Week of March 28-April 1st

Dear 4A Families,

I hope you are all having a great last weekend of March.  We are over halfway through Lent already. I meant to add this picture to last week’s newsletter, but better late than never.
Thank you for your generosity of our Lenten Outreach opportunities. Following are the collections for this coming Friday:

St. Martin de Porres Friday lunches Friday,  April 1

Gr. K-4: travel size toothbrush and toothpaste

Gr. 5-8: brown bag lunches

All families are encouraged to support the Rice Bowl collection.


From Beth Martin regarding the Auction:

The online auction starts Wednesday, March 30.  I will be sending emails to alert parents of openings, closings and new items to look for.  Would you please add the following in your weekly newsletters?

Holy Rosary’s largest fundraiser kicks off Wednesday, March 30 with the online auction. Shop for unique items, restaurant gift cards, sports/theater tickets, getaways and so much more.  Be sure and pick up one of my favorite books, in the teacher book section,  and I will personally sign it to your child. The online auction closes April 3rd at 9pm, so bid high and bid often.  Our goal is $300,000, together we can achieve this!

Class project buybacks are also for sale during the online auction.  Your children worked very hard to create a piece of artwork that they are proud of, please honor them and purchase their buy back during the online auction.


Beth Martin

Math: “Fraction Action” is our focus in 4th grade. Comparing and ordering, mixed numbers and improper fractions, and using logical reasoning to solve problems.    

Language Arts:  One more week to finish up the two Flat Stanley entries that are due on Monday, April 4th. Students should bring the final drafts back in the Flat Stanley folder as soon as they are finished.. You’ll see some new sample entries in google classroom. Students can refer to their Flat Stanley folder for reminders on expectations, rough draft paper and final draft paper. THANK YOU, parents for supporting your child throughout the writing process. 

Oral Biography Project:  If you have not yet done so, be sure you have read over the Oral Biography direction packet that was sent home last Wednesday.  The students should be reading their biography now, with a plan to read through their book at least twice.  The first time through they can use their sticky notes to mark pages with information they plan to include in their talk.  Ideally, the students will bring their biography book to and from school each day.  That way they can use their school silent reading time to work one their project.  We will also have several “Oral Bio Work Sessions” where the students will have more extended time to work on.portions of their project.  I will keep you updated when we will have these work times.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

Spelling:  Spelling words for Lesson 14 were sent home last Friday.  This test will be this Friday as usual.

Reading:  Students read chapters 3 & 4 in The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Our target comprehension skills are: visualizing, predicting and making connections. Students respond to what they’ve read through oral discussions and journal writing. 

Social Studies:  We are working our way through the six regions of Washington State, learning about the geography, industries and natural features of each. 

Science: Students explore the role that air plays in enabling a sound vibration to travel. Students experiment with sound to understand how it moves through the air and then consider what would happen in an environment like space where there is no air.

Religion: This week we will be teaching our second Touching Safety lesson of the year. The topic for the spring lesson is: Empowering children to tell a safe adult when something bad, uncomfortable, or confusing happens is an important aspect of child safety. Students will be able to identify the boundary differences between secrets, surprises and promises. We will also discuss that boundary rules apply to online activities.  Parents can also access the content of lessons (for all grades) and an overview of the program here.  If you do not want your child to take part in our lesson  you will need to fill out this opt out form.

Be sure you check your child’s filer weekly and remove all corrected papers and handouts (like the oral biography directions). All students have been given a sticky note pad and some index cards to get started on their note taking for the project.  I have lots more index cards if needed.

Have a nice week everyone—April here we come!