December 9-13, 2019

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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

Religion

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. 

Literature

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.

English

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.

Vocabulary

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.

Mathematics

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!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

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!

https://www.historyisfun.org/sites/discovering-jamestown/videos/index.html

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/thanksgiving-virtual-field-trip

Science

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. 

 Important Dates

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

December 2-6, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

Welcome back and happy Advent! During the days of advent, we focus on strengthening our relationship with God as we await the birth of his son Jesus. This is a busy week! On Tuesday, December 3, progress reports will go home in the blue Tuesday folder. Please review these with your child and discuss your goals for the future. Also, on Thursday of  this week, we have a field trip to Cardinal Newman to see Once Upon a Mattress.  The busses for this event may arrive as early as 10:30am, and will will not return to St. Peter’s until almost 3:00 pm. If your child usually gets a hot lunch on Thursday, please consider sending in a brown bag lunch to ensure being able to eat on time!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will begin our study of the season of Advent. Students will take an in depth look at the liturgical calendar and study the ways in which we may prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Included in our busy schedules should be some quiet contemplative time to prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus’s birth.

 Literature & English

This week we will try to complete the work drafting our research report. We will then focus on editing and revising our work to make it the best it can be. 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.

Vocabulary

This week in vocabulary, we will focus on the use and meaning of 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.

Mathematics

This week in math we will review for and take Power up and Cumulative Test #5. These will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The cumulative test will cover the second investigation and Lessons 21-25 in the Saxon math textbook. Please review the geometry terms, especially the types of lines with your child. The next test will cover these! We will then move on to investigation #3, which covers more multiplication and how to find the area of rectangles and squares. 

For extra practice with multiplication, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

This week we will delve into the explorations of Europeans in North America. We will discuss how to read and compare timelines as well as use some new vocabulary to learn about why these explorers came to the Americas and how they fared once they arrived. 

Science

This week we will begin our unit on magnets and magnetism! Students will learn about the different materials attracted to magnets as well as what materials make up magnets. Students will learn about the different kinds of magnets and the significance of how they are used. There will be a quiz on the introductory unit of What is a Magnet? On Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 

 Important Dates

December 3, 2019 2nd quarter Progress Reports in the Tuesday Folder

December 5, 2019 Field Trip to Cardinal Newman to see Once Upon a Mattress

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

November 25-26, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

How did we get to Thanksgiving break so quickly? Fourth grade has been practicing for our Morning Prayer, this Monday, November 25, 2019 all last week. We are ready to present on the true history of Thanksgiving in America, and we hope that you will be there to join us at 8:30 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will present on Thanksgiving for Morning Prayer. Please join us Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30am in the Basilica. We will also continue to write our research reports on our selected saints.

 Literature

This week we will work on our oral fluency as we present our morning Prayer. Students will face their audience and speak at an appropriate pace and volume for the audience.  

English

This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will draft the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. Once the body paragraphs have been constructed, we will focus on writing our conclusion and introductory paragraphs.This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Mathematics

This week in math we will continue working with multiplication. Students will review their knowledge of simple multiplication for zeros, ones, twos, and fives. They will also have their first power up using multiplication. We will also review the rules for how we multiply. Please practice multiplication tables with your student!

For extra practice, please check out the following websites!

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

Social Studies

Due to the brief nature of this week, we will simply focus on some introductory reading and exploration into the early history of the United States.

Science

This week will wrap up our lab by analyzing our data and writing out our conclusions about our lab experiments. Were our hypotheses correct? How could we reduce errors in the future?

 Important Dates

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

December 3, 2019 2nd quarter Progress Reports in the Tuesday Folder

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

November 18-22, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week will be a busy one! Please read carefully for all of our weekly events.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we continue to work on our research reports for our Saints, and we will prepare to lead our next morning prayer on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30am in the Basilica. Our theme is Thanksgiving and what it means in the Catholic Church.

 Literature

This week we will work on our oral fluency as we prepare to present for our morning Prayer. Students will learn how to face their audience and speak at an appropriate pace and volume for the audience.  

English

This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will complete their outlines and  draft the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. Once the body paragraphs have been constructed, we will focus on writing our conclusion and introductory paragraphs.This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the five regions of the United States. The final assessment for this unit which will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 and Wednesday, November 20, 2019. I have split the test into two parts. Day one will cover the locations of each state within the United States, and day two will cover the capital of each state. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Once we have taken the final assessment for the regions, we will begin our study of the early history of the United States.

Science

This week will will wrap up our unit on the scientific method. We will plan and perform our first lab this week. 

