I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Here are some quick reminders for this week:
Tuesday – pizza lunch
Wednesday – Taco Truck if your child raised 100 dollars for the Spirit Run Fundraiser. They received invites last week.
Thursday – walking field trip to Gillespie to meet their Spanish pen pals (10-12)
Sunday – Open House from 10 am -1 pm
Spanish permission slip – today Senorita Loredana heard from the Spanish teacher at Gillespie that she would like to have the kids meet on Thursday. Students were given permission slips today and I am offering extra recess if the whole class can bring them back signed by tomorrow.
International Luncheon is NEXT Thursday and they are looking for dishes! Please use the SignUp link below if you can help make a dish for this incredible event. The kids love it!!
Valentine’s Day Party – we usually do have a Valentine’s Day party. I would like to have one of Friday, February 12th. Students are encouraged to bring a decorated bag or box to collect cards in. This is the ONE time I allow treats and non-nutritional snacks to be brought in and distributed. All items go home for your to decide how to best distribute. We usually have a craft and some snacks as well, similar to our Christmas party, so I will be looking for some people that might be willing to help with that as well. I mainly wanted to alert you to be on the look out for cards! I will send you a class list so you can make sure every child has one.
- Book Fair all week in the library.
- Movie Night on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the senior yard. Free unless you want to purchase popcorn and a drink.
- Student of the Month will be on Friday.
- Send in a rosary – During the Month of October we try and pray a decade of the Rosary each day. If your child wants to bring one from home that would be wonderful.
- NO EXTENDED CARE on Friday, October 9th.
- NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 12th
- Students will need to come dressed as a saint on this day. They will also have to pick a saint to research. Please start thinking about a saint. Their costume and saint choice do NOT need to match. Some people have invested a lot of money in a saint costume and might want to wear it again. I just ask for them to please research a saint that is NEW to them.
- Directions will be going home tomorrow. If you want to challenge your child to read a mystery book for this book report it would be great. Other students might want to utilize a book they have read so far this year. That is fine as well.
- I will be sending out a Sign Up Genius to sign up for your parent conference in November.
What is happening in 4th grade?
Religion: We are currently reading Chapter 3 – Sin in Our World. We recently discussed mortal and venial sin and how those impact our relationship with God. This week will learn about the Parable of the Good Samaritan and sins of omission and commission, as well as social sin.
Grammar: We have been learning about compound subjects and verbs and about the importance of capitalization.
Math: We are on Unit 2 – Multiplication. There are still several students that are struggling with their math facts. Today I gave several students some fact charts in order to best assist them since we are now learning about double digit by single digit multiplication. If you have time, please keep reviewing their facts with them especially the high 6s, 7s, and 8s seem to be the biggest area of struggle for them.
Social Studies: Our flour maps didn’t dry well, so we left them to dry over the weekend. This seemed to help them. It is my hope to be able to paint them and label different parts of California this week. We will be moving on in our books to Chapter 2 on the First Californians. This will be a project based chapter where students will be assigned a specific tribe in California to do a project on in class.
Literature: We are continuing to read War with Grandpa. We are focusing on characters and plot, as well as finding similes. Today we also had a brief debate on if grandpa’s reaction to Peter’s behavior was justified or not.
Writing: We are going to focus on opinion writing and responding to a prompt with evidence to support our opinions.
Hope you can join us on Friday night from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the junior yard for our annual Family Fun Night!
Monday – picture day and Monday morning mass. Mass uniform required due to picture day. If heat is still present, I do recommend boys bring their polos and shorts for after our photo time.
Homework Help – I will be starting homework help on Monday from about 3:15-3:45. We usually get our math homework done and sometimes students can get started on other things.
Tuesday – Senior Yard Homework Help with Mrs. Amann for $15 dollars a time (please email her if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday – Dollar Denim Day – pay a dollar and wear jeans or jean shorts with a free dress shirt and athletic shoes.
NO AR tests next week. We are merging our accounts with the Diocese and they have informed us that our access will not work next week while this change happens.
