Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Thursday
Mar162017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   ST. PATRICK’S DAY EDITION  March 17TH, 2017  MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

Top of the Mornin’ to ye all!  I hope it is a GREEN day for all of ye and your day be blessed.

 

Speaking of blessings, let’s bless our PTL with getting our Science basket stuff in by next week so they can make the baskets for the auction.  I recommend that you go to the American Science and Surplus store on Milwaukee and Foster in the little mall by the Dollar Tree Store.  You don’t have to spend much to find really fun things to go in our basket.  You can spend less than dollars for cool stuff and if most people buy a little something, we could have a great basket.  If you don’t know what to get and you want to send a donation of $5.00 in, I will go and shop for you.  BUT SEND IT IN MONDAY OR TUESDAY, PLEASE.

Spring pictures are THIS Monday.  I am sorry for the mix-up, but only one child came dressed out of uniform.

ALL SPELLLING AND READING IS POSTPONED TILL THIS WEEK.   So many kids were absent and with play practice, it was just not working to repeat and repeat the reading lesson.

Very interesting tidbit…..Your children tell me that you throw everything away that is in the folder and so that is why they don’t know about anything and parents haven’t a clue what is due when.  True?

I doubt it.  I think the kids just lose the stuff and blame the parents.  I have had about five kids ask for copies of the Scientist Report today.  Many were surprised the box is due THIS MONDAY.  I told them it has been in my Friday newsletter, the date is on the board, and I have discussed it for about a month or more in my newsletter.  We have looked at books, websites and written dates in two places in our planner….so no excuses.

I would love to have all the boxes on Monday.  If for some reason you can’t turn it in on Monday, please turn it in on Tuesday.  I need to have grades done.  I also would like a note to accompany the box with the reason why it is late, so that I know.

The book reports have been a lot of fun to listen to.  Good job.  I think the kids enjoyed doing them and the class loved listening to them and were inspired to read a great many of the books.

The Social Studies tests were not so great.  I am giving them a chance to redo the essay questions, using their books so that they can raise their test grade. They just need to answer on a lined sheet of paper and give it to me.

The States and Capitals that I had in last week’s newsletter will be on a test for this coming Weds.

Ask your child about our Science experiment.  Very fun.  The Alka Seltzer is a product I bought at the Dollar store called Picot…for only $1.00!!!

Math tests went home today, hopefully, I gave them out. (This is typed on Thursday)

Blessings!

Friday
Mar102017

FOURTH GRADE NEWS    March 10, 2017   MRS. CALLAGHAN

Once again, another week has whizzed by.  We had a delightful book report by Emily today.  Ask your child about it and how she came dressed to school.  All I can say is, orange is the new black.

Coming home are math tests.  Most of the kids will have a chance to retake the test on Tuesday to boost their grades and replace this test with the higher grade.  The kids are having a hard time figuring out time/clocks so I explained army time to them and taught them how to do the problem with a 24 hour number and converting minutes greater than sixty to the next hour.

The States and Capitals test will be next Thursday.

Trenton, New Jersey      Hartford, Connecticut      Providence, Rhode Island,            Boston, Massachusetts  

Montpelier, Vermont       Concord, New Hampshire

 

Book reports are next week and the Scientist Report is due March 20th.

Monday--            SPRING PICTURES  and spelling pretest

                                Lesson 22 spelling words:  incomplete   indirect  indent  instead  include  inexact  infamous  outbid  outbreak  outcast  outdated  outdoor  downfall   downhill  downpour  downstairs  update  upfront  uphill  upwind

Vocabulary words:  opportunities  comforted  journey  burst  huddle  recognizes

TUESDAY:            MATH RETAKES FOR FOURTH GRADE MATH

Weds:                   Chapel   send offerings     MEMORY

THURSDAY          STATES AND CAPITALS TEST----POSSIBLE READING TEST OR SPELLING INSTEAD OF FRIDAY SINCE IT IS A HALF DAY ON FRIDAY AND WE WILL HAVE SPRING PLAY REHEARSAL FRIDAY MORNING.           

