Christmas Pageant & Polar Express Party
1/8-1/12 Renaissance Testing
1/15 No School MLK Jr. Day
1/16 Field Trip to Mission San Diego de Alcala
1/17 Geography Bee
1/17 MANDATORY Parent Meeting 6:00 PM
1/22 Biography Book Report Due
1/29-2/2 Catholic Schools Week
1/30 Spelling Bee
2/1 Baby Clemens Due :)
2/10 Father Daughter Dance
2/14 Valentine's Day Baby Shower & Class Party
2/15 End of Second Trimester
2/16-2/20 President's Weekend - No School
2/23 Fourth Grade Mass
2/23 Mission Model Due
2/23 Overnight Forms Due
3/1 & 3/2 Parent Teacher Conferences
3/2 Mission Report Due
Mandatory Parent Meeting Next Wednesday 6:00 PM
Our overnight field trip is in April this year but I want to touch base with the parents before I go on Maternity Leave. This is a Parent ONLY meeting. One parent of each student is required to attend. It should only be about 30 minutes long. Thank you!
Field Trip to Mission San Diego de Alcala Next Week
To kick off our mission reports we will be visiting Mission San Diego de Alcala on Tuesday, January 16th. We will leave school at 8:15 and return before our normal lunch time. Permission Slips went home before break. Please turn them in before Thursday 1/11. Thank you to my drivers: Kim Davis, Kristina Laverty, Erin Dionisiou, Tina Gilmore, Kellie Kaseburg, Ugne Roper & Sandra Van Gilder!
We are starting our biggest research project of the year next week on the California Missions. The students will get to choose their missions this Thursday (everyone gets a different one). If there is one that is special to your family, please let me (and your child) know ASAP and I will do my best to make sure they get to research that mission. All of the missions and interesting and special in their own way so no matter which one they have, they are sure to learn lots!
This is an in-class research project, but the students may need to do some work at home depending on what they finish in class. One typed paragraph of the report is due each Friday. The final report will be put together at home. Information on the project, due dates and how you can best support your child will go home this Thursday. Please look for that and go over it with your child, sign it, and turn it back in by Tuesday 1/16.
The building of a mission model is an OPTIONAL project. Information for this is going home on Thursday as well.
Parent Help Needed! I am hoping that a few parents could take the reins on planning and organizing our class Valentines Day Party. I know this will be a huge help to the sub and really fun for the students. I have LOTS of ideas & resources. If you're interested please sign up here and shoot me an e-mail and we can chat. Thank you so much!
Social Studies Chapter 3 Quiz
A study guide went home today with the students to help them prepare for their quiz on Friday 1/12. The short summary at the end of each lesson in the chapter is a great resource to reread.
Star Belly Sneetches & MLK Jr. Day
This Friday the students will be participating in an activity to help them understand segregation on a more personal level. I use Dr. Seuss' book The Sneetches to organize the activity and foster a deep discussion on segregation and Civil Rights. Some students will be "Star Bellies" for the day while others will be "Plain Bellies". They cannot sit together, use the same facilities or play together at recess. Halfway through the day we switch so every has the experience of being a Star Belly and Plain Belly. (Star Belly Sneetches get special privileges all day). I have been so impressed with the empathy and compassion that this activity inspires in the classroom. The students do not know about the activity so please wait until after Friday to talk to them about it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Cold & Flu Season - Please help keep our students healthy by keeping sick kiddos home and reminding your child to wash their hands. We will be doing lots of cleaning and sanitizing in the classroom to hopefully keep away any germs. Thank you for your help in these efforts!
Biography Book Report
The students should have checked out and began reading their biography books before Christmas break. Luckily, the biographies are short, easy reads so if your child has not checked theirs own yet, please encourage them to start reading this week. The project is a fun and easy at-home iPad project. We went over directions for the project today in class. Please ask your child about this fun project!
Guardian Angel Program
What is better than the gift of Catholic education? The SJA Guardian Angel Program helps bridge the gap between our affordable tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. Your tax-deductible donation will allow SJA to continue to offer innovative programs for our students, recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, update our facilities and provide tuition assistance to qualified individuals who desire a Catholic education. Additional information can be found here or on the donation form here. Thank you for your support! We are hoping for 100% family participation.