Newsletter February 10th

Dear 4B Parents,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  I’m excited to see the innovation and creation that went into the Valentine’s Day boxes on Thursday! Be sure the planning sheet comes to school with the boxes on Thursday.

Friday is free dress/Valentine theme. Students may wear pink, white, red. No face paint or hair dye. Thank you to our room parents that are helping our with our Valentine’s Day party. All students should bring in their Valentines on Friday. If your child will be absent on Friday, please send the box/plans to school before Friday. They are both still required. We will make sure that all Valentines are passed out and your child receives her/his valentines.

Girls on the Run Informational Session! Do you have questions about Girls on the Run? Are you wondering what the program is all about? Are you wondering how much running is actually required? Come to the Girls on the Run Informational Session!

Who: Any girls/families who are interested in GOTR or have already signed up for GOTR

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:15-4:00

Where: Holy Rosary Classroom 4B

What: Come to learn more about Girls on the Run! We will learn about the program, go through a typical lesson, and you can ask any questions you might have.


BINGO BASH: It’s back!! Mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm. It’s your chance to drop off your kids for a night of fun while you enjoy a break. Kids enjoy pizza, snacks, prizes, music and, of course, lots of BINGO!! The sign-up link Sign up here is live via the eFc. Holy Rosary students look forward to this event all year. “Bingo with the Teachers” has been the highest grossing auction item for the past 10 years!!! The last day to sign up is Saturday, February 15th. Don’t miss out!

Religion:  This week, the students will continue to learn about the Sacraments. Last week all students filled out a study sheet for the Sacraments that should be in their filer and can also be accessed under the Religion tab above. The students will need to be able to name each Sacrament and place them in the correct category.  Perfect spelling is not required, but students will receive extra credit in spelling if they are able to spell the sacraments correctly.  This test will take place on Friday, February 21st.

Reading/LA: Our reading focus continues to be on biographies and the traits that make people successful. The students will be doing a writing project in class related to biographies as well. As part of the “mini-bio” writing project the students will get a chance to practice selecting important information and speaking in front of the class which will aid in their preparation for their large biography project.  Our story from our anthology this week is about Sacagawea, which ties in perfectly with our Social Studies lessons.

Spelling: The spelling list for Lesson 20 was sent out last Friday.  This test will be this Thursday, February 13th.

Oral Biography: Students need to have their biography choice selected and approved by this Thursday.  Approval includes the selection of an appropriate book. Once the students have their biographies approved the next step is to read—and take notes. I will be talking with the students about time management suggestions for this big project in class this week. To begin, students might want to have a pad of sticky notes to mark pages/passages that they would like to include in their reports. They can then come back to these pages later and take down specific notes. Students should write a little reminder on the sticky note as to what they wanted to remember on that page. As they read they should focus on the facts of their subject’s life—of course—but also look for fun stories or anecdotes to include in their presentations. Students should write out more detailed notes after each chapter or section in their books, while the information is fresh. The presentations should be both informative and fun! As students read, organizing their notes in chronological order will help them when the move on to writing their presentations.

Remember, presentations will be made from March 26- April 3. At this point students should be putting most of their effort into reading and learning all they can about their chosen person and writing notes following each chapter. Books should be read more than once if at all possible.

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Math: As mentioned, our math this week will include work with area, perimeter and volume as related to our Valentine boxes.  Our classwork will also focus on mastering the division algorithm for larger numbers.  I will be working with smaller groups to provide added support and challenge based on our classwork from last week.  Look for math homework Monday and Tuesday this week practicing this skill. Thank you for your support at home as students learn this new and challenging skill.


ScienceThis week, we will begin our Project Lead the Way module on the Brain. Students will start with activities which help them visualize the input and output systems of the brain. They will also engage in tests of memory and explore the capacity of their brains’ abilities. The end-of-module project will have students create a video or podcast to spread awareness about concussions.

Social Studies: The date of the 50 state test has been changed to Thursday, February 20th.  In class we will continue along the trail with Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea to the Rocky Mountains.


  • There will be a spelling test this Thursday the 13thWords were sent out last Friday for Lesson 20.  There will not be a spelling test next week due to the winter break.
  • As a little Valentine treat there will be no homework on Friday.
  • Look for math homework Monday and ThursdayThis leaves time Wednesday night for extra spelling practice and to make any final touches to the Valentine’s Day Box and planning sheets.
  • **Date Change** Review for 50 States Test on Thursday, February 20th
  • Review the Seven Sacraments
  • Oral Biography selections due Friday and reading/note taking

Have a Wonderful Winter Break!

Ms. Benson

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