Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Thursday
Feb152018

Fourth Grade Newsletter   February 14, 2018   Mrs. Callaghan                    

Well, it was quite a Valentine’s Day!!!!  Thanks to Mr. Streif for bringing the goodies so the kids could make their own slime!  They loved doing it!  Thanks to Mrs. Kelly for giving all of the children gorgeous carnations with their own little tube of water and a tulle bow!  And special thanks to Kristina for being born on Valentine’s Day and bringing us heart shaped doughnuts in their own cute little box.  We all felt so special!  By the way, aren’t we the lucky class to have our very own, living breathing Valentine!!  No other class can claim that!  And the candy…..I am so glad I am not their parent who has to deal with the kids this evening!  Thank you everyone for making wonderful memories for our kids.

The class has gone wild making all sorts of things to sell to raise money in our class to donate for the pennies war.  They are busy  little entrepreneurs!  It would be nice to have everyone involved in donating money to our jar and who knows, there might be a surprise incentive from some secret valentines to thank our class for their generosity if we win or even get close to winning.

We will continue working on our story next week and will be tested next Friday, along with Vocabulary and Spelling from this week.

I noticed that this story is a harder one for the kids to read aloud.  There will be homework from the story next week and it is my wish that you would have your child do some reading aloud to you.

HOMEWORK THAT IS DUE ON TUESDAY:

SOCIAL STUDIES ---TWO WORKSHEETS DOUBLE SIDED   PAGES 26-29. 

                                                THERE WILL BE A SOCIAL STUDIES TEST OVER THIS MATERIAL FRIDAY.

LANGUAGE ARTS++++++  REWRITING OF THEIR PORQUOIS.  CORRECT MISTAKES.  SOME KIDS NEED TO DO NEW ONES.

                We will have a PARTY for Leia on Wednesday which is her last day.  If anyone would like to send in healthy treats, let me know, like fruit, veggies, dip (I have little cups for dip), hummus, cupcakes (ok, not so healthy), juice boxes,etc.

Blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Friday
Feb022018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER FOR February 2, 2018  MRS. CALLAGHAN

Greetings families.  Six more weeks of winter???? Oh no!!!!

Next week we will be taking the MAP test for Reading, Math and Science.  Please make sure your child will get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast, bring two healthy SNACKS a day, and have a decent lunch.  Ask your child if they need  new pencils.  Many are outgrowing their gym shoes and need new ones for gym.

The children are growing quickly and their bodies are starting to change.  Which brings me to hygiene.

I notice that many need to clean their nails.  Dirt underneath nails can harbor germs which will breed sickness.  I know that at this age many kids are reluctant to take the time to bathe, and they don’t like to do it since ipads, x-boxes, etc. are far more interesting than bathing, but THEY NEED TO DO IT!  This is the point in time when some may need to use deodorant, as well.

One  of our hot lunch moms asked me if she could survey our kids about what they would like on the hot lunch menu.  I think it would be better to ask the parents.  Maybe you could tell me on fast direct what you would like to see.  Perhaps my class can come up with a survey form.

Also, they should be bringing a drink to accompany their lunch.  Too  many are running to the water fountain during lunch.

I am going to review division and double digit multiplication.  I assumed they knew it well, but they are weak in it.  If you can run sheets from the internet and have them work on it with your supervision, that would be helpful.

Homework for the weekend will be in Social Studies.  I sent home a double-sided worksheet that they should complete for MONDAY.

Our next Reading selection is, “Just Like Me” and I sent the words home last week.

The vocabulary words are:  participate  mischievous  exotic   graceful  brilliant  ancestors

Spelling:  lunar  cellar  collar  corner  danger  director  doctor  dollar  tinker  finger  honor  horror  labor  master  motor  ancestor  checkers  power  regular  sugar

We have had Mr. Bouman from Concordia  visit our class and teach the children about editing their writing.  He was very charmed by their RAFTS.  We are learning about editing and rewriting.

Have a good week-end!

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
Jan262018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   January 26, 2018  MRS. CALLAGHAN        

WHEW!!!! What an energetic week!  We had a lot of fun with the daily themes and also enjoyed our daily chapel services to remind us that we are indeed celebrating going to a Lutheran School and that Jesus loves us and knows what is in our hearts and can help us change our hearts through worship and Scripture.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our week so special, and to everyone who helped make our bottle projects so delightful.  Our VIPS really enjoyed hearing the biographies and seeing the creativity of our fourth grade. 

