Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

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

Friday
Nov092018

Fourth grade Newsletter   November 9, 2018     Mrs. Callaghan
Thank you for the wonderful conferences I had with all of you.  I enjoyed our time together and the input you gave me about your child.  Any way that I can improve as a teacher is always helpful to me.  
I am sending home the conference form that should be filled out and returned to the office.  You do not need to write your name.  I am sending home an envelope too, for you to put it in.  Just write OFFICE on it, so they get it.  I am the only teacher who didn't get any forms turned in.  (sad face)
The kids have been tired with the change of time, but maybe now we will get back on track. As you can tell, the homework is increasing as we get past first quarter.  They are doing well and I am proud of them.
Next week we have someone from the Farm Bureau coming in to talk to our class.  We also have our field trip to Concordia College.  If you have been told you are a chaperone, would you mind emailing me at dcallaghan@stjohnschicago to tell me?
      MEMORY FOR FRIDAY:  "tRUST IN THE lORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.  IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE WILL MAKE STRAIGHT YOUR PATHS."  PROVERBS 3:5-6
    The  cold weather means pack warm clothes and gloves for your child!  Label! Label! Label!
Spelling words:  history  number  hunger  company  window  welcome  blanket  perhaps  service  subject  thunder  furnish  jersey  mother  secret  harvest  winter  problem  chapter  nurses
VOCABULARY WORDS:  IMPRESSED  SLICK  NIMBLE  EXIST  FIERCE  CEASE
****** Social Studies tests went home today as well as abbreviations test
There will be a math test Weds.  I hope your child tells you that we conference about their paper everyday to discuss what they do not understand or what they got wrong on their math homework.  You will see my comments.
HOMEWORK:  EVERY CHILD GOT A HANDWRITING SHEET TO PRACTICE AT HOME.  PLEASE SEND BACK TO SCHOOL MONDAY.  They also got a cursive stroke description.
Monday  turn in Science and handwriting on Monday.
Blessings,
Mrs. Callaghan

Fourth grade Newsletter   November 9, 2018     Mrs. Callaghan
Thank you for the wonderful conferences I had with all of you.  I enjoyed our time together and the input you gave me about your child.  Any way that I can improve as a teacher is always helpful to me.  I am sending home the conference form that should be filled out and returned to the office.  You do not need to write your name.  I am sending home an envelope too, for you to put it in.  Just write OFFICE on it, so they get it.  I am the only teacher who didn't get any forms turned in.  (sad face)The kids have been tired with the change of time, but maybe now we will get back on track. As you can tell, the homework is increasing as we get past first quarter.  They are doing well and I am proud of them.Next week we have someone from the Farm Bureau coming in to talk to our class.  We also have our field trip to Concordia College.  If you have been told you are a chaperone, would you mind emailing me at dcallaghan@stjohnschicago to tell me?      MEMORY FOR FRIDAY:  "tRUST IN THE lORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.  IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE WILL MAKE STRAIGHT YOUR PATHS."  PROVERBS 3:5-6    The  cold weather means pack warm clothes and gloves for your child!  Label! Label! Label!Spelling words:  history  number  hunger  company  window  welcome  blanket  perhaps  service  subject  thunder  furnish  jersey  mother  secret  harvest  winter  problem  chapter  nursesVOCABULARY WORDS:  IMPRESSED  SLICK  NIMBLE  EXIST  FIERCE  CEASE****** Social Studies tests went home today as well as abbreviations testThere will be a math test Weds.  I hope your child tells you that we conference about their paper everyday to discuss what they do not understand or what they got wrong on their math homework.  You will see my comments.HOMEWORK:  EVERY CHILD GOT A HANDWRITING SHEET TO PRACTICE AT HOME.  PLEASE SEND BACK TO SCHOOL MONDAY.  They also got a cursive stroke description.Monday  turn in Science and handwriting on Monday.Blessings,Mrs. Callaghan

Thursday
Oct182018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER  October 18, 2018   MRS. CALLAGHAN

I hate four day weeks!!!!  We always seem to have to squish a lot into the four days including specials.

Going home today is your conference time for Nov. 2.  If you cannot make that time, please let me know.  Please make every effort to be here on that Friday.  I do not do conferences at night.

Going home is Math test 3A, math papers, the Reading Test 5 and Title 1 letters.  In the Friday folder is the Science homework which every child (except one) put that sheet in as they were told.  Which brings me to another issue.  Please work on listening skills with your child and following directions without being told three times.  See if you can get them to listen the first time you give them a direction.

FUN! FUN! FUN! IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SEND A SMALL PUMPKIN (NO BIGGER THAN A CANTALOUPE), WE WILL DECORATE IT WITH FUN STUFF TO BE HAIR, EYES, ETC.  WE ARE GOING TO WRITE ABOUT IT AND COMPARE IT TO OURSELVES.  SEND TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY.

TESTS! TESTS! TESTS!  NEXT THURSDAY WILL BE A SOCIAL STUDIES TEST.

                                                NEXT FRIDAY WILL BE A SCIENCE TEST.  I WILL GIVE THEM STUDY SHEETS FOR BOTH TESTS.

                Math and Science worksheets are due on MONDAY.

We are jumping ahead to reading lesson 11, “Mimicry and Camouflage” which ties in to Science. 

