New Book

At the end of last week, we read a book called “Snow Camping.” I have attached a copy of the book below. We discussed the skill of summarizing, using the key transition words on first, next, then, and last. Please re-read the story at home with your child and have a discussion.


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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

We just started reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” This book was written by award winning author Kate DiCamillo. Please be sure to have a conversation with your child at home about the story. Please click the links below for some general summaries of the story if you are unfamiliar with it. Thanks in advance for your support.

Kids Read Summary

Kate DiCamillo’s Homepage

Book Browse Summary and Questions

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Yesterday I created a username and password for your child to use Raz-Kids at home. This is a great site to work on reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Please utilize this great site over the summer.


Teacher Username: mrsapiateach
Password: school (your child was given a number on the index card that went home yesterday)

Example: school24

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Summer School Update

As my note mentioned today, I am so excited to be working with your child this summer. I have many engaging and exciting activities planned. Please check this site multiple times a week for classroom updates. This will help bridge the gap between school and home and foster some communication about what is being learned at school. Thanks in advance for your support.

Today I read a story called “Brad Needs a Budget.” The comprehension skill we worked on was fictional summarizing using the transition words first, next, then, and last. For your convenience, I post a link to the story for you to use at home. Please feel free to reinforce at home.

Brad Needs a Budget

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Update from Mr. Sapia

It is with great excitement that I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a fifth grade position at Rippowam Middle School teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies. I am looking forward to this new challenge in my career and could not be more excited about this new opportunity. I will be fortunate enough to be working in the same building as my brother Mike, who teaches six grade science.

I am forever indebted to Springdale School. I have taught here for 10 years, created countless connections, and worked with an incredible staff. The students, teachers, and parents that I’ve had the pleasure of interacting and working collaboratively with will stay with me as I moved forward in my career. You’ve all impacted me greatly, both personally and professionally.

Thank you for all your support during this past year with the birth of our first child, Parker, as well as your encouragement with Teacher of the Year. My last year at Springdale was certainly memorable and I have you all to thank. This is not a goodbye, but more like a see you soon. Please keep in touch!

Jimmy Sapia

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Grade Level Picnic Information

The grade four picnic will be on Monday, June 16th from 10:30-2:30 ish. Our grade level decided to have pizza, as well as the usual snacks of chips, cookies, brownies, fruit, water, etc. We planned on collecting $5 dollars from each student. Any help gathering and collecting the food would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your support!

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