Grade News/Specials

5th Grade Occupational Therapy
   Physical Education

Miss BrussMiss FairweatherMiss GonzalezMrs. Safarik

Happy New Year and welcome back!  In Ms. Bruss’ class we are having fun learning about buildings and shapes.  We have also been exploring winter weather and REAL snow since it has snowed a few times and we were able to bring the snow into our sand and water table!  Next month we are looking forward to a study on roads.  We will also be incorporating friendship and dental health.  Please be sure to wear sneakers every Friday for gym!  

We’re off to a great start to 2017 in Miss Fairweather’s class! During this chilly month, we have been keeping warm by studying clothing. We learned about different types of clothing items, clothes we wear in all types of weather and features of clothes, such as buttons and pockets. We’ve also been practicing buttoning and zipping our warm layers! Looking ahead, we will be learning about community helpers and buildings.


January has been an adventurous time in Ms. Gonzalez's room. We are learning many new skills and making many new friends. The first week back from break, we talked about snowmen. We haven't had enough snow to bring real snow inside for snowman, so we made fake snow inside to play with and build our own snowmen! We are now spending time joining in on Ms. Fairweather's clothing investigation. First we looked at some winter accessories. Now we're investigating a few Pete the Cat books to discover some of the smaller attributes of our clothing (like buttons and laces). 


Mrs. Safarik's has been busy learning all about pets. We opened a vet clinic in the classroom which has been a lot of fun. I think some children might be asking Santa for a new friend. We have learned so much this year while investigating all our fun filled studies. Time really has gone by quickly. See you all at the Winter concert and holiday craft day on December 21st. Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Be safe and healthy.



Mrs. Breiten and Mrs. Ventrella

Thank you all for taking the time to meet with us during conferences. We enjoyed discussing your child’s progress and appreciate your continued support.

Our Super Readers have been learning about the special super powers they can use to help them become stronger readers. During Reader’s Workshop, students spend time reading independently and with a partner to practice using these super powers when reading. Your child will begin to bring home just books at the beginning of January.

With the winter months approaching, please practice self-help skills with your child. This includes, zippering/buttoning jackets and putting on hats and gloves. Please allow for extra time each morning and encourage your child to become more independent.

Please continue to read and count with your child at home. We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. 



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

First graders are starting a new unit in reader's workshop called Word Detectives!!! They will be given a word detective tool kit and top secret missions!! Sounds exciting and we are looking forward to solving each mission. In writer's workshop,  we will be using all the knowledge we gained during our non fiction reading workshop to write non fiction chapter books. What an exciting time to be a first grader. We wish everyone a healthy and happy December and Holiday Season!!


Second Grade

Miss Asaro and Ms. Plateroti

The weather outside is getting frightful, but inside our classrooms it is delightful. In Science, we are continuing to learn all about the engineering process. The students were amazed when they were able to successfully complete a STEAM activity where they built a table using paper and 10 centimeters of tape to hold the weight of a can of food! In Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop, we’ve been working very hard to identify and apply author’s craft. We’ve learned that authors use craft moves to make their writing more interesting and meaningful to read about. Students have been jotting down craft moves, like repetition and descriptive language, to use in their own writing. In Math, students will begin to extend their knowledge of basic facts into 2-digit addition, where they will apply various strategies to find the sum. Please be sure your child is reading at home each night to continue building their reading stamina. Students should also remember to record their reading minutes for the ‘S’more You Read’ challenge. Second grade is looking forward to the winter concert and holiday party. It’s going to be a holly, jolly good time! 


Third Grade
Ms. Coen and 
Ms. Craner

Third graders have been busy little elves this month! We are wrapping up our first Reader's Workshop unit and cannot believe how much we are growing! We can now read for very long stretches of time and are growing into more challenging books. Our mystery unit is next, stay tuned to see what mysteries we learn to solve! Students in the third grade are also getting very close to publishing our personal narratives. As writers, we have taken on the large task of finding ways to include figurative language within our writing. We are also looking closely at how we can organize what we have written, so that our readers become captured by our writing. In just a few more days, we will have our published copies, ready to celebrate with each other! 


In science class, third graders recently had a very large task. They were to design, collect materials, and build a bird’s nest. This sounds fun right? Well, it wasn’t just fun and games! Oh no, third graders then had to test the design and durability of our nests by dropping them three times with an actual egg inside! Needless to say, we had a lot of fun but learned a lot about how important the design process is. Third graders have also been busy, busy learning our multiplication facts. We can’t believe that we are already up to the nine times tables! Before we know it, we will be multiplying two digits by two digits.

As we get ready to embark on new learning, we want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! We are going to take some time to relax over our holiday break, so that we come back raring to go! Happy Holidays! 



Fourth Grade
Miss Carroll and Mrs. Mastrangelo

The fourth grade has been working very hard to finish up our Multiplication Unit in Math. We're getting really good at multiplying 3 digit numbers! In reading, we have been discussing and analyzing characters, as well as debating to prompt rich book conversation. Our teachers are so proud of our how nicely our independent reading is coming along! In social studies, we're practicing our map skills, and we've been having fun using the write-on maps to locate different places around the world. Lastly, we are anxiously looking forward to hearing all of our hard work pay off at the Winter Chorus and Band Concert this week. Wish us luck!



Fifth Grade
Miss Contuzzi and Mrs. Mizerek

T'is the season to learn how to add and subtract decimals, research and write a non-fiction inquiry project, construct a shipping container and learn about the westward expansion. In math, the students are relating decimals to real life experiences by shopping and creating a menu using a ShopRite circular. In reading, we have been learning about what it means to research and the different types of sources our information can come from. Can you create a shipping container using only cotton balls, popsicle sticks, cardboard, and tape? Well, the fifth graders were successful in constructing a container that kept a single Pringle chip from cracking when shipped. Make sure to ask your children all about it and try it at home! Wishing everyone a relaxing break and happy holidays!


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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