Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Quarter Three Week 7 February 17-21





Hello 4C families!


I hope you are enjoyed the long R&R weekend. We had a wonderful Great Hearts Celebration and I am very thankful for the kindness and love that you poured out on Mrs. Conforti  I know she was very touched and thankful to all of you. Mrs. Chilson and I plan to continue with the strong foundation that Mrs Conforti and I have laid and I anticipate a smooth transition. 


History: We will continue our study of the American Revolution. 

Literature: Students will continue reading about the life of Nathaniel Bowditch. For nightly homework. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choice for 20 minutes every night unless otherwise specified. 
All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Math: This week in math students will study rounding decimals and be tested on Friday.

Poetry: Students should continue to work toward memorizing "Paul Revere's Ride." Recitations will take place on March 2nd. 

Greek and Latin Roots: Students will be assessed on roots 66-68 this week and learn the next three roots. 

Science: We will continue our study of geology. 

Spalding: I am happy to announce that Mrs. Chilson will be taking over our daily Spalding lesson. Mrs. Chilson has been trained to be a coach by Great Heart’s Spalding director, Mrs. Clouse and I am excited that 4C gets to benefit from her expertise.  Students will learn new words this week and be assessed on Friday.


Scheduled tests and quizzes this week:

Wednesday: Greek and Latin Review Check (67-69)Math Quiz
Thursday: Meteorology Quiz
Friday: Math Test - Decimals (Rounding)
Friday: Rock Quiz
Friday: Spalding Test


Please send all e-mails to both me and Mrs. Chilson & please note that Mrs. Conforti will not be reading or responding to e-mail while she is on maternity leave. 


Monday, February 10, 2020

Quarter 3 Week 6: February 10-14

Families of 4C,

Please read through the blog until the end, and thank you for allowing me to use this week's blog as an opportunity to bear my soul and give kuddos to the 4C team we have assembled! This will be the final blog post I will write, as this is the last week I will be working before I begin my maternity leave. Next week, Mrs. LaVell will be taking over the blog to discuss weekly assignments, testing dates, and any pertinent classroom information.

I am so pleased with the partnership Mrs. LaVell and myself have built over the past two years working together. She and I both came into assistant roles at Arete part-way through the 2018 school year in fifth grade classrooms, which allowed us to establish a strong foundation of what we wanted to have as a classroom dynamic when we became partners in 4C. From the beginning of our time as lead and assistant in fourth grade, it was important to us both that we built a strong rapport and open lines of respect and communication with one another, teachers, students, parents, and other faculty members. I am beyond blessed and grateful to have had a loving and competent comrade in my journey as a teacher. Her support to me and to all of our students has remained consistently exceptional, and I know she will continue the routines and high expectations for the students of 4C for the remainder of the school year. I am excited for her to step into this opportunity as lead teacher for your children in my absence, and am fully confident in her ability to finish out the school year strong, bearing the responsibility of state testing, field trips, class parties, and the daily grind that comes with the rich learning we do here at Great Hearts.

I am equally excited with the opportunity of Mrs. Chilson stepping in to fill the assistant role in our classroom, and fully confident that she will do her due diligence to uphold the expectations of our classroom that have been cultivated with care. Mrs. Chilson has known many of the students in our class since they were in kindergarten, and the experience she has both with the school and with these students as individuals has given me peace of mind in leaving for a few weeks to take care of my personal responsibility as a new mother.

To ease the transition of team LaVell-Chilson and to better support the students of 4C, I kindly ask that you continue to CC both of them on all email communications just as you have done with Mrs. LaVell and myself. I find that students are more strongly supported when both teachers, parents, and other faculty members are all in open lines of communication.

Beginning Friday after school, I will have an out-of-office reply to my email address and will not be available for communication on leave from Feb. 15-May 18. RLavell@archwayarete.org and VChilson@archwayarete.org will be your go-to resources for any questions or concerns you may have for the rest of the year.


Great Hearts Day:
A Day for Friendship - Friday, February 14th is Great Hearts Day! We have reserved this special day to focus on the virtue of friendship and celebrate the traits that make a great-hearted student. Teachers are planning interactive and fun activities centered around these topics. Archway Arete strives to cultivate a rich, academic environment rooted in the classical tradition. This many times requires popular culture to be left at the door. On that note, students will not be permitted to bring store-bought valentines, candy, or gifts to school. Thank you for partnering with us.

