Last Week in Fourth Grade

 

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Dear Parents and lovely fourth graders,

It is hard to believe that we have gotten to the end of this school year.  It is difficult for me to say good bye to my group each year, especially when we have created a good bond among each of us. We have gone through so many experiences and adventures that have made us better people. We have learned from each other in so many ways.  It is so easy to get to love you and so hard to let you go. I hope you remember me as someone who was always willing to lend you a hand and give you good advice, in addition to all the academic knowledge we acquired in class.

Tyler, Isabella, Curls, Noah, Andrés Aguilar, wherever you go, be assured that you will shine in all the aspects of your lives. Cecilia, Michelle, Adrilú, Dr. Omi, Lucas, Camila, Isabel, Sharon, Andrés G., Yahani, Alessandra, Fiorella Gabriel, you will always be in my heart forever.  You guys have been Mega- Ultra-stupendous in so many ways. It has been an honor to be part of your lives for a short amount of time.

You brought out the best in me as a teacher and a person as well. I hope you have a restful and fun vacation and I hope that we will meet again (here in school) or any other part in the world! Who knows…?

Forever squirrels!!

Parents, thank you for all your support and understanding this year, you have wonderful kids! Good luck everyone!

This Week’s Activities:

IXL: None YAY!!

Math: In math the students will have a Cumulative Math Review using a series of fun games in which they will be able to interpret and make line graphs, locate and graph ordered pairs on a coordinate grid, and demonstrate all the math concepts taught throughout the year.

Reading:  In reading this week, the students will be assigned an Aesop’s fable to read and act out in groups of three. Then students will, in partners, scan the QR code on their electronic devices, watch the videos, and complete the activities in their book about Greek Myths.

Writing: In writing class this week, the students will continue to work on their self-selected writing pieces and be ready to present it at the end of the week on the author’s chairs.

This is it!!!

Good luck in fifth grade wherever you go! You all shine!

Love,

Ms.K!

May 22-26

rainWelcome back to another great week in Discovery Fourth Grade!  There are lots of learning planned this week!

Thank you fourth graders for your outstanding job promoting the planting a tree project. It was a total success! I am very proud of all of you!!!

**I want to remind you that we are asking students to bring their personal electronics to school until further notice.

**Next Wednesday, May 31, we will have our End of the Year Party at. We will be leaving school campus at 10:10.  Students need to bring L.100 each for the party.  A reminder and permission slips will be going out this week with updates on who has volunteered to bring what. As in our past field trips, we will be carpooling to go to Quinta Bella – we already have some parents that have volunteered to drive children and be chaperons. If you still want to join us, feel free to contact me and be part of our fun!

This Week’s Activities:

IXL due Sunday:   Math: W.1 and W.2    Language: none

Math: In math this week  will  have our chapter 11 test on Wednesday. Then we will  be studying perimeter/area, different types of 2-D and 3-D shapes, symmetry, and different types of lines.

Reading/ Writing/ Science: In reading this week the students will be finishing crafting their animal research project and be ready to present it to Kinder and First graders. Then we will continue be studying and analyzing different types of traditional literature, including fables, myths, and legends.  For this unit of study, students will need to bring their personal electronics with a QR code scanner app installed (this is a free app).

In writing, students will be reviewing all the different kinds of writing we have done this year, and will be choosing something new to write in order to publish their final writing piece of the year.

Grammar:  This week in grammar students will be reviewing all of the concepts we have learned this year including parts of speech, punctuation rules, and capitalization rules.

Social Studies: This week in social studies we are going to wrap up the whole unit by doing a reflection on our fourth grade marketing work.

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Have a wonderful week,

Ms. K

May 15-19

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Welcome back to a new fun and learning experience for this week. I would like to start by congratulating to all the members of our School Community for supporting my students in this fun and  educational experience of promoting a real this planting tree project. They had worked very hard on their promotional material and are very excited to be able to get to the goal and make this project come true, knowing that they were part of such an amazing activity.

-Thank you ALL for contributing and donating! We really appreciate your help.

-As a reminder for all, fourth graders will be the days May 15,17,19, 22, and 24 in front of the office building in their stand collecting and promoting this project!

-We would be honored if you help us spread the word with your relatives, family and friends by passing the videos, logos,and flyers students made in class for their Economics Unit. Below you will find this material.Please feel free to copy and paste any of the things you would like to share.

-I am requesting parents to please let your children to bring their electronics to class, since they are using them for researching on different projects in class. (They will be used for educational purposes only).

-Remember to please send the permission slip sent last week to go to the Animatronics experience in Chiminike. I would also like to remind parents that we need at least 3 chaperons for this activity. Feel free to communicate with me through email or a note saying you will be going us to the field trip, otherwise we won´t be able to go.

