Grade 4's blog

Week of Jan. 23-27

Dear Grade Four Families,

Thank you for your patience with the new drop off and pick up procedures in the back parking lot.  We would like to encourage more of you to use the back parking lot since this will be the norm very soon.  If you do not have a child in Kindergarten or Grade One, please use the back parking lot instead.  Please refer to the Thursday letter from Mrs. Moorehead.

SPEECH ARTS

There will only be one day for the Speech Arts presentations.  We have booked Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 on Tuesday, February 28.  Our judges (Mrs. Jew, Mrs. Koop, Mrs. Kordyback, and Mrs. Moorehead) will listen to all the students who want to participate.  They will choose the top 4 students to represent our school on March 9 at Sacred Heart School.

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • Hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Science Ch. 9 test
  • Cyrus' page due
  • Apostles' Creed (page 2) due
  • Return library books
  • Hand in Reading Log
  • Hand in Reading Comprehension Units (up to #31)
  • Home Reading: Reading Comprehension Units # 32, 33, 34

Tuesday:

  • PE
  • Home Reading: Reading Comprehension Units #35, 36, 37

Wednesday:

  • NO PE due to school mass at 11am
  • Feast Day Lunch - please join us
    • bring a lunch and join us in the gym at noon
    • please pick up your child when we enter the gym
    • Father will lead us in grace before the meal
    • please keep your children seated during the meal (they are not to walk around and visit friends)
    • If you cannot make it to the lunch, your child will eat with me at the Grade Four table
    • Mr. Kelly or Mrs. Moorehead will announce when the children can go outside to play
    • there will be an entertainment in the gym after lunch, feel free to join us as well
    • dismissal time will be at 2pm
  • Home Reading: Reading Comprehension Units #38, 39, 40

Thursday:

  • regular day
  • Home Reading: Reading Comprehension Units #41, 42, 43

Friday:

  • Dress Down Day: wear your cozy winter clothes
  • PE
  • Assembly by Grades 7 & 3
  • Pizza lunch provided by Brandon's family
  • Christopher Columbus presentations in class (Socials group project)
  • Home Reading: Reading Comprehension Units # 44, 45, 46

Have a great week!

Mrs. Imoo

 

 

January 16-20

Dear Grade Four Families,

This week, we wil continue to focus on our FSA preparations.  The children will be writing narrative stories in class, practicing on math story problems, and continuing with the reading comprehension units for Home Reading.  Students will be assigned 3 units each night from Monday to Friday.  They may have the weekend to catch up if they need to. Students must bring their reading comprehension units to school on Mondays for marking.  Home Reading logs must still be handed in on Mondays as well.  

Speech Arts

Thank you for speaking to your child about the Speech Arts Festival. For the students who have chosen to participate, I will hand out the Bible Readings for them to practice this week.  I will also attach the criteria so they are aware of what the judges are looking for.  They must practice all 4 readings.  The in-class festival date will be announced once I can find another teacher to judge the students.  This judge will bring the list down to the top 10 students.  Then, the top 10 will go through a second round where they will be judge by another panel of judges.  These judges will then pick the top 4 students to represent St. Paul School at the Tri-School Speech Arts festival that will be held on March 9 at Sacred Heart School.

New Drop-Off and Pick-Up procedures

Please read Mrs. Moorehead's letter carefully regarding the new procedure.  Construction of the new parish will be happening starting tomorrow.  Your patience and full cooperation in following the new procedure is most appreciated!  Our class will be waiting in the back parking lot during pick up time.  Only students with siblings in Kindergarten or Grade One are allowed to be picked up by the covered area.  Please make sure your child knows where they will be picked up before they leave for school in the morning.  Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

 

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • PE today!!! 
    • Mr. Kelly will be taking them for a special PE class today since he will be away for skiing tomorrow
  • Hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Hand in Reading Log
  • Hand in Reading Comprehension...Up to Unit 16
  • Return library books
  • Daniel's page due today
  • Home Reading: Units 17-19

Tuesday:

  • PE today (I will still take them today)
  • Home Reading: Units 20-22

Wednesday:

  • PE today
  • Dismissal at 2pm
  • Home Reading: Units 23-25

Thursday:

  • regular day
  • Home Reading: Units 26-28

Friday:

  • Our assembly with the Grade One class - please join us!
  • PE today
  • Home Reading: Units 29-31

Have a great week!

