Final Week Before Break!


Greetings, parents! I hope your week went by smoothly. Can you believe there’s only 5 school days left of second quarter?! The class has been working hard this week on: Book Jackets, narrative writing, California missions, fractions. On Tuesday,  the class enjoyed a special visit from my niece and her classmates when they presented about healthy dental habits. See our new pictures on the Photos page. We also had a fun time at our AR Electronics Party. So many students made their points goal – I’m so proud! Just a few reminders for our final week in Quarter 2.

Winter Pajama Party – Thank you for signing up to bring goodies and $2 for pizza donations. Please see picture below for who’s bringing what. Our party will be this coming Fri. Dec. 18. Students may wear their PJ’s, bring a stuffed toy, and wear slippers in the classroom only. They must bring regular shoes to change into for lunch and recess. We will be watching Sea of Monsters, the exciting sequel to The Lightning Thief, our novel for Quarter 1. We can’t wait to celebrate all our hard work! Here are the party sign-ups:


Book Jacket Presentations – will be this Thurs. Dec. 17. The book jackets are coming along. Please make sure your child finishes their Book Jacket this weekend and practices their presentation Mon-Wed. Here are the instructions and samples one more time. Please also look for the *Speaking Rubric* in the instructions so your child knows what to work on in their presentation. Thank you for helping them prepare for our first major presentation!

Fall 2015 Book Jacket Project draft 2

The Lightning Thief Book Jacket Example

Weekly Progress Report – Don’t forget to sign and have your child bring to school Monday. Since report cards will be sent home next week, I may or may not send home a Weekly Progress Report on Friday. Thank you for understanding!

Owl Nesting Box – Our class will be in charge of the recently installed owl nesting box at school! We will observe and collect scientific data. See photos on our Photos page. There are no guarantees, but hopefully in spring, we will get to see American kestrels nesting and having babies. It’s so exciting!

Winter Break – will be Dec. 21-Jan. 11. School resumes Tues. Jan. 12, which will be early dismissal.

Winter Break Recommended Homework – 1) Read everyday. Read a chapter book or two. Be ready to take an AR test when we return. 2) Complete 6 or more Achieve articles on the computer. 3) Work on IXL on the computer everyday for 20 minutes or more to review and/or sharpen these 4th grade skills:

  • A6 Rounding
  • B1 Add Numbers Up to Millions
  • C1 Subtract Numbers Up to Millions
  • Q11 Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks
  • D17 and D18 Multiply 2-Digit Numbers
  • E8 Divide Larger Numbers
  • Q9 Reduce Fractions
  • Q10 Benchmark Fractions
  • Q16 Compare Fractions
  • Q20 Order Fractions

Winter Break Recommended Research Report – To extend our learning of California missions, students are challenged and highly encouraged to do a short research report on one of the 21 California missions of their choosing. Students may research their mission in the public library or online. Students will then create either a tri-fold brochure of their mission or just a one-page report (3-5 paragraphs) written neatly or typed. They may present their brochure/report on Friday, Jan. 15. Information to include in their brochure/report: brief history of the mission, description of the mission and features, interesting facts, location/map, diagram, etc. Mission San Diego de Alcala and Mission San Juan Capistrano would be great family field trips to take over Winter Break. Students who present a research report will earn a prize. Please email me if you have any questions.

A birthday shout-out to Valeria today! And thank you, parents, for all that you do. Please contact me with any questions or concerns at anytime. Have a great weekend, Panthers! ~ Mrs. King 🙂

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