. 

Practice Tests 

We will be referring to these practice tests in class, but will most likely not complete them all in class. Students are encouraged to practice navigating/getting comfortable with the testing platform and concepts at home as well. 

Testing Week Donations:

  • Because the testing period is long, I would like to offer students a snack, individually wrapped candy, and gum. 
  • Each day, I have 1 or 2 of the following items on their desk before testing begins:
    • 1 individually wrapped snack- goldfish, granola bar, pretzels, etc.
    • 1 or 2 pieces of small hard candy- jolly rancher, life saver, etc. 
    • 1 piece of gum to chew during testing 
  • I am asking for donations of any of the following items I mentioned above.
    • Please see CLICK HERE to sign up for an item to donate. 
  • We have 5 testing days, and these items help the student’s testing stamina to last the 2 hours of testing each day! 
  • Students will only be allowed to eat/chew the food/gum provided for them during testing.

Here is the 4th Grade Testing Schedule:

Monday 5/21 –> ELA CAT 8:05-10:05

Tuesday 5/22 –> ELA Performance Task Part 1 10:15-11:50

Wednesday 5/23 –> ELA Performance Task Part 2 8:05-10:05

Thursday 5/24 –> Math CAT 10:15-11:50

Tuesday 5/29 –> Math Performance Task 10:15-11:50

Peter Pan Field Trip: As a final field trip for the year, I would like to invite the fourth graders (on behalf of Sapna Surber) to see a performance of Peter Pan put on by Center State Children’s Theatre in Mission Hills on June 7th at 10:00 am! It costs $5 per student to attend the performance and I will need 5 or 6 drivers/chaperones for this trip! The performance is about an hour and a half long. We would be leaving OTA at 9:30 and will be back on campus by 12:00, just in time for lunch! If you are interested in being a driver/chaperone, please email me and let me know how many children you can fit in your car. Please turn in the cost of the show no later than Friday June 1st. Thank you in advance! 

Field Day: This year OTA will have its first Field Day! There will be different times for different grade levels to go down to the field and participate in different organized activities like tug of war, water balloon toss, egg and spoon race, etc. Fourth grade’s day and time is Friday, June 8th from 8:30-10:30. Fourth and fifth grade will be participating at the same time, competition style!  πŸ™‚ Mrs. Cook and I are planning on making this a competitive, but very fun day for the fourth and fifth grades by choosing different colors for each grade to wear, making banners and cheers, and routing for our peers! If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to volunteer to run one of the games during our Field Day Time by going to the link below! Thank you in advance for your time volunteering! πŸ™‚

 FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about anything this week or coming up! Looking forward to another great week in fourth grade!

 
 
 

 

Reminders 5/4/18

Math: We will be doing a review on Topic 11 on Monday May 7th and have a test on Tuesday May 8th.

Extended Learning: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are now posted! We went over the directions and expectations for each opportunity as a class and students are welcome to start turning in any of them as soon as they are complete. They will be due on June 8th which is a week before school ends. Please let me know if there are any questions about this!

Talent Show: OTA Talent Show will be on May 11th at 9:00 am for the school and again at 6:00 pm with parents and families.

CAASSP Testing: The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASSP) is coming up. The fourth grade testing window starts  Monday May 21st and ends on June 1st

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests:

  • Math CAT– this is a review of all concepts learned in 4th grade. This includes multiple choice, short answer, graphing, etc. 
  • Math Performance Task (PT)- this is a real world math problem that will require students to expand and think deeply about the concept. Students are required to fully explain their thought process, the math they are completing, and why they did what they did. 
  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 4th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. 

Practice Tests 

We will be referring to these practice tests in class, but will most likely not complete them all in class. Students are encouraged to practice navigating/getting comfortable with the testing platform and concepts at home as well. 

Testing Week Donations:

  • Because the testing period is long, I would like to offer students a snack, individually wrapped candy, and gum. 
  • Each day, I have 1 or 2 of the following items on their desk before testing begins:
    • 1 individually wrapped snack- goldfish, granola bar, pretzels, etc.
    • 1 or 2 pieces of small hard candy- jolly rancher, life saver, etc. 
    • 1 piece of gum to chew during testing 
  • I am asking for donations of any of the following items I mentioned above.
    • Please see CLICK HERE to sign up for an item to donate. 
  • We have 5 testing days, and these items help the student’s testing stamina to last the 2 hours of testing each day! 
  • Students will only be allowed to eat/chew the food/gum provided for them during testing. 

Here is the 4th Grade Testing Schedule:

Monday 5/21 –> ELA CAT 8:05-10:05

Tuesday 5/22 –> ELA Performance Task Part 1 10:15-11:50

Wednesday 5/23 –> ELA Performance Task Part 2 8:05-10:05

Thursday 5/24 –> Math CAT 10:15-11:50

Tuesday 5/29 –> Math Performance Task 10:15-11:50

Let me know if you have any questions! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Week of 4/30/18

Goodbye April, Welcome May! Here’s what’s happening in 4th Grade!

Language Arts: We did a preview of the unit today and will be diving into Lesson 1 of our American Revolution Unit tomorrow!

Math: Students did a good job on their math tests this morning and have brought home their graded Topic 10 Tests. Topic 11 is Represent and Interpret Data on Line Plots. This Topic is only four lessons so we will start and finish it this week! 

Science: We are going to wrap up our geology unit this week and then move onto our new and final unit next week which is Electricity!

Social Studies: The American Revolution will be infused in Language Arts as well as Social Studies. 

Extended Learning: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are now posted! Tomorrow we will go over the directions and expectations for each opportunity as a class and students are welcome to start and turn in any of them as soon as they are complete. They will be due on June 8th which is a week before school ends. Please let me know if there are any questions about this!

Tutoring: I will be staying for tutoring on Thursday until 3:45. 

Talent Show: OTA Talent Show will be on May 11th at 9:00 am and again at 6:00 pm. 

Quarter 4 PBL: The Quarter 4 PBL Project will be based on the American Revolution. I do not have the final plans set in stone yet but will be working on that in the next week, and will share those details when I have them ready. πŸ™‚

CAASSP Testing: The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASSP) is coming up. The fourth grade testing window starts  Monday May 21st and ends on June 1st

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests:

  • Math CAT– this is a review of all concepts learned in 4th grade. This includes multiple choice, short answer, graphing, etc. 
  • Math Performance Task (PT)- this is a real world math problem that will require students to expand and think deeply about the concept. Students are required to fully explain their thought process, the math they are completing, and why they did what they did. 
  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 4th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. 

Practice Tests 

We will be referring to these practice tests in class, but will most likely not complete them all in class. Students are encouraged to practice navigating/getting comfortable with the testing platform and concepts at home as well. 

Testing Week Donations:

  • Because the testing period is long, I would like to offer students a snack, individually wrapped candy, and gum. 
  • Each day, I have 1 or 2 of the following items on their desk before testing begins:
    • 1 individually wrapped snack- goldfish, granola bar, pretzels, etc.
    • 1 or 2 pieces of small hard candy- jolly rancher, life saver, etc. 
    • 1 piece of gum to chew during testing 
  • I am asking for donations of any of the following items I mentioned above.
    • Please see CLICK HERE to sign up for an item to donate. 
  • We have 5 testing days, and these items help the student’s testing stamina to last the 2 hours of testing each day! 
  • Students will only be allowed to eat/chew the food/gum provided for them during testing. 
 

 I apologize for the lengthy post, but all information was necessary and important! Let me know if you have any questions about anything that is happening! Looking forward to another great week. πŸ™‚

 

Week of 4/23/18

It was so nice to see the fourth grade students interacting with grandparent’s and family members on Grandparent’s Day!

I hope everyone enjoyed the rest of their weekend! Here is what’s happening in 4th grade this week! 

Language Arts: We will be wrapping up our Geology Unit this week, by reviewing what we have learned about Earth’s Mountains. Our test will either be Friday April 27th or Monday April 30th. I will keep you updated with an email later in the week!

Math: We will be finishing up Topic 10 on Wednesday meaning we will do a review of the topic on Thursday April 26th and have our test on Friday April 27th 

Science: We will be finishing up studying Geology and will be moving on to our last unit which is Electricity!

Social Studies: Our final unit for Social Studies will go along with our reading unit, which is The American Revolution!

Talent Show Try Outs: Talent show tryouts are Wdneday April 25th at 3:15 and Thursday April 26th at 3:15!

Tutoring: I will be staying for tutoring until 3:45 on Thursday!

Extended Learning Q4: I am working on Extended Learning opportunities for Quarter 4 and will have them up soon!

Supplies: With the end of the year slowly approaching, our supplies have dwindled down quite a bit. We are in need of highlighters, dry erase markers, glue sticks, scissors, erasers, tissues, and clorox wipes. If you would like to donate any of these items to our classroom so we can finish out Quarter 4 successfully, that would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for any donations! 

CAASSP Testing: The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is coming up. The fourth grade testing window starts on May 21st and ends on June 1st. Please see the letter below for details, and contact Mr. C if you have any further questions or concerns.

 
Please let me know if you have any questions about what is coming up this week or in the future! Thanks! 

Week of 4/16/18

Welcome Quarter 4! Here is what’s happening in fourth grade this week!

