News for Week of May 11th

Hello 4B Families!

Wow! We really are in full swing of remote learning and by now, you are hopefully in a good routine at home. I hope you got to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

Thank you to everyone who came to school to pick up materials on Friday and Saturday!

Our dress up theme for this week is…baseball! Students are encouraged to wear any baseball gear on Wednesday, May 13th. Looking ahead, Friday, May 22nd will be Field Day, and 4B’s colors are rainbow/tie dye! Have fun with it!

Individual Zoom Meetings: Please feel free to sign your child up for an individual Zoom meeting with me. The meeting schedule has been updated, and this week is wide open!  The meetings can serve any purpose…including a simple hello and check in! If your child needs help with something academic, and it will take longer than 15 minutes, just contact me, and I’ll set up a separate meeting. You can sign up here:

May Crowning: This Wednesday at 9:30 the May Crowing will be streamed. We would love every family to take time to watch at 9:30 if possible, but you can also watch later in the day if that works better for you. This will be an extra special event as the 8th graders will be performing their beautiful liturgical dance. You can find instructions to join here.

Faith Family 8th Grade Books: It’s time to do our Faith Family pages for our graduating 8th graders! This year you’ll be working on them from home. You can work on them this week and they are due to the school on May 17th, 18th, or 19th. View the information and instructions here and if you have any questions, please email me.

Language Arts: The due dates for the Running Away Story have been extended. The rough draft is now due by Monday, May 11th. Students will submit their rough drafts via Seesaw—after they have done some of their own editing and revising. This means reading their draft to a family member to get feedback. The teachers should not work harder on editing that the students do!  🙂 Once we have edited the drafts the students can start their final drafts. Some of you have the nice publishing paper in the packets you picked up to use for the final draft paper. Some folders did not include the publishing paper. If this is the case for you, we will provide a PDF of the paper, and you also have the option for your children to create their own. Final drafts are due no later than May 26th.

Math: Students have been doing a great job of independent math learning. In our current unit of fractions it is imperative that students are watching the videos that are posted. There are a lot of misconceptions by fourth graders when they first learn about fractions, and the videos will help guide them in the right direction. We will continue to have optional review sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00. In addition, I’ve been tracking progress on Happy Numbers. The students are doing a great job of keeping up with their 45 minutes per week. Happy Numbers will keep concepts fresh in students’ minds as they move into fifth grade and even take them to the next level when they are ready!

Reading: All quizzes for reading are now on Google Classroom! Woo! Students will find the link for the quiz under the date that it is assigned. All they have to do is click on the link, take the test, and then they will see their score immediately. We will continue to use Seesaw to turn in written work. I hope you are all enjoying the book as much as I am!

Religion:  This week we will be wrapping up all of the Beatitude activities and tests. The students need to take the open book Beatitude test on Google Classroom by the end of the day on Monday (May 11th). The pictures with captions on the note pages the students completed during the Zoom meetings need to be completed and submitted by this Friday, May 15th on Seesaw.  The captions and pictures should clearly convey an example of how each Beatitude can be followed.  Each picture should have some color as well.
Social Studies:  This week the students will start reviewing the Washington State Feature Map.  The packet contained maps to use for practice and I have created an online interactive review map that I will go over on the Monday Zoom meetings. This map test will take place on June 2nd.  I am still working on the actual format of the test.  The students alsohave an article titled: Marcus and Narcissa Whitman in their folder.  The students should read this article.  It would be great if they read it aloud to a parent a second time.  On Tuesday there will be a test available on Google Classroom for this article.  The students should not do the test on the back of the article, only the test on Google Classroom. This test needs to be completed by the end of the day on Friday, May 15th. I will have add PDF’s of all of these materials on Google Classroom if you do not have your packet yet.

Extra Resources
: Once again, I’m sharing some amazing and free resources that you may use at home. These are great tools to help your children continue learning outside of the daily school assignments. Please feel free to use any of them, especially if you have a child who would like more academic content.
  • BrainPOP:   Username: holyrosaryws     Password:  gators4142
  • Scholastic News access Grade 4: (sign in as student: password is HRSgators4142)
  • Freckle:
    • Class code Ms. Benson Math: 89CG8V
    • Class code 4B Ms. Benson Reading (ELA): SZR3X5
  • Epic:
    • Download the Epic! app
    • Open Epic! and click on “Have an account? Sign in”
    • Then click on “Students and Educators”
    • Sign in with our class code:  tgc8290
    • Select your name and you’re in!
  • PLTW (Science):

    • Usernames and Passwords can be found here.
    • There are modules that we won’t get to, and they have a lot of great information, activities, and games.

Have a great week!

Ms. Benson

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