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WEEK OF MAY 21

JUST A  REMINDER:
Your children should be working on their mystery book report, which is due on Friday, May 24. I am hoping they have been reading diligently and planning out their game, that will show they are aware of the setting, characters, and the plot of the story. The students usually have a good time making the games, as well as playing them. It is really important that they are doing something each evening toward the completion of their project. Leaving everything until the last evening is not recommended.
Another big item for Friday is the 50 states and capitals test. There are many states and capitals activities online. Advise your children to make use of these resources. Enjoy your child's accomplishments this week!

THANK YOU!

Thank you very much for a week of incredible generosity. There wasn't a day that went by last week that I didn't receive something for Teachers' Appreciation Week. I was showered with candy, flowers, gift cards, and a variety of miscellaneous items. From the bottom of my heart, I am sending my sincerest Thank You to all of you who contributed to make my week so special!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

PLEASE JOIN THE FOURTH GRADE AS THEY PRESENT THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS THURSDAY AT 2:30. It is always a prayerful and awe-struck presentation! 

WEEK OF FEB. 19

As usual, the days continue to fly by. There is still a lot to accomplish with only three months to get it all in.
 
RELIGION - We are learning how to live the first commandment and realizing God is very important in our lives. We are also learning about the different kinds of prayer and how God is the focal point in any prayer we pray or write.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We are still enjoying the adventures of Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant. Once we get started, the students want to keep reading to find what is going to happen next. The author Roald Dahl has a way of keeping children engaged and interested in reading. The spelling list includes words that have suffixes. They are certainly ones that need to be studied. There will not be a prompt this week, due to the fact that we are still working on our travel poster
to show adventurous activities in our Southeast states. We have combined our word of the week and our social studies curriculum.
 
MATH - We've been learning to measure angles with a protractor. The skill is tricky, but most are beginning to get the hang of it. We will also learn to add a sales tax to a purchase, as well as work with decimals to the thousandths place value this week.
 

WEEK OF JAN. 28

HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!
Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day. It is my pleasure to work with these children, watching them grow and mature socially and academically. It is fun to observe their confidence soar as they accomplish and surpass the challenges presented to them.
 
RELIGION We are beginning our study of each individual commandment. The perfect place to start is with the First Commandment. We will learn how God should be recognized as someone very important in our lives.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will continue reading the "BFG" as the giant and Sophie become very close friends and start to plot against the other bigger and meaner giants. There is a spelling list this week. Increase study time because the spelling test will be Thursday. If time allows, we will be writing a prompt to go with the word "anticipate".
 
MATH - We're always working to improve our problem solving skills, as well as our computation skills. We will work a little with geometric transformations and continue to work with fractions of a set this week.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - There will be an open book test this week on the Northeast. Questions will be on the land, its resources, and some early history. States and capitals will also be tested, but no book will be used for this part of the test.

WEEK OF JAN. 22

Special invitation to you our parents! We have been working really hard on projects to show what we are learning in fourth grade. Please come to the Open House, on Sunday, January 27, 12:00-1:30.
 
RELIGION - Since the major concept taught in religion is the ten commandments, we have reserved a whole wall to display the major events in Moses' life.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We are sharing the story of the BFG through the dioramas the fourth graders are preparing. Each student will display an event that happened in the story with a very detailed background showing the setting of that particular scene. We are also diligently writing about the goals we have in mind for ourselves in 2019.
 
MATH - In math, we are learning how to write survey questions and present data in some kind of graph form to display our results. Also this week, we will continue practicing long division, but this time with zeros included in the answer.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we are focusing on a timeline of historical events that happened in the Northeast from the 1600s through the early 1900s.

WEEK OF JAN. 14

Fourth grade is busily working on projects in every subject to bring our halls alive for open house. We want to show off what we have been learning!
 
RELIGION - We have been learning about Moses and his relationship with God. We're heading in the direction of the Ten Commandments, where we will study and understand each individual commandment.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - The students are eager to read "The BFG" each day. The author Roald Dahl is unique in his style of describing someone, something, or somewhere. It's as if the whole story comes alive and we're part of it. The vocabulary word of the week is tedious. The students will be asked to write about a designated task that could be tedious. The spelling list will require more studying time this week. Our list includes words that have the "ie" and "ei' spellings.
 
