News from 4th Grade Team

Mrs. Carreon * Mrs. Kolodziej * Mr. Riggs *Mrs. Connary


Enjoy your long 4 day weekend in observance of Lincoln's birthday and Washington's birthday.


4th grade has an opportunity to fundraise during the Dances With Wolves dance on February 19th at 2:00. We will be selling drinks and glo-sticks. We are looking for donations of juice boxes (Capri Suns), soda (small cans preferred) or Gatorade. We also welcome parent volunteers to help with this fundraiser that will help with the costs of our next field trip to Jamul for the gold rush.
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Weekly Progress Reports

Just a reminder to return signed Weekly Progress Reports but keep the attached papers for your reference. This past week the results of an ELA Assessment was sent home to show your child's progress towards the standards that will be assessed on the CAASP. This will drive our instruction for the remainder of this quarter.

Valentine's Day Celebration this Thursday

Students will have the opportunity to exchange valentine's for their classmates during the last part of the day, Thursday, Feb. 11th. If you choose to pass out cards, please be sure your bring one for EVERY classmate. Also, we ask you to respect the district wellness policy and DO NOT send in FOOD ITEMS or candy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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New Dreambox Math Program

Students have begun a new progressive math program called Dreambox. Your child was sent home with their password and login information (or see link below) and have also been introduced to it in class with their math teacher. Dreambox will now be assigned regularly as homework twice a week. Students are recommended to complete 5 lessons per week for maximum growth. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Kolodziej or Mrs. Connary.
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Great job on this year's speeches! One winner from each class will be chosen this week to represent your child's class and will go on to compete at our school wide speech contest this Thursday, Feb. 11th at 9:00.
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Field Trip

Our field trip will be on Thursday, February 18th from 10:00-1:00. We will be going to the Balboa Theater to listen to a Classics For Kids presentation on the book "Ferdinand the Bull". Students are being asked to donate $4 for help with partial costs of the field trip and we are hoping to receive a grant from the PTA to help with the remainder of the funds. All permission slips and donation monies are past due.
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Please join us in thanking the more than generous donation from the Savage Family for the much needed sports equipment! The footballs and basketballs will directly benefit the 4th grade P.E. curriculum and allow us to teach skills in team sports. Your generosity and kindness is much appreciated. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Math Tutoring & Support

Mrs. Kolodziej: Tuesday afternoons 3:15-3:50 (need to arrange for student pick-up)

Mrs. Connary: Tuesday afternoons 3:30-4:00 (Mr. Riggs' class)

Wednesday afternoons 3:30-4:00 (Mrs. Connary's class)

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This Week's Learning

Math: Students will decompose fractions as a sum of unit fractions, create equivalent fractions using manipulatives, and decompose unit fractions using area models to show equivalence.

Reading: Identify the theme of a passage, summarize the passage, refer to details and examples in the text when explaining what happens next in the text, describe the main character Anne using details from the text, explain how the author uses dialogue to reveal the character and identify the point of view using story "Anne to the Rescue".

Writing: Review Performance Task scores and edit writing.

Grammar: Use proper capitalization rules and quotation marks.

Science: Collaborative posters for Rapid Changes on Earth.

Social Studies: The Rancho System and elements of the Gold Rush.

Read Aloud: By The Great Horn Spoon

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Daily Schedule


8:45-8:55 Morning School Meeting/Class News

8:55-9:25 Independent Reading/Reading Conferences

9:25-9:40 Vocabulary Review

9:40-10:50 Guided Reading

10:50-11:05 Recess

11:05-12:00 Rotation #1: Math/Science and Social Studies/Writing

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:35 Rotation #1 continuation (1:10-1:35 P.E.)

1:35-3:10 Rotation #2: Math/Science and Social Studies/Writing (1:35-2:00 P.E.)

