Newsletter Week of October 19th

Dear 4B Families,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We have a busy, but exciting couple of weeks ahead!

Please continue to think about your child’s saint costume. Even if you aren’t going to mass, all students need a saint costume for pictures and for our All Saints’ Day celebration in class. Students, in their costumes, will all attend special zoom meetings to teach students in other classes all about their saints. This is also a reminder to please send us pictures of your child as a saint.

We are asking you to take three pictures:

  • One portrait (head and shoulders)

  • One full body (include the symbol if you have one)

  • One action shot—this could be imitating the saint for something he/she is known for: writing, teaching, helping the poor, praying etc.

  • We ask that these pictures be sent to us by Thursday, October 22nd, so we can create the slideshow in time for the first mass.

If you haven’t yet, please sign up to attend an All Saints’ Day Mass with your child. You will choose between Wednesday, October 28th and Wednesday, November 4th. This is the mass that your family will attend together. Your child will come dressed as her/his saint. Please sign up for a mass before Monday, October 19th. 

Materials Pick-Up Days: This week is the next pick-up for student materials. Each 4th grade student will receive materials labeled for each subject area and other miscellaneous items. The pick-up days are Friday, October 23rd, 12:00-4:00 and Saturday, October 24th, 9:00-12:00. Prior to pick-up day, please help your child organize their filer and materials. This includes removing completed papers that have been submitted and neatly putting them in the red “Completed Work” folder. We will also have time during class to organize. After receiving materials, please assist your child with carefully filing packets and organizing the new materials. Students should not take apart the papers yet. We will do that together in class. We would love to have some more student work hanging in our school! Please drop off your child’s Ballot Box project with their writing “Why Every Vote Counts,” their completed Math Do Now Packet (#1-#19), and their “Reserved for Saint…” sign. Thank you for your support!

Mid-Trimester Reports will be emailed to you on Friday, October 30th.

Touching Safety Program: Holy Rosary School, along with all the schools in the Archdiocese, will continue teaching the sexual abuse prevention program called Touching Safety. This program is provided to us by the Archdiocese of Seattle and is part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and protect all children from sexual abuse. We will be teaching two lessons again this year. The first will be this month (October), the second in March. For more information check the information on this page. The topic of the October lesson is Boundaries: Students learn about personal boundaries and how identifying and honoring those boundaries can give a child or young person the self assurance needed to speak up when someone tries to step over the line. If you do not wish your child to take part in these lessons you will need to fill out this opt-out-form-and return it to Ms. Benson via email by this Tuesday, October 20th. Thank you.

Religion: This Wednesday during our All-School Zoom Mass we will be praying the rosary. I will be going over the process of praying the rosary in religion class on Tuesday. If students have a rosary, they should have it available on Tuesday.  If not, no worries, the activity will work with or without a rosary.  If you have a printer at home, I would ask that you please print out this Rosary to use during our lesson Tuesday. Thank you!

Continue to practice the Prayer of St. Francis.  It is a great bedtime prayer, and practicing right before you go to sleep helps with retention!  All students need to be able to recite the prayer from memory by October 26th. The options for reciting are live in front of the class on Zoom, individually with me, or you can film your child reciting the prayer on Seesaw.  Thank you!

Reading: We are continuing our journey in Charlotte’s Web. Our target skills while reading include vocabulary acquisition, character traits, themes, and oral reading fluency (expression, pacing and volume). We will also continue our work with figurative language and poetic devices, which are abundant in this novel. Ask your child about our vocabulary words from chapters 1, 2, and 3: runt, injustice, blissful, manure, enchanted, perspiration, and reconsider.

Spelling/LA: Our spelling words this week all contain the long “a” sound.  Unit 3 long a.  Lists are available in the above tabs, in Google Classroom and in the most recent pick up. The test will be on Friday, October 23rd.  The students are hard at work on their saint reports and we will also be creating a Halloween Haiku this week.

Math: Students will take their Chapter 2 Math Assessment this week. Without homework, students are not getting as much practice as they usually do. Please practice adding and subtracting large numbers with your child. There are many extra pages in the Math Meeting book to choose from. Practice is essential to mastering these skills. Chapter 3 will focus on understanding multiplication and division.

Social Studies: The students will be tested on the NE State locations and abbreviations on Tuesday, October 20th.  We did not get to the latitude and longitude work last week, so we will continue this week.

Science: Last week, we finished up our senses stations. I hope you were able to find some time to set up your own taste and smell stations. If you did, I’d love to see any pictures or hear how it went! This week, we are reflecting on the senses by doing some creative writing. Then, we will dive into memory!

MAP Testing: The fall MAP testing will continue this week with language arts. We will be testing on Thursday morning again, and I will post the test information on Google Classroom right before the test begins (around 8:45). I am proud of the hard work and attention the students gave to the reading portion of the test last week.


Have a great week everyone. 

 Ms. Benson

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