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

    MAP Testing for Remote Students - Remote students in 4th grade with be taking the MAP Math Test on Tuesday, 10/20, the MAP Reading Test on Wednesday, 10/21, and the MAP ELA Test on Thursday, 10/22. Complete instructions appeared in the October 14th Wednesday Envelope. For the math portion of the test, students should have scratch paper and a pencil, but no calculators or other tools. Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. 
    Basketball Season - SMS if making plans to move ahead with basketball season for boys and girls in grades 3 through 8. If you THINK your child may be interested in playing in January, please email your child's name and homeroom as soon as possible to athleticdir@stmatthiasnj.org
    Mystery Elements Booklet (Literacy Project) - Directions for your October Literacy project were sent home today. The directions were reviewed and discussed. Samples of the final project were displayed. Your Mystery Elements Booklets are due by November 5th. You may turn them in ealier if you finish. Remember... it is important that your chosen book be from the mystery genre.
    Vision Testing - The school nurse will perform vision screenings on the students the week of October 19th.  If your child wears eyeglasses, please be sure that he/she brings them to school during that week.
    School Uniform - October 30th will be the last day for summer uniforms. Winter uniforms must then be worn. Additionally, administration will be enforcing the uniform code. This means that students must wear SMS sweaters if they are chilly in the classroom. Non-SMS hoodies, jackets, and other apparel will no longer be allowed to be worn in the classroom during school. Jewelry, socks, unifrom socks, gym socks, headbands, and other hair accessories must also be in alignment with the school uniform code. Please check the online Student Handbook if you need to review the uniform rules. Thank you for your cooperation.
    Look for Library Books! - Due to the unexpected closing of schools last March, many library books have not been returned to the SMS library. Mrs. Lanzalotto is requesting that all families scour their homes and cars to find any books that may belong to the SMS library. There will be an SMS label on the spine and back cover. Some of the missing books are quite expensive. Anything you can do to help find missing SMS books would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    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
    October Conferences - Fall Conferences will soon be upon us. Please use the Sign-Up Genius link below ("4B Sign-Up Genius) to schedule a conference with Mrs. Jennings. Slots are in ten-minute increments. If there is something of a critical nature that needs to be discussed, please email me in advance, or we can speak from a safe distance outside at dismissal time. Just let me know. If you need a conference with Mrs. Pennington, then please visit her web page for her sign-up link. I have tried to offer several days of conferences to meet the needs of parents. I have offered conference dates from Tuesday, 10/13, through Friday, 10/16.  If none of these dates meet your needs, please send me an email. I am happy to meet with you another time. PLEASE NOTE:  If for some reason there are technology issues or connection issues on the day or time of your conference, please do not distress or get upset as these things tend to happen. Please know that if this happens I will endeavor to meet with you at another time (via email, phone, Zoom, or outside at dismissal time). 
    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. 
    Scholastic Writing Contest - Scholastic is sponsoring a "What Makes Us Unique? Writing/Art Contest" for students in grades 3-5. If your child is interested, all the information can be found in the attached link. The submission deadline is November 16th. I am happy to confer and proof your child's submissions if help is needed. Please let me know if your child will be entering this writing contest. Thank you.
    Super 50/50 Raffle - Parishioners will soon be receiving an envelope in the mail with the Super 50-50 tickets. If you have not yet registered, please do so by coming to the Parish Office during regular office hours (8:30 am to 6 pm M-Fri) or mailing in a copy of the registration form which can be found at: www.stmatthias.net/connect/about/register   The Super 50/50 Drawing will be held on Sunday, November 22, at 11:15 am (after the 10 am Mass). This is just in time for Black Friday and Christmas shopping! You need not be present to win.
    Spread the Light - Spread the Light!” Sponsor a Christmas Tree. Ready for a different way of celebrating Christmas? This year, our parish will be celebrating the Christmas Season by illuminating our church & school property with beautiful, personalized, 6-foot, freshly cut Christmas trees, decorated with white lights.  Each tree will also have a plaque that can be customized with a name or message. This can be a great way to memorialize loved one or to celebrate your family. Perhaps you are looking a special Christmas gift for someone , or would like to express your gratitude to a group of people. Trees will be lit from Saturday, December 5 through the Feast of the Epiphany, reminding everyone who drives along JFK Blvd of the hope and peace that breaks into our darkness at Christmas time. For details, go to page 8, read the flyer, or visit our website: www.stmatthias.net/connect/tree.
