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Grade 4 News

Friday, May 3, 2019
Spring Conference Signup
The fourth grade team has decided to do an open signup and not request conferences with certain families. Please sign up for a conference with one teacher that you feel you need to meet with. Please do not sign up with multiple teachers. We will not have enough spots for all families if everyone signs up with multiple teachers. If you have twins in fourth grade and feel a conference is necessary for each child, please sign up for 2 separate time slots. The signup will close on Tuesday, May 14th at 3pm. If you have specific concerns you want to address, please email the teacher ahead of time with “Spring Conference Questions” in the subject line.
Mrs. Doody will be out of the country on the 15th and 16th of May for a family member’s wedding. If you feel a conference with Mrs. Doody is necessary, please email her, and she will meet with you during the last week of school.
Medieval Day
Students will get to participate in Medieval Day on Wednesday, May 22nd. This is a fun day filled with medieval games and activities. Students enjoy the option of dressing up for the day. Costumes can be any kind of medieval looking attire that follows the American Academy dress code for Dress of Choice Day. Costumes are optional but always encouraged. Students will rotate between classrooms in the morning and then watch a medieval movie in the afternoon. We do not need volunteers for this day.
There will not be a math final this year. Therefore, each fourth grade math class will be wrapping up the year at different lessons. All fourth graders will take the GO Math placement test on May 14th and 15th during our regular math period; this test will not be taken for a grade.
We’re wrapping up our Middle Ages of Europe unit as summer approaches quickly! Students have been doing a great job learning about heraldry, castles, the role of religion in the Middle Ages, and social classes in Medieval Europe. In the last few weeks of school, we will have one more vocabulary quiz and a unit final. Students will be given at least a week’s notice for both of these assessments, and will have opportunities to study on Quia and with study guides. Thank you for a wonderful year!
As we finish up our energy unit in science, we get to play (and learn ) with Hot Wheels cars and tracks. We will be looking at how we can increase the energy of the car to go farther and how the speed of the car will affect a collision with another car. We will end our energy unit with two final labs as we ask the questions, “Could you knock down a building using dominoes?” and “How can you build a chain reaction machine?” We talked this week about finishing up the year strong and putting in full effort for the next couple weeks. REMINDER: If your student has checked out a book from my classroom library this year, please have him/her return it as soon as possible. Thank you for all your support this year! It has been an absolute joy to be a small part of your child’s life. Have a great summer!
Literacy with Mrs. Summers
“I’m walking on sunshine. Whoa, whoa!” Hopefully we are past the snow because summer is just around the corner. I can’t believe we are at the end of the year! It’s gone by so fast. Students have finished their opinion writing and we are now reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. There will be assignments throughout this unit. In Infinite Campus I will have either printout or one note next to the assignment name so students know whether the homework will be handed out or on the computer. We will be reading this book through the rest of the year. Our last spelling test will be Friday, May, 10th. All work, missing or otherwise, must be turned in by May 17th.
Literacy with Mrs. D
This week we started reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. All of the work for this novel will be in OneNote. Students will have their last spelling test next Friday, May 10th. We will also have our last Hake homework assignment next Friday. The final test for Hake will be on Monday, May 13th.
Literacy with Mrs. Gallina and Ms. Hanshaw
For spelling, we will study words with VCCV patterns. The following week we will look at words with VV patterns as well as Greek and Latin parts. For grammar, we will continue to learn about adverbs. The following week we will study pronoun-antecedent agreement. For reading, we will continue with Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. For writing, students will work on summary writing within the novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Anna Doody
Katie Hoehn
Kelsey Montag
Summer Summers
Julie Gallina
Bobbi Hanshaw
Backpack and School Supplies Drive
The Rebel Service Club is collecting backpacks and school supplies to be given to families in need here at AA and in Douglas County. Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, April 8th and Friday, May 10th:
- New or “like new” backpacks (any size, color, or style)
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Markers (8 or 10 pack)
- Colored Pencils (12 pack)
- Folders (any color)
- Spiral Bound notebooks (wide ruled)
- Bottled glue
- Glue Sticks
- Pink Erasers
- Tissue Boxes
There is no limit to how much you can donate & the grade level that donates the most total items will win a popsicle party during the last week of school!  Thanks for helping our kids grow in their character traits humility, and generosity by being an active part of this end-of-year supply drive!
Start Making Plans for Summer Camp - registration is now open!
We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps hosted by American Academy teachers and staff. There are many great options, and some camps even start the first week of summer break.
For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page (info is on the main website, under quicklinks >> parents >> summer camps).
Please note: ANY American Academy student can attend ANY of the summer camps listed, regardless of where the camp is being held. i.e. If your CP student wants to attend a camp being held at LM, simply log into your school store account but click on the other campus school store; all their camps will be listed under the Summer Camps tab. If you have questions, please email Catrina Phillips.