We Did Some Hands-On Learning During Our Study of Capacity Yesterday!
Filming Our Green Screen Projects!
2/9 Mid-Chapter Math Quiz on the Customary System
2/9 Brown Paper Bag Due for Valentine Mailbox
2/14 Valentine's Day Celebration & Baby Shower
2/14 Science Chapter 3 Test
2/16 4th Grade Mass
2/17& 2/20 No School Presidents' Day Weekend
2/28 Field Trip to Mission San Diego De Alcala
3/1 Ash Wednesday Mass
3/3 No Mass & Noon Dismissal
3/3 Mission Models Due (optional)
3/8 Last Day to Turn in Work for 2nd Trimester
3/10 End of 2nd Trimester
3/10 Mission Report Due
3/17 Report Cards Go Home
3/20 Book Report Novel Should be READ
3/23 Mandatory Parent Meeting for the Overnight Field Trip
3/24 Field Trip to the Nursing Home
3/31 Fantasy/Mystery Book Report Due
4th Grade Mass next Thursday, please join us!
Candy Gram Messages for Valentine's Day! Grams are 25 cents each and will be sold before and after school until Monday 2/13. Send a sweet note your kiddos and support student council! :)
Please check grade link every week and go over your child's graded work with them! The end of the trimester will be here before we know it. I have a ton of no-name work including projects and tests. A mid-trimester reflection will be coming home next week for you to sign.
Science Extra Credit Opportunity
Information went home today in the students weekly file folder for an extra credit science project. It is due March 15th!
I just want to clarify a few things for the mission reports and model projects. The models are completely optional! This is a fun family project and SJA tradition, but will not be graded. The report will be done mostly in class. The students are responsible for researching, note taking and writing one paragraph a week for their 5 paragraph reports. If they do not finish this work in class during that week then it will be homework as the paragraphs are due each Friday. Students are responsible for putting the report together at home before the due date. The students should have plenty of free work time to write their Indian Diaries, make their maps, dividers and cover artwork in class. If class time is not used wisely then this will need to be completed at home.
Dojo Dollars (Class Economy)
This week we revamped our Dojo class behavior management system into a classroom economy project. This time of year students need a little more motivation for remembering their good habits in and out of the classroom. Each week students' dojo points will be paid to them in "Dojo Dollars" which they can use at the class store every other Friday. Students will also earn Dojo Dollars for fulfilling their classroom jobs. In addition they will learn to "pay bills" each month and will also have to pay for various fees and fines including tardies, late work, messes, not having supplies, etc. You may see your child getting fined several times per day.... do not be alarmed. I am cracking down, but it is for the best - trust me! :)
Valentines Day/Baby Shower Celebrations
It is an SJA tradition that on Valentines Day each year we have a baby shower where the students bring in wrapped baby gifts to be donated for mothers in crisis. Our class's donations go to the Life Choices Organization. It is a very fun addition to our Valentines Day celebrations. The students may dress up in festive "party clothes" (dresses/skirts and blouses, slacks and collared shirts for the boys... it is fun if they dress Valentine themed :-)
Students may also bring in Valentines for their classmates on that day. A class list with instructions went home. Please keep our school's wellness policy in mind. There should be no candy attached to the Valentines. Students will get at treat at the class party. Students should bring in brown paper grocery bags by tomorrow 2/9 to make mailboxes out of.
The 7th Annual SJA Father Daughter Dance, “Heroes and Sweethearts,” will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Saint James Parish Hall. An invitation went home with your daughter last week. Please RSVP by check to the SJA Office. The cost is $25 per family (or $30 at the door). If you have questions please contact Erin Dionisiou at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 714-747-4055. Thank you, Erin, for taking over the coordination of this wonderful event!
Book Report - Students should have checked out a mystery or fantasy novel in library for their next book report. They need to approve it with me by Friday. The novel should be one that they HAVE NOT READ BEFORE and is at their appropriate independent reading level. I recommend that students take notes on the characters, setting, major events, problem and solution while reading the novel so that they have an easier time when putting their book reports together. Information for the report will go home in a few weeks. The report is not due until 3/31.
QUIZLET - Students may join my class on Quizlet to access study sets (flashcards & games) that I've created that relate to what we are learning in school. This math chapter requires a LOT of memorization (both customary & metric systems) so I recommend that students study a little bit each night. They will be quizzed periodically throughout the chapter.
Interested in going on the Overnight Field Trip with 4th grade on April 26th? I need two moms and 4 dads ... and preferably moms of girls and dads of boys. (Sorry moms!) Please e-mail me if you are interested. This does not guarantee you a spot, but does help me begin the planning process.
Spell-a-Thon Pledges are DUE THIS FRIDAY!
Please make sure that your Spell-A-Thon pledges have been turned into the office. Thank you to Cheryl Flynn for once again chairing our Spell-A-Thon. What a bonus to raise some money while learning! Thanks for your support, final numbers and winners will be announced soon!
GALA UPDATES - PLEASE READ
Gala Committee and Volunteer Meetings- every Wednesday 8:00 a.m.
Please join us in the SJA Library on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Don’t worry if you’re late. This is a great way to share your time and talents while making new SJA connections!
Gala Raffle is Back! Prize $5000 CASH!
Every family will receive an envelope in the Monthly envelope that is going home on Thursday. We NEED everyone to participate to help make this a success!
Prizes will be awarded to:
- Top Selling Family
- Classes with 100% Participation
- Seller of the Winning Ticket
- and More!
Question? Contact Lisa Ronco @ Lronco531@gmail.com
Easy Ways to Help our Gala Efforts
Help Collect Auction Items: We are collecting silent and live auction items: event tickets, vacation homes, gift cards/certificates, lessons, theme park passes, sporting goods. Consider asking the places you visit: restaurants, salons, spas, stores, etc. to donate goods and services.
Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Speck vs Log
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, and of working together as a team. Sometimes your team can work together very effectively, but there will still be challenges you face from the outside. Other times the conflict can come from within your team. Conflict in and of itself is not positive or negative. What is important is how we choose to respond to conflict.
In PE, students are learning different ways to work through conflict. In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus shares the story of the "speck vs log." Ultimately, Jesus desires for us not to judge or be jealous of one another, and not to complain. Instead we are to focus on ourselves, not in a selfish manner, but rather to focus on how we can make the most out of every situation we are in.
To practice this truth, students played dodgeball and soccer, and were given advantages or disadvantages. The challenge was to choose to turn their "advantage" or "disadvantage" into an advantage for their team. To figure out how to best help their team given the situation they were in, without judging, comparing or complaining.
Check out pics of the action on the PE website: https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What is conflict? Why do we often see conflict as a "negative" thing?
2. Why is it important to understand different ways to handle conflict?
3. When you face conflict, what is your typical response?
4. What is one way you can better respond to conflict when it arises?