Classroom work supplies:

  • 3 packages of notebook filler paper – wide ruled – to be replenished throughout the
  • year. Paper with reinforced holes works best. (paper is for school use and is handed out for class assignments)
  • 4 composition notebooks – wide ruled – (not spiral bound)
  • 1 one-subject wide ruled spiral bound notebook (Reading journal)
  • 3 -  packages of 3” X 5” index cards (lined)
  • 2 – 5 ½” x 3 ½” small, plastic case, snaps or elastic attached to case (for index cards, Science & Social Studies) Please no large, bulky recipe boxes.
  • 1 – 2” 3 ring binder (for Reading)
  • 2 – folders (one labeled home and one labeled school)
  • 1 – package of binder dividers; paper or plastic (for Reading)  

Classroom desk supplies:

  • 1 – 12” ruler with standard and metric measurement units (clear plastic)
  • 1 durable pencil case to include the following items: (Cloth or plastic)
  • #2 pencils (to be replenished throughout the year)
  • 1 pair of scissors – student pointed tip
  • 1 glue stick (to be replenished throughout the year)
  • 2 medium ballpoint (not felt, no gel, or no roller type) blue or black pens\
  • 1 highlighter (yellow is preferred and works best)
  • Eraser

Classroom project supplies:

  • 1 plastic art box (8 ½” X 2 ½” ) to include the following items:
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 1 set if markers (5-10)
  • 1 set of colored pencils

Other supplies needed:

  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2-3 boxes of tissues
  • Container of bleach free, Clorox or Lysol disinfecting wipes
  • Book covers
    Paper or cloth covers are acceptable for hard cover books.
    Contact paper may be used for the soft cover, consumable books only.
  • Your student will also need notebook filler paper, pencils, pens, and ruler for home to complete assignments.
  • Assignment notebook (planner) will be distributed to each student at the start of the new school year. Please do not purchase one over the summer vacation, must be purchased from the school in September.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to a new school year! I want to extend to you and your child my warmest

welcome in the fourth grade classroom. My name is Mrs. Kimmel and I will be your child’s teacher this year. I have many years of experience working with children of all ages. My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique and each learns in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside with each child to maximize it. I believe in hands-on experiences and learning creatively. As an educator, I value my job and the opportunity that I will have to teach your child the requirements he/she will need to complete by the end of this school year. Your child’s success in my classroom is my number one priority.

Fourth grade is a year that asks students to not only increase his/her skills and knowledge but to also independently demonstrate skills that he/she has acquired.

We will be very busy with lots of activities, collaborative projects, creative writing projects, Religion, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Mastery of basic multiplication and division facts is essential. Daily reading at home will be expected, as will bi-monthly book report projects. We will continue to work on cursive writing skills and have it mastered by the second trimester. Please be assured that each child will be working at his/her own level.

I thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in your child’s life. I look forward to interacting and working with you and your child this upcoming school year. Please know that I am here for you with any concerns that you may have. Please feel free to call me at school or e-mail me at your leisure. May God bless you and your family. 


Mrs. Catherine Kimmel

**Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume (please read over summer vacation)

Suggested Authors

  • Ronald Dahl
  • Andrew Clements
  • Matt Christopher
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Patricia Mac Lachlan

Suggested Series

  • Animal Ark – Ben Baglio
  • Animorphs – K.A. Applegate
  • The Box Car Children – Gertrude Warner
  • Little House – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • My America – Various Authors
  • Nancy Drew – Carolyn Keene
  • Hardy Boys – Franklin W. Dixon
  • Magic Tree House – Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles – Tony De Terlizzi

Suggested Books

  • Lily’s Crossing – Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Because of Winn Dixie – Kate De Camillo
  • Frindle – Andrew Clements
  • My Abuelita – Tony Johnston
  • Thunder-Boomer! – Shutta Crum

**Denotes – required summer reading

After reading the book, students should draw a picture of their favorite scene from the story and write three or more sentences explaining the scene. Please use white drawing paper or white computer paper for this assignment.  Make sure you color your picture using crayons or colored pencils only. When done with the scene, write your sentences on the back side of the paper.  This is to be turned in during the first week of school. Don’t forget to write your name on the back also. Have fun!