Second Week of Advent

Dear 4A Families,

Happy second week of Advent. I hope you all had a nice weekend. It is so fun to see the beautiful Christmas lights going up around West Seattle! They bring such a feeling of joy!  Report cards and MAP scores will be emailed this Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions about them. Thank you! It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Mass this week will be on Tuesday this week for the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.

From Ms. Mudge–Important!

Music: Parents we need your help!!! Your child has chosen their part to record for the song, “Jingle Bells”.  If you want them to be part of the final video – you will need to assist in helping them make a recording.  Please send the video to Ms. Mudge via her email:

In the “subject” area – please label with your child’s name and Grade (4A or 4B).  In the body of the email, please state what they have recorded:

Singing: JUST one of the verses (“Dashing through…”, “A day or two…”, or “Now the ground…”) no background music – they should sing it like they hear it in their head!

Recorder: the “refrain” (“Oh Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…”)

Bells: shake jingle bells for 16 beats (student should not count out loud)

All students should be wearing a Christmas or holiday-themed hat and scarf (scarf optional) for the video. Lyric sheet and recorder music is in Lesson dated “11 – 20 Jingle Bells”. The videos are due by FRIDAY DECEMBER 11th. They can certainly be sent in early! 

Thank you so much for your help – Happy Advent and Merry Christmas! Ms. Mudge

Advent Service Project

Service: As you know, the 4th grade Advent Service Project is to collect for our local St. Vincent DePaul Society. The following are some of the most needed items currently:

  • Hearty Soups/Chili
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Stovetop Dressing
  • Peanut butter (16oz)
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fruit
  • Cereal, Crackers

All donations should be brought to school during this week’s pickup days (December 11/12). There will be boxes available for the donations.  Please consider helping your child “earn” their donation. They could do some chores around the house, rake leaves for a neighbor, or anything at all! In addition, the students wrote notes of encouragement during class that they can tape onto the items. Please make sure that your child’s full name is NOT on the note. Thank you all for your generous donations.

Materials Pick-Up Days: This week is the next pick-up for student materials. Each 4th grade student will receive materials labeled for each subject area and other miscellaneous items. The pick-up days are Friday, December 11th, 12:00-4:00 and Saturday, November 12th, 9:00-12:00. Prior to pick-up day, please help your child organize their filer and materials. This includes removing completed papers that have been submitted and neatly putting them in the red “Completed Work” folder. We will also have time during class to organize. After receiving materials, please assist your child with carefully filing packets and organizing the new materials. Students should not take apart the papers yet. We will do that together in class.

Please drop off your child’s…

1. Decorated and Cut-out Candle

2. Items for the St. Vincent DePaul Drive

3. Do Now Packet (#28 -#41)

Thank you for your support!

Reading:  We will be close to finishing up Charlotte’s Web this week.  Next week the students will be taking some final assessments and doing some final projects related to the book.

Spelling: There is not a spelling test this week, but students are encouraged to learn to correctly spell the Works of Mercy for the Thursday religion test.

Language Arts:  The students are busy working on their Reindeer stories this week!  They are crafting quality paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details and wrap up sentences.

Math: We are wrapping up chapter 4 this week with a test on Friday. Students are working on communicating different strategies to solve multiplication problems. Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home with XtraMath or any other method that works for you! Also, please continue to check over your child’s math work (occasionally) reinforce the habit of striving for accuracy. Thank you!

Social Studies: The Midwest State test will take place this Tuesday, December 8th. Students need to know both the locations and abbreviations.  There will be one more map test before Christmas, it will be a combination of the NE/SE/Midwest States (all of the states we have covered so far this year).  This test will take place on Tuesday, December 15th. Students should review nightly so they are prepared for this test. Thank you for your support.

Religion: Our religion lessons are focusing on the Season of Advent and the Corporal Works of Mercy. The students will be tested on memorization the the seven Corporal Works of Mercy this Thursday, December 10th.   You can find information about the Corporal Works of Mercy here. There is not a spelling test next week, but students can get extra credit if they spell the Works of Mercy all correctly.

ScienceStudents will start working on their podcast/video projects this week! Together, we will take notes to prepare for the project. Then, students will work in groups of 2 or 3 to create a Public Service Announcement that aims to prevent and identify concussions. I’m asking students to use their creativity and have fun with this project!

Enjoy this second week of Advent.

Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.