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Miss C. Schenk

4th Grade

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January 26, 2021



Friday, January 27

Dear Parents,

Wasn’t Thursday’s Walk Through California event amazing? The kids did a great job. Thank you for working with them on their expert cards and their costumes. Come take a look at the pictures outside the classroom door. Congratulations to the Green Valley team: Katie, Corey, Jessa, Michael, and Mik for coming in first place!

I need to make a change in the information about the fourth grade musical. Ms. DeLeon just changed it to Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, April 20th in School Family.

Next week’s spelling list is list 17. The test will be on Thursday as usual.

Remember to have your child keep reading their biography book and working on their coffee can report. It’s due on Wednesday, February 22nd.

We will have the next math test (lessons 71-75) on Thursday.

Our next language test is next Friday, February 3rd. It will cover finding a complete sentence vs. a fragment or run-on, punctuation, capitalization, finding the subject and verb of a sentence, and proper vs. common nouns.

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Remember, if you bring valentine items (cards, treats, etc.) you need to bring one for each student. We have 18 students total in the class. If you have any ideas for the party-games, food, activities, or are interested in helping please let me know this week so we can set it up. Thanks!

If you are planning to order from January’s Scholastic catalog, please send in your order by Monday, January 30th. Remember to write the check to Scholastic.

Thursday, February 9th will be our Number the Stars test.

God bless,

Miss Schenk


January 19, 2021



Dear Parents,

This was a short week anyway, but it went by fast! On Tuesday we watched a short movie about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and we looked at some videos of volcanoes.

Thank you for sending in your coffee can books for approval. If you haven’t done so yet, please do that as soon as possible. Make sure your child starts reading so they have plenty of time to complete the project. If you have questions about it please let me know.

Today was the last day of the quarter. Grades are now final. You will get the report cards next week in the mail. If you child struggled with missing work, emphasize to them that the new quarter is a fresh start and encourage them not to get behind.

Remember that Monday is a non-student day. We will see you on Tuesday.

Next Thursday is Walk Through California. Please make sure your child has their green expert card(s) memorized and that they have found the answer to the question on the card. I am planning to check their memorization on Tuesday so we are ready for Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Remember that no children are allowed no matter what age. You are welcome to take pictures or to video tape the portions your child is in, but we are not allowed to video tape large sections of the performance due to copyright agreements. It will be held in the art gallery, across from the arboretum, from 9:00-11:30 on Thursday morning. Remember that costumes are optional, but they add a lot to the experience.

There will be no spelling list next week because of the non-student day and Walk Through California. Enjoy the break.

We will have a language quiz on Tuesday when we return. It is very short, and it covers common and proper nouns. Common nouns are non-specific people, places, things, or ideas like boy, tree, school, church. Proper nouns are always capitalized and refer to specific people, places, things, or ideas like Bill Smith, Crystal Cathedral Academy, and California.

Our next science test is next Friday, January 27th. We corrected the chapter review this week. Use that to study. Here are some other things to review. Know the following vocabulary words: continental drift, mantle, fault, fossils, erosion, magma, mass movement, deposition, plate, volcano, core, crust, Pangea, landform, earthquake, and weathering. You will also need to know: how water weathers rocks, how mountains are formed (including examples of each kind), why the center of the Earth is solid, how fossils help scientists learn about the past, the Ring of Fire and its relationship to earthquakes, how volcanic pressure builds an island, and what kinds of landforms are made by water and wind.

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, February 2nd: Spelling Test list 17
Friday, February 3rd: Language test on unit 8
Wednesday, February 22nd: Coffee Can Reports due

God bless,
Miss Schenk


January 12, 2021



Friday, January 13th

Dear Parents,

Did you hear about our peanut butter earth lab on Monday? It was a hands-on and edible way to learn about the layers of the Earth.

Thank you for turning in all the extra credit by today’s deadline. Remember that any missing work from this quarter is due by Wednesday. I cannot accept it after that.

Monday there is no school in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. See you Tuesday!

If you have not already done so, remember that Tuesday is the deadline to get your coffee can biography book approved. Remember it needs to be at your child’s reading level and must be at least 90 pages.

We have a Bible test on Tuesday. Sorry that it’s the first day of the week, I know that many of you prefer not to have Monday (in this case) Tuesday tests. I try not to, but it happens sometimes. Your child got a study guide in class yesterday they should use to prepare for the test.

Next week’s spelling test on list 16 will be on Thursday as normal.

Make sure your child is memorizing their Walk Through California cards. They should have come home before Christmas. If you are missing them, please see me for replacements. They need to be memorized by the 26th. You should also be thinking about costume ideas if your child is planning to dress up.