 
MATH - We're still trying to perfect our dividing skills and we seem to be better understanding the process, the more we practice. We will also be introduced to millimeters and fractions of a set with word problems.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are learning about the beginning history of our country, which began in the Northeast region. We will also learn of the inventions that started progress for our nation and end up with how the northeast looks in present day.

WEEK OF JAN. 7

Happy New Year! As we near the halfway mark of the school year, It might be a good idea to check how your child is faring with school supplies. Many pencil bags are in need of crayons, colored pencils, regular pencils and erasers. If you are inclined to do so, the classroom is in need of paper towels, tissues, quart and gallon baggies, and Clorox wipes. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
RELIGION - We will learn about Moses and his efforts to get the Israelites to the Promised Land. We will hear Bible stories that tell of the ten plaques that haunted the Egyptians and eventually we will understand the need for the Ten Commandments.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - The newest book that we're about to read is "The BFG". The students will follow the adventures of a little girl and a giant, from the walls of an orphanage to the massive caves of Giant Land to the elequent palace of the queen in England. There will be no prompt this week, but we are working on a New Year's improvement plan project. The spelling list includes words with the different sounds of "ou".
 
MATH - We're starting to make headway with the division process. Most students are understanding the whys, but with each new added step to the process, sometimes we struggle. Those who have full understanding are actually having fun with division. This week, we will also understand the meaning of  similar and congruent and we will recognize the smallness of a millimeter.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are starting our journey through the Northeast Region of the U.S., learning the special characteristics significant to that region, recognizing the natural resources and understanding the timeline of historical events that started our country.
 

WEEK OF DEC. 10

The fourth graders can hardly contain their excitement these days. Play practices have inspired our students to change their lifetime goals of being a fame renowned sports player to a thriving actor or actress. Their fame has reached into the community! We have been invited to sing our show to the residents of Pinebrook next Tuesday. Further details will be forth coming.
As the days get closer to Christmas, we still remain very busy. There is never enough time to complete what was planned for the day, but we sure do try. Our fourth graders can efficiently juggle their schedules to be performers, accelerated students, prayer leaders, and even Santa elves. We have much to accomplish before we walk out these doors next Thursday!

WEEK OF NOV. 26

We're always looking forward to the next major event in the school year. Fourth graders are especially excited as they prepare to present "On Our Way to Bethlehem." We are working with Mr. Powers to make this an exceptional show. All are eager to share their acting and singing talents. We still will work exceptionally hard on the academic contents of fourth grade.
 
RELIGION - This week we will become familiar with the Liturgical Church Calendar and understand the importance of each season in the church year.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - Following the theme of the season, we will begin reading "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". It's an entertaining story showing the growth of a family who has a bad reputation in the community, but yet they are moved by the Christmas story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The vocabulary word of the week is "efficient ". In the prompt, the students will attempt to invent a machine that will help them be efficient in completing a difficult task. The spelling list this week includes words that have suffixes.
 
MATH - There are several new concepts being presented this week. The most difficult will be learning about the different concepts related to fractions. Comparing fractions, ordering fractions, and changing fractions to their equivalent decimals. We will also work with rate word problems and multiplying three digit numbers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We are introducing how economy works in the U.S.. We are learning how our needs and wants affect the free enterprise system. We will also learn how the supply and demand concepts work in our economy

WEEK OF NOV. 12

The end of the first trimester is upon us. With the second trimester, comes holidays, Christmas play, winter weather, and many more academic challenges.
 
RELIGION - We are diligently working to complete our saint reports. For many, the end is very near. We have headed back to our textbooks and we are learning about the different kinds of sin.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will finish the book "Because of Winn Dixie" by the end of the week. The students are working on a poster, showing the characters with riddles to describe them. The word for the week is diligent. The students will write a review of their first trimester and explain how they will be more diligent for the second trimester. Spelling list this week include words with the oi and oy sounds.
 
