Dear 4-243 Families,

Happy New Year.  I would like to thank everyone for your kind words and generosity during this holiday season.  We have been making great progress in our academic and social skills.  Here’s what we’re up to…

We are back into our Reading Partnerships.  Students are encouraged to develop ideas by including specific examples from texts and linking those examples back to the idea in words and in writing.  Children are getting caught up with formal responses and should be maintaining reading notebook jots as a way to prepare for meetings.

Writing will be of particular importance and focus in the coming months.  In addition to writing about reading, we will be entering our “Opinion” unit. Formulating an opinion or thesis and then supporting that thesis with examples or reasons will be the basis for much of our writing work for the next 3-4 months.  This writing will transition into preparing for the State Tests in the Spring.  Expect to see higher expectations for writing at home, too.  Students are strongly encouraged to elaborate on and edit every piece of writing  they do.

Math work continues in multiplication and division –the numbers get larger and the strategies build on past work.

Social Studies will be moving into Colonial America and then the Revolutionary War.  But first, we have a test this Thursday on NY Native Americans.  It will be open-notebook and students have been encouraged to review their notes in preparation.

With best regards,