October 23-26

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

It’s hard to believe that this is our last week of the 1st quarter. Time has flown by! These kids have already grown so much this year, and I look forward to seeing their continued growth academically, socially, and spiritually. Please remember that the students will not have school on Friday – they get to have a nice, long weekend after working so hard for these past two months!

In Class This Week

Grammar: The students have done an outstanding job learning about direct objects and identifying them in sentences. We will move on to compound sentences and run-ons this week. There will be a quiz on compound sentences and run-ons on Thursday.

Spelling: We will focus on words with the long i sound this week. This will be our last week with 12 words; we will begin to have 14 words each week during Quarter 2. We will do some activities in class to prepare for the test, which will be on Thursday this week. The list of words can be found here.

Reading: We have finished our novel, The One and Only Ivan. Be sure to ask your student to tell you all about it! We will work on several activities this week to wrap up the book, including identifying the theme, plot, and discussion of if this book deserves a Newbery Award. We will also compare the book to the real story of Ivan, which was the inspiration for this novel.

Religion: We will finish up our special project this week and share them with one another. We will then learn more about the Kingdom of God and how we learn more about this through reading the Bible.

Science: We have wrapped up our unit on magnets with a very fun stations lab. There will be a test on Wednesday. We will review for this in class on Monday and Tuesday with a study guide. Also, the PowerPoint and video below will be very helpful for studying.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: Students will continue to write a personal narrative on a time that God was present in his or her life. We will go through the entire writing process with this assignment, focusing on each step.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will finish our personal narrative writing with a formal final draft. We will then discuss a different type of writing: the How-To Article. Students will brainstorm ideas for writing his or her own How-To Article that will be shared with classmates.

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, October 23 – 2pm Dismissal

Thursday, October 26 – PTO Halloween Party 5:30pm-7:30pm in Neglia Hall

Friday, October 27 – No School for Students/ Enrichment Day

Friday, November 3 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Magnetism PowerPoint

October 16-20

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

The Living Rosary was really special today, and the fourth graders did an outstanding job with it. It truly was a special way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. I hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue our unit on nouns; we will be learning about direct objects and subject complements. These are new ideas, so we will spend all week practicing them. Also, we are working on personal narrative writing – the students are telling about a special day with someone.   

Vocabulary:  As we start to finish up our first quarter novel, our last twelve vocabulary words will come from our final pages. There will be a test on Friday; we will have many practice activities in class to familiarize ourselves with these terms. The words can be found here.

Image result for one and only ivanReading: We are nearing the end of our novel, The One and Only Ivan. As always, we will spend Tuesday reading in pairs and Thursday reading it as a class. Comprehension questions are answered as students read; all of these are pulled directly from the reading. We will also spend a good bit of time focusing on character traits this week. Students will complete a sheet identifying all of the character traits seen in one character from our novel. There will be a quiz on Wednesday on pages 157-255. Students should study their questions on the three comprehension sheets to prepare.

Religion: We will focus on the liturgical calendar this week. We will also work on a special project for our loved ones.

Image result for earth as magnetScience: We will continue to learn about magnets, with particular focus on magnetic fields and the Earth as a magnet. We will have a lab with different stations for students to explore magnets a bit more.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: There will be a test on Wednesday on Unit 1 (Nouns). We will spend Monday and Tuesday in class preparing, but students should also review at home. After our test, we will begin a writing unit on personal narratives.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will spend the week working on writing personal narratives. Students will be asked to expand upon a prompt they have worked on this week, in which each child will discuss a time that God was present in his or her life.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, October 18 – Picture Day

Wednesday, October 18 – Mass (Dress Uniform)

Monday, October 23 – 2pm Dismissal

Friday, October 27 – End of Quarter 1

October 10-13

A Note From Mrs. Roy

We had a wonderful Grandparents’ Day and are grateful for all of the grandparents, parents, and special friends who joined us. Porkchop Productions was absolutely fabulous, and everyone loved the play (and laughed a lot, too!). Remember, we don’t have school on Monday because of Columbus Day. I hope that y’all have a great, long weekend!

