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Pajama Program

A few days ago, the founder of the pajama program came to class and taught us about the program. She told us how it originated. She was just a normal woman with a normal job. But one day she wanted to read to children who didn’t have homes, so she went to a shelter for children. She thinks bedtime is a crucial part if children’s growing. They need to get enough sleep and be comfy. It was one of the best parts about her childhood. After she read the children at the shelter a book, they all walked out of the room. Genevieve (the founder) followed them out of the room. The children led her to a small room with a sofa, maybe one bed, and a floor full of blankets. All the children found a spot in the room to sleep. Genevieve wondered were all their pajamas were. They went to sleep in their clothes, so Genevieve left. She asked if she could come back next week and read to them again. The people at the shelter said yes. Next week she brought more books to read to them, and she brought pajamas for all of them. She thought, at least they can be comfy while sleeping. Throughout the weeks, she went to different shelters with pajamas and books. People started dropping off pajamas at her doorstep everyday. Eventually her boss found out and she got fired. Now her full time job was to work on giving children a good bedtime experience. Her company has expanded through the years, and now has given millions of children pj’s.


Dear Reader,

                 I just started a new quarterly. I’m really excited because everyone loves Mr. Calvert, and loves what we do. We have had three classes, and the first was nothing special. We went over the safety rules. Blah Blah Blah. It was good I guess so we don’t get hurt. But yesterday we did our first activity. We played Breakout!!! It was so much fun. We were separated into two teams and raced to see who could finish first. Were were given three locks we had to unlock. We were given about 4 or 5 clues. The first lock we opened before the the other team so we were ahead of them. Then a few minutes later they opened their lock. The second lock no one could get. Then I looked at a clue and just guessed a word that was on the clue and it opened. We only had one more lock besides the bonus one. The other team got the look shortly after us so whoever unlocked the third lock first, won. We were about to open the lock, but then the other team, opened theirs and yelled “we win!” My team was about to open the lock, so I was kind off sad. Anyway, both the teams tried to open the bonus lock but no one could do it. Then a boy from the other team guessed something, and it was correct. Luckily the bonus didn’t Giuseppe a team any extra points. While we were opening the locks, Mr. Calvert was timing us to make sure wee did it in 20 minutes. I think we got around 15 minutes, so technically, we’re all winners!


Fourth Grade, Class of 2018

Dear Reader,                                                                                                                                                                                        Fourth grade is a grade with very fun field trips, challenges, projects and happy experiences.  Fourth grade is the best grade if you get Mrs.Assatly. You will love it.

Some field trips that you go on are to Philharmonics, Wayside Cottage, Marble Schoolhouse, St. Paul’s Church and Scarsdale Pool kayaking. My favorite field trip is when we go to St. Paul’s Church because we get to learn a lot of history about the church. We get to visit a graveyard there, we get to learn a bout the hospital there and we get to visit a museum there. It is very interesting. All the field trips we’ve been on, are off the charts amazing and they have been the best field trips, I have ever been on.

Some challenges are when we do our american revolution books, some of our math tests and some of our wordly wise tests. The most challenging challenge in fourth grade for me was when we were doing our american revolution books because towards the end when we didn’t have a lot of time to work on our books, I got really stressed.

Some projects that you do are science land and water projects, revolutionary war projects, colonial times projects and even some art projects. In my opinion, my favorite project is the revolutionary war project because you get to study the revolutionary war and then make a book about the revolutionary war. You include drawings, writing pieces and all book elements such as the table of contents and the verso. The projects that we did this year, were the best projects I’ve ever done in school.

Some happy experiences are when we go kayaking in the Scarsdale Pool, when we had our writing celebration and when we got to have ice pops. My happiest experience was our writing celebration because we got to eat delicious food and we got to present our books to the parents of 4a and because we got comments on our book which was fun to get. There are a lot of happy experiences in fourth grade that are the best ever!!!!!!!

As you know, Fourth Grade is a grade with very fun field trips, challenges, projects and happy experiences. Fourth Grade is amazing in every way and I don’t think anything could’ve made it better. I think you will love it and you will cherish Mrs.Assatly like I did.

Current Event

Title: As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns

Source: New York Times

News Type: World

Author: Ellen Barry


Today on May 19, 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were wed. This was a spectacular day because a “New Era,” was born. This was a “New Era,” because never before had someone in the royal family married an American, and Prince Harry married Meghan Markle who is half African American.

Lots of black people came from Texas and Arizona to witness this wedding. A black school teacher from Washington named Mesha Griffin said, “She is owning her heritage. She is going to impact history in a way we saw with Princess Diana, not in a disrespectful way. She will respectfully change the world.”

