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Hello Families!

This week students have been working on summarizing and telling time! We have also begun hands on science groups, and have enjoyed observing and sorting various rocks. Ask your children all about it! They know the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and can tell you examples of each! We will continue with science groups next week, so if your child has not gone yet, they will have gone by next Friday.

We will be taking a very quick quiz on telling time next Tuesday and then we will begin a short unit on counting money after that. With time, make sure your child knows the difference between the hour and minute hands. This seems to be the most common misunderstanding we are seeing in the classroom.

Enjoy the weekend, and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Ms. Casey


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This week students took their subtraction tests and read more from the book "Magic Tree House: Vacation Under the Volcano". Graded tests will be sent home next week. Please sign and return as always. Students had fun dressing up on picture day and enjoyed the fall weather outside during recess. We continued working on narrative writing and the students are improving their notetaking and reading response skills. 

Next week we will start a brief unit on telling time in Math and we will finish reading our book. In Phonics, we are wrapping up with vowel-consonant-e words and will be looking at the different sounds Y makes as a vowel (/e/ as in baby and /i/ as in cry). Please continue to check your child's folder every night. Thank you for all of your continued support!

Enjoy the long weekend!

Ms. Casey 

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Good Afternoon Families, 

We had another busy week! Thank you for signing and returning math tests. Homework has been being handed in daily and calendars are being signed. Thank you and keep up the good work!

In Math, we are now working on subtraction with regrouping. We will continue with this next week. We will be regrouping across zeros in the middle of the week and then reviewing on Thursday and POSSIBLY taking the chapter 4 test on Friday, October 5th. We will keep you updated.

We finished our personal narratives and published them in Writing class this week. We will be working on specific narrative writing skills for the next few weeks. We will work on describing settings and writing conclusions that solve problems. We will also continue to practice writing dialogue in our pieces. 

In Reading, we are focusing on character traits and summarizing. We are also using RACE to help us form complete written responses about what we read.

R- Restate the question 

A- Answer the question

C- Cite evidence

E- Explain and elaborate


This week students really enjoyed their first Mandarin class. We also had fun learning more about rocks and minerals and the rock cycle. 


Just a few dates to remember:

Monday, October 1st- Students switch classes. 158 will now be with Mrs. McNeil in the morning and 157 will be with me in the morning.

Tuesday, October 2nd- Reading is Thinking! Parent night- 5:30-6:15

Thursday, October 4th- Picture Day

Friday, October 5th- Subtraction Test (POSSIBLY) 

Monday, October 8th- No School- Columbus Day


Have a great weekend!


Ms. Casey

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We have had a great week. We started studying rocks and minerals and continued writing our personal narratives. Students are doing a wonderful job with silent reading and have been impressing us all with their addition and regrouping skills. Our test on addition and regrouping will be on Tuesday, Septmeber 25th. We will review on Monday. 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Casey 

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Good Afternoon!

Just a reminder to continue checking folders each night. Please take out any completed school work. Please check and sign the calendar daily and return back to school. 

The Chapter 1 Math test will be tomorrow. Students will need to write numbers up to 10,000 in standard, word, and expanded form. They will also need to compare and order numbers. 

This week in class, we have been planning our personal narratives. We have also been using our Reader's Notebooks and focusing on story elements and dialogue. 

Thank you and have a wonderful afternoon!


Ms. Casey 


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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.


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

569 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Main Office: 475-220-3600
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School Hours: 8:35am - 2:50pm

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