Mrs. Schiavoni's Fourth Grade Newsletter


I hope this newsletter is finding you and your family enjoying this beautiful, busy autumn. I know I will be seeing most of you at our upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences, but there never seems to be enough time to talk about the fun parts of your child's education. Please email me if you have any questions or comments.

Reading and Writing Workshops...Takes Muscle!

I've been sharing with my students how important it is to really work at something in order to improve. I use the analogy of my new experience at the gym. I've learned if I want to be stronger I can't just do the same exercises with the same weights every session... I need to challenge myself. Learning to be better readers and writers takes the same endurance, stamina and commitment.

We have just completed our first Unit of Study for Reading in which we learned how to read realistic fiction intensely so that we could understand characters' motives better. We really enjoyed learning about Rob and Sistine's characters as we read The Tiger Rising. We were SHOCKED by the ending!

At the same time that we studied realistic fiction we also learned about writing realistic fiction. The students are currently publishing their short stories to share before Thanksgiving vacation. I'm certain that if you asked anyone in the class about what it's like to be an author they would agree that it is hard work, but so rewarding!

Taste of Tanglewood

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 6-7:30pm

60 Tanglewood Drive

South Glens Falls, NY

Come join us at this great family event to help raise money for our Home/School Association. Not only are there delicious samples to enjoy, but there is an auction, raffle, and the super fun Kids' Zone! This will also be a great opportunity to say good-bye to Mr. Hills, and welcome Mr. Conrick.

Grandparents' Dessert

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 6-8pm

60 Tanglewood Drive

South Glens Falls, NY

As a change from our annual Grandparents' Breakfast, our Home/School Association will be hosting an "Open House" style Grandparents' Dessert. There will be coffee, desserts, bingo and an opportunity for grandparents and children to stroll the halls of Tanglewood. If you haven't already sent in your RSVP, please do so soon.
Candy Corn Tower Challenge

Moving Along with Multiplication

We are halfway through our math module focusing on multiplication and division. I've noticed that every year since the inception of these new math modules the level of stress and anxiety shown by the students has decreased. I think it's great that the students are learning many ways to solve problems, and they can choose the method that best meets their needs.

Please consider encouraging your child to continue to practice not only multiplication and division facts, but also addition and subtraction facts. I've created accounts for students on many websites but they are rarely used outside of the classroom.

Cooper's Cave 2015

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