Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Sunday
Jan132019

Fourth Grade Newsletter            January 11, 2019               Mrs. Callaghan

 

 

Hello Families and Happy and Blessed New Year to you all.

 

Thank you for the surprise birthday celebration the class had for me.  We ate lots of goodies, drank water and juice boxes, and had fun in general.  Thank you to parents who sent in the goodies.  Thank you, Mrs. Shoessow for talking to the kids about your life as a veterinarian and answering the kids’ questions.  I learned a lot in the time you visited.  The kids and I are anxious to have you come back.

 

Fourth grade is able to eat a LOT of stuff!  I couldn’t believe what they could consume in a short time.  We had snacks for a few days, because I didn’t want them to get sick. 

 

Well, we had a slow start, me included with getting back into the swing of things again, but we all have adjusted.  I am amazed that they have their habitat boxes done.  They are adorable and I could tell the kids had a great time doing it.

 

Now we are working on “My Hand, My Land” in class.  Look for that to come home next week to be a final project due by Friday.  They are enjoying that, too.

Coming home today are two reading tests, final spelling tests if they had to take it and math papers and one State abbreviations test.

 

Our sympathy goes out to Gavin’s family whose great-grandfather passed away.  The family had to travel to New York for the wake and funeral so we wish them safe travel.

 

Spelling words for next week are:  event  rival  solar  moment  unannounced  reuse  retrace  unpleasant  nonmetal  likable  comfortable  horrible  invisible  loneliness requirement  fearless cotton  listen  fountain  orphan

 

Vocabulary:  intrepid  seasoned  guidance  undoubtedly  cherish  hoist  delectable  pristine  fragile  privilege

 

 

Thursday
Dec202018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    December 20, 2018    CHRISTMAS EDITION           

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Let us rejoice in our newborn Savior who came to take our sins away so we could live in eternal peace.

The kids are anxious for vacation and I am too.  Although now that I am older I do not relish the busyness of the season, but rather enjoy looking at our tree, being with family and reflecting on what a wonderful gift God gave us.  I hope you are able to worship this Christmas and remember what this day is all about and not what merchants want you to think it is.

I graded a lot of papers but did not get to enter grades which I am hoping to do over vacation so watch for it.  The kids are doing well and probably wonder why I torture them with some deep thinking things to do like what we did for “The Stranger” but I am developing critical thinking skills in them and showing them how to prepare for a test.

Remember to practice multiplication with the kids over the holiday and please buy them a ruler to keep at home.

I didn’t have time to give the final spelling test today so it will have to be postponed.

Our new reading lesson will be “Firestorm”.  It is realistic fiction. 

Vocabulary words:  smoldering  plunge  treacherous  skeptically  altered  discouraged  scoffed  drudgery

Spellling words:  likable  removable  printable  adorable  comfortable  durable  usable  invisible  responsible  darkness  tidiness  silliness  excitement  government  requirement  loneliness  harmless  hopeless  fearless  horrible

Remember the habitat boxes are due at the end of the week that we get back.  If you are unable to complete it, please ask me for an extension, but the grade has to be in by the end of the quarter.

If you google habitat project, you will see lots of great examples of how to use a shoe box to create a habitat box.  Don’t spend a lot of money on it!  Your child will give an oral report about their animal, not a written one.  They can have notes on note cards, to help them.  If you don’t do research at home we will use their chrome books to help them with information.

Have a blessed vacation.  The kids need a rest, as do I.  And, you will find that by the end of January they will probably be in a new shoe size so watch for gym shoes and clothing sales!

In Christ,

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Friday
Dec142018

Fourth Grade Newsletter   December 14, 2018   Mrs. Callaghan

The class is so excited because of the shopping day here at St. John’s with thanks to the Dorcas Society.  I hope you enjoy the gifts picked out for you with love.  It has been exciting for the kids to have their Christmas mailboxes on their desks and to receive little encouraging notes of cheer from classmates and an occasional gift from their teacher.

