Fun in Fourth Grade

A Newsletter About Our Fantastic 4th Grade "Chastain-ians"

Hello, Families,

I can't believe how the time is flying by! Seeing as how I will be knee-deep in report card duties this weekend, I'm planning to have this newsletter cover the rest of this week and next. Thanks for reading!

Heartfelt Thanks and Shout-Outs!

A huge thank you goes out to my volunteers: Priti Merchant, who has been helping us with copies, and Jennifer Eastman and Analis Mercado who graded timed math facts tests for me. I appreciate your help so much, ladies! I also want to acknowledge the hard work and perseverance of two kids: Alice and Leo, who reached one million word goals! Congratulations, Chastain-ians!

Pioneer Day

I can't believe the big day is almost here! Pioneer Day will take place next week on Thursday, June 11th, and we will be on the Del Campus all day. PICK UP ON THIS DAY IS AT 4:30 P.M. From 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. we will be listening to The Amazing Harmonatras perform and square dancing. Come join the fun!

Curriculum Updates

Language Arts

  • We are finishing our literary unit using the historical fiction novel, By the Great Horn Spoon!

  • This week's spelling list is #25. There will not be a spelling list next week.

  • Students have a vocabulary list titled, "By the Great Horn Spoon" due on Friday.

  • Students' AR Goals deadline has been extended to Monday, June 8th. Read, read, read!

  • Next week we will be talking about our successes in meeting 4th grade's 40 book challenge!


  • We are finishing up our final chapter on patterns and algebraic thinking. IXL strands that correlate with our work in class include: L.1, L.2, L.3, L.4, L.5, G.1, G.2, G.4, G.5, G.6, H.1 and H.2. The chapter test is anticipated on Wednesday, June 10th.

Social Studies

  • We continue our work on the play, "Villians in the Gold Field." (See below for performance information.)

Physical Science

  • Miss Porter continues to teach our class about physical science concepts relating to energy.

Always Changing

We will be showing the "Always Changing" video to students on Friday, June 12th. Boys and girls view a film specific to their gender in different classrooms.

Last Week of School Celebrations!

Tuesday, June 16th

  • We will performing our play, "Villians in the Gold Field" on the outdoor stage. Miss Porter's class will perform at 10:00 a.m. and our class will perform at (approximately) 10:30 a.m. Unless otherwise noted to your child, he or she should wear their pioneer day costumes to school that morning and bring a uniform to change into after the performance.

  • The 3rd Trimester Academic Awards ceremony will be from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. on June 16th in the cafeteria. If your child will be receiving an academic award, I will email you to let you know on June 12th (after grades are finalized)

Wednesday, June 17th (Last Day of School)

  • Students will be dismissed early at 12:00 p.m.

  • Report cards are distributed at noon on the last day of school. If for some reason your child will not be here on the last day of school, please plan to pick up your child's report card in the office after this time.

  • We kick off summer break with field day on the last day of school! Please click this link to view the flier that came home this week. It contains all the information you need about this fun WCS tradition. We also need volunteers! Come join us for this terrific event. Click this link to sign up!

Summer STEAM Program Serving Incoming 3rd-5th graders

(Please inquire for younger or older students!)

Our school year seems so short when you realize how many wonderful learning opportunities available to our kids today! Beyond Basics Summer STEAM is a fun-filled way to learn new skills over the summer with Science, Technology,Engineering, Art and Mathematics: STEAM!

This summer, would you like your student to:

*learn algebra concepts with Hands on Equations?

*explore computer programming and design?

*explore engineering and physics with Snap Circuits?

*design, build and program a robot!!??

If you said “yes!” then this program is for you!

Session Dates, Location and Cost

Session One

  • Monday through Thursday
  • June 22- June 25
  • 8:30am – 1:30pm (Students must bring lunch)

Session Two

  • Monday through Thursday
  • June 29- July 2
  • 8:30am – 1:30pm (Students must bring lunch)

WCS Del Paso Campus- Room W19

$165/ 1 session $300/ 2 sessions

Specials: $30 Two-session discount! Sibling Discount!

Teacher: Debbie Porter E-mail:

Spring Portraits

Notice to Parents
If you have already paid for your portraits, thank you!

This is the last reminder to pay for Spring Portraits.

Select your favorites and pay online!
  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code, which is on your portrait package insert.
  3. Please return unpurchased portraits to your school.

Odds & Ends

  • Math Monday Challenge problem can be found at this link.

  • Have you ordered a yearbook for your 4th grader yet? There is still time but they are on "first come, first serve basis!" Once they are gone, they're gone. Click here to purchase via PayPal for $18.

Dates to Remember

  • June 5: 3rd Trimester AR Goal Checked
  • June 11: 4th Grade Pioneer Day on Del Paso Campus (8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • June 16: 3rd Trimester Academic Awards Ceremony from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • June 16: "Villians in the Gold Field" performed at 10:30 a.m.
  • June 17: Field Day & Last Day of School (Early pick up at 12:00 p.m.)
Thanks so much for your time! If I can answer any questions, please email me at


Heather Chastain