Mrs. Spata’s Fourth Grade Blog

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XtraMath Homework!

Beginning last week, I have been asking my students to log onto XtraMath 4 times each week (including both home and school sessions). The week counts from Tuesday through Tuesday. This gives flexibility and the opportunity to use weekends to accomplish this goal.

This is part of their homework responsibilities. It is not optional. Practicing their multiplication facts is imperative to memorizing them. This is a fun and interactive way to learn their times tables!

Please help support this requirement at home. A session is short, often only 5 minutes long. This will truly make a difference in your child’s mathematical thinking and skill acquisition.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

:0) Mrs. Spata




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Pick a Reading Partner

Magic of Reading!

Tuesday, January 12:  Wear sweats for “Reading Jogs the Mind!”

Kick-off at Barnes & Noble at 5PM

Wednesday, January 13: Wear polos/T-shirts for “T-off to Reading!”

Word Search due

Thursday, January 14: Crazy Dress-up Day for “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!”

Friday, January 15: Wear PJs for “Cozy-up with a Good Book!”

Tuesday, January 19: Bookmarks are due for the building contest

Wednesday, January 20: Mad Libs activity is due

“Be a Book-Worm” guesses are due

Friday, January 22: PARP book log is due (Get a certificate and get entered into a drawing for prizes.)

Finale- Hip Pickles concert in school assembly!

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Extra Help

Tackan is proud to offer extra help in both ELA and Math this year.

All fourth graders are invited to attend to practice and fine tune their skills.


Math will meet with Mrs. Feirstein on Mondays at 8:45 AM in room 37.

ELA will meet with Mrs. Siciliano on Tuesdays at 8:30 AM in room 37.

Specific topics can be found posted for each week on the Daily Bulletin.

:0) Mrs. Spata

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The Tackan Times

Our school newspaper

is recruiting guest journalists!


If you are interested in having one of your pieces of writing published in the Tackan Times, please submit it to me by January 15 and I will hand it in for you. :)

I would love to see your powerful writing displayed for the world to read!!!

:0) Mrs. Spata

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Health and Wellness Field Trip

I am so proud of your amazing behavior today on our field trip to Stony Brook! You were such a wonderful audience! I hope that you all had as much fun as I did routing on the women’s basketball team!!




Happy New Year!!!!

I hope that you are all enjoying some down time with your family and friends!

It is so exciting to begin a new calendar year with my class! Be prepared to talk about your resolutions for 2016.

As we move forward together, remember to always try your best!

See you all soon!!

:0) Mrs. Spata


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Our Native American Legends!!

Be sure to read our creative American Indian Legends!! You can pause the slideshow in order to read and enjoy each one!

Native American Legends 2015Kizoa Online Movie Maker

Parent-Teacher Conferences Next Week

As you know, next week we are holding our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs. Gergenti and I are looking forward to speaking with each of you about your child’s transition into fourth grade. You will also receive this year’s first report card at this meeting.

Due to these meetings there will be a half day of school on Tuesday 12/8 and a full day off for students on Wednesday 12/9. Please check your calendars and plan accordingly. Students are welcome to attend the conferences or come to the building and wait in the hallway during our conversations.

See you soon!!

:0) Mrs. Spata

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School Picture Absentee or Retake Day

If your child was absent on picture day


if you are not happy with the photo and would like a re-take,

you MUST CALL or TEXT the Mrs. Maloney.

You will be receiving and flyer with her phone number in your child’s folder today. 

:0) Mrs. Spata

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Crazy Hair and Pajama Day

The following email was sent out to everyone last night. Just wanted to be sure that everyone saw it. Sorry for the last minute change. :)

Good evening,
    After hearing some confusion about Crazy Hair/Pajama Day, I reached out to Mrs. Siciliano again today to confirm that it was in fact on Wednesday.  During our discussions we discovered that the meeting minutes for Student Council contained the incorrect date, the 23rd.  While it was her intention to have this spirit day on Wednesday it appears the rest of the building is following the date on the minutes.  As a result I wanted to reach out and make sure to correct the date on our agenda.  We WILL be celebrating Crazy Hair/Pajama Day on Monday, November 23rd.  Sorry for the confusion.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs. Gergenti
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