Update 9/16

Hello Fabulous 4th Grade Families,

Welcome back and I hope your¬†school year has been off to a great start. Mine sure has! ūüôā

Thanks to all the parents who made it out to Back to School Night yesterday. It was great seeing all of you and having the opportunity to share more about myself and our classroom. If you did not attend B2SN, please look in your student’s binder/backpack for some paperwork that I sent home. Thank you again! We are still looking for a parent to volunteer to be the Art Auction Project Volunteer for our school auction in April. This would be a pretty easy job, and I can give more detail if you’re interested. Last year, 4th Grade made a quilt made by my mom! Check out her website (http://www.fabriccreationsbykathy.com/) ¬†if you’re interested. She specializes in T-Shirt quilts and does an AMAZING JOB!

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This week, we really dove head first into academics. Here’s a brief summary:

In Math, students showed me their amazing place value skills by representing numbers in various ways-standard form, word form, and expanded form. They also practiced comparing numbers into the ten thousands! Next week, onto rounding numbers into the millions!

In Religion, students have been learning the many ways that God has revealed himself to us. First, through Old Testament and the stories of creation and the Covenant. Second, through the Old Testament and Jesus’ life. We are also reflecting on being saints for others, the school theme this year. I also introduced our first 4th Grade prayer–St. Francis’s Prayer for Peace. You can find a copy in your student’s binder!

In Science,¬†our class of geologists¬†have excitedly begun our Earth Materials Unit. We analyzed, observed and eventually took apart our “mock rocks”. We discovered that rocks are Earth materials made up of more than one “ingredient” or mineral. We have been doing lots of experiments regarding separating the ingredients of our mock rocks even further. More to come next week!

This week, our class quote was “lets all be BRAVE.” I wrote the quote on a piece of poster paper and displayed it in the classroom. Throughout the week, students tried to live out the quote, and today, we voted on which 4th Grade student really represented the quote as best as they could. Congratulations to Julie Grace for being our first student to¬†Keep the Quote!

Thank you so much for reading!

Have an amazing weekend,

‚ô• Ms. DiGirolamo

 

Update 3/16/16

Happy Wednesday!

Since this weekend’s storms, our school has been struggling with our internet connection. Thanks so much for your patience and understanding that we may not be able to respond quickly to emails during the school day. Nonetheless, students have been working hard and learning lots!
In Math, we have been learning about function tables. Students are able to find the rule for input/output tables using their addition/subtraction/multiplication/division skills! Its been so much fun! We are ready, however, to move onto higher level multiplication‚Ķso hang on tight ūüėČ
In Writing, students have been learning skills that will help them with their essays. We have learned about¬†topic sentences, outlines and evidence based terminology. 4th Graders learned how to use phrases like, “This proves that‚Ķ” and “Research shows‚Ķ” and “For instance‚Ķ” Its so amazing to watch their writing jump to the next level! We will continue to focus on our essay writing for the next 2 weeks, so please continue to support your child by helping them research, gather information and have a positive attitude for writing!
In Science, students learned that different types of plants have different water tolerances! A very useful thing to know and research when raising houseplants or studying terrariums.
In Religion, students read about their souls, and we learned that God gives us each a soul and creates us in His¬†image. Our souls give us 2 things: Intellect and Free Will. I encourage you to check out our “Souls of Gold” Rainbows hanging in our classroom windows to learn more! ūüôā
This month’s focus for our class is¬†cooperation.¬†I encourage you to converse with your child about what that means at school and at home!
Have a safe rest of you week and remember….. less than 2 weeks until Spring Break! 
Ms. DiGirolamo
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“What’s your best quality?”

Weekly Update 3/10

Hello There!

Thanks for checking in on this update! I’d love to see how many parents read this! If you’ve read this update, can you please shoot me a quick email letting me know? Thanks!

4th Graders have been working this week to learn expressions, patterns and function tables in Math. Solving for x is fun!

In Social Studies, students have been working on their government foldable. We are learning about the various types of government.

We took both Reading and Math STAR Assessments this week. Students did an amazing job, and it’s evident we are making gains!

Our next field trip will be to St. Vincent de Paul in April. What a great opportunity for us all to serve! Please donate at least 1 can of food.

Next week is a short week…no school on Friday (Teachers will be here!) Please remember also that this week marks the end of Trimester 2. Can you believe it!?

Please help your child research their essay topic this weekend. I have reserved some books at the library for students, but they will need to find research outside of school as well. Let me know if you have questions! Thank you!

Best,

Ms. DiGirolamo

ps.

Please remember to sell your raffle tickets for the Gala!!!!!

 

Weekly Update 3/03

Happy March, everybody! I can hardly believe we are into a new month and almost our LAST trimester together. I can’t bear to think about all our fun coming to an end‚Ķ.¬†FullSizeRender-2

This week, we learned a bit about Women’s History Month and Dr. Seuss. On Wednesday, PK-4th Graders celebrated the beloved Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a huge reading/activity party! Students made ‘Seustastic’ crafts, played with Cat in the Hat playing cards, and did LOTS of reading. We had a blast!

This week, we have continued our expressions unit in Math. I have written some secret messages to¬†students using variables¬†to replace numbers, and the kids did great deciphering my codes! ūüôā In Social Studies, we learned about various economic systems such as capitalism and communism. We learned this week that our next big writing project will be ESSAYS! ¬†Please look for a paper sent home detailing what will be expected of the 4th graders in this unit.

Our most exciting times this week has been in Science! In order to determine the preferred environments for our isopods and beetles, we have been conducting some fun experiments. We learned that isopods prefer moist, dark environments, while the darkling beetles petered dry, dark environments! Next up‚Ķstudents create their own tests to determine what other types of environments the creatures will prefer! Stay tuned ūüėČ

We are wrapping up our Art Auction project this week. Thank you to those who ensured that their students produced their best work. I believe the project will turn out beautiful!

I hope the update finds you all healthy and healthy. Only a few more weeks of Lent and we will be approaching Holy Week, Easter and Spring Break!

Thank you for all you do in order to make our 4th Grade family as special as it is!

‚ô•Ms. DiGirolamo

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Students were prompted to write their favorite part about being in this 4th Grade Class.

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.

Best,

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.

Blessings,

‚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 ♥

4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

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