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It was great meeting many of you at Meet the Teacher Night last Thursday. If there are ever any questions that come to mind, please feel free to ask. Please know that we are in a partnership when it comes to our children!
The week ahead looks to be another busy one!
RELIGION - The students will learn about the Beatitudes and understand what it is that we can do as disciples of Jesus to make others happy.
READING - We will begin reading our next class novel, "Stone Fox". It is a realistic fiction, depicting the lives of a grandfather and grandson and the strong relationship they have built with each other. We will continue to recognize the character traits that the author has given these characters. We will also make comparisons, text to self, text to text, and text to world.
WRITING - Our "Buzzword" this week is "treacherous". The prompt that we will be working on is: "What treacherous activity would you like to try someday?"
SPELLING - The spelling list this week includes many words using kn, mb, gn, and wr combinations. Please review six or seven words each evening. It will certainly help when the students take their spelling test on Friday.
MATH - This week we will check to see how strong the students are at adding and subtracting with regrouping. We will practice these skills intensely to strengthen and master.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will finish our elevation maps of the United States in hopes that the students have a better understanding of the landforms that make up the terrain from east to west. We will also learn about the various weather and climate conditions that are found in the different regions of the U.S..


I hope all families celebrated the out-going of summer and the presence of school schedules, homework, and learning! The students are slowly letting go of their summer dreams and realizing that it is time to get to work! I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our annual "Meet the Teacher" night. Mrs. Schweickart and myself will present together to share our expectations for your child's fourth grade year.
READING -  Our plan for the week has us finishing "Freckle Juice". We will learn to look for evidence  that supports the list of character traits we have claimed for each of the characters. A group project will take place after we have gathered the evidence.
WRITING - The students will be introduced to their first vocabulary word also known as our "buzzword". Each week the students will be given a prompt with a theme having to do with the vocab word. That will usually be due on Thursday of each week. The first several will be worked on in class, in an attempt to build strong writing skills. The "buzzword" for the week is ability. The prompt is: What abilities do you need to be a successful student?
SPELLING - There will be no spelling packet this week due to a short week, "Meet the Teacher" on Thursday, and mainly because we're focusing on writing the first prompt for our "Buzzword".
RELIGION - We learned about Mother Teresa becoming St. Teresa of Calcutta and the long process that is taken to declare someone a saint. We are finishing the chapter helping us to realize our need to respond as a disciple and spread the Good News. We will take the chapter test on Thursday. No need to worry, the students are able to use their book.
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we will learn about the landforms that are throughout the United States, from the east coast to the west coast. Near week's end we will make an elevation map to show the difference of the landforms in elevation, using Model Magic.
MATH - We've actually been working on solving a problem that has variables. The fourth grade is learning to solve algebra problems!
We will also review adding three-digits with regrouping.


Today, the students attended a band instrument demonstration meeting for interested beginners. Your child should have received a registration form to bring home. The Titan Band is open to students in grades 4th through 8th. Any questions, contact Mr. Powers at


Tomorrow, August 30, Mr. Powers will be giving an introduction  to the fourth grade students about joining Seton's Beginners' Band, at 2:00 in the cafeteria. Beginners' Band is open to students in grades 4-8. All parents are welcome to attend!


The students have entered the fourth grade with a lot of enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn, despite the heat and all its intenseness. We spent the first couple of days reviving our friendships and doing some team building activities. Some of the items we used included spaghetti and marshmallows and toothpaste and toothpicks. If you have not heard of any of these activities, ask your children about them and see if they can explain the purpose behind them.
This week we will get into all the subjects and begin our journey of educating your children!
RELIGION - This week we will emphasize the truth that Jesus was the Son of God. We will learn about his divine traits, as well as his human characteristics.
We will also come to understand our job as disciples of Jesus.
LANGUAGE  ARTS - The students have been given their first spelling packet of the year, which is due on Friday. The students have been told that one page would be assigned each evening, but they need, to work on it with a plan to complete it, while working around their busy after school schedules. The students will be responsible for all thirty words, but the challenge words will work in their favor if correct. Incorrect challenge words will not lower their grade. We began our first class novel "Freckle Juice". As we read through this book we will be able to identify the main characters, the setting and the importance of the sequence of events in the plot. You will notice throughout the year we will have quite a few assignments that involve writing. Our goal is to expose the fourth graders to all sorts of writing forms and strengthen their efforts to become proficient writers.
MATH - These first few days we are investigating how our new math series works. There is a great deal of emphasis on learning the basic facts. Another key emphasis in this series is to be able to solve problems using different strategies. These first lessons are a review of addition, subtraction and many of the components associated with these operations. The key to success is to know the basic facts.
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we will focus on some key geography terms that will help them understand the location of the seven continents and the five oceans. You will find that there will be many hands-on projects in social studies to keep the students engaged and learning!


