Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November News

                                                     
November 3, 2015

Dear Families,

It's hard to believe that Grandparents' Day and Thanksgiving are only a few weeks away.  Our days continue to be filled with fun and exciting activities! 
        
In language arts we have begun to read Number the Stars, a Newbery award-winning book set during World War II. We have continued our usual spelling and grammar lessons. During writing workshop time we are working on a creative writing unit. As the children produce their creative stories they are practicing drafting, editing, and revising their work. We are also discussing story elements, such as character and plot development.

We are working on a multiplication/division unit in math. Among other concepts, the children will explore the division of numbers through thousands, with and without remainders. They will be practicing their estimation skills to determine the reasonableness of their answers. We continue to supplement our Math Expressions curriculum with Math Cycles and the online program, IXL.

In social studies, we are studying the Mid-Atlantic region. We are continuing to discuss current events and practice nonfiction reading strategies using our weekly Time for Kids magazines.   

Monday of this week was the first day the fourth graders brought their laptops home. Please monitor your children while they are working on their laptops. It’s important that the laptops come to school each morning fully charged, as well.

Due to a faculty workshop, school will not be in session this Friday, November 6. Enjoy the long weekend!
        
As our weather becomes colder it will soon become necessary for the children to be prepared for recess with boots, snowpants, gloves/mittens, and hats.

Grandparents’ Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25 with no school on the following Thursday and Friday.

Our first field trip of the year is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, November 19. We will visit The Works to explore their displays and participate in activities relating to simple machines and electricity.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks for your on-going help and support.