Quarter 4 – Week 9

May 29th – June 2nd

Last week of 4th grade. It is our desire to end the year on a positive note and make it a fun experience. Please encourage your child to make good decisions and display appropriate school and classroom behavior.

Together we are Timberwolf strong.

Teacher Appreciation 🌻

…..for your thoughtful gifts of appreciation. The 4th Grade Team

Upcoming End of Year Events:

May 29th – No School

May 30th – Movies

June 1st – Picnic at the Park

June 2nd – Last day of school. Report Cards will be sent home.

Have a wonderful summer vacation.

May 22nd

Guidelines for outside activities

Wolf Canyon Playground Activity Rules

  1. Consistent Rules: Everyone can play every game.  Students cannot make up their own games or their own rules to games.
  • Solutions to Conflicts: Students should know the three options to resolve conflict situations. WALK, TALK, ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS.
  • WALK away from the problem;
  • TALK out the problem;
  • ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS: Students stand back-to-back with a judge calling it. The judge says, “Rock-Paper-Scissors-GO!” Then the players turn at GO to reveal their choice. The judge calls it.
  • Fast entry, fast exit.  Everyone gets more time to play when games move quickly.  There are no “redos”, “do-overs”, “interference”, etc.  No exceptions.
  • After a warning, courts not following rules can be closed, and/or individual students can miss recess time.
  • All students will play a designated activity, walk the track or sit at the tables.  
  • Judge will be first person in line. Judge determines who is out.

Longball – Played on the Volleyball Courts

  1. Longball can be played with one to four players on each team.  Only one ball is used.  Teams must be even. All players must know their order to hit the ball for their team.
  2. The server drops the ball on the ground then hits the ball towards opponents’ square.
  3. Serve must bounce once, cross the centerline, and then bounce again before it is hit by player 1 on the opposing team.
  4. Players 2 hit next, then the 3’s, then the 4’s.  Play alternates this way until a player fails to hit the ball, hits out of order, fails to get the ball to the opponent’s court, lets the ball bounce more than once, or commits a foul.
  5. Once out, player leaves the game and new player joins that team.  New player becomes 4th to hit.
  6. Winning team serves.
  7. The ball can be hit with open or closed hand(s).


  1. Player steps over the centerline.
  2. Ball does not bounce on hitter’s side before crossing the centerline.
  3. After crossing the centerline, the ball does not land in opponent’s square.
  4. Hitter bounces ball on a line.

Wall Ball

  1. Four players in court. 1st has been in the longest, then 2nd, 3rd, and 4th is the new player.
  2. 1st player serves by dropping the ball and then hitting it. Players take turns hitting the ball in number order.
  3. When hit, the ball must hit the ground, the wall, and the ground again before being hit by the next player. 
  4. Players must move out of the way after they hit the ball.
  5. Play continues until someone commits a foul. Once out, player leaves the game and new player comes in. New player begins as 4th to hit.

Ball can be hit with open hand(s) or closed hand(s).  No other games may be played.


  1. Hitting the ball before it bounces on the ground.
  2. Hitting the ball out of bounds or over the wall.
  3. Letting the ball bounce twice before hitting it.
  4. The ball cannot bounce between the wall and the first white line or land on the line. If so, the person that hit the ball is out.  This is the “Dead Zone”. 
  5. Not moving out of the way for the next player.

Four Square

These rules apply to the ALL 4 Square Courts

  1. The squares are lettered A, B, C and D.  The serve always starts from square A. 
  2. Players take positions in boxes A, B, C and D.  The remaining players who are waiting stand in a line, outside of the court. 
  3. The ball is served by dropping it and serving it underhand from the bounce.  If the serve hits a line, the server is out.  To begin the game, the server hits the ball to square D.
  4. The player receiving the ball must keep it in play by striking the ball after it has bounced once in their square.  They may return the ball from outside of the perimeter.  They direct it to another square with an underhand hit
  5. Play continues until one player fails to return a hit or commits a foul.  When someone fouls, the first child in the waiting line enters at box D.  All children then advance to fill the available square. 


  1. Failure to hit ball when it bounces in your square.
  2. Playing a ball that bounces in someone else’s square.
  3. Hitting ball out of bounds or on the line.
  4. Hitting ball into your own square except on the serve.
  5. Hitting the ball with a closed hand, over hand, arm, side arm, or by spinning it.

Tether Ball

  1. Players stand on opposite sides. They may not step onto the opponent’s side.
  2. Players hit the ball with one or both hands.  
  3. Hands can be open or closed.
  4. To start, the server can stand anywhere on their side of the court to strike the ball.
  5. The server is the new player on the court.


  1. Hitting the ball with any other part of your body. (This includes if the ball hits you!)
  2. Catching or holding the ball.
  3. Bottle Caps
  4. Popcorns
  5. Ropies
  6. Touching the pole.
  7. Touching the rope.
  8. Throwing the ball.
  9. Stepping on the inner or outer boundaries.

Grass Area

  1. Running is allowed.
  2. No chase or tag games.
  3. No digging.
  4. Students must stay on grass.
  5. Stay off of kickball backstop.

