Mrs. Jolly’s Blog


Wednesday, May 30, 2018



Our First Annual Poetry Slam was a smashing success! Everyone chose an original poem to share, and they did a fantastic job!  A big thank you to Mrs. Matthews and Mrs. Legault for the delicious treats for our Slam and my birthday tomorrow. Remember to have your child wear his/her Field Day tomorrow, along with […]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018



Well, today it began.  I collected the first of the kids’ books.  I am going to have the kids slowly, over the course of the week, bring things home so that on Friday, they aren’t overwhelmed with stuff. We’re finishing up our self-directed Science today and tomorrow. A few things to remember:  The Poetry Slam is […]

Thursday, May 24, 2018



Don’t forget we have no Spelling test tomorrow, so we have no 3X each.  We do have a Reading test, so your child should review the story and vocab.  Your child should also finish up the compliments for our hands books if he/she is still not done. Please remember that your child has two things […]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018



We have no homework tonight. But, I would like to request that you send in a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your child by next Tuesday.  We are going to write letters to our 8th grade selves.  Then, we’ll seal the letters in the envelopes, and I will save them until this time when they are […]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018



Our field trip was very interesting today.  The docents were very knowledgeable, and shared a lot with us. Remember that poetry collections are due tomorrow. I will be grading and returning them by Friday, so that the children can choose the poem they want to share at the poetry slam on Wednesday of next week. […]

Monday, May 21, 2018



Your child is bringing home a permission slip to watch the movie “Wonder” next week.  The movie is rated PG, so we need your permission for your child to watch it.  Both classes have read the book, and it has such a great message, we’d like to show them the movie. Homework Reading     p. […]

Thursday, May 17, 2018



Please remember to send in a light colored rock about the size of your child’s palm for our Faith Family activity Monday.  Also, please return your child’s Wednesday folder if you have not already. As we are coming to the end of the year, it isn’t too early to think about what your child will […]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018



We had a cool demonstration today to see how weathering and erosion differ. Tomorrow, we will look at our jars to see if sediment has settled, and draw conclusions about sedimentary rock formation. Homework Math       p. 707-709 Reading   comprehension sheet on “Zomo’s Friends” Spelling   review list Religion   p. 199; test Friday Please send your child’s […]

Tuesday, May 15, 2018



We are definitely in the home stretch, and unfortunately, many students are already checked out.  Behavior and work ethic are both degrading.  More children are earning yellow cards for not doing work and/or poor behavior, and many of the cards are coming home.  Please remind your child that we still have 2 1/2 weeks of […]

Monday, May 14, 2018



Can you believe we are down to three weeks?  I cannot even believe it! We will be having a Math test tomorrow, but we are only taking the cumulative section. Some kids also have to correct an assignment they were given while Mrs. Terry was out.  They were supposed to write a paragraph, but some […]

Thursday, May 9, 2018



For May Crowning tomorrow, the kids are to wear their regular uniform clothes.  They must wear a polo; no Friday t-shirts. We did the Reading portion of our NWEA today.  We’ll finish up in the next two weeks. Homework Spelling      3X each/pyramids Reading     review story and vocab. Science      study for test; get study guide signed […]

Wednesday, May 9, 2018



What a lovely Mass today!  Thanks to all of the wonderful ladies who joined us.  It means so much to the kids. Yearbooks were distributed today.  If you ordered one, but your child did not receive one, please contact Mrs. Dimino.  The kids are allowed to bring their yearbooks back the last week of school […]

Tuesday, May 9. 2018



Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is our Mother’s Mass at 8:15.  You can bring your child into school at 7:45, have him/her drop off the backpack, and head over to church.  After Mass, please walk your child back to class. Homework Math      p. 478-478 Spelling   p. 174 Reading  Ant packet due Thursday Music      16 […]

Monday, May 7, 2018



Today, we watched an interview on WNDU with Jacob’s sister, Kira.  At 13, she made it to National competition in gymnastics.  She went to competition last Wednesday, and earned 14th place nationwide.  Congratulations, Kira! Homework Spelling     p. 171-172 Math          p. 672-674 Reading     comprehension page Science       worksheet; test Friday Soc. Stu.     Quiz NEXT Wednesday Music          2 […]

Thursday, May 3, 2018



Tomorrow, I will not be here because I need to bring my daughter home from Bloomington.  The kids will be in the very capable hands of Mrs. Halloran’s daughter. Homework Reading     review for test Spelling      3X each/pyramids Have a great evening!

