Third Week of Advent

Dear 4A Families,

Happy third week of Advent. May we all find JOY in this Advent season. Thank you for your generosity for the St. Vincent de Paul collection.  The students were able to live out one of the Corporal Works of Mercy!

This week is Christmas Spirit Week!

Monday: Christmas hats, hats, Christmas headbands, etc.

Tuesday:  Pajama. or comfy cozy day.

There is also a schoolwide read-in in the afternoon from 2:00-3:00. Get out your cocoa and marshmallows ready!

WednesdayPerfect Uniform (Mass Day)

ThursdayWinter Wonderland— gloves, snow hats, dress for snow!  4A will be having a Zoom talent show on Thursday from 8:45-9:45.  Students are invited to share a talent if they like (no more than 3 minutes please).

Friday: Christmas Colors/Ugly Sweaters

Thank you for showing some fun Christmas Spirit!

Report Cards for the First Trimester were emailed directly from Alma ( our grade program).  If you did not receive this email with your child’s report card, please let me know as soon as possible.

 MAP Scores were in last week’s pick up. If you have not removed them from the manila folder, be sure you do that.

This week we will be doing some fun Christmas related art projects. The students will be completing their reindeer writing including some art to go with it.  We will be having the students carefully attach their final drafts and art together.  Be sure your child shares his/her story with the family.  We will be asking that the complete reindeer projects to be returned with the next turn-in on January 8th.

Math: We will be practicing hard this week in order to show off our multi-digit multiplication skills on the Chapter 4 Test on Thursday. Please continue to work on multiplication facts 0-12 with your child. They should know all facts quickly. This will make the new skills so much easier for students. Thank you for your support.

Social Studies:  I have decided to hold off on the NE/SE/Midwest Combo test until after the break to give us a little more time for some fun Christmas activities this week.  The new test date will be January 12th.

Christmas vacation: Of course the majority of Christmas break should be all about family, fun, relaxing and playing—but hopefully a bit of time will also be set aside for some educational pursuits! Regular reading is highly encouraged! All students received  2 or 3 books to enjoy during the Christmas break. We are expecting students to read at least one novel over the break from the bag or any book of their choice that they have not already read.  Curling up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate is a special treat. This is also a great time to put some added effort into mastering multiplication and division facts if not already completed. It is so important that the facts are mastered.  All students should take some time to review so they return with sharp skills! Thank you.  The 4A website has many great sites to explore that review and build skills in all subject areas. Students would benefit from reviewing the Midwest/NE/SE States using the posted practice sites. Free Rice—a site where they can practice vocabulary and math as well as help feed the hungry! The sites on the webpage are in subject area categories.

For students that are interested in a little more art in their lives, former HR Art teacher, Lacey Reuter is offering some online art workshops.

Instructor and Founder at Rainbow Parrot Art
That should be about all for this final school week of 2020!  2021 here we come!
~Mary Simpson

I want to wish you all a Christmas filled with joy and peace, and a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2021—Better days are coming.

Thank you all for sharing the gift of your children with me, and for your support, generosity and kindness.