Mr. Payson’s Fourth Grade Class


Friday Notes from Mr Payson 10/12/18

Abenaki Day

This past Wednesday,  every class at Tunbridge Central School was treated to the culture and wisdom of the Abenaki people, courtesy of Vermont Abenaki historians Miss Lucy Neel and Mr. Don Holtz.  We sang and danced, listened to stories, handled one-thousand-year old artifacts, and generally celebrated the history of the Original Vermonters.    This week, we will be orally presenting our creation stories, while preserving them using modern digital media (voice typing and iMovie).

Our Parent-Teacher meetings are scheduled for November 12.   We will be scheduling meetings from 11:00 to 6:30 that Monday;  if you think you might have difficulty with that time window,  I’m happy to schedule after-school meetings for another day that week.  The sign-up sheets will be coming home this week.

All best, Mr. Payson

Useful Files  (click on green text to print):

4th Grade Spelling List 10-17-18

4th Grade Spelling List 10-10-18

4th grade Spelling List 10-2-18

4th Grade Weekly Timetable

4th Grade Book Ticket

4th Grade Book Storyboard

4th Grade Class Charter

Homework Expectations

By far, the most important homework in 4th Grade is independent reading.   Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week (but more is great, of course!).  Students are also expected to keep a Reading Journal and to write a summary of what they are reading every two weeks (or when they finish reading a book, whichever comes first).  There will usually be a page of daily math homework, and sometimes projects (such as science) that will require some home study.  In general, students should not expect to spend more than 30-40 minutes on homework on a given day, reading included.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if I can be of any help.  My email address is