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Newsletter for the Week of February 29th

Class 4-212

Weekly Newsletter

February 29, 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. If you received a notice about meeting with me, please send it back.

14. Please send back your child’s progress report.

15. Please return Parent Teacher Conference Slips.

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

**Phrase of the Week-*dedication *

Spelling Words for the Week of February 29, 2016

1.mismatch

2.recharge

3.reappear

4. unlike

5. impatient

6.mistaken

7.regroup

8.misplace

9. unequal

10.impossible

11.removed

12.unstable

13.untangle

14.unwrapped

15.rearrange

16. unhealthy

17. unable

18.review

19.incorrect

20.unknown

21.mispronounce

22. unbelievable

Homework for the Week of February 29, 2016

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

Write 10 sentences using ten of your spelling words.

Word Problems
Wed.

Read Across America-Pajama Day!

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

Write 12 sentences using twelve of your spelling words.

Word Problems
Thurs.

P.T.C.

Half Day-11:30 Dismissal

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

Write each word 3 x each/

Test Tomorrow-Study

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

Test Next Thursday!

***New 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

Reading

During the month of March, we will be reading a realistic fiction novel titled, “Flying Solo” by Ralph Fletcher. The text is about a class having a substitute teacher for the day that never shows up which means trouble. When the substitute for Mr. "Fab" Fabiano never shows up and his sixth-grade students are on their own, they set out to prove that they can run the class by themselves. With a little careful planning, it looks like they might just succeed. But when a fight breaks out between Bastian Fauvell and Rachel White over a classmate, Tommy Feathers, who died six months earlier, everything begins to fall apart. Can Rachel deal with the anxieties that plunged her into silence the day Tommy died? Inventive and uniquely constructed, "Flying Solo" follows Mr. Fab’s students hour by hour as they tackle the challenges of an unusual school day. The students will be having numerous discussions about making the right choices and the consequences of making the wrong ones.

Writing

We will finish publishing our Responses to Literature this week and then we will be starting a new unit of study. During the month of March, the students will be working on an important Unit of Study titled “Persuasive Writing.” Persuasive writing is a sophisticated task. During this unit of study, the students will convince their audience to agree on a topic and take action. Effective persuasive writing states a clear opinion that uses reasons and examples to support the argument. Generally, a persuasive essay has the following:

· An introduction that provides an opinion statement and gets the audience

interested in their idea.

· A body that contains reasons and supporting evidence.

· A conclusion that restates the opinion and urges the reader to take action.

Science

During the month of March, the students will be learning about Animal Adaptations. We will learn about how the bodies of various animals help them to meet their needs. We will also learn about how the behaviors of animals help them to meet their needs as well as how living things in the past compare to living things of today.

Math

During the month of March, the students will work on an extensive unit on Fractions. During this unit, the students will be learning about numerators and denominators as well as comparing fractions. We will also be using our knowledge of fractions to find equivalent fractions for fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Social Studies

During the month of March, the students will be learning about the American Revolution. They will be learning about how the colonists resisted against the British, and they will look closely at the Declaration of Independence. They will also study New York’s role in the war and the impact that it had on the state.

Looking Ahead

ü March 2nd-Read Across America-Pajama Day

ü March 3, 2016-PTC-Half Day-11:30 Dismissal

ü March 25th-Good Friday-No School

February Reading Log

Date Title of Book Author of Book Pages Read Parent’s Initials Teacher’s Signature
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2/29

March Reading Log

Date Title of Book Author of Book Pages Read Parent’s Initials Teacher’s Signature
3/1
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3/29
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