The Wallace Wildcat

Hoboken, NJ- November 24, 2021

Dear Wallace School Parents and Guardians,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. Each and every parent, guardian, faculty, staff member, and student has played an integral role in making this year one of our most spectacular years yet. I am truly thankful for the love and support I have seen throughout our Wallace School community. Thank you all for the hard work and dedication you have shown our amazing students.


Although it is a short week, our Kindergarten crew continues to work hard on all they do. This week we were extra busy with lots of fun activities and introducing our students to the Writers Workshop! Students were very excited about Thanksgiving coming up and couldn't wait for our amazing pie tasting day! We continue to discuss emotions and discussed different ways that people express the same emotion in their body.

In ELA, students dove right into Writers Workshop. Students organized their thoughts with the help of a graphic organizer. They were tasked to come up with four of their favorite winter memories. Students brainstormed their thoughts and then drew their four favorite memories onto the graphic organizer. We then transferred one of these pictures onto the writers workshop writing paper that will serve as our paper for our writing piece. Students are very excited to continue with this process and become official writers!

In Math, students continued to explore shapes. Students used pattern block puzzles, created shapes using playdough and geo boards, as well as created a turkey using 2D shapes! Math continues to focus on making and combining shapes and on using shapes to make pictures and designs.

In Social Studies, students looked at maps and discussed how we find different landmarks. We asked students different questions such as "If you were to walk from the front of the School to the Park, which direction would you turn at the Park to get to the pond?”. Students enjoyed looking at maps and using their markers to circle landmarks.

In Science, we are doing a STEM project based on the book Turkey Trouble . Please encourage your child to check out the balloons in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

First Grade

This week we reviewed our short vowel sounds and high-frequency words from the last two weeks. We reviewed inflectional endings -ed and -ing. We also revisited singular and plural nouns.

We have begun brainstorming our favorite holiday memories. We used a graphic organizer to organize our memories by writing down six memories we could remember about the holiday we celebrate.

We reviewed our addition and subtraction skills with some fun turkey math. We have wrapped up our Unit 2 on geometry and will begin unit 3 when we return from Thanksgiving break.

We have also been learning all about Native Americans and Pilgrims. After reading a few articles we have begun using our comprehension skills to answer questions about the articles we have read.

Second Grade

It's a short but sweet week in second grade! The students are preparing for their Winter Wonderland Writing Submission. Students brainstormed their favorite holiday memories. They chose one special memory and began drafting their own personal narratives. We discussed how to capture the reader's attention by starting our story with a great opening. We look forward to finalizing our draft next week and showcasing our work at HPS Arts and Literacy Family Night on Sunday, December 12th.

In Math this week, students worked diligently on solving addition and subtraction word problems. We discussed various strategies on solving the same problem. Students then wrote their own word problem and asked a classmate to solve it.

Lastly, students read stories related to Thanksgiving and worked on fun activities related to the holiday. The second grade students and teachers wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with your loved ones.

Third Grade

In third grade students are beginning to prewrite and brainstorm 'What the holidays mean to us?'. Students are actively participating in daily writers workshop activities to craft their essays.

This week students have also been working in their STEAM tank groups to discuss their inventions and how it will solve an environmental problem.

We finished the week, discussing gratitude and thankfulness. Students wrote their version of the 'ABC's of Thankfulness' and shared why they are thankful. We hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday weekend and takes the time to reflect and give thanks!

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Fourth Grade


Our 4th grader writers began their Winter theme writing task - What do the Holidays mean to you? Each student is crafting an essay describing what the holidays mean to them. Students will engage in the writing process to develop their thoughts. This week we began with students brainstorming ideas using a circle thinking map to come up with four details. Students learned about how to “Hook” their readers. It was a very productive short week!


Our 4th grade mathematicians began multiplying 2 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. This is a challenging skill for the 4th graders, but they did a great job! Students will continue to work on their multiplication facts as they see how important it is to know their facts.

Social Studies

November is Native American Heritage Month and our 4th graders are working hard on their Native American diorama and google slide presentations. Each student researched a different tribe and is creating a diorama to represent their tribe along with a google slide presentation with key information that needs to be included in their presentation. Projects were due on Friday, November 19th!

Fifth Grade

In Language Arts, the 5th graders are crafting narratives to develop realistic experiences or events by selecting relevant details from the original text to create a story arc for their narrative with all story components. Students are also crafting an essay describing what the holidays mean to them.