MATH - We are beginning our quest to divide. We will start out simple and progressively get more challenging. We will also touch upon prime and composite numbers this week.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - Our newest challenge is to learn about our economy and the role the government plays. We will also learn about the different types of economies.

WEEK OF NOV. 5

It seems we have made it through all the various celebrations that have been occurring throughout October. As we work our way through the activities of November and December, we will work hard with thankfulness and gratitude in mind.
 
RELIGIONWe have been diligently working on our rough draft for our saint reports. We are hoping to complete the first writing and the revising and editing process by week's end, so we can produce the final copy.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - Reading "Because of Winn Dixie" has been keeping us entertained. It's been a fun book to read as we recognize character traits, settings, and visible themes. Our prompt this week will actually be a revised edition of the third paragraph of our saint report. The word "fortitude" will have to be infused strategically as we tell the reasons the researched saint became a saint. The spelling list this week will include many of the contractions we use in our writings.
 
MATH - The division facts are creeping into the picture. Practice with multiplication and division facts are a must. It will be helpful to the students as we work with multi-digit numbers to multiply and divide.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - Since this is the week of voting, we will learn about the three branches of government, compare the federal and state responsibilities, and as citizens of the U.S., learn about our rights and responsibilities.

WEEK OF OCT. 22

Conferences last week were very encouraging and positive. We all seem to be heading in the same direction for the betterment and success of our children.
This week we welcome several parents into our classroom to help us become  aware of the hardships that our disabled friends endure on a daily basis.
 
And academically we will be very busy.
 
RELIGION - The students are busy researching their saints in order to prepare for their written report. Hopefully, the saint shield you are working on at home is coming along. Remember, shields are due in on October 30th.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We have recently begun our third novel of the year, "Because of Winn Dixie". It's about a girl and her dog and the friendships that develop around them. The focus of the story  revolves around the growth of the various characters and their personal situations. In the first five chapters, the students have been entertained by the situations the dog gets involved in.
The vocabulary word of the week is "cantankerous". We will be writing a descriptive paragraph on how to handle such a person. The spelling list is full of compound words, some easy and some difficult. Be sure to encourage your child to study with "Spelling City"
 
MATH - This week we will add and subtract decimals, round and estimate multiplication problems, and begin developing the skill of multiplying multi-digit numbers. Daily practice of the multiplication facts will help the process of multiplying larger numbers easier.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We have learned some basic facts about the American Revolution and now we will learn how the state of Ohio was affected by the same war. We will have a test on Friday on the material covered in Chapter 2, Lessons 1 and 2 (pages 48-63).

WEEK OF OCTOBER 8

4B IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF YOUR HELP! 4A IS WAY AHEAD OF US IN THE COLLECTION OF FUN RUN DONATIONS. We don't tend to be overly competitive,  but there is no way we want 4A to beat us. If you have not donated yet, please consider making a small donation to our cause. Every little bit helps!
 
The week ahead is a busy one! Of course, we still have to get through our classes, but we have some serious celebrating to do and we can't forget about the Fun Run.
 
RELIGION - It's that time of year for the fourth grade to begin working on their saint reports. I will assign each student a particular saint to research.(usually the students will get a saint that relates to their own first or middle name) If their names are not associated with a saint, we will try to assign a saint that they may have a connection with somehow. Directives will be coming home soon concerning the saint shield that will be completed at home. We'll do the research here at school and write the report and you'll work on the shield at home.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - We've completed Stone Fox and are working this week on learning about famous people who had a hard time getting started and experienced failures before their success occurred. We're identifying character traits with the articles we are reading. There will be no prompts this week. The spelling list is a review of past words that seem to be most frequently misspelled.
 
MATH - We will be working with mixed numbers on a number line and measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts on a regular basis. Many are well on their way to speed and accuracy, while others still need lots of practice.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will be learning the basic history of the United States, starting with the Native Americans and the European settlers. We will see how both groups intermingled to set the history of the U.S. in motion.