In Class This Week

Grammar: We been focusing on subject and predicates for the past few weeks. There will be a quiz on Thursday on the following topics: simple subjects and predicates, complete subjects and predicates, and compound subjects and predicates (lessons 1.4 through 1.7). We will review together in class on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Spelling: Our twelve words this week focus on words with the long e sound. There will be a test on Friday, and we will do activities to prepare for this in class. The list can be found here.

Image result for the one and only ivanReading: We are more than halfway through our novel, The One and Only Ivan. As always, we will spend Tuesday reading in pairs and Friday reading it as a class. Comprehension questions are answered as students read; all of these are pulled directly from the reading. We will also spend a good bit of time focusing on Point of View this week. We will practice reading passages from various points of view, and we will then discuss what point of view The One and Only Ivan is told in and why this is unique.

Image result for rosaryReligion: As we prepare for our living rosary on Friday, we will continue to learn more about the power of the rosary. We will also learn more about various saints as we get closer to All Saints Day.

Science: We will continue to learn about magnets, with particular focus on magnetic fields. We will spend some time “playing” with magnets and getting a better understanding of the interactions between magnets.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will start to wrap up our unit on nouns with nouns in direct address and nouns that can also be used as adjectives or verbs. We will end the week practicing diagramming.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We have finished our first unit on sentences. There will be a test on Thursday (chapter 6 from our Voyages textbook). We will spend class on Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing for our test, and there will be a study guide for students to complete in preparation for the test.

 Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, October 9 – No School (Columbus Day)

Wednesday, October 11 – Blessing of the Animals 2:30pm on the soccer field

Friday, October 13 – Living Rosary 9:30am-10:15am on the soccer field

October 2-6

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through our first quarter! Progress reports will go out in the Tuesday folders this week; please review each grade with them. These should be returned to me during the week. We will have many more grades in the coming weeks. Also, we have a busy week ahead of us. The Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the library all week long, and Grandparents Day will take place on Friday.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

In Class This Week

Grammar: After spending a good bit of time on subjects and predicates, we will dive a bit deeper into them this week. We will be studying compound subjects and compound predicates. We will also start diagramming simple sentences this week, which will be a new skill for them. 

Vocabulary: Our twelve words this week are pulled from pages we will be reading in our novel, The One and Only Ivan. There will be a test on Friday, and we will do activities to prepare for this in class. The list can be found here. 

Reading: We are really getting into The One and Only Ivan, and we are loving it! We will spend a day reading as a large group and another day reading in groups of three. Comprehension questions are answered as students read; they will now be graded. Our skill this week will be comparing and contrasting, along with problem and solution charts. There will be a reading quiz this week on pages 38-125. Students should use our three sheets with comprehension questions to study – questions will be pulled directly from these.
Image result for god's creation clip artReligion:
We will learn about psalms this week, and we will focus on Psalm 65, which celebrates God’s creation. We will also focus on God’s gifts to us.


Science:
We have started our unit on magnetism. On Tuesday, there will be a quiz on five vocabulary terms for the unit. These terms are in their Science notebooks, but can also be found here. We will spend the week learning about the basics of magnets and magnetic fields.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will continue to focus on the different uses of nouns in sentences. There will be a quiz on Thursday on lessons 1.6 through 1.8. We will spend the majority of the week reviewing for the quiz, because this can be a bit confusing. We will end the week looking at nouns in direct address.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: Our quiz on prepositions (lessons 6.6 through 6.8) has been pushed to Monday. This will include how to diagram sentences with prepositions in them. We will spend the rest of the week studying adverb phrases and complex sentences.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, October 4 – Mass (dress uniform)

Friday, October 6 – Grandparents’ Day 7:30am-11:30am

Friday, October 6 – Porkchop Productions 10am in Neglia Hall

Monday, October 9 – No School (Columbus Day)

Wednesday, October 11 – Blessing of the Animals 2:30pm on the soccer field

Friday, October 13 – Living Rosary 9:30am-10:15am on the soccer field

September 25-29

Image result for fall clip artA Note From Mrs. Roy

The fourth graders have been working hard on some beautiful projects with our “Guardian Grans.” Make sure they show you what they make each Thursday. We love our time with them, and it’s fun to see these kids working on crafts that they can keep!