We will have a party next Friday for a very short time as it is a half day of school.  Chapel will be on Friday, followed by some singing and then back to the classroom.  I will send a note home asking for donations.  Some items I will be asking for are juice boxes, napkins, plates (Christmas theme), fruit cut up, veggies, dip, cookies.  I don’t want too much because our party time will be short.  If I don’t have you bring something for this party, I will catch up with you for Valentine’s Day or my birthday which is January 9th.  We don’t have room mothers, so I will plan my own party, which is what room moms did.

Just a note, if you need to tell me something, please call the office and they will send a message to me.  I don’t look at my email or listen to my phone if I haves a busy day.  The office is very efficient and makes sure I get messages.  I am so sorry when I miss seeing requests from parents.

I am sending home basic instructions for the habitat box as well as names of endangered species.  I would like each child to pick two animals they are interested in.  I want each child to have a different animal than someone else in the room.  You will need a shoebox to do this.

Our reading selection for next week is, “The Stranger” which is a very intriguing story.  We will still have spelling next week, vocabulary and a test on for these.  Spelling will be pretest on Monday

Spelling words:  apron  button  canyon  certain  chicken  cardigan  cotton dragon  even  fountain  gallon  horizon  horizon  listen  orphan  pardon  pollen  prison  siren  swollen  driven

Vocabulary:   peculiar   occasionally   drab  fascinated   hermit  timid  trembling  dashed

                There are a lot of special days next week and the kids will be very excited, but I expect good behavior.  FOR PAJAMA DAY, IT MUST BE WINTER OR CHRISTMAS THEMED.  WORDS PERTAINING TO CHRISTMAS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE ARE FINE.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOUR CHILD’S PJ’S ARE APPROPRIATE, SEND ADDITIONAL CLOTHING.  WE DO HAVE GYM ON MONDAY SO THEY MAY WANT TO CHANGE INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE.  THEY WILL BE GOING OUT FOR RECESS ALL WEEK SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ARE DRESSED APPROPRIATELY.

GOD’S BLESSINGS,

MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

 

 

Fourth Grade Newsletter   December 14, 2018   Mrs. Callaghan

The class is so excited because of the shopping day here at St. John’s with thanks to the Dorcas Society.  I hope you enjoy the gifts picked out for you with love.  It has been exciting for the kids to have their Christmas mailboxes on their desks and to receive little encouraging notes of cheer from classmates and an occasional gift from their teacher.

We will have a party next Friday for a very short time as it is a half day of school.  Chapel will be on Friday, followed by some singing and then back to the classroom.  I will send a note home asking for donations.  Some items I will be asking for are juice boxes, napkins, plates (Christmas theme), fruit cut up, veggies, dip, cookies.  I don’t want too much because our party time will be short.  If I don’t have you bring something for this party, I will catch up with you for Valentine’s Day or my birthday which is January 9th.  We don’t have room mothers, so I will plan my own party, which is what room moms did.

Just a note, if you need to tell me something, please call the office and they will send a message to me.  I don’t look at my email or listen to my phone if I haves a busy day.  The office is very efficient and makes sure I get messages.  I am so sorry when I miss seeing requests from parents.

I am sending home basic instructions for the habitat box as well as names of endangered species.  I would like each child to pick two animals they are interested in.  I want each child to have a different animal than someone else in the room.  You will need a shoebox to do this.

Our reading selection for next week is, “The Stranger” which is a very intriguing story.  We will still have spelling next week, vocabulary and a test on for these.  Spelling will be pretest on Monday

Spelling words:  apron  button  canyon  certain  chicken  cardigan  cotton dragon  even  fountain  gallon  horizon  horizon  listen  orphan  pardon  pollen  prison  siren  swollen  driven

Vocabulary:   peculiar   occasionally   drab  fascinated   hermit  timid  trembling  dashed

                There are a lot of special days next week and the kids will be very excited, but I expect good behavior.  FOR PAJAMA DAY, IT MUST BE WINTER OR CHRISTMAS THEMED.  WORDS PERTAINING TO CHRISTMAS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE ARE FINE.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOUR CHILD’S PJ’S ARE APPROPRIATE, SEND ADDITIONAL CLOTHING.  WE DO HAVE GYM ON MONDAY SO THEY MAY WANT TO CHANGE INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE.  THEY WILL BE GOING OUT FOR RECESS ALL WEEK SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ARE DRESSED APPROPRIATELY.

