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.

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    2020-2021 Announcements

     
    Lots of New Information Below. Please Read!
     
     
    Parent/Teacher Conferences - Hello, parents. If your child is doing well overall in school, I am not requesting a conference. However, if you would like a conference, I am absolutely fine with that. I know that in these crazy times, we all have different schedules, and so I will try to be as accommodating as a I can. If you would like a Google Meet conference tomorrow, Sunday, then email me by 9:00 p.m. tonight, and we can meet online tomorrow. If you prefer a phone conference, you can give me your phone number, and I will call you. If you would like to meet any day after school this coming week, I can do that as well. I could meet online anywhere from 2:45 to 3:30 Tuesday thru Thursday. On Friday, I can meet anywhere from 12:45 to 1:30. In case of inclement weather, we will have to reschedule. Again, if you are interested in a ten-minute conference, kindly reach out to me. Thank you.
     
    Historical Fiction Reading Project - After reading their historical fiction book, students will be asked to complete a project based on their book. They have been given a choice board and must choose and complete five projects from the board. The directions were given out in class and discussed. The project is due 2/19.
     
    Art Contest - SMS students will be participating in a Christmas art contest for the Missionary Childhood Association. We will work on our submissions during school. I am attaching the information, however, so that students and parents are informed. I will also be sending home a permission slip that must be filled out by parents and returned. The slip grants permission for your child's artwork to be entered into the contest. Please send the permission slip in by Friday morning. Thank you.
     
    Dress Down Day (Make-Up Day) - Monday, January 25th, will be the make-up dress down day from December.
     
    3rd Marking Period - Begins Monday, 1/25. Let's make it a great semester!
     
    Dress Down Day:  The Sequel -  Wednesday, 1/27, is a $3 Dress Down Day.
     
    Night of Winners Classroom Thermometers - 4B is being asked to raise $100 (or more) for the annual Night of Winners, which will be held on 2/13. 4B hopes to meet their goal, fill their "thermometer" all the way to the top, and win the ice cream social. All the information can be found in the memo below. Donations are due by 1/29. Thank you for supporting SMS!
     
    Gertrude Hawk - The Gertrude Hawk fundraiser kicks off today. Packets were sent home with the youngest child. Order forms and checks are due back by Wednesday, 2/10.  Online ordering is encouraged, but paper orders will still be accepted. The orders are expected to arrive around March 19.
     
    Morning Drop Off Procedures:  Here are the new morning drop-off procedures:
    • Preschool, kindergarten, first grade students and their siblings should be dropped off at the Preschool door at the front of the school between 7:30am and 7:50am.
    • Grades two through eight will be dropped off using the line we established prior to quarantine at the rear of the school beginning at 7:45 through 8:00am.
    • As previously stated, your car must be turned off prior to allowing your child out of the car. This is the new Diocesan policy we are required to follow. We understand that it does slow the process down but it is in place for the safety of faculty and students.
    Night of Winner (NOW) Baskets - The deadline for donating items for the NOW gift baskets is Friday, January 22nd. Items may be dropped off at the Parish Office. Thank you for your support. 
      
    Souper Bowl Dress Down Day - On Tuesday, 2/9, SMS will be hosting a dress down day and food drive. Students are being asked to donate one food item in exchange for a dress down day. Fourth graders are being asked to donate either powdered milk, tea, or coffee.  All food items be donated to the Franklin Township Food Bank.  Thank you for helping.
     
    Virtual School Behaviors - The 4th grade students are lovely, and I know we are all doing the best we can with virtual learning. With that being said, I do observe some distracting virtual classroom behaviors. In a nutshell, some students are doing the following during instructional time:  playing video games, watching YouTube videos, leaving for long absences, not on camera, and simply doing their "own thing."  If a distracted child is suddenly called on, he/she usually has no idea what we are doing or what we have been learning. I try to get these students back on track, but it usually only lasts for five minutes. I just wanted to bring this to your attention. Thank you.
     
    EPIC Reading Program - Hello, parents. EPIC is providing their online book service for free to educators and their classes. If you would like access to my EPIC, please send me an email giving me your permission along with a parent email address, which is required by EPIC. Once you send me your email address, I will enter it into EPIC. It is my understanding that you will then receive 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. Anytime you wish to be added, just send me an email. This invitation is for 4A and 4B students. 
     
    Return to School - If you have traveled lately, please quarantine at home the proper number of days before returning to school. If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID, please quarantine as well for the sake of the school community. Thank you.
     
    End of Marking Period - The end of the 2nd marking period ends on 1/22 and is rapidly approaching. Please check PowerSchool to see if you are missing any work. All work needs to be in by 1/20. I will allot some time on Tuesday, 1/5, for students to work on outstanding assignments.
     
    Bishop's Holiday - As per the Bishop, school will be closed on the following Mondays:  January 4th, February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, May 10th, June 7th.
     
    New Drop-Off and Screening Procedures - Please read the link below for information on the new drop-off procedures, which will begin on our first day back in the new year. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you.
    New Drop-Off Procedures
     
    Emergency School Closing Procedures -  Please read the link below for information on Emergency School Closing Procedures.
     
    Annual Fund - Below is information about the SMS Annual Fund.
     
    4B Needs Tissues - The 4B classroom is in need of tissues, especially with the winter season upon us. The students have been going through many boxes. If you can donate a box to our class, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
    December Reading Assignment - I am asking that 4th grade students read at least two NONFICTION or INFORMATIONAL books between now and the end of Christmas break. By fourth grade, students be reading one to two chapter books a week (depending on length of book, complexity, etc.). Please check in with your child to see that he or she has appropriate books to read. Ask your child to talk about their book or to explain parts of it. Ask them to summarize a chapter or to explain what they learned. It is important for children to be able to talk about what they are reading, and I need parent support for this. At some point in January, I will be asking students to blog a bit about their chosen books. Thank you for your time and your support!
     
    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. 
     
    Meet with the Principal - The principal is available to meet bi-weekly in a virtual Zoom Room. The next meeting is scheduled for January 27th from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.  All the information can be found in the link below. 
     
    IXL - Students received access and a login to IXL. 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.
     
    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
     
    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.
     
    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".)

     


    Highlights

    Reading:  Historical Fiction genre; Plot Summary (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution); Setting; Character; Antagonist; Protagonist; Conflict; Theme; Mood; Tone; Reading Between the Lines

    Writing:  Complete Sentences, Fragment Sentences, Run-on Sentences and how to fix them. Subjects & Predicates. Writing detail sentences followed by explanation sentences. 

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

    Social Studies:  The West Region, Map Skills

    Religion:  Christmas


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

    We celebrated Amelia and Patrick's half birthday today. We wish them a year full of health and happiness. Happy Half Birthday!

    Mustang Merits

     

     

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