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Friday, May 11, 2018


Dear American Academy Fourth Grade Parents,

Thank you for the wonderful gifts and flowers during Teacher Appreciation Week!  Every year, we are overwhelmed by your generosity and you make us feel so loved.  We have one more week of instruction and final testing, and then it's time for a week of fun and games! The last week of school is filled with Middle Ages Day, Field Day, and, of course, cleaning out the classrooms. What a tremendous year it has been with these spirited 4th graders. Watching them grow has made us all proud, and we are happy to have been able to share in a part of their education.




Math Finals

The math final for Saxon 5 will be next week on Thursday and Friday. Ms. Grubb's Saxon 4 group will be taking their final on Monday and Tuesday. We will divide the test in half and do twenty-five questions each day. This final is an important part of the math grade, so please make sure that your 4th grader has a good night sleep, and a nutritious breakfast those mornings.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you so much to all that came to conference about your child's growth this year.  We can't wait to see how they grow in the coming years as they move on from 4th grade!


Middle Ages Day

Donations and volunteers are slowly trickling in!  We need several more items and many more volunteers.  We cannot pull this day off if we don't have enough volunteers and/or materials.  Please sign up at the links below.  If you have already donated or signed up to volunteer… THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Volunteer for Set-up or Middle Ages Day here:


Donate materials here:


Field Day

The year is coming to an end… which means Field Day is just around the corner! This year’s Field Day is on Wednesday, May 23rd and it is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before – it is an all-day event! The day’s activities include multiple stations, such as a relay, water games, track and field, playground, art and crafts and imagination. Aside from the stations, students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have specific questions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews at


Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this year's Field Day click here. If you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy!



What are we doing in class?


Math Class

Saxon math is a spiraling math program that revisits concepts from every lesson in many of the homework assignments. Please check infinite campus for all math assignments and due dates. Assessments follow after every five lessons.


Ms. Anderson's Literacy Class

On Monday, we will finish our book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  It really has been the favorite of the year and a great way to end 4th grade literacy.  Our final test is going to be on Thursday.  The kids have been working on a character analysis chart in their OneNotes.  There will be some questions about the different characters from the story, so it would be good to review the chart at home.  We also will have some questions about the settings in the story.  To review all of the different settings, the students made some amazing mosaics from paper today.  We will present them on Monday and hang them up in order in the classroom to show the different places Minli saw on her journey. That will conclude our year!  I can't believe summer is so close.  Thanks for all of your support!


Ms. Wren's Literacy Class

We finished Where the Mountain Meets the Moon this week and each class gave it two thumbs up! We all very much enjoyed this book and the activities we've been able to complete along the way. There will be a few more culminating activities next week, including a brief research project students will work on in partners, an open-note short answer test, and some vocabulary work. We’ve had so much fun this year, with all of our read-alouds, writing assignments, and other fun projects mixed in - thank you so much for your support and understanding at home! I don't think I'm quite ready to let these amazing students go, but I know the 5th grade teachers are excited to see them!


Ms. Avila's Literacy Class

Students have begun working on diagramming sentences. We are finishing up our story Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. There will be no spelling for the remainder of the year!!


Ms. Grubb's History Class

We are wrapping up our Middle Ages Unit with King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, the Magna Carta, and, course, the BLACK DEATH!  Don't forget that castle projects are due next Friday, May 18th!  We still need lots of items and volunteers for Middle Ages Day on May 22nd… so please, please, please sign up! 


Ms. Mercy's Science Class

We wrapped up our unit on energy. We will be rounding out the year learning how plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, and behavior.


Thank you and we appreciate your support!


~The Fourth Grade Team

 Sarah Anderson, Nicole Grubb, Jean Mercy, Sierra Wren, Tammi Avila