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Our first conferences of the year will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 1:30-3:00 and again from 5:00-7:00. 

Remember-- conferences are limited to ten minutes so that Ms. Mac and Ms. Hidalgo can meet together with each family and discuss progress in English and Spanish. 


Please sign up for a time that works for you!




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Happy October!! 


With a month of school done, it's time to begin our nightly homework reading log.  

Students will be bringing home a silent reading book and a homework reading log notebook.  In the front, there are instructions on how to complete the homework. This will be checked daily.  Students have practiced reading and responding in class and are ready to do it at home! PLEASE check you child's notebook and help them get in the swing of things this week.  


Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Ms. Mac

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4th graders will take their first math test on Monday, September 23rd.  We will be showing what we know about place value. 


Students will also be setting reading volume goals and reading level goals.  Check in with your child about the goal they've set for themselves!


Have a great week and feel free to contact us with any questions!

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I’m Ms. Mac. This is my fifth year teaching 4th grade at John C. Daniels. I love our school’s unique magnet theme and believe deeply in the importance of bi-literacy and celebrating diversity.  I’m excited to learn and grow with all of you this year.  

Curriculum overview:


Marking period 1

Marking period 2

Marking period 3

Marking period 4



Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant


Rescues! By Sandra Markle


Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter


On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer


Narrative writing

Expository writing

Research/ Biography writing 

Opinion writing


Place value, estimation and rounding, factors and multiples

Multi-digit multiplication and division

Fractions and decimals



Land and Water

Health (ongoing)

Motion and Design


Magnet Theme

The World in Our Backyard

Where in the World

Stewards of Our Planet

Around the World in 60 Days

Restorative Practices, Mindfulness and Classroom management:

My classroom management and behavior system is based on building a positive community. Mindfulness and restorative practices will be used in my classroom throughout the year.  Here’s how I understand those terms-

Mindfulness: being aware of the present moment and learning how to manage strong feelings and emotions

Restorative practices: building relationships and community in order to empathize with and understand others in a helpful, non-judgemental way.


Each morning we will have a community meeting (or circle) where we will check in, practice mindfulness and prepare for the day.  I have found that students look forward to this time and it enables everyone to have a chance to express thoughts, needs and concerns. We will learn about each other and develop connections through discussion and celebration. 


This year we will be using a 1-5 point clip chart system, similar to what returning students used in 3rd grade. Students can move up and down the chart throughout the day and will be able to monitor their choices and repair behavior if necessary. 


Students will record their number for the day in their agenda where homework will also be recorded.  This system will help you track your child’s behavior each night. For this to work, it’s important that your child’s number is checked each night at home.  

What the numbers mean:

5- Excellent, role model behavior

4- Good behavior that meets all classroom expectations and facilitates learning

3- Satisfactory behavior, could do more to meet expectations and facilitate learning

2- Reflection is needed, think about the impact of behavior on the community and how it can improve

1- Not meeting agreed upon expectations, please contact the teacher/ behavior reflection sent home


Starting in October, students will be required to read for 30 minutes each night and write a short response in a reading log notebook.  This homework will be collected weekly and students will meet with the teacher to review/set literacy goals. More information will be sent home when reading logs begin.



Feel free to contact me with any questions! Email is the easiest way for me to communicate with families.


Email: erin.mcelhone@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Phone: 475-220-3600 ext. 78203

Thank you!

I’m so grateful that I get to work with each of you this year!!

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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Our Mission

At John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication students are taught to be creative thinkers who understand and appreciate the diversity in their communities and in the world. Students learn to communicate in different languages enhanced by technology and infused with the arts.  Students are inspired to excel in their studies, to be healthy and active and to contribute to a global society.


New Haven Public Schools' Nondiscrimination Statement:

It is the policy of the New Haven Public Schools district that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment. Protected classes include Age, Ancestry, Color, Gender Identity or Expression, Genetic Information, Learning Disability, Marital Status, Mental Disability, Intellectual Disability, National Origin, Physical Disability, Race, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, equal access school facilities and school premises to Boy Scouts for America and other designated youth groups.




Contact Us

Interim Principal: Mrs. Tina Mitchell
Assistant Principal: Ms. Yesenia Perez

569 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Main Office: 475-220-3600
Magnet Office: 475-220-3604
Fax: 475-220-3605


School Hours: 8:35am - 2:50pm

Pre-K Program: 7:30am - 5:30pm