News from 4th Grade Team

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


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CAASPP Testing this Week

This week your child will take the SBAC assessment for English Language Arts and Math. It is very important for all students be in school and on time this week. Those who are tardy will not be allowed to test and will need to make it up next week in another class. You can help your child by:

1. Ensuring they get a good night's sleep

2. Eat a healthy breakfast either at school or at home

3. Motivate your child to try his/her very best

4. Scheduling appointments for after school hours

Your child is welcome to bring his/her own headphones/ear buds for testing. 4th grade teachers will be providing mints, as peppermint has been shown in studies to help increase focus, lessen anxiety, and enhance memory (see research below). If you would NOT like your child to receive a peppermint we ask you contact your child's teacher.

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Memory and Mood

A study published in the 2008 “International Journal of Neuroscience” found that participants exposed to peppermint oil experienced enhanced memory and processing speeds. Peppermint also increased their alertness while helping them maintain a sense of calm. In 2006, Dr. Bryan Raudenbush from Wheeling Jesuit University found that drivers exposed to peppermint scent were less frustrated, anxious and fatigued and stayed more alert after driving for prolonged periods.

How Peppermint Works

Raudenbush explained that peppermint scent significantly increases oxygen saturation and blood pressure, which results in physiological arousal. Blood brings oxygen to your brain, so if peppermint increases the amount of oxygen in your blood and then increases your blood pressure, more oxygen travels to your brain. The more oxygen available to your brain, the better your concentration and focus.

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4th Grade Play

REMINDERS: All students are responsible for providing their own costume. We will be performing the play 3 times: May 12th at 6:30pm, May 13th at 9:00am and 10:00am. All students report by 6:00 pm for the night performance and please come to school in full costume on Friday, May 13th.
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We will be selling snack items for the evening of the 4th grade play on May 12th at 6:30pm. We are asking for donations of water, Capri Suns, juice boxes, popcorn, cookies or chips. All proceeds will benefit the 4th grade fund which pays for supplies for our play and grade level field trips. If you are able to donate an item, please send it with your child to school by May 12th to Mrs. Carreon's classroom #304. THANK YOU to Sylvana Contreras' family and Jacob Brennan's family for their donations!
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4th Grade Play: EUREKA! We found it!

Thursday, May 12th, 6:30pm

1950 Wolf Canyon Loop

Chula Vista, CA

All students report to school at 6:00 pm.
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We will not be checking out books for the remainder of the year.


Please consider helping for our wonderful chalk walk event on May 26th. Each class will need 3 to 4 volunteers for this event. Please let your child's teacher know if you are able to help on this day and we thank you in advance.

THANK YOU to all our wonderful parent volunteers who have already signed up to help!

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Dreambox Expectations

Dreambox is assigned regularly as homework. Students are recommended to complete 5 lessons per week for maximum growth. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Kolodziej or Mrs. Connary.

Math Support

Please see the link below for fraction support with the new math unit. It is a parent newsletter to help with math vocabulary and models. A hard copy was also sent home last week for your reference.

This Week's Learning

Math: CAASPP Testing

Language Arts: CAASPP Testing

Grammar/Writing: CAASPP Testing

Read Aloud: Esperanza Rising

NEW 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

12:45-1:45 Rotation #2: Math/Science and Social Studies/Writing

1:45-2:10 P.E.

2:15-3:15 4th Grade Play Rotations

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: Math/Science and Social Studies/Writing

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45 4th Grade Play Rotations

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}
  • Upcoming Events

    May 4: GLEE Club @ 12:15

    May 6: Kindergarten Musical

    May 9: SSC Meeting @ 3:30

    May 11: GLEE Club @ 12:15

    May 12: 4th Grade Play @ 6:30

    May 13: 4th Grade Play Assembly @ 9:00 & 10:00

    May 16-20: 6th Grade Camp

    May 17: DAC/DELAC @ 12:00 (district)

    May 17: PTA General Meeting @ 7:00

    May 18: GLEE Club @ 12:15

    May 23-28: Staff Appreciation Week

    May 25: Day of the Teacher

    May 25: GLEE Club @ 12:15

    May 26: Chalk Walk

    May 26: Music Showcase @ 6:30

    May 27: Awards Assembly @ 10:00

    May 30: NO SCHOOL! Memorial Day

    June 1: Volunteer Tea @ 6:30

    June 2: School Picnic/Yearbook Signing/6th Grade Softball Game

    June 3: 6th Grade Promotion @ 9:00



    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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    Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (Karaoke Version)
    twenty one pilots - Stressed Out (Karaoke Version)
    Shawn Mendes - Stitches (Karaoke Version)
    Elle King - Ex's & Oh's (Karaoke Version)
    Maroon 5 - Sugar (Karaoke Version)