Newsletter September 9th

Dear 4B Families,

What an excellent first week of school with my wonderful new 4thgrade students!  It’s obvious that this will be an amazing year—with such a bright, kind, creative, and fun group of students. I so enjoyed speaking with you on Parent’s Night.  Remember, if you have questions, suggestions, concerns, please contact me!  We are partners in your child’s learning.

Next Tuesday, September 17th is individual class picture day. Flyers to order pictures were sent home last Friday. You can send the form back to school or use this link (on HRS Website) to order online with our school ID# LS119030Q0. Students may wear free dress on picture day.

The Magazine Drive officially kicked off with the opening assembly last Friday.This year’s theme is “TREAT YOURSELF”. The annual Magazine Drive is one of Holy Rosary School’s largest fundraisers.  Approximately $120,000 is raised! Cash donations, in lieu of magazine orders, are welcome! A $25.00 donation = 1 magazine order.  Thank you so much for your support of this important fundraiser! Check the eFC on the Holy Rosary page for more information.

Thank you to those who have sent their email addresses for our 4B email list.  If you haven’t yet, please send an email to with the subject “4B email list.” Also, If you have not yet returned your pink student profile or iPad user agreement, please do so by the end of the week.  Thank you!

As we move into our second week of school, we will continue to practice the routines and expectations of our school and 4th grade.  The time we spend on these procedures will help to set the stage for a successful year. Our regular curriculum schedule will also start to move into place.

Spelling:  Each student was given the spelling words last Friday. This week’s list includes number words. This list will support our upcoming math lessons as well. We will also be using a site called Spelling City this year. The site has many activities that will help the students review and practice their weekly lists.  By the end of the week, students will have their login information taped to the inside back cover of their planners. Spelling homework will occasionally be assigned from this site, but we will mostly use it at school.  You can always use the site for extra practice however.

Reading: Last week Ms. Corrigan began administering an oral reading assessment to the students, which will be completed this week. We will begin our regular reading routine this week as well.  We will start with a wonderful tall tale in our anthology called “Stormalong”.  We will focus on understanding characters and the figurative language concepts of hyperbole, simile and metaphor.

Language Arts: We will continue to present our introductory Venn Diagrams, a getting to know you activity this week.  Along with our spelling and vocabulary work, we will be reviewing cursive letters and paper headings.

Math: Our lessons this week will focus on place value and comparing/ordering numbers. The students will learn to read and write numbers correctly through the millions. Look for math homework each night this week. Thank you for going over your child’s homework with them to check for accuracy.

Religion: In religion this week we will focus on our Steps to Respect lessons and social skills.  When we practice SAFE, RESPECTFUL & RESPONSIBLE behavior, unkind/bullying behaviors are less likely to happen. Our lessons this week will help reinforce these behaviors by connecting words and actions to class rules and expectations for social and learning behavior. We will also be doing some introductory activities on the parts of the Bible, how to look up verses, as well as learn a  bit about the history of the bible. Lastly, the students will be making personalized bookmarks for their Bibles. During this Wednesday’s Mass Fr. Oakland will bless the 4thgrade Bibles.

Social Studies/Science: Ms. Simpson and I will be introducing ourselves to each of the classes to go over some of our science and social studies curriculum, goals,  and procedures.

Be sure to ask your child about the successful habits they learn about this week. We will focus on:

  • Always writing your first and last name and the date on all work
  • Reading (and rereading!) all directions
  • Perseverance, tenacity, persistence
  • Use the skills I already know
  • Integrity
  • Reverence (We use this one for mass!)

If you’re interested in more about habits, check out this link to see what inspired me to start teaching successful habits in the classroom!

Headphones: Students should bring their own pair of headphones or earbuds to school before this Friday, September 13th. Students will keep them in their desks for the year, and they are used daily in the classroom.

I wanted to remind you about the Every Kid in a Park program.Thanks to this program, every 4th grader and their family can receive a FREE annual pass to the National Parks.This offer is good for every child entering the fourth grade.

Have a great week!

Ms. Benson

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