Wednesday, May 2. 2018



We could not have asked for better weather for our field trip today.  The tour of the Bascilica was really interesting; we learned a lot!  We then walked down and prayed at the Grotto.  In your child’s Wednesday folder today, I included a brochure that will show you a lot of the things we saw. […]

Tuesday, May 1, 2018



Today was so busy!  First, we made sedimentary rock models using different foods.  After we observed our models, we ate them.  We know better than to eat real rocks, but models are just fine!  Then, after computers, we learned about the tradition of May Day bouquets that we used to observe in this country, and […]

Monday, Apr.30, 2018



Today was a busy day!  We’re continuing on in our study of rocks by learning about sedimentary rocks.  Tomorrow, we are building models of sedimentary rocks.  We began a new story, which is non-fiction.  This means that a bit more effort will be required for comprehension this week. As it turns out, we will not […]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018



We are done with ISTEP+!  We do still have a leg of NWEA to complete before year’s end, but at least we’re done with ISTEP+. Tomorrow, we will have Literacy Lounge at our normal time, 10:45.  Feel free to join us. We now know about the four required categories of poems in our poetry books, […]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018



Tomorrow is our last ISTEP+ day.  Hooray!  We will not have Literacy Lounge tomorrow.  Instead, we will have it on Thursday at 10:45.  Hope you can join us Thursday! Homework Spelling    p. 150 Reading    crossword Soc. Stu.   7 Wonders due Thurs. Music       12 practice bugs done Have a great afternoon!

Monday, April 23, 2018



We only have two more days of ISTEP+ to do!  We only have the Science sections.  We’re back on our normal schedule this week. A few kids did not finish their weather phenomena project from Friday and/or their Math from this morning.  If that’s the case for your child, he/she also needs to complete these […]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018



Today, we finished up the Math portion of the ISTEP+. Now, we just have LA and Science. We have no homework tonight.  However, I did tell the kids that since there is no assigned work, they may want to work on haiku and limericks for their poetry packets.  Also, if they need more information about […]

Tuesday, April 17, 2018



The first thing I need to let you know is that we will NOT have Literacy Lounge tomorrow due to ISTEP+ testing. I gave all of the kids a manila folder to keep all of the poetry things in.  We reviewed how to write haiku today.  On the worksheet are some examples of haiku, and […]

Monday, April 16, 2018



We began our ISTEP+ today.  The kids did swimmingly with the computers.  Testing will probably extend into next week, as we are only going to only do one test per day.  Tomorrow, we will have another Math section, so please ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats a filling breakfast, and brings […]

Thursday, April 12, 2019



Well, we got through the practice Math ISTEP+ section today on the laptops.  We survived, but barely! 🙂  Tomorrow, we’ll finish up the practice tests, and begin the real test on Monday.  As before, please ensure that your child is well-rested and eats a nutritious breakfast in the morning.  Please send a healthy snack for […]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018



We had extra time this afternoon because we had Mass on Monday instead of today, so the kids had some time to work on homework.  Many used the time well; others, not so much. Please remind your child about appropriate recess behavior.  We are having unnecessary roughness on the field to say the least. Homework […]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018



Another busy day in paradise!  We learned about similes and metaphors today in Reading, and we discussed the Great Commandment in Religion. We are going to complete our online practice tests for ISTEP+ this week.  Next week, be begin the real testing. Homework Religion    Great Commandment activity Math          p. 593-594 Science      worksheet Reading     worksheet Spelling     […]

Monday, April 9, 2018



We’re back in the saddle again!  I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break. We’ll be in our Reading anthology for the rest of the year now.  “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was the last novel that we’ll be studying together this year. We had Mass today, since it is a holy day […]

Wednesday, March 28, 2017



We had a great Literacy Lounge today.  We also got to finish up “The Julian Chapter”, which is an add-on to “Wonder”.  It gave great perspective, and on top of it, the kids can take an AR test on it! Remember that tomorrow is a 2 PM dismissal. We are going to have a short […]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018



I’ve assigned an animal study to the children that will count as a test grade in Science.  Most kids will need to do some research on their animal in order to answer all of the questions.  They are also allowed to ask you for help.  These studies are due on Thursday. Mrs. Terry has a […]

Monday, March 26, 2018



If your family is leaving early for Break, please fill out a vacation form and file with the office.  I’ve sent forms home today with kids who know they might be gone, but if your child is not aware, just ask him/her to pick one up tomorrow. Because it’s a short week, and many families […]

Thursday, March 22, 2018



Today, we made character sketches from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” to show that we really understand our characters traits and their motivations.  We also answered our story questions from this group of chapters so that we can prepare for the test tonight. Most kids have completed their scientists here at school.  If […]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018



Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Please peruse your child’s work, sign the folder, and send it back tomorrow. We presented our mythological creatures that we’ve been working on here at school.  We now have a very clear idea of what the Witch’s and Aslan’s army both might look like.  The kids did a a […]

Tuesday, March 20, 2018



Today in Math, we began double digit multiplication.  We went over two ways to solve these problems, and most kids seemed pretty confident this morning.  That does not mean they will be confident this afternoon doing homework.  If your child needs help, please offer help the best you can, but we will be reviewing this […]

Monday, March 19, 2018



Mass was lovely today; thanks to all of the men important in the children’s lives who were able to attend. We are finishing up our book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” this week.  Next week, we will review everything we’ve learned the past six weeks. We will have have a Religion test on […]

Thursday, March 15, 2018



Book orders will be sent out this afternoon.  I expect the books to be in early next week. Homework Religion   Peace acrostic Soc. Stu.   Review states; extra credit due; L5 chart Reading     Review for test Spelling      3X each/pyramids Music         practice bugs (4 bugs) Have a good night!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018