SPELLING WORDS:  BEGIN,  VANISH  BONUS,  LEGAL  EVENT  MOMENT  MOTIVE  NATIVE  SUBURB  MIMIC  PAPER  PILOT  RAVEN  RIVAL  RELISH  SILENT  SOLAR  SPIDER  SUPER  VIRUS

VOCABULARY WORDS:  predator   traits  lure  avoid  mimic  obvious  resembles  deceptive

                The  kids are having a hard time identifying states on a map.  I would advise buying a U.S. map or puzzle and have them work on it.

Have a fun weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

Next abbreviations:    DE  FL  GA  HI  ID  IL IN    TEST ON FRIDAY

 

Tuesday
Oct162018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    MRS. CALLAGHAN      October 11, 2018  WALK A THON   

As usual the kids have a great time at the walk a thon, looking at God’s glory as we walk to raise money for our school.  Unfortunately it drizzled and we had to come back a little early.  Thank you PTL for the treats for the kids.  The kids enjoyed the day.  The shirts can be worn on Fridays.  If you did not turn in your child’s size they had to guess a size.

STORYBOOK PUMPKIN PATCH

Mrs. Uffenbeck sent home directions for making a special pumpkin to go in her library reading patch.  What a cute idea.  I would like all fourth graders to participate.  HOWEVER, IT WILL NOT be a book report.  Rather, they can follow the directions and decorate their pumpkin as their favorite character.  We will do a WRITING activity based on the character they chose.  I will walk them through what I want step by step.  I will help them with the backside of the form that says, “Describe your character.”  We are learning about traits in Reading and traits in Science. This is a great addition to what we are doing in class.  All you and your child have to do is decorate the pumpkin like their favorite character from a BOOK.

Next week we will take our Reading test on Wednesday, as well as the final spelling test.

******* THERE WILL NOT BE A NEW STORY, OR SPELLING WORDS FOR NEXT WEEK DUE TO OUR SHORTENED WEEK.  WE WILL BE DOING OTHER ACTIVITIES/READING INSTEAD.

THURSDAY WILL BE A MAKE UP DAY FOR SOCIAL STUDIES TESTS, AND SPELLING MAKE UPS.

                Title 1 letters will be sent home next week to PARENTS of students who might need some educational enhancement based on their latest MAP scores. This is a free educational opportunity for reinforcement in math and reading.  I recommend signing up for it, even if you don’t want your child going to it, because you cannot get in the program again until February.  Your child might struggle at some point and need the help before that time.  I advise the Title 1 teachers what I want taught to the students to aid them in their understanding of math and reading that I am doing.

Coming home is a list of the abbreviations for the United States.  Please have your child start memorizing the first 7, so they can be tested on them Thursday. Those states will be AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, and CT.   We will be studying the locations of the states as I see they are weak in knowing the states.  Fourth grade is concentrating on geography so this is some of the curriculum they need to know.

In math, we have been learning diameter and radius and measuring with our ruler.  We have practiced the threes multiplication table.  We will be moving on to fours.  They know the threes.

Don’t forget to send a snack for your child.  Thank you, Mrs. Shero for sending snacks!

Papers will go home next week, Thursday.

Blessings!

Friday
Oct052018

FRIDAY NEWSLETTER FROM MRS. CALLAGHAN   October 4, 2018   MIDTERM EDITION

Hello Families,

Please check fastdirect to look at the midterm grades and send me an email that you looked at them.  My email is dcallaghan@stjohnschicago.org.  Remember that I am just getting to know them and their learning styles.  I am seeing what skills they need to work on. 

We will be working on our “official” Handwriting book next week where grades will be official.  You will notice that on the papers handed back today and in the past I basically write good, or very good on them or something like that.  Some kids have almost mastered cursive and others need to learn it.

You will notice that attached to a lot of the math problems, is my answer sheet to the problems.  I do this so that parents and student see the correct answer and how it is done.  Look for little hints or prompts on the answers.  Also, the student comes to me at the end of class to have a conference about the daily homework so we can see if the child doesn’t understand a concept or just made a silly mistake.  They catch the silly mistakes I make too!  I emphasize that this is homework…our learning time and I do not expect perfection. BUT PLEASE WORK WITH THEM ON READING CLOCKS, THERMOMETERS, LEARNING MONTHS AND HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THEM AND MULTIPLICATION TABLES.

NEXT FRIDAY IS THE WALK A THON.  Please read the parent bulletin for more information.  I believe I need a chaperone to walk with if possible.  If you cannot make it, don’t worry, I can handle all nine of them.

Students are still not taking responsiblility for their memory.  I gave them an extra newsletter so they can cut out their memory and put it in their planner and some did not do that even after my direction.  We also drew a picture of it to illustrate it or wrote it out in fancy letters.  Kids still can’t find their memory today!

Spelling words, Lesson 6 “On the Banks of Plum Creek”   circle  angle  cradle  ladle  castle  ruffle  juggle  ankle  battle  candle  fable  riddle  icicle  sparkle  jungle  tangle  marble  sizzle  paddle  handle

Vocabulary:  darted  swerved  responsible  contradicting  jostling  attentive  pounced    

Book orders are due: October 19th with a check made to Scholastic Books or cash.

I am not going to send home Memory today.  No one studies over the weekend anyhow.  I will try to make the children responsible for their memory and keeping it in their planner on Monday.  I am NOT running extra paper again.  They have to be responsible.          

Homework for Monday:   Math Lesson 21  numbers 1-25

I will make a date for a make up for failed Social Studies tests

If your child’s reading test said “see me”  #9 it means they did not answer sufficiently.  You can send those comprehension papers back, please, so we can work on expanding our answers.