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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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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

Dear Parents, We had a great week together!  Our class earned four links for working so well together.  The students will earn a class party when our link chain hits the floor, which will be very soon!  We also enjoyed interacting with Poet, Bill Buczinsky.  He has helped us to sharpen our poetry skills, which was an exciting, poetic way to get ready for Halloween! Announcements: 10.31.17 Our annual Halloween Parade
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Week of 10.16.17

Announcements: Mass Tuesday at 10am Chapter 4 Math Test either Thursday (Brinceanu and Jones) or Friday (Sack) Math – Chapter 4 (properties of multiplication and rules of division, fact families, multiples of 5s and 10s, multiplying and dividing by 11 and 12, dividing with remainders) Jones – We will be having our Chapter 4 test on Thursday, October 26th.  We will be wrapping up with 4.9 next week and wil
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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 10.02.17

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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Week of 9.25.17

Hi 4S Families! The field trip to Adler Planetarium was great fun!  Thank you very much to all the Mom chaperones!  The Wilmette Fire Fighters and First Responders visited SFX on Wednesday and during Friday Mass.  We are so grateful to each one for keeping our school and community safe.  We passed our first “surprise” fire drill today! Picture Day is Monday October 2, 2017….SMILE Math – We are
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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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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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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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