4th Grade News

January 18th, 2016

Week in Review

We sent Aedon and Giuliana off on Friday and it certainly wasn't easy. Two wonderful kids and families that we will miss a ton. We had a party on Friday that also included Mrs. Howk's class so we could also say goodbye to Aedon's brother Giovanni. We sent them off with a memory book made by their current and former teachers, students and administrators. We also gave them a Moreau Bulldog T-shirt to wear proudly at their next school! Moreau won't be the same without them. We plan on keeping in touch.

After such an unseasonably warm fall and early winter, we haven't had to worry about the cold weather too much. Now that we are finally feeling Old Man Winter, please make sure that your child is prepared to go outside everyday. As long as the temperature allows, we will go out as often as we can.

At the bare minimum, students need:

  • Winter coat (A hoodie is not enough)
  • Gloves
  • Hood or winter hat

If your child would like to roll around in the snow and build snowmen, etc., then they need their full snow gear:

  • Items listed above


  • Snow boots
  • Snow pants

Persuade Me

We have begun to explore the difference between personal and persuasive opinion essays. Persuasive essays use FACTS to support the opinion, whereas personal essays use the authors personal experiences. Each student will soon decide on an issue that they have a strong opinion about and begin to research evidence and facts to prove their position.

Reading Logs

Now that we are back into the swing of things after Christmas vacation, we would like to remind all of our students and families that students should be reading a MINIMUM of 20-25 minutes each night. Reading each night is extremely important! Not only does it provide students a chance to practice the skills that are taught at school, but the best way to become a better reader is to READ!! In addition, students should be filling out the reading logs in their red folders and have them signed by an adult EACH NIGHT!!! Reading logs are collected periodically and given a grade, so we would appreciate any help and/or reminders that you can give at home.
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Weather Notes Gallery walk

Mrs. Pisani and Mrs. Reinemann's class held their gallery walk of all of the amazing notes that we took on our weather events. We loved seeing the ideas and facts that our classmates collected while they were researching! We gave out lots of compliments to our fellow classmates on their hard work!

Next up ion Reader's Workshop, each research team will be making a book about their weather event full of the facts and information that they learned!

Electrifying Electricity

Before we move on to electricity, I had to get some pictures of my students wearing science googles! It always makes me laugh! Hope you enjoy them too!

Next week, they will be given the challenge to make a lightbulb light with just a battery, bulb and wire. It's harder than they think! From there we will constructing circuits and testing conductors and insulators.

Double Trouble!

Two-digit by two-digit multiplication is double the trouble! We are learning many ways to solve these problems, including the area model and standard algorithm. So far we are hearing a lot of "This is easy!" so hopefully it will be smooth sailing. Our test on Module 3 will be sometime during the week of January 25th ... more specific details to come.

Thank you Emma!

A big THANK YOU to Emma, who donated books to our classroom library! We are very excited to read these great new titles!
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Play - Songs Of The Iroquois: Turtle Island

Tuesday, March 29th, 9:30am

207 Glen Street

Glens Falls, NY

The Iroquois Creation Story will come to life on the beautiful stage at the Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls. Permission slips will be coming home soon. Sorry, no chaperones for this trip.

NYS Capitol Building Tour

Thursday, May 5th, 9am-2:45pm

New York State Capitol, Albany, NY, United States

Albany, NY

The tour of the NYS Capitol is like no other! We visit the Senate and Assembly chambers and explore the Million Dollar Staircase. We also have time to squeeze in a trip up the Corning Tower to the observation deck and to look down on Albany. We will bring a limited number of chaperones on this trip, but you must provide your own transportation.

Fort Ticonderoga

Wednesday, June 15th, 8:30am-2:45pm

100 Fort Ti Road

Ticonderoga, NY

Mark your calendars ... ask for the day off! This is a field trip you can't miss! Join us for a day at Fort Ti exploring the fort and participating in an educational program.