During the wedding, lots of famous people were there such as Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. This wedding was an important event for people widespread.

Harry arrived at the chapel on foot walking with his brother Prince William. Harry was wearing a traditional “doeskin frock coat of the Blues and Royals.” Harry walked to his place near the priest and awaited his bride. Meghan Markle arrived from a Rolls-Royce Phantom 4 with 2 pageboys. Meghan Markle wore a, “flowing train 16 feet long veil which her flower girls held up. She wore a stunning pure white, wide-necked and minimal, leaving her collarbones bare.”  They were both embraced kindly and they will probably be the bid news for a long time because they are an amazing couple and they will be remembered as the first couple to be African American and British.

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Tweet: Spectacular Actress Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry in England in front of tons of people. #foxemeadowpride @nytimes. MS


Current Event

Title: Luxury Space Hotel Promises A Truly Out-Of-This World Vacation.

Source: Dogonews

Article Date: April 14 2018

News Type: World

Have you been searching for a “truly out-of-this world vacation.” Well if you have, you should check out Orian Span’s new “Aurora Station, the world’s first luxury hotel in space.” This luxurious hotel will most likely be launching in 2021. It will begin taking passengers/visitors by 2022.


This “space hotel,” is a pill-shape and will begin being constructed in 2019. The “space hotel,” will be “43.5 feet long and 14.1 feet wide.” It,” can hold four guests and two crew members/former astronauts in two private rooms. Even though, it seems like their is nothing to do except to look outside into space, the tourists could play cards, see the glorious views of the sunrises and sunsets, see the “breathtaking” northern and southern auroras (that the hotel was named by), eat non astronaut food and drinks, see some experiments the astronauts might have made and go to the Wi-Fi cabin where you can connect with your family and friends down on Earth. At the end of this luxurious and long vacation, the passengers on this “space hotel,” will will “be treated to a heroes welcome.”Just like the one where real astronauts return from an important space mission.


 Before you go on this amazing and luxurious trip, the guests that are going to go on this trip, will have to go to a space academy for 3 months to prepare themselves for space travel with no gravity. At this space academy, they will be taught how to move with no gravity, the basics of spaceflight and the use of orbital mechanics. But there is a part of this academy that will be issued to complete online or on an app. The second part will involve learning about all the things I listed above. Also for the second part, the guests have to go to “Orian Span’s state-of-the-art facility in Houston, Texas.” The final step (getting their certificates), will be done in space.


Don’t start packing your bags just yet. First you might want to take a look at the price of the trip. The 12-day round trip is $9.5 million- $791,667 per night-for each guest!!! While the amount is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy to high for most people, you should hear how much it costed for a few private citizens to stay on the “International Space Station (ISS).” It was “$20 million to $40 million.” It’s no surprise people are coming in from everywhere to book themself a reservation on the Aurora Station. “Orian Span says the hotel was fully booked for the first four months within five days after they began accepting booking, and the requests kept coming.” That’s quick for such an expensive hotel booking!


Those seeking more time to feel and prosurve their inner astronaut will be happy to hear that the Aurora Station is getting built in “celestial condos,”  so they can channel their in astronaut at whatever time.


Even though you may have thought this was the only “space hotel,” it isn’t, in early March, Las Vegas announced plans to launch their own “space habitats,” that are connected to create space for housing six people at a time. Another space company called NanoRacks also has similiar dreams to make a “space hotel.” They are going to use old rockets hovering around in space into, “luxury hotels rooms, orbiting labs, and storage containers.” I would love to go on any of these luxurious and spacey tripes. But I know I wouldn’t be going on any of these trips because they cost to much money for an ordinary family like mine.

Personal Response, I chose this article because I thought it was interesting how a hotel was being made in space. Before I read the article, I wondered if the hotel would be booked quickly and how long the trip would take. When I read the article, I got my answers. And even now I’m surprised about the answers I got.   

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My Dad is Amazing

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Is your dad amazing? Well mine definitely is. My dad is amazing in lots of different ways. One way is that he benefits me a lot. Some ways he benefits me are by giving me his good genes, keeping me safe and most importantly providing me with everything I need.

The first reason that my dad benefits me is he gave me his good genes. Some of the good genes he gave me are kindness, responsibility and organization. I know I’m organized because my room is almost always cleaned and my desk is organized perfectly. My pencils are lined up in the middle draw, dull pencils and putty are lined up in the right draw and headphones + pens are in the left draw. On the desk is all my homework and stuff. I know that I am kind because I always help a friend (or person) in need. Finally I know I’m responsible because I am polite. I say thank you, please and look people in the eye when I’m talking to them. Also I don’t blame people for doing something. I am glad my dad gave me his good genes because if he didn’t I wouldn’t have a good life.


