Weekly Update 2/25

Hello My Favorite Fourth Grade Families! ūüôā

Welcome back from mid-winter break! What a fun week we have had so far! Our field trip on Tuesday was a huge success, and I am proud to say that 4th graders represented SMS very well. Their respect and engagement was impressive. (Check out our class Shutterfly page to see some great pics!) We thoroughly enjoyed the IMAX movie National Parks Adventure 3D. Our world, and our nation, is absolutely beautiful. I encourage you to go out and explore it with your family. In fact, I have FREE National Park Passes available for each of your children!! Once students complete their field trip reflection project, they will receive their free pass. It is valid in ALL National Parks until August 2016! WOO!

In Math, we have moved into our Algebraic Patterns Unit! Students will explore many new skills, including identifying patterns, finding the value of expressions, finding rules to write equations and identifying extra or missing information in an equation. It should be a challenging and engaging unit!

In Religion, students are writing entries in their Lent journals. We also learned the other day that God is LOVE, and that he shows his love for us in so many ways. I have encouraged students to give that love they receive from God to others, especially those in the margins. We learned that people in the margins are those who are not naturally in our lives, whom we are removed from. Recipients of the donations from our CRS Rice Bowls are a great example of giving to those in the margins.

In Science, we have some exciting developments. Last night after school, I received our class’ shipment of LIVE MATERIALS! Beetles and Isopods have entered our classroom, and we are ready to conduct some tests to find the preferred environments for our bugs! Students will conduct tests to determine which type of soil (dry, moist, wet) the bugs prefer. We will place them in our terrarium today as well, and let them explore that environment. What fun! (Lets hope none of them escape, Ms. DiGirolamo is not the biggest bug fan) ūüėČ

Please be on the lookout for a paper I will send home tomorrow (Friday) regarding the 4th Grade Art Auction project. Students will be required to do some art over the weekend.  We have quite an exciting project to offer this year! Please let me know if you have any questions.

What great weather we’ve had the past few days. I hope you’ve had an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your families.

Thank you for this opportunity to teach your wonderful children! I am, as always, feeling truly blessed to be in their lives.


Ms. DiGirolamo 

Weekly Update 2/10

Happy Ash Wednesday Families!!

Thank you so much for all your help and support with the Valentine’s Day party, and for all those who helped make my birthday (2/9) so special! I told everyone that the best gift of all was having such a fabulous class! All your children are so dear and special to me.

These past 2 weeks, 4th graders have been busy! We celebrated Catholic School’s Week last week with many festivity and free dress days! In Science, we planted our terrariums and made our first entry in our Terrestrial Journals. The students (without any h11elp!) made plans to plant various seeds‚Ķradish, corn, peas, barley and clovers! We left for the weekend and then BOOM! Students saw Monday morning that their terrariums have come to life! IMG_8312It is so exciting to see their engagement and interest in the germination of the seeds. We are making predictions, observations and learning all about environmental factors! Such fun!!!

In Math, students are continuing to learn about multiplication.We made Factor Ninjas and Mulitple Monsters, and practiced our math facts by finding factors and multiples of numbers. Students did great, and we are preparing to move onto our functions unit. We will start with addition and subtraction functions, and move on from there.

In Social Studies, we started our Human Geography Unit, where we have been learning about population and migration. Its so interesting to explore concepts such as population density, population growth, and the reasons that people may move to or from an area. This unit will prepare us to learn all about explorers!

Please do not forget that next week is mid-winter break…no school! I encourage you to help your student use this time to recharge, read and spend time with friends! Lets pray for good weather!

Right after our midwinter break, we will be getting ready for our class field trip to the Pacific Science Center. Please look for more info to come, especially if you are going to be a chaperone. Also, we are officially scheduled to see the IMAX show¬†National Parks Adventure 3D.¬†I’ve heard its really great, and fits right into our curriculum! Score! ūüôā

Thank you for continuing to be a spiritual role model to your children, especially during this season of Lent. Your example of prayer, fasting and almsgiving will make all the difference in your student’s life.


‚ô•Ms. DiGirolamo

Weekly Update 1/29

Hello All! Can you believe January is just about over?  I hope 2016 has been good to you so far.