It’s officially Fall! Let’s hope that we feel some nice, cool weather soon!

In Class This Week

Grammar: We continue to focus on subjects and predicates, which are necessary in each sentence. We will look at these in the simple form and in the compound form. We will also start diagramming sentences; this will be simple diagramming (just the subject and predicate). This will introduce an entire new way for the kids to view sentences!

 Spelling: Our twelve words this week will focus on words with the long a sound, specifically those spelled with a, ai, ay, eigh, and ei. You can find the list here. The test will be on Friday, and we will do some practice activities throughout the week in class.

Image result for the one and only ivanReading: We will continue reading The One and Only Ivan. We will do so as a large group, in partners, or in groups of three. Comprehension questions are answered as students read. Our focus this week will be on the characters in the novel and how readers describe characters. There will be a quiz on Tuesday on what we’ve read in pages 1-37. Students should study their sheets with comprehension questions to prepare for this quiz.

Religion: We are wrapping up our unit on Catholic Social Teachings with our artwork – they look wonderful. The kids have done a great job showing the meaning of each principle through pictures. As we finish this, we will begin working through our textbook. We will start with God’s Creation of the World.

Image result for magnet clip artScience: We will begin our next unit on Electricity. We will start with magnetism. This week will be an introduction to magnets, including vocabulary and basic information.

 

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will start diagramming sentences this week, looking at subject complements within a sentence. We will also study nouns as direct objects and nouns as indirect objects. Students will have a quiz on Friday on nouns as subject complements, nouns as direct objects, and nouns as indirect objects.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will continue to focus on prepositions this week, specifically prepositional phrases, using them correctly, and prepositions and adverbs. Students will have a quiz on Friday on these topics.

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, September 25 – 2pm Dismissal

Wednesday, September 27 – School Mass (Dress Uniform)

Wednesday, October 4 – Blessing of the Animals 2:30pm on the soccer field

Friday, October 6 – Grandparents’ Day 7:30am-11:30am

September 18-22

A Note From Mrs. Roy

As we start to finish up the first unit for some of our courses, you will notice that we will have a few more quizzes and tests. Please help your fourth grader prepare for these…it is best to study a little bit each night for the days leading up to the assessment.

There is a PTO meeting on Thursday night in Neglia Hall. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm, and the meeting will begin at 6:00pm. Please attend if you can – we would love to see the parents there, and students will be given a dress down day if a parent can attend. Hope to see you there!

Let’s continue to pray for those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will take a bit more time identifying complete subjects and complete predicates, because it has proven to be challenging for the students. Once this is mastered, we will move on to simple subjects and predicates and compound subjects and predicates. Just a heads up – there will be a quiz at the beginning of the following week on types of sentences, along with subjects and predicates.

Vocabulary: Our twelve words this week will come from our novel, The One and Only Ivan. We will do some practice work with these terms throughout the week in class, but please have your child study them at home throughout the week. The test will be on Friday. You can find the words here.    

Reading: We have started The One and Only Ivan and will continue to read it together, in pairs, or in small groups. Comprehension questions are answered as students read. We have practiced these together as a group in class, and soon students will be responsible for answering them independently. Our focus this week will be identifying the setting of a story, particularly in our novel (I pushed this back since we missed a day due to weather).

Religion: We have learned about the seven principles of the Catholic Social Teaching, so we will now show what we’ve learned through artwork. Each student will draw a picture or symbol to represent each principle. There will be a quiz on these seven principles on Thursday.

Science: We have finished up our Scientific Method material with a fun lab. Students will have a test on the Scientific Method on Wednesday. I will review with them in class, and we will complete a study guide on Monday. This study guide will be the best tool to use when preparing for the test. There is also a video below that may help students review the steps of the Scientific Method.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will begin the second half of our unit on nouns. This week, we will look at nouns as subjects, nouns as direct objects, and nouns as indirect objects. These are new topics, so we will do a good bit of practice with these.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will focus on prepositions this week, specifically prepositional phrases, using them correctly, and prepositions and adverbs.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, September 20 – School Mass (Dress Uniform)

Thursday, September 21 – PTO Meeting at 5:30pm in Neglia Hall

Monday, September 25 – 2pm Dismissal

September 11-15

A Note From Mrs. Roy

The fourth graders did a beautiful job with their MAP testing this past week. It was a long day of testing, and each one of them really took the time to do his or her best. I’m very proud of them for their hard work. These results will help me to become a better teacher and meet each of their needs this year.

