Fourth-Grade Class News

Deborah Callaghn, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Friday
Oct062017

Fourth grade Newsletter    October 6, 2017     Mrs. Callaghan

 

I am sorry this newsnote wasn’t ready for you all on Thursday.  I ran out of time.  I hope everyone is checking the midterm grades!  I did not put in handwriting as I was reviewing and seeing where everyone was at in terms of cursive.  They are doing pretty well.  I am pleasantly surprised.  We are now starting our workbook and if I feel remediation is necessary I will send home extra practice.

In Reading, we are jumping to lesson 11, “Mimicry and Camouflage” to go along with our Science.

Also, we will be talking about doing our habitat boxes that will be due the week of October 23-27th.  Some kids like to do their box immediately, and others need more days to complete.  I will send home information about how to do the box.  Watch for it in the Friday folder if not sooner.

By the way, I forgot to give the final spelling test for lesson 5 on Friday.  So I will do that on Tuesday.

Also some kids owe me last Wednesday’s memory and it is due on Monday.

Spelling words for Monday’s pretest:   begin  vanish  bonus  legal  event  moment  motive  native  suburb  mimic  paper  pilot  raven  rival  relish  silent  solar  spider  super  virus

Vocabulary:  predators  traits  lure  mimic  resembles  obvious  deceptive  avoid

We will probably take two weeks to work on this story and I will give a little quiz on it.  I want the kids to take it seriously when I say I will give a quiz because I WILL!  There is a lot to understand in this story since it is non-fiction.

Thank you to Mrs. Reyes for sending in snacks.  The kids always appreciate it.  Don’t forget to send a snack for your child even on hot lunch days.  We get snacks twice a day.  Sending in fruit for them is good, too.

We welcome a new student…Olivia Hoyos…to our Fourth Grade family.  I know she will love it here with my fabulous fourth graders.

God’s blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Sunday
Oct012017

Fourth Grade News Note   October 1, 2017   Mrs. Callaghan

 

I am sorry there was no newsletter last Friday, but our computers were down.  I sent home a list of the spelling words from a workbook sheet.  The kids don’t have to do it as homework but they can do it for reinforcement.

Spelling words are a review:  tread  broad  split  chief  season  brain  throw  goal  scrape  choice  allow  auction  flaw  daughter  destroy  renew  boyhood returned  chopped  counting

Vocabulary:  culinary  pensive  commenced  downcast  vivid  recruit  consternation  extensive  reminiscent  serenely

I have graded the Science tests and the kids did great!!!  I am so happy.  They studied and quizzed one another and played a jeopardy game with facts and it paid off.  I can’t give the papers back yet because I have two students who have to take the test.

We are off school Friday, but will get a Reading test Thursday since our story is a play and just takes a few days to teach.

I do want to give a simple Social Studies quiz so hopefully by Thursday, we should be ready.

The A-Z mystery packet should be finished by October 13.  I had told kids they could bring their books home to read.  Have you seen the books come home?

Other than that it is an ordinary week.

God’s blessings!

Friday
Sep222017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   September 22, 2017         MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

Thank you for coming to see me last night and for all of your helpful input.  I ALWAYS appreciate what you have to say.  I cannot be the best teacher for this class if I don’t hear your concerns and listen to your suggestions.  Like I said, if your child is confused or overwhelmed, let me know so I can help them.

So now, I am going to tell them they have to take home their reading books so they can read aloud to you, and also that they must write all homework in their planners whether or not they did their homework.  Also, parents want planners home whether or not there is homework.

Remember to look for a shoebox for the Habitat report.

Coming home is the Kidstuff coupon book and the Math book that should stay at home as a resource.

Start saving you box tops so our class can win a Pizza Party.

I want you to know that every class seems to have a personality.  This class I would have to say, “Sweet and Innocent” is their personality.  They are just a joy to teach.  Please keep them sweet and innocent.

Coming home are the spelling words on a separate paper so you can hang them on the refrigerator or somewhere your child can have accesss to.

I left graded papers at home by mistake.  Sorry.  They will go home next week..

Spelling words:  lesson 4 “Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain” 

                counting  craned  seemed  burned  chopped  cracked  begged  moving  slipped  sailing  trimmed  shopping  returned  watching  pushed  visited  cringed  screamed  scratching flapping

VOCABULARY:  averted  fury  interrogation  stern  accusing  solemnly  cringed  craned

******Please return your Chromebook agreement Monday and don’t forget LUNCH FORMS!!!

Monday               Spelling pretest lesson 4

Weds                    Chapel  please send an offering in the chapel envelope of your child’s

                                Memory:  Luke 9:22

Thursday             Social Studies and Science Test….study sheets will be sent home

Friday                    Reading Spelling Vocab tests

The math book stays at home as a resource.  It gets returned in May.

