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Mr. Eames - Grade 4

School Administrative Unit #7 Mission Statement

To prepare every SAU #7 student for success in whatever path they choose.

Week of October 7—14, 2019

I respectfully request that all fourth grade students plan to arrive in the classroom at 7:55 a.m. daily.  This will allow all students the opportunity to unpack their backpacks, read the daily morning message; and prepare/organize for the official start of their day at 8:10 a.m.  Your cooperation with this request is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would like to remind all fourth grade parents that in order to be in compliance with the Colebrook Elementary School Handbook, written notes (explaining the absence) are required to be sent in with all students when they return from an absence from school.  Your diligent cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would also like to remind all fourth grade parents that I would greatly appreciate your child's assignment book being signed on a nightly basis.  Your diligent cooperation with this is also greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would like to encourage all fourth grade students to wear appropriate attire on a daily basis for outside recess (11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.) as we endure the fluctuating weather.

The following topics are planned to be covered in fourth grade.  [Please note that plans are subject to change without notice based on student interest/need.]

Spelling – Unit 5 – "Long u"  [Unit 5 words include . . . usual; huge; flute; mood; smooth; threw; afternoon; scooter; juice; cruise; truth; bruise; cruel; excuse; pupil; groove; confuse; humor; duty; and curfew.  Unit 5 challenge words include . . . influence; aluminum; nutrition; accumulate; and igloo.  [The spelling test for Unit 5 will be given on Thursday, October 10, 2019.]

Math – Place Value Understandings with Numbers to 1,000,000 (to include standard form; expanded form; number name; comparing numbers; and rounding numbers)  [All fourth grade students need daily practice with all basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.  According to former CES math consultant, Professor Mahesh Sharma, a student knows the math fact if he or she is able to recall the math fact in three seconds or less.]

Reading/Language Arts Story – Letters Home from Yosemite by Lisa Halvorsen [Genre – Expository Text/Skills – Conventions (Clauses and Complex Sentences); Main Idea and Details; Personal Narrative/Vocabulary (glacier; impressive; naturalist; preserve; slopes; species; and wilderness)]

Social Studies – Constitution Day [celebrated Tuesday, September 17, 2019] — We will view The U.S. Constitution video  as well as It's Constitution Day information at www.sn4.scholastic.com.  We will continue listening to and discussing the nonfiction book entitled, If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution written by Elizabeth Levy and illustrated by Joan Holub.  This book will be finished this week.]

Social Studies/Science Scholastic News (October 7, 2019) "We're Celebrating Our History" [Topics include: (a) "Honoring Our Past"; (b) "Should This Lion Club Be in a Zoo?"; (c) "Slime in Space"; (d) "Painting Pig!"; and "Dav Pilkey Does Good".];

All fourth grade students are encouraged to read twenty minutes each night.  Research has shown, all children who read twenty minutes a day become better readers!

The following links have been provided for your information regarding Responsive Classroom, Playworks, and Study Island which have been school-wide initiatives in the elementary grades since the 2017—2018 school year.

Responsive Classroom ~ https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/

Playworks ~ http://www.playworks.org/about

Study Island ~ https://www.studyisland.com/about

The fourth grade specialty schedule is listed below for your information.







10:15—11:00 a.m.

(with Mr. Stewart)


10:15—11:00 a.m.

(with Mr. Call)

Wear sneakers!


10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Mrs. Johnsen)


10:15—11:00 a.m.

(with Mr. Call)

Wear sneakers!



12:45—1:30 p.m.

(with Ms. Hall)


1:30—2:15 p.m.

(with Mrs. Daley)

Remember library books!


Thursday, October 10, 2019 –

¨ Early Release Day #1 ~ 12:00 p.m. Student Dismissal 

Friday, October 11, 2019 –

¨ NO SCHOOL ~ SAU #7-Wide Administrative Day [SAU #7 staff is scheduled to travel to Berlin, New Hampshire to partake in a daylong professional development opportunity featuring behavior expert Polly Bath.  She is widely recognized behavior expert in New England schools and beyond.  For more information regarding Polly Bath may visit her website at http://www.cristialesher.com/polly-bath/.]

Monday, October 14, 2019—October 18, 2019 –

¨ National School Lunch Week — Parents were requested to RSVP by returning the completed parent letter by Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  Exact change [$3.90 per adult/$2.70 per child not attending CA&ES] is appreciated.  The main meal menu for the week is . . .

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 — Pork Fried Rice, Sesame Noodles, and Steamed Broccoli
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — Chicken and Cheese Fajita, Garden Salsa, and Rice Pilaf
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 — Cheese, Pepperoni, and Veggie Pizza and Kale Apple Salad
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 — Cape Cod Fish and Chips, Crinkle Cut French Fries, and Creamy Coleslaw
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 — Layered Chicken Bowl [Popcorn Chicken, Mashed Potato, Corn, and Gravy] and Homemade Dinner Roll
The main meal also includes a daily soup, fresh fruit, veggie bard, and milk.  Deli sandwiches, chef salads, and yogurt parfaits are also available. 

Questions or concerns regarding National School Lunch Week may be directed to Debbie Boivin [The Abbey Group Food Service Director] via email at dboivin@abbeygroup.net or via telephone at (603) 686-2795.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 –

¨ Colebrook Public Library Monthly Visit — 1:30—2:00 p.m. [We are scheduled to depart from CA&ES at 1:15 p.m. to walk to the Colebrook Public Library and return at 2:15 p.m.]

Friday, October 25, 2019 –

¨ Quarter 1 grades close.  Quarter 1 report cards are scheduled to be sent home on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Monday, October 28, 2019 –

¨ Quarter 2 begins.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

¨ Fourth Grade Halloween Celebration ~ 1:30—2:30 p.m.  (Detailed parent letters will be sent home  with each fourth grader at least two weeks prior to the Halloween celebration.)  If you should have any questions and/or  concerns, please do not hesitate contact me via email at reames@csds.sau7.org or via telephone at (603) 237-4801, ext. 1206.

Friday, November 1, 2019

¨ First quarter report cards are scheduled to be sent home today.  Please review, sign, and return (with the original report card envelope) with your child on Monday, November 4, 2019.