Newsletter 4-2/Di Marcello Week of February 10, 2020

In Mathematics, students continue to work with fractions by comparing fractions with unlike denominators.

Using “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”, students continue to explain how a novel builds from chapter to chapter, telling how parts of the story relate to the whole novel. Students answered questions after reading referring to the text, and making inferences to support their choices.


In English Language Arts, students continued working on practicing for the ELA State Tests using practice tests, analyzing and annotating articles, recording details, and comparing and contrasting texts. Not only is this preparing the students for the upcoming tests, but it is teaching them the necessary skills needed in writing and creating a craft for life’s achievements..

 In addition, students are encouraged to use formats in how to read, analyze, underline details, and look for clues both in the article and in the questions. Students are encouraged to re-read their work and focus on how to restate the questions by giving details from the text as well as proof-reading their work.

In Social Studies, students discussed and compared the games of today to the games played in New Amsterdam and compared the map of lower Manhattan in 1660 to today’s land.

In Science/Stem, students produced electricity by connecting circuits. In class discussion, students discussed Parallel and Series circuits.

In Religion, students read and discussed how God’s name is Holy. Students became Psalm Writers and wrote their own palm of praise.

Have a GREAT Weekend!

4-2/ Di Marcello Week of 2/3 Newsletter

This week students continued working and reviewing on specific skills for the New York State Tests. They have been having on-going instruction and preparation in all of their lessons. Students received a purple Ready NYCCLS booklet where students have been completing practice sections. Students have been directed how to read, annotate, record specific details, as well as logically answering questions related to the text, which has been part of or daily lessons in all subjects.

The importance of this week’s scope was finding and understanding main ideas with supporting inferences about the texts.

In reading, students continued reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by using details to explain how the character thoughts have started to change and explain why.

Daily students have received practice reading assessments and or questions targeted to complete on home for review. It is important for students to take their writing seriously and not rush through the assignment.

In Mathematics, students continued working with factors, multiples, and started identifying and working with equivalent fractions. Again, it is necessary to review multiplications tables at home daily.

In Social Studies, students discussed how the Dutch Sent Colonists to New York and are wrapping up their independent research on explores.  

In Science, students continued to discuss how electricity moves in a circuit. In Stem, students used circuits and conductors to produce music. It was an exciting day to witness.

4-2/Newsletter DiMarcello Week of 1/27

Students continued to read and use vocabulary words to expand on their written thought using, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” This week students discussed how does a name change a person? In the novel, Edward is given both male and female names. Does that change who is he? Do the names fit the circumstances Edward finds himself in? Using textual evidence, students recorded their findings and supported their claims citing quotes and details.

     In Writing, students are encouraged to continue:


  • Write down key words and phrases — complete sentences aren’t needed
  • Bullet or number your notes
  • Categorize your notes with headings
  • Use images to help you remember key ideas


In Mathematics, students wrapped up the unit and found all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1-100 and recognized that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors.  Students also determined whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number and whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is prime or composite.

In Science, students are continuing to review the water cycle and the states of matter preparing for next Friday’s assessment.

In Social Studies, students continue to work on their independent research reports on their explorer.

Catholic School’s Week was a success. Thank you for all the support you give to our school community!


Have a good weekend.

DiMarcello 4-2/ Newsletter Week of 1/20

In Mathematics, students continue to identify and work with factors and multiples. In addition, students used factors to determine whether a whole number greater than 1 is prime or composite.

In English Language Arts students started their new novel, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”. Students continued to work with vocabulary words to produce higher order sentences. This week students compared the original Queen Mary vessel to the vessel discussed in the text by recording details from their article and compared their research to a video of the ship docked today in California.

Students continue to break down questions and phrases citing evidence from text articles to support their claims with details.

In Religion, students discussed how to live by God’s law and why it is important to be a part of the celebration during Mass.

In Science/Stem students described how conductors and insulators work using electromagnetic energy.

In Social Studies, students continue to use their research in producing an organized report on their Explorer.

Pajama day on Monday!

Newsletter/4-2 Di Marcello Week of 1/13

In Mathematics, students are learning about factors and divisibility. Teaching factors also provides a review of multiplication. Students will use many multiplication facts as they break apart numbers into factors. Divisibility rules help students determine if a number is a factor of another number without having to divide.

In Social Studies, students are working on writing their Explorer Report by using their research notes organizing them into a detailed summary report.

 In English Language Arts, using positive and negative emotions listed on a chart for reference, citing details and quotes from the novel, and completed their final writing task on The One and Only Ivan. Students explained Ivan’s perception to his domain and how his emotions changed throughout the novel and continued to practice questions for The New York state test.

In Science/Stem, students discussed the different types of energy such as Mechanical and Gravitational. Students also continue to discuss and explain the three states of Matter.  

No School tomorrow or on Monday!

Week of 1/6 Newsletter Di Marcello 4-2

Happy New Year! Welcome back. It has been a busy week transitioning into routines again. The students have been working diligently.

This week, students started working with practice questions geared toward the New York State English Language Arts exam in March. Students observed types of questions and practiced using a passage to analyze and answer questions in depth using details. An email was sent home this week discussing some key points, skills, and strategies we are using in class.

An important area of concern is producing written work with effort and quality in mind. Homework is an important part of the day and students should not be rushing through written assignments. The writing process is extremely important in preparing our children for the future in becoming successful writers. One important way to build on vocabulary and fluency is the importance of reading each night.

