Mrs. Jolly’s Blog


Tuesday, May 21, 2019



Tomorrow, we will have an open book test in Science. Today, we went over the content in the lessons, as well as the headings and subheadings.  The kids will be able to use their books and notes, and will be able to bring the tests home to check over with you.  My hope is that […]

Monday, May 20, 2019



Well, we managed to get outside for AM recess today.  It was chilly, so please be sure that you are still sending a jacket with your child. We gathered as a school to pray the Rosary today.  This is always a beautiful experience. As we are getting ready to wrap up our year, we are […]

Thursday, May 16, 2019



We began working on our business plans today.  Most everyone got a great start.  We’ll finish up tomorrow, and then I can look at the entire project over the weekend. Homework Spelling    3X each LA              work on poetry Soc. Stu.    finish workbook pages if not completed in […]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019



Wednesday folders are coming home.  Please look through your child’s work, sign the folder, and send it back.  Remember to look especially carefully at your child’s Math test.  Many kids did not do their best; in too many cases, it was a result of not listening and paying attention and/or not knowing facts.  Please help […]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019



We finished our chocolate factory blueprints today.  Tomorrow, we will begin our business plans! Homework Reading      chocolate vocab. Spelling        worksheet due Religion        complete poster Just a reminder that poetry books are due on May 29.  This is something your child should be steadily working on: writing and […]

Monday, May 13, 2019



We learned all about probability today in Math.  Tomorrow, we will take a cumulative test. We also began designing our chocolate factories in Reading.  We’ll spend today and tomorrow on the blueprint, and the rest of the day on the business plan. We have about four weeks left of school.  This is a great time […]

Thursday, May 9, 2019



We had a great trip to the chocolate factory today.  A big thanks goes out to our parent chaperones; without you, we couldn’t take field trips. The kids were super at the factory itself.  However, the bus ride back was disappointing.  Even though I talked with them before the trip about good bus behavior, and […]

Wednesday, May 8, 2019



Mass was beautiful today!  A big thanks to all of the important ladies in these children’s lives that were able to make it, and in some cases, even bring along an “extra” child for those kids who didn’t have someone to come to Mass.  It seems small, but it is a HUGE deal to the […]

Tuesday, May 7, 2019



Please remember that our Mother’s Mass is tomorrow at 8:30.  Your child should come to the classroom to drop off his/her stuff, and then you should head over to the church.  If you are unable to make it, maybe your child can join a friend and their mom. Mrs. Skwarcan is unable to chaperone our […]

Monday, May 6, 2019



The Science ILEARN we took today was a bear!  Because we tested all through morning recess, I took the kids out for a little bit this afternoon before May Crowning.  We have one more Science test tomorrow, and then we are DONE with ILEARN! We reviewed together today for an LA quiz tomorrow.  Some kids […]

Thursday, May 2, 2019



Today was our last ILEARN day for the week.  Next week, we’ll do the two Science tests, and then we are DONE! Homework Math       practicing averages page Reading    cause and effect flap book Have a great evening!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019



Today for May Day, we made flowers out of pipe cleaners and tissue paper.  We placed them in a basket in our room for Mary.  Some kids made a second flower to bring home.  They’re super cute! We took another of our LA ILEARN tests today.  One more tomorrow, and then we are done for […]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019



Today, we took a math test and an LA quiz over adverbs.  Tomorrow, we will be back to ILEARN; we’ll finish up the LA portion on Thursday, and next week, we’ll take the Science portion.  Be sure you child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a nourishing breakfast. Homework Spelling       worksheet due […]

Monday, April 29, 2019



We took the first LA ILEARN today. Frankly, it was pretty brutal.  We worked for 90 minutes, and some kids still did not finish.  Because they are allowed all the time they need, those kids will be pulled at some point to finish up.  We will test on Wednesday and Thursday mornings as well.  Next […]

Thursday, April 25, 2019



We will have Literacy Lounge as usual this Friday.  If you can join us, please do!  We start reading at 9:30. We will be ILEARN testing next week.  We’ll be completing the LA sections.  We will test Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.  Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a […]

