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Gr 4 Museum of Science Overnight Adventure

Dear Families,

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now how much fun we all had at the Museum of Science in Boston last Thursday/Friday. The Lightning Show, The Duck Tour of Boston, the Planetarium Show, Omni Theatre, Domino Physics and Inner Tube Rodeo….and let’s not forget the Dippin’ Dots, plus free access to ALL the wonderful hands-on exhibits, made for a pretty jam-packed 24 hours. Thank you to Mr. Gore for being the old hand at this trip and helping at every step of the way.

I hope the attached photos give you some sense of how much fun it was. I sent home some coupons for some events at the Museum if you are able to visit  sometime this next year.

Thank you Krithi and Vikas for our terrific lunch bunch this week. It was a big hit with everyone.

Congratulations to Libby and Ashley for their 2 goals each in Monday’s Varsity Lacrosse game!

Also, we hope you are able to come in this Monday, May 14th to the Learning Commons at 8:15 to meet Jenifer Fox, a finalist in our Search for a new Head of School.  She will be visiting the campus all day and it’s a great opportunity to meet with her and share thoughts and ideas as the school moves ahead.

I hope to see some of you at the final Spring Concert today at 1:30!

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Best, Katharine

By | May 11th, 2018|Categories: Grade 4|Comments Off on Gr 4 Museum of Science Overnight Adventure

Boston, here we come!

Dear Families,

We are in high gear as we approach the end of the year!

Our new reading book is entitled, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson about a young Chinese immigrant who comes to this country (Brooklyn, NY) in 1947, the same year Jackie Robinson breaks the color line in Major League Baseball. As she struggles with language and cultural issues, she is captivated by Robinson’s smashing success on the field and becomes convinced that American truly is the land of opportunity and that there might just be a place for her here after all.
Before reading we did a small unit on who Jackie Robinson was and the magnitude of his contributions to our history. The class was really taken with just how hard he struggled, how brave he was, and learned quite a bit of history along the way.

In Math class, we are full throttle with decimals and fractions. I have also been doing a lot of short and frequent practice tests which are good review for multiplication and division as well. The students are always happy to come to the board and I love to have them explain to their peers how they solved a particular problem – it really helps to activate and strengthen their learning when they own it that way.

This class has gotten so much out of our Create a State unit in Social Studies. They have made Physical maps, Road maps, Region and Resources Maps, Landmark Maps and now we are to our Downtown maps. We will finish the unit with Create a Flag which will involve writing an essay on their state’s history and how the symbols in their flags relates to the story of their State.

As you all know, we are headed to Boston Museum of Science next week! Mr. Gore, who has been on this trip many times before, is coming in on Monday to go over details and answer any questions the class might have.

I cannot close without thanking Lauren Ballinger for her Lunch Bunch extraordinaire – I hope you all know how much the kids appreciate all of the effort you have put into these events.


Happy Spring to all,



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By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Grade 4|Comments Off on Boston, here we come!

4th Graders Create-A-State! March 2018

Dear Families,

I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Spring Break!
I’ve attached a slide show that will give you a quick overview of some of the different activities we’ve been enjoying at school.

I think you can see how intently everyone is working on their written responses to the novel, Locomotion and how attentively they are working on their Create-A-State projects.
Also a few shots of the all important desk clean out, Choice time, Winter Carnival, and stretching along to my favorite Qi-Qong video.

A lot of odds and ends coming home today, snow pants, etc. Let’s hope we dont’ need them in April, I don’t imagine there’s any snow left! And as always, some great work for you to review with them in their portfolios.

Looking forward to a Lunch Bunch in April with Neal’s family that had to be cancelled due to a snow day.

I’m also looking forward to the trip/home journals coming in after the Break and for them to have to opportunity to share their adventures with their classmates.

Again Happy Spring Break to all,


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By | March 15th, 2018|Categories: Grade 4|Comments Off on 4th Graders Create-A-State! March 2018