Newsletter February 24th

Dear 4B Parents,

I hope you all had a good weekend. The Bingo Bash was great fun last Friday! Thank you all for your support of this big school fundraiser. There are some pictures from our Valentine’s Day party at the end of the newsletter. All of the boxes were truly amazing! (I know it’s a little late…sorry!)


Upcoming Events:

Prayer Service – Friday, February 28th

On Friday, 4B will be leading our school Prayer Service! The service will start at 8:35 in the school hall. Please join us if you can!

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday we begin the season of Lent with the Ash Wednesday service at 8:35Perfect uniform is required. Lent is a time when we are compelled to ask forgiveness for our sins and change our lives for the better. The ashes we receive are a sign that we are ready to change our lives. We will be focusing on three types of sacrifice and practices during Lent that will help us grow in our faith: prayerfasting from excess and unkind actions, and good works or almsgiving. During Lent the students will be reading special Lenten prayers and Bible readings for the season. In class this week we will be reflecting on our plans for Lent.

The fourth grade students will be memorizing the Memorare. We will recite the prayer daily at school, and each student will have a copy in their filer. This is a nice prayer to keep by your bedside to say each night.

As a school we will be participating in several service-related activities to share our gifts with those less fortunate.  Each family will receive a rice bowl on Monday. The schedule for the Brown Bag Lunch collection for St. Martin de Porres will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

Reading: We will wrap up in reading this week the story of Sacagawea. The students practiced making visual notes of the main ideas of the story. We will start a new story about Hercules. Students will learn about myths and the Hero’s Journey.

Language Arts: The students are working on a mini biography project in class.  Each student has been assigned a person (different from their big oral biography).  They will read a short biography and do a bit of research to write a summary of their lives. When we present this biography in class the students will get practice speaking in front of their classmates to practice for their big biography presentation. We will also learn about PVLEGS to support oral presentation skills.

Spelling: Spelling lists for Lesson 18 were sent home last Friday. The test will be this Friday.

Oral Biography: Hopefully the students are reading each night in their biography books.  They should be using sticky notes to mark pages with information they want to include in their presentations.  Have your child talk to you about what they are reading, even retell portions of what they have read.  I will continue to go over the directions/expectations for the project again this week and show the students some clips of past presentations to help them visualize what they will be doing.

The school has purchased notecards for the students to use for their presentations. We began modeling strategies to create and effectively use notecards for this project. Last week, students received a packet with information on how to organize their first draft of notes that will be used on their final notecards. Notecards will come home next week. Let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance with this project. PLEASE NOTE: Students are NOT writing a report/essay for this project. They will be graded on their oral presentations.

Next Friday, February 28th, there will be some in-class work time. Students should bring their biographies and any related materials. Also, students should be in the habit of carrying their biographies to and from school in their filer.

MathThank you for continuing to check over your child’s math homework each night for accuracy and supporting them as they make any needed corrections.  I am proud of the great job they are doing mastering the long division algorithm and interpreting remainders. It’s a difficult skill that requires a LOT of practice, and we will continue to work on long division all week!

Social Studies:  Look for corrected 50 State tests in your child’s filer. They were returned on Friday. The students did very well overall.  We will begin map work with the major rivers of our country this week.  Students will have new study sheets in their filers on Tuesday. We are also wrapping up our Lewis and Clark unit this week.

Science: Last week, students finalized notes in their Launch Logs regarding the brain and nervous system. This week, we will begin our detailed clay models of the different parts of the brain. These models will serve as the basis for modeling inputs and outputs through the senses.

That should be it for this week!  We have a lot of great learning going on in 4th grade!

Homework Overview:

  • Spelling test for Lesson 18 on Friday
  • Math sheets Daily
  • Oral Biography Project-continued reading and note taking
  • Recorder Practice


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