Dear 4A Families

Happy April and 5th Week of Lent. Grades 4,5 and 6 will be attending Mass in the church on Wednesday this week. Looking ahead, please let me know if your children will be missing any school days before or after spring break to help with my planning. Thank you so much.

Reminder that the Online Auction is up and running though April 3rd.  Lots of great items including the wonderful prints made by the 4th grade students!

Lenten Outreach:

Last week for our St. Martin de Porres lunches and items.  

Fri. April 8 

Gr. K-4: brown bag lunches

Gr. 5-8: disposable razors and travel size shaving cream

Along with St. Martin de Porres Holy Rosary is also holding a local food drive to benefit our neighbors most in need in the West Seattle Community through the Holy Rosary St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Help us stock the food pantry up for summer! Items can be brought directly into the school and left on the table in the front hallway.  Items they currently need are:

FOOD ITEMS:  Peanut Butter (16oz,), Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna, Tomato Sauce, Canned Fruit, Crackers (Saltines, Ritz) 

HOME AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS:   Paper Towels, Liquid Dish Soap (small/medium size), Toothpaste, Single Packaged Toothbrushes, Individually wrapped bars of soap (unscented if possible), Shampoo.

Thank you for your generosity as we take care of our neighbors!

Religion: Last Friday your children came home with a template to create the backing for a special crucifix we will be creating during Holy Week. If you have not seen it, please check your child’s filer.  Thank you!

 This week, we continue to review our lenten promises. In prayer, we focus on the Memorare as well as stories about Jesus’ miracles and parables from the gospels. Students read from their personal bibles reflecting on the message and meaning of various scripture passages making note also of chapter and verse. 

Reading: Students read chapters 4 & 5 in The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Our target comprehension skills are: point of view, sequencing and cause and effect.  Students identify literary elements found in each chapter in the story (simile, metaphor, personification, idiom, irony, etc.) 

Math: On Monday and Tuesday we will be reviewing our chapter on fractions to prepare for a chapter test on Wednesday.   Thank you for looking over the homework with your child to check for accuracy.  On Thursday we will move into chapter nine, “Operations with Fractions”, which includes adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. 

Language Arts:  I am looking forward to reading the March Flat Stanley entries this weekThe students will share one of their favorite Flat Stanley entries in small groups and I will be giving the students some feedback as well.  We will also be completing our next Flat Stanley entry in class this week. Looking ahead, the students should plan on completing at least one Flat Stanley entry at home during April, most likely focusing on a spring break activity. More to come on this entry next week.

Social Studies:  This week along with our study of the Washington State Regions, the students will also fill out a map/study sheet for our next map test that focuses on the major rivers, bodies of water and mountain ranges in Washington State.  This test will not take place until after spring break, on April 28th.  

Science: Students learn about sound waves and vibrations. We experiment with creating high and low sounds. The students will take a short quiz on this unit NEXT Monday, April 11th. A study guide will be handed out on Friday and posted to google classroom, as well. 

Looks like a great week of learning ahead.