Newsletters 2012-13



Moving Fourth!


August / September Newsletter



Dear Families,


Greetings!  I trust you and your family enjoyed a fun and relaxing summer.  Now that we’re reenergized, it’s forward into a new and exciting school year!  

Open House was a great success with so many families in attendance. It’s always fun to meet new students and their families. Parents had a chance that evening to sign up for fall conferences.  Conference dates are Tuesday, October 14th from 3:30 until 7:20, and Wednesday, October 15th 8:10 to 4:00. If you were not able to attend the Back To School Night, many times are still available. You will want to contact me via email, phone to set up a conference time, or just stop in if you’re at Dowling.


 Fourth grade for most children is a challenging and rewarding year. Together, we will be exploring new avenues of learning: in Math with fractions, multiplication and division, algebra, estimation, measurement, and data; and in Reading/Language Arts with analyzing story elements, spelling, and the 5 traits of good writing composition. In Science we’ll investigate units on rocks and minerals, water, magnetism and electricity, and engineering. The following are some routines and procedures that might help you and your child navigate safely through the year.

 Classroom Supplies:         

 A complete list of school supplies is posted on the Dowling website.  Each year I find we are always in need of extra tissue boxes, especially with the cold and allergies seasons. We try to wash hands often rather than use hand sanitizer, but we do keep one bottle by the tissue box. Small bottles in the desk tend not to work well for most students.

         Picture Day:

Pictures are early this year, Monday, October 6th. Some information was sent home with the school year startup packets and school calendar. More will follow as the time approaches.

          Day Planner

Fourth grade prefers students to use Day Planners to help them organize throughout the year. A Planner will be provided for each student from our 4th grade funds. Our cost is about $3.50 per book. If you are able to help pay for our child’s Planner it would be greatly appreciated. Planners are ordered and will arrive in the next ten days. In the mean time, students will record homework on a separate sheet. Please sign and return it each day.


Thirty minutes of reading every night. Reading time is recorded in the student's Day Planner and initialed by a parent when completed. Planners are checked daily to ensure homework is done.


Math is assigned weekly and is usually due back within 1 to 2 days. Packets or individual pages may come home as they fit the day’s lesson.  On nights where homework isn’t assigned, your child can review multiplication facts up through 12’s [these need to be learned by early December] or practice other math skills on IXL. 

Spelling is usually given out each Monday and is due back on Wednesday. Students do daily activities with the words in class.  Word cards and an assignment will come home Monday's to help students study for the final spelling test.

Parent Volunteers:

Parent help is needed and always welcomed.  If you are interested in helping out in the classroom or with an occasional field trip, you will want to complete the volunteer training video (on Dowling’s website) and a background check.  Once done, the clearance is good for several years.  Ask at the office for forms or to answer any questions.

Teacher Contact:

Should you need to contact me during the year, my Email is  The school number is 612-668-4410. You may also write a quick note or message in the Planner and I will respond back as soon as possible..

 I look forward to a great year of working together with you and your child.

Yours Truly,

Mrs. Sandy Moir


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