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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 
            February 16, 2018
Dear Families,
    Your child finished up their farming essays and wrote about their perspective or opinion on farming based on information that our guest speaker presented in ELA class.  They wrote about their opinion and supported it with three reasons and evidence to support their claim and prove why farming is a difficult or easy job.  Students have also been doing a lot of research this week.  They have listened to podcasts, and read different texts about their colonial trade.  They have continued to categorize information and take notes.  They even learned about apprenticeships and how boys and girls could become master craftsmen in their particular trade.
   We are continuing with Waves and Information. We are now learning about the properties of waves. Our learning target for this lesson is I can identify the amplitude and wavelength of a wave and explain how these properties change when energy is added or taken away. The students will be using their chrome books to make computer generated waves.
  This week in math, students continued to practice their angle measurements with a protractor by working on a geometric art piece. They should be able to tell you the two rules to follow when measuring an angle (1. vertices matching 2. at zero degree). They also practiced drawing angles when given the degree. We also related how angle measurements and rotations/turns have real-life applications. One student mentioned a funny yet true example; we can turn our head 180 degrees (don't think front head is now the back head)!! Students also did a review of Module 4 and took their Mid-Module 4 Test. We will continue our journey into learning about geometry after the break.
  A couple of reminders for next week: The students will have no school for winter break from February 17-25.  This is a great time to read and practice math facts!  Also, students are supporting the Cornell Vet School if they meet their reading goal this quarter.  When the students return, they will have a presentation on Wednesday, February 28 from Cornell Vet School.  They will present information about how students are supporting the animals if they meet their goal.  AR goals for the third quarter are due on April 13.     
 If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a fantastic and relaxing winter break!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org






February 9, 2018
Dear Parent,
        We will have a Valentine Day party on February 14th. The students can bring in Valentines starting on Monday. As part of my Valentine, I will provide snacks for the children.
Here is a list of students in our class.
Summer            Eli
      Rickey               Brooke
   Lee                   Chad
       Devon               Arminda
   Sophie              Garret
   Carissa              James
Hunter              Ean
    Kiyleigh             Emma
Tyler
                                                                        Sincerely,
                                                                        Lana Blum
 
                
              
 February 9, 2018
  Dear Families,
          Students had a chance to interview a guest speaker in class about farming.  Since we are learning about colonial trades, we created strong questions to ask him about working on the farm.  Students then categorized these questions and started writing an opinion essay about whether they believe that farming is a difficult job or not.  Students have also been placed in different colonial trade groups in ELA.  They are becoming “experts” at their trade and becoming more knowledgeable about the trade they are researching.  We have been reading different texts and learning how to take notes from the text, make summary paragraphs about our trade and even take evidence from the text to support inferences we make about our colonial trade.  We will start listening to podcasts and reading other texts to continue our research into next week. 
          This week in math, students continued to practice with drawing points, lines, line segments, rays and angles. They also learned about the three essential types of angles: right, acute and obtuse. Students continued their growth in geometry by learning about perpendicular and parallel lines, and have just started to use a protractor to measure given angles. Please help your child find ways to classify the varying geometric shapes and angles all around us!
     We have started our waves and Information kit. Our focus questions have been: What do you know about waves?, What motion do you observe about water waves?, and What motion do you observe about waves using a spring coil? We started out with an engage lesson learning that we have more than just water waves. Students learned how to make observations about waves and they also learned about properties of waves.  
     A couple of reminders for next week: Valentine’s Day is on February 14.  All 4th grade classes will have a little party and exchange valentine’s in the afternoon.  The students will have no school for winter break from February 17-25.     
  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
 
 

             





  February 2, 2018
Dear Families,
  Students are continuing to learn more about different trades in colonial times.  We have been categorizing information in our research and learning how to take notes when we look up and read different information.  Since we are focusing on colonialtrades or jobs, we will have a guest speaker come in next week and talk to us about farming.  We came up with strong questions in each class to ask our guest next week that compares to farming in Colonial times and now.  We categorized our questions and figured out what were considered important questions and what we could omit. Students were also placed into “expert” trade groups for the remainder of the unit.  Students have started to research more information on this trade and will become more knowledgeable about how this job was important in colonial times.   
   This week in math, students took the Module 3 test. You can expect them to come home this week with the option of a redo. Students practiced more of the Module 3 skills by learning a "trick" to checking the multi-digit multiplication problem. Have them tell you about it! Students are being introduced to our next module on angles, measurements and plane figures. This module on geometry will get them primed for the upper grades!
  We are wrapping up our first unit in Social Studies and we will move back into Science. Our next unit is a new unit that is called Riding the Waves of Information. This unit addresses science concepts related to wave motion, properties, and communication.  In the first part of this kit students describe patterns of waves in terms of amplitude and wavelength, in addition to showing that waves can cause object to move up and down but have no net motion. 
 A couple of reminders for next week:   The new extended day cycle will begin on Monday, February 5.  Our next D.E.A.R (drop everything and read) day is on Thursday, February 8.  The students will be able to read at a specific time in the day.  The Elementary Coffee House is next Friday, February 9.  Make sure the students are dressed in movie attire.   
   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              






 January 26, 2018
Dear Families,
  Students are continuing to learn more about different trades in colonial times.  Students had a chance to apply for a colonial trade that they were most interested in.  The students will be put into groups and actually research more about the trade and become “an expert” for the next couple of weeks.  Students have also been learning about taking notes and categorizing information in their research.  We will continue to become more knowledgeable in those specific colonial trades next week. 
  We are moving back into Social Studies. We start out with the Dutch settle in New Netherland. The focus will be on the social and economic changes that took place in the New World with the settlement of New Netherland.
  This week in math, we wrapped up Module 3. Students learned how to find factor pairs and factors of a given number. They also defined and identified prime and composite numbers. Students learned various ways to do 2-by-2 digit multiplication problems and word problems. Please have them show you the area model and standard algorithm for multiplication. There will be a math test at the beginning of next week. Please make sure that you help your child by reviewing what they have learned in Module 3. Going over problem sets and reworking their mistakes are mostly advised.
  A couple of reminders for next week:   The new extended day cycle will begin on February 5.  If you still haven’t returned the extended day forms for February and March please return them to your homeroom teacher as soon as possible.  Reading orders are due on January 31 for Mrs. Blum’s class and Mrs. Creeden’s class.  Today is the end of the marking period.  Next week will start the third quarter.  Students will have 10 weeks to meet their AR goal of 10 points.  This quarter we will be donating to Cornell Vet School. 
 If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond promptly.  Have an outstanding weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org