4B - Mrs. Jennings
Summer SONdaysFrank's PizzaMiddle School Meeting RegistrationBook ClubWe strive to engage each student spiritually and academicallyin a Christ-centered environmentto prepare them to live as disciples and citizens.
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.
June Literary Project - Directions for our last literary project went home today in your child's folder. An electronic copy will be pasted under the "Extra Copies" link shortly.
Friday, May 25th - This is a 12:30 Dismissal Day. ASP will NOT be available. All students should bring a snack and drink from home. Students should know how they are going home on this half day. This day is also a free will offering Dress Down Day for Great Expectations.
Monday, May 28th - No school Monday, May28th, in honor of Memorial Day. Enjoy the long weekend.
Summer Birthdays - If your child has a summer birthday, and you would like for us to celebrate it in class, please let me know. Pick a day in May or June that works for you.
Lost Gym Sweatshirts? - I have three "Large" grey gym sweatshirts and one "YL" green sweater in my student closet. No one will claim them. Do you know if your child is missing something?
May Current Events - Reminder that your current event for May is due by May 15th.
Summer SONdays - Registration is now open for Summer Sondays! Join us July 9-13 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Register by June 8th for the discounted price. Check out this link for more info.
May Reading Goal - Our focus in May will be historical fiction. Students should do an internet or Destiny search for historical fiction books that are in their reading range and of interest. Select two books and read them by the end of May. Take an AR test on one of the historical fiction books and show your AR grade to Mrs. Jennings. It will count as part of your overall ELA grade. A memo with all the information was sent home.
New Jersey Social Studies Project - The two pieces to this S.S. project are due by Tuesday, May 29th. An information sheet with all the instructions was sent home. An electronic copy is available under the "Extra Copies" link. TIPS: Draw lines on the back of your doll so that your writing will be neat and even. Write the person's name at the top of your person report. Write the student name at the bottom on the shoe. Consider adding an "object" to your person's hand to convey something about his/her accomplishments. For example, Gustavo cleverly added a light bulb to the hand of Thomas Edison. On your One-Pager, you can experiment with Questions & Answers, Boxes & Bullets, Quotes, Bullet Lists, Fact Bubbles, Cut-outs, Illustrations, etc. We explored all of these options in class.
CHECKPOINT: I have passed out the cutout dolls and posterboard for the One-Pagers to everyone who has asked... hopefully, that is everyone!
Spelling Notebook - We will continue to have weekly spelling words, study spelling patterns, have spelling tests, and record the new set of words each week in our yellow Spelling Notebook. However, the students no longer need to do any spelling assignments in their notebook or turn their notebook into me. Rather... students should STUDY and PRACTICE their spelling words in any way that works for them. SIDE NOTE: The majority of the students rarely completed spelling homework assignments or turned in their Spelling Notebooks to be checked. I will have to rethink this for next year.
AR Reading Goals - Students should be working toward meeting their 4th quarter AR goals as well as improving their reading levels. Additionally, they need to be increasing the amount of time that they spend reading. This is crucial.
Choice Books - Students need to "shop at home" and select 2 or 3 choice books to keep at school. They can keep their choice books in their backpacks, their desks, or their book boxes. Please bring your choice books to school by Thursday.
Any Interest in Pre-K Program? - If you, or anyone you know, is interested in a full day Pre-K program for three-year-olds, please contact the principal, Ms. Eileen Brett, directly.
Social Studies Take-Home Exam - The take-home exam (front and back) and book are due back to the teacher on or before Monday, 4/30. An electronic copy of the exam can be found here.
Grade 4 & 5 Book Club - Fourth and Fifth Grade students are welcome to join a book club with Ms. Brett on May 16, 23 & 30 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The book of choice will be The Magician's Elephant. You can find the registration form here:
SMS Annual Golf Outing - Sign up now for this outstanding Golf Outing to be held on Friday, June 15th, at Rutgers Golf Course. Breakfast, BBQ lunch, beverages, prizes, contests, and a "hole" lot of fun. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Shotgun Start is at 8:30 a.m. Consider becoming an official sponsor. All proceeds benefit St. Matthias School. More information can be found here.
Mr. Johnson's After School Sports -
- Starts April 9th and Ends June 1st
- For all 3rd to 8th grade students
- No sports on half days or when the weather is bad
- Monday: Football (3 to 4 p.m.)
- Tuesday: Archery (3 to 4 p.m.)
- Thursday: Volleyball (3 to 4 p.m.)
Camp Invention - Sign up for Camp Invention which runs from June 18th to June 22nd. Visit campinvention.org or call 1-800-968-4332 by March 23rd to register.
Reading - Students should be reading at least 30 minutes a day. They should also be reading various types of materials and genres (books, magazines, comics, letters, cereal boxes, etc.). Please make sure your child also brings two or three reading books back to school in January to keep in their book boxes or backpacks.
SMS Spirit Wear - SMS spirit wear can now be ordered all year long. Simply go to the following link: http://cobrapromotionsgroup.com/sms/
Names on Papers - I just want to keep you informed that I am still getting TONS of homework papers with no names.
Reading Series Online Access - On the inside cover of the Student Planner, you will see a label with the web site, login, and password for accessing the Journeys Reading Series online. All of 4A has the sticker, but I only gave the sticker to half of 4B. I will adhere the rest of the stickers next week.
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. 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.
- 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 - Spelling words for the week of 5/21/18 (3-syllable words): library, another, hospital, example, deliver, history, however, several, vacation, important, victory, imagine, camera, potato, remember, together, memory, favorite, continue, president. Spelling test Friday, 5/25.
Reading: Historical Fiction (timelines, real & fictional events, setting, plot, characters). In 4A, we are doing a read aloud of Little House on The Prairie. 4B is reading My Side of The Mountain.
Writing: Opinion Writing. We will attempt to parlay our opinion writing into mock debates. Writing "thick" questions. Focus statements. Concluding Statements.
Spelling: Final "l" sounds
Grammar: Compound words, Contractions, Figures of Speech
Social Studies: New Jersey, The Civil War (States' Rights and Slavery), Antebellum South, Inventions and Growth (as it pertains to NJ)
Other Standards: Speaking and Listening; Cross-curricular research project (Social Studies, Media, Library)
Good News (Students practice public speaking skills by sharing good news with the class.)
We finished standardized testing and celebrated with an extra long recess break and ice pops!
The author visit with Kamilla Benko was wonderful. The kids seemed to really enjoy it.
Values & Virtues
Friendship - Logan and Gisel
Forgiveness - Andrew and Gustavo
Thankfulness - Jaden and Katie
Patience - Riya and Ryan
Love - Danielle and Natalie
Helpfulness - Zachary and Annaliese