Image result for prayer handsLet’s please remember to pray for those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue to study sentences. Our focus will be on identifying subjects and predicates in every type of sentence.

Spelling: We will be looking at words spelled with ch, th, tch, and wh. We will be doing some practice activities in class, but please make sure your students also study at home. There will be a test on Friday. The words can be found here 

Reading: We will begin The One and Only Ivan this week! I think the students will really like this book. We are going to read it together in class and work on comprehension questions after we read. Our focus this week will be identifying the setting of a story, particularly in our novel.

Religion: We will continue to look at the Catholic Social Teaching principles. We will also look at what we can do as Catholic students to live these principles in our daily lives. We will end the week with graded work showing these principles through artwork. Our virtue of the week is kindness.

Image result for scientific methodScience: We will finish up our unit on the Scientific Method and begin to review for our test, which will be on Tuesday, September 19th. We will also have a graded lab on Thursday – we will finally put the scientific method into action!

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: Our unit on nouns continues as we focus on possessive nouns and collective nouns. There will be a quiz on Friday. Students should study Lessons 1.1-1.5 from their textbooks, along with notes from their Grammar notebook. We will do activities from the workbook to help them prepare for this quiz.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: Our unit on sentences continues as we review simple and compound sentences. We will get some new material about natural and inverted order. There will be a quiz on Friday. Students should study Lessons 6.1-16.5 from their textbooks, along with notes from their Grammar notebook. We will do activities from the workbook to help them prepare for this quiz.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, September 13 – School Mass (Dress Uniform)

Thursday, September 21 – PTO Meeting at 5:30pm in Neglia Hall

September 5-8

A Note from Mrs. Roy

Welcome to September! We are officially done with the first two weeks of school, and the students are adjusting beautifully. We will continue to work on organization, with specific focus on transitioning between classes and using our assignment pads effectively. I will continue to initial the bottom of each child’s planner to let parents know that all of the correct homework is written down. We will also continue to pack our bags together at the end of the day so that the necessary books get home. Please continue to help your child as he or she improves with organization and the transition to fourth grade. As always, please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help support you and your fourth grader.

In Class This Week

Grammar/ Writing: We will continue to work on the basics of the sentence. We will spend this week going over the various types of sentences (imperative, declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative). Students will have a great deal of practice on the types of sentences.

Vocabulary: Our words this week are pulled from our current Science unit and our current Religion studies. There are some tough words, so I suggest having your child start learning these this weekend. The vocabulary test will be on Friday. The list of words and definitions can be found here – Vocabulary Words Unit 1

Reading: I will introduce the class to what a reading and writing workshop is at the beginning of the week. Then, we will start our first quarter novel, The One and Only Ivan. This book will be read together in class, so that we can spend a good amount of time discussing various elements of the book and checking for comprehension. I think the students will greatly enjoy this book.

Religion: We will continue our study of the Catholic Social Teachings. We will spend a day on each of the seven standards, so that students can really grasp why this is essential to our faith during modern times.

Science: This week, we will continue to learn about the scientific method. More specifically, we will gain understanding of the different types of variables that are used in Science experiments, along with the difference between observations and inferences. By the end of the week, students will have a full understanding of the scientific method that they can implement into our first lab.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will begin our first unit this week – nouns. This week will mostly be review from last year; we will focus on types of nouns, along with singular and plural nouns.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will start our first unit on nouns. Most of this information will be familiar from previous years, particularly as we review singular and plural nouns. However, we will end the week with some new information and exercises about concrete and abstract nouns.

