October 23, 2018

Dear Parents,
I hope you have enjoyed your long weekend!  Since Friday was a PD/workday for teachers, you will find that ProgressBook is completly up to date and all papers have been graded.
In math we have started working with multipliction.  We have been working on learning how to use the pratial product or distributive property method to solve 1 by 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers as well as 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.  Those students still struggling with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, and multiplication are finding this new learning very difficult.  Those that understand their basic concepts are having an easier time of learning the new ideas.
This is the beginning of the second 9 weeks of school.  The students were getting a little 'burned out' on social studies so we have moved into science.  The first week was reviewing ideas about matter from 3rd grade.  We will be moving into the conservation of mass then into electricity and magnetism.  We will be in science for most of our time prior to winter break.
We have finished with our first round of narratives.  We will be working on reading and writing informaitonal/nonfiction text.  Reading nonfiction is very different from reading fiction.  We will be exploring all of the ways that nonfiction text features can increase and enhance our understanding of what we read in nonfiction.  As we work on writing informational text, we will be learning how to use those text features in our own writing to help our readers better understand what we are trying to communicate.
It was great to see most of you during our Parent/Teacher conferences.  For those few who were unable to attend, I have sent home a conference report and the MAP test scores from this fall.  If you need additional information, please let me know.
Remember on October 31 Bailey will have their Harvest Parties and Parade.  The parade will begin at 2:30.  Please see Mr. Wolfe's Friday Blast for more details.
As always, you have any questions, please let me know. 
Julia Barthelmes
4th Grade
Mary Emma Bailey Elementary



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