I’m back from having spent a couple of days with my daughter, who attends IU Bloomington and is home this week for Spring Break.  It was very nice, but I’m glad to be back with these kiddos. Today, we read the pivotal chapter in our novel and we talked about the Christian allegory.  Seriously, there […]

Thursday, March 8, 2018



We finished this week’s section of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, and completed our study questions so we can prepare well for the test tomorrow. We’ll have Stations tomorrow, as we do all Fridays of Lent.  Please also remind your child to turn in donations for Ark of Hope. I passed a book […]

Wednesday, March 7, 2018



We began working with the coordinate grid today in Math.  It’s a little confusing for some of the kids, but we’re just learning.  They also have an extra credit graphing activity that’s due on Friday. Wednesday folders are coming home.  Yesterday’s math tests are in them; if your child earned a D or F, the […]

Tuesday, March 6, 2017



We began a research project today in Computers on an impactful scientist.  Most everyone finished research today, but if your child did not get done, he/she needs to complete research tonight.  Next week, they’ll learn how to put their information into the proper format. We had reconciliation today, which is always good. Homework Religion   reflection […]

Monday, March 5, 2018



Things are back to normal in 4J.  We read chapter 9 of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” today.  We completed lesson 80 in Math, so we will have a test tomorrow, and we started a new lesson in Science. Keep reminding your child to bring in his/her donations for our Lenten project. Homework […]

Thursday, March 1, 2018



Today, we took our long ISTEP test, the writing section.  Tomorrow, we have Science and then we are done until the second leg of the test later this Spring. Tonight, the kids should study for their states and capitols quiz tomorrow. Have a great evening!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018



Two ISTEPs down, two to go!  We’ll be done with this leg of the test this Friday. We don’t have any homework, except to study for states and capitols quiz on Friday.  They also need to bring in some index cards for Soc. Stu. class. The end of the trimester is Friday.  Unfortunately, we can […]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018



We took the Math portion of this round of ISTEP+ this morning.  Tomorrow, we’ll keep plugging along with the first English/LA section. We finished “Wonder” today.  The kids loved it!  Beginning tomorrow, the kids are going to come up with a precept they relate to – either a famous quote they know or one they […]

Monday, February 26, 2018



We finished up our practice ISTEP+ tests today, and will be ready to start the real thing tomorrow.  I’m sure that your child has mentioned that they are allowed to bring chewing gum to have only during the test.  I will keep the gum for them, and I expect to neither hear nor see it.  […]

Thursday, February 22, 2018



Tomorrow, we will begin the practice tests for ISTEP+.  We’ll continue to practice on Monday, and on Tuesday we’ll begin the real test.  On Monday, I will give you more information about preparing for and taking the real test. Homework Soc. Stu.    Review states for quiz Math          p. 487-488 Science  […]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018



Today, we didn’t get nearly as much done as I had hoped.  Therefore, we’ll have a bit more reading in “The Lion…” tomorrow. We also practiced using logic today, as the professor in the last chapter wondered what children in schools these days are learning if not logic. Homework Spelling   finish worksheet from yesterday Reading   […]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018



Coming back on a Tuesday is always nice; it makes the week go quickly. We will have a Math test tomorrow. In Science, we were able to look at and discuss why our white carnations were changing color and talk about the vascular system in plants a bit more clearly. Homework Spelling     double sided worksheet […]

Thursday, February 15, 2018



Tomorrow, the kids are finishing up their Social Studies posters in class. We are also having our first states and capitols quiz and and our first test over “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, so studying tonight is important. Our Math lesson was brand-new information.  We learned about transformations (movements) of polygons on the […]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018



Happy Valentine’s Day! Just a quick reminder that the trimester ends on March 2.  This is especially important when it comes to AR points.  March 2 will be the last day to take AR tests for the second trimester. Several children signed up for extra credit in Reading.  Tomorrow, we are going to meet the […]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Tomorrow is Literacy Lounge; join us if you can.  We also have JA. Homework Religion    worksheet Math          p. 457-459 Spelling    worksheet due Reading    vocabulary sentences We read the first two chapters of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” today.  A few children still do not have the […]

Monday, February 12, 2018



We had our first oral reports for our African-American reports.  Everyone did a great job, and we’re looking forward to more tomorrow. Thanks to Mrs. Legault and Mrs. Matthews for a super Valentine’s party.  We had to have ours today because we have an afternoon special tomorrow.  However, the kids do get to wear a […]

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018



In case you have not received the alert, CKS has already announced a 2 hour delay for tomorrow.  Keep your eyes and ears open, in case it becomes a closing. I demonstrated to the kids exactly what I’m looking for in the African American oral report next week – just some basic biographical info. (birth […]

February 6, 2018



Tomorrow is Literacy Lounge from 10:45-11:25; join us if you can! There isn’t a lot of homework tonight, so hopefully everyone will have ample time to work on the African-American report tonight.  Remember, it’s due on Friday.  Please also remind your child to include his/her works cited page. Homework Spelling    p. 102 LA              Report due […]

