4th Grade Super Sailor Newsletter

Week 6: September 28-October 2, 2015

What are our Super Sailors learning this week?


We will begin this week with a test on Monday, for a major grade. The test will cover Topic 2 vocabulary words such as, commutative property of addition, associate property of addition, identity property of addition, breaking apart, compensation, counting on, and vocabulary and concepts from the previous sections. The students should study the flashcards they made earlier last week. The rest of the week we will be using models and standard algorithm to add and subtract numbers. These numbers will include multiple place values, zeros, and decimals.


In science we will be studying force and motion. We will complete a force and motion lab on Monday. Later this week we will read a Science Weekly article, for a grade. We will also be using the iPads to complete a force and motion simulation. We will take another daily grade on Friday over these sections in our science books.


This week we are focusing on questioning as we read. Students will learn about different types of questions (thick and thin) and will work on questions that require increasing levels of thinking. Students will apply these skills to the book we are reading as a class, and independent practice with their independent book. Don’t forget to read at home 30 minutes each night and work toward completing the Texas Readers Club!


We finished our first essay last week! We will start our second round of a personal narrative with a specific prompt about a special day. Students will work individually, with writing buddies and with the teacher to go through the writing process.

Remember: your September night write homework is due this week!


The next set of spelling words we will focus on will be long vowels. Our next quiz will be on Friday, October 9th.

Social Studies

Monday is Constitution day! We will celebrate by discussing the timeline of how the United States came to be and what the constitution means for the way we live today. The remainder of the week we will begin our next unit: Early Texans. We will learn about the first people to live on Texas land, how and what they did, and how their lifestyles and cultures were different depending on where they lived in Texas.

Character Trait for the Month: Initiative

Dig a little deeper this week with these discussion

starters about initiative:

• What is the chore or job that you’re expected to do around the house?

• Do you remember to do the chore on your own or notice when it needs to be done, or do you have to be reminded?

• What would happen if you refused to do it or were too busy to notice it needed to be done?

• What chore or job have you done this week on your own that nobody but you knows about?

• What is hard about showing initiative?

• Is there a problem that you see in the world that you think you should help with?

• Make up a pretend “to do” list of what it would take to solve that problem.

Access to Math and Social Studies Textbook Online

Math Textbook Update

There have been some technical difficulties with the math online textbooks from the district level. We will let you know when we receive any updates!
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Important Information

Spring Creek Spirit Night

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 5-7pm

4895 Texas 6

Missouri City, TX

Stop by Spring Creek for dinner with your family, friends, and teachers! The class with the most students show up per grade will receive a very special prize!


Dear Parents and Guardians,

At Austin Parkway Elementary we strive to provide the best experience possible for our students and their families. We are constantly looking for ways to streamline processes within our building. One of the processes that we are currently working on is that of early dismissal. The policy regarding early dismissal and checkout can be found in the Austin Parkway Elementary Student-Parent Handbook, on our website. Please see below for the excerpt.

In the case of an unforeseen event that causes a change in the way your child goes home please follow these steps.

  1. Send an email to Ms. Miller before 2:15 p.m., iris.miller@fortbendisd.com
  1. State in the email:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Teacher’s name
    3. Your name and relationship to student
    4. Your phone number for verification purposes
    5. Time of pickup (no dismissals after 2:45 p.m.)
    6. Reason for last minute change

GT ~ Gifted and Talented Referrals

GT parent referrals are due by September 30th. If you want your child tested, please consider turning in the referral now.Please complete the GT referral form and turn in as soon as possible to our school counselor, Mary Prine.

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