The second reason that my dad benefits me is he keeps me safe. He keeps me safe on the streets, in the car and in our house. He keeps me safe on the streets by holding my hand and always keeping his eye on me. He keeps me safe in the car by not drinking or texting while he’s driving me to school or an activity that I have. He keeps me safe in our house by having locks on doors+windows and having an alarm system that works. I am glad I am kept safe 24/7 because if I wasn’t, I probably would have a shorter life.


Although my dad benefits me by giving me his good genes and keeping me safe, He benefits me the most by providing me with everything I need. Some things he provides me with are things that I need to live. Some of those things are food, money and shelter. He also provides me with an opportunity to have a great life. What I mean by that is he makes me go to school so I could have a proper education, he makes me do things that I don’t want to do but he knows is right and he supports me no matter what. My dad also provides me with emotional support.  For example, one time I was playing basketball and I shot on the other teams hoop by accident. “No! I screamed as the ball rolled into the net. “Really,” my teammate said as she gave me a little shove. “I didn’t mean to,” I said, but she ignored me like almost everyone did for the rest of the game. What I mean by ignoring me is that they didn’t give me the ball when I was wide open. At the end of the game, my dad came up to me and hugged me. Somehow the hug made me feel better. Then my dad said to me “Everyone makes mistakes. That just proves you were working hard.” “Thanks dad,”I said. “For what?” My dad replied. “For being the best dad you could be!” I said. That was a time my dad helped me overcome my emotions. I hope my dad keeps on providing me with everything I need because so far my life has been amazing in plenty of ways.

Other people should care about this because your dad most likely works hard to benefit you. I’m pretty sure he benefits you by giving you his good genes, by keeping you safe and by providing you with everything you need and a lot more.            

Current Event

Title: Good as Gold

Source: TimeForKids

Article Date: March 2 2018

News Type: World


Maia and Alex Shibutani have been a figure skating team since 2004. Maia and Alex are special because they are siblings. Both of them love figure skating and they make a perfect pair when they ice dance. Maia is 24 and Alex is 26. The siblings are American and in the olympics they were on the USA team.

In the 2018 Pyeongchang olympics, Maia and Alex got there first medals ever. Even though Maia and Alex only got two bronze medals, they were overflowing with joy. When Maia and Alex Shibutani got a bronze medal for the last ice dancing event, they were especially happy. The Shibutani’s got their first medal in the team event. During an interview, Alex Shibutani said, “It feels like gold.”

Maia and Alex Shibutani are an influence for brothers and sisters all over the world. Fans love the twins so much they even made nicknames for them. One nickname for the siblings are the Shib Sibs. Later as they got better, the fans started calling them The King and Queen of Twizzles.

During the ice dancing event, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada got the gold medal. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won silver. But it was the Shibutanis can-do spirit that won the day. I hope the Shibutanis keep ice skating and I know that if they skating they will win more medals than any other sibling pair. I love the Shibutanis and they are amazing in every way possible.

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Shib Sibs sk8 2 Olympics & 2 medals. Hope 2 win more @ next Winter Olympics.Alex-“It feels like gold” after winning bronze @timeforkids MS


Finish It 1

This blog post is going to be different from all the other ones I have done. This will be different because I am going to write a sentence and then you will finish it. The first sentence that you could finish is: I special because… The second sentence you could finish is the most interesting thing about my state is… The third sentence you could finish is although my idea may change, right now I would like to become… The last sentence you could finish is when I grow up, I want to live in…You could answer the sentence in fiction or nonfiction. You could comment below and finish one of these sentences. In finish it number two, I will tell you what I wrote to finish these sentences.

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Our Reading Unit with Mr.DeBerry and Mrs.Berger’s Class.

Hurricane Katrina killed  people. I know/understand this because I used some important reading techniques that helped me a lot. I learned all this stuff with 4B and Mr.DeBerry. Today in this blog post I will be telling you about all the techniques I used to help me become a better reader and researcher.

The first technique that I learned that helped me was when everyone in 4A (my class) and 4B had to write any type of chart about nonfiction in their life. What I mean by nonfiction in your life is writing down things that you see that are nonfiction. For an example some things that I wrote down in my notebook was “ a piece of paper with my schedule on it, the nametag on my math workbook, the title of my friends book, the clock and lots more. This helped me because it helped me understand and notice nonfiction stuff and words.