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018



African-American reports are due this Friday, and visuals are due next week.  Please remember this is a test grade for LA. We will have a Valentine’s party on Monday, Feb. 12.  If your child would like to bring treats or Valentine’s, he/she must bring enough for everyone. Our chocolate factory trip was fun today!  The […]

Thursday, February 1, 2018



Today was a busy one!  We began the Math section of our NWEA, and we had a pep assembly.  Fortunately, I was not one of the teachers who had to take a pie to the face, and for that I am grateful! We finished up our study guides in Science.  If  your child has not […]

Wednesday, January 31. 2018



Everyone looked so nice in their dress-up clothes today.  Tomorrow’s theme is jeans and spirit wear shirts. Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Inside is a permission slip for the chocolate factory Monday.  Please be sure to send that back in the folder. We don’t have a lot of homework today, so it would be […]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018



Today, in celebration of our nation, we wrote letters to active duty deployed troops for Operation Gratitude.  We’ll hammer out our final copies tomorrow. Tomorrow, we will wear our dress up clothes for Catholic Schools Week.  We will also have Literacy Lounge at 1);45.  Join us if you can! Homework Math     p. 431-433 Spelling  p. […]

Monday, January 29, 2017



Today was fun!  We were dressed as our favorite movie/book characters, and every hour, we dropped everything and danced.  Tomorrow, the kids get to wear red, white, or blue shirts, or American team shirts, and we get some fun afternoon game time! Homework Religion     p. 131 (test Wed.) Math          worksheet Soc. Stu.    p. 33 Reading    […]

Thursday, January 25, 2018



Tomorrow is a Jean Day for the kids.  They may wear jeans and a Friday shirt. Today, we watched a movie about the civil rights movement that included film footage from the early 1960’s.  This movie is going to really help everyone understand our read-aloud book, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963”, and the racial […]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018



Today, we had our first lesson with our JA representative.  It was a lot of fun.  Mr. Gedde will join us on Wednesday afternoons for the next 5 weeks.  Be sure to ask your child what he/she learned today! Homework Math    worksheet – long division, your child may need help! Reading   onamanopeia drawing (sound words) […]

Tuesday, January 23, 2018



Congratulations to Lauren and Allison Legault!  They both entered a poetry contest offered through the school, and both were chosen for publication.  They are now in the running for cash prizes.  You go, girls! The front window outside of the office was installed today.   It’s quite lovely. In Science, Max showed us how to make […]

Monday, January 22, 2018



We are working on a list to leave on our desks for Open House on Sunday about what we think is great, specifically, about Christ the King school.  We’re trying to avoid generalized statements, such as “I have nice friends” that would be true at any school.  Most kids are done with their sloppy copies, […]

Thursday, January 18, 2017



Today, we took the Winter LA section of our NWEA.  The kids who did not have an opportunity to finish their Reading section last week, or were absent, will work with Mrs. Taulbee or Mrs. Flint tomorrow to get done.  We only have one more session – Math – which we will take next week. […]

Wednesday, January 17, 2018



Wednesday folders are coming home today, so review your child’s work and send the folder back signed tomorrow. Homework Spelling      Homophone worksheet Reading      vocab. page LA                 Research/read for African-American report Soc. Stu.      extra credit page due Friday Have a great afternoon!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



I hope everyone had a restful four day weekend!  Tomorrow is Wednesday, so we’ll have Literacy Lounge at 10:45; join us if you can.  Also, book orders, either online or to me, are due tomorrow. The kids’ behavior since coming back from break has been phenomenal!  Please encourage your child to keep it up. Homework […]

January 11, 2018



We began the second wing of our NWEA testing today.  We took Reading today, and we’ll do Math and LA within the next two weeks. Tomorrow is our first research day for our African-American reports, so be sure to send your child with a resource – a book, an internet article, an encyclopedia, etc. This […]

January 10, 2018



Today in Math, we learned how to multiply a triple digit number by a single digit number.  The kids seem to really get it, but don’t be surprised if your child asks for a little help on homework tonight. Everyone has a subject for the African American report.  Two resources will be required for the […]

January 9, 2018



Remember that tomorrow kids have to have their African American subject chosen, and their directions signed and returned.  A resource is required for Friday. Tomorrow is Literacy Lounge at 10:45.  Feel free to join us. We have not been going outside for recess, even though the wind chill has been above 20.  The fact is, […]

January 8, 2018



Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a blessed and restful Christmas.  Thank you so very much for all of the thoughtful gifts and greetings.  You are all so kind to have thought of me. Many students have already chosen their subjects for their African-American reports.  Everyone needs to have chosen someone by Wednesday.  […]

Wednesday, December 20, 2017



If you check out the CKS facebook page, you will see photos from our play! Mrs. Santucci was in today and snapped some awesome shots.  We have 4 more performances tomorrow, and then we’ll have a cast party on Friday. We will have a math test tomorrow, as well as a religion quiz.  The kids […]

