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Friday, December 4, 2020

 

Dear Fourth Grade American Academy Parents,

 

Happy December! We only have 9 more school days left before winter break! Please read this week’s newsletter for important and new updates from fourth grade.

 

Low Supplies

Several fourth graders are running low on some essential supplies here at school. Please check with your child to see if they need any more pencils, glue sticks, headphones/ear buds, etc. It’s really important they have the supplies they need every day! Thank you!

 

Healthy Snacks and Beverages

We want to remind parents to send your child with a healthy snack and water bottle every day. Lately we have had several students come in with Starbucks beverages in the mornings, and while we couldn’t agree more that Starbucks has some amazing-tasting beverages, we are asking that the kids enjoy those outside of school. The early sugary drinks make for a difficult morning. In addition, please make sure your child is bringing a healthy snack for snack time. If students have candy as part of their snack, we will ask them to put it in their backpack and eat it at home. Thank you for your help with this!

 

Can my child redo an assignment?

As a general rule, students are not allowed to redo assignments. We are working with the students to do the assignment correctly the first time, and while we appreciate students’ desire to fix the assignment and re-turn it in, the original grade will not change. Instances like these are perfect opportunities for students to see teachers’ feedback, learn from their mistakes, and do better next time.

 

Go Math Books – Volume 1

Over the next couple weeks, your child will be bringing home their Volume 1 Go Math book. After winter break, we will be starting Volume 2, so Volume 1 is no longer needed at school. There are many pages in Volume 1 that are still blank, and those are great resources for students to use for extra practice at home.

 

IMPORTANT Update from DCSD Nutrition Services

Due to DCSD moving to full remote learning on November 30th, Nutrition Services will be changing the menu for American Academy starting in December. The changes to the menu reduce the meal choice to one hot entrée a day and reduces the number of sides offered. The meal pattern continues to meet the requirements of the NSLP. The reason for the change is to ensure the ability to operate with reduced staffing. Nutrition Services will not have the ability to pull from another site or the sub pool during remote learning. As always, American Academy Castle Pines is in excellent hands with Angelina Mullens, cafeteria manager. Thank you for supporting our kitchen staff as we navigate these difficult times, staffing being one we have all seen firsthand recently. The menus will be updated on DCSD Nutrition Services website for parents to see.

 

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, December 4 – Remote Learning Day

Friday, December 11 – IN-PERSON LEARNING DAY

Friday, December 18 – No School (Winter Break begins)

Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1 – Winter Break

Monday, January 4 – No School (Professional Development Day)

Tuesday, January 5 – Return to School

 

Spirit and Dress of Choice Days

December

January

Dec. 11 – Spirit Day

Dec. 16 – Medieval Day Costumes or Regular Uniform (please see email from Ms. Andrunik)

Dec. 17 – Dress of Choice

Jan. 8 – Spirit Day

Jan. 14 – Spirit Day

Jan. 22 – Spirit Day

Jan. 29 – Dress of Choice

 

Disinfecting Wipes

If you were unable to find disinfecting wipes at the beginning of the year, please keep an eye out for them and send them with your student whenever possible! Thank you for helping keep our rooms clean and sanitized!

 

Ms. Hinds (Literacy)

The holiday break is right around the corner! I’m not sure who is more excited—the students or myself! We will finish reading Gulliver’s Travels next week. We will only read the first two parts of the novel in class. The students can read part 3 and 4 on their own. The students will take a final test on the first two parts of Gulliver’s Travels on December 11th. We will be writing a fun opinion paragraph the week before we leave for the holiday. We will be learning about quotations marks and the proper way to use them in grammar. Make sure to be reading with your child every night. Have a wonderful holiday.

 

Ms. Summers & Ms. Lasko (Literacy)

I have been enjoying all the tales of elf mischief this week. Students have finished part one of Gulliver’s Travels and have started part two. We will finish Gulliver’s Travels next week with a test on Friday. The rest of the novel will be their free-reading book. There will be a spelling test next week. Words will be in Teams and Infinite Campus. This week and next students will be doing their winter assessments. Please be sure your child has earbuds/headphones for testing. These should be with them every day.

