4C News

Friday, April 7, 2017


Mrs. Close's Class ~ Today, we officially finished Module 6. Look for corrected tests to come home early next week. During the upcoming week, we'll spend time reviewing for the NYS Math test which will be given May 2, 3, & 4th. In the beginning of the school year we dedicated a lot of time to the importance of neat, organized work. I think it's safe to say that some the kids have "slipped" a bit. We are back to showing all of our work in a neat, organized way. This includes fully erasing errors. Some kids will put a > sign, then realize they want a < sign, but never erase the first answer. As a result, I mark the answer wrong. These work habits are important to establish now. Keep the Exit Ticket corrections coming my way!

Mr. Hart's Class ~ We finished up topics C and D this week. We took the Topic D quiz today that will come home next week. The Topic C quiz is in your Friday folders. We have worked on finding fraction equivalence and adding and subtracting numbers with like and unlike denominators. Overall the kids understand the concepts, but need more practice with using the concept to attain mastery. Next week and the week after Spring Break will be spent preparing for the state math assessment, which is scheduled for May 2,3, and 4.

Mr. Lawton's Class ~ Math has seen a move into equivalent fractions and placing fractions on a number line. I am trying to limit strategies to one or two that help reinforce the basic concept of what fractions mean and how they are valued. Work with computation and fluency, especially multiplication and division, really helps understand the relationship between fractions. Everyone has been doing a great job getting homework in, and our quiz this week showed the result of their hard work with some amazing grades. Students are practicing and preparing for the coming test in our skills block at the beginning of class, and on Prodigy and iReady. If you need log in info let me know.


PAWS ~ No new PAWS for the upcoming week. It's been a lot of fun working on google docs with many of the kids. For those who are editing with me through google, a final copy must still be printed and signed by an adult at home. I still think it's important for a parent to view the final piece.

Picture Book Friday ~ Izzie will read to us on Monday.

Word Work ~ The Pink group took their vocabulary quiz on Schoology today! The Blue and Yellow groups quizzed as well. I am planning on word work for the upcoming short week. The Pink group will get a new packet, but won't test until Friday, April 28th. However, the Blue and Yellow groups will test on Thursday, April 13th.

Colonial America Assessments ~ Look for those to come home next week!


We are currently working within our Magnetism & Electricity unit.

Music News

Kids will need to bring instruments on Wednesday, April 12th for lessons and the next day, April 13th for band/orchestra rehearsal. Chorus will rehearse Wednesday afternoon.

Upcoming Field Trips

On Tuesday, May 23rd the entire 4th grade will be traveling to Genesee Country Village & Museum. Student admission is $7 and adult chaperones are $11. Please contact me ASAP at closege@canandaiguaschools.org if you need financial assistance for your child's admission. Parents who are joining us will need to meet us there. Kids have to ride the bus to the field trip site, but can leave the museum with you if proper permission slips are returned prior to the field trip date. This paperwork will come out the first week of May.

Monday, June 19th will be our grade level trip to Onanda Park. This trip will cost $2 per student. The cost covers the pavilion rental and the busing to the park. The same procedures apply to this trip. Kids have to ride the bus to the park, but can be dismissed from the park with parents if appropriate paperwork is complete prior to the field trip to date.

More specifics will be coming soon. I wanted parents to have advance notice in case you'd like to join us and so plans can be made around costs. I will send out a google form in first week of May to find out which parents would like to chaperone.

Book Orders

April Book Orders have been stuffed into Friday folders. It's a quick turn around as orders are due by Thursday, April 12th. I will submit the order before the end of the day and they should be here when we get back from break.

Important Dates to Remember

April 14 - NO SCHOOL, Superintendent's Conference Day

April 17-21 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

April 28 - 1st Day of Swimming

May 2-4 - NYS Math Assessment

May 23 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the Genesee Country Village & Museum

June 19 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Onanda Park