Monthly Newsletters

                                                                        January 18, 2017
                       
                                                                       
Dear Families,

            The children returned from Winter Break refreshed and ready to get back to work.  Our schedule continues to be full of projects and exciting events.

            We have been reading I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King.  The students will produce computer-generated timelines of Dr. King’s life, and will complete several comprehension activities. Each student is also creating a picture book based on a classic fairy tale.

            We have begun a study of fractions in math.  The students will add, subtract, and multiply fractions. They will also begin to use the concepts of equivalent fractions and simplest form. Along with our Math in Focus textbook, each student has been working in the Key to Fractions Booklet #1. Booklets #2 and #3 are available for children who would like more of a challenge.

            In social studies our class has been studying the Mid-Atlantic region. Part of our study requires each student to produce a report on a memorial found in Washington, DC.

            We are excited to welcome a student teacher from South Korea, Yeonsun Oh, who will join our class on Monday, January 23. She will spend ten days with us, observing, working with small groups, and teaching several lessons.

            Our next fourth grade Leadership Day will be on Wednesday, January 25. The children should wear their navy blue CARE shirts that day.

            As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


                                                                       


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.




September 12, 2016

I have enjoyed meeting your children and beginning our work in fourth grade!

The children excitedly received their laptops a week ago. We have spent time discussing appropriate laptop use, trying out various applications, and personalizing each child’s computer. The laptops will stay in the classroom for several weeks. I’ll let you know when you can expect them to come home.

During writing workshop periods the students have approached their work with enthusiasm and confidence. We have begun our essay-writing unit, and are working on the Unit 2 list in our Everyday Spelling book. Our spelling test will be this Wednesday, September 14.

We have been working on Unit 1, “Working with Whole Numbers,” in mathematics. According to our Math in Focus book, the Big Idea of this unit is “to read, compare, and order numbers according to the place value of their digits. Also, we learn to add and subtract multi-digit numbers.”  Additional math practice is provided by our “Math Cycles” assignments.

Our fourth grade social studies curriculum is based on United States geography. We have begun our study of the New England region. Electricity and magnetism are topics we are studying in science.

School will not be in session on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, as those days are designated for parent-teacher conferences. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions. We’re off to a great start!