The Fourth Grade 4-1-1

Week of May 9, 2016

The teachers say...

We are going to visit Villa Esperanza this week and deliver our special gifts. We have made crayons, designed coloring books, made 3-D letters and weighted blankets. A special thank you to Mrs. Ryan, Olivia's grandmother, and our student sewers Zoe, Maddie, Nico and Catie P. for all of their hard work at the sewing machines.

Important Dates:

Graded work folders coming home today!

Friday, May 13 - Visit Villa Esperanza to deliver our wares!

Friday, May 27 - California Travel Journals due

May 31-June 3 - Social Studies Creative Project presentations


Math: Topic 13 will cover multiplying fractions, relating fractions and decimals, and comparing/ordering decimals.

English: Now that the research is (mostly) done, the students will organize the information and create rough drafts of their social studies projects this week.

Science: This week we are preparing for our presentations to the third grade. We have made trading cards of our sea creatures and are making keynote slide shows on the iPads to share.

Reading: The island adventure continues! SPOILER ALERT! Karana is on her own on the Island of the Blue Dolphins and is trying to survive the dangers of the island and the loneliness and desperation that comes from being without Ramo.

Social Studies: California History Project: Update for Parents

Your child should be finishing up any notes today in class. Some may need to finish up at home tonight. They should have selected a focus for their independent project and should begin working on their project at home. I will be checking in with each child this week and they will fill out an information/inventory sheet about their project. If you run into any questions, please have your child write down the question to ask in class the next day. Rough drafts begin this week!

Spelling/Writing: Lesson 24 words; test on Friday, May 13.. You can find a printable copy of the list on the 4th grade page of the MJS website.

Lower School Talent Show Try-Outs !!

Please download the attached form if your child is interested in participating in this annual event. Please note:

  1. First through third graders are allowed to do solos only, fourth graders may do group numbers.
  2. No one may rehearse at school.
  3. Acts must be shorter than 2 minutes long.
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Religion Corner

Pentecost: May 15, 2016
The End of the Easter Season

This Sunday brings the celebration of the Easter Season to a close. Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles. The Spirit gave them courage to go out and proclaim the word of God. The Holy Spirit can give us courage, too, when we need it.

Outside Reading Logs

The goal for the second semester is 600 minutes. Log sheets are located on the fourth grade website and in the classrooms. The due date to submit minutes is May 31st. Don't wait until the last minute!

Student of the Week 4G

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What's going on in drama class?

In Drama we are working on radio plays! Based on Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds," we are writing our own radio plays with complete stories, dynamic dialogue, and fun sound effects!

Life in Science

Earth Day 2016