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St Jude School

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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

4th Grade

Jeffers’ Journal

November 29th-December 3rd

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of Jeffers’ Journal! The season of Advent is upon us!  It is a time of waiting and preparation for Christmas and the second coming of Christ.  The theme for the First Week of Advent is Hope.  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!

Important Dates to Remember:

   November 28th First Sunday of Advent

                           29th Prayer Service

     December  5th Second Sunday of Advent

                            6th  MASS

                           12th Third Sunday of Advent

                           13th Prayer Service

                         19th Fourth Sunday of Advent

                         20th Prayer Service

                        23rd-31st Christmas Recess (No School or CASE)

 Here’s a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: It’s important children learn math facts for addition /subtraction/multiplication/ division with the goal of automatic recall. For the upcoming week, students will estimate using rounding or compatible numbers.  They will also use arrays and area models to find partial products. The goal for the week is to be able to multiply 2 digit numbers using 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. What does the word irregular mean? How can a noun be irregular?
    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.  First, a Text-Text connection connects one text with another.  Next, is a Text-Self connection which is a connection between the text and yourself.  Finally, a Text-World connection is a connection between the text and the world.  Good readers are always making connetions when they are reading!
    4. Spelling: Each day 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.
    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). The students are reading a required number of pages and then meeting in their groups to talk about what they read.  They are making lots of connections!
  3. Writing: We will continue to practice writing strong paragraphs and building our writing stamina each day. During Writing Workshop, we will review the introduction to our narrative and see if we are able to  “hook” our reader to want to keep reading.  Then we will begin writing our beginning and also learn about how to add dialogue to our narratives!  The goal in completing this process one step at a time is to have a personal narrative to celebrate at the end!
  4. Reading Logs: My goal this year is to encourage your son/daughter to find a love of reading!  In addition, I am asking that your son/daughter read a minium of 20-30 minutes each night. I also want him/her to complete a reading log (provided in school). The Reading Log must include the Title and Author of the book and a minimum of 5 sentences about what they read. They can use the 5 W’s to help them organize their summary: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Completed Reading Logs will be due every morning so I can see what your child is reading!
  5. Science: The Robot Finger was a great activity to wrap up what we learned about our muscles, biceps, and tendons in Lesson 1.  The theme for Lesson 2 of our Human Machine Unit  is Light, Eyes and Vision.  Can you identify the parts of your eyes? How do your eyes work? What causes eye problems to occur?  The activity is to make a model of the eye to learn how they work.
  6. Social Studies: As a way to wrap up what we learned about the Algonquian and Iroquois groups the students will complete a Chapter Review on Monday. Then we will begin learning about the explorers who came here looking for a water route to Asia. Some of the explorers we will learn about are: Columbus, Cartier, Champlain, Hudson, and Verrazano.
  7. Religion: The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “arrival or coming.” We are preparing our hearts and minds for the second coming of Christ and also Christmas. The theme for the first week is Hope. We will light the first candle, the Prophet candle, on our Advent Wreath and learn about the first week.  In addition to learning about Advent we will also begin Chapter 4 which is about the Lord’s Prayer. What are some ways that you communicate your thoughts and feelings to others? How did Jesus teach us to pray? Do you know what the Lord’s Prayer?
  8. Google Classroom: Students have completed several assignments on Google Classroom in Social Studies, Religion, and English Language Arts.  They have also been able to watch Mystery Science Videos that correlate with the Science standards.  Please ask your child to share with you what they have been doing on Google Classroom.  Please let me know if you have any qustions, comments, or concerns.
  9. Prayer Service: A Prayer Service led by Mrs. Hoffay will be held on Monday at 9AM. Your son/daughter needs to wear their dress uniform. Girls must wear the green plaid jumper/skirt, white blouse, green sweater (seasonally) and green knee socks or tights with their dress shoes.  Boys must wear long pants, white shirt, a tie, and their dress shoes.