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Grade 4 News

May 10, 2019

Dear Parents,

Oh my goodness, how did we get here?! We can't believe we only get 9 more days to enjoy with this amazing group of 4th graders! We hope these last couple of weeks go by smoothly and that we don't have to share too many tears on the last day of school! In case we don't see you in person, have an amazing summer! Thanks so much for all of the love and support this year!



5/15 4:30-7pm Parent-Teacher Conferences

5/16 4:30-7pm Parent-Teacher Conferences

5/20-5/23 Dress of Choice Week

5/23 Field Day

5/23 Last Day of School!



Field Day

Ms. Matthews, our incredible elementary PE teacher, still has several volunteer opportunities still available for field day and would be forever grateful to those who could assist. Volunteers will be provided lunch!  Please click on the links below to sign up.

      Volunteer Sign Up

      Donations Sign Up



Celebrate the school-year's end with ROCK! Come join Mr. See and his gaggle of Motsenbocker rockers for "ROCK-FAM-APALOOZA," a multi band evening of high voltage fun featuring THE FORCE GHOSTS and THE WEB-SLINGERS! Live music performed by AA students, plus some great pizza and other delectable refreshments available. Email me for more info ( or check out the venue's website here:


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.


What's happening in class?


Saxon Math is a spiraling program. Many math concepts are introduced throughout the year and revisited in the homework practice. Most classes will get time to work on homework at the end of class and ask questions from their teachers. Please check Infinite Campus for due dates and upcoming tests. Assessments are done every 5 lessons.


Ms. Anderson's Literacy Class

Wow! What an amazing year we have had! This week we have been feverishly reading so that we can finish Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. The kids have loved it.  They are excited to see what the secret to happiness is, and soon we will find out. Next week, we will finish our book. We will also do an art project to show the different settings that are seen in the story. There will be only one test about the characters and settings in the story and I plan to give it either at the end of next week or on Monday May 20. If you would like to review the information with your student, please have them show you the character chart in their OneNote notebooks. It has been such an honor to teach this group of fourth graders. I hope that they walk away from literacy with a love of literature and language. I know I will see some parents at conferences, but if I don't, have an amazing summer!


Ms. Wren's Literacy Class

We've got one more week with our amazing novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Students have been working on their summarizing skills, and they're doing great! I think they've also been enjoying their book groups and being able to discuss this book more in-depth with their peers. We've started a creative project this week that we'll finish next week - making construction paper mosaics with a partner about something in the book. There are plans for dragons and goldfish and mountains that I'm sure will look incredible once complete!


Academics aside, I do want to say how much of a pleasure it's been to spend this year with these two awesome groups of students! We've had so much fun and created some great memories! I will remember them for a long, long time and look forward to seeing them in the halls next year! As a parting gift, students will be coming home with their poetry books next week - please take a few moments to enjoy this book with your child and give them a little praise for their effort and creativity!


Ms. Martinez's History Class

As the year is coming to an end, we are finishing up our unit on Africa. The students have been busy gathering facts about Africa so that they can up their chances to win a prize next week when we play several different kinds of games involving African trivia. We plan on having a bit of fun before we have to say goodbye for the summer. 

It has been such a treat to be able to teach each and every one of them this year! I will truly miss seeing all their smiling faces on a daily basis. I also wanted to say thank you to all the parents for the love and support this year. Thank you for your help in making it such a successful year!


Ms. Mercy's Science Class 

We are now deep into our unit on animal adaptations. The students have been learning about animal migration. This week we started talking about why certain animals camouflage themselves. Each student even camouflaged a few animals around my classroom. Some of the animals are so well hidden that I am not sure I will ever find them!


Specials Information

Please visit the respective links below to see what your child is experiencing in specials programming!










 ~The Fourth Grade Team

Ms. Anderson, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Mercy, and Ms. Wren