Ms. Bachhuber's Bulletin

December 18th

Meet the Crayfish!

This week was our first lesson in our FOSS Science "Structures of Life" unit that the students got to meet the crayfish.

In this unit, students will

  • Care for and feed crayfish.
  • Observe the structures and behaviors of crayfish.
  • Record observations and share them with other students.
  • Monitor and record observations of crayfish.
  • Investigate the territorial behavior of crayfish.
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, and organizing.

Multi-Digit Multiplication

Your child learned multi-digit multiplication today using the box-method. This is different than the way you probably learned it (It's different than the way I originally learned it too!) Have your child show you an example of how to do this method. (Ex: 24 x 36 = [864]) This is a fresh concept, please know that we will be working on this for the remainder of Unit 5! I have attached some videos that show how the box-method works as well! Please don't hesitate to email if you have any questions!


Ask your child to use the box method to figure out:

What is 45 x 74? (3330)

What is 65 x 93? (6045)

Multiplication Box Method Strategy


We have started to write persuasive email about how (Civil War/American Revolution) is the greatest conflict in American history. Students will be using the research they did on their informational writing pieces to persuade their audience that this was a great conflict in American History.

Ask your child about his/her persuasive email!

Holiday Party

Our classroom holiday party will be held in the afternoon on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Fourth Grade Giving Tree

Every year each grade level chooses to donate items to people in need. This year 4th grade has chosen to support the Fort Atkinson Food Pantry. Outside our classroom a "Giving Tree" with ornaments has been set up. Each ornament has a specific item that the Fort Pantry needs. Please consider encouraging your child to take an ornament off the tree to donate to people in need this holiday season. The final day to donate items to the Food Pantry will be Tuesday December 23rd.


This month Green Team is working with each grade level to collect unused pencils and gently used pens to donate for an organization called Right-to-Write. This organization donates the unused pencils and gently used pens to developing countries. These items are donated to schools, hospitals, orphanages, and more! Each grade level has a basket outside their classrooms to put these items in.

Green Team will be collected these items until Tuesday, December 22nd.


Keep up the great work with filling out your 20/20 Reading Calendars and reading every night!

Important Dates to Remember

December 22nd - Last day to donate to Right-to-Write and Fort Food Pantry

December 23rd- January 3rd - Winter Break

Green Team Theme for December

Watch this Green Team message for the month of December!

Panther Times

Several fourth and fifth grade students created a School Newspaper group this year. They will be sending out an issue of the Panther Times quarterly. Click on the link to check out what these kiddos have to say about what's going on at Purdy!

Volume 1 Issue 1 : Panther Times