4th Grade Weekly

April 1, 2022

4th Grade Learning is an Adventure!

Dear 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Parent(s):

Ride's annual Field Day is quickly approaching. Field Day will occur outdoors in the morning. Your child should wear tennis shoes, apply sunscreen, and bring a labeled water bottle.

Each student will be paired with a “buddy.” The buddies will work together to complete various cooperative, competitive, and active events. Students are free to rotate to the events of their choice.

In order for Field Day to be successful, we need your help. Due to the high number of activities, sixty volunteers will be needed to assist us with running the events for the entire school. No spectators please! If you are committed to helping, please sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/RideFieldDay . Further volunteer information will be communicated via email, including event descriptions, recommended supplies, volunteer check-in procedures, and other pertinent details.

Thank you,

Bridget Hodge and Laura Matthews

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End of Year 4th Grade Calendar

Be sure to check out our end of the year calendar! This will be a "live" calendar with dates and events added as we approach the end of the year.

Follow this link: 4th Grade End of Year Calendar

Collins Intermediate School

Parent Information Meeting

  • Monday, April 4th at 6:30 in the gym
  • Tuesday, April 5th at 9:30 in the library (repeat of Monday's session)

Click on the link to go to the Collins Welcome and Electronic Packet information.


Please mark your calendars for April 12th at 6:00pm! The 4th Grade Music Showcase is the 4th grade, grade-level IN PERSON! music program this year.

Who- ALL of fourth grade!

What- A performance of vocal and instrumental music we have learned in music class this year. (Students can practice at home with the modules on Canvas in Mrs. Dimas’s “Dimas-Music-04” class!)

Where- Sally K. Ride cafeteria.

When- Tuesday April 12th, 6:00pm. Doors open and students report at 5:30.

Wear- Your favorite Sally K. Ride t-shirt and jeans.

Why- In the words of one of the 4th graders themselves: “Look what we can do!”

The entire fourth grade will be singing two songs, and performing instrumental pieces we have worked on in music class. The choir will also be performing as part of the program, but ALL fourth graders will have the opportunity to perform.

While ALL students will be performing in a dress-rehearsal assembly for some of their fellow Ride Challengers during the school day, I hope most will be able to attend in the evening, and perform in our first in-person music program since February of 2020! "

Parents- Just a reminder that students need wired earbuds/headphones with them every day. There are many activities and assignments in class that require these. If you do not have any, here is a link on Amazon to get a pack at a reasonable price! EARBUDS Also, if you are interested in your child using a mouse for their Chromebook at school, here is a link for one. Wired mini mouse for Chromebook

It is still a great time to utilize the STAAR practice testing. Students can access a practice site at home by going to: https://www.texasassessment.gov/practice-tests.html


We remain at a Level 2. For more information on enhanced safety protocols you can click on Roadmap to Remaining Open!


Transition From 4th to 5th Grade

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Important Dates


28 - 1st and 3rd grade field trip, MOCO (Montgomery Co. Fair Grounds) Kids Day

29 - Spring Picture Day


4 - 4th graders visit Collins

5 - Ride Nite - Spring Creek BBQ

7 - SKR Bike Rodeo - More info coming

12 - 4th Grade Choir Concert and Instrumental Showcase

15-18 - Student Holiday

21 - 4th grade field trip to Huntsville

22 - Field Day

25 - 29 - Ride Thru The Decades Week (RTTD)

29 - Ride Through The Decades (RTTD) - (Spring Carnival)


5 - 1st grade program, Music Thru The Seasons, 6:00pm

10 - STAAR Math

11 - STAAR Reading

11 - Kdg. Field Trip to Oil Ranch

24 - Kdg. Celebration - 8:30am ( 4 classes in cafe)

25 - 4th grade Celebration - (4 classes in cafe)

26 - Early Release - Last Day of School

STAAR Practice Tests Online

Students will be taking their STAAR tests online this year! We have already had one STAAR Interim test to help students get used to this online format and will be giving them more practice as the year goes on.

Parents are encouraged to click on the link below to access the STAAR practice tests online. This is a good way to see what your student will be expected to do in May and to help give students even more practice at home.

Once you click on the link, choose Guest User and click Sign In. You will then be able to click on a drop down menu where you will select your child's grade level and choose from several different previously released STAAR tests.

This will be available year round. If you have any questions or difficulty, contact your child's homeroom teacher.


Contact Us


Jennifer Gratland (reading/writing) - jgratland@conroeisd.net

Leslie Heard (reading/writing)- lheard@conroeisd.net

Susan Noski (math/Sc/Ss) - snoski@conroeisd.net

Ellen Wood (math/Sc/Ss) - ewood@conroeisd.net


Congratulations Mrs. Gratland & Harper Henshaw

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Our very own Jennifer Gratland was recognized by Conroe ISD this year with the Ride Ambassador Award as an Educator Achieving Excellence!

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Mrs. Gratland is an excellent educator! We are so very proud of her and feel extremely fortunate that she is part of our 4th Grade Team!

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Harper was recognized by Conroe ISD with the Ride Student Ambassador Award as a Student Achieving Excellence!

Harper's classmates, and all of 4th grade, are very proud of her!

Congratulations Harper!!!

STAAR Practice!

Students can access a practice site with new STAAR question types at home by going to https://www.texasassessment.gov/practice-tests.html


  • Student Apps: Go to Cambium Assessment
  • Student selects Students and Families
  • Scroll to bottom and select practice tests
  • Select Sign in and SELECT Grade Level. Check out new item types.
  • See pics below for help!

4th Grade Needs

Cases of water- 8 oz. bottles

Paper Towels

Parents, please be sure to check your child's binder and remove the graded papers that are to be kept at home!

Any transportation changes should be in writing, not vial email to the teacher, and separate from the planner sheet as we do that at the end of the day. Classroom teachers are busy with instruction during the day and may not check their email to see a transportation change.

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Measurement- Area & Perimeter, Elapsed Time, Weight & Length- Metric & Customary

Fact Fluency: Division Facts

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Dreambox: Students in 4th grade are assigned 30 minutes of Dreambox per day and have a goal of completing 5-7 lessons a week.

Dreambox is accessible through the SSO- https://sso.conroeisd.net/


Fourth graders should continue studying the multiplication facts they learned in 3rd grade!

Repetition is key when memorizing facts! We recommend 10-15 minutes each day.

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Language Arts


Reading: Historical Fiction

Writing: Literary Essay

Students in 4th Grade should be able to read independently for a sustained amount of time and working towards a goal of 30-45 minutes each day!


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Structures & Functions

Inherited Traits & Learned Behaviors

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Social Studies



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Click here to watch helpful videos and find more information about our Learning Management Systems: Canvas- grades 3-12.

  • Parent Access Click here if you have not set up a parent access account yet.
  • Bus Information Click here if you need to register your student for the bus or find bus route information.

4th Grade Team

4th Grade Challengers

Sci-Tech Fair

Heard & Noski

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Gratland & Wood

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