Khanfidence Intelligence Agency

Fourth Grade News

Unit Two Exam Next Week on Thursday and Friday

We will be having our last big assignment of the semester next week. The Unit Two Exam will take place on Thursday (December 10) and Friday (December 11). The exam will cover the following topics:

  • (Reading) Find Text Evidence
  • (Reading) Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • (Reading) Setting
  • (Reading) Theme
  • (Reading) Making Inferences/Drawing Conclusions
  • (Reading/Writing) Read and Respond
  • (Language Arts) Regular and Irregular Plural Nouns
  • (Language Arts) Singular and Plural Possessive Nouns
  • (Language Arts) Action and Linking Verbs
  • (Language Arts) Subject-Verb Agreement
  • (Language Arts) Spelling & Vocabulary from Unit Two

As with the first benchmark exam, students will take Part One on Thursday and will complete Part Two on Friday. Many (but not all) topics are covered in the Study Island homework assignment that is due Wednesday, December 9.

Scholastic Reading Club Pajama Drive, Volunteer Hours, and Raffle

Every year, the Khanfidence Intelligence Agency participates in the Scholastic Reading Club Scholastic & Pajama Program Pajama Drive. We collect new pajama donations and give them to a Scholastic representative. For every pair of pajamas we donate, Scholastic adds a book and distributes them to those in need. The Pajama Program accepts pajamas in all sizes, from newborn to adult, and for all seasons, but preferably fall/winter. Pajamas must be either a one-piece footie, a nightgown, or a complete set with a top and bottoms.

This is a fun and easy way to give back this holiday season, and students may also earn CMP volunteer credits by participating. Three pairs of pajamas is equal to one CMP volunteer hour.

Additionally, students who participate will be entered into our class Winter Raffle. For every item donated, students will receive one ticket with their name on it. On December 17, I will draw one name from the box, and that student will win our grand winter prize! There is no limit on the number of tickets a student may have in the box!

If you want to participate, but don't have time to go pajama shopping, you may send a cash donation with your student, and I will purchase and donate pajamas on their behalf. They will also get their name in the raffle box for every pajama set donated through this method. One pajama set costs $5, so they may bring enough for however many pajamas they wish to donate. Even one makes a difference!

The last day to donate pajamas to the event is Thursday, December 17, Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Family Haven Warm Gloves and Socks Charity Drive

This December, FSAPS is participating in a Warm Gloves and Socks Charity Drive for Family Haven, an Forsyth County organization that offers safe shelter and needed items for free to those in need.

We are collecting socks and gloves to donate. Students may bring socks and/or gloves directly to the front office, or they may bring them to their homeroom teachers.

As with the pajama drive, students will receive raffle tickets for participating in this charity drive. Students will receive one ticket per five items donated. Currently, winter socks and gloves are available at Target for $1 in the One Spot dollar section.

Again, if you want to participate, but don't have time to go shopping, students may bring a cash donation and I will purchase and donate the items on their behalf. Socks and/or glove pairs cost $1, so students should bring the correct amount for however many they wish to donate.

The last day to donate to this event is Tuesday, December 15.

Don't Forget Your Frosty Photo Outerwear December 9!

We at FSAPS have a fun tradition of taking a "frosty photo" of our classes each year. Since we don't tend (Snowpocalypse aside) to get too much snow in Atlanta, we have our students dress up in their biggest, warmest, coziest, winter gear and take a class picture.

The pictures will be of the entire fourth grade class (not divided by 4A/4B), and we will use them for a fun activity during the Winter Celebration. They always come out super cute and are a keepsake students love to have!

Our frosty photo day is December 9, so make sure to send your student with all their best gear on that day. Students may bring their items in a labeled, plastic bag, which they may keep in my classroom until needed. Students will be able to retrieve their items from my classroom at the end of the day, so this should prevent any locker hassle.

Remember, regardless of the weather, dress your warmest winter best!

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We Are Reading our First Class Novel: Redwall

This week, we officially started our first class novel, Redwall by Brian Jacques.

Jacques is a world-renowned author of children's chapter books, and he is best known for his Redwall series, of which we are reading the first novel. We have a class set of books, and we will read them entirely in class. The novel will be used as a tool to practice various reading skills and with which to acquire many, many new vocabulary words! The novel unit will be centered on a read-ask-answer model and primarily rely on oral, in-class discussions. You will see a reduction of classwork on FSA Connect during this time as we focus on reading and discussion in class. At the end of the unit, we will have a quiz covering various discussed topics.

Thus far, the students seem to be enjoying the novel; however, in order to prevent spoilers and also to better facilitate class discussions, I ask that students refrain from reading ahead if they obtain their own copies.

If you have any questions about the novel or novel unit, please do not hesitate to ask!

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Winter Activities For Fourth and Fifth Graders

This year, the fourth and fifth graders are going to be following their regular class schedule during the Winter Celebration Event, Thursday, December 17.

Students will go to their regular classes, but their teachers have fun wintry activities planned for them! They will do snowy science experiments, marvelous math art, a Frosty Photo activity, a gingerbread thermometer, and more!

Parents, if you would like to visit your child on this day, you are welcome to visit them when they have my class period. You may pop in to say hello, or you may stay for all or as much of the class period as you like.

The lower elementary classes (K-3) are also in need of parent volunteers, so please contact Ms. Fichter ( if you are interested in volunteering for them. You do not need to have a student in K-3 in order to volunteer.

Lower elementary is also in need of water bottles for the event. If you have any empty water bottles at home, please drop them in the boxes outside of Ms. Fichter's classroom (E3), so that they may use them for the event.

If you have any questions about the winter activities or about visiting your student during my class period, please let me know!

Other Important Dates and Events

  • December 8: Recycling Assembly
  • December 8: Dress Down day for students who met their NOVEMBER AR Goal. If you're not sure if your student did, please ask.
  • December 9: Study Island Homework Due my Midnight
  • December 9: Bring Your Frosty Photo Outerwear to School!
  • December 10: Band and Orchestra Concert at 5:30 p.m.
  • December 10-11: Unit Two Exam
  • December 13: FSAPS Open House for Prospective Families
  • December 15: Last Day for Socks and Gloves Donations
  • December 16: Talent Show
  • December 16: December Reading Log Packet Due
  • December 17: Winter Activities
  • December 17: Last Day for Pajama Program Donations
  • December 18: Awards Ceremony
  • December 18: Last Day of First Semester!