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Monday, September 27, 2010

Week of September 27th

Happy Weekend!

Three's no written homework, but keep reading (remember September logs are due by Monday) and the Word Study test for Lesson 1 is on Thursday.

REMINDER - no school on Friday, October 8th or Monday, October 11th.

Thursday -

Just one more day of Terra Nova.


Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Remember - September logs are due no later than Monday.
Science - record weather observation in your notebook.
Writing - use sensory details from your weather observation to inspire a story in your Writer's Notebook.

Wednesday -

Day 2 of Terra Nova is finished. Tomorrow is Mathematics.

Read for 15 minutes and record on log.

Word Study - We tried something new with the vocabulary words today. We cut out the words and definitions and pasted them onto index cards. Finish the second sheet of words tonight and do exercise 1B in your notebook the way we did #1 in class.

Religion - say a prayer for someone you think really needs one.


Today was a loooong morning of Terra Nova testing so there's very little homework.

Read for 15 minutes and record on log.

Complete pages 24 - 25 in Religion book if you did not do it last night.

Rest up for another day of Terra Nova testing.

NOTE:  SPANISH homework due next Tuesday - Actividad C on pages 33, 34 and 35.

The main news this week is Terra Nova testing.
We spent most of today filling in the information on the answer sheet and doing practice tests. The children took the practice tests home with them so parents can review if you want to.

Testing begins tomorrow and continues all week. Our school policy is to give minimal homework this week because of the testing. The students will continue with their 15 minutes of reading each night and have one other assignment most nights.

Monday's homework is to complete, color and cut out the religion sheet.
Some students wanted to get a head start on the next religion assignment so they can do that tonight.

The most important homework is to:

Get a good night's sleep;
Eat a healthy breakfast; and

Remember to bring several sharpened #2 pencils.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week of September 20th

No written weekend homework.
Re-read the Readers Theater play and decide which scene you want to work on.

Reminder - the spell/check fundraiser papers are due Monday (the 27th) Spelling test isn't until October 13th.

TERRA NOVA testing begins next Tuesday (28th) and continues all week. Makeups will be the following week.

Have a great weekend.
Thanks to all for your help with the Walk-a-thon. We had 100% participation!
Also, please note that the NUT cards are different. They're attached to your child's prize pack.


Friday is the Walk a Thon.

Students should wear their gym uniforms.
A slice of pizza will be provided for lunch. If you usually eat more than once slice, you might want to bring some extra lunch.

Also - please remember that Mr. Tom asked for you to bring in pictures of your pets for us to put into a collage to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Of course if you don't have a pet, you don't need to bring a picture. 

Book orders are due next Tuesday if you are ordering.

Thursday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Continue to look for text to self (T-S) connections in what you are reading and record them on post-its. We'll work more with them in class tomorrow.

Religion - During Mass today, Fr. Victor talked to us about the importance of being prophets by helping one another to do the right thing. In your Religion notebook, write a paragraph on your thoughts about this. Do you think it is a helpful idea? Do you think there will be problems? How might we resolve the problems peacefully? Share your honest thoughts.

Word Study - study the Chapter 1 words.

Science - Record your observations of an ice cube the same way we did the shell in class. Remember to use your senses. Allow the ice cube to sit for 20 minutes and observe the changes.


Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Look for text to self (T-S) connections in what you are reading and record them on a post-it.

Religion - read pages 20 - 23 and do the 2 activities.

Math - finish page 3 in workbook

Word Study - finish page 3. Remember to choose the two parts that go best together and write them into a sentence in your notebook.

Today is International Peace Day. We participated in the Pinwheels for Peace project

and read Listen to the Wind by Dr. Greg Mortenson. Listen to the Wind is a child's book that tells the story Dr. Greg wrote about in Three Cups of Tea.  We also talked a little about his program - Pennies for Peace.

Homework -

Read for 15 minutes and respond in RRJ

Religion - Write and decorate a prayer for peace. (You can do it on looseleaf or type it.)

SS - sheet on paintings of Henry Hudson's ship

Math - sheet

Monday -

There is no written homework tonight in order to make it easier on parents who are attending the Home School meeting.

There is a Religion assignment that is due by the end of the week. Please read the family page in the Religion book - page 16.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Post tornado

I finally just got internet back (Sunday night).

For those of you who didn't know, Thursday's tornado passed directly over my block. The street got cleaned up pretty quickly with all the neighbors pitching in to remove the downed trees, but this is what my back yard looks like. Somewhere under all those mangled trees are the cable lines. Bless Time Warner for managing to get us back online anyway.

Just a reminder that Monday night is Meet the Teacher night. I look forward to meeting you all.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week of September 13th

Wednesday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Respond in RRJ to the question about Fourth Grade Rats. Who would you rather have as a friend - Suds or Joey? Why? Remember to use details from the story to support your answer.

Religion - read pages 12 - 14 and complete activity on p. 14
Math - workbook page 1

Remember to be on the lookout for things that are good!

Tuesday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Respond in RRJ.

Religion - Respond to the questions in your notebook. In case anyone missed them:

At Mass today, Msgr. Kain asked us to think about looking for good in all people and in our world.
Think of someone you know. What is good about that person?
What is good in the world?

Math - Text page 1 (Review of 3rd grade work) Do in NB

Monday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Complete reading survey.

Religion - in your notebook respond to the question - What does it mean to me to be a disciple of Jesus.

Math - sheets. Be sure to show your work.

LOTS of notices went home today.

If you didn't remember to bring back the gym paper for Mrs. D., please bring it tomorrow.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Special Classes Schedule

The children copied this schedule into their planners, but I promised I would post it here as well for a reminder.

Monday:  Computer (9:15) and Art (1:45)

Tuesday: (Sr. Rosela - half the class first period and the other half second period) and Spanish (1:45)

Wednesday:  Gym (8:30)

Thursday:  Mass (9:45) and Music (10:30)

Friday: Library (11:00) and Olweus (Anti-bully program) meeting (1:45)

Attention Math Bee students!
Mrs. Scotto stopped by to see me this afternoon. She asked me to let you know that Math Bee will start on Monday at lunch. If you see this notice, please remember to bring your summer packet with you for Math Bee. Also, let any of the other Math Bee students know if you can, please.

Happy Weekend.
There's no written homework, but remember to bring back the Emergency form and the Gym paper.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Week of September 8th

Thursday Homework:

 Read for 15 minutes You don not have to respond in your RRJ tonight but you certainly can if you want to.

All About Me Bag

Prayer to remember those lost on 9/11 and their families.

1st Day Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and respond in RRJ. (A reminder - your response can be questions you would like to ask about what you read, comments about a favorite part, drawings of the scene, rewriting parts of it to change what you don't like, etc. Basically you just want to share your thoughts about what you read.)

New Year's Resolutions - typed or written on looseleaf.  Consider what your goals are for 4th grade and make some resolutions about what you need to do to reach those goals. You might want to discuss this with a parent.

Think about our class rules. What kind of a learner are you? What rules do you think are important to help you feel safe, happy and able to learn well? Think about these. You only have to write them down if you want to.

I hope everyone had a good first day. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Are you ready?

School starts tomorrow morning and I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you.

I've was in school setting up all last week.

This was the classroom when I got there last Monday.

Here's how it looks now.  All that's missing is YOU!