-Students need to wear a Discovery School t-shirt or polo. If your child does not have one, you can ask another student to borrow a shirt in case they have an extra one.

 THIS WEEKS ACTIVITIES

IXL:  Math:    N.13 &N.15                            Language:  X.4

Math: In math this week we will finish learning about metric units of measurement and will have next week.

Reading /Language/Science: We will be continuing our integrated science/reading/writing project in which students research an animal in-depth and create a “textbook” about the animal using different kinds of non-fiction text features.

Grammar: This week in grammar students will be reviewing Prefixes and Suffixes.

Social Studies: Our first team had released their first promotional material in the Monday Memo this week and presented their campaign last Friday. It was a successfully experience for them. This week three different groups will be presenting as well in front of the office Monday, Wednesday 17, and Friday 19. Please pay close attention to this advertisement and most of all support us with your contribution.

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DIRECTOR´S NOTES

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON MAY 20 – We want to remind our parents that this Saturday, May 20 we will hold the annual ASEDUCADI General Assembly. Attendance from parents is needed in order to approve budget and policies. 

ELEMENTARY NEWS

ANIMATRONICS FIELDTRIP Students Kindergarten through grade 5 will be visiting the Animatronics exhibit at Chiminike on Friday, May 19, 2017. Please send the L150 when you receive the permission slip next week. Parents are needed to chaperone this amazing activity.

We are back again!!!

Do you remember us??? Yes! We are Be Happy be green a fourth grade fundraising company working in collaboration with the school Environmental Committee. Right now we are working with the parents of the Environmental Committee to raise money for planting trees in the school. This is your chance to donate money to help this project be possible and to help our school have a better environment. Help us enchant our school! We can make this possible!!

Special thanks to all the people that donated money already!

If you haven’t had the chance to donate. Don´t worry!
We will be in front of the office starting this Monday May 15, 2017 from 7:30-8:15 am. We will be there each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning until we plant the trees on Friday May 26th. We will also be sending home flyers soon with your child. Your donation can be made in cash or credit card. If you have any doubts feel free to contact us or members of the Environmental Committee, including Carolina Villarreal, Carla Reyes, Wendy Willemsen, Leonor Ortiz, or Mr. Andrew.grade4discoverysquirrels@gmail.com

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IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

May 15, 22
Bricks4kidz
May 19
K-5 Field Trip to Chiminike
Curriculum Maps due
May 20
General Assembly @ 9:00 a.m. 
May 26
Sports Morning with Sunshine School (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
Awards Assembly @ 1:30 p.m.

Have a great week,

Ms.K

May 8-12

momHello everybody!!! We hope you had a great and relaxing weekend.

**I want to remind you that we are asking students to bring their personal electronics to school until further notice, since the computer lab will be unavailable due to MAP testing.  We are currently working on a couple of different projects which may require students to do online research.  Students who are unable to bring their electronics may share with others so that each student has access to online resources.

**This week, MAP testing continues.  Fourth graders will be taking the Reading test on Tuesday, May 9 (at 8:30, to 9:45 a.m.)

This Week’s Activities

IXL: Math:  T.15, N.11, N.12                     Language: XX.4, XX.5

Math: We will be investigating decimals. The student’s will also learn how to relate decimals to common fraction benchmarks, and write decimals in tenths and hundredths. They will also learn to compare and order decimals. Finally we will study forms of measurement in the Metric System.  We will learn about units of length, mass, and capacity.

Reading /Writing /Science: This week in reading the students will analyze and understand the different text features in an informational text. We will be working on a research project about animals of the world.  Students will be using their reading and writing periods to research using print and digital sources.  They will then create a “textbook” about their animal, using the nonfiction features we have talked about in class (table of contents, bold print, bullet points, etc.).

Grammar: This week in grammar students will be reviewing Prefixes and Suffixes.

Social Studies: Fourth graders have been working very hard with their marketing teams to promote donations for the trees the School Environmental Committee will be purchasing. Students are creating a variety of digital and print promotional materials. Our first team had released their first promotional material in the Monday Memo this week. Please pay close attention to this advertisement and most of all support us with your contribution. This week students also will continue learning and taking advise from real entrepreneur that will come visit the class to support and give feedback to students on the promotional material they are working on. (Digital and paper).

Have a great week!

Ms. K

May 2-5

showersWelcome back to Discovery Fourth Grade! A couple of important announcements:

**I am asking for students to bring their personal electronics to school until further notice, since the computer lab will be unavailable due to MAP testing.  We are currently working on a couple of different projects which may require students to do online research.  Students who are unable to bring their electronics may share with others so that each student has access to online resources.

**This week, MAP testing begins.  Fourth graders will be taking the Mathematics test on Thursday, May 4 (at 10:05- 11:45).

