4B - Mrs. Jennings

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    Mrs. Jennings' Fantastic 4th Graders
    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.

    2019-2020 Announcements

    COLOR RUN - October 19th. Save the date!  Registration for the Color Run must be completed by 9/30. See the links below to register and for more information. 
    Vision Testing - The nurse will perform vision testing starting next week.
    Restock Pencil Bag - Many students are out of pencils! They have even used up all the extras that were in their "extra supplies" bag. Please ask your child what supplies he or she is in need of (i.e. pencils, glue sticks, scissors, pens, highlighters, etc.). Help your child to replenish their pencil bag as it is difficult to complete school work without any supplies. Thank you for your help.
    SMS Basketball & Cheer Registration - Online registration and forms must be completed by this Wednesday, 10/16. Some forms require players' signatures and notarization. The Parish Office does have a notary. There is a mandatory parents' meeting on the 16th as well. The meeting will take place in the SMS cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
    Book Battle Club - For those students who have joined the Book Battle Club, please know that I have five copies of James and the Giant Peach that I can lend out. If you are interested, please email me. First come, first served.
    Halloween - Halloween Day is a full day of school. The Pre-K and Kindergarten classes will have their annual parade at 12:50 P.M. in the back parking lot. They are the only grades permitted to dress up for Halloween. The parade should end around 1:25. 4B students will then have a small Halloween party in our classroom. Our homeroom moms will be providing some treats and drinks. We will play a few Halloween-themed games such as Scattergories and Charades. If your child has food allergies, then kindly send your child to school with a special treat for the afternoon. 
    U.S. Northeast Region Landmark Assignment - Social Studies Writing: Amazing Landmark of the Northeastern Region writing paper and illustration due Monday, 10/21, for 4B (due Tuesday, 10/22, for 4A). Pick a landmark from one of the 11 states in the northeast region of the U.S. With a parent's help, you may use the internet to help with your search. Use books or the internet to research information about your chosen landmark (natural or man-made). Take notes while you are looking up info. Turn your notes into an informative paragraph (minimum of 7 sentences with a topic sentence and concluding sentence being two of them). Use your own words. Do not plagiarize! Proofread your work. Then, paste a large enough picture of your landmark into the "picture box" or use your own drawing skills. Remember to add color and details! Your final product should be neat and informative. It will count as a Social Studies and Writing assessment. I will not assign any other homework this week so that you may focus on this.
    Grammar Test - 4th grade students will have a grammar test on Common and Proper Nouns sometime over the next week. Common nouns name generic people, places, things, and ideas whereas proper nouns name specific people, places, things, and ideas. Proper nouns always start with a capital letter. Common nouns usually start with a lower case letter unless they begin a sentence. Example:  dog (generic name) / Rover (specific name for a dog)
    Trunk or Treat - If you want to attend this fun event, you must register by October 17th. Here is the info.
    SMS Book Battle Club - This new club is open to 4th and 5th grade students. Please note that it is possible for one or two of the dates to change.
    No School - School will be closed to students on October 24th for Teacher Professional Development. Enjoy your day off!
    HSA Trunk or Treat - October 25th. More information will be posted soon.
    HSA Merchant Event at Frutta Bowl - Saturday, 10/26, all day long at the Frutta Bowl on Elizabeth Avenue. Be sure to mention SMS!
    Halloween Parade - Pre-k and Kindergarten will have their annual Halloween Parade on 10/31.
    Chess Club - If you are interested in joining the SMS Chess Club, please fill out and remit the attached permission slip by October 25th. The club will meet on Thursday from 2:35 to 3:45 in the Music classroom beginning November 7th.
    Gym Survey - Kindly fill out the attached gym survey.
    October is Mystery Month - For the month of October, we will be reading and studying from the Mystery genre. Directions for an October Literacy Project was sent home. Students should select a mystery book within their reading range to begin reading. Please make sure that the mystery you select is in the AR program as you will be asked to take an AR quiz on your mystery when done.
