These students made AWESOME mission models! Find them on display in the library!
Students Practicing Probability Experiments
3/10 End of 2nd Trimester
3/10 Mission Report Due
3/10 Dojo Store
3/14 Chapter 7 Math Test
3/17 Report Cards Go Home
3/20 Book Report Novel Should be READ
3/23 Mandatory Parent Meeting for the Overnight Field Trip
3/31 Fantasy/Mystery Book Report Due
The 2nd trimester ends this Friday! I can't believe how fast this year is going! No more work for this trimester will be accepted. Report cards will go home next week 3/17.
Mission Report is due this Friday!! The students may need help putting their report together in their cover. Report covers (with a clear front) were on the back to school supply list so hopefully they are in a safe place ready to use! There are directions for putting the whole report together in the students' report guides. This should be in their blue report folder. I've also gone over it and shown examples several times in class. Thank you for supporting your child in finishing up their biggest report of the year! I know their final project is going to be amazing, they've been working so hard!
Book Reports - The next book report is a very fun project! The students will be creating board games based on their novel. They will then have the opportunity to play each other's games and learn about their classmates novels. This project is due on March 31st. Directions were handed out and we went over the project in class today. There is also information on my website. I recommend that the students finish their novels by March 20th so that they have plenty of time to work on their projects. This is an at-home project.
The 4th grade just finished publishing their most recent writing piece (our focus was opinion writing). We went through the entire writing process, including using the comment features on google docs to peer revise and edit. They turned out really great! If you haven't had a chance to read your child's writing, ask them about it!
We are very lucky to have an amazing Spanish program at SJA! Maestra Snyder is such a wonderful teacher. I am AMAZED every week in class listening to the students speaking Spanish in complete sentences and correctly conjugating their verbs. It goes without saying that studying language is SO good for the brain and having this early exposure to Spanish will benefit the students for years to come. Unfortunately, many students are not doing their Spanish homework each week or are forgetting their Spanish books at home. The students are doing themselves a disservice and are showing disrespect to their Spanish teacher for not being prepared for class. The students have Spanish class every Friday after mass. They have all week long to do their Spanish homework, which is typically not more than 1-2 pages of work. From now on, if students do not have their Spanish homework done or their books with them in class, they will work on Spanish during recess that day. I've found that when the students do their homework each week they are much more engaged in class. I VERY rarely take away recess from students, but I feel that this is a very important lesson.
We did another bully prevention activity during our morning meeting/religion time on Monday. This week the themes were "If these walls could talk, what would they say?" And "blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours shine brighter." We discussed when and where students are out of earshot of an adult and how they act differently when they have opportunity to be with classmates and they feel they won't "get in trouble". The students worked in groups and made posters where they wrote down ideas of behavior and language that they notice when they think no one can hear or see them. The students were very open and honest with their responses which fostered a meaningful class discussion.
The March Madness Tournament has begun! The students are so excited...I'm so excited.... it's going to be awesome! Please check in with your child each week and make sure they are ready for each round of the tournament. We will be working on our persuasive writing for the next week and students will present their persuasive essay next Friday. They should PRACTICE at home so that they are ready to deliver their speech. They will be scored by their classmates and myself using a rubric that was provided in their March Madness packets. Each set of project requirements will be handed out as we progress through the rounds.
Uniforms: I will be doing random uniform checks each week from here on out. Many of the boys are not tucking in their shirts or wearing belts to school. On mass days students should be wearing their sweaters, not spirit wear sweatshirts. Students should also not have any jewelry or nail polish on with the exception of watches. If a student is not following uniform dress code they will receive an Oops Slip.
Mandatory Overnight Field Trip Meeting is March 24th at 5:30 in the 4th grade classroom. I drew names this week for the chaperones and they will be: Mr. Prosch, Mr. Kimberlain, Mr. Lang, Mr. Eakin, Mrs. McGuiness & Mrs. Tinya.
Thank you everyone who volunteered!
All of the Nursing Visits for the rest of the year have been canceled. I received a message from the woman in charge at the center letting me know that they had to be canceled. I was not given any details. I am very sad that we are unable to continue our visits this year and I know that the students will be disappointed as well.