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 Sept. 7, 2018

        Your child’s schedule is as follows:
9:00-Science or Social Studies
10:05-PE
10:40 Mon.-Thurs-Skills-Friday Chorus
11:45- Recess and Lunch
12:30 – Mon. Library, Tue. Music, Wed. & Thurs Band, Fri. Art
1:15- Math
2:30- ELA
        Students are welcome to have a water bottle in class as long as it does not become a distraction.
        If you want your child to celebrate his/her birthday in class, that is fine but please have the treat here by 9 as I only get the children for a short time each day. If your child has a summer birthday, it can be celebrated whenever you wish.
        Questions or concerns, please e-mail, send a note or give me a call.
                                                                                      Sincerely,
Lana Blum
 
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            October 18, 2018
Dear Families,
  Your child is continuing to learn about the Haudenosaunee.  We just finished an informational text about the Iroquois and we have been working on comparing how the Iroquois lived in the past and how they still live today.  We have started answering text based questions and using evidence in our answers.  We are also working on using evidence in our writing.
  In math this week, students worked hard at computing subtraction problems using the standard algorithm. Students are able to regroup ("borrow") up to 1 million and subtract from it. Students also worked hard at solving multi-step word problems and modeling with an appropriate tape diagram (Ex. A class read 3,452 pages the first week and 4,090 more pages in the second week than in the first week. How many pages had they read by the end of the second week?). We also ended the week with a two-day review and took our end of Module 1 Test. Note: We will be discontinuing with the interactive math notebooks as it is too time-consuming to do in class. The option of continuing is open to students who'd like to stay in for recess to do it. Please discuss the pros and cons with your child.    
  In Social Studies we are wrapping up: Where in the World is New York?  We will be moving into the lesson of Native Americans in New York Then and Now. We will focus on the Iroquois and Algonquin Indians. This ties into what the students have been learning in ELA. 
  A couple of reminders for next week:   Scholastic book orders are due on Monday, October 29.  Also, there is a letter about Halloween included in the Friday folder this week.  There will be no extended day on Halloween.  Merry-Go-Round Playhouse will also present a show to all the 4th graders about Native Americans that connect to what we have been learning in Social Studies and ELA.  Picture retakes will take place on November 2.  Remember that students have 3 more weeks until the end of the marking period to meet their AR goal.  Please encourage your child to read at home.                   
If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a terrific weekend!
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
                                     










 October 12, 2018
Dear Families,
  Your child is continuing to learn about the Haudenosaunee.  We are continuing to read an informational text about the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee).  We have been working on taking notes, finding the main idea and details of sections of informational text, including making inferences as our ending/concluding sentence.  We have worked on changing those notes into sentences and paragraphs on our Chromebooks. 
  We started our first Social Studies unit this week. It is titled: Where is New York? We started with the world map and placed continents and oceans in the correct spot. We then moved on to the US map and found where the US is located in North America, also, the oceans that border the US. Next, we will be making a map of New York and placing the cities, lakes and mountains on that map including the country that borders NY and the states around NY. Our focus question is:  Do New York's physical features and locations shape the world of its inhabitants?     
  This week in math, students are working on adding and subtracting up to one million by modeling on the place value chart  (PVC) and drawing tape diagrams. Students are putting numbers into context by making their own word problem "stories." Students should understand that addition problems are Part + Part = Whole, while subtraction problems are Whole - Part = Part problems. Students have been working diligently on solving multi-step word problems. Please assist them by reviewing their work and giving them practical practice problems outside of school. Students should expect an end of module test at the end of next week.
  A couple of reminders for next week:   Eric Litwin (the author of the first three Pete the Cat books) is coming in next week to present to the students on Tuesday, October 16.  Students will also have no school on Friday, October 19 because of Superintendent’s Conference Day.  The book orders are due on Monday, October 29.   Remember that students have 4 more weeks until the end of the marking period to meet their AR goal.  Please encourage your child to read at home.
  If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a terrific weekend!
                                                                 Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org