Select Page

Update 1/24/22

Hi Families!

Quick notes to know: 

  • This Week – NWEA Reading & Math tests 
  • 2/1, 2/8 and 2/15 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. February Pokemon Club
  • 2/11 February Natural Leaders Assembly (Virtual)
  • 2/17 Early Release and Valentine’s Day parties 
  • 2/18 No School- Teacher institute day
  • 2/21 No School – President’s Day


  • Please note this week there will be some disruption to our normal math schedule due to scheduled NWEA tests. 
  • Mrs. Crothers and I wanted to share with you how happy we are that all of our students were brave and participated in our classroom spelling bee. We are so proud of each and every one of them! Congratulations to our winner, Henry Andrews and our runner up, Elsie Reh! We are incredibly proud of them and cannot wait to cheer them on in the next level of competition (date TBD)! Way to go!
  • Our green challenge is to Empower and learn about Sustainable practices. We will be using some of our sweet potatoes harvested this fall to cook vegan chocolate brownies. Below is the ingredients list, if anyone needs to check ingredients for food allergies. Later, students will learn about plant based diets and research recipes that are plant based to share with all of our families. 
    • Ingredients: ● 1 cup sweet potato purée (see instructions) 
    • ● 2/3 cup maple syrup 
    • ● 1/2 cup sunbutter (or peanut or almond butter) 
    • ● 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
    • ● 1 ½ Tbsp avocado oil (or sub melted vegan butter, melted coconut oil, or olive oil) 
    • ● 1/2 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder 
    • ● 1/4 tsp sea salt 
    • ● 1 tsp baking powder 
    • ● 2/3 cup oat flour 
    • ● 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional) 
  • Valentine’s parties will be held on our early release day (2/17) Mrs. Otte is planning some very fun activities for the students! She will be reaching out regarding party donations needed. Any food or treats sent in for the party must be individually wrapped servings. At this time, we cannot have classroom volunteers inside the classroom. Students are welcome to send Valentines in to share with their classmates (we have 24 students). If you send Valentines in, please be sure to send one in for each child. Students can feel free to label their valentines “To my friend” or to each individual classmate if they like.  Thank you! 
  • Are you looking for adventure this spring break or summer? Check out the national parks program, Every Kid Outdoors which provides a FREE national park pass (allowing free entrance!) to every U.S. 4th grader. Here is a little about the program, To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.”  If you would like to learn more about the program or get your FREE pass, please visit this website.
  • Please continue to remind your student to bring snow gear and outdoor clothing daily. Thanks for your support! 


Reading and Writing,  

We will resume our normal spelling homework and groups this week with a test scheduled on Friday. Students should follow the normal spelling homework schedule this week. 

In writing,

We are starting a unit on persuasive writing. This unit will focus on the elements of opinion writing, including recognizing opinion writing and persuasive elements. Students will read sample texts and highlight the persuasive elements and then test out opinion writing on short writing assignments. Later in the unit, we will work on a long term persuasive essay. This unit will span many weeks.

In reading,

We are finishing our informational unit. Students will continue to recognize different informational text structures. Students will also play a text feature matching game and then go on a scavenger hunt for text features in our science sound book. Last, students will create their own informational poster and showcase a minimum of 5 different text features. We will also continue work on typing, cursive, and spelling. 

3rd grade Math,  

We are in the middle of Unit 4 which focuses on measurement concepts and skills. 

This week, we are continuing Module 2 which focuses on measuring volume and solving measurement story problems. Students continue their work with measurement, first investigating liquid volume and then two sets of measurement-related story problems and two math forums back-to-back. Students compare strategies for solving problems; identifying the operations needed, and which in some cases require more than one step and one operation to solve. Next week, we will finish module 2 and start module 3. 

Module 3 focuses on the concept of fractions. Students will review the concept that fractions must be fair shares. Then they will extend their study of fractions, begun in first and second grade, to include new models and concepts. 

At this time our unit assessment is planned for the week of 2/14/22.

4th grade math,  Hello 4th grade families! 

I hope you all found rest and relaxation over this break. As we return to school, we will be beginning a new unit in math which will span several weeks. This unit will be focusing on place values to 1,000,000 as well as multi-digit addition strategies. The activities in the first module will help students use what they learned about place value to investigate and review addition strategies for larger numbers.  

Students will learn the standard algorithm for addition and compare it to other strategies they have learned. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at



Science/Social Studies,  

Students we will start a unit on magnets. Students will learn about poles and the magnetic field of the earth. We will discuss how compasses work. Students will also learn what materials magnets repel and attract. 

We are continuing phenology and solo spots, alternating each week. Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside on a regular basis with warm outdoor clothing. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!