4th Grade – Rhodes

April Newsletter

Spring NWEA & M-STEP Testing:
The school year is moving right along. Our Spring NWEA & M-STEP testing will begin on April 10th and go into May. With any test your child takes it is really important that they feel ready for it. Please make sure your child is in school every day and on time. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are a great jumpstart to anyone’s morning. Please encourage your child to do their best but don’t worry about their scores, we are looking for progress rather than raw scores. Thank you for your help with making this a successful school year for your child.

Our testing dates are listed on the following page.

April Weather and Recess:
With April upon us we anticipate showers and mud! Due to our lovely unpredictable weather, we will continue to ask that all students continue to bring boots or change of shoes for outside recess until further notice. We want to keep our school as clean and nice as possible.

Scholastic Book Orders:
Our class online activation code:   MVYV7
March Book Orders are due Friday, April 20th.

Spring Break:
Our spring break will begin on Saturday, March 31st and school will resume on Monday, April 9th. I hope everyone enjoys their time off from school and enjoys some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Remember to read and practice the multiplication facts.

Reading Tips:

  • Read Bedtime Stories
  • Play a board game
  • Visit your local library
  • Read a recipe and cook something with your child (this is also a good way to reinforce fractions too)
  • Create a comfortable reading space in your home
  • Have your child read you the grocery list when shopping
  • Make sure reading material is at an appropriate level – if your child needs help with more than 5 words on a single page the book is too hard for them.
  • Have books and magazines available that match your child’s likes and interests.

Math Tips:

Find ways to develop reasoning skills:

  • If your child knows that 4 quarters is one dollar, can she figure out what 6 quarters is?
  • Ask your child to estimate the height of a tree by estimating how much higher it might be than an 8 foot fence or a 6 foot parent next to it.

Find ways to collect and organize information:

  • Read sports scare tables, weather charts, and other numerical information you find in the news.
  • As you’re shopping, compare the amounts in the nutrition facts on packaged foods.
  • Take measurements for a project around the house. Have your child record the measurements.

Some family games that help develop math skills:

  • At this age kids are developing more complex ways of reasoning – they like strategic thinking games like checkers, chess, Sorry®, Monopoly® and Clue®.
  • Dominoes
  • Cribbage

Our NWEA & M-STEP Testing Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 11th – Reading NWEA @ 1:00pm
  • Monday, April 16th – Math NWEA @ 8:30am
  • Wednesday, April 18th – Language NWEA @ 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 24th – Science NWEA @ 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 15th – Math M-STEP @ 10:45am
  • Thursday, May 17th – ELA M-STEP @ 8:30am