 Important Dates

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

November 11-15, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

On Monday of this week we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a special presentation by our first grade class and by attending the parade downtown. I would like to extend a personal thank you to any Veterans in our community for your selfless service and sacrifice for our country.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we continue to work on our research reports for our Saints. Students will be combining Religion with our English this week as we learn how to effectively write for informational purposes.

 Literature

Students will complete our unit on nonfiction text structures. We will participate in an analysis activity in which we determine the text structure for a variety of passages. We will take a test on nonfiction text structures on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The current reading log will be due on Friday, November 15, 2019

English

This week we will continue to focus on drafting our research reports. Students will focus on organizing the structure of their reports using an outline. They will then focus on drafting the body paragraphs so that they support the main idea stated in their introductory paragraphs. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Due to the intensive nature of the research report, there will be no vocabulary unit this week.

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the West region of the United States. As usual, we will be covering the landmarks, climate, landforms, geopolitical locations, capitals, and other interesting information about this region. Our test on the West region will be on  Thursday, November 14, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. We will then take time to review our five regions before taking the final assessment for this unit which will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

Due to some interruptions to our schedule, we were unable to fully complete our unit on variables, so this week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We are focusing on identifying variables. Love Mythbusters? We will examine some of their experiments and analyze the independent and dependent variable of each.  The quiz date for identifying variables is currently set for Friday, November 15, 2019. 

 Important Dates

November 11, 2019 11am Veteran’s Day Parade/ 2pm dismissal

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

November 4-8, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

I want to extend a special thank you to every parent for the productive and informative parent-teacher conferences. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with each of you to discuss your child’s progress and his/her needs in my classroom. 

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we continue our study of Catholic Saints. Each student has the opportunity to select a saint about which he or she would like to know more. 

 Literature

Students will continue analyzing nonfiction text structures. Students have already taken notes including clue words for each type we will cover. These will be helpful in determining the best order for our Religion research paper. The next reading log will go out on Friday, November 8, 2019 and will be due on Friday, November 15, 2019

English

This week we will continue to focus on writing for informational purposes. Students will learn to write an introduction that hooks the reader and states the main idea of a research related topic. Students will then focus on organizing the information they have found on their saint. This research paper is an interdisciplinary work that will cover multiple standards for our fourth graders.

Also this week, students will complete their fourth unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on other words that use the prefixes dis-, in-, un-, and mis- as well as the meaning of each word. Definitions for word sort four will be due on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 4 will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 4 will be on Friday, November 8, 2019. 

Word Sort 4

disease, informal, untidy, disrespect, indirect, misbehave, undress, invisible, mistrust, dishonest, insincere, disorder, misspell, uneasy, discourage, misleading, infrequent, unaware, disbelief, misfortune, unknown, unfasten, inexpensive, disconnect

Mathematics

This week we will begin with an investigation comparing the US Customary System with the Metric system. Students will estimate distances, use rulers, yard sticks, and meter sticks to compare units of measure, and apply all of this knowledge to finding perimeters of various places and objects. Students will then extend their knowledge of geometric shapes by using compasess to draw circles with a given radius, determine fractions of a circle, and then use money manipulatives to name fractions and their equivalent decimals. This will build into our lesson on lines, line segments, and rays. 

Social Studies

This week we will complete our study of the Southwest region of the United States. As usual, we will be covering the landmarks, climate, land forms, geopolitical locations, capitals, and other interesting information about this region. Our test on the Southwest region will be on  Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. Our final region will be the West Region of the United States. Students will begin their study of this region on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The Test for the West Region will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We are focusing on identifying variables. Love Mythbusters? We will examine some of their experiments and analyze the independent and dependent variable of each.  The quiz date for identifying variables is currently set for Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 

 Important Dates

November 11, 2019 11am Veteran’s Day Parade/ 2pm dismissal

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

October 28-November 1, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

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This week we have Halloween followed by Parent/Teacher conferences on Friday, November 1, 2019. If you have not already done so, please remember to stop by the office and sign up for a conference time. Report cards for the first quarter will be discussed at this time. I look forward to speaking with each of you.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we begin our study of Catholic Saints. Students will learn the process through which candidates for canonization are assessed. We will take a close look at the recent canonization of Cardinal Newman, and how it was determined that he would be honored with canonization. Additionally, each student will select a saint to research and present upon during November. 

 Literature

Students will continue with our new analyzing nonfiction text structures. Students have already taken notes including clue words for each type we will cover. Our next reading log will cover information on this topic. 

