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



    Hello families!

    We are already into October, and it’s amazing how quickly the first month of school flew by! In so many ways, this year is feeling as normal as it can considering all we have been through over the last year and a half. I am incredibly thankful for that, and I am excited to help the students have a productive, fun, and engaging year of fourth grade. I hope they have enjoyed the start of the year. Speaking of the students...what an excellent crew! You have all done a fantastic job raising some wonderful kids. I have been impressed with them on a daily basis, and I know how proud you all are. 

    Conferences are coming up! They will be held on Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st. You should have received an email this week containing a Google Form to let me know your preference for an in-person conference or a virtual one through Zoom. If you have not yet filled out the form, please do so, as I will be sending out a Sign-Up Genius shortly for you to choose a time slot and should you choose a Zoom meeting I will need to get you the link.

    In math, we have begun our first topic on multiplying by one digit. This is an incredibly important topic moving forward into the rest of our math program and beyond. At home, you can support this work by just making sure that students are comfortable with their basic math facts. This can be done by using flash cards or just simply by quizzing them over dinner, in the car...wherever! There are also many, many websites and programs to help with this. 

    In literacy, we are studying the many facets of characters in fictional texts and are also working on crafting narrative stories of our own. The students are enjoying writing their stories and are excited to share them with you when they are done. At home, students should be reading as much as possible, and not just necessarily by themselves at night. Read to them, have them read to you or another individual...even to a pet! It will all support their continued growth with reading throughout the year. 

    In social studies, we have learned about the landforms of North America and will soon begin to investigate the ancient civilizations of our continent. We live in an excellent region of the country to discuss early Native American tribes, so if you have deeper knowledge of the early history of our area - such as names of streets, neighborhoods, etc. - feel free to share with your children.

    There is no school on Friday, October 8th and on Monday, October 11th. 

    Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st are early release days for conferences.

    We will be attending the Book Fair on Friday, October 22nd.

    Our class Halloween party will be held on Friday, October 29th. More information to come!

    As always, feel free to reach out if you need anything!