Welcome to 4th Grade!

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I am so excited to meet and work with students and families both in person and from a distance. This school year is going to look very different than in the past. I know that everyone’s lives have been turned upside down these past six months and that we are all navigating some very unique circumstances. I am here to support you in any way that I can and I know that by working together, we will find balance and success. We are in this together and our main goals are the mental and physical health of your children.

The first week of school is virtual for all students. We will meet as a class via Zoom at 9:30am on Tuesday, September 8th.

One way to prepare for the start of school is to set up a designated learning space for your student so that he/she can be ready to focus and take responsibility for being an engaged learner. Please make sure your children have paper/notebook, and a pencil. The first week will primarily focus on getting to know each other as well as lessons about online learning and expectations. We will be utilizing our Google Classroom and getting to know each other while beginning to establish routines through interaction and community building activities. We are going to make it a great year!

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

Mrs. Sainz

Hello Families,
We hope that you’re all smiling and doing well! We are missing being in school and we hope that we can all be back together real soon.

In the meantime, it is important that each of you continue to grow as fourth graders.
Here are some useful websites that you can use that will keep the learning ongoing.
Just as we’ve been doing throughout the school year, you can use Dreambox to continue to strengthen your math skills. Just click on the icon to the right, and login.
In addition, we have set up each of you with a Raz-Kids account. This site is personalized to you and will give you access to fiction and nonfiction books at your independent reading level. First you will listen to the book, then read it on your own and finally answer comprehension questions based on the text. The Raz-Kids level will appear higher, however it correlates to your classroom reading level. Type in “jsainz” and our classroom will appear. We have assigned each of you a username and password. Please have a parent email [email protected] for that information.

Below, you will find educational games and activities to keep your minds sharp! We will be adding to this list weekly and don’t forget that you can always check out our class math page for more online games!

A handful of activities and videos to strengthen problem solving skills

The Curiosity Workshop
Fun facts about a variety of topics

Interactive Sites for Education
Various sites with games and activities surrounding all subjects

Story Online
Favorite kids books read by famous people

Kids Guiness World Records

San Diego Zoo
A website just for kids with amazing videos, activities and games

Keep working hard, as you have been doing in school and we can’t wait to see you soon!

Take Care,
Mrs. Sainz & Mr. C

March’s Theme of the Month:

Communities Have Leadership

Overview: Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization
RULER Emotion Words: Motivated, inspired, elated

What makes an awesome leader?

Book of the Month


Song Of The Month

January ~ Cooperation


January Theme of the Month:

Communities Work Together

Overview: Cooperation the process of working together
RULER Emotion Words: Fulfilled, satisfied, grateful

How to be a Cooperative Person

  • Listen carefully to others and be sure you understand what they are saying

  • Share when you have something that others would like to have
  • Take turns when there is something that nobody wants to do, or when more than one person wants to do the same thing
  • Compromise when you have a serious conflict
  • Do your part the very best that you possibly can. This will inspire others to do the same
  • Show appreciation to people for what they contribute
  • Encourage others to do their best
  • Make people feel important and needed. Working together is a lot more fun that way
  • Don’t isolate or exclude anyone. Everybody has something valuable to offer, and nobody likes being left out

Book of the Month

Song Of The Month


Start with Hello!

This week we will celebrate “Start with Hello” week, which is a week to remind us how important and powerful it is to get to know one another, make new friends, say hi to new people, and make people feel good if they are feeling sad or alone. Every day you can do a special activity to remember to try and include others. Whether on the school bus, in the playground or in class, it is important to make sure others feel included and welcome.

Sometimes to do this, you need courage. Courage can mean a lot of things and people can act courageously in a lot of different situations. Listen to Bernard Waber’s book, Courage. Think about what courage means to you and how you too can act courageously in every day kind of ways.

Courage is also staring with Hello! Let’s try to be courageous by getting to know new people and by helping others who might need a friend.