English

This week we will focus on writing for informational purposes. Students will review how to write a 1,2,3,2,3 powergraph and learn the proper transition words for writing to inform the reader. Students will combine their knowledge of text structures and their research on Saints for religion to produce their next written work.

Also this week, students will complete their fourth unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on other words that use the prefixes dis-, in-, un-, and mis- as well as the meaning of each word. Definitions for word sort four will be due on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 4 will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 4 will be on Friday, November 8, 2019. 

Word Sort 4

disease, informal, untidy, disrespect, indirect, misbehave, undress, invisible, mistrust, dishonest, insincere, disorder, misspell, uneasy, discourage, misleading, infrequent, unaware, disbelief, misfortune, unknown, unfasten, inexpensive, disconnect


Mathematics

This week we are Completing our 3rd unit. Students will review  analyzing data including temperatures, analog times, adding columns of numbers, and rounding. Students will be responsible for demonstrating knowledge of elapsed time, analyzing thermometer readings in ℃ and ℉. The test for Unit 3 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30,2019. Following the unit test, there will be a multiple choice benchmark test on Thursday, October 31, 2019. This test will cover information learned from lessons 1-20.

Social Studies

This week we will begin our study of the Southwest region of the United States. As usual, we will be covering the landmarks, climate, landforms, geopolitical locations, capitals, and other interesting information about this region. Our test on the Southwest region will be on  Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We will sort through the elements of planning an investigation including variables, experimental groups, sample size,number of trials, and recording data.We will we will take our quiz on Planning an Experiment on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. 

 Important Dates

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 11, 2019 11am Veteran’s Day Parade/ 2pm dismissal

November 27-29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break

October 21-25, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

We have another busy week ahead! On Monday we will present our Living Rosary. Where has the time gone? Please note that our first quarter ends on Wednesday, October 23, 2019! Our annual Halloween celebration begins at 5:30pm this Friday, October 25, 2019. Please stop by for some food and fun!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Rosary and Catholic social teaching. Students will study how Christ  showed his love for those around him, and how his love inspired the Catholic social teachings of solidarity and the option for the poor and vulnerable. How can we better serve our community?

 Literature

This week in literature we will wrap up our current focus on imagery. We will visit this again as the school year progresses. Right now students will work to enhance their writing using sensory details. Students will also work to develop their working knowledge of the writing process, especially the steps of editing, revision, and publishing. Students will then move on by reading various nonfiction passages and analyzing them for their text structures. Descriptive, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and other text structures will be covered. 

Just a reminder! As we enter into the second quarter, our reading minutes have increased from 120 minutes per week to 140 minutes! Students must read over a minimum of four days. Reading Log #4 will be due on Friday, October 25, 2019.

English

This week we will continue our writing using the different powers of sentences to help organize our work. This week we will continue to focus on writing strong sentences that include sensory imagery and support main ideas. 

Also this week, students will complete their third unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on other words that use the suffixes -ment, -less, -ness, and -lessness as well as the meaning of each word. Definitions for word sort three are due on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 3 will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 3 will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

Word Sort 3

payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness

Mathematics

This week we are moving on to our 3rd unit. Students will focus on analyzing data including temperatures, analog times, adding columns of numbers, and rounding. Students will be responsible for demonstrating knowledge of elapsed time, analyzing thermometer readings in ℃ and ℉. The test for Unit 3 is currently scheduled for Tuesday, October 29,2019.

Social Studies

Our test on the Midwest region will be on  Friday, October 25, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We will write hypotheses from specific, observable, and scientific testable questions using the IF, THEN BECAUSE  format This will continue into next week when we will take our quiz on Forming Hypotheses on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

 Important Dates

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 14-18, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

We had a wonderful Grandparents Day! Every student present had a grandparent or VIP present, and it was delightful to share our classroom and fun activities.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Rosary. We will learn about the different mysteries as we pray the Rosary and why we pray them. We will practice the format of the Rosary and the different prayers included with them. Prayers included are the Apostles Creed, the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Glory Be, the O, my Jesus; and the Hail Holy Queen. Please practice these prayers at home with your child in preparation for our living Rosary on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Literature

This week in literature we will continue to focus on recognizing and utilizing imagery and domain specific vocabulary. Students will read various passages and determine which words best help to give a sensory impression of the story being told. They will also examine nonfiction passages and select vocabulary, specific to the information being given, that helps the reader to better understand the passage. We will receive our next reading log on Friday, October 18, 2019. Reading Log #4 will be due on Friday, October 25, 2019.

English

This week we will continue our writing using the different powers of sentences to help organize our work. This week we will continue to focus on writing strong sentences that include sensory imagery and support main ideas. 