Tuesday, April 22, 2019



I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, and a restful mini break.  We began ILEARN today with one of our Math sections. Tomorrow, we will do the other Math section, and then we’ll be done until next week when we start LA.  Remember, attendance is very important this week, so please be sure your child […]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019



The kids had a great time at “Penguins”.  A big thanks to Mrs. Springer and Mrs. Criniti for joining us.  Field trips are not possible with out volunteer chaperones. Remember that we have a 2 PM dismissal tomorrow.  We will also be doing our last ILEARN practice test. Wednesday folders are coming home tonight.  Please […]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019



The first, most important thing you need to know is that the kids need to pack lunch tomorrow.  We’ll be getting back from our field trip a little late, so we won’t be able to get hot lunch.  Regular uniforms need to be worn. We designed our royal crowns today for our Narnipedia pages, and […]

Monday, April 15, 2019



This week, we are going to wrap up our study of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by making a “Narnipedia” page.  We’ll do this in several steps, and put it all together on Thursday. Remember that this is the last week for your child to contribute to our Lenten fundraiser.  All donations must […]

Thursday, April 11, 2019



As I said to the kids today, just because they CAN wear shorts, it doesn’t necessarily mean they SHOULD wear shorts.  This morning, we had many shivery class members.  Watch the weather forecast, and remind your child to dress accordingly.  Speaking of shorts, this is just a reminder that the kids may only wear black, […]

Tuesday, April 9, 2019



The kids are struggling with locating adverbs in a sentence.  Today, I taught them how to diagram a sentence in order to find the parts of speech.  This helped some kids; others are still confused.  We’ll continue to work here, but it might be a good idea to check in with your child and practice […]

Monday, April 8, 2019



I hope everyone had a wonderful Break; the kids really had some stories to tell! We jumped right back in the saddle, and everyone was ready to learn.  Can you believe they are about 8 weeks away from being 5th graders? Homwork Science        Study for test Wednesday (we will finish study guides […]

Thursday, March 29, 2019



The children who will be gone tomorrow took their Spelling tests today.  We finished chapter 14 in our book, and completed study questions.  The kids should probably review those story questions before coming back to school after break in order to take the Reading test everyone else will take tomorrow. Soccer has been banned as […]

Wednesday, March 27, 2019



If tomorrow will be your child’s last day before break, he/she will be taking the Spelling test tomorrow, and should complete 3X each this evening.  It’s up to your child if he/she wants to take the Reading test tomorrow, or wait until after break.  If your child wants to take the test tomorrow, he/she should […]

Tuesday, March 26, 2019



The kids have been working hard preparing for their Social Studies test here at school.  They still need to study tonight, but I bet everyone will do great! We took our Religion test this morning; they’ll come home with the next Wednesday folder.  Finally and at last, I have all of the absent tests for […]

Monday, March 25, 2019



Today, we celebrated earning 100 points for good behavior by watching “The Emperor’s New Groove”, which we enjoyed very much. Because so many kids are leaving early due to travel plans this week, there will be no Wednesday folders sent home.  Instead, we’ll send work home after Break. Please remember to send a warm coat […]

Thursday, March 21, 2019



Happy vernal equinox! We talked about the equinox in Science today, as well as the supermoon tonight, which will be the last one of 2019.  The supermoon will be able to be seen best at 9:43 tonight, which is way past most kids’ bedtime.  However, tomorrow, you can go to the NASA website and use […]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019



Well, I’m back and survived the root canal.  In two weeks, I have to get the permanent crown, but that is a problem for Future Me. Because we missed Art yesterday, Mrs. Dimino kindly invited the kids to come today during regular Mass time, which was a nice PM treat! Your child’s Wednesday folder is […]

Monday, March 18, 2019



If your child has snap circuits at home, can you please him/her bring them to school tomorrow?  I’d like them to spend some time fiddling with and building circuits tomorrow in Science class. I will not be here tomorrow, because I have to go be evaluated for a root canal.  Seriously. I’d rather be at […]

