August 2019 


    Dear 4th Grader, 


    Hi! Welcome to the 4th grade. Can you believe that the first day of school is almost here?  We hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Even though summer vacation is the best, we are getting excited to go back to school and meet all of you- our new fourth grade class! 

    We have been busy getting lessons and activities ready for this school year. We are going to have an exciting and productive year. Fourth grade is a lot of fun because you learn about many interesting subjects. This year you will learn multiplication, long division, decimals and fractions in math. In social studies, we learn about New York, the Native Americans, the colonists and the Revolutionary War, and the N.Y government. In science, we conduct experiments to help us learn about the digestive tract, simple machines, and rocks and minerals. Of course, we also do lots of reading and writing in fourth grade. There are also class trips to reinforce our curriculum. We know you will love the fourth grade. 

    On the first day of school, please bring in a picture of yourself that shows something you did in New York State this summer. In addition, please bring in a small picture of yourself (2” by 2”) that we can hang up on a bulletin board 

    Make sure to check the 4th grade supply list. Additional school supplies that will be needed in our class are: 

    1. 2 black and white notebooks 
    1. 2 1 inch binders- green and yellow 
    1. 3 blue pens (non-clickable) 
    1. 3 plastic folders: red, blue, and orange.  A take home folder will be provided for you.  These folders take care of the folders listed on the 4th grade supply list. 
    1. 12 inch ruler with inches and centimeters 
    1. Small, hard pencil box to store extra supplies 
    1. Clean sock for white boards 
    1. $25.00—used for crafts for holidays, field day t-shirts, a pancake breakfast, and an ice cream party among other things. 
    1. Boys- 1 box of gallon zip lock bags.  Girls 1 box of quart zip lock bags. 

    Additionally, we will have a snack in class each day, so be sure to bring a small, healthy snack each day—even the first day!  You should also bring a re-useable water bottle to class every day. 

    Please bring in a book you are reading, or that you would like to read.  This book will be your first independent reading book of the year.   

    Have a great rest of the summer!  We are excited to meet you in a few weeks! 



    Your teachers, 

    Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Haber-Cohen, and Mrs. Freebern 






    I can’t wait to learn all about all of you. I would like you to create a pencil holder decorated with bits of information about yourself to share with the class during the first week of school.  


    1. Ask mom or dad for a can that you can re-use as a pencil holder on your desk.  It can be a soup or vegetable can or something of similar size(3 ½ inch or more in diameter).  Don’t pick a can that is too small.  You will need to fit a few pencils, a glue stick, scissors, a highlighter, a pen, and a dry erase marker in it.  Your extra supplies will stay in your pencil box.   


    1. Clean out your can and remove the label.  


    1. Decorate the outside of your can anyway you’d like.  Please include a picture of yourself, your family and any other pictures, words, cut-outs or drawings of things you like, or like to do. You can be as creative as you want!  You can cut out plain or decorated paper to wrap around the can as a background.  Some students have used fancy duct tape as a background.  It’s all up to you! 


    1. Be prepared to tell us all about the collage you created on your can!