logo

Category

4th Grade Jones

Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
Read More

Tour the States Video

The video below is a great way to help your child learn his/her states and capitals. Enjoy! Tour the States
Read More

Chapter 10 Math Test

Our Chapter 10 Math test will be next Thursday, February 22. Students will have time in class to review and take a pre-test prior to the test.
Read More

Week of 2/12/18

Happy Lent!  This week, we not only ushered in the Lenten season, but also had Valentine’s Day fun, welcomed some guest speakers, and built parallel and series circuits.  Quite another busy week!  Below are pictures from our author visit with Andrew Clements on Friday.   Please remember that fourth grade’s items for the Lenten blessing bags are individually wrapped toothbrushes. We’ve received
Read More

4th Grade Mock Caldecott Results and ALSC Youth Media Awards

Today was a very big day in the world of children’s literature. This morning, the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) announced their annual award winners for outstanding children’s books published in 2017. This is like the Academy Awards of children’s literature. A complete listing of the award winners can be found on the ALSC website One of the awards announced today was the 2018 Ca
Read More

States and Capitals Quizzes

Today students were given their first short list of United States capitals. Over the next several weeks, 4th graders will be tested on their knowledge of the capital cities. Please read the attached letter which explains testing format and gives the first small group of states and capitals to be tested. Quizzes will take place on Fridays. Thank you! States and Capitals-Test 1
Read More

Week of 2/5/18

Happy snow day!!! Hope you all are enjoying the snowy weather. 🙂 Announcements: 2/12 – Chapter 9 reschedule Math test 2/14 – Ash Wednesday Mass 2/16 – Author visit Math – Our Chapter 9 test is RESCHEDULED for Monday, Feb. 12th. We have finished up with Chapter 9 and took our pretest and played some division Bingo on Thursday.  Please make sure that your child reviews his or her pretest over th
Read More

Chapter 9 Math Test 2-9-18

Our Chapter 9 math test will be Friday, February 9th.  A pretest will be given prior to the test.
Read More

Week of 1/29/18

We had a very exciting and exuberant Catholic Schools Week!  We had a lot of funky outfits and even yours truly got up to battle the 8th grade in volleyball.  We had our link party with ice cream on Monday and some great community time making rosaries on Wednesday.  All in all, a pretty busy, crazy, and spirited week.  Below are a couple pictures from Wacky Wednesday.  Funny enough, our “smile” picture an
Read More

Andrew Clements Author Visit

Thanks to the great success of our Christmas Book Fair, Scholastic, the company that offered the fair, is bringing a very special author to SFX on Friday, February 16. Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular book Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold. His newest book, Loser’s Club is on our 2017-18 Battle of the Books list. He doesn’t do many speaking engagements
Read More

Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program ends 2/5/18

Just a reminder Monday, February 5 is the last day for children to submit their reading logs for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Replacement reading logs are available if a child lost their original log. Logs can be turn
Read More

Week of 1-22-18

Hello all!  This week was another busy one. We welcomed back Mrs. Loebbaka, took our Chapter 8 Math tests, learned about Down Syndrome in Choose Kind, and got ready for Open House on Sunday.  I’ve already told my students, but I will not be here on Sunday.  However, my room will be open and everyone has something to share with their parents, so please come and help us kick off Catholic Schools Week. Announcemen
Read More

Sunday, January 28 Open House

Please join us this Sunday for an open house to show off our fantastic school! If you plan to visit our 4th grade classrooms, feel free to download a “scan” app on your smartphone so that you can view the students’ QR codes (search “scan” or “QR code scanner” in the app store). If you’ve never heard of a QR code, be sure to ask your child what they are creating in class
Read More

Week of 1-16-18

Hello! During this short week we had a ton going on (as you will read from your child’s FMJ).  On Tuesday, we had Mass led by some adorable kindergarteners and a lot of reading/word work.  On Wednesday, we had former Caldecott committee member and children’s librarian from Evanston come discuss illustrations of winning picture books. We also had great snow to play in during recess.     I’m saving th
Read More

Chapter 8 Math Test – 1/24/18

Although it seems like we just had our Chapter 7 test, our Chapter 8 Math test will be next week on Wednesday, January 24th.
Read More

Week of 1/8/18

Well we’re back at it, folks!  I hope everyone had a restful Christmas break and are getting back into the groove of waking up early and packing lunches.  The start of a new school year brings about a fresh start for many and a time to really make the final push as fourth graders before becoming big bad fifth graders! Announcements: 1.15 – No school for MLK Jr. day 1.16 – Mass at 10am 1.17 – C
Read More

Bluestem Reading Challenge for Grades 3-5

Happy New Year! Each year, I encourage all students in grades 3-5 to take the Bluestem Challenge. The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state.  I read three of the titles aloud to the students as all students in grades 3-5 can vote for their favorite book on the nomination list as long as they have rea
Read More

Chapter 9 SS Test on Wednesday, 1-17-18

Hello, Our Chapter 9 Social Studies test on the Midwest region will be next Wednesday, January 17th.  Although we are still working through the chapter, we wanted you to be aware of this upcoming test date for any proactive studying that your child would like to engage in in the days to come.  All students will be going home with a study guide today.  Students are not required to complete it for homework, however, it
Read More

Happy Christmas Break! Week of 12-18-17

We made it!  Although we started the week strong with everyone turning in their WTW on Monday (!!) and awesome nonfiction and brown bag presentations throughout Monday and Tuesday, all of the illnesses floating around led to no school on our last day.  I also went home sick on Wednesday so it was much needed for me to have a day of rest before heading to my parents for the holidays. Also, any Kleenex would be much ap
Read More

Week of 12.11.17

Can anyone else tell that it’s the week before Christmas break, or is it just me?  I can tell that the hope for snow on Christmas and upcoming trips and treats has been all my students can think of this time of year.  However, instead of sugar plums dancing around in their heads, one can only hope it’s multiplying three-digit by two-digit numbers. 🙂 Our Friday song last week was Mary, Did You Know? by Pen
Read More

Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

This week your child should have brought home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 5, 2018. Replacement reading logs are avail
Read More

Week of 12-4-17

This week began with a lovely all-school Advent prayer service in the gym.  We also spent time previewing books and writing down their wish lists at the book fair.  We got many compliments about the intensity through which our class looked for books. 🙂 Unfortunately, I will not be here on Monday.  My grandfather is being inurned at Arlington National Cemetery in DC on Monday morning.  I will be back on Tuesday Announ
Read More

Social Studies Test

Dear Parents, Our Chapter 8 Social Studies test on the Midwest will be on Thursday, December 14th. The study guides will be sent home on Friday, December 8th. Have a great week! 4h Grade  
Read More

Week of 11/27/17

Hello! I’m sending this a day early because I will be out of town on Friday.  I feel like what a parent must feel like before leaving their kids.  I probably have way too detailed sub plans and I’ve reminded the kids of respectful behavior so often they’re probably sick of me reminding them.  I’ll be visiting my sister in Dallas and it is supposed to be 75 and sunny. 🙂 Overheard in 4th grade:
Read More

Chapter 6 Math Test Next Week

Our Chapter 6 Math test will be next week.  For those students in Jones’ math class, the test will be Wednesday, December 6th.  For those students in Brinceanu’s and Sack’s math class, the test will be Thursday, December 7th.
Read More