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    If you're reading this over the weekend, be sure to set your clocks back one hour. 

                                                                                                     November 3, 2017


    Dear Parents:
    Welcome October! Although the unseasonably warm temperatures are certainly not reflective of fall weather, the cold and wind that are synonymous with Halloween are sure to be right around the corner. This weekend would be a great one to search the closets for winter coats, hats, mittens and boots so your child is all set for the weeks to come.




    Now that we have set the groundwork for our Reading Workshop by establishing some positive reading habits and expectations, our 4th graders are continuing our unit of study: Analyzing characters. Over the next few weeks, we will be finishing up our reading and discussion of the book Wonder by R.J Palacio. It is through these discussions that we will discover the following important elements of becoming a proficient reader:

    • Readers envision, predict, and make inferences about characters in the books they read.


    • Readers grow theories and gather evidence about characters.


    • Readers move from inference to interpretation.
    • Readers take time to reflect on stories and on their own reading lives to grow.  




    Please remember that all fourth graders should be reading at least 30 minutes per night. You will be amazed at how much difference this will make in your child's reading skills as the year progresses.




    As we are diligently working on our Realistic Fiction Narratives, we are becoming better and better writers! This month, we are wrapping up our focus on the elements of Narrative Text. Next week our attention will center around how the author develops both major and minor characters to show the characters' reputation, actions, emotions, thoughts, motivations and physical appearance and identify their effect on the plot.

    In addition, we are perfecting our abilities to create small moments in our writing,  include enticing leads, and use expressive/descriptive language that leaves our readers wanting to read more!


    WEDNESDAY WRITE NIGHT: WOW!! What a successful first few weeks of WWN Homework! So proud of all of our aspiring authors! Just a Reminder: Wednesdays will be designated as Wednesday Write Night. Students will bring home their Wednesday Write Night Journals and spend a full 30 minutes writing in these journals at home. This homework takes the place of independent reading at home on Wednesday nights, so remind your child that I will be looking for quality writing.



    SMART TIME (Students Moving Ahead Reaching Targets):
    As you may have heard, a portion of each school day will be spent in SMART Time. During this 30 minute block, students are grouped according to their needs on a specific learning target. Our first learning target continues to focus on multiplication and division fluency.

    As always, please contact Mrs. Morgan (or visit her website HERE) with any questions you may have regarding Math or Social Studies.


    • November 3rd: Picture Retakes
    • November 10th: Early Dismissal at 12:05
    • November 17th: Spirit Wear Orders Due
    • November 17th: Ice Cream Social 6:00-8:00
    • November 19th: PTA Meeting at 6:30
    • November 20th and November 21st: Early Dismissal at 12:05
    • November 22nd-November 24th: No School
    • December 8th: Holiday Program




    Mrs. Estes

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