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Classroom Donations


#2 pencils (Dixon or Ticonderoga)

hand-held pencil sharpeners

paper towels

glue sticks

Scotch tape



black Sharpies

notebook paper (lined, 3-hole punched, white)

tempera paint(washable, any color)

google eyes (any size)

pipe cleaners (green/red/brown/ other colors)

paper plates (store brand, 9")

wipes (Clorox, Lysol)

Zip bags (sandwich, gallon sizes)

age-appropriate books and magazines (new or gently used)

fabric scraps

copy paper (white & colored)

cardstock (white & colored)



Ways to Volunteer

-Fill Thursday envelopes

-Arts Attack leader/assistant


-Pencil sharpening

-Read with students

-Field trip chaperones

4th Grade News

"If you want to be successful in 4th grade, it's important to be organized, learn how to use your planner, and don't try to make up excuses for missing work."

--words of wisdom from a former 4th grader

Welcome Scholars

Welcome to 4th grade!

I hope you had a fun and relaxing summer break and are energized for the 2017-18 school year. The 4th grade teachers have an exciting school year planned to help our scholars reach their highest academic goals through creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration.

Students will read eight of the best novels, explore California's unique history, study the earth's geology and aquatic systems, discover the relationship between magnetism and electricity, plant and harvest in our school garden, and learn about the role of mathematics in the world around us.

We have field trips and/or events planned for every month. Some of the field trips are off-campus, and sometimes the field trip comes to us! A brief sampling includes: a tour and class at Mission San Juan Capistrano, A Taste of California, Harvest Day, Pioneer Day, The Ocean Institute, Mission Project Showcase, Friendship Book Exchange, business days, and our musical play "Gold Dust or Bust".

Students will have new opportunities to expand their skills and talents in our free strings class (learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass), run for student council, compete in the OUSD Mission-era projects contest, compete in the OUSD spelling bee, volunteer in service to our school, and much more.

I'm looking forward to a wonderful year together and I invite you to contact me with any questions or comments.



Janette Boone

(760) 435-2100


Keep Sharp!


Spend time everyday memorizing your 0-12 multiplication and division facts.  Review borrowing, carrying, regrouping of multi-digit addition and subtraction problems.


Language Arts

Read everyday!   Vary the genre and format:  e-books, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, mysteries, how-to books, magazines, humor, comics, newspapers, and more.  Keep a list of book titles so that you can take the Reading Counts quizzes when you return to school. 

Find over 40,000 Reading Counts titles at your fingertips by visiting Scholastic Reading Counts. Search by title, genre, subject, grade, and Lexile at .

This year 4th graders will be reading such great titles as Island of the Blue Dolphins, Patty Reed's Doll, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Tales of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, Tiger Rising, Walk Two Moons, and more!

Write everyday!  Keep a journal, write letters, send postcards, create a recipe, write poetry and lyrics, create your own comic strip or book, write a multi-chapter story, be creative


School Supplies

expandable file folder OR 1-1/2 inch 3 ring binder (no zipper binders, please)

4-two pocket folders

#2 pencils

pencil pouch

pencil sharpener







colored pencils




San Diego & Points Nearby

Visit a California Mission

Star of India

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

Rancho Carrillo

Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego Presidio

Old Town San Diego

Serra Musuem

Balboa Park

San Diego History Museum

Bowers Museum


Sacramento & Points Beyond

State Capitol

State Indian Museum

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Sutter's Fort

Sutter's Mill

Mono Lake

Donnor Pass Museum