Week of Jan. 4-8

Ms. Kvalstad's 4th Grade Class in Room 110

Upcoming Events & Activities

Donation Request:

~ Please save and send to class empty (and clean) towel paper rolls and paper towel rolls. We'll be using them in a STREAM activity in two weeks.


Weds. Jan. 6: Pajama Spirit Day!

Weds. Jan. 6: National Geo Bee Sign-Ups for 4th grade during lunch (see flyer)

Tues. Jan. 12: 7 Habits Speech Competition (see information below)

Thurs. Jan. 14, 5-8pm: Chipotle Family Dinner Night (rescheduled from Jan. 12th originally)

Mon. Jan. 18: No School! Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday

Wed. Jan. 20, 6-7pm: Parent 7 Habits Night at SP (see flyer)

Thurs. Jan. 21, 1-2:30 Math Winter MAPs test

Weds. Jan. 27, 1-2:30 Reading Winter MAPs test

Weds. Jan. 28: Scholastic Book Orders due (class code: https://orders.scholastic.com/NJFWC)

Fri. Feb. 5: Box Tops Collection Day

Thank you!

Thank you so much for the generous Amazon gift cards for my birthday and winter class gifts! I love shopping on Amazon. There are so many great finds at your finger tips, And who doesn't like free shipping with Amazon Prime?! Thank you for thinking of me and making the holiday season even more special.

New Class Read Aloud

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Heartbreakingly insightful, this poetic book about a gorilla at a down-and-out mall exhibit is a moving masterpiece about animal rights.

7 Habits Speech Competition

WHO? Any students interested in public speaking opportunities at an upcoming SBSD school board meeting or SP's 1st Annual Leadership Day events in January and February.

WHEN? Auditions in the theater on Tuesday, January 12th during 4th grade's play time

DETAILS: The speech's topic is "What do the 7 Habits Mean to Me?" or "Why the 7 Habits are Important Skills for Success" (including personal examples from school, family, and/or community life).

Speech should be no longer than 2 minutes, and be well rehearsed, with the speaker showing great eye contact, expression, and speaking clearly and loudly.


I encourage all students to audition for this great experience!

Upcoming Biography Book & Presentation

This week I'll introduce to the students a new project that we'll be working on both at home and in class. The students will pick a biography book of a well-known person (either deceased or still alive), read it over the next few weeks, and take notes as they read. The note-taking packet was passed out today and the students should keep it in their Language Arts section of their binder as they fill it out. Then, in class we'll convert the notes to become an organized presentation and speech. They'll need to practice the speech at home. The purpose of this biography project is to encourage students to read & research nonfiction texts, continue writing expository essays, and give a formal class presentation.


A Scholastic Book order will be going home today that is filled with interesting biography books at a 4th grade reading level. I'll be submitting biography book orders this Friday, but just a warning it will still take 7-10 days for shipping.


Estimated Timeline:

*By Jan 15: Select book and begin reading

*By Jan. 29: Finish reading biography book and complete the notes packet. (Please note, notes will be taken at school and at home so it's important that the biography and notes are taken home and brought back to school each day.)