Tuesday, December 19, 2017



Performances keep on getting better!  Remember we have two performances tomorrow, and four on Thursday.  Be sure to join us if you can! We will have Literacy Lounge tomorrow at 10:45.  Feel free to come read with us. Homework Religion     Quiz Thursday (the kids have a study guide) Spelling      worksheet due tomorrow Math            p. 348-349 […]

Monday, December 18, 2017



Well, we had our first performances for a real audience today, and the kids were AWESOME!  Everyone knew their lines and actions, and it went off perfectly.  Please try to make it in this week to see a performance of the play.  You won’t regret it! We also celebrated our first 100 behavior points with […]

Thursday, December 14, 2017



Tomorrow, we will have our dress rehearsal and perform for 4T.  Please encourage your child to rehearse lines tonight.  We still need to work on volume and actions. A big thanks to Mrs. Legault, who sat with the kids during the teacher’s luncheon, which was beautiful and delicious! Homework Religion    review for test tomorrow Spelling     […]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017



My mom’s surgery went great, and she’s doing well.  The nurse said she’s tough, and I said, “You have no idea”. We got two play practices in today and we did very well.  Kids are beginning to forget lines, so it’s important to still practice every night. FINALLY we earned 100 behavior points!  I’ll be […]

Monday, December 11, 2017



Your child is bringing home the play performance schedule today.  Please ascertain which cast your child is performing in before deciding on a performance.  If you could let Megan know which performance you plan to attend, she can make your name tag ahead of time, which will save you time.  Everyone needs to check into […]

Thursday, December 7, 2017



Remember that your child needs his/her play costume tomorrow.  Also, we are going script-free tomorrow, so help your child practice lines.  In our play, we really need work on volume (believe it or not!) and inflection.  Our animals need to continue to work on acting. If you still have your child’s Wednesday folder, please sign […]

December 6, 2017



Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Please look at your child’s work, and send the folder back signed tomorrow. We got through the whole play today, and the kids sound great.  We need to work now on our acting – right now, we’re a little flat. Have your child keep practicing his/her lines.  Memorized lines […]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017



We were able to read through the play today, but not act because Tuesdays are our busiest days.  We’re getting better and better!  Please remind your child to be working on lines and getting costumes together.  Both are due Friday. Homework Spelling     worksheet due, both sides Reading     3rd Spirit due; vocab. page Math          p. 315-316 […]

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017



We had a run-through of our play today.  It went pretty well.  Our narrators had good volume.  One thing we’ll be working on is adding spice to our parts with actions and inflections.  It’s my expectation that everyone has lines memorized and costumes in for approval this Friday.  Please contact me if you have questions […]

Thursday, November 30, 2017



We blocked off our stage for our play today, but we didn’t get an opportunity to run through because we really wasted a lot of time this afternoon.  Hopefully, we’ll get to go through tomorrow.  Keep reminding your child to practice lines.  We have to be memorized next Friday. Homework Spelling      3X each Reading     1.  […]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017



I apologize for no blog yesterday; I had to leave early to get an MRI.  No worries – it’s just my every other year check to be sure I have no new plaque on my brain and spine.  Since I have no new symptoms, I don’t expect any problems. One thing to be aware of […]

Monday, November 27, 2017



I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now that we’re back, we’re going to be busier than ever in 4th grade!  We are continuing on with “A Christmas Carol” and we’re getting our play off the ground.  Every night, your child should be practicing lines.  Everyone must have lines memorized by Friday, Dec. 8th.  This […]

Monday, November 20, 2017



2:oo pm dismissals always make the day go by quickly.  We read through our Christmas play script for the first time today. We’ll be starting on the play full speed ahead after Thanksgiving. Homework Math      p. 284-286 LA          begin editing turkey story; final copies are due Nov. 30. We […]

November 15, 2017



Today, the CKS robotics team presented their project to the Science classes today.  They researched the use of plastic, disposable water bottles, and proposed better options.  Our own Tulsi and Joey were part of this amazing team.  CKS robotics is a great opportunity for the students to think like scientists.  Maybe your child will consider […]

November 14, 2017



Happy Tuesday that feels like Monday! I want to let you know that even though we are reading the next stave in “A Christmas Carol” and we have a spelling list, we are having neither a spelling nor a reading test.  We are doing all of the work, but we are spreading it out over […]

November 9, 2017



We finished Stave One of “A Christmas Carol”.  We’ll have a test tomorrow.  The kids have a study guide to help them. We’ll also have a Spelling test tomorrow. Tomorrow is PE, so please help your child remember clothes. Homework Math     p.266-268 Reading    study for test Spelling  3X each/pyramids LA           finish steps for turkey expository […]

November 8, 2017



We began a tough concept in Math today – relating fractions and decimals.  You might find that your child needs help with homework tonight. We began discussing our Christmas play, that the kids will be starting right after Thanksgiving break.  If you know that you will be leaving early for Christmas break, please let me […]

