Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter – November 3, 2023

Dear Families,

Wow! What a week! As a student said to me: “We had a lot of celebrating this week with Halloween, a birthday and a going-away party!” Why yes, we did do a lot of celebrating! Thank you to all the parents that sent/brought things in for it as well as helping put on the events! You are appreciated by my students and me!

Next week is not slowing down! We celebrating Vocation Week by listening to a Sister and a Brother and asking them questions. We had a great discussion as to what vocations are. We had parents that came for the party today share their vocations of marriage, being parents as well as their career they have been called to do. I invited students to ask their parents what their vocation is.

Thursday, November 6th is Veterans Day. Our class is responsible for it at 8:15 am. All scouts, please wear your uniform and accompany the Colors up the aisle. You are welcome to come. However, if you have a family member that is a veteran, please invite them. Either if they can come, they can’t come or they have passed away, we would like to honor them by creating a bulletin board with their picture and other information. Go to this link if you would like to do that.

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians finished their Saints Power Points and many of them have presented them. We still have a few more to finish and present. We also learned about vocations to prepare for Vocations week next week.
Language – For reading, we are continuing to read My Father’s Dragon as a class, analyzing vocabulary, characters and plot. In writing, we focused on synonyms Spelling this week was the long o sound with: o, ow, and oa.
Math – Mathematicians have finished chapter 2, multiplying one digit to up to four digits. They have begun chapter 3 which is two-digits times two-digits. Next week, I will be teaching the concepts of how we get to the “regrouping” method. If students understand the concepts before they learn the faster method the success goes up. So, bear with us. We will get to the way that parents multiply! 🙂 If students do not know their multiplication facts by now, it will be much harder for them. So, please support your child by testing him/her on these facts daily!
Science – We are learning about sound waves and experimenting with various waves and pitches. Social Studies – We are learning about cultures and how our environment affects our culture.



Thursday, November 9 – Veterans Day Prayer Service 8:15 am – dress uniform – We are responsible! Sign up here to honor a veteran!

Friday, November 17 – Grandparent Day – Mass – Dress uniform

Thursday, November 9 – Veteran’s Day Prayer Service – We are in charge! 8:15

Specialists


Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-This week in Spanish, we learned about the celebration of Día de los Muertos (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). We especially focused on the meaning of the ofrenda (alter to celebrate those who have passed on from this life) and the items it includes. We also learned how to draw a calavera!
Physical Education – This week in PE we reviewed overhand throwing and catching cues, practiced throwing and catching various sized balls, and played games using our throwing and catching skills called Catch Everything, Mat ball and Protect the Pin.

Music – This week in music class we Completed Episode 4 Secret Chicken, the aural skills rhythm decoding series; created a story using sound effects; and learned the song and dance Old Brass Wagon. 

Art – Students learned about the natural textures and colors of turkey feathers and explored the oil pastel blending technique to create a vibrant representation of turkey feathers.

Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter

Dear Families,
Thank you to the Belvo family for donating mini-pumpkins to us so that we could paint them with our Pre-Kindergarten buddies! Your children are amazing with their buddies! I love to see them turn into compassionate leaders to them!

Next Thursday, the students will need to bring in their books from their book reports. They should be finished by then too. In class, students will write their book report. So there is no preparation for them to do other than finishing their book. 

I will be out on Friday of next week. My husband and I are going to Missoula to see our son. Friday Folders will come home on Monday. I may be sending out a newsletter on Thursday, if I get the time to do it. 

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians are researching a saint and learning about our Creator’s Eternal Law. We learned about God giving us reason, natural law and moral law. We discussed various situations which we would have to use our reason to determine
Language – For reading, we are continuing to read My Father’s Dragon as a class, analyzing vocabulary, characters and plot. In writing, we focused on Grammar of writing four kinds of sentences as well as writing a solid paragraph to summarize what we read in from our reading book. Spelling this week was the long i sound with: igh, i-C-e, ie
Math – Mathematicians are multiplying one digit to up to four digits. If students do not know their multiplication facts by now, it will be much harder for them. So, please support your child by testing him/her on these facts daily!
Social Studies – We are learning about longitude and latitude on maps.



Thursday, October 26 – Book Report is due – It will be a written book report done in class. Students are to have their book finished by that day.

Friday, October 27 – Mass – Dress uniform

Thursday, November 9 – Veteran’s Day Prayer Service – We are in charge! 8:15

Specialists


Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-IThis week, we worked on writing and drawing a story in Spanish. We are using the greetings vocabulary we have learned in our stories. We also watched videos of different people greeting each other for inspiration!
Physical Education – This week in PE we. . .reviewed the overhand throw, practiced throwing to a partner, and played a game called “BOOM CITY.”

Music – This week we actively listened in the exercise “Match the Melody,” wrote a spooky story utilizing sound effects, and improvised in the song “Cheki Morena.”

Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter October 12, 2023

Dear Families,
In religion, your children are researching and creating a Power Point presentation about a saint of their choice. It will be presented to the rest of the class on November 1 – All Saint’s Day! They are also beginning chapter two of our religion books focusing on Eternal Truth given to us by God, our Creator. So, we used our observation skills to see the beauty of that Creation in our journals. We drew the littlest to the biggest that we saw outside. We discovered the tiniest of details that God made for us today! Then they thanked God in their journals for it! What a fun way to end the week!

To continue to take care of the earth, our class, along with the school, is collecting plastic until November 3rd. We will be collecting it at the school and you, as a household, can sign up for it too which will also bring in money for our school ($20 per family)! Here is the website to do that: https://get.ridwell.com/assumption-catholic
Also, here is a list of plastics that we are collecting and plastics that we are not collecting: https://www.ridwell.com/pickup-categories/pOXQXW5N
I will need math volunteers starting October 10th. I will need parents to run a center in the hall for an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here is a Sign Up for volunteers. Thank you for your support!
Here is a link for the Weekends with Pebbles Sign up!

Blessings,
Paula Martin-Zender

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians are researching a saint and learning about our Creator’s Eternal Law.
Language – For reading, we are continuing to read My Father’s Dragon as a class, analyzing vocabulary, characters and plot. In writing, we finished our friendly letter, trying to convince you, their parents, to get a baby dragon! Spelling this week was the long a sound with: long e: ea, ee and ie.
Math – Mathematicians began chapter two this week. We will be into multiplying one digit to up to four digits by next week. If students do not know their multiplication facts by now, it will be much harder for them. So, please support your child by testing him/her on these facts daily!
Science – Scientists observed God’s Creation today!
Social Studies – We are learning about longitude and latitude on mapse



Friday, October 13 – no school – staff retreat day!

Tuesday-Friday – October 17-20 – Holy Hoops

Friday, October 20 – Mass – Dress uniform

Specialists


Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-In Spanish this week, we played Bingo! Then, we started writing and drawing a cartoon about 2 or more people meeting and greeting each other in Spanish.
Physical Education – This week in PE we. . .reviewed the overhand throw, practiced throwing to a partner, and played a game called “BOOM CITY.”

Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful celebration of St. Francis of Assisi with the animal blessing! We even had Pebbles blessed!

To continue to take care of the earth, our class, along with the school, is collecting plastic until November 3rd. We will be collecting it at the school and you, as a household, can sign up for it too which will also bring in money for our school ($20 per family)! Here is the website to do that: https://get.ridwell.com/assumption-catholic

Also, here is a list of plastics that we are collecting and plastics that we are not collecting: https://www.ridwell.com/pickup-categories/pOXQXW5N

I will need math volunteers starting October 10th. I will need parents to run a center in the hall for an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here is a Sign Up for volunteers. Thank you for your support!

Here is a link for the Weekends with Pebbles Sign up!

Blessings,

Paula Martin-Zender

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians made our class goal of collecting over 100 pet care items! They earned some free time yesterday! We finished chapter one of our religion books on Truth.

Language – For reading, we are continuing to read My Father’s Dragon as a class, analyzing vocabulary, characters and plot. In writing, we wrote about our mythical creatures and wrote a friendly letter, trying to convince you, their parents, to get a baby dragon! Spelling this week was the long a sound with: a, ai and ay.

Math – Mathematicians took a chapter 1 test and are reviewing all of our multiplication facts because we are about to begin long multiplication! Please work on this at home!

Science – Scientists finished on our collaborative mystical creature from the material we have in the school.

Social Studies – We are learning about longitude and latitude on maps

Friday, October 13 – no school – staff retreat day!

Specialists

Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-In Spanish this week, we sang a greetings song called Hola Amigo and watched videos of people greeting each other in different settings. We also built our own bingo cards using greeting vocabulary!

Art – Observational Scarecrow Drawing Lesson – Students observed a real scarecrow and learned to draw it step-by-step, focusing on basic shapes and details.

Physical Education – The 3-5 grades learned about the 5 components of fitness and participated in the fall Fitness Gram test that included the pacer, curl-ups, push-ups and sit and reach.

Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter

Dear Families,

We have finished week two of the MAP testing, and your children did great! There are few that will need to make up some of the tests next week but for the most part, we are done until the spring. (There will be no winter MAP test this year.)

Book reports were very entertaining and other’s got new ideas on what they would like to read. We also finished up on creating our mythical creatures as well as writing

a collaborative story about them. Very creative!

The field trip set for November 30th has been moved to Cornwall Park due to construction at Maritime Heritage Park. There is a new permission slip in today’s Friday Folder due to this. Please fill out the first page and send it back in by next week. Please, also sign up to a chaperone for it, if you would like to, on the permission slip.

I will need math volunteers starting October 10th. I will need parents to run a center in the hall for an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here is a Sign Up for volunteers. Thank you for your support!

Here is a link for the Weekends with Pebbles Sign up!

Blessings,

Paula Martin-Zender

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians continued the Second Step curriculum of meeting a class goal of bringing in 100 pet care things for an animal shelter to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi on Wednesday. We dove into our new religion books as well as went to adoration for the first time this year.

