Newsletter March 12

Dear 4B Parents,

I hope you all had a nice weekend enjoying the beautiful weather, despite the lost hour of sleep! The extra daylight hours are always nice, but the time change can throw off sleep schedules a bit.

St Patrick’s Day Green:  Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year and we do not have school on Friday the students will have a Wear’in O’ the Green on Thursday this week. Please follow all free dress policies in our handbook.

 

 

Lenten Outreach Reminder: 

  • Collecting for Uganda. Please send in at least a dollar (or more).
  • Rice Bowls
  • St. Martin de Porres Friday lunches.  These can be perishable as they will be distributed same day.
  • Each grade also selects an addional organization to support.  Grade 4 has been supporting St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years.  This year we are collecting socks (Men’s, women’s and children’s)) and blankets. Blankets can be gently used.  These items need to be to school no later than Thursday, March 29th.  Thank you for your support.

Oral Biography:  This week every student needs to bring in their main book for the project, and any other sources of information they have. I will be going over the bibliography format in small groups and answering any questions that they might have. Even if they have already started or completed their bibliographies this will be a good time for me to check them. This is a checklist that I will be going over in class with the students of things to strive for when presenting.  You should use this at home as well while your child is practicing.  They do not have to do all of the items on the list, but the list provides some good areas of focus as the presentations are being prepared.

I will give the students time in class to work on their math or other homework whenever time allows to give added time for oral biography work this week and next.

Spelling/LA words for Unit 19 were sent home last Friday. The test will be this Thursday since we do not have school on Friday. The students have been working hard on their mini bio posters in class. They will get a chance to practice presenting in the style of the big biography project when they share their posters in the “voice” of the person they wrote their report on.

Math: The students have been working hard to master the long division algorithm.  We will continue to build this skill along with problem solving.  Interpreting remainders and zeros in quotients will be a focus with our problem solving this week

Social Studies: We are delving into our Unit on the Oregon Trail.  Next week the students will begin a Oregon Trail simulation activity that is both an excellent learning tool and a fun way to learn about life on the trail.

Science: This week we will be finishing our unit on minerals, rocks, and soil by looking at weathering and erosion. The students will be able to define both weathering and erosion and give examples of each.

Have a wonderful week and Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday!

 

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