4B - Mrs. Jennings

  • We strive to engage each student spiritually and academically
    in a Christ-centered environment
    to prepare them to live as disciples and citizens.


    Mrs. Jennings' Fantastic 4th Graders

    We journey with heart, courage, and knowledge. Welcome to our 4B class web site!  As you explore, I hope you will find valuable information that will keep you informed of all the happenings taking place in our classroom.  Click on the links to the left for access to homework and other important data. The information changes often so make sure you visit our web page on a regular basis.

    2018-2019 Announcements

    Information Night - Tuesday, January 15th, at 6:30 P.M. in the cafeteria hosted by Principal Brett. The following topics will be discussed:
    • A review and evaluation of the school goals set for 2018.
    • A presentation of the goals designed for 2019-2020.
    • An acknowledgement of the recent parish/school investigations.
    • A commitment to future growth for St. Matthias School.


    January Reading Project - For the month of January, we will be working on Literature Circles during Reader's Workshop. We will also be working on Greek mythology. So, go to your home library, the public library, or the bookstore and start getting a few books on Greek mythology and begin reading. Be sure to take notes on any characters (gods, goddesses, mortals, creatures, etc.) that are of interest to you. You will need this information for your January project. If you are interested in a different culture of mythology, such as Celtic, that is fine, also. Complete instructions were given out today. I will post an electronic copy of it here shortly. Your project is due Friday, 2/1.
    HSA Merchant Event - All day Wednesday, 1/16, at Cafe Alfredo's on Easton Ave. Eat-in or take out.
    Jersey Dress Down Day - There will be a free will donation Jersey Dress Down Day on Friday, 1/18. Students may dress down and wear their favorite SMS jersey or t-shirt, their favorite sports jersey or t-shirt, or their favorite team jersey or t-shirt. If you don't have one of these, then dressing in SMS colors will be just fine!
    Geography Bee - Just a little heads up... SMS will once again be participating in the National Geographic Geography Bee along with the 5th-8th graders. At some point over the next one to three weeks, we will do the in-class preliminaries. The student with the highest score (one in 4A and one in 4B) will advance to the finals with the 5th-8th grade winners. If the finals are held in school and open to family members, I will be sure to post that information here. 
    AR Reading Goals - Hi, kids! We're halfway through the second marking period! Are you halfway toward meeting your AR goal? I hope so. Whenever you have met your goal, let me know and I will post your name right here on my web site for your parents to see! If you need some support or encouragement, come see me and I will help you. Read. Read. Read. You can do this! 
    No School - Monday, January 21st, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    12:30 Dismissal Day - Friday, January 25th, will be a 12:30 Dismissal Day. ASP will be available. All students should bring in a snack and small drink on this day. Students going to ASP should bring 2 snacks and a lunch. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is going home on this day. This is also the last day of the 2nd Marking Period. Please check PowerSchool to make sure all work has been submitted. Contact the teachers with any questions you may have.
    Catholic Schools Week - We will celebrate Catholic Schools Week during the last week in January. We will kick off the celebration with a celebratory Mass on Sunday, January 27th, at 12 noon, followed by an HSA reception in the cafeteria. All are welcome. Please check back soon for more information about this important week. 
    • Sunday, 1/27 - 12 Noon Mass followed by a Reception in the cafeteria. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms. Open House Tours for Pre-K and Kindergarten will be available. Tell your friends, families, and neighbors!
    • Monday, 1/28
    • Tuesday, 1/29
    • Wednesday, 1/30
    • Thursday, 1/31
    • Friday, 2/1 - Athletic and Academic Bowls. 
    The teams for the 4B Athletic Bowl on Friday, 2/1, are as follows. Family members are welcome to watch the Athletic Bowl. More information to follow.
    • Team 1:  Michael, Bridget, Robert, Addy, Chris, Alexandra, Paul, Riley
    • Team 2:  Jack, Natalie, William, Lilly, Lucian, Mia, Santiago, Cate
    • Team 3:  Johnny, Gabriela, AJ, Molly, Bryce, Briana, Kate, Natalie
    Valentine Boxes - Just a little heads up... We will celebrate Valentine's Day with a little classroom party and perhaps a Buddy activity. Students will be allowed to bring in little treats or Valentine cards for their classmates on this day. If you decide to bring in Valentines, please do not fill out the "TO" section as this can be quite time-consuming to pass out. Instead, bring a Valentine for every homeroom classmate, and just fill out the "FROM" section. In anticipation of Valentine's Day, students may design a Valentine's shoebox, bag, or container to bring in to school on the day of the party. You can decorate your container with doily hearts, foamies, wrapping paper, pictures, etc. Feel free to reuse a previous container. You may also make a Valentine card for your 8th grade buddy and bring it to school. More information about dates and times will be posted shortly.
    Missing Work - I will be giving make-up spelling and vocabulary tests to students over the next week or so. If your child is "missing" any of these tests, they should study the words again and be prepared to be assessed. Also, PowerSchool should be checked for other missing assignments. Missing assignments should be turned in by the end of next week. Thank you.
    Christmas Artwork Contest - The Pontifical Mission Societies are sponsoring an annual Christmas Artwork Contest. Twenty-two winners will be selected in this national competition; their artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC during Advent and Christmas 2019. Two grand-prize winners will also be selected, and their artwork will appear as the official Christmas card of the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Reverend Andrew Small, OMI. National contest winners will be notified in late spring 2019 and announced to Catholic media in Fall 2019; all winners receive a commemorative plaque. Past winners may not enter this year’s contest. Submit all entries to: Missionary Childhood Association Artwork Contest PONTICICAL MISSION SOCIETIES Diocese of Metuchen PO Box 191 Metuchen, NJ 08840-0191 Entry forms and guidelines may be obtained from the school office. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2019.