Language Arts: We are continuing our Geology unit by learning about weathering and erosion.

Math: We finished Topic 9 and now will be moving on to Topic 10: Extend multiplication concepts to fractions. 

Science: We will carry over our Geology unit into Science with more hands on learning.

Social Studies: Since our last unit in Language Arts is the American Revolution, we will start an introduction unit on the American Revolution in Social Studies. 

Tutoring: Unfortunately, I cannot stay this week for tutoring due to a Staff Meeting. I apologize! 

Poetry Contest:  We will have an in class contest tomorrow, Tuesday April 17th where the top three students will be selected, based on specific judging criteria, to participate in the school-wide contest later that week. If your child is one of the top three students chosen, I will email you at the end of the day tomorrow. 

Grandparent’s Day: All grandparents are welcome to join their grandchildren this Friday, April 20, to meet their teachers, talk with their friends, and engage in collaborative lessons. The festivities start at 9:00 a.m., and grandparents will be escorted to their grandchild’s classroom by OTA student ambassadors. It is a minimum day, with a 12:00 dismissal, for all students. Grandparents are encouraged to attend, join in lessons, get a special picture with their grandchild, and then leave a little early to take their grandchild out to a special lunch

OTA Gala: This is the last week before the OTA Gala 2018! Please join us this SaturdayApril 21, 2018 at the Broadway Port Pavilion in downtown San Diego. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support to continue all of the great programs and activities at OTAEVERY DOLLAR COUNTS so let’s support our school and have some fun! To PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY VISIT: 

Tag photos with #OTAGala on social media, there will be prizes for the best photos posted.  https://www.facebook.com/OldTownAcademyParentFoundation/

Please be safe and take advantage of transportation services:
Lyft Code: OTAGALA2018
Code Details: Limited quantity available. 20% off 1 ride. Max savings of $3 per ride. Discount applies to fare and Prime Time charges only. Valid between Apr 21, 2018 and Apr 21, 2018 11:59PM. Pickup or drop-off must be Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers. Subject to Lyft’s Terms of Use.
 
Uber Code: VIPSTATUS
New Uber users only. Free first ride up to $30 valid all day on April 21st.

Talent Show Tryouts: Talent Show tryouts are Wednesday April 25th and Thursday 26th at 3:15. Be ready to shine!

Quarter 4 Extended Learning: Extended Learning opportunities for Quarter 4 will be posted soon! They will be due June 8th, a week before the Quarter and school ends! 

Supplies: With the end of the year slowly approaching, our supplies have dwindled down quite a bit. We are in need of highlighters, dry erase markers, glue sticks, scissors, erasers, tissues, and clorox wipes. If you would like to donate any of these items to our classroom so we can finish out Quarter 4 successfully, that would be greatly appreciated! πŸ™‚ Thank you in advance for any donations! 

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything coming up this week or in the future! Looking forward to a great first week in Quarter 4! 

 

Week of 4/9/18

We have had a good start to the last week of Quarter 3. Let’s keep it up! Here’s what’s happening in 4th grade this week!

Language Arts: We are moving on in our Geology unit by learning about the three types of rocks and the rock cycle.

Math: We finished all the lessons in Topic 9 yesterday and did a review today. We will be doing a second review tomorrow, as I want to make sure students are comfortable and confident with the concepts we have learned. The homework that went home today is a great way to practice skills that students will see on their test on Thursday April 12th

Science: We are finishing our Chemistry unit by researching elements in the Periodic Table and writing a Biography using our research. 

Missing Work: Students are aware if they are missing any work and know that it must be completed by this Friday April 13th by the end of the day or they will not get credit for those assignments. 

Tutoring: Unfortunately, I cannot stay this week or next week for tutoring! I apologize! 

End of Quarter 3/Spirit Day: The end of Quarter 3 is Friday April 13th. This is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00. This is also a Spirit Day and the theme is Disney!

Grandparent’s Day: Grandparent’s Day is on Friday April 20th. Students have written letters inviting Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and other special people in their lives. I will send out a schedule for the day at the beginning of next week!

Poetry Contest: OTA’s Poetry contest is coming up on April 19th! I have put up a folder called Poetry Contest on Google Classroom that has all the 4th grade poems students can choose from for the Poetry Contest! If students want to memorize a different poem, the poem has to be by one of the poets from the 4th grade list, or students can choose a Shakespeare poem. We will have an in class contest next week on Tuesday April 17th where the top three students will be selected, based on specific judging criteria, to participate in the school-wide contest later that week. If your child is one of the top three students chosen, I will email you on Tuesday. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything happening this week or any upcoming events! I look forward to a great rest of the week! πŸ™‚

Week of 4/2/18

Hope everyone had a nice, relaxing, and enjoyable Spring Break! Here’s what 4th grade is up to this week!

Language Arts: We will continue learning about Earth’s processes through our Geology Unit.

Math: We did a fraction review today on the concepts we worked on before Spring Break. For the rest of the week, we will continue adding and subtracting fractions.

Tutoring: I can stay for tutoring until 3:45 on Thursday.

Extended Learning: Extended Learning Opportunities for Quarter 3 are due Friday April 6th

End of Quarter 3/Spirit Day: The end of Quarter 3 is Friday April 13th. This is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00. This is also a Spirit Day and the theme is Disney!

Grandparent’s Day: Grandparent’s Day is on Friday April 20th. Students have written letters inviting Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and other special people in their lives. Please send in a filled in envelope with a stamp and I will put the letters in and send them out! Thank you! 

Poetry Contest: OTA’s Poetry contest is coming up on April 19th! I have put up a folder called Poetry Contest on Google Classroom that has all the 4th grade poems students can choose from for the Poetry Contest! If students want to memorize a different poem, the poem has to be by one of the poets from the 4th grade list, or students can choose a Shakespeare poem. We will have an in class contest the week of April 16th where the top three students will be selected, based on specific judging criteria, to participate in the school-wide contest later that week. Please let me know if you have any questions about this!

OTA GalaWe are so excited for the upcoming OTA Gala on April 21, 2018! This year’s event will be held at the Broadway Port Pavilion in downtown San Diego. 
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support to continue all of the great programs and activities at OTA
 
 
Parents!* *GALA Early Bird Pricing ends April 6, 2018*
*Ticket Pricing* *$85/person Early Bird* *$100/person after April 6th.*
*See website for VIP pricing options!*
*EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS so let’s support our school and have some fun!*
*To PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY VISIT: *http://www.oldtownacademygala.org
 
I hope everyone is ready to finish out Quarter 3 strong, and I look forward to having another great week! πŸ™‚

Week of 3/19/18

Last week, the students did an AMAZING job during the National School Walk Out, showing the pride and love they have for OTA and keeping our schools safe!

Reading Log: The reading log for the last two weeks is due this Friday March 23rd

Tutoring: I am unable to stay for tutoring this Thursday. I apologize for not being able to stay the last couple of weeks but will get back to a normal schedule after the break!

Extended Learning: Extended Learning Opportunities for Quarter 3 are due on April 6th. Spring Break would be a perfect time to get those done! πŸ™‚

Spring Break: This Friday March, 23rd  is a full day. Spring Break is from March 26th to April 1st

I hope everyone has an awesome and restful Spring Break! πŸ™‚

Week of 3/12/18

Thank you to all the parents who chaperoned our field trip last week! The kids had an amazing time and did an awesome job presenting their inventions. Here is what’s happening in 4th grade this week!

Language Arts: Our Student Inventor Unit has come to an end, but now we will be studying Geology during out next unit!

Math: Topic 8 has ended and we will now be moving on to Topic 9 which is understanding addition and subtraction of fractions.

Science: Students will continue learning about the Periodic Table of Elements as our Chemistry unit comes to a close.

Social Studies: Students just finished our mountains unit, but the next unit is tbd. I am leaning towards learning about Constitutional Government, but will be posting about the next topic soon when I am sure of what it will be.

Tutoring: I am unable to stay for tutoring this week as I have a Staff Meeting.

Reading Logs and Homework: Reading logs were due today and were collected. Students will receive points towards their grade if they turned in their reading logs as well as completed them correctly. A new reading log was sent home and is due back March 23rd, right before we go on Spring Break.

National School Walkout Day: The devastating school shooting in Florida has impacted our nation in unprecedented ways, as students are taking leadership roles, speaking up, and advocating for change. On Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m., students, teachers, parents, and community members are invited to participate in National School Walkout Day. It is designed as a controlled show of support and honor the victims of all school shootings, and a plea to make changes so ALL of our schools are safe. As you know, we have a very safe campus at OTA, but other schools are not as fortunate. Our 4th through 8th grade students have the opportunity and choice to proudly join others across the nation in support of safe schools, in a controlled, respectful, and positive manner. We will hold up signs and posters on the sidewalk in front of the school for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 lives lost on February 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School. OTA 4th-8th grade students, staff and parents can choose to participate or not, and all views, beliefs, and opinions will be respected. Please contact Mr. C if you have any questions or concerns.

