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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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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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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 4.09.18

4S Parents: Announcements 4.17    MASS 10a 4.17-4.20  ASPIRE TESTING Math – We have begun CH 20 focussing on adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.  This will help aid students when taking the Aspire test.  As always, please continue to help your student with homework, if needed.  I would also ask that each student continue to practice their math facts for at least 10 minutes per day. Rea
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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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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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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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