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Week of 11/13/17

Hello all! As I read through students’ FMJs today I realized how quickly this school year is going.  We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving which is crazy!  This week we enjoyed our campaign RED speaker on Wednesday, a 5th grade student from the city who started a non-profit program called “Project I Am” with the mission of providing blessing bags, filled with toiletries, to those in need. On Wednesday
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4J Leading Mass on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Good morning! 4J will be leading Mass on Tuesday, November 21st.  I will keep you posted on Mass roles once they have been assigned. Thanks, Mrs. Jones
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Week of 11/6/17

This week in 4th grade, we had a beautiful Veterans Day Mass, began our literature circle reading groups, and had our first snowfall of the year.  It’s funny – I remember being so excited every year when I saw snow again.  Now, as an adult, I’m thinking, “Okay… it’s just snow. You’ve seen it before,” or (my favorite) “Put down the snowball.” 🙂 Announcements:
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Chapter 5 Math Test

Our Chapter 5 Math tests will be next week.  For those in Brinceanu and Jones math classes, the test will be Thursday, November 16th.  For those students in Sack’s math class, the test will be Friday, November 17th. Please encourage your students to study early in preparation for next week. Thanks, Mrs. Brinceanu, Ms. Sack, and Mrs. Jones
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Week of 10/30/17

Well, it has been quite a week.  With Halloween on Tuesday, it feels like the week has just flown by.  We had some creative costumes – lots of food items, a gorilla, an astronaut, and a unicorn to name a few.  They put my 4th grade Raggedy Ann costume to shame.  We created pop-out haunted houses, ate some delicious rice krispie treats (Thank you!!), and graphed skittles in Math.  Later in the week, we began our
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Quarter 2 Math

Hello all, Today we began Quarter 2 math groups.  Please ask your child about his or her first day!  Some concepts that are coming up this quarter are order of operations, comparing expressions, writing expressions through problem solving, estimating products, multiplying multi-digit numbers by other multi-digit numbers, and multiples patterns. Best, Mrs. Brinceanu, Ms. Sack, and Mrs. Jones    
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2018 Battle of the Books for Grades 4-6

I am pleased to announce that once again we will partner with area schools to compete in the Battle of the Books, which is open to students in 4th-6th grade. This year’s competition will include Baker Progressive School, Chiaravalle, St. Joseph Wilmette and SFX. The library staff from all four schools came together to create this year’s list of books, which features both fiction and non-fiction books. In
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Upcoming Social Studies Test

Hello, Our Chapter 6 Social Studies test on the Southeast region will be next Tuesday, November 7th.  Although 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.  Also, please note that this test, as well as all future Social Studies tests, will not be open book reviews as they have been in
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Week of 10/23/17

Hello all! We have had quite the exciting week with our poet friend Bill Buczinsky.  We had some extremely engaging workshops with him and learned how to really create contrast in our poetry writing.  Wrapping up the week by creating our own scary Halloween poems (which are proudly displayed in our hallway) had students truly showcasing all they have learned about being a poet!  See pictures from our week below. In a
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Week of 10/16/17

Hello everyone! We had a great week filled with beautiful weather and exciting lessons and projects, most notably is the clay Earth.  We enjoyed some much needed time outside on Wednesday after the kids earned 2 links in one day.  I think another highlight was from our week was our Friday song.  Who knew that all of the students know Sweet Caroline?  We even had some dancers in the crowd as we sang. 🙂 Announcements:
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Week of October 9th

Announcements: Mass Tuesday at 10am   Math – Chapter 4 (properties of multiplication and rules of division, fact families) Jones – We began Chapter 4 this week and are working through the lessons on understanding multiplication and division relationships and the importance of learning our fact families. Sack – We started Chapter 4 and are studying multiplication and division relationships. Loeb
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Welcome to the world, Charlotte Grace Loebbaka!

Dear fourth grade families, We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter/baby sister- Charlotte Grace Loebbaka! Charlotte arrived on October 4th, weighing in at 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. We are all doing well and adjusting to life as a family of four. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts in this exciting time! Love, Mrs. Loebbaka
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Week of 10/2/17

Announcements: No School- Monday, October 9th Solar System Idol Performances- Tuesday, October 10th Solar System Test- Friday, October 13th   Math – Chapter 3 (concepts included addition properties and subtraction rules, estimation, and adding/subtracting whole numbers and money) Jones – We wrapped up Chapter 3 and had our test on Thursday. Sack – We will take our Chapter 3 test on Wednesday, O
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Adler Planetarium Field Trip Pictures

We had such a wonderful time learning about our Solar System at the Adler Planetarium field trip on Tuesday, September 26th!
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Week of 9/25/17

4J Parents, This week was a pretty great one, if I say so myself.  Field trip and auction both in the same week?? Doesn’t get much better than that.  I want to sincerely thank those parents who have donated to our auction.  We had more than enough donations for this month, so many of the prizes will be rolled over to later auctions.  So don’t ask your child who got specific prizes – they may have no
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Solar System Idol Songs- YouTube Link

Below is a link to all the Solar System Idol songs on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPFd4CtUQO2Ic9gegr-LvHKfXngZyCPKK
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Solar System Idol Rubric UPDATED

Solar System Idol Rubric (1) Hello all, Attached is the information and rubric for the Solar System Idol project.  A copy of this will be posted in the classroom for students to reference throughout the days to come to ensure a successful project. Thanks! Mrs. Loebbaka, Ms. Sack, and Mrs. Jones  
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Adler Planetarium Field Trip/Band- Tuesday, September 26

Dear fourth grade families, As a reminder, our fourth grade field trip to the Adler Planetarium is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26. Please send your child with a brown bag (fully disposable) lunch. Unfortunately, those students who normally participate in Band for Today will miss their lesson this week. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.  
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Week of 9/18/17

Hello all! It was great to see most of you at Back to School Night.  I appreciate the support you gave me at my first one.  I enjoyed seeing some of you again and meeting a few of you for the first time. I’ve shared the link to the presentation for anyone who would like a copy. Math – We took our Chapter 2 tests on Wednesday.  Many students did very well and all showed mastery of our content.  Please enco
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Week of 9/11/17

Hello!  This week was a first full week and I think everyone was feeling like it was a pretty long one! Math – We have covered material up through 2.6.  Big topics this week include comparing and ordering numbers, making change, and continuing our work with place values.  Expect a test early next week! Reading – The Tiger Rising  has officially become a fan favorite.  We read and discussed various literac
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UPDATED POST: Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

Unfortunately the earlier blog post about this contained an order form that didn’t have pricing for the books. I have just received the corrected form and here is the link to it Lisa McMann order form 2017 I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two h
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Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two highly engaging fantasy adventure series, Going Wild and The Unwanteds.  This summer when I was at the NERD Camp literacy conference in Michigan, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. McMann and tell her about our ama
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Ellis Island Website

Today we checked out this website about Ellis Island. The kids enjoyed the interactive media! http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/    
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Happy Labor Day!

Hi all! I hope everyone is enjoying this long weekend – I know I am!  This past week we learned about resources and people (Native American group the Narragansett) in Social Studies.  We also had our Chapter Review, which is our open-book test.  Students did not need to study ahead of time, but they had the option to take home their textbooks if they wanted to reread.  Based on our results, we will need to focu
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Welcome Back from the Library!

How wonderful it was to welcome back our students this past week! I was able to see many of the classes this past week and look forward to seeing more this week. It is exciting to have the children tell me about the great reading adventures they had this summer and have them excitedly tell me about their new favorite book. With our 3rd-8th grade students I have been busy talking about how as they progress in school,
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