4C News

Friday, January 26th, 2018


Mrs. Close's Class ~ We finished Module 4 this week and plan to begin Module 5 on Monday. Module 5 allows students to build on their Grade 3 work with unit fractions as they explore fraction equivalence and extend this understanding to mixed numbers. This leads to the comparison of fractions and mixed numbers. Benchmark fractions play an important part in students’ ability to generalize and reason about relative fraction and mixed number sizes. Students then have the opportunity to apply what they know to be true for whole number operations to the new concepts of fraction and mixed number operations. This module will take us through February and into March.

Ms. Gleason's Class ~ We began the geometry module this week. The children have already learned many new vocabulary words - point, line segment, line, ray, vertex, acute angle, right angle, obtuse angle, perpendicular lines, intersecting lines and parallel lines. See how many of those words your child can tell you about! Next week we will be measuring and drawing angles.

Mr. Hart's Math Class ~ The module three assessment came home this week for your signature. Overall the class did well on the test. We will continue to work on division and multiplication. A couple of times a week the kids will come home with a mixed practice sheet to continue to reinforce those skills. We finished Topic A in module 4. We covered different types of lines, rays, and angles. The kids took the topic quiz yesterday and should be in the Friday folders today. Mr. Dittmar began to teach the kids how to measure angles using a half circle protractor. This usually takes some time but we will continue to practice this skill as well.

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Picture Book Friday ~ Anna read a great story with a great theme today! Jeremy is up for next Friday!

PAWS ~ We are working right along! This week we spent time on the correct use of there, their, they're. This is something we'll have to come back to often throughout the remainder of the school year. There are more mini lessons to come on the homophones to, too, and two, using commas to list within a sentence, and using apostrophes appropriately. The new PAWS is below if your child is interested in getting a jump start.

Word Work ~ During the upcoming week, every student will take part in some form of Word Work based on his/her spelling stage. The students who have nailed the spelling rules and vowel patterns will focus on vocabulary. The students who need more practice and instruction on those patterns and rules will get what they need.

Fiction Piece ~ We took time today to share fiction pieces. They are far from being finished, but it was fun to hear what the kids have started.

Read Aloud ~ We finished Because of Winn-Dixie. A Wrinkle in Time is our new novel. I just had to read it to the kids before the movie comes out in March!


We have finished the magnetism part of our unit. This week the kids learned about induced magnetism and worked with iron filings and compasses to find hidden magnets. We'll shift gears to the electricity part of the unit during the upcoming week.

The crayfish tank arrived today! :) The kids love it!

Valentine's Day

4th graders usually love Valentine's Day! Next Friday I'll send home a list of all the students' names. I'll also include a signup genius in next Friday's newsletter for the ice cream party.


Kids will need to bring instruments on Tuesday and Thursday of the upcoming week.

Girls Soaring in STEM Fair @ RIT

Come learn about engineering, computing, technology and science possibilities through hands-on demonstrations and activities during this STEM Fair. Presented by the RIT Women in Technology, Women in Science, Women in Computing, and Women in Engineering students and faculty. This is a FREE event in the B. Thomas College of Computing. Girls and parents can come and go between 9 am and 1:30 pm. This event is for young women in grades 4th - 12th.

RSVP By February 2, 2018


Date: March 3rd, 2018 (Sat.)

Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm EST

Ages: 4th grade and higher

Location: RIT Campus: B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Yearbook Orders

All orders are due by Friday, February 2nd.

Invention Convention Information

From Mrs. Coleates......

Students can continue to turn in Intent to Invent forms until January 19th.

January- February - Student inventors work on inventions and descriptions outside of school. Use the Inventor’s Handbook to guide you!

February 9- Inventors bring their creations to school, including a labeled diagram, and written description of how the inventions works or could work. Inventions are set up in the Primary Auditorium.

February 12-16- Invention Convention in the Primary Auditorium. Classes visit during the day, families are invited on Tuesday, February 13 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM in The Primary Auditorium.

Calling all parents, guardians, grandparents and other interested adults. You can help make the Invention Convention a success by volunteering.

· Your role is to guide students as they are viewing the inventions. Helping them to see many inventions and to think about how they could be used.

· The Invention Convention Guidelines for viewing will be posted.

· There will be a maximum of 2 classes at a time, with their teachers.

· Please sign up to volunteer using the link here. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44a8ad22aafa7-invention3

Thank you for volunteering your time! Your help will allow this to be an amazing experience for our students K-5!