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Monday - Friday

St Jude School

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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

4th Grade

Jeffers’ Journal

Week of November 28th – December 2nd

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of Jeffers’ Journal!  Advent is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  The theme of the first week of Advent is Hope. Please come to school each day with an open mind, positive “I can” attitude, a friendly smile, and eager to be a member of our team! 

Important Dates to Remember:

November 28th: Mass with Father Pat at 9AM

December 2nd: Half Day for Professional Development (11AM Dismissal)

December 6th: St. Nicholas Day

December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass with Father Pat at 9AM

December 12th: Penance for Advent

December 15th: Santa’s Secret Shop

December 19th: Christmas Concert at 6PM

Here’s a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: Its important children learn math facts for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division with the goal of automatic recall. For the upcoming week, the students will complete a different timed test to check their fact mastery each day. They will also continue to work on independent lessons on I-Ready Math each day. We will begin Topic 4 which includes: Multiply Multiples of 10, Multiply Two Digit Numbers by Multiples of 10, Use Rounding or Compatible Numbers to Estimate, and Arrays and Partial Products.
  2. English Language Arts:
    1. Grammar: Students will learn how to proofread their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation using the proofreading symbols. Is there a different between a singular and plural noun?  What does the word irregular mean? How can you identify an irregular plural noun?
    2. Vocabulary: Each week students have 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning, and context clues).
    3. Reading: An important skill we will be practicing is reading articles or passages and answering comprehension questions. The three types of connections that good readers make: Text-Text, Text-Self, and also TextWorld. A Text-Self connection is when the reader can connect the text to his/her life.  Next, a Text-Text connection is a connection between texts. Finally, a Text-World connection is when the reader can connect the text to the world.
    4. Spelling: Each day the students will learn two or three commonly misspelled words and a mnemonic device to help them remember correct spelling.  They will write a sentence for each word to demonstrate an understanding of its meaning and of conventional spelling.
  3. Reading Logs: My goal this year is to encourage your son/daughter to find a love of reading.  I am asking that your son/daughter read a minimum of 20-30 minutes each night. A reading log should be completed each night. The Reading Log must include the Title and Author of the book and a summary of what they read. How do I start a summary?  Who is the chapter about?  What happened in the chapter? What is the setting of the story?  When did it take place?  Why did it happen?  You can also add your thoughts about what you read or any questions that you may have. It should not be a retelling of everything you read.
  4. Writing: This week, we will learn how to revise our narratives. They will share their rough draft of their narrative with a classmate and be open to giving and receiving feedback.  Then we will learn how to edit our rough drafts.  Finally, it will be time to publish our narratives. We will have an Author’s Chair Celebration to celebrate.  The next writing unit will be Explanatory Writing, which we will start on December 5th.
  5. Science: The theme of our first Science Unit is The Birth of Rocks. Our opening activity includes learning about fossil finds and how they explain the prehistoric animals that lived here. How did the bones end up underground?
  6. Social Studies: For the past week, the students have learned about the early people who arrived in what is now New York. They learned about the similarities and differences between the Algonquian and Iroquois groups. They also compared and contrasted the roles of men and women in Native American groups. They will take their Chapter 2 test on Monday, November 28th to demonstrate what they learned.
  7. Religion: The season of Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year of the Church. The theme of first week of Advent is Hope. The first candle is sometimes called the Prophecy Candle, in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. The Israelites were hopeful that the Messiah was going to come. This week we are going to learn about the first week of Advent and complete a variety of activities. We will also be going to church on Friday, December 2nd for First Friday Adoration.
  8. Google Classroom: Students are using my Google Classroom and will continue to use it throughout the year to complete assignments and quizzes in English/Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. They are also using Google Classroom to complete their Spanish activities.
  9. Mass: On Monday, November 28th we will be attending Mass with Father Pat. The students need to wear their dress uniform. The First Quarter High Honor Roll and Honor Roll Awards will be distributed after Mass. Everyone is welcome to attend.