 

Ms. Andrunik (History)

In History, the students began their unit on the Ancient Chinese Dynasties. So far, we’ve explored several components of this time period, including the Qin Dynasty, the Great Wall of China, the Silk Road, and the Terracotta Army! Over the next few weeks, we will continue to review some of the amazing contributions and inventions from Ancient China, such as paper, gun powder, printing, and the compass! Wednesday, December 16th will be Medieval day for all of 4th grade, which will take place within their History blocks. Students will participate in a variety of Medieval games and activities and are encouraged to dress up in Medieval attire of their choosing.  

 

Ms. Montag (Science)

For the next couple weeks in science, we are going to continue our Waves and Their Applications unit. The students will participate in labs and activities to answer questions about sound and light waves: Why are some sounds high and some sounds low? What do people who are blind see? How can some animals see in the dark? We will even dive into some other types of waves that are used for communication. On Wednesday, December 16th, all the students will have a vocabulary quiz over the important terms in this unit.

 

As always, please reach out with any questions you have. We are continually thankful to you for your partnership and for sharing your kiddos with us every day!

 

Sincerely,

Kelsey Montag (kmontag@aak8.org)

Summer Summers (ssummers@aak8.org)

Olivia Andrunik (oandrunik@aak8.org)

Tanya Lasko (tlasko@aak8.org)

Judith Hinds (jhinds@aak8.org)

Friday, November 13, 2020

Dear Fourth Grade American Academy Parents,

We have made it through our first trimester of fourth grade! Woohoo! We are so proud of the kids for the effort, resiliency, and good attitude they have shown since school started. Please read this week’s newsletter for important updates from fourth grade.

Thank you, Ms. Donhowe!

Today is Ms. Donhowe’s last day as our long-term sub. We want to thank Ms. Donhowe for all the love she has shown to our fourth graders over this past trimester. We are glad she will still be in the building as a day-to-day substitute. Please join us in showing Ms. Donhowe our appreciation.

Halloween Candy or Trinkets?

Calling all parents who don’t want all that Halloween candy in their house! 😉 We are running low on candy (especially large candy bars) for our 4th grade Kickboard store, so if you have any new/unopened candy at your house that needs a new home, we would love to add it to our Kickboard store. Also, if you ever have extra new/unopened trinkets from birthday parties, etc. that you don’t know what to do with, we would love to add those to our Kickboard store as well! Thank you SO much in advance!

Disinfecting Wipes

If you were unable to find disinfecting wipes at the beginning of the year, please keep an eye out for them and send them with your student whenever possible! Thank you for helping keep our rooms clean and sanitized!

Ms. Andrunik is officially a member of the fourth-grade team!

We are so excited to have Ms. Andrunik as an official part of our fourth-grade team! She has been with us since the second day of school, and we are so thankful that she is stuck with us for the rest of the year. 😉 Please join us in congratulating Ms. Andrunik—the official fourth grade history teacher!

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, November 13 – Remote Learning Day / End of Trimester 1

Wednesday, November 18 – Restaurant Night @ Tokyo Joe’s in Castle Rock 4-8:30pm

Friday, November 20 – IN-PERSON LEARNING DAY / Dress of Choice Day

Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 3 – Spirit Day

Friday, December 4 – Remote Learning Day

Spirit and Dress of Choice Days

November

Nov. 20 – Dress of Choice

December

Dec. 3 – Spirit Day

Dec. 11 – Spirit Day

Dec. 17 – Dress of Choice

Reminder about Absences

We understand that students will be absent, especially given the new guidelines. Students must check Infinite Campus for assignments anytime they are absent. They may ask a teacher about work after checking Infinite Campus and the planner board in each of their classrooms. Students are responsible for getting work done after an absence. They have 2 days for every day absent, up to 5 days. After this time, assignments will be subject to the late work policy.

