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About Me

Welcome to 4th Grade! My name is Rachel Paulsen and this is my first year at Athlos Leadership Academy. I have been a 4th grade teacher for the past four years. I graduated from UW-Superior with a degree in Elementary Education. Recently, I received my Reading Endorsement through Concordia University-St. Paul. In addition, I'm in the process of obtaining my Masters of Education in Literacy from Concordia University-St. Paul. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, boyfriend, and dog. I aIso love to read, go hiking, and listen to music.
 
I'm so excited for this school year and look forward to getting to know each and every one of my students!
 
Ms. Paulsen
 

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Week of 11/28

Hello Families,
 
I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing break!
 
Here is a look at our week:
 
Language Arts: We will be creating posters for our animal reports. Students will present animal reports on Thursday. There will be no spelling this week.
 
Math: We will be taking a quiz on Monday about what we've learned so far in Unit 3. Then we will learn about comparing and ordering fractions.
 
Social Studies: We will continue with Chapter 4 learning more about economics. We will also review and take the Chapter 4 Test.
 
Reminders: The last day of Trimester 1 is this Thursday, December 1. There is no school on Friday, December 2 of this week. Our field trip is next Thursday, December 8. 
 
Have a great week!
 
Ms. Paulsen

Winter Wonderland Tree Parade

We are starting to collect items for the Winter Wonderland Tree Parade! If you have any old or new holiday items you'd like to contribute to our classroom collection, please start sending them to school with your child. We will have a bin in the classroom where we will keep the items until the parade. Students will be able to use these items to decorate me on December 16. Families will be invited to the parade this year.
 
Let me know if you have any questions!
 
Ms. Paulsen
 
 

Week of 11/21

Hello Families,
 
Here is a look at our week:
 
Language Arts: We will be writing the final drafts of our animal reports. Students have been working so hard on this the past couple weeks! There will be no spelling due to the shortened week.
 
Math: We will continue with Unit 3 and learn about putting fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions.
 
Social Studies: We will continue with Chapter 4 learning more about the economy.
 
Reminders: There is no school on Wednesday-Friday of this week. Please make sure your child has a jacket, snow pants, a hat, mittens, and boots since we already have snowy weather!
 
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your break!
 
Ms. Paulsen
 
 

Week of 11/14

Hello Families, 
 
Here is a look at this week:
 
Language Arts: We will be continuing our animal research projects.
 
Here is our spelling list for the week: 
1. paragraph
2. release
3. reveal
4. sleeve
5. pickles
6. prisoner
7. patient
8. pianist 
9. piano
10. pickle
11. patience
12. resign
13. pianos
14. soldier
15. summary
 
Math: We will be reviewing and taking the Unit 2 Test. We will also start Unit 3 learning about fractions.
 
Social Studies: We will continue Chapter 4 learning about the economy. 
 
Field Trip: We will be going to the Bell Museum on Thursday, December 8. The cost of attending is $15.00 per person. Please fill out the form and pay on your parent portal by Friday, November 25. 
 
Butter Braid Pastry Sale: Just a reminder that this sale is still going on until November 21st. Orders will be available for pick up on December 5th. Here is the link to help support our school through butter braided pastries:
 
If you have any questions please let me know. Have a great week!
 
Ms. Paulsen

Week of 11/7

Hello Families,
 
Here is a look at this week:
 
Language Arts: We will be starting animal research projects. Students will choose an animal they are interested in learning and writing about. There will be no spelling list due to the shortened week.
 
Math: We will be finishing Unit 2 by learning about triangles, quadrilaterals, and symmetry. Students will take the Unit 2 Test next week.
 
Social Studies: We will take the Chapter 3 Test and start Chapter 4. Students will be able to use their book on the test.
 
Reminder: There is no school on Monday due to conferences. If you haven't already, please schedule a time to meet with me. I look forward to meeting with you!
 
