Ms. Wejman

June 21st, 2019

Incoming Fourth Grade Letter

Dear Fourth Grade Parent,                                                                                                                                                                    June 20, 2019 We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing.  To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.

First of all, your child should be reading everyday.  Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy.  As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres. Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension.  Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them. Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.

Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts.  Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year.  Websites such as Math is Fun, Prodigy, and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.

Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city.  The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums. While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program. Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.  


Departmentalization will begin in fourth grade. The students will be taught math and reading by their homeroom teacher.  Each homeroom teacher will be teaching science, social studies, or writing to all of the fourth graders. During the last ninety minutes of the day, the students will switch twice.  The students enjoy the switching and getting to know all of the fourth grade teachers in the content area of their expertise.

Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them.  We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!  


Dr. James

Ms. Lemberis

Ms. Wejman

June 21st, 2019

Incoming Fourth Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supplies

60 pencils – # 2 Sharpened

6 Color Coded Specific Notebooks (red, blue, yellow, green, black, purple)

1 box of colored pencils

10 glue sticks

1 box of markers

1 box of dry erase markers

1 pencil case

1 pair of old clean socks

3 pairs of scissors

2 pocket folders

1 package of Clorox wipes

1 box of reclosable plastic sandwich bags

1 box of large gallon bags

2 packages of notebook paper

2 packages of copy paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

Paper Towels

Wet wipes

1 ruler with centimeters and inches

2 packages of post-its

2 black sharpies

1 package of index cards

June 18th, 2019

Summer reading for outgoing fourth graders

During the 2018-2019 school year, Ray School received a grant from Scholastic for students to receive free books.  Three times throughout the school year, the students picked out three books for their reading enjoyment. As part of the grant, each grade received a class set of the same book to read over the summer.  The fourth graders of Ray School will be reading The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. The book is intended to be enjoyed over the summer. Happy Reading!

June 7th, 2019

Peek at the Week ~ Week of June 10th

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of June 10th-14th


Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

After reading Greek Myths for the last few weeks, the fourth graders will now pick the Greek Myth of their choice to act out in a skit.  The students will work with the group of their choice to act out the story of the chosen myth. They will receive a rubric stating the requirements of how the skit will be graded.  


Math: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  

We will end Unit 8 with two tests.  The first one will focus specifically on concepts taught in Unit 8 such as solving multi-step word problems, identifying angle measure, identifying symmetry, plotting data on a line plot, adding decimals, multiplying fractions, and liquid measurement. The second one will be the cumulative test and will include everything taught this year.  Concepts include multi-step math word problems, identifying patterns, angle measure, fractions, multiplication, symmetry, units of measure, and plotting data on a line plot. Please let me know if you would like me to practice any skills with your fourth grader.


Writing: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  

The fourth grade writers will continue to draft their autobiographies focusing on using concrete words in their writing.  


Homework Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.11 Homelink 8.12 Homelink 8.13 Math Homework Due