Lunch is Free through DCSD Nutrition Services!

Nutrition Services is excited to announce that, effective immediately, ALL meals served in school are now free for all students (through December)! This includes one breakfast (where available) and one lunch per day. Signage will be posted in all schools showing what is included in a free meal. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit/veggies and/or milk. For eLearners as well as any kids 18 and under that do not attend schools that Nutrition Services operates, we will begin weekly remote meal bag pickups at all neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools in Douglas County every Friday from 1-2pm. Start date for remote bag pickups is Friday, September 18th. These bags will contain 5 breakfast/lunches for eLearners/siblings and 3 breakfast/lunches for Hybrid learners. Meal pickups do NOT require pre-order. Simply pull up to our curbside pickup locations and request a meal for kids, just like our Summer Feeding sites. Kids do not need to attend DCSD Schools and do not need to be present for pickup. Please check the DCSD Nutrition Services website for pick-up locations, contact information, and FAQs.

 Ms. Hinds (Literacy)

We are so close to Thanksgiving break! I know the students are looking forward to the break. Next week we will begin reading the novel Gulliver’s Travels. It is a fun story that I’m sure the students will enjoy. We will be learning about quotations and plurals in grammar. We just finished two big writing assignments, the personal narrative essay and a compare/contrast essay. Make sure to ask your student which essay they enjoyed writing more. Please make sure to read with your student over Thanksgiving break. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ms. Summers (Literacy)

Next week we start a new novel, Gulliver’s Travels. Most assignments will be in TEAMS. Students will have vocab to study as we go through the novel. We will also learn how to make inferences and use evidence from the text to support those inferences. Our Hake assignments will continue to be on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Ms. Andrunik (History)

I am so blown away by the abundance of creativity and effort that each and every child put into their Castle! I’m so excited to take the kids through the library to see all of the 4th grade masterpieces and share their work with each other next week. Over the next two weeks, we will begin shifting into Medieval China, comparing and contrasting the lifestyle to what we’ve learned about Medieval Europe. Please continue to check IC and never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Ms. Montag (Science)

We are back from an incredible STEM unit (Thank you, Ms. Weiss and Mr. King!) and ready to get into more of our fourth-grade science content! We will do a short unit on fossils and rock layers next week to investigate changes in a landscape over time. Our next unit will be focused on waves, and not just ocean waves! We will also learn about sound waves, radio waves, and light waves.

As always, please reach out with any questions you have. In this season of thanks, we are continually thankful to you for your partnership and for sharing your kiddos with us every day!

Sincerely,

Kelsey Montag (kmontag@aak8.org)

Summer Summers (ssummers@aak8.org)

Olivia Andrunik (oandrunik@aak8.org)

Judith Hinds (jhinds@aak8.org)

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Dear Fourth Grade American Academy Parents,

Our first trimester of fourth grade is almost complete! We are so proud of the effort the students have put into their work so far this year, and we are looking forward to helping them finish the trimester strong. Please read this week’s newsletter for important updates from fourth grade.

Halloween Candy or Trinkets?

Calling all parents who don’t want all that Halloween candy in their house! 😉 We are running low on candy (especially large candy bars) for our 4th grade Kickboard store, so if you have any new/unopened candy at your house that needs a new home, we would love to add it to our Kickboard store. Also, if you ever have extra new/unopened trinkets from birthday parties, etc. that you don’t know what to do with, we would love to add those to our Kickboard store as well! Thank you SO much in advance!

Disinfecting Wipes

If you were unable to find disinfecting wipes at the beginning of the year, please keep an eye out for them and send them with your student whenever possible! Thank you for helping keep our rooms clean and sanitized!

Ms. Andrunik is officially a member of the fourth-grade team!

We are so excited to have Ms. Andrunik as an official part of our fourth-grade team! She has been with us since the second day of school, and we are so thankful that she is stuck with us for the rest of the year. 😉 Please join us in congratulating Ms. Andrunik—the official fourth grade history teacher!