Field Trip: I will be sending out a field trip form with students this Tuesday. We will be going to the Bell Museum on Thursday, December 8. The cost of attending is $15.00 per person. Please fill out the form by Friday, November 25.
 
Let me know if you have any questions!

Ms. Paulsen

Week of 10/31

Hello Families,
 
Here is a look at this week:
 
Language Arts: We will be reading a nonfiction book about Daniel Hale Williams and taking notes.
 
Here is our spelling list for the week:
1. fierce
2. flies
3. forgotten
4. flew
5. fly
6. forgot
7. gigantic
8. giant
9. guide
10. hurrying
11. hurried
12. hurry
13. knowledge
14. know
15. lawyer
 
Math: We will continue Chapter 2 by learning about timelines, multiplicative comparisons, and bar graphs. Friday we will have a quiz.
 
Social Studies: We will continue with Chapter 3 learning about the U.S. government. 
 
Reminders: The book fair will be this week. Our class will be visiting the book fair tomorrow (10/31), so if they'd like a book, please send them with money. Conferences are coming up on Monday, November 7. I am so excited to meet with you and talk about your child! Please schedule a time to meet with me through Pick A Time.
 
If you have any questions please let me know!
 
Ms. Paulsen

Week of 10/24

Hello Families,
 
I hope everyone had a nice MEA break! 
 
Here is what we'll be learning about this week:
 
Language Arts: We will be learning about writing summaries and response to literature for nonfiction texts.
 
Here is our spelling list for the week:
1. break
2. cocoa
3. collar 
4. comparison
5. compare
6. controlled
7. control
8. debts
9. disaster
10. eager
11. enemy
12. example
13. excitement
14. exciting
15. excite
 
Math: We will continue with Unit 2 and learn about factors, multiples, and units of time.
 
Science: Students will take a Rocks and Minerals test this week. Then we will be taking a break from science and practicing skills students need additional support in. 
 
Social Studies: We will be taking the Chapter 2 test and starting Chapter 3. 
 
Reminders: The book fair will be the week of October 31. Please make sure your child is in uniform every day!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!
 
Ms. Paulsen
 
 
 

Week of 10/17

Hello Families,
 
Here is what we'll be learning about this week:
 
Language Arts: We will continue to learn about the main idea in nonfiction texts. There will be no spelling list due to the shortened week.
 
Math: We will start Unit 2 which focuses on Multiplication and Geometry. 
 
Science: We will finish our Rocks and Minerals Unit and students will take a test when we come back from fall break.
 
Social Studies: We will finish reviewing and take the Chapter 2 test.
 
Reminders: Tuesday, October 18 is Bingo for Books Night. I hope to see you there! Also, there will be no school on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21.
 
Have a great week!
 
Ms. Paulsen 

Week of 10/10

Hello Families,
 
I hope everyone had a nice weekend!
 
Here is what we are learning about this week:
 
Language Arts: Students will review Unit 2 and take a test on Wednesday. Then we will start talking about note-taking for nonfiction texts. Students will take a spelling test on Friday.
 
Here is our spelling list for the week: 
1. Complete
2. Search
3. Treasure
4. Popular
5. Christmas
6. Interest
7. Advice
8. Advise
9. American
10. America
11. Bargain
12. Beneath
13. Beyond
14. Broken
15. Broke
 
Math: We will be continuing our Multiplication Unit. 
 
Science: We will continue to learn about Rocks and Minerals.
 
Social Studies: We will finish Chapter 2 and review for the test.
 
Reminders: Please make sure you child is in uniform every day and has tennis shoes for fitness.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Ms. Paulsen

Week of 10/3

Hello Families,
 
I hope everyone had a nice weekend! It feels like we are finally starting to settle in to the routine of school again and I'm excited to see where this year takes us. 
 
Here is what we are learning about this week:
 
Language Arts: We will be learning about summaries and theme. Students will take a quick quiz about writing summaries on Wednesday. As a reminder, students will always have a spelling test on Friday. 
 
