Week of March 13-17

Dear 4A Families,

Happy 3rd Week of Lent. I hope you all had a nice weekend, despite the lost hour of sleep! The extra daylight hours are always nice, but the time change can throw off the sleep schedules a bit.  

 The students are invited to a “Wearin’ O the Green” on Friday this week. No face paint or hair dye.  


Thank you for your continued support of our Lenten Outreach ministry to St. Martin de Porres shelter and the CRS Rice Bowl.  

Fri. March 17th St. Martin de Porres Donations:  

Last Names A-L: Brown Bag Lunches (perishable OK)

Last Names M-Z:  Men’s socks 

Thank you for your generosity as we take care of those in need.!

Math: This week we will be doing some work with Order of Operations on Monday and Tuesday, then begin our next units on Fractions. We will continue to spiral in review of addition, subtraction and multiplication of large numbers to keep our skills sharp. Fact mastery remains a HIGH PRIORITY!  Those students that do are not able to recall their facts automatically should continue with nightly, focused practice on Xtramath or with flashcards.  Check your child’s filer for the most updated/socred fact tests from last week (on Monday).

Spelling: The spelling words for the week were passed out last Friday.  The test will be on Friday the 17th. 

Reading: Students read the informational text, The Ever-Living Tree and the poetry selection, Towering Trees. They learn to use text and structure of graphic features to locate information. As we read, students monitor comprehension and ask questions to clarify. We review the prefixes pre-, inter- and ex- and enhance our vocabulary with the use of similes.

Oral Biography: All students should have their topic and book selections approved for the oral biography project by Tuesday the 14th. Once their book is approved, students should be reading, and rereading their biographies at home each night.  As they read students are encouraged to use the sticky notes we will send home with them to mark pages and ideas that they would like to use in their biographies.  We will provide tips and ideas each week along the way so that the students will be prepared for the presentations between April 26th and May 5th.

Language Arts: The students will be starting a new writing project based on the Flat Stanley stories.  This week we will introduce the project and the students will design their flat people.  At school for the next few weeks we will begin the Flat Stanley journals.  Our writing in these journals will give the students a chance to combine all of the writing skills they have been practicing this year into this final creative writing project. More specific information will be coming related to what the students will be expected to complete at home on this project in April and May.  

Religion:  Our class work this week will continue to focus on the meaning of each of the Sacraments.  Check your child’s filer for corrected Sacrament tests from last week.  Several students have already recited the Memorare—be sure your child continues to practice at home.  All students need to be able to recite the prayer from memory before spring break.

Social Studies:  The students all have a US River/Lake Map in their filer with the rivers and lakes they will need to know the locations of for a test on Friday, March 24th. Our class work is focusing on early settlers in our region.

 Science: Students will be starting the last lesson in Unit 3: Brain, Nerves, and Information Processing. Students will be able to learn how our brain works and functions. Students explore the brain’s role in receiving information from the senses, processing that information, and controlling the muscles to enable movement. In the activity, Think Fast!, students test their reflexes with two very quick experiments and one more involved activity. They learn about how we process information in our brains and then respond to that information in different ways.

Have a wonderful week everyone 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Friday