Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

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

Monday
May282018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   MAY 25, 2015  MRS. CALLAGHAN

The boat trip was fantastic!  Thank you chaperones!

 

I  am so proud of our fourth grade who did an awesome job with their “book.”  They were really into making sure everyone had masks and something for Ananzi to steal.  They even asked to practice the music.  They are very “into” their learning and anything that they will be in the public eye for.

What a week, huh?  The Cultural dinner was so successful, food superb, and didn’t you love the kids serving everyone with a smile????  Their performance was lovely, too, and Mrs. Katrina assured me they didn’t need a lot of practice because she has taught them the notes they were playing.  I have to have a “shout out” to Mrs. Jurica, because I think she is a fabulous music teacher who has incredible patience and energy and vision.

We are blessed to have those teachers here who step out of their classroom and step up to enrich the kids’ lives with sports, music, writing, etc.  They devote many, many hours without compensation.  I am impressed by our teachers and I am always amazed at what they are planning “next” for our kids.

Our final story, will be “Dragons and Dinosaurs.”  We will put together dinosaur bones and try to figure out what dinosaur it could be.  I always show “Jurassic Park” the final week of school.  Recently I have had kids who have a fear of those movie genres, and don’t want to watch them.  I may just show part of it in an afternoon and maybe more of it at recess time to those who want to finish the movie.

We are entitled to another movie, pizza, ice cream and extra recess because some fourth grade families pitched in at the auction to win it.  I will do that on Monday. But, winners, who picks up the pizza for me??

And as always, stuffed animal day is Tuesday.  It’s fun to see the kids with their stuffed animals and how they play with them.  We have had a daycare center for them in my room, they have participated in timed math tests, and done numerous other things.  It’s fun to be a kid.

SPELLING WORDS:   subtle  scene  climbed  comb  exhibit  doubt  folks  exhaust  half  whistle  island  lamb  numb  often  rustle  debt  knack  thumb  unknown  mortgage (words with silent letters)

Vocabulary:  contraption  submerged  massive  eerie  roamed  obstacles  elegant  complicated

*****State Report forms are due Tuesday, May 29th.  If your child needs a day or two longer please email me or call me or text me:  773  771 5465.  We can’t do all of the reports on Tuesday, so don’t hesitate to ask for more time if you need it to do a good job.  I gave the kids some information that they can use for their reports.

You all should have received my newsnote about walking to the Filament theatre on Wednesday.  We should be back in time for lunch.  Bless the hearts of all the moms who help with the lunch.  They always are so accommodating.  We truly are blessed by our dedicated kitchen volunteers.  I look forward to my hot lunch daily and so do the kids.

Everyone should be done with Shiloh by  Wednesday.  This includes turning in all of the worksheets.

STATES AND CAPITALS TEST FOR FRIDAY:

Missouri, Jefferson City   Iowa, Des Moines    Minnesota, St. Paul    Wisconsin, Madison

Illinois, Springfield    Indianapolis, Indiana     Ohio, Columbus    Michigan, Lansing

 

I told the kids I would give them a practice test now and a real test  on Tuesday for the states and capitals that were to be for today. (The kids are just crazy right now as I type this.)

 

So that means two tests next week.  So please work with them!

Have a safe and blessed weekend.

Mrs. Callaghan

 

 

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.