Ms. Grant

October 22nd, 2018    

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Dear Families,

This week, we will be finishing up our IOWA testing. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time :)

If you have not already, please be sure to download the "remind" app so you can receive important reminders. Once you have downloaded the app, please text @lbcrs4-1 to 81010 (only sign up if your child's homeroom is 4-1). Please remember to also check the website on a weekly basis as I will keep you up-to-date with all of the great work your child is doing in school, as well as informing you of upcoming events, tests, and important reminders. 

Also, please remember to check Mrs. William's class page on a weekly basis to stay up-to-date on what's happening in Math, Science, and Religion. You can visit her page by clicking here: Mrs. Williams

Please be sure to send a note if there is a change in your child's usual dismissal. Also, students should bring a small, healthy snack and a bottle of water to school. Thank you!

This week, we will be moving on to Lesson 8 in Journey's in order to continue our work with character analysis. Last week, students worked on identifying character traits based on text evidence in guided reading groups. Lesson 8 ties in with our small group work as our focus skill for this particular lesson is understanding characters. This will also tie into our writing unit as students work on bringing characters to life by incorporating actions, dialogue, and inner-thinking to show, not tell, what their character is like!
Please remember that your child should be reading about 20 minutes each day and should be logging his/her reading in the reading folder. Reading Responses are due every Friday! 

We are working hard on our Personal Narrative writing unit. I have been so impressed with students' enthusiasm and eagerness to write their stories! Last week, we worked on zooming into a small moment and organizing our writing. We also worked on "hooking" our reader with a strong lead and continued our author study on Kate DiCamillo.
This week, students will continue to bring their stories to life by adding feelings, dialogue and inner-thinking. We will also take a closer look at Kate DiCamillo's writing process as she wrote the novel Because of Winn-Dixie. We will examine her drafts and identify how she was able to stretch her story and bring it to life! 

Social Studies:
This week, students will begin a new unit on the early people of New York State, focusing on the Iroquois and Algonquian tribes. We will work in stations as we examine the Iroquois tribe. We will look at their way of life, their government, and the way they were able to use their natural resources to sustain life. 

Homeroom Reminders:
-No school on Friday 9/26. Diocesan Professional Day for teachers.
-IOWA testing continues this week. 
-Halloween Dance will be on Thursday 9/25 from 6:30-8:30
-Bronx Zoo Field Trip on 10/9.
-Please join us for our Family Literacy Night on 11/8! Camp Read-a-Lot will host fun and engaging activities for your family!

Special Schedule:
Monday - Music
Tuesday - Library
Wednesday - Spanish & Gym
Thursday - Computer
Friday - Art

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact me at school (516-432-8900) or e-mail me at



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