Mrs. Spata’s Fourth Grade Blog

A window into our classroom!

Final Day of your State Math Test

Let’s read carefully, think hard, and do our best.

You’ve got this!!!!

:0) Mrs. Spata


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You have all grown this  year as mathematicians!! Let’s show New York State what you know!!

Let it go and let your knowledge show!!



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Motivational Fun! :)

I shared these with my student last week and they wanted me to post them to share with their families.




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High School West has an awesome event planned that would be lots of fun to attend!
It is called Math Fun Night
Here are the details…
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30
Place: High School West
Please Bring: a non-perishable food item for donation
Children who attend will be able to enjoy over 75 stations that make math even more interesting and exciting!
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Upcoming State Assessments

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates:

Tuesday, April 5th- ELA Day #1

Wednesday, April 6th- ELA Day #2

Thursday, April 7th- ELA Day #3

Wednesday, April 13th- Math Day #1

Thursday, April 14th- Math Day #2

Friday, April 15th- Math Day #3

Be sure to set yourself up for success on these dates!

Get plenty of rest the night before.

Eat a healthy and filling breakfast that morning.

Bring at least two sharpened #2 pencils with you to school.


***If you plan to Opt your child out of the assessments this year,

we require a signed note to be sent in to the school. Students who refuse the test will need to bring a few books to school these days, so that they have something to read. ***

:0) Serena Spata

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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!!