This Week’s Activities

IXL due Sunday: Math: R.13 Language: Q.Q.3

Math: In math, today we will be reviewing one last time topics from chapter 10 decimals.jpgand have our test this Wednesday 5th. Then we will be investigating decimals. The students will also learn how to relate decimals to common fraction benchmarks, and write decimals in tenths and hundredths. They will also learn to compare and order decimals.

Reading / Writing: This week students will finish working with their group on a final project showing their understanding the class novel Because of Winn Dixie. We will  be using writing periods to advance in the Literature Circles Project. Students will also continue presenting their Persuasive essays to the class.

Spelling: Beginning this week, spelling will be integrated into the rest of the subject areas.  Students will not be receiving a weekly list, but teachers will be conferring with students individually about their own personal spelling in their individual writing.  Spelling grades will be assessed based on this.

Grammar: We will review Synonyms and Antonyms. Students will be working in their interactive notebooks and complete the skills and use it as resource during  group activities.

Social Studies:  This week we will continue with our economics unit and review treeeeeeeabout the principles of entrepreneurship and marketing by watching examples of young entrepreneurs and different websites from which they will be taking notes about real fundraising companies. Then they will be introducing to our “Fourth Grade Fundraising Company Project.”  Guidelines will be given to each student, and we ask that they discuss these guidelines with you.  Students will be forming groups of three to make marketing teams to promote donations for the trees the School Environmental Committee will be purchasing. Students will be creating a variety of digital and print promotional materials.

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ELEMENTARY NEWS

ANIMATRONICS FIELDTRIPStudents Kindergarten through grade 5 will be visiting the Animatronics exhibit at Chiminike on Friday, May 19, 2017. Please send the L150 when you receive the permission slip next week. Parents are needed to chaperone this amazing activity.

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IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

May 1
HOLIDAYMay 3
All School Assembly 2:15 pm in the gym  – Spanish AwardsMay 4 and 11
3rd Grade Economics Mini Bake Sale

May 5
Career Day for High School 8:00 – 12:00
Midterm Progress Reports go home
Curriculum Maps Due

May 12
Honors Breakfast for MS and Hs @ 7:15 a.m.
Open House 8:00 – 12:00
DPTO Teacher Appreciation Lunch

May 8, 15, 22
Bricks4kidz

May 19
K-5 Field Trip to Chiminike

May 20
General Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.

May 26
Awards Assembly @ 1:30 p.m.

Have a great week!

Ms. K

April 24-28

snoopy rainHello everyone!  Thank you for taking the time to check in for important updates on our grade four community.

This Week’s Activities

IXL: Math: N.6                        Language Arts: P.P.Q.Q.1

Math: This week we’ll finish studying units of measurement in the U.S. Customary System including weight and capacity. On Friday we will have a test over adding/subtracting fractions and the measurement using the U.S. Customary System.

Reading: This week students will finish a final reflection of the class novel Because of Winn Dixie, and will work with their group on a final project showing their understanding of the novel.

Writing: We will finish working on our persuasive writing pieces.

Grammar:  In grammar this week we will study about Synonyms and Antonyms.

Science/ Social Studies: We will finish our science unit of electricity this week with a quiz this Thursday where students will demonstrate knowledge about all the most important concepts learned in class. Then students will be introduced to our next social studies unit about “Economics”.

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ELEMENTARY NEWS

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FRENCH CARNIVAL – Our students are working hard preparing for a show case of their progress in French class. They will be participating in a French carnival this Friday, April 28. A contribution of L60 is being requested from every student grades K-5 for a delicious snack of two crepes. Please send this contribution no later than Wednesday, April 26. Parents are welcome to come and visit the different stations and listen to their child’s presentation. Early Childhood will be presenting from 8:05 to 9:25 a.m., and Elementary will be presenting from 10:20 to11:35 a.m.

All the best,

Ms.K

April 18-21

sunWelcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful and restful vacation!  Here at Discovery, we are ready to continue learning!

This Week’s Activities

IXL:  MATH N.3, N.4   LANGUAGE: None

Math: This week we will be studying units of measurement for length in the U.S. Customary system of weight and capacity and fractions of an inch.

Reading: The students will continue with their literature circle discussion groups using the novel Because of Winn Dixie.  They will be practicing specific skills such as summarizing, inferring, and synthesizing in preparation for their literature circle discussion.

Writing: We will continue working on our persuasive writing pieces.

Grammar: We will focus on idioms.

Science:  In science students will be learning about different kinds of conductors and insulators as well as putting together different kinds of electrical circuits in our science lab.

Spelling:  There will be no spelling list during this week so that we can use extra time for writing.

Have a great week!

