Newsletter January 13th

Dear 4B Families,

I hope you all stayed warm this weekend.  Will it snow?  How much?  No city gets as excited about snow as Seattle!  If you have not yet turned in your permission slip for the certificate delivery during Catholic Schools Week, please do so my tomorrow, January 14th.  Thank you.

Uganda: The students of 4B created an ambitious, yet feasible goal for our Uganda fundraiser in January. They decided that each of them could find a way to earn $5 or more to donate. With 26 people (including me!) that makes our goal $130. As of Thursday, we have $30. Please help your child with finding creating and meaningful ways to earn a couple of dollars to be able to donate to our fund. Thank you!

Reading: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and Cesar Chavez will highlight our reading work this week. This unit includes reading, language arts, and social studies objectives. This unit is part of our larger unit on biographies that will culminate in the big Oral Biography Projects in late March.

Spelling The spelling list for Lesson 2 was sent home last Friday and the test will be this Friday the 18th as usual.

Social Studies: The students will be taking the NE/SE/Midwest Combo test this Thursday, January 16th.  In class we are starting our journey with Lewis and Clark.

Science: Last week, we honed in on the engineering design process, and we started going through it to create wind mills. The goal for students is to design and create blades that will make the windmill spin and lift as much weight as possible. Students have been in the “ask” phase to try to understand potential constraints and to explore the best options for materials and their properties. Ask your student how they are becoming engineers and using the Engineering Design Process!

Religion: Homework: Cool School News notes are due by Friday. In class the students will present their Works of Mercy posters and we will start learning about the Liturgical calendar. The Liturgical Year test will take place next Friday, January 24th.  We will have review time in class this week, and students should use the online practice site as well has their study sheets to practice at home.  Remember, this is a two part test; the Liturgical Calendar and the fill in the blank test.

Math: We will be starting the double digit multiplication algorithm this week. Students have been working hard to understand why we multiply the way we do using area models and the Distributive Property.

All students should still be working on Xtramath regularly until multiplication and division are mastered.




Just a reminder that recorder practice is part of homework and can be a nice brain break for students. Students need to always have their recorder at school on Wednesdays and Fridays.



Have a great week everyone!

Ms. Benson


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