Spring Break: Spring Break is coming up! πŸ™‚ We are off from March 26th-April 30th. The Friday before, March 23rd is a full day

Invention Presentations: Since the students did such an amazing job presenting at Mirum, I wanted to take the opportunity to invite all the parents to come in to watch the student presentations as well since not everyone was able to come on the field trip. I am planning on having the students present their pitches tomorrow on Tuesday March 13th at  1:45-2:10. Students will not be dressing up this time but will be able to show you the presentation they did for the Shark Tank Jr. Executives. I will send a reminder email tomorrow morning as well! I hope a lot of parents will be able to make it! πŸ™‚

Please let me know if you have any questions about all of the things coming up!

 

Week of 3/5/18

February went by so fast but I think we are ready for what March has in store for us! Here is what’s happening in 4th grade!

Language Arts: Students have been working incredibly hard preparing their pitches for Shark Tank Jr.! We will finish out the Student Inventor unit on Friday March 9th following our field trip to Mirum on Thursday.

Math: Students are working on understanding the basics of fraction, including using different models to represent fractions, finding equivalent fractions, and comparing fractions using <, >, and =. We will learn the last lesson of Topic 8 tomorrow. We will review everything we have done with fractions so far on Wednesday, review for our Topic 8 Test the morning of Thursday March 9th and then take the Topic 8 Test on Friday March 9th. Review papers will go home with students on Thursday March 9th.

Social Studies: We will do a review of our mountains unit in class tomorrow and take our test on mountains on Wednesday March 8th

Science: Students will continue learning about Chemistry by learning about solutions.

Tutoring: I am available to stay for tutoring on Thursday until 3:45. 

Reading Logs: Please make sure students are reading each night and filling in their reading logs. I will be counting this reading log as a grade as I have noticed students are not being responsible about turning this in. Reading logs for the last two weeks are due Monday March 12th.

Re-Enrollment ProcessRe-Enrollment is available for OTA students! Today March 5th 2018, all forms are available for you to re-enroll at Old Town Academy.  This is only for returning students, and if you have a sibling that you would like to enroll, please submit a new applicationThe deadline to complete and submit re-enroll forms will be March 16th, 2018. Below are the instructions:

  1. Please access the SchoolMint website with the URL link oldtownacademy.schoolmint.net. All registered OTA families should have an account with your chosen primary email address, go ahead and login.  If you have forgotten your user information, please follow the prompts for β€œForgot Username” or β€œForgot Password”.                                              
  2. From your β€œStudent Dashboard” go ahead and select β€œRe-Enroll” and Complete Forms.

We look forward to having your child/children for another great year at Old Town Academy! Should you have any questions or issues, please contact our office at (619) 574-6225

Miriam Field Trip: The 4th Grade field trip to Mirum Agency Downtown is this Thursday March 8th. We will meet in the 4th grade classroom at 11:50 and will be leaving OTA at 12:00 to head downtown. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to chaperone. If I sent you an email with missing paperwork, please make sure to turn in any missing documents by Wednesday March 7th.

The chaperones have also received an email from me with information about where Mirum is located and how to get there. When we all get there and park, we will walk in as a group. Mirum is also providing a pizza lunch that day for us when we arrive so no need to pack a lunch with your child, only a snack. 

I have also received the ok from Mr. C that students are allowed to dress in professional attire that day to wear during their presentations. Students were really excited about this and are eager to dress professionally as they would if they were really presenting a pitch of a new invention. If students choose not to dress professionally, please have them wear their purple OTA polo uniform, as Miriam’s colors include purple. πŸ™‚ 

National School Walkout: The devastating school shooting in Florida has impacted our nation in unprecedented ways, as students are taking leadership roles, speaking up, and advocating for change. On Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m., students, teachers, parents, and community members are invited to participate in National School Walkout Day. It is designed as a controlled show of support and honor the victims of all school shootings, and a plea to make changes so ALL of our schools are safe. As you know, we have a very safe campus at OTA, but other schools are not as fortunate. Our 4th through 8th grade students have the opportunity and choice to proudly join others across the nation in support of safe schools, in a controlled, respectful, and positive manner. We will hold up signs and posters on the sidewalk in front of the school for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 lives lost on February 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School. OTA 4th-8th grade students, staff and parents can choose to participate or not, and all views, beliefs, and opinions will be respected. Please contact Mr. C if you have any questions or concerns.

I appologize for the overload of information, but please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this! I look forward to having a great week!

P.S – Thank you fourth graders for making me feel extra special on my birthday today! Below is a picture of a banner they made me using their Pro-Bots in Robotics, saying Happy Birthday!  πŸ™‚

Wrap up of the Week of 2/19/18 and Updates

I hope everyone had a nice four day weekend, two short weeks of school, and are now ready for the 4 full weeks we have before Spring Break! Here is what has happened this week in 4th grade and what is coming up!

Language Arts: Students have completed their Wheels of Invention! They are now onto Round 2 of the game show Eureka! Student Inventor and are working on their inventions for Shark Tank, Jr. Students have created lists of resources and materials they will need and will be starting to bring those in next week to put together their inventions. I will also be bringing in suggested and requested materials for students to use. 

      

Math: We have completed the last lesson of Topic 7 and are moving on to Topic 8 which is Extend Understanding of Fraction Equivalence and Ordering. We will probably be done with this by mid-March as we are first reviewing what we know about fractions before diving into the new topic. 

Science: Students will continue with chemistry, learning about atoms, molecules, compounds, and elements.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our study of mountains. Students will be reading the last chapter of the unit next week, review all four chapters of the unit, and then have a quiz on what they have learned about mountains.

Homework: Students did not have a reading log this week, due to it being a shorter week. Reading logs will be sent home on Monday and are due March 12th. Students are responsible for reading the minimum of 20 minutes per night and getting a parent signature. Please make sure to check your child is bringing home and completing the reading log each night and each week. 

Tutoring: I am available to stay for tutoring from now on until 3:45.

Field Trip Permission Slips: If you have not done so already, please sign and return the Mirum Agency Downtown field trip permission slip form in order for your child to present their pitches to Mirum executives. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to chaperone this trip. Any information about anything I need from you as well as details about the day will be posted next week!

Extended Learning: Extended Learning opportunities are up Quarter 3 on the blog under the Extended Learning Tab. Any materials mentioned in the directions will be found on Google Classroom or be given to students to use. Students have an understanding of how to complete these opportunities but if there are still questions please let me know. 

If there are any questions about what has happened this week or coming up, please reach out and ask! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

Announcements and Reminders

Valentine’s Day Celebration: We will be having a Valentine’s Day Celebration next week on Wednesday February 14th. Students will be allowed to bring in Valentine’s Day cards to give to each student in class. Students informed me that in previous years they have made a Valentine’s mailbox or bag to bring in on Valentine’s Day to be used for cards they get during the party. We are going to continue this in 4th grade so students can make and decorate their own box or bag to use for cards during our celebration. A Sign-Up Genius has been sent out to bring in certain items to make our class party a great one! Let me know if there is anything else you would like to do or contribute for that day!

President’s Holiday: There is no school on February 16th or February 19th in honor of President’s Day. 

Extended Learning: I will be discussing with the students what the Extended Learning opportunities look like for Quarter 3 and will be posting directions on the blog under the Extended Learning Tab, Quarter 3. Any materials mentioned in the directions will be found on Google Classroom or be given to students to use. In order for students to receive full credit, they must complete both opportunities for each subject. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding Extended Learning. 

PBL: Shark Tank Jr.: As out PBL for Quarter 3, students will participate in Shark Tank Jr. hosted by Mirum Global Agency in downtown San Diego! Students have been learning about the whole invention process and will be able to put their knowledge to the test. This week on Thursday February 15th representatives from Mirum will come in for an innovation workshop, leading the students through an exercise around uncovering the unmet human needs behind a business challenge or idea that leads to a successful invention. This will be an awesome opportunity for the kids as they start brainstorming ideas for their own inventions. Mirum is so excited to come into our classroom that they have notified the local press about it as well, which will give exposure to OTA and how amazing our students are!

The students will then have from February 20th until March 7th to work on creating their own invention. On March 8th, we will go to Mirum’s headquarters downtown and the students will pitch their inventions to Mirum executives, get feedback on their ideas, and one group’s invention will be announced as a winner with prizes! We are going to need a few drivers/chaperones for this trip downtown on March 8th so please email me if you are interested in being one of those. We will need probably 5-7 drivers depending on how many students are able to fit in each of the cars. We need to be downtown at 12:30 and then will be there until 2:30. This is such an awesome opportunity for the 4th grade and I hope they will be just as excited as I am! πŸ™‚

Let me know if you have any questions about all the exciting (hopefully not overwhelming) stuff that is happening in the 4th grade. I look forward to a jam packed but shorter week this week and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! πŸ™‚  

Week of 2/5/18

I hope everyone had a fun weekend watching the Super Bowl! Here’s what is happening in 4th grade this week!

Language Arts: The students are super excited and involved as “contestants” on a show called Eureka! Student Inventor. Students are completing challenges in lab groups in order to complete their Wheel of Invention. Later this week I will introduce our final PBL project for this Quarter, which will be Shark Tank, Jr.!

Math: We have completed the last lesson of Topic 6 today. Tomorrow we will do a review of concepts learned in Topic 6, and will take a short 10 question assessment on Wednesday February 7th. Review material will go home with students tomorrow.