4th Graders have been busy this week! We started our Multiplication and Division Unit in Math. We started out by making multiplication cities! We used graph paper to make arrays that represented buildings. I was so impressed by their creativity. Check out our classroom windows soon for some examples! In Social Studies, we are studying Vegetative Regions of the World. Students put their illustrative skills to use and drew examples of plant types that are found in each region. It was so much easier to see the difference between the regions after that. We learned that rainfall greatly affects the colors and density of vegetation. We also made our own World Vegetative Maps to see which regions occur in different parts of the world. The students were super engaged and motivated to complete these assignments!

We will begin a new Science Unit next week–Environments. I think students will be super excited to see all the things they get to learn and do! We will be building terrariums, studying insects and even make our own aquariums!

Please not that next week is Catholic School’s Week. Information is in the Thursday Folders! Also, look for field trip info going home in the folders as well.

“If you have the right mindset and mental attitude, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals!”

Best, Ms. DiGirolamo ♥


Hello All! I am SO EXCITED to announce that 4th Grade has a Field Trip planned for February 23rd from 10-2 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle! We will watch an IMAX movie (showings to be announced early Feburary, but rumor has it that the movie is on National Parks!!!) and then explore the exhibits. A new math exhibit has just opened up called Math Moves. You can check it all out HERE. Math Moves! uses a variety of hands-on activities to make experimenting with concepts at the heart of math memorable and fun. It encourages guests to use their minds, their bodies, and their imaginations to investigate basic math ideas and find their meaning and relevance. It also draws upon the power of teamwork, using partner activity and conversation to advance mathematical understanding. Perfect for our class! Can you tell how excited I am??


More details to come later this week about chaperones and other plans, but¬†I just wanted to share that with you all now! ūüôā


Have a great day!

Weekly Update 1/22

Hellloooo from SMS!

I hope you were able to enjoy your day off on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We spent lots of time this week talking about what kind of man he was. Some things we came up with were…a dreamer, a man full of integrity, a man who wanted change, a great speaker and a man of God.

We also finished up our Math unit this week on Data Organization and Interpretation. All students worked really hard and did a great job showing their skills! We are getting ready to move onto our next unit, Multiplication and Division! Woo hoo!

Last week, students were asked to write a paper about a character focus we have been learning about. They could choose from citizenship, respect, patience, self control or integrity. I have to admit that I was blown away and brought to tears by their work! Your children are so thoughtful, heartfelt and observant. We should all be proud of the work they put in and the qualities they themselves are dedicated to showing. I gave students an opportunity to share their work with the class, and it was great to see how proud they were of their work.

I wanted to mention that Catholic School’s week is coming up soon (First week of Feb) and we are getting our classroom prepared for Open House on Sunday, January 31st! The Thursday folders this week outline the theme for each day we celebrate and how students should dress. Let me know if you have any questions. ūüôā

Lastly, Scholastic Book orders went home today. Please encourage your student to pick a few books and help get them excited about reading!! There are some great choices in the booklet. Remember that every order our grade receives earns our classroom points that I can use to get FREE BOOKS for our classroom library. Win-win! I encourage you to order online. All orders are due by Friday, January 29th. Thanks!

Hope all is well and that God continues to bless you with peace, joy and happiness!

‚ÄúIntelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.‚ÄĚ -MLK

‚ô•Ms. DiGirolamo

Weekly Update 1/15

Hi All!

Happy Friday! Students have had an overall great week. I have had so many proud moments–but I think my top moment was at Mass on Wednesday. 4th Grade has¬†been doing such a spectacular job with the Readings, bringing up the Gifts, saying the Intention, and being respectful. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to be their teacher.

4th graders have¬†been learning lots this week! In Religion, (almost) everyone has passed their Memorare test! It is amazing to see the progress they’ve made with it. We started to learn the Nicene Creed. This one is tough, but we are taking it piece by piece and students are motivated to get started! In Social Studies, students are learning how climate affects vegetation around the world. We also discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and we will continue that conversation into next week as well. In Math, we are finishing up our Data unit by learning about Probability and Possible Outcomes. We will be taking our unit test next week, and I am confident that many students will show mastery in their data analysis skills! In Science, we have finished our Earth Materials unit. Students conducted¬†various tests on rocks and minerals, just a geologist would do, in order to decide which minerals are in granite. It was exciting and engaging! In Reading, we practiced our verb usage and learned about action, helping and linking verbs. We analyzed some great MLK quotes and found all the verbs!