Mrs. Imoo

 

 

Jan. 9 - 13

Dear Grade Four Families,

It was so nice to see all the students this week! I think they missed each other over the two week break and are happy to be reunited! This week, we focused on making New Year's Resolutions and discussed the upcoming events in our curriculum. We will start preparing for the FSA (Foundations Skills Assessment) that will be written in February.  This will be something new for the students (and for me), so we're a bit anxious about it.  To prepare, we will look at some past FSA exams and practice them in class and some will be assigned for homework. There is a reading comprehension component, a math component, a short write, and a long write.  Some will be done online while the other portions will be written in booklets.  On Friday, we looked at some exempalrs and talked about the criteria for marking (on a 4-point rating).  They were very keen on giving marks for the sample writings that they read.  This will help them have an idea of what good writing looks like.  Next week, we will focus on narrative writing to help them prepare for the long write portion of the FSA exam.

SPEECH ARTS

The Speech Arts Tri-School Festival will be held in Sacred Heart on Thursday, March 9.  In Grade Four, the students will only have Bible Reading. This year, participation in Speech Arts will be optional for the students.  If they would like to try out for the Tri-School Festival, they will bring home four bible reading passages to practice.  An in-class festival (date TBA) will be held and they will be judged by 2 or 3 other teachers from the school.  These teacher judges will choose the best 4 students to represent our school at the Tri-School Festival at Sacred Heart.  Please speak to your child about this opportunity.  I will not be forcing any students to join, so if you feel that your child has the gift of preaching God's word through scripture, please encourage them to participate in this event. I will be asking them what their choice is this week.

 

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday: (I'm at a workshop...Mrs. Roger's will be teaching them today)

  • Hot lunch serving for those who ordered
  • Return library books
  • Home Reading starts tonight (a new green booklet was handed out on Friday)
  • Kayla's page is due today

Tuesday:

  • PE
  • New Year, New Me due today (coloured, finelined, and cut out)
  • Socials timeline due today
  • Sign Math test (Subtraction strategies)
  • Decide if they are participating in Speech Arts

Wednesday:

  • PE
  • Daniel's page due next Monday
  • Dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • regular day

Friday:

  • January book orders due today
  • PE
  • Assembly by Grades 5 and 2

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Imoo
 

Jan. 2 - 6

Dear Grade 4 Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas holiday with your family and friends.  It's always nice to take a break from the busyness of life, to be with people we love, and to feast on all the delicious food and treats!  May this new year bring you joy, happiness, and good health!

...and now, back to the busyness of our regular routine!

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • no school

Tuesday:

  • back to school at 8:45am
  • PE today
  • send back "Snowmen Family" art...it will hung in the library for the month of January
    • I hope you enjoyed receiving this gift for Christmas. The kids did a fabulous job making it!

Wednesday:

  • PE today
  • Dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • regular day

Friday:

  • Assembly
  • PE today

Please remind your child to wear their winter jacket, gloves, toque, and scarf! It's going to be cold this week!  Also, please send their boots if they want to play in the snow (ice).

Stay warm!

Mrs. Imoo

 

Dec. 12-16

Dear Grade Four Families,

I can't believe this is the last week of school before the Christmas holidays.  I want to wish each and everyone of you a Blessed Christmas and a Joyful New Year!  I hope the two week holiday brings you lots of joy, happiness, delicious food, and quality time with your family and friends!  We've already been blessed with the snow, and I hope the spirit of Christmas remains with you for the rest of the year!

I created 2 slideshows on Smilebox for you today.  One is about our Science Workshop that happened two weeks ago, and the other one was on the snow day we just had on Friday.  I hope you enjoy it!

