STEM Activity: parachute design and engineering
Sunscreen- In an effort to encourage SPF among all students we are going to have a basket by the classroom door where students can put sunscreen sticks. The students have PE in the afternoon on both Mondays and Thursdays (On Thursdays they are out from lunch until 1:45) so it is very important that students are protecting their skin from the sun. I will remind students before going out to lunch to apply their SPF. If you would like your child to apply sunscreen at school please send in a sunscreen stick with their name on it in sharpie. Thanks!
Publishing Party- The class is just finishing up their first published writing pieces of the year. Each student wrote a personal narrative and went through the entire writing process. Brainstorming, prewriting, story mapping, drafting, revising, editing (on their own and with their peers) and finally publishing. To celebrate this we will have a publishing party this Friday after mass where each student will read their piece aloud in front of the class. Parents are welcomed to join us for this celebration. If anyone would like to bring in juice and/or cookies, let me know! :) I apologize for the short notice but it is difficult to plan in advance with writing as the students are all in different phases of the writing process.
Classroom Volunteers: I need 2 volunteers to help in the classroom with an art project next Friday 10/16 and the follow Friday 10/23 from 10:30-11:25. I am including the link to the classroom volunteer sign-up if you are interested and available :)
Halloween Carnival: On that same note, we also need volunteers to help out with the 4th grade booths at the Halloween carnival. I typically ask for 2 parents to work each booth for one hour shifts. Again, please use the link to sign up. Thank you!
*Keep in mind we are also going to the nursing home that day from 10:30-11:30. I SO appreciated all of my awesome volunteers!*
Pumpkin Project: A flier is going home for a fun family project: the annual pumpkin decorating contest! This is a tradition that I brought to Saint James because when I was in elementary school my family LOVED participating in this fun Halloween event each year. Please see flier in your students homework folder and start brainstorming :)
3rd Grade Buddies: I am happy to announce that the 4th grade is teaming up with 3rd grade to participate in friendship/community building activities for the next several weeks. Our focus is on promoting friendship, inclusion, and anti-bullying. As of now, we have partnered up each 4th grader with a new 3rd grade friend to sit with at lunch and get to know. The 4th graders act as beautiful role models and the 3rd graders are so excited to be spending time with their "older friends". More information on this to come! :)
Science Extra Credit due Friday. An extra credit STEM activity went home on Monday. If students complete the assignment they can earn up to 2 extra credit points on their science test next week.
Book Reports: students should be finishing up their book report novels by Friday. Please make sure your child is bringing this book with them to school on Friday and everyday for the next week. Thank you!
Attendance Shout Out: just wanted to give the class a compliment on how great attendance has been so far this year. We have had every student present almost every single day this year. Thank you for making that effort to be at school, on time, and prepared for learning each day. Keep up the good work!! :)
Chapter 2 math test Thursday
Prayer of Saint Francis test Friday (students must be able to write the prayer)
Unit 1 Science test next Friday on the Scientific Method - study guide will go home at the end of this week
Academic Areas of Focus this Week
Reading Genre: expository text
Reading Skill: compare and contrast
Vocabulary Strategy: multiple meaning words
Word Study: long E vowel sounds
Grammar: subjects and predicates
Writing: personal narratives
Math: addition and subtraction strategies
Science: The Scientific Method
Social Studies: California Keynote Presentation
Religion: Saint Francis