Thursday, March 14, 2019



Today, we conducted an experiment about how charged particles behave.  The kids were able to see in action how like and opposite charges react to one another. We finished up our section of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” today, and discussed our story questions for our test tomorrow.  Kids should review tonight. Homework […]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019



Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Inside, you will find a permission slip.  Please sign and send back with the Wednesday folder. Homework Spelling    wordfind Soc. Stu.   study states; wkbk. p. 42 Reading     Beaver page LA               work on sloppy copy Music         2 practice bubbles signed Please remember to send money in with your child if […]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019



Apparently, I need a root canal.  At least that’s what the dentist said yesterday.  I am scheduled for next Tuesday, and they assure me that it should be just that one day.  Regardless, I am  not happy! 🙁 We are making great progress in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”.  Tomorrow, we’ll work on […]

Tuesday, March 5, 2019



I will be gone at a conference for the next two days, but the kids will be in the able hands of Mrs. Hill.  That said, there will be no blog while I am gone.  This is a prime opportunity for the class to earn behavior points! Our Science test is moved to Friday.  We’ll […]

Monday, March 4, 2019



We finished JA today.  Each of the kids received a certificate for their participation, which is in their expandables. We began “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” today.  If you have not purchased a copy for your child yet, please do so ASAP.  You can get it at any local bookstore. We will have […]

Wednesday, February 27, 2019



Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Please look over your child’s work, and send the folder back signed tomorrow. Join us if you can for Literacy Lounge at 9:30. We are working very hard on listening to directions.  We have classmates who like to operate on their own timeframe, and then they miss what they […]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019



The children have a Social Studies test on Thursday, and a states and capitals quiz on Friday.  Please help your child organize time well to prepare for both of these exams. Homework Reading   Ant packet due Thursday Spelling    p. 174 Soc. Stu.  study for test and states and capitals Math        p. […]

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019



Apparently, the intermediate fun packets were a hit!  Together, they raised $1100 for our school!  Our winner was Clemmie Skwarcan.  She  earned coupons for a homework free day for herself, a movie and treat for her class, a dress down day for her class, and a couple of other goodies she didn’t know about.  A […]

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2019



The kids finally got to go outside for recess!  It’s so hard on everyone when it’s too cold and wet to go out.  I know they were happy. I’ve noticed with the kids Reading tests that they do very well with the vocab., and then struggle with the comprehension questions.  I think this is a […]

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019



Wednesday folders with work are coming home.  Please go through the work and keep it at home, sign the Wednesday folder, and send it back tomorrow. The math test we took today will come home next week. Homework Soc. Stu.  Study states and capitals Reading   text/graphic features chart Spelling    p. 162 Have a great […]

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019



I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend.  The kids came back with super behavior; Mrs. Hill even gave them 10 points for their behavior during indoor lunch recess.  She said it was the best they’ve been all year! Homework Spelling     p. 159-160 Reading    finish story; comprehension page Soc. Stu.   bring in notecards; Civil […]

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019



Today, we had our Valentine’s Day party.  Thanks to Mrs. Springer for bringing in delicious treats! Tomorrow, we will have the last of our African American reports.  They’ve been really awesome! Homework Reading    Review story and vocab. Spelling    3X each/pyramids LA             idiom page – extra credit Math    […]

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2019



Tomorrow, we will be having a Valentine party at 2:00.  Feel free to join us if you’d like – the more, the merrier! Also, please remind your child to bring cards if he/she is passing them out. Your child has the Wednesday folder tonight.  Please peruse your child’s work, sign the folder, and send it […]

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019



We finished up our Science study guides today, so your child should be ready to study hard tonight!  It would be a good idea to review last night’s material, and then really hunker down on tonight’s material. Homework Spelling      p. 150 Reading     vocab. page Science       study for test Math           p. 431-433 Stay safe and warm!