    Night of Winners - Save the Date! February 9, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. Go to the following link for all the details. Also, remember to sell and/or purchase 50/50 raffle tickets. Last year's winner took home over $2,000. 

    Night of Winners


    Respect Life Diocesan Art Contest (Optional) - The students are asked to draw a picture that responds to the following:
    • Jesus said, “Love one another just as I have loved you.”
    • Even though we look very different from each other, Jesus loves us all the same.
    • He wants all of us to love each other no matter the color of our skin or the language we speak.
    • You do not have to look a certain way to be holy like the saints.
    • How can we do as Jesus has asked us and love others who look different from us?
    • How can we celebrate our differences?
    The poster contest is open to students in grades 1 through 8. The drawings should be in bright colors using 81/2 x 11 white poster board. All drawings must pertain to the “Respect Life” theme, may contain some words and should be freehand. Do not use magazine pictures or computer-generated drawings. St. Matthias School will be asked to select a first prize winner from each grade and submit posters to the Diocese for judging. On the Diocesan level, 2 winners will be selected for each grade. Winning posters will be published in a Respect life Calendar and winners will be invited to an Awards Mass/Luncheon at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center in Piscataway. All first place winners will receive a $50.00 prize. Parents/guardians of contest winners will be contacted either by email, mail, or phone. Drawings will be judged based on grade level, creativity, clarity of message and visual appeal. Drawings are due in the school office on Friday, 2/1. Entry blanks may be filled out in the school office.
    Camp Invention - A high energy, hands-on STEM camp for students in grades 2-6 that will run from June 17-21 from 8:30 to 3:00. The price is $255 (before discount, which expires 3/22). Contact Cathy Allegro for more information.
    Renaissance Connect - Parents are able to view their child's AR progress via a home connection. A letter has been sent home with all the information. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Lanzalotto. 
    Monthly Mass - Fourth grade will attend monthly mass the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Your child should be on by 7:50 a.m. for teacher pick-up. If you arrive late to school, please have your child go to the Main Office. The office will then escort the child to church. 

    AR Reading Levels - The 4A and 4B students have their AR reading levels and goals. I have printed it out on a label and adhered it to the inside back cover of their Student Planner. The information will be updated quarterly. The students are now aware of their reading range and goals. They should strive to meet their 1Q AR goals before the end of the first marking period. Students are also aware that they can take an AR test, at an appropriate time, in the PC lab or on a classroom iPad upon completion of a book. Please encourage your child to read and to achieve their AR reading goal. Thank you for your support. 

