Monday, May 21, 2018

Final Week of School

Dear 4C,

What a joy it has been to be your child's teacher. It is always bittersweet this time of year. After all this time bonding and learning from each other, it's time to let go and send them off to become 5th graders. How they've grown in mind, spirit, and body!

This will be an action-packed week.
Important Dates:

  • Monday is a full day. Tuesday -Friday are early release days (dismissed at 12:30). There are no clubs this week.
  • Monday-Wednesday (May 21-23) - Historical figure presentations - including souvenir
  • Thursday (May 24) - History Field Day (uniforms are mandatory, wear sunscreen)
  • Also on Thursday: 5th grade commencement 6:30-8:00
  • Friday (May 25) - Kinder commencement 11:00-12:30
  • Friday, May 25th - Last day of school
  • Friday (June 1) - Q4 evaluations posted at 3:00
Academics this week:

We will finish up our unit on poetry and enjoy participating in Reader's Theater. We will have Spalding this week with a test on Friday. 

In math, we will finish the unit on graphs and do a perimeter/area activity.

We will finish our study of germs and the body, in science.

This week in history students will present their historical figure research on Monday-Wednesday. Final typed drafts of the research essay are due on Tuesday. On Thursday we will have our end of the year celebration!

I'm glad that I'll get to see many of you on Thursday at our history celebration. Thank you to all who are donating their time, food, and props so that it will be a success!

Thank you for a GREAT year!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Quarter 4

Dear 4C Parents:

Wow! We are almost at the end of the year! 

Thank you so much for the acts and words of appreciation. It truly has been a blessing to be your child's teacher this year!😊

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 15th - Birthday Book Club for May and June
  • Wednesday, May 16th - fingerprinting event - 8-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 19th - End-of-Year Pool Party - information to follow
  • Monday, May 21st - Full day
  • Tuesday, May 22nd-Friday, May 25th - Early release each day


Academics for the week:

We will continue our unit on Poetry in literature.

We will wrap up the unit on Volume with a quiz on Wednesday. Then we will learn about different kinds of graphs.

This week in science, we will finish up animal classification and we will do a mini-unit about germs and the body.

In history this week students will continue editing their history essays and turn in their typed rough drafts on Thursday. We will also begin learning about national symbols and begin our study of the U.S. Constitution.

Important Dates for history project:
Typed rough draft due Thursday
Typed final essay due Tuesday, May 22
Historical figure presentation and souvenir: May 21-23

Monday, May 7, 2018

Quarter 4

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, May 10 - 6:30-8:00p.m. - Parent Positive Series - Painting With Parents (Adults only)
  • Reminder: The last week of school is May 21-25. Monday the 21st is a full day but Tuesday-Friday will be early release (12:30).


Academics for the Week:

In Literature, we’re finishing Carry On, Mr. Bowditch on Tuesday. This is definitely one of the class’s favorite books this year and I’ll be sorry to see it end! The students will write a 5-paragraph essay on Thursday describing three virtues Nat shows throughout Carry On, Mr. Bowditch.

This week in math, we will be starting a short unit on volume. There will be a quiz next week.

We will finish the unit on plants with the test on Monday. Our next subject will be animal classification. 

In history this week students will begin writing their introduction paragraph in class on Monday. We will be editing paragraph 2 on Thursday and Paragraph 3 on Friday in class. We will also continue our study of the Revolutionary War and British shifting the fighting to the Southern Colonies and culminating with the surrender at Yorktown. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Quarter 4 Week

Dear 4C Parents,

Wow! Just 4 weeks left in the year. The time is flying by. 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, April 30th - Birthday Book Club
  • Thursday, May 3rd - Archway Art Show
  • Friday, May 4th - No School, Grading Day

This week in Academics:

In Literature, we’ll continue following Nathaniel Bowditch’s adventures. On Wednesday, there will be a short vocabulary quiz.

This week in math, we’ll wrap up our unit on area and perimeter with a short quiz on Wednesday. On Thursday, the students will take a network-wide Singapore test, to help the teachers assess how far they have progressed in their mathematical knowledge this year.

We will continue studying plants in science. I will hand out the study guide on Monday and the test will be the following Monday, May 7th.

In history this week, we will review our sources pages to ensure students are making good progress on their historical figure research. We will learn about the Continental Army's first major victory at Saratoga, and the difficult winter at Valley Forge. The essay outline will be due on Thursday this week.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Quarter 4 Week 6

Dear 4C Parents,

I have been encouraged by how seriously the students have been taking AIMS and AZ Merit testing. They have been taking their time on the tests and checking their work. I'm glad they are practicing the skills now that will help them later. 

Important Dates:

Wednesday, April 25th - AZ Merit - Day Two of Reading and Math
Thursday, May 3rd - Archway Art Show
Friday, May 4th - no school - grading day

Academics this Week:

In Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, we’ll follow Nat as he continues to travel around the world and begins to discover his life work: writing a guide for sailing that any common sailor could read.

This week in Math, we will explore area and perimeter. We’ll start with a review of area and perimeter of rectangles and squares. We will then discuss finding the area and perimeter of composite figures.

We will begin our unit on plants in science this week. We will look at the difference between vascular and non vascular plants and learn about photosynthesis. 

In history this week we will review for our test on Thursday. Study guides will be filled out in class on Monday and can be used to study each night. We will review in class on Tuesday. On Thursday, Students will also receive their rubric, outline and more information about their 5-paragraph essay on a historical figure from the American Revolution. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Quarter 4 Week 4

Dear 4C Parents,

The children did a great job at the Spring Concert! It was a joy to hear them after all the practice they put in.

Important Dates:

Saturday, April 14 - Feed My Starving Children Service Event 

Academics This Week:

As we read through Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, we have had some thoughtful discussions on how Nathaniel Bowditch handled the suffering and hardships of his life (of which there are many). He is truly a marvel and tremendous example of hard work, resilience, and perseverance.

In math this week, we will be defining and identifying quadrilaterals and different kinds of triangles. We will also identify and make lines of symmetry. 

We have been having so much fun learning about and exploring magnetism. This week, we will begin to see the relationship magnetism has with electricity. The students will need a 9-volt battery for Tuesday.

This week in history we will continue our study of the years leading up to the American Revolution. We will focus on the taxes imposed on the colonists, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Quarter 4 Week 3

Dear 4C Parents,

It's already April! I hope you had a good holiday break. This week will be full with the AZ Merit writing portion and the Spring Choral Concert.

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 3rd - AZ Merit Writing
  • Thursday, April 5th - Spring Concert
  • Saturday, April 14 - Feed My Starving Children Service Event   

Concert Information:

Thursday, April 5th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts located at 4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.
The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:00 p.m.
The 3-5 concert will be 7-8 p.m. with students arriving at 6:30 p.m.
The attire for concerts is as follows:
Boys: Black pants, white dress shirt, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: Black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, white top, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.
Working with your children is a delight and privilege. We look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or
Thank You,
Rachel Boswell and Sharon Rockmaker
K-2 Music Teacher and 3-5 Music Teacher
Archway Classical Academy │Lincoln


Academics This Week:

We will continue reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Chapters 1-6 on Wednesday.

In math we will learn how to recognize and draw perpendicular and parallel lines.

This week in science, we will learn about the properties of magnets and do some demonstrations to show the magnetic field. At the end of the week, we will begin to see how magnetism and electricity are related.

This week in history we will learn about the years before the American Revolution and the events that would eventually spark the war. We will look at the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, and the British taxes imposed on the colonies.