4th Grade

Advent is here!

In Reading, a weekly Parent letter from Open Court reading will come home with the spelling and vocabulary words on it. You can also read about the theme of the unit and some highlights about our learning. The students will be presenting a monthly oral book report, called “Book Talk”. This is a short summary of a book the child has read this year. This is a way to inspire fellow classmates to read more books. Listed below is the schedule for Book Talk.

First Monday: Group 1: Anders, Daniela, Sophia, Evan, Logan, Dylan, Travis

Second Monday: Group 2: Daivan, Jackson, Albee, Darby, Alex, Haylie, Gabriela

Third Monday: Group 3: Amelie, Alexis, Joe, Joseph, Stella, Charlie, Ruthie

Fourth Monday: Group 4: Will, Nicholas R, Alina, Nick S., Mariella, Luca, Lilly, Rory.

Here are the spelling words for this week, the students have a copy of the list in their Planner, for the week of 12/10-17. You may want to get a jump on this because it is so busy during the week.

additional agreement amusement annual argument assignment department educational enrollment environment excitement improvement musical original personal political renewal settlement treatment tropical


continental entertainment mechanical

In Religion, our new virtue for the month of December is Hope. December’s virtue goes along with Advent’s theme of: “Hope”.

Our Advent Prayer Services are 12/3,12/10,12/17. Fourth Grade will lead the Prayer Service on December 10th. If you can be there, please join us in the gym at 8:25. The school food drive for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank will run until after Christmas. We need to keep the food shelves full through the Holidays. Also, we started Ch. 6 which looks at the Sacraments. We will look at the season of Advent over the next few weeks. There are several important St. Feast Days in December. St. Francis Xavier on December 3, St. Nicholas on December 6th, Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12;and St. Lucy on December 13th.  All  students above 2nd Grade will attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation on December 13. Dec. 19th is Red and Green Day! Be sure that you child comes dressed for the festive day! Dec. 19th is a Noon Dismissal day, so no need for a lunch.

In Math, we started Ch. 5 that focuses on Data and Probability. This chapter has important vocabulary words that students must know in order to complete problems correctly. The students have a Math vocabulary NB that has all the chapter vocabulary in it. I strongly encourage your child to study the vocabulary words in each chapter before the test is given. Please practice math facts at home, working long multiplication and division problems are easier if they know their facts.

WA State History Ch. 6 looks at the early explorers that sailed here from other countries. Sometimes for HW you will see “Word Skills” or “Things to Know” listed. These are exercises at the end of every chapter, and we start them in class. If your child does not finish them in class, it carries over to HW. The answers to these exercises are written into the WSH notebook and not on single sheet paper.

In Science, we finished up our study of Earth Science, and moved to Life Science. The students will be doing a research project on Ecosystems this trimester. Some of the research will be done at home. You can use your home computer, or go to the library to check out books on the ecosystem your child selects. To be fair to everyone,  I will pull sticks with names on them, when your child’s name is drawn they can tell me their first choice of ecosystem. If there are no more spots in that ecosystem left, the child will pick from another open spot on the Ecosystem list.

Our next FT is Dec. 12 to the Cathedral in Seattle. For this FT, I ask that the students wear their uniform, since we will be in the church for our tour. There is no need for a sack lunch, we will be back before lunch. If you can drive, please put a check by Drive? on the Permission Slip  and indicate how many students your car can safely seat belt.

There is so much to look forward to in Fourth Grade, so your children will be busy from Day 1 to Day 180! I post the HW everyday on the website by 4:00, so check there first if you have any questions.

Thanks for sharing your children with me!

They are awesome!