    Book Boxes - Our ELA book boxes are all set up and ready to go! This means that students are free to bring in a few books to store in their book boxes. The kids will be able to use their books during independent reading time. When your child has finished a book, he/she may bring it home and then bring in some different books as a replacement. The goals are to read as much as we can, explore different genres, build our reading stamina, have book discussions, deepen our comprehension, and to improve our reading skills and levels. Check in with your children periodically to see if they need to update their book boxes.

    Ride Sharing - Attention SMS Families...we have a fourth grade student who lives in the Piscataway area. His parents are looking for another family (or two) who might be interested in carpooling arrangements to and from school. If you have an interest, please email me and I will connect you with the student's family. Thank you.

    4B Specials - The Special Schedule is as follows:

    • Monday:  Spanish 9:40 to 10:00, Library (4A only) 12:20 to 1:00
    • Tuesday:  Computers 11:00 to 11:40
    • Wednesday:  Gym 9:40 to 10:20
    • Thursday:  Art 9:40 to 10:20; Library for 4B 9:00 to 9:40
    • Friday:  Music 9:40 to 10:20


    Reading - Students should be reading at least 30 minutes a day. They should also be reading various types of materials (books, magazines, comics, letters, cereal boxes, etc.) and genres (fiction, nonfiction, biographies, adventure, etc.). Please make sure your child also brings two or three reading books to school as soon as possible to keep in his/her Book Boxes. The students may bring the books home when they are done reading them and bring in new ones to replace them. We should always have reading material in our Book Boxes.

    SMS Spirit Wear - SMS spirit wear can now be ordered all year long. Simply go to the following link:   http://cobrapromotionsgroup.com/sms/

    Word of The Day - Many students asked me to put the link up for "Word of The Day". So, here it is, kids! I'm super happy you want to build your vocab skills! https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day

    Chapter Books - All 4A and 4B students should keep 1 to 2 books to read in their backpacks at all times effective immediately. We want to spend a lot of time reading rich, authentic, and varied text. The chapter books may also be kept in the student's Book Box. When a book has been finished, please have your child add a new book right away. Thank you for your support.

    Kid-Friendly Search Engines - There are a few kid-friendly search engines out there. Here are three of them. If you know any more, please let me know and I will add them to the list.

    • duckster.com
    • kidrex.org
    • safesearchkids.com
    • WebPath Express (You can get there by going to the SMS library homepage, clicking on "My Links", and then "Destiny" and then "WebPath Express".)

    Spelling Words for the Week of 12/17:  


    Reading:  Our reading objective for the month of January is Literature Circles and Greek Mythology. Perspective, Laura Ingalls Wilder, nonfiction text structures (description, sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, problem and solution); Nonfiction text features; Citing text evidence; Setting; Plot

    Writing:  Organizing information; Using graphic organizers; Writing outlines; 5-finger summaries; 5-paragraph essays

    Spelling:  The sounds of "aw, au, ow, ou"

    Vocabulary:  distaste, dormant, elaborate, endure, enforce

    Grammar:  Prepositions, prepositional phrases, synonyms, antonyms

    Social Studies:  Colonial times. Events leading up to the Revolutionary War (The French & Indian War, Britain, King George, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Port Bill, Paul Revere, militia and Minutemen, the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution).

    Other Standards:  Ms. Mortenson met with the kids to review our Values and Virtues program. 

    Good News (Students practice public speaking skills by sharing good news with the class.)

    William and Bryce did a great job bringing up the gifts at Wednesday's Mass. 

    We celebrated Brianna's birthday. Everyone loved the yummy cupcakes. Happy Birthday, Brianna!

    Values & Virtues

    September - Friendship - Congratulations to Riley and Cate

    October - Fortitude - Congratulations to Mia and Natalie

    November - Citizenship - Paul and Robert


  • Hear ye! Hear ye! The following students have met their AR Reading Goals for the first marking period!



















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