January Newsletter

Randy and Jocelyn's Class

Important Dates

January 5: Students Return

January 15: Pizza Party (please do not order/send lunch that day

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day No School

January 28: Market 9-11am

What We Are Learning

Social Studies- Economics We are continuing to work within our Economics unit, which will culminate with Market from 9am-11am January 28. Students will learn how to write a business plan for products they will make/bake/sew/design/write/draw or anything else by hand. They will have the opportunity to sell their products and buy from their classmates using Nishant Bucks (our classroom currency). There will be an exchange system of Nishant Bucks for materials needed to create their products for sale. As your children begin making their products to sell, help encourage them along the way but please let them work on these themselves. They will be given some opportunities throughout the month to work on their products and marketing displays in class. However, they will likely have to work at home as well. We will send out a separate information email in the coming week. Family and friends are invited!


Skills and Content covered:

  1. Bartering and Trading
  2. Wants vs. Needs
  3. Budgeting
  4. Goal Setting (short, mid and long term)
  5. Markets and Competition
  6. Opportunity Cost
  7. Goods/Services
  8. Innovation
  9. Producers/Consumers



MathDivision; Map Reference Frames; Measures of Angles- This unit will focus on understanding the division operation, developing a method for dividing whole numbers , and solving division number stories.


Skills and Content covered:

1. Multiplication and Division Number Stories

2. Strategies for Division

3. Partial Quotients

4. Expressing and interpreting remainders

5. Rotations and Angles using protractors

6. Letter-number pairs and ordered pairs of numbers on a grid


Writing Workshop:

We are continuing our poetry unit focusing on cinquain, haiku, free verse and lyrical poetry. Students will create a variety of poems to collect and share at the end of the unit.


Skills and Content covered:

1. Alliteration

2. Imagery

3. Metaphor

4. Onomatopoeia

5. Personification

6. Repetition

7. Rhyme

8. Rhyme Scheme

9. Rhythm

10. Simile

11. Stanza

12. Theme

13. Tone


Reading- Our next Book Club reading will be The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies which will serve as a economic model to support our social studies unit.


We are continuing to read parts of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz to help reinforce positivity within our classroom community.

1. Speak impeccably

2. Don't take anything personally

3. Don't make assumptions

4. Always do your best

Other Important Information

Elizabeth Cohen was selected as one of the INtown 20 Under 20 for her efforts in raising funds and awareness about rhino preservation. Great Work Elizabeth!!!!


Nishant is supplying a pizza party for both fourth grade classes on January 15 so please do not send or order lunch for your child that day.