Thank you to Audrey Metcalf and her team!

We had such fun fall parties at school, thanks to Audrey Metcalf and her awesome team of room parents. We really appreciate all their effort in helping to make this a great school year for our students!

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 30 – No School / Professional Development

Wednesday, November 4 – Student Picture Retakes

Friday, November 6 – IN-PERSON SCHOOL DAY / Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 10 – Veteran’s Day Drive-Thru Celebration and Breakfast

Thursday, November 12 – Spirit Day

Friday, November 13 – Remote Learning Day / End of Trimester 1

Spirit and Dress of Choice Days

November

Nov. 6 – Spirit Day

Nov. 12 – Spirit Day

Nov. 20 – Dress of Choice

December

Dec. 3 – Spirit Day

Dec. 11 – Spirit Day

Dec. 17 – Dress of Choice

Reminder about Absences

We understand that students will be absent, especially given the new guidelines. Students must check Infinite Campus for assignments anytime they are absent. They may ask a teacher about work after checking Infinite Campus and the planner board in each of their classrooms. Students are responsible for getting work done after an absence. They have 2 days for every day absent, up to 5 days. After this time, assignments will be subject to the late work policy.

Lunch is Free through DCSD Nutrition Services!

Nutrition Services is excited to announce that, effective immediately, ALL meals served in school are now free for all students (through December)! This includes one breakfast (where available) and one lunch per day. Signage will be posted in all schools showing what is included in a free meal. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit/veggies and/or milk. For eLearners as well as any kids 18 and under that do not attend schools that Nutrition Services operates, we will begin weekly remote meal bag pickups at all neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools in Douglas County every Friday from 1-2pm. Start date for remote bag pickups is Friday, September 18th. These bags will contain 5 breakfast/lunches for eLearners/siblings and 3 breakfast/lunches for Hybrid learners. Meal pickups do NOT require pre-order. Simply pull up to our curbside pickup locations and request a meal for kids, just like our Summer Feeding sites. Kids do not need to attend DCSD Schools and do not need to be present for pickup. Please check the DCSD Nutrition Services website for pick-up locations, contact information, and FAQs.

Ms. Hinds

We made it through another week! We are moving right along. It is hard to believe Thanksgiving break is right around the corner! We will be finishing up our personal narratives. The students have done such a great job planning their personal narratives. We will also be completing a compare and contrast writing. We will compare and contrast the characters, Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones, from the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. We will be reviewing compound subjects, friendly letters, and sentence fragments in grammar. Don’t forget book report projects are due next Thursday, November 5th!

Ms. Montag

In our last two weeks of Trimester 1, we will finish our personal narratives (be looking for a copy to be sent home to share!) and continue with our study of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The students will be using our readings, along with the movie, to compare/contrast Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones in a writing piece. Finally, we will present our book reports and read Rip Van Winkle, another story from Washington Irving. Book reports are due next Thursday, November 5th!

Ms. Summers

Students are working hard on their personal narratives. They will be working to revise and edit their writing. Most of our writing is done in class. We will read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow next week, followed by a compare/contrast essay about Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones. There will be a spelling test next week. The words are in IC and on TEAMS. Please be sure your child has earbuds or headphones at school. We use these every week in literacy. Book reports are due next Thursday, November 5th!

Ms. Andrunik

We are nearing the end of our exciting unit on Medieval Europe! In fact, the 4th graders will be taking a mid-unit assessment next Friday, November 6th. At this point, all of the students should’ve received information and instructions explaining their long-term Castle projects, which will be due no later than November 12th, and displayed in our library. There is an additional castle paper that is a huge component of the project, which will be due by November 10th. If your child is lacking supplies to build their castle, encourage them to come see me! Over the next two weeks, we will be continuing to review and explore the Magna Carta, the Hundred Years’ War, and Joan of Arc.

Ms. Donhowe

The students have two more weeks left in their STEM unit with Ms. Weiss. It is very important that they stay updated on their assignments, which are located in Microsoft Teams.

