Update 10/6/2019

Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:


  • 10/10/19 Early Release 1:00 (Snunch – no nuts or warm ups please)
  • 10/10/19 Pizza slice treat for perfect attendance! 
  • 10/11/19 No School Teacher In-Service
  • 10/13/19 PSO Golf Outing
  • 10/14/19 No School- Columbus Day
  • 10/18- October Book Orders (Flyers coming home soon) online code P83VZ
  • 10/21- 11/11 Mondays 3:45-­4:45 pm Crazy 8’s Math Club 3rd- 5th grades
  • 11/7 -11/21 Thursdays 3:45-­4:45 p.m., Pokemon Fall Club
  • 10/15-11/19 Tuesdays 3:45-4:45 pm Tae Kwon Doe Club 
  • Thursday, December 5th 3:45­ -5:30 pm (one time club)  Frozen 2 fan Club
  • Thursday, December 12th 3:45­ -5:30 pm (one time club) Winter Craft Club



  • We are preparing for our Cider Stand project for our economics unit. Families, we are hoping to borrow a few large hot beverage urns/carafes. I was thinking two (per class) of the really large urns that warm up and serve about 40 or 50 cups of hot beverages at once would be really helpful. Please let me know A.S.A.P.  if you have one of these to lend, we would be grateful! If you can send it in by this Thursday, we would really appreciate it. We will be using it on Oct 17th, but I would like to procure supplies ahead of time. Thanks so much! 
  • I still have spots available in Crazy 8s math club on 10/21- 11/11 Mondays 3:45-­4:45 pm Crazy 8’s Math Club 3rd- 5th grades  Please let us know soon if you would like to join. Thank you! 
  • Completed Work folders went home Friday. Please peruse your student’s work and place back into the folder to return to school. Sign and date the outside of the envelope to verify you have seen the work inside. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a note or email. Thank you!


Reading and Writing,  

This week we will continue our normal spelling groups. Please note that this week students will have their test on Thursday, and will have Thursday’s rewrite assignment on Wednesday instead. Next week spelling homework will also be adjusted due to having Monday off. Your students will record the homework in their calendars.

Students are finishing their personal narratives and will start editing their work. Students should pay close attention to editing their work to make sure they have a clear beginning, middle, and end. After this, students will peer edit and then write a final draft.  Students will also be editing and working on commercials to tie into their social studies unit. 

4th graders will be studying Geek phrases and terminology that are present in today’s language. For example, phrases such as “if looks could kill” and “Herculean strength” all have roots in Greek mythology. 

Next week, we will begin our chapter book studies. The third graders will start “The Chocolate Touch” and the fourth graders will start “Underworlds, The Battle Begins.” Students will read these independently, as well as, with the teacher and in a group at times. We will complete many activities with these books over the next few weeks that will broaden our vocabulary and strengthen our comprehension. Students will also apply previously learned comprehension strategies to the books as they read.


This week we will continue working on identifying the theme of a text.  Next, we will work on a comprehension strategy of looking for the most important details in a text. Students will read an article and locate the important facts, first as a class, and then on their own.


3rd grade Math,  

We have started unit 2 which focuses on introducing multiplication. Students took the unit 2 pre-assessment. We have learned and will continue to learn and review several multiplication strategies, such as skip counting, repeated addition, repeated addition on a number line, frog jumps, ratio tables, loops and groups, doubling, double-double, and double-double-doubles. We will continue to use and strengthen these strategies. We have also started using multiplication to estimate length by comparing an object’s known length and seeing about how many groups of that object can fit inside another object. This week, students will be building cube trains to represent different sets of multiples, and create number lines based on the cube trains. Students will also visit “Watertown” a town that features several different multiplication representations. Students will help “Wally” multiply in several situations around the town.


We started the October Number Corner. Students have been identifying the names of 2 dimensional shapes. Students have also started to discuss the types of angles each shape has (acute, right or obtuse) and the measurement of some of the angles to prove or disprove our guess. Students have also learned how many lines of symmetry each shape contains.


4th grade math,  

Please see Mrs. Ottaviani’s website for 4th grade math information and updates.

Science/Social Studies,  

We are finishing our social studies unit on economics. Students have spent a lot of time learning about advertising techniques recently. They have created a magazine ad for an invented ice cream flavor. They have also made rough drafts of commercials they will act out for other classes. This week, students will finalize their commercials and practice performing them. This is in preparation of acting them out for first and second grades next week to advertise our apple cider stand. This week we will also create posters as groups to advertise our apple cider stand.  Following our economics unit, we will start science. 


We will continue phenology and solo spots, alternating each week. Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside on a regular basis. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!