Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Saturday
Jun032017

FOURTH GRADE NEWS LETTER……LAST ONE OF THE YEAR….JUNE 2, 2017

 

CULTURAL EVENING—JUNE 5TH,  DINNER STARTS AT 6:30PM 

If you come early, we can keep your food warm in an oven.

FIRST OF ALL, I NEED TO KNOW IF SOMEONE COULD BE IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM ON MONDAY AT ABOUT 5:30 TO HELP ORGANIZE THE ROOM WITH ME.  SO PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW.

SECONDLY, IF YOU BRING A CROCK POT, BRING AN EXTENSION CORD WITH YOU.

NEXT, BRING SERVING UTENSILS FOR YOUR FOOD, AND BAGGIES OR TUPPERWARE TO BRING YOUR FOOD HOME IN.  DONATING ZIPLOC DISPOSABLE BOWLS WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR LEFTOVERS TO SHARE.

MRS. JURICA AND THE FOURTH GRADERS HAVE PLANNED SOMETHING FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT!

Wendella Boats

We will leave promptly at 8:50am.  Please dress for the weather.  Kids should bring a light jacket.  It is always ten degrees cooler on the lake and we will be in shade for at least half of the trip.  I have to discourage sending money for the boat because they usually have only one person working and the kids miss most of the scenery if they are below board getting a drink or snack.

Also we will stop at McDonald’s for our lunch (the one on Cicero after we come back.)  Please send money for lunch or send a lunch for your child and we will keep it in the bus.  Send money for a drink or a treat, if you choose.  Your child will get experience working with money and change and should pay attention.  The chaperones and I will help them with their money.

Please send their money in a safe wallet or envelope clearly marked with their name. If you want me or the chaperones to hold onto their money let me know.

                MY DISCIPLINE POLICY FOR NEXT WEEK:

WILL NOT BE AS SIMPLE AS SPENDING TIME ON THE FENCE FOR CARD FLIPS.  RULES ARE RULES!

TESTS:

FINAL ON DRAGONS AND DINOSAURS, SPELLING, MEMORY ON Wednesday.

No more tests.  Science are all labs and participation.  Social studies grades are based on the poster.

The kids are mentally finished with school and I am striving to make our last week productive as well as fun.

Please return all math  books that were sent home at the beginning of the year or any other books lent out.

Friday
May262017

Fourth Grade News Memorial Day Edition May 26th, 2017

It seems every printer is broken so I have to type my Friday note here.

Next week we need a regular water bottle so that kids can do a Science experiment about blood.

We are working on systems of the human body as our last Science unit and it should be a fun one.  If anyone wants to send in a case of water or 20 bottles of water for the class, that might be helpful.

Happy birthday to Keira!  Her friends made it a festive one with decorations and balloons for all.  I could tell the end of the year is near because there is a lot of silliness in the class and some behavior that is not Christ-like.  Let's see if we can turn that around for the next two weeks.

Wendella Boats....We are working on this and trying to get a bus otherwise we take the El.  I do need chaperones regardless.   IT LOOKS LIKE THE DATE WILL BE JUNE 5TH, THE SAME DAY AS OUR CULTURAL DINNER!!!

IF YOU WANT TO GO WITH, COOK YOUR DINNER THIS WEEKEND AND FREEZE IT.  i aso need someone to help me set up on June 5th either after school or at 5:00pm.  I will send a list next week of things I need donated.  save your American flags from picnics (small ones) to use for decorations.

IF I CAN GET EXTRA TICKETS for the boat, which is a deal,  I WILL TRY TO GET AT LEAST FOUR FOR ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO GO WITH.  FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE AND THE COST IS $8.50.  LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED BY EMAILING ME.

SPELLING WORDS: SUBTLE  SCENE  CLIMBED  COMB  EXHEBIT  DOUBT  FOLKS  EXHAUST  HALF  WHISTLE  ISLAND  LAMB  NUMB  OFTEN  RUSTLE  DEBT  KNACK  THUMB  UNKNOWN  MORTGAGE

PRETEST WILL BE WEDNESDAY AND FINAL WILL BE THE NEXT WEEK DATE TO BE DECIDED.

VOCABULARY:  contraption  submerged  massives  eerie  roamed  obtacles  elegant  complicated

*******Remember no more hot lunch program, so send lunches!  A brown paper bag was sent home with your child in their folder, so hopefully you will find it.

*******Don't forget to reregister for next year!  We want to see all those smiling faces back here.

have a blessed weekend and remember those who have served in the military!

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
May192017

                           CULTURAL DAY CELEBRATION IS JUNE 5TH

“A TASTE OF FOURTH GRADE—INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL POTLUCK”

The majority of votes came back with June 5th as our day of celebration.

The kids will have their posters on display from their country reports and maybe their state reports.

Time:  6:00pm to 8:00pm  (We should be eating at approximately 6:30pm.)

