I will be updating this page monthly to fill you in on what students are doing in each subject, provide useful links to promote learning at home, and share both pictures and videos from our class. You can also follow us on Class DoJo by downloading the app! A few reminders for this month:
- Please make sure to send a snack with your child each day.
- Plan for the colder weather! We do go outside for recess everyday with the exception of extreme conditions. Make sure your child has a winter coat, hat, and gloves. You may send boots and snow pants as well.
- Please make sure assignment notebooks are being reviewed and signed each night. This is a great opportunity to discuss with your child what he/she learned about in each subject. There is always a short description by each subject informing you what our focus was for the day, and homework will stand out as it is highlighted in yellow. Showing your active interest in your child's education helps to keep them accountable and inspires them to give their best each day!
- The second quarter ends on Thursday, January 16.
- There is no school for students on Monday, January 20.
- The 4th grade Band Parent Meeting is on Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.
- Catholic Schools Week is January 25 - January 31. Please see the agenda sent home for special activities and dress up days!
- The Festival of Arts is on the evening of Thursday, January 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. All students are expected to attend. Brings the grandparents, neighbors, and friends to learn more about SKDS!
What’s going on this month?
Language: Students are learning new vocabulary words, verb tenses, learning to use reference materials, analyzing informational texts, making conclusions/generalizations based on text evidence, and building confidence with understanding new grammar concepts.
Math: Students are learning various methods to solve multi-digit multiplication problems including estimation, expanded form, mental math, and regrouping. We are also looking into solving word problems using our multiplication knowledge. This month, we have moved into learning more about division as well.
Science: Fourth graders are studying the internal and external structures of plants and animals.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Many Blessings!
COLOR YOUR LIFE WITH FAITH
Noticias de la Sra. Ganske
During Spanish class, the students are observing “Hispanic Heritage Month”. This is a special month that provides the opportunity to give recognition to people that come from a Hispanic heritage background. Last week the 4th grade class had a guest speaker, Mrs. Maria Ramirez. She talked to the class about traditional holidays, foods, and clothing from her heritage country of Mexico. She also explained to the students how she has been able to combine American and Mexican influences while raising a family in the United States. She shared childhood memories and previous experiences from multiple trips to Mexico. The kids had a blast! Especially when it was time to try on some traditional clothing and taste “conchas”, “dulce de tamarindo”, and other Mexican delicatessen. Throughout the school year, students will have a chance to experience different activities that are focused on cultural immersion. These experiences are very important for the students and they make learning Spanish more meaningful and memorable. I will keep you updated on every one of these activities. Mrs. Ganske