4th Grade News

Mrs. DeCocq's Class: December

Important Dates and Events for December

*Monday, December 7 (TODAY): Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day. This is at the Chick-Fil-A in Westfield. I will be there from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Come and eat dinner and support Hazel Dell!

*Tuesday, December 8: Holiday Gift School: 1:00 p.m. (Please send money with your student TOMORROW, if you want him or her to shop at the Secret Gift Shop.

*Friday, December 18: All School Caroling @ 1:45 pm (ish), Hazel Dell Cafeteria and Gym

(I will be in contact with all of you concerning the exact time of the Caroling).

*Friday, December 18: Classroom Holiday Party

*Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4: Winter Vacation

*Tuesday, January 5: School Resumes, Beginning of 2nd Semester

Classroom Holiday Party

Please contact me as soon as possible (via email), if you are able to volunteer for for our classroom's Holiday Party which will be on Friday, December 18 from 2:30-3:15. If you can help with a game or items for the student treat bags, email me and I will send your contact information to Mrs. Cannatella.

Hazel Dell Holiday Service Project

As we enter into the season of giving, Hazel Dell has once again chosen to donate items to a school in Central Indiana. This is the second year that we will be changing the traditional book exchange into an optional service project. If you are interested in donating items, we will be collecting markers, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, rulers, pencils, kleenex, dry erase markers, and pencil boxes. (They have plenty of notebooks and notebook paper.) Please do NOT wrap the donated items. They will be boxed and delivered to the school w/ love from the HD school community!

High Flying Hawks: Responsibility

Mallory and Hope
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Language Arts

The students have recently completed the novel, Trouble River. They enjoyed this book and learned more about deciding the theme of what they read. The students did well in sighting examples when responding to the novel. As you should know, the students are now assigned to use their engineering skills to create a raft that will hold weight without sinking. Raft sketches and rafts themselves should be completed and brought to school by Friday, December 11. Please contact me, if you have any questions about this project.

The students are now reading some holiday selections and are responding to these with evidence from the text as well as learning more about the figurative language within literature.


We are now working on the process of division with partial-quotients. This can be a very difficult math skill and it is extremely important that the students have their basic multiplication facts memorized. Be sure you are having the students practice their facts with flash cards as often as possible. We will also be working on the traditional method of division (the method us adults learned). Please be sure to look over your student's graded papers as they come home. It is a great idea to go over your child's work and missed problems with him or her.

Project Lead the Way

Below are some photos from our PLTW Module 1: Energy and Collisions. The students worked in small groups to create a vehicle restraint system to protect their egg "passenger" in a collision.