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Monday
Dec142015

Week 18: December 14 - 18

Seasons Greetings! This week is filled with learning and Holiday fun! The students have earned a movie party through good behavior and filling their marble jar! We are going to be doing some Holiday arts and crafts, along with our normal core subjects. Here are some important reminders for the week:

December 17:

  • Area and Perimeter Test in Math 
  • Christmas Concert 7:00pm, students are too be dressed in their Holiday best. Please bring your child to their classroom at 6:30pm to prepare for the concert. 
  • Cookies to follow the concert in the hall.

 

December 18:

  • Green and Red Spirit Dress Day. Please wear appropriate shoes, this is a PE day. 
  • White Elephant Gift Exhange! Please bring a wrapped gift valued at $10 or less if you would like to participate, it will be fun!
  • Minimum Day today, 12:00pm dismissal 
  • Lion's Club is open today, but no hot lunch will be served

 

Thank you so much for making our Family Mass on Sunday a success! The students practiced all week and it really showed! Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Monday
Dec072015

Week 17: December 7-11

The students have been doing some beautiful art projects relating to Advent and Christmas! We are also enjoying preparing for our Masses this week. The School Mass in on Tuesday at 9:00am and the Family Mass is on Sunday, the 13th at 9:00am as well. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Here's what we have going on this week in academics:

Language Arts: Continuing our class novel James and the Giant Peach as well as individual reading conferences. In writing, we are working on writing a narrative. Spelling will review sight words, academic vocabulary and -age endings. 

Math: Using Area and Perimeter formulas and applying that knowledge to real world situations. 

Science: Weathering and Erosion is our topic of study. Test on Friday of Chapter 7 material. 

Social Studies: Early Californians and how they lived in California. 

Religion: Advent, The Season of Preparation. Also, the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Important Dates

December 8 - 4th and 5th Grades lead School Mass

December 10 - State of the School Meeting, 7:00pm

December 11 - Students may wear a Santa hat or Christmas headband with their school uniform

December 13 - 4th and 5th Grades lead Family Mass (All students expected to attend as part of Religion class)

Monday
Nov302015

Week 16: November 30 - December 4

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break! Check the bottom of this entry for important dates, including our class leading a School and Family Mass this month. Please make sure to sign and return the bottom portion of your child's report card this week, thank you!

Here's what we have going on this week in academics:

Language Arts: Continuing our class novel James and the Giant Peach as well as individual reading conferences. In writing, we are working on writing a narrative. Spelling will review sight words, academic vocabulary and -it endings. 

Math: Using measuremend and data in real life situations. Also an introduction of area and perimeter. 

Science: Weathering and Erosion is our topic of study for the next two weeks. 

Social Studies: Early Californians and how they lived in California. 

Religion: We are in the season on Advent now! We will be learning more about this season of preparation in the month of December. 

Important Dates

December 8 - 4th and 5th Grades lead School Mass

December 13 - 4th and 5th Grades lead Family Mass (All students expected to attend as part of Religion class)

Monday
Nov232015

Week 15: November 23 and 24

It is almost Thanksgiving! Fourth grade will be working on all the core subjects for the next two days before Thanksgiving Break. There will be no Spelling this week. 

We have been showing our gratitude through various projects related to the season, look for some of them that will be coming home tomorrow! We've discussed how showing thanks and being grateful enhances our lives and the lives of those around us. I hope you all have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday, we will see you again on November 30th!

  

Monday
Nov162015

Week 14: November 16-20

It was great meeting with all of you parents last week, I always enjoy getting to know you more and learning things about the students from a parent's perspective. The students worked hard in finishing up the 1st Trimester, it went by so quickly! We have a lot of events coming up as we enter the holiday season! Check the Important Dates section at the bottom of this entry. Here's what we have going on this week in academics:

Language Arts: Reading Conferences will continue, as well as our class novel: James and the Giant Peach. We are working closely on reading comprehension and fluency. In writing we are working on writing a persuasive piece and grammar will focus on common and proper nouns. Spelling will review -ure pattern and academic vocabulary. 

Math: Metric Units of length, volume and mass.  

Science: Rocks and Minerals! We will have a "Rock Lab" this week for students to put in action what they've learned about rocks and minerals thus far. 

Social Studies: As we finish up the California Regions, we will get into our unit on Early Californians. 

Religion: Our topics for the week are The Commandments and Cooperation. 

Important Dates

November 20 - 4th Grade Class Auction

November 20 - Lion's Club closes at 5pm

November 24 - Spirit Day, Flannel or Plaid Shirts and Jeans

November 24 - Report Cards go home

November 25-27 - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday
Nov022015

Week 12: November 2-6

We had a great time last Friday celebrating Halloween! The cosutmes were so fun and creative, the students were exctied to be with their friends sharing in the festivities. My first SJCS Halloween experience was awesome! Here's what we are working on this week:

Language Arts: Reading Conferences will continue, as well as our class novel: James and the Giant Peach. We will take our benchmark test using STAR Reading Assessments. In writing and grammar we are working on using complete sentences to express a point. Spelling will review -ure pattern. 