In the morning, we will have a Great Hearts Day assembly and be doing buddy reading with our first grade buddy class. We will also have a library visit. Students will then have a couple hours of regular instruction time before lunch, and then finish with out Great Hearts Day celebration following their afternoon special.


Lessons This Week:

Spalding: This week, students will study their next 29 words. For nightly Spalding homework, students should have the words dictated to them by someone at home and should write them one time each in syllables. Any words that are misspelled should be written again for additional practice. We will take our 29-word Spalding test on Friday.

Writing/Grammar: Students will continue their writing practice this week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, students will be practicing paragraph edits where they are to find errors in writing. On Thursday, they will do an expository writing assignment from start to finish, simulating what it will be like on AzMERIT writing day.

Math: This week, students will continue their study of decimals. They will learn about decimals by each place value, and learn how to round and compare the sizes of decimals.

History: Students will continue learning about the American Revolution.

Science: Students will continue their study of geology this week.

Literature: We will continue reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch this week. Please send your copy of this book to school with your student in advance. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choosing for 20 minutes every night, unless otherwise specified. Students will keep their quarterly reading log in their yellow take-home folder. All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Greek and Latin Roots: On Wednesday, students will be learning their next three roots on roots #66-69. The review quiz will be over last week’s roots #63-65.

Poetry: Students will learn their next poem for recitation, “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Recitations for this poem will take place on Monday, March 2.


Important Dates: *assessment dates are subject to be pushed back if necessary


  • Monday:
    • Math Test: Hundredths
  • Wednesday:
    • Math Quiz: Week 6 Review
    • Roots Quiz: #63-65
    • Science Test: Geology Mid-Unit Exam
  • Friday:
    • Spalding Test: 29 words
    • Science Quiz: Life Sciences Review



Class Information:

Xtra Math:
Any student who passes multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division on XtraMath will earn a special secret prize from Mr. Gillingham! Please encourage your students to work on this at home whenever you have spare time. Each practice session of XtraMath only takes about 5 minutes to complete.


--Mrs. Conforti
TMartin@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. LaVell
RLavell@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. Chilson
VChilson@archwayarete.org

Monday, February 3, 2020

Quarter 3 Week 5: February 3-6

Families of 4C,

There is no school on Friday, February 7.

Mrs. Conforti’s Maternity Leave:
Baby Conforti is expected to arrive any day now! Mrs. Conforti’s last day before going on maternity leave will be Friday, February 14, and she will be returning in May for the final week of the school year. In her absence, we are pleased to announce that Mrs. LaVell will be stepping in to fill the position as 4C’s lead teacher, and Mrs. Chilson from 4B will be coming in to help as 4C’s assistant! We are so eager to have Mrs. Chilson aboard the 4C team while Mrs. Conforti takes this much-needed time to be with her family! Please see the welcome note below from Mrs. Chilson.


Dear Families of 4C,

My name is Victoria Chilson and I have been a member of the Arete community since 2015!I have had the pleasure of working in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and now 4th grade. I am excited for this midyear change and the opportunity to help in 4C during Mrs. Conforti’s absence. Aside from enjoying my career at Arete, my free time is spent with my family! My husband and I were married in October 2014 and I am the proud wife of a firefighter with the Scottsdale Fire Department. We have a 3 ½ year old daughter named Charlotte. She is an absolute joy and keeps us smiling all day long. In addition to Charlotte, we have our two dogs who mean the world to us, Lou and Harvey. We enjoy spending time outdoors, going to sporting events, and cooking together. We are also looking forward to Baby Chilson joining us this July! 

Thank you for entrusting your children with us, as I know they are your most prized possessions. I look forward to getting to know your families better for the remainder of the school year. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Warmly,

Mrs. Chilson
VChilson@ArchwayArete.org


Great Hearts Day:
A Day for Friendship - Friday, February 14th is Great Hearts Day! We have reserved this special day to focus on the virtue of friendship and celebrate the traits that make a great-hearted student. Teachers are planning interactive and fun activities centered around these topics. Archway Arete strives to cultivate a rich, academic environment rooted in the classical tradition. This many times requires popular culture to be left at the door. On that note, students will not be permitted to bring store-bought valentines, candy, or gifts to school. Thank you for partnering with us.


Lessons This Week:

Spalding: This week, students will study their next 20 words. For nightly Spalding homework, students should have the words dictated to them by someone at home and should write them one time each in syllables. Any words that are misspelled should be written again for additional practice. We will take our 20-word Spalding test on Thursday.

