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Welcome / Bienvenidos

This is the web page for both 4th grade classes at El Sol Elementary. El Sol is a dual-language school in downtown Kalamazoo. We teach all students, providing instruction 50% of the time in Spanish and 50% of the time in English. From Kary Mack: I got my bachelors in Education and in Spanish from Western Michigan University and I'm almost finished with my master's degree, also from WMU. I studied abroad at the University of the Pacific in Lima, Peru and it was one of the best experiences of my life. This is my fourth year teaching for Kalamazoo Public Schools, and I can't imagine doing anything else. Email –

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Newsletter & Events

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Wish List

- Dry Erase Markers - White "copier" paper (papel blanco) - Colored paper (papel de colores) - Fun stuff for the class store - Pencils - Yellow sticky notes (not acordeon style please)Thi

Coming up!

This month we're focusing on building a college-going culture. We'll have visitors coming each Friday to speak with the kids about college and careers! You are your child's first and most important teacher. Please make sure you're talking about college regularly.

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This week in class...

Welcome to the webpage!  ¡Bienvenidos a la página web!  

This page is under some SERIOUS construction right now... please keep that in mind :)

*This news letter was printed directly from the web page, located at

Esta carta viene de la página web

*Please note that this is NOT yet fully updated, and will ALWAYS be a work in progress.  Para que sepas, este sitio NO ESTA totalmente listo todavía y siempre será un trabajo en progreso.  También, disculpa los errores en español de vez en cuando desde que yo (Ms. Amos) no tuve suficiente práctica en español durante el verano.

*Change!: In an increased effort to make fewer copies, students will be doing their reading logs in their composition notebooks.  These have been provided. So far this seems to be going very well.  Please make sure your child's writing is at least 1/2 a page in length.

Spelling / deletreo:  The students I see this Monday will receive a new spelling list).  Their test will be Friday, October 21th.  They will also receive a spelling menu (their spelling words will be on the back of the printed version of the menu).  This is due the day of their test and is worth 50 points!

Los estudiantes que vea este martes recibirán una lista de palabras nuevas (en la parte de atras de esta carta si la imprime).  El examen será el 21 de octubre. También, recibirán un menú de deletreo.  Tienen que entregar este trabajo el viernes del examen y ¡vale 50 puntos!


Math / matemáticas: We are working on adding and subtracting mentally, using paper and pencil, and using calculators.  Estamos trabajando en redondear numeros, aprendiendo a entender decimales y lugar de valor y mucho más.

Social Studies / estudios sociales:  We are learning about the contributions made by various cultures and how they effect life in America.  Estamos aprendiendo sobre los contribuciones hecho por varias culturas y cómo afectan  la vida en Americana.


4th grade students are expected to spend 40 minutes per night on homework and an additional 30 minutes per night reading.  Please block this time out and write it on your child's planner/calendar.  This is a very important habit that will help your child succeed in middle school, high school and college as the work-load increases.


Los estudiantes del quinto grado necesitan trabajar por 40 minutos cada noche en tarea, más 30 minutos de lectura.  Por favor, planifique este tiempo y escríbalo en el planner o calendario.  Este es un hábito muy importante que ayudará a su hijo a tener éxito en colegio y en la Universidad al aumentar la cantidad de trabajo.

In other news...

Check it out!  This news letter was printed from our brand new class web page!  Take a look from time to time to see what we're doing in class! Estas noticias se imprimieron de nuestra nueva pagina web!


Visitors welcome! - You are more than welcome to volunteer to work with students in class, stop in to have lunch with your child, or just come by to see what we're learning.  All you have to do is stop in the office, sign in, and pick up a visitor's badge.  (For the safety of all our students every visitor is required to have a visitor's badge.  Please don't be offended if you are asked to show that you have one).  Esta invitado trabajar como voluntario con los estudiantes en la clase, visitar para almorzar con su hijo/a, o solo visitar para ver que estamos haciendo.  Todo lo que nececitas hacer es ir primero a la oficina para registrarse y recibir una tarjeta de identificación.  Esto es por la seguridad de todos.

Policies & Expectations

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Classroom Rules / Reglas de la clase

Mrs. Mack's Rules: 1. Follow directions quickly. 2. Come to class, ready to learn. 3. Respect yourself & all around you. 4. 100% NO GUFF!!!

Healthy Habits

Healthy snacks: students are asked to bring a healthy snack to school every day. Healthy snacks include carrots, apples, bananas, crackers, cheese, yogurt, etc. Not allowed: cookies, pop, Cheetos, takis, sugary snacks/sweets, etc. Sleep: please encourage your child to get around 8 hours of sleep every night.

