4th Grade Newsletter

Mon., August 24 - Fri., Septmeber 4, 2020

Role of a Learning Coach

With K12-powered personalized learning, you play an active and important role in your child’s education.


First Teacher Graded Assignment (TGA) Due Sept 1st

The first Teacher Graded Assignment (TGA) is due by 5:00 Sept 1st via File Share. Below you will find the instruction for the TGA and a video walking you through how to upload and share it in File Share of the OLS.

If you have any questions, please email your homeroom teacher by 3:00 on August 31st.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 1 - First TGA due via File Share by 5:00 PM
  • September 7 - Labor Day - No School
  • September 15 - ELA Progress Monitoring in Class Connects

Student Grades & the Daily Plan in the OLS

Over the past few days, several families have asked about their child’s grades within the grade book. At this time, we are continuing to adjust settings within the grade book as well as adjust the expected progress – or the overall number of lessons – that students will complete within each course for the school year. We anticipate having this all adjusted by Friday, August 28th. For now, please be aware that grades may not accurately reflect your child’s current grade.

Additionally, we are continuing to adjust the daily plan for students in the OLS to align to assignments on the Bison On-Track calendar. This should all be completed by the end of the day today, August 21st. We appreciate your patience as both of these are items that cannot be completed until the first day of school and we work on them behind the scenes after classes and communications with families. If you continue to see a discrepancy beginning Monday, August 31st, please contact your homeroom teacher and we will look at this on a student by student basis.

Please don’t worry about grades during the first few days of school. These days are spent learning routines and getting to know students as you build a foundation for the year. Teachers will alert you to when everything is ready and you can start monitoring grade books. For now, just remember daily logging in and using the Bison On-Track Calendar is the priority.

On-Track Calendar

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Course Information


ELA Unit 1 has been reading and writing summarizations and comparisons of different Cinderella Stories. Students will be exploring different cultures through these stories. After each story, your student has been practice writing a paragraph (4-8 sentences) summarizing the story. You've also been encouraging your student to include the following

  • Characters (good and evil)
  • Setting (where and when)
  • Events (beginning, middle, and end)

Now students are starting to write narrative pieces. On Sept 1, 4th graders will be completing the Big Idea by writing a modern-day Cinderella tale. This Big Idea is also the Teacher Graded Assignment (see above).


Students will be learning to compare and order numbers as they finish up Unit 1. In Unit 2 students will be learning about fractions and their benchmarks.

Continue Multiplication Practice

It is vital for our fourth graders to know how to multiply. Division, fractions, perimeter, area, etc. are all built off of multiplication. There are many strategies out there to support your fourth grader in mastering this skill. 4th graders are expected to know multiplication facts between 0-12. This means they know from 0 x 0=0 all the way to 12x12=144.

Spend 20 minutes each school day working on multiplication facts this school year.

Multiplication Strategy- Double, Double

Media Release Form

OVCA is focused on providing a safe virtual learning environment. With this in mind, we ask that a legal guardian complete the below survey for each student enrolled with OVCA. The media release form includes two sections: Photograph, Testimonial and Interview Release, and Face to Face Platform (webcam) Usage School-Guardian-Student Compact. You will be given the choice to accept or decline each opportunity.

Together we can help students reach their full potential through personalized learning this year! Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

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