Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October News

October 26, 2016

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 biographies, and book reports will be assigned within the next couple of weeks. We have continued our usual spelling and grammar lessons. During writing workshop time we are working on an essay writing unit. As the children produce their essays they are practicing drafting, editing, and revising their work.

We are in the middle of 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.

In social studies, we are studying the Southeast 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.
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.

Our annual Halloween celebration is scheduled for next Monday, October 31. I look forward to seeing the creative costumes! Thanks to the parents who will supervise our class party that afternoon.

Grandparents’ Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, with no school on the following Thursday, Friday and Monday.

Our first field trip of the year is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, November 3. 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.