Dear 4-243 Families,

Thank you to Rachelle, Julie, and Jen for our post-test treats this afternoon.  Students enjoyed some cake (and fruit) to celebrate the end to ELA and Math tests–yes, we know there is still Science ahead, but still…..

We are moving forward with a pretty heavy emphasis on Social Studies across our curriculum.  Our Read Aloud is historical fiction and takes place in post Revolutionary War Philadelphia.   Kids are totally enraptured by the tale of Yellow Fever that overtook the city.  Our upcoming trip will include a historical walk that will visit some of the famous locations that are mentioned in the book. As a reminder, the trip to Philadelphia is on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Chaperones have been notified. Students meet at 7:30 a.m. sharp on 95th street with all necessary items (food, drink, notebook, camera, money).

Our book clubs center around the genre of Historical Fiction.  Students are in groups of 3 or 4 and are reading a variety of books that take place during the Colonial and Revolutionary Eras.  We are generating theses around the genre and will write another Literary Essay about common themes, structures, and other ideas using a couple of books as our supporting evidence.

In Social Studies, we are just in the Pre-Revolutionary period.  We’ve researched the major events leading up to the war and will soon be experiencing Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride. Battles to follow!

Most of our math curriculum is behind us, but there are still a few areas of study to be discussed in the coming weeks.

Homework Note: Recently, I’ve noticed some children have become very lax about completing homework.  Homework is given daily and is  the student’s responsibility.  Please check in with your child –and his or her planner. When students are unprepared, it makes it difficult to move forward in content.

Also, many students are bringing those “spinners” to school–some even have flashing lights.  Please note that they should not be used as toys and will be taken if they become a distraction.

Upcoming Dates:

Orchestra Concert Tomorrow, May 10th (Evening Performance for Parents–see Ms. Kim’s note below)

Wingspan Show Dates: June 6th and 7th (Evening Show for Parents–more details forthcoming) Please plan accordingly.  Detailed information and an invitation will be sent home closer to the show dates.

With best regards,

Donna