Science: Students will be introduced to the world of atoms.

Social Studies: Students will learn about Mountains and Mountain Ranges. 

Homework: Students have to read each night for a minimum of 20 minutes, fill in their reading logs, and have a parent signature. Math homework will be given on an as need basis and is due the next day.

Tutoring: I am available to stay for tutoring from now on until 3:45.

Valentine’s Day Celebration: I plan on having Valentine’s Day Celebration next week on Wednesday February 14th. Students will be allowed to bring in Valentine’s Day cards to give to each student in class. We will decorate bags in class for students to use to place cards in. I will provide a Valentine’s Day treat for the kids, but if you were thinking of bringing something in please just let me know beforehand!

OTA Family Dance: The OTA Family Dance is this Saturday February 10th from 5:30-8:30. It is $25 per family due tomorrow February 6th. All proceeds will benefit our students, and assure OTA us able to sustain our Heart Safe School Program, CPR training, and AED maintenance. 

Extended Learning: I will be discussing with the students what the Extended Learning opportunities look like for Quarter 3 and will be posting directions on the blog under the Extended Learning Tab, Quarter 3 by the end of this week. Any materials mentioned in the directions will be found on Google Classroom or be given to students to use. 

President’s Holiday: There is no school on February 16th or February 19th in honor of President’s Day. 

If there are any questions about what is happening this week or coming up, please reach out and ask! πŸ™‚

Week of 1/29/18

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the year! Thank you to all parents who were able to see our Quarter 2 Poetry Slam. The students worked hard and I am happy you were able to share in the display of their finished product!

Here is what’s happening in 4th grade this week!

Language Arts: We have started Unit 5: Student Inventor. The students are super excited about this, as am I, and will be participating as “contestants” on a show called Eureka!. Each lesson has a challenge student lab groups will take part in, in order to complete their Wheel of Invention. This unit will be an introduction to our PBL for this Quarter, which will be like an episode of Shark Tank. (details on this to follow :))

Math: We have started Topic 6: Use Operations with Whole Numbers to Solve Problems. Students will be using what they know about multiplication. division, addition, and subtraction to solve word problems. This topic is only 5 lessons so should only go until mid-week next week.

Science: Students will continue learning about Chemistry. Now that we have learned about matter, we are going to move onto atoms and elements.

Social Studies: Students will start learning about Mountains and Mountain Ranges. 

Homework: Students have to read each night for a minimum of 20 minutes, fill in their reading logs, and have a parent signature. Math homework will be given on an as need basis and is due the next day.

Tutoring: I am available to stay for tutoring this week until 3:45.

If you have any questions or concerns about things coming up this week, please reach out and ask. Thanks and enjoy your week! πŸ™‚

 

Week of 1/22/18

2018 is off to a great START, but brings us to the END of Quarter 2! Here is what’s happening this week in 4th grade!

Tutoring: If students want to stay after to make up any missing work from Quarter 2, I can stay after school this Thursday January 25th until about 3:45.

Homework: Reading logs were given out today to be used this week as well as next week. They will be collected on Monday February 5th.

End of Quarter 2: The end of the Quarter 2 is Friday January 26th. This is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00

Spirit Day: January 26th is a Spirit Day and the theme is throwbacks! Students are encouraged to dress in a style or as a specific person from the past. 

MAPs Testing: Students did a great job taking the MAPs math assessment today and will be taking the Reading assessment tomorrow January 23rd. Please make sure students are going to bed early and eating a good breakfast to ensure they try their best during this testing!

Math: Students will have a review of concepts learned during Topic 5 on Wednesday January 24th and then will be taking their test on Thursday January 25th. Students will do an in class review and then be given materials for extra practice to take home on Wednesday night. 

Language Arts: We will continue to write different poems in order to put together our Poetry Books, and to be ready for our Poetry Slam! πŸ™‚ 

Science: We will be doing Matter Observations tomorrow during Science and then will take a short vocabulary quiz on Wednesday January 24th. We will review that day and take the quiz shortly after.

Social Studies: We just finished up our Exploring Maps unit last week, so we will review the concepts learned and have a short quiz this week. 

The Great Kindness Challenge: OTA will be participating in this state-wide event this week. Posters are up around school and a checklist went home on Friday. See how many of the challenges you and your family can accomplish!

Poetry Slam: Students have worked hard during Quarter 2 learning about Poetry. To show off their PBL final project, the 4th grade will have a Poetry Slam on January 26th from 11:15-12:00. I want this to be an opportunity for students to share a poem they have written while enjoying drinks and snacks. A sign up genius was just sent out for anyone who would like to volunteer or donate things to make this Poetry Slam an awesome way to end Quarter 2!

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything coming up this week.  Thanks! πŸ™‚

Week of 1/15/18

Here are some reminders about this week and next!

Tutoring: There will not be tutoring tomorrow January 18th  because there is a Staff Meeting. 

Homework: Homework is being given on an as need basis for math. Reading logs were given out last week to be used for that week as well as this. They will be collected on Monday January 22nd.

Extended Learning: Extended Learning for Quarter 2 is due this Friday January 19th

End of Quarter 2: The end of the Quarter 2 is Friday January 26th. This is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00

Spirit Day: January 26th is a Spirit Day and the theme is throwbacks! Students are encouraged to dress in a style or as a specific person from the past. 

MAPs Testing: Students will be taking their next set of MAPs testing for Reading and Math on Monday January 22nd and Tuesday January 23rd. Please make sure students are going to bed early and eating a good breakfast to ensure they try their best during this testing!

Topic 5 Math Test: Students will have a review of concepts learned during Topic 5 on Wednesday January 24th and then will be taking their test on Thursday January 25th. Students will do an in class review and then be given materials for extra practice to take home on Wednesday night. 

Poetry Slam: Students have worked hard during Quarter 2 learning about Poetry. To show off their PBL final project, the 4th grade will have a Poetry Slam on January 26th. I want this to be an opportunity for students to share a poem they have written while enjoying drinks and snacks. A sign up genius will be sent out soon for anyone who would like to volunteer or donate things to make this Poetry Slam an awesome way to end Quarter 2!

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything coming up this week or next.  Thanks! πŸ™‚

 

Week of 1/8/18

This Week in 4th Grade

Reading: We are going to start working on putting together our final project for PBL for the Quarter. Tomorrow I will introduce the Poetry Book that students will work from tomorrow until the end of the quarter which is January 26th.

Math: We will continue with Topic 5, learning about division.

Science: We will continue learning about matter by thinking about its changing states.

Social Studies: We will learn how to read Physical Maps this week.

MLK Jr. Birthday Holiday: There is no school on Monday January 15th.

Homework: Reading logs have gone home and will be used for the next two weeks. The reading log students were given yesterday will be due on January 22nd. Students have been getting math homework on an as need basis. If students come home with a math paper, it is due the next day as we go over it as a class in the morning.

Tutoring: For the students who stay for tutoring, I will be staying this week but cannot stay on January 18th because there is a Staff Meeting.

Extended Learning: All opportunities for extended learning are due next Friday January 19th. If students have any questions about this, the instructions and materials are on the blog and Google Classroom. 

End of Quarter 2: The end of Quarter 2 is January 26th. This is a minimum day and spirit day

Spirit Day: Spirit Day is January 26th and the theme is Flashback Friday. Students can dress up in a style from the past or like a person from the past. 

Poetry Slam: Students have worked hard during Quarter 2 learning about Poetry. To show off their PBL final project, the 4th grade will have a Poetry Slam on January 26th. I want this to be an opportunity for students to share a poem they have written while enjoying drinks and snacks. More details about the timing of this event as well as volunteering for it, soon to come!

If you have any questions or concerns about anything mentioned, please let me know and have a great rest of your week! πŸ™‚

 

Week of 1/2/18

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great break and is ready to finish out Quarter 2! Here is what’s happening this week in fourth grade!

Reading: We will continue our Poetry unit by reading different types of poems and writing some of our own.

Math: We will be starting Topic 5 which is using strategies and properties to divide by 1-digit numbers. 

Science: We will be learning about Matter, the different states and properties used to describe matter.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about Time Zones of the world. 

Homework: Since this week is a short week, there will be no reading logs. The only homework that students will have is anything they do not finish in class this week.

Extended Learning: Extended Learning for Quarter 2 is due on January 19th. If you have any questions about the completion of these activities, please let me know.

Sock Drive: The fourth grade has collected over 200 socks for the sock drive! Therefore, we have earned a free dress day. Students will decide on what day they would like to use this and I will send out an email with the final decision.

PBL: Poetry Slam: For this Quarter’s PBL, I would like to have a Poetry Slam. Since students are learning about all aspects of poetry, they will be creating their own Poetry Books. I will be introducing the project on Friday January 12th and we will start working on the book the following week on January 16th. Students will work on their poetry books until January 25th with the Poetry Slam taking place on the minimum day January 26th. More details about our Poetry Slam to come, as this will be a time for students to display and share the poems they have worked hard to write!

If you have any questions about the announcements listed above, please let me know! Thanks and I look forward to a great week! πŸ™‚

 

Week of 12/11/17

This week in 4th Grade

Since this week is the last week before winter break, we will be doing all holiday based activities during reading, math, science, and social studies. We will learn about the holidays Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas as well as continue to practice multiplication but with a holiday twist!