 As always, please reach out with any questions you have. Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us every day!

Sincerely,

Kelsey Montag (kmontag@aak8.org)

Summer Summers (ssummers@aak8.org)

Olivia Andrunik (oandrunik@aak8.org)

Kristen Donhowe (kdonhowe@aak8.org)

Judith Hinds (jhinds@aak8.org)

 

October 8, 2020

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

We want to thank all of you for you support so far this year. I know in conferences we definitely felt your support, so thank you so much! Please read through the newsletter for updates on school and classroom happenings.

 

Reminder about Absences

We understand that students will be absent, especially given the new guidelines. Students must check Infinite Campus for assignments anytime they are absent. They may ask a teacher about work after checking Infinite Campus and the planner board in each of their classrooms. Students are responsible for getting work done after an absence. They have 2 days for every day absent, up to 5 days. After this time, assignments will be subject to the late work policy.

 

Disinfecting Wipes

If you were unable to find disinfecting wipes at the beginning of the year, please keep an eye out for them and send them with your student whenever possible! Thank you for helping keep our rooms clean and sanitized!

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 9th – No School

October 12th-16th – Fall Break

October 23rd- Remote Learning Day

 

 

Spirit and Dress of Choice Days

October

November

December

Oct. 22 – Spirit Day

Oct. 29 – Dress of Choice

Nov. 6 – Spirit Day

Nov. 12 – Spirit Day

Nov. 20 – Dress of Choice

Dec. 3 – Spirit Day

Dec. 11 – Spirit Day

Dec. 17 – Dress of Choice

 

Lunch is Free through DCSD Nutrition Services!

Nutrition Services is excited to announce that, effective immediately, ALL meals served in school are now free for all students (through December)! This includes one breakfast (where available) and one lunch per day. Signage will be posted in all schools showing what is included in a free meal. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit/veggies and/or milk. For eLearners as well as any kids 18 and under that do not attend schools that Nutrition Services operates, we will begin weekly remote meal bag pickups at all neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools in Douglas County every Friday from 1-2pm. Start date for remote bag pickups is Friday, September 18th. These bags will contain 5 breakfast/lunches for eLearners/siblings and 3 breakfast/lunches for Hybrid learners. Meal pickups do NOT require pre-order. Simply pull up to our curbside pickup locations and request a meal for kids, just like our Summer Feeding sites. Kids do not need to attend DCSD Schools and do not need to be present for pickup. Please check the DCSD Nutrition Services website for pick-up locations, contact information, and FAQs.

 

Library News from Ms. Yu

In the past, most of your students have attended library once a week. I wanted to keep that trend going and offer a live library time for all students, remote or in-person. Starting the week of September 28th, I will be doing one live library call a month and then pre-recording library calls for your students’ class the rest of the month. Since we are starting with the very last days of September/beginning of October, this first call will be considered the October call. All book readings for the rest of October will be pre-recorded. If your student is remote, watch for an invite from Ms. Yu for your student’s live library time, in Teams—or refer to your Grade Newsletter. 

While library is an important part of your child’s week, getting books into their hands is even more important. American Academy has an E-library, which quite a few of our 5th-8th graders use. However, during this time we are promoting book checkouts through Sora, our access to OverDrive (if you are familiar with your public library’s e-library then you’ve heard of it). With your child’s student ID (lunch number), you will be able to check out books to read from a web browser, or any smart device where you can download the Sora app. You can also link your student’s AA account to your public library’s e-books. While your student is perusing our AA library, if they don’t see a favorite book in our library, your student can email ebooks@aak8.org to request. Those requests will be considered, and if we have the funds and it makes sense to purchase, I will try to add them to our eLibrary! Your child’s literacy teachers will be handing out instructions for logging into Sora.

 

Ms. Hinds

We completed Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!  We each had our favorite parts and characters.  Make sure you ask your child what was their favorite part of the novel.  After fall break we will begin the process of writing a personal narrative.  Your student will be writing about a personal event/experience. Over fall break you and your student can begin thinking of an event/experience about which they would like to write.  We will also be reading parts of the Sleepy Hollow story.  We will be reviewing the correct way to write dates in DLI.  Have a wonderful and safe fall break! 

