Summer is Here!

Parents,

I have enjoyed sharing a fantastic fourth grade experience with my students!!!  We learned so much about each other and had so much fun!  For me, this is the hardest part of the year because I will miss all of my students over the summer.

Please have fun, be safe, read something you love, and enjoy time with your family!  It has truly been an honor to be your child’s teacher this year!

Stefan Fisher

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Track and Field Day

Parents,

Please make sure your child is prepared for the rain and cold.  The forecast is calling for rain until 9 am and it might be cold.  Proper attire is very important.  Make sure to bring a sack lunch as well!  If the event is cancelled the school will have information by 8 am!  Please make sure the event is going to happen before you go to Pudong!  I will try to send an email, but please keep in mind that it might not be until 8:30 before I get it to everyone.

Thank You,

Stefan Fisher

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4SF News

Hello parents!  It has been a long time since we updated what has been happening in 4SF.  We have many things going on in the school and I want to make sure you are up to date.  Please make sure you fill out placement information on Powerschool or using the paper form.  Make sure you indicate all of your child’s needs on the form.  I have already had conversations with parents regarding placement and wanted to give more information regarding this topic. Our educational team reviews each one to determine academic needs first, but we do consider many other factors when making decisions.  I am available to meet any time if you want to ask questions or just talk.

We have Track and Field day at Pudong on Wednesday morning!  Thank you so much to Pauline and our room mother’s that organized the Gatorade treats to drink throughout the day!  Parents can not ride the school bus to the event, but feel free to meet us at SAS Pudong to watch the kids participate!  We have another field trip (aquarium) planned for May 10th and more information will follow regarding that event!

Curriculum Update:

Reading:  Students are starting to explore the elements of a good mystery story!  Ask your child what is happening in their book clubs!

Writing:  Students are investigating strategies for writing a strong persuasive essay.  We had a ton of fun introducing commercials to show how businesses use techniques to persuade customers in buying products.  Students will embark on a project later in the unit where they will create a product and a short commercial to sell to the public!

Math:  Students will continue working on geometry!  We are exploring lines, rays, points, angles, etc.  The kids are measuring and creating angles this week!

Science:  Students are exploring structure and function of plants and animals.  We have a plant and seed quiz on Thursday!  The students already have a study guide to help!  We will have guest speakers during this unit and a field trip to the aquarium on May 10th!

Stefan Fisher

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4SF Update

Good morning parents!  We are really excited about Ancient China in 4SF, but learning about the past civilizations depends on artifacts to guide our exploration.  On Thursday, March 10 we are going to the Shanghai Museum to study some of those artifacts from ancient civilizations.  Thank you for volunteering parents!  We have 6 wonderful parents joining us and that puts us at capacity for seating on the bus!  I will have a parent packet (with all of the answers)  to guide the kids and you through the museum.  The students will be searching for information throughout the day and you will escort them to each exhibit.  We will have more information to follow, but I will introduce everything in class to the students.  I will have a brief overview with the volunteering parents at 8:10 am the morning of the field trip.  This field trip is very important for deciding on an artifact to recreate in the social studies project that is due April 6th!  The project guidelines will come home this Monday!  Your kids need to bring a camera or something to take pictures.

Please take some time to ask your amazing kids about what we have been learning in school.  Below are the themes we are working on now!

Language Arts-  We are exploring the world of non-fiction text and information.  In addition, we are practicing informational writing techniques to produce an informational report on a topic of choice.

Math-  Students continue to investigate multiplication and division.  Ask them about our rich math problem solving questions we do as a class.  The last one helped us solve the problem of buying the right amount of hot dogs and hot dog buns!  Is it ever possible?  Your kids know the answer and they used multiplication and division in their solution.

Social Studies-  We are investigating ancient civilizations, China, and artifacts.  We have a field trip to the Shanghai Museum next week!  In addition, we are exploring leadership styles and examining the first emperor of China (Qin).

We have student led conferences coming up in April, but if you would like to get together before or after the conferences to talk privately, let me know!  I hope everyone received the email with the fourth grade reading lists and I will update Mathletics for additional math practice! 

That’s all for now, have a great day!  

Mr. Fisher

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Wax Museum

Parents,

What an amazing turnout yesterday for our Wax Museum!  Thank you for supporting our learning community throughout the fourth grade.  The kids were so excited and I was so proud to see how much they improved their public speaking.  We worked really hard to express the character traits and create our posters.

We have a huge Chinese New Year celebration coming up on February 4th that has an assembly and our class party.  I will send the flyer home on Monday with the schedule of events.  I understand if you need to leave early for the break, but please let me know in advance.  We will be making lanterns, having a shared lunch, and sharing New Year traditions!  We are looking for parents and family members to share those traditions with the class.  I would love it if you would come in to volunteer.  

Assembly: 9:10-10:20

Recess: 10:20-10:40

Class Party: 10:40-12:15

Parent Coffee:  Friday, January 29th!  It’s that time again to have coffee with the teacher.  Let’s get together and bring in treats to share with each other in my room.  I will have coffee, sugar, and milk.  I will have hot water for tea, but recommend you bring your favorite as mine will be limited  .

Curriculum Update:

Reading and Writing:  We are beginning a new unit on Non-Fiction and research.  We will explore informational writing techniques and how to use text features, along with text structures for researching information.