Holiday Party: We are having our Polar Express Party on Wednesday December 13th from 1:00-3:00. Students can bring in pajamas, a small stuffed animal and/or a throw blanket to have as we watch the movie The Polar Express. Hot chocolate, popcorn, and other treats will be provided for students!

Sock Drive: The Stand Up for Kids Sock Drive ends Thursday December 14th. Please try to donate at least one pair of socks for a great cause!

Spirit Day: This Friday December 15th is a ugly holiday sweater spirit day as well as a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00. You are encouraged  to come to school in an “ugly sweater” and can choose to participate in the ugly sweater contest. 

Tutoring: I cannot stay for tutoring this Thursday December 14th as I will be absent that day as well as Friday December 15th

Homework: There are no reading logs this week, so there is no homework at all!

Winter Break: The holiday break is from December 18th to January 1st. School resumes on Tuesday, January 2nd.

One more week until we have a nice two week break! Thank you to the wonderful fourth graders for working so hard and doing a great job! πŸ™‚

Week of 12/4/17

This Week in 4th Grade

Math: Topic 4 Test is tomorrow Wednesday December 6th. We did a review in class today of the concepts learned in Topic 4. Students should have brought up a review packet with specified problems they can review to study for their test.

Language Arts: We have started Unit 3 which is Poetry! We will be participating in the first 5 lessons of the unit this week, learning about different poet’s and different elements of poetry.

Science: We are done with our study of Meteorology and are going to be moving on to Chemistry. Students will get an introduction to Chemistry this week.

Social Studies: We are continuing our world geography unit and will continue to focus on the different time zones of the world this week. 

Tutoring: I will not be able to stay for tutoring this Thursday due to a staff meeting.

Sock Drive: Our Stand Up for Kids Sock Drive ends next week so please consider donating socks to help homeless children!

Spirit Day: Next Friday December 15th is a Sprit Day! The theme is ugly sweaters! This day is also a minimum day with dismissal at 12:00. 

Classroom Holiday Party: I want to have a classroom holiday party on Wednesday December 13th. This party will include wearing our pajamas during the party, drinking hot chocolate, and watching the movie The Polar Express. If any parents would like to donate any packages of hot chocolate, cups, marshmallows, napkins, or snacks for the party, or would like to volunteer to help out that afternoon, that would be greatly appreciated! πŸ™‚ Please send me an email if you’d like to be a part of the celebration in any way!

With only two weeks left of school before another long break, I hope to continue to see the 4th graders working hard each and every day! πŸ™‚

Week of 11/27/2017

I hope everyone had a restful break and a Happy Thanksgiving! Here is what will be happening this week in 4th Grade!

Language Arts: We are going to be finishing up our unit on the Middle Ages by Wednesday of this week. We will do a review of the entire topic on Thursday November 30th and will have a test on Friday December 1st. Students will be going home with review material on Wednesday in order to study for the review and the test. 

Math: We are going to be finishing up Topic 4 this week. We will have a review of the skills on Monday December 4th and then will have our Topic 4 Test on Tuesday December 5th. Review material will go home on Monday in order for students to review.

Science: We will be playing a Meteorology review game tomorrow in class. Students will then take home their interactive science notebooks tomorrow Novemeber 28th for them to review the things we’ve learned about in our Meteorology unit  to prepare for a test on Wednesday November 29th.  

Social Studies: We will continue our unit on World Geography by learning about the different time zones of the world.

Extended Learning Quarter 2: All of the Extended Learning opportunities have been posted for Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. I have reviewed each of the assignments with the students so they should know the expectations for completion. These opportunities are due on January 19th. This is a week before the end of Quarter 2. You can find the directions for the opportunities under the Extended Learning tab at the top of the blog, scrolling over Quarter 2 and then choosing which subject you would like to look at. Any worksheets needed to complete these assignments are available on google classroom and have been shown to the students. 

Surprise Lunch: The Kindergarteners have been talking about “giving” this month and wanted to put that into action. They have decided that they would like to give back to their 4th grade reading buddies by serving them a lunch tomorrow November 28th. That being said, the students do not need to bring a lunch tomorrow. The Kindergarten class is providing a pizza lunch during our lunch time. I have informed the students that they can still bring a snack for the morning as well as a drink to have with their lunch.

Thank you to everyone for coming to the parent/teacher conferences before the break. I am happy to support my students in any way that I can. πŸ™‚ 

Week of 11/13/17

One more week until Thanksgiving break! Here are some reminders and activities going on this week!

Field Trip: It’s here! The Medieval Times field trip is tomorrow November 14th. Students went home with a paper last week that has the student groupings as well as the schedule for the day. We will meet on the turf field tomorrow morning and stay downstairs. We will go over the groups again, do a bathroom run, and then get into the designated cars and go!  

Field Trip Reminders:

1. Please make sure to be on time tomorrow as we want to leave no later than 8:30 in order to get there by 10:30. I am not sure what the traffic will be like so leaving earlier will be best!

2. Students do not need to pack a lunch as lunch is provided at Medieval Times. Students can bring snacks and water for the car ride there and back, but will not be able to bring these things into Medieval Times.

3. Students are allowed to bring electronics and other things with them to keep them busy during the car ride, however it is their responsibility to take care of these items. I, as well as the chaperones, will not be responsible for any items students choose to take with them. These items will also stay in the car and not be permitted into Medieval Times.

4. Please make sure students are wearing their OTA uniform, not their PE day uniform. This is for safety reasons and we need to make sure we are all wearing what we are supposed to.

5. I have decided that all students are allowed to attend this field trip. Students were told by myself and Mr. C that they needed to prove that they can behave responsibly in the classroom in order to be taken outside of OTA. That being said, students have earned their spot on the field trip. However, if students are not behaving or listening on the field trip, there will be consequences for the remainder of the week and/or for any other special plans coming up. 

This Week in Fourth Grade

Jog-a-thon Awards Ceremony: This ceremony will take place on Thursday November 16th at  8:00

Homework: There are no reading logs to be filled out this week. Instead, students have brought home a Disguise a Turkey project to be completed at home. The directions and guidelines are on the worksheets that went home today. Students can hand their turkeys in as early as tomorrow but no later than Friday, November 17th. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me!

Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week from 1:00-4:00. These days are minimum days and dismissal is at 12:00. Please make sure if you want a conference, you have signed up for one with the link I sent in an email, if you haven’t already. 

Thanksgiving: We will be participating in Thanksgiving related activities on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week. Students will still continue math lessons from Topic 4, but reading will be Thanksgiving related. We will also be having a Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday, November 17th at the end of the day. More details about this to come!

Extended Learning: Extended Learning opportunities for Quarter 2 for Language Arts and Math will have been posted on the blog and google classroom. I am still working on Science and Social Studies opportunities but they will be posted by Friday the latest. I will go over these activities with the class and answer any questions they may have, but if there are still questions about it please don’t hesitate to ask! 

Coming Up

Math: We will finish with Lesson 4-8 this week. After break, we will do a review of lessons one through eight, finish lessons 4-9 through 4-11, and then review Topic 4 to prepare for a test. I will make sure to post about when the test will be when it gets closer.

Language Arts: We have finished Chapter 7 today out of a total of nine chapters that we will be reading about the Middle Ages. After break, we will finish reading and learning about the Middle Ages, and then review what we have learned in order to prepare for a Unit 2 test. I will make sure to post about when the test will be when it gets closer.

 

If you have any questions about things coming up in the fourth grade, please let me know! Go to bed early tonight in order to be ready to go for Medieval Times. I can’t wait and I’ll see you tomorrow! πŸ™‚

 

 

Week of November 6th

Quarter 1 has come to an end, but the fourth graders are ready for Quarter 2! We ended the quarter last week by finishing up Topic 3 in math and building as well as showing off our own Medieval castles! Thank you to everyone who was able to come to see all the hard work the students did as they planned and built their castles!

This Week in Fourth Grade…

Language Arts: We will continue to learn about the Middle Ages through the month of November.

Math: We have started Topic 4 which is using strategies and properties to multiply by 2-digit numbers. 

Science: We are going to continue to work on weather and climate this week, learning about Earth’s major climates and playing a weather and climate review game.

Social Studies: We are going to continue to work on World Geography, learning how to find a place on a map.

Reminders and Announcements

CPR/AED Training: Students will participate in CPR and AED training on Thursday November 9th from 9:20-10:05. 

Jogathon Pledges: If you haven’t already, please remember to bring in the pledges and money you have collected from the Jogathon!

Field Trip: Our Medieval Times Field Trip is next week on Tuesday November 14th. An email will be sent out before the end of the week with the groupings of students as well as the plan for the day! 

Tutoring: I apologize, but I cannot stay for tutoring on Thursday because I have a meeting right after school.

Veteran’s Day: There is no school on Friday November 10th to observe Veteran’s Day.

Conferences: Parent/Teacher conferences are next week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday November 15th-17th. These days are minimum days and dismissal is at 12. If you have not already signed up for a conference with me, please make sure you do!

Thanksgiving Celebration: I am still in the process of planning this, but I want to have a small Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday November 17th. We will be doing Thanksgiving related activities during the half days of the week and I wanted to celebrate in some way on that Friday. Let me know if you have any ideas or want to participate in any way!

