Mrs. Shifflett's

4th Grade News

What We Are Learning


This week, we will explore more in depth with bar graphs and begin working with line graphs. Their test will be on Tuesday, October 30. They are encouraged to work on these skills at home with IXL and focus on skills J.1 - J.5.

Reflex Math is a great tool for students to use to practice their multiplication skills. This will give them a head start on upcoming lessons on this topic. They are welcome to practice this at any time!


Reading improves with reading, so please have your child read at least 20 minutes per night! Please encourage this to become a part of their daily routine. If your child decides to bring home the book from their reading group, feel free to ask them questions about the reading. We have comprehension tests every Friday.

*This week, Reading Tests


Students are to complete 1 word study activity each week. They should also complete a pretest before Friday to prepare for the test. I will provide opportunities during the week for additional practice.

As a reminder, students will receive a 75% for word study homework if they do not show an activity and pretest on Friday. They will receive a 50% if I receive nothing.

Social Studies

We will continue exploring Jamestown this week. The students will learn about why explorers decided to settle in Virginia and the impact Captain John Smith had on their settlement. They will also begin planning for a book they will be creating!


We will continue Science after Jamestown.

School Wide Information

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest is Thursday, October 25. This year we will not be holding the auction as part of this event so we are asking that parents contribute items to a theme basket which everyone will have an opportunity to place a silent auction bid. Please help us create auction baskets of fun.

Pre K and Kindergarten- books for all school ages

1st- Princess or Superhero toys

2nd-Craft sets (examples: coloring books, markers, jewelry making kits, melty beads, etc)

3rd- Legos for Boys and Girls

4th- Board games

5th- Outdoor family fun (examples: football, sidewalk chalk, jump rope, etc)

*From the 4th Grade Team:

The theme for the 4th Grade Harvest Fest basket is board games! So far we have Connect 4, Chow Crown, Apples to Apples and Don’t Lose Your Cool. We still need a few more items in order to fill the basket! If you are able to donate a board game, please send it in with your child as soon as possible. Suggested board games are Jenga, Googly Eyes, Zingo, Monopoly Jr., Battleship, etc.

In addition...

Please join the SCA as we celebrate books and reading with Storybook Character Day on Wednesday, October 31st. Students are asked to dress like their favorite book character. No masks or weapons are allowed.

RCPS is Together Against Bullying!!! Wear ORANGE on October 24, 2018 for Bullying Prevention and Awareness! Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support. Wear ORANGE to color our community! Visibly show that our schools and communities believe that no student should ever experience bullying! Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect!!!

Dates to Remember

October 24 - Wear Orange for Bullying Prevention and Awareness

October 25 - Harvest Fest

October 26 - No School, Teacher Workday

October 31 - Pumpkin Day & "Dress Like a Storybook Character" Day

November 5 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 5th from 12 - 7.

Click the link below to sign-up for a time slot that works best for you!

Classroom Reminders

  • Please send in Jamestown money and permission forms. They are due October 31st!
  • Don't forget to send in pumpkins with your child for Pumpkin Day (October 31st)! :-)
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