Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Friday
Sep212018

FOURTH GRADE NEWS    September 21, 2018       MRS. CALLAGHAN

The kids are doing well, but I noticed they need to follow directions and particularly my voice commands.  In Art, Mrs. Koenig noticed that most of the kids do not follow her directions.  They need to listen.  Other than that they are doing well.

Our next story is Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain. 

The vocabulary words are:  solemnly  accusing  interrogation  averted  stern  fury  cringed  craned

SPELLING WORDS were sent home on a separate sheet.

Not all children finished their MAP tests and will get a chance to finish next week.

I am planning on having a Math test 2 next Tuesday.  Their math test 1 went home in their Friday folder.

I am keeping some math and Reading tests to review with them.  Grades are online.

I am planning a Social Studies test next Thursday and I will send home a study sheet.

It’s been a busy week with meeting with our Chapel Families, making banners for church, going to the Book Fair, taking tests and just getting into routines.

Our memory for next Friday is:  “The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.” (Psalm 145:13

Have a blessed week-end!

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
Sep142018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER FOR September 14, 2018     MRS. CALLAGHAN

Greetings, Families,

We are still doing a great job in fourth grade and I am very proud of them for following my directions and showing self-control.  They are growing up!!!  They have wonderful enthusiasm for which I am grateful.

Thank you for coming to the meeting last night.  I know I gave you a lot of information to read.  Once again don’t hesitate to communicate with me about any concerns or questions. 

For those people who were unable to make it last night, your child should have a math book for you to keep for reference in their book bag.  It also has papers that I passed out from last night.  Please read those.

Would you all mind sending back the information sheet about your child by next week Friday?

We finally got our Friday folders, where you will find the school bulletin, my letter, the next hot lunch form, Scholastic book fair info, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Stem Scouts information and maybe more.

I have sent home the vocabulary words on a separate sheet as well as the spelling words on a separate sheet.  Please look for those.

Next week is our MAP testing.  Please send an extra healthy snack for them to eat before they take the test.

Also at our meeting last night we decided that when I have afternoon snack break they may finish anything they didn’t eat at lunch.

Next week, even though we are testing, we still will read, “Danitra Brown Leaves Town” lesson 3 and will be tested on it, vocabulary and spelling words next Friday.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OLD MAGAZINES WITH PICTURES OF ANIMALS IN THAT YOU DON’T WANT, PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME NEXT MONDAY IF YOU CAN.  I’LL TAKE THEM LATER, TOO.

I hope to see you all at the Scholastic Book Fair on Friday.  It sounds like our class will get to go so the kids should bring more money.  I will send home more information when I know more about it.  Please support this because I really want to see Mr. Green dress up as a gnome!!!!!!!!!

****** PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD’S “LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM” TO SCHOOL MONDAY*******

MEMORY FOR FRIDAY:  “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:1) 

YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE WORKING ON MEMORY MORE THAN THE DAY BEFORE I TEST.  HELP THEM WITH THE MEMORY PLEASE.  I ENTER GRADES ON THE COMPUTER AND IN THEIR PLANNER.

Friday
Sep072018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER        September 6, 2018                       MRS. CALLAGHAN

WOW! ANOTHER GREAT WEEK!  I have been enjoying your children and look forward to meeting with you this Thursday, September 13th.  I will have handouts for you as well as a math book for you to take home to use as a reference.  We currently are not using a book.  I follow the Saxon math series but supplement with numerous other resources.  If you cannot make it next Thursday, please let me know.  I will send home a package of information with your child on Friday.  The meeting is basically information to give to you and to answer any questions you might have about fourth grade.  I am sure you have heard a lot about our class so far.  I like to follow routines and procedures because it makes it easier for kids to know what to expect.  They have been doing wonderfully!

Today is the first day that they have had a test in my class on Reading and Vocabulary.  You should be able to see their grades on fastdirect by Tuesday.

In Social Studies I have given them map skill worksheet s that basically have a lot of directions for them to follow.  This way I can see if they can read and follow directions carefully.  Their work has not been graded, just corrected by me with them at my desk so I can teach them where their mistakes are and correct them.

We are working on cursive and once again, I am not grading it yet.  I am teaching them the skill and letting them make corrections thereby practicing their cursive.

The good part about such a small class is that I can work individually with them, which I do.

Thursday we listened to the Walther Lutheran College Prep H.S. band.  It was a great, and fun-filled experience.  Going home today are forms to fill out if you want your child to take band lessons.  It was pointed out that you DO NOT HAVE TO BUY or RENT A BAND INSTRUMENT!

ALSO going home are sports letters with information for you.  Please refer to our school bulleting to find sporting news on the back side which tells you when practices and meets are for Cross Country.

ALSO please read my newsletter which goes home in your child’s Friday folder or planner (in case we don’t have the Friday folders.  All important papers are in there.

By now you have seen how the planners work.  You must sign daily.  Check daily in case I wrote a note to you or stapled something you need to see in the planner.

Your child may have struggled with our Science homework.  The book is difficult but your child must start to learn how to read informational text.  That is my job to teach them that.  You may help them with Science homework and with all homework.

