Week November 18


Happy Sunday 4A! What a beautiful weekend to get out and enjoy the sun and blue skies!

The week ahead:

Canned Food Drive – We continue to collect canned food until November 25th. Thank you to all who have donated so far!

Tuesday: TERC Math Info Session with Miss Hart and Ms. Gould 6:00-7:00

Wednesday: Half day- dismissal is at 12:00

Thursday: Students will have the opportunity to enjoy a string quintet from the Tucson Symphony at 10:45 in the Parish Center

Math: This week in math we continue our study of geometry. We will be combining polygons to make new polygons, and we will be classifying quadrilaterals and triangles by their attributes (relative length of sides, size of angles, presence of parallel or perpendicular lines).

English/Language Arts: We will continue practicing our Readers’ Theatre play, The Thanksgiving Table. Students will also be working with specific vocabulary from the play, and will be writing a story extension.

Social Studies: Do you have the catchy tune Fifty Nifty United States stuck in your head yet? Students have been having fun learning/memorizing the names of all the states with this song written by Ray Charles. We are still learning about the Southwest Region, and students will continue to work on their Arizona state project. Many students have been working on their Google slides at home in addition to what they have started in class. Please email me if you have any trouble logging into student accounts at home.

Have a fantastic week!

Week November 12

Greetings 4A. A big thank you to all veterans who have served our country! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Friday’s field day was a fun event, and hopefully you got a chance to see some of the pictures on the school’s Facebook page.

Canned Food Drive: Our Canned Food Drive has begun! The fourth grade has a goal of collecting 470 cans/dollars, which is reflective of the geographic area  in square miles of South Africa (divided by one thousand). Thank you to those of you who have started dropping off food.

Math: This week in math we continue our work on measurement and classifying shapes. We will specifically be working on solving problems involving perimeter.

Reading: We should be done with our novel study of Strider by the end of the week. I am also introducing a Readers’ Theatre play called The Thanksgiving Table this week. We will be splitting into small groups and working on individual reading parts. Students will have the opportunity to perform their play for lower school classrooms during the week of Thanksgiving.

Writing: Some students are still finishing up on their personal narratives. We will also be working on writing a story extension to our play, The Thanksgiving Table. This should take us through Thanksgiving.

Social Studies: We will continue our study of the Southwest region this week. Additionally, I will be introducing the requirements of the Arizona State Project. Information will be sent home in the Eagle Express this week, and the project will be due on Friday December 6th.

Have a fantastic week!


Week November 4th






Dear 4A,

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I got to celebrate my youngest child this weekend as he turned 18! When he was little, we always used to bake pumpkin bread together right after Halloween. This year that is what he wanted for his “birthday cake”.

Our Halloween party on Thursday was a blast with root beer floats, treats, and some pretty cool slime, thanks to Mrs. Downer, Mrs. Wolert, and Mrs. Kramer. We also enjoyed being able to join in the parade at the end of the day. Dia de los Muertos on Friday was a beautiful and moving experience. I am so happy the 4th graders were able to participate during this chapel hour.

This week:

  • Starting this Monday we will begin our Canned Food Drive. It will run until November 25th, and cans can be dropped off in our classroom.  Our class will be discussing this in more detail tomorrow.
  • Friday- Field Day. This is a half day, and students will be dismissed at 12:00. Students will be receiving a field day t-shirt this week.
  • Monday November 11- No school for Veteran’s Day

Math: We will be starting Unit 4- Measuring and Classifying Shapes. This week we start with linear measurement. We will be using measurement tools, converting measurements, measuring lengths, and determining perimeters.

Social Studies: We have been studying the Southwest region of the United States. We used a strategy called jigsaw last week where students worked in teams and reported back to the larger group on what they learned. We will continue our study of this region this week. Students will also be asked to complete an Arizona state report in the coming weeks. I am going to have them complete this using Google Slides, which we used for an early project this year. I will be sending home the details/expectations of this project the week of November 12th.

Language Arts: We are continuing our novel study of Strider this week. Our focus will be on citing text evidence when answering questions, along with using context clues to help determine the meaning of words. We will also continue our narrative writing.

Have a great week!


Week October 28


Happy Sunday 4A!

We had a fantastic field trip to the Reid Park Zoo last Thursday where students had the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes. We spent time in the kitchen where we learned about animal nutrition, and what it takes to feed over 250 animals. Students also spent time in the animal hospital area where surgeries take place, and got to interact with various small animals.


