Spotlight

Four Seasons A+ - November 2022

CALENDAR

  • Tuesday, November 1, 7:30-8:30am - Morning Meet Up
  • Monday, November 7 - Picture Day
  • Monday, November 7 - Phillips Eye Institute Vision Screening
  • Tuesday, November 8 - DIGITAL LEARNING DAY, NO IN-PERSON SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 15, 4:00-7:00pm - Conferences
  • Thursday, November 17, 4:00-7:00pm - Conferences
  • Friday, November 18, 8:00am-2:00pm - Conferences
  • Friday, November 18 - NO SCHOOL, Conferences
  • Thursday-Friday, November 24-25 - NO SCHOOL , Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, December 6, 7:30-8:30am - Morning Meet Up
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Picture Retake Day
  • Monday, December 12, 5:00-6:00pm - Four Seasons A+ Makerspace


Four Seasons A+ Family Handbook - general information, policies, and procedures.

Morning Meet Up

Tuesday, November 1

    7:30-8:30am

    Four Seasons A+ Family Room

During our first Morning Meet Up, meet Principal Fell and learn what is new at Four Seasons A+.

  • Talk with Principal Fell
  • Meet other parents/guardians
  • Enjoy a snack

Message From Principal Fell

Greetings Four Seasons A+ Community,


It's hard to believe that we have almost completed the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. Over the next few weeks, teachers and staff will introduce students to our new school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan. As a whole school, we will focus on being Safe, Team Work, Accountability, and Respect (STAR). I encourage you to talk with your children at home about how they are a STAR throughout their school day.


In addition to our PBIS plan, there are lots of incredible things happening across our school, including students working on one-act plays in theater class with Ms. Robin, a fantastic field trip to Gibbs Farm for our Kindergarteners, and the development of a unity tree to represent kindness, acceptance, and inclusion in our community.


If there is ever anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Ryan Fell

Principal
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Picture Day

Monday, Nov. 7th, 7:45am-1:45pm

318 North Moore Street

Saint Paul, MN

Picture Day Date: Monday, November 7

Order Online at mylifetouch.com

Picture Day ID: EVT3K8QXB

Paper order forms available in the office.

School Funding & Lunch Forms

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

NO IN-PERSON SCHOOL Tuesday, November 8 - DIGITAL LEARNING DAY!



Look for additional information by the middle of this week. Teachers will share individual class instructions (such as Google Meet links and times) prior to Tuesday, November 8.

Fall Conferences at Four Seasons A+

Conferences are a time to meet and share information. Teachers will provide progress and academic standards information. Parents/Families will provide insight on their child. Together, we are a positive force for education.


In-Person Fall Conferences:


  • Tuesday, November 15, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday, November 17, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Friday, November 18, 8:00am-2:00pm


Interpreters available:


  • Spanish
  • Pashto
  • Dari
  • Karen
  • Hmong
  • Somali
  • Oromo
  • Nepali



Teachers will be reaching out to families this week with conference schedules. We look forward to this opportunity to strengthen the partnership between home and school.


Please check Lost & Found during conferences. Anything left in Lost & Found after conferences will be tossed out or donated.

In Our Classrooms

ECSE DHH

Happy Autumn!


Fall has been so nice this year. The weather has stayed warm enough to comfortably watch all the changes outside! It's been perfect for our "Changes in our World" theme this unit. Our littles have been talking about the weather, the trees and ourselves changing as well as how to change the world with kindness, calming strategies, and caring for each other. We have had the chance to carve pumpkins, make applesauce, and play in corn while practicing taking turns and sharing.


Reminder: Please send cold weather clothing so that we can continue to observe the changes outside.


Enjoy the fall!

DHH Families During October APTT

DHH K-2

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-2nd grade classroom has been busy doing all things fall. Apples, pumpkins, and leaves have filled our literacy, math, and art times. We studied the life cycle of pumpkins from a seed to how it grows little by little to become a pumpkin. Friday, October 28th we had our pumpkin scavenger hunt to celebrate autumn.


During the last week of October we ventured out to Gibbs Farm and saw ducks, goats, chickens, and pigs! The students had a blast.


As the seasons start to change, so do the students. Each day we hope our students continue to learn, grow, and THRIVE, just like the little pumpkins they are. 😄

Ms. Vue's Pre-K

In Pre-K we just started our new Area of Study: Exploring Change in my World. We are currently focusing on learning about identifying big feelings (angry, sad, happy, etc.). We are also looking at different ways to help us calm down from these big feelings. We will continue to look at changes in nature and in our bodies as the year continues.

Kindergarten

In kindergarten, we continue learning our letter names and sounds. We will begin working with CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant; for example "cat") words and reading independently. In math we are talking about patterns and teen numbers. Our theme for November is kindness.

