Update 1/26

Happy Thursday, Fourth Grade Families!

I am excited to update you on all the things the students have been up to these last few weeks! With Catholic School’s Week approaching next week, we have been busy reflecting on our favorite things about SMS!

Students used a program called Tagul to create these images for Catholic School's Week! They had so much fun customizing the art.
Students used a program called Tagul to create these images for Catholic School’s Week! They had so much fun customizing the art.


In Math: We finished up the unit on Algebraic Expressions and Patters and moved on to Geometry! Students have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes and are able to identify the number of faces, edges and vertices. Next up…(and one of my favorite Math chapters) angles!

In ELA: We are deep into idioms and figurative language. Its been such a blast using idioms we discovered from other languages. Check out our classroom for some stories containing the students’ favorite idioms!

In Religion: A lot of our religion focus these last few weeks have been on peace. We started with a read aloud of What Does Peace Feel Like? (See our classroom for what 4th Graders think peace feels/smells/looks like) We learned about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on our country and how his message of peace is a lesson we can apply today. We also ready multiple stories of peace  including The Peace Tree of Hiroshima  and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq. We have also started reading about how we are all created in God’s image. God gave us souls with allow us to use our intellect and free will.

In Science: We are finishing our unit on Energy. Student have learned about Electrical, Light, Sound and Thermal Energy! There will be a short quiz next week, so students should study their Science Notebooks.


PLEASE SEE TODAY’S THURSDAY PACKET FOR INFO ON CSW! Each day has a different theme and dress up day! Also, the school could really use volunteers for the pancake breakfast on Wednesday. If you’re interested in helping, please let me know! Thank you!

I hope this update finds you well. Thank you for you trust and continued support!

♥ Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 1/06

Hello 4th Grade Families!

I hope you all had a restful, memorable Christmas break! I had a great time relaxing in the Arizona and Florida sun, but was excited to come back to school to see so many smiling faces. I loved hearing stories of what students did over break with their friends and families.

Although it was a short week, students stayed focused and busy. In Math, they learned a new division strategy called “partial quotients.” Although many of you may have been unfamiliar with the strategy, I hope you learned a lot doing the parent partner math sheet for homework earlier in the week. We are wrapping up our division unit on Friday and will start Algebraic Patterns on Monday!

In ELA, students have been working on Figurative Language such as personification, metaphors, similes, hyperbole and more! Its so fun to see students recognize these expressions in other reading, too!

In Religion, 4th Grade has been focused on our January responsibility of leading Mass. Students have been busy writing saint reports, coordinating skits and practicing the readings. I hope you get a chance to attend Mass this month to see your child’s hard work!


Thank you for all the sweet gifts and cards given this Christmas season. It is greatly appreciated.


Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 12/02

Happy 1st Week of Advent, everyone!

We have had a very busy week! Thank you so much for all who attended St. Nick Night yesterday. It is always a great way to start off the Christmas season, and how cute were those 4th Graders?! I am so proud to be their teacher.

Here’s what we’ve been learning recently: 

In Math, we have moved on to the much awaited skill of long division!! It’s a tough chapter, but students started off with a generally positive attitude and will keep practicing their skills next week! The math homework next week will be a division packet.


In Science, we have started a unit on Energy! We are using an interactive science notebook. Next week, students will get to explore circuits and electrical energy! I can’t wait!

In Religion, students have been reflecting on Advent and the Life of Jesus. We have also set up our Nativity Scene and our Advent candles in the window!

Prayer table in our classroom.

We had a great time learning the basics of programming and algorithms during STEM time this week. I pulled some great resources from this website all about Computer Science Education Week, which starts on Dec 5th! We will definitely be participating! I have a great time learning new skills alongside the students.

This week during STEM time, students were introduced to programming and algorithms. They had a great time writing algorithms for grid paper drawings!
Students working together to interpret another group’s program.

Enjoy your weekend! I am flying off to Boise for a quick trip to visit friends. Looking forward to hearing about your child’s weekend as well.

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 11/17

Hello Wonderful Parents!

Can I start by saying how thankful I am to be your child’s teacher?! It is so wonderful to watch these kids work hard, reflect deeply and learn together. It really does remind me why I chose to be a teacher in the first place.

LOOK at what students have been busy working on!


They seem to be particularly enjoying the World Vegetation projects and showing their amazing Multi-Digit Multiplication skills!

Thanks for all your donations to this year’s Thanksgiving Boxes! The family receiving these items are very thankful.

I look forward to meeting with families next week for conferences. Please check your child’s Thursday folder for more information.

I am also excited to announce that we have a field trip planned for December! We will be traveling to the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle. The permission slips went home today and should be in your child’s binder. The cost of the field trip is still in the works as I am trying to schedule some additional labs and activities at the museum. More info on prices will be sent home later. Please consider driving and chaperoning on this field trip. Thank you!

Keep in mind that St. Nick Night is quickly approaching–Dec 1st! We need students in the church by 6:30 pm.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all soon!



Mark Your Calendars!

November 11th: No school, Veterans Day observed

November 21st & 22nd : Half day of school for Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 24th & 25th: No school for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1st: St. Nick Night at 7pm in the Church

December 16th: noon dismissal for Christmas Break

December 19th – January 3rd: Christmas Break

Update 10/28

Happy Friday All!

