le 15 au 19 novembre 2021

Parent-teacher conferences

Thank you so much for coming to your meeting! It was a pleasure to speak with you all. It is wonderful to hear that so many students are enjoying fourth grade.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 18Picture Retakes

Friday, November 19Health Screening – dental

Thursday, November 25, & Friday, November 26 –  NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving!

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We speak only French in the French classroom.

•We write four-sentence paragraphs in French using sentence starters.

•We improve in accessing our translating dictionaries.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

The kids are doing a great job remaining in French, and those that try to sneak it usually get reported. Most kids are persevering even though it’s challenging. 

This week’s lavender French homework will be going from school to home and back every day, Monday through Friday. We will have a quiz on Friday where the student will have to fill in the blank, i.e. will need to think of the word her/himself and write it correctly. Therefore, it’s important that students study not only the spelling of the vocab, but that they understand the meaning of each vocabulary word. This week’s words are common and commonly misspelled/mispronounced by students: quarante (forty), le goûter (snack), le début (the beginning), la fin (the end), corriger (to correct), la bouteille d’eau (water bottle), une majuscule (capital letter), un peu (a little), parce que (because), un infinitif (an infinitive), and très (very).

A number of students have finished with their most recent “J’observe…” writing activity, so we’ll try to squeeze in another one this week. 

In cursive this past week, we continued with uppercase letters (les majuscules) with the letters V, W, and X. Our next letters will be Y & Z, then P, B, and R. We will also be working on first names in cursive. We continue with the French typing program, Tap’Touche. 

Many students have completed their “Tubes” art, and we’re hanging them on the wall in the classroom (see below). A number of students have now completed the “Moi” project, and they are being hung in the hallway (see below).


Les sciences:

This week, we’ll begin a new science experiment that uses stream tables to demonstrate the concepts of erosion (l’érosion) and deposition (le dépôt). There will be soil, dripping water, and other delightfully messy hands-on science. These photos are from a few years ago.



Mme Shelli, English & Math


This week:

• We can solve problems that involve multiplication of larger numbers using models.

•We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and modeling strategies.

In class: We begin unit 3: Multiplication & Division Stories with Larger Numbers. This unit will continue the next 3 weeks.

Students will continue to work on basic multiplication fact fluency through x1- x 12, learning most from memory and having strategies for trickier facts. At home or in the car, consider reviewing facts every day for a few minutes until your child has mastered most facts. Then, try turning those around to be division problems. (Ex. 6 x 7 = 42 so 42 ÷ 6=7)

For larger numbers, students will use a variety of strategies to multiply and divide in class, building a conceptual understanding. Students will learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, we encourage students to draw models and explore what is happening when we multiplying.

Math Homework: An optional multiplication fact fluency game went home last week. Students who bring the optional homework game signed by a parent confirming they played at least once by Monday 11/15  will be entered into a prize drawing.

English & Social Studies

•We can use our research notes to write a short report about our state’s regions.

•We can describe Earth’s major land forms, erosion, and chemical & physical weathering.

Last week, small groups of students gave short presentations about one of Oregon’s regions and took notes while they listened to others present. This week, they will use their notes to write a multi-paragraph mini-books. These booklets will become part of a project that continues through December. At the end of the week and into next week, in English class we will do non-fiction reading to support our Earth Science studies about land forms which happens during French class.

For word study over the next several weeks, students will analyze words identifying their base words, prefixes and suffixes. We will focus on the prefixes un-  non- & dis- this week.

Other News

Clothing & footwear

The district has installed large, outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please send your children to school in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. Lots of kids are coming to school without coats, especially without raincoats. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.