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.
     
    We listen, we reflect, we respond.

     

    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.


    2019-2020 Announcements

     
    National Geographic GeoBee - I was just informed that the 4th graders will all compete in the preliminary competition (oral version) next week. The student with the highest score after 7 rounds will move on to the finals. There is really nothing your child needs to do to prepare for the GeoBee. The questions are based on different categories. The questions your child gets will be random. All of the questions are pretty challenging. So... just tell your child to have fun, think, and do their best. 
     
    Athletic Bowl Teams: The Athletic Bowl Game this year will be basketball.  The teams are as follows:
    Team #1:  Cole, Chloe C., Connor B., Isabel, Vivian
    Team #2:  Dominic, Skyler, Connor L., Olivia, Emily
    Team #3:  Zachary, Chloe Y., Maxwell, Jayla, Johanna
    Team #4:  Joseph, Casey, Lemi, Maddy, Elizabeth
     
    Scholastic Contest:  Invent Your Own Holiday:  
     
    Every community has its amazing heroes and important events!

    If you could invent a new holiday for your community, what would it be?

    Guidelines:

    • Submissions should be no more than two pages in length and can include both pictures and words.

    • Every submission must include the person or event that is being celebrated, the name of the holiday and other important details such as special foods, colors, images, or customs that are associated with the holiday.

    • Entries must include student name, age, and grade; teacher name; and school name, address, and phone number.

    Send entries to:                Invent Your Own Holiday Contest

                                                    PO Box 714

                                                    New York, New York  10013-0714

     Entries must be received by February 28, 2020

     
    Greek/Roman Mythology - Directions for the Mythology Trading Cards project were sent home today. We discussed everything in class, and the students were shown examples of the final project as well. Though not listed in the directions, we decided as a class that two of the four trading cards may use a computer print-out of a mythological character rather than being hand-drawn. We came to this agreement because some students were uncertain of their artistic ability. If a child would like to draw all four cards, that is fine as well. Students will need to purchase 5 in. x 8 in. index cards, which will then be used to make their four trading cards. The kids seemed really excited about this assignment, and so I can't wait to see what they produce. If you have any questions, please contact me.
     
    Mad Science Registration Now Open - Monday sessions run from 2:40 to 3:40 from Feb. 10 to April 6 for grades K-2 and 3&4. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and closes on Feb. 2nd. 
     
    2020 Respect Life Poster Contest - This contest is open for students in grades 1-8. All posters must be submitted to the diocese no later than February 14th. 
     
    Chess Club Registration Now Open - New session will run on Thursdays from Feb. 6 to March 11 from 2:35 to 3:45 for grades 3-8. Registration closes out at 16 students.
     
    SMS Athletic Association Annual Pasta Dinner - Saturday, March 7th, from 5 to 8 P.M. in the SMS cafeteria. $40 for a family of four, or $12 per person. Click on the link for more information.
     
    Night of Winners Class Contributions - The Night of Winners is quickly approaching. This is a huge fundraiser for the school. To help make it a successful night, every class is being asked to contribute $100. If you are able to contribute, please place your donation in an envelope marked with your child's name, "4B", "Night of Winners" or "NOW". We have 20 students in our class. If everyone donated $5, then we will have met our goal. I will also be contributing. Thank you so much for your kind consideration!
     
    Talent Show Rehearsals - Monday-1/13, Tuesday-1/14, Tuesday-1/21. Remember to order your child's specialty t-shirt by this Friday, 1/10.
     
    End of 2nd Marking Period - The end of the marking period is quickly approaching (1/24). Check PowerSchool and make sure you are current with all your assignments. Meet with your teachers if you have any questions or need any help. We are here to support you!
     
    Parent/Teacher Conferences - Conferences are scheduled for Friday, 2/14, which is a 12:30 dismissal day. A Sign-Up Genius for conferences will be posted more toward the end of January, so please be sure to check back for that. If you would prefer to conference with me prior to that date, just let me know. I am usually available anywhere from 7 A.M. to 7:50 A.M. every morning. I am also here most days until 4:30 P.M. if you would like to conference sometime after the school day. Please contact me via email to arrange a conference. Thank you.
     
    Catholic Schools Week - Begins Sunday, 1/26. It will be an action-packed week so check back here soon for all the information!
    Sunday, 1/26 - Noon Mass followed by a reception in the cafeteria. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms to the noon Mass. PreK and Kindergarten will have an Open House from 1 to 2 P.M. for prospective families and to answer any questions about the early childhood program. The main office will be open to welcome and register new families. Please share this information with friends and families of school-aged children.
    Monday, 1/27 - 9 A.M. Prayer Service with a focus on "Service to Others". Buddy Activity. SMS Talent Show at 7 P.M. in the church. All are welcome. Talent Show Participants need to arrive at the church by 4:45 for a full dress rehearsal!
    Tuesday, 1/28 - First Grade Wear Your Word Day!  Talent Show Performance for the Student Body at 1 P.M.
    Wednesday, 1/29 - Diversity Day!  Free Dress Down Day!  Free Cookie at lunch time!  Poetry in Motion Assembly at 12:30 for PreK-4 in the church.  The assembly for grades 5-8 will be at 1:30. 
    Thursday, 1/29 - Kindergarten ABC Fashion Show at 9 a.m. Father Joe visit at lunchtime.
    Friday, 1/31 - As part of our service project for Catholic Schools Week, all grades are asked to donate a food item to the Franklin Food Bank. Fourth Grade students are asked to bring a box of macaroni and cheese. Athletic Bowl and Academic Bowl!  The Athletic Bowl for grades K-5 will be from 9 to 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. The Academic Bowl for Grades 3-5 will be from 1 to 2 p.m. in the church. All are welcome. All students should wear sneakers and gym pants on this day. "A" classes will wear green tops while "B" classes will wear white tops. 
     