1st Grade

First Graders have been learning about the Zones of Regulation (blue, green, yellow, and red). They are working on learning to recognize and name what zone they are in and how to use tools and strategies to help them be successful in the classroom.


  • Math: We are continuing to count from 0-31 both forwards and backwards as well as working on how to write those numbers. We are continuing to share our ideas with classmates and the whole class during our daily number talks.
  • Literacy: We are learning how to use the new sound wall and vowel valley displays in our classroom as well as practicing our routines around phonemic awareness, visual drill, auditory drill, blending drills and introducing new concepts.
  • Social Studies: We have begun our unit on community specifically focusing on what a community looks like.


Ms. Pappas and Mrs. H

2nd Grade

We have been busy in Second Grade! Mostly, we are ensuring that our students understand our rituals and routines for every part of the day, as we slowly roll into our curriculum. In Reading, we have been focusing on setting up our Reader's Workshop notebooks and learning how to use them. In Writing, we are working on our small moment drawings and putting together sentences to describe what was drawn. In Math, we have been doing review and working toward growing and shrinking patterns.


Please remember as the weather gets colder, we still go outside for recess, so students need warm layers. Picture day is November 7th. Look for conference dates and times being sent out for the third week of November!

3rd Grade

In third grade, we feel much more comfortable with our daily schedule and are settling into our routines.


In literacy, we finished assessments and are looking forward to beginning guided reading groups. In math, we have completed review of place value and are now concentrating on money (coins), identifying their characteristics, value and making change. We will soon start to learn about multiplication and division.


We recently made Paper Mache' hot air balloons and attached messages stating our hopes for third grade. They are currently hanging from our classroom ceiling and will eventually bring them home to share with our families.


We are continuing to make new friends and build strong relationships within our classrooms.


Ms. Rejda and Ms. Thorpe

4th Grade

Fourth grade has been collecting academic data in reading, writing and math, the last few weeks to prepare for report cards and conferences.


Please encourage your 4th grade students to practice spelling homework sent home on Mondays and throughout the week. Spelling tests happen each Friday. Students are also responsible for completing a double-sided paper (math and literacy) homework page Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please help us and support your 4th grader with completing all the paper homework as well as reading for at least 30 minutes daily. Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.


Current Focus:

  • Reading: We are building our independent reading stamina.
  • Writing: Students are working on their Personal Narratives.
  • Math: We are focusing on many math skills (simple addition and subtraction, regrouping with addition and subtraction, noticing number patterns between addition and subtraction and multiplication and division...)


Ms. Long and Ms. Katt

5th Grade

In 5th grade, we continue to work on following the classroom rules and expectations while incorporating the new school PBIS matrix as well. Academically, we are starting our poetry unit in reading, our 3D shapes unit in math, and our narrative writing unit in writing.

Speech/Language Tip of the Month: Modeling

The speech/language tips of the month are great strategies for any and all students, regardless of age or ability level!


When we model language for students, it helps their language skills to develop and grow. Instead of telling a child what words or phrases to say, we can model the language that we want them to say. One way we can do this is by narrating what we are doing. For example, you could describe what you’re doing while you’re grocery shopping: “We need to get some vegetables for dinner. These red tomatoes look delicious!” Self-talk helps promote discussion, gives examples of sentence structure, helps children learn words for labeling and describing, and more.

Multilingual Learners (MLL)

The Four Seasons MLL Department is excited to welcome Felicia Orozco on November 14th! This will give us one ESL teacher for each grade!


Until then, Barb Hanlon is 5th grade, Jennie Deming is 4th, Haidiee is 1st and Cormac is 2nd. Barb and Jennie are splitting K and Haidee and Cormac are splitting 3rd. Premika is our bilingual EA!

9 Days or Less For School Success!

School Attendance Matters- Every Minute in School Counts


Attendance matters to your child’s school success! Attendance is so important, it is a focus of our school SCIP (School Continuous Improvement Plan). Good attendance is missing no more than 1 day of school a month, whether excused or unexcused. Chronically absent is when your child misses 18 school days a year, or 2 days a month.


Our Attendance Team at Four Seasons A+ is ready to work with you to improve attendance. The Attendance Team includes: Ms. G (Social Worker), Ms. Hardman (Counselor), Ms. Kim (Nurse), Ms. Z (MLL Teacher), and Ms. Shanahan (Family Liaison). The Attendance Team can be reached by calling the office at (651) 290-7595.


Track your child’s absences (excused and unexcused) on the figure below:

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Future SCIP Event - MAKERSPACE

Mark your calendar for the Four Seasons A+ Makerspace, Monday, December 12, 5:00-6:00pm.

  • create together
  • learn about SCIP implementation (where we are in attaining our School Continuous Improvement Plan goals)
  • celebrate winter