Important Dates and Reminders:

September 4 – Labor Day (No School)

September 6 – School Mass (Mass uniform required)

August 28-September 1

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

Welcome to 4th grade! We have had a great start to the school year, and I’m enjoying having your children in my class. I will be posting my newsletter here each week by Monday morning. My newsletter will give you information about what we will learn each week, along with important dates concerning tests and quizzes. Please also remember to check Ms. Gurn’s newsletter for Social Studies information and Ms. Geene’s newsletter for updates on Math. I’m looking forward to a great year, and please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions.

In Class This Week

Grammar/ Writing: We will begin Grammar with the basics – the sentence. We will focus on elements of a sentence, what makes a strong sentence, and different types of sentences. We will then practice writing strong sentences with thoughtful word choices. This is an important step to master before moving on to the paragraph.   

Spelling: Our first 12 spelling words will focus on double consonant sounds. We will practice these in class throughout the week, but students should also review these each night. The spelling test will take place in class on Friday. Please find the spelling list here.

Image result for the one and only ivanReading: Our week will be spent reviewing the summer reading novel, The Cricket in Times Square. After students present their projects, we will begin to analyze various elements of the book (setting, characters, point of view, etc.) We will also review what makes up a story and practice using the correct terminology when discussing stories. When we return from Labor Day, we will start our Quarter 1 novel. Please buy or borrow The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (a picture of the cover is to the left). Students should have this ready to read on Tuesday, September 5.

Religion: We will begin the year going over the Catholic Social Teachings. These are standards given by the Church used to emphasize the importance of justice and respect for all humans. These standards will be incorporated into all of our studies this year, so it will be important for the students to have a good understanding of them.

Science: This week, we will start our Science curriculum with learning about the scientific method, along with safety rules during labs. We will also practice the different steps of a Science experiment with our first lab…involving Oreos!

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will review the basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns. We will also review what makes a strong sentence and practice writing a variety of sentences.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will review the basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns. We will also identify these parts of speech in a sentence. Lastly, we will look at the proper format for various sentences and for writing a paragraph.

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30pm – Back to School Night (begins in Neglia Hall, followed by 4th grade classroom)

Wednesday, August 30 – Mass (dress uniform required)

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day (No School)

*Please have students purchase a folder and a composition notebook for Spanish.

Summer Reading

Fourth Grade Reading List 2017-2018

The Cricket in Times Square.  The author is George Selden.

This Newbery Award winning novel will introduce you to Tucker mouse, Harry the cat, and Chester Cricket.  We will reread and study this book in September, so please have your own copy and take very good care of it.  However, during the summer you will:

  1. Read the book
  2. Do some research on crickets and create a little booklet with the below topics  included:
  3. a) write one page of your booklet about the habitat of a cricket
  4. b) another page will be about what your cricket eats and other habits that it may  have
  5. c) you will include a page on how other cultures regard crickets (especially the Chinese culture)
  6. Your booklet will look like a book, with an illustrated cover.  That page will  contain your name.  It should be done in cursive, and please take extra care in     the appearance of your booklet.

 

In addition to the required reading, if you become enamored with this book’s sweet cast of characters, may I suggest some additional summer choices:

  1. Tucker’s Countryside
  2. Chester Cricket’s New Home
  3. Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride

All of the above novels are by the author George Selden.

Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to do the Grade 4 Summer Bridge Activities.  Each section of this workbook covers a wide variety of subjects like math, grammar, science, and geography.  Like the assigned reading, this book is designed to reinforce those basic skills learned during the school year.

Supply List for Fourth Grade

  1. Two composition books; not spiral-bound.
  2. Four pocket folders, no brads.
  3. Crayons.
  4. Two soft pencil pouches.
  5. One “travel bag”, your student will need a tote bag to carry books       and supplies to their classes.
  6. One blue pen and one red pen; no black pens.
  7. Two highlighters; one green and one yellow.
  8. Two boxes of tissues; should not contain lotion.
  9. One container of Clorox wipes.
  10. One pink eraser
  11. Fiskars scizzors and Elmer’s glue.

Students will need the following for Math Class:

  1. One folder
  2. A composition book
  3. No. 2 pencils
  4. A ruler
  5. A protractor

Students will need a composition book and a folder with pockets for Social Studies.  Please have your child’s supplies out of their packaging and ready to go our first day of school.