Another technique that really helped me was when my teacher told me that every book I read, I have to do boxes and bullets. This helps because it makes you concentrate on what the main idea is and what small facts support the main idea. For an example in the book The Mysterious Of Amelia Earhart, the main idea was the flights that she took, but I narrowed it down and the main idea and small facts were:

Tornado Safety

  • If you are buried under a pile of debris, scream and help will come
  • If your house is near Tornado Alley, you should have a place to go if a tornado is coming
  • During a bad storm, listen for weather updates
  • A tornado watch means that weather conditions are bad enough for a tornado to form
  • During a tornado warning means that someone has spotted a tornado nearby.

The second to last technique that will helped me with reading was how to choose an informational and helpful book. This helped me because I got more information out of some book than others. Or if a book is to easy for me, I could notice it and pick a new book, so I could get more facts. For an example when I was reading books about dolphins, there was an easy book and just right book. The easy book had one sentence on each page and I got very few facts out of it. The other book was just right and had a lot of facts that made sense to me and and I could understand. I knew that the just right book was the right book to choose. The last technique that helped me was learning how to summerize your text. That helped me because when you grow up summarizing text is really important because you sound more interesting than you do if you are reading random facts.

My classmates and I used a resource called flipgrid. We talked a little about what we wrote in this post.

In this unit, my classmates and I learned how to be a excellent/better reader and researcher.

What Happened On Christmas Day For Me.

Do you celebrate a holiday. Well I do. I celebrate Christmas and I’m happy that I do because on Christmas day I get to open tons of presents. I think Christmas is my favorite holiday. I get to spend time with my family, open presents, eat scrumptious food and best of all, I get to play a lot!

Every other year, I celebrate Christmas with my dad’s family and the other years, I celebrate Christmas with my mom’s family. I have cousins on both sides so I always have someone to play with besides my brother. Whenever I’m with my dad’s family, on Christmas all of the kids have to wait for everyone to get up before we can go downstairs and unwrap presents. Whenever I’m with my mom’s family, we always eat indian food. One thing that we do every Christmas is take tons of pictures on Christmas morning. I really don’t like when that happens because it’s sooo boring.

On Christmas I get sooooooooooo many presents. It’s always so fun unwrapping presents. I think it’s also very nerve wracking because you never know if your going to like what’s under the wrapping paper.

This Christmas was my favorite so far because I got almost everything I wanted. What I got was books, shoes, a diary, cupcake painting set, 2 thinking putty containers, a nerf gun, a scrapbook, clothes, a make your own water bottle, curling iron, nail polish set, perfume, bath bombs, a fitbit, coloring set, an instant camera, a big pink travel bag and a chromebook. My favorite things that I got were a diary, shoes, an instant camera, a chromebook and the pink travel bag.

Everyday (since Christmas) I have written a lot of entries in my diary. My diary is old fashioned and i like it that way. Whenever write an entry, I always think about Cleopatra’s writing and her diary. I have no idea why. I guess it fills me with hope that someday people will read my diary and print it into a book like Cleopatra’s diary.

The shoes that I got, I love. They are black lace boots/sneakers with soft white fur lining the top of the boot. Everyday since Christmas, I have worn these fantastic shoes. They are comfy, good looking and waterproof. I have a feeling that I’m going to be wearing those shoes for a lot of days in the winter and maybe spring.

Right before Christmas day, I was looking at a regular small camera and thinking to myself “How nice would it be to have a camera that prints pictures right when they are taken.”And then for Christmas I got one thing that wasn’t on my Christmas list, but I wanted and that thing was an instant camera. So far I have only taken one photo because my mom said not to waste the polaroids.(photo sheets) The picture was of me on Christmas day in front of a fake birch tree with lights hanging on the tree.

When I got my chromebook, I was the happiest human being in the whole universe. I didn’t think I would get a chromebook from my parents because I asked santa and he didn’t get me one, so why would anyone else. But I was completely wrong because as you know, I did get one. When I got my chromebook, it was supposed to be for Max and me to share, but when my mom was getting our chromebook to start, the chromebook asked for one google account and when you got logged onto it, it would only show that persons stuff and files. My mom figured that that wouldn’t work for Max and me so she bought Max the same type of chromebook the next day. I love my chromebook so much and I’m so glad that I have one.

It has been one week since Christmas and I have already used my pink travel bag. Can you guess what I have used it for. Well if you guessed travel, then you are completely correct. I used my pink travel bag to store my stuffed animals in and I brought the pink bag to Catamount, Massachusetts because my family was going skiing there for a day and then staying for one night at a hotel. The pink bag was really useful and will be even more useful in the future.

My FAVORITE things that I got for Christmas:

This is my Diary.

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If you press the link below, you will see one of my boots.$plplarge$

This is my instant camera.

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My curling iron.

Some bathroom accessories.

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My Chromebook.

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I can’t find a picture of my pink travel bag because my mom got it for me at a shop, not on a website, but I know that my mom got the bag at Marshalls.


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