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
    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

    Congratulations, 4th Grade! Keep reading! It's SO important!
    Pictures - Dear Parents,  I hope you and your families are doing well.  I would like to put together an end-of-year slideshow for the kids, and I need your help.  Would you be able to send in a few SMS-related pics that you may have taken during the school year. Your pics can be of just your child, small groups of SMS kids, fun activities, school events, and so forth. You can even include pictures of you with your child, your child with their pet, or a picture of your child doing remote learning from home, My goal is to place the pictures into some sort of slideshow set to music, and then distribute the show via one of our assigned Google classrooms. If you DO NOT want your child's image to be in the slideshow at all, please email me by May 29th. Also, please send all pictures by May 29th. The pictures should have a jpeg file extension. Thank you for your help!
    Memorial Day Weekend - There will be no school for the students on Monday, May 25th. I hope you all enjoy the long weekend, and thank you to all your family members who have served in the Armed Forces.
    End of Fourth Marking Period - We are QUICKLY approaching the end of the fourth marking period. Please check PowerSchool and your child's Google classroom assignments to see if any work needs to be turned in. I will not be accepting last-minute work this marking period. Thank you for understanding. 
    Upcoming Birthdays - If your child has an upcoming birthday, you can let me know and I will post it in our Google Classroom Comments section. Or, you can host a Zoom or Google Meet with some of your child's friends. Happy Birthday to all our spring and summer babies!
    Historical Fiction Project - This project is being canceled due to the health crisis. I do not wish to place undue stress on students or families. Logistically, it could be difficult for some people to complete. Finally, I have two hard copy submissions in my classroom, which I can no longer retrieve. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause some people. I am trying to do the right thing, and it's very hard to please all the people all the time. Thank you for understanding.
    Sports - Not real sports, virtual sports.  So, I recently heard about a very popular YouTube channel called Dude Perfect. It's about a bunch of young men who create and compete in some very zany and amazing non-traditional sports challenges. They say it appeals to kids from eight to twenty-something. Due to this health crisis, many people, especially kids, are missing sports. If you are a parent of a kid who likes sports, check out this channel on your own to see if it's appropriate. I only watched two episodes, and they were both perfectly appropriate (no inappropriate language, graphics, etc. Seemed totally wholesome.), but you should do your own due diligence. If you deem it appropriate, then perhaps it's something your child might enjoy. Again, it's called "Dude Perfect." 
    Retrieving Student Belongings from the School - We were just informed that sometime during the week of June 1st, teachers will begin entering the school to pack up student belongings into brown bags. Parents will be given a pick-up date during the week of June 8th in which they can pick up their child's belongings from an outdoor location. You will also need to RETURN things that belong to the school such as textbooks, library books, classroom library books, etc. More information about this will be coming from Ms. Brett in the Wednesday Envelope.  This is what I need to know from you:  Do you WANT any of your child's belongings? We are talking about books, clothing, schoolwork, folders, trinkets, and so forth. Everything! I realize that some parents will not want anything because of the virus, whereas some parents will want whatever belongs to their child. It will be an ALL or NOTHING situation. I can either give you everything in a bag, or no bag at all. You only need to email me if you don't want anything. Again, I need an email. In that situation, I will take whatever belongs to your child and throw it in the garbage. I hope I am being clear on this. 
    Family Field Day - Our virtual field day will be Monday, June 8th. Here is all the information from Mr. Johnson: 

    VIRTUAL FIELD DAY ACTIVITIES FOR JUNE 8TH, 2020  { Parents please send your results to your child's Homeroom Teacher }****

    Activity #1= { OVERHAND THROWING ACCURACY }  (a) Tape a piece of copy paper on a door at home, to be a target.(b) Crumble 2 pieces of copy paper together, to make a light weight paper ball to throw at the target.(c) Stand away from the target and try 10 throws to hit the target. The K to 4th graders will stand 8 Feet away from the target, while the 5th to 7th graders will stand 10 Feet away from the target. [ How many times did you hit the target after 10 throws]?

    Activity#2= { JUMP ROPES DONE IN A TIME LIMIT } (a) The Kindergarten to 4th grade students can jump rope or do JUMPING JACKS for 1 minute.(b) The 5th to 7th graders can jump rope for 2 minutes.[ How many jumps did you do in your class time limit]?

    Activity#3= { Frisbee Throw} { If you don't have a frisbee= A paper or plastic plate can be used} (a) Place a bucket or laundry basket on its side, with the opening facing you, as the target.(b) Kindergarten to 4th graders stand 8 feet away from the bucket, while the 5th through 7th graders stand 12 feet away from the bucket.(c) Each student takes 10 throws to throw the Frisbee into the bucket.[ How many Frisbee throws did you get into the bucket after 10 throws]?

    Activity#4= { TWO FEET STANDING LONG JUMP} {Safety Note : Jump on grass not cement} (a) Start on a line or spot marked with a cone, and jump forward with both feet.(b) EACH STUDENT WILL HAVE 4 JUMPS to reach their farthest distance jumped.(c) Have your parents measure your farthest jump, from the back of your heels when you land on your feet.( The nearest Body part if you fall backwards).[ How far was your longest jump]?

