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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Due to wonderful field trips, holidays, and special activities in the past three weeks some of the students did not have Spanish. In the past two weeks we have been working very hard on reviewing topics (with the groups that did not miss Spanish), and finishing new lessons (with the groups that did). We are building our Spanish knowledge as we go!  It is very important for students of the same grade and level
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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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Weekly Update 9/25-9/29

We had quite an exciting week! Our highlight was our field trip to the Adler Planetarium on Tuesday. Be sure to check the special 4th grade blog post with pictures from our fun day! Math: We have started working through chapter 3, covering adding and subtracting whole numbers and money. This intentional review is to assure students have a strong understanding of this foundational work before we begin more advanced co
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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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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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Weekly Update 9/18-9/21

Hello fourth grade families! Thank you to those of you that joined us at Back to School Night on Thursday evening! It was so nice to see so many of you and chat about your children and their fourth grade year! Below is an update from this past week: Math: All three Math classes completed their chapter 2 test, covering rounding, ordering, making change, and reading a bar graph. Reading: We have been working on using t
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: La Mochila/My Backpack. All grades: We continued to learn about school supplies in Spanish. This activity not only helps students practice their Spanish writing skills and improve their Spanish vocabulary but also encourages them to speak in Spanish while using or asking for them. 3rd/4th/5th Grades: We ended up our weekend playing a school supplies matching game. Studen
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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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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me. After completing this activity, students took turns and introduced themselves to the rest of the class. We very much enjoyed getting to know each other a little bit more and at the same time learned new adjectives and verbs in Spanish. Also, after the oral presentations some classes did a project on School Supplies. This activity was modified
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Weekly Update 9/5-9/8

We have been busy this week in 4L! Read below to see a few highlights: Math: All three Math classes had our Chapter 1 Test this week, covering place value through hundred millions, the various forms of writing numbers, and logical reasoning puzzles. We also began chapter 2, covering comparing and ordering numbers. Reading: We continue to read aloud for our class text Tiger Rising and discuss the author’s meanin
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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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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola!   This past week we began our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me as a way to introduce Spanish greetings and review previously learned topics for upper level grades. These worksheets encouraged students to review the fundamentals of the Spanish language at the same time that allowed students to interact with each other in order to complete all the information needed. We will continue to work on this nex
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4th Grade Weekly Update, 8/28-8/31

Hello parents! We have had such a great week back to school, and have already learned so much! Below is a brief overview of what we’ve been up to. Be sure to also read your child’s Family Message Journal (FMJ) at the end of each week for more details about their days here at SFX! Math: We’ve been learning about place value through the hundred millions place. We also learned how to solve Logical Reas
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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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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Welcome back! This is Señorita Rocha back again for this 2017-2018 school year at St. Francis! This past week I had the opportunity to meet with some classes to welcome my students to the Spanish program and to give them some information about the wonderful activities that we are going to do this year. I will continue doing this next week. This year for Kindergarten I will follow the same dynamic as last year:
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4L Specials Schedule 2017-2018

Monday: PE and Spanish Tuesday: PE Wednesday: Art and Music Thursday: Art and Library Friday: Spanish and Music
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¡Adios Adios!

¡Hola a todos! First of all I would like to thank you all for the support throughout this school year! I am very happy with the results of implementing a new Spanish curriculum that encouraged students active participation and satisfied different learning styles! Also, I would like to let you now that I will continue this wonderful journey during the 2017-2018 school year at SFX. I hope you all have a wonderful and s
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Thank You!

It’s hard to believe the end of another school year is here! I wanted to thank you all for welcoming me into the SFX community this year. I loved teaching your children, and I hope they had a wonderful fourth grade experience! Unfortunately my family is moving to the western suburbs, so I will not be returning to St. Francis next school year. I wish you all a safe and fun summer. Thanks again for a great year!
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Please Bring Sturdy Bags- Thursday 6/7

Fourth grade will be cleaning out our desks and lockers tomorrow, THURSDAY 6/7. Please send your child to school with 2 sturdy bags in which to carry their supplies home. SFX will also be donating specific supply items to our sharing parish in Haiti so please discuss with your child ahead of time if you will allow him/her to donate any gently used supplies. Thank you!
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Artwork Coming Home!

Hello Parents!   I just wanted to let you know that artwork should be coming home!! Thank you for all of your support during the year and especially at the art show—it was an amazing showing of all of our amazingly talented students! I still have artwork from this year’s 8th graders that was not picked up, as well as a scattering of works from 6th and 7th grades. If you want to pick anything up, I am avail
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