Math: We will take our first Math Benchmark test with STAR Math. Then we will continue with multi-step word problems using words, drawings and numbers to show the thinking process. We will review for our End of Module 1 Assessment and take the assessment on Thursday. 

Science: We will be starting our Unit on Physical Science. 

Social Studies: California Regions - Students are working on a team to complete a brochure type poster for a specific topic related to a region on California. 

Religion: Our topics for the week are The First Commandment, Dia de Los Muertos, Cooperation. 

Important Dates

November 7 - Family Mass and Taste of Italy Fundraiser

Monday
Oct262015

Week 11 - October 26-30

It's almost Halloween! On Friday we will have our Halloween Parade first thing in the morning following our morning prayer assembly. You are all welcome to join us and see the many different costumes worn by all the students! Our class will have a Halloween celebration following the parade with games, a movie and treats. Our room parent will contact you with information regarding donations and helpers. Please make sure all costumes are appropriate for all ages and proper footwear is worn. Here's what we are working on this week:

Language Arts: I have been meeting with students one on one in Reading Conferences and will continue to do so this week. We are well into our class novel, James and the Giant Peach and the students are really enjoying it. In writing we are working on writing an opinion piece. Spelling will review common sight words, academic language and some Halloween words! 

Math: Continuation of multi-digit addition and subtraction combined with problem solving using tape diagrams and target sentences to map out a problem. 

Science: Life Science, survival in an ecosystem (plants and animals).

Social Studies: California Regions - Coast, Mountains, Desert and Central Valley

Religion: Our topics for the week are October: The Month of the Rosary and Cooperation.

Important Dates

October 28 - Welcome Wednesday, join us in the classrooms before school!

October 30 - Halloween Parade and Celebration


Tuesday
Oct132015

Week 9: October 12-16

Fall is in full swing! We are closing in on Parent Teacher Conferences, please return the pink form by Friday (it was sent home today). Here's what we're up to in 4th grade:

Language Arts: James and the Giant Peach will continue to be our focus to practice comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Students have reached a point in their reading stamina where they can be independent! This means I can begin my "Reading Conferences" with each and every student. Writing will focus on paragraph organization and using details to support a point. Spelling will review /ure/ sounds.

Math: Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction, as well as problem solving with real life situation word problems. 

Science: Life Science, how living things survive in a given environment and how they depend on one another.

Social Studies: California Regions - Coast, Mountains, Desert and Central Valley

Religion: Our topics for the week are The Liturgical Year and Cooperation.

Important Dates

October 16 - School Mass 9am, please send in a canned good for donation.

October 18 - Family Mass 9am

Monday
Sep282015

Week 7: September 28 - October 2

This week is St.Jerome Day on Wednesday! Remember that your child can dress as their favorite book character and bring in a new copy of that book to donate. We have been making great progress working with Hanna Bogen during our Communication Works sessions, the students are enjoying learning about their brains!

 

Language Arts: This week in Reading we will begin our first class novel, James and the Giant Peach. We are also focusing on Comprehension strategies. Writing will focus on paragraph organization and using details to support a point. Spelling will review /el/ and /al/ sounds.

Math: Review and Test this week on all concepts we've covered thus far. Then we will begin multi-step word problems using addition and subtraction. 

Science: Life Science is our current unit of study. Students will create posters together to show what they've learned about certain ecosystems - rainforest, desert, arctic and coral reef.

Social Studies: California Regions - Coast, Mountains, Desert and Central Valley

Religion: Our topics for the week are: Sin in Our World and Caring.

Important Dates

September 28th - Math Test

September 30th - St. Jerome Day

Monday
Sep212015

Week 6: September 21-25

The students did a wonderful job staying focused and on task during assessment time last week. I am very proud of their hard work! We are getting back to our normal schedule this week, here's whats coming up:

 

Language Arts: For reading we have almost reached our stamina goal of 10-15 minutes! We will practice each day to reach this goal. Our foucs this week is on Comprehension and Fluency, along with using text features in information text. Writing will focus on paragraph organization and using details to support a point. Spelling will review /ile/ sounds.

Math: Rounding numbers to any given place using number lines and rounding rules. Quiz on Friday. 

Science: Life Science is our current unit of study. This week we will learn more about ecosystems and how animals survive and depend on one another. 

Social Studies: Students will begin a group project on the regions of California this week. 

Religion: Our topics for the week are: Our Conscience and Caring.

Important Dates

September 25th - Math Quiz (Rounding Numbers)

September 30th - St. Jerome's Feast Day. Dress as your favorite book character and bring that book to donate to children in need.


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