    No School - School will be closed Monday, 1/20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.
     
    12:30 Dismissal Day - Friday, 1/24, will be a 12:30 Dismissal Day as well as the last day of the marking period. ASP will be available. All students should bring a snack and drink. Students going to ASP should bring two snacks, a drink, and a lunch. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is going home on this half day.
     
    Valentine's Boxes - Valentine's Day falls on Friday, 2/14. I will post more information about a possible party at a later date. Most students like to pass out Valentine cards, candies, treats, stickers, pencils, erasers, and so forth to their classmates on this day. This is completely optional. If you would like to make a Valentine box for yourself in which to collect all your cards and treats, please feel free to do so. Many kids like to decorate a shoe box, a milk container, etc. I am giving you early notice so that you have time to work on your Valentine box over the month or so. However, please do not bring it to school prior to our class party as I have nowhere to store it. Also, if you are choosing to pass out Valentines, please have a Valentine for everyone in your class. It is not polite to leave someone out. Also, do not fill out the "TO" section on your Valentines as this can make it very time-consuming to pass out. You need only fill out the "FROM" section. More information will be posted at a later date. 
     
    Empty Bowls - Sunday, March 22nd. Click on the link for more information.
     
    AR Reading Goals - The end of the marking period will be here before you know it.  Are you on track toward meeting your AR reading goal? If so, great! If not, make a plan for yourself and work hard to meet it!
     
    Early Bird Sign-Up for Night of Winners! - Early bird sign up for the Night of Winners Basket Raffle ends this Friday.  Click on the following links for more information and to sign up. N.O.W. Information  N.O.W. Sign Up
     
     
    December Current Events for Social Studies - Below is a link for the Current Events form should you need it.
    Current Events 1
     
    AR Reading Goals - About a week ago, the students were given their 2Q reading ranges and goals on their new recording card. The ranges have stayed the same, but the goals for everyone have slightly gone down. This is due to the fact that there are fewer days in the second marking period. Updated labels were also placed in the back of their Student Planners. Students should be working toward meeting their 2Q AR goals. If you need any assistance, please let me know. 4th graders should be reading between one and four chapter books a week. 
      
    SMS Maker Space - SMS would like to obtain certain materials for their upcoming Maker Space. Click on the link below for all the information.
     
    Chess Club - If you are interested in joining the SMS Chess Club, please fill out and remit the attached permission slip by October 25th. The club will meet on Thursday from 2:35 to 3:45 in the Music classroom beginning November 7th.
     
    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.
     
    AR Goals - All fourth grade students have been given their reading goals for the first marking period. Students need to meet their goal two days before the marking period ends. If they do so, they will earn a full 10 points. If they only meet a percentage of their goal, then the student will earn the equivalent in points (80% of goal met = 8 points). Students should be striving to read two novels/chapter books a week. Students are given lots of opportunity to take AR assessments (homeroom, independent reading time, independent working time, etc.). 
     
    Prayer Group - Begins 10/10 from 2:30 to 3:15 in Room 5B. Open to students in grades 3-8. No Prayer Group on 11/7.
    Workbooks - Just a friendly notice... When workbooks go home for homework, please only do the assigned pages. Do not work ahead as that just leads to confusion. Thank you for your help with this.
     
    Collections - SMS will be collecting tab tobs and Boxtops this year. Feel free to collect them and send them in periodically. Thank you for your help.
     
    Monthly Mass - 4th Grade will be attending Mass on the first Tuesday of every month starting in October. 
     
    Specials - The 4B Special for this year will be:
    Monday:  Spanish
    Tuesday:  Computers
    Wednesday:  Gym (Remember to wear gym uniform and sneakers)
    Thursday:  Library. Art. (Remember to return library books every Thursday.)
    Friday:  Music.
     
    Allergies - If your child has allergies, please send me an email or written note informing me of everything that I need to know. You should also inform the school nurse of any allergies or medical conditions. 
     
    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 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".)

     


    Highlights

    Reading: Greek & Roman Mythology.  Book Clubs (enjoying reading with peers and discussing books); Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details; Themes Across Stories & Dramas; Word Histories.  

    Writing:  Expository Writing. Using graphic organizers and nonfiction text structures to organize our writing. Rewording or restating a prompt question. Citing evidence to prove an answer.

    Word Study Words for Week of 1/13/20:  catcher, pitcher, rancher, teacher, richer, voucher, poacher, researcher, watcher, archer, dispatcher, launcher

    Vocabulary: 

    Grammar: Subjects & Predicates; Compound Subjects & Compound Predicates; Fragments & Run-on Sentences; Comparative Adjectives ("er", "est")

    Social Studies:  Research a state and take notes. State Plate project.

    Religion:  The Beatitudes; Catholic Schools Week;


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

     

    Joseph and Cara did a great job bringing up the gifts at Mass this morning. 

    Mustang Merits

     

     

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