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Castle Pines

Grade 4 News


August 27th, 2020

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

Welcome back to school! Thank you for sharing your wonderful students with us this year. We are so excited to get the year started and see the growth each student makes throughout the year. This year you will receive a newsletter every other week with updates of what is going on in fourth grade. Please read the newsletter in its entirety as any events, updates, and important reminders will be included. Our team looks forward to partnering with you this year.

Remote Learning for all students/Cross Campus Planning for Teachers

All students, in person and remote, will have a remote learning day on Friday, September 4. Teachers will be participating in cross campus planning to prepare for the coming months. In person students will be given work on Thursday September 3rd to complete on that September 4th date. Each grade level team, to include in person and remote teachers, will be spending the day planning, revising lessons given what we have learned, and ensuring each campus, teacher, class is on the same page with our curriculum.

School Supplies

Please be sure to send in any school supplies your child still needs. Part of feeling successful is being prepared for class. We understand that certain supplies can be hard to find, but please make sure your child at least has the basics that we use daily.

Your child must have earbuds in their supply bag. We use these on a weekly basis in literacy and for testing on the computer. Be sure to send these in as soon as possible.

We are encouraging students to bring a book from home to have to read throughout the day. Please remind your child to bring a book with them.

Fourth Grade Website

Please check our web page for newsletters, directions on how to get to online platforms (downloads), teacher favorites, and other fourth grade resources. Go to the AA website, Castle Pines campus, and 4th grade.

Ms. Hinds

We will begin our novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  It is a story about a Chinese girl on a quest to help her family.  The story has lots of twists and turns that the students really enjoy.  All reading of this novel will be done in class.  We will also begin spelling and grammar.  Each Friday we will have either a spelling test or grammar test.  Spelling words will be taped in the student’s planner. Please remember to read nightly for 20 minutes.  This will help improve their reading skills!

 Mrs. Summers

Welcome back! It’s been a great start to the year. I’m so glad to see students in person. We will start Hake lessons next week. Hake will be assigned Mondays and Wednesdays. Please look at infinite campus to see whether the homework is on paper or online. We will have at least a few homework assignments online so students are familiar with how to do it. Our first novel will be Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. This is a favorite every year. Students will have homework in Teams Class Notebook. Make sure to check infinite campus for assignments and details.

 Ms. Montag

Next week we start our first novel of the year, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin! This book will take the students through Min Lee’s journey as she searches for the Man on the Moon who she believes can help change her family’s fortune. The students can expect nightly assignments related to the novel, so it is important that they stay on track and keep up with their work. We will also be starting Hake Grammar, vocabulary practice, and spelling tests in the next couple weeks. All assignment due dates will be loaded into Infinite Campus for students to reference. In addition, if a student is absent from Ms. Montag’s class, they can check the Teams class page for the work they need to make-up.

 Ms. Andrunik

It has been a spectacular two weeks! The fourth graders have been working hard and allowing their curiosity to guide them as they make sense of map skills and the history behind maps and globes. We will be completing our unit by the end of next week and taking our end of unit assessment. The students and I will be going over all of the information that will appear on the exam, and they have been given a variety of materials to begin reviewing at home. From there, we will dive into a unit exploring the Middle Ages! Please be sure to continue checking infinite campus weekly for assignment information and details.  

 Ms. Donhowe

Hello 4th Grade Parents,

I am the long-term substitute teacher for Mrs. Doody.  I am thrilled to be here at American Academy in 4th grade.  Mrs. Doody had a very healthy baby girl last week and is “over the moon” being a mother for the first time. I will be teaching Science to all the 4th grade students this trimester.  The first month we will be learning about topography and the patterns of the Earth’s features. We have been learning how to read topographic maps, the significance of elevation, and how the surface of the earth impacts both our environment and lifestyle. Ask your child “Why is Denver known as the Mile High City and how many feet are in a mile?  Or what is a Fourteener?”  This week I will send home a study guide for a quiz we will have next Friday on Topographic Vocab/Terms. It’s been a blessing to get to know each of your children. I am so thankful we are in a classroom, face-to-face, at the same elevation. 

The Fourth Grade Team
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Kelsey Montag

Summer Summers

Olivia Andrunik

Kristen Donhowe

Judith Hinds