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

    November Reading Project - Your pizza box biography project is due December 6th. Students should select an important biography to learn about. We discussed the project in class and looked at examples. Directions were sent home. Here is an electronic copy for those who need it. Contact me if you have any questions.
    Eyeglass Frames - If you have any old eyeglass frames or glasses that you can do without, bring them to school. The Knights of Columbus is collecting them for a worthy cause.
    Spelling Test Friday.
    SMS Open House - Please share! SMS is having an Open House this Friday, 11/16, at 9:00 A.M. Interested families may go to the following link to register.
    19Kilo Coffee Fundraiser - This tasty fundraiser ends December 19th. Go to the following link for all the information.
    Elizabeth Schrum Cook Memorial Scholarship Reception - Friday, November 30th, 7 to 11 P.M. at the New Brunswick Elks Club, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, honoring Mr. Charles Hicks. The reception will benefit the SMS Tuition Angels. Please go to the following link for all the information.
    Winter Uniform - Please be advised that the winter uniform goes into effect on Monday, 11/5.
    Morning Mass - 4th graders will go to morning Mass this Wednesday, 11/14. Students should try to be on line by 7:50 a.m.
    SMS Cheerleading - If you are a 4th-8th grade girl interested in joining the cheer team, please contact Mrs. Eriksen at colleenmeriksen@aol.com.  You may join even if you play basketball or have no cheer experience.
    Pie Sale - Pie Sale begins on Wednesday, 11/7, and ends 11/16. The pick-up date is Tuesday, 11/20. Go to the following link for more information:
    Thanksgiving Prayer Service - Monday, 11/19, at 11:30, hosted by the Student Council. All are welcome.
    Thanksgiving Break - SMS will be closed Wednesday 11/21, Thursday, 11/22, and Friday, 11/23, for Thanksgiving. School will reopen on Monday, 11/26. Enjoy your holiday.
    HSA Merchant Night - Wednesday, 11/28, at the Kurry Zone on Cedar Grove Lane from 5:00 to 9:30 P.M. More information to follow.
    Christmas Craft Fair - Saturday, 12/1, will be the annual Christmas Craft Fair. Grab your friends and family and kick-off the holiday season. More information to follow.
    St. Nick Sale - The annual St. Nick Sale will be held Monday (12/10) - Thursday, 12/13). More information to follow.
    School Directory - Dear Parents: The HSA will be creating an SMS Online Family Directory.  Please click on the link below to fill out your information.  If you do not want your information in the directory, please still click on the link and choose "no" on the Google survey.  Once the information is gathered, you will be sent a link with a password so you can access the information.  So far we have 84 out of 298 families that have responded.  Please fill it out today!
    Thank you!
    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 Goals - Hi, kids! We're halfway through the first marking period! Are you halfway toward meeting your AR goal? I hope so. Whenever you have met your goal, let me know and I will post your name right here on my web site for your parents to see! If you need some support or encouragement, come see me and I will help you. Read. Read. Read. You can do this! Scroll to the bottom of the page for students who have reached their goal!
    SMS Cheer and Basketball Tryouts - Please go to the following links for information about the SMS Cheer and Basketball teams. There is also a Player Registration form link below. Basketball tryouts begin next week! Please look at the schedule below for information on tryout dates and times for boys and girls.
    Cheer & Basketball
    Registration Form for Basketball

    Basketball Info


    Monthly Mass - Fourth grade will attend monthly mass the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Your child should be on by 7:50 a.m. for teacher pick-up. If you arrive late to school, please have your child go to the Main Office. The office will then escort the child to church. 


    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. 


    Book Boxes - Our ELA book boxes are all set up and ready to go! This means that students are free to bring in a few books to store in their book boxes. The kids will be able to use their books during independent reading time. When your child has finished a book, he/she may bring it home and then bring in some different books as a replacement. The goals are to read as much as we can, explore different genres, build our reading stamina, have book discussions, deepen our comprehension, and to improve our reading skills and levels. Check in with your children periodically to see if they need to update their book boxes.


    Ride Sharing - Attention SMS Families...we have a fourth grade student who lives in the Piscataway area. His parents are looking for another family (or two) who might be interested in carpooling arrangements to and from school. If you have an interest, please email me and I will connect you with the student's family. Thank you.


    Mr. J.'s Sports - UPDATE!  Sports with Mr. Johnson will begin the week of October 8th for grades 3-8. There will be archery on Monday, football on Tuesday, and soccer on Thursday. If interested, please send in a written note to the teacher but addressed to Mr. Johnson.


    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


    Night of Winners - Save the Date! February 9, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. Go to the following link for all the details.

    Night of Winners


    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 11/12:  bunch, trunk, crumb, trust, stuck, brush, fruit, suit, juice, tune, rude, refuse, amuse, clue, argue, rescue, crew, dew, truth, young. Spelling test Friday, 11/16.



    Reading:  Our genre for the month of November is biographies. We are reading several biographies during our read alouds. We are learning about perspective; nonfiction text structures (description, sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, problem and solution);

    Writing:  Narrative Leads (dialogue, sound effect, action, snapshot/setting, question, flashback); Wrting Dialogue

    Spelling:  Vowel sounds.

    Vocabulary:  100 Vocabulary Words Every 4th Grader Should Know (a little at a time)

    Grammar:  Prepositions

    Social Studies:  Regions of the U.S.; Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest; states

    Other Standards:  Ms. Mortenson met with the kids to review our Values and Virtues program. 

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

    We celebrated Johnny's birthday. His favorite birthday cake is triple chocolate!

    We celebrated Chris's birthday. The birthday cupcakes were yummy!

    We celebrated Lucian's 10th birthday. He is hoping to get a video game for his birthday.

    Values & Virtues

    September - Friendship - Congratulations to Riley and Cate

    October - Fortitude - Congratulations to Mia and Natalie


  • Hear ye! Hear ye! The following students have met their AR Reading Goals for the first marking period!



















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