Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week of January 14-18

Families of 4C,

Fourth Grade MAP Testing will take place in the morning on Thursday, January 17.

Our class will be visiting the library on Friday, January 18 from 9:00-9:15 AM.

Clubs will begin in week 2 (Jan. 14-18). You can visit this google doc for more information regarding clubs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18DwPk4-JICmHZG_1ECNFz_ObqUlNc4rkamFSJ_a30t0/edit?usp=sharing

Grade reports will be sent after week two to allow more time for assignments to balance the grade book.

This Week:

Writing: Students will continue their second major writing assignment. This writing project will still be largely teacher-led, but students will have more freedom to form their own thoughts and sentences. This will be an opinion paper on the topic following topic: Is it right to call the Middle Ages the Dark Ages? Students will type their final drafts in-class at the end of the week.

History: History tests and quizzes will be open-note for the remainder of the school year. This week, students will continue their study of the American Revolution by learning about the Seven Years’ War, the French-Indian War, and the allies of France and Great Britain during this time. Students will be taking their unit test over chapters 1-5 on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, students will discuss the beginning quarrels between the Colonies and Great Britain as the Revolution began.

Literature: In literature, students will continue reading Prince Caspian, reading chapters five through seven. Students can expect to have regular journal entries in their literature notebooks, summarizing each chapter as we read. The journal entries are included in the participation grade for literature.

Math: Fourth grade will continue our study of geometry this week. Students will learn about parallel and perpendicular lines and will take a test on these concepts on Friday. On Tuesday, students will take a test over last week’s concepts on measuring angles and they will take their weekly review quiz.

Poetry: Students will continue their memorization of “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is a famous poem about the start of the American Revolution. They will be expected to recite this poem on Friday, January 25.

Greek and Latin Roots: Students will learn Greek and Latin roots 55-57. The review check for this Wednesday, January 16, will be over numbers 1-54 to ensure that students are retaining the ones they learned before the winter break.

Science: In science, students will continue their study of geology. This week, students will learn about the three types of plate boundaries, earthquakes, faults, and tsunamis. They will take their geology quiz on Wednesday and should be studying their notes regularly to stay prepared. They are permitted to use part (not all) of their reading time for literature to read notes when new concepts are taught.

Spalding: This week, students will be studying their next 20 words, college ----- listen. There will not be any Spalding on Thursday due to MAP testing. We will typically study 30 words every week; however, this is subject to change by a word or two from week to week depending on word groupings. A family member should dictate the words to the student each night for homework. Students will review words on Wednesday and take the final test on Friday.


Our students had a very strong first week back! I wish you all a fun and restful weekend!

--Mrs. Conforti

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week of January 7-11

Families of 4C,

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all well rested after the holiday break, and are as eager for a fresh start to a new year as I am.

There will not be any math tutoring this week. Tutoring will begin on Monday, January 14 on an invite-only basis. Invitations will be sent via email later this week with more details.

Grade reports will be sent after week two to allow more time for assignments to balance in the grade book.

This Week:

Writing: Students will start their second major writing assignment. This writing project will still be largely teacher-led, but students will have more freedom to form their own thoughts and sentences. This will be an opinion paper on the topic following topic: Is it right to call the Middle Ages the Dark Ages? This writing assignment will take place in week 1 and week 2.

History: This week students will start their next unit of study: the American Revolution. However, before we get there, students will review the thirteen colonies, which they studied next year, and about the rising tension between the English, who owned the thirteen colonies, and the French, the greatest enemy of the British from their conflict during the 100 Years’ War. There is a test Friday on the thirteen colonies that is open notes so it shouldn’t be very difficult as long as students take good notes.

Literature: In literature, students will start their reading of Prince Caspian. On Monday, students will review The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Please have them bring Prince Caspian on Tuesday, January 8. Students will read chapters 1-3 this week.

Math: Fourth grade will start a study of geometry this week. There is a test later this week over chapter 1. The first test is on right angles. Everything on this test is a review from last year.