Also this week, students will continue their third unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on how each word is formed by adding the suffixes -ment, -less, -ness, and -lessness to their base words. Students will also focus on how the part of speech of the base word changes with the addition of the suffix. Definitions for word sort three are due on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 3 will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 3 will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

Word Sort 3

payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness

Mathematics

Due to the short week and other lesson considerations, the Math Test for Unit 2, Lessons 5-10, has been moved to Thursday, October 17, 2019. Your student received the study guide for these lessons on Thursday, October 10, 2019. We will review these concepts on Wednesday before the Test. Following the test, we will continue our study of subtraction with finding missing minuends and subtrahends with 2 digit known numbers.

Social Studies

Our test on the Southeast region is on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Following the test, we will begin our study of the Midwestern Region of the United States. students will need to know the names and locations of each state, the capital of each state, the climate, geographical features, local landmarks, and natural resources within each region. Check your child’s interactive notebook for our region mini-booklets. Following this test. Students will begin their study of the Midwest region of the United States. 

Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We will write testable questions using the IF, THEN BECAUSE  format for hypotheses. This will continue into next week when we will take our quiz on Forming Hypotheses on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

 Important Dates

October 14-15, 2019 Teacher In-service days. No School for students

October 18, 2019   5:30-8pm PTO Movie Night

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 7-11, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

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We have so much going on this week! Please read the following information carefully.

This whole week in the St. Peter’s Library we are hosting the Scholastic Book Fair! Students are welcome to visit the book fair between the hours of 7:30-4:00 with a parent or guardian. 

This Wednesday, October 9, 2019 we have Mass, and it is also picture day! Please make sure that your student is dressed appropriately, and I will do my best to get him or her to smile for the camera. 

Also, this Friday, October 11, 2019 is Grandparents Day! I am delighted to host our honored Grandparents from 8:00am until 11:30 am. The fourth grade schedule for Grandparents Day is as follows:

8:00-9:15am: PE at the Conservatory of Dance*

9:30-10:30am: Book Fair in the Library

9:45-10:00am: Photo Booth in the Music Room

10:30-11:20am: Classroom visit with Mrs. Ronald

11:20-11:30am: Preparing to leave

*Please note, we will be walking to the Conservatory of Dance. If your child’s grandparent/guest does not wish to join us or is unable to make the trip, please join us in the classroom when we return at 9:15am.

One last thing! If you wish for your child to depart with his or her grandparent, please provide permission vis a written note or communication to me by Thursday morning! 

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Bible and how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching. We will continue to discuss the life and dignity of the human person as well as Solidarity.  Students will delve into the history of the Rosary. We will also practice our prayers for the Rosary, and learn about the different mysteries we ponder as we pray.

Literature

This week in literature we will focus on recognizing and utilizing imagery and domain specific vocabulary. Students will read various passages and determine which words best help to give a sensory impression of the story being told. They will also examine nonfiction passages and select vocabulary, specific to the information being given, that helps the reader to better understand the passage.

English

This week we will continue our writing. Students will practice different methods of writing sentences as well as learning more about Power Writing. In Power Writing, we will continue to develop our sentences and paragraphs using transition words and descriptive language. Students will use the writing process to edit and revise their own work as well as the work of their peers.

Also this week, students will begin their third unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on how each word is formed using cursive, spelled and any spelling changes that occur when adding suffixes to the word. 

Word Sort 3

payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness

Mathematics

Due to necessary lesson extensions, we will continue our Unit 2 studies, which build upon the concepts learned in Unit 1. We will focus on solving word problems with  missing addends, figuring out how to find the value for a missing number in subtraction problems, adding three digit numbers, and subtracting two and three digit numbers including the use of regrouping. We will also work to review the concepts learned in Unit 1 to ensure a strong base of understanding for this content.The next test will be Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 

Social Studies

Students are currently learning about our region, the southeast!  Our test on this region will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Students will need to know the names and locations of each state, the capital of each state, the climate, geographical features, local landmarks, and natural resources within each region. Check your child’s interactive notebook for our region mini-booklets. Following this test. Students will begin their study of the Midwest region of the United States. 

Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. Students will take a quiz on making inferences on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. We will then continue our study of the scientific method with how to use inferences to write testable questions known as hypotheses. 

 Important Dates

October 7-11, 2019 Scholastic Book Fair 

October 9, 2019   Picture day

October 11, 2019 Grandparents Day/11:30am dismissal

October 14-15, 2019 Teacher In-service days. No School for students

October 18, 2019   5:30-8pm PTO Movie Night

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences