It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Greetings 4A friends and families! Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for being slow to update this blog. We’re in the midst of the busiest time of year for teachers and non-teachers alike, but that is surely no excuse for keeping you in the dark about all the great stuff that’s been going on in 4A.


A quick re-cap of last week:

Despite my planned absence on Tuesday, students worked hard through the week to put the final touches on their traditional tales. They spent a day with our substitute Ms. Alina typing up the final drafts of their stories and sharing them with myself and their fellow classmates for peer review and commenting on Office 365.  Students got extra practice with proofreading for writing errors, and then we wrapped up the week with leveled reading groups to examine different traditional tales from around the world.


In math, students worked hard to review for the Unit 4 Assessment on Friday. They filled out individual self-assessments to identify their strengths and weaknesses, then they paired up with fellow classmates to teach each other. I’m happy to report that the results for this test are the best we’ve had this year. We’re now done with math content for the year. We’ll have a few practice games with the smartboard, but when students return from break, we’ll bust in to Unit 5 which deals with estimation and multiplying large numbers.


In social studies, students investigated the job of a historian. They participated in an activity where they recorded the events of an incident in the hallway and found out exactly what a primary source and a secondary source is. We look forward to investigating history from a Vietnamese perspective when we visit the Vietnamese History Museum on the Saigon Zoo grounds this coming Wednesday.


In science, students are beginning to look at fossils as records. One of our teachers was kind enough to lend us his real fossil collection, and students will be discovering even more about the significance of these historical records on our field trip.


We wrapped up the week Friday with a visit to the TAS/Phuong Nam book fair. Students were able to browse or buy English language books and stationery. Students who didn’t bring money to shop were busy creating their reading wish list.

That about wraps up last week. Now I’d like to clue in parents to some special announcements for this week:

Monday – Class as usual

Tuesday – Class as usual

Wednesday – field trip to Saigon History Museum – Students have been told that they do not need their devices, so please be informed that they are not allowed to bring them on Wednesday.

Thursday РStudents will rehash their field trip experience and in the afternoon, we will hold our own classroom Christmas party.   Students are free to bring treats or gifts for friends. I HAVE given them permission to bring devices for some free time as long as they use them in a social manner with friends.

Friday – Elementary Christmas Talent Show – Grade 4 students are asked to wear white in the form of a white shirt and jeans or a white dress for girls. Parents are invited to watch. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.