Language – For reading, we began My Father’s Dragon as a class, analyzing vocabulary, characters and plot. In writing, we wrote about our mythical creatures. No spelling this week due to MAP testing. The grammar’s focus was on nouns.

Math – Mathematicians reviewed addition and subtraction up to six digits.

Science – Scientists worked on our collaborative mystical creature from the material we have in the school. Scroll down for the pictures of the fabulous mythical creatures!

Social Studies – We are looking at various kinds of maps and how they work and compared them to a globe.

Wednesday, October 4 – St. Francis of Assisi Animal Blessing – bring your animals to be blessed with Pebbles!

Friday, October 6 – School Mass – dress uniform

Specialists

Music –  This week in music class we played Poison Rhythm and 4 Corners to practice our new learned rhythm. We played percussion instruments and we began learning a two-part singing song called “Old Joe Clark.”

Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-This week we practiced greetings. We compared greetings from many different people and places while adding to our Spanish notebooks.

Art – Students learned about Frida Kahlo and the life and work of Diego Rivera, her husband, explored his mural art, and started an artwork inspired by the Flower Seller painting.

Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter

Dear Families,

We have finished week 1 of the MAP testing, and your children are doing great! They are working diligently. Thank you for the support at home for their appointments at a minimum and good snacks for them for the day. We worked on reading and science this week. Next week, we will be doing the language and the math tests on Tuesday and Thursday. We will probably be doing make-up tests on Wednesday because a lot of people did not finish their science test on this week.

Here is a link for the Weekends with Pebbles Sign up!

Blessings,

Paula Martin-Zender

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians began the Second Step curriculum of goal making as stated above. We also had our first prayer meditation where we met Jesus in our imagination.,

Language – For reading, we began My Father’s Dragon as a class, analyzing vocabulary, characters and plot. In writing, we wrote about a conflict that could be solved positively. No spelling this week due to MAP testing. The grammar’s focus was on nouns.

Math – Mathematicians reviewed addition and subtraction up to six digits.

Science – Scientists planned and now are collaboratively creating a mystical creature from the material we have in the school.

Social Studies – We are looking at various kinds of maps and how they work and compared them to a globe.

Tuesday, September 26 – Picture Day

September 26 & 28 – MAP Testing

Thursday, September 28 – Book Report is due!

Specialists

Physical Education – This week in PE we learned how to strike the ball playing “regular” 4 square and other variations including around the world, war and cherry bomb.  We also discussed the responsibilities of the server and helping everyone understand the game.

Music –  This week in music class we sang, moved, and practiced raising the pitch with the song “Good Morning.” We presented and practiced a new rhythm – eighth note attached to two sixteenths. Finally, we practiced reading and playing music in a variety of tempos.

Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-This week we continued our Spanish journals by writing about our favorite colors. We reviewed colors and listened for color words in context.

Students planning their 3D Mythical Creature!

Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter

Dear Families,

It was wonderful to see and/or meet you on Wednesday evening. I enjoy getting to know you and building our educational team for your child together.

For the next two Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings (September 19, 21, 26 and 28), I will be administering the MAP tests to your students. This will be done at the end of the year too. Homework will be lighter during these weeks. Please set up outside appointments at different days or in the afternoons. Additionally, please have students get good sleep the night before and send plenty of healthy snacks! Thank you in advanced for your support on this!

All of us are excited for the Harvest Festival and Spaghetti Feed this weekend! I will be there on Saturday evening with my Clara, my grandbaby!

Blessings,

Paula Martin-Zender

Academics

Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians learned about conflicts this week as well as “The Power of Yet.” We are learning that we need to say “I can’t do that…yet.”

Language – For reading, students picked and researched a mythical creature, creating a poster with the information they found on the internet. In writing, we wrote our bio-poems that many of you read outside our classroom on Wednesday evening. The spelling focus was vowel-consonant-silent e. Grammar’s focus was on subject and predicates.

Students learned about subjects & predicates.

Math – Mathematicians continued with place value this week, rounding up to millions, and finally, we reviewed adding up to six digits.

Science – Beginning to collaboratively plan a new mystical creature from the material we have in the school.

Social Studies – We are looking at various kinds of maps and how they work.

Saturday, September 16 – Harvest Festival & Spaghetti Feed!

Friday, September 22 – School Mass – dress uniform

Tuesday, September 26 – Picture Day

Thursday, September 28 – Book Report is due!

Specialists

Music – This week in music class we reviewed temp with the song Chester. We learned choreography for and danced to the song September by Earth Wind and Fire. Finally, we reviewed the music staff and naming treble clef notes on the staff.

Spanish Una nota de Señora Anna-This week in Spanish we began preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month by singing a song called Senorita Mariposa. We learned about the migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico each fall. We also began writing in our Spanish journals.

Art – The students created monarch butterflies by folding paper and drawing half of a butterfly wing shape. Next, they opened the paper and applied some paint to one side of the fold. Then, they folded the paper back together and pressed it down with their hands. Afterward, they opened the paper and allowed the paint to dry.

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