Newsletter May 1

Dear 4B Families,

May is here!—and it will be a busy and exciting month in 4th grade.

A Big THANK YOU! to all who sent in Lunches of Love. Unknown Our students are truly living out the call of stewardship.

There is mass this Tuesday, May 2, for May Crowning. Please have your child bring in a flower that morning to fill our 4B vase for Mary. Our class representative, Ollie Ricard, will carry our vase in a procession during mass and present it to the statue of Our Lady. Perfect uniform is required for all students.

I enjoyed reading the Flat Stanley journals that came in last week for Unknown-5a pre-check. It was exciting to see the creativity, quality word choice and paragraph structure that the students are using. I reminded the students last week that these journals should show their very best writing—quality and effort. A rough draft should be written for every entry.


  • All entries need to have a clear topic sentence and a minimum of three to five supporting details (sentences) as well as a strong conclusion.
  • Every entry needs to use figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, etc.)
  • Spelling and punctuation should be accurate.
  • Titles should be capitalized on both the entry page and the table of contents.
  • Every entry needs a picture. If you do not have a picture with the Flat Person that is ok. You can include ticket stubs, drawings, brochures, or just a picture of the place or theme you can get online.

UnknownRemember, our 4th Grade Bake Sale takes place on Wednesday, May 17th. Our bake sale cannot take place without our wonderful parent volunteers to assist with set-up, monitoring/helping students with service and sales, and clean up. Volunteers are needed between 10:00-1:00. Please email me if you are able to assist. Thank you!

Look for permission slips for our final field trip of the year to the Underground Tour and Alki Beach in your child’s filer. Please return the permission slips by Friday. Thank you!

Spelling words for Unit 26 were sent out last Friday. The test will be this Friday as usual.

Mystery Book: Students will select a mystery book at library on Wednesday, andUnknown-5 I will approve them by Thursday. I would like students to bring their mystery book to and from school so that they can do some reading at school. We will also be doing some class activities related to the mystery books in which they will need their books. Let’s plan to keep them in backpacks! Thank you. I will be going over directions for the mystery book reports this week.

Science: Last week we began our new unit on minerals, rocks, and soil. We looked at what a mineral is and different types of minerals. This week we will be performing an experiment growing our own crystals. Then we will look at the three different types of rocks and how they are formed.

Social StudiesWashington Mountain and River Test: The test will take place next Tuesday May 9th. All students have a study sheet with one blank side to help with review. There is also an online site to review for this test. There will be a word bank for the test.

Math: This week we will end the chapter with multiplication of fractions. Look for math homework most nights. We are planning on taking the chapter nine test on Thursday.

imagesReligion: We will be moving into units on Catholic Social Teaching and the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We will tie in studies with our Steps to Respect lessons as well as our upcoming bake sale. We have decided to direct our bake sale proceeds to Catholic Relief Services. We will direct our donation to those affected by the famine in East Africa. According to the UN, this may be the biggest humanitarian crisis facing the world since 1945.

I failed to pass out a whole pile of corrected work last week, so be sure to check your child’s filer for corrected work/tests in reading, math, religion, and spelling.

Have a great first week of May everyone!


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