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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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   December 14, 2018
Dear Families,
                 We are continuing to learn about Colonial Times.  Students have been reading different texts (articles and two books) about daily life in Colonial Times.  We have learned about colonial farming, colonial homes, and religion in Colonial Times. We have searched for explicit information (information right in the text) and made inferences about those details.  We have even confirmed our inferences with details from other sources.  Plus, we have continued to synthesize (combining ideas from more than one source into one idea) information that we have learned about Colonial Times.  Students have been working really hard!
             We are continuing with Energy Antics. To help your child with this concept, non-fiction books on energy would be good to read. We focus on sound, heat, mechanical, chemical, light and electrical energy. At this point we have played with toys to see what type of energy they use. Next, we will build closed circuits that electricity can travel through and cause a reaction such as a fan moving or a light shining.  
             This week in math, students have been exploring division with multi-digits. They have learned how to solve for quotients with up to 3-digit dividends and 1-digit divisors. Students should be able to solve for division in at least two ways using the place value chart and using the standard algorithm (what we call "long division" and what they call SAM). Please assist your child by giving them practice problems/scenarios where they can see division happen in real life. Students will be tested next week to wrap up our unit on multiplication and division. 
              A couple of reminders for next week:    The students will have their Holiday concert on December 18 in the gymnasium.  There will be NO EXTENDED DAY for 4th or 5th graders that day.  We will have a Christmas party on Friday, December 21 before Christmas break.  We will also have Jim McCarthy come and perform for the students.  The students also have a chance to sing some Christmas/Holiday songs that they are familiar with.  Please make sure that your child comes to school with warm clothing including hats, mittens and scarves because the students usually play outside for recess. Also, please make sure to check the lost and found for belongings that may belong to your child.  There are two entire racks full of clothing and other accessories that have not been claimed. 
           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
 

         








   December 7, 2018
Dear Families,
     We started our new unit about Colonial Times.  Students have been reading different texts (articles and two books) about daily life in Colonial Times.  Students are really focusing on inferring (making educated guesses or drawing conclusions about something in the text based on their background knowledge) in this unit.  They look at pictures, charts, graphs, maps  or part of the text to try and infer about life in colonial times.  They have been working really hard and coming up with some great inferences! 
     We are going back to Science. Our Science kit is called Energy Antics. Our first lessons will be on what energy is and what types of energy exist. The concepts we are focusing on are energy is the ability to do work, everything has energy, energy never disappears it just changes forms and there are many forms of energy.
     This week in math, students are working on solving for multi-step word problems. Students should know to use the RDW strategy and CUB (circle, underline and box) while reading their problems to better help them understand the context and what they are asked. Students are working on solving 2-by-2 digits multiplication (23 x 58) by using the area model, partial products method and the standard algorithm. It is crucial that your child get the practice they need to reach automaticity with their multiplication math facts. Please assist your child accordingly. We will be tackling division next week with an expected test before the holiday break.
      A couple of reminders for the upcoming weeks:  The students will have their next D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) day on December 13.  The students will be able to “drop everything” and read during the day.  The students will have their Holiday concert on December 18 in the gymnasium. Students need to come to school in concert attire.  There will be NO EXTENDED DAY for 4th or 5th graders that day.  The Scholastic book order is due on Friday, December 21st before Christmas break. 
      If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a wonderful weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
 








   November 30, 2018
Dear Families,
      We finished Eagle Song and wrote a mini essay about the book.  We wrote about conflict and the problems that main character was facing in the book and how this character solved his problems with the help of his community, family and culture.  We also learned how to include a small introductory paragraph that hooks our reader and tells them what we are writing about, and a small conclusion to wrap up the ideas we wrote about. 
     This week in math, students learned how to multiply up to 4-digits by 1-digit using the partial product method (P.P.M). They learned to also compare it with the typical standard algorithm (the "traditional" way of doing it) and apply it. Students should now know at least three ways to solve a 4-by-1 digit type problems (area model, partial product and standard algorithm). They have the general concept but where some struggle is their multiplication math facts. Please find ways to help your child practice their math facts so that they can be proficient and confident in their learning as we get to division in the following weeks.
     In Social Studies we will be wrapping up our lesson on slavery in New York. We will be using the web site Ducksters to learn a bit more about slavery. Then we will move on to a review of unit one and finish with a unit one test. 
      A couple of reminders for next week:    The new extended day program for December and January will start next week.  If you haven’t returned any new forms, your child will follow their regular dismissal plan.  There will be a half day of school next week on December 5 for parent/teacher conferences.  There is also a new Scholastic book order form in the Friday folder.  This will be due before Winter break on December 21.  Finally, please make sure to check the lost and found for belongings that may belong to your child.  There are two entire racks full of clothing and other accessories that have not been claimed. 
     If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a marvelous weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
 
