Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Friday
May192017

                           CULTURAL DAY CELEBRATION IS JUNE 5TH

“A TASTE OF FOURTH GRADE—INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL POTLUCK”

The majority of votes came back with June 5th as our day of celebration.

The kids will have their posters on display from their country reports and maybe their state reports.

Time:  6:00pm to 8:00pm  (We should be eating at approximately 6:30pm.)

Where:  Fellowship room (where we eat our lunch)

Who:   Your fourth grader’s family.  Grandparents are welcome to come.  Special aunties or uncles as well.

What:  ethnic food to share, your own beverage and maybe some to share  (one year a family brought Horchata for everyone!!!)

                        Desserts welcome!

Procedure:

Bring a dish to share plus a little more.  This is just a “taste” of food.  By the time you taste 18 different dishes you will be full!!!!

You may bring a dish from the country your child reported on, or you may want to bring a state dish that the state is known for, just like Chicago is known for Chicago style pizza.  Perhaps you can’t figure out a food from your child’s country, then bring another thing to share.  Got a favorite Czechoslavakian casserole to share!  Go for it.  We are on a culinary tour of the world.

It’s best to make your food the night before so you can heat it up, or put it in a crock pot and bring it right to school.  Bring serving utensils, please.  Bring extension cords for any crock pots.

We do have an oven to keep food on warm if you come a bit early.

Serving:  Your child will be serving out the food!!!!!!!  You get to relax! And enjoy!

PLEASE, PLEASE NO NUTS DUE TO SEVERE ALLERGIES!!!!!!!!

  I will send home another sheet asking what you can donate in terms of plates, cups, utensils, etc.

Friday
May192017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   May 18, 2017    MRS. CALLAGHAN

HOW COULD IT BE THIS DATE ALREADY????

Anyhow you will see a letter going home about our Cultural Day for our class which will be June 5th.

Also, I need chaperones to go on the Wendella boats with us.  We are deciding on a date.  We will be going with first grade.

POSTERS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY MAY 24TH.  IF THEY WON’T BE READY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHY.  I will check them again on Tuesday.

Having a checkpoint certainly motivates them to get to work on their posters.

Spelling words:  lesson 28, “The Bunyans”

                                                There   they’re  their  sent  scent  hour  our  seam  seem  plain  plane  piece  peace  two  too  to  whole  hole  pail  pale

VOCABULARY:  SCENIC  COLOSSAL  ILLUSION  HEARTY  BEHEMOTH  FANCIFUL  CORDIALLY

 

We will be studying what idioms are and drawing an idiom for our project, “Guess my Idiom” which we will work on next week.

Learning how to write a postcard has been challenging.  Having the children look at my postcard as a model, read how to address the postcard from an example on the board, still did not produce correctly written postcards.  Good thing they wrote in pencil because they had to erase, erase, erase!

Also, please make sure your child knows their address.  I did a quick check and some of them don’t know it or what their zip code is.

Have your child continue to read Shiloh.  I will decide what chapters we will have a test on from what we have read.   For households without a dictionary, you can go to dictionary.com to find the meaning of a word for the worksheets I send home.

We are working on fractions in math, learning how to find equivalent fractions, and dividing by four numbers in the dividend.  Try to have your child go on math websites to help them grasp fractions.  If you are having pizza try dividing your pizza in different ways so that your child can see that ¼ is equivalent to 2/8ths.

Have a great week-end!

Mrs. Callaghan

 

 

Friday
May122017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    MOTHER’S DAY EDITION               May 12, 2017

 

Dear parents,

I am so proud of the great job that fourth grade did presenting the Gospel of Luke, “The Parable of the Banquet”   We had a lot of fun doing it and getting costumes together.  It’s so funny that this loud and vociferous class needed microphones.  They were so quiet in the church---not like them at all.  In class they are the big mouthMafish in the little pond, but in church they are the small mouth fish in the big pond.

We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day gift and that you have time to rest and enjoy your children.  God bless you for the job you have.  It is a wonderful one!!!

I didn’t get to do memory today so we will have double memory next week.

Please look at midterms.  The Social Studies grade is basically the tests on the State capitals.  They can retake the test if they got a low grade.

I will not be giving retakes on any tests in math anymore, due to the short time left of the school year.

MOST KIDS DID NOT HAVE THE ADDRESS OF A PERSON TO WRITE TO.  PLEASE SEND THAT ON MONDAY SO THEY CAN DO THEIR POSTCARD.*******

*******I WILL GIVE THE FINAL SPELLING TEST ON TUESDAY FOR “GRAND CANYON” AND THE READING TEST FOR IT AS WELL.

 

********WEDS.   CHAPEL 

                                I WILL BE CHECKING THE POSTERS TO SEE HOW FAR THE KIDS HAVE COME ALONG.

I do not know if we will start the next story.  I will probably do a Scholastic Reading magazine instead.

 

It has been a crazy week with MAP testing.

Please TEST your child on their knowledge of tying.  I had to tie most of the ribbons on the gift.  I am amazed that most of the class can’t tie or make a bow.