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019



On Thursday, we will have a Valentine’s party.  If your child wants to bring valentines, he/she must bring one for everybody in class.  It’s easiest to just fill out the “from”, and drop a card in everyone’s bag. We had our first African-American reports today, and they were really good.  I can’t wait to hear […]

Thursday, February 7, 2019



We are doing an all-school fund raiser tomorrow.  The kids can wear dress-down clothes for a donation.  Proceeds will benefit our grade level service sites, so ours will go to Healthwin. Some kids are opting to work on their weather phenomenon project at home for a bit tonight.  We’ve been working on these all week […]

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019



We worked a bit more on long division today, and I think everyone is feeling more comfortable with it.  The biggest problem that kids are having is not knowing multiplication facts.  Again, if your child is struggling, practicing with flash cards is a must. We will have a Math test tomorrow, and an LA quiz. […]

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019



We began to research our strange weather phenomenon today.  We will do more research tomorrow, but some kids want to do a little more research tonight, which is fine. We are starting long division in math.  It is imperative that your child knows his/her facts, so please encourage your child to practice at home.  If […]

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019



The kids are working on a project in Social Studies, and some of them need to do some research to bring to class tomorrow.  Each group also needs a poster board, and they should bring in materials – such as markers – that they would like to use to work on the poster.  Please check […]

Monday, January 28, 2019



Welcome to winter, friends!  The kids looked great for Red, White, and Blue/Favorite Team Day.  Remember that tomorrow is favorite movie/novel/book character day. Mrs. Criniti ordered a bunch of dry erase markers for indoor recess with the little white boards.  We are all so grateful. Thank you! Homework Religion    p. 131 Math         p.396-397 Reading    comprehension […]

Thursday, January 24, 2019



Your child is very likely coming home not particularly happy tonight.  We had a very hard day, and I was both shocked and disappointed.  When we came back from break, they were really on point and for the most part, doing what they needed to be doing. This week, all that has changed.  Today, it […]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019



A late start always leaves us a little discombobulated all day, but we’ll still take it.  We took our Math test today, and worked on something for Open House on Sunday.  We also presented two more of our Science presentations, and took a little time to learn about circuits, conductors, and insulators.  Your child can […]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019



This morning, we went on our visit to our service assignment.  We made a snow globe craft with residents.  I can’t begin to tell you how kind and patient your children were with the residents.  Many of them had residents who were unable to communicate well, or had trouble remembering what they were talking about, […]

Thursday, January 17, 2019



If you have not returned your child’s Wednesday folder, please do so tomorrow.  I am also missing quite a few permission slips for next week.  The trip is on the 22nd, which is the Tuesday we get back from our long weekend.  Without a signed permission slip, I cannot take your child to Healthwin. We […]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019



Today, I randomly checked assignment books, and I discovered that a decent number of kids are either not writing assignments down, or if they are, they are not writing information down completely.  So, to help get everyone on track, I will be signing off on some of the kids’ planners for the next week or […]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019



We have a lot of kids with coughs and colds.  Please remind your child to cover his/her mouth with the crook of the elbow to avoid spreading germs. Homework Spelling    p. 102 LA             research Soc. Stu.  crossword puzzle; extra credit due Friday Math         p. 367-369 Religion  […]

Monday, January 14, 2019



This afternoon, we had our first visit from our JA volunteer.  This year, we will learn about entrepreneurs and how people build businesses.  The kids had a great time!  She’ll be coming to see us for about the next 5-6 Mondays. Homework Spelling      p. 99-100 LA              do […]

Thursday, January 10, 2019



We did the Reading part of our NWEA for winter this afternoon.  The kids who didn’t finish will have the opportunity to do so at a different time. The kids’ Math tests were not as good as I’d have liked.  What I noticed is that many of them are making errors with basic facts – […]

Wednesday, January 9, 2019



Wednesday folders are coming home today, and they have a lot in them You’ll remember that we didn’t have a folder the week before Break.  Please peruse your child’s work, sign the folder, and return it tomorrow. In your child’s folder is a letter from the office explaining how to access Power School.  This will […]