    Graded Papers - As a courtesy, please hang onto any "graded papers, assignments, and projects" until you are certain they have been logged into PowerSchool. This will help eliminate any potential issues. Also, I think I will be passing out student work as soon as I have reviewed them and/or graded them, instead of saving, stapling, and distributing on Mondays. Thank you.
    AR Goals - All fourth grade students have been given their reading goals for the first marking period. Students need to meet their goal two days before the marking period ends. If they do so, they will earn a full 10 points. If they only meet a percentage of their goal, then the student will earn the equivalent in points (80% of goal met = 8 points). Students should be striving to read two novels/chapter books a week. Students are given lots of opportunity to take AR assessments (homeroom, independent reading time, independent working time, etc.). 
    October 4A & 4B Parent/Teacher Conferences - Sign up for October conferences via this link. Mrs. Pennington and Mrs. Jennings will be teaming up for conferences. If you can't make any of the times on the list, please contact me. I will be available to meet with you any morning from about 7:00 A.M. and on, or right after school. If you happen to sign up and notice the link isn't working, please email me right away so I can fix it. Thanks so much.
    Mad Science Registration - Mad Science Registration forms were sent home today. Classes take place Mondays from October 7th to November 25th. Seating is limited so be sure to register early if interested.
    Prayer Group - Begins 10/10 from 2:30 to 3:15 in Room 5B. Open to students in grades 3-8.
    School Pictures - Lifetouch will take school pictures on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 5th & 6th. As soon as I find out our specific date, I will post it.
    Cross Country - Cross Country practice starts this Monday, September 23rd 5:30-6:30 @ Middlebush Park and Wednesdays same time @ Inman Park. PARENTS MUST STAY. Parents should bring their child's registrations to practice but must have them notarized.
    Workbooks - Just a friendly notice... When workbooks go home for homework, please only do the assigned pages. Do not work ahead as that just leads to confusion. Thank you for your help with this.
    Word Study Words - 
    Christmas Craft Fair - Sunday, December 8th, from 9 to 2 P.M. in the cafeteria. 
    Directory - A 4th Grade Directory was sent home. Please review it. If you notice any mistakes, please email me the corrections. If you are not listed in the directory and wish to be, please email me the information you wish to have included. 4A parents are welcome to email me their info as well. Have all your info to me by Thursday, 9/19. I will then make the changes and send out a revised directory the following week. Thank you so much.
    Collections - SMS will be collecting tab tobs and Boxtops this year. Feel free to collect them and send them in periodically. Thank you for your help.
    Monthly Mass - 4th Grade will be attending Mass on the first Tuesday of every month starting in October. 
    Specials - The 4B Special for this year will be:
    Monday:  Spanish
    Tuesday:  Computers
    Wednesday:  Gym (Remember to wear gym uniform and sneakers)
    Thursday:  Library. Art. (Remember to return library books every Thursday.)
    Friday:  Music.
    Allergies - If your child has allergies, please send me an email or written note informing me of everything that I need to know. You should also inform the school nurse of any allergies or medical conditions. 
    SMS Annual Night of Winners - Save the Date for Saturday, February 8th. More info will be posted at a later time.
    Renaissance Connect - Parents are able to view their child's AR progress via a home connection. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Lanzalotto. 
    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. 

    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".)



    Reading:  Topics (the big idea in a piece of literature; themes); Point of View (1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person), Perspective; Elements of a Mystery (detective, sleuth, villain, crime, victim, alibi, motive, evidence, clues, suspects, witnesses, etc.)

    Writing:  Quotation Marks in Direct Speech; Writing a paragraph with a topic sentence, 3 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence

    Word Study:  

    Vocabulary: Rash, Spiteful, Tolerant, Prudent, Rambunctious. Test Friday, 10/18

    Grammar: Capitalization; Sentences; Nouns (singular, plural, singular possessive, plural possessive); Precise Nouns and Verbs

    Social Studies:  Northeast Region (geography, economy, people); Southeast Region

    Religion:  Chapter 3; Ten Commandments

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

    All the students had a hearing test with the nurse.

    Connor shared a cool telescope that he got from a fun weekend in PA.

    Mustang Merits



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