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Thank you to all the families that came out for Curriculum Night!

The information we shared is now available in the "file cabinet". Enjoy!

 

 

Newsletter #2                                                                     Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

It was nice to see so many of you at our Open House Night!  We are off to a great start in 4M!

Upcoming Reminders: The K-4 Curriculum Night is Wednesday October 4 from 6:00-7:30PM where we will provide a more detailed overview of the 4th grade curriculum and a syllabus.

Newsletter / Teacher-Parent Communication: I send out at least 2-3 newsletters a month as well as emails and hard copy notes about upcoming assignments and events.  Check out www.edgartownschool.org  for our newsletter. The best way to be in touch is through email.  In addition, you can leave a voicemail message at 508-627-3316 x 216.  Please feel free to send in written notes as well!

Homework: Your child will use a WEEKLY HOMEWORK LOG to write down daily assignments.  PLEASE SIGN YOUR CHILD’S LOG each night.  If your child goes to homework club, then the supervisor there may sign your child’s log.  If questions arise at home please feel free to contact me via email at hmajkowski@mvyps.org   

ELA (Reading / Vocabulary / Writing)

This week we will continue with the Making Meaning component of our reading program. It weaves speaking, listening, and social skills into the reading comprehension skill work. This week we begin a unit on Expository Nonfiction.  Students will use text features to better understand information in expository texts. We will look at the following vocabulary words: slight, topple, severe, landscape, tilt, and rubble.  In writing students will begin to explore character traits and adjectives and begin to develop and create realistic characters for their first fiction piece.

 

Math

We will continue with Engage NY Math (Eureka Math) this week. In this first module, students will focus on Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction. Students will extend their work with whole numbers, first with familiar larger units (hundreds and thousands), and then develop their understanding up to 1 million.  They practice and further deepen their facility with patterns in the base-10 number system.  We use online learning in school (zearn and dreambox math) to practice concepts and to sharpen our math facts. Students have learned the games Roll ‘Em, Write ‘Em (place value skills) and Multiplication Squares (fact practice). Homework is an extension of what we are working on in school.

 

Science

This past week the class discussed the changing of the seasons and explored the Autumnal Equinox. Coming up we will look at plant structures (both internal and external parts of plants and trees) and talk about how these structures help them survive, reproduce and adapt to their environment.  This work will be with Melinda in the Garden, and with Polly Hill through a classroom visit (Mon 10/23) and field trip (Wed 10/25) to the arboretum.

 

Lastly, thank you for supporting our cooperative snack! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at hmajkowski@mvyps.org.

Sincerely,

Heather Majkowski

 

Autumn is here!

 

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

After today, the days get less and less daylight, and get colder.

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Newsletter #1                                                                                    Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We hope that you had a great weekend and we are excited for the first full week of school in 4M.  We look forward to working with you to make this a successful and joyful year of learning for your child.

In 4M we have a full time ESP (assistant), Bill Jacob. Bill brings a wonderful combination of humor and compassion to our school. We are lucky to have him in the room to support the students this year.

Newsletter / Teacher-Parent Communication: 2-3 times a month we will post a newsletter on our webpage at www.edgartownschool.org.  This week we are sending home a hard copy but in the future all newsletters will be posted on the web page only.  It is important to read the newsletter for upcoming projects, field trips, announcements and events.  In each newsletter I will highlight themes of learning as well as specific approaches that we are using in the classroom.  The best way to be in touch is through email. Please feel free to send in written notes as well.  Last week I sent home a parent survey that asks for your input regarding your child.  If you have not returned this please do so as soon as possible.

Homework: We will begin homework this week.  Your child will use a WEEKLY HOMEWORK LOG to write down daily assignments.  PLEASE SIGN YOUR CHILD’S LOG each night.  If your child goes to homework club, then the supervisor there may sign your child’s log.  For homework we usually have 20 minutes of ELA (reading or writing) each night plus 20 minutes of math.  Your child will come home each night with his/her actual homework page(s) in his/her homework folder.  It is important that your child have a consistent routine as well as a quiet place at home (desk, table, etc.) to complete assignments.  We preview the homework each day in school to give students an opportunity to ask questions and be clear about the assignment.  If questions arise at home please feel free to contact me via email at hmajkowski@mvyps.org.

Schedule: Here is our Specials Schedule (*Sneakers on Wednesday and Friday for Gym)

Monday: Computer

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Library, Gym, and Health (first semester only)

Thursday: Spanish

Friday: Art, Gym, and Garden

 

 

Social Curriculum (Responsive Classroom): Last week students generated their own hopes and dreams, and we discussed what we needed from each other as a learning community to reach them (being kind, raising our hands, helping each other, etc.).

 

In addition, students came up with classroom jobs that support the smooth running of our classroom systems.  We will rotate jobs weekly.

 

Writing
Narrative Writing

 

Reading

Making Meaning

 

Spelling / Vocabulary

We will assess students grasp of spelling patterns as well as fourth grade words.  We will focus on syllabication and vocabulary.

 

Math

We will start the year on place value, using hands on investigations as well as beginning to introduce the Engage NY component of our math instruction.

 

Upcoming Reminders: Open House Night is Wednesday, September 13 (6-7 Potluck and 7-8 Classroom visit).  We will provide you with a Fourth Grade Syllabus at that time. The K-4 Curriculum Night is Wednesday, October 4 from 6:00-7:30PM.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at hmajkowski@mvyps.org.

Sincerely,

Heather Majkowski

 

 

 

We are a nut-free grade level!

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Cooperative snacks have begun!

 

 

 

2017-2018 Supply List:

 

2 dozen pencils

2 big erasers

plastic pencil box

2 glue sticks or a bottle of glue (such as Elmer’s)

pair of scissors

set of markers

set of colored pencils

2 composition or spiral notebooks

1  3-ring binder

4 pocket folders

1 sturdy pocket folder for homework

an independent reading book

a good cattitude

 

Please consider donating to our classroom supplies: hand soap and disinfectant wipes!

 

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File Cabinet File Cabinet for Mrs. Majkowski's Class

October 12, 2017
Curriculum Night.pdf
Here is the information we shared on Curriculum Night- 2017
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September 11, 2015
Non-food birthday celebration ideas
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September 11, 2015
Healthier alternatives and treat ideas for birthdays
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