News from 4th Grade Team

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

End of the Quarter Celebration

To mark the end of the the 2015 year, we'll be watching the movie, "Island of the Blue Dolphins" on Friday. The movie is the 1964 adaptation of the book. Our classes enjoyed the story as a read aloud. Your child is allowed to bring one snack of their choosing to eat during the movie. They may not share the snack with their classmates. Please look for specific information from your child's teacher for other festive classroom activities.
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Winter Break

We hope you and yours enjoy a peaceful winter break with your loved ones. There will not be homework assigned but should your child be looking for something to do, we encourage Achieve 3000, Reflex Math, and Happy Holidays and we will see you Tuesday, January 12th for a minimum day.

Report Cards

Student report cards and corrected tests will be sent home on Friday in lieu of a weekly progress report.

Field Trip

Thank you to Melissa Hardy, Christina Camacho, Jessica Carreon, and Job Alvarez for chaperoning our first field trip. The students had a great time while learning a lot about fitness and the Olympics.

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Farewell Mikaela

We wish Mikaela and her family all the best as she leaves Wolf Canyon and continues her journey on the east coast.

Math Tutoring & Support

Mrs. Kolodziej: Tuesday afternoons 3:15-3:50

Mrs. Carreon: Monday lunch time 12:15-12:45 (students will eat lunch in classroom)

Mrs. Connary: Tuesday afternoons 3:30-4:00 (Mr. Riggs' class)

Wednesday afternoons 3:30-4:00 (Mrs. Connary's class)

This Week's Learning

Math: Determine if a number is a factor of another number using divisibility rules and make a list of strategies to solve problems with common factors.

Reading: Make inferences and give evidence from the text to support inference, find the main idea using story Keeping Close to Nature's Heart.

Writing: Create poems of more than 1 stanza.

Grammar: Order adjectives within a sentence.

Science: Understand and explain the rock cycle.

Read Aloud: Finish the Island of the Blue Dolphins and watch movie.

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

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

    Dec. 14: K-Kids @12:00

    Dec. 15: PTA General Meeting @7:00

    Dec. 16: GLEE Club @12:00

    Dec. 16: Family Dinner Night @5:00

    Dec. 18: Holiday Singalong Assembly @9:45

    Dec. 18: Report cards go home

    Dec. 20-Jan. 11: WINTER BREAK

    Jan. 12: Students return-MINIMUM DAY

    Jan. 12: Yearbook Pre-Sales begin

    Jan. 18: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Day


    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!

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    CONNARY: multi-colored Mr. Sketch markers, color copy paper, multicolored whiteboard markers, kleenex, baby wipes
    RIGGS: tape dispenser, white card stock, prizes for prize box
    CARREON: white card stock paper, prizes for prize box

    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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