Journalists: Chloe and Mara
This year, Parents Night is on September 29, 2016. On this night, the parents will get to look at their child’s classroom. The 4th grade has prepared letters written on their new iPads. They’re so excited to present them to their parents. The letters include things that the 4th graders enjoy about 4th grade, their goals for the year, and things that they want their parents to notice in the classroom. Every grade has prepared something for the special night. “I think it will be great for the parents to learn about how their kids are doing in school,” said Lillian. “Parents Night is going to be amazing this year because of all the hard work that the students did,” says Audrey. Parents Night is going to be truly amazing.
by Alyssa Charles
Fourth graders are in the midst of their geometry unit. This week we played a game called Sz’kwa, a Chinese children’s game, in one of our stations. The game resembles checkers in the way you capture opponents markers although the shape of the board is very different. The game board has 21 intersections made by curves and lines. Players take turns placing their markers on the intersections trying to surround their opponent thereby capturing their opponent’s marker(s). While students played Sz’kwa, the other station worked together to use their knowledge of quadrilateral “clubs” to sort and group quadrilaterals. Fourth graders know that squares are an exclusive club where you must have four equal sides and four equal angles to get in; however they can also join other clubs like the parallelogram and rectangle clubs. Students had to choose if a rhombus is always, sometimes, or never a rectangle; or if a trapezoid is always, sometimes, or never a parallelogram.
Journalists: Umaiza and Lillian
Fourth graders are starting to realize that they are the leaders of the Monday assemblies in Lower School. As they prepared for the first assembly, which they would be performing in, a burst of excitement could be heard from a mile away. The teachers had decided to call the event, "The Fourth Grade Fashion Show." Here are some opinions on the event! First we decided to interview Mara Barry. "I think a lot of kids learned from our performances about the school dress code. It was a fun experience and it even produced a laugh or two! It was a fun day for both the audience and actors," Mara says. We have also decided to interview Ronan Hunt. "It's really fun to know that we are the leaders. We're not so scared because there is only lower school. We also get to start the pledge of allegiance! It's very cool!" Ronan said to us. There is something we all know clearly: the assemblies will please everyone.
by Christine Marth and Leigh Mikulka
This week the fourth graders started their writing program. They have been working hard on personal narratives. Topics such as their favorite place, object, and special person have been catalysts for conversations. Students have been learning new things about their classmates each day as they share their stories while also practicing public speaking. Each day they show an excitement for writing that is infectious. We are looking forward to seeing everyone develop their writing skills this year.
by Joan Good
Let's read! Sit down, relax and enjoy a good book. As the saying goes - so many books, so little time. I have three iPads and the iBooks app is filled with hundreds of novels. I collect children's books by the dozen. Reading on an eBook has a distinct sensibility. There is nothing that can compete with the feel and smell of a good book but if you have never read an eBook, give it a try. You may surprise yourself. Paper books are very well designed and bring a human touch but eBooks too can find a place in your heart.
Check out an eBook from our library through OverDrive and read it together with your child. Students may log into OverDrive using their EFS student username and password. For grades 1-3, children's usernames are first initial, last name. For their passwords, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. Fourth grade students should be aware of their passwords due to daily iPad usage.
An eBook lending library encourages experimentation with new authors, topics, and genres, ".....it promotes literacy, creativity, and innovation—all critical for being competitive in the global knowledge economy" (ala.org). Whichever format YOU choose - read, read, and read some more. For the more you read, the smarter you grow!
by Sarah Duddy
Spurred by some beginning of the year dress code questions from parents, students and teachers we decided to go over the specifics of dress code at our Lower School assembly this week. What better way to talk about what to wear and what not to wear than with a fashion show. As the leaders of the Lower School, fourth graders felt up to the challenge and used the week to plan a fashion show addressing each element of the EFS dress code. Here are some pictures of our fashionistas on the runway.
For your reference, guidelines for the EFS dress code can be found here. The overarching theme is solid colors.
Here are some shopping suggestions for solid colored clothing: Old Navy, Lands' End, Target, and Primary.com. Each carry children's lines that have great options.
We feel that our dress code is important for several reasons. Taking care to dress appropriately for school helps to set a tone for the day and prepare children for the expectations at school. Eliminating distractions and competition over labels and brands on clothing can be helpful for students, socially and academically. We also know that when our children are riding the bus to school or running an errand with a parent after school, they are representing EFS, and we hope that their brightly colored, thoughtful dress is reflective of our community. Personally, I love to see all of the brightly colored clothing as the children are lining up for lunch, running around on the playground, or huddled in conversation in the classroom.
Thank you for your help in sticking to the dress code and keeping us all looking good!
by Christine Marth and Leigh Mikulka
Back to School
It’s been a fun first couple of days in fourth grade. There’s a lot of catching up with friends and making new friends. Becoming a fourth grader at EFS is an exciting time. This group is up for the challenge of putting their best foot forward and becoming the leaders of Lower School. Be sure to keep an eye on the Lower School News to see all the wonderful things they’re up to this year!
Math Game Madness
Fourth graders have been hard at work practicing their multiplication facts. They’ve put their flash cards away and instead played games—multiplication games, that is. The students have been enjoying playing games like multiplication Top It, Kakooma, and KABOOM! What’s better than mixing learning with fun? If you hear laughter and cheers coming from fourth grade, stop on in and put your facts to the test.
Inspiration Through Creativity
Fourth graders at Elmwood Franklin School dive into writing each year. To kick-start their writing program they needed to get creative and decorate their writer’s notebooks in a way that represented who they are. From family photos, to magazine clippings, to original pieces of art, these notebooks are sure to generate plenty of creativity!
This Just In...
The fourth grade students will be putting their press caps on to become weekly journalists! Each week there will be two journalists joining us at Lower School News. Their jobs will be to explore one event that week, conduct interviews, take pictures and generate a short article to share here on the Lower School News blog. The students are very excited about this opportunity. Keep eye out soon for all of their articles, right here!