Unit 1 Benchmark Assessment Results

Thursday, October 5, 2017
October 6, 2017

Dear families,

       This week you are receiving the results of your child’s first ELA Test from our new Benchmark Advance Curriculum. The test was completed online, and thus what you are receiving is a print out of their scores. The detailed print out provides their raw score, percentage correct, and a break down of their scoring on the 4th grade ELA standards. As you review these scores please keep in mind the following:
1.      All children were predicted to score at a level that may be below the “passing” score. We, as teachers, have been receiving training on this new curriculum, and the Benchmark company has advised us that because of the rigor, it will take the students awhile to become familiar with the testing format and content. We expect them to progressively improve as time goes on.
2.   Previous ELA curriculum testing material gave content that they had been reading and working on throughout the unit. With Benchmark, the content on the test is new text they have not yet read, while using the skills they have learned in the unit. This also ups the difficulty and rigor.
3.   All skills taught in the Benchmark Advance curriculum “spiral” throughout the year. We don’t expect mastery at the end of the unit, but at the end of the school year. Do not be overly concerned, for example, if they are still struggling with main idea and details because we will continue to revisit said skill throughout the year.
4.   In years previous, the students took reading tests via pencil and paper. Due to the digital age and the format of the state SBAC test in the Spring, the Benchmark tests are online. Testing online may take students some getting used to, but will better prepare them for SBAC testing.
5.   Use the print out to understand areas your child is excelling in and those they may need additional support in. Please expect these print outs after each Benchmark Advance Unit Test.
If you have any additional questions about either your child’s score, or the curriculum itself, please e-mail me at vkearns@busd.net.
Please check the class website www.learningwithmskearns.blogspot.com for important dates, information, and upcoming test schedule.
If you have not yet signed up for a Fall Conference, please send me an e-mail so we can get you scheduled. I have sent home reminders for those who have already signed up.

Enjoy the weekend!

Ms. Kearns

September 22 Newsletter

Friday, September 22, 2017
Happy First Day of Autumn! Time is sure flying, we have just completed our 26th Day of School, and it feels like we just started. This week has been very busy for us, between preparing for our first science test scheduled for next week, starting our Maker Space (S.T.E.M.), and visiting the school library for the first time this year. Here is what we are currently working on and what is coming up.

Science: Studying for our first test, Chapter 5: Rocks and Minerals, the test will be on Monday, 9/25.
Social Studies: Finishing up our first unit and preparing for the test. The Unit 1: The Land of California test will be on Friday, 9/29.
Math: We just took our second test for Topic 2: Generate and Analyze Patterns. These will be in your child’s Friday Folder next week, as they take a bit longer to grade.
Reading: We just finished Unit 1 Week 2 of our new Benchmark Advance curriculum. This first unit has been full of both fiction and non-fiction stories relating to the different levels of government in the United States. Next week the reading will go home with additional activities you can do with your child. They seem to really be getting a hang of this new curriculum, which is both more rigorous and content rich!
Writing: We are continuing to work on writing realistic fiction stories.

Math: Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers

Thank you to everyone who was able to sign up for a Fall Conference. If you were not able to, please send me an e-mail letting me know and I will provide access to the Google Document for sign-up.

Please remember that there is no school on Wednesday, September 27. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will all be regularly scheduled days (with Thursday being a minimum day.)
If you would like to make a Scholastic Book Order purchase for your child, please visit www.scholastic.com and enter our class code: H4KMH

Have a wonderful weekend!

Reminder- No School 9/27

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Please remember that there is no school on Wednesday, September 27. There will be school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of that week.

Thank you,
Ms. Kearns
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Fall Conferences:

Although it may seem like a long way out, Fall Conferences will be fast approaching. I have conferences scheduled for the following students:

Kevin T.

I will be sending an e-mail soon with a link to sign up for conference dates. I have spoken to some of you about additional times, and will be contacting you soon. Conference meeting reminders will be sent home in October, and then again right before your scheduled conference.


Thank you to those of you who submitted the Instagram Request Form. If I received the form and a request for you to follow our class Instagram, you have been accepted. I cannot accept your request until the form has been submitted. More class happenings to be posted soon!


Book Fair:

Thank you to those of you who donated books from the Book Fair to our classroom library! The kids were so excited and have already begun reading them!

Thank you,
Ms. Kearns

2017-2018 Supply List

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
4th Grade Supply List- Ms. Kearns

#2 Ticonderoga Pencils
2 12-packs
Adult Scissors
1 pair
Jumbo Glue Stick
Headphones/Ear Buds
1 pair
Plastic 3-prong folders
Ruler (inches/centimeter)
24-count box of Crayola crayons
12-count box of Crayola colored pencils
10-count box of regular Crayola markers
10-count box of fine line Crayola markers
Hi polymer eraser
3 boxes
Expo (Dry Erase) markers
1 pack
Index cards (lined)
2 packs
Water Color paints w/brush
1 pack
Geometric Tools- compass, protractor
1 each
Single subject spiral notebooks
Plastic Pencil Box (top-closing)
White copy paper
5 reams
Astrobrights colored copy paper
1 pack
Red correction pens
1 pack
Binder Paper (Filler Paper)- wide ruled
2 packs
Book Report Covers
Ultra Thin and Regular Sharpies
2 of each
Clorox Wipes