Poetry: Students will start memorizing “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is a famous poem about the start of the American Revolution. They will be expected to recite this poem during week three.

Greek and Latin Roots: Students will learn the next four Greek and Latin roots this week, but there is no review check this week. However, the review check for next week will be over numbers 1-54 to ensure that students are retaining the ones they learned before the winter break.

Science: In science, students will start their study of geology. This week, they will learn about the four layers of the earth, Alfred Wegener’s Continental Drift Theory, and current theory of Plate Tectonics. There is a meteorology review quiz on Thursday.

Spalding: Students will begin the week with the monthly fifty-word spelling test to check their grade level. They will then learn twenty words and be tested on Friday.


I look forward to a strong start to the second half of the school year!

--Mrs. Conforti

Monday, December 17, 2018

No Tutoring This Week

Good Morning Families,

With this being the last week of school, and given that students are taking their Cumulative Review test today, there will be no math tutoring after school this week. Please make plans to pick up your child at their regular dismissal time.

Thank you!

--Mrs. Conforti

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Week of December 17-19

Families of 4C,

This Week’s Testing Schedule:

  • Monday
    • Cumulative Math Review Test Ch. 1-3
    • Cumulative Grammar Review
    • Electricity Review Quiz
  • Tuesday
    • Life Sciences Quiz


As a reminder, all missing and absent work can be turned in for partial credit until Monday, December 17.

Students will be taking home all unneeded school supplies and cleaning their desks on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, we will be having our end-quarter celebration! The celebration will begin after morning recess until packup. Students will be creating mugs to gift to someone if they wish, and we will be indulging on hot cocoa and healthy snacks! If you are signed up to bring something in, you may send it with your student before Wednesday for safekeeping. See the Sign-Up Genius for more info: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49aca628a5fb6-endofsemester

This Week:

Math: The Unit Review Test will take place on Monday, December 17. This test will cover everything we have learned this year: fractions, multiples, factors, estimation and approximation, rounding, and place value.

Grammar/Writing: Students will take the Cumulative Grammar Review Test on Monday, December 17.

Spalding: No Spalding this week.

Science: Student will take the Electricity review quiz on Monday, December 17, and will take the Life Sciences Review quiz on Tuesday, December 18. Students will use remaining time this week to finish their environmental impacts posters and present in their groups.

History: No history this week.

Greek and Latin Roots: No roots this week.

Poetry: No poetry this week.


I hope you all have a joyous holiday break!

--Mrs. Conforti

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Week of December 10-14

Families of 4C,

Our Archway Arete library has officially launched, and we are looking for volunteers to help students check out books. Sign up here to serve! Our class, 4C, will visit the library on the following dates from 9:00-9:15.

  • January 18
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 12
  • May 10

Students can turn in all box tops in a ziploc baggie with their name on it for a chance to win a gift card to Barnes & Noble! Box Tops will be collected this Thursday, December 11.

To allow more time for grading, grade reports will be sent this Friday.

As a reminder, all missing and absent work can be turned in for partial credit until Monday, December 17.

This Week:

Math: This week, students will begin practicing for their Units 1-3 Cumulative Review. The Unit Review Test will take place next week on Monday, December 17. This test will cover fractions, multiples, factors, estimation and approximation, rounding, and place value.

Grammar/Writing: Students will continue learning about complex sentences, correlative conjunctions, and quotations. Toward the end of the week, we will be doing an in-class review for the grammar test that will take place next week.

Spalding: Spalding will continue this week with our next 30 words, and will take their weekly test on Friday. On Thursday, our Spalding Coach, Mrs. Clouse, will be coming in to observe. This will be our final week of Spalding for the semester.

Science: We will begin our unit on the Scientific Method this week. We will also be reviewing chemistry and life sciences for the review tests that will take place next week, on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 17 and 18).

History: On Monday, students will be reviewing in class for their Arizona History Unit Test that will take place the next day, on Tuesday the 11.

