Newsletter Week of December 7th

Dear 4B Families,

Happy second week of Advent. I hope you all had a nice weekend. Report cards and MAP scores will be emailed this Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions about them. Thank you! It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

This week, mass will be on Tuesday Morning to celebrate the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. There is no school mass on Wednesday.

Music: Parents we need your help!!! Your child has chosen their part to record for the song, “Jingle Bells”.  If you want them to be part of the final video – you will need to assist in helping them make a recording.  Please send the video to Ms. Mudge via her email:

In the “subject” area – please label with your child’s name and Grade (4A or 4B).  In the body of the email, please state what they have recorded:

Singing: JUST one of the verses (“Dashing through…”, “A day or two…”, or “Now the ground…”) no background music – they should sing it like they hear it in their head!

Recorder: the “refrain” (“Oh Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…”)

Bells: shake jingle bells for 16 beats (student should not count out loud)

All students should be wearing a Christmas or holiday-themed hat and scarf (scarf optional) for the video. Lyric sheet and recorder music is in Lesson dated “11 – 20 Jingle Bells”. The videos are due by FRIDAY DECEMBER 11th. They can certainly be sent in early! Thank you so much for your help – Happy Advent! and Merry Christmas! Ms. Mudge

Service: As you know, the 4th grade students are collecting for St. Vincent DePaul. The following are some of the most needed items currently:

  • Hearty Soups/Chili
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Stovetop Dressing
  • Peanut butter (16oz)
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fruit
  • Cereal, Crackers

All donations should be brought to school during the next pickup days (December 11/12). We will have a box available in which items will be placed. Please consider helping your child “earn” their donation. They could do some chores around the house, rake leaves for a neighbor, or anything at all! In addition, the students wrote notes of encouragement during class that they can tape onto the items. Please make sure that your child’s name is NOT on the note. Thank you all for your generous donations.

Materials Pick-Up Days: This week is the next pick-up for student materials. Each 4th grade student will receive materials labeled for each subject area and other miscellaneous items. The pick-up days are Friday, December 11th, 12:00-4:00 and Saturday, December 12th, 9:00-12:00. Prior to pick-up day, please help your child organize their filer and materials. This includes removing completed papers that have been submitted and neatly putting them in the red “Completed Work” folder. We will also have time during class to organize. After receiving materials, please assist your child with carefully filing packets and organizing the new materials. Students should not take apart the papers yet. We will do that together in class.

Please drop off your child’s…

1. Decorated and Cut-out Candle

2. Items for the St. Vincent DePaul Drive

3. Do Now Packet (#28 -#41)

Thank you for your support!

Reading: We are getting ready to wrap up our in-depth study of Charlotte’s Web. Students should study the vocabulary words from their vocabulary books to get ready for the test next week. Students will also be assessed on their comprehension skills in the form of a multiple choice/written response test and quote test.

At home, it is extremely important that students read every day. This will help their reading growth as well as develop a joy for reading. Thank you for your support in this area!

Language Arts: The students are busy working on their Reindeer stories this week!  They are crafting quality paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details and wrap up sentences.

Spelling: There is no spelling test this week, but students are encouraged to learn to spell the Corporal Works of Mercy correctly for extra credit.

Math: We are wrapping up chapter 4 this week with a test on Friday. Students are working on communicating different strategies to solve multiplication problems. Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home with XtraMath or any other method that works for you! Also, please continue to check over your child’s math work (occasionally) reinforce the habit of striving for accuracy. Thank you!

Social Studies: The Midwest State test will take place this Tuesday, December 8th. Students need to know both the locations and abbreviations.  There will be one more map test before Christmas, it will be a combination of the NE/SE/Midwest States(all of the states we have covered so far this year).  This test will take place on Tuesday, December 15th. Students should review nightly so they are prepared for this test. Thank you for your support.

ReligionOur religion lessons are focusing on the Season of Advent and the Corporal Works of Mercy. The students will be tested on memorization the the seven Corporal Works of Mercy this Thursday, December 10th.   You can find information about the Corporal Works of Mercy here. There is not a spelling test next week, but students can get extra credit if they spell the Works of Mercy all correctly.

Science: Students will start working on their podcast/video projects this week! Together, we will take notes to prepare for the project. Then, students will work in groups of 2 or 3 to create a Public Service Announcement that aims to prevent and identify concussions. I’m asking students to use their creativity and have fun with this project!



Have a fantastic week!

Ms. Benson

Leave a Reply