4th Grade Super Sailor Newsletter

Week 22: February 8-12, 2016


We will begin this week with a benchmark assessment over the material we have covered thus far this year in math. We will continue this week with our study of fractions. The students will learn about adding and subtracting fractions using multiple strategies to help build understanding.


We are so proud of the students that participated in the Invention Convention! We absolutely loved the creativity we saw. Way to go!! This week in science we will continue learning about the changes that happen to the Earth's surface. We will be doing an investigation on the effects of erosion as well as connecting our investigations and demonstrations to the real world.


We are beginning our reading for research unit. During this time, students are collaborating with other students and sharing their conclusions through presentation and publication. In order to be information literate, students must develop the fundamental skills and knowledge of inquiry and research. When preparing for a study of inquiry and research, students need to understand about:

  • Selecting topics of interest that are significant.
  • Summarizing and synthesizing information
  • Demonstrating understanding of information
  • Crediting sources
  • Presenting information in categories
  • Focusing on the topic and including several aspects
  • Including facts, statistics, and examples


We will be using our research for writing! When writing a research report, students need to understand about:

  • Selecting topics of interest that are significant.
  • Crediting sources.
  • Writing effective lead paragraphs and conclusions.
  • Presenting information in categories.
  • Focusing on the topic and including several aspects
  • Including facts, statistics, and examples

Spelling-4th grade word wall words

1. conclude
2. throughout
3. appear
4. increase
5. prettier
6. usually
7. area
8. contain
9. inform
10. raise
11. view
12. control
13. realize
14. jealous
15. respect
16. whether
17. argue
18. certain
19. lonely
20. require

Social Studies

In 4th grade we’ll learn a more of a general survey of the Civil War as they go into greater detail in 5th grade. For this unit we focus more on the economics of Texas during this time and how Texas seceded from the union and that few actual battles were fought in Texas but they were a major source of revenue for the south due to shipping of cotton through the ports. After the war, we’ll discuss how Reconstruction changed the economy for many people and jobs in the railroad and cattle industry began to grow. Other highlights will include Juneteenth and how Texas under the Confederacy was another flag over Texas.

STAAR test dates:

March 29: Writing

May 9: Math

May 10: Reading

February Events

8th- Math Released STAAR test practice, Fit 4 Kids - 4th grade 3:10-3:50

9th - Spring Picture Day

10th-Reading Released STAAR test practice

11th-Valentine's Parties 2:00-2:45

12th-Jump Rope for Heart, Early Release 12:10

15th-School holiday

Football at recess

Due to the growing number of incidents & injuries occurring on the playground related to football, students are no longer allowed to play football or catch during recess. Please note that this includes all grade levels. Students may not bring footballs to school. There will be no catch, no-tag football, etc.


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