Students are reminded to write complete sentences, check their spelling, and edit their work with the use of adjectives, details, and transition words.   

In Mathematics, students are continuing working with division using remainders. It is important to review strategies at home and work on practicing the multiplication tables daily.

In Social Studies students will begin reading about various explorers mapping their voyages and determining which Native American people encountered these explorers.

In Science/Stem students started discussing the difference between physical and chemical properties.

In Religion, students discussed the difference between Absolution and Penance. Students wrote stories discussing the advice he/she would give someone in how people should settle their differences to become peaceful people of God.  

4-2/Di Marcello Newsletter Week of 12/ 16

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It should always be the season of giving and being kind to others. It is the season of loving one another and spending time with our family.

Our Desserts around the World was a success. Thank you to all the parents who continued and assisted. Another huge accomplishment, our students did fabulous in the Christmas show.

This week the students read a narration of the feast of the three Magi. Students discussed the significance of the Epiphany. Students discussed how people in different countries celebrate Christmas. For example, the people of Ukraine enjoy a meal of twelve dishes, representing the twelve Apostles. As a writing activity, students created an ornament, resembling the twelves meals of the twelve apostles. 

In Mathematics, students continued to read and analyzed word problems by using division.

In Science, students discussed the three laws of motion by illustrating a visual concept, giving an example of how Newton’s law of motion works in real life, and by writing a summary.

In Social Studies, students presented their oral presentation on their models of the Native Americans homes.

In English Language Arts, students worked on developing and refining their summaries by using graphic organizers and “jotting down details.” Students read short passages by interpreting and locating details and sorting the information into short summaries.

Have a BLESSED Holiday!

4-2/Di Marcello Newsletter: Week of 12/9

In ELA, students continued make claims and supported those claims with specific evidence from the novel to record details. Students identified various quotes from the novel by identifying figurative language, vivid vocabulary, and made personal connections.

In Writing and students continued to use details and quotes by producing small moment pieces.

Students started analyzing pieces of literature by practicing how to answer questions, underlining key details, and located clues in text questions.

In Mathematics, students continued dividing 3-4 digit numbers with remainders and are worked in solving word problems.

In Social Studies, students created wampum belts and wrote a description how the American Indians used the wampum belt for trading and ceremonial purposes.

In Science/Stem, students engineered cars to observe how height and mass work in using the Three Laws of Motion.

4-2/DiMarcello Newsletter Week of 12/2

In English Language Arts students continued reading, The One and Only Ivan. Students paid close attention identifying different pieces of figurative languages, analyzing major characters, and discussing major quotes in the novel. Students compared and contrasted Stella’s version of Jambo’s story to the 1986 news video conference regarding the true story of the boy who fell in the gorilla’s domain in the zoo.

In Writing, students are supported and encouraged to incorporate language and vocabulary to allow their work to be supported by details and evidence daily. Continue to pay close attention to grammar and punctuation.

In Mathematics, students are estimating quotients in division. Students are also practicing fact family in multiplication and division. It is recommended reviewing these skills every night at home.

Fact family: It is a set of four related multiplication and division facts that use the same three numbers.

For example: The fact family for 3, 8 and 24 is a set of four multiplication and division facts. Two are multiplication facts, whereas the other two are division facts.

3 × 8 = 24
8 × 3 = 24
24 ÷ 3 = 8
24 ÷ 8 = 3

In Science, students are discussing the Three Laws of Motions and are gathering facts about Sir Isaac Newton as an independent research using the IPads.

In Social Studies, students are in their final writing stages compiling their information regarding the Native Americans. Be sure to include your index card that was distributed for your presentation on December 16th with your projects.

In Religion, students are discussing the Advent season as we prepare for Jesus. On Friday, students were given as assignment to send an email with the supervision of a parent/adult to a relative or family friend writing about the importance of Advent, what it means, and how he/she can prepare for it. When the recipient replies to your child, kindly print the email document to be posted on our Communication Prayer Board. Do not forward me the email.  This assignment is due Friday, December 13th. Bring your printed EMAIL to school.

DiMarcello/4-2 Newsletter: Week of 11/18

In English Language Arts, students started their second novel, “The One and Only Ivan.” Throughout the unit, students will continue making claims and supporting those claims providing evidence from the novel. This week students asked and answered questions to demonstrate their understanding of a text and referring explicitly to the text to record their answers. Students also described certain characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explained how their actions contributed to the main character.

A goal is to have students really observe the characters and how their actions will impact others positively or negatively. I want my students to see how the story parts (character, setting, plot etc.) interact in order to create a message for the reader to make further connections.

In Social Studies, students continue to use graphic organizers, resources, and internet sources comparing and contrasting the Iroquois and Algonquians.

In Science/Stem, students started their unit on Forces and Motion. Students discussed that pushing and pulling are examples of forces that can speed things up or slow things down.

In Religion, students discussed that a good conscience leads to be truthful and fair. It guides us to make decisions that are based on our actions and teachings of Jesus.

In Mathematics, students started working with division by dividing two-digit numbers and estimating quotients.  Students need to memorize their multiplication tables. It is imperative that students review the tables each night to assist them with word problems and increase fluency.

Reading is very important. Students must read and understand the content he/she is reading. This is why effort is critical when completing reading responses. Reading will also students support their understanding of mathematical word problems.