Tuesday, January 8, 2019



We will have a Science test on Friday.  That means we will be starting our study guides tomorrow.  Also, on Thursday, we will take the Reading portion of NWEA. Behavior is great this week!  The kids are super on point, and we are getting so much done! Remind your child to have about 5 subjects […]

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019



We are back in the swing of things, whether we want to be or not! 🙂  We got a lot accomplished today. On Wednesday, your child needs to bring back his/her African American report directions with five possible choices and your signature.  Only one child is allowed to do any certain subject, so it’s important […]

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018



We wrapped up our play today, and even did an encore performance for Mrs. Burns.  Thanks a bunch for all of your help and support getting your children ready for the play.  The all did very well! We will take our open book Religion test and our Spelling test tomorrow.  We also do have PE.  […]

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2018



Oy!  There was an update to the program that supports the blogs, and being technologically impaired, I was not able to access it.  But, I’m back, with apologies! Tomorrow is the practice at St. Mary’s for the music program.  We won’t be returning to school until noon, so it is imperative that each child brings […]

Thursday, December 13, 2018



As always, the teacher luncheon was suck a nice treat.  Thanks so much; you take such good care of us.  Special thanks to Jenna Criniti and Mallory Schoenle for spending time with the class this afternoon during the luncheon. Our play is going to be fantastic next week!  Every time we practice, they get better. […]

Wednesday, December 12, 2018



These kids have really put their noses to the grindstone the last couple of days, and the play looks great!  Please, please, please be sure if at all possible to have your child in school every day next week.  Everybody is important, and although we can make it work if someone is gone, it would […]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018



In Religion today, we read from the Gospels and needed to figure out who Jesus was respecting, and how he showed respect.  The kids’ answers were so insightful that I truly felt like I could have gone to Starbucks for the rest of the class because my job was done!  Their knowledge clearly reflects on […]

Monday, December 10, 2018



Today, we practiced our play.  Many kids need to work on volume, and there are still kids who need to get their lines memorized.  If you could help your child out tonight, I’m sure it will help tremendously. Homework Math       p. 310-311 Soc. Stu.  Get test signed LA             begin pet letter to Santa Have a […]

Thursday, December 6, 2018



St. Nicholas visited last night and left everyone a treat. Please remember that lines for the play need to be memorized tomorrow, and costumes need to be in.  Next week, we are hitting it hard.  We’ve, unfortunately, not gotten many opportunities to practice this week.  It seems to be taking us overlong to even get […]

Wednesday, December 5, 2018



Yesterday, we cut and colored shoes and today we left them on our desks in the hopes of St. Nick leaving us a treat. Our class also received the vocation chalice, so for the rest of the week, we will be praying for men and women to discern their vocations in the best way to […]

Tuesday, December 4, 2018



Today, we made shoes to leave out on our desks tomorrow night for St. Nicholas.  We also continued on with “A Christmas Carol”. I am concerned because it seems in 4J that Christmas excitement has come early.  We are having a very difficult time staying on task and exhibiting self-control.  Please reiterate with your child […]

Monday, December 3, 2018



Today, we moved desks and taped out our stage for the play.  It’s obvious that many kids have been practicing lines.  Just a reminder that lines must be memorized, and costumes brought in by Friday. Tomorrow, we have a penance service in the morning.  We talked about examining our consciences to prepare.  If your child […]

Thursday, Nov. 29. 2018



We read through the play again today, and everyone is sounding good.  Most of the kids need to work on volume (if you can believe it!), and everyone needs to practice lines and work on memorization nightly.  Lines must be memorized and costumes in by next Friday. Homework Spelling     3X each/pyramids Religion    crossword puzzle; quiz […]

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018



The days go so fast this time of year!  We continued on with “A Christmas Carol”, and we are almost done with our stave. Unfortunately, we did not have time to read through our play.  Remind your child that he/she needs to be reading through the play every night and working on getting lines memorized […]

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018



A full day of school!  I hardly know what to do with myself!  We were able to do our first run through of our Christmas play today, and the kids did pretty well.  They should be practicing lines nightly; lines MUST be memorized by Friday of next week.  We also talked about costuming.  If you […]

