Week of November 1st

Dear 4A Families,

Happy All Saints’ Day on Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend!  Thank you to the students that attended any of the Masses this weekend in their costumes and to those 4th grade saints that were interviewed by Fr. Oakland. 

Monday, November 1st is the All Saints’ Day school Mass at 8:45. Students should come to school completely dressed as their saint.  All students should be in the classroom no later than 8:30.  Thank you!  Students can come a little early this day if they usually come in the second group.Click here to see a seating chart for the Mass, to give you an idea of where you will be sitting.  You will find a “Reserved for Saint……..” sign for your chid in your assigned pew. Students will sit right where the sign is taped.  Parents in 4A will sit to the right of your child.  Please do not take pictures before or during the service. Also, please take the “Reserved for” signs with you when you leave.

From Mrs. Horton:
The All Saints Day Mass will be live-streamed using the Holy Rosary Parish vimeo link for those who are unable to attend and who wish to participate.  The link can be found here. Please note- we have specifically asked, Mr. Barker to turn the camera onto the students in the pews at different points in the Mass so participants from home and in the school building will be able to better hear and see them participating.  The whole class will be visible at this point, which is different from when classes usually attend Mass.   If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive: As we give thanks to God for the many gifts in our lives, we will once again host our November food drive to benefit our local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.  This local food pantry supports our neighbors here in the West Seattle community most in need.  This year they are most in need of:  

Canned Fruit

Canned Vegetables

Canned Chicken

Canned Tuna

Boxed Cereal

Instant Oatmeal Packets (boxed)

Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce

Peanut Butter (15-16 oz.)

Mac and Cheese

Hearty Soups

Rice/Rice Sides


Our Holy Rosary School community always goes above and beyond supporting our brothers and sisters in the community around us.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!  Food can be dropped off outside of the main office door or sent in with your children to leave on the table in the front hallway of the school.

Veterans Day: We went over the Veteran’s Day Flag Project in detail last week. This is a project that students should complete with their families as homework. Thank you for assisting your child on this special project, which is due no later than Monday, November 8. On Wednesday, November 10th, we will have a classroom prayer service to honor the Veterans using these flags.  If you do not know a Veteran you can honor, you can research data bases online with profiles of Veterans.  Here is one site we have used in the past.

Reading: Students will be reading chapters 6-8 in Charlotte’s Web. As we study the main characters, students will use text evidence in the form or quotes and actions to identify character traits.

Spelling: Spelling lists were sent home last Friday.  This week’s words all have long “o” sounds. The test will be this Friday the 5th.  One challenge word is required. 

Language Arts: We are wrapping up our Saint reports.  Last week the students wrote prayers to their saints and how they can be more like their saint. We will be proudly displaying the reports in the hallway along with the students’ portraits of their saints and a saintly quote. 

Religion: On Monday, the students will be visiting kindergarteners via zoom dressed in their saint costumes. We will also work finish up the chapter in our religion book called “Models of Virtue” as a follow-up to our saint projects. Students will have an open book test to follow.

Math: We started chapter 3 last week, which is a deep dive into understanding multiplication and division. There is a lot of thought that is going into this chapter, and it can be challenging for fourth graders! Please make sure your child is practicing their multiplication facts at least 3x per week for 10-15 minutes. Playing cards can be a fun and effective supplement to Xtra Math. Just have them pull two cards and find their product as fast as possible. Enjoy!

Science: With all of the All Saints preparations last week, we didn’t get very far in science. This week, students will learn more about the peripheral nervous system and then use their clay brains to model inputs and outputs. Students should know that our brains get information through our senses (inputs), and then the brain processes the information to signal the peripheral nervous system (outputs). There will be a short, open note test to follow.

Social Studies: The SE State test will take place next Monday the 9th.  I had originally said the 4th, but changed the date because of the Saint Mass. This week we will begin our unit on Lewis and Clark.  We will start by learning about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase as well as the traits and skills that made Lewis and Clark a great team to lead the expedition.

Thank you to our room mom Claudia Augello and some help from Lexi too for putting together the treat bags for the students last Friday for our Halloween party.  We all enjoyed the treats!!


Have a great first week of November everyone!