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April 8, 2016

Mrs. Price's Fourth Grade Class

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April 11 - PARCC Math Test 1 8:45-10:15 and Math 2 1:45-3:10

April 12 - PARCC Math Test 3 8:45-10:15 and Math 4 12:35-2:05

April 15 - No School - Institute Day

News You Can Use

The reporters were off this week and will be off next week due to PARCC testing.

Last month the class made the goal of being quiet in the hallways so we will have a party on Wednesday. They had voted pizza, PJ's, and movie. If you would like for your child to have pizza please send in a dollar by Wednesday morning.

Thank you to all donated Capri Sun drinks for the kids to have after PARCC. They really are enjoying that special treat.

This week went really well with PARCC testing. The students were focused during the test. Please make sure Chromebooks are charged Sunday night so we are ready for the PARCC tests on Monday and Tuesday morning.

A note from Mrs. Hassels

Dear Parents,

I wanted to let you know that I will not be at school on Friday, April 8th and the week of April 11th-14th. I am joining my husband on a business trip in Hawaii. Mrs. Donna Swanson will be subbing in the classroom. She is a certified teacher and has been subbing in District 158 for many years. Please make sure to hand write any notes or important information as she will have limited access to email. Thank you!


Stacey Hassels


This week and next week we are working on one story, "Smokejumpers." it is an expository text that explains the men and women who fight forest fires in remote area. The skills that go along with the story are author's purpose, homographs, French word origins, and finding the important idea in a section of text.

Please see the link below for the students homograph project.


Mrs. Hassels's math class news-

This week in Math we learned the formulas for the area of parallelograms and triangles. We used straws and twist ties to make parallelograms and determine the differences between rectangles and parallelograms. This activity helped us find that the formula for rectangles and parallelograms are the same. We did some fun cutting and gluing projects to determine the formula for the area of a triangle is half the area of a square or rectangle! Next week we review all the formulas and methods for determining area in many shapes.

Mrs. Price's math class news-

This week in Math we began Topic 10 in enVision. In this topic, your student is learning about volume. He or she will learn how to find the volume of a rectangular prism, then use that understanding to formulate a plan to find the volume of a solid figure that is the combination of two or more rectangular prisms. Your student will also use models to develop the formula for volume and to recognize a cube with a side length of one unit as a unit cube having one cubic unit of volume. This will give him or her the skills necessary to solve problems involving volume, the area of the base of a prism multiplied by the height of the prism. Looking at and discussing how many unit cubes would fill the rectangular prisms will help them be able to visualize this concept.

Social Studies

The class is almost done with the first portion of economics. We have had rich conversations about jobs and earning money. The students worked through a scenario of a boy named Mike who works at Burger Barn. They solved math problems to find what Mike's gross income would be and what his net income would be after taxes are deducted. This lesson always is an eye opener. I encouraged them to talk to you about what other deductions are taken out of your checks.

The class will be taking a test on these concepts. A study guide will be coming home next week and the test will be early in the week of April 18.

Huntley Area Library Book Mark Contest

The Huntley Library is having a bookmark contest! I copied the information below from their website. I thought some students might enjoy participating in the contest.

"If you love reading and drawing, enter our bookmark contest!

  1. Download the official entry form here or pick one up in person at the library's Children's Room Desk.
  2. Design a bookmark illustrating the summer reading theme: Reading Colors Your World.
  3. Drop off your completed bookmark form at the library's Children's Rook Desk by April 18, 2016."

Use this link to download the official bookmark form.

Box Tops and Soup Lables

We are STILL collecting Box Tops and Campbell's Labels for Education! :) We really appreciate your support!

You can use the collection sheet on the back of this letter to turn in your...


1. Clip your box tops logos off of participating General Mills products

2. EITHER put them in a baggie OR you can attach them to this collection sheet!

3. Send them to school with your child!

***Please note: you cannot attach any bonus box tops (worth more than one), soup labels, or catalina box top coupons to this collection seet.***


1. Clip the Bonus Box Top (anything that says it’s worth 2 or more box tops) or UPC code from participating Campbell’s Soup products

2. Put them in a baggie

3. Send them to school with your child!

April Collection Sheet.pdf