4th Grade – In the Classroom

4th Grade – Animal Reports & A Special Visitor Thursday, May 24, 2018

The fourth graders had a delightful treat to see a five day old baby deer as part of one of the animal reports!

4th Grade – Local Geography Sunday, May 13, 2018
The fourth grade has been learning about Wauconda in local geography, and took a walk to the Andrew C. Cook house where they learned many things about local history. Students were intrigued by this cookbook from the early 1900s.
4th Grade – Good Deeds are Blooming Monday, April 30, 2018
Spring has been blooming in the 4th grade classroom for some time.  Our “blossoms of goodness” get a petal each time a good deed is done.
4th Grade Families – Free National Parks Membership All Summer Sunday, April 29, 2018

Is Your Child In 4th Grade? Get A Free National Parks Membership For Your Family.

It’s easy to sign up for your free pass here.

Thanks to the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, fourth grade students and their families can get into national parks for free. Why fourth graders? Those behind the program say research shows children ages  nine to 11 are beginning to learn about the world around them. They’re not only open to new ideas, but they are likely to connect to nature and America’s history.

The pass is offered to fourth graders every year, so eventually, every child will get a free pass to explore our national parks, with a goal of letting them all discover wildlife, resources and history — for free.

The current pass is for fourth graders (or homeschool equivalent students) for the 2017-18 school year, and expires Aug, 31. Then, the cycle starts over for the next group of fourth graders! The pass includes not only free entrance for your fourth grader, but also all children under 16 years of age and up to three adults. If you visit a park that charges admission per vehicle, the pass admits all children and adults in one passenger vehicle.

All you have to do is click here to get your pass, then begin planning your trip!

Don’t have a child in fourth grade right now? You can still get into the national parks for free on select days this year including April 21, Sept. 22 and Nov. 11.

4th Grade – Class Play Saturday, March 24, 2018

The fourth graders completed their play block last week with two performances of Thor’s Adventure! They did a fantastic job!


4th Grade – Thor’s Adventure Friday, March 16, 2018

The fourth graders have been hard at work during this play block getting things just right for tonight’s performance of Thor’s Aventure – TONIGHT, March 16th. Full Details here! We hope to see you all there!

4th Grade – Play Saturday, March 10, 2018

4th Grade Play: Thor’s Adventure

Friday, March 16th, 6:30PM

ALL are invited to attend the evening performance of the play! School families, class parents, grandparents, family, friends, faculty, and alumni are welcome to join us.

Parker Playhouse 
117 E Northwest Highway,
Barrington, IL 60010

4th Grade: Class Play – Thor’s Adventure Sunday, March 4, 2018

4th Grade Play: Thor’s Adventure

Friday, March 16th, 6:30PM

ALL are invited to attend the evening performance of the play! School families, class parents, grandparents, family, friends, faculty, and alumni are welcome to join us.

Parker Playhouse 
117 E Northwest Highway,
Barrington, IL 60010

Reminder: Food Drive for Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Just a reminder that our fourth graders are leading a food drive for the Wauconda/Island Lake food pantry throughout the school year. They visit on the first Friday of each month to take our school donations and to volunteer their time. Food contributions welcome at any time. There is an area in the foyer of the school to place your donations. Thank you for supporting our fourth graders’ service learning and for helping those in need in our local area.

4th Grade – Fun with Fractions Tuesday, February 27, 2018

4th Grade – Chinese New Year Friday, February 23, 2018

The fourth grade helped celebrate Chinese New Year presenting a short and impressive puppet play as well as singing a song demonstrating their progress with the Mandarin language.

4th Grade – Book Report Dioramas Friday, February 23, 2018

The fourth grade is enjoying their first diorama for this month’s book report.

4th Grade – Loki’s Hijinx Friday, February 16, 2018

As they wrapped up their Norse Mythology block, the fourth graders learned of the perils of being an evil trickster through the stories of Loki’s hijinx and punishment.

4th Grade – Painting Friday, February 9, 2018

The memory of a cauldron SO BIG that even Thor could barely carry it was revisited during painting class in fourth grade.

4th Grade – Nordic Knots Friday, February 9, 2018

Fourth grade continues the weaving feeling of over and under in the Nordic knots.

4th Grade – Food Pantry Monday, February 5, 2018

As much as we appreciate all of the donations to the food pantry, we ask that you carefully check expiration dates on the items you send.


4th Grade – Creatures Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stories of giants, trolls, and voracious creatures still ignite the 4th grade fire!

4th Grade – Valhalla Friday, January 19, 2018

The fourth graders are learning about Odin and Valhalla in Norse Mythology.

4th Grade – Long Beards Saturday, January 13, 2018

The 4th grade heard the story of the Great Goddesses and how they fooled their way into winning a battle, thus creating the “long beards!”

4th Grade – Odin Saturday, January 13, 2018

Odin comes to life in the 4th grade classroom.

4th Grade – Dividing Into Equal Parts Friday, December 15, 2017

The fourth grade had loads of fun last week with fractions, dividing a (square) cookie bar into 64ths. What a yummy way to learn about equal parts!


4th Grade: Animals & Humans Friday, December 8, 2017

The fourth grade is finishing up their study of the animals and humans and finding out many interesting things along the way!

4th Grade – Norse Mythology Friday, October 27, 2017

The children in fourth grade have been enjoying the powerful images from the Norse Mythology. The story of the mighty Yggdrasil tree became an open road to the nine worlds, as it shared its wondrous beauty with us. We followed Loki to Jotunheim, met the guardian of the sacred well, watched the Norns spin the threads of destiny and laughed at Thor’s quick temper.

4th Grade – Math Concepts Friday, October 13, 2017

Factual concepts of math have come to life this morning. Seven croissants for $50.75! What a deal! Can I please have a dozen more?!

4th Grade – Michaelmas Fun! Friday, October 6, 2017

Michaelmas FUN!

4th Grade – Local Geography Friday, October 6, 2017

Fourth graders have worked hard during their Local Geography block on their penmanship and writing skills. They found delight in map making and hearing stories about Native Americans.

4th Grade – Clay Work & Painting Friday, October 6, 2017

Engaging imagination in clay work and painting!

All Grades – Glimpses from Beach & Nature Exploration Day Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.

We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.

Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!

Fourth Grade – Orchestra Friday, September 22, 2017

Fourth graders are beginning to take strings lessons in earnest this year.

4th Grade – Chalkboard Drawing Thursday, September 21, 2017

The beautiful chalkboard drawing that greeted the fourth graders for their first day of school!

In the Classroom Monday, September 4, 2017

In the Classroom

Follow each class through the school year. Visit often to enjoy photos and information about curriculum, field trips, exciting happenings, special moments, celebrations and more.

Stay tuned—this year’s  journey begins September 5th!