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Fourth: Anne Marie Duffy

Welcome to Mrs. Duffy’s 4th grade Web Page!! 

Upcoming Dates for the Week of  March 19th, 2018.

*Lenten Prayer Service this Thursday morning before morning program at 9am in the gym. The 3rd graders will be leading us this week.

*Reminder to send in field trip permission slips and money for our trip to Beaver Lake on 3/22. Very excited about seeing the tapping of the trees for maple syrup. Did you know the sugar maple is the tree of New York State? And it will be a brown bag lunch that day….no glass bottles, everything disposable. And dress warmly….we will be outside and winter is still here!

*Dress Out Day Friday, 3/23 in your red colors to celebrate St. Joseph! We have a retreat day in school Friday morning and will be doing Lenten and St. Joseph activities in our classrooms.

*No School Holy Thursday and Good Friday, 3/29-3/30 for Easter recess.

*March is Reading Month. A packet was just sent home with your child. Students in grades 3-5 are expected to read 300 minutes in the next month (that’s 20min a day 5 days a week) to participate in our reading rewards week April 16-20. You were given log sheets to fill in the name of the book, number of minutes read and your parent signature for each week. Please send in as soon as your child has reached their minutes read. They can also read Saturday and Sunday.

* See our specials schedule at the bottom of this page.


Here is what we are working on in each subject and the dates of tests and quizzes!

Religion: We are going to be reading about Holy Week and Easter in a religion packet this week. There will be an open book quiz on Friday, 3/23.

ELA: We are finishing Unit #2, Week #5 with the theme of How are writers inspired by animals? This is a shorter unit as we look at poetry, meter, rhyme and the use of figurative language. We are finishing up with the poems Fog and White Cat Winter on Monday, and looking at a short story (Putting on an Act) with comprehension Tuesday and working on some grammar. There will be a vocab/poetry quiz on Wednesday, 3/21. There will not be any spelling or new reading units until after the NYS ELA Assessment in mid April.

Math: We began Chapter 7: Geometry this past week focusing on lines, segments, rays, parallel and perpendicular lines. This week we will be working on angles, types of angles, rotation/turns. There will be a math quiz on Tuesday, 3/20 only on types of lines (Lesson 1-2). I encouraged students to make flash cards at home with all the vocabulary words for this chapter.  Mrs. Cirincione and I will continue to work with our small groups but students also need to practice at home. Geometry, Angles, Perimeter and Area are great skills to practice on IXL! Please continue to work with your child practicing math facts daily.

Social Studies 4: We are finished with Chapter 6: A New Nation and a study guide came home this past week. We will be reviewing in class this week and there will be a couple of review worksheets for homework. The Chapter 6 test will be Thursday 3/22. We will begin Chapter 7 next week.

Social Studies 5: We are continuing Unit #4 and will begin Lesson 3: Natural Resources of Latin America this week, looking at the products unique to each area and why it is difficult to get resources from some of these areas.

Here is a schedule of our specials:

Monday: Music

Tuesday: Gym

Wednesday: Art & Music

Thursday: None (hopefully we will visit our reading buddies and go to the computer lab)

Friday: Gym

4th Grade School Supply List


1 subject spiral notebooks with different colored covers:  1 each for ELA (blue), Science (green), Social Studies (red), Religion (purple) and Music (black)

1 marbled composition notebook (ELA Journal)

2 folders (1 labeled take home, the other labeled work in progress)

1-2 highlighters (any colors)

1 crayon box (nothing too large as it won’t fit in lockers or desks)

1 box of crayons

1 pkg of colored pencils

1 pencil sharpener (for colored pencils)


many #2 pencils

1 eraser

Looseleaf paper

1 paperback English dictionary (preferably Webster’s and make sure the print size is readable)

ruler (must have both inches and centimeters)

2-3 glue sticks

1 package of dry erase markers (either thick or thin)

3 boxes of Kleenex

1 package of baby wipes

3 extra large book covers (ELA, Social Studies, Science)

1 pair of headphones (used for I-ready assessments)


** Because students use small lockers, no rolling backpacks or large trapper keepers please!

** Be sure uniform gym clothes are ordered and have your child’s name/initials on the inside tag before the first day        of school!


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