Fun in Fourth Grade

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

Just wanted to give you some quick reminders for the coming week. But first...

Heartfelt Thanks

Many thanks to Mariana Valdez and Emily Chan for their assistance during math groups last week! I so appreciate all that you do for us!

Curriculum Updates


  • We are continuing with work on long division next week. We anticipate that the test will be on Friday November 1st. IXL strands that correspond to our work this week include: E.4, E.5, E.7, E.9 and E.10. Some students are showing signs of readiness to move on to two-digit divisors. Those exploring this concept will be working on 4th grade IXL strands: E.15-E.19.

Language Arts

  • We continue our work in traditional literature and move onto analyzing fables. Students will decipher the moral or message of a story in addition to understanding the difference between prose and drama. They will also be gaining oral fluency practice during reader's theater.

  • Next Friday students will be tested on the 4th Grade 100% Spelling Words. I am continuing to provide additional practice of the most difficult 100% words this week though Spelling City. Next week's list is titled "100% Spelling Words Practice List."


  • We are wrapping up our science unit next week. We'll be talking about what happens when a population disappears from an ecosystem as well as how producers create their own food through photosynthesis. The science test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th.

  • Our vocabulary study will focus on the content words from our science unit. This will be tested in class on Thursday next week. Students are doing activities on Spelling/Vocabulary City for practice but they may also prepare by reviewing the terms and definitions recorded in their science notebooks.

Social Studies

  • We will be using our social studies unit on Native Americans of California to kick off our work with expository writing and research. Students will work in groups to research Native American tribes and write informational essays about their findings. This teacher-guided, in-class project will provide students with a solid foundation in research skills, expository writing and collaboration with others during the coming weeks.

Other Reminders


Yep, Halloween falls on a school day this year. Just a reminder that this is a "business as usual" day and students are to wear uniforms and not costumes. This helps all of us to keep our excitement in check so we can focus on learning during the school day. Thank you for your support.

Olympic Triathlon

Please see information that came home last week or this information on the WCS website for background about the Olympic Triathlon: Olympic Triathlon Donation Days on the Del Paso campus are on Wednesdays at AIM Mail Center from 7:30-8am and at campus from 7:45-8:30am through November 20th. However, checks can also be put in the WAVE mailbox in the office at any time or through Paypal through December 6th.

It is WCS and WAVE's goal to have each student fundraise $180 in support of our programs at WCS. Please consider talking to friends and family about donating to our school. Thank you for your ongoing support!


This month is "Walktober." Students are encouraged to walk, bike or scoot to school every day this month. Kids were given a tracking sheet today. Participation prizes will be given.

Dates to Remember...

I have an up-to-date calendar on my website as a handy reference for you. But here are some dates to keep in mind:
  • Olympic Triathlon donations accepted until December 6th.
  • Oct. 31: Science Terms Vocabulary Test
  • Nov.1: 100% Spelling Words Test
  • Nov. 1: Estimated Date for Math Chapter Test
  • Nov. 5: Olympic Triathlon Student Event
  • Nov. 5: Life Science Test
  • Nov. 11: Veteran's Day - No School
  • Nov. 15: Last Day of Trimester
  • Nov. 18-21: Parent-Teacher Conference Week - EARLY DISMISSAL ALL WEEK
  • Nov. 25 - Dec. 2: Thanksgiving Break
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ahead of them! As always, please email if I can answer any questions for you.


Heather Chastain