Computer Science in Education Week!

“If you can change technology, you can change the world” says a CEO of YouTube in this Hour of Code promotional video:

Fourth grade students in Computer Class worked this week to meet the following CSTA National Computer Science Standards for grades 3‐5:
AP‐11 Decompose (break down) problems into smaller, manageable subproblems to facilitate the program development process.
AP‐15 Test and debug (identify and fix errors) a program or algorithm to ensure it runs as intended.
They used the //CODE Robot Repair Online Game to become more familiar with the following vocabulary:
● Boolean Logic: problems that evaluate to True or False
● Boolean Expression: a statement that is either True or False
● Logic Gate: an operation on inputs that are True or False
You can try this game with your students to see how enthusiastic they become when they are trying to solve problems using logic:
Happy Coding!
~Ms. Hawes


The fourth graders are working hard to prepare for Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel.  The chapel will be on Friday, December 15 at 9:45 a.m. in the church. Everyone is invited to attend. Please have students wear a white blouse or shirt and navy bottoms. This is a beautiful chapel and we are all excited to be a part of it!

November Happenings

Here is what is happening during this very busy time of the year!

November 17      Report Cards go home

November 20      Food Drive Ends  please donate money or canned food

November 21      Last day before break

November 22-24    No School

December 1      SMA Coffee Corner

December 4      Holiday Giving Begins (see below)

December 8      St. Nick Program (students dismissed after program)

December 15    Virgin of Guadalupe Chapel 9:42

December 19     4th Grade Field Trip (more details soon!)

December 21     Las Posadas

Holiday Giving – Please send your child with a shoe box that can be filled with needed items for children.  We will wrap the boxes so that they can be opened for inspection before arriving in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  We need donations to fill the boxes.  The age ranges are 2-4, 5-7, 8-9, and 10-12.  

The donations can be any age appropriate items of your choice that can be placed in the boxes.  Suggestions:

Clothing, small toy, rattle, teething ring, blankets, bib, hat, outfit (no diapers), hygiene products,

Knit caps, gloves or mitts, socks, etc.

Toothbrush and toothpaste, soap

School supplies (pencils, crayons, erasers, notebooks or coloring books)

Life Saver candy or any hard candy

We will fill the boxes with the donated items and wrap them at school.  

Your donations are needed by December 13, 2017.


St. Nick Program 12//8/17

Your child may wear “dressy” attire for the program.  Please, no shorts that day.  Students will have the opportunity to change into their program outfit after lunch.  Boys may wear a suit, long pants, coat and tie, Christmas sweater/vest.  Girls may wear dress pants and shirt, dress, Christmas sweater, etc.  Please contact Dr. Antista if you have any questions.


The fourth graders are already practicing for “Our Lady of Guadalupe” chapel which will be held on Friday, December 15 at 9:45 a.m. in the church. All are welcome to attend. The fourth graders will be doing a play, reading poems and singing special songs to celebrate this special feast day of Our Lady. A letter with more details will be in this week’s Eagle Express.

Current Event

ust a reminder to bring in a current event having to do with a science topic.  Students are to read an article, and present it in summary to the class.  Current events are worth 50 points and due once a month.

Students can use newspapers, magazines, or internet articles for current events.

Science Fair Update:

Variables and Hypothesis is due Wednesday, November 15.  Most students finished in class this week.

Resources for School Reports

In Computer Class this month students have been learning about reliable resources for school reports.  The Arizona State Library and Public Records has collections of free databases where students can login using only an Arizona zip code to access materials ranging from informational text to biographies to language practice excercises.

To access these with your child just click here:

Although this list is labelled for Junior High and beyond, many of the resources are accessible and useful for younger students (particularly the databases Biography in Context, Powerspeak Languages, and NoveList Plus.)

Also, for more information on finding reliable resources for school assignments, check out Common Sense Media’s tips on where to look and other important considerations.

~Ms. Hawes

October /November news

Grandparent’s Day

Thank you to all who participated in Grandparent’s Day activities!  Class 4A had 31 friends join class Friday morning.  We had a great time saving Fred the Worm from drowning in the lake.  The fourth graders really stole the show with their singing!


Halloween is on Tuesday, October 31.  Students are permitted to wear costumes or a holiday themed shirt to school.  Please keep in mind that this is a school day.  Students’ costumes should not interfere with the class learning.  Students are not permitted to wear masks or bring any type of “weapon” relating to their costume.  Inflatable costumes are not permitted.  If your child brings a prop for their costume, it must fit in their classroom cubby.  Children must be able to sit and move around comfortably with their costume on.  Fourth graders will not be in the Halloween Costume parade.  During the last period of the day on Tuesday, fourth graders will have a root beer float treat to celebrate the holiday.


Students are currently reading Because of Winn Dixie in class and responding to comprehension questions.  The class is learning about nouns, pronouns, plurals and possessives.  They have finished their note cards on Petroglyphs and will begin to make an outline from the notecards.  Students continue to struggle with writing responses where they need to cite evidence, restate questions, and write supporting details.  We have started division in math class and will soon begin a multiplication and division project.  


Please note:  There is a Social Studies test on the Northeast on Thursday, November 2, 2017.  Students should be studying from their study guide and writing note cards to study.  Please encourage your child to study for a period of time every day for the test.

Friday, November 3, 2017 is the Dia de la Muertos Chapel at 10:45

Thursday, November 9 is Field Day with noon dismissal

Friday, November 10 there is no school (Veteran’s Day Observed)


¡Hola! The fourth graders have been learning about El Día de los Muertos. They are helping to make decorations for our special El Día de los Muertos chapel on November 3. We are also continuing to work on our classroom vocabulary and reviewing plurals.


Digital Citizenship

It is Digital Citizenship Week!  Fourth Grade students in Computer Class are learning how to make the connection between what it means to be a good citizen in the real world to what it means to be a good citizen in the digital world.

As we all know “With great power comes great responsibility” and it is an honor to work with your students about their rights and responsibilities with digital resources.

If you would like more information about Digital Citizenship you may go to Common Sense Media’s website to view a short video and to access a multitude of resources:

—- Ms. Hawes


Today, October 23, Student’s science fair research is due.  The next assignment for their science fair project is a Hypothesis and Variables.  This is due November 15 and once again, we will be working on it in class.

We are getting back to our unit on Solids, Rocks and Landforms.  This week Students learn that minerals are the pure substances that make up rocks. Students investigate four unknown minerals, record observations, and learn that color is not enough to identify them. Hardness is introduced as a property that can help identify a mineral. Students perform scratch tests, compare hardness, and identify minerals (calcite, fluorite, quartz, and gypsum).