Newsletter Week of November 30th

Dear 4B Families,

Happy first week of Advent! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was a pleasure to meet with you all during the Celebrations of Learning.

The signs of the season are beginning to appear. As we prepare we are asked to look for ways we can serve others. As a school we are asked to participate in several outreach/service opportunities. As you know, the 4th grade students are collecting for St. Vincent DePaul. The following are some of the most needed items currently:

  • Hearty Soups/Chili
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Stovetop Dressing
  • Peanut butter (16oz)
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fruit
  • Cereal, Crackers

All donations should be brought to school during the next pickup days (December 11/12). We will have a box available in which items will be placed. Please consider helping your child “earn” their donation. They could do some chores around the house, rake leaves for a neighbor, or anything at all! In addition, the students wrote notes of encouragement during class that they can tape onto the items. Please make sure that your child’s name is NOT on the note. Thank you all for your generous donations.


Students will need to have available the following for music classes in December:
Christmas hat and scarf (scarf optional) to wear for the recording
Something that jingles – could be jingle bells or keys or other jingly small item
Their recorder and recorder book
They should be practicing the two new notes: high C and high D – as well as G, A, and B; and the song “Jingle Bells” (on page 14, OR print out the music posted on their Music Google Classroom from 11 – 20).
If any of the students are interested in playing the recorder OR singing on a part of “Jingle Bells” for the recording, please email Ms. Mudge or— the student can tell Ms. Mudge in class.
Thank you – Ms. Mudge

Tree Lot Thank-you Cards: If your child created a thank-you card for the Tree Lot, we are grateful! You can drop them off during the pickup days or right at the tree lot!

Sign Up to work the tree lot, great way to connect with other HRS families.
Don’t forget to enter your auction donation by December 4.  All HRS families have committed to donating an item/cash valued at minimum $175.


Reading: We are continuing with Charlotte’s Web this week! Students will be taking final assessments in the coming weeks, so it is a good idea to encourage the children to summarize the chapters they read each day to you and review the vocabulary often.

Language Arts: The students will begin a creative writing project called “The True Story of Santa’s Reindeer” this week. This project will reinforce paragraph skills, perspective/point of view, strong leads and conclusions, along with descriptive word choice.

Religion: Our religion classes are focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy. The students will need to have the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy memorized for a test on Thursday, December 10th.  Advent and the Liturgical year will also be an important part of our religion work in the next three weeks.

Social Studies: The students did well on the NE/SE combination map.  The next map test covers the Midwest states and 4 of the Great Lakes. The test booklet says the test will be December 1st, but the correct date for the Midwest test is actually December 8thWe will then have a combination NE/SE/Midwest test on December 15th.

Spelling: The spelling words this week are primarily The Great Lakes and other locations we have been mastering for our map tests.

Math: This week, students will take a break from the workbook to explore the Sieve of Eratosthenes. This is an ancient method of finding Prime Numbers. We will be working on this project on Tuesday. Ask your student to show you their Sieve! untitledWe will also continue with chapter four and understanding multiplication. Please make sure your child is continuing to practice their basic multiplication facts (0-12) through Xtra Math, flash cards, playing cards, or any other methods!

Science: We are almost ready to wrap up our brain unit! Students have become experts on the different parts of the brain, and they have worked hard to continue learning! This week, we will take a short quiz, and then we will start our final projects next week. Students will create a podcast or video that shows others how to prevent and evaluate concussions.

Recorders: Just a reminder that students should be practicing their recorders for at least 5 minutes each night.  Thank you!


Have a great first week of Advent!

Ms. Benson

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