Dear 4-243 Families,

We are nearing the end of the 4th grade tests (YAY!) but not at all done with the year.  We still have lots to look forward to.  In addition to the Science Test, there is also our Wingspan Performance which is quickly approaching.  Show time for parents is June 6th in the evening.  Students will be doing 3 performances in total.  Information will be coming in about 2 weeks with details, but mark your calendar for the 5th and 6th of June–no out of town trips please!

Below, please read about just a couple of our other big items.



Dear Families,                                                               April 30th


We are excited to share a government research project to support our current Social Studies Unit. It will prepare students for our Philadelphia trip while reinforcing the reading, writing, and research skills they have learned this year.

Please note the important due dates below. Students will have some time in school to research and to type their work.

Due Dates:

Index card with top 3 choices and why you are interested in each Friday, May 4th
Notes checked Friday, May 18th
Creative project idea & plan Friday, May 25th
Draft of written report shared with teacher (via Google Classroom) Friday, May 25th
Final report and project with self-evaluation Friday, June 1


We are expecting students to conduct some research at home using the internet and your public library. The sites listed here are some recommended child-appropriate sites. Please supervise your child researching beyond these sites.


Suggested research sites: (Videos-will require setting up a free account)

World Book (through the school-must use this link and our school login)

User ID: lowerlab

Password: student77

Fun Games to extend the learning:


If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. We look forward to your child’s continued growth.


Kind Regards,

Donna & Robin


May 1, 2018

Dear Families,


Our Philadelphia trip is happening soon! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to chaperone. We had more volunteers than spaces. Chaperones have been selected and notified. Thank you to all for your interest in supporting the class. As a reminder, the trip is on Tuesday May 15th from 7:45am-5:30pm.


As you already know, we plan to leave  from school at 7:45am. Please arrive to school by 7:45am so that we can leave on time.  To facilitate this, please plan to gather outside of the school along 95th St. between Lexington and Third Avenue (by the the Citi-bikes). Please avoid blocking the entrance to the yard. The trip will occur rain or shine, so in the case of rain, please send your child to school with weather appropriate gear, including umbrellas. Students should bring a small lightweight backpack in order to keep a notebook, lunch and water bottle, snacks, camera, sunscreen, money for souvenirs, etc. We encourage all students to eat a hearty breakfast. All students must bring lunch for themselves. We also suggest bringing a snack to eat on the bus. Your child will be responsible for any items they bring on the trip. We will visit the gift shop so send money with your child at your discretion.  Regular size backpacks are not allowed inside The Constitution Center. If your child might require ANY medication during the trip, a Medication Administration Form MUST be on file with the nurse and your child’s teacher. This included epipens, inhalers, over the counter medications, etc.


Our first stop will be The Constitution Center (525 Arch St, Philadelphia). Students will learn about the history and importance of this living document that continues to shape our nation. Our visit includes an educational film as well as self-guided exhibits. In the afternoon we will be going on a very special historic walking tour of the Old City (leaving from The Constitution Center). The tour will focus on points of inspiration in our historical fiction read aloud book, Fever 1793. This story was inspired by the real yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia during colonial times. Students will get to see the real places that inspired the setting in the book. They will also learn about the importance of Philadelphia in our nation’s history.


We anticipate returning to school by  5:30pm. Please plan to pick-up your child on 95th Street. If another family will be picking your child up, please remember to send in a note to the teacher by Monday, May 14th.


If you have not yet paid the full balance of $72 for the trip kindly send the balance to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.




__Please complete the attached permission slip and return to school by Monday,  May 7th.


__Please make sure your child has:



Snacks for the ride there and the ride home

A lunch

Notebook and pencil for notes

A light backpack (optional)

Camera (optional)

Money for souvenirs (optional-suggested amount $10-$20)


__Please let the teacher know if your child experiences car sickness so he/she can sit up front. It’s a good 2-hour bus ride each way.


Thank you and let us know if you have any questions!


Best Wishes,

Donna & Robin

The Fourth Grade Team