Newsletter for Holy Week

Dear 4B Families,

Holy Week has arrived! This is an important week to reflect and have gratitude, especially during this difficult time in our world. Many of our activities this week will focus on Holy Week, including our asynchronous half day on Friday.

Lunches of Love: 4th Grade is signed up for Lunches of Love during the month of April. This is a cherished Holy Rosary tradition, and we are honored to continue it this month. Items that make good lunches include nuts/trail mix, fruit cups, protein bars, individually packaged chips/crackers, Vienna sausages, jerky, ritz cheese/crackers (shelf-stable only), and a plastic spoon/fork. Water is the drink of choice. We also encourage students and families to write an encouraging and positive note with each lunch (no names, please). Families, please bring non-perishable lunches to the school office, Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm all month. The students will decorate one bag this week to bring home as a reminder to make Lunches of Love this month.  

Uganda and Rice Bowls:  Thank you all for your generous donations to support our Ugandan students as well as the Rice Bowl  Students can turn in their Rice Bowls any day this week, and you can still make donations to Uganda.  

iPads: This is a friendly reminder to please have your child’s iPad charged and ready for school every day. There have been a number of students who have been forgetting their iPads or bringing uncharged iPads to school. This is especially important for Tuesdays because we attend music class on Zoom. In addition, please make sure your child has headphones that s/he can leave at school for everyday use. Thank you!

Girls on the Run: Our first team meeting is this week on Tuesday, March 30th! Meetings will be outside on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30. You can find all of the information about logistics here. There will be no Girls on the Run meetings during Spring Break. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Benson or Ms. McNerney.

Religion:  As mentioned our focus this week will be on Holy Week.  The students will use their Bibles to look up readings, we will explore the Stations of the Cross and reflect on the important events of the week. On Friday all families are encouraged to watch the Stations of the Cross video together that will be posted on the Holy Rosary site.  I have been so impressed with the many students that have recited the Memorare!  Those students that have not yet recited their prayer need to do so by this Thursday, April 1st (no fooling! 🙂

Math: Last week, students enjoyed reviewing factors and prime numbers with a visit from our old friend, Eratosthenes. This week, we will use that expertise to dive into fractions. Our focus will be on finding simplest form and comparing and ordering fractions. There will be a short check-in quiz on Thursday. As you know, mastery of division and multiplication facts is imperative to understanding and simplifying fractions. Please continue to encourage your child to practice as much as possible.

Science: This week, we are wrapping up our study on rocks. Students are completing plans to prevent landslides or save houses that are in the path of landslides. Then, we will begin a new exploration of sound! Students will learn about sound waves by creating their very own paper cup telephones. Ask your child if they really work!

Social Studies: The River and Lake test is Tuesday, March 30th.  The students will have a word bank.  Our class work this week will focus on the early history of Washington State.  We will begin right in our backyard with the Denny Party!

Language Arts: There will not be a spelling test this week. The students have done an excellent job presenting their mini bios, showing great expression, eye contact while sharing relevant information. Last week we went over the directions and plans for the big Oral Biography Project.  Here is a copy of the information we went over.  We have changed the presentation dates to May 5-13.  Thank you for supporting and assisting your child in the coming weeks on this project.  We will also use some of our LA time each week to work on our biography projects.  All students should have their main biography book in class on Monday and Tuesday this week. 

Religion:  As mentioned our focus this week will be on Holy Week.  The students will use their Bibles to look up readings, we will explore the Stations of the Cross and reflect on the important events of the week. On Friday all families are encouraged to watch the Stations of the Cross video together that will be posted on the Holy Rosary site.  I have been so impressed with the many students that have recited the Memorare!  Those students that have not yet recited their prayer need to do so by this Thursday, April 1st (no fooling! 🙂

Wishing you all a blessed Easter.  Enjoy your Spring Break.

 

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