A Note from Mrs. Ronald
This week, as we celebrate the second week of Advent, we meditate on peace in our lives and how to bring it to the world. We will continue to focus on strengthening our relationship with God as we await the birth of his son Jesus. We have another busy week! On Monday, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we have Mass again on Wednesday, and don’t forget about the celebration for Our Lady of Guadalupe this Thursday! In addition to a busy religious week, we also have our trip to the Koger Center to see The Grinch.
On Monday, December 16, the students will prepare for and present their final for their Strength and Movement classes. They’ve been working hard! The presentation starts at 1pm in Neglia Hall.
This Week in Class
This week we will continue our study of the season of Advent. Students will attend Mass on Monday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and write responses about its significance in their religion journals. We will discuss traditions for preparing for the birth of Christ and the Saints celebrated during this holy time.
This week we will begin our study of the novel The Castle in the Attic. I have a class set of these books, so you do not need to buy your child a copy unless you would like to have one for use at home. We will begin our study by learning about the medieval time period in history. We will explore the different iterations of Medieval Castles and what they looked like in order to get a picture in our minds when we read about the castle in the story. Please take a look at the following links for extra information.
This week we will work to complete our final drafts of our Saint reports. I have been quite impressed with the research and in-depth information included by your children in their reports, and I am looking forward to reading the final copies of each. Students wll be working to type and format their final drafts this week. As always, peer editing and revision of our work will be critical. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.
This week in vocabulary, we will continue our work for Word Sort 5. We are using the prefixes pre-, fore, post-, after-, and re-. Students will concentrate on forming their vocabulary words properly using cursive and breaking the words up into its base word and prefix.
Word Sort 5 Vocabulary List
posttest, retaken, afternoon, prehistoric, reconsider, foreman, foretell, prefix, react, postdate, aftertaste, prewar, forefathers, reclaim, preposition, postwar, postseason, reruns, forethought, return, preseason, replay, foresight, afterthought, reappear
The definitions for this unit will be due on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Spelling Test will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Vocabulary test for this unit will be on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
This week in math we will complete Investigation #3 on arrays, area, and square roots. Students will be asked to find the area of different spaces using a preset tile. Following this, we will focus on Lessons 31-33 on solving word problems that use comparing, focus on multiplication fact for nines, tens, elevens, and twelves; and then we will focus on working with place values into the hundred thousands and hundred millions.
For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!
This week we will explore the early colonies in North America. This includes the “Lost” Colony at Roanoke, as well as, Jamestown, and Plymouth colonies.Students will explore the makeup of these colonies, how they were governed, and compare each colony to ones previously studied.
For more information about the Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies, please check out these websites!
This week we will continue our unit on magnets and magnetism. Students will learn about the different kinds of magnets and the significance of how they are used. There will be a quiz on Chapter 2: Types of Magnets, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
December 9, 2019 8:30am Mass 2pm dismissal
December 12, 2019 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Celebration
December 13, 2019 Field Trip to the Koger Center to see “The Grinch”
December 16, 2019 1pm Strength and Movement Presentation
December 19, 2019 7pm Music Program in the Basilica. Students must be in
Neglia Hall by 6:30pm.
December 20, 2019 11:30am Early dismissal (Begin Christmas Break)
January 6, 2019 School resumes after Christmas Break