Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive takes place this week; please bring your bags of non-perishable groceries to school by this coming Friday. I look forward to seeing everyone at parent conferences, which will be held this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 on those three days. This Wednesday, December 6th is our Teddy Bear Day; we ask that each child bring a new stuffed animal to be given to needy children through the Adopt-a-Family program. We also send candy, so if you still have some uneaten Halloween candy, in plain wrappers, you may bring it to the office on or before the 6th as well.

HOMEWORK (due next Monday): Students will be doing ixL Math skills T 1 and T 4, as well as Language skill D 18. We are doing fluency #15, and students should be reading non-fiction selections for 20-30 minutes per night.


Religion: We finished Unit 2 last week, discussing the importance of our Blessed Mother; we are doing the review work today and tomorrow, and we will have the test on Wednesday. Click here for a copy of the study guide. unit two study sheet  We are also discussing the season of Advent.

Math: We begin work on Unit 4, which focuses upon decimals. Starting this trimester, students will be doing Math Boxes pages in the Math journal, on occasion, as homework; we will write the page in our planners, and I will send out an email if a Math Boxes page is to be finished as homework.

Reading Workshop: We continue our unit on non-fiction reading. At home, students should be reading informative books, or occasionally non-fiction articles from magazines such as Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, or Highlights. The majority of the reading should be from books, and we will only read from books during class time.

Writing Workshop: We enjoyed hearing stories written by our classmates during our writing celebration last Friday. We are now working on learning how to write effective opinion essays.

Spelling: Due to the shortened days this week, we will not have a new unit in Spelling. Instead, we will be doing classroom Spelling bees, with the goal of selecting five students to represent the fourth grade in the School Spelling Bee, which will be held on January 5th.

Vocabulary: This week we continue work on Unit 7; the test will be on Friday. Students have a set of index cards to help them with preparation for the test.

Grammar: We continue work in unit 3, with the focus on Verbs.

Science: This week we continue learning about the properties of minerals.

Social Studies: We continue our study of the early Spanish explorers, with missions being our next topic! Please let me know (via email) which mission your child has selected.

Thanking you for your continuing support,

Mrs. Mary Dwyer