newsletter for the week of January 4th

Class 4-212

Weekly Newsletter

January 4, 2016

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.

13. Please send in your child’s trip slip and money for the January 20th trip.

14. If you received a notice about meeting with me, please send it back.

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

**Word of the Week-belligerent**

Spelling Words for the Week of January 4, 2016



3. kidneys


5. journeys


7. keys


9. valleys


11. families


13. trays





18. parties




22. opportunities

Homework for the Week of January 4, 2016

Day Reading Spelling Math Science Social Studies

Vacation Packet Due January 4th!

Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log & Response Activity #1-

Write 12 sentences for another 12 of your spelling words

Word Problems
Tues. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log/Response Activity # 2-

Write each word 3 x each

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

Write a paragraph using ten of your spelling words.

Word Problems
Thurs. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log & Response Activity #4-

Create 10 riddles using 10 of your spelling words.

Test Tomorrow-Study

Word Problems
Friday Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log Test Signed & Corrected 3x each Word Problems

***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 January, the students will be starting an important Unit of Study titled “Response to Literature.” Throughout this unit, the students will be reading various non-fiction pieces. As they read a variety of texts, they will collect ideas and use those ideas to write about topics that are interesting and important in the world.


During the month of January, the students will be writing responses to literature. Each essay will contain a thesis statement, supporting evidence, an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs explaining their reasons and a conclusion paragraph that sums up the whole essay. The students are responsible for using quotes to support their ideas as well as paraphrasing the information gathered from a text.


During the month of January, the students will be learning about the Life Cycles of plants and animals. We will also be learning about heredity. We will see how traits are inherited and describe how those traits are developed.


During the month of January, the students will be learning about Multiplication and Division. The students will be multiplying by 2 digit and three digit numbers. They will also be dividing by 2 digit numbers. In addition, they will be learning different strategies for multiplication and division.

Social Studies

During the month of January, the students will be learning about Early New York City and who the first explorers were. We also be learning about how the Dutch settled in New Amsterdam in order to conduct trade, and we will be reading about what it was like to be under English Rule in New York.

Looking Ahead

ü “Magic of Energy” Trip-Queens Theatre in the Park-January 20th

ü Picture Retake-January 20, 2016

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.

January Reading Log

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

P.S. 132 Name:__________________________

Class: _______ Date: