Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Friday
May182018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER     MAY 18, 2018    MRS. CALLAGHAN

We are coming to the close of the school year and I am sad that my little babies will be leaving me!

They have been a wonderful group to teach and spend my time with.

*****DON’T FORGET THAT MONDAY IS OUR CULTURAL DINNER!!!!

                Just a note of clarification, you don’t have to bring a dessert and main dish, you should bring one thing to share and if you choose to bring two things, I won’t stop you.  Remember it is a “taste” of the country…and all those tastes end up as a plateful of food.

I forgot to put in my note about Cultural Day that I could use some colorful tablecloths…not from Dollar store…but if Jewel has the heavier ones on sale for a dollar (which are normally $2.00), then if someone wants to send in one or two, that would be great.  I will need about 12.

If you are donating something, I would appreciate it if you could send it to school Monday morning or bring it to me after school so I can set up and see if I need to buy something.  You can email me at dcallaghan@stjohnschicago.org to tell me what you can donate.  Anything that you donate and isn’t used, please take home.

If you get to the Fellowship Room early, I may be able to use you to just set up.  I will be having the kids help with set up….so we need the tablecloths in the morning.

If your child did not finish their MAP test, they will have to do it Monday,Tuesday,or Wednesday, after school with Mrs. Franklin, who is the administrator of the test. Please let me know which day your child will be going.

Also, remember that Thursday is our Spring Music program, and Friday is our Wendella boat trip.

In regards to the Spring musical, your child may be an animal in the “play” and will need to bring the fruit that “Anansi” steals from them.  I asked teachers if they had any of the fake fruit, but the only thing someone had was a fake banana.  So please ask your child what it is they are responsible for.

You can have them bring in a real fruit or a fake fruit that perhaps the Dollar store has.  As for masks, we can attempt to make them at school.

                MONDAY is our final MAP test, and it will be MATH.  Please have your child rested, and bring a healthy SNACK for them.

STATES AND CAPITALS TEST THURSDAY

Boston, Massachusetts      Montpelier, Vermont      Concord, New Hampshire       Augusta, Maine    Bismarck, North Dakota       Pierre, North Dakota       Lincoln, Nebraska            Topeka, Kansas

THERE WON’T BE ANY SPELLING OR READING TESTS NEXT WEEK!!!!!

Saturday
May122018

Fourth Grade News for May 11, 2018     Mrs. Callaghan

What a week!  I have been spoiled by all of the goodies from parents and PTL!  Thank you everyone.  The kids made some adorable cards for me and every day let me know how much they appreciate me.  Of course, they are a fabulous bunch and are a blessed gift to me.

They are so excited about their Mother’s Day gift they made.  They dearly love their moms!

Thank you, Mrs. Merced for the materials for the gifts.  May all the moms have a great day with their dear children.  Hug them and kiss them while you can.

Thank you, Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Radcliff for making our Monday a special day!!!! We enjoyed our special lunch.

We have enough chaperones for the Wendella boat trip, But, I do have another trip planned to see a play at the Filament Theater across from Portage Park.  It is on Wednesday, May 30th and we will be walking over there right after chapel.  Is there anyone else who can go with????  I would like at least two chaperones.  First come, first serve, so email me please.

Spelling words for next week:  lesson 27  “Grand Canyon”

Respect  inspect  spectacle  spectator  spectrum  specific  construct  destruction  instruct  structure  autograph  photograph  phonics  telegraph  paragraph  visor  visitor  visual  visible  television

The   state poster can be worked on at home.  IT IS DUE ON OR BEFORE MAY 28TH.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO CANNOT COME TO OUR CULTURAL DAY DINNER?  PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  YOU MAY BRING FAMILY WITH, GRANDPARENTS, SIBLINGS, LOVED ONES, ETC. as long as you have enough food to make up for them coming as it is a pot luck.  I promise to send home more information next week.  It’s just a simple pot luck, sampling of different foods.  You may bring a main dish or dessert and it does not have to be homemade.  We do have outlets to plug in crock pots.  Everything should come already cooked.  I will need donations of plates, cups, napkins, etc, but that will be in my note.

STATES AND CAPITALS FOR NEXT WEEK:  Annapolis, Maryland    Dover, Delaware    Trenton, New Jersey

Hartford, Connecticut   Providence, Rhode Island

 

NO HOMEWORK!  ENJOY MOTHER’S DAY! 

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Thursday
May032018

Fourth Grade News   May 2, 2018    Track Edition  GOOD LUCK, FOURTH GRADE!

Lots of events happening in May!

FIRST OFF…..DON’T MAKE A LUNCH FOR YOUR CHILD ON MONDAY!!!  THEY ARE BEING TREATED TO A LOVELY LUNCH FOR THEIR EFFORTS FOR THE PENNY WARS!

Don’t forget our book fair that is this Friday coming up---buy one, get  one , free!

Our field trip to the Wendella boats is May 25th the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  We should be back to school by 1:00pm if you are planning on leaving early to go somewhere for the holiday.  I already have had Abby Allen, Melissa Wagner, and Mr. Merced ask to be chaperones.  I have about six extra tickets for anyone else who wants to go.  You will have to pay $9.25 for the ticket but it is a deal.  It is first come, first serve, so email me to tell me you can commit to the date and time.

Our Cultural Day, is Monday, May 21st.

I will get an information sheet out next week to you.

Everyone is keeping up with reading SHILOH so I didn’t need to give a test, but I can’t say that will hold true for the rest of the book.

The next States and Capitals will be:    Denver, Colorado    Cheyenne, Wyoming     Helena, Montana  Boise, Idaho    Columbia, South Carolina    Raleigh, North Carolina    Richmond, Virginia                Charleston, West Virginia   Harrisburg, West Virginia    Albany, New York   test on FRIDAY

I will give kids the state poster next week so they can get started on it.  Some kids got permission from me to do a state they visited already.

We read a story about the Holocaust which the kids were really interested in and had a lot of questions. I told them we would read an excerpt from “Anne Frank’s Diary” next week.  I feel it is important for kids to know about this so it never happens again.

Because we are switching to a story not in our reader, I am going to use the spelling words for lesson 9 as our spelling lesson and we won’t read that story from our reader.

SPELLING WORDS:  monster  complete  hundred  exchange  sandwich  surprise  applause  although  conflict  mattress  purchase  merchant  pumpkin  angry  Thursday  ostrich  punctual  address  chestnut luncheon

Please read SHILOH   chapter 7 by Monday.  They may read ahead but not tell what the high point of the book is to anyone so they don’t spoil the book.

SCIENCE TEST ON FRIDAY!!!!!  IT WILL BE A LOT OF MATCHING PICTURES TO WORDS, AND MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS. 

 

Friday
Apr272018

Fourth Grade Newsletter         Mrs. Callaghan     April 26, 2018

Fourth grade is all agog about poetry! We have been learning about how poets carefully choose their words, rhyme schemes of poetry and imagery.  Last week Mr. Bouman taught the kids about Robert Frost’s poem, “ Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”                    

Today I gave them a “mock” of the poem which had a different subject, to see if they could remember the original poem they read last week.  They did! And they remembered a lot of things about the rhyme scheme, as well as the ending lines of the poem.  They guessed what the title of the “mock” poem could be, and came pretty close.  It was a lot of fun. Next, we learned about acrostics. I gave them a two page paper with words that describe character traits, to aid them in their poems. This will help them with “Shiloh” as well.

Next Tuesday, Mr. Bouman will come back to watch me teach the class about imagery in poetry.  I told him this class was advanced and could handle what I would be teaching them, so I am excited to have him see my class at work.

READ CHAPTERS 5 AND 6 IN SHILOH FOR MONDAY.  WORKSHEET FOR CH. 5 IS DUE ON MONDAY.

STUDENTS MAY BRING A STUFFED ANIMAL TO CLASS MONDAY.

Our next states and capitals test will be next Thursday.  Here are the states and capitals:

Santa Fe, New Mexico      Juneau, Alaska    Austin, Texas    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma                              Olympia, Washington       Salem, Oregon        Sacramento, California        Carson City, Nevada                   Salt Lake City, Utah

We will not have our regular Spelling Test and Reading test next week as most of my class will be at the track meet. We will be doing a different reading activity.  SO STUDY STATES AND CAPITALS!

***      Important information:  mark your calendars now for the following:

Penny Wars Reward Lunch is May 7th… so don’t send a lunch for your child

Wendella Boat trip…. To be decided and I need chaperones

Cultural Dinner for fourth grade families……May 21 from 6:00 to 8:00pm  ( I have had it on this Monday for years now and it always works best.  We may miss one or two families but that does happen.)  More details later.  This is a “pot luck” of food from your child’s country or any other country.

We will be having a Science test on Heat Energy---convection, radiation and conduction, the week of May 7th.  We will  make study guides next week.  I am sending home some Science papers for you to do with your child as well as a study sheet of examples/pictures of concepts.

There will be a test on Shiloh sometime next week on either chapters 3 and 4 or all the way through 6.  I will let the kids know when and how many chapters….all the more reason to read.

Friday
Apr132018

Fourth Grade Newsletter  April 13, 2018  

I did not get a chance to get this note typed and to the kids.  I am sorry about that.  I did send home the spelling words for next week.  A lot of the kids said they could not read cursive which is disheartening because we have been writing in our workbooks and learning cursive.

Maybe you could write a little note to your child each day in cursive and have them answer you back in cursive.  A line or two should do.  They have the hardest time with joinings of the letters.

Such excitement today!  Mr. Kelly provided the kids with our art activity.  Everything was carefully planned out and sorted out to make our project a successful  experience.  We made adorable owl planters.  Hopefully they came home in one piece.  They might need a little bit of water to dampen the soil.  Do not overwater.  Ask the kids why there is blue tape covering the bottom hole in the planter. We had a lot of fun singing “Happy Birthday” to our new creatiions.

It was also Amaria’s half birthday, so we had treats for that, and Mr. Bryant brought cookies and popcorn to our class.  I’m telling you…they are a charming bunch…who get rewarded!!!!

Take a look in their Friday folders for papers coming home today including their Science test.  I am keeping their book reports because I made corrections on them and I want them to look at what I wrote, before I let them read them aloud to the class.  They did a good job.

Please look at your child’s report card.  Let me know thru email or a note in your child’s planner that you saw their grades.

Spelling words for next week: 

additional  beautifully  blissfully  boastfully  carefully  cheerfully  colorfully  educational  effortlessly  endlessly  guiltlessly  joyfully meaningfully  playfully   restfully  childishness  truthfully   usefully powerfully

Vocabulary words:  remarkable  extract  stealthy  advantage  withstand  suitable

Our story is “Mangrove Wilderness” and it is a difficult story because it is “expository non-fiction” and we will be “unpacking” the story to understand the facts and the relationship the Mangrove has with it’s inhabitants and the critters who depend on it for survival.

Tuesday, our literary coach, Mr. Bouman, from Concordia will be coming to our room to teach them about poetry. He and I are both English majors so he jumped at the opportunity to do the teaching next week.  English majors love poetry!!!!!!!!!!!!

In my math class, the kids are doing well with long division so I think we can move on to harder things.

Have a great weekend.  The kids were NUTS once we had that spate of warm weather.  They definitely are getting spring fever and ready to leave my nest soon!

See you at the rummage sale!