November 6, 2017



Today, we had an awesome presentation from NIPSCO about energy safety.  The kids have an energy safety questionnaire to fill out with you.  After filling it out, please go online and record your results.  Then, if your child brings the questionnaire back to me by Friday, he/she will receive 10 extra credit points in Science!  […]

November 3, 2017



Tomorrow is our last day of saints.  We’ve had some very interesting reports.  Tomorrow is also Adoration, so encourage your child to bring a rosary or prayer book. Book orders are due tomorrow. either to me or online. Earlier this week for Christian Community Time, we wrote Dear Classmates letters in order to tell the […]

November 1, 2017



All Saints’ Mass was lovely today.  Parents are sending me pics; I just need to figure out how to get the links here for you!  Kids who have already done their saint reports are bringing their costumes home today; the rest will bring them home after their presentations. Mrs. Schuppig came in and did a […]

Happy Halloween!



The only homework the kids have is their Spelling worksheet from yesterday (if they didn’t finish it), and studying for the Social Studies test tomorrow. We had a most awesome Halloween party this afternoon, thanks to Mrs. Legault and her parent helpers.  I simply could not do it without all you fabulous parents! I found […]

October 30, 2017



We had our first saint reports today.  They went very well; I can’t wait to see more tomorrow. Our Halloween party begins tomorrow at 2.  Feel free to drop by if you are in the building.  The kids are allowed to wear appropriate Halloween shirts with their uniform pants tomorrow. Homework Spelling    worksheet, both sides, […]

October 26, 2017



4J is all caught up with 4T now in Science.  We’ve done our glider launches, collected our data, and answered some questions.  Tomorrow, we’ll compare data and see what conclusions can be drawn. Almost everyone is finished with their Little Orphant Annie stanzas.  We’ll be presenting tomorrow. Your child’s gargoyle is coming home from Art […]

October 25, 2017



Today was another hectic day!  I had no idea how much that extra half hour makes until we had to dismiss at 2:30.  I’ll be glad when they get the road fixed! We went outside for recess today, and it was pretty chilly.  It’s imperative to send your child with a warm jacket, and not […]

Tuesday, October 24



Everyone is scheduled for their saint reports for next week.  We went over the schedule today, and your child was asked to write the information down for you in the planner.  Tomorrow is also Literacy Lounge from 10:45-11:15.  Join us if you can! The class’s talking is really becoming problematic.  Today we lost 20 points […]

October 23, 2017



Hopefully, dismissal will be better tomorrow.  Mr. Hoffman worked very hard to come up with a workable plan, but of course, instituting it today was tricky. Mrs. Wiginton would like you to know that if you or other family members plan to come and see your child’s saint report, you may want to arrive a […]

October 19, 2017



Tomorrow, I will be out.  It’s time for the big yearly neuro appointment to monitor my MS.  Mrs. Matthews will be here, so you can trust the kids will have a smooth day. Homework Religion    work on saint report Math           p. 209-211 Spelling      3X each/pyramids Reading       Review story and vocab. for test LA                  work on […]

October 18, 2017



Children have already begun to sign up for their saint reports.  Everyone needs to decide on a time by Friday.  Remember, if you wish to come see your child’s report you are more than welcome; your child has days and times in his/her planner.  Today, I gave a sample speech to give them an idea […]

October 17, 2017



Your child was asked to write the dates and times down for saint reports.  You are welcome to come and see your child’s report; simply sit down together and work out a time that works for you, and instruct your child to sign up for that time.  Many kids are getting to the point of […]

October 16, 2017



Today, the kids got their sloppy copies of their pumpkin letters back.  Now, it’s time to self-edit and ask for help proofreading.  Final letters are due October 27.  Just a reminder that the kids need to use friendly letter form.  Hopefully, your child still has the hand out; if not, let me know. Tonight’s math […]

October 12, 2017



Today, we completed the final test in this leg of NWEA.  This is the benchmark test.  The next two legs will help us to track each child’s growth throughout the year. Tomorrow, we will be going to church to pray the rosary.  Please remind your child to bring a rosary to school. Homework Reading     review […]

October 11, 2017



Because we missed our Art class yesterday morning, Mrs. Dimino agreed to see us this afternoon during the time we’d normally have Mass.  It was a gift that we really appreciated! On Friday, we will have a rosary.  Please encourage your child to bring a rosary from home to pray with. Many kids were confused […]

October 10, 2017



Mass was very nice this morning.  Of course, we didn’t get back until a little bit after noon, so the kids were all starving!  But everyone behaved really well, not only at Mass, but also on the bus, coming and going.  We are going to keep costumes here for our reports at the end of […]

October 9, 2017



Tomorrow, we have Mass at the Purcell Pavilion at Notre Dame.  The kids need to wear their saint costumes to school, and then change into their uniforms when we return.  We’ll keep the saint costumes here for their reports at the end of the month. Homework Math    p. 165-167 Soc. Stu.   worksheet p. 49 (if […]

August 5, 2017



We took the Reading section of the NWEA today.  Most kids finished, but the rest will finish tomorrow.  We got very fidgety after sitting for almost an hour, so we decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and we took a short afternoon recess. I’d just like to remind you that your child needs a saint […]

