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

     
     
    Buffalo Wild Wings HSA Merchant Event - All day Tuesday, March 19th, on Rte. 1 South in North Brunswick. You must bring the voucher in order for SMS to receive 15% of the total bill.
     
    Practice the Preamble - Practice reciting the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. We will be having a simple assessment on it. Singing it is easier (and more fun!).
     
    We the people of the United States,
    in order to form a more perfect union,
    establish justice,
    insure domestic tranquility,
    provide for the common defense,
    promote the general welfare,
    and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity,
    do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
     
    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.
     
    End of 3Q - We are quickly approaching the end of the 3rd marking period. Please check PowerSchool to see if you are all caught up on your assignments. As an aside, I continue to get a lot of papers with no names on them. 
     
    Track and Field Registration - SMS Track and Field is open to all 3rd through 8th graders. Track events include 200M, 400M, 800M, 1600M and Relay. Field events are Shotput, Javelin and Long Jump. Announcements for practices will be coming soon (weather dependent of course!!). Please register your runner here: 
      
    Odyssey of The Mind Presentation - The Odyssey of the Mind Club will present to the student body on Friday, 3/15, at 1 P.M. It is my understanding that members of the Odyssey Club can wear their Odyssey T-shirts on Friday. Come watch the SMS team compete in the Odyssey of the Mind Skylands Regional Tournament on March 16th, at the JP Case Middle School in Flemington. In addition to cheering on SMS, it might inspire you to join next year's team. 
     
    SMS Open House - March 22nd and May 3rd at 9:00 A.M.  Tell your friends and family.  Register online at the following link.
     
    Yearbook Candid Photos - If you have candid photos that you would like to potentially appear in this year's yearbook, please go to the e-Wednesday envelope for information on how to do that. Thank you.
     
    Lenten Rice Bowls - All students received a Lenten Rice Bowl (box) on Ash Wednesday. Should you decide to make contributions to your rice bowl, would you kindly send those contributions back to the school by April 15th in the form of a check? Thank you.
     
    Yankee Candle Fundraiser - Catalog orders are due by April 5th.
     
    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. 
     
    Raritan Headwaters Stream Cleanup - If you and members of your family are interested in participating in this year's Stream Cleanup, please meet behind the school on Saturday, April 13th, from 9 to 11:30 A.M. Students below grade 6 must be accompanied by a parent. Wear playclothes, a cap, sunscreen, and shoes or boots that can get wet. Work gloves will be available, but feel free to bring your own pair. Remember to bring a water bottle. Contact Ms. Allegro with any questions.
     
    Talent Show - Join the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for a spectacular Talent Show on March 30th. More information to follow.
     
    Easter Break - Easter Break will begin with a 12:30 dismissal day on Wednesday, April 18th. School will resume on April 29th. 
     
    Celebration of the Arts Night - Wednesday, May 8th. More information to follow soon.
     
    SMS Carnival - Runs from Tuesday, 5/14, to Sunday, 5/19. More information to follow soon.
     
    12:30 Dismissal Day - May 17th was supposed to a be a "No School" day for students. However, due to the recent snow day, May 17th will now be a 12:30 dismissal day.  Students should bring a snack and drink for this half day, and all students should know how they are dismissing. 
     
    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. ASP will not be available.
      
    Memorial Day Weekend - The long weekend begins with a 12:30 dismissal on Friday, 5/24. 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 - Monday, June 10th. More information to follow.
     
    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.
     
    AR Reading Information - What is a Student Growth Percentile (SGP)? A Student Growth Percentile, or SGP, compares a student’s growth to that of his or her academic peers nationwide. Academic peers are students in the same grade with a similar scaled score on a STAR assessment at the beginning of the time period being examined. SGP is reported on a 1–99 scale, with lower numbers indicating lower relative growth and higher numbers indicating higher relative growth. For example, if a student has an SGP of 90, it means the student has shown more growth than 90 percent of academic peers. 4A and 4B students have been given their new AR Reading Range. Nearly every student showed an increase. 4A students were given their SGP levels. I do not have that info for 4B parents yet because I am waiting on something from Mrs. Lanzalotto. 
     
    Chess Club: Session 2 - The 2nd session of the SMS Chess Club begins Thursday, February 7th, from 2:35 to 3:50. If interested, please use the attached registration form.
    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.
      
    After School Tutoring Program - UPDATE:  Peer tutoring does not begin Wednesday, 2/6. It will start a week later. Begins Wednesday, February 13th. The dates are February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 6, 13, and 20, from 2:30 to 3:45. There is no cost for the tutoring. All registrations are due by Friday, January 25th.
     
     
    S.S. Current Events - Sent home. Not due until Tuesday, 2/19.
     
    Beatitudes Poster - Beatitudes poster due Tuesday, 2/19.
     
    Mad Science - "Funky Forces" after-school enrichment will run Mondays from 2/25 to 4/15 from 2:40 to 3:40. Registration is now open. 
     
     
     
    SMS presents The Wizard of Oz - April 4th, 5th, and 6th at Immaculata High School in Somerville. If you'd like to purchase an ad to support the Drama Club, you may do so by going to the following link.
     
     
    January Reading Project -
     
    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. 

    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.

    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 2/25:  rising, dancing, winning, snapping, bragging, hitting, spinning, traced, striped, handled, dared, raced, escaped, stripped, skipped, dripped, begged, slammed, dimmed, spotted.


    Highlights

    Reading:  Reading nonfiction. Nonfiction text features. Plot Diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution). Symbolism.

    Writing:  Compound sentences using ", and", ", but", and ", or". Writing summaries and original myths. Writing to prompts.

    Spelling:  (Words with suffixes) 

    Vocabulary:  immense, imperceptibly, indication, inscription, instinctive

    Grammar:  Figurative language, similes, metaphors, adjectives, royal order of adjectives, relative adverbs (describe verbs, adjectives and adverbs), pronouns, relative pronouns, modals (can, may, must, might, should)

    Social Studies:  Important American documents (Common Sense, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights)

    Religion:  The Beatitudes; Witnesses to God's Kingdom; Lent


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

    Addy and CJ did a great job bringing up the gifts at Mass today.

    We went to Mass on Wednesday.

    We wish a very happy birthday to Alfonso!

     

    Values & Virtues

    September - Friendship - Congratulations to Riley and Cate

    October - Fortitude - Congratulations to Mia and Natalie

    November - Citizenship - Paul and Robert

    December/January - Perserverance - AJ and Lilly

    February - Fairness - 

     

  • Hear ye! Hear ye! The following students have met their AR Reading Goals for the first marking period!

    Johnny

    Mia

    Brianna

    Jack

    Alexandra

    William

    Chris

    Molly

    Kate

    Paul

    Gabriella

    Santiago

    Addyson

    Robert

    Cate

     

     

     

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