    Activity#5= { UNDERHAND THROWING ACCURACY } (a) Place a pot or pail on the ground ( 8 feet away for Kindergarten to 4th grade students and 10 feet away for the 5th to 7th grade students ) from where you are standing.(b) Throw the crumpled paper ball you used for Activity#1, underhanded into the pot.  (c) Each student will get 10 throws to get the ball into the pail. [ How many UNDERHANDED THROWS did you get into the pail after 10 throws]?

    Activity#6= { HULA HOOP TOSS } (a) You need a Hula Hoop for this activity. [ If you don't have a Hula Hoop= Borrow one or TIE a ROPE into a big Circle to throw ]. (b) Each student can try this activity with 10 HULA HOOP Throws.(c) Each student tries to see how many Hula Hoop throws they can get to stay around the back of a small standing chair.(d) Kindergarten,1st and 2nd graders must stand 5 Feet away from the chair. 3RD & 4TH graders must stand 8 Feet away from the chair. 5TH to 7TH graders must stand 10 feet away from the chair to throw the Hula Hoop.[How many Hula Hoop throws did you get to stay on the back of the chair after 10 throws ]?

    Activity#7= { THROW & CATCH } (a) The student plays catch with a parent standing in front of them.(b) Kindergarten to 4th grade students must stand 10 feet away from their parents.(c) 5th through 7th graders must stand 20 feet away from their parents to play catch with them.(d) Each student will get 15 chances to catch a parent's throw to them. [ How many catches did you get after 15 chances ]?

                              HAVE FUN and report your scores or results to your child's Homeroom Teacher !!!!

