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Friday, December 23, 2011

A Big Bite

WOW! What an exciting two weeks we have had here in room 23. We finished our interactive read aloud, The Family Under the Bridge, and did several activities to wrap up this book. As you know, our donations to the food pantry totaled 460 pounds of food and supplies for the Franklin Food Pantry. In writer's workshop we continued to write drafts of a strong emotion or a time when we experienced something memorable. The holiday speeched were excellent. Check out some of the videos below. We have finished chapter 5 in math and have taken the unit test. In Science, we made barometers and learned about different weather tools. We continue to learn about Canada and have the study guide for the test on January 6th! The chorus concert was wonderful and it was great to see so many families there! We finished the week with a movie and "Party in a Bag."

Thank you so much for all of the gifts and especially for the donation to Answer the Call. It really does mean so much to me.

Have a great holiday and a relaxing week of vacation. See you in 2012!

Mrs. Williams

Juicy Nibble

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thanks to everyone who participated in the food drive for the Franklin FoodPantry. As a grade we collected 480 pounds of food and supplies, and a check for $20.00 which will provide 100 meals! Great job 4th graders.

Juicy Nibble

After reading The Family Under the Bridge and having a great talk worth discussion about the major themes in the book, we decided that the family motto of the Calcets would be “Stick together!” Here is a list of the Family Mottos each student created for their own family. They are very interesting and creative; you should feel a great deal of pride in your children.

Juszczyszyn- “Never stop improving.”
Flaherty-“Keep trying”
O’Connor-“Don’t stop what you are doing.”
Hurley-“Never quit.”
Whitmore-“Traveling Forever.”
Power-“Always do your best.”
Williams-“Be yourself.”
Lussier-“You can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
Dwyer-“Family comes first.”
Chiapponi-“Be strong.”
Sridhar-“Respect what you get.”
Shaik-“Think of other people other than yourself.”
Barry-“Keep on trying.”
Yelle-“Practice makes perfect.”
Dickson-“Try your best and it will come out the best.”
Drake-“Don’t stop working.”
McCluskey-“Think of others and they’ll think of you.”
O’Brien-“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
Walmsley-“If you do your best, you will succeed.”
Drohan-“Try new things.”
Garilli-“Do what you love.”
Chin-“Keep on rolling.”
Kerns-“Never give up.”
Fields-“It’s o.k. to be different
Jones-“Help others.”
Mrs. Greene-“New Adventures.”
Mrs. Williams-“Keep on moving.”

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Big Bite

It was a short week for students in room 23 given the two half days, but we kept right on working! We finished chapter 4 in math and Mrs. Y came in to work on open response questions with us. 12 students achieved a score of 4 or higher and we are hoping that this will be enough to keep the "4" on our door. We learned about the atmosphere in science and started our study of Canada. In reader's workshop, we have continued with The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson, and we are reaching some important turning points in the story. We are using all of the skills we are learning in reading to improve our skills in writer's workshop. The children have been writing personal narratives that are tied to strong emotions. Everyone howled at my story, ask your children to tell you about it!
Thanks for all of the wonderful donations that have been pouring in for the food pantry, your generosity is overwhelming!
The Walmsley family surprised us with an early Christmas present! They shared new Expo markers, pencils, erasers and glue sticks with everyone. It was a great treat and we all appreciate it very much. Thanks Walmsley Family!
Our chorus concert will be this Friday. It should be a great show!
It was nice to see all of you this week at conferences. Working together as a team is the best way to help children be the most successful and I appreciate all of your efforts in helping make the school experience at JFK so successful.
Have a great weekend and see you on Friday!
Mrs. W

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Big Bite

The week back from Thanksgiving was a busy one in room 23. We had several presentations(see posts below) and continued to make progress with our school work. We have started reading The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson, and have begun a food drive for the Franklin Food Pantry. Mrs. Green shared pictures from her trip to Paris and we got a close up view of the Seine River! In writer's workshop, we wrote about personal moments in our lives that we could relate to a strong feeling and we continued to write more poetry. In math, we worked on decimals and measurement. The chapter 4 test will be this Tuesday. We finished our study of Mexico and will begin learning about Canada next week. Now that the heredity unit of study is complete, we will begin to learn all about weather. Don't forget that there will be two half days next week for report card conferences, see you then!
Mrs. W

Big Bite

Mr. Whitmore came into our classroom today to tell us about his trip to Antarctica and to teach us about penguins. It was a great presentation and everyone LOVED it. Here are some of the pictures that he shared with us. Very cool!