We have had a productive, fun week here in 4th Grade! Here’s this week’s highlights:

In Math, students finished up Ch. 3 on Data Organization. As a review for the test, they worked in study groups test each other and reinforce concepts. It was so cool seeing students take on the “expert” role for certain skills and help their classmates out. They took the Ch. 3 test today, so I will get a chance to look over their scores this weekend and they should be in Powerschool soon!

In Reading, students explored the concept of Cause & Effect. We watched a Pixar Short Film called “One for the Birds” which helped us identify cause and effect. It was a fun way to engage students in learning!

In Social Studies, we started our unit on Washington Geography and History. Students were able to apply their knowledge of the 5 Themes of Geography to our own state. We have enjoyed getting to study the various regions of Washington!

During STEM time, I introduced students to 2 new websites. Students got to choose between a keyboarding program or a coding website. They loved it and it was so cool to watch them get into it!!

Using a coding website to create emojis!
Using a coding website to create emojis!
Practicing Keyboarding
Practicing Keyboarding

As some of you know, I had a minor medical emergency this week. I had some issues with my eyes and contacts, and luckily, the students were so gracious and understanding! While I was recovering, Ms. Romero and the students made me the sweetest sign! ♥


Chat soon!

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

Videos to be shown in class

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a list with you of the videos I plan to watch with my Walk To Read class in the following months. The purpose of these videos is to teach students about various reading comprehension strategies in an exciting way! We will then fill out graphic organizers to solidify the learning! You can find the list to the videos here. Thanks!

Update 10/23

Happy Sunday, 4th Grade Families!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and are ready for another great week of learning. Here are some highlights from last week:

In Math, students continue to work on representing and analyzing data. They learned that to analyze means to look at closely and take apart. Through analyzing, students were able to find the median, mode and outlier of data sets!

In Religion, students also did some analyzing, but this time with the St. Francis prayer. By breaking the prayer apart, students were able to better understand what the prayer means and what we are asking of God when we pray it. It was challenging for the class, but with some time, they were able to make the connections!

In Social Studies, we have excitedly been exploring geography concepts such as maps, cardinal directions, and finally, latitude and longitude. We also began the exciting process of studying our very own state!

Students were able to identify major roads, highways, parks, bodies of water and cities.
Students were able to identify major roads, highways, parks, bodies of water and cities.
Students work together to find various features of Washington.
Students work together to find various features of Washington.

As many of you know, we had to cancel our field trip to the Corn Maze last minute due to weather. The field trip has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct 26 at 10:15. Most of the original drivers are able to attend, but if you’re interested in coming along this time, please let me know! We could always use more chaperone and drivers. 

Upcoming Events: 

-Maggie Lee for Good Day Celebration- Oct 26 at Mass

-SLE Winners announced- Oct 26 at Mass

-Field Trip to the Corn Maze- Oct 26 after Mass

Our Classroom is in Need of:

-A parent to help assemble Scholastic Book Orders (last year I just sent the packets home parents/students put them together)

-Donations of skittles (for an upcoming Math lesson)

-book donations, always

-class plants, always

-a class set of clip boards


Please don’t forget…if you signed up to donate or help with the Halloween Party, that date is quickly approaching!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement! I am so lucky to be your child’s teacher at SMS!


Ms. DiGirolamo


Update 10/13

Hello All!

Thanks for checking in. We had a fabulous week here in 4th Grade. Although it was ITBS Testing week, students showed impressive stamina and dedication! I was thoroughly impressed by their hard work and I look forward to sharing their scores with you during conferences in November.

Here’s what we’ve been learning:

In Social Studies, we started our fun Geography unit. Students learned about the 5 themes of geography and made beautiful foldables to represent their learning. You can see their work hanging in our classroom, so stop on by. We also discussed maps and globes and will continue to explore geography concepts.

We are hoping to receive books from King Country Library soon so that Global Reading Challenge participants can begin reading. Thank you so much for your patience and dedication. Feel free to email me or Ms. Heline (kheline@stmadsophie.org) with any questions.

Do you have any plans for this Friday night? Join SMS staff and parents for the Auction Kick Off Party at 7pm on 10/14! Admission is a $25 bottle of wine or giftcard (each). I hope to see you there!

Our first field trip to the Washington Corn Maze is next Thursday. Students should wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes, but still be in uniform, please. I will send an email out to all drivers with more information. Thanks!

We had an AMAZING hour of STEM stations this week! Below are pictures of activities students were able to do! Enjoy.


Have a safe, productive weekend!

♥ Ms. DiGirolamo

STEM Challenge: Build a house.
STEM Challenge: Build a house.
Students working together to problem solve
Students working together to problem solve
Technology Station: Students completed assignments on Google Classroom. They also go to listen to Noisli while they worked!
Technology Station: Students completed assignments on Google Classroom. They also go to listen to Noisli while they worked!
Experimenting with circuits!
Experimenting with circuits!
Students worked in groups to complete circuit projects.
Students worked in groups to complete circuit projects.