I wanted to let you know that I spent last Thursday and Friday at a conference with our principal, Ms. Underwood, and fellow fourth grade teacher, Mrs. McNish. I might add that it was one of the best conferences I have ever attended, and the presenter, Rick Wormeli was both informative and entertaining. In great detail, he described his pedagogy based around standards based report cards. I have been a part of the New Boston Central School report card committee for two years and we have been working hard on designing and implementing a new standards based report card. Last month this was presented to the school board, and with continued work and forward progress, parents should see a new type of report card within the next year that provides much more information than ever before!
I am looking to give the unit 3 math test NEXT Wednesday or Thursday, December 13th or 14th. This all depends on the progress we make this week. I will send out another newsflash on Wednesday or Thursday to verify this. As always, I want to make sure the students have had ample opportunities to practice the fraction skills being taught in this unit. Presently we are working on decimal forms.
We continue to work on our New Hampshire animal projects and power points, and the students seem excited about creating their own animal to present on December 21 and 22.
Our Christmas Party is scheduled for Friday, December 22nd at 1:00. I will talk with the students this week about what they would like to do for their party in terms of secret santa etc. and I will make sure to give you all plenty of time to plan. Once again, you are all welcome to come to the party! I will have a few Holiday Kahoot games for everyone!
I have a theme basket set up in the classroom for donations. Our theme is "New Hampshire Made!" Thank you, Jane Byam, for setting up the sign-up genius and getting this fundraiser underway. If you did not receive the sign-up genius please let me know. It is likely we misspelled your e-mail.
This week we will be analyzing realistic fiction stories and responding to our reading on realistic fiction. We are also going to be introduced to poetry, particularly the Haiku. The students should love reading these poems about animals.
We are also going to be looking at the ski mountains of New Hampshire. Now that ski season is upon us, the students will get to discover and explore the many mountains in the great state of New Hampshire. P.S. Please make sure that you have signed up for the Pats Peak ski program!
And last but not least! WE HAVE SURPASSED OUR NOVEMBER READING GOAL! Can you believe we have read over 1, 850,000 words in November? I am simply amazed at the amount of reading going on in our classroom!
Please look for the permission slip to sign and return in order for your child to join us on our trip to the library and to have pizza. I will be checking with the town librarian to make sure we can go on Tuesday, December 12th.
Happy December, Happy Holidays, and Go Patriots!