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

     
    Social Studies Test - Tuesday, 9/29. A study guide was sent home. We have also been reviewing in class. 
     
    Current Events - Due by Wednesday, 9/30. In-class students need to staple their article to the current events form. Remote students will submit their current events via Google Classroom.
     
    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.
     
    Virtual Band Assembly - Mr. Mallinson, our award-winning band director, will give a virtual band assembly on Tuesday, 9/29. Students will learn about the various instruments, practice, lessons, and so forth. Band will be available this year, although I believe it will start out as virtual lessons. For questions or more information, you may email Mr. Mallinson at GDMALLINSON@comcast.net, or you go to the following web site:
    Musical Adventures
     
    Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser - This delicious fundraiser has begun! The order form packets will go home Monday, 9/28. Order forms and checks are due back to the school by October 13th. The chocolate treats are expected to arrive by December 4th. 
    Gertrude Hawk
     
    Hearing Screenings - The nurse will perform hearing screenings the week of October 5th.
     
    MAP Testing - Will take place between October 12-23. The school is working to see if virtual testing can be done for remote students. More information will be shared once it becomes available. 
     
    Hispanic Heritage Outdoor Mass - Saturday, 9/26, at 5 p.m. Please bring a folding chair.
     
    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. Her contact information can be found below:
     
    Children's Choir - 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
     
    Google Draw - Parents, the kids wanted me to give them the link to a fun drawing tool, so here it is: quickdraw.withgoogle.com
     
    Order Your Library Books by Noon on Tuesday - 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.
     
    A Message from the Librarian:
    Dear SMS Families,
     
    Welcome back and greetings from the SMS Library!
     
    Library for fourth grade students will take place on Wednesdays. Students will not physically be going to the library this year, but we are still going to circulate books among our students regularly and safely. This process is new, and it may change over time, but here's is how it looks as we begin the 20-21 school year:
    • Students will not physically be coming to the library this year, but they WILL be able to check out books to read every week.
    • Students will place holds (reserve) books using their computers (instructions follow). I will pull the holds for each class the afternoon before their library day, place them on a cart and deliver them to the students in their classroom during their library period. 
    • Library periods will be 39 minutes with a combination of lessons, read-alouds, and independent reading.
    • Students in Grades K-2 may check out one book per week provided that their patron account is clear. Students in grades 3-8 may check out up to 2 books each week as long as their patron account is clear. 
    • There are many resources on my website to help students to make great book choices.
    • Parents of the younger students can place holds for them.
    • Holds must be placed by noon the day before Library class. In the event that there is a day off the day before library class, the noon deadline is the last school day before library class. If a hold is placed after the noon deadline the day before class, the books will not be delivered until the following week.
    Checkouts are for one week. Students will return their books on library day. I will collect them in bins on library day and take the bins to the library for sanitizing. Students may renew if they wish. Books will be sanitized before they are reshelved and recirculated.
     
    Thanks for your cooperation and for encouraging your student to read, read and read some more. Should you have any questions, please email me at slanzalotto@stmatthisnj.org.
     
     
    Welcome Letter for Parents - Please click on the link below for access to the fourth grade welcome letter.
     
    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
     
    School Nurse - As per administration, we will not be able to send students to the nurse unless there is a valid injury or real illness. I will not be able to send a child to the nurse for a headache, or a boo-boo, or other minor types of injuries/complaints. It might be a good idea to put a few band-aids in your child's backpack to cover any little scrapes and cuts when needed. Please let your child know of this new ruling. If your child thinks he has a headache in the morning or thinks he is going to be sick for the day, then it might be best to just keep him/her home for the day. If you have questions about this, please feel free to contact the school principal. Thank you.
     
    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.
     
     
    • PRACTICE KEYBOARDING.  Knowing how to use a keyboard is such an important skill, and so it's important to practice. Ask your parents to help you find a good online keyboarding program to help you practice. One that I know of is called Touch Typing
      
    Creative Web Site - I came across this new, creative web site from HP. There are tons of different activities for the kids to do over the summer such as learning pages, art therapy, science experiments, cards, crafts, soap sculptures, and so much more. Check it out at HP Print Play & Learn
     
    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.
     
    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. 
     
    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: Realistic Nonfiction (Because of Winn-Dixie), Character Development, Flashbacks, Backstories, Chapter Summaries, Comprehending Fictional Stories

    Writing:  Four types of sentences:  Declarative (telling), Interrogative (question), Imperative (Command or Request), Exclamatory (shows strong feeling)

    Grammar: Common Nouns & Proper Nouns, Precise Nouns, Concrete Nouns, Capitalization Rules

    Social Studies:  Geography, Landforms

    Religion:  God's Goodness, Creation


    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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