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

    Dress Code - Friendly reminder to please follow the school dress code, including socks, headbands, sweatshirts, and sweaters. Marking up arms and hands is not permitted in school. 
    Our Friend, Robert - Robert's family has some exciting news... they will be moving to Florida very soon! Robert is such a sweet, kind, thoughtful, creative, and bright child. He has been such a good friend to all of us, and we will miss him very much. I would like to have a little farewell party for him. So far... I am thinking that the afternoon of field day, Monday, June 10th, would be a good day. If something comes up, we may have to change the date. It would be nice if all the fourth grade students could make a farewell card for Robert and bring it to school on Monday, June 10th. If you want to bring it in sooner, I can keep your card in a safe space. If you would be interested in sending a party treat, please email me. I will then keep a running list of treats for the party right here on my home page. In that way, you can see what is being donated thus far. Please try to keep the party a secret from Robert. Ask your children to keep it secret as well since we want to surprise our friend. Thank you!
    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.
    Field Day Picnic - The HSA is generously treating everyone to one free lunch at the annual field day picnic. Students ordered either a hamburger, cheeseburger, or hot dog. Some students opted to bring a home lunch. Those students are:  Bridget, Lucian, Natalie, Chris, Molly, and Briana. These six students need to remember to bring their own lunch from home on field day. If any child wishes to order an additional hamburger, hot dog, or cheeseburger, you may do so by filling in the following form and returning it by 5/31.
    Vocab Test - Vocab test Friday, 5/24. The words are momentary, nape, nimble, obstinate, opt.
    Sports with Mr. Johnson - Please check Mr. Johnson's web site. I think he may have had to cancel some recent after school sports for this week.
    Confirmation Day - Wednesday, May 22nd, at 4 P.M. This means that school will dismiss at 12:30. All students should bring a snack and drink on this day. Students should know how they are dismissing on this day. ASP will not be available.
    Memorial Day Weekend - The long weekend begins with a 12:30 dismissal on Friday, 5/24. All students should bring a snack and a drink. ASP will not be available. No school Monday, 5/27. School will reopen Tuesday, 5/28.
    Young Authors' Tea - Wednesday, May 29th. More information to follow.
    Ascension Thursday Mass - Thursday, May 30th, at 9:00 A.M. All are welcome.
    Baccalaureate Mass - Sunday, June 2nd, at 5:30 P.M.
    Installation Mass for HSA and Student Council - Tuesday, June 4th, at 9:00 A.M.
    Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony - Friday, June 7th, at 7:00 P.M.
    Field Day & Class Picnic - Monday, June 10th. Remember to wear sneakers. Apply sunblock before school starts. You may wear a hat for additional sun protection. Bring a labeled water bottle to stay hydrated and a small beach towel to sit on during lunch. For those students who chose not to get the picnic lunch, please remember to bring a bagged home lunch. More information to follow.
    Movie Night - Wednesday, June 12th. 
    Thursday, June 13th - This will be a 12:30 Dismissal Day. All students should bring a snack and drink.
    Last Day of School - Friday, June 14th. Dismissal at 12:30.
    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.
    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

    The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies - We just finished a read-aloud of this wonderful book. I have to say that the kids really seemed to enjoy it. In fact, several students took it upon themselves to check out more books in this series all on their own! This made my teacher heart so happy, and this is what happens when we open ourselves up to the joys of reading. Perhaps you and your child want to read some more books together in The Lemonade War series over the summer months. It's definitely something that I'm going to do!
    Scrip Spring Clean Out - To help reduce SMS inventory, please consider purchasing the following scrip cards.
    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.
    Supplies - So many students are in need of restocking their pencil bags. They are missing pencils, erasers, scissors, glue, crayons, pens, and so on. I have lent out all my supplies. I don't have anything left. Please ask your child which supplies he/she is in need of. It makes it diffult to do work when we are not prepared. Thank you.
    Book Boxes & Books - It is a new marking period. Please ask your child to empty out their book boxes, and then help them to select at least five new books as replenishment. Students should always, always, always, have books nearby ready to read. Thank you for assistance.
    Notice - If a child is not exercising good behavior, kindness and respect toward others, and/or self-control, I will be making a notation of it in the child's Student Planner under the appropriate date. This will serve as a quick way to keep parents informed. Consequences may include loss of recess privileges, referral to the principal, and permanent behavior marks on report cards. Please review the Code of Conduct section in the SMS handbook with your child. 
    Absences & Homework - When a child is absent, I will give the child any hard copy papers that were distributed as either homework or classwork. However, the parent and child must still check my Homework web site for other information. For example, a project might have been assigned, or an electronic copy of homework might have been uploaded. Again, when you are absent, please check the homework web site. It has nearly ALL the homework since the beginning of the year.
    AR Reading Goals - Hi, kids! We're halfway through the second 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! 
    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. 
    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. 

    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:  Functional writing; outlines; main ideas with supporting details

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

    Vocabulary: meager, melancholy, mingle, merge, minuscule

    Grammar: Homophones; its & it's; then & than; articles "a" and "an" (an is used with a word that starts with a vowel

    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 10

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

    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


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