4th Grade Gazette

Weekly Newsletter • January 8, 2016

What's New This Week?

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a well-deserved, relaxing winter break. We did! As our students continue to mature and progress this year, we'd like to remind you of the higher expectations of our 4th graders in order to prepare them for fifth grade and middle school.


First, cursive is now required on all assignments, except for notes, math, and rough drafts. Also, on average, students should be striving to read at least one book per week at home. They may take their quiz on their independent reading book once they return to school.


Starting next quarter through the end of the year, late assignments and/or papers with no name, will no longer be accepted. If a student does not submit their assignment after an absence within the allotted time (see agenda), or the student forgets to put their name on an assignment, the assignment will automatically be entered into the grade book as Not Handed In (NHI), which equates to a zero.


Finally, please continue to encourage your child to learn their multiplication facts! Multiplication is the foundation for the rest of the math curriculum this year and next. Students who know their multiplication facts from 0 through 12 tend to do much better on the assessments and new units.


Please help us encourage your child to be responsible and conscientious about learning the material and turning in all work. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

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Return Enrollment Forms!

Please complete and return the 2016-2017 Enrollment Form sent home with your child today by Friday, January 15th. Thanks for your cooperation.

Upcoming Assignments

Monthly Poem

Patrick Henry's Famous Speech

Given March 22, 1776


It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!


Test date: Friday, January 29th

Monthly AR Quizzes Due by Jan. 29th

The deadline for students to take a minimum of two Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes on books they've read within their individual book level ranges this month is Friday, January 29th.

Happy Birthday to....

  • Cole Compton, Jr., - January 6th
  • Anna Korkos - January 7th
  • Sophia Harris - January 10th
  • Arjun Nanduri - January 14th
  • Emily Kim - January 19th
  • Stella Nguyen - January 20th

We kindly ask that you do not have your children distribute their birthday invitations during school hours. Thank you.

Upcoming Important Dates & Events

  • Administration / Parent Roundtable - Monday, January 11th @ 5 p.m.
  • PTO Board Meeting - Monday, January 11th @ 6 p.m.
  • PTO General Meeting - Monday, January 11th @ 7 p.m.
  • PTO Family Fun Night Used Uniform Sale - Friday, January 15th @ 6:00 p.m.
  • PTO Family Fun Pizza & Movie Night - Friday, January 15th @ 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7: 00 p.m.
  • No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Monday, January 18th
  • Foster's Spirit Night - Wednesday, January 20th
  • Advisory Board - Monday, January 25th @ 6 p.m.
  • End of Quarter 2 - Friday, January 29th
  • Half-Day for Students - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Friday, January 29th @ 6 p.m.
  • Teacher Work Day (No Students) - Monday, February 1st

Community Service Opportunity

NJHS Annual Coat Drive for SERVES

When: January 11-26th


Where: Collected in homeroom


How Many: 1 coat = 1 hour of community service (limit 2).


See Pennington Home Page to download the flyer.

Contact the 4th Grade Team

Teacher Emails:

Mrs. Anderson (Team Lead): ANDERSEH@pwcs.edu


Ms. Pierce: PIERCESM@pwcs.edu


Dr. Idio: IDIOIE@pwcs.edu