Writing/Grammar: Students will continue their writing practice this week. This week, students will be focusing on writing opinion essays. Most of this essay should be completed in class, unless otherwise directed by the teacher.

Math: This week, students will begin their study of decimals. They will learn about decimals by each place value, starting with hundredths on Monday.

History: Students will continue learning about the American Revolution. On Monday, they will take their unit test over chapters 1-10.

Science: Students will continue their study of geology this week. Our volcano making day has been pushed back to this Tuesday.

Literature: We will begin reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch this week. Please send your copy of this book to school with your student in advance. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choosing for 20 minutes every night, unless otherwise specified. Students will keep their quarterly reading log in their yellow take-home folder. All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Greek and Latin Roots: On Wednesday, students will be learning their next three roots on roots #63-66. The review quiz will be over last week’s roots #60-62.

Poetry: Students will learn their next poem for recitation, “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Recitations for this poem will take place on Monday, March 2.


Important Dates: *assessment dates are subject to be pushed back if necessary


  • Monday:
    • History Test: Unit 4 Chapters 1-10
  • Wednesday:
    • Math Quiz: Week 5 Review
    • Roots Quiz: #60-62
  • Thursday:
    • Spalding Test: 20 words



Class Information:

Xtra Math:
Any student who passes multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division on XtraMath will earn a special secret prize from Mr. Gillingham! Please encourage your students to work on this at home whenever you have spare time. Each practice session of XtraMath only takes about 5 minutes to complete.


--Mrs. Conforti
TMartin@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. LaVell
RLavell@ArchwayArete.org

Friday, January 24, 2020

Quarter 3 Week 4: January 27-31

Families of 4C,

Athletic Field Day:
This Friday, January 31 is Athletic Field Day! Field Day for 3-5 grades goes from 12:00-2:30pm. Our team is Argos, and our students will wear blue athletic wear. Students may come to school in their athletic wear and wear it for the whole day. Please note that pop culture is not permitted on athletic clothes, but sports team logos and brands are acceptable. If you have any questions regarding field day attire, send us an email and we will happily answer them. We will need volunteers to donate coolers and snacks for this event. Coolers will be sent home with your student at the end of the school day. If you are interested in donating to this event, you may visit the Sign Up Genius here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4FAAAF2FAAFC1-athletic

Great Hearts Day:
A Day for Friendship - Friday, February 14th is Great Hearts Day! We have reserved this special day to focus on the virtue of friendship and celebrate the traits that make a great-hearted student. Teachers are planning interactive and fun activities centered around these topics. Archway Arete strives to cultivate a rich, academic environment rooted in the classical tradition. This many times requires popular culture to be left at the door. On that note, students will not be permitted to bring store-bought valentines, candy, or gifts to school. Thank you for partnering with us.


Lessons This Week:

Spalding: This week, students will study their next 31 words. For nightly Spalding homework, students should have the words dictated to them by someone at home and should write them one time each in syllables. Any words that are misspelled should be written again for additional practice. We will take our 31-word Spalding test on Friday.

Writing/Grammar: Students will continue their writing practice this week. This week, students will be focusing on writing opinion essays. Most of this essay should be completed in class, unless otherwise directed by the teacher.

Math: This week, students will continue their study of geometry. On Monday, they will take their test over geometric solid figures. On Wednesday, they will be taking their weekly review quiz. On Friday, they will be taking their test area and perimeter.

History: Students will continue learning about the American Revolution. This week, they will learn about Patrick Henry and the Townshend Act.

Science: Students will continue their study of geology this week and will have their first review quiz on Monday. On Wednesday, students will be making their own volcanoes. On Thursday, they will take two review quizzes, one on electricity and another on chemistry.

Literature: We will begin reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch this week. Please send your copy of this book to school with your student in advance. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choosing for 20 minutes every night, unless otherwise specified. Students will keep their quarterly reading log in their yellow take-home folder. All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Greek and Latin Roots: On Wednesday, students will be learning their next three roots on roots #60-62. The review quiz will be over last week’s roots #57-59.

Poetry: Students will learn their next poem for recitation, “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Recitations for this poem will take place on Monday, March 2.


Important Dates: *assessment dates are subject to be pushed back if necessary


  • Monday:
    • Math Test: Geometric Solids
    • Science Quiz: Geology
  • Wednesday:
    • Math Quiz: Week 4 Review
    • Roots Quiz: #57-59
  • Thursday:
    • Science Quizzes: Chemistry and Electricity
  • Friday:
    • Spalding Test: 31 words



Class Information:

Xtra Math:
Any student who passes multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division on XtraMath will earn a special secret prize from Mr. Gillingham! Please encourage your students to work on this at home whenever you have spare time. Each practice session of XtraMath only takes about 5 minutes to complete.


--Mrs. Conforti
TMartin@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. LaVell
RLavell@ArchwayArete.org

Friday, January 17, 2020

Quarter 3 Week 3: January 21-24

Families of 4C,

Field Trip:
Our Field Trip to the Arizona State Capitol will be on Tuesday, January 21. Permission slips came home in your child’s take-home folder on Friday, and are due to the teacher this Tuesday, January 14. The cost of the field trip is $15. Please send the money to school with your child attached to the permission slip. We will be at the capitol in the morning and will return to school by the students’ regular lunch time of 12:15. Please send your child to school with their lunch as usual on the 21st. Students are permitted to bring a camera and spending money for the gift shop if they wish. I ask that you send your student with a maximum of $20 spending money if you decide to send them with anything. Please reach out to Mrs. Conforti and Mrs. LaVell with any questions regarding the field trip.

Great Hearts Day:
A Day for Friendship - Friday, February 14th is Great Hearts Day! We have reserved this special day to focus on the virtue of friendship and celebrate the traits that make a great-hearted student. Teachers are planning interactive and fun activities centered around these topics. Archway Arete strives to cultivate a rich, academic environment rooted in the classical tradition. This many times requires popular culture to be left at the door. On that note, students will not be permitted to bring store-bought valentines, candy, or gifts to school. Thank you for partnering with us.


Lessons This Week:

Spalding: This week, students will study their next 10 words. Due to the field trip on Tuesday and MLK Day Monday, we have a shortened words list this week. For nightly Spalding homework, students should have the words dictated to them by someone at home and should write them one time each in syllables. Any words that are misspelled should be written again for additional practice. We will take our 10-word Spalding test on Friday.

Writing/Grammar: Students will continue their study of grammar for the next week before getting back into writing lessons. This week they will be learning about writing complex sentences. Before the AzMERIT writing test, we will be spending more time on writing to prepare students. After they take their writing test, we will get back into grammar lessons for the duration of the school year.

Math: This week, students will learn their next math concepts on geometry. On Wednesday, they will be taking their test on quadrilaterals and triangles. On Thursday, they will be taking their weekly review quiz. On Friday, they will be taking their test over geometric solids.

History: Students will continue learning about the American Revolution. This week, they will learn about the Stamp Act and the Townshend Act.

Science: Students will continue their study of Geology. This week, they will be learning about plate boundaries, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. There will be a geology review quiz on Wednesday.

Literature: This week we will begin reading our next literature book, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Please send your copy of this book to school with your student in advance. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choosing for 20 minutes every night, unless otherwise specified. Students will keep their quarterly reading log in their yellow take-home folder. All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Greek and Latin Roots: On Wednesday, students will be learning their next three roots on roots #57-59. The review quiz will be over last week’s roots #54-56.

Poetry: Students will continue their memorization of the poem “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Recitations for this poem will take place this Friday, January 24.


Important Dates: *assessment dates are subject to be pushed back if necessary


  • Wednesday:
    • Math Test: Quadrilaterals and Triangles
    • Roots Quiz: #54-56
    • Science Quiz: Geology
  • Thursday:
    • Math Quiz: Week 3 Review
  • Friday:
    • Spalding Test: 10 words
    • Math Test: Geometric Solids
    • Poetry Recitations: “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson



Class Information:

Typing:
The skill of typing is an important one for all of our students to be able to learn and perform effectively. While I do not expect any fourth grader to be a typing professional, I would like to get them as comfortable as possible using a keyboard. Not only do we type essays in class, but students will be expected to type their essays for the AzMERIT Writing test in the Spring. For this reason, it is imperative that students feel comfortable enough to perform this skill.

I highly encourage you to allow your student to practice typing on a computer keyboard as often as possible at home. Many students are wizzes when it comes to navigating a tablet, phone, or other touch screen device, but many of them do not have proper exposure to regular computers. It would be beneficial if you and your student found something on a computer that they enjoy, that would also help them practice typing on a regular computer keyboard. I will be periodically updating the blog with any examples I find, and if you have any ideas, feel free to email us and share them! Thanks!

