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

    Last Day of School - Friday, June 14th. Dismissal at 12:30 with No ASP. All students may wear their gym uniform and sneakers. Students should bring in a snack and drink. Students may also bring in a small toy, game, or book. Please do not bring in any electronics or items of great value as we do not want them to get lost or broken. Bring in your yearbooks or other items for your friends to sign (optional). There is a Uniform Swap Friday morning from 8 to 9 A.M. The Golf Outing is also tomorrow. We will have an end-of-year Prayer Service at 11:30. All are welcome. 
    Lemonade Stand - THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who supported the fourth grade lemonade stand today. It really meant a lot to the kids. They were independent, hard working, and respectful and courteous to their customers. Mrs. Pennington and I would also like to thank the administration and faculty. You always show up for the kids, spend your own money, encourage them, and so much more. Finally, a very special thank you to the amazing fourth grade parents without whom none of this would have been possible. So, thank you Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Eriksen, Mr. & Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Glynn, Mrs. Ostrom, and Mrs. Hayes. Parents and teachers working together for the good of the children is what its all about. Thank you. All proceeds will benefit the St. Matthias students.
    Awards Ceremony - Congratulations to all the students who were acknowledged during today's Awards Ceremony!
    Yearbooks - Yearbooks will be distributed Wednesday. Please review yearbook etiquette with your child. For example, do not deface, draw over, or write over anyone else's picture. Do not use inappropriate language. Do not take up too much room with your signature or message (i.e. write your name so large that it takes up half a page). Do not mistreat, take, or damage someone else's yearbook. If you'd like to bring in a special pen or marker for friends to use on your yearbook, you may. If you If you want to bring your own autograph book or stuffed animal/pillow for friends to sign, you may bring those in on Thursday and/or Friday. Thank you for your support.
    Social Studies Textbooks - I seem to be missing quite a few of the blue, hard-covered Social Studies books. Would you please check your homes and backpacks and return these books ASAP if you have them? I really need them for next year. Thank you for your help.
    SMS Golf Classic - Join us on Friday, June 14th, for the SMS Annual Golf Classic at the Rutgers University Golf Course. There will be lots of food, fun, and friends. Check out the link below.
    Color Run - Here is some information regarding an upcoming Color Run.
    Assignments & PowerSchool - All current grades have been input into PowerSchool with the exception of some Current Events that were just turned in, some incomplete U.S. government tests, and an assignment with no name on it. Check PowerSchool and have your child turn in any missing work ASAP. Thank you.
    Famous New Jerseyans Social Studies Assignment - Please bring in this assignment on Monday, May 13th. Directions were sent home. An electronic copy can be found below.
    May Reading Project - I have attached the directions for the May reading project. I have also adjusted the number of books from three to two, although students are certainly encouraged to read as many books as possible. However, I wanted to be considerate of other teachers, assignments, projects, etc. Click on the link below for the instructions. The book summaries are due by Friday, May 31st. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.
    Summer SONdays - Monday, July 8th through Friday, July 12th. Be part of our parish's volunteer driven week-long children's summer camp. Experience group lessons, activities, and entertainment designed to build and teach us about our faith. Join us and our Good News Players for this half day program of energizing, entertaining indoor/outdoor activities. Fun for everyone -- campers and volunteers alike!

    Children entering Pre-K4 through 5th grade in Fall 2019 take part in daily sessions that make learning about our faith fun and memorable. They'll do more than sit and watch at this community bible camp. There's singing, dancing, playing, arts & crafts and more.

    Those 6th grade and above (that means you, too, Mom and Dad!) are encouraged to volunteer for one day, the full week or be part of the preparation team for Summer SONdays. If you are volunteering and are in need of child care, please be sure to fill out and submit a Child Care form.

    Kids entering 6th grade or higher support this production as Junior Volunteers and kids 7th grade or higher may support as Good News Players. Adults, share your time, and talent playing a part in the community faith formation of our parish's children. Various links can be found below.

    Summer SONdays Registration

    Junior Volunteer Form

    Good News Player Form

    Adult Volunteer Form

    Child Care Registration Form

    Graded Papers - As a courtesy, please hang onto any "graded papers, assignments, and projects" until you are certain they have been logged into PowerSchool. Thank you.
    Wonder Bubble Nonfiction Project - Project is due by April 15th. Below is a link to the directions. There is also a link to some text boxes that you may be interested in using on your Wonder Bubble project.
    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. 
    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. 

    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 5/27:  


    Reading:  Real-world issues; learning life lessons from main characters, AHA! moments; Plot Diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution); Comparing characters

    Writing:  The Five-Paragraph Essay

    Spelling:  (Words with k, ck, nk, qu, ch). 


    Grammar: Pronouns with antecedents

    Social Studies:  Events leading up to the Civil War; the Civil War; the Battle of Gettysburg; Generals Lee & Grant; States' rights; Slavery; Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Religion:  Chapter 11

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

    Happy Birthday, Michael. His favorite cake is ice cream cake. Everyone loved the yummy, and beautiful, cupcakes that he brought in. Enjoy your day!

    Happy Birthday to Riley. Eveyone loved the special brownies she brought in. Riley loved the Harry Potter books that she received as presents. Happy Birthday, Riley.

    Happy Birthday to Lilly who is officially ten years old. Everyone loved the yummy cookies she brought in.

    We had a lot of fun celebrating the end of the SMS Marathon. Cate and Ranveer were the lucky winners who got to slime Mrs. Lanzalotto!

    All the kids did such a great job singing in the concert. It was such a lovely night.

    Gabi did a great job bringing up the gifts at Mass on Wednesday.

    We celebrated Alexandra's birthday. Her favorite cake is ice cream cake. Everybody loved the yummy cupcakes and cookies. Happy Birthday, Alexandra!

    We went to explore the 6th grade Science Fair projects. The work these students did was really impressive. Additionally, they were able to speak intelligently about their project as they shared the information with the younger students. Great job!

    We did a gallery walk of the 8th grade rollercoasters. Talk about STEM! Their work was simply amazing!

    Values & Virtues

    September - Friendship - Riley and Cate

    October - Fortitude - Mia and Natalie

    November - Citizenship - Paul and Robert

    December/January - Perserverance - AJ and Lilly

    February - Fairness - Bridget and Lucian

    March/April - Love - Bryce and Gabriella

    May - Honesty - Michael and William

    June - Excellence - Johnny and Santiago


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