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The students have now completed two stories this year in writing.  The second story was composed and edited on the computer. Now the class is working on persuasive essay writing.  Last week the students began an outline to write about a person who is important to them. Next week they will write paragraphs that will form an essay.

In math, we have finished Unit 2.  Students now know many strategies to solve larger multiplication problems.  In fourth grade, the standard algorithm is not stressed, but more the different strategies that help students understand numbers better.  Now we are working on Unit 3 about fractions and decimals. This past week we talked about equivalent fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers.  Please see the math letter for more information.

During whole group reading lessons, we talked about how two characters in the same book have different character traits.  The students did a great job understanding the goals of the character and if the character met the goal. In small group lessons, the class is reading Underworlds The Battle Begins.  The students are learning new vocabulary words and answering questions about the book.  Most groups will be continuing this book for another few weeks.

In science, we finished our light unit.  The students made light mazes with mirrors and boxes.  We are now learning about sound. You can see a few pictures of students doing sound activities this past week.  They learned about sound reflecting and absorbing by testing different surfaces. They learned about how sound travels with a string and a spoon.  Ask your child to tell you about it. We should finish our sound unit in about a week and then move onto magnets.

We have had some great nature lessons in the past few weeks.  The students did phenology, learned more about scientific drawing, and even played in the leaves.  Naomi taught a great writing lesson about personification and perspective. The students had to write as if they were something in nature and talk about how this time of year affects them.

In other news, don’t forget to send your child ready to go outside daily.  This is the time of the year that the weather can change a lot in one week.  Your child should have an extra set of clothes at school. You might want to send an extra sweater or sweatshirt to keep in his/her locker.

Upcoming Events

•  10/30/19 Farm to Table
• 11/11/19 Veterans Day
• 10/31/19 1st-6th Grade Halloween Party 2:15-3:15
• 11/4/19 Chipotle Night PSO Fundraiser 4-8 – Yum!
• 11/14/19 MPAC Mawald & Literacy Night

October 7

October 14

October 21

MPAC Mawlid Potluck & Literacy Night 11/14

This year’s MPAC potluck will highlight our Muslim community as we celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif as we focus on zakat or charity.

On Thursday, November 14th in the Byron Colby Barn at 5:30 pm to 7:00pm(ish), enjoy an iftar styled snack before learning about the history and traditions of Islam through a performance, crafts, and reading. We will practice literacy strategies that you can use at home to help your child become a stronger reader.

Then bring a dish from your culture to share with others. It will be like Farm to Table so remember to bring your own plate and utensils.

RSVP at this link and let us know who is coming and what you will bring. Email rfreeman@pccharterschool.org if you have any questions.

Dear Families,

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. I’ll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/833-565-451
2. Choose your child from the list