With Mrs. Jurica’s help to teach our kids the ukulele, fourth grade performed a rousing “Little Bunny Foo Foo” and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”  Come on, Spring!!!! We can hardly wait!!!

Next week will be a regular week and in math I want to go over some concepts to prepare them for the MAP test which will be the following week.

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally-------Do you know what that is?  Ask your child.

Our Reading selection will be, “So You Want to Be an Inventor”  lesson 16.

Spelling words are:  tropical  animal  April  arrival  trample  bottle  camel  capital  couple  swivel  festival  gentle  level  national  normal  tremble  puddle  rebel  single  tunnel

(I will not be giving the words in order for the final test so they have to know the endings)

Vocabulary words are:  quest  barriers  forged  trampled  hoaxer  tinker  perfect                               

+++++Please check the grades  online and let me know you saw them via Fast Direct.

******  Title 1 students should have gotten a report card from Mrs. Uffenbeck and Mrs. Negron

Have a lovely weekend!  Val, have a great party!

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Saturday
Jan132018

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   JANUARY 12, 2018    MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

Well, It feels good to be back to my dear fourth graders.  I must say, I am a bit tired, though and will need a nap when I get home.  I had been used to waking up between 9am-10am every morning!

The kids are doing great with their reports and with their pop bottle people.  The ones turned in have a lot of detail.  I appreciate all the time put into them but I realize not everyone can do the pop bottles easily.  I would suggest googling pop bottle reports or people to get some ideas.  It might help if you thought of one thing that might symbolize the person, like a top hat for Lincoln, etc., something that distinguishes and symbolizes that person.

Next Monday we are off for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  We will be studying him a bit next week.

REPORTS AND POP BOTTLES DUE ON TUESDAY!!!!!!!

                SPELLING WORDS FOR TUESDAY:   LESSON 12  “MOUNTAINS”

                REUSE  RESTART  RETELL  RESEND  REPLACE  UNCORK  UNSTUCK  UNANNOUNCED  UNPLEASANT

UNCHAIN  UNFIT  NONPROFIT  NONMETAL  RECALL NONTOXIC  UNWELCOME  REPRODUCE  RETRACE 

UNINVITED  REAPPLY

                VOCABULARY:  ERUPTION  DEPTHS  GRADUALLY  REVEALED  CONSTANT  CONTRACT IMMEDIATE

 

The kids should be ready to talk about their famous person and talk about their pop bottle.  I went  through the reports and they were very interesting.  I can tell the kids worked hard and had to choose what to say.  I am long-winded so it would be hard for me to condense the facts like they did.

I will be using the bottles as an art grade, too.

Wednesday…..  Chapel      don’t forget your chapel offering   MEMORY

Friday….               Final spelling test, Reading Test, Vocabulary test

There is some missing work, specifically Reading tests which are most important, and this work will have to be made up next week.  Check your child’s planner for any notes.  Also you can check fast direct, too.

HAVE A GOOD REST…AND I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY AND THINK ABOUT HIS DREAM AND HOW RELEVANT HIS DREAM IS STILL TODAY.  GOD BLESS US ALL!

GOD BLESS!

MRS. CALLAGHAN

Saturday
Jan062018

Adjusted due date for Pop Bottle project

Hello families,

Mrs. Uffenbeck's father in law passed away yesterday.  I will not be back to school until Friday.  I will have to give an extension because I don't know if she can look at projects.

Now the worksheets should be turned in Friday, Jan. 12th.

Pop bottles should be turned in Jan 15th, Tuesday.

We will work on corrections in class that week.

Please keep Mrs. Uffenbeck and her family in your prayers.  Mrs. Jurica's grandma passed away on Jan. 1, 2018, so please keep her in your prayers, too.

Thanks to Mr. Streiff for calling me and telling me that my original addition to the newsletter with the new dates did not post.  It was in a draft form on my computer, that i added to, and thought it posted.  My side of the computer looks different than yours.  I am so sorry!

Blessings and warmth,

Mrs. Callaghan