I tell your child it is okay to make mistakes or to not understand something.  If they understood everything perfectly, they would be in front of the class teaching it.  We are in the business of learning and we will make mistakes.  I make mistakes all the time, or I forget stuff I learned in Science and I have to relearn it, which I tell them.  We are learning how to learn in fourth grade.

Please send your child’s Bible to school Monday.

Our next Reading story is, “The Mighty Jackie” which is based on a true story.

The vocabulary words and spelling words are sent  home today in your child’s folder.

Vocabulary words are: glared  legendary  muttered  gaped  flinched  fluke  snickering stunned

The Spelling pretest is on Monday.

The Reading and Vocab test is on Friday.  So is the final spelling test for those who need to take it.

Memory for next week is:

“Good and upright is the Lord: therefore He instructs sinners in the way.  He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way.”  Psalm 25: 8-9

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Callaghan

 

 

 

 

Friday
Aug312018

Fourth Grade Newsletter for August 31       Mrs. Callaghan

The kids are doing really well.  I am proud of how well they listen and follow directions.  They are a fun bunch of kids and funny, too! We have enjoyed getting to know one another through various activities.  I hope your child is having an enjoyable fourth grade experience.

MATH LESSON 2 IS DUE ON TUESDAY.         * PLEASE SEND THEIR YELLOW BIBLES TO SCHOOL TUESDAY

I take Church and Sunday School attendance every Monday.  Sometimes I forget and do it later in the week and your child forgets.  They will get a homework planner next week, and you can always write me notes in there if they went to church/Sunday school.  More on planners next week!!!

Please remember to send a snack that is healthy for your child each day.  They look forward to it!

We usually have a spelling pretest on Mondays, but since we will not be in school Monday, it will shift to Tuesday.  If they get 100, they don’t have to take the test on Friday.  If they get one wrong, they have to write that word twenty times and they don’t have to take the test on Friday. MORE THAN ONE WORD WRONG must be corrected by WRITING them correctly five times.  We do that in class.

I am trying to teach them that every paper has a home in a folder.  Hopefully they have put their Spelling Word list  in their homework folder.  Please look for a folder labeled “Homework”  Spelling Words for next week are: pact  brand  brick  crop  broad  tread  film  else  gram  gum  dread  spend  past  plot  check  split  sting  strap  task  twin

We start a Reading story on Mondays and get a test on it and on vocabulary words on Fridays.  We started our Reading story this week, “The Hot and Cold Summer” and will get a comprehension test on it next Friday.

Vocabulary words:  pact  annoyed  queasy  depriving  venture  foisted

Don’t forget to send book covers for your child’s books.

I have  sent home Scholastic book order forms.  Orders are due by Sept. 7, next Friday with payment in cash or check written to _Scholastic Book Club._

Please mark your calendars for SEPTEMBER 13th for our Parent meetings which start at 6:30pm. For 2nd, 4th and 5th grade.  Parents get a chance to meet with those teachers to find out about what is happening for the year and to answer any of your questions.

We have MEMORY every Friday which they are tested on.  Here is next Friday’s memory work.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

*****I could use small packs of spoons for our classroom, if you want to send in a pack!********

 

Friday
Jun012018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER                    June 1, 2018     MRS. CALLAGHAN

                IT’S hard to believe that this is our last day of “official” classes.  Next week I will have to catch up on some things with the kids.

Remember that Monday is our pizza lunch, ice cream and movie day and extra recess thanks to those who bought this item at the auction for our class.

I took a poll of the kids movie suggestions and it looks like “Shiloh” will be our movie to watch.

TUESDAY we say goodbye to Dr. Hendricks.  We will have a breakfast to honor him.  It will consist of a muffin, cheese stick, and something else for the kids, probably a fruit.

Tuesday we will watch, “Jurassic Park” and those who do not want to see it, can sit in the library during times they don’t want to watch it and read or play a game with someone else.    Or stay in the room and turn away at “scary” parts.  We will be viewing this in the Science room, so I will be right next door to the library.

TUESDAY THEY WILL NEED TO BRING A LUNCH AND A DRINK!

THEY MAY BRING A SNACK TO EAT WHILE THEY WATCH THE MOVIE, AND A SNACK TO SHARE.  THEY ALSO CAN BRING ONE REASONABLE SIZE CANDY TO EAT DURING THE MOVIE.

                                PLEASE SEND PLENTY OF STURDY BAGS FOR THE KIDS TO PACK UP ALL THEIR GOODIES!  They can start bringing stuff home on Monday so they don’t have so much to carry.

                                Please return any math books that were sent home, Shiloh books and any other books that are under your child’s bed.

It has been a pleasure to have this class!  I truly loved them.  Every day was a great day in fourth grade.! 

Thank you, parents for all of your support for me and for the class.  It means a lot and offers great encouragement to just be the best you can be.

I know we will always hear great things about this class and also in the future I expect wonderful things from them.  They are very special!  God has a wonderful plan for their lives!  They have been a blessing to mine.

No homework!  See you at the picnic on Sunday!

Love,

Mrs. Callaghan