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Wynantskill, NY 12198

7:30am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday

St Jude School

123 456 789


Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

4th Grade

Jeffers’ Journal

May 16th– May 20th  

Welcome to the thirty-fourth issue of Jeffers’ Journal!  Are you ready for another fun week of learning? Please remember to 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! Please remind your friends and family members to send in their donations for Race for Education!

Important Dates to Remember:

May   16th Mass with Father Pat Rice

            17th Spring Picture Day

            25th New York State Science Test (Performance Section)

           27th No School or CASE

          30th Memorial Day-No School or CASE

 Here’s a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: Its’ important children learn math facts for addition /subtraction/multiplication/ division with the goal of automatic recall! For the upcoming week, we will be learning about Fractions and Decimals. Students will learn to write fractions and decimals, compare decimals, and also solve word problems involving money. They will complete the Topic 12 Test on Friday, May 20th.
  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. What are negatives? Can you identify a preposition or a prepositional phrase?
    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. There are three types of connections that readers can make: Text-Text, Text-Self, and Text-World.  To make a Text-Text connection, you find something that both texts have in common. What kind of connection do you make if you are able to connect with something that you read?  That type of connection is a Text-Self    A Text-World connection is a connection between the text and the world.  Making connections is something that good readers do all the time!
    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 practice writing the word in a sentence.
    5. Book Club: Have you ever participated in a Book Club? There are three book clubs happening in Room 5!  The books are: Wonder (By: Palacio), The Great Gilly Hopkins (By Katherine Paterson), and The Landry News (By: Andrew Clements). They are very excited to meet, and talk about the connections that they are making!  There are great discussions taking place which shows they comprehend what they are reading!
  3. Writing: We will continue to practice writing strong paragraphs and building our writing stamina each day. Students need to remember that a good paragraph begins with a topic sentence, has lots of details, and ends with a closing sentence!  What is an explanatory essay? An explanatory essay explains something to the audience. This week we will be working on writing the middle of the essay, or the body paragraphs, which give the reader more information about our topic.  To wrap up our essay we will write the conclusion!  We will also begin working on revising and editing our explanatory essay!
  1. 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?  Where is the setting of the story?  When did it take place?  Why did that happen?
  2. Science: Could you knock down a building using only dominoes? Can you design a chain reaction machine?  What would it be like if there were no electricity?  These are a few of many questions we hope to answer this week! We will also be completing some other exciting experiments!
  3. Religion: The theme of Chapter 12 is Doing God’s Will. How can you do God’s Will? Students will complete the Chapter 12 test on Tuesday, May 17th.  The theme of Chapter 13 is the Sacraments in the Church.  How do Christians work together to share God’s goodness?  How does the Church carry out Christ’s mission all over the world? What is the moral life of the Church?
  4. Google Classroom: Students have completed many assignments on Google Classroom in Social Studies and Religion. They receive an email which contains their grade for the particular assignment that they completed. Please ask your child to share with you what they have been doing on Google Classroom.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
  5. Communion Service: We will be attending a communion service with Father Pat Rice on Monday, May 16th.
  6. Book Buddies: What a way to end a Monday then to share a love of reading with the first graders! Both the fourth and first graders enjoy the special time to read together!
  7. Prayer Buddies: On Tuesday afternoon, we are Prayer Buddies with Kindergarten! They come with a worksheet that works on the theme they are learning about in Religion. They also bring books to read with their buddy!