Science:  We will use the non-fiction theme to research natural disasters!  We will generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of these Earth processes on humans.

Math:  Students will investigate Multi-Digit multiplication and division!  Please practice times tables with your kids at home!

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The Holidays Are Here!!!

We are getting in the spirit in 4SF and we would like some help.  Please respond to our room mother’s request to help decorate our classroom.  I would love to have a team of decorators in the room Monday after school.  I have a box of holiday decorations, but no tree.  We could get creative and make one using paper, but the kids might want something closer to the real thing.  If you have any ideas please share them with our room parents.

Our holiday party will be at 12:45 and conclude at 1:30 pm on December 16th.  Please read the holiday letter that was sent home today for details on gifts for our stockings.  Each child will have a stocking and every member of the class needs to bring an item to put in each stocking.  Since we have 17 students (and one teacher), they need to bring 17 small, inexpensive, gifts to stuff in the stockings!  Please help your child with ideas and bring in your gifts before the December 16th party date (yes the 15th is alright).

Curriculum Update:

Math– We are using measurement (Metric System) to complete a “Build Your Own Dream Home” project.  Ask your kids, but they have $600,000 to buy land and build their dream home on site.

Science– We are moving into the rock cycle next week and then natural disasters.  More to come later.

Reading– We are beginning to explore book characters and how authors develop those characters within a story.

Writing–  We are exploring the world of poetry!

Technology Update Below:

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And, we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why SAS is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! Our Hour of Code is a statement that SAS is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. This is a chance to incorporate the 21st century learner skills that our children’s future will demand in a fun and challenging way for our ES students.
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I Am Thankful For Your Kids!!

I sent every parent an email this morning inviting you to come to our shared lunch tomorrow.  I hope you can take time out of your busy schedule to join us!  We will be celebrating a traditional American holiday together!  Thanksgiving!  Please adhere to the emails our wonderful room mother’s have been sending and bring a dish that serves 15 people or more.  We can start setting up any time after 9:45 and each class will have a table for dessert too.  The food will go in the 3/4 project area and the desserts will be next to our classroom on a table just for us.  Hope to see you there!

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Counseling News

Dear ES Parents: November 2015

In the month of November and December the counseling team will be covering the topic of Personal Safety; this is an important life skill, giving children information relevant to them, teaching and practicing skills to handle the information, and building their self-esteem so that they feel confident to use those skills. Our safety lessons will begin on November 20th. Our lessons will consist of the following:

• Counselors will help the students define “private body parts”. These are the parts of the body covered by their bathing suits.

• Counselors will teach the students the three touching rules. It is never all right for someone to touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy.

  •  If someone breaks the touching rule, say “No!” and run away.

Tell a trusted adult. If that adult doesn’t help you, keep telling until you get the help you need and deserve.

• Counselors will inform the students that it is never their fault if someone else touches their private body parts.

We thank you for your support in teaching your child about personal safety. Please take time to open up conversation around this important topic with your children. Here are some conversation starters that you might find helpful:

• Let your child hear the safety rules from you as well as from the counselors.

• Please give your children the actual vocabulary for their private body parts as this helps them better understand the rules.

• Please ask your child to practice saying “No!” with you.

• Help your child to identify trusted adults in his/her life.

Here are some book titles that you may wish to read with your child:

• The Trouble With Secrets by Karen Johnson

• The Right Touch by Sandy Kleven

• It’s My Body by Lory Freeman

• Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse: A Parent’s Guide by Jane Hart-Rossi

• My Body Is Private by Linda Walvoord Girard

• Mia’s Secret by Peter Ledwon and Marilyn Mets

The following are some websites, which offer resources and have more information about personal safety:

• www.cfchildren.org

• www.safekids.com

• www.unicef.org/crc

Once again we thank you for your continued support of the elementary guidance program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s grade level counselor.

Warmly,

ES Puxi Counselors:

Amanda Fischer: PK-1 grades

Joseph Hill: 2-3 grades

Faith Ro: 4-5 grades

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Music Is In The Air

Parents,

The musical Dig-It begins tomorrow at 9!  The kids have been working so hard to put on a major musical production.  You are invited to watch and take as many pictures as you can! We have two students that are lead characters in the performance!  I hope you will be there and you should come early to get a prime seat.

We are testing a new schedule next week to see if we can maximize our learning time!  The students actively participated in a math challenge to find out how we could change things.  Ask them about it tonight!

We have a math test on Tuesday and the students have been preparing by using our study guide!  Please quiz them when you have a chance.  One note about the test, students will not be using a method called tape diagrams.  We felt it was not the best method to solve problems so we did not use this for any standard algorithm.

I will send a curriculum update tomorrow because we are “Mad about Science” this week!

Your Partner in Education,

Mr. Fisher

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Halloween Fun!!!!

Tomorrow is our parade and party!!!  The room is decorated and the spirit is in the air!  A few reminders about the day!  Weapons of any kind are not allowed even if it is part of their costume.  They can change at school if it is raining and bring their costume.  The parade begins at 8:30 am and the party will be right after.

Our party starts at 9 am and needs to end no later than 9:40 so kids can go to special classes.  Parents you may come any time after 7:45 am to start the set up process.  Please keep in mind peanut allergies and be prepared to discuss ingredients with students eating the treats.  Thank you in advance to our wonderful room moms!!  What would we do without our parent support?  Thanks again.

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