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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 December 2—6, 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 12 – "Homophones" ~ Words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings  [Unit 12 words include . . . two; to; too; piece; peace; break; brake; there; their; they're; threw; through; by; bye; beat; beet; thrown; throne; aloud; and allowed.  Unit 12 challenge words include . . . principal; principle; symbol; cymbal; stationary; and stationery.  [The spelling test for Unit 12 will be given on Friday, December 6, 2019.]


Math – Finish Topic 2 — "Fluently Add and Subtract Multi-Digit Whole Numbers" and begin Topic 3 — "Use Strategies and Properties to Multiply by 1-Digit 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 – "Adelina's Whales" with text and photographs by Richard Sobol [Genre – Expository Text/Skills – Conventions (Main and Helping Verbs)/Vocabulary (biologist; bluff; lagoon; massive; rumbling; and tropical)]  

Social Studies/Science – Scholastic News [November 18, 2019] "The Mystery of Roanoke" [Topics include: (a) "What Happened to This Colony?"; (b)"The Day Dinosaurs Died"; (c) "How Fossils Form"; (d) "Debate It: Is Bigfoot Real?"; and (e) Where is the World's Strangest Spot?"] and Science Spin (November/December 2019) "Floating on Air: [Physical Science – Properties of Matter]


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.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Music

10:15—11:00 a.m.

(with Mr. Stewart)


Gym

10:15—11:00 a.m.

(with Mr. Call)

Wear sneakers!


Art

10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Mrs. Johnsen)

Gym

10:15—11:00 a.m.

(with Mr. Call)

Wear sneakers!

 

Coding

12:45—1:30 p.m.

(with Ms. Hall)

Library

1:30—2:15 p.m.

(with Mrs. Daley)

Remember library books!



LOOKING AHEAD IN FOURTH GRADE


Monday, December 2, 2019

¨ Students who expressed interest in skiing or snowboarding at Burke Mountain must turn in his or her completed paperwork with payment.   [Packets were sent home with the students who expressed interest on Friday, November 22, 2019.]  Skiing and snowboarding at Burke will be Thursday, January 9, 2020; Thursday, January 16, 2020; Thursday, January 23, 2020; Thursday, January 30, 2020; Thursday, February 6, 2020; and Thursday, February 13, 2020.  Students participating in this winter activity are scheduled to depart from CA&ES at 11:00 a.m. with a return of 5:15 p.m.  All questions or concerns regarding this winter activity may be directed to Mrs. Colleen Clogston [Grades 7—12 Guidance Counselor] via email at cclogston@csd.sau7.org or via phone at (603) 237-4801, ext. 105.


¨ Parent letter regarding the fourth grade holiday celebration and the classroom student gift exchange will be sent home today.  Holiday update letters will be sent home by the end of this week regarding the food and drinks for the holiday celebration.  It is requested that the holiday update letters be signed and returned by Friday, December 13, 2019.  It is also requested that the boy/girl gifts for the classroom gift exchange be sent in by Friday, December 13, 2019 as well.  Meeting these deadlines would greatly assist me in making sure everything is ready for the holiday celebration on Friday, December 20, 2019. 


Any questions or concerns regarding the fourth grade holiday celebration and/or the classroom student gift exchange can be addressed with me directly at reames@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 1206.


Friday, December 6, 2019 –

¨ Early Release Day #2 ~ 12:00 p.m. Student Dismissal 


Friday, December 13, 2019

¨ Learn to Swim/Learn to Skate Program 2020 forms and payment (made out to NCCRC) are due today.  Additional forms may be obtained in the Colebrook Academy and Elementary School office or at the North Country Community Recreation Center.  [Participating students in grades 2—5 are scheduled to have their first session on Thursday, January 9, 2020.]  All inquiries regarding these programs can be directed to the staff in the Main Office via phone at (603) 237-4801, ext. 1100.  [Future dates include Thursday, January 16, 2020; Thursday, January 23, 2020; Thursday, January 30, 2020; Thursday, February 6, 2020; and Thursday, February 13, 2020.]


¨ Signed holiday notes due today.


¨ Boy/Girl gift for the classroom gift exchange due today. (Price limit = $5.00) 

The tag on the gift should read as follows: TO: Boy (or Girl)/FROM: Your child’s name

 

Any questions or concerns regarding the fourth grade holiday celebration and/or the classroom student gift exchange can be addressed with me directly at reames@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 1206.


Monday, December 16, 2019

¨ K—5 CA&ES Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal — 10:15—11:00 a.m. in the CA&ES gymnasium.  [If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Pearson (Kindergarten—Grade 3) via email at spearson@csd.sau7.org or Mr. Stewart (grades 4—12) via email at astewart@csd.sau7.org or via phone (603) 237-4801, ext. 1135.]


¨ K—5 Holiday Concert (CA&ES Gymnasium) beginning at 6:30 p.m.  [If you have any questions or concerns regarding the annual K—5 holiday concert, please contact Ms. Pearson (grades K—3) via email at spearson@csd.sau7.org or Mr. Stewart (grades 4—12) via email at astewart@csd.sau7.org or via phone at (603) 237-4801, ext. 1135.]


Thursday, December 19, 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, December 20, 2019

¨ Fourth Grade Holiday Celebration (Celebration to include a student/teacher gift exchange; viewing a holiday-themed video; and healthy snacks and drinks.)


Monday, December 23, 2019—Friday, December 27, 2019 and Monday, December 30, 2019—Tuesday, December 31, 2019  –

¨ NO SCHOOL ~ Holiday Recess ~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Wednesday, January 1, 2020 –

¨ NO SCHOOL ~ New Year's Day ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!