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Dear Parent,

The following is your child’s schedule.

9:00-10:00- Science or Social Studies

10:05-11:05-Math

11:10-11:40-PE

11:45-12:25- Lunch and Recess

12:35-1:35- ELA

1:40-2:20

Monday-Art

Tuesday-Music

Wednesday-Band

Thursday-Chorus

Friday-Library

2:35-3:25

Monday –Thursday –Skills groups

 Friday- Band-ends at 3:05

 I would like to make all parents aware that we are using a new system for our report cards. For this year Sci. and SS teachers are not able to add comments. I will add them on the conference newsletter for each conference. I have not worked out what I will do for the other two marking periods.
 
 


 
Newsletter 
 
            April 19, 2018
Dear Families,
            Students have started a new mini unit on the Revolutionary War.  We have talked about different perspectives and opinions and have had the chance to discuss certain ideas in class and write some quick writes based on our own point of view.  I even “taxed” the students on their own pencils so they could get a feel for how the colonists felt when Britain taxed them on goods.  We have also looked at the events on the Revolutionary War and why certain events happened.  Finally, we have also started looked at different perspectives of certain people during this time period (Patriots and Loyalists).          
           This week in math, students are wrapping up on final concepts of fractions. They've been adding/subtracting with mixed numbers and have learned how to multiply fractions. Students will be reviewing for the State Math Test next week and will learn some strategies to help them through it. Please look for an envelope this week to see how you can help your child.
          We will be making bread and butter in Social Studies next week. I will have my class for two hours on Monday, Mrs. Nguyen-Vo's class on Tuesday and Mrs. Creeden's class on Wednesday. The students will make enough that we will eat some bread in class and the rest goes home. It is delicious. If you have an apron that your child can use please have him/her bring it on the day they are going to make the bread. We have been studying the causes of the Revolutionary War and will be moving into different viewpoints on the American Revolution.
       A couple of reminders for next week: The Math state test is approaching and will take place on May 1st and 2nd.  If you have any questions or concerns about the test please reach out to one of us and we will answer your questions to the best of our ability.  Take a look at the letter included in your Friday folder for more information.  The Scholastic book order is due for all three classes on April 27, 2018.  
 If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond promptly.  Have a fantastic three day weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
 





 
            April 13, 2018
Dear Families,
            Students have continued to work diligently this week on reviewing concepts that we have been working on all year.  I gave them strategies and tools to help them when they took the ELA state test this past Thursday and Friday.  We will start a mini unit on the Revolutionary War next week.  This will extend their thinking and background knowledge on Colonial Times.      
           This week in math, students reviewed state math test questions to better prepare them for the upcoming test in May. They also worked on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators with up to 4 fractions. The challenge this week was adding and subtracting from more than a whole number which meant that students needed to decompose a mixed fraction into 2 fractions where they all shared the same denominator. Students also worked with finding authentic ways where fractions related to real-life. Please help them in reviewing for their math test at the beginning of next week.
    In Social studies we will gain an understanding of the major events that led to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. Our focus question is: How did colonial life and the American Revolution shape our society?
A couple of reminders for next week: The 4th quarter begins on Monday, April 16.  The new AR goals (10 AR points) are due in June.  Our next D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) day is on Thursday, April 19.  Your child will have a chance to read silently during the day.  This is a great chance for your child to work on their AR goal.  The Scholastic book order is due for all three classes on April 27, 2018.  There will be NO school on April 20 (Superintendent’s Conference Day), so there will be NO extended day on April 19 because of the long weekend. 
 If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond promptly.  Have a wonderful weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                     Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org       




 
     April 6, 2018
Dear Families,
            Students have been working really hard this week on reviewing concepts that we have been working on all year.  I have given them strategies and tools to help them when they take the ELA state test next week.  You will find an envelope with more information about what you can do to help your child. 
         We have moved back into Social Studies. We will focus on Colonial life in New York. Our focus question starts with: How did colonial life and the American Revolution shape our society? The students have learned a lot about Colonial life in ELA so they have some background knowledge on this subject.    
     This week in math, students are catching up with their knowledge on fractions. Students have been working hard on using the area model and should understand how that relates to using multiplication and division to find equivalent fractions. Students also worked on comparing fractions (>, < or =) and know that you can only compare them if they share like denominators (common units/common denominators). Next week they will be working on adding and subtracting fractions and should expect a Mid-Module Test at the end of the week. Please continue to help your child prepare for it. 
            A couple of reminders for next week:  The ELA state test is approaching and will take place on April 12th and 13th.  If you have any questions or concerns about the test please reach out to one of us and we will answer your questions to the best of our ability.  The Scholastic book order is due for all three classes on April 27, 2018.  There will be NO school on April 20 (Superintendent’s Conference Day), so there will be NO extended day on April 19 because of the long weekend.     
 If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond promptly.  Have a great weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org