Newsletter Week of March 1st

Dear 4B Families,

Happy first week of March!

LentGrade 4 Lenten Outreach Overview:

  • Collecting for Uganda. We’re asking students to each bring $10 during Lent to help boost our Uganda collection. We’ve reminded the students to come up ways to earn their $10 to donate to Uganda. Our overall school collection has been low due to remote learning, so this is a great opportunity! In addition, 4B has come up with a class goal of $300! Wow! As of this week, we have collected $166. I’m proud of the generous 4B students!
  • Rice Bowls

Thank you so much for your support!

Girls on the Run!: We have 3 spots left on our Girls on the Run team! Girls on the Run is a program just for girls that focuses on learning social skills, building self-confidence, and promoting healthy habits for mind and body. Ms. McNerney and Ms. Benson will coach this season, and we are going to pay special attention to the safety of all girls. The program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:30, and it will start on Tuesday, March 30th. If you’d like to register, you can do so here. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Benson at, watch our short video HERE, or visit the Girls on the Run website here. Finally, you can find more detailed information about our Holy Rosary site here. We can’t wait to see you at Girls on the Run!

Religion: We will be wrapping up our work on the Sacraments this week.  Corrected Sacrament tests from last week are in your child’s filer.  The students will be taking and “Open Note and Book” test on the Sacraments this week.  Lent remains the heart of all of our religion lessons. The students will be introduced to the Ten Commandments as our next religion unit begins. We will focus on how the Ten Commandments apply to our actions and choices today.

MathWe are about ready to wrap up the long division chapter. Students have been gaining confidence, and all of them have been working hard. Students will continue to have homework about 2x per week. The extra practice will help with understanding the concepts more fully, and it will prepare students for fifth grade and beyond, where homework will be a more regular occurrence. Please check in with your child and their homework each week. Thank you for your support!

Science: This week, we are continuing our discussion of rocks and volcanoes. We will think about the following question: Why do some volcanoes explode? We will be doing a class demonstration that illustrates the thickness of different types of lava. Normally, children would work in small groups with the materials, but due to our current situation, we will be doing a whole class demonstration. I’m encouraging all students to do this experiment at home. Please go to the science tab for the materials and instructions.

Social Studies: Look for corrected 50 State tests in your child’s filer. We will be wrapping up our work on Lewis and Clark this week. Next we move to a study of early settlers, starting with the Oregon Trail. Our next map focus will be on the major rivers of the United States.  The students will start some online review this week. Knowledge of the rivers will be important as we move forward in our studies of the Oregon Trail and Washington State History.

ReadingWe are continuing our study of Sacagawea’s journey this week. We will focus on picking out main ideas and details as we write journal entries from Sacagawea’s perspective. Students will get to be creative with drawings, symbols, captions, and more! We are also finishing up our fluency study of the Coach Brooks speech this week. Ask your child to recite the speech to you! You will be impressed!

Language Arts: The students will be starting a writing project in class called the “mini-bio.”  This is not the same person they will do for their big Oral Biography project, but along with the Miracle on Ice reading fluency assignment, will help them prepare for their oral biography presentations.

ZZ3B61627DOral Biography Projects:The students will bring home information on the Oral Biography Project this week, and the directions will posted in an Oral Biography tab on the website.  I will be going over the details of this project with the students on Monday, and we will be practicing strategies in class that will help them plan, work through and present this project.  All students need to have biography choice approved by me no later than next Wednesday, March 10th. Please refer to the information sheet when choosing a biography choice. It is good to have more than one choice, as we prefer to have no duplicates.  Presentations will be made between April 28th to May 6th. We have a good selection of books in our classrooms, and have pulled some books from the library for the students to select from as well.

Spelling: There is a spelling test this week. I passed out the new spelling lists to the students on Thursday and they should be in their filers.


Have a great week!

Ms. Benson

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