4th Grade


Fourth Grade Newsletter

Quarter 3



 We have started a new year and a new quarter! We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with you. All of us working toward our one goal of helping your child reached their full potential. We are excited to continue working to achieve the positive gains we have seen in all areas.

Here is a brief overview of the many things we will be covering this quarter. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Language Arts

  • Students will continue to work with both fiction and nonfiction text this quarter to apply the following:
  • continue to develop and strengthen self-monitoring comprehension skills.
  • demonstrate understanding by asking and answering questions about specific details within a text.
  • identify and explain types of relationships including chronology, sequence and cause/effect.
  • describe characters, setting, problem and solution to retell stories using key details.


Students will use the writing process (draft, revise, edit) to publish an informative essay. Students will learn how to research and take effective notes. They will turn this into a research essay which includes: an introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.


During this quarter students will:

  • multiply 4 digit by 1 digit whole numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers using equations, arrays and area models.
  • divide 6 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors using equations, rectangular arrays and area models.
  • decompose fractions in a variety of ways.
  • make a strong connection between decimals and fractions.
  • compare two decimals through the hundreds.
  • solve word problems involving the multiplication and fractions and whole numbers.
  • recognize, measure, compose and decompose angles.

Social Studies/Science

In social studies, we will continue to explore the key historical events which led to early settlement in Maryland and how these events helped Maryland develop into a colonial power which influenced the founding of our state and country.

Students will continue their background in science through exploration of life, earth, and physical sciences.

Important Events

2/9/18 - Weinberg field trip 11:30-2:00

          - Love of Learning Party 2:15-3:15

          - Report cards issued

2/16/18 - 2 hour dismissal

2/19/18 - School closed

3/2/18   - 2 hour dismissal mid-term

3/30/18 - 4/2/18 Spring Break

4/9/18   - Term 3 ends

As a school, we have been emphasizing the importance of consistent attendance and arriving before 9:00 am to start the day. We understand that it is difficult when the schedule seems to always be changing and impacts a family’s schedule. Please reach out and let us know how we can help support you to make sure your child comes to school on time and is ready to reach their goals. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful community liaison Andrea Arnold. She may be able to help if transportation is an issue. Ms. Arnold may be reached at 240-236-1367 or andrea.arnold@fcps.org


Please consider donating tissues, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer. We are trying to keep the Monocacy community healthy during this devastating flu season. Your help with these donations would greatly help.


We cannot stress enough the importance of students being able to quickly access and retrieve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts. Students need to be fluent in all four operations in order to be successful in the concepts covered in fourth grade. Please continue to have students practice their math facts through Reflex, flashcards, or simply writing them down. Please contact your child’s math teacher for additional ideas for ways to practice math facts.

You are able to contact us with any questions you may have.


Teresa Colella Teresa.Colella@fcps.org ext 61323

Teresa Fowler Teresa.Meggitt@fcps.org ext 61330

Amanda Katsifis Amanda.Katsifis@fcps.org ext. 61320

Amanda. Sinclair Amanda.Sinclair@fcps.org ext.61322

Elisa Poland-McMahon Elisa.McMahon@fcps.org ext.61335