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything coming up! πŸ™‚

Mid Week Reminders!

Topic 3 Math Assessment Part 2: Students will be taking the second part of their Topic 3 Math Assessment tomorrow November 2nd. They were going to take it today, but we were very involved in our castle building! Students know where to find review material on pearsonrealize.com to study concepts they will see on the test.

Castle Project: Students will continue to build their castle models tomorrow through Friday. Although not required, I told the students they can bring anything they want from home to use for their projects. There will be a gallery walk type of presentation of the castles on Friday November 3rd from 11:30-11:55. We would love to see you there! πŸ™‚

Extended Learning: Extended Learning opportunities are due tomorrow by the time students get to school. Assignments can be turned in through google classroom, by emailing me, or by handing it in tomorrow morning.

Tutoring: I will be staying after school tomorrow until 4:00 for tutoring help.

Spirit Day/Minimum Day: This Friday is a spirit day and it is twin day. Students can dress alike with one or more people. Friday is also the end of Quarter 1 and a minimum day meaning dismissal is at 12:00.

Medieval Times Field Trip: Please turn in the field trip permission slips and cost of the trip by the latest November 9th. It would be best to try and turn it in by the end of this week if possible!

If you have any questions about anything coming up, please reach out! Thanks!

The Last Week of Quarter 1!

I can’t believe Quarter 1 has come to an end and it will be November next week! Time is going by quite fast in fourth grade!

Language Arts: This week, the students brainstormed ideas for the construction and presentation of their castles. They have a lot of amazing ideas and I am so excited to start the construction on Monday. I will be going out and getting some requested supplies that the students asked for, but if you have any empty paper towel rolls, empty toilet paper rolls, or cardboard that the students could bring in that would be great! 

I informed the students that this is an in class project, but students asked if they could still  do some of the construction at home. I said they can do anything they would like to at home that could be added to their castle, but it is by no means required. 

Math: We continued working with multiplication and finished Topic 3. We did a review today of the skills learned during this topic, and will be having part 1 of our test on Monday and continue with part 2 on Wednesday.

Science: We learned about the different types of air masses and weather fronts that meteorologists use to predict the weather. Students will continue working with this next week by creating their own weather maps.

Social Studies: We learned how to measure distance on a map as well as what lines of latitude and longitude mean. Students will continue working with this next week by finding the coordinated of different places on a map. 

Coming up the Week of 10/30

Monday: Part 1of the Math test. Students brought home a practice packet. This is not required, however I advised students to do 3 or 4 problems from each section to practice the different skills. They also have access to a practice test on pearsonrealize.com.

Tuesday: I hope you have your costumes ready ’cause it’s Halloween! Students will participate in the Halloween Parade from 8:30-9:30. We will be completing Halloween activities throughout the day.

Thursday All Extended Learning Opportunities are due when students arrive to school. I will not be accepting anything after school or on Friday. 

Also, the 5th grade has their Renaissance Fair in the afternoon that we will be attending from 12:40-1:00.

Friday: Friday is a minimum day! It is also Twin Day for spirit day. Our class discussed possibly dressing all alike for this spirit day but it has not been fully decided. I told the students to think about what they wanted to do this weekend, and on Monday we will vote if we want the whole class to dress alike or not. Since it is a minimum day, dismissal is at 12:00! 

Also, students will be showing off their castles and presentations from 11:30-11:55. Parents and families may come and go as they please as this will be a gallery walk style type of presentation.

Medieval Times Permission Slips went home today! Students need to return these slips with the trip cost as soon as possible! if you emailed me about being a chaperone, then please enclose the amount for you and your child with the permission slip. I will be sending an email to the parents who have emailed me to be a chaperone separately to give you more details about the day of the field trip.

Thank you for a successful first Quarter so far and have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Week of October 23rd

Fourth Grade did such an AMAZING job at the Jog-a-thon on Friday! They worked so hard and did a great job running those laps! I was proud of each and every one of them for their participation and positivity throughout the day!

This Week in 4th Grade

Language Arts:  We are going to continue learning about The Middle Ages and start a group project on castles. Tomorrow the project will be introduced and students will have until the end of quarter 1 to work on it in class. More details about this project to come!

Math: We are going to finish up Topic 3 this week, do a review on Friday and have our Topic 3 test on Monday 10/30.

Science: We will continue out Meteorology unit by learning about how meteorologists forecast the weather.

Social Studies: We will continue our World Geography unit by working with lines of Latitude and Longitude.

Reminders and Announcements

Tutoring: I cannot stay after school this Thursday as we have a staff meeting right after school.

Jog-a-thon: Make sure to get those pledges and turn in all the money you have collected to me!

Extended Learning: A few students have turned in their extended learning opportunities and they are super awesome! These are due as early as tomorrow but no later than November 2nd.

Robotics: A message from Ms. Klim!

Dear 4th Grade Families,

Last week, we teamed up in groups to program our probots to write different letters. We entered algorithms into our probots and watched it move and make various letters. We made the letters T,E,F,J, and I! We also experimented with different algorithms to see what other letters of the alphabet we can create.

We also discovered how carefully you need to enter the algorithm into the probot and learned different strategies on how to work together as a team!

This week, we will have special guest speakers from the Robotics team, Trisectors. They will be bringing in their robot and giving a detailed presentation on how they built it!

I am are very excited for the upcoming year!

Ms. Klim

Missing Work: Students have already been informed about the work they are missing (if any). Students have until the end of this week to turn in missing work, or it is a zero in my grade-book and will have a negative impact on their grades. I have told the students numerous times how important it is to turn in work completed and on time. I have been very lenient with missing, late, or incomplete work as it is Quarter 1. However, during Quarter 2 I will be stricter on when assignments are due.

Halloween: Halloween is Tuesday 10/31! I can’t wait to see all the cool costumes! πŸ™‚ If you have any questions about the costume you plan on wearing, please reach out!

Thanks for another great week and have a great day!

Week of October 16th

Good Afternoon!

This Week in Fourth Grade

Math: We will continue working on using strategies and properties with multiplication. Today I gave the students a quick assessment on the first 5 lessons we have worked through. As I look through them tonight, I will see what we need to go back to and what we can move on from.

Reading: We will continue learning about the Middle Ages. Students are enjoying learning about the different types of people from this time period and the feudal social structure they were apart of. As we learn about all the aspects of the Middle Ages, we will work towards our PBL project we will try and start next week.

Science: We will continue our Meteorology unit by learning about forecasting the weather, which includes the tools we use to measure the weather. 

Social Studies: We will continue our World Geography unit by learning about world hemispheres, as well as lines of latitude and longitude.

Announcements and Reminders

Extended Learning: Posted on the blog are the extended learning opportunity directions for Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. As I explained at Back to School Night, extended learning is optional. However, if a student wishes to maintain his or her grade or bump their grade up, then he or she must complete both opportunities. I told the students how to access our blog and where to find these directions and if they had any questions to write them down and bring them in to ask me tomorrow. These are due as early as tomorrow and as late as November 2nd as the quarter ends on November 3rd. 

*You can find the extended learning opportunities under the Extended Learning page, Quarter 1, and then go to whichever subject you’d like to read about.  

Please email me if you have any questions about this!

Reading Testing/Levels: I have about 6 more students I need to test for their reading levels. As soon as I finish with those students, I will send home a form explaining what level they are on, what it means, and what the next steps are. 

Jog-a-thon: Jog-a-thon is this Friday! Woohoo! Make sure to get those pledges and be ready for an awesome day!

I am ready to have another awesome week in fourth grade! Have a great day! πŸ™‚ 

Social Studies

Happy Monday!

Reminders and Announcements

1. Picture Day: Picture Day is tomorrow! If you wish purchase a picture package, make sure to bring in the red form with money enclosed and give it to me to hold on to!

2. Homework: Students have homework tonight. For math, they are to complete the even numberon the front page, page 99, and numbers 19-22 all numbers on the back page, page 100. For reading, they are to finishing reading Chapter 1 “Welcome to the Middle Ages” which they have a copy of and then answer the three questions that follow.

I didn’t get a chance to make new reading logs for this week during the day so I will send those home tomorrow. Students are required to read at least 20 minutes a night, fill in the reading log with the number of minutes and title of the book, and get it signed by a parent. Reading logs will normally be collected and redistributed on Mondays. This gives students the chance to complete the reading for Fridays as well as make up 20 minutes of reading one night over the weekend if they need to. 

3. Tutoring: A form will go home tomorrow about staying after school on Thursdays until 4:00 for extra math tutoring/finishing up work. If a student is interested in staying after, I must have this form signed and returned before Thursday.

4. Extended Learning Q1: The extended learning opportunities for quarter 1 will go home by the end of this week. These assignments will be due by November 3rd. If students finish them earlier, then they can turn them in earlier. 

First Week of October

This week the students did a whole lot of testing, but they did such a great job! We have finished Unit 1 of Language Arts, personal narratives, and have also completed Topic 2 of math, fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers. Most students finished their MAPs testing but some will have to finish this test at some point next week.

We finished writing out own mini personal narratives after reading three throughout the unit. If you would like to see your child’s personal narrative, they are on google classroom!

