Ms. Poirier's Class

Norman E. Day School

Party Cash ;)


Classroom Party Fund – If you haven’t contributed to our party/craft fund and would still like to, please do!  If you have, THANK YOU! Right now, about 2/3 of the class has given $10 each.  This money is a huge help in funding some of the fun activities we will do at each of our parties.  This is unrelated to the PTO Halloween Party/Tickets (Though it’s awesome and worth attending ;). I know we seem to be asking for a lot of money lately; thank you for helping when you can.

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One Book, One School!


If you didn’t see the flier come home, you need to hear about this awesome initiative being launched by our literacy department!  The teachers have voted and very soon every child at the Day School will be united in reading the same book!  The book is top secret until the big Cobra Council reveal.  Even the staff doesn’t know which book won the vote.  When the book is announced, every Day School person will be reading and participating in activities and events surrounding the book.  It is a fantastic way to build up our community, increase our minutes of reading, and just plain foster a love of reading.  It is a huge book club and we are all members!  Making sure every student has a book is crucial, so we are asking for your help.  If you are able and willing to donate $10 to the One Book, One School event, it would be much appreciated.  We cannot run this program unless we can make sure every child gets a brand new book!  To donate, please send $10 (though I am sure they’d accept any donation) into school with your child, marked with their name and the title “One Book, One School.”  Stay tuned for the reveal!

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Looking for Glacial Movement?


Click on the Science section to see the videos of glaciers moving and causing a whole lot of weathering, erosion, and deposition!

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Sept. 25 Update


Spelling – As you may have seen, we have begun our spelling study in class.  Each week, your son or daughter will be completing classroom activities to work with the week’s spelling pattern.  At home, your child will be expected to study their weekly words.  The words will be written in their binder and the spelling quiz will be held each Friday.  If your child would like guidance in studying, they may choose to do some of the following activities:

  • Make Flashcards
  • Have someone quiz them at home
  • Write a creative story by including their spelling words
  • Make a collage
  • Type their words and have each word be in a different font
  • Write their words 3 times each in blue (marker, colored pencil etc…)
  • Write a sentence for each spelling word
  • Write them in ABC order

Your child’s weekly list will consist of words that follow the week’s spelling pattern, 4th or 5th grade high frequency words, and any words that were incorrect on a previous test.

Picture Day(s) – This Thursday, 9/28 is picture day! This is the day for individual and class pictures. To order, send in the order form sent home 2 weeks ago or go to the picture site and enter Picture Day ID: OB017110Q0.  On October 6 we will be having the all school picture.  Order forms were sent home today.

Homework – By now, your child is coming home with the full gamut of homework!  A nightly math worksheet, a nightly math log (online or on paper), a weekly reading log, and studying for the Friday spelling quiz.  Please help your son or daughter get into this routine by helping them “remember” each of these parts.

Party $ – This year, we will have 3 classroom parties: Halloween, Holiday, and Valentine’s Day.  In order to defray the cost of the craft and activity materials for these parties, I am asking for a donation of $10 from each family.  These donations would be very helpful!  Thank you!

Math – This week we will be wrapping up the first math unit of 4th grade.  The unit assessment will be on Thursday.  Here is a quick snapshot of the concepts already covered or scheduled to be covered in the next few days: place value, rounding, expanded notation, estimating, addition and subtraction review, geometry (lines, lines segments, rays, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and perimeter of rectangles.)

Language Arts – I am excited to say that reading is now completely up and running!  We are in the midst of our nonfiction unit and will be meeting in small groups to determine main idea and text structure in nonfiction.  In writing, we are also exploring nonfiction!  We will be reading biographies and writing reports from our research.

Social Studies – Our map skills unit is behind us and we will be moving on to studying the Northeast!

Science – The Earth’s Changing Surface unit moves from weathering and erosion to earthquakes and volcanoes!

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Domino Challenge


This morning, in our meeting, we watched a shortened version of the following video.  We were all so impressed with the amount of effort that went into this feat!  The imagination, problem solving, and sheer time involved is just so admirable.  The kids wanted me to post this so they could share it with you!

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Online Math Logs on ipad/iphone/itouch


Though it requires a few steps, Math Facts Pro (our online math logs) can be completed on an ipad, iphone, or itouch.  For kids that have their own devices or for those that want to be able to hand off their phone to their child at his sister’s soccer practice so he may get homework done, this may be a good option!

Go to the app store and download “Puffin Academy.”  This app has a purple background with a picture of a puffin:


Once Puffin is downloaded, go into the app.  (There is no Math Facts Pro app available, but Puffin houses a version that does the job.)  Once in Puffin, click the “Puffin Academy Portal,” a square on the top left of that little desktop:


Search for Math Facts Pro.  If you scroll down a bit you will see the blue circle symbol for Math Facts Pro.  Click it, then click “install.”

Once installed, the Math Facts Pro will be accessible only through this Puffin app.  From here, students can use their regular login information.

It is an extra step but allows the students to use the touchpad to answer rather than the mouse, which they definitely like better.  If you have questions, let me know.  I can try to answer them!

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Math Logs


Today, the students were introduced to daily math logs.  Each child must answer 50 multiplication (or division) facts each evening Monday through Thursday.  Thus, the will review 200 facts per week.  These facts are to be practiced to increase accuracy and speed in recall.  Improving their fluency and accuracy in these will help them immensely throughout the entire math curriculum.  Math logs can be completed in 2 ways:  online or on paper.

Online Math Logs – Students should log into (link is always on our home page) and sign in with the sign in information they were given in school today.  The sign in credentials are to be kept in the binder (currently bound in a page protector).  Once signed in, students will be prompted to complete facts until they have 50 correct.  This is my preferrred option as the program will constantly challenge the kids and keeps their forward momentum going…no one will plateau.  Also, when a student masters 169 multiplication and 169 division facts, they may actually be done with fact logs!

Paper Math Logs – A copied packet of math logs will be available to those choosing this option.  Students will get a new packet each week.  A page a day is to be completed (50 problems).  Parents should check for accuracy and sign off on the daily log.  The packest will get progressively more difficult and will eventually be switched to division.  Students should time themselves and work to “beat the time,” each session.  Please note that all students completed 1 session of online facts in class today, thus, my “paper log folks” must only hand in 3 of the pages completed on Friday.

Email me with questions!

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Curriculum Night


I am so happy that I got to met so many at last Thursday’s Curriculum Night.  If you couldn’t make it, or are dying to see the presentation again ;), I have posted it here!

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We made it!


It was a whirlwind, but day 1 is behind us.  I am sure your student is coming home tired and sick of hearing me talk!  We introduced a ton of procedures and routines and were able to get to know each other a bit.  From where I was standing it looked like everyone was having a great day!  If you hear differently from your son or daughter, please email me; I am always looking but I don’t see everything.  We have a great bunch of kids who LOVE to talk! 😉

Tonight, there is no homework (none until next week), though they will be coming with plenty that needs to be addressed.  Here is a quick run down of the “to do” list being sent home for parents:

  1.  If you have not already done so, please fill out the information request for me here.
  2. An email came directly from the school for all the beginning of the year paperwork.  Fill it out here.
  3. Read through (and bookmark) our classroom blog.  This is where you can find the information needed for classroom particulars.

Our specialist schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Gym
  • Tuesday – Music
  • Wednesday – Art
  • Thursday – Enrichment
  • Friday – Library AND Band/Strings
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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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