Welcome to Class 4-240

State Test Information Session this Tuesday, February 28th in the classroom 8:10 AM.

All parents are invited to attend this information session, in which I will discuss my plans for preparing the students for the upcoming state tests (with a focus on the ELA test).

11/14/16 – Open School Day this Friday 11/18

Hello, parents.  Please be advised that open school day is this Friday from 8:10 to 8:50.  This is an opportunity for you to come and see the class during a lesson.

10/11/16 Classroom Update

Here are some of the things we are learning about in school:

Reading, Science, and Social Studies – The students are learning researching skills such as how to take and categorize notes.  We are doing this work in the context of our geography/geology project.  The end result will be an annotated geological map of the region.  I will let you know when we publish it as I would like to have you come in to celebrate this work.

Writing – The students are learning how to get ideas, plan, draft, revise, and edit realistic fiction stories.  The students are learning sophisticated writing techniques, such as “Show, don’t tell,” to make their stories engaging.

Math -The students are studying place value, rounding, and algorithms for Addition and Subtraction.  As you have probably noticed, I am using a mix of materials–some of my own design, some from the school’s Pearson program, and some from EngageNY.  I am using material from EngageNY right now as it tends to be more rigorous than the Pearson program.  Here is a link to the EngageNY materials if you are curious.  Every day during math we have instruction in a small group to help children that need extra support with a topic.  In addition, I have more challenging work (typically algebraic) set up for children that are ready for advanced material.

Art/Technology – The students are learning how to use the Scratch programming language to create animations and programs.  Scratch was developed by the MIT Learning Lab to help children learn math and problem solving skills.  Visit scratch.mit.edu for more info.

As an aside, I am having so much fun working with this group of amazing kids.  Thank you for the support and please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

9/21/16 Announcements

  • Please come to “Get Acquainted” night tomorrow at 5:00 in our classroom.  I will be speaking about how I run the class and fielding your questions.
  • Tomorrow I will be taking the students on a walk to Fieldston.  Please make sure to send in those permission slips so that the students do not miss out!
  • Our next trip is a walking trip to Inwood Hill Park planned for Monday, the 26th.  We need some parent volunteers to help chaperone this one.  It is a bit of a trek so be sure to send your child to school in good walking shoes.  I sent the permission slips home today in your child’s red folder.

9/15/16 Help with Tonight’s Math HW

This is how we used the distributive property to find the area of large array.

9/13/16 Word Study – Gollum’s Riddle

A few students did not take home their copy of Gollum’s Riddle.  It is below:

This thing all things devours:

Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;

Gnaws iron, bites steel;

Grinds hard stones to meal;

Slays king, ruins town,

And beats high mountain down.

9/13/16 Schedule of Special Classes:

Below is the schedule of “preps” or special classes for the Fall semester.

Monday – Art with Ms. Maistre

Tuesday – Theater with Mr. Bloom

Wednesday – P.E. with Mr. Feldman

Thursday – P.E. with Mr. Dugan

Friday – Music with Ms. Shepley



Dear Students and Class Parents,

I hope everyone is looking forward to the start of the school year. I know I am! Please check out the “General Info” tab for information about how I run the classroom and classroom policies. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.

– Mr. Dembowski