Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Friday
Apr282017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER    April 28, 2017     MRS. CALLAGHAN

HELLO FAMILIES,

Hopefully you received a note from Mrs. Rocans about meeting her at re-registration May 12th.  All of the teachers will be there to answer any questions you have about the next grade your child will be entering.  We hope to see a big turn- out for the event.

Coming home today are a homework sheet for Chapter 4 of Shiloh due on Monday.

Also due on Monday is math lesson 73.  We will need to review double digit multiplication and division with remainders.

Also coming home is a study sheet for Ch. 11 Science…on  States of Matter.  We will have a test on Thursday on this chapter.  We have been going over this for so long, they have to know it by now.

On Weds. I will have a make- up math test for test 10.  Please review your child’s test with them.

Thursday is our Field trip to see, “Robin Hood” at a local theatre in Portage Park.  The kids will be walking with Mrs. Baldwin and Mrs. Rocans.  Due to bad knees I can’t walk that far, but will be driving over with Mrs. Connors.  We will leave promptly at 8:50a.m. and return in time for lunch.

Also on Thursday will be a test on Chapters 3and 4 on Shiloh.

Tuesday will be my own test on “Mangrove Wilderness”  We have been drawing food chains based on what we have read.  We broke down the story to fully understand details and connections. 

We have sad news to report from fourth grade:  Ben’s grandfather who lives with them passed away two days ago.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.  Ben was blessed to know his grandfather so well and his grandpa was blessed to have Ben’s love.

Also, Jude’s grandpa had a stroke, so please pray for Jude and his family.

ON a happy note:  Alex’s mom had a baby girl, Melanie on Easter.  What a joy it is to have a baby in the house!!!  Blessings to all of Alex’s family.

Spelling words for next week:

radiant  confident  engineer  typist  electrician  inexact  ouotdated  downfall upfront  upwind  admiration  addition  emotional  abdominal  testimonial  decoration  effortlessly  meaningfully truthfully carefully

Vocabulary:  destinations  aspects  vigorously  reconstruct  gorgeous  festive  ornate  symbolize  expectantly  misfortune

I am not sending home graded papers today.  Look for them next week.

God’s blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Thursday
Apr132017

FOURTH GRADE THURSDAY NEWSLETTER    EASTER EDITION   April 13, 2017      MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

How fitting we have the rain today, to think about the grief we share as we think about Christ’s suffering and death.  However, the weather will be beautiful on Easter when we celebrate the glory of our risen Christ, who has saved us from our sins through His death.

We did a little play about Easter week and I think the kids enjoyed it and it reminded us about why this is called “Holy Week.”

Happy birthday to Aidan!  The excitement is bursting like spring in this room for Aidan’s party and for vacation.

The kids have a novel to read, “Shiloh” which takes place in the South.  We are studying the Southern region of the United States.   Students may read the entire novel over break if they wish.  There are worksheets to go with each chapter.  I will require certain worksheets to be completed by a certain date when we come back, so we can haves a discussion.  There will be a test on a few chapters at a time.

Four students who have been out this week did not get the novel, but if you read this online, I can leave copies for you in the office.  Just call the office, or email me dcallaghan@stjohnschicago.org.

Coming up, we will be choosing states to do state reports on.  If you are traveling, and you have a chance to get postcards, please do and share them with us.  The state report is a poster like the Country report.

Coming up is a field trip to see, “Robin Hood” at a local theater, Filament theater, on May 4 in the morning.  We will walk there.  I will need chaperones to walk them.  I have bad knees and am not sure I will be able to walk that far.  Who can help?

Spelling words for the week we get back are:

additional  beautifully  blissfully  boastfully  carefully   cheerfully  colorfully  educational  effortlessly  endlessly  guiltlessly  joyfully   meaningfully  playfully   restfully   respectfully  childishness   truthfully  usefully  powerfully 

Vocabulary:    remarkable  extract  stealthy  advantage  withstand  suitable

Have a blessed Easter and a good rest.

God’s blessings to you all.

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Friday
Apr072017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSNOTE FOR April 7, 2017      MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

This has been a busy week.  Next week since it is a short week and I will be missing kids, I will not be doing any traditional lessons.  We will be reading books of our choosing and reading from Scholastic magazine.

The only test will be memory for Weds.   “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love: according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin!”  Psalm 51: 1-2

They should be able to say it, I hope.

Mrs. Laska, our wonderful art teacher wanted me to remind you that you can go on ARTSONIA and look at the artwork the kids have done very soon.  She is photographing it so you can buy products with your child’s art on it.

Good luck to all of the 1st-4th graders who are in the David Kennedy basketball jamboree.  Thanks to all of you who made Mrs. Mackie feel good by relieving her anxiety about getting volunteers for the basketball tournament.  She can’t be running a tournament and serving in the kitchen as well.

If your child does not know information for States and Capitals or spelling, you may go on our school website and look for my newsletter that would have that information.

The planners have memory in them and the memory is posted on the School bulletin…all online in case you throw out your paper or it doesn’t make it home.

Sunday is the Boy Scouts spaghetti dinner which is after church.  The food is great, desserts dazzling and raffles well worth your time to go to the spaghetti dinner to try your luck at winning!

You will see many of our fourth grade parents at the tournament and the spaghetti dinner…so get hopping over to St. John’s this weekend.

NO HOMEWORK!

IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK AND IF THEY WANT TO CATCH UP ON WHAT THEY MISSED, YOU CAN EMAIL ME AND I WILL LEAVE IT IN THE OFFICE.

THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN OVER SPRING BREAK.

EMAIL ME AT dcallaghan@stjohnschicago.org and let me know if you want me to leave anything.

 

Also, because I was busy with my new granddaughter, daughter, two year old granddaughter, I did not grade enough papers to pass back.. next week.....

Blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

Friday
Mar312017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   March 31, 2017   MRS. CALLAGHAN          

WELL, BIG NEWS, I AM A GRANDMA AGAIN!  TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS NOW, MAEVE AND CALLA RHIANNON.  (Maeve is named after the queen of Ireland-Connaught and Calla is an homage to our last name and also my daughter’s nickname in college.  Her husband thought that was her name.  He said that was her name when he fell in love with her and wants his second daughter named after her.  Rhiannon is a Celtic goddess of fire!!!)

Taking care of a 2 ½ year old for three nights was quite challenging.  I was rather tired and crabby so I hope you understand if you heard any complaints about me and my lack of patience.

This coming week we will be concentrating on the southwest and doing mapwork with big maps I brought back from Arizona.

For the girls, I will buy the book PAX for them if they give me $7.00 for their own hard copy.  If they want to check it out of the library they should check their local library.

Our story for next week is lesson 23, “The Cricket in Times Square.”

Spelling words are:  decoration  abbreviation  admiration  association  aviation  civilization  declaration

  addition  composition  preposition  abdominal  proposal  rendition  disposal  emotional   environmental

denial  facial  judicial  testimonial

vocabulary words:  scrounging  forlornly  stingy  pathetic  noble  resolved  fidget  suspicion

I have enjoyed reading the kids’ stories using vocabulary words.  They are a very creative group!

In Religion we are talking about how the Devil tempted Jesus, but Jesus used the Word of God to ward him off.

In math we are working on long division and on geometry.  They have new handouts and will be given one of my math tests in about a week.

Some Social Studies homework is being sent back home because it was done incorrectly and needs correcting.  Reading directions is so important.

STATES AND CAPITALS FOR NEXT WEEK:   Des Moines, Iowa      St. Paul, Minnesota     Madison, Wisconsin     Springfield, Illinois    Indianapolis, Indiana     Columbus, Ohio

PLEASE, PLEASE HELP WITH THE BASKETBALL JAMBOREE AND THE COFFEE HOUR!!!!

VOLUNTEERS ARE DEPENDED ON TO RUN OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS SUCCESSFULLY.  LOOK INTO YOUR HEARTS AND PLEASE DONATE TIME TO THESE THINGS.  YOUR CHILDREN WATCH YOU AND WILL FOLLOW YOUR LEAD IN THE FUTURE FOR DOING THINGS TO HELP MAKE THEIR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES POSSIBLE THROUGH THE HELP OF A CHEERFUL HEART AND GIVING HEART.

I WILL ASK YOUR CHILD NEXT WEEK WHAT THEIR PARENT IS ABLE TO HELP WITH!!

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART------THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

 

Thursday
Mar162017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   ST. PATRICK’S DAY EDITION  March 17TH, 2017  MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

Top of the Mornin’ to ye all!  I hope it is a GREEN day for all of ye and your day be blessed.

 

Speaking of blessings, let’s bless our PTL with getting our Science basket stuff in by next week so they can make the baskets for the auction.  I recommend that you go to the American Science and Surplus store on Milwaukee and Foster in the little mall by the Dollar Tree Store.  You don’t have to spend much to find really fun things to go in our basket.  You can spend less than dollars for cool stuff and if most people buy a little something, we could have a great basket.  If you don’t know what to get and you want to send a donation of $5.00 in, I will go and shop for you.  BUT SEND IT IN MONDAY OR TUESDAY, PLEASE.

Spring pictures are THIS Monday.  I am sorry for the mix-up, but only one child came dressed out of uniform.

ALL SPELLLING AND READING IS POSTPONED TILL THIS WEEK.   So many kids were absent and with play practice, it was just not working to repeat and repeat the reading lesson.

Very interesting tidbit…..Your children tell me that you throw everything away that is in the folder and so that is why they don’t know about anything and parents haven’t a clue what is due when.  True?

I doubt it.  I think the kids just lose the stuff and blame the parents.  I have had about five kids ask for copies of the Scientist Report today.  Many were surprised the box is due THIS MONDAY.  I told them it has been in my Friday newsletter, the date is on the board, and I have discussed it for about a month or more in my newsletter.  We have looked at books, websites and written dates in two places in our planner….so no excuses.

I would love to have all the boxes on Monday.  If for some reason you can’t turn it in on Monday, please turn it in on Tuesday.  I need to have grades done.  I also would like a note to accompany the box with the reason why it is late, so that I know.

The book reports have been a lot of fun to listen to.  Good job.  I think the kids enjoyed doing them and the class loved listening to them and were inspired to read a great many of the books.

The Social Studies tests were not so great.  I am giving them a chance to redo the essay questions, using their books so that they can raise their test grade. They just need to answer on a lined sheet of paper and give it to me.

The States and Capitals that I had in last week’s newsletter will be on a test for this coming Weds.

Ask your child about our Science experiment.  Very fun.  The Alka Seltzer is a product I bought at the Dollar store called Picot…for only $1.00!!!

Math tests went home today, hopefully, I gave them out. (This is typed on Thursday)

Blessings!