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.

    2020-2021 Announcements

    THANK YOU! -I just want to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" for the book donations made to the 4B classroom. They arrived today, and I know the kids will be so excited. Please know that we will put the books to good use!  Thank you so much for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. I also thank the HSA who does so much for our faculty, school, and students. 
    UIDs and Passwords - A detailed information sheet was sent home today listing all the apps, urls, logins, and passwords that we may potentially use during the virtual week of learning. I will try to send an electronic copy of the document to the remote students or to their parents. It might be a good idea to practice accessing them with the device that you plan to use. It is my understanding, though I may be wrong, that certain tablets and ipads are not capable of accessing some of the apps. I suppose a laptop or PC might be better. I apologize for the light print on the information sheet. I guess the printer decided to run out of toner. (Sad face)
    Taking Books Home - Since we are preparing for a week of Virtual Learning, Mrs. Pennington and I will have the students take home half their books on Monday, 11/23, and the other half on Tuesday, 11/24, as we do not want to overload student backpacks. 
    Half Day - Wednesday, 11/25, is a 12:30 dismissal day. Lunch and ASP will not be available. All students should bring in a snack and drink on this day.  Since this is a half day before Thanksgiving, 4th graders should feel free to bring in an extra-special snack and drink to enjoy while we play a fun little Thanksgiving game!
    November Current Events - Due 12/4.  ALL students will complete this digital assignment via the Social Studies Google Classroom. The directions and document can be found under the Social Studies classroom.
    LifeTouch Pictures - As of this time, LifeTouch is scheduled to take individual student photos on December 9th and 10th. Students should wear their school uniforms. There are no plans at this time to take group photos. 4B is scheduled to have their pictures taken on Wednesday, 12/9, at 10:55 a.m.
    Night of Winners (NOW) House Party! - This fun annual event is happening on Saturday, 2/13! Drawings for the virtual basket raffles will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $10, and all proceeds help benefit St. Matthias School. Here is the most recent information.
    November Literacy Project -  Directions for the Biography Literacy project were explained and sent home today. The project is due no later than December 9th. I will accept early submissions. If you need extra copies of anything, you should be able to find them in the link below. Remote students may type their summary into a Google doc. 
    No New Spelling Words or Vocab Words for the Holiday Week - We will get a new list after Thanksgiving.
    Virtual Learning Week Schedule - The Virtual Learning Week will consist of a half-day schedule which runs from 8:10 to 12:05. The schedule can be found in the link below.
    Virtual Learning Week Expectations - The entire school will be doing remote learning from November 30th to December 4th. Please read the following communication from Principal Malinconico. Thank you.
    Devices for Remote Learning - At the beginning of the year, approximately 3% of families stated that they would need a device for remote learning. This implied that nearly all families had devices for their children to access the Google Classrooms and do remote learning during the Virtual Learning Week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 4th. Students are required to be online during the school's set hours, which can be found in the link above. If you are in need of a device for the Virtual Learning Week, please email the principal IMMEDIATELY at emalinconico@stmatthiasnj.org.   Please do not email me, the homeroom teacher. All requests MUST go through the principal. Also, only a few families practiced logging on to make sure that they could get to my Google classroom and then communicated with me via email. If you have not replied to me, I am going to assume that your child can log onto my Google classroom and access everything that is needed. The Virtual Learning Week will be upon us soon, and we must be prepared. Thank you.
    Meet with the Principal - The principal is available to meet bi-weekly in a virtual Zoom Room. All the information can be found in the link below. 
    School Closed - School will be closed Monday, December 7th, and Tuesday, December 8th. There will be no virtual learning on these two days.
    School Open December 11th -  School will be in session on December 11th. The Professional Development Day that was originally scheduled for that date has now been moved to March 12th. Again, school will be in session on December 11th.
    LOG ONTO GOOGLE CLASSROOM! -  In anticipation of remote learning the week after Thanksgiving, we need to make sure that ALL students can access their Google Homeroom Classroom.  We will need parent support for this. Parents, please sit next to your 4B child between now and Sunday night and make sure that he/she can log into Mrs. Jennings' Google classroom. They only need to be able to get into their homeroom, and not Mrs. Pennington's class. If your child was able to enter the classroom and see everything, please send me an email to confirm. Again, please email me by Sunday night letting me know if your child was able to successfully enter my online Google classroom.  ALL students must do this.  Additionally, it would be a good idea to set up a study place for your child beforehand and to put together a shoe box full of ordinary school supplies such as rulers, scissors, tape, glue, highlighters, etc. It would also be helpful if your child has the ability to print as this is a necessity at times. I will be looking for confirmation emails from now through Sunday evening. Thank you for your help in this matter.
    4th Grade Directory - We will be compiling a directory for the 4A and 4B classrooms. Kindly fill out the contact information sheet that was sent home, and return it to school. The information will be compiled and then sent home with the students. 
