Update 11/24

Hello 4th Grade Families,

Happy short week! It has been so lovely meeting with parents for conferences this week. I feel so blessed that you’ve all taken the time to discuss with me your student’s strengths, challenges and progress. SMS is truly blessed to have you here.

Although it’s been a short week, I have tried to squeeze in as much academics as I can! Students have been busy reading The Last of the Really Great Whandoodles in this class for Walk to Read. Its such a fun adventurous book! In Math, students created their own Scoot game on notecards with multi-digit addition and subtraction problems. We placed the questions all around the room and students “Scooted” around answering them. It was great to move around and solve problems our classmates created! We have also been busy studying the Memorare. Its amazing to see so many students so motivated to learn this new prayer. It has enhanced our Morning Meetings and I have noticed more engagement and excitement to recite the prayer. Our class has also been preparing for St. Nick Night (Dec 3rd, don’t forget!) by rehearsing our songs. It has really gotten us into the holiday spirit.

I hope you all enjoy the days off and time with family and friends. Please take this opportunity to remind your children that we have so much to be thankful for, and that it feels so great to give to others. Speaking of which, our Thanksgiving boxes went out today. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS. The family we are sponsoring will be so thankful.

As always, I feel beyond blessed to be your child’s 4th grade teacher. Thank you!

Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 11/18

Hi Everyone!

We have been having a nice week so far! We had quite the “adventure” yesterday with the power outages, but the students handled the change very well! They were still hard at work in the dark, using iPads and flashlights to complete their Maps and Globes books. I am glad that everyone was able to stay safe (and dry) through the weather. Let us continue to pray for those who were less fortunate.

Students have been working hard in Math to add and subtract multi-digit numbers. We are focusing on subtracting across zeros, which can be quite challenging at times. In Science, we are learning about mineral properties, and conducted scratch tests on 4 special minerals. Students learned how to identify the minerals based on “hardness” using tools such as fingernails, pennies and paper clips. They were excited geologists! 🙂 In Writing, we are continuing our Personal Narratives and learning how to edit, revise and add details.

Just a reminder that Scholastic Book Orders are due on FRIDAY! Our Class code is PHHW7. Please consider ordering online.

We are very sad as a school to say goodbye to the Josey family, as they will be venturing off to Australia. Gianluca, you’ve been such a wonderful addition to our 4th Grade Family and we will not forget you! 

Thank you all for your support at home. Your kids bring so much joy!

Stay Warm,

Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 11/3

Hello Amazing 4th Grade Families!

I am happy to announce that we survived ITBS Testing week and Halloween and November is off to a great start! By Friday, we will have 9 weeks of school under our belts, can you believe it?

I wanted to say how proud I am of your students for their hard work during testing last week. They really showed a lot of maturity, stamina and respect! The results from testing should be out by the end of the month.

This week, we are back into our regular schedule. In math, we have moved onto our addition/subtraction unit, and we are learning about the commutative and associative properties of addition. Ask your student if they can teach you about it! In Social Studies, we are looking into the 5 regions of Washington. We are making a foldable graphic organizer to show all that we have learned. If your student is in my classroom for Walk To Read, we started our first novel, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards. It is a wonderful fantasy tale that allows students to use their imaginations and really takes us on an adventure. I think the students will have a lot of fun with this one 🙂

We are starting to practice our songs for St. Nick Night (It is December 3rd, I believe) and in religion we are continuing to learn about our relationship with God and his role in our lives. Our November focus is Self Control. We will be talking about the importance of practicing self control, what to do when its hard to control ourselves, and we may even play some fun self control games to test our abilities! I believe self control is one of the most important fruits of the Spirit and has a huge impact on our happiness, success and health. Did you know that research shows that kids who displayed greater amounts of self-control at even age 4 went on to earn better grades, were more popular with peers and teachers, were less likely to report problems with drug use and earned higher salaries as adults? We are always working on self control in our classroom, but this month, it gets a special emphasis. Please chat with your kiddos at home about self control and how they are working to improve 🙂

Thank you, families, again for this opportunity to teach your children. I feel so blessed everyday to be apart of this SMS community and your lives. Please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have moving forward.

Here’s to a wonderful November!

Ms. DiGirolamo

Weekly Update 9/25

Hello 4th Grade Families!

Thank you for another fabulous week. I can’t believe we have been in school for 3 weeks now. I hope all your students are adjusting well to being back at school, and are enjoying their time at SMS.

This week, we really dove into math and social studies. In math, we are learning about place value to the millions place, and different ways to represent that number. Want to challenge your student this weekend? Ask them to write your telephone number in standard, word and expanded form! 🙂 In social studies, we learned about the 5 themes of geography and made a fun foldable. See if your student can list all 5, and sing the song we learned (and got stuck in our heads) to help us remember! We also talked about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and students were able to share what many of the “fruits” mean to them. As the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are a part of our school-wide theme this year, we will be exploring this topic frequently!

Next week, we will be starting Walk To Read and our first science investigation. We are going to be studying earth materials, and I am so excited to share with the students all different types of rocks and minerals.

Please continue to consider participating in the Global Reading Challenge this year! It is an exciting reading opportunity for 4th and 5th graders only!

Don’t forget to get pledges for the Move-A-Thon! If you have any questions about how that will work, please ask. More info to come on the incentives for students who receive top pledges! Thank you!

Have a wonderful, safe, productive weekend everybody!


♥ Ms. DiGirolamo



As a class, we did so much in the first week! Getting to know each other, our classroom and our 4th grade year has been so exciting. I had a blast!

The class worked together to create our "Work Hard. Be Kind" signs in our classroom.

The class worked together to create our “Work Hard. Be Kind” signs in our classroom.

Also, a huge thanks to parents & families that were able to make it out to Back To School night on Thursday. I really enjoyed being able to share myself and the plans for our school year together.

Enjoy your weekend,

Ms. DiGirolamo ♥

Thanks to all the families that were able to come out for the SMS BBQ last night!

It was a great time, and I really enjoyed showing off the classroom and hearing about everyone’s summers. If you were unable to make it, we missed you! I am looking forward to seeing everyone bright and early Tuesday morning for the first day of Fourth Grade! If you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss before school starts, don’t hesitate to email me at ndigirolamo@stmadsophie.org.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend everyone 🙂


(Left to Right) Ms. DiGirolamo, 4th Grade; Ms. Heric, 1st Grade; Ms. Membrey, 3rd Grade; Ms. Hickman, 2nd Grade; Mrs. Butterfield, Kindergarten

(Left to Right) Ms. DiGirolamo, 4th Grade; Ms. Heric, 1st Grade; Ms. Membrey, 3rd Grade; Ms. Hickman, 2nd Grade; Mrs. Butterfield, Kindergarten