Week of November 7-11

Dear 4A Families,

Happy Veterans Day Week! Just as a reminder, there is no school this coming Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.  

We want to send out one more huge thank you to all of the 4th grade families for everything you did to help your children prepare for the lovely All Saints’ Day Masses last week. We were so proud of the excellent job all of the students did reading and representing their saints during the masses and when we visited the kindergarten and 3rd grade students.

We have another special event this week when we have our class prayer service on Thursday honoring the veterans the students are writing  about on their flags. We are looking forward to this very special event. In order to be ready to share, your child should turn in their Veterans Day Flag Project no later than this Wednesday, November 9th.  If you do not know a Veteran you can honor, you can research databases online with profiles of Veterans. Here is one site we have used in the past.

Conferences will be held on Monday, November 21st, Tuesday, November 22nd, and Wednesday, November 23rd. If you have not yet signed up for a conference time, please do so ASAP using this link.  On Monday, in your child’s filer you will find a goldenrod colored paper titled Pre-Conference Survey. Thank you for taking time to fill out this form and return it to us no later than November 16th.  Your input helps us prepare for your child’s conference.  

St. Vincent DePaul Food Drive. In the spirit of giving thanks, please join us in supporting our local community struggling with food insecurity.  Holy Rosary School will host a school-wide November food drive to support our local Saint Vincent de Paul chapter, who serves families in West Seattleschool-wide Please consider having your child find a way to earn money to purchase some items themselves (chores, helping a neighbor with leaves, etc.). Thank you for your support. We are definitely grateful for all of you!

The following items are needed most and may be dropped off on the table inside the school entry:

Peanut butter (16oz)

Macaroni and Cheese

Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna

Boxed Cereal,  Boxed Oatmeal (instant packets)

Pasta including canned pasta (spaghetti’o etc.)

Hearty Soups

Canned Vegetables

Canned Fruit

Crackers (Ritz, Saltines, etc,)

Pork and Beans, Chili

Rice, Rice a Roni, Knorr Rice Sides 

Instant Mashed Potatoes, Gravy Mix

Stovetop Dressing

Religion:  We will be starting our next religion unit on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  As Advent approaches, this is the perfect time of year to focus on how we are called to help those less fortunate.

Language Arts: The Saint reports are looking amazing!  We will be adding some final touches this week as we complete this big project. We are also preparing a beautiful bulletin board for the main hallway you will see when you come for your conference!

Spelling:  Because of the short week, the Veterans Day Flag due Wednesday and the SE State test on Thursday, we will not have a spelling test this week.

 Reading: This week, we will be reading chapters 8-10. Students are expected to be more independent as we choose high quality quotes and explore new vocabulary from each chapter. We are also working on reading fluently. This includes expression, smoothness, and accuracy. Reading fluency directly impacts comprehension. Finally, students are analyzing characters and choosing character traits based on evidence from the story

Math: We will be wrapping up our first chapter on multiplication and division this week and have a test next Tuesday the 15th.  We will then move on to multiplication of multi-digit numbers. Last week the students learned about the Sieve of Eratosthenes and prime numbers.  Understanding and being able to name the factors and multiples of numbers is a very important skill that spans many math concepts moving forward. Continued nightly practice to build mastery of the  multiplication and division facts is expected.  Look for the first scored multiplication fact test the students took last week.  I was very impressed with how well the students are doing.  As students pass multiplication they will move on to division, then more challenging fact tests to keep the students moving forward with their skills.

Social Studies:    On Thursday the 10th, the students will take the SE State test. They need to know both the abbreviations and locations.  Thursday November 17th,  the students will be tested on the combination of the NE and SE states.   All students should have study sheets for both of these tests in their filers.  If they have misplaced their study sheet, you can access new ones with the above link. You will find corrected Latitude and Longitude tests in your child’s filer on Monday.

Science: This week, we will be discussing the study guide for the Unit 1 Birth of Rocks test. The test will be on November 17th. I decided to push it back a bit so the students have enough time to prepare and ace it! 

Reminder: Be sure you are checking your child’s filer regularly and taking out corrected papers and test sheets. I generally fold the tests in half, so be sure you check carefully. Please remove all tests and graded papers to keep the filer less cluttered.

Have a great week–I appreciate you all so much, and thank you Veterans!