4th Grade Newsletter

July 17, 2020

Brain Boost Available NOW in the OLS

We are very excited to announce that our new and returning managed public school students will be able to participate in the Brain Boost Summer Enrichment program. The program is for students in grades K–12. The goal of this new program is to offer a fun and engaging in-platform experience within the Online School, especially for newly enrolled students to give them time to experience our platform before regular school starts in the fall.


Students in kindergarten to sixth grade will participate in the courses using Stride Math and Stride ELA. In these courses the students will earn coins to play fun and educational math and language arts games. There are different kinds of games, including Stride Academy, Space Coaster, and Koofu’s Quest. The Introduction to Stride video will show students how to access Stride, how to answer questions, where to find Stride games, and more. Any coins, badges or star points earned over the summer will carry over into the school year, giving those students a pool of earned items to utilize as of the first day of school.


Log in TODAY and check it out!


IF you have any trouble accessing Brain Boost, you may contact out Customer Care team set up directly for Brain Boost at (855) 688-4109 or via email by clicking here.

Summer Learning

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Fun! We encourage all incoming fourth graders to read for fun for 20 minutes per day. Bonus points if you read books between 445 and 810 lexile level. Check our your local library, Big Universe (within the online school) or other online resources for text within this range.


Here are some book suggestions that can be found in the Big Universe Library!


Vending Machines by Tracy Abell

Building Fighter Jets by Marne Ventura

Life in the Mountains by Holly Duhig

Wireless Technology from Then to Now by Rachel Grack

Unicorns by Ashley Gish

Animation by Sara Green

Big Universe Library

Big Universe is a Library built into the Online School (OLS). Simply log in to your K12 account then locate the "quick link" section. Click on Big Universe to access your online library.


  • Click "All Books"
  • On the right-hand side, locate and click the purple button "Lexile."
  • Start with the 400-499 Lexile and work your way up.

Multiplication Fun

The students who have the most success in fourth grade and beyond understand multiplication and their facts. We encourage our incoming fourth graders to practice their multiplication facts daily. Research says students should only take 3-5 seconds to state the product of a multiplication fact which is about 12-20 per minute.


*Students should not be using a calculator until high school. Please do not allow your fourth grader the use of a calculator.

Multiplication Resources

Other Fun Links to Try Out

Preparing for the 2020-21 School Year

NWEA Map Growth

One of the tools we use is the NWEA Map Growth Assessments. These assessments help us determine what your student needs to be successful during the school year.

Other Helpful Tips

Make sure your computer is up to date with all the latest software. We use Google Chrome and/or Firefox during the school year.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Summer Vacation: May 22 - August 11
  • Teachers Return: July 27
  • August 12th: First Day of School Year 20-21
  • August 18th: Benchmark Week


Please note that the free immunizations clinic initially scheduled for August 7th near our Midwest Office has been canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

2020 - 2021 School Calendar

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