    4Q STAR ASSESSMENT - Mrs. Lanzalotto would like for students to take and complete their 4Q STAR ASSESSMENT by May 8th. Here is the information that Mrs. Lanzalotto has provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to email her directly.
    • The STAR ASSESSMENT can be taken on weekdays only - not on the weekend. 
    • Please complete the Assessment ASAP. Last day to complete it is May 8, 2020.
    • Please set aside 30 uninterrupted minutes for the test. Take your time. Do your absolute best. 
    • Please do not ask any family members for help. If you don't know what a word means, make your best choice.
    • The URL is the same as for AR Quizzing: https://hosted247.renlearn.com/17391
    • Log in as STUDENT
    • You will then see this screen. Click the blue box to the right of the orange boxes that says STAR Reading.Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 9.28.39 AM.png
    • INo monitor password is required.
    • The test should begin on its own. Do not walk away from the Assessment until you have completed it..
    EPIC Reading Program - Hello, parents. For those of you who asked for access to the EPIC program, I have since set up my account. You should be receiving an email from EPIC. Once you open it, it will ask you to set up your parent/child account. You should then be good to go. It is my understanding that there is no "class code"... that you must "log in as a parent."  If a child logs in as a student, then they are required to use a class code, and we were instructed not to use those.  I have included a link below with the directions for doing so. After viewing the link, if you still can't get in, please let me know. If you did not have me add your name to EPIC, please know that I can still do so. Anytime you wish to be added, just send me an email. This invitation is for 4A and 4B students. 
    Poetry Notebooks - Parents, please check that your child has some type of Poetry Notebook and that poetry assignments are being created in it. Students may even write their own poetry within it and not just items assigned by me. Sometime soon, I will be asking students to submit one or two of their original poems to me. If they are maintaining a poetry notebook, it will be easy for them to fulfill that request. It is my hope that students use and cherish their poetry journals.
    UPDATE!  STAR Assessments - Students will be taking the fourth quarter STAR assessment later this week. Here is the information from our librarian, Mrs. Lanzalotto:
    Dear Parents,
    Greetings to you and your families with hope that you are well and safe.
    In accordance with our implementation of the Accelerated Reader Program at
    SMS, we will begin the process this week of administering the last of three yearly
    STAR Reading Assessments to all students in grades 1-8. This comprehensive
    assessment provides all the insights needed to guide literacy growth for readers
    at all levels of achievement. Children arrive at school with different
    backgrounds, different needs, and different learning styles—but they all need
    to become strong readers.
    STAR Assessments provide teachers with learning data. They are computer
    adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This
    helps teachers get the best data to help guide students to become proficient
    readers with a research-based, empirically supported learning progression. It
    identifies the continuum of reading strategies and skills needed for students to
    reach grade-level proficiency and achieve mastery.
    Usually, the STAR Assessment is only conducted at school, but due to these
    unusual circumstances, that practice is temporarily changed so that students can
    move forward with their reading skills and broaden the range in which they
    practice reading.
    All SMS students are familiar with the Assessment. Your child’s teacher will
    assign it some time with in the next week. Students are not expected to be
    able to answer all questions. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILD
    you do that, you will destroy the integrity of the assessment and skew the
    results. Please just tell them to do their best that they cannot fail a STAR
    Assessment. The best way to help your child with Star Assessments is to help
    them understand why they are taking the test: so their teacher knows exactly
    how to help them learn!
    Please also be aware that each test result will be reviewed individually. If the
    result is not consistent with the student’s record of accomplishment, they will be
    required to re-take the assessment.
    Thanks and stay tuned for the assignment from your child’s teacher.
    Mrs. Lanzalotto
    SMS Library
    Library - Please remember to go to Teacher Pages and visit Mrs. Lanzalotto's web site. There you will find lots of information about books and free sites to use during this time of remote learning. You will also find information on how to log into AR and take AR tests during this time of remote learning. If you have any questions about AR, please email Mrs. Lanzalotto.
    Online Access to Religion Book - If you need access to the online version of our Religion book, try this:
    Go to flourishkh.com
    On the right side of the screen will be a box where you enter your user name, password, and pin.
    Your user name will contain your student number, which is basically the number that has been on your desk since the first day of school, preceded by the word "student" and followed by "4B".  So, let's say that my student number is 21. My user name would be:  student214B
    Your password should be: mustang1
    Your pin should be 08873A
    You should then see the words, "Welcome, Your Name" in the top bar.
    From there, you can click on the word "Products" in the ribbon (top bar).
    Scroll down a bit, and you will see a picture of our purple Religion book. Click on that. When you do, you will be able to choose from a lot of different sources to use. The Religion book option will say something like "ebook" or "eVersion". 
    If you have any trouble logging in or accessing the book, please let me know. See you soon.
    Registration Forms - As we all look forward to an exciting new school year, registration forms for the upcoming year are now due. Please contact Mrs. Kosty via her email at mkosty@stmatthiasnj.org
    AR - Please visit the SMS Library website for lots of book recommendations and literacy resources. AR Quizzing will be active throughout our break. AR Quizzing will remain open 24/7 to students in grades 1-8. 
    Writing Journal - Just as kids should be reading every day, they need to be doing some form of writing as well. Here is my suggestion:  Each child should find a little notebook to use as a journal. Every day the child should document what life is like as they go through this unusual time in history. They can write their feelings, thoughts, observations, etc. Ideally, it would be great to set aside a special time of day to write... maybe first thing in the morning or last thing at night. I obviously will not be collecting nor reading their journals, but I hope you will support your child in this endeavor. If they save their journals, they might become treasured keepsakes. Who knows? Thank you.
    New Technology Classroom - Here is the code for the new Technology Classroom with Mrs. Nicoletti:  xeq334x  Please join it today!
    Speech Services - For those parents of students who are receiving speech and language services, please check your email inbox for a message from Mrs. Zehnbauer. She plans to send activities for your children to practice at home on a weekly basis. If you have not received an email from Mrs. “Z', please feel free to contact her at donnarose3@comcast.net.  
    Spanish Class - Mrs. Bowers just informed me that students need to email her for the code to get into her Spanish Google classroom. You need to do this right away. Her email address is nbowers@stmatthiasnj.org
    More Books! - Parents, please seriously consider the following:  We could be out of school for quite a while, and you need to make sure that your student has PLENTY of books to read. I know the libraries are closed, but many of them are now offering free access to thousands of digital books as long as you have a library card. Please go to your local library's web site to see if this is a possibility for you. Another thing your child can do is to borrow books from an older sibling. One more suggestion would be to see about ordering a bunch of books for your child from Amazon or somewhere else. The important thing is that your child has an ABUNDANCE of books to read from over the next few weeks. Reading is like a muscle in that it must get a workout every day or it will atrophy. 
    Commission Teachers - This info is on my Google classroom, but I thought I would post it here as well. This is info directly from the Education Commission teachers:
    Dear students, I hope this notice finds you well. I am posting this to let you know that we are here to help. I am including our google classroom codes, in case you need help with a particular assignment. If so, contact us on either our ELA or Math google classrooms.
    Stay safe, Mrs. Cameron
    Mrs. Cameron ELA: ​adjmm3x MATH: ​h2jabzi
    Mr. Fox ELA: ​w7tyx4i MATH: ​rrdb4yw
    Mrs. Hila ELA: ​v4xxoln MATH: ​iwvgjm3
    Coronavirus - Parents, Brainpop has posted a child-friendly video that explains the coronavirus. If interested in sharing this with your child, the login for our school account to Brainpop is smsteachers2020 and the password is gomustangs20. The link is here:
    Music Code - The Google Classroom Code for the 4th grade music class is dx7j5sy. The students have all been taught how to get onto Google classroom. See Mrs. Jean Nicoletti's web site for info on Google classroom if needed.
    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.
    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 40 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".)



    Reading: Poetry

    Writing:  Poetry

    Word Study Words for week of   

    Vocabulary Words for the week of 

    Grammar: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives; Royal Order of Adjectives; Modal Auxiliary Verbs

    Social Studies:  American History

    Religion:  Chapter 12:  Doing God's Will

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



    Mustang Merits



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