Holy Week has arrived. Much of our focus this week will be related to Holy Week events and study.
Lunches of Love. The 4th grade classes are scheduled to bring in Lunches of Love during the month of April. As a school we have held off on the Lunches of Love during Lent so we could focus on the Brown Bag Fridays for St. Martin de Porres (and hopefully avoid confusion). So 4th grade will plan to bring in lunches the last week of April and first week of May. The students will come home this week with one decorated bag and a list of suggested items for the Lunches of Love. Reminder, Lunches of Love need to be non-perishable. We encourage students to help with the shopping for the items in the lunches as well as write a little note of encouragement to put inside the lunches along with a little decoration on the bags.
Our religion focus this week will be Holy Week. The students will be using their Bibles and other resources to better understand the important events of this week. Good Friday is a “LOW Tech day” for the entire school. We will be focusing on activities related to Good Friday and Holy Week as we prepare for Easter. At 9:00 we will gather in the church for The Living Stations of the Cross. We will be dismissing in silence following both the morning Stations of the Cross and at the end of the day.Thank you for helping support this action of respect as you pick up your children. Perfect uniform is required on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Language Arts: Students brainstorm ideas for a ‘brilliant beginning’ for their “Big Bio” presentation. Students should bring in their oral biography materials on Monday this week including their notecards and sticky notes, along with their biography books. We will give time during several classes this week for students to read, take notes and work on their first note cards.
Flat Stanley: This week, we will continue to work on a Flat Stanley entry (rough and final draft) here at school. Students are asked to complete at least one more entry at home by April 29th. They will bring home additional rough and final draft paper in their Flat Stanley folders. Be sure Flat Stanley comes along on your Spring Break adventures! It might be a vacation, a trip to Costco, a haircut, dinner out, bike ride….be creative!
Math: The students did really well on their faction test for chapter 8 last week. If you have not checked your child’s filer for corrected tests please do so! We continue to work on chapter 9: Adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Students did very well on the chapter 8 tests–those have been sent home already. Thanks for reviewing these with your child. Skills continue to build upon each other and we are seeing lots of progress over time.
Reading: Students read chapters 5-6 in The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This week, our target skill focus is on analyzing passages from the chapter and determining the author’s purpose. Students have been taking short comprehension quizzes after each chapter. These are sent home each week.
Spelling: There is no spelling test this week. The words for the week of April 25th to 29th will be sent home on Thursday.
That should wrap things up this week.
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter and spring break.