The students reviewed the water cycle and did a fun activity while learning about the different types of clouds.

During Reading Buddies today, students played different games with their buddies! It was awesome to see how the 4th graders were helping the Kindergarten kids play the different games!

Next week, we will be starting new units in language arts and math!

Math: Topic 3 – Use Strategies and Properties to Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers

Language Arts: The Middle Ages

Announcements

Tutoring: Beginning next week, I will be staying after school on Thursdays until 3:45/4:00 for extra math tutoring. If you are interested in having your child stay after school, please fill out the after school tutoring paper I will be sending home on Monday.

Testing: On Wednesday, I will be starting to do reading level tests for each student. This will be an all day process that will help me see what reading level your child is at, what that level indicates as far as reading ability in the 4th grade, and will allow me to group the students in a way that I can concentrate on what needs improvement. I will make sure a letter goes home explaining what reading level each student is at and what that means as we get further into the school year.

Picture Day: Picture Day is Tuesday October 10th. If you are interested in purchasing a picture package for your child, please fill out the form that was sent home earlier in the week with the enclosed cost of the package and make sure to send that in with your child to give to me.

Robotics:  If there is anyone willing to donate 2 or 3 class set packs of thin markers for students to use to make their probots in Robotics, Ms. Klim and I would really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you next week! 

Reminders!

Coming up this week…

Wednesday October 4th – The 4th grade students will be taking the math MAPs testing during math time. This is not a test students can study for, but are encouraged to try their best as this is a tool that allows me to see what academic level they are at. It allows me to see what they are succeeding with as well as struggling with.

Thursday October 5th – “Food from the Outside” Test! Students will be given the appropriate studying materials they will need to review in order to do well on this test.

Friday October 6th – Movie Night at OTA! Movie Night starts at 6 pm on the field. There will be a school wide picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, and treats as Shrek plays when the sun goes down. Come out and have some fun!

Tuesday October 10th – Picture Day! Picture Day order forms went home with students yesterday. Please fill these in and hand them in if you would like to order school pictures!

Week of 9/25/17

In 4th Grade this Week

We started reading our third and final personal narrative called “Food from the Outside” by Rita Williams-Garcia. Students have been reading the different sections, completing discussion questions using the text as evidence for their answers, as well as word work worksheets on google classroom to practice using the vocabulary words for this story.

We continued with the math lessons from Topic 2, Fluently Add and Subtract Multi-Digit Whole Numbers”, and finished this topic today with lesson 6!

Students also learned about The Water Cycle during Science time and the vocabulary for the different parts of a map during Social Studies.

What to look forward to for next week:

Reading- We are going to continue participating in activities based on the personal narrative “Food from the Outside”. We will have our test on this narrative on Thursday, October 5th. This will include the vocabulary words we worked with in class as well as knowledge about the story itself. I will write a separate blog post reminding you and the students that the test is coming up!

Math- We will be reviewing Topic 2 on Monday and then will have our Topic 2 Math test on Tuesday, October 3rd. Again, I will write a separate blog post reminding you and the students that the test is coming up. 

Science -As a part of Meteorology, will continue learning about The Water Cycle as well as the different types of clouds.

Social Studies- As part of World Geography, we will continue talking about the parts of a map and start talking about the different continents and oceans. 

Important Dates

Monday October 2nd – The 4th grade students will be taking the reading MAPs testing during reading time. This is not a test students can study for, but are encouraged to try their best as this is a tool that allows me to see what academic level they are at. It allows me to see what they are succeeding with as well as struggling with.

Tuesday October  3rd – Topic 2 Math Test! We will do a review on Monday and a review worksheet will be sent home for students to practice what they will be tested on.

Wednesday October 4th – The 4th grade students will be taking the math MAPs testing during math time. This is not a test students can study for, but are encouraged to try their best as this is a tool that allows me to see what academic level they are at. It allows me to see what they are succeeding with as well as struggling with.

Thursday October 5th – “Food from the Outside” Test! Students will be given the appropriate studying materials they will need to review in order to do well on this test.

Friday October 6th – Movie Night at OTA! Movie Night starts at 6 pm on the field. There will be a school wide picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, and treats as Shrek plays when the sun goes down. Come out and have some fun!

Reminders

  1. Homework Policy – As I mentioned at back to school night, homework will go home on an as needed basis, except for the reading logs. A new reading log will go home with the students every Monday and will need to be turned in that Friday. Students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes per night. Students are to fill in their reading logs every night and get a parent signature for each night as well. When additional homework is given during the week, the expectation is that students complete the assignment that evening and it is ready to be turned in, completed, the very next day. I know that sometimes there will be exceptions and things come up but it is very important for the students to realized that homework is an important aspect of school and that they need to be able to manage school with extracurricular activities. This week I made many exceptions when it came to turning in homework as students are just getting used to having it, but will not be as lenient as the Quarter progresses. 

     2. Extended Learning– As I also mentioned at back to school night, students will have        to complete two extended learning assignments for the Quarter in order to bump up their grade. Completing an extended learning assignment is a way for students to prove that they can go above and beyond to learn new things. I am working on posting the different assignments that students will have to complete for Quarter 1 and they will be due at the end of the quarter which is November 3rd. Students who choose to complete these assignments can turn them in at any point before the end of the quarter, but no later than November 3rd. When these assignments have been uploaded, I will be sure to let you know. πŸ™‚

3. Jog-a-thon– Students have been sent home with the Jog-A-Thon pledge packet. Please make sure to send in the t-shirt order form with the student’s t-shirt size in order for them to get their free t-shirt. This paper is due back on Monday October 2nd. Students will be voting on a t-shirt design this Monday and the winner will be announced on Tuesday October 3rd

4. Planners– I am noticing that a lot of students are showing me they are disorganized when knowing what assignments they must complete, for what subject, and when they must be turned in. I have put post it notes in each table’s supply bin for students to write down important things they must remember to do at home. If a student would like to have a planner to write reminders about assignments, write down homework, any upcoming due dates or events, that would be totally fine with me! As students are reaching the older grades, the expectations become greater and there are more things to remember. Please have the students bring in a planner to use if this will help them become more organized for this school year!

5 .Robotics– Students have Robotics class twice a week with Ms. Klim. As they are working on making probots, Ms. Klim has asked if someone could donate 2-3 packs of thin tip, skinny markers for the students to use. The donation of these markers would be greatly appreciated and students would be using them as early as Thursday of next week. Thank you in advance to any parent that is willing to donate! πŸ™‚ I have also added a Robotics tab at the top of the blog in order for Ms. Klim to post updates and pictures of what students will be working on during Robotics time.

I apologize for the extremely large and lengthy blog post this week, but there is just so much going on and coming up that I wanted to make sure I informed you about! I hope that you find this post informative and helpful and wish everyone a restful last weekend of September! 

Week of 9/18 Update

This week was a busy and successful one! Student’s read another personal narrative called Scout’s Honor and finished up Topic 1 in math! We have reading buddies on Fridays each week. The students really enjoy interacting and reading with their Kindergarten buddy! Usually the students will read with their buddy, but this week the 4th graders helped the Kindergarteners paint the new benches and tables they have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We have a reading test on Scout’s Honor on Monday September 25th. We did a review of the story and the vocabulary words in class today. Students were told to take home the vocabulary sheets as well as the reader to review the story and study if they felt they needed to.

We have just started Topic 2 in Math, which is fluently adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. We got off to a rough start, as some students were confused about the different strategies we are learning to use for mental math. We went over those strategies again today and will continue to work on them on Monday.

Reading logs do not have to be turned in just yet. The students will fill them in as they read this week and then turn it in on Friday September 29th.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about what has been going on in the fourth grade! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Reminder!

Good Afternoon!

Just a few things!

If you could please send in a one subject spiral notebook for the students to use for Social Studies by Friday, that would be awesome!

I apologize for not sending home the reading logs I talked about at Back to School Night as homework. They will be going home tomorrow!

I am in the process of grading student work and all of it will be going home this Friday! Students were able to see their test score for Math and should be able to share that with you before they take it home on Friday. 

Thank you and have a great afternoon! πŸ™‚

First Full Week Update!

Just like that, our first full week of school has already come and gone! And what a successful one it was too! πŸ™‚

Thank you to the parents that could make it to Back to School Night last night and for those who couldn’t be here, I look forward to meeting you soon!

This week we finished Topic 1: Generalize Place Value Understanding and did a Jeopardy Review Game to show what we know! The students did a wonderful job working in teams and showing their understanding of the math concepts we’ve learned. There will be a test on Topic 1 on Monday September 18th. Students had the option of bringing home review papers to work on this weekend in order to practice the skills they will be tested on.

Students also did a great job on their first reading test on the story All-Ball. I will be grading the work they have completed so far this school year and handing that out for the students to take home next week.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you next week! πŸ™‚

 

 

Week of 9/11/17

I hope everyone had a great weekend after the first week of school! Below are a couple announcements for this week!