    IXL - Students received access and a login to IXL today. It is a popular learning site for students in grades K-12. SMS students will have access to the Math and ELA components. Fourth grade students received a user name and password today. We explored and worked on a diagnostic assessment. An informational letter was sent home with each child. I will post an electronic copy of it here tomorrow. Students may work on IXL whenever they choose. There are also times when the teacher will assign specific work for the class or for individual students. Please encourage your child to use this valuable resource. Thank you.
    Dress Down Day Passes - Make paying for Dress Down Days easier and more convenient. Check out the link below.
    Dress Down Day Passes
    Counselor Permission Form - If you have not filled and remitted the Counselor Permission form, please do so. Thank you.
    Counselor Permission Form
    Google Classroom - Parents and students should be aware that I have added an "Enrichment" class to my Google Classroom. I will be adding links to various topics that might pique the students' interests. I do my best to only add appropriate links; however, as you know, internet links and content change all the time. Parents should review all links before allowing their child to access. Additionally, if you know of any great links or resources that I can add to the classroom, please feel free to share them with me. Thank you for your support.
    Recorder / Band -  The form to join is due by Tuesday, October 6th. For more information visit the Musical Adventures website: http://www.musicaladventuresllp.com/  or  email questions to Mr. Malinson at:  GDMALLINSON@COMCAST.NET
    Prayer Group - Prayer Group with Mrs. Chorazak begins Wednesday, October 7th, from 4 to 4:30, for grades 3-8. For the time being, this will be a virtual club. The code is 22o6bb7. On the Wednesdays that you are able to join us in praying the Rosary, you will join the Meet by using the link posted at the top of the Google Classroom. Complete information can be found in the flyer.
    Prayer Group
    Computer Mouse - The Chrome Books in class have touch pads. If your child prefers to use a mouse, you are more than welcome to send one in for your child to use. The mouse will be stored along with your child's headphones in a Ziploc Baggie. 
    Tutoring Services - A former SMS student is offering tutoring services. UPDATE:  In addition to tutoring, Emily is also available for Homework Help for students in all grade levels. Her contact information can be found below:
    Lunch Ticket Order Forms - Due to Covid, the cafeteria will no longer be accepting cash. Instead, you can purchase lunch tickets by using the form below.
    Lunch Ticket Order Form
    Order Your Library Books by Monday Evening - Students should use their computers and Destiny to place a hold on their two library books for the week. The books will then be delivered to you during Wednesday's library class. The link below gives directions on how to place holds on books.
    Join My Google Classroom - If you have been assigned to my HOMEROOM for the year, whether you are a remote or in-person student, please join my Google Classroom via your SMS gmail account only by using the code 2nsurvl. If you have any trouble, please contact me. Again, this is only for STUDENTS who have been assigned to my HOMEROOM. Remote students will log into my classroom every day as per the class schedule. In-person students will use our Google classroom as per the teacher instructions. Parents and guardians will be given instructions shortly on how to sign up for Guardian summary emails. 
    4B Class Code:  2nsurvl
    4B Mass Dates - Unless changes occur, 4B will be attending Mass on the following mornings:  10/15, 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29, and 5/6.
    EPIC Reading Program - Hello, parents. For those of you who asked for access to the EPIC program, I have since set up my account. You should be receiving an email from EPIC. Once you open it, it will ask you to set up your parent/child account. You should then be good to go. It is my understanding that there is no "class code"... that you must "log in as a parent."  If a child logs in as a student, then they are required to use a class code, and we were instructed not to use those.  I have included a link below with the directions for doing so. After viewing the link, if you still can't get in, please let me know. If you did not have me add your name to EPIC, please know that I can still do so. Anytime you wish to be added, just send me an email. This invitation is for 4A and 4B students. 
    Online Access to Religion Book - If you need access to the online version of our Religion book, try this:
    Go to flourishkh.com
    On the right side of the screen will be a box where you enter your user name, password, and pin.
    Your user name will contain your student number, which is basically the number that has been on your desk since the first day of school, preceded by the word "student" and followed by "4B".  So, let's say that my student number is 21. My user name would be:  student214B
    Your password should be: mustang1
    Your pin should be 08873A
    You should then see the words, "Welcome, Your Name" in the top bar.
    From there, you can click on the word "Products" in the ribbon (top bar).
    Scroll down a bit, and you will see a picture of our purple Religion book. Click on that. When you do, you will be able to choose from a lot of different sources to use. The Religion book option will say something like "ebook" or "eVersion". 
    If you have any trouble logging in or accessing the book, please let me know. See you soon.
    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.
    Reading - Students should be reading at least 40 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.

    • ducksters.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:  Biography Genre, Text Structures (compare & contrast, cause & effect, descriptive, problem & solution, sequence); Informational Text; Context Clues; Nonfiction Text Structures

    Writing:  Topic Sentences, Dialogue, Dialogue Tags, Quotation Marks

    Grammar: Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases (from the preposition to the object of the preposition [noun])

    Social Studies:  The Midwest Region, Map Skills

    Religion:  Chapter 5, Jesus is the Son of God, the Mystery of the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery

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

    We celebrated Mason's birthday on Tuesday. He is 10 years old, and his favorite cake is cookie cake. He can't wait to see what he gets for his birthday! Happy Birthday, Mason!

    Mustang Merits



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