Fourth Grade Weekly Update


Important Upcoming Dates

November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

November 28-30: Gingerbread Village Drop-off

November 30: Kendra Scott/ Evereve PTO Fundraiser 5-7pm

December 1: Field Trip to CMS to watch "Best Christmas Pageant Ever"- More info below

December 2: Dragon Wagon

December 5: Honor Choir sings at Senior Center

December 8-9: 4th Grade Parent Conferences

December 13: 3rd Grade Performance at 6:00 pm

December 15: Movie and Hot Cocoa Day

December 16: Holiday Party

December 19-January 2: Winter Break

What We're Learning

Math: Long Division

Science: Producers, Consumers, and Food Webs

Reading: Non-Fiction Unit

Writing: Opinion Writing

Texas History: European Explorers

What We're Reading

4A Where the Red Fern Grows

4B Where the Red Fern Grows

4C Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief

4D Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief

4E Restart

4F Where the Red Fern Grows

4G Restart

CMS Field Trip

We are so excited to be able to take a mini field trip to Carroll Middle School on December 1st. The field trip will be from about 8:30-10:30 ish to watch their performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." We need permission slips back ASAP! No later than Friday, November 18th. We're sorry for the quick turnaround, but this helps us ensure we have the right number of buses. On the day of the field trip, your child will need to wear their new JES PTO shirt. We hope your child can join us!

From our office and PTO:

Reminder from the Nurse

If your child has a fever at home over 100 degrees or is vomiting please remember it must be 24 hours free of fever or vomiting without any Motrin or Tylenol before returning to school. The same applies if the student is sent home from school with these illnesses. Having a doctor's note permitting the child to come back before the 24 hours is not sufficient per our district policy. Thank you for helping us keep a safe and healthy environment!

Gingerbread Village

It's almost time for Gingerbread Village! Please see this letter for details about this incredible JES tradition. Mark your calendars to bring in your gingerbread houses for November 28th-30th.

The Gifting Project

The Gifting Project was created to help children in need feel the joy of receiving a gift thoughtfully picked out just for them. If your family would like to sponsor a child this holiday season please click on the sign-up genius below. All information is included in the sign-up. The drop-off day for your angel gifts is Friday, December 2nd, 8-845am in the front parking lot of JES. If you have any questions please contact Danielle Polarek at 214-395-3368

JES Angel Tree

Johnson Elementary has our own traditional angel tree in our front office. These angels are children who attend or are affiliated with Johnson Elementary School. Angels and directions are available in the front office. We have such a generous community - thank you for supporting your fellow Dragons in need.


Join us at Kendra Scott and Evereve on Wednesday, November 30th from 5-7 pm to benefit JES! Mention Jack Johnson Elementary during checkout for a giveback donation. *Please help these partners to best prepare by RSVPing HERE.*

  • Kendra Scott: 20% of sales will be donated. If you're unable to attend in person, shop online with the discount code GIVEBACK-CGNGT. The discount code is valid all day on 11/30 and 11/31.
  • Evereve: 15% of sales will be donated. You may shop at any time on 11/30 to earn giveback donations.

Dragon Wagon
The next Dragon Wagon will be on December 2nd.

JES Directory
Searching for Holiday card addresses? Be sure to check out the JES Online Directory! As a reminder, families that paid annual PTO dues can access the school directory here.

  • Returning PTO members, simply log in using your DirectorySpot credentials.
  • New PTO members or new users should have received an email with Subject: DirectorySpot Account to login and set your password.
  • If you would like access to the online JES Directory but have not paid annual PTO dues, you may sign-up here:
  • If you have any questions, please contact our DirectorySpot chair at

Library Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please email

Reflex Math Parent Information

In fourth grade, we add, subtract, multiply, and divide big numbers! When a child knows their basic math facts, it helps them immensely when they are solving much bigger problems. This week, we got access to Reflex Math, an online math fact program. We will be using it during class when students have extra time or during WIN time. Students can also log in from home to get some extra fact practice. The following video gives you more information and a way for you to view your child's progress.