Ms. Montag

After fall break we will start to write our own personal narratives! The kids will be doing most of the work in class, so it’s important that they are present and focused. Following our personal narratives unit, we will be reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow during the week of Halloween—spooky!! 😊 It is very important that students turn in any missing work when they are absent and check Teams and Infinite Campus regularly. As a reminder, book reports are due November 5th.

Ms. Summers

It’s that time of year! Leaves are brilliant colors of yellow, orange, and red. The mornings are cooler and soon we’ll be wearing jackets. The smells of autumn settle all around us. I’m so excited it’s fall! We have started our writing unit over Personal Narrative. Students will choose a topic from a list of prompts and write a five-paragraph story about their own experience. We will continue working on Personal Narratives after break focusing on adding sensory details and showing us through words versus just telling us about the plot and characters. The spelling pretest will be Monday the 19th. Once we finish writing we will move into reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Our emphasis will be on figurative language. Enjoy fall break!

 

Ms. Andrunik

We have been having so much fun exploring our exciting, adventure-packed Middle Ages unit! Over the next few weeks, we will dive into Castles, The Hundred Years’ War, and the Magna Carta. We will also be learning about some influential figures of this time period, such as Joan of Arc. If possible, it would be wonderful if you could send your child in with some extra toilet paper or paper towel rolls at the start of the week. We will be creating our very own Medieval castles! Have a fabulous break.

Ms. Donhowe

In Science the 4th grade students will begin their STEM unit on 10/5 and continue through 11/13. The students will begin a virtual robotics unit! Students will be working with a virtual EV3 using the Virtual Robotics Toolkit software to expand their learning with block coding. The first week of the unit, students will be exploring engineering as a career and developing a growth mindset. After Fall Break we will fully immerse ourselves in learning how to use the Virtual Robot and completing challenges to build skills like turning the robot, using an arm to pick things up, and incorporating sensors into their program.

 

As always, please reach out if you have any questions. We appreciate your continued support and partnership!

 

Sincerely,

Kelsey Montag (kmontag@aak8.org)

Summer Summers (ssummers@aak8.org)

Olivia Andrunik (oandrunik@aak8.org)

Kristen Donhowe (kdonhowe@aak8.org)

Judith Hinds (jhinds@aak8.org)

 

September 24, 2020

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

We can’t believe we are almost through September! Your child has been working hard in fourth grade. Please read through this newsletter for updates and to find out what your child will be doing in the next couple of weeks.

Reminder about Absences

We understand that students will be absent, especially given the new guidelines. Students must check Infinite Campus for assignments anytime they are absent. They may ask a teacher about work after checking Infinite Campus and the planner board in each of their classrooms. Students are responsible for getting work done after an absence. They have 2 days for every day absent, up to 5 days. After this time, assignments will be subject to the late work policy.

Conferences

Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th. Please be looking for an email with conference sign-ups early next week. This fall, conferences will be conducted through Zoom.

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 2nd – Remote Learning Day

Friday, October 9th – No School

October 12th-16th – Fall Break

Spirit and Dress of Choice Days

October

November

December

Oct. 1 – Spirit Day

Oct. 8 – Spirit Day

Oct. 22 – Spirit Day

Oct. 29 – Dress of Choice

Nov. 6 – Spirit Day

Nov. 12 – Spirit Day

Nov. 20 – Dress of Choice

Dec. 3 – Spirit Day

Dec. 11 – Spirit Day

Dec. 17 – Dress of Choice

 

Lunch is Free through DCSD Nutrition Services!

