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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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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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02/05 – 02/09

HAPPY SNOW DAY! Announcements: 2/12-16 – 4S leads morning prayer 2/12 – Math Test CH 9 2/14 – Ash Wednesday Mass 2/16 – Author visit Math -We will be taking our MATH TEST CH 9 on Monday, February 12.  Please remind students to practice on graph paper for this upcoming division test!  We will begin Chapter 10 on Tuesday learning about factors, multiples, prime numbers and more. Reading – 
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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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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
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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
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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
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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.     Announcements: 1/23
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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.
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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
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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
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WEEK OF 12.11.17

4S Parents: Announcements 12.18 – Early Childhood Christmas  Program, 10am 12.19 – Irish Dance Christmas Show, 7pm 12.21 – Follow the Star, 1:45pm Dismissal 12.22 -NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break Begins! Math – We have begun our math CH 7.   We are learning how to multiply by two-digits numbers, along with problem solving and multiplying greater numbers.   As always, please continue to help
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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
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WEEK OF 12.04.17

Dear Parents, Thank you to all who have sent in our much needed supplies for 4S!  If you have not done so, please consider.   Do you know your “Elf” name?  If not, ask your 4th grader!  We observed the Feast of Immaculate Conception this morning at mass, led by Miss Stolberg’s 2nd grade.  We continue to celebrate Advent each morning in our homeroom. We are in need of paper towels, Kleenex and Clorox
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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  
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Week of 11.27.17

Dear Parents, We observed Feast of St. Francis Xavier this morning.  Mass was lead by Miss Bode’s second grade class.  All students in 4S worked very hard this week so enjoy your weekend! We are in need of paper towels, Kleenex and Clorox wipes. PLEASE! Announcements 12.05 – Open House; 8:30-11am 12.06 – 1:45 Dismissal 12.06 – 12.10 Scholastic Book Fair 12.08 – Feast of Immaculate Concep
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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.
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Chapter 7 SS Test on 11/30/17

Hello, Our Chapter 7 Social Studies test on the Southeast region will be next Thursday, November 30th.  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, however, it might be b
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Week of 11.13.17

Dear Parents, Thank you to all who came to our first 4S Mass!  All students were very excited to be a part of the service.  We enjoyed our campaign RED speaker on Wednesday.  His name is Jakihl and he is a 10 year old entrepreneur.  He started a non-profit program called “Project I Am” with the mission of providing blessing bags, filled with toiletries, to those in need.  We also enjoyed the SFX tradition
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Week of 11.6.17

Dear Parents, Our Veterans Day Mass was lovely.  The 5th graders did a fabulous job.  4S leads our mass on Tuesday, November 14.  The students have already been practicing and writing petitions.  We hope to see you there! Announcements– 11/14 – 4S to lead Mass at 10am 11/15 – Open House at 7pm 11/16 – Math test for Jones and Loebbaka 11/17 – Thanksgiving Feast; Math test for Sack 11/20-1
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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

Dear Parents, Halloween was quite thrilling in 4th grade at St. Francis Xavier! The students enjoyed the costume parade, and seeing family and friends along the route. Treats were shared 9th period, and students in 4-S learned more about Go Noodle with some added Halloween Fun! Our All Saints mass was very beautiful, and the level of parent attendance was outstanding.  The 3rd graders did a fabulous job leading mass.
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