Season’s Greetings!

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Greetings, families! I hope you are enjoying a nice start to the Winter Break. I just wanted to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all the beautiful messages, cards, gifts, treats from the students on Friday. My favorite, of course, were the hugs as we were leaving. We enjoyed a fun last day in our pj’s, watching Sea of Monsters (thank you, Omar!) and enjoying pizza and snacks. Thank you again for your donations of money, food, and supplies for the party. Thank you again to Mario’s mom for picking up the pizzas for us. It was a great day to spend together celebrating all our hard work.

Report Cards -Please remember to ask your child for their 2nd quarter report card. These were sent home on Friday, along with their latest STAR test results and an invitation to set up Achieve Home Edition so you can gain access to monitor your child’s progress on Achieve. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

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 and 3 Thought Questions. 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 at arlene.king@cvesd.org.

Changes in Homework – When we return, we are raising academic the bar in the new year! Students will be expected to read 40 minutes nightly instead of 35, complete 3 Achieve articles (instead of 2) and 1 Thought Question by the end of the week. We will be having a friendly competition with the other 4th grade classes in Achieve for incentives in Quarter 3 (TBD). AR points will continue to be 2 per week. Students will set new individual goals and our next AR Electronics Party date in 3rd quarter. I’m excited and know that students are ready for more! Panthers, rise to the occasion!

Well, Panthers, we made it to Winter Break. I’m proud of you and appreciate all of your hard work and efforts this first semester and look forward to a successful second semester with you. Wishing your family a happy holiday season! See you next year, Panthers! ~ Mrs. King 🙂

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