Nutrition Services is excited to announce that, effective immediately, ALL meals served in school are now free for all students (through December)! This includes one breakfast (where available) and one lunch per day. Signage will be posted in all schools showing what is included in a free meal. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit/veggies and/or milk. For eLearners as well as any kids 18 and under that do not attend schools that Nutrition Services operates, we will begin weekly remote meal bag pickups at all neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools in Douglas County every Friday from 1-2pm. Start date for remote bag pickups is Friday, September 18th. These bags will contain 5 breakfast/lunches for eLearners/siblings and 3 breakfast/lunches for Hybrid learners. Meal pickups do NOT require pre-order. Simply pull up to our curbside pickup locations and request a meal for kids, just like our Summer Feeding sites. Kids do not need to attend DCSD Schools and do not need to be present for pickup. Please check the DCSD Nutrition Services website for pick-up locations, contact information, and FAQs.

Library News from Ms. Yu

In the past, most of your students have attended library once a week. I wanted to keep that trend going and offer a live library time for all students, remote or in-person. Starting the week of September 28th, I will be doing one live library call a month and then pre-recording library calls for your students’ class the rest of the month. Since we are starting with the very last days of September/beginning of October, this first call will be considered the October call. All book readings for the rest of October will be pre-recorded. If your student is remote, watch for an invite from Ms. Yu for your student’s live library time, in Teams—or refer to your Grade Newsletter. 

While library is an important part of your child’s week, getting books into their hands is even more important. American Academy has an E-library, which quite a few of our 5th-8th graders use. However, during this time we are promoting book checkouts through Sora, our access to OverDrive (if you are familiar with your public library’s e-library then you’ve heard of it). With your child’s student ID (lunch number), you will be able to check out books to read from a web browser, or any smart device where you can download the Sora app. You can also link your student’s AA account to your public library’s e-books. While your student is perusing our AA library, if they don’t see a favorite book in our library, your student can email ebooks@aak8.org to request. Those requests will be considered, and if we have the funds and it makes sense to purchase, I will try to add them to our eLibrary! Your child’s literacy teachers will be handing out instructions for logging into Sora.

Ms. Montag

And just like that, we are done with our first novel of the year! In the coming days, we will be finishing up our work with Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and I think I can speak for all the students when I say that they loved it! The kids will have their final test for our novel and will need to ensure that any of their missing assignments are completed and turned in within the next week. Then, we are going to be moving into our first writing unit of the year—Personal Narratives! The kids will be writing about their own first-hand experiences and learn about properly sequencing events, developing characters, and using a variety of transitions. Any absent work can be found on our class Teams page and Infinite Campus.

Ms. Summers

We will finish up Where the Mountain Meets the Moon next week with a test on Wednesday. Once we finish our novel we will move into a writing unit on Personal Narrative. Students will write a story about a personal experience and learn to paint a picture as they describe the characters, plot, and setting of their story. Students will have a spelling pretest Monday and a test on Thursday of next week. Please be sure your child has earbuds at school. We use them every week.

Ms. Hinds

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is getting really interesting!  We were so surprised to find out who the King’s great-great-grandfather was!  Ask your child who it was.  I hope they remember!  We will continue to read the novel next week.  We are about half-way through the book.  Our focus in DLI will be capitalizing proper nouns.  Make sure to check your student’s planner to see what is happening in literacy.  Don’t forget to pick a book for the book report that is due at the beginning of November.  If you are having trouble finding a book, let me know and I can help pick one.  As always, please remember to read every night with your child.

Ms. Andrunik

In history, we will continue our unit on Medieval Europe! Over the next few weeks, the children will engage in interactive experiences covering topics such as city life, the role of women, careers, and knighthood. We will also learn about the contributions of powerful figures living during the time period, including William the Conqueror, Henry II, Thomas Becket, and many more!  

Ms. Donhowe

Next week we are continuing our unit on erosion and weathering, and the students will start their first ADI investigation! The students will be participating in a week-long lab that answers the question, “Why can we see the roots of trees that grow near rivers and streams?” It is important for students to be focused during this time, as we are going to be handling lots of messy materials. The students will start their new STEM unit on Monday, October 5th. More details to come!