Thursday, November 15, 2018



Today I was taught a lesson in humility.  No matter how fun I try to make a lesson, I am no match for huge, fluffy snowflakes!  The kids were so excited by the big snow.  I decided it was a perfect day to cut some snowflakes to hang from the ceiling for the play, so […]

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018



Today the kids got their play scripts and their roles.  I told the kids they MUST be responsible for their scripts, and not lose them.  Your child may or may not begin practicing lines; I told them I have no expectations of practice during Break.  It is totally up to your child. Wednesday folders are […]

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018



I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Report cards will be coming out on Thursday.  Please bring your child’s envelope and report card along with you to conferences on Monday. Book orders are due to me or online by Thursday as well. I have the Christmas play written and the cast set, so the kids […]

Thursday, November 8, 2018



Today, I gave the kids several book orders.  Orders are due online or to me on or before November 15.  If you would like to order books for your child as a gift, just shoot me an email to let me know, and I will send the books home in a bag with a sibling, […]

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018



The days are just whizzing by!  I cannot believe that week after next is Thanksgiving Break. Because the kids have both a Religion test and a Science test tomorrow, their only homework is to study.  They should review their completed study guide for Science.  In Religion, they should look over their review page, chapter definitions, […]

Tuesday, November 6, 2018



We finished up our study guides for Science today.  The kids should review, and then ask to be quizzed.  I’ve also encouraged them to practice what they want to say on the essay question as well.  We went over it, and I gave them a sample answer. We also reviewed for our LA quiz tomorrow.  […]

Monday, November 5, 2018



We are beginning our book study of “A Christmas Carol”.  I am helping a lot with the language, but the content is very understandable for the kids.  We will be working on this book up to Christmas break. We have some tests coming up this week.  On Thursday, we will have a Religion and a […]

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018



Mass was lovely today, with all of our saints.  If you child is doing his/her report tomorrow at 1, please remind him/her to return the saint costume tomorrow.  Presentations will begin at 1. Some kids still need to return their signed turkey papers to me.  Please check in with your child about this. Also, please […]

Tuesday, October 30, 2018



We continued on with folktales today, and began to compare similar folktales.  We even had time to touch on urban legends. and began to discuss how these are modern folktales. Tomorrow, we have a Halloween party at 1:45.  Please feel free to join us! Homework Spelling     worksheet due tomorrow LA               turkey directions signed Math          p. […]

Monday, October 29, 2018



First and foremost, I made a mistake on Saint times on Thursday.  They will begin at 8:15 on Thursday rather than 9:15. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Also, please remember that 4th graders are dressing up in their costumes for Mass on Thursday at 1:45.  If you can come, I’d recommend […]

Thursday, October 25, 2018



I will not be here tomorrow.  Twice a year, I have “the big neuro” appointment for my MS, and that is where I will be tomorrow.  The kids have quite a fun day for tomorrow, though, so I’m certain everything will be fine. We will celebrate our 100 points tomorrow by watching “Where the Red […]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018



Today’s Mass was lovely, as always, and the kids all looked terrific in their costumes.  I had them leave their costumes here at school for their reports next week. We had our second day to work on our animal project here at school.  If your child was unable to get all necessary information, he/she will […]

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018



I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the adult chaperones who joined us on our field trip .  It truly would not be possible to take a trip like this without you.  The kids were super good today on our trip.  They behaved on the bus, and they listened well while we […]

Monday, October 22, 2018



Today, we set our schedule for Saints reports next week.  If you intend to see your child’s report, please arrive early, and check in at the office for a name badge.  To speed things up, if you call Megan in the office the day before, she can have your badge ready when you arrive. The […]

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018



Sadly, 4T is about to celebrate their second 100 point treat, and we are sitting at 80 points toward our first reward.  They are good kids, but we aren’t listening and following directions, we aren’t making good choices, and we are all seeing a lot of silly behavior.  We get close to 100 points, and […]