Thank you to all the parents that have volunteered at school this week, and in weeks past. Its great to see you in the lunch room, office, Mass and out at recess. Your presence is truly appreciated and helps makes teachers’ jobs easier as well!

Please remember that we have a 3 day weekend, so I will see all your kiddo’s¬†smiling faces on Tuesday! Have a safe, blessed, rested weekend. I’ll be out enjoying the snow!¬†

“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Ms. DiGirolamo ♥

Weekly Update: 1/7 Welcome Back!

Hello Wonderful 4th Grade Families,

Happy 2016!!

I sincerely hope you all had an¬†amazing Christmas and New Year. I know that I enjoyed seeing my family in Denver and Phoenix (although it wasn’t warm at all!) and appreciated the time to relax and refocus. I enjoyed hearing your children’s stories about the adventures they had!

We are coming back from break with new focus and energy! I am excited to say that we have been getting back into the school routine and I am impressed with the students’ maturity and responsibility. This month’s focus is INTEGRITY. We will be continually discussing what that means to us and how we can live it¬†to the best of our abilities. I invite you to discuss with your child how they can show integrity at home as well.

In Math, we have been learning how to interpret, represent and analyze data using line plots, bar graphs and double bar graphs! They seem to really enjoy it and we are almost ready to move on to probability and prediction! Woo!

In Social Studies, we have been reading about Climate and Weather, and students did a great job of reading as a class yesterday.

In Religion, we are wrapping up our memorization of the Memorare, and many students are confident in their ability to recite it! Next week, we will begin to learn the Nicene Creed (its a long one!!) and I hope they will be just as excited. We also had a talk about our school’s SLE’s: Serve, Lead, Love and Learn. Students watched¬†this awesome video¬†and then made New Year’s Resolutions for each SLE. My favorite one was: “Learn how to build a robot!” And guess what? We did!! 4th graders got to visit Middle School’s Robotics class and assemble and control robots on Wednesday. It was so much fun and I have a feeling we may have some future engineers in our group ūüôā

Lastly, I wanted to let all families know that we have 2 new, amazing students in our class…. Sam Boyd and Sofia Griffin. We are so lucky to have them and are thrilled they are part of our 4th Grade Family.


Your children are a blessing to me each day, and I am always thankful to be apart of this community. God Bless.

‚ô•Ms. DiGirolamo

Weekly Update 12/17

4th Grade Families–

Woo Hoo! We’ve almost made it to Christmas! I hope this update finds you well. This week, students have been working hard! In Math, we have been using line plots to represent and interpret data. Its been so fun! We have also been writing a lot and students are excited to use the computers to type up their personal narratives. We have been preparing for Christmas in many ways and are anxiously anticipating the birth of Jesus! Students have learned that Advent is a time of patience and waiting, as well as rejoicing!!


Please have a fun, safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


See you all in 2016! I can’t wait. Its going to be a FABULOUS YEAR!

Ms. DiGirolamo

Weekly Update 12/04

Happy Advent Wonderful 4th Grade Families!

Last night was our annual St. Nick Night Christmas concert and all the SMS students that participated did AWESOME! I am so proud of all the students and it was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Thank you all so much for your support and participation.

This week, students have been hard at work learning new skills and practicing old ones. In Math, we shifted focus into data collection and organization. At the beginning of the week, each students created and conducted their own survey for the class, then displayed their data on tally and frequency charts. This organization allowed students to analyze the data quickly and pull information from it. For example,¬†we learned¬†that the 4th Grade’s favorite prayer is the Hail Mary and their favorite color is blue? Next, each student found the mean and mode of their data set. In Science, students learned that geologists test rocks in many ways to determine it’s properties. We conducted one of these tests in our own classroom–the Calicite Test–using vinegar. We watched as some of the rocks we tested reacted to the acid. A reaction told us that the rock contains the mineral calcite!

As we begin a new month, we also add a “focus” characteristic to our classroom discussions. In the past few months, we have been building citizenship, respect, self control, and now‚Ķpatience! This week, we talked about the relationship between patience and self control, and discussed its importance. We also watched a great video on¬†the “Marshmellow Test.” You can watch it here.¬†It’s a great way to discuss delayed gratification and the benefits of patience and self control.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend and continue to wait patiently for Jesus’ coming at Christmastime. Happy 1st week of Advent.


Ms. DiGirolamo