FRIDAY                 READING TEST, FINAL SPELLING

SCIENCE A PALOOZA NEXT WEEK, SO HOPEFULLY YOU SENT IN YOUR JAR AND I WOULD TAKE EXTRAS IF YOU HAVE THEM.  TALENTI ICE CREAM IS DELICIOUS AND THEY HAVE A GREAT PLASTIC JAR WITH A SCREW ON CAP!  I HAVE A FEW OF THOSE FOR AN EXPERIMENT.

No homework this weekend.  Just work on reports and study!

God’s blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Friday
Mar032017

FOURTH grade  NEWSLETTER    March 3, 2017          MRS. CALLAGHAN      

TODAY, we have been enjoying playing math games in the computer lab at math time.  The kids really enjoy their practice time when it is playing a game.  I recommend this for those students needing practice with multiplication and division and those who need to start learning other concepts like fractions and decimals.  The kids know the names of the websites, so please have them practice!

IMPORTANT:  in order for the kids to get the reward of a funfair, for raising money for JDM, we must reach our goal of $3000.00.  This Lent, think about giving up a special Starbucks drink, bag of chocolate kisses, Netflix movie and donate that money to our JDM fundraiser.

IMPORTANT:  we need to get fourth grade donations for our St. John’s auction basket.  We have one donation so far. 

Next week:  your child should bring in a clear, label-free glass jar that should be no bigger than a jam jar or salsa jar, so we can do a Science experiment.

Your child should bring in their Reading book that they are doing their book report on.  I want to see them.  It’s okay that they are doing it on a book they read already this year and that they have not done a book report on it for third grade.  Their book talk should not be more than five minutes.  We have staggered dates for the report and your child should know their due date.

Scientist report: Each child told me the Scientist they are going to report on.  I am sending home the form that says what they are supposed to report on.  We looked at a completed cereal box report from a previous class and talked about how it could have been better.

The Scientist box should be completed by:  March 20th and will be counted for third quarter.  We will not have reading class that week due to Spring Musical Practice, so the Scientist cereal box reports will be fun to do during that week.  If your child is done sooner, they may send their box to school.

States and Capitals for next week are:  Richmond, Virginia     Charleston, West Virginia     Harrisburg, Pennsylvania   Albany, New York     Annapolis, Maryland      Dover, Delaware

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE IS NO CANDY ALLOWED AT LUNCHTIME.  IF YOU SEND A LUNCHABLE, PLEASE TAKE OUT THE CANDY.

ALSOOOOOO….NO PEANUT BUTTER!!!  IF YOU MUST PUT PEANUT BUTTER IN A SANDWICH YOUR CHILD MUST SIT A FEW TABLES AWAY and wash their hands and table down.  Ben has a severe allergy.

PLEASE, PLEASE bring in the postcard I sent your child.  We are going to do a Social Studies lesson with them.  I brought back maps of Arizona so we will do some map work.  Also they will have another project fourth quarter on a state and they must know how to write a postcard.

Spelling words went home on a different sheet.  Pretest Monday on words from “Winn-Dixie.”

REMEMBER TO SEND SNACKS TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY FOR YOUR CHILD.  DON’T ASSUME WE HAVE SNACKS.  WE GET SNACKS IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON IF YOUR CHILD BRINGS ONE OR IF SOMEONE DONATES A BOX OF GRAHAM CRACKERS OR SOMETHING ELSE.

Friday
Feb242017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER  February 24, 2017        MRS. CALLAGHAN

 Well, I had a nice vacation in Arizona, short as it was.  Coming back, I found the children to be very squirrely for the most part.  Probably some is the nice weather signaling their brain that summer is coming soon and school will be out.

I will be grading the math retake tests and the measurement ones they took today.

On homework, I noticed that not everyone is completing the problems.  They are writing answers so I can’t see where they are making errors or are they copying from others?  ALSO, DO NOT USE A CALCULATOR ON PROBLEMS.  FOURTH GRADE IS LEARNING STEP BY STEP METHODS TO MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION.  I MUST SEE THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.               

