Megan Roussos
Megan Roussos


Thank you for visiting the class homepage!  Please take some time to review the site where you can find an overview of the fourth grade curriculum, daily schedule, helpful links, and much more! I am looking forward to a great school year!

Teaching Philosophy
My number one priority in fourth grade is to instill in your children a love of learning that will be carried with them as they grow. I believe in the power of reading and the effect that it has on our daily lives. My goal is for your children to leave the fourth grade as lifelong readers who are self-directed and motivated to grow academically and spiritually.

“Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.” 
― Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

Picturing Writing
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art®, designed by Beth Olshansky, supports the acquisition of literacy skills by all learners through an art-and-literature-based approach to writing. A proven approach to literacy learning, validated by the U.S. Department of Education, Picturing Writing has demonstrated its effectiveness in dramatically improving students' literacy. Picturing Writing utilizes crayon-resist art techniques in conjunction with the support and example of diverse mentor texts to create authentic and purposeful culminating learning projects. Through a series of mini-lessons and brainstorming sessions, children are guided through the writing process as they access descriptive language from their original paintings. For further information visit

Mackenzie Keira


ShaneImage-Making Within The Writing Process® is an art-and-literature-based approach to writing designed by Beth Olshansky. This innovative program is designed to support the acquisition of literacy skills in children with diverse learning styles. Image-Making has proven its effectiveness in significantly improving student writing and visual literacy. It was validated by the U.S. Department of Education as an "innovative and effective literacy program" in 1993. 


Image Making

Image-Making allows children to access kinesthetic modes of learning by cutting and pasting colorful, hand-painted papers that they create to build a sequence of collage images. Easily integrated into the science and social studies curriculum, children conduct research on grade-specific content areas and write original texts, accessing descriptive language from their collage images.

For further information about Image-Making, visit

Massimo William





Welcome to Fourth Grade


The religion curriculum revolves around the central theme of being called to live as Jesus did, choosing a life of love, characterized by obedience to God and service to others. Bishop Dunn encourages the children to follow different virtues while helping to form their consciences according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and to learn the basis of Christian morality taught in the Old and New Testaments.

Reading and Writing

Students read a variety of self-selected and teacher selected texts for extended periods. They work with the teacher during this time to develop a love of reading and comprehension strategies that will help them to succeed while reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. They also meet regularly with the teacher for book conferences to discuss their self-selected texts.They construct meaning and make personal and textual connections as they learn from and about reading. Students also work on their writing skills by working on choice topics as well as given topics. Mini-lessons are used to provide direct instruction allowing the teacher to act as a model author.  Students also use mentor texts to see how other writers use different styles and language. Finally, students develop their vocabulary and grammar skills by using these skills in their writing and text decoding.

Students in 4th grade participate in the Picturing Writing and Image Making programs, an arts-based literacy approach to writing, integrating a series of brainstorming sessions, writing workshops, and mini-lessons, which teach fundamental literacy skills to all students. Our writing program is designed to meet the diverse needs of each student author through an approach that embraces visual and kinesthetic modes throughout the writing process. The teachers act as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of a mini-lesson and is followed by active writing time.

Word Study

Each day we devote time to enhance our knowledge of our language. Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the conventions and forms of written language by completing word sorts and applying various spelling features to their daily writing.


Using the Common Core Curriculum, students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. They will use Close Reading Strategies to deeply read and understand a text.  Students will also develop their listening, speaking, and writing skills. For more information on the 4th Grade ELA Curriculum please visitEngageNY.


Using the Common Core Curriculum, students study topics including multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, solving word problems, and geometry. Each day students work with a teacher to complete the problem set focusing a specific topic for the day.  They will practice their fact fluency through work in centers and Mad Minutes. For more information on the 4th Grade Math Curriculum please visitEngageNY.

Science/Social Studies

In science, we cover a broad spectrum of areas which include earth science, life science, physical science, space, and technology. In social studies, the class follows the New York State curriculum which stresses New York state. We work on geography skills, the history of New York state, the Native Americans, the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, and the New York State government. To supplement the Science and Social Studies curriculum students read a variety of articles inStudies Weekly.Students can access their accounts to play games and learn more about the topics we are studying in class. Science and Social Studies is also addressed using the New York State ELA modules



Information regarding NYS Testing for the 2020-2021 will be posted shortly.


Testing (prior to 2019-2020 school year)

Students are required to participate in three New York State standardized tests. The New York State English Language Arts Test is given in April to assess skills in reading, writing and listening. The New York State Mathematics Test will be administered in May to assess a variety of mathematical skills including graphing, fractions, computation, and reasoning. In the month of June, New York State testing assesses the students' science understanding and problem-solving skills. Students are also required to take an Archdiocese Religion test in the months of January and June.

We also use MAP Growth assessments to assess our students educational needs.  This assessment adjusts to each student’s performance.  MAP helps create a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance—whether a student performs on, above, or below grade level. The assessments are just one more tool to help guide instruction for our students.

The links below are excellent resources to address any additional questions you may have.

Parent's Guide to MAP Growth

12 Common Questions Parents ask about the MAP Growth Assessment

Summer vacation is a great chance for students (and teachers) to get a much-needed break by enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and taking part in some good old fashioned screen-free entertainment.

This summer, incoming fourth grade students at BDMS will be keeping their reading senses sharp by reading a total of 2 (or more) books, one of which from the 4th grade summer reading list. Summer is a great time to explore your own personal reading interests by curling up with a good book on the beach, by the pool, in the car... (the possibilities are endless). 

All incoming 4th grade students will be required to read (1) chapter book from the Summer Reading Book Choices (found on the Google Classroom) and (1) chapter book of their choosing. After you finish each book, please complete the assignment on the 4th grade Google Classroom. 

Summer Reading Book Choices

Enjoy your summer and happy reading,
Mr. Kimbark




Please label all belongings including clothing.  Thank you.

1- seventy-sheet single subject spiral notebook

3 - one subject wide ruled marble notebooks (100 pages)

2- pocket folder

1- supply box

1- kids scissors

8-pack of sticky notes 

1- package 3x5" index cards

2- boxes of Ticonderoga no. 2 pencils 

1- package of small glue sticks 

1-fine or ultra fine point sharpie 

1-package fine or ultra fine point dry erase maker 

2- boxes of tissue 

2- container of Clorox or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (if available)