Wednesday we will be visiting our 1st grade buddies to do a fun Halloween activity.

Thursday we will enjoy root beer floats with 4B at 1:00, and then have a fun activity in our classroom prepared by our room parents. 4th grade also gets to join the Halloween parade this year which will begin at 2:45. K-3 will begin the parade in their courtyards and then we will join them for the tail end of the parade. I’m looking forward to a fun day!

Costumes may be worn to school on Thursday, however masks and accessories must stay in backpacks until the parade. No face paint, fake weapons, or gore are allowed. Thank you for your help with this.

Friday we will attend the Dia de los Muertos chapel from 10:00-11:00

Environmentally Friendly Lunch Changes

Starting November 1st, plastic water bottles will be eliminated as a choice for drinks. Students will still have the choice of white or chocolate milk. Students are encouraged to bring their reusable water bottles from home, and please make sure their names are clearly labeled. The lunch program is also transitioning to 100% biodegradable and recyclable containers, and plantware compostable utensils.


This week we will complete our unit on relating multiplication and division, and by the end of the week we will begin our study of geometry.


We began our novel study on Strider, and students are doing a nice job of identifying different types of figurative language. As we get deeper into the book, students will continue working on using text evidence to answer questions.


Personal narratives are getting closer to completion, and most students are in the revision and editing stage. I have been asking students to have another student read their paper back to them. It is often helpful to hear your own writing being read in order to catch mistakes. I am also asking students to weave different types of figurative language into their essays.

Social Studies

This week we begin our study of the southwest region, with a focus on geography – describing physical features of the Southwest, and understanding how people in the region use natural resources.




Week October 21st

Greetings 4A!

Thank you to all the grandparents and friends who visited us on Friday for Grandparent’s Day. Our students conducted interviews, shared a fun math routine called Quick Images, and worked on some mind puzzles together. It was a fun time! Last Thursday we got to enjoy a wind quintet from the Tucson Symphony. They played some classical tunes as well as pieces from Harry Potter. Students got to learn about the instruments and ask the musicians questions.

Math: This week we continue to study the relationship between multiplication and division. Students will be writing their own division word problems, and solving multi-digit multiplication.

Writing: Students completed their storyboards for our narrative writing last week. This week we will work toward publication of our personal narratives. We are focusing on organization and word choice as we try to pull the reader in.

Social Studies: Last week we spent time learning about the United States economy, and how to make an economic decision. This week we move into our study of regions.

Reading: In reading we will be identifying figurative language, and learning how to use it in our own writing.

Thursday is our field trip to Reid Park Zoo. Thank you to all the drivers who volunteered to go with us. We will be back to school in time for lunch. I will be sending drivers an email with more details. I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Week of October 14th

Greetings 4A Families!

I hope this post finds you all relaxed from fall break! I can’t wait to catch up with the kids to find out about their adventures. I had a lovely time with my daughter in Arkansas, and got caught up with some old friends as well.

We have a busy week ahead.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 : Blessing of the Stuffed Animals in chapel –  Students are encouraged to bring one small or medium sized stuffed animal to school to be blessed.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Tucson Orchestra Wind Quartet –  10:45 – 11:45 in the Parish Center.

Friday, Oct. 18th : Grandparents Day – Please let your child know if they will be having a grandparent or special friend visit on this day. We will be doing an activity together and I want to make sure I have the right amount of supplies and seating.

Grandparents Day Schedule

7:30 – 8:00 am – Check-in: breakfast and coffee in the gym

8:05 – Upper School performance & welcome from Mr. Sullivan

8:45 – 9:45 – Classroom visit.

9:45 – Grandparents and grandchildren will take pictures in the Creswell Couryard.


This week we will be working on division with remainders, division strategies, and relating multiplication and division within word problems.

Language Arts

  • Reading: We will begin reading Strider, the sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw. During our work with the novel we will be focusing on figurative language, and point of view.
  • Spelling: Spelling words have been uploaded on Spellingcity.com. We will be working on words that make the long e sound.
  • Writing: Over the next couple weeks we will be working on writing a narrative essay. We will kick this off by creating a storyboard to guide our writing.

Social Studies

This week we will be distinguishing regions of the United States and reading maps to help answer questions. This will lead into our study of the Southwest in the coming weeks.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Week of September 30th








Hello friends!

This is our last week before fall break, and we’re all just a bit excited! I hope your family has a peaceful, fun break. I’ll be heading to San Diego, and then to Arkansas to visit with my middle daughter.