Xtra Math:
Any student who passes multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division on XtraMath will earn a special secret prize from Mr. Gillingham! Please encourage your students to work on this at home whenever you have spare time. Each practice session of XtraMath only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Headphones:
All students need to bring in a pair of headphones to keep at school. Students are expected to use headphones whenever they do activities on the computer, such as Khan Academy and TypingQuest. They will also need to have them each time they take a standardized test. I have room in the classroom for students to keep headphones at school. Thanks!


--Mrs. Conforti
TMartin@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. LaVell
RLavell@ArchwayArete.org

Friday, January 10, 2020

Quarter 3 Week 2: January 13-17

Families of 4C,

Our class is off to a great start to the new semester! We have been very impressed with their maturity and ability to work hard this week after so much time off.

Field Trip:
Our Field Trip to the Arizona State Capitol will be on Tuesday, January 21. Permission slips came home in your child’s take-home folder on Friday, and are due to the teacher this Tuesday, January 14. The cost of the field trip is $15. Please send the money to school with your child attached to the permission slip. We will be at the capitol in the morning and will return to school by the students’ regular lunch time of 12:15. Please send your child to school with their lunch as usual on the 21st. Students are permitted to bring a camera and spending money for the gift shop if they wish. I ask that you send your student with a maximum of $20 spending money if you decide to send them with anything. Please reach out to Mrs. Conforti and Mrs. LaVell with any questions regarding the field trip.


Lessons This Week:

Spalding: This week, students will study their next 30 words. For nightly Spalding homework, students should have the words dictated to them by someone at home and should write them one time each in syllables. Any words that are misspelled should be written again for additional practice. We will take our 30-word Spalding test on Friday.

Writing/Grammar: Students will continue their study of grammar for the next two weeks before getting back into writing lessons. Before the AzMERIT writing test, we will be spending more time on writing to prepare students. After they take their writing test, we will get back into grammar lessons for the duration of the school year.

Math: This week, students will learn their next math concepts on geometry. They will be taking two tests this week on angles: one on Monday and one on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they will be taking their weekly review quiz. On Friday, they will be taking their test over parallel and perpendicular lines.

History: Students will continue learning about the American Revolution. This week, they will learn about the French and Indian War, the Seven Years’ War, and the early quarrel with Britain. They will be taking their first unit test over chapters 1-5 on Thursday.

Science: This week we are beginning our new unit on Geology! Students will first learn about the layers of the Earth, Alfred Wegner, the theory of Pangaea, and the movement of plates via the convection current. On Friday, they will take a review quiz on Meteorology.

Literature: We will continue reading The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and will finish it by the end of the week. Our next book will be Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Please send your copy of this book to school with your student in advance. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choosing for 20 minutes every night, unless otherwise specified. Students will keep their quarterly reading log in their yellow take-home folder. All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Greek and Latin Roots: On Wednesday, students will be learning their next three roots on roots #54-56. The review quiz will be over last week’s roots #51-53

Poetry: Students will continue their memorization of the poem “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Recitations for this poem will take place on Friday, January 24.


Important Dates: *assessment dates are subject to be pushed back if necessary


  • Monday:
    • Math Test: Angles
  • Tuesday:
    • Math Test: Angles
  • Wednesday:
    • Math Quiz: Week 2 Review
    • Roots Quiz: #51-53
  • Thursday:
    • History Test: Unit 4 Ch. 1-5
  • Friday:
    • Spalding Test: 30 words
    • Science Quiz: Meteorology Review
    • Math Test: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines



Class Information:

Typing:
The skill of typing is an important one for all of our students to be able to learn and perform effectively. While I do not expect any fourth grader to be a typing professional, I would like to get them as comfortable as possible using a keyboard. Not only do we type essays in class, but students will be expected to type their essays for the AzMERIT Writing test in the Spring. For this reason, it is imperative that students feel comfortable enough to perform this skill.

I highly encourage you to allow your student to practice typing on a computer keyboard as often as possible at home. Many students are wizzes when it comes to navigating a tablet, phone, or other touch screen device, but many of them do not have proper exposure to regular computers. It would be beneficial if you and your student found something on a computer that they enjoy, that would also help them practice typing on a regular computer keyboard. I will be periodically updating the blog with any examples I find, and if you have any ideas, feel free to email us and share them! Thanks!