In Math, 5th Graders are engaged in recognizing and solving for volume by utilizing appropriate measurement units, tools, strategies in class. They will also begin this week solving problem related fractions by using what they already know about fractions and decimals. 5th Graders are exploring the relationship between fractions and division using real world examples - specifically, food. Yummy!

In Social Studies our 5th grade scholars are comparing and contrasting jobs during the Industrial Revolution by examining a series of images that depict factory work to identify and reflect on disparities based on skill level, race and ethnicity, gender, and age.

Ms. McGeehin's Art on a Cart

Second and third graders have been working hard on their cave art and are finishing up this project this week! Students loved drawing animals on their crumpled paper to create art inspired by the ancient art found in the Lascaux caves in France.

Wallace's Music Department

In music class this week, 2nd graders used music notes and symbols to create a turkey art project. Then, they reviewed note time values by clapping, singing, and tapping various rhythm patterns. They will be progressing to more complicated rhythms next week.
The chorus and band concert is set for Dec. 15th at 7PM in the HS Auditorium. More details will be provided next week as to how to purchase tickets online. Band and chorus students received a save the date flyer.

A Note from the Office of Special Services- Dr. D'Elia

Parents and guardians of children with special needs are invited to the next SEPAG Resource Sharing event

December 7, 2021

6:00 pm

Hoboken Middle School

Google Meet Link

(No childcare is available)

Special guests: George Bostory of Special Dragons and Jeannie Callahan of Angel Sense

Parents are invited to email Dr. D’Elia ( by December 3, 2021 any resources that they would like to share with other parents. These resources will be compiled and shared via our website

Parents who would like to sign up to receive calendar reminders, please send your email address via this Google Form

Invitamos a padres de niños que necesitan atención diferenciada a la próxima reunión de SEPAG en la cual vamos a conversar sobre recursos para nuestros niños

La reunión incluirá presentaciones de Special Dragons (un programa de karate para niños que necesitan atención diferenciada) y de Angel Sense (una compañía que produce un producto para localizar a niños extraviados)

Fecha: 7 de diciembre 2021

Hora: 6:00 pm

Si quiere participar en la reunión presencial: Hoboken Middle School (158 4th Street) (No hay cuidado de niños)

También se puede participar a través de este enlace para Google Meet a la misma hora

Si quiere recibir notificaciones por correo electrónico, por favor complete este formulario

Si requiere mas informacion, por favor comuníquese con la directora D’Elia (

Individualized Learning Pathway - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

On Mondays - Wednesdays during the Individualized Learning Pathway (ILP) period, students who have qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) programming engage in a wide array of verbal course offerings that address their specific strengths and interests. Johns Hopkins CTY believes in researching and advancing ways to identify and nurture academically talented learners. CTY furthers research, guides educators and families and inspires students from diverse communities and backgrounds to pursue their intellectual passions and create the world of tomorrow. This week, we would like to highlight one of the CTY courses offered to our Hoboken students this fall:

Young Readers Series: Mystery Stories

Become an investigator and search for clues within each story, then try to solve the puzzle! In this course, our young detectives will uncover some of the reasons why things are not always what they seem. Our students will journey to 19th century London and to a modern African wildlife preserve while reading stories that include danger, fantasy, suspense. Sifting through these enthralling stories on the hunt for answers, we will analyze and draw inferences from clues found in the setting, plot, and characters, crafting creative writing and discussion forum posts and sharpening your critical thinking skills along the way. Practice being curious, aware, and reflective as we try to solve each mystery!

NJIT eSTEM Challenge

NJIT's Center for Pre-College Programs is proud to announce its 2nd annual elementary STEM competition. The focus of the challenge will be on engineering and design. It will feature a "renewable energy theme" that student teams will have to solve using the Engineering Design Process.


Please complete this form by 12:00 pm on November 30, 2021 to nominate a teacher or educational professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference in our community! Remember, every voice matters.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a member of our Wallace Family.

Please fill out this form for lunch this week.

As always, please be sure to find some time to relax and enjoy the weekend. Until next time… Martin Shannon, Principal

Daily Covid Form

We want to first extend a thank you to all for a great start to our school year! As we continue to settle in to our arrival routines, here are a few reminders and updates to keep things flowing smoothly.

Prior to arriving at school each day, please complete the COVID-19 Questionnaire on Genesis for each student. At times it can be challenging to do so while at Wallace as there are many families using devices at the same time. For more information about access to this questionnaire, please review the Genesis webinar:

If you do not yet have access to Genesis, please complete the Genesis Parent Portal Request Access Form: