4th Grade Super Sailor Newsletter

Week 18: January 11-15, 2016

What are our Super Sailors learning this week?


We will finish up our geometry unit and students will take their final geometry assessment on Wednesday, January 13th. We will then begin our unit on fractions.


We are excited to begin our STAAR WARS review each Friday in Math class starting January 15th to help students begin preparing for the upcoming STAAR test. We need your help! We would like to ask parents to donate STAR WARS items to help make this a fun, memorable experience for students. Items that you can donate include STAR WARS treats: gummy snacks, pre-popped popcorn, fruit, rice krispy treats, stickers, posters, pencils, etc. Students are also asked to bring a spiral notebook to keep their notes in for this activity. Any student that donates a notebook for someone else will receive 5 DOJO points.

MATH NIGHT: This Thursday 6-7:15. Please refer to the orange note sent home.


We will continue our unit studying properties of soil. Students will create edible soil in class to learn and discuss the different layers of soil. They will also conduct a reading assignment that reviews the different properties of soil for a daily grade. Students will also begin working on their invention convention projects at home.

Invention Convention 2016

Invention Convention is designed to promote your child's problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. Your child will be following a step-by-step process to invent a new product or develop a new method for doing something.

The first step in the actual invention process will be finding an idea for an invention. Your child will be encouraged to find a problem that needs to be solved and then invent something to solve that problem. Please keep in mind that simple inventions are often the best!

Once your child has settled on an idea, they should research it to make sure that the idea has not been used before. This can be done by going to www.uspto.gov/kids, or http://patft.uspto.gov/. You can then use keywords to search the Patent Office database.


The 4th graders are beginning our exploration of persuasive literature, media, and advertisements. We will study different types of persuasive text such as letters, commercials, advertisements, print ads, editorials, political cartoons, internet, documentaries, televised news, editorials, and letters to editors to understand the author’s persuasive purpose!


In Writer’s workshop, we will begin class debates to see how important it is to have evidence to support your stance when you are planning to write persuasive. We will practice writing advertisements, letters, and media. The students will learn how persuasive writing is a way to get its readers or audience to take action, change their thinking, and/or appreciate a different point of view. We will continue to teach, practice, and reinforce the steps to the writing process. The students will plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their work. We are working on strong sentence structure with specific verbs and word choices. We will also be working on strategies and techniques to be successful on the editing portion of the Writing STAAR!


Our Spelling test will be on January 15th.

  1. explosion
  2. precision
  3. decoration
  4. nation
  5. illustration
  6. musician
  7. magician
  8. action
  9. caution
  10. education
  11. pollution
  12. division
  13. vision
  14. profession
  15. confusion
  16. passion
  17. fraction
  18. election
  19. addition
  20. vacation

Social Studies

“The Boy in the Alamo” was a wonderful novel that *most* of our students thoroughly enjoyed. We were able to experience the adventure of Billy, through the Texas Revolution. We will be going back to our textbook to study about the Leaders of the Republic of Texas and the many problems they faced. The upcoming lessons outline the events that shaped Texas and how we eventually became the 28th State of the United States.


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