October 4, 2017



Today, we had another successful Literacy Lounge.  Always remember that you are  more than welcome to join us on Wednesdays.  We have a few adults who come just about every week, and this is great for the kids to see. Please look through your child’s Wednesday folder and send it back to me signed tomorrow. […]

October 3, 2017



Today, we talked in more detail about our October Writer’s Workshop.  Several children have not returned their signed directions page.  Please send it back with your child tomorrow if you still have it. We’ll have a Math test tomorrow. Homework Math        p. 155-157 Spelling    worksheet, both sides Reading     Sarah letter Science       convection drawing Have a […]

October 2, 2017



This week, we will be reading “Sarah, Plain and Tall”.  Our Spelling will also come from this story.  We are also starting our new Writer’s Workshop for October.  Your child will bring directions home for you to sign and return. Even though the week is starting out warmly, please send a jacket with your child […]

September 28, 2017



We began our NWEA testing this afternoon.  We started with Math, and we will have two other categories, Reading and Language.  We’ll take these tests twice more this year.  This battery of tests is designed to provide a baseline of knowledge for each student.  The other two batteries are designed to show how much growth […]

September 27, 2017



We had an unfortunate incident at the end of the day today.  When we went to our lockers, Mrs. Terry brought to my attention that children were literally screaming in the hallway.  Taking points has very little impact on the class, so tomorrow, we will try something new.  Each child will write a one page […]

September 26, 2017



I apologize that there was no blog yesterday.  I was out yucky sick.  Hopefully, this did not cause undue stress. We are working furiously on our final “Shiloh” project in Reading, and we’re beginning light energy in Science. Homework Math       p. 130-132 Religion   Study for Ch. 2 test tomorrow Spelling   worksheet due Reading    plot page […]

September 21, 2017



Tomorrow is a test heavy day.  We have one in Spelling, Reading, Science, and Math.  I’ve tried to help the kids plan out their week for studying, but if they have not used time well, tonight will likely be busy. Please remember to sign your child’s Science study guide so he/she can earn 5 extra […]

September 20, 2017



We had a great Literacy Lounge today. Kids really got a lot read, and felt very proud of themselves. I just found out today that during All School Masses, the kids are not allowed to join parents, grandparents, etc.  Instead, everyone needs to sit with his/her class.  These Masses are meant to praise God and […]

August 19, 2017



I returned the kids’ sloppy copies today.  We reviewed how to edit, and they have a  paper to refer to if they forget.  Everyone needs to edit his/her paper for ideas, and then ask an adult at home to proofread for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.  Final papers must be typed and double spaced or […]

September 18, 2017



I am so excited to announce that, in six days time, the kids collected $206.64 for the Houston Humane Society!  I am so proud of their generosity and commitment.  The cashier’s check and letter are going out today.  I have no doubt the Humane Society will appreciate our donation. We will be having our first […]

September 14, 2017



Tomorrow is the last day to submit book orders and contribute to the Humane Society in Houston. We also need to have all five paragraphs completed on our sloppy copies of our narratives tomorrow.  We began talking about the self-editing process, and some children began today.  We’ll continue editing next week, and by Wednesday or […]

September 13, 2017



We had a great Literacy Lounge today.  We had several family members join us today, as well as Mrs. Schuppig.  Thanks so very much for supporting the kids! Remember that book orders and donations for the Houston animal shelter are due Friday. Wednesday folders came home today.  Please peruse your child’s work, sign the folder, […]

September 12, 2017



We have already collected a lot of money for the Humane Society in Houston!  Please remember that our drive ends on Friday.  I will take the money to the bank on Friday and send a check to Houston.  I’ll let you know our grand total on Monday. Tomorrow is Literacy Lounge.  Remind your child to […]

September 11, 2017



If your child is ordering Scholastic books, you need to  place your order online or send the order to me no later than Friday. For the last two blogs I’ve neglected to let you know about a project we’re doing.  Since St. Francis is our patron saint, we are collecting change to donate to the […]

August 6, 2017



Today, unfortunately, was one of those days when the class’s talking was way out of control.  They had their indoor recess cut short this morning because many kids continued to yell after several warnings.  Several warning yellow cards were also given throughout the day.  All told through the course of the day, they lost 13 […]

September 5, 2017



In Reading, we are continuing on in “Shiloh”.  We’ll read up to chapter 7 this week.  Because we only have 3 days, we will not have a Reading test this week; instead, the children will simply complete study questions on their chapters.  We will also not have a Spelling test this week, although we are […]

August 31, 2017



We finished up chapter 3 in “Shiloh” and completed our story questions.  We also practiced working with our vocab. words.  Tomorrow’s reading test will include  4 questions from the story questions, and a vocab. section.  If your child reviews the vocab. and story questions, he/she should do great! We also began our introductions to our […]