Xtra Math:
Any student who passes multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division on XtraMath will earn a special secret prize from Mr. Gillingham! Please encourage your students to work on this at home whenever you have spare time. Each practice session of XtraMath only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Headphones:
All students need to bring in a pair of headphones to keep at school. Students are expected to use headphones whenever they do activities on the computer, such as Khan Academy and TypingQuest. They will also need to have them each time they take a standardized test. I have room in the classroom for students to keep headphones at school. Thanks!


--Mrs. Conforti
TMartin@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. LaVell
RLavell@ArchwayArete.org

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Quarter 3 Week 1: January 6-10

Families of 4C,

I hope everyone is having a good start to the new year, and that you were able to enjoy a relaxing time with your families over the holidays! I am looking forward to seeing all of our students on Monday, and am eager for a strong start to the new semester.

Math Tutoring:
There will not be any math tutoring this week. Tutoring will resume in week 2, on January 16 on an invitation-only basis. If it is recommended that your child attend math tutoring in the third quarter, you will receive an email later this week.

Winter Review Packet:
All winter extra credit packets are due on Monday, but I will accept them on Tuesday as well for any students who may have forgotten over the break. After Tuesday, winter packets will not be accepted for a grade or for the pizza party opportunity. Any students who completed any portion of the winter packet will receive extra credit in either math and/or ELA. Any students who have completed the ENTIRE packet will receive a pizza party with Mrs. Conforti (date TBD).


Lessons This Week:

Spalding: On Monday, students will be taking their 50-word Spalding test. This test is not taken for a grade, but is completed solely for data purposes. This week, students will study their next 20 words. For nightly Spalding homework, students should have the words dictated to them by someone at home and should write them one time each in syllables. Any words that are misspelled should be written again for additional practice. We will take our 20-word Spalding test on Friday.

Writing/Grammar: Students will continue their study of grammar for the next two weeks before getting back into writing lessons. Before the AzMERIT writing test, we will be spending more time on writing to prepare students. After they take their writing test, we will get back into grammar lessons for the duration of the school year.

Math: This week, students will learn their next math concepts on geometry. While we are in the geometry unit, students will be utilizing Workbook 4B. However, students will be returning to Workbook 4A toward the end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter, as we learn decimals.

History: Students will be starting their study of the American Revolution and the framing of the Constitution.

Science: This week, students will be learning about the impact that humans have on the environment, and will be working in groups to make posters about different environmentalist concepts.

Literature: We will continue reading The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Please send your copy to school with your student. For nightly homework, students will read a book of their choosing for 20 minutes every night, unless otherwise specified. Students will keep their quarterly reading log in their yellow take-home folder. All reading logs are due at the end of the quarter.

Greek and Latin Roots: On Wednesday, students will be learning their next three roots on roots #51-53. There will not be a review quiz this week, but review quizzes will resume regularly in week 2.

Poetry: Students will learn their next poem for recitation this week.


Important Dates: *assessment dates are subject to be pushed back if necessary


  • Monday:
    • Spalding Test: 50-words (not taken for a grade)
  • Friday:
    • Spalding Test: 20 words
    • History Test: 13 Colonies



Class Information:

Typing:
The skill of typing is an important one for all of our students to be able to learn and perform effectively. While I do not expect any fourth grader to be a typing professional, I would like to get them as comfortable as possible using a keyboard. Not only do we type essays in class, but students will be expected to type their essays for the AzMERIT Writing test in the Spring. For this reason, it is imperative that students feel comfortable enough to perform this skill.

I highly encourage you to allow your student to practice typing on a computer keyboard as often as possible at home. Many students are wizzes when it comes to navigating a tablet, phone, or other touch screen device, but many of them do not have proper exposure to regular computers. It would be beneficial if you and your student found something on a computer that they enjoy, that would also help them practice typing on a regular computer keyboard. I will be periodically updating the blog with any examples I find, and if you have any ideas, feel free to email us and share them! Thanks!

Xtra Math:
Any student who passes multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division on XtraMath will earn a special secret prize from Mr. Gillingham! Please encourage your students to work on this at home whenever you have spare time. Each practice session of XtraMath only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Headphones:
All students need to bring in a pair of headphones to keep at school. Students are expected to use headphones whenever they do activities on the computer, such as Khan Academy and TypingQuest. They will also need to have them each time they take a standardized test. I have room in the classroom for students to keep headphones at school. Thanks!


--Mrs. Conforti
TMartin@ArchwayArete.org

--Mrs. LaVell
RLavell@ArchwayArete.org