Week of April 26-30

Dear 4A Families,

I hope you all are having a great weekend! Thank you for your generosity and support of the 2021 Auction. Special thanks to Brittiony Borges and Amanda Roberts for taking on the beautiful origami art project.  I also want to thank you for the lovely birthday cards and gifts.   I am so blessed to be a part of such an amazing community!  Above you see the beautiful collaborative mural the 4th graders made for Earth Day. 

An Important Message from Anna Horton:

On Monday, April 26th, more junior high students will be returning for in person instruction Monday – Thursday.  This will be a transition from the larger hybrid learning model and means we will have up to an additional 50 students on campus each day.  Please help us avoid crowds, particularly at dismissal, by picking up your students and leaving promptly. 

Though we continue to make progress in terms of vaccinations, we are far from the end of COVID-19.  With increased activity in the greater community, COVID spread continues.  Thank you for helping us maintain a safe school environment by ensuring your family’s contacts outside of school remain COVID safe.  As a small community, our actions in and outside of school affect each other.  We’ve come this far and want to end the year strong and in person!  

Virtus Touching Safety Lesson:  This week we will be completing the second Touching Safety Lesson of the year.  The lesson focuses on Learning When and Who to Tell, empowering children to tell a safe adult when something bad, uncomfortable, or confusing happens.  You can read the overview of our Touching Safety Lessons here.  If you would not like your child to participate in the lesson, please email Ms. Benson or Ms. Simpson as soon as possible. Thank you.

Oral Biography: Thank you for signing up for your child’s Oral Biography Presentation! If you haven’t already done so, please sign your child up as soon as possible. You should have a link in your email. If you don’t please let us know, and we’ll get it to you right away! Parents will have the opportunity to zoom in to watch their child’s presentation.

Religion:  The students did really well on their 10 Commandment test last week.  Corrected tests will be in your child’s filer on Monday.  This week the students will complete the second part of the test, an open book test on the chapter we have been going over in class.  We will also finish up our Paschal Candle cross art project, and learn about the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Community, and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, Solidarity of the Human Family and Care for God’s Creation.

Language Arts:  There will not be a spelling test this week to give the students more time to focus on their Oral Biography Projects.  We will have class time on Tuesday and Thursday to work on the projects as well. The students should be sure to bring any supplies they need to use their work times productively.  

Math: We are continuing to study operations with fractions, and we will add and subtract mixed numbers. Our habit focus has been on underlining the questions in story problems to make sure we are answering the questions being asked. This also allows students to have a model for how to word their complete sentences, which can get tricky with fractions. There will be a check-in quiz on Thursday during class. 

Science: This week, we are still experimenting with sound. Students will do some experiments to explore how sound vibrations travel through objects and through air. Try out some sound experiments at home!

Social Studies:  The students will be tested on the 6 Regions of Washington State on Tuesday.  Ignore the date on the PDF, the test is April 27th.  In class we will continue to learn more about the features of each region.  

Reading: Last week, we began getting ready for our novel study of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Specifically, we’re learning all about Michaelangelo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We’ll be diving into chapter one this week! Our focus will be on vocabulary and understanding the characters and their traits. Have you read this book? If so, are you more of a Claudia, or a Jamie? Talk to your child about who you identify with!

Should be a great week of learning ahead!  Enjoy the last days of April.