Class 4-212

Weekly Newsletter

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

13. If you have not met with me regarding your child’s report card, please make an appointment to meet with me.

14. Please return your child’s report card.

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

**Phrase of the Week-*relevant*

Spelling Words for the Week of March 14, 2016

1. porcupine







8. circular

9. search


11. purse


13. picture



16. pardon

17. modern

18. nature



21. permanent


Homework for the Week of March 14, 2016

Day Reading Spelling Math Science Social Studies
Mon. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log /Response Activity #1-ABC Order Word Problems Chapter 5 Test on Thursday!-Study!
Tues. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log/Response Activity #2-

Write 10 sentences using ten of your spelling words.

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

Write 12 sentences using twelve of your spelling words.

Word Problems
Thurs. 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

***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


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.


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.


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.


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 25th-Good Friday-No School

ü April 1st-Spring Gala

ü ELA Exams-Tuesday, April 5th – Thursday, April 7th

ü Math Exams-Wednesday, April 13th – Friday, April 15th

ü Monday April 25th-Friday April 29th-School Closed for Spring Recess

March Reading Log

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