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


    There is a ton of new info below. Please check it out!


    Somerset Blood Drive - Sunday, 9/23, from 8:30 to 2:30 at the Knights of Columbus on JFK Blvd. Here is the info:
    Blood Drive


    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 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. I will do the same for the 4A students as soon as I have their AR info, which should be sometime this week. 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.


    Odyssey of The Mind - If interested in signing up for this amazing new club or being a coach, please do so by September 28th. Here is a link with the information you need to know:

    Odyssey of The Mind


    Monthly Reading Genre - Students should choose a realistic fiction book within their reading range and finish reading the book by 9/30. The book may be read at home, but please know that it may also be brought into school and read during independent reading time. The students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of their chosen book.


    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.


    Mad Science - Registration for Mad Science is now open. A flyer with all the info was sent home. Here is a Mad Science link with all the information as well. 
    Mad Science


    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.


    Chess Club - It's back! If your child is interested in joining the Chess Club, please email our Vice-Principal, Mr. Gidaro.


    SMS Parents' Night Out - Thursday, October 4th, 7 to 10 p.m. at Huey's Knight Club on Easton Ave. in New Brunswick. Bring your friends and neighbors to join other SMS parents for a fun night out. Proceeds benefit SMS Kids and the SMS Literacy Program! Here is all the info.
    SMS Parents' Night Out


    Spelling Test - The spelling words for this week were sent home. The words are also listed near the bottom of this home page. They consist of 10 words that make the long "a" sound. We analyzed the patterns. There is no Spelling Homework. Students should practice learning the words in a way that works best for them. They should be prepared for a spelling test on the words this Friday.


    Class Directory - A 4th grade Directory form was sent home last night. If interested in being in the directory, please fill out the fields of your choice, and then send the form in by this Friday, 9/14. Please print neatly.


    Children's Choir - If interested in joining the SMS Children's Choir, please attend the meeting this Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the church to register. You may also register online. All practices will be held on Thursdays at 3:30.

    Choir Registration


    4B Specials - UPDATE:  We have had some minor adjustments to our Specials schedule. The new schedule is as follows:

    • Monday:  Spanish 9:40 to 10:00, Library (4A only) 12:20 to 1:00
    • Tuesday:  Computers11:00 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


    Kidstuff Coupon Books - Kidstuff books and directions were sent home. If you are not selling the book, you must return it in its original condition and in the bag in which it came. Books and orders are due back to school by Wednesday, 9/26.


    Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser - Order forms and checks are due on Monday, 10/1. Orders are expected to be delivered on Tuesday, 12/4.


    SMS Fall Cross Country - Registration is now open for 3rd through 8th grade. See the electronic Wednesday envelope for all the info.


    HSA Web Site - Visit the Home School Association's web site to learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.


    HSA Merchant Event - Eat at Moe's Southwest Grill at 120 Cedar Grove Lane on Wednesday, 9/26, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. SMS will received a portion of all sales. 

    Moe's Flyer


    Dress Down Day - Friday, 9/28, to benefit our new club, Odyssey of the Mind. There will also be a bake sale during the lunch periods!


    Reading Assignment - UPDATE. The students will not have to take an AR test on the book that they read prior to school starting up. It took a while to get situated with Specials and the AR program. The students may have forgotten what they read, and so it would not be fair to test them on it. However, if a student recalls their book and would like to take an AR test on it for the purpose of achieving their AR goals, that would be fine with me. I will review this with the students on Tuesday. Thank you for your understanding.


    Trunk or Treat - Friday, 10/26, from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. rain or shine. Stay tuned to future Wednesday Envelopes for more details.

    Trunk or Treat


    Night of Winners - Save the Date! February 9, 2019. More information to follow.


    4th Grade Supply List - Here is the supply list for 4A and 4B. The following supplies will be handpicked from the SMS Supply Store by your teacher and will be on your desk on the first day of school. Your job will be to remit a check made payable to "St. Matthias School" in the amount of $31.50.  (Some of the notebooks will be 3-subject and others will be 1-subject. On the first day of school, you will need to remit a check in the stated amount in a sealed envelope labeled with "Student's Full Name. 4th Grade School Supplies." )  

    • 1 Student Assignment Planner
    • 1 three-subject Marble Notebook for Math
    • 1 three-subject Marble Notebook for Science
    • 1 three-subject Marble Notebook for Reading
    • 1 three-subject Marble Notebook for Writing
    • 1 three-subject Marble Notebook for Social Studies
    • 1 single-subject Marble Notebook (half for Spelling / half for Vocabulary)
    • 1 single-subject Marble Notebook (half for Spanish / half for Music)
    • 1 Vinyl School/Home Folder (This folder will go home everyday.)
    • 1 Vinyl Class Folder (This folder will stay in school.)
    • 1 large SMS pencil bag (There is no need to purchase another container.)


