Not only are the leaves starting to change, but there have been lots of changes recently for our classes. Students whose families chose to stay remote began with their new remote class and teacher on Monday, September 28th. We are fortunate that Mrs. Murphy, our very own 4th grade teacher, is filling the role of remote instructor for 4th grade! Mrs. Akerson, our instructional coach at CRE, has joined our team and stepped into the position as the third 4th grade teacher, gaining all of Mrs. Murphy's former students who chose to be in-person. No matter what the choice of learning is, we are a united 4th grade unit and will continue to look out for the best interests of all of our 4th graders.
For in-person learning, safety is one of our top priorities. We are following the district’s recommendations for keeping our classrooms a safe environment for our students. Each classroom is its own cohort and is kept together during the day - even for lunch and recess. Students will only be in a different classroom for specials, and this year specials are on a 5 week rotation to minimize contact within the building. Classrooms have been set up for social distancing and all student items are kept in individual desks. We have daily handwashing along with the use of hand sanitizer as needed. Face masks are worn throughout the day but can be taken off for recess. Please make sure your child has two face masks at school every day.
In October, we will push on with learning. We are wrapping up Unit 1 in math reviewing many concepts that will be used throughout the year. We will continue into Unit 2 which covers multiplication and some geometry. Reading groups will be established to differentiate instruction, as we learn about making inferences and recognizing theme in both poetry and prose. Energy is our focus in science, as we discover different forms of energy and dive a bit deeper into each type. We will be working on Narrative pieces in writing, retelling of a personal event. Social emotional instruction will be given using the Second Steps curriculum by each classroom teacher. Each teacher will also continue to build classroom community through morning meetings.
We are honored and excited to guide your children on this 4th grade journey, and are hopeful that everyone can stay healthy in the days ahead.