Greek and Latin Roots: This Wednesday, students will take their end-quarter roots test. This test is cumulative, and will as multiple choice questions on roots 1-50. Students can use their roots cards to help them prepare. This will be the final week of roots for the semester.

Poetry: Poetry recitations on “The Flag Goes By” by Henry Holcomb Bennett will be this Friday, December 14.


It is hard to believe we have reached the final full week in the semester! I’m eager for a strong end to 2018 for all of our students.

--Mrs. Conforti

Monday, December 3, 2018

Science-- Extra Credit Opportunity

There is an extra credit opportunity available in Science for the remainder of the semester, and many scholars have already taken it upon themselves to get started! If your scholar has not yet expressed interest in doing the extra credit for a boost in Science, I hope that you encourage them to do so.

If students track the weather for 10 consecutive days in any city of their choice, they will have the opportunity to earn a few extra credit points. The city can be any real city in the world that they would be able to gather accurate data for, but it must be the same city for all 10 recorded days. For additional extra credit, students may plot their data on a graph provided in class. Instructions for this extra credit assignment are outlined in the Science notebook.

Please note that all assignments are due on December 17. The last day to be able to start this project for successful completion would be this Friday, December 7, as students need to track the weather for ten days in a row.

If you have additional questions, please bring them to your student first, as the information given on a daily basis in class will be the most accurate and up-to-date. As always, I am available for any further questions as needed.

--Mrs. Conforti

Friday, November 30, 2018

Week of December 3-7

Families of 4C,

With the semester and the season’s temperatures winding down, our winter dress code is now in full effect. Please see the handbook excerpt below for details:

Students may not wear shorts to school during the winter months. Girls must wear knee-high socks or tights with skirts. Please refer to the Family Handbook for the dress code. 

As a reminder, ALL STUDENTS must wear belts with pants and shorts (when shorts season returns). Girls do not have to wear belts with skirts that do not have belt loops. Keep in mind that as our students are growing tall and strong, some of our young ladies may need to update their skirts if it is one they have been wearing since being in the lower grades. As a general rule of thumb, skirts should extend past fingertips when standing casually (arms down at sides).

Congratulations to all of our students for a job well done in our class Spelling Bee! The Annual Archway Arete Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the MPR.

Lastly, keep collecting those box tops! Students can turn in all box tops in a ziploc baggie with their name on it for a chance to win a gift card to Barnes & Noble! Box Tops will be collected on December 11.

This Week:

Math: This week, students will continue practicing fractions of a set to prepare for their unit test on fractions of a set that they will take on either Thursday or Friday. If you feel your student needs more help with this particular concept and would like for them to attend tutoring if they are not yet already, please send me an email so we may further discuss tutoring as an option for them. As a reminder, there will not be any Khan Academy until third quarter.

Grammar/Writing: Last week, students did a lot of hard work to finish up their first writing workshop on water conservation! This week in grammar, students will be learning about sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and they will be introduced to complex sentences and the parts that make up complex sentences.

Spalding: Spalding will continue this week with our next 30 words, mention ---- believe, and will take their weekly test on Friday. On Thursday, our Spalding Coach, Mrs. Clouse, will be coming in to observe.

Science: This week, we will be finishing our meteorology unit. In the beginning of the week, students will continue learning about weather forecasts and we will discuss the difference between weather and climate. Students will have their study guides completed by Wednesday for correction as a class. On Thursday, we will use class time to review for the Meteorology test on Friday.

History: This week, we will continue working through our unit on Arizona history. This week students will be learning about Americans in Arizona, the Mexican War, and how Arizona became a territory of the U.S., and later, the 48th state of the Union.

Literature: Students will study setting and characterization as we continue our reading through Robin Hood.

Greek and Latin Roots: This Wednesday, students will take their weekly quiz and will learn the next three roots in the set. Students should review roots cards to prepare for their quiz they will take every Wednesday.

Poetry: Poetry recitations on “The Flag Goes By” by Henry Holcomb Bennett will be on Friday, December 14.


I hope you are all as eager for December’s arrival as I am! Have a wonderful weekend.

--Mrs. Conforti