    The following is a list of supplies that you may purchase from SMS or elsewhere:

    • 1/2 inch binder stocked with binder paper (for writing class) (You decide if college-ruled or wide-ruled paper works best for your child.)
    • 1 Music Folder (clearly labeled with "First Name, Last Name, Music Folder")
    • 1 Spanish Folder (clearly labeled with "First Name, Last Name, Spanish Folder")
    • 1 box of 16 crayons (Will need to be replenished a few times during the year, so please get them on sale if you can.)
    • 1 pair child safety scissors (labeled with student's name or initials)
    • 1 small, personal pencil sharpener
    • 1 package or box of sharpened #2 pencils (Will be dispersed periodically throughout the year. Will most likely request more during the year as we go through them pretty quickly.)
    • 1 protractor (with small student initials if possible)
    • 1 ruler (with student initials)
    • 1 liquid glue bottle (with student name)
    • 2 large glue sticks with initials (With student initials. Will need to be replenished OFTEN throughout the year, so please keep a ready supply at home for restocking purposes.)
    • 2 red pens (for math and science class)
    • 2 flair pens (optional; to be donated to our Writing Center)
    • 2 good erasers
    • 1 package of of sharpened, colored pencils (labeled with student name)
    • 2 highlighters
    • 3 packs of Post-It Notes (to be given to the teacher for appropriate storage for future use)
    • 1 small pack of white and 1 small pack of colorful index cards (to be given to the teacher for appropriate storeage for future use)
    • 1 sketchbook for art class (labeled with student name)
    • 1 inexpensive set of headphones or earbuds for computer class. (Placed in a sealable baggie labeled with student's full name.)
    • Hand sanitizer (Student Last Names A-J)
    • Sanitizing or Baby wipes (Student Last Names K-Z)
    • Box of tissues (All students)
    • Paper towels (All students)
    • Gallon-sized baggies (Student Last Names A-R)
    • Quart-sized baggies (Student Last Names S-Z)


    Food Allergies - If your child has food allergies, please email me all the information I need to know. On days when there are special treats being served in the school or classroom, please feel free to send in a special snack for your child. You can also send in a labeled plastic shoebox filled with special treats for your child. In that way, if we have an unannounced special treat, your child can simply select something from his/her shoebox. When the box is empty, I will send it home to be refilled. You should also send in a note on the first day of school addressed to the nurse with any allergy or medical information that she should be informed about. If a child has a peanut or other food allergy, they will be required to sit in a designated section at the lunch table. No exceptions. Please email me ASAP if your child has any kind of food allergy.


    Dismissal  - Please send me a note or email letting me know how your child should be dismissed every day. I need to be prepared beginning with the first day of school. You, of course, may change the schedule as needed but you must submit it in writing. If you need to make a sudden change near the end of the day, please do not email me as I may not open my email. Instead, contact the Main Office with any last-minute schedule changes. If a child is not sure how he/she is going home, then they will be sent to ASP.


    Bring a Friend to School Day - Thursday, 9/20.


    Franklin Days Colonial Park - Saturday, 9/22.


    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 9/24:  steep, speed, greed, freedom, gleam, steam, beast, cheap, least, eager, reason, west, member, fresh, speck, kept, shelf, pretend, chief, believe.  Spelling test Friday, 9/28.



    Reading:  We are learning about Realistic Nonfiction with a read aloud of Because of Winn-Dixie. We are focusing on main idea, differentiating between main ideas and details, retelling, and character development.

    Writing:  Differentiating between complete and incomplete sentences. Writing complete sentences. Writing complete paragraphs that include a topic sentence, three detail sentences WITH explanation sentences, and a closing sentence.

    Spelling:  Word patterns that make the long "a" sound.

    Vocabulary:  Interesting compound words and hyphenated words.

    Grammar:  Nouns. Verbs.

    Social Studies:  Map Skills (compass rose, cardinal and intermediate directions, lines of latitude and longitude, Prime Meridian and equator, International Date Line, legends, map grids).

    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 Robert's and Riley's birthday. Happy Birthday!

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

    Values & Virtues



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