1.Back to School Night, for the 2017-2018 school year, is on Thursday, September 14 @ 6:00 p.m. Be sure to arrive early, and participate in the OTA Parent Foundation Welcome Event on the turf area, starting at 5:00 p.m. There will be pizza, refreshments, and β€œadult play time” on our new play structure. Please click on the link below for more information: OTA Parent Foundation: Pizza at the Playground  Please remember that Back to School Night is an adult only event, and your children need to stay at home. A schedule for the evening is displayed below:

Back to School Night 2017

2. There will be a bake sale Friday, September 15th after school on the turf. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane relief funds. Please bring cash if you’d like some sweet treats! 

3. We officially started Topic 1 for Math and Unit1 for Language Arts on Thursday of last week. In Math, Topic 1 is Generalize Place Value and Understanding. In Language Arts, Unit 1 is Personal Narratives. 

Math: We are going to be finishing Topic 1 on Wednesday, meaning on Thursday we will be doing review activities followed by a Topic 1 Assessment. Students will be bringing home page 37 from their workbooks tomorrow as extra practice/review for their test. 

Language Arts: We have been reading a personal narrative called”All-Ball” by Mary Pope Osborne. We will be finishing up re-reading the narrative as well as follow up activities tomorrow, with an assessment of their understanding of the narrative on Wednesday. Tomorrow, students will be bringing home graded work that we’ve done in class so far about “All-Ball” in order to review for the test.

We will also be starting Social Studies and Science tomorrow. The first topic we will cover in Social Studies is World Geography. The first topic we will cover in Science will be Geology: The Earth and It’s Changes. More information about these topics will be given during back to school night!

4. I have added our daily schedule as a tab on the blog’s home page. Please feel free to check it out!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I hope to see everyone at Back to School Night this Thursday!  

First Day Recap!

Wow! What an awesome first day we had in fourth grade! As I got to know the new fourth grade students, I realized what a great year this is going to be!

We did a a reading, writing, and math getting to know each other (mainly me getting to know them and vice versa) activities. The students were engaged, participated, and told me a little bit more about themselves! The students will have more opportunities to get to know me as well as tell me about their summer, their goals for the year, and about their life during class tomorrow!

We also went over the different procedures and rules that will be enforced this year. That being said, I will be implementing a color chart that students will have the opportunity to move upwards for positive behavior and downwards for negative behavior. This color chart was explained in full to the students today and it will start getting used tomorrow! A calendar that goes along with the behavior chart will also be getting sent home everyday to let you know what color your child has ended the day on. A parent signature will only be required if the student ends the day on yellow or red and a reason for being on that color will be given along with the calendar.

I have had a bunch of parents asking what types of supplies we will be needing for this year. A huge thank you to the parents and students that have already donated some of the supplies from my wish list! We will definitely be using those things and would appreciate any other donations as well! One supply that I do ask for each student to bring in is a folder that will be used for their behavior chart, notes, and any other notices that I will be sending home throughout the year. 

Later this week I will be posting our daily schedule as it changes from day to day. PE will be on Mon, Weds, and Fri this quarter!

I hope everyone enjoyed their first day of school, and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year! I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and is excited to start the new year. My name is Ms. Rothman and I am the new 4th grade teacher. I am so excited to be apart of the OTA community and for the wonderful school year ahead of us! Although this is my first year working at OTA, I have four years of teaching experience and just recently moved to San Diego area from Baltimore, Maryland!

For this school year, the fourth grade will be sharing a set of classroom supplies. This means that you do not have to purchase individual supplies for your child to use at school. If you would like to contribute to the classroom supplies, please visit my Wish List tab at the top for the link to my Amazon Wish List. On the list are basic supplies we will need to start off the year, but if I find there are other supplies that are needed I will add them to this list. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated!

I will be in my classroom for the rest of this week and would love to meet anyone who is around to stop by! If you would like to reach out to me by email with any questions, concerns or just to say hi, my email address is [email protected]

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their summer and I look forward to meeting you all next week!

 

Ms. Rothman πŸ™‚ 

Movie

Hi,
Does anyone own the movie National Treasure? I figured this would be a good movie to end the year on as we finished our American Revolution unit. πŸ™‚ Let me know and thanks!
Chelsea Rothman 4th Grade Teacher Old Town Academy 2120 San Diego Ave San Diego, CA 92110 [email protected] (O) 619 574-6225 (F) 619 683-2096

Reminders!

A few reminders about the last day and a half! πŸ™‚
*American Revolution Museum*: Students are* not *to come to school dressed in costume. They should come in their regular PE uniform and then will change when it is time for the presentations. The presentations are from *1:30-2:40 tomorrow afternoon*. It is a gallery walk style so students will all be sharing information at the same time, as people walk up to their area.
*Last Day of School*: On the last day of school, it is a *free dress* day and a *minimum* day with dismissal at *12:00*.
*End of the Year Party*: We will celebrate the end of fourth grade with a party right after recess from *10:30-11:30 *on *Friday.* Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to bring something in for the party. If you still would like to help out, the sign up genius is below! πŸ™‚
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0D4EA4A72AA4FC1-endofyear <oldtownacademy.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db4968afbc9f5354e1148fbf8&id=60be9f7b6e&e=e9347d12f9> www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EA4A72AA4FC1-endofyear <oldtownacademy.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db4968afbc9f5354e1148fbf8&id=6bc246ed1c&e=e9347d12f9>
Thanks and see you tomorrow!

Hello from Mrs. Cook!

Hello Future 5th Grade Families!
I wanted to officially welcome you to 5th grade at OTA! Please see my attached letter regarding information about next year and some things your child can be doing over the summer.
I also have attached my summer programs that I sent home with your child a couple weeks ago. If you are interested in your child attending my Summer Book Club or Math Camp, please let me know! The cost is $125 for each program. The flier explains dates, times, and what each program looks like. If you are concerned with pricing, groupings, materials, etc. please email me so we can chat!
Have a wonderful summer! -Mrs. Cook
*Sarah Cook* 5th Grade Teacher Vice Principal of Student Success Old Town Academy

This Week’s Reminders

Good Evening,
Here are some reminders about the rest of this week!
*MAPS Testing*: On Monday students took the Reading MAPS test. Tomorrow, Wednesday June 6th, students will take the Math MAPS test.
*Peter Pan Field Trip*: On Thursday June 7th we will be going to see the production of Peter Pan. We will be leaving OTA at 9:30 and will be back at school for lunch at 12:00!
*Field Day*: Fourth grade’s day and time is this Friday, June 8th from 8:30-10:30. Fourth and fifth grade will be participating at the same time, competition style! πŸ™‚ Mrs. Cook and I are planning on making this a competitive, but very fun day for the fourth and fifth grades. We have chosen to have the grades wear two different colors and fourth grade will be wearing *blue*! I have bought a shirt from Michael’s to show students a blue shirt option they can get for Field Day that costs $4. If not, students can wear a blue t-shirt that they have that day. I will also be looking for other blue accessories like bandanas, sunglasses, beads, face paint, and hairspray to use that day! Please let me know if any parents are interested in getting any accessories for that day so I can get something different!
If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to volunteer to run one of the games during our Field Day Time by going to the link below! Field Day will run smoother and be way more fun for the kids if we have parents helping us out!
Thank you in advance for your time volunteering! FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS oldtownacademy.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db4968afbc9f5354e1148fbf8&id=6ceffde825&e=e9347d12f9
*Extended Learning*: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are due this Friday June 8th. Students can turn these in any day this week if they are finished!
Let me know if there are any questions about the rest of this week! πŸ™‚
Chelsea Rothman 4th Grade Teacher Old Town Academy 2120 San Diego Ave San Diego, CA 92110 [email protected] (O) 619 574-6225 (F) 619 683-2096

Reminders about next week

Good Afternoon!
Here are some reminders about next week!
*MAPS Testing*: I am very excited that we are done with CASSP testing, however we have one more set of tests to take before the end of the year! Students need to take the end of the year MAPS test to see how they have grown throughout fourth grade. Students will be taking these tests *next week*. On *Monday June 4th* students will take the *Reading MAPS test* and on *Wednesday *will take the *Math MAPS test*.
*Field Day**: *This year OTA will have its first Field Day! There will be different times for different grade levels to go down to the field and participate in different organized activities like tug of war, water balloon toss, egg and spoon race, etc. Fourth grade’s day and time is *Friday, June 8th from *8:30-10:30*. Fourth and fifth grade will be participating at the same time, competition style! πŸ™‚ Mrs. Cook and I are planning on making this a competitive, but very fun day for the fourth and fifth grades. We have chosen to have the grades wear two different colors and fourth grade will be wearing *blue*! I have bought a shirt from Michael’s to show students a blue shirt option they can get for Field Day that costs $4. If not, students can wear a blue t-shirt that they have that day. I will also be looking for other blue accessories like bandanas, sunglasses, beads, face paint, and hairspray to use that day! Please let me know if any parents are interested in getting any accessories for that day so I can get something different! If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to volunteer to run one of the games during our Field Day Time by going to the link below! Thank you in advance for your time volunteering! *FIELD DAY VOUNTEERS <oldtownacademy.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=db4968afbc9f5354e1148fbf8&id=6ceffde825&e=e9347d12f9>*
*Extended Learning*: Quarter 4 Extended Learning Opportunities are due on *June 8th* which is *the end of next week*! Students can turn these in any day next week if they are finished!
Let me know if there are any questions about next week and have a great weekend!