Preview Night May 25th TONIGHT! 5:00-7:00 See schedule below

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Take a brief view of next year’s curriculum 
across the content/specialty areas.

• Teachers will present work/expectations/goals across the year for next years class/grade.

• Music, Art, Science, PE and Technology will provide a curriculum overview for their specific subject with presentations for Grades 1-2 and 3-5.

• 5th Grade Families will participate in a Workshop with Josh and Gina – Transition to Middle School

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May 9, 2017

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

 

 

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Families – Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium

DSC_0585Happy Spring!

 

We are pleased to announce the 4th and 5th grade orchestra and choir Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Please be aware that the school-wide assembly for students in grades K-3 will also take place on this date at 1:45pm.

The students have worked very hard throughout the year and they are eager to share what they have learned with you.  I am proud of the students’ hard work and appreciate your parental support in their music-making journey during this school year.

For the evening performance, students are to report to the music classroom (M35)  by 5:30 p.m. for tuning and to set up the stage.

The dress code for the evening performance is as follows:

  • Boys: Black pants, white collared dress shirts (black ties/bowties are encouraged), and dark dress shoes
  • Girls: Black skirts/dresses and white blouses or dress shirts, and dark dress shoes

We encourage all students to participate in our annual concert, so please mark this date in your calendar!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at jkim@lowerlab.org.

As always, thank you for the support of the Music Program.

Sincerely,

Ms. Kim

April 6, 2017

Dear 4-243 Families,

As we approach our spring break, I wanted to update you on the events of Room 243. We are happy to be finished with the ELA test and now are preparing in earnest for the Math Test.  Students have learned how to measure and draw angles using a protractor.  Most of the work we are doing now is review of previously taught concepts.  We have recently begun working on the math “extended response” which is day 3 of the math test.  Students are asked to show work and to find a solution.  Vacation packets have been sent home, as has a Multiple Choice portion of a practice test that was administered earlier this week.  Be sure to look for both of those items in student backpacks and folders.

We also launched our Historical Fiction Book Clubs this week.  Groups of 3 or 4 students are reading Colonial or Revolutionary Era historical books of their choice.  We have met twice and are practicing ways to have a thoughtful and thorough book talk.  Students discuss characters (who are typically fictional) and setting (typically the historical part).  We are also on the lookout for authentic vocabulary of the time period and for historical figures who tend to show up in these books, either as characters or as people who are referenced.  Students are expected to come to meetings, usually on Monday and Thursday, prepared. That means they have read the agreed upon pages, have written a summary and the ideas or topics they want to discuss during the meeting, and any vocabulary or historical people they find in the text.  All students will be reading these books during the vacation as we are having a meeting on the Wednesday we return to school.

4th Grade Music Class

Dear 4th grade parents,
 
All 4th grade students had gym today, and will have music tomorrow, April 4th.  For violin students who brought the instrument today was advised to leave the instrument in the music classroom for tomorrow’s class.  Due to the spring recess, we won’t have music until April 24th.  On Monday, April 24th,  all 4th grade students will have gym, and music next day, on Tuesday, April 25th again. This change will only apply to students who play violin.  If your child play the violin, please make sure to bring the instrument on Tuesday, April 25th, instead of Monday, the 24th
 
Thank you,
Ms. Kim
 

March 20, 2017

Dear 4-243 Families,

Happy Spring.  Here are the answer keys for any extra ELA work you may want to do with your child. Choose 1-2 key areas to focus on–not the whole book.

https://www.snapfish.com/library/share?w=snapfish_us&c=snapfish&l=en_US#Ki55HoTQ49D3xnhrDJe7pA/AUS/27942158724070/SNAPFISH

In other news, we have launched a Colonial Research Project. Children are very excited to learn about the beginning of our nation and to work with partners on a creative project.
Math Test Prep is off to a soft launch and will pick up in the coming days.
Book Orders due Friday.
Best,
Donna

February 17, 2017

Dear 4-243 Families,

As we head into our Winter Break, I want to update you on what we’ve been working on in class.

Reading Partnerships have come to a close, however we continue to read independently and students are expected to continue jotting entries in reading notebooks regularly.  Additionally, we have been “close reading” short texts in order to really dig deeply into stories and to analyze them based on characters, themes, and author’s craft.  Students are writing “short responses” off of these texts which are due each Friday.  Keep an eye out for returned work that will have feedback from me.  All of this work then leads us to writing Literary Essays.  We are about to publish our independent essays on one text.   Next, will be a comparative essay.  All of this leads us to ….ELA test prep. 

We are working on preparing children for the State Tests.  We have administered some pre-tests to determine areas of need for both the whole class and more individual needs. I will be able to discuss this with you in more detail during parent teacher conferences which are now open. Please see below for instructions on signing up. 

January 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

We are in full swing here in 4-243.  Students are wrapping up their book partnerships and finishing their reading response assignments. Most students will revert to an independent book, but a few would like to keep reading with a partner. While we won’t have official meetings, children are welcome to stay in touch with a friend and read the same book.  All students are expected to continue to jot entries in their reading notebooks and to update reading logs regularly.

December 16, 2016

Dear 4-243 Families,

Good Afternoon.  I want to compliment the students for the work they have been doing on their Native American research projects.  Students have completed first drafts and have received feedback from teachers and peers.  We are in the process of revising our writing by adding specific details, improving introductions and conclusions, including  text features, and preparing bibliographies.  Whether students are hand writing or typing final drafts, we will be working next week in class and at home (if needed) to complete final drafts which are due to me by Wednesday, December 21st.  I can print in class, but if you want color printing for pictures or other images, please print at home as I don’t have a color printer.  Typed papers must be in a straight font no larger than 14 points. Written papers must be in pencil or blue/black ink. Bibliographies belong on a separate page at the back of the essay.  Independent projects are also due on that day.  You will get to see all the final products at our publishing party on Thursday, the 22nd.

Students have been provided with checklists and a rubric so that they can be sure as to what the expectations for this project are.

If there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Best,

Donna

November 29, 2016

Dear 4-243 Families,

I think that we are finally up and running on our website. That’s exciting.  Here’s what’s happening.

We are reading a lot of non-fiction, particularly in our Native American Social Studies books and handouts. Students are identifying text structures and learning to use those structures to identify the main idea and supporting details.  We are also learning to take notes in order to support our understanding of historical events.  Students also continue to read independently in their choice of texts.  Most are working towards one or more goals, many of which include diversifying the genres they are reading. Students have been recommending books to one another and we are building a section in our notebooks labeled “Future Reads” to keep track of books we are looking forward to.  Parents can look through the reading log in the back pages to see if there is too much fantasy for example and encourage children to try something new–perhaps historical fiction or a biography.