blank Mr. Jake Sheptyck
    Grade 4, Room 333 - Alden Elementary School
    Teaming with Mrs. Wigmore
    Mr. Sheptyck

    Hello Families!

    It’s already October?! The month of September literally flew by. There was so much going on around Alden and in the classroom that I feel like it was only yesterday we were starting the first days of school! We are off to a great start, so let’s keep the momentum going!

    Volunteering opportunities have been discussed with the homeroom parents, and that information should be going home shortly. Be on the lookout! Also, soon you will see a Sign-Up Genius invite in your inbox to select a time for your child’s fall conference. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

    In math, we are moving through our units on multiplying multi-digit whole numbers by 1-digit numbers. I cannot stress how critical it is that students are practicing their basic multiplication facts on a regular basis. Flash cards, Xtra Math, and games like “multiplication war” are awesome ways to get that regular practice in. I highly encourage making it into a game. Please believe me when I say that the students will benefit greatly in the long run.

    In literacy, we are examining the craft of narrative writing by studying how characters are interpreted and how, as readers, we need to think deeply and intensely about what we are reading. We are also working on narratives of our own through the use of the Harris Burdick pictures. If you are able, reading on a nightly or bi-nightly basis with your children is an excellent way to boost their fluency and comprehension as you read together and stop to ask questions along the way. The students are enjoying the time we have to read in school, but it certainly shouldn’t stop there! My hope is they love to read at any point in the day.

    In social studies, we have been honing our basic map skills and have begun investigating landforms of the United States as well as introducing the concepts of the 5 major regions. Students have been excited to share their own experiences in different places across our country. Please feel free to share your own travel experiences with your kids to help them learn something unique or fun about each state.

    Thursday, October 10th will be our Topic 3 math test. Practice tests will be sent home to study from the night before.

    There is no school on Friday, October 11th for teacher professional development.

    There is no school on Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day.

    Our monthly Passport check is Thursday, October 17th.

    Friday, October 18th is the tentative date of our annual Dragon Dash! Monday would be the rain check.

    Wednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 24th are both early release days for fall conferences. This week also marks our fall Book Fair!

    Thursday, October 31st is Halloween and the date of our class party. Students may wear costumes, but should not wear masks or bring fake weapons. Additionally, no food should be brought in to pass out. Please reach out if you have a specific question about your child’s costume.


    As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns!

    - Mr. Sheptyck