Fourth Grade Shoots for the Stars!

Weekly Greetings from Mr. Leibowitz

News from our Fourth Grade Classroom

Whatever you remember of the month of May, you can be sure it is action packed at CBA!


Our fourth graders are sprinting to the finish line and tackling plenty of challenging academic and content-rich work in language arts and mathematics. Fourth graders learned how to identify equivalent fractions and to simplify fractions into their simplest form. In Language Arts, our students read further in their chapter books and learned more about adverbs. In our penultimate meeting with our Lion's Cage teams, our students worked studiously on "thank you" letters for the Lions.


What's next on our plate? Our final STEM project for the year, a research project involving the Civil War. We can do it!

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Mother's Day Celebration!

Moms, thank you for everything you do and for joining us for all the fun at the Mother's Day Tea and Spring Art Show. It was so much fun!
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CBA, Meet the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 16: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at the People's Light Theatre Company!
  • Thursday, May 18: 1st - 5th Spring Concert. The fun starts at 5:45 PM!
  • May 19: Dress Down Day.
  • May 23: Field Trip to Villanova University's Mendel Science Center.
  • May 26: Dress down & Field Day for grades 1-5. Games begin at 1:30 PM!
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Check out our previous updates:

Lion's Cage!

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Congratulations to teams NonYaBusiness, BAR, 4 Productions, F Cubed, 4Gram, and the Cooking Crazies for doing an AMAZING job! What a great experience for the kids, parents and teachers alike! If you were not able to attend, make sure you find the link on Twitter to see your child in action.


Helping our fourth graders develop their inventions from dream to reality was an amazing experience. Keep checking this newsletter for more pictures in the coming days. If you have pictures from Friday's event, please feel free to email them to me.


It does not surprise me that our fourth graders were able to rock this event while simultaneously bringing their best effort to our standardized testing! Well done fourth grade! For those students that missed a day of testing due to absences, make-ups will take place on Monday, May 1.

Meet the Chicks!

We even got a chance to play with Ms. Montiero's baby chicks! Thank you first grade for being so welcoming!

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The game was a nail-biter, but the kids prevailed!

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More Mentoring and Book Buddy Fun with Team #Pre-K

On your mark...

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Get set...

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Go!

(Click the link to see the race of the century!)

Valentine's Day Celebration!

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Gallery Walk and Literature Circle with Fifth Grade!

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Reading Buddies with Team Pre-K!

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Watch fourth graders team up with #TeamPreK to help them learn about Letter Buddies!

Literature circles with our fifth grade friends:

STEM Lesson: Analyzing a Package

Math Centers!

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Scenes from our Winter Concert!

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Congratulations Twisha! She is our "Lunch Bunch" winner for Responsibility month!

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Thanksgiving fun!

Book Shares!

Philadelphia Orchestra Trip

Fourth graders were treated to all kinds of fun and excitement this week, beginning with our school field trip to the Philadelphia Orchestra's Link Up: The Orchestra Moves series. Students were up and out of their seats, actively participating in Beethoven's 5th Symphony and acting out the musical motifs (by waving, tiptoeing, bouncing, and more) along with the performers' rendition of Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King." I think it was clear to everyone that Offenbach's "Can Can" was a fan favorite!

Fourth graders were excited when we welcomed our first guest teacher of the school year, Mrs. Whitelock! Mrs. Whitelock is a children's book author, former elementary school teacher, former college professor of education, and an all-around incredible person! In her lesson, she introduced fourth graders to her book, "Lucy Loves Life: A Fall Visit to the Farm," and used it as a prism through which to share her love of stories and storytelling to her students. It was an exciting and personalized event. Third and fourth graders got to learn how she became an author and all about the many colorful characters in her life. Much to the surprise of many of the students, that list includes her son-in-law, Mr. Leibowitz!
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Halloween may have come and gone, but we want to once again thank the amazing parents and family members who helped decorate Chesterbrook Academy for our Halloween Parade!
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Check Out Our Adventures at Cherry Crest Farm!

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Learning About Pennsylvania History at CBA!

Learning About Pennsylvania History at the State Capitol in Harrisburg!

RESPECT Lesson: Our Character Counts Kickoff!

Subtracting Across Zeroes

Our Field Trip to New York City is on Friday, 12/2/2016!

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Start spreading the news... we are going to New York City!


  • Please review the itinerary sent out by email. We will leave early (7:45 am) and return late!
  • There is a $100 deposit for each participant that is due on September 26th.
  • Final payments are due on November 10th.
  • Parents are not required to go on the trip. In the past, 95% of parents do attend these trips (and our overnight one in spring).
  • Students who do not participate in the field trip are permitted to attend school on December 2nd.


Bring snacks for the ride, a camera, and your sense of adventure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Our Fourth Graders Know that Kindness Rocks!

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Fourth Grade's Buddy Bench Message

Fourth Grade had a message for Chesterbrook Academy students about the "Buddy Bench." Click the link below to see for yourself.


Bravo, fourth graders!

Thank you for reading our weekly s'more! Please continue to check our class website and twitter for more updates and fun communications as they occur.
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