Coming up:  voting for our Cultural Dinner for either:  May 22 or June 5th.  Please check your calendars now.  It is our end of the year family party that is a big potluck!  It will start at 6pm and done by 8pm.

No homework except for sentences due Monday.  Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
May122017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    MOTHER’S DAY EDITION               May 12, 2017

 

Dear parents,

I am so proud of the great job that fourth grade did presenting the Gospel of Luke, “The Parable of the Banquet”   We had a lot of fun doing it and getting costumes together.  It’s so funny that this loud and vociferous class needed microphones.  They were so quiet in the church---not like them at all.  In class they are the big mouthMafish in the little pond, but in church they are the small mouth fish in the big pond.

We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day gift and that you have time to rest and enjoy your children.  God bless you for the job you have.  It is a wonderful one!!!

I didn’t get to do memory today so we will have double memory next week.

Please look at midterms.  The Social Studies grade is basically the tests on the State capitals.  They can retake the test if they got a low grade.

I will not be giving retakes on any tests in math anymore, due to the short time left of the school year.

MOST KIDS DID NOT HAVE THE ADDRESS OF A PERSON TO WRITE TO.  PLEASE SEND THAT ON MONDAY SO THEY CAN DO THEIR POSTCARD.*******

*******I WILL GIVE THE FINAL SPELLING TEST ON TUESDAY FOR “GRAND CANYON” AND THE READING TEST FOR IT AS WELL.

 

********WEDS.   CHAPEL 

                                I WILL BE CHECKING THE POSTERS TO SEE HOW FAR THE KIDS HAVE COME ALONG.

I do not know if we will start the next story.  I will probably do a Scholastic Reading magazine instead.

 

It has been a crazy week with MAP testing.

Please TEST your child on their knowledge of tying.  I had to tie most of the ribbons on the gift.  I am amazed that most of the class can’t tie or make a bow.

Coming up:  voting for our Cultural Dinner for either:  May 22 or June 5th.  Please check your calendars now.  It is our end of the year family party that is a big potluck!  It will start at 6pm and done by 8pm.

No homework except for sentences due Monday.  Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
May052017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    CINCO DE MAYO     MRS. CALLAGHAN

WELL, FIRST OF ALL THANKS TO MRS. BALDWIN FOR ARRANGING OUR FIELD TRIP TO SEE, “ROBIN HOOD” AT THE FILAMENT THEATER.  IT WAS FABULOUS!  THE KIDS LOVED IT AND SO DID I.  TRY TO SEE IT WITH YOUR FAMILIES.  Thanks to Mrs. Lee for accompanying us and for Mrs. Connors to make sure I didn’t have to walk and that all was well with this class having a chaperone to walk with them.

Yesterday your child should have brought home their poster for their chosen state.  I understand it is not their favorite state but it will be after they find interesting things about it.  Once again, kids can turn the poster in early but it is a big part of their Social Studies grade.

We will do research at school but I want them to do research at home and look at a few sources, so it would be good to go to the library.  We have a limited sample time for World Book with all kinds of cool things on it so I am hoping to take the opportunity to research the states and do virtual tours.  The kids will have until May 24th to complete it.  I do want to check on their research.  I will have progress dates along the way to see how much work they are doing to make sure they are not waiting until the last minute to finish their poster.  You may start now to get information off the internet but don’t put it on the poster yet.

We are going to practice writing postcards so please send the address of who they want to send a postcard to  by Tuesday.  If anyone has extra postcard stamps to donate, I would take them happily.

MONDAY…SHILOH CHAPTER 5 WORKSHEET IS DUE.  (PLEASE PUSH YOUR CHILD TO READ THIS BOOK.  MOST KIDS ARE DONE!)

We are skipping Reading lesson 26 for now and doing lesson 27, “GRAND CANYON”

Spelling words:  subtle  scene  climbed  comb  exhibit  doubt  folks  exhaust  half  whistle  island  lamb  numb  often  rustle  debt  knack  thumb  unknown  mortgage

Vocabulary:  embedded  distant  cascading  ancient  eroding  glistens  sentries  weary

If anyone is interested in going on our final field trip to the Wendella boats (date to be decided), please let me know.  I am thinking that first week of June or the second depending on when we can get the bus rental.

Also, I will send home a survey to see which Monday we can have our Cultural Dinner.  It will be May 22 or June 5th.   Mondays always work better for this cultural potluck and Scouts will be done with the Fellowship room.

We are tracking a dollar bill I received on the “Where’s George” website.  The last time it was tracked was Jan. 15, 2006 in Bartlett, Il.  We are enjoying this activity.  I will spend it this weekend and we will see where it goes.

Wednesday we are doing Chapel at 9:00am.  We will be presenting the parable of “The Wedding Feast”. All are welcome to see our presentation.

******MAP testing next week.  Please be sure your child is rested and has a healthy snack to eat and a healthy lunch.

DONATED SNACKS ALWAYS APPRECIATED.  WE’VE RUN OUT.  NO PEANUT ITEMS!!!