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September 30th, 2019

posted Sep 16, 2018, 4:30 PM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 3:08 PM ]
Dear Parents and Guardians,

 Welcome to our Grade 4 Class Website.  You will find information about current topics of study, as well as school/class events here each week.  Kindly let me know if there are any other features that you would like for me to add as I am always looking for ways to strengthen home-school communication. 
 Let me begin this first newsletter by saying that I am DELIGHTED to have the privilege of teaching your children this year. We have already been VERY busy learning in these first weeks of school.  Here is a quick summary of what we have been doing:
 First, Mathematics.  Presently we are studying numbers to 10,000.  More specifically, how to write them in expanded notation, read them properly, represent them in numbers, pictures and words and order them on a number line.
 Secondly, Language Arts.  We have been studying the novel "Fudge" by Judy Blume.  This is a great book to develop student understanding of characterization as most students enjoy Fudge's mischievous nature and can easily make text-to-self connections using their own life experiences. As we have now finished the book, during this week we will be creating a character web and designing our own book covers for the novel. 
 Thirdly, Social Studies.  As we are studying exploration, we have been talking about different places in the world we would like to visit (ex. coral reef).  In this regard, students will be beginning their own Exploration Logs on Tuesday, October 15th where they can write about the places they research. As the federal election is rapidly approaching, we will also be focusing on the electoral process and how our federal government works. 
 Fourthly, Science. We are studying rocks this term.  More specifically, students are learning to distinguish between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock. Last week, students did an experiment which clearly demonstrated how rocks can be transformed from sedimentary to metamorphic to igneous. Students who have a special rock or two at home are also welcome to bring these to school on FRIDAY so that we can use our investigative skills to describe each rock and determine its type. Further, if any parent has expertise in the area of Geology, we would LOVE to hear from you!
 Fifthly, French.  Students have been very enthusiastic about learning school vocabulary.  Presently, they are creating their own French game using the new words they are learning.  This week, we will also begin learning the words for the weather and date. 
 Now, in regards to this week's announcements, I just have two things,  First, I want to say thank you to all students who have been bringing in their pizza orders on Thursdays.  As we have swimming on Fridays, and need to board the bus quite soon after school begins, it is greatly appreciated.  Secondly, a gentle reminder to parents that I always respond to all parent emails.  So, if you do not receive a reply, it means that I haven't yet had time to check my emails that day.  In that case, if it is a message regarding dismissal or some other important information for your child, kindly call the office at 753-9892.

Thanks so much and have a fantastic week!

 Ms. Pinsent