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Important Dates

 

Penny Warner

Author Visit

September 19

 

Conference Week

October 7-10

 

Sacramento Field Trip

October 17

 

Fall Carnival

October 26

 

Halloween Parade

October 31

 

Camp Arroyo

December 4-6

 

Multicultural Lunch

December 19

 

End of First Semester

December 20

 

Winter Break

December 23- January 6

 

Report Cards

January 17

 

Boosterathon Fun Run

February 5

 

Open House

March 12

 

Spring Conferences

March 18, 19

 

"Gold Dust or Bust" Play

April 2

 

Spring Break

April 6-10

 

Oakland Museum

May 7

 

CA Living History

May 21

 

Gold Rush Day

May 22

 

Dance Day

May

Cassandra English & Jennifer Johnson-Phillips

Welcome to Fourth Grade!
Highlights for the Month

 

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Studying adaptations and how living things need each other.

  • Mastering Multiplication and Division Facts for speed and accuracy.

  • Working with numbers in the hundred-thousands and millions.

  • Writing intensely and creating multiple paragraphs.

  • Deepening narrative writing by adding strong leads, dialogue, and vivid verbs.

  • Exploring complex characters in "Just Right" chapter books.

  • Reading intensely using strategies such as Envisioning, Connecting, and Summarizing.

  • Learning about authors such as Laura Ingalls Wilder and Penny Warner.

  • Getting to know our Kinder Buddies.

  • Being creative with California Poppy paintings.

  • Learning about the artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

  • Painting watercolor Self-Portraits with an 1800's theme.

  • Learning about California's government and creating a Class Constitution.

  • Writing letters to California’s Governor.

  • Celebrating California's birthday!

 

Homework Reminders

~Nightly Reading~

As part of the nightly reading homework, students should begin by reading one or two pages aloud, then complete their time by reading silently. It is wonderful when parents also take an interest by asking questions, taking turns reading, and making observations. Then students need to write a short response to what they have read using complete sentences and correct spelling. Some nights, students will be reading nonfiction (Science or Social Studies) and writing their responses. Other nights, students will be reading fiction in their Just Right chapter books and writing their responses in their reading notebooks (directions can be found in Reading Responses in HOMEWORK LINKS above). 

~Signing the Planner~

After students have finished their homework, parents should check the homework carefully.  Parents should then sign the planner confirming that the reading and homework have been completed. Any special notes to the teacher may also be included in the planner. Total homework time should range from 45 to 60 minutes, including the reading.

~Eureka Math~

Math homework can be found in each student's math workbook. If students or parents wish to review the lesson, they can click on Math Video Tutorials in HOMEWORK LINKS above. 

Students will also need to practice their math facts regularly. Flash cards work well, or students can click on Math Facts Practice in HOMEWORK LINKS above. 

We are very fortunate this year to provide each child with a DREAMBOX account! They can sign using the link in HOMEWORK LINKS above. If students would like additional challenging problems, they can also check out the links under MATH ENRICHMENT. 

 

Our Year So Far

 

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Studying adaptations and how living things need each other.

  • Mastering Multiplication and Division Facts for speed and accuracy.

  • Working with numbers in the hundred-thousands and millions.

  • Writing intensely and creating multiple paragraphs.

  • Deepening narrative writing by adding strong leads, dialogue, and vivid verbs.

  • Exploring complex characters in "Just Right" chapter books.

  • Reading intensely using strategies such as Envisioning, Connecting, and Summarizing.

  • Learning about authors such as Laura Ingalls Wilder and Penny Warner.

  • Getting to know our first grade Buddies.

  • Being creative with California Poppy paintings.

  • Learning about the artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

  • Painting watercolor Self-Portraits with an 1800's theme.

  • Learning about California's government and creating a Class Constitution.

  • Writing letters to California’s Governor.

  • Celebrating California's birthday!

Video About Fourth Grade

 

Video About Camp Arroyo

 

Video About Sanford Harmony Social Emotional Growth Program

 

CONTACTS

Cassandra English

cenglish@srvusd.net

 

Jennifer Johnson-Phillips

jjohnsonphillips@srvusd.net

 

Room Parent:

Marina Younani

marinayounani@gmail.com