RELIGION - We are finishing up the sixth commandment and moving on to the seventh. All students should be able to recognize that honesty is the best way to go!
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are approaching the end of Ohio History, which means that any unfinished worksheets should have been handed in by now. Several students have many unfinished papers to be handed in still. Please note that the Ohio Brochure is due this Friday. There will be a big test next Tuesday on things we have learned about Ohio. Students need to go over their worksheets, notes and outlines to help them study.
MATH - We have been working with fractions, finding a part of a whole, making equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering  and now making spinners to find what fraction of the time a spinner will land on a certain color.  A Test will be given on the skills we learned in Chapter 7 this Thursday, April 28.


RELIGION  - Some of the students are preparing a short skit to teach others about the Ten Commandments, especially the fourth commandment, Honor Your Father and Mother. The Fifth Commandment  will be tabled for discussion to talk about how we are called to be peacemakers and preservers of life.
MATH - We've been working on fractions, using pattern blocks to show how different combinations can be used to make the same fraction. We are working very basically on how to add and subtract fractions.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are learning about early exploration by the European nations and how the European settlement affected Native Americans.
Don't forget the Famous Ohioan Report is due on Friday, April 15.
LANGUAGE ARTS - All the students seem to be enjoying the book they are reading in class. We have four historical fiction novels being read. They all have similar plots involving families settling in new locations and dealing with the hardships that come with newly developed settlements. Our "Buzzword" this week is heirloom. Its corresponding prompt is "What do you own that you might like to pass on as an heirloom? We are working on our first piece of our poetry collection, our I Spy rhyming poem. The children are doing a fantastic job!


As the weeks pass, and we get closer to the end of the year, the interest level begins to dwindle for some. Our expectations remain high and we will strive to accomplish as much as possible from now until the end of the year.
RELIGION - The Fourth Commandment is up for discussion this week. We will learn that we rely on many people for different things and it is important that all those people who make a difference in our lives be respected.
MATH - We are working with pattern blocks to learn about fractions. As we get more proficient we will also use the pattern blocks to begin learning how to add fractions together. This chapter often becomes challenging for some of the students, so be available to assist when needed.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are learning about the historic Indian tribes of Ohio and will soon move into the struggles that led to the statehood of Ohio. Please be aware that the next report is due April 15th. The students have the choice of choosing a written report or an oral report about a famous Ohioan.
LANGUAGE ARTS - The next genre we are reading is historical fiction. There will be a couple of books going on in each room. It is possible that some 4A and 4B students could be mixed together. Our "Buzzword" this week is spontaneous. The prompt is: Do you like spontaneous decisions? Why or why not? To expand on our writing abilities, the fourth grade will begin  writing a collection of different kinds of poetry. Who knows our students may be renowned poets someday!


The weeks are flying past faster than we can grasp! There is still much to accomplish before we pass these children on to fifth grade!
RELIGION - We are learning and reflecting about The Stations of the Cross, so that we are prepared to present the stations to grades K-5 next Thursday. Be sure to make arrangements to come and see the fourth grade's interpretation of The Stations of the Cross, next Thursday at 2:30 in church. It is a very moving and inspirational experience.
MATH - We are learning to measure angles with a half circle protractor and we are also learning to grid coordinate points. If all goes as expected, we are hoping to have a math test on Friday.
SOCIAL STUDIES - The students are handling the pressures of Ohio History quite well. This week we will learn about all the Indian tribes that inhabited Ohio over a long period of time. Hopefully, all are working on their Ohio President report, which is due on Friday, March 18.
LANGUAGE ARTS - We have began our study of historical fiction with the book "Sarah Plain and Tall". We will most likely finish the book by week's end. The spelling list this week are all review words. Hopefully, most will not have to study as much. The Buzzword this week is "scrumptious" and the prompt will be - Describe what a scrumptious dessert might be like. Tell what it looks like, how it tastes,and how it smells.


We will continue  to administer the Iowa Test to find out what your children really knows. Hopefully, they will not hold back and they will take time to think before they answer any questions.  Happily, we will finish by Thursday. At this point, there are no makeups to be taken. Keep your fingers crossed that all students will remain healthy for the next two days!
The following is a quick overview on what we hope to finish by week's end.
RELIGION - We are studying about the Third Commandment and also the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Students will be tested  on their knowledge of the works of mercy soon.
MATH - We are still trying to perfect our mastery of division and we are also learning to measure angles with a full circle and half circle protractors.
SOCIAL STUDIES - We have begun Ohio History. The interest level has been high and students are eager to receive the new batches of worksheets. Be sure to look up the directives for the Ohio President Report in your child's binder. The report/scrapbook is due March 18. Manage time wisely!
LANGUAGE ARTS - We have started "Sarah Plain and Tall", one of our historical fiction books. It's a quick read, but a good book to help students understand the characteristics of this genre. We anticipate that we will be finished by next week. The new reading tic-tac-toe has been past out and will be due Thursday, March 24.

