Class Update

Dear Families,

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With most of the ERB testing behind us, we have just two more sessions to go. If your child was absent and missed any sessions, make-up sessions will occur on Friday. In addition to ERB testing, the class has revisited Earth’s anatomy and started to determine absolute location using latitude and longitude. As the students continue to develop this skill, I suggest you pull out a world map and point out places you have visited. While doing so, have your child take note of how far north or south of the equator the location is, as well as how far east or west of the prime meridian the point is. Please keep in mind that this is a newly developing skill. The students are very secure with identifying the equator, but for most, the prime meridian is a new concept.

Next Friday, October 6th, we will be going to the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility. We will leave school after our First Friday assembly and be back for lunch. We are still in need of some drivers to join us, so if you are able, please send me an email.

And now, a message from our PE teacher Kirsten:

Please join us for a special week of fitness and fun in physical education. Participate with your child’s P.E. class and experience how they are learning to lead physically active and healthy lives. Class times are listed below. Please RSVP by Friday, September 29th by emailing Kirsten Mehl directly at or by filling out and returning the BYPTP form sent home with your child.  

Kurt & Kaia’s 4th Group A (Quinn, Amelia, Viggo, Jack, Lucca, Bodhi, Joaquin, Christopher, Sam, and Sanneke): Friday, October 6th 1:25-2:10pm


Kurt & Kaia’s 4th Group H (Sophia, Olivia, Hans, Mateo, Jesse, Will, Jacob, Niko, Ruben, Jules): Friday, October 6th 2:15-3:00pm

We are truly enjoying this group of fourth grade students. They clearly like puzzles of all kinds. On Tuesday afternoons, we work in “red books” and “blue books,” which have both quantitative puzzles and language-based puzzles (from crosswords to analogies). The class is very engaged during this time and they are practicing a great deal of flexible thinking as they try different methods to solve a variety of problems.

In writing, students are practicing paragraph construction: topic sentence, detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. They also continue to work on free-choice stories and write in journals.

It has come to our attention that some fourth grade students have been bringing candy to school and trading it at snack and lunch times. In addition to a low sugar food policy, Gateway also has a “No Candy” rule. No candy should ever be brought to school, not even after Halloween. We discussed this at our class meeting this week. If adults on yard duty see that a child has candy, it will be taken away and an e-mail will be sent home to parents. Please help us out by making sure that your child does not bring candy to school. Thank you very much!



Kaia and Kurt