Mrs. Van Nus' News

4th Grade's Weekly Update

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It was an amazing week at Alcova. Information will be coming soon regarding our 2014-2015 Milestones test. If you have any questions after you receive your child's scores feel free to contact us.

Please see the schedule for Candle light luncheon. We hope you can attend.

Thanks for the great turn out at our parent meetings so far this year. The link between home and school is very important and keep us on the same page when utilizing our resources to reach your child's highest potential.

I hope you have a great weekend and as always it is a pleasure to serve this community.

Candlelight Lunch

Monday, Dec. 7th, 11:15am

770 Ewing Chapel Road

Dacula, GA

Our Candlelight Lunch will be from 11:20-12:10. Adult lunches are $3.00.


We will be eating in our classrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Students will not through the regular lunch line on these day but can purchase a sack lunch.

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  • Monday, December 7th - Candlelight Lunch @ 11:20
  • Monday, December 7th - Social Studies Interim @ 12:30
  • Thursday, December 10th - Santa Shopping @ 1:00 (students MUST have money to go to the Santa Shop)
  • Thursday, December 10th - Alcova Chorus Performance
  • Thursday, December 17th - ELA Interim @ 9:30
  • Thursday, December 17th - Science Interim @ 10:40
  • Thursday, December 17th - Winter Celebration Party @ 12:40
  • Friday, December 18th - Math Interim @ 12:30
  • Friday, December 18th - PALOOZA (students with 90% or higher in Class Dojo)
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We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13).

Every student K-5th grade is being asked to give coding a try for ONE hour during this week. Alcova students will pick up or print out an Hour of Coding pledge. They will login to their eCLASS and try some of the coding games for at least ONE hour during the week. Students will ask you, their parents, to sit with them and learn with them as they try coding. When your child has completed their hour of coding, they will return their pledge form signed by you to Ms. Curlew for a surprise! We hope to have all of our 1227 students to complete the pledge! GET CODING!!!

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Please, please, please take special note of the upcoming dates that have been listed above. I also sent home a one page flyer with all of our Upcoming Dates on Wednesday. The students were encouraged to hang these on their refrigerators or beside their family calendar.


We have four midterm interim coming up in Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The dates for these tests are also listed in the Upcoming Dates section of the newsletter. These tests will assess all the material we have covered in class since the start of the school year. It is very important that your child is here to take those tests! There is not a lot of time for the students to make-up these tests.

Winter Celebration Party

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 12:30pm

Mrs. Van Nus' Classroom

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Math - We will continue working with fractions and finding equivalent fractions. We will also talk about comparing fractions and using a number line with fractions.

Can you find an equivalent fraction for 2/3? Hint: Use the fractions bars that we made in class.


Writing - We will be writing a story from multiple characters' point of view.


Reading - We will be talking about point of view and comparing 2 different points of view.

Think: How would the story, "The Three Little Pigs" be different if the wolf told the story?


Social Studies - We will continue talking about the events that lead to the start of the Revolutionary War.

What was the cause and effect of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party?


Science - We will start our discussions on light.

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Monday - STEM: Engineering
Tuesday - STEM: Engineering

Wednesday - STEM: Engineering

Thursday - STEM: Technology

Friday - STEM: Technology

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