Happy Thanksgiving

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment,we’re doing what God does all the time. So, in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” Fred Rogers



Tuesday, November 24 the students are invited to join us in our Zoom room for the all-school Virtual Mass. Note the day and time change. If your student would like to join your family for mass it will belive-streamedfrom the St. John Parish FB page, 1pm. Students are dismissed after mass for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  • Wednesday, November 25School not in Session, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thursday, November 26, Happy Thanksgiving!
    • Thanksgiving Day Mass,live-streamedfrom the St. John Parish FB page, 10:30am
  • Friday, November 26School not in Session, Thanksgiving Holiday

November 16-20

Thank you for the beautiful pie plate and for your continual gift of support as we travel 4th grade year together, yet apart.

Here are a few photos from our Friday Stem Activities.

Academics for the week:

Writing: This week students will continue to practice opinion writing using Would you Rather topics.  I will let you know when we are ready for parent editing help.

Reading: We continue our novel study of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Students will be asked to complete an ACHIEVE article daily during Independent Work Time. I encourage them to join me in ZOOM if they have questions during Achieve time.

Math: From Mrs. Martin We are wrapping up measurement this week and beginning our new Zearn Mission!  The new Zearn mission helps students learn lifelong skills of multiplying and dividing big numbers. Students learn strategies that will allow them to multiply and divide on paper and in their heads. Keep practicing math facts at home to support this learning!

STEM/Science: We finished up our STEM materials from the materials that were sent home. We will begin our study of Earth after Thanksgiving.

Dates to note from NewViews:


November 9-13

I let the students take the lead last week on discussing the results of the presidential election.  This week we will have some discussions on President Elect Joe Biden and the historic significance of our first female Vice President Kamala Harris. This is a curious group who has been on pins and needles awaiting the outcome of the election!

Please note that this week we have Wednesday off of school. This day is to honor our Veterans. It is timely and important for us to remember that Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace. As a class we will learn the meaning of this day of remembrance.


Math: The standard we will cover is 4.MD.1 and 2.: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. 

Reading: We will continue our novel study of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with emphasis on character development. This week I we will also discuss the importance of independent reading time outside of school hours.

Writing: Opinion writing is our focus. Students will be taught the difference between an opinion and a fact. We will illustrate how to fact check and support opinions with credible evidence. We will tie in respecting a variety of opinions using a would you rather format.

Social Studies: Veterans Day discussion

Science: We will continue our Science Unit on Engineering and

Items to Note from NewsViews:

  • Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day
    • School not in session
    • Mass, honoring our Veterans, live-streamedfrom the St. John Parish FB page, 3pm
  • Sunday, November 15
  • Friday, November 20
    • Remote Learners Student Portraits(remote learners are allowed free dress that is appropriate for portraiture)
    • On going Food Drive. Drop off items at Hot Lunch Pick up. Non-glass items please


Week of November 2

Tried to get them all but many cameras were off.

It was wonderful talking with everyone during our conferences. As we move into November Ms. Martin and I will continue to teach the standards while finding ways to enrich and build community.

Senora Blanca will lead a special Day of the Dead celebration during Spanish on Monday.  Please join us for a virtual mass on Monday, All Souls Day Mass via Facebook at 9:15

Religion: Virtue: Gratitude. Beatitude: Blessed are those who mourn

Math: Solve multi-step word problems modeled with tape/box diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.

 Reading: I introduced the students to EPIC free on-line books. All the books and educational videos are free from 8-4pm. Later this week students will begin a novel study on the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Students will read on their own or in small breakout groups. I encourage struggling readers to listen to an audible version.

ACHIEVE: November begins the Read to Succeed Contest. Students earn points for reading and answering questions correctly. Here’s to a little competitiveness.

Grammar: We are placing an emphasis on 4th grade grammar skills over the next two months.

Writing: Tying up some lose ends then Opinion Writing.

Virtual Recesses: Thanks to parents who have created and those who have signed up to lead our students for virtual recesses. Virtual recesses will be help on Wednesdays from 12-12:50. Enter via Mrs. Halley’s zoom link

Dates to Know:

  • Monday, November 2nd
    • All School Virtual Mass- All Souls Day
    • Day of the Dead for 4th and 5th grades
  • Wednesday, November 4nd
    • Virtual Recess 12:00- 12:50
  • Sunday, November 7 and 8th
    • State of the Parish (for more info refer to NewsViews)
    • ALSO: In the works a drive by celebration for Father Crispin as he celebrates his 30th anniversary as a priest.