Paul Lopez


It’s hard to believe we are in the midst of many cultural celebrations about to occur around the world.  From Hanukkah to Christmas, it’s a special time of the year. We take the time to reflect on the grateful presents we have received by the kind acts of others in our community.

We are excited to have the Giving Tree Program back at Sand Creek this year! The event is for families attending Sand Creek who need assistance this holiday season. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please click on the following link: 

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Upcoming Events

December  7, 2019 Mock Sleep Over

December  13, 2019 GivingTree Program

December 17, 2019      Choir Concert (3:25 PM)

December 19, 2019 Winter Celebration (3:00 PM)



 We have our end of the year jubilee coming up just around the corner.  Please come

celebrate the festive holiday season. I need volunteers to assist in running

different stations around our classroom.  Please sign up in the near future.

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Weekly Thoughts

I love teaching each and every day. The kids in our class are amazing human beings! They have

special gifts, which lead to our positive culture.  Thank you for sharing them with me. 




We have been writing  R.A.C.E. responses this week.   It is a constructed response based on

restating or addressing the question as a statement.  Then, the students answer all parts of

the question. Next, they cite evidence from the text to substantiate thinking.  Finally, the

kids share what they understand from the passage.



 Reading: Fourth graders are encouraged to read outside of school daily. Our present guideline is 30 minutes each day.

Math: In our differentiated math groups we assign homework each day, Monday through Thursday. Typically this is a skill practice sheet, fact practice, iReady Math, or "Choice" of strategy and logic games.

We are striving to spend 45 minutes each week between home and school on iReady Reading and iReady Math lessons. Students check and monitor their amount of time in the "My Progress" tab.


Subject Areas/Content Focus

Subject Areas


English - Language Arts


The religion and beliefs of the Arapaho tribe were based on Animism. It encompassed the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all-natural objects, animals, plants, trees, rivers, mountains, rocks have souls or spirits. The students are writing about the contributions the Arapaho had on the social fabric of present-day Colorado.



We continue to learn about different people around the world who made vast contributions to different regions. The eclectic range of interests and talents helped change our cultural perspectives on human rights to social issues confronting different generational attitudes and beliefs.


Math - Lopez

The students are learning how to recompose and decompose numbers. For example, they are working with counting numbers to create patterns predicated on a base 10 system. the Base-10 number system is known as the decimal system and has 10 digits to show all numbers zero through nine using place value and a decimal point to separate whole numbers from decimal fractions.



We are in our second week of studying energy. The students have learned the differences between kinetic and potential energy. Kinetic is the energy an object or body carries when in motion. On the other hand, potential energy is the energy possessed by a body by its position relative to others. For example, a ball at the top of a hill has a higher gravitational potential than a ball sitting on the table.


Social Studies

We continue to learn about the three main Indian groups who inhabited Colorado during pioneer times. The students are investigating how the Cheyenne Indians interacted with the Earth, people, animals, and plants of the High Plains of Colorado.


Second Step

The students are learning the importance of being grateful for different things in their life. According to Harvard Health, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deals with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express the quality of being thankful in multiple ways.


Extensions or Tutoring - Every other Week

If your child wants to boost their math knowledge or gain insight on specific reading or writing strategies, please encourage them to meet after school every other Tuesday at 4:00 PM. The session will end promptly at 4:40 PM. 



Kids have homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It's 40 minutes per evening. The students write their assigned work in their planners. Once they complete all assigned tasks, please sign to confirm your child completed the homework with their best quality.



Reading Resources

As a parent, I’m always looking for reading resources. When your nights are busy, it’s a great time to view a story online. An actor from the actor’s guild reads a story out loud.  


After your child has finished reading a fantastic book, please encourage them to write a summary and review. They can read other students who wrote about their favorite novels.


Spaghetti Book Club - Writing Summaries of favorite books

Stories on Line


Technology Apps

Dogo News

Kahn Academy

Learn zillion

National Geographic for Kids

Read Works



Mental Health

It’s a great time to be a student at Sand Creek Elementary. A smile a day contributes to good mental health.