4th Grade Super Sailor Newsletter

Week 21: February 1-5, 2016


Students will finish up Topic 10 over fractions and will take their final assessment on Wednesday, February 3rd. They will then be introduced to modeling addition of fractions and will finish the week reviewing multiplication strategies as part of our STAAR Wars Review.


We will continue studying changes to the Earth’s Surface. We will begin the week by looking at different types of weathering (chemical, physical, and biological) and will spend the rest of the week observing changes through the Earth’s surface by observing models. Invention Convention projects may be turned in February 1st-3rd. We are excited to see the creative ideas students come up with!


We will finish our study of persuasive text with a major grade test on Tuesday. On this test students will read a passage and answer questions about it. The remainder of the week will be focused on reviewing major reading concepts learned this year and using the reading district assessment as a benchmark to prepare for STAAR and improve struggling skills.


We’ve completed 1 persuasive essay and will write one more this week. In this unit students have studied the purpose for writing a persuasive piece. They will understand the language used to sway someone to do something or agree with their point of view. Through reading and analyzing examples of persuasive text, writers understand the genre, author’s purpose, and unique characteristics of persuasive writing. February night writes due Monday, February 1st.

NEW: noredink—available through Edmodo or noredink.com—this can be done at home for extra grammar practice.

Spelling-4th grade word wall words

1. conclude
2. throughout
3. appear
4. increase
5. prettier
6. usually
7. area
8. contain
9. inform
10. raise
11. view
12. control
13. realize
14. jealous
15. respect
16. whether
17. argue
18. certain
19. lonely
20. require

Social Studies

In 4th grade we’ll learn a more of a general survey of the Civil War as they go into greater detail in 5th grade. For this unit we focus more on the economics of Texas during this time and how Texas seceded from the union and that few actual battles were fought in Texas but they were a major source of revenue for the south due to shipping of cotton through the ports. After the war, we’ll discuss how Reconstruction changed the economy for many people and jobs in the railroad and cattle industry began to grow. Other highlights will include Juneteenth and how Texas under the Confederacy was another flag over Texas.

STAAR test dates:

March 29: Writing

May 9: Math

May 10: Reading

February Events

5th- the 100th day of school!

8th- Fit 4 Kids - 4th grade 3:10-3:50

11th-Valentine's Parties 2:00-2:45

12th-Early Release 12:10

15th-School holiday

Football at recess

Due to the growing number of incidents & injuries occurring on the playground related to football, students are no longer allowed to play football or catch during recess. Please note that this includes all grade levels. Students may not bring footballs to school. There will be no catch, no-tag football, etc. This new campus safety procedure began this week.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

At Austin Parkway Elementary we strive to provide the best experience possible for our students and their families. We are constantly looking for ways to streamline processes within our building. One of the processes that we are currently working on is that of early dismissal. The policy regarding early dismissal and checkout can be found in the Austin Parkway Elementary Student-Parent Handbook, on our website. Please see below for the excerpt.

In the case of an unforeseen event that causes a change in the way your child goes home please follow these steps.

  1. Send an email to Ms. Miller before 2:15 p.m., iris.miller@fortbendisd.com
  1. State in the email:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Teacher’s name
    3. Your name and relationship to student
    4. Your phone number for verification purposes
    5. Time of pickup (no dismissals after 2:45 p.m.)
    6. Reason for last minute change