February 26, 2019

Dear 4-243 Families,

We are continuing our Historical Fiction Book Clubs. Students are reading, jotting and discussing themes and ideas about characters.  This work helps build analytical skills all readers use across all genres.

We have just completed writing personal and historical “personal” essays.  Students developed theses and then defended their ideas with details from their own lives or from the research they did about colonists’ lives. Next up, literary essay.  Students will be writing about texts in a variety of formats.  Both single text essays and across texts.  Again, this is work that all students do throughout their school years.  It will also support our writing about reading preparation for the upcoming State Tests.

Math work has moved into fractions and a bit of decimal work.  Decimals will not be on the State Tests and so while we will touch upon the basic concepts, further work will continue in May.  Meanwhile, we will be studying fractions; finding equivalence, adding and subtracting with like denominators, multiplying fractions by a whole number and modeling all of it. Math test prep materials will be distributed in a couple of weeks.

Social Studies work will be moving into the American Revolution in the coming days.  Students are excited to learn about historic battles and famous events leading up to the war.

Our Philadelphia trip is mostly planned.  If you have not done so, please send in your early permission slip and a deposit.  We’ll be in touch about next steps in a couple of weeks.

Lastly, it’s time to schedule conferences. Please see the information below:
You are invited to sign up for March 2019 conference with Donna. 

            DATE:  March 11, March 12, March 13 and March 14.
            PLACE:  Room 243.  
            REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  End of day 3 days before each conference day

To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser:


At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should 
enter HF01269095

If you do not have internet access write a note with time choices.

Thank you to those who have sent in some Clorox Wipes.

Best Regards,

Donna Seferian