Newsletter Week of December 15th

Dear 4B Families,

Happy third week of Advent. I hope you all had a festive weekend. Thank you for your generosity with our St. Vincent DePaul food drive. Your donations and the kids’ encouraging messages are making a huge impact in our community.

This week is spirit week!

Monday: Christmas hats, hats, Christmas headbands, etc.
Tuesday:  PJ day — There is also a school-wide read-in in the afternoon from 2:15-3:00. Get out your cocoa and marshmallows!
Wednesday:  Perfect Uniform (Mass Day)
Thursday:  Winter Wonderland- gloves, snow hats, dress for snow!
Friday: Christmas Colors/Ugly Sweaters

Report Cards: Trimester 1 report cards were emailed directly from ALMA on Friday, December 11th. If you did NOT receive an email, please let me know as soon as possible.

MAP Test Scores: Scores were sent home with the last pickup. Please make sure you take the paper out of your child’s folder and review it. Let us know if you have any questions.

Language Arts: This week, we will be doing some fun Christmas related art projects. The students will be completing their reindeer writing, including some art to go with it. We will be having the students carefully attach their final drafts and art together. Be sure your child shares his/her story with the family. We will be asking that the complete reindeer projects to be returned with the next turn-in on January 8th.

Math: We will be practicing hard this week in order to show off our multi-digit multiplication skills on the Chapter 4 Test on Thursday. Please continue to work on multiplication facts 0-12 with your child. They should know all facts quickly. This will make the new skills so much easier for students. Thank you for your support!

Christmas vacation: Of course the majority of Christmas break should be all about family, fun, relaxing and playing—but hopefully a bit of time will also be set aside for some educational pursuits!

Regular reading is highly encouraged! All students received  2 or 3 books to enjoy during the Christmas break. We are expecting students to read at least one novel over the break (a book from the bag or any other book of their choice that they haven’t already read). Curling up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate is a special treat.

This is also a great time to put some added effort into mastering multiplication and division facts if not already completed. It is so important that the facts are mastered.  All students should take some time to review so they return with sharp skills! Thank you.  The 4B website has many great sites to explore that review and build skills in all subject areas. The students enjoy Free Rice—a site where they can practice vocabulary and math as well as help feed the hungry! The sites on the webpage are in subject area categories.

Social Studies:  I have decided to hold off on the NE/SE/Midwest Combo test until after the break to give us a little more time for some fun Christmas activities this week.  The new test date will be January 12th.

 

I want to wish you all a Christmas filled with joy and peace, 

and a very Happy New Year in 2021. 

Thank you all for sharing the gift of your children with me, 

and for your support, generosity and kindness.

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