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Week of 4/9/18

Welcome back!  Sounds like everyone had a great break.  I loved hearing the stories from the kids.  We are in full swing here in 4J.  It’s crunch time before Aspire, we’ve rolled out Book Club, and we have been chugging on through our state projects and Chapter 20 in Math.  It feels like we never left.  However, I can tell how much Spring Break was needed for the kids. There has been great focus this week
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Bluestem Reading Challenge Deadline is Approaching

I hope you had a blessed Easter and are enjoying the Easter break. Just a reminder the deadline for the Bluestem Challenge is approaching.  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.  Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of
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Week of 3/19/18

Happy Spring Break!  Please take this time to enjoy the rare 2-week break.  I can’t wait to hear about all of the fun vacations and adventures when school resumes.  I will be traveling to Peru for a week – wish me luck! Announcements: 4/9 – School resumes; Start of Q4 4/10 – Mass @ 10am 4/16 – ASPIRE testing begins Reading – Students ranked their books for the kick-off of book club
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Regina Dominican Basketball Clinic

Regina Dominican High School invites all 4th-7th graders to join them for a free basketball clinic this Saturday, March 24th from 9:30-11am. Instruction will be provided by student athletes and the basketball coaching staff. For questions, or to RSVP, please email the athletic director at tmarcum@rdhs.org or call 847/256-7660 extension 254. Download a a flyer here.
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2018 Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX teams competed Monday against 9 teams from three other schools-Baker Progressive School, St. Joseph, and Chiaravalle School. One of our SFX teams, The First Timers came in 2nd place in the individual team competition and in the overall school competition SFX came in 2nd. I couldn’t be prouder of how well these students worked t
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Chapter 19 Math Test

Jones and Loebbaka math classes will be having their Chapter 19 test on Thursday, March 22nd.  The pretest will be given Tuesday. Sack’s math class will be having their Chapter 19 test on Friday, March 23rd.  The pretest will be given Wednesday.  
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Book Cafe Returns

After a bit of a hiatus, Book Cafe is returning on Wednesday, April 25 during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Registration for Book Cafe is limited to 15 students. To register, please complete this form and return it to Mrs. Sawyer no later than Friday, April 13. Mr
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Week of 3.12.18

This week FLEW by for some reason.  Maybe it was the two half days without the kids?? 🙂 Announcements: 3.18 – St. Patrick’s Day party in the gym from 4-7pm 3.19 – Mass @ 10 in the gym 3.23 – End of Q3 3.24-4.8 – Spring break! 4.9 – School resumes; Start of Q4 Reading – I’ve been working on gathering new novels for our small group reading instruction.  In the past weR
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Special Dress Down Days This Week

Miss Barrett has given permission to students to take part in two special dress down/out of uniform days Thursday and Friday of this week. Thursday 3/15- Students are invited to wear maroon and gold in support of Loyola University Chicago Ramblers and our very own SFX dad and Loyola Basketball Head Coach, Porter Moser, as the Ramblers head to the NCAA tournament game. This is Loyola’s first time in the tourname
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Chapter 10 SS Test

We will be having our Chapter 10 Social Studies test on Monday, March 19th.  A study guide is forthcoming.
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Week of 3/5/18

Hello!  Sorry I forgot to blog last week.  Friday just got away from me!  This week was BUSY.  We had Math and Science tests, an author visit for The Lemonade War series, and began learning about fractions! Our Friday song was Lean on Me.  I was surprised by how many did not recognize it.  It also had the perfect Lenten message. Upcoming conferences – If you have any concerns about your child (academic, social,
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Monday’s Author Visit with Jacqueline Davies

What a wonderful day we had with our One Author, One Community featured author Jacqueline Davies. Mrs. Davies spent all day Monday on campus and she saw students in grades JK-8th grade giving four very distinct, age-appropriate presentations. With our JK and Kindergarten students, she shared her book The Night Is Singing, which is her evocative poem-book about the sounds we hear as we drift off to sleep. Working with
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Electrical Circuits Science Test

Our Electrical Circuits unit test will be given next Wednesday, March 7th. Students will be given a checklist in class on Friday to assure they have all vocabulary pages and labs completed in their binders. This material should be used to study. There will be two in-class study days next week before the test is given on Wednesday.
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Fourth Grade Advisories

Last week, we began work in fourth grade “advisories.” Students across the three classes were broken into four groups, two groups of girls and two groups of boys. Each advisory was assigned one of the four 4th grade teachers as their advisor. We will be meeting weekly in our small groups to discuss topics that apply to them during this time in their lives, including friendship, inclusion, team building, conflict reso
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Week of 2/20/18

Happy short week!  This week, we led Mass, led morning prayer over the announcements, and otherwise had a fairly normal schedule.  We had a great toothbrush turnout for the blessing bags, so thank you to all who brought them in for those in need. Announcements: 2/27 – Mass REMINDER: Students need to wear their SFX vests every day. Math – This week we took our Chapter 10 math tests and began Chapter 11, where we
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2018 Battle of the Books Update

Many of our 4th-5th grade students have been furiously reading in preparation for the Battle of the Books. All 4th-5th grade students have been placed in teams with their classmates and next week they will be competing during battles taking place in the library. There are two rounds for each battle. During the first round students work with their team to earn points. In the second round, students work individually to
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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