A Note From Your Fourth Grade Teachers
Fourth Grade Connections
 February 9th, 2017
Dear Fourth  Grade Families,

The past two weeks have been eventful ones, in the world and in our classrooms. We wrapped up major studies in Writing and Science, grappled with the impact the Spanish had on California and how we can learn multiplication better by teaching it to others.

As elementary school teachers, we live to see the learning sparks fly. Famed educator, Smokey Daniels once said: “The world is handing us curriculum.” Indeed there is so much opportunity right now to practice the skills we introduce in class, like speaking up for what you believe in, supporting your opinions with evidence, considering perspectives different than your own, and approaching others with kindness and an open mind.

We wish you a happy early Valentine’s Day and a rejuvenating February Break.

Sincerely, 

Your Fourth  Grade Team
Lucinda Druck and Tyler Elliott
What We Have Been Learning
Ask Your Child About

Talking with your child is the best way to support classroom learning. The following questions can help you get started.

  • What do vibrations have to do with sound?
  • Who was Juniperro Serra and should he be a saint?
  • Why do people write essays?
Homework
Upcoming Events
K-8 Assembly & Learning Buddies
Friday, February 10th, 8:20 a.m., Kohrs Family Center.

Essay-palooza!
Friday, February 10th, 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. 
Come celebrate with the Fourth and Fifth graders the publishing of their essays! Students will showcase their essays in a variety of ways, including soapbox presentations, a listening station with pre-recorded podcasts, and a gallery display of vision boards.

ERB Testing
Monday, February 13th - Friday, February 17th.

Sweetheart Dance 
Saturday, February 11th 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. , Kohrs Family Center. 
A special evening for all Sea Crest daughters and a parent, or other important role model! Tickets are $40 per pair with $20 for each additional person. A sign-up sheet and payment box is located near the front desk until Wednesday, February 8th. Please email  Tanya Gulesserian with any questions.

Fourth Grade's Secret Valentine
Tuesday, February 14th - Friday, February 17th

Presidents' Break -No School
Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th.
ERB Testing
Fourth and Fifth Grade teachers will be administering the CTP-4 tests published by ERB next week from  Tuesday, February 14th through  Friday, February 17th

To help balance testing across the four days and prevent student fatigue, teachers will administer two subtests each day. The fifth-grade testing window will be in the morning and the fourth-grade testing window will be in the afternoon.

Testing windows are carefully designed to provide a physical activity break and time to eat between sub-tests. Due to the class time needed to administer tests, no make-up test sessions will be offered. Any missed sub-tests will simply be omitted from the final test report.      
 
Sea Crest utilizes the CTP-4 tests as a diagnostic tool to analyze programmatic strengths and needs, guide instruction, measure long-term student growth, and provide your child with practice and experience in taking similar reasoning/achievement style tests (such as the ISEE and the SAT).

It is important to remember that this test represents only one way to measure student knowledge and ability. It should be viewed as only a small part of your child's broader academic profile.
How you can help your child prepare for testing:
  • Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep each night.
  • Ensure he or she eats a healthy, protein-rich breakfast, and pack a robust snack, and lunch to promote focus and stamina. 
  • Encourage your child to bring a bottle of water to testing.
  • Avoid emotional conflicts before school by keeping the morning routine calm.
  • Be encouraging, but avoid placing any unnecessary stress or pressure on your child. Teachers will be asking students to simply try and do their best, and we encourage families to do the same.
  • Offer plenty of opportunities for your child to run, play, and decompress each evening.
Here are two helpful links:  Testing FAQs &  ERB Website

All-School Musical
Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kohrs Family Center
Sea Crest School
Reserve Your Tickets Here
Tickets will be on sale in the Kohrs Family Center lobby for $25 each on  Friday, February 10th and Monday, February 13th, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  Click here for more information
Costume Requirements
The fourth grade students are cast as the whimsical  Whos from Whoville. Your child is asked to wear a  brightly colored stripe shirt and solid color pants or  brightly striped dress and solid color leggings with  a contrasting brightly colored pair of sneakers (Converse, Vans, etc.) on the evening of the performance.

Children may choose which color to wear but  please avoid neutral colors, such as black, brown, gray, white or tan. Other costume items will be provided by the school. 
From start to finish,  Seussical promises to be a fun journey for the whole family through the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss!
Additional Photos & Videos

Do you have photos you'd be willing to share with the school? 

Please click here to upload them to SmugMug, or email us at communications@seacrestschool.org.
How to Reach Us

If questions ever arise, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are available by email at: ldruck@seacrestschool.org and/or telliott@seacrestschool.orgEmail is our preferred method of communication. We will check our email after school daily. If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.

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