Week of Feb. 29

We are starting Iowa Testing, tomorrow March 1. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and feed the brain with a nice hearty breakfast. We will usually test in the morning for about 90 minutes each day. Testing will go through next Thursday. We may not get to every subject every day but we will evenly divide the time throughout the week to teach all subjects. Homework will probably be lighter, but have your child use the time to read, practice math facts and work on Ohio History worksheets. It's not too early to start finding information on an Ohio President. That report will be due on March 19.
Have a great week! 


A touch of spring, a full moon, and students full of energy! Is this a good combination? We still have much to learn!
RELIGION - We are completing our study of the second commandment, understanding what our job is to follow this commandment. As we begin the third commandment, we will be working on a project that will help us memorize the commandments in their word for word form, and  will also help us to interpret and understand how to live the ten commandments appropriately.
MATH - Long division is in our near future. In order to help the division process, the students need to know their multiplication facts with an immediate response. Knowing the basic facts will ease the difficulty of the division process. Each evening the students need to go on Moby Max and practice the facts for ten to fifteen minutes. Constant review and repetition are the keys to helping your child memorize the multiplication facts. Please Help!
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are about to begin our study of Ohio History! It's a long term project that will sharpen our research skills, teach us time management, and help us gain knowledge about the state we live in. There will be a Midwest States and Capitals Test this Friday, as well as an open book test, assessing the students' knowledge of the Midwest.
LANGUAGE ARTS - Our intended goal is to finish "The Tale of Despereaux" by week's end. Like with past class novels, we watch the movie associated with the book and compare and contrast the different events in each. The spelling list is fairly easy this week. There should be a lot of As on the weekly test. The "Buzzword" is conform.The prompt this week is, "When is it good to not conform?"
Don't forget the reading tic-tac-toe activities are due on Monday, February 29th!


The week is a short one, but we intend to move forward to gain ground in each subject. In Religion, the subject of Lent will be discussed. Students will understand what kind of things they should be doing to sacrifice, in preparation of Easter. The students are becoming quite proficient in multiplying multi-digit numbers in math. We are planning a chapter test for next Wednesday. As we make our way through "The Tale of Despereaux", we are learning how an author can weave the lives of many characters into one story. We are in the process of completing a triorama depicting events in 3-D from the third part of the book . In Social Studies,
we are travelling through the Midwest, trying to gather information about the part of the country we live in. Have a great week!


The week is a bit calmer and less stressful than last week. All our projects are completed and our schedule is a little normal. We celebrated our 100th day of school with our little buddies and are looking for the next 80 days to pass just as quickly!
RELIGION - We are moving forward with the Commandments and trying to understand how we can live the Second Commandment with respect..
     READING - We will continue to read "The Tale of Despereaux",
learning of a mouse's quest to save a princess in distress. As we make our way through this book, we will be analyzing the characters and also comparing and contrasting them to each other. We are learning about foreshadowing and drawing conclusions from the context of the story.
     WRITING - Our buzz word this week is replenish: The prompt assigned to this word is:  What do you use to replenish your body after a very active sport or activity.
     SPELLING - The spelling list contains a lot of words using the ei and ie combinations. Studying some each night will help to get those spelling grades up.
     MATH - We are in the process of learning different strategies to multiply multi-digit numbers. The lattice method is the next strategy to conquer. Beware this is usually the students' favorite method and the most accurate!
     SOCIAL STUDIES - We are starting our study of the Midwest, right in the heart of the United States. We will outline the sections telling us about geography, climate and early history before we start any state project. Southeast states and capitals test will be this Thursday, Feb. 4. OHIO HISTORY IS ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY!


Are your children coming home more tired than usual? We are working them very hard this week, trying to make our deadline by the end of the week.  In each class, we have been working on a special assignment, beyond our normal classwork, to share with the general public and to boast our accomplishments for Open House.
     RELIGION - The students have made a poster to reflect their understanding of the Great Commandment. In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the fourth grade's part is to present the word "Apolstolic. We will be making pope hats showing symbols from their assigned pope's shield.
     READING - We have been reading "The Tale of Despereaux" in class. We are retelling the story through illustrations for each chapter. When all is said and done a picture book will be completed.
     WRITING AND MATH - The students are writing a story and incorporating at least five examples of math throughout their story.
     SOCIAL STUDIES - Each student is responsible for a booklet about the Southeast states. They are finding fun facts about each state.
     SCIENCE - The students have researched a famous scientist and did a report explaining the contributions and inventions of that scientist.
Please try to make an effort to come on Sunday, January 31 to see all the finished products. Your child has been working too hard. It's a must see!