Last week in math we finished our investigations on measurement data. This week we will be breaking apart 2-digit multiplication problems, and understanding the meaning and structure of multiplication and division.

This week in language arts, we will be analyzing two texts using the strategy of compare and contrast. Students will also be working on possessive nouns and appropriate use of apostrophes. Spelling test #6 will be given on Friday. Please continue to help remind your child to fill out their reading logs and bring their planners to school each day.

Grandparents Day will be on October 18th. There is a beautiful invitation going out to families in the mail, and our very own Max Puntenney provided the art for the font cover! I will send out an email once we are closer to Grandparents Day to find out the number of people attending.

Have a lovely week!


Happy Fall!


Hello 4A friends!

Tomorrow marks the first day of fall, and with it, the welcome of cooler days. Last week we took advantage of the cooler weather to work on our math in the courtyard. Student pairs formulated and revised their own questions for a data investigation and had to come up with consistent procedures for measuring data. On Monday they will begin collecting and organizing data, and by the end of the week they will construct graphs and develop arguments based on gathered evidence.

This week in language arts, students will continue to work on identifying the main idea and supporting details as we read another article in our StoryWorks magazine from Scholastic. About a week ago, I introduced students to a 6 minute podcast. This is an ongoing story with cliffhangers at the end of every episode. Students work on making predictions and asking questions, and we always end with a great discussion of our thoughts. It has become one of the most exciting parts of the day.

On Friday, students will get to enjoy a live theatre production of Pinocchio in the gym at 10:00. This will also be a day I plan on having a substitute.

If you are interested in driving for our zoo field trip on Thursday October 24th, please let me know. We will need 3 drivers from our class. It will be a half day field trip that leaves in the morning before 9am. If you are interested, please email me. Once I have three drivers, you will still be welcome to come, you will just have to pay your own way.

A big thank you for coming to Back to School Night, and Welcome Back Night last week. It was a pleasure visiting with you all, and hopefully you have a better feel for how our class operates. I hope you all have a lovely week!

Week of September 16th

Greetings 4A Families!

This cooler weather is getting me excited for fall! I took a trip to Bisbee today and enjoyed the cool breezes and autumn decorations. I hope your family had a relaxing and fun weekend.

Last week our students represented (graphed) and compared data after measuring heights of 1st and 4th graders. They also had some great conversations while describing and interpreting the data. In reading we finished the novel Dear Mr. Henshaw, and began working on locating the main idea and supporting details in an expository text.

We also had a bit of fun unwinding and playing Minute to Win It games as a reward for great behavior. Students played a range of one minute games from stacking pennies to trying to eat an Oreo without using their hands. We had some great laughs!

This week, we will be continuing our work in math of using data to describe, compare, and summarize. In grammar we will be working on proper, singular, and plural nouns. We will also continue our work with identifying the main idea and supporting details within a text.

Don’t forget picture day is this Tuesday September 17th. Students should wear khaki bottoms and a red shirt. On Wednesday, students will take individual pictures and can wear free dress attire. Back to School Night will be this Thursday, September 19th from 6:00-7:30. We will start off in classrooms at 6:00, and head to the gymnasium around 6:30. I look forward to seeing you all!

Lastly, Friday night is Welcome Back Night from 5:00-8:00 PM – tacos, hot dogs, and gelato trucks will be on site! This event is being hosted by SMA and Vaqueros. I hope you all have a wonderful week.


Week of September 9th


Hi 4A Families!

We will continue our learning of U.S. landforms this week as we take notes during student lead presentations. Students were introduced to Google Slides last week, and will complete their digital slideshow in the next few days.

Our class has been working on earning a letter toward the word CELEBRATE over the past 3 weeks. Each day an enrichment teacher gave a sparkling report, a letter was received. This week we will have a small class celebration and play Minute to Win It games. Look for pictures on next week’s blog post.

In math, we will begin Unit 2: Generating and Representing Measurement Data. We will begin the week by collecting, recording, and describing the shape of the data distribution. We will be creating graphs and discussing how representations help us see data more clearly. We’ll also get a chance to work with our 1st grade buddy class, as we represent and compare the heights of 4th graders and 1st graders.

I need to touch base with each family this week to ensure the office has the correct contact information to be published in the directory. It should only take a moment when you drop your child off or pick them up. Thank you for your help with this.

I hope to see you all on Friday the 13th for Coffee Corner at 7:30 am. Thanks to SMA for hosting this gathering! Have a wonderful week.