Newsletter for the Week of November 23rd

Class 4-212

Weekly Newsletter

November 23, 2015

1. Please send your child to school on time every single day. School starts at 8:10 a.m. Lateness is a disruption to instruction.

2. Please remember to check your child’s folder daily.

3. Please send your child to school with 5 sharpened #2 pencils daily.

4. All tests must be signed and returned back to school.

5. Please complete all daily homework assignments on the day in which it is assigned so that the students can master the concepts that they have learned at school that day.

6. If you have any questions or comments or concerns, feel free to send a note with your child or email me at your convenience. My email address is jmasullo.

7. I will be giving the students an unannounced Reading Comprehension Exam every other week. (Hint, Hint)

8. Please make sure that your child studies their weekly spelling words every night.

9. Reading Response questions will be given four times a week.

10. If you need to make an appointment to see me, please use the following times:

Tuesday-7:40 a.m.-8:10 a.m., 2:30 p.m.-3:10 p.m.

Monday through Friday-9:50 a.m.-Unless Schedule Changes

11. Please send in $5.00 for your child’s Time for Kids subscription if you have not done so already.

12. If you have not picked up your child’s report card yet, please make an appointment to meet with me.

***Please refer to Homework Notebook for any changes***

**Word of the Week-sincere**

Spelling Words for the Week of November 23, 2015

1. hours


3. products

4. happened


6. measure


8. early















Homework for the Week of November 23, 2015

Day Reading Spelling Math Science Social Studies
Mon. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log & Response Activity #1-ABC Order Word Problems Chapter 2 Test Tomorrow!
Tues. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log/Response Activity # 2-

Write 10 sentences for 10 of your spelling words

Word Problems
Wed. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log/Response Activity # 3-

Write 12 sentences for another 12 of your spelling words

Word Problems

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday-OFF! Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log Spelling-3x each Study Math Notes!

***Reading Response Question Prompts are in your child’s folder***

***Guidelines for Fun Friday:***

Students may bring in board games and craft making activities

Students are responsible for anything that they bring to school.


During the month of November, we will be working on a Unit on Biography. During this unit, we will be reading various “Who Was” books on people such as Christopher Columbus, Elvis Presley, George Washington, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson and Jackie Robinson. We will be reading these books to discover information about these famous individuals. As we read these books, we will be reading for important information and comparing and contrasting them.


During the month of November, we will be writing Biographies about famous individuals that we are studying in Reading. We will write biographical accounts about their lives including when they were born, when they died and why they are important.


During the month of November, the students will be focusing on Chapter 1 titled ”Classifying Living Things.” We will be learning about how living things are classified. We will also study how plants and fungi are classified as well as how animals are classified.


During the month of November, we will be focusing on a unit on multiplication. We will be learning about multiplying by 1 digit whole numbers. We will also investigate strategies for multiplying 2, 3, and 4-digit numbers by the numbers 0- 9. You can expect to see homework that provides practice with multiplication by multi- digit numbers.

Social Studies

During the month of November, the students will be completing a unit on New York’s First People. They will learn about Native American groups that lived in different parts of New York. We will also learn about the effects of the geography on New York on the first people who lived there.

Looking Ahead

ü Thanksgiving Recess-November 26th & 27th

Reading Response Questions

Fiction Books:

1.Write about your favorite part of the book and why it was important to the story.

2.Explore how the main character changed throughout the story.

3.Write about something that surprised you or that you found interesting.

4.Describe an interesting or important character in the book.

5.Describe parts of the book that puzzled you or made you ask questions.

6.Write about an important lesson that was learned in the story.

7.Tell your thoughts or feelings about the theme of the story.

8.Write your predictions about the story and tell whether or not they were right.

9.Explain how the book reminds you of yourself, people you know, or of something that happened in your life.

10.Explain how the book reminds you of other books, especially the characters, the events, or setting.

Non Fiction/Informational Books:

1.Draw a picture that shows important things that you learned in this book. Label the picture. Write about what you learned.

2.Explain a new word you learned in the book. Draw a picture to help explain the word. Do you like this book? Give examples from the book to tell why.

3.List three questions you have about the book you read.

4.What are some things you don’t understand in what you’re reading.

5.What has been the most important part of what you’ve been reading?

6.What has been the most interesting part of your story?

7.What is something that you learned from reading your book?

8.Why do you think the author wrote this?

9.What is the main idea of what you read today? Support your ideas with details from the text.

10.What text features did the author include to help you understand the information? Give an example of the feature and how it helped you.

November Reading Log

Date Title of Book Author of Book Pages Read Parent’s Initials Teacher’s Initials

Happy Thanksgiving!