4th Grade Newsletter

Mon., August 16 - Fri., August 27, 2021

Hooray for a great first week of school!

I know all the teachers had a fantastic first week back. We loved seeing all your smiling faces in our morning meetings and in our regular classes. If you missed any of our orientation classes, go back and watch the recordings, they are full of great information on this upcoming year!

Starting Monday, August 16th, you will have three Class Connect sessions a day. A Morning Meeting, a Reading class, and a Math class. We can't wait to spend more time with you and watch you grow. Check your class connect schedule in the Online School (OLS) for your exact class times.

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Online Learning K-5 21-22

Learning Coaches, you have a course to complete with your student in the Online School (OLS). We asked that it was completed by August 13th, but if you haven't completed it yet, you can still log into your OLS and complete it.
Role of a Learning Coach

With K12-powered personalized learning, you play an active and important role in your child’s education.

Important Upcoming Dates

· August 16- Begin working in Math and ELA curriculum

· August 23- NWEA Screener begins (in regular class time)

· August 30- Begin working in Math, ELA and History curriculum

· September 6- Labor Day (no school)

· September 7- Working in all courses, including electives

NWEA Screener Starting Monday, August 23rd

The NWEA Map Screener is much like an eye exam. No one is telling you what to see, only you are telling the doctor what you see. In the same way, the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is an opportunity for students to state what they "see" in math and reading. The first score of the year sets the goals for the school year.

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. The results also set the goals for the school year specifically using the percentile rank. To measure one year's growth, a student should either increase or stay equal to the beginning of the year percentile rank.

Example: Linda scored a 205 which placed her in the 65th percentile. For Linda to make one year's growth and stay equal to the 65th percentile, she will need to increase her score to 217 by the end of the school year.

The NWEA MAP Growth assessment includes multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can view the practice test below.

Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

NWEA MAP Practice

Username: grow Password: grow

Course Information


ELA Unit 1 is reading and writing summarizations and comparisons of different Cinderella Stories. Students will be exploring different cultures through these stories. After each story, have your students practice writing a paragraph (4-8 sentences) summarizing the story. Encourage your student to include the following

  • Characters (good and evil)
  • Setting (where and when)
  • Events (beginning, middle, and end)

Brainstorm how each story could change to be more modern. Foster different names, locations, genders, and events. Maybe instead of a ball, maybe it's a talent contest. Practicing now will make the teacher graded assignment due on Sept. 1st much easier.

Books 4th graders will read these the next two weeks.

These books are part of the K12 curriculum and were sent to every 4th grader at OVCA.

  • Yeh Shen
  • Adelita
  • Expeditions in Reading pg 8-16
  • Class Slipper, Gold, Sandal

If you have not received your K12 curriculum, below are some links to the books being read aloud, however if you have the books we prefer you read them on your own.

Yeh-Shen: http://www.viewpure.com/SboVXL6gx9g?start=0&end=0

Adelita: http://www.viewpure.com/KnJZ1SPH7FA?start=0&end=0

Cinderella from Expeditions in Reading (see PDF below)

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: http://www.viewpure.com/YywJvAq-m_c?start=0&end=0


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Students will be learning about multiplication facts these first two units. It is vital for our fourth graders to know how to multiply. Division, fractions, perimeter, area, etc. are all built off of multiplication. There are many strategies out there to support your fourth grader in mastering this skill. 4th graders are expected to know multiplication facts between 0-12. This means they know from 0 x 0=0 all the way to 12x12=144.

Spend 20 minutes each school day working on multiplication facts this school year.

Multiplication Strategy- Double, Double

Newrow Audio and Video test

You can click the link below to go and test your mic and webcam before entering a Newrow session. This will help eliminate some problems before you enter a class.


Media Release Form

OVCA is focused on providing a safe virtual learning environment. With this in mind, we ask that a legal guardian complete the below survey for each student enrolled with OVCA. The media release form includes two sections: Photograph, Testimonial and Interview Release, and Face to Face Platform (webcam) Usage School-Guardian-Student Compact. You will be given the choice to accept or decline each opportunity.

Together we can help students reach their full potential through personalized learning this year! Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

Important Websites

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

The Hub (OVCA Website)

All 4th Grade Newsletters can be found here

Teacher Contact Information

The Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access educational programs and activities. As required by Title IX, the Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, in its educational programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Title IX non-discrimination matters:

  • Angie Foust, Title IX Coordinator, afoust@okvirtual.org, (405) 259-9478 ext 2069, 1160 S Douglas, Midwest City, OK 73130
  • Additionally, you may contact the Office of Civil Rights by calling 1-800-421-3481.

Hola! Bienvenidos a nuestra escuela!

Mi nombre es Sonia Gaytan, Asesor Familiar Comunitario

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Puede enviarme un correo electrónico a sogaytan@okvirtual.org

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