Big Toy

  1. There is only walking in the wood chips.  No   running or chase games.
  2. No throwing, digging, or making piles with the wood chips.
  3. One at a time on the slide. Slider must sit on bottom and go down feet first.
  4. Slides are for going down only.  No climbing up them.
  5. Monkey bars – start at the ladder, one at a time, swing by your hands towards the Big Toy.
  6. No climbing over the top of the bars or swinging upside-down from the bars.
  7. No climbing the poles or hanging from under the Big Toy


Anyone not following the rules may be banned from playing that day in the Big Toy area or for a longer period of time.

Basketball Court

Around the World

  1. Line players up behind #1 mark.
  2. The first player shoots from the first spot. If s/he makes the basket, s/he advances and shoots from the #2. The same player continues around the markers until a basket is missed.
  3. After this player misses, s/he rebounds the ball, passes it to the next player in line, and goes to the end of the line.
  4. On each player’s second, third, etc. turn, that player returns to the last place s/he attempted a basket and continues as before from that spot.
  5. A player is finished when s/he has successfully made baskets all the way around the court. This player may begin again from the first spot.

Basketball (Upper grade)

  1. Three players on a team. Alternate players wait under the net for their turn to rotate in.
  2. Start the game by one team passing the ball in from the half court line. First team at court passes in.
  3. When a basket is made, students take turns rotating in and out as needed from the alternate players.  Scoring team stays on the court.
  4. The new team passes the ball in from underneath the basket.
  5. If the ball goes out-of-bounds, it is given to an opponent of the player that last touched it. Ball is thrown in at the point from which it went out.
  6. Baskets worth 2 points & free throws worth 1 point.


  1. Fouls occur when a player trips, pushes, holds, charges, or has body contact with an opponent.
  2. A foul made while a player is trying to make a basket results in the opponent having one free throw. 
  3. A foul committed outside of the key results in the taking the ball in from out-of-bounds.


All violations result in opposing team taking the ball out.

  1. Traveling. (Taking more than one step with the ball without passing, dribbling, or shooting.)
  2. Stepping out-of-bounds, or being the last one to touch the ball before it goes out-of-bounds.
  3. Taking more than 10 seconds to shoot a free throw.
  4. Kicking the ball.
  5. Remaining in the key for more than 3 seconds when your team has the ball.
  6. Double dribbling – Using two hands or dribbling the ball again after stopping, without passing or shooting the ball.

Quarter 4 – Week 8

May 22nd – 26th

Curriculum for this week:

Language Arts: Reading “Gold Rush” articles as well as collaboration and written responses.

Math: Chapter 12 and Word Problems

Writing: Informative and short responses

Science: Earth Changes

***We continue to work with the same rigor and focus as we end the school year.

Assessments this week: AR – STAR test and Math Chapter 12

Please remind students of these playground guidelines for the following games. You would be surprised how upset students get when things don’t go their way. Spend some time to go over these rules for: tether ball and wall ball.

Morning Arrival:  The gates open at 8:00 for students that are eating breakfast, and at 8:20 for all other students.  If students eating breakfast are done prior to 8:20, they can either wait at the tables to be dismissed to the blacktop or head back to the front of the school to wait.  At 8:20, all students are allowed to enter and should be heading straight to the blacktop.  Once there, they can sit on the class line, stand on the class line, or walk laps.  If you happen to see students walking/wandering the halls between 8:20 and 8:45, please help by directing them to the blacktop.  This way all students are where they are supposed to be and are ready to be picked up by 8:45.

Phones:  Phones should be off and in backpacks as students walk on campus.  At the end of the day, phones should stay in their backpacks until they get outside the gates.

Upcoming Events:

May 23rd: Chalkwalk Fun

May 26th: A.G.E. for girls only. Boys will have P.E. on the field.

May 30th: Walking to the Movies theater.

May 31st: Memorial Day – No School

June 1st: Picnic at All Seasons Park 10:00am – 2:00pm

June 2nd: Last day of school and Report Cards go home.

Quarter 4 – Week 7

May 15th – 19th

We will continue with Math CAASPP next week on Tuesday – Thursday.

Please ensure your child gets enough rest and a healthy breakfast each day.

***There will be NO HOMEWORK assigned during California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing.

Upcoming Chalk Walk  

What?  Chalk Walk is a special event in which each classroom will be replicating a book cover masterpiece in chalk.  

Where:  At the front of the school (on the sidewalk) 

When: Tuesday, May 23rd (All day) 

How (can I help):  We need a minimum of 2 volunteers per classroom on May 23rd (8:30-1:00-Lunch will be provided for our volunteers). 

 We also need volunteers to help prep the day before (May 22nd).   

 If you can’t make it in person, you can help by donating blue painter’s tape, baby wipes, shop vacs, and canopies.   

Why:  We want to keep Wolf Canyon tradition alive!  And we love art and books! 

Please contact your classroom teacher to volunteer or donate. 

Upcoming Events as we end the school year:

A.G.E. [Adolescent Growth Education] for girls only will be coming up on May 26th. You will have an opportunity to view contents of curriculum if you wish. Please speak with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or would like to see the material covered in the booklet.

Gold Rush Day: May 26th

We will be learning about the Gold Rush days in California. Students will participate in some Gold Rush activities/assignments in-class.

Movies: May 30th

We will be walking to the movies. Sack lunch/school lunch is required.

Picnic at the Park: June 1st – sack lunch/school lunch is required. Permission slips will be sent home next week.

Last day of school: June 2nd -Minimum Day

[Report Cards will be sent home today]

Wishing everyone a restful weekend.

The 4th Grade Team