GOD’S BLESSINGS,

MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Dec082018

 

It’s been a busy week.  The kids did a wonderful job with our Christmas program.  Thank you for bringing them.

This will be a short note and if I need to tell you more I will send a note next week.

Spellling words:  Lesson 10  castle  handle  ruffle  icicle  fable  soccer  appear  hollow  classic  college  accent  service  jersey  mother  problem  subject  complete  mattress  purchase  luncheon

Vocabulary:  comprehend  pliable  solitary  scan  vulnerable  exuberant  mature  lumbers  encircle  nurture

Please look at the midterm grades and let me know you saw them.

The comment I would write for most is that they do not listen well in class for directions from me.  I have to repeat things multiple times and it’s not that they don’t understand, it’s that they do not listen and pay attention.  Once again, try to give a direction once and have them follow your direction.

The students are not taking home any Spanish work to do.  They need to take responsibility for this.  I am not the teacher in the room so it is up to them to study and be responsible.

They will have a spelling test on Monday. Please have them study ahead of time.

Friday is the Christmas Bazaar.  Please read the Bulletin for further information.

State abbreviations for next Friday are:  Nebraska  NE      Nevada  NV    New Hampshire  NH  

 New Jersey  NJ    New Mexico NM  New York  NY  North Carolina  NC      North Dakota  ND

 

Have a blessed weekend!

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
Nov162018

Fourth Grade Newsletter   November 16, 2018       Mrs. Callaghan

I think the kids ae really looking forward to having some time off from work and tests.

However, I did postpone the reading test “Three Little Cyberpigs” until next Monday.  That includes vocabulary, focus skill and spelling test.

When the kids come back from break they will get a Science test on the three lessons we have been studying.  Their worksheets will come home with them on Tuesday with an other papers.

We will not have a new Reading lesson for our short week next week but we will be reading another story instead.

FOR HOMEWORK:  Your child should do their final draft of their pumpkin story.  It should be written using the comments from Mr. Bouman and from myself.  This should be written neatly and accurately on lined paper.  It may be typed by a parent or student.  It is due on Monday.

BY THE WAY THERE IS SCHOOL ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY!!!!

******Please get a shoebox for your child to make their habitat box with.  DO NOT BRING IT TO SCHOOL!  THEY WILL DO THIS PROJECT AT HOME.

Math test 5b went home today.  This was the retake of the test 5a.  State abbreviations test went home too.  Look for it in your child’s folder.  FRIDAY FOLDERS NEED TO COME HOME EMPTY AND BACK TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY.

After Thanksgiving, we will be having timed tests on multiplication facts, so please work with your child on them.  Buy flash cards, go online, anything to help your child.

The next states for abbreviations test (after Thanksgiving) will be Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York.

Thank you chaperones for accompanying us to Concordia University.  It was a wonderful concert.

Please send in CANNED GOODS, BOXED GOODS, ETC. TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT AS BLESSED AS THE REST OF US!

TODAY THE KIDS ENJOYED HEARING ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND WHERE FOOD PRODUCTS COME FROM, WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED IN THE AGRICULTURAL JOBS.  EACH YEAR I AM AMAZED AT WHAT KIDS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT FOOD AND FARMS.  WE ARE GETTING TOO TECHNOLOGICAL AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE EARTH.  PLEASE TRY TO EXPOSE YOUR CHILD TO THE NATURAL WORLD.

BLESSINGS!

MRS. CALLAGHAN