4th Grade Super Sailor Newsletter

Week 34: May 9-13, 2016

STAAR test dates:

Monday, May 9: Math

Tuesday, May 10: Reading


The students will be taking the Math STAAR on Monday, May 9th. The rest of the week they will be demonstrating their knowledge about financial literacy by working on projects, and creating a product to sale for Market Days.


This week in science we will be studying ecosystems. The students will be reviewing food chains, food webs, energy transfer, population, community, photosynthesis, and how living and nonliving things interact in their environments.


We’re looking at traditional literature and the ideas that are presented within the genre. Such as, Magical characters and powers, alternative worlds, and good vs. evil. Students are reading a variety a books within this genre and providing evidence to support its connection to these particular ideas.

Reading STAAR prep:

In preparation for the upcoming STAAR test on May 10th, we are reviewing major skills that need some more attention. Students are creating a flipbook for reference with charts and examples. They are practicing the skill and then culminating it with a total review task card set to apply multiple skills together.

Skills focused on:

· Cause & effect

· Summary

· Main idea vs theme

· Author’s purpose

· Context clues

· Inference

How can I prepare for STAAR? Istation. This is homework and classwork. We’ve been using istation in class as part of rotations. This program provides individual practice for students on skills they need to work on.


We are working on writing across the curriculum and focusing on responses in reading and social studies.

Social Studies

We’re talking about the major struggles of the US and Texas in the 1920s-30s. The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, WWI, WWII, the stock market crash and The New Deal. Students will discover how one event had a major effect on another and caused the country to drastically change during this time.


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