Here is our spelling list for the week:
1. Increase
2. Manner
3. Feature
4. Article
5. Service
6. Serve
7. Injury
8. Injure
9. Effect
10. Distribute
11. General
12. Tomorrow
13. Consider
14. Against
15. Again
 
Math: We will take a test on Unit 1 on Monday and then start a Multiplication Unit on Tuesday.
 
Science: Students will take a test on the Water Cycle Unit on Monday and then start a new Rocks and Minerals Unit on Tuesday.
 
Social Studies: We will continue to work on Chapter 2.
 
Reminders: Please make sure your child is in uniform every day and has tennis shoes for fitness. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Ms. Paulsen

Week of 9/26

Hello Families,
 
These past few weeks we have continued to spend time getting to know one another and are learning so many great things.
 
Here is what we are learning about this week
 
Language Arts: We are learning about the setting and plot in a story. On Wednesday, students will take a setting quiz and on Friday, students will take a plot quiz and spelling test.
 
Here is our spelling list for the week:
1. Different
2. Differ
3. Provision
4. Provide
5. According
6. Already
7. Attention
8. Education
9. Director
10. Direct
11. Purpose
12. Common
13. Diamond
14. Together
15. Convention
 
Math: We will continue Unit 1 and work on angles, perimeter, bar graphs, and review for the Unit 1 math test.
 
Science: We will wrap up learning about the water cycle and review for the upcoming test.
 
Social Studies: We will be starting Chapter 2, which focuses on American History. 
 
Reminders: Please make sure your child is in uniform every day and has tennis shoes for fitness.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Ms. Paulsen

Music Class Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In the coming weeks, 4th and 5th grade students will begin learning the recorder! This represents a wonderful opportunity to build musical skills such as note-reading, ensemble playing and music appreciation. Please see below for details on payment, recommended practice time, and cleaning of instruments. 

Your student will receive a recorder that is theirs to keep. There will be a $5 fee for recorders. This must be paid online on the Fees page of your Parent Portal account. Please do not send students to school with cash or checks. If your student already owns a recorder in good condition, they will not need to pay the $5 fee. If a student’s recorder becomes lost or too damaged to work correctly, a new one will be issued for an additional $5. Click here for instructions on how to make a payment through your Parent Portal.

I recommend that students keep their recorders and music packets in their backpack so they will always have them at home or at school. To make steady progress, I recommend that students practice for 10 minutes 4 times a week. If you need to sanitize your student's recorder, separate the instrument’s pieces and hand-wash them or wash them in the top rack of the dishwasher without the heated dry cycle.

Please feel free to reach out at [email protected] with any questions!

Week of 9/19

Hello Families,
 
Here is what we are learning about this week:
 
Language Arts: Students will show their knowledge of note-taking and we will start learning about character traits. On Monday there will be a note-taking quiz and on Friday there will be a character traits quiz.
 
Here is the spelling list for the week:
1. toward
2. success
3. drown
4. adopt
5. secure
6. honor
7. promise
8. wreck
9. prepare
10. vessel
11. busy
12. preference
13. prefer
14. illustration
15. illustrate
 
Math: We will continue Unit 1 and work on multi-digit addition, multi-digit subtraction, and units of length. Students will take a quiz on Wednesday. 
 
Social Studies: We will review and take a test on Chapter 1 at the end of the week.
 
Science: We will continue learning about the water cycle.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Ms. Paulsen
 
 
 

Week of 9/12

Hello Families, 
 
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We had a great first week of school and we will continue to learn and get to know each other this week!
 
Here are a few reminders:
 
-Students must be in uniform every day
-Fitness will be every day so please wear tennis shoes
-This Friday, September 16 is Minnesota Sports Day 
 
Here is a look at what we're learning this week:
 
Language Arts: We will start a new novel called, One Day on a Prairie. Students will learn to take notes on each section of the book.
 
Math: We will be learning about rounding, estimating, and how to solve multi-step word problems.
 
Social Studies: We will start Chapter 1: Geography of the United States.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Ms. Paulsen