to Fourth Grade at TDS!
Enjoy some fun and relaxation with your family and friends.
I look forward to seeing you in August!
June 9, 2017
Dear Rising Fourth Graders and Parents,
Welcome to fourth grade! I am looking forward to being your teacher, and I’m planning all sorts of engaging and challenging activities for next year.
I hope that you are having loads of fun this summer: swimming, playing outside, going to camp, traveling, and more. In between all of your summer adventures, I’d like you to do a few things to keep your minds sharp.
Read!!! – I’d like you to read at least four books: three from the summer reading list (two must be Battle of the Books selections) and one other of your own choosing. Record all the books you read on the summer reading log. You will bring this to school with you on August 23. (Special note: Any book with more than 300 pages may be counted as two books on your summer reading log.) Please do not read The Cricket in Times Square, Love That Dog, Hate That Cat, Who Comes with Cannons?, or Number the Stars, as these are titles that we plan to read together in class.
Try new things – Summer is a great time for exploring new places and activities. You could even try some of the ideas on the summer activity page of our class website: Fourth Grade – Triangle Day School. Whatever you do, keep a list and collect pictures, postcards, and souvenirs. We will share these at Morning Meeting during the first week of school.
Keep your math skills sharp – Work on your math facts, especially multiplication, a little bit each day. You could keep flash cards in the car or play fact games on Math Playgound. I would love for you to know all of your multiplication facts before school starts, but you must be solid on the 0’s, 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s. I also expect you to do some regular math practice beyond basic facts. You may choose to complete the End-of-Year Review from the back of your Math in Focus workbook (also available on Parent section of TDS website), or you may choose one of the several options listed under Math Links (on TDS website). Attending a math class or working with a math tutor will also meet the requirement.
Get your school supplies – I’ve posted a supply list on the school website, as well as our class website. This will give you a chance to hit the back-to-school sales over the summer, rather than waiting for the last minute rush. You may be able to reuse some of last year’s supplies, if they’re still in good shape.
Have a safe, relaxing, fun summer. If you’d like to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a postcard at school, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to seeing you and your families in August!