Class 4-212

Weekly Newsletter

May 16, 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-*condensation*

Spelling Words for the Week of May 16, 2016


2. London





7.Grand Canyon

8.George Washington


10.Mount Everest

11.Central Park

12.Eiffel Tower

13. Venus


15.Sahara Desert

16.John F. Kennedy

17.Atlantic Ocean

18.Times Square

19. Elvis Presley


21.Neil Armstrong

22.Taj Mahal

Homework for the Week of May 16, 2016

Day Reading Spelling Math Science Social Studies
Mon. Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log /Response Activity #1-ABC Order Word Problems
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 and Students are responsible for anything that they bring to school!


During the month of May, we will be reading a realistic fiction novel titled, “How to Steal a Dog,” by Barbara O’Connor. Georgina Hayes is the main character and she is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. She has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is "borrow" the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected. With unmistakable sympathy, Barbara O’Connor tells the story of a young girl struggling to see what’s right when everything else seems wrong. The students will be having daily discussions about poverty and making moral decisions.


During the month of May, the students will be writing “How To” writing pieces. During this writing, the students will be clearly expressing their ideas about a topic. They will be teaching someone step by step and guide them through a procedure. The person reading the student’s writing piece can learn from the writer since they are an expert on their topic.


During the month of May, the students will be learning about “Making and Using Electricity.” They will discover what electricity is, how electricity and magnetism are related as well as how people use energy resources.


During the month of May, we are going to work on a unit on Decimals. The students will be relating decimals to fractions. They will add and subtract decimals with regrouping in tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We will also multiply and divide decimals and pay careful attention to place value.

Social Studies

During the month of May the students will be learning about “The Challenge of Independence.” We will learn about the role of New York in the development of the new nation. In addition, we will also study the Constitution as a framework along with the importance of The Bill of Rights.

Looking Ahead

ü May 30th-School Closed-Memorial Day

ü June 1st-June 3rd-Science Performance Test

ü June 5th-Kite Festival

ü June 6th-Science- Written Exam

ü June 9th-No School for Students

ü June 14th-Half Day for Students

ü June 28th-Last Day of School

May Reading Log

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