News from 4th Grade Team

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

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Welcome Back!

We hope you had a wonderful time with your family and ready to begin Quarter 3! We will be hitting the ground running this quarter and look forward to a great second half of the year. REMINDER: tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12th is a minimum day. Dismissal will be 1:45.

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)

***Mrs. Carreon will no longer offer math tutoring.***

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This Week's Learning

Math: Know the difference between factors of a number and mulitples of a number, find the factor and multiples of a number, review Chapter 5 concepts and take math assessment.

Reading: Identify figurative language within a text, identify how it is used within a text, make inferences and give evidence from the text to support inference using story 78th Street.

Writing: Performance Task.

Grammar: Ordering adjectives within a sentence.

Science: Understand, explain and write about the rock cycle.

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

Read Aloud: By The Great Horn Spoon

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Rocks & Minerals Project

Your child was sent home with the information about the Rocks & Minerals Project before we went on winter break and should know what topic they are to study. The PowerPoint and speech is due January 19th and will be assigned as homework. Your child has access to PowerPoint with their Office 365 account (if you haven't created your FREE school account, please see details at end of newsletter.) In addition to the PowerPoint and speech, your will need to print their PowerPoint, attach to a tri-fold science board to present at Science & Technology Night on January 22nd. *See pictures below for examples and more details about project.
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Speech Contest

ALL students will write and give a speech for the speech contest on February 2nd. We will begin discussing it this week and paper (seen below) will be sent home Friday. Speech is to be written and practiced at home.
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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

    Jan. 18: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Day

    Jan. 19: Rocks & Minerals Project due

    Jan. 19: PTA General Meeting @7:00

    Jan. 20: Family Dinner Night

    Jan. 22: Jump Rope 4 Heart Assembly

    Jan. 25: K-Kids Meeting @12:00

    Jan. 26: DAC/DELAC @12:00

    Jan. 28: Science & Technology Night 3-6 @6:30

    Feb. 2: Classroom Speech Contest


    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!

    pencils, whiteboard markers
    CONNARY: hand sanitizer, small prizes for treasure box
    RIGGS: prizes for prize box
    CARREON: hand snaitizer, baby wipes/Clorox wipes, 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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