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018



Your child should be plugging away 5 minutes per night on multiplication facts to keep skills sharp.  We also have a Reading vocab. quiz tomorrow.  We reviewed today, but it wouldn’t hurt to look over the list with your child tonight. Remember that your child  needs his/her saints costume for Mass next week. Homework Religion   […]

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018



Today in Science, we looked at some characteristics that are single gene traits in humans, so that we could see if we have the dominant or recessive genes.  Your child may come home today with some questions about whether or not you can do certain things in order to determine if they have a dominant […]

Monday, October 15, 2018



Today, the volunteer coordinator from Healthwin came in to talk to the kids about Healthwin and its residents, and how we can best serve them.  We’ve got some plans underway, and can’t wait to get started! We are in our Reading book for the first time this year.  We do have a Spelling test.  Your […]

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018



I am not sending a Wednesday folder today.  It’s difficult to remember to bring it back after a long weekend.  Expect a fairly fat folder next week. If you have not sent your student’s permission slips back, please do so as soon as possible. It is not too early to start collecting information on your […]

Tuesday, October 9, 2018



We got a lot accomplished today.  We completed our cumulative Math test and our LA quiz.  We’ll take the Power Up section of our Math test tomorrow. In Science today, since we are talking about adaptations, we watched a short youtube video about Mike the Headless Chicken.  Mike lived for 18 months without a head.  […]

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018



Because of the short week, we will not have a Reading or Spelling unit.  I will also wait until next week to send out Wednesday folders. We worked on our sloppy copies for our pumpkin letters today; some kids are working tonight as well.  The sloppy copies are due on Wednesday. We will have a […]

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018



Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Because he’s our class patron saint, we decided to celebrate.  We sang “Happy Feast Day”, and enjoyed a treat sent in by our room mom.  Big thanks, to Kristie Springer! We took our vocab. and religion tests today.  The vocab. is graded, and the kids did […]

Wednesday, October 3. 2018



Your child’s Wednesday folder is coming home today.  Please go through it carefully; there are several tests in it as well as a permission slip for a field trip.  If you wish to volunteer as a chaperone, you must have your background check completed, and you must have viewed the Safe Environment video.  If you […]

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2018



Today we watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, so we have a better idea of what it means for a pumpkin patch to be sincere, or the best.  Tomorrow, we will start to brainstorm for ideas to make our patches special.  Some kids did not bring me signed directions today, so please make sure […]

Monday, October 1, 2018



We talked about October’s Writer’s Workshop this month.  We’ll be doing a persuasive letter to the Great Pumpkin.  Your child has the directions for you to sign tonight. We earned lots of behavior points today!  We are at 52 points; I’m really proud of them. We finished up with “Shiloh” last week, so we turned […]

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018



We had a very meaningful talk today about scapegoating.  I have noticed that whenever something is done wrong, the class will always blame the actions on a couple of the kids.  I thought it was important to talk about taking accountability for our own actions and understanding that, most times, we are all contributing to […]

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018



Today in Mass, we had some chatty, squirmy kids.  As always. most everyone was great, but we want to be sure that Mass is meaningful for everybody.  Please talk to your child, and if he/she is having a problem focusing, remind them of the importance of Mass to our faith life and, of course, your […]

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018



We began working on our study guides for our Science test on Thursday.  Please DO NOT ask your child to finish it at home.  They are to study what we got done today, and tomorrow, we’ll finish it up, and they can study that part Wednesday night.  The test is multiple choice, and what is […]

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018



We finished the fall leg of NWEA today.  This means that soon you will be receiving results that will show you where your student currently is in terms of skills, what he/she excels at, and what skills need more work. I also have exciting news!  Mrs. Hill has graciously agreed to Japanese Fridays. Every Friday, […]

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018



Well, I’m a little disappointed that 4T celebrated earning their first 100 point reward today, and we are only at 30 points. We are really struggling to stay on task and to make good choices for ourselves, not just in my class, but everywhere they go. These are awesome kids, and I know they can […]

