Week of November 14-18

Hello 4A Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  In Thanksgiving reflection, I am so grateful for all of the kind support I receive from all of you! I’m also thankful for the amazing 4th grade students that I have the pleasure of teaching everyday! I am excited for our upcoming conferences next week!  On Monday we will meet in our Faith Family multi-age groups for the first time to make thank you cards for the Holy Rosary Tree Lot that will open the day after Thanksgiving!

Our classroom prayer service to honor the veterans the students wrote about on their flags was very special. So many amazing men and women!  We also enjoyed a zoom visit from Dave who is currently serving as an Army Sergeant in New Jersey (relative of Caroline).  Dave shared a bit about his experience in the Army and answered questions.

Conferences: Students are busy preparing for conferences next week. Your child will be leading us in prayer, sharing some of their work, and discussing goals for the 2nd trimester. Just to be clear, all students will be attending their conference.  I look forward to meeting with you all as we discuss your child’s progress and goals.

Thank you for returning the Pre-Conference form (gold paper) we sent home last Monday.  If you have misplaced this form, you can print and fill out this digital copy: Pre-Conference Form and send it to school no later than the 17th.  

Thanksgiving Service Project: Thank you so much for sending in donations for our all-school food drive for St. Vincent DePaul in West Seattle. We are encouraging students to find ways to earn items to donate. Please help your child with this…think chores around the house or yard, safely helping out neighbors with raking or other tasks, etc. We appreciate your support, and we are excited to continue our tradition of giving!  We would love every student to bring in a few items this week if possible. We are also short on Lunches of Love this month, if you have time to put together a lunch or two (non perishable) that would be wonderful.

Religion: We will delve deeper into our study of the Corporal Works of Mercy this week. The students will be expected to learn all seven Works of Mercy and write them from memory for a test on Friday, December 7th. All students will have a study sheet for this test in their filer on Monday.

Reading/Language Arts:Reading: We are thundering (as Lurvy would say) through Charlotte’s Web! This week, we will focus on Chapters 11-14. Students are becoming increasingly more independent in choosing meaningful quotes and writing sentences with context clues. We are also working on improving fluency. The Postcards from the Barn the students created will be displayed in the hallway and shared during their conference.  You will also enjoy reading some selected favorite quotes in speech bubbles around the postcards.

Spelling: The spelling words for Friday, November 18th are in your child’s filer.  This week’s words all have the long “i” sound spelled “i, i-consonant e, y, igh, ey and uy.  

Language Arts/Vocabulary:  Along with our spelling words, the students will be practicing using their Charlotte’s Web vocabulary in well-written sentences that also use some of their spelling words.  We will also be preparing a self-evaluation and practicing for our upcoming conferences.

Science: This week, the students will have the chance to study for the Unit 1 Birth of Rocks with partners. The test is on November 17th for 4A and November 18th for 4B. 

Social Studies:  The combination NE/SE test will take place on Thursday, the 17th. There are no new states or features to learn. This is a review of the two regions the students have already been tested on so far.  All students will receive a second study sheet for this test on Monday so they can take a practice test at home before the test.

Math: We will be taking the Chapter 3 test on Tuesday. We started our review last Friday, and continued on Monday in class. Monday homework will be another test review.  We will then move in the next chapter multiplying multi-digit numbers.  

The students are making such great progress on their multiplication and division fact mastery.  They are highly encouraged to read regularly and practice their math facts over the break! 


I look forward to seeing you next week during your conferences.

 Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for all of my 4th grade families.

Wishing you a blessed and safe holiday full of joy!