Grade News/Specials

5th Grade Occupational Therapy
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Miss BrussMiss FairweatherMiss GonzalezMrs. Safarik

We’ve been busy builders in Miss Fairweather’s class! This past month, we completed our Buildings study. We learned about features of buildings, neighborhood buildings, how buildings are built, construction workers and tools. Some activities we enjoyed included creating our own blueprints and becoming construction workers in the Blocks center with toy tools. Looking ahead, we will be completing a study on Roads. We’re hoping the weather will be warming up soon to be able to return to the playground, so please be sure to wear sneakers for safety!

Mrs. Safarik's class is currently working on a recycle, reduce and reuse study this month. We are celebrating Reading Across America this whole month.  If any parent would like to read to our class, drop me a note with the date and time.  We would love to have you in the class reading to your child and their peers. Progress reports will be sent home March 24, 2017. As always keep snack nutritious and simple. Sneakers are the preferred footwear for class.




Mrs. Breiten and Mrs. Ventrella

The kindergarteners are developing their comprehension skills, reading bigger books, and getting bigger reading muscles. You can help your child by asking about the characters, setting, and sequence of events. You can also have your child make predictions about the story. In Writer’s Workshop, the students are using a variety of writing skills to create “How-To” books. We are completing our unit on teen numbers in math and will be beginning to learn about shapes.  We look forward to the warm spring months ahead.

First Grade
Mrs. Canning and Mrs. Hebbelinck (Miss Moore)

First Graders are entering a new reading and writing unit. We will be writing reviews and opinion pieces in our writing program.  In reading they will be taking charge of their reading and becoming the "boss"!  In math we have been working on place value and 100 charts.  In Science and Social Studies we are studying animals/living things and past/present.  


Second Grade

Miss Asaro and Ms. Plateroti

The end of a trimester brings a new beginning filled with exciting things in second grade! In Reading Workshop, students are applying various fluency and comprehension strategies into their reading. Students are thinking more critically about the differences between fiction and nonfiction text, and the differences in how to read each genre. In Writing Workshop, students are using editing and revising strategies to improve their drafts. In Science, students will soon be entering a unit all about animals, and in Social Studies, we will discuss the differences between needs and wants. This pairs nicely with our new Math unit on money! At home, work together as a family to complete Miss Costa's Family P.E. and Health Challenge to promote healthy habits. Good luck! 

Third Grade
Ms. Coen and 
Ms. Craner

Third graders have continued to work hard this month! We are currently learning how to read and write non-fiction. As non-fiction readers, third graders have really focused hard on using text features to support comprehension. Learning about the many different kinds of text features, has really shown third graders the importance of reading closely. Our non-fiction unit in Reader’s Workshop is really going to support our learning of academic vocabulary as well. This means that third graders will be learning all kinds of new words that will support their understanding of different science, math, social studies, and English topics.

As third graders get further into their Writer’s Workshop unit of study on non-fiction writing, they will surely use what they have learned about text features to add more depth to their writing. There is so much that third graders are learning about non-fiction writing, including different ways to organize their writing, so that they can teach their reader the most important information. They will also be including Table of Contents, Indexes, and Glossaries into their final, published copies.

In math class, third graders have really worked very hard on their new fraction unit. Third graders have learned what a numerator and denominator are, how to model fractions, and even how to plot fractions on a number line. It’s amazing how much they have learned, even though we just began this unit. Make sure to check back next month for updates on the ever hard-working third grade students.  Let’s hope by that time, Spring will finally be here!



Fourth Grade
Miss Carroll and Mrs. Mastrangelo

We are working very hard in the fourth grade! In math, we have been learning about fractions. Now that we have finished learning how to compare, order, and reduce them, we will be moving on to adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers the next few weeks. In reading workshop, we are about to begin our new unit called, "Reading History - The American Revolution" and will be applying many of the strategies we learned during our previous nonfiction unit to help us explore this exciting time in U.S. history. In science, we are wrapping up our study of ecosystems before we move on to forms of energy. Our upcoming social studies chapter is about the region of the United States that we live in, The East. How many different states have you been to in the eastern region of the United States? 



Mrs. Gallagher

March is Youth Art Month! Many of you have signed up for and have registered yourselves or family members in your child’s “fan club”. By now, hopefully you have visited the website and seen your child’s artwork! I hope to have photos of our Design projects uploaded soon. There have been many comments left for students and their artwork and it is something the kids love to see! If you have not yet left a comment for your child, please visit and leave a comment today! You can show your support for your children and their art by looking at the website and artwork with them and commenting or discussing their work with them. Thank you so much to those of you who have done so already!

We are beginning our third and final unit of study: Portraits and we are having lots of fun practicing drawing facial features. Perhaps you can pose for a portrait at home and let your child show you what they are learning!

Please contact me with questions or comments. I would love to hear from you! 



Basic Skills Math
Mrs. Baltuch

I’m Mrs. Baltuch the Basic Skills Math teacher at Eastlake. You can find me in room 14. I work with students in grades 1 through 5 in a small group setting. I also work in the classrooms with the grade level teachers. If you have any questions about math feel free to contact me a:

Below you will find some websites for reviewing math.

  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

You can find many of the manipulatives that your child is using in class online.
This is a great site for exploring and teaching adding and subtracting with regrouping.
Naming and exploring fractions
Pattern Blocks

  • Mr. Nussbaum – Draggable Math

This site allows students to do computation online.
Recommended for long division and multiplication.

  • Mr. Nussbaum – Games

Interactive games for all content areas. Color coded by grade level.


  • Johnnie’s Math Page – Links to interactive tools and activities for students and teachers.

Organized by content area.


  • Oswego Math Games

Various games – addition, subtraction, number sense, multiplication, skip counting and telling time.
This site allows you to print out worksheets. The worksheets are customizable. 
They do have a subscription for more access.

This is the website that is from our math text. You can play games as well as access the math textbook online.


Mrs. Baltuch and Ms. Coen


Mrs. Christine O'Connor


  1. Read aloud together. Bring stories to life by using gestures and different voices.

  2. Create a comfortable spot that your child helps to arrange and decorate.

  3. Make reading time special. Turn off the TV and limit other distractions.

  4. Provide reading - related surprises. Let your child stay up a little later to finish a chapter or a book, or turn out the lights and let your child read by flashlight.

  5. Give books as gifts. Choose ones that you think your child will enjoy.

  6. Start a home library. Devote all or part of a bookshelf as a place where you child can keep books.

  7. Share some laughs. Take turn reading to each other from a book of jokes or a humorous story.

  8. Encourage everyone to read while waiting for appointments or riding in the car, or at other down times.

  9. If your child is interested in learning to do something new, have him/her find out more by reading about it.

  10. Share your excitement about books and reading. Talk about things you've read and why you enjoy them.

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