Missing Work in 4th Grade
Yesterday I finally inputted some grades in to SchoolSpeak. I am still learning the ins and outs of this program and need to change some categories and weights, but wanted to start to get grades in.
In our old program we were able to mark something missing and not have it hurt them. In this new program if something is missing it gives it a score of zero, which can obviously be alarming as a parent. Please know missing is simply to alert myself that your child is missing an assignment.
In 4th grade we have a variety of issues that could have caused work to be missing. It could be because they didn’t put their name on it. It could be because it happens to be in another bin of work. It could be because they aren’t done with it yet or it could be a victim of a dreaded desk shover and be temporarily in the wrong place. I have already seen a few of these desk shoving infractions take place and am working on it as we speak. There is also the chance of teacher error, so when work is returned to you (probably Mondays), I would encourage you to compare any work missing to returned work just to make sure I didn’t mess up. I told your children this as well today.
In 4th grade I want the STUDENTS to take responsibility for their missing work and once a week I will be printing out a missing work report and distributing it to the class. This gives them the opportunity to look in the “No Name” bin and all the other places and get it to me. Today students were notified of their missing work and several no names were reclaimed and unfinished papers were found and turned in. I try to enter them right away but sometimes this work will go in the missing work bin and I will do a mass entering of all the assignments at one time. If they tell you they found it and turned it in, please believe them unless you hear differently from me. Feel free to email and ask if you become concerned. Several students found the work that was missing and are still working on it. That is FINE! Please don’t worry. They are learning the importance of turning things in, better time management etc.
USS Midway Science Field Trip on October 1st
Mr. K is organizing this field trip. I know he is looking for drivers and I believe the cost for each student is 10 dollars. I need to confirm this though, but I DO know I have the right date.
We need to start discussing what mission we want to go to. My first few years here we went to Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. When they had to close it to retrofit it and such we moved our field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano. I love this mission and would prefer to go to this mission. So we have two ways we can get there, we can drive to it or we can take the train. I think the mission tour and activity alone are about 15 dollars each. We then need to decide if we want to add the train. I think this adds about 20-35 dollars for a child/adult to the 15 dollars. We have done the train for the past 2 years and everyone has seemed to enjoy it. I will send a separate email to get feedback on this week.
Homework at a Glance
At least 6 students failed to do the required Spelling Activities this week. I went ahead and have already unlocked Lesson 2 Spelling on Spelling City. It won’t be due until Thursday, September 24th, but I am hopeful with more time maybe this will increase students taking this seriously. It is a 30 point assignment and really needs to be completed.
I shared with you that we don’t stop math on the weekend, so there is an assignment in ALEKS called Homework 2 that is due by Monday morning. I also tried to set ALEKS up to show the students that they have a 5 topic assignment each week. I am hopeful this will count down for them and make this part a little easier.
For the week…
Reading: Read and log for 100 minutes. Log due Friday
Spelling: Lesson 2 ABC order due on Friday
Vocab: Unit 2 Vocab cards due on Friday
Math: ALEKS Homework 2 due Monday. Five topics due by Friday
Spanish: Students need to research Spain and be ready to take about what they learned about Spain for 2-3 minutes. Their presentation could highlight places, sites, food, facts etc. Native speakers will be asked to present in Spanish I believe. Students seemed to suggest that they could make a Powerpoint, print out pictures or make a video. I think they have 2 weeks for this assignment. I have emailed Senorita Loredana already to clarify.
I would appreciate it if you would participate in a Parent Homework Assignment that will be of great value to me, and hopefully to you. Sometime in the next week, please write a letter to me introducing your child, and return it to me by August 28th, or e-mail it to me at email@example.com. In the letter you might include a brief biography, problems, special abilities, fears, strengths, weaknesses, and past school experiences. You may also tell me about your expectations for this year, from your child, the school, yourself, and me. Tell me about the things that you want me to remember while I work with your child in fourth grade.
Please be honest and complete. I think you will be surprised how heart warming this assignment will be. I’m looking forward to reading your letters. Thank you for taking part in this unusual but important assignment. Your letters will remain confidential. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.