Wednesday, September 19, 2018



We have one chapter left to go in “Sadako”.  The kids seem to be enjoying the book.  Tomorrow, they’ll understand the significance of their own cranes and what we’re going to do with them. Homework Math     p. 96-98 LA          continue to edit; some kids are ready to ask you to proofread with them Soc. Stu.    […]

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018



Friday is the International Day of Peace.  So, today in Art, the kids made paper cranes, and we are reading aloud “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”.  I haven’t told them this yet, so please don’t share, but when we finish the book on Friday, we are sending the cranes to Japan to be lain […]

Monday, September 17, 2018



We are always packed to the gills on early dismissal days! Tomorrow, we will have a Math test and the kids will have a Soc. Stu. map quiz.  We began learning about possessive nouns today; it’s a struggle, but we’ll get through. Mrs. Taulbee did a very cool empathy building activity with us today for […]

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018



We had an exciting assembly today.  One of our 8th graders, Connor Schulke, was recognized by Riley Children’s Hospital for his courage and strength as a patient there.  He’ll be serving this year as essentially an ambassador for the hospital. Remember that the sloppy copy of the narrative that is due tomorrow should consist of […]

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018



Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Please peruse and keep your child’s work, and sign the folder and send it back tomorrow. We have a pretty light homework day so the kids can spend time on their narrative sloppy copies, which are due on Friday.  Today, we went over how to write an effective concluding […]

Sept. 11, 2018



We talked very briefly about the attacks on our country on Sept. 11.  I gave them very few details, but we did talk about how important it is to remember the past and to pray for the victims.  I encouraged the kids to ask at home if they have more questions or concerns. In Science, […]

Monday, Sept. 10. 2018



Today, we learned how to start our detail paragraphs of our personal narratives.  Tomorrow, the kids should have done their introductions and one detail paragraph.  We’ll work more tomorrow.  Sloppy copies are due on Friday. In science, we are beginning to learn about the Kingdoms of Living Things.  In reading, we are continuing on with […]

Thursday, Sept. 6



What rotten, good for nothing weather!  We all hate it when we can’t go outside for recess. We took our Religion tests today, and they will come home next week.  If you still have your child’s Wednesday folder, please send it back tomorrow. Tomorrow is Literacy Lounge, so feel free to join us between 9:30 […]

Wednesday, September 5



Today, we celebrated Nick S.’s tenth birthday.  Happy birthday, Nick! Most children did not want their sloppy copy paragraph last night for their animal portrait due on Friday.  Your child most definitely needs to do it tonight, so that he/she has time to ask you to proofread, and then have the final done on Friday.  […]

Tuesday, August 28, 2018



Very unfortunately, we are still having a big problem transitioning to other classrooms.  Father Michael was very disappointed in the fourth graders’ behavior on Friday, and today Mrs. Terry reported that there was a lot of talking among themselves during Social Studies.  I am seeing some of this, but the class seems to be saving […]

Monday, August 27, 2018



Today was busy, busy, busy!  We started our study of the novel “Shiloh”.  We will read and discuss the first section (chapters 1-3) this week, but we will not have a Reading test.  We also introduced our first Writer’s Workshop.  The only thing the kids are doing with it tonight is going over the directions […]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018



Today, we were able to get outside for our Science demonstration.  To practice our science process skills, we formed a question (What will happen if mentos come into contact with diet coke?), we watched the demonstration, and now, we are working on our lab reports with partners.  We’ll finish the reports tomorrow, and on Friday, […]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018



Sadly, we were unable to go outside for our science demonstration, because of the rain.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be more conducive to outside Science! Tonight is Back to School Night, beginning at 6:30 in the church basement.  If for whatever reason you aren’t able to make it, just have your child ask for a handout […]

Monday, August 20, 2018



Happy Monday!  We were very busy today.  We had our first Christian Community Time in the afternoon.  We watched a powerful video and then we discussed the importance of being a vocal bystander.  In other words, if you see something, say something.  If you would like to view the video, you’ll find it on youtube.  […]