Coming home is a BOOK REPORT CHOICE.  I didn’t write a due date, because I want them staggered over the next three weeks.  Each child will give me a date between March 6 and March 16th to do their report.  This class loves to read, so their report is to be on a book they read already.  I only have two students who have not read a book so they must get going on getting a book to read, which I have mentioned in previous newsletters.

DON’T FORGET OUR SPRING MUSICAL IS MARCH 24TH!!!  IT’S A CUTE ONE!!

You still need a cereal box so we can work on our Scientist report which will be due March 16th.

This is an easy project with a preprinted form to fill out and glue on the box.

STATES AND CAPITALS TEST:  NEXT FRIDAY:

Denver, Colorado    Cheyenne, Wyoming     Helena, Montana    Boise, Idaho    Columbia, South Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Also, if you are going to throw away jam jars, baby food jars or salsa jars, DON’T!!! Please send them washed out really good, with labels off for a fourth grade Science project on density.  Send it in by Tuesday if possible.

Monday:  Reading   lesson 19  “Juan Verdades” which is a folktale with a riddle that is challenging.

Spelling pretest:  babies’  baby’s  child’s   children  classes’  class’s  sheep   feet  elk  fish  fishes’  goose’s   geese  jeans  mouse’s  mice  teeth  women  woman’s  moose

As you can see, these are singular and plural words.  I will mix up the words on the pretest so they have to know which is the singular and which is the plural.  We have gone over this in class.

Tuesday..  send jars     CURE JDM FUNDRAISER  crazy hair/clash day

Weds.         Chapel   baptismal birthdays

Thursday:     possible Social Studies test.  Study sheet will be provided beforehand.

Friday                   Reading, Spelling and vocabulary test

THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE SNACKS!  They go fast.  Send a snack on hot lunch days for your child, please.

Thursday
Feb162017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSNOTE     February 16, 2017      Mrs. Callaghan          

The kids are wound up with Valentine’s Day and with the four day week-end!!!!  Sugar and freedom mixed together makes for a wild class!

Thank you everyone for making our Valentine’s party a fun one.  We enjoyed all the treats.  I will say that after eating sugar all day, they enjoyed the fresh fruit!  Thanks to the moms who are sending in fruit for the kids to enjoy.  Thanks to everyone who contributes snacks to the class.  We all love to have a healthy snack and the kids really need it for their growing bodies.

I will not be here Tuesday.  Our substitute for the day will be Mr. Clark who is well versed in the way of our school and our classroom.  I will be visiting my sister, Mrs. Weimer in Arizona.

Our spelling words will be for the review lesson with just a few words that will be new.  I skipped lesson 19 because it is a more difficult one.

Lesson 20  Spelling words:  arrival  gentle  national  single  level  collar  doctor  checkers  power  overboard  overheat  underbrush  undergo  subway  sheep  class’s  fishes’  women  jeans  fish

Due to MAP testing and shortened weeks we will postpone Scientist Reports and Book Reports until after midterms.  I did not see a lot of kids with books to read this week as I had requested.  During the four days off, it would be a great opportunity to visit the library, or Half-Price books or Barnes and Noble to find a book to read, look over a book about a scientist, or inventor.   I brought a lot of books in from Jefferson Park library but the kids didn’t seem interested in the Scientists.  They can even google scientists and inventors and learn a little about them.

Remember to: SAVE CEREAL BOXES BUT DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!

                                ALSO, IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION, THAT KIDS ARE CARRYING THEIR MATH BOOKS BACK AND FORTH TO SCHOOL EACH DAY.  THEY ARE TO STAY HOME FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES.  WE WILL NOT USE THEM IN CLASS.

KEEP studying math terms with your child.  The math book explains what a lot of the terms mean.  We are starting division with remainders which should not be a new concept to your child.  I will be moving fast now.

MONDAY             no school!

TUESDAY             SPELLING PRETEST   LESSON 20

WEDS.                   CHAPEL       MEMORY   

FRIDAY                 READING AND SPELLING TEST

 

ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH YOUR FOURTH GRADER!

Mrs. Callaghan