Blessings,

Mrs. Callaghan

 

Friday
Sep152017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER     September 15, 2017     MRS. CALLAGHAN

 

ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT HOW WE ATE OUR SCIENCE TODAY!  WE HAD A LOT OF FUN AND I THINK THEY WILL GAIN SOME UNDERSTANDING OF OUR SCIENCE WORDS REGARDING CELLS.  AND I HOPE THEY DON’T THROW UP AT HOME!!

My computer has not been working this afternoon until now.  This will be a short newsnote.

DON’T FORGET THAT NEXT WEEK FOURTH GRADE PARENTS CAN MEET WITH ME THURSDAY EVENING IN MY CLASSROOM.  ADULTS ONLY.  KIDS WILL BE SUPERVISED OUTSIDE OR IF WEATHER IS INCLEMENT, THEY WILL BE INSIDE.  WE MEET AT 6:30PM AND SHOULD BE DONE BY 7:00PM.  TRY TO BE ON TIME SO I DON’T HAVE TO REPEAT INFORMATION, PLEASE.

Our spelling words for this week are:  toil  faucet  boyhood  choice  dawn  awful  fost   daughter  flaw  annoyed  royal  allow  destroy  blew  spoon  shampoo brown  renew  wooden  auction

VOCABULARY:  STROLL  SIZZLES  PARTICULAR  CLUSTERS  SURRENDER  SPARKLING          

PLEASE NOTE: MECHANICAL PENCILS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN MY CLASSROOM.

Next week we will be working more on our A-Z mystery books with worksheets to fill out.

If your child finished their book, they may bring another book to read in class.

The kids still need to bring healthy snacks of their own and not rely on our classroom donations as a snack.

                OOOPS!  THE OFFICE FORGOT TO PUT AN AREA FOR YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON THE HOT LUNCH ORDER FORM.  PLEASE WRITE THE NAME AND GRADE ON IT BEFORE YOU TURN IT IN.

                ALSO, BE ON TIME WITH TURNING IT IN.  EVEN, I, HAVE BEEN LATE AND DID NOT GET LUNCHES.  NOW I AM ALWAYS PROMPT.

WE ARE OUT OF DONATIONS OF SNACKS FOR THE ROOM, BY THE WAY, AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR DONATIONS.

MONDAY             SPELLING PRETEST   LESSON 3

WEDS                    MEMORY             (FRIDAY’S MEMORY IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF PLANNER AND WE DO A WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT FOR THAT.

FRIDAY                 MATH TEST FOR MY MATH CLASS.  MR. BOYKE, I AM SORRY, I WILL SEND HOME THE VOCABULARY SHEET FOR MATH WITH THE KIDS NEXT WEEK OR HAVE IT AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS ON THURSDAY.

READING, VOCAB, SPELLING TEST.

IF YOU HAVE ANY EXTRA MAGAZINES WITH PICTURES OF ANIMALS, PLEASE SEND THEM TO SCHOOL, IF YOU DON’T WANT THEM.

BLESSINGS!

Friday
Sep082017

FOURTH GRADE NEWSLETTER   MRS. CALLAGHAN   September 8, 2017

The FOURTH graders are doing wonderfully.  They are learning my ways and how to have a classroom that has procedures and rules.

Our next Reading story is, “Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen.

Vocabulary words are:  legendary  muttered  gaped  flinched  snickering  glared  stunned  fluke

Spelling words are:        cheese   heel   season  boast  chief  gape  aim  brain  fluke  crayon  eagle

                                                throw  rose  student  goal  woke  ripen  cube  rainbow  scrape

Going home are some social studies and math papers so you can see we are working on simple concepts.

Math homework for Monday is lesson 7    Math test will be on Friday.  I can send an email blast what it is about.

Spelling pretest is Monday.  I sent a separate list home.  Check Friday folders.

Final spelling test is Friday, along with the Reading, Vocabulary, and focus skill test on “Mighty Jackie.”

Please remember that you should think about PTL volunteer hours.  If you need an explanation of them, please ask someone from PTL or call the office and they will be glad to explain it.

Each child picked out an A to Z mystery book to read.  We will discuss the genre, “mystery” and get worksheets on our book.  The book is to be kept in school for quiet reading.

We have enjoyed the snacks that have been sent in, so thank you parents!!!!

We have also enjoyed the show and tell that fourth grade has been doing.  Part of doing this is for me to learn about your child but also, the kids are learning speaking skills and learning to talk in front of a group.

Please have your child bring their reading books home to read aloud to you.  Most of this class need the practice.  They stumble over words, so I would like them to be familiar with the story of the week.

Keep sending in articles about the storms.

In Science we are starting our study about cells.  I have taught them how to read Science and how to set a purpose for reading, so we can find answers to our questions.  Reading informational text is a lot different than reading fiction and we need different skills to do that.

In Social studies we are working on directions. 

Next week is MAP testing so please give the kids a good breakfast and send healthy snacks. 

Memory is Romans 1:16a    The children should be able to say it me.

Blessings!