Our next math test covering lessons 66-70 will be next Friday, January 20th. That same day we also have a history test on chapter 5. The test will cover things like: who founded the first Spanish missions in California, where is the first mission, what were the Spanish forts called, why many Native Americans died, and what happened if a Native American can away from a mission. It will also cover these people: Toypurina, Juan Crespi, Fermin Lasuen, Jose de Galvez, and Francisco Reyes. There will be two sections based on skills we have covered in this chapter. One section will ask questions about cause and effect. The other will cover primary and secondary sources. The essay questions are 1) How did Spain’s fear of Russia help lead to the creation of missions in California? 2) Describe at least three ways in which Native Americans’ ways of life in Spanish missions differed from their traditional ways of life.

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, January 16- No School
Tuesday, January 17th- Coffee can books due for approval AND Unit 6 Bible Test
Wednesday, January 18th- All missing work due
Thursday, January 19th- Spelling Test list 16
Friday, January 20th-End of 1st semester AND Math test (66-70) AND History Ch. 5 Test
Monday, January 23rd: Non-student day
Thursday, January 26th- Walk Through California
Friday, January 27th: Report cards mailed AND Science test on unit B1
Wednesday, March 28. 7:00pm (Call time is 6:00pm)-4th grade musical (mandatory attendance)
Friday, March 30th. 8:30am (Call time is 8:00am)-4th grade musical at School Family

God bless,
Miss Schenk


January 05, 2021



January 6, 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after vacation! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year’s Day. We have had a great week this week starting a bunch of new units.

During the break I rediscovered a neat website that I had forgotten about. It is www.freerice.com . It is a website that allows you to do educational activities and at the same time feed hungry people around the world. Each time you get an answer correct, you give 10 grains of rice. The rice is purchased with the ad money from the site. There is no cost to sign up. I have an account and have been playing it a lot. I showed it to the students for two reasons.
1) There is a multiplication activity that would be a great review for those still struggling with their times tables. 2) It would be a fun (and free) activity that could be part of our class mission project. Feel free to play at home or at school. Please let me know if you have any questions.

This week we started our next novel Number the Stars. It is about two girls who are living in Denmark at the time of Nazi occupation. The book talks about war and some of the things that happened to the Jews during that time. There are some serious things that might come up, but we will talk about them at age appropriate levels. For this novel, the class has been divided into three reading groups. Students have been grouped according to how quickly the finish work, not “smart” or “not smart”. I have grouped the students this way so that students will be able to work at the same pace. The groups will meet during class time and read together, have literary discussions, and complete some assignments together. It is very important that your child stays up to date with their reading. The assignment book will show which chapter has been assigned for the day. If the group is unable to finish reading it in class, it is each person’s job to finish it on their own. The students have been told there will be random pop quizzes to make sure they have done the reading. We are also working on asking higher level questions. I gave students a copy of a website that takes Bloom’s taxonomy and breaks it down into different types of questions. Ask your child what they have learned about that.

I graded the mission reports over the vacation. Overall I am very impressed with the final products the students turned in. I am sending home the score sheet in this week’s Friday folder. I am keeping the report itself to be displayed with the mission at Open House later this year.

Remember that all extra credit for this quarter is due by Friday, January 13th. I will not accept work after that day for any reason.

Our next book report will be a coffee can biography. I explained it in class today, and there is a flyer about it in your Friday folder. Your child must bring in the book to get approved by me on or before Tuesday, January 17th.

Our next math test, covering lessons 61-65, is on Wednesday, January 11th. We have now covered two digit division (only using multiples of 10) and three digit multiplication. Please make sure your child understands. If they don’t, please have them ask me for help.

Next week’s spelling test on list 15 will be on Thursday as usual.

Friday, January 13th will be a descriptive writing test. We will be talking about it more next week. There is nothing the students need to study in advance. They will be writing a short essay in class that is similar to the types of writing we have done this quarter. It will count as much as a normal final draft.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, January 16- No School
Tuesday, January 17th- Coffee can books due for approval AND Unit 6 Bible Test
Wednesday, January 18th- All missing work due
Thursday, January 19th- Spelling Test list 16
Friday, January 20th-End of 1st semester AND Math test (66-70) AND History Ch. 5 Test
Thursday, January 26th- Walk Through California
Wednesday, March 28. 7:00pm (Call time is 6:00pm)-4th grade musical (mandatory attendance)
Friday, March 30th. 8:30am (Call time is 8:00am)-4th grade musical at School Family