Ms. K

April 3-7

easterrrrrrrrr.jpgHello everybody!!!   I hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for checking in.  Here’s to another fun week at Discovery School.

· We will come back from “Semana Santa” and resume classes on Tuesday, April 18 as planned.  Enjoy these long vacations.

·  Last Thursday, the students took home their progress report cards. Please make sure you received them and send back the manila folder signed on the space that says fourth quarter.

· Natalia Sequeira one of our fourth grade moms sent a message to all our parents to your Chat,  informing about the picnic and Easter hunt party for this Friday April 7 here in school. Thanks for your support!!

·  We are also asking parents to please contribute with plastic eggs and a bag of candy for the Easter hunt. (You can send them with your kid any of these days before Friday).

This Week’s Activities

IXL: Math:  N.2, N.3 N.5                             Language Arts: III.1

Math: This week we will be studying units of measurement for length in the U.S. Customary system of weight and capacity and fractions of an inch.

Reading: We will introduce literature circles to the kids this week. This is a student-driven forum with the teacher as a facilitator only.  The students will take on rotating roles in their group.  It will be an exciting adventure for us.

They will enjoy reading some chapters of the book Because of Winn Dixie in school. Then they will have the opportunity to discuss with their peers the introduction and conflict of the story. The students will be meeting twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday to share their role jobs with the groups. Make sure your kid is reading at night the chapter due for the following meeting and is completing his/her role sheet. .  Your child should also be doing a minimum of 30 minutes of SSR reading each night from a book in our class library.

Writing: This week we will continue working on persuasive essay. The students will be using the “OREO” graphic organizer (Opinion, Reason, Example, and Opinion) to create their writing pieces following the writing process.

Grammar:  We will focus on idioms.

Science:  This week we will begin our unit of electricity by discussing what they already know, learning about how a circuit works, and then trying to build their own basic circuit in science lab.

Have a great week and a fun, safe Semana Santa!!!

Ms. K

March 27-31

snoopyWelcome back to Discovery Fourth Grade!

**I am asking for students to bring their personal electronics to school.  We are currently working on a couple of different projects which may require students to do online tasks.  Students who are unable to bring their electronics may share with others so that each student has access to online resources.

This Week’s Activities

Math: This week’s math focus will be on subtraction of fractions with both like and fracunlike denominators.  We will also learning how to add fractions with 10 and 100 as denominators, and to multiply a fraction by a whole number.

Reading:  We will begin using literature circles (small group BOWDguided discussions) in guided reading to discuss and analyze our new guided reading novel Because of Winn Dixie.  We will use classes this week to practice each role in the literature circle process, and then will begin using the roles with our new novel.

genialyWriting:  We will finish studying different types of poetry this week, with Free Verse poems. Students will then have some “workshop” time to practice writing more poetry on their own before publishing their favorite three poems in a “Fourth Grade Poetry Magazine” on http://www.genial.ly.com.

Spelling: Words for the week will be 10 vocabulary words from our class novel What Was the Underground Railroad?  Along with 5 high-frequency words for fourth graders.

Grammar: In grammar this week we will be studying Greek and Latin Roots.

Social Studies: We will be finishing up our social studies unit this week with the final assessment: a narrative from the point of view of a slave escaping on the Underground Railroad.  Students will be using their experiences with both simulations done previously along with any information they learned about this period in history.

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DIRECTOR’S NOTES 

Photo Retake for the Yearbook – We will have photo re-take for those students who were not here in December 2016. This retake will be March 28 from 8:00-10:00 am at the Information Center.  The following students need to have their pictures (re)taken:

Individual re(takes) for: Emma Rojas (Nursery), Jimena Portillo (Nursery), Mia Paulette (PKB) , Elias Aguilar (Kinder) , Matias Said (Kinder) ,Victoria Argueta (Kinder), Nicolas Said (1st grade), Elizabeth Pineda (2nd grade), Noah Said (3rd), Eitan Kanai (3rd grade), Ninel Cevallos (3rd grade), Andres Aguilar (4thgrade), David Barahona (5A), Katina Di Stefano (5A), Fernando Chinchilla (7A), Luis Gustavo (9A), Oscar Vides (9A), Laura Salazar (10 A).

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READ – A- THON – This is the LAST week of our annual Read-a-thon. Our students K-5 will be asked to turn their reading logs in this Friday! Winners will be announced in our next Monday Memo, and will be going out to lunch next Wednesday, April 5.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 27 – March 31
READ – A – THON
Grades K-5
March  27
Bricks4Kidz
March 31
No School
Conference with Teachers
(8:00 a.m. – 12:00 m.)
Noche Beneficiosa hosted by the Juniors @KFC (Boulevard Morazán 5:00-9:00 p.m.

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Have a great week!

Ms. K