Eagle News

    Volume 3

    4th Grade Newsletter

    october 2018


    Teacher’s Note:

          Happy Fall! We are enjoying the cooler weather, beautiful changing leaves, and we are WELL into our curriculum in fourth grade now!!  This month we begin Response to Intervention groups. Specifically, we will work to master math skills from our Place Value and Addition and Subtraction topics.  Students who demonstrated mastery will attend an enrichment rotation.

    Thank you to all families who participated in our cookie dough fundraiser!  Every dollar counts, and the money really helps our school and your children!!  Please continue to donate Box Tops For Education. Each one is worth money for our school!!

    We are all working on maintaining our previously-established classroom rules and expectations. Students are working on quiet transitions from one activity to the next, showing respect by listening to and focusing on the speaker.  Students are also working on being kind and respectful towards their peers in the classroom and on the playground. This month’s Character Trait is Responsibility.

    Please review Kolb’s Halloween policies at the end of the newsletter.  And finally (pun intended!), please welcome Mrs. Clara Lee, our new Kolb Principal.  Mrs. Lee’s first day is this Wednesday, October 3rd.



    Miss Betando, Mrs. Burrell, Mrs. Emig and Mrs. Freschi


    English Language Arts:


    This month in ELA we started a three week fiction unit that focuses on the essential question, “How do we reveal ourselves?”  Students have enjoyed reading fables and fairy tales so far. Students continue to hone inferring skills, determining key events to write summaries, and answering comprehension questions using text evidence to support their answers.

           Our writing focus for trimester 1 continues to be to write a personal narrative.  Students must focus on a “small moment” story from their life. Students are really working on the craft and elaboration sections of the rubric, by adding action, dialogue, and thoughts, feelings and emotions to the heart of the story.

           We are soon beginning our second round of Oral Language presentations (OLP’s). Please be sure to check the schedule, as well as the topic list to ensure that your child chooses a different topic than they did previously. Students are encouraged to plan ahead and practice, so they feel comfortable with their presentation and make ample eye contact with the audience!  Many students enjoyed making slideshows for their presentations, which really helps to bring their presentations to life! One tip is to create a slideshow that mainly has pictures/visuals and few words. This way, the student will speak about the important information, and the audience can stay focused on the speaker...rather than reading all the words on the slideshow!

    This month in math we are working on finishing Topic 2: Generating and Analyzing Patterns.  We will continue on to Topic 5: Number Sense: Multiplying One-Digit Numbers, and then finishing October with Topic 6: Developing Fluency: Multiplying by One-Digit Numbers.  Please make sure your child memorizes multiplication and division facts.

    Topic 2 : Generate and Analyze Patterns

    Topic Essential Questions:

    • • How can patterns be used to describe how two quantities are related?
    •    • How can a relationship between two    
    •    quantities be shown using a table?

    Topic 5: Number Sense: Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers

    Topic Essential Questions

    • • How can some products be found mentally?
    • • How can products be estimated?

    Topic 6: Developing Fluency: Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers

    Topic Essential Questions

    • • How can arrays be used to find products?
    • • What is a standard procedure for multiplying multi-digit numbers?


    Social Studies:


    Upcoming Dates...

    We have taken a break from Social Studies to focus on Life Science standards.  We resume our lessons at the end of the month, where students will learn about the first inhabitants of California, the Native Americans.

        You should have received a flyer with our field trip information.  All three scheduled field trips directly align with California History.  Please return your donation of $95 in an envelope with your child’s name.  You can send cash or write a check made out to Kolb ASB. Thank you!

    Wow!!! We have learned some incredible science topics so far!

        By the end of our unit, students will be able to argue that plants and animals have internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

        Students will enjoy the unique opportunity to dissect an animal with Spectrum of Science teacher Mrs. Ogden this month…  very exciting and fun!!!

    October 3

    Principal Clara Lee’s first day at Kolb

    October 8


    District Professional Development Day

    October 9

    Dine out at Chipotle

    October 10

    Walk and Roll to School Day

    Kona Ice sold after school


    October 11

    PFC Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm

    October 17


    October 18

    Fall Picture Retake Day

    October 19

    Spirit Day- Twin Day

    October 24


    October 25

    School Site Council Meeting


    October 26

    Trunk or Treat, 4:00 pm

    October 31

    Halloween! Parade at 8:45

    End of Trimester:  Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:30 pm

    *School ends at 2:00 pm on Collaboration Days


    Kolb Halloween Policy:

    • Costumes must comply with the school dress codes and be age appropriate (no R-rated themes) and be respectful to others  
    • No blood or gore  
    • Students must-wear closed-toe shoes  
    • No full-face masks  
    • To maintain our Zero Tolerance Policy regarding the presence of weapons on school campuses, student costumes may not include pretend weapons and/or explosives. Toy guns, swords, knives, or martial arts weapons, etc., are not allowed and will be confiscated if brought to school  
    • We are also asking for your cooperation in NOT allowing your children to dress up as clowns due to the possible disruption and fear it may cause. If anyone shows up with a clown related costume, they will be asked to change