Where:  Fellowship room (where we eat our lunch)

Who:   Your fourth grader’s family.  Grandparents are welcome to come.  Special aunties or uncles as well.

What:  ethnic food to share, your own beverage and maybe some to share  (one year a family brought Horchata for everyone!!!)

                        Desserts welcome!

Procedure:

Bring a dish to share plus a little more.  This is just a “taste” of food.  By the time you taste 18 different dishes you will be full!!!!

You may bring a dish from the country your child reported on, or you may want to bring a state dish that the state is known for, just like Chicago is known for Chicago style pizza.  Perhaps you can’t figure out a food from your child’s country, then bring another thing to share.  Got a favorite Czechoslavakian casserole to share!  Go for it.  We are on a culinary tour of the world.

It’s best to make your food the night before so you can heat it up, or put it in a crock pot and bring it right to school.  Bring serving utensils, please.  Bring extension cords for any crock pots.

We do have an oven to keep food on warm if you come a bit early.

Serving:  Your child will be serving out the food!!!!!!!  You get to relax! And enjoy!

PLEASE, PLEASE NO NUTS DUE TO SEVERE ALLERGIES!!!!!!!!

  I will send home another sheet asking what you can donate in terms of plates, cups, utensils, etc.

Friday
May192017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   May 18, 2017    MRS. CALLAGHAN

HOW COULD IT BE THIS DATE ALREADY????

Anyhow you will see a letter going home about our Cultural Day for our class which will be June 5th.

Also, I need chaperones to go on the Wendella boats with us.  We are deciding on a date.  We will be going with first grade.

POSTERS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY MAY 24TH.  IF THEY WON’T BE READY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHY.  I will check them again on Tuesday.

Having a checkpoint certainly motivates them to get to work on their posters.

Spelling words:  lesson 28, “The Bunyans”

                                                There   they’re  their  sent  scent  hour  our  seam  seem  plain  plane  piece  peace  two  too  to  whole  hole  pail  pale

VOCABULARY:  SCENIC  COLOSSAL  ILLUSION  HEARTY  BEHEMOTH  FANCIFUL  CORDIALLY

 

We will be studying what idioms are and drawing an idiom for our project, “Guess my Idiom” which we will work on next week.

Learning how to write a postcard has been challenging.  Having the children look at my postcard as a model, read how to address the postcard from an example on the board, still did not produce correctly written postcards.  Good thing they wrote in pencil because they had to erase, erase, erase!

Also, please make sure your child knows their address.  I did a quick check and some of them don’t know it or what their zip code is.

Have your child continue to read Shiloh.  I will decide what chapters we will have a test on from what we have read.   For households without a dictionary, you can go to dictionary.com to find the meaning of a word for the worksheets I send home.

We are working on fractions in math, learning how to find equivalent fractions, and dividing by four numbers in the dividend.  Try to have your child go on math websites to help them grasp fractions.  If you are having pizza try dividing your pizza in different ways so that your child can see that ¼ is equivalent to 2/8ths.

Have a great week-end!

Mrs. Callaghan

 

 

Friday
May122017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    MOTHER’S DAY EDITION               May 12, 2017

 

Dear parents,

I am so proud of the great job that fourth grade did presenting the Gospel of Luke, “The Parable of the Banquet”   We had a lot of fun doing it and getting costumes together.  It’s so funny that this loud and vociferous class needed microphones.  They were so quiet in the church---not like them at all.  In class they are the big mouthMafish in the little pond, but in church they are the small mouth fish in the big pond.

We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day gift and that you have time to rest and enjoy your children.  God bless you for the job you have.  It is a wonderful one!!!

I didn’t get to do memory today so we will have double memory next week.

Please look at midterms.  The Social Studies grade is basically the tests on the State capitals.  They can retake the test if they got a low grade.

I will not be giving retakes on any tests in math anymore, due to the short time left of the school year.

MOST KIDS DID NOT HAVE THE ADDRESS OF A PERSON TO WRITE TO.  PLEASE SEND THAT ON MONDAY SO THEY CAN DO THEIR POSTCARD.*******

*******I WILL GIVE THE FINAL SPELLING TEST ON TUESDAY FOR “GRAND CANYON” AND THE READING TEST FOR IT AS WELL.

 

********WEDS.   CHAPEL 

                                I WILL BE CHECKING THE POSTERS TO SEE HOW FAR THE KIDS HAVE COME ALONG.

I do not know if we will start the next story.  I will probably do a Scholastic Reading magazine instead.

 

It has been a crazy week with MAP testing.

Please TEST your child on their knowledge of tying.  I had to tie most of the ribbons on the gift.  I am amazed that most of the class can’t tie or make a bow.

Coming up:  voting for our Cultural Dinner for either:  May 22 or June 5th.  Please check your calendars now.  It is our end of the year family party that is a big potluck!  It will start at 6pm and done by 8pm.

No homework except for sentences due Monday.  Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Mrs. Callaghan