3:10-3:15 Clean Up and Dismissal

3:15 Dismissal


8:55-9:35 Kolodziej/Connary classes to art/music

9:35-10:15 Kolodziej/Connary classes to art/music

10:15-10:50 Carreon/Riggs classes to art/music

10:50-11:45 Carreon/Riggs classes to art/music


8:45-8:55 Morning School Meeting/Class News

8:55-9:25 Independent Reading/Reading Conferences

9:25-9:40 Vocabulary Review

9:40-10:50 Guided Reading

10:50-11:05 Recess

11:05-12:00 Rotation #1: Math/Science and Social Studies/Writing

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45 Rotation #2: Math/Science and Social Studies/Writing

1:45 Dismissal

Yearbooks On Sale Now

Cost is $36.00 and must be placed ONLINE using school code 11854016. Please see flier below for more information.
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Music & Art Corner

Our music/art schedule is as follows:
  • 8:55-10:10 Mrs. Kolodziej and Mrs. Connary to music (40 min.) and art (40 min.)
  • 10:10-11:45 Mrs. Carreon and Mr. Riggs to music (40 min.) and art (40 min.)
  • {recess 10:50-11:10}
  • Mrs. Adamos, our art teacher, has requested help with needed art supplies. Please consider donating:

    • paper plates
    • baby wipes

    Upcoming Events

    Feb. 16: PTA General Meeting @7:00

    Feb 19: Dancing With Wolves @2:00

    Feb. 23: Spring Picture Day

    Feb. 29-Mar. 4: Literacy Week

    Mar. 3: Literature Comes to Life Assembly 3-6 @10:00

    Mar. 10-18: Parent/Teacher Student Led Conferences

    Mar. 11: Awards Assembly 3-6 @10:00

    Mar. 15: PTA General Meeting @7:00

    Mar. 21-Apr. 1: SPRING BREAK


    We are so thankful for our generous 4th grade families. We appreciate the offers for help with supplies that we may need and below are our Wish Lists. Any items are GREATLY APPRECIATED and we THANK YOU in advance!

    black student whiteboard markers
    CONNARY: hand sanitizer, small prizes for treasure box
    RIGGS: prizes for prize box
    CARREON: hand sanitizer, prizes for prize box


    There are still many students who have yet to set up their FREE Office 365 account. Below is the link (Student Advantage Program) and follow this formula for signing in. NOTE: Student ID# is the same number used for Achieve 3000 username. Password should be the same as well, except first initial needs to be CAPITALIZED for Office 365.

    • Username:
    • Password: Upper case first letter of first name, lower case of last name, followed by the 8 digit birth date in the mmddyyyy format

    For example:

    Student Name: Adam Green

    ID#: 222333

    Born: May 4, 2004

    Once you are signed in to OFFICE 365, click on the Office 365 logo in the top left corner of the page, click INSTALL NOW and you're ready to go! We appreciate your support in student success this 2015-2016 school year and thank you for enrolling your child over this break.

    4th Grade Teachers

    Mrs. Carreon : Room 304: Writing/Social Studies

    Mrs. Kolodziej: Room 305: Math/Science

    Mr. Riggs: Room 306: Wiritng/Social Studies

    Mrs. Connary: Room 503: Math/Science


    Any questions or concerns? You may contact teachers directly at:

    Math Support

    In an effort to best support your child at home with the math, examples of correct models and methods will be sent home for each chapter. Copies are also included below for your reference.
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    Achieve 3000:

    • 740 Lexile by the end of the year


    • 120 words per minute


    • 20 words per minute

    AR Level:

    • 4.5-5.0 range


    • Narrative-write 3 to 5 paragraph essay
    • Opinion-write 3 to 5 paragraph essay
    • Informative-write 3 to 5 paragraph essay


    • 75% or higher average in all math quizzes/tests
    • Complete all 8 math fluency tests

    Keyboarding Skills Practice

    Your child has been set up with an account with Please log in and have them practice keyboarding skills throughout the week.

    GATE Resources

    Below are some online resources for gifted learners and parents (Gifted And Talented Education).
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