4th Grade


Welcome to Fourth Grade! Below, you will find important information about what your child is learning and upcoming events. I update the site about every two week, so check back frequently to stay on top of things.

Our FT to the ECA is Wednesday, November 20th. We will walk to the Center about 9:30 and will return by lunchtime. Students may wear Spirit Wear, but may need a jacket if it is raining. We are seeing “Sugar Skulls”, a multicultural play about the Day of the Dead, that ties in nicely to what the students learned in Spanish class. Mrs. Young will be the substitue for those three days I am away. I am on the Visiting Team for St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma Accreditation evaluation. It is good practice for our own Accreditation process happening next Spring.

Please sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences using the Sign Up Genius link Mrs. Orsi sent out last week. So far I have about half the class signed up, there are still spots left. Conferences are a great way to hear how your child is doing, so take a moment and sign up.

The annual Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul has started! This year, Fourth Grade brings in canned chili, or cans of hearty soup. Please be generous and pick up a few cans when you are at the store next tiime.

In Reading, I am tracking home reading by tracking student AR tests frequency and accuracy. There isn’t a “Reading Log” to record reading in, but I will be looking at AR to see what students are reading about every two weeks. Please make sure your child reads at home. “Book Talk” continues each Monday of the month, students know this, but some are forgetting to do them for their Monday slot. Their dates are in their Student Planner, at the front in the “Month at a Glance” section.  I divided the class into four groups, one for each Monday of the month. Once a month one group will present their Book Talks. Group 1 on the first Monday, Group 2 on the second Monday and so on. The groups are alphabetical with 5 students in each group except for Group 4 which has 6 students. Every student marked their Monday date for Book Talk in their Planner at the beginning where each full month is listed. Ask your child about it, if you still have questions, you can email me. A Book Talk Guidlines paper was given to everyone to use as a guide. The actual Book Talk presentation can be written out on another piece of paper following the guidelines I passed out. That way, you will always have the guidelines fresh when creating a new talk. The Book Talk doesn’t have to be memorized, but the child should know the talk well enough that they don’t need to read it. The Book Talk Guidlines are on the website with a link to the page if you need it..

In Math, we are coming to the end of Ch. 3. This is a tricky chapter due to “Long Multiplication and Long Division”. We are working on it in class, and I prefer not to send the WB home in case a child is still struggling on this concept. You can help your child by giving them problems to solve at home and checking their work.

After we take a Math Chapter Test and it has been corrected, I will send it home as HW for your student to correct, then you sign it, the student brings it back and I will give half the points missed back into the grade. So, if the student misses 6 pts., I would give back 3 points into the grade. Sometiimes, this can make the difference between one letter grade and the next. Remember, the important thing is not the grade, but knowing the concepts.

In Spelling, help your child learn the weekly spelling words by quizzing, or asking the child to write the words three times each every night.

We started our National Park research paper, the children seem excited about this project. In general, I am happy with the overall writing ability of the class, but students need to work on writing conventions; spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Religion is a big focus in Fourth Grade. We study the Saints, Virtues, Works of Mercy, Catholic Social Teachings, the Rosary, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments and so much more. There will be chapter tests in Religion also, please encourage your child to study before the night before the test.

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. Just click the link and it will take you to the “Daily Homework” page.

Thanks for sharing your children with me!

They are awesome!