Spotlight

Four Seasons A+ October 2022

Calendar

  • Friday, October 7 - CogAT7 nominations due
  • Thursday, October 13, 5:00-7:00pm - DHH APTT
  • Tuesday, October 18, 12:45-2:00pm - Ms. Vue's Pre-K Family Day
  • Thursday-Friday, October 20-21- NO SCHOOL, MEA
  • Monday, October 31 - NO SCHOOL, conference preparation day for teacers
  • Tuesday, November 1, 7:30-8:30am - Morning Meet Up
  • Monday, November 7 - Picture Day
  • 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


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

A Message From Principal Fell

Hello Four Seasons A+ Community,


My first three weeks at Four Seasons have flown by, and I'm having a great time getting to know our teachers, students, and all of you! Thank you to everyone who attended the "Who we Are" event last week. It was great to see so many community members come together for a night of conversation and creativity. I'm excited to announce that we continue adding additional teachers and staff to our team. Our new Science and Art teachers will begin teaching and meeting all our students this week.


Over the next few weeks, we will continue to focus on rituals and routines while building community throughout our school. If you have any questions or concerns for me, please do not hesitate to reach out and schedule a meeting with me.


-Ryan Fell

From the Health Office

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their health care forms and supplies! Students who need their medicines on a regular basis are now scheduled for their appointments. Please let us know if your child has a new health condition or begins taking a new medicine.


Thank you for monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school. Please keep them home if they have a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or other symptoms of infectious disease. Rapid test kits for COVID-19 are available from the Health Office.


You can contact the Health Office by phone at (651) 888-7623.

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In Our Classrooms

Ms. Vue's Pre-K Fall Family Day

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 12:45-2pm

Four Seasons A+ Elementary School


  • See a typical day in the Pre-K classroom.
  • Join in an art experience with your child.
  • Meet staff and other adults. Get to know one another – Talk about ways to help children enter and move through school.

Kindergarten

In Kindergarten we are working on learning all about school! We are practicing expectations, learning our routines, and making new friends. Each student is being assessed to determine their knowledge for reading and math so we can make sure everyone is learning what they need to know.

First Grade

In 1st Grade we are working on building our classroom community. We are learning how to share, work together, listen to one another, and show respect. We have been working on our rituals and routines; where do I go to calm down in the classroom, how do I walk in the hall, how do I use the bathroom, how do I stand in line for lunch… to give a few examples. Ask your students what their favorite ritual or routine is at school?


It has been wonderful getting to know each student and we are excited to continue to learn together throughout this school year!


  • Ms. Pappas and Ms. H

Second Grade

We've had a great start to the school year! It's so wonderful to see what the students remember from first grade. This month we have had a large focus on building our classroom community. We've created class agreements on rules and procedures we would like to see in the classroom and start every day with a morning meeting.


In Literacy we continued to practice picking "just right" books and learning how to use our classroom library. We’ve been writing and creating memories on paper that we share with friends and tell a story through those illustrations.


In math we’ve worked with our "Week of Inspirational Math" and continue to practice our number sense routines. We found groups of ten, different ways to make double digit numbers, and built our stamina back. We will also get started with our math curriculum and continue to do our math talks. Our first unit is all about PATTERNS.


Our Social Studies curriculum continues to focus on routines and rituals here at school and who are all a part of our community. We are also learning about Hispanic Heritage month and learning about new words and also holidays that are celebrated around the world.


Teachers are working with students at recess to remember to use that time to play and have fun! With cooler weather ahead we are looking forward to enjoying the playground and games outside.

Third Grade

Welcome to 3rd grade! We have been working on routines, schedules and expectations in September. Also, we are learning about each other and are starting to build a community. Students are being academically assessed to ensure everyone is successful with learning.


Looking forward to a great year in 3rd grade!


Ms. Rejda

Ms. Thorpe
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Fourth Grade

4th grade is off to a great start this school year. We have completed many assessments in Reading, Writing and Math to better understand what level our students are at and areas they need more practice and exploration. Students should be reading at home daily for at least 30 minutes. Homework will start coming home in October. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Fifth Grade

5th Grade has been making great progress. Classroom rituals and routines have been our central focus so far this year, as we know how important it is to feel like you understand your classroom environment.


