Week of May 21st

Dear 4A Families,

The bake sale was a great success and great fun! Thank you all for your support—the delicious baked goods—and help before, during and after the sale. This year’s bake sale raised an all-time record amount…over $1,200.  The bake sale money is going to the fund to purchase a new bus for our parish ministires.

ZZ5118A314Field day at Hiawatha is this Friday. Students should dress for a day of activity and wear appropriate athletic shoes. Students should also bring water bottles. We will pray for sun! Remember, this is also a half-day. 4A is wearing green, black and pink as their main colors for the day.  Students may wear any combination of these colors.

If you have not turned in your permission slips for field day (pink) please do so by this Wednesday. Please let me know if you will not be here on Friday as well. Thank you.

ZZ02684493Three Days Only! The buy one, get one free Book Fair  opens next Tuesday, May 29, and goes through Thursday, May 31. Stock up on summer reading, birthday gifts, and fun treats. If you would like to help out at the book fair you can sign up here.  The book fair is a great time to pick out some good books for summer reading. Research shows that students who read regularly during the summer have better retention of skills and are less likely to have that “summer loss”. I’d like to see all 4A students read no less than five “just right” books this summer-more would even be better. I can’t stress enough the importance of regular reading during the summer!! Hopefully, all 4A students will take part in Summer Reading Challenge as well. The students will also have a presentation from the Seattle Public Library on June 8th talk about their summer reading program. The librarian that comes to speak to the students always shares lots of great book ideas.

ZZ0B651878On Monday (21st) the 4th grade students will be given a private band recruitment concert by the Holy Rosary Band students and Francis McKamey. Francis will give the students a preview of the types of instruments that are available to the students so they can start thinking about band for 5th grade.

Flat Stanley Journals are due this Tuesday the 22nd

Spelling: The spelling test for Lesson 23 will take place this Thursday.

Reading: Our whole class novel study of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is nearing the end. We are enjoying this fun mystery/adventure as well as building our reading and vocabulary skills.

Mystery Books: The students should be done, or nearly done reading their mystery books at this point. Students will be sharing their books the on June 4-6. Those that chose to do extra credit work will share that as well.  All students should bring in their mystery books on Wednesday and Thursday this week as we will be doing an activity in class that will require their books.

Social Studies: The students are learning about the early history of Washington State.  Our focus this week is Mother Joseph and early settlements in Washington State.   As we wrap up the year the students will be focusing on Seattle, and the arrival of the Denny Party at Alki Point. We will also learn about the days of downtown Seattle—which will lead us to the reason we have an underground tour! The Great Seattle Fire and the Klondike Gold Rush will be included in this early history our city. Seattle has a very interesting early history that is always a crowd pleaser!  On Monday the students will bring home a hard copy of a map study sheet for the Washington State City test.  Short nightly practice sessions make for better retention that waiting until the last minute.  The test will take place on Thursday, June 7th.

Science: Last week 4B was able to test their solar ovens and on Monday 4A will be testing their ovens. Then we will discuss and compare our results. It is interesting to see how each solar oven performs with its unique insulation.

This Thursday we will get to visit the 6th Grade Wax Museum, which is always a fun and educational event.

Enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday.



Important Dates:

ZZ4B238AEEMay 21st: Band recruitment concert for 4th graders 10:30-11:00

May 24th: Spelling test and 6th Grade Wax Museum

May 25th: Field Day and noon dismissal. Wear green, black, pink

May 28th: Memorial Day—no school

May 29-31: Buy One Get One Free Book Fair

May 31st Corpus Chrisi Mass

June 4th: Book report presentations due

June 6th: Auction prize doughnut truck for 4th graders at 1:15

June 7th: Washington City test and 8th Grade Graduation

June 12th: Kindergarten Graduation.  Begin classroom clearning.  Desks cleaned out.  Bring in bags and rags!

June 13th:  Underground Tour and Alki Beach

June 14th: Half day. Finish cleaning, final lessons. Free dress

June 15th: Final Day! Mass and dismissal. Dress nicely.