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • Bring a medium size gift bag to hold your treats from the party 
    • if you are planning to hand out treats/gifts for your classmates, bring it to school today
  • Grade 4 Christmas Party from 10:30am - 12:45pm in the Parish Centre
  • Return library books
  • Sushi Hot lunch for those who ordered...it will be delivered to the party
  • Yasmine's page is due today
  • Hand in last Reading log for 2016

Tuesday:

  • NO PE today (gym will be set up for the show)
  • Christmas Performance at 1:30pm and 7:00pm
  • Please return to school at 6:20pm for the evening performance...line up in the covered area
    • children will change into their costumes at school
    • after the performance, please pick your child up from the Grade 4 classroom

Wednesday:

  • PE today
  • Dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • PE today instead of Music class
  • Comic Strip IRP due today
  • Bring your buddy's Christmas gift today (optional)
  • Bring an extra snack and drink for movie time

Friday:

  • wear your ugly Christmas sweater or red and green play clothes
  • Dismissal is at 12 noon
  • HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS BREAK!  SEE YOU BACK ON TUESDAY, JAN. 3

 

Mrs. Imoo

 

Week of Dec. 5 - 9

Dear Grade Four Families,

The High Tech, High Touch came to our classroom on Monday for a science workshop.  The children got to experiment and learn about animal adaptations.  They tried catching flies with a sticky hand, they looked at a stick insect camouflage into it's environment, and look at the suction cups of an octopus and squid up close!  

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • Costumes due today
    • please send your child's costume on one hanger and cover it up with a garment bag or large garbage bag (label the bag clearly with your child's name on it)
  • Paper towel roll due today
  • Hot Lunch served for those who ordered
  • Send in 9"X12" canvas for Christmas art project
  • return library books
  • Edward's Student in the Spotlight letter is due
  • Hand in Reading Log

Tuesday:

  • PE
  • C-Skills assignment due today

Wednesday:

  • Hot lunch orders for Jan-Mar due today
  • Living Room donation of warm gloves and 1 toothpaste due today
  • PE
  • Teachers vs. Grade 7 volleyball game at lunch time!
  • Dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • regular class

Friday:

  • Assembly by Grade 6&K
  • PE

Looking ahead:  Grade 4 Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 12 at 10:30am.  Thank you to the parents who have already signed up for set-up/clean-up and food contributions. Please contact Mrs. Dy for more information about this.  

Gift for Buddies:

We will be making a Christmas star and card for our buddies.  You are not required to buy a separate gift for him/her, however, if you wish to do so, please send it to school on Thursday, Dec. 15.  We will have Buddy Activity on this day.

 

Have a good week!

Mrs. Imoo

 

 

 

 

Costume for the Christmas Concert

Dear Grade Four Families,

Just a reminder that the children will be dressed as "astronomers" for the Christmas play. 

Clothing for your child:

  • plain coloured shirt
  • black pants
  • black shoes
  • white coat (long sleeved, plain white dress shirt from Dad's closet will work)

Please send all clothing to school by Monday, December 5 in a bag.  Please have the bag clearly labeled with your child's name.  

The children will be required to dress in school for the performance on Dec. 13.

Prop:

We have to make a telescope!

Please send in a paper towel roll by Monday, Dec. 5

  • if you can send it in sooner, that would be helpful
  • also, if you have more than one, that would be helpful too

Thank you for your assistance in this matter!  It's going to be a wonderful show!!!

 

Mrs. Imoo

 

 

 

Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

Dear Grade Four Families,

It was so nice to see you on Friday for Conference Day. Thank you for your continued support!!!  Please feel free to email me your feedback regarding the new format of having the conference in the gym.  Our goal for the new format was to have privacy for our discussions and conversations regarding your child.  

As we are now in the season of Advent, I would like to bring the Christmas spirit into the Grade 4 classroom. I will be putting up a small Christmas tree, and I would like to have each of the children bring in their favourite Christmas ornament  to decorate the tree.  Also, if you have any small Christmas items that can be placed around the room for the next 3 weeks, feel free to send it in as well!