Animals in Science Lab

Dear Parents,

I am are excited to have your child in my science lab! It is going to be a great school year!

Please be aware, that I have animal(s) in the science laboratory. We also have other teachers on campus that love providing an engaging and great learning experience with animals for our students. In order to provide a safe learning environment for your child, please read Carroll ISD’s Animal Medical Management Plan, found at:

This medical plan outlines benefits of having animals in the classroom, as well as district wide procedures and responsibilities of staff, parents, and students.

After reading the management plan, please let me know if your child has known allergies, asthma, or other medical concerns that you think I, and other teachers with animals, should know about.

Order Your Yearbook

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Yearbook Information and Picture Submissions

The JES store is now OPEN for business!! It’s time to order your 22-23 yearbook. Click here to go directly to the Balfour JES Store to order your yearbook for $40.

Prices will go up January 1st 2023 so do it today!

4th grade ONLY – Dedication pages

$25 for 1/8 of a page. Please note this is only for 4th graders. You will Order, Pay and Build your page on the Balfour site.

Picture Submissions:

We would love your pictures from the JES Picnic. Please upload pictures to this link and choose the category : Fall Picnic. Thank you for sharing!!

All pictures must be in JPG format. You can set your iPhone camera to JPG by going to Settings - Camera: Formats, then choose Most Compatible. This will not change your photos in any way.

Safety and Security

Please read the following flyer regarding safety in CISD.
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4th Grade Honor Choir

It’s time for 4th Grade Honor Choir! Honor Choir will meet after school on Tuesdays until 4PM starting September 13th. Or if you have any questions, please e-mail Ms. Cornish:

Science Lab and Art

Mrs. B: Please send in your newspapers to the science lab for a lab project! We'd love to have copies of your old newspapers. Thanks so much!

Mrs. Campbell: Please send in wipes or dry erase markers if you have any extras. Thank you for your help!

Playaway Audio Books

Third and fourth grade are able to check out our Playaway audiobooks if parents fill out this Google form. Please make sure to fill out the form so that your child can have this opportunity!

My School Bucks- Lunch Account

We encourage all parents/students to prepay money into their account to help lunch lines move faster and to avoid lost/forgotten lunch money.

  1. Cash/Check – can be deposited in the lunch line at the point of sale. If you choose to drop cash off, please include your child’s name and ID number. Any change from a cash payment will be deposited into the student's lunch account.
  2. Online Payment - CISD has included a parent online credit card payment system through MySchoolBucks, an online or mobile app. You can make credit card payments to your student’s cafeteria account online for a convenience fee of $2.50. The system will also allow parents to view student cafeteria account balances and purchases at no charge as well as set up free, automatic, low balance email notifications and automatic payments.

Please note:

  • Money left on accounts will roll over with your student next year.
  • Transferring funds between siblings' accounts may be done any time by calling the Child Nutrition office at 817-949-8240.

Birthday Treats

We know Birthday Treats are an exciting part of our younger Dragon’s special day. If you want to bring your own treats, you are welcome to do so, but they must follow our Allergy Aware guidelines (with a label that specifies that it is nut-free and made in a nut-free facility). The following link on CISD Health Services website will provide you all of the important information to watch for on snacks and food items.

Important Volunteer Information

The teachers, students, and employees at Carroll ISD depend on the dedication of the wonderful volunteers that we have in our community. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for sacrificing their valuable time and efforts in support of our District.

Every volunteer must complete an application and a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Applications and background checks must be completed annually to ensure the district has updated information on each volunteer. Please note that a background check can take up to 72 hours to be processed and cannot be done on the spot at the campus.

Click here to begin your application to become a Carroll ISD Volunteer.

- Complete your application and background check before volunteering.
- Check-in with the front office upon arrival. Please bring your driver's license with you each time.
- Wear appropriate clothing for your volunteer assignment.

- Show up unexpected without campus approval or approval that you are an approved volunteer.
- Bring younger non school-aged children without permission from the campus.
- Discuss other students.
- Volunteer when you are feeling ill.
- Take pictures of a student who isn't your child.

Counselor's Corner

Please click the following PDF to view this month's character trait.