    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:
    Children's Choir - It's not too late to still join!  Great News from Mrs. Seamon! The St. Matthias Children's Choir -  42 years strong -  will still be here for your children in 2020-2021! We will begin at the end of September or early October, on Thursday afternoons.  We are considering the possibility of a few outdoor rehearsals on Thursday afternoons:
    Grades 3-4:  3:30-4:00
     Grades 5-8:  4:15-4:45 
    Then we will rehearse virtually on Zoom, still on Thursday afternoons, with the goal of learning new Christmas repertoire that we will use in a virtual Children's Choir recording that you will be able to send to your family and friends for Christmas.  Are you ready? Register Today by going to the link and completing the registration form.
    Choir Registration Form
    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
    4th Grade School Supplies - Below is a list of school supplies required for the new school year:
    Items That You May Purchase at a Store of Your Choice
    • Two-pocket folder (Put a label on the outside with the student's full name. Label one inside pocket "Music" and the other pocket "Specials".)
    • Child-safety scissors (Label with student's name.)
    • Pencil Bag (Students will not receive a pencil bag from SMS, so please purchase a pencil bag that will fit into your child's backpack.)
    • Small pencil sharpener
    • 12" ruler
    • A package or box of sharpened #2 pencils (The student will be given a few. The rest will go into a safe storage place for when the child needs more. FYI...students tend to go through a lot of pencils!)
    • Protractor for math class
    • Glue bottle (Labeled with student's name)
    • Glue sticks (Labeled with student's name. Keep two in your pencil bag at all times. You may keep give extras to the teacher to store, or keep extras at home for replenishment purposes. Glue sticks tend to be depleted quickly.)
    • Black, blue, and red pens
    • Good erasers
    • Package of colored pencils (12- or 24-count, labeled with student's name.)
    • Box of crayons (Labeled with student name.)
    • Post-it Notes (Labeled with student name. Mrs. Jennings will collect them for use at a later time.)
    • Small, white index cards (Labeled with student name. Mrs. Jennings will collect them for use at a later time.)
    • Sketchbook for Art Class
    • Inexpensive ear buds or headphones for Media class (Placed in a Ziploc baggie labeled with student's full name.)
    • Student Planner (Planners are optional. All homework and communications will be posted on the teacher's web site, and so planners are not required. However, if you would like for your child to use a planner for organizational purposes, that would be perfectly fine.)
    • Face mask (Must be worn during the school day.)
    • One of each:  Hand sanitizer, Paper towels, Chlorox wipes, Box of Tissues, Quart-sized or Gallon-sized box of baggies. Teacher will collect and store these items for use throughout the year.)
    Items Purchased at the School and Given to Your Child on the First Day of School
    (The cost for the supplies below totals $27.50.  Please place the money, or check made payable to "St. Matthias School", in an envelope labeled with child's full name, homeroom, amount enclosed, and the words "School Supplies" and give to Mrs. Jennings on the first day of school. If you are purchasing supplies from SMS in addition to the ones listed below, then please add the costs onto the $27.50.)
    • 3-subject marble notebook for math
    • 3-subject marble notebook for science
    • 3-subject marble notebook for reading
    • 3-subject marble notebook for writing
    • 3-subject marble notebook for social studies
    • 1-subject marble notebook for spelling and vocabulary (combined)
    • 1-subject marble notebook for specials classes
    • 1 vinyl H (Home) folder (goes from home to school daily)
    • 1 vinyl C (Class) folder (for classroom use)
    *Please note that it might be a good idea to purchase extras of some school supplies as they can be lost or depleted. These items often include pencils, crayons, erasers, colored pencils, pens, and glue sticks.
    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:  The Mystery Genre, Reading Strategies, Point of View, Perspective, Context Clues, Making Inferences

    Writing:  Topic + Main Idea = Topic Sentence, Descriptive Settings

    Grammar: Common Nouns & Proper Nouns, Precise Nouns, Concrete Nouns, Capitalization Rules, Singular and Plural Possessive Nouns

    Social Studies:  Geography, Landforms, World Map, Continents, Oceans

    Religion:  The Ten Commandments

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

    We celebrated Natalie's 9th birthday today. We had a fun time, and we learned that her favorite birthday cake is strawberry. Remember to call Natalie and wish her a happy birthday!

    Mustang Merits



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