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • Hot lunch for those who ordered
  • High Tech, High Touch Science Workshop in the morning for our class
  • Lien's page is due
  • bring in Christmas ornament for the tree (if available...if not, bring it sometime during the week)
  • return library books

Tuesday:

  • PE
  • C-Skills due today

Wednesday:

  • PE
  • November IRP is extended...due date is now on Dec. 15
  • dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • Report Cards go home today
  • Please sign the cover and return it to school tomorrow (Term One report can stay at home)

Friday:

  • Return report card cover
  • Assembly led by Grades 7&3
  • PE

Looking ahead:

Monday, Dec. 5 - costumes and paper towel roll for prop due today

Wednesday, Dec. 7 - donation to Living Room due today (1 pair of warm gloves and 1 large tube of toothpaste)

Monday, Dec. 12 - Christmas party for the Grade 4 class. (10:30 - 12:30pm) Talk to Mrs. Dy if you have any questions regarding this event

Tuesday, Dec. 13 - Christmas play at 1:30pm and 7pm

Friday, Dec. 15 - Last day of school...Dismissal at 12noon

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Imoo

 

Nov. 21 - 25

Dear Grade Four Families,

It's a busy time in the Grade 4 classroom, as we prepare for Conference Day on Friday.  The priority for the week is to finish up on-going projects and assessments.  On Friday, we gathered together in the gym and watched a live theatre performance called "Land of Trash."  Students got to see piles of garbage bags and debris.  The play was all about the effects of life and the environment when it's not taken care of properly.  It was a nice change to our regular day, and it's great to actors, actresses, and cool props!

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • PE today, instead of Tuesday this week
  • Hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Hand in Reading Log
  • Return library books
  • Math quiz today:  Unit 2, Lessons 1-3
  • BC Artifacts Mobile Museum for the kids in the Parish Centre

Tuesday:

  • No PE today (Mr. Kelly is away)
  • C-Skills due p. 46-50

Wedesday:

  • No PE due to Mass at 11am - please join us!
  • Pictures for Starring Me project are due today
  • Dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • December book orders are due today - great for Christmas presents!  Thanks for your support
  • Advent Assembly at 9am - please join us

Friday:

  • 3-Way Conference
    • students only come during their scheduled time
    • students wear complete uniform for the meeting
    • Conference will be 10 minutes long in the gym

Looking Ahead:

Christmas Celebration is just aroud the corner.  Our class will be dressed as "Astronomers"...plain coloured shirt, black pants, black shoes and a lab coat (which can just be a long sleeved white dress shirt from dad's closet).  Also, we need to have telescopes, so I would like you to start saving your paper towel rolls.  We will cover it in black to look like long telescopes.  Please send the paper towel rolls sometime over the next 2 weeks.

 

Nov. 14 - 18

Dear Grade Four Famiies,

Our highlight for the week was a visit from Sr. Guadalupe on Monday!  She came into the classroom to show the children a couple of relics.  One is a crucifix that belonged to St. Padre Pio that she received many years ago.  Sr. Guadalupe told the children that she takes that crucifix everywhere she goes.  A second relic is a piece of bone that belonged to St. Nicholas de Flue (a Swiss soldier).  The children got to hold the relics and say a special prayer or intention.  Finally, the children asked Sr. Guadalupe many questions about the sisterhood.  I didn't know that there's actually a difference between a nun and sister!  Ask you're child what the difference is!

Here are the reminders for the week:

Monday:

  • Pro-D  (no school)

Tuesday:

  • PE
  • hand in Reading Log
  • Celina's page is due
  • C-Skills p. 41-45 due
  • return library books

Wednesday:

  • PE
  • Dismissal at 2pm

Thursday:

  • Photo retakes for those who want it

Friday:

  • Our assembly - please join us!
  • PE
  • Green Thumb - Land of Trash presentation in the afternoon

Looking ahead:  3-Way Conference next Friday, Nov. 25

 

Have a great week!

 

Mrs. Imoo