Homework & Attendance / Taréa y asistencia

Homework: - Every night, students are expected to read for at least 30 minutes and write about what they read in their reading log. - Please check your child's planner and ask him/her if he/she has any additional homework. Attendance: - School begins at 8:43. Students are tardy at 8:53. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time, every day. On half days, school gets out at 11:56. The normal school day ends at 3:46 *If your child is sick, please call the office to have the absence excused. *Students are expected to make up missed work.

School rules / reglas de la escuela

3 R's: - Respectful / Respetuoso - Responsible / Responsable - Ready to learn / Receptivo a aprender No electronics (cell phones, video games, etc.) No Silly Bands/Wacky Bands, etc. No weapons No hitting/fighting No bullying No swearing

Classroom Economy / Economía de la clase

Gold star tickets: - Students have the opportunity to earn tickets in many ways... - Good behavior, - Participation, - Following the classroom rules, - Doing their classroom job, and more :) Students loose class cash for poor behavior, not following the classroom rules, not doing their jobs, etc.



Classroom Resources

Math Websites

Literacy Websites

Listening to Reading

Language Learning

Other great sites!

Teacher Resources

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Spanish-English Dictionary / Diccionario


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Ording books in Mrs. Mack's class?

Online Ordering Information
Web address:
Class Activation Code:

Dear Parent,

Now it’s easier than ever to find the perfect books for your child—shop our NEW online Book Clubs Web site. Choose from a much-wider selection of books than in the printed flyer. Plus, you can send your orders directly to me online and use your credit card to pay.

Best of all, we earn a FREE book for the classroom library every time a parent places an order online.

It’s so simple! Here’s how it works:
  • SIGN UP at On the parent page, click the “Register” button in the “First Time Here?” section. Register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code shown above. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to me.

  • SELECT the books you’d like to order—choose from thousands of titles—many more than in our monthly flyers.

  • SEND your order to me online by the due date and your child’s books will be delivered directly to my classroom.
Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure.

Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer. But why not see for yourself how convenient it is to order online?

Thank you,
Mrs. Mack

Ordering books in Mr. Mojarro's class?

*Under Construction*

Encouraging Thoughts

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Things to think about...

  •   I am a good person no matter what anyone does or says.
  •   It is okay to make mistakes because everyone does.
  •   I do not give up; I keep trying.
  •   I think about what is good in my life.
  •   Everyone feels good and bad, now and then.
  •   I can do it!
  •   Money cannot buy happiness.
  •   How I act is more important than how I look.
  •   I am lovable.
  •   When I smile, I feel better.
  •   I can do many things well.
  •   I cannot control what grown-ups do.
  •   I am unique, one of a kind.
  •   When I feel sad, I think of things I like about myself.
  •   Each new day brings a chance to do better.
  •   I think about my choices and then choose what is best for me.
  •   I will change what I can and accept what I cannot change.
  •   I treat others the way I want to be treated.
  •   I cannot change my family; I can only change myself.
  •   What I learn today will help me in the future.


    Book Report & Spelling

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    Book Report Expectations • Title: 2 points • Author: 2 points • Date: 1 point • Name: 1 point • Writing: 5 points - Capital letters, punctuation, indented paragraphs • What is the main idea? – What is the book about? 3 points • Summary: 5 points • Characters: 3 points • Setting: 3 points • Neatness: 5 points • Above and beyond: 5 points Total possible points: 30 (+5 Extra Credit!) Book Report Ideas • Foldable • Poster • Written Report • Shoebox • Book in a Bag • Puppets • PowerPoint

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    Pick 5 activities. Circle the numbers you choose. Each activity is worth 10 points (50 points total). You may do any activity more than once. Turn in your word work the Friday of your test! *Turn your menu in with your word work! 1. Sort & write all your spelling words. 2. Type your sort on a computer and print it. 3. Make a set of flash cards to sort & study. 4. Look up 5 words in the dictionary. Write the definition. 5. Write sentences for 10 different words. 6. Make a word search on using your words. Print it out and solve it! 7. Write a poem or story using all of your words. 8. Sort & write all your spelling words. *Circle the onsets & underline the rimes. 9. Write all your words in ABC order & highlight the vowels.

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    YOU WILL BE INFORMED IF/WHEN WE BEGIN THESE ASSIGNMENTS. THANK YOU. * Book Report is due by the last Friday of each Month. * Spelling is due every Friday that your child sees me (Mrs. Mack)

    Mrs. Mack's Tests

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    Only take the tests as instructed to do so!

    Test #1