4 Vitale Happenings

What's been going on in room 101

Wonderful Writers!

The last Author Celebration was a great success! It was such a pleasure to have you all come into the classroom to see and hear the wonderful work that your son or daughter had created each day in school! The kids really enjoyed showing off their pieces and truly felt like authors! If you weren't able to make it to the Author Celebration, contact me so I can send home your child's writing portfolio to be shared with you! :-)

It's the Final Countdown!

How is it almost the end of May already?!?!? Well as they say, time flies when you are having fun! Just the other day I was looking at the class photo that was taken back in October and it's amazing to see how much the class has grown and matured! It has been such a pleasure having each and every one of your children in my class - we have learned a lot, laughed a lot, conversed in deep thinking, and truly have enjoyed each other's company! I am going to miss each and every one of them . . . .BUT . . .there still are a few more weeks left, so the following is a list of important dates to keep in mind as 4th grade slowly comes to an end:

May 23 - New Cycle of Specials Begin - Gym will be on Monday and the rest of the week is Spanish.

May 24 - Scholastic Book Fair - Our class will be going around 10:30. Send any money in an envelope labeled with their name on it. It's a BOGO sale!

May 25 - NJ ASK Science and Spring Concert - Please have your child arrive to school on time as testing will be held first thing in the morning.

May 26 - Field Day - Please have your child wear their appropriate team color and sneakers. Feel free to send them in with sunblock.

May 27- 31 - Memorial Day weekend, no school ;-)

June 3 - The Great Lawn Read - Send in a towel and a great book to read in the sun!

June 10 - Noteworthy New Jersey Fair - Come and learn all about New Jersey from 2:00 - 3:00 in the Gym.

June 21 - Awards Assembly and End of Year Party - More information about the end of year party will be sent home within the coming days.

June 22 & 23 - Early Dismissal - School ends at 12:50 and no lunch is served.

June 23 - Last day of Fourth Grade

Bringing Picture Books to Life Through Reader's Theater

The students are working on fluency, intonation, expression, pacing, and enunciation through reader's theater. The class has been split up into collaborative groups that are working on taking a picture book and turning it into a play. As playwrights, they are practicing the format of dramatic writing as they are composing scripts based off a piece of prose. Once the scripts are complete, students will then have a chance to act out the performance utilizing the strategies and skills of fluent readers.