 





  November 16, 2018
Dear Families,
         We have almost finished the novel Eagle Song this week and have talked a lot about symbolism and what the author is trying to teach us.  We have continued to answer text-based questions using evidence.  We also started talking about what theme or lesson the author was trying to show us in this book.  We will start to write a short mini essay on conflict and how characters in the book solved their problems with the help of their community, family and culture next week.  
       This week in math, students continued working on finding the area and perimeter of a rectangle in word problems. We also worked on multiplying with multiples of 10 (ex. 3 x 2,000) and found patterns to help us easily do our math. Students are also learning how to multiply up to 4-digit by 1-digit multiplication (4,352 x 6) using the area model and partial products method. Students will be learning the standard algorithm for multiplying next week and should expect a Mid-Module 3 test before the Thanksgiving Break.
         We will be learning about the settlement of New Netherland. We will be learning about why the fur trade, land ownership, development of New Netherlands and the Patroon system was a good idea and why it was a bad idea.
         A couple of reminders for next week:    The 2nd quarter started at the beginning of this week.  Students have a goal of ten AR (accelerated reader) points every marking period.  They have until the end of January to meet their new reading goal.  Please remember to return any conference forms back to the homeroom teacher as soon as possible.  Look for reminders of your conference time in the Friday folders.  Scholastic book orders are due on Friday, November 30.  We will have no school on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd for Thanksgiving break.  There will be NO EXTENDED DAY on Tuesday, November 20th  to accommodate families traveling for the break.   
  If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a marvelous weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
 
 















November 9, 2018
Dear Families,
              We are continuing to read Eagle Song and learn about strategies to figure out words in the text that we don’t know.  Your child is working on flagging evidence in their text to answer questions and discuss questions with their triad or group members.  They have looked at symbolism and metaphors in the text to analyze what the author is trying to teach them.  Finally, we have worked on analyzing characters in the text to get a deeper understanding of their emotions and what helps to define them. 
               In Social Studies we are moving into Early European Explorers. The students will learn about the explorers of New York State: Hudson, Verrazzano, and Champlain. They will use maps, readings and video clips to access information about their reasons for exploration; their routes, the significance of their discoveries, and the first settlement of New York. 
               This week in math, students played games that helped them practice their multiplication math facts. Students worked on deriving the formulas for finding the perimeter and area. They have used their knowledge of both concepts to find missing sides when given the area or perimeter. Additionally, they are practicing the phrase "__ times as much/many as __ is __." Please help them find ways to practice those skills at home
                 A couple of reminders for next week:   Remember to return Parent/Teacher Conference forms to your homeroom teacher if you haven’t already.  Next week starts the 2nd quarter marking period.  Your child will have 10 weeks to meet their AR goal of 10 points.  Please remember to have your child keep any toys or trading cards at home (per the student handbook).  We will have no school on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd because of Thanksgiving recess.  There will also be NO extended day on November 20th to accommodate families traveling.                     
              If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond promptly.  Have a wonderful three day weekend!
 
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org
 
 
         

       







    November 2, 2018
Dear Families,
           Your child is continuing to learn about the Haudenosaunee.  We are continuing to read Eagle Song and learn about strategies to figure out words in the text that we don’t know.  Your child is working on flagging evidence in their text to answer questions and discuss questions with their triad or group members.  We have also been working on symbolism in the text and understanding and discussing what certain things mean or symbolize for the characters.    
We will be starting a new lesson in Social Studies. The students will read about the political life and relationship of the Iroquois and the Algonquin and compare how they solved problems. The students will be using a Venn diagram to show this comparison.
            This week in math, students worked on the last conversion in measurements, going from milliliters (mL) to liters (L). Students worked on word problems with extra focus on forming tape diagrams to help them "see" the problems better. They continued to review by playing Jeopardy and practicing team work and turn-taking. We will start on Module 3 next week which is mostly about multiplication and division. Please refer to Elementary website to gather resources to help and practice with your child on their multiplication facts.
       A couple of reminders for next week:    You will find parent/teacher conference forms in the Friday folder this week.  You can sign up for times to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher.  There is also a new Scholastic book order included that will be due on Friday, November, 30.  The next D.E.A.R day is Thursday, November 8.  Students will be able to drop everything and read during the day.  Students have one more week to meet their AR goal for the first quarter.  AR goals are due by next Friday, November, 9.  We will have no school on Monday, November, 12 because of Veteran’s Day. 
If you have any questions or concerns you can email any of us and we will respond as soon as we can.  Have a great weekend!
                                                            Mrs. Creeden       acreeden@southseneca.org  
                                                                Mrs. Blum             lblum@southseneca.org
                                                                Mrs. Nguyen-Vo   mnguyenvo@southseneca.org