 

As always, please reach out if you have any questions. We appreciate your continued support and partnership!

 

Sincerely,

Kelsey Montag (kmontag@aak8.org)

Summer Summers (ssummers@aak8.org)

Olivia Andrunik (oandrunik@aak8.org)

Kristen Donhowe (kdonhowe@aak8.org)

Judith Hinds (jhinds@aak8.org)

September 11, 2020

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

Thank you for joining us for back to school night. We were happy to see so many join us. Please be sure to read through this newsletter for information on what your child is up to for the next couple of weeks. Thank you for all you support as we work together to see your child succeed.

Back to School Night Recap

We had a great virtual Back to School Night this past Tuesday! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us. The presentation slides are posted on our Grade 4 site. In addition, if you would like a link to a video of the full presentation, please email Ms. Montag.

Remote Learning Day

Remote learning days have been added to the school calendar. All students, in person and remote, will have a remote learning day on the days below. Teachers will be participating in a planning and collaboration day. In person students will be given work on the Thursday before to complete on the remote date. The following remote days have been added. Please see Ms. Kane’s email sent out Wednesday for details.

September 18th

October 23rd

December 4th

Fourth Grade Webpage

Please check our webpage 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.

Infinite Campus

Students should be checking infinite campus regularly for assignment details and to make sure all assignments are turned in. It is super important for students to check if they have been absent.

 

 

Ms. Hinds

We have read to Chapter 10 in the book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  We are finding that some of our predictions were right and some were wrong. We will continue to read the novel.  We can’t wait to see if Minli meets The Old Man in the Moon.  We will be writing summaries of some of the chapters we read.  In spelling, we will be working with the long/short e sound and long/short i sound.  In grammar, we will continue to work with DLI learning the difference between common and proper nouns. Please remember to be reading every night with your child for 20 minutes.

 

Mrs. Summers

The next couple of weeks we will continue to read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. The kids are loving it! Assignments are in Teams. Please encourage your child to check infinite campus regularly to make sure they have turned everything in. Next week we will have our first spelling test. The pretest is Monday. All words can be found in Teams. Practice activities are in Spelling City.

 

Ms. Montag

We are off and running with our first novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and the kids are loving it! The students are going to continue to have assignments almost every day related to the novel, so it is important that they stay caught up with their work. Over the next two weeks, we will be moving forward with our Hake lessons, and we will also start spelling. It is important that the students are using Spelling City (password located in their binders and handout sent home) to practice their words for their spelling tests on Thursdays. If students are absent, they should be looking in Teams and Infinite Campus for their make-up work.

 

Ms. Andrunik

It has been a fabulous few weeks! Each history class has wrapped up our unit on Maps and Globes and we’ve transitioned into the Middle Ages. The kids are already so excited to learn about all of the many events and developments that occurred during that time period. This is an incredibly busy unit, filled with a variety of activities and projects. Therefore, we are planning to spend about 7 weeks covering Medieval Europe. These next two weeks we’ll cover Empires and Geography of Europe, time periods associated with Medieval Europe, and the Legacy of the Roman Empire. Please continue to check Infinite Campus for upcoming assignments, assessments, and projects and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

 

Ms. Donhowe

In Science we have been learning about the different features and locations of volcanoes throughout the world.  A favorite lab partner activity was plotting the most recent active volcanoes using coordinate points and world maps. They have discovered that not all eruptions are the same and there are a variety of shapes and sizes of volcanoes based on their eruptions.  Next, we will be studying weathering and erosion.  We will be conducting 2 labs using everything from sand and sugar cubes to skittles and rocks.  Finally, we will end the unit with the mystery question of “Will a Mountain Last Forever?”

 

Sincerely,
The Fourth Grade Team
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Kelsey Montag

Summer Summers

Olivia Andrunik

Kristen Donhowe

Judith Hinds

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. 

 Sincerely,
The Fourth Grade Team
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Kelsey Montag

Summer Summers

Olivia Andrunik

Kristen Donhowe

Judith Hinds