November Updates

Thank you to the families who came to school last week. It was uplifting to share your child’s progress and discuss goals for the rest of fourth grade. Together, as a team, the children will succeed!

This week:
Reading: Unit Two focused on Main Idea/Supporting Details of a non-fiction text. The students seemed to enjoy reading some more realistic texts and learning as they read. The practice test seemed to help them culminate the work this week. The assessment will be given on Thursday and Friday. There IS a TDA section and I think the students are prepared to tackle this task!

Math: Wow! “Long Division is tough!” That phrase was heard last week. But if you were in class on Wednesday, you heard “Whoa, this makes sense now!” What a joy. Some students are making use of manipulatives (using base ten rods and blocks to build the numbers and separate them into groups), other classmates are using the algorithm (which many parents remember using to learn long division). The Long Division family helps to remember the steps. They are working very hard on this difficult skill. We are looking to give the test next Thursday, Nov. 21.

Spelling: We are back to regular spelling, with the review Lesson 10 this week. Testing will take place on Friday, as normally occurs.

Special activities:
Monday was a special treat when Mr. Howe shared his experiences in the military, and taught us about the history of the Marines.

Wednesday we had a great Crime Scene Science assembly. Ask your child how to find evidence in solving a case like the one at the Animal Hospital in today’s assembly with Mr. Jeff! (footprints, DNA, fingerprints, etc.).

Friday is the Hambright Family Fun Night – Movie Night!!!

Content: Looking at next week for the Social Studies test (possibly Thursday, the 21st).

Reminder: Thank you for the many donations of Canned Yams (sweet potatoes?). The final day to accept any will be this Friday. Many families in the community are grateful for helping to make their holiday season a bit better.

Kindness: Today we celebrated World Kindness Day. After reading One Smile, the boys and girls on the Szentesy Squad brainstormed many simple ways to show kindness. This is truly a special bunch of fourth graders!

Heads Up: A few items have gone missing from our classroom. Thank you for being on the look-out at home for them!

Weather: We try to get outside as often as possible. Thank you for sending your child dressed appropriately for the weather (layers are best, as it can get warm inside). If you need any assistance in cold-weather gear, we have many resources available who are more than happy to help, sharing kindness in multiple ways.

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