We have been exploring different genres in reading and taking stories from our lives and writing about them. Learning the writing process along the way. Math has been focused on number sense and estimations. Homework has been going home Monday thru Thursday nights.

DHH Pre-K

Our DHH preschoolers are having so much fun learning about all about the rituals and routines of school and how we can be friends and learners in the classroom. We are exploring how we are the same and different from our peers, and how each of us is unique and amazing! In addition, we are also exploring our emotions and feelings. Learning about what feelings we feel, how we can show our feelings, and how we get can get through it together is such an important skill.


We can't wait for all of the learning and growing that will happen this year!

DHH K-2

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-2nd grade classroom has been busy working on the classroom's routines, learning what it means to be a "helper", and learning the ABC's and numbers in both English and ASL!


The class is painting, drawing, cutting, writing, and more. Each morning, the students practice signing their names while saying hello to one another in American Sign Language. In the afternoon you will find them playing some of our favorite eye spy games! It is going to be an amazing year and it has only just begun!

DHH Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT)

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 5-7pm

Four Seasons A+ Elementary School

DHH families in Ms. Charity's, Ms. Sarah's, Ms. Christina's, and Ms. Corbett's classrooms are invited to participate in our first APTT meeting. In this meeting you will:


  • learn about your student's progress on important skills,
  • set a goal for them to achieve, and
  • check out resources you can keep to help your student grow at home!


A light dinner and childcare will be provided.


Look for an invitation from your child's teacher with more information.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Speech-Language Pathology

Hello! We are Hope Larson and Christine Holm, the SLPs providing Speech and Language services at Four Seasons A+ Elementary this year. We have been busy meeting with our students and adjusting our schedules along the way. We are happy to be here, seeing the smiles on the faces of our new and returning students! If you have questions about speech services, you can reach out to us by calling the main office, (651) 290-7595, or emailing us at hope.larson@spps.org and christine.holm@spps.org


We're off to a great start!

CogAT7 Testing Nomination (Gifted and Talented Testing)

The CogAT7 which tests student's cognitive abilities will be provided to all Four Seasons A+ students in kindergarten and in second grade, starting at the end of October. If your child is a grade 2 learner and has been previously identified, they will still take the CogAT7 assessment. A previously identified student will not lose their identified status regardless of their result.


A family may nominate their child to participate in the CogAT7 if they are currently in grade 1, 3, 4, or 5 if your chid has not been identified. To nominate your child, you must email Ryan Fell at ryan.fell@spps.org no later than Friday, October 7, 2022.


Once we receive your nomination, your child will complete a practice assessment in late October and then complete the actual assessment in early November. The assessment consists of three components: Test 1 - Verbal Battery, Test 2 - Quantitative Battery, and Test 3 - Nonverbal Battery.

Title I at Four Seasons A+

Who We Are

Thank you to the many families who joined us for our Who We Our event Monday, September 26. We filled the library and created wonderful art together based on the work of Romero Britto. To learn more about Britto and his artwork, follow this link. To see our Who We Our Title I presentation, follow this link.


In addition to creating together, Principal Fell introduced himself to our community and spoke about how Title I helps Four Seasons A+. He mentioned three key documents:



These documents are the result of families and school staff working together for the successful future of our students. Throughout the school year you will have opportunities to provide feedback. learn about implementation, and revise these important plans/documents. If you have any questions regarding Title I, or if you have a question or comment for Principal Fell, please contact us at (651) 290-7595 or fill out this comment/question form.


Principal Fell also mentioned the Parents Right to Know (follow the link for the full document and translations in Hmong, Karen, Somali, and Spanish). This important document reviews how a parent/guardian can request information about their child's teacher including information on completion of state requirements for licensure and certification, emergency or other provisional status, educational background, and whether paraprofessionals are serving the child and, if so, the paraprofessionals' qualifications. Write to the Human Resource Department, Attn: ESSA Teacher Qualifications, Saint Paul Public Schools, 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102-3299 to receive information.

MDE (Minnesota Department of Education) Report Card

The MDE report card is one measure of a school's academic progress throughout a school year with a primary focus on MCA data. Four Season's report card can be found here.