Newsletter May 20

Dear 4B Families,

The bake sale was a great success and great fun! Thank you all for your support—the delicious baked goods—and help before, during and after the sale. This year’s bake sale was very successful, raising over $1,000 for the Holy Rosary Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

ZZ5118A314Field day at Hiawatha is this Friday. Students should dress for a day of activity and wear appropriate athletic shoes. The snack that day will be goldfish crackers. Students should also bring water bottles. We will pray for sun! Remember, this is also a half-day. 4B is wearing green and blue as their main colors for the day.

If you have not turned in your permission slip for field day (goldenrod)  please do so by this Tuesday. Please let me know if you will not be here on Friday as well. Thank you.



The Book Fair is open though this Wednesday.  Get your books for summer reading!

ZZ0B651878On Monday (20th) the 4thgrade students will be given a private band recruitment concert by the Holy Rosary Band students and Francis McKamey. Francis will give the students a preview of the types of instruments that are available to the students so they can start thinking about band for 5thgrade.  In September they will have another informational day and will receive sign up information for joining band as a 5th grader.

Flat Stanley Journals are due this Wednesday the 22nd:

Be sure the students read each journal entry aloud before turning them in.  Each entry should have pictures (they can also be drawn), and figurative language.

Spelling: The spelling test for Lesson 23 will take place this Thursday.

Reading: Our whole class novel study of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is nearing the end. We are enjoying this fun mystery/adventure as well as building our reading and vocabulary skills.

Mystery Books: The students should be done, or nearly done reading their mystery books at this point. Students will be sharing their books June 3-5. Next week, on Wednesday, May 29th, all students should bring their mystery books to school.  They will need them for an in class activity we will be completing.  I will remind you again in next week’s newsletter.

Social Studies: The students are learning about the early history of Washington State.  Our focus this week will be on Mother Joseph and early settlements in Washington State.   As we wrap up the year the students will be focusing on Seattle, and the arrival of the Denny Party at Alki Point. We will also learn about the days of downtown Seattle—which will lead us to the reason we have an underground tour! The Great Seattle Fire and the Klondike Gold Rush will be included in this early history our city. Seattle has a very interesting early history that is always a crowd pleaser! On Tuesday the students will bring home a hard copy of a map study sheet for the Washington State Mountain and River test. Online practice for this test can be accessed here

Science: This week the students will perform a controlled experiment to determine how well different materials perform as thermal insulators. We will also explore how changing the configuration of the materials (by shredding them) affects its performance as a thermal insulator. This lab’s findings lead into discussions that might influence their solar oven designs.

Math: We will be taking the math portion of the MAP test this Monday and Tuesday.  Our class lessons will continue to focus on fractions and decimals, with some review work peppered in as well.

Religion: This Tuesday Fr. Oakland will be visiting the class. We are finishing up our Beatitude booklets. Students should be practicing the Memorare everyday. They need to have it memorized by the first week in June.

This Thursday we will get to visit the 6th Grade Wax Museum, which is always a fun and educational event.



Important Upcoming Dates:

ZZ4B238AEEMay 20th: Band recruitment concert for 4th graders 10:30-11:00

May 20th and 21st: MAP Math Test

May 22nd: Book Fair Ends

May 23rd: Spelling test for Lesson 23 and 6thGrade Wax Museum

May 25th: Field Day and noon dismissal. Wear green and/or blue

May 27thMemorial Day—no school

May 29th: Bring mystery books to school for an activity

May 31st: Final spelling test and Magazine Drive popsicle party

June 3rd: Mystery Book Reports due.

June 6th: Washington River and Mountain test and 8th Grade Graduation

June 11th: Kindergarten Graduation.  Begin classroom cleaning.  Desks cleaned out.  Bring in bags and rags!

June 12th:  Underground Tour and Alki Beach

June 13th: Half day. Finish cleaning, final lessons. Free dress

June 14th: Final Day! Mass and dismissal. Dress nicely.

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