Today, April 14th, the entire school is participating in STEM DAY! It is a day to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! Students are working in small groups to investigate a problem and create solutions through an engaging design process. Today’s task: Design a robot that moves!
On Tuesday, February 2nd, Grade 4 students will be visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. There they will take a guided tour of the Ancient World, focusing on Ancient Egypt. The Art of Ancient Egypt tour will introduce students to this remarkable ancient civilization. Students will explore what the Ancient Egyptians valued and believed by examining depictions of pharaohs, artifacts from daily life, and funerary objects including mummies.
On Monday, February 8th, Grade 4 students will visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge to study rocks and minerals. Students will become geologists as they explore an amazing array of minerals in a lab-like setting. Using scientific tests and careful observations of properties such as color, hardness and magnetism, students will practice identifying common minerals the way geologists do.
Both of these trips will leave MCCPS shortly after students arrive to school. Please be on time to drop-off and send your child to school with a nut-free bag lunch (no soda please).
Please be on the look out soon for a permission slip and payment information sent home for homework.
Thank you for your generous gifts and donations to our team this holiday season. Your kindness is much appreciated, and we feel extraordinarily grateful for your continued support as we strive to best educate your child(ren). Additionally, thank you for your continued support of the Navigator Community Association (NCA).
The Grade 4 Team:
Cindie Boccia, Carol McEnaney, Katie Souza, and Colleen Parenteau
Wow! Our first Exhibition was amazing! The students did a fabulous job singing, signing to “Everybody” and presenting their work. We are so proud of them!
We want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that you have a safe and restful break. We look forward to starting Term 2 on Tuesday, December 1st.
Mrs. Souza, Mrs. Parenteau, Mrs. Boccia and Ms. McEnaney
We are looking forward to our first Exhibition of the year! Fourth graders have been putting the finishing touches on their projects, editing their writing, and setting up the classrooms. They have been practicing sign language, singing and presentations.
Exhibition begins at 6pm in Charter Hall. Fourth graders will be singing and signing between 6 and 6:30. Please be sure to get a good seat and bring your tissues – the sign language performance is sure to be a tear jerker. Classroom Exhibitions will begin at 6:30. Students will present their work in each classroom for about 45 minutes. (Mrs. Parenteau’s class will be in 4S from 6:30-7:15, and 4P from 7:15-8:00, Mrs. Souza’s class will be in 4P 6:30-7:15 and 4S 7:15-8:00). Please see the Exhibition Program for more details.
Please ask students questions about their projects. They love to share what they know and they love sharing with many parents and guests. Please try to catch up with other parents in the Community Room, it’s hard for students to present when there are groups of parents talking in the middle of the room. Students will be dismissed at 8pm when a parent comes to get them.
Exhibition is coming! Children have been busy working on research and drafts in Science and ELA/Global Studies. Their Animal Documentaries and Early Humans/Ancient Mesopotamia projects are coming together nicely. They are working hard, and we think you will be impressed with all of their final work. Please remember to check Powerschool – it is being updated weekly.
Children are bringing home a piece of clay today (Friday). They will be making a small replica of an artifact or fossil related to their topic (farming, inventions, religion, government, economy, architecture, or early humans). They have discussed as a group what they are each planning to make and were asked to speak to Mrs. Parenteau if they were not sure what to make. They should also look at the University of Chicago web link for Mesopotamian artifacts or The Smithsonian web link for early human tools/fossils to view examples. **Important** Please keep the clay from drying out over the weekend by storing it in a resealable bag. Students will continue to work on these replicas next week.
We have had a fabulous start to the year! We have enjoyed learning from and working with your children. We are excited to roll out Exhibition projects within the next week. Look for assignments and due dates. As a team, we have learned about what it means to be a good/positive crew member. Ask your child what they have done to contribute positively to the group. In ELA, students are working on identifying the essential idea and supporting details of reading passages. In math they are exploring place value and expanding our understanding of data. Students have enjoyed taking their turns on the new Hokki stools. We enjoyed meeting with all of you and getting to know our students through your eyes.
We are so excited about getting to know you all in the fall! We will soon be getting our rooms ready for our year together. Here’s our supply list to help you start getting ready. We hope you’re all reading and using your math this summer. There’s a suggested summer reading list on this page, but we’d love to hear about any books that you are reading. Please keep track of what you’ve read and bring a list to school with you the first week.
Grade 4 Supply List 15/16
*** Please bring all of your supplies on the SECOND day of school***
- 2-inch three-ring binder (not double sided)
- 1 inch white binder for writing
- 16 dividers with tabs -no pockets
- 2 erasers
- 4 highlighters
- 1 zippered pencil pouch with holes to fit in binder
- 2 composition books
- 1 8 ½ x 11 inch sketchbook for Art
- 3 pocket folders
- 1 package of 3 x 3 inch post it notes
- 1 Ultra Fine Point Sharpie – black
- 1 box of tissues
- package eraser caps
- package (100 sheets) of wide ruled filler paper
- small package of glue sticks
- 1 box of colored pencils
- 1 pkg of #2 pencils (pre-sharpened)
- 1 pkg of Black Pilot Frixion Ball, 0.7mm fine point erasable gel ink pens
- 1 container of disinfectant wipes or baby wipes (Non-toxic please, try Clorox Green Works or Seventh Generation)
- 1 box resealable (ziploc type) bags: snack size, sandwich or gallon size