Ms. Poirier's Class

Norman E. Day School

We’re Gearing Up!


The clock is winding down on summer and we are gearing up for the new school year! I have been setting up the class and starting to plan out our first few weeks together.  While I am going to enjoy every moment left of summer, I am really looking forward to the new school year.  New things and great changes are happening around the Day School to strengthen the school community and kick off the new year.  Our classroom has a fresh coat of paint and looks fantastic! Our “home away from home,” is shaping up!

I have purchased and collected nearly everything we will need to get us through the school year.  There isn’t anything you need to buy!  My one suggestion would be to grab a pair of ear buds or headphones.  We will be using the audio station in reading and most kids find it preferable to have their own set.  I do have classroom headsets available for use but many find it more sanitary to have their own.  This is entirely up to you.  You will not need these during the first few days of school.

During the first few days, I cannot wait to hear about your summers! I spent a whole lot of time at our family’s lake home in Barrington, NH, went hiking a few times, enjoyed the beach, visited Canobie, and got to see my friends a whole lot! My favorite thing, though, was all of the unscheduled, relaxed time I got to spend with my children. I am going to bring in a few pictures to share and I hope you will do the same.  Please bring in at least one picture of you doing something, with someone, or at a place you’d like to share with your class.  We will all have time to share during the first few days of school.

Finally, please let your mom or dad know to fill out the parent contact form.  A few completed this in June and do not need to resubmit.  Getting this done here means less paperwork in September!

Have a wonderful few weeks!  Enjoy the weather, make memories, and rest up!  I can’t wait to meet a few of you and see the rest of you again.  We are going to have an awesome year!


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Happy Summer!


What an exciting end to school!  I am so happy that I got to meet all of my upcoming fourth graders!  Such a smiling, positive group; It makes me look forward to the next school year.  Already I have so many ideas and plans for fun projects and activities.  I hope you found some familiar faces when we met, but if not, have no fear!  We will get to know each other and build an awesome community when we come back together in late August.  And the classroom will certainly look different 😉  Fourth grade is going to be a fun and busy year. We study the whole United States, Energy, Plants and Animals, and our Changing Earth.  We will also tackle large multiplication, division, lots of geometry, and fractions.  We will write all kinds of stories and read so many great books.  If you are wondering how to be best prepared for fourth grade, make sure you read this summer…at least a couple of books!  I find that reading on the beach or in the shade on my back patio is best for me.  You can also practice your multiplication facts; you will need to know these for EVERYTHING we do in math.  Knowing them ahead of time will give you a huge advantage!  Now that we got the business out of the way…

Don’t forget…It’s summer vacation! 

Let’s not wish away all the time we have to relax, have fun, and spend time with our families.  This summer, I plan to go to the beach, read a ton of books, and just enjoy spending some stress free time with my family.  I hope we can make it up to our family lake house in Barrington, NH, too.  I always feel like I am on vacation when I am at the lake house.  What are you doing this summer?  Vacations? Camps?  Playdates?  Just relaxing?  Let me know in the comments below!  I will jump online and reply back when I can.

The view from our deck in Barrington

Make sure you check back around the middle of August.  Around that time I will post our welcome letter, ask you what your favorite part of vacation was, and give you a list of a few suggested items you may want to have for 4th grade.   Until then, enjoy your time off!

Parents: Hello! Most of my communication will be done via email and this blog.  Please bookmark this page.  Also, I’d appreciate it you’d like to click here and give me your contact information. I will send a quick email every time I post on the blog or with specific announcements.  On this form, you can also tell me a bit about your fourth grader, if you’d like.  Filling this out now means less to fill out in September 😉  Feel free to also post comments or ask general questions on the blog too; I will check in periodically to make sure I am responding in a reasonable amount of time. Please be patient because during the summer, it won’t be every day.  I look forward to hearing from all of you!


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