August 30, 2017



Today, we began our prewrites for our narratives.  The kids are going to finish them tonight.  You might find that your child needs some help organizing his/her thoughts. We continued with Ch. 2 of “Shiloh” and began our story questions.  I will do the questions with them, but it’s important they follow along; the test […]

August 29, 2017



Tomorrow, we have Literacy Lounge from 10:45-11:15.  Please join us!  Also, if you could please have your child put his/her snugglie into a plastic bag for tomorrow, that would be greatX! We worked on our “lesson plans” for Science and will begin presenting tomorrow.  I’m excited – the kids have come up with some cool […]

August 28, 2017



I’m looking very forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night this evening.  Festivities begin at 6:30 in the church basement.  If you are unable to come, I will send the information passed out home with your child tomorrow.  Please be sure to ask for it. We are beginning our study of the book […]

August 24, 2017



This is an extremely wonderful group of children, and I love working with them.  But if they have one flaw, it’s that they like each other TOO much.  There is an awful lot of talking going on when it’s not appropriate.  We should have had time, for example, to have an extra recess this afternoon; […]

August 23, 2017



Today, we continued working on our “Tales…” book tear project and we began a movie on energy in Science.  We also talked about ordinal numbers in Math, which is usually a difficult concept.  This group, however, were spot on! We began taking AR tests today.  Our first Literacy Lounge was awesome!  We had several grown-ups […]

August 22, 2017



We had a chock full busy day today.  Tuesdays are our double specials day – Art and Computers.  We also had an opportunity to talk in more detail about our classroom patron saint, St. Francis.  By next Friday (not this week) they need to have the St. Francis prayer memorized.  I will listen to each […]

August 21, 2017



What an exciting day!  We went outside twice this afternoon to watch the the eclipse, and the kids were absolutely astounded!  We also took some time to learn about superstitions about solar eclipses held by ancient people.  I think their favorite was an Aztec superstition that pregnant women should stay inside on the day of […]

Friday, August 18, 2017



Hello, all! Generally, I blog everyday except Friday; however, since this is my first day back, I thought I’d make an exception!  Thank you for all of your kind words regarding dropping Emily off at IU.  She’s my baby, and it was pretty brutal! 🙂 The kids are a great group, and seem raring to […]

Thursday, June 1, 2017



Today, we wrote our letters to our 8th grade selves.  I will seal and address the envelopes and store them safely for the next four years.  If you have not sent in your child’s stamped envelope yet, please do so. I also collected hard cover books today.  Tomorrow, we will be cleaning, so make sure […]

Tuesday, May 30, 2017



Please send in a stamped envelope with your child tomorrow.  We are writing letters to our 8th grade selves from our 4th grade selves.  I will hold onto the sealed envelopes until this time in 8th grade, and then send them out.  I think the kids will get a kick out of them! We also […]

Thursday, May 25, 2017



Our field trip was lots of fun today.  Thanks to all of our chaperones who were able to help out today. Tomorrow, Grace is treating the class to a dress down day and movie afternoon.  Her parents won the 4J fun packet at the auction.  Remember that your child can bring a snack and drink […]

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



Tomorrow is the chocolate factory trip – it should be great fun! On Friday, we will have a movie treat and a dress down day.  Grace’s parents won the the 4J fun packet at the auction, and Grace wants to use those certificates on Friday.  Because it’s a special treat, the kids can each bring […]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



We had a little problem today.  Apparently, the kids were not listening to Mrs. Dimino in Art today, nor were they listening to Mrs. Halloran and Mrs. Jank at lunch.  On top of that, some students were going out of their way to annoy others with noises they learned from some youtuber, and refused to […]

Monday, May 22, 2017



Ask your child for the green letter that went home today.  It outlines all of the different things the kids can wear tomorrow.  Cost is $1 per non-uniform item, and proceeds go to help defray the costs for our own Sam Thomas to go to Washington for the national spelling bee. Remember that poetry collections […]

Thursday, May 18, 2017



Today, Fr. Michael came in to talk to us about discerning our vocations.  He had lots of good information to share, and the kids asked some insightful questions. We took our Science vocab. quiz.  Kids either did very well, or did very poorly.  They will come home in next week’s work folder. We also learned […]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



We received the Vocation Chalice this today at Mass.  This means that we will be praying for vocations for the next week.  It worked out really well, because we are talking about vocations is Religion as well. Tomorrow, we have the Science vocab. quiz.  Hopefully, everyone has been reviewing since the kids have known about […]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017



Today, we began actually working with Roman numerals.  The kids are actually pretty good at it! We also reviewed for our Science vocab. quiz on Thursday.  It is still important that the kids review at home as well.  Some of them really need a good grade on this quiz. Homework Math     worksheet Spelling    p. 162 […]

May 15, 2017



Just a reminder that the poetry collections are due on May 26.  I had all of the kids tell me what their optional categories were going to be, and I showed the kids who were doing song lyrics how to find lyrics as well as songwriters.  It’s important that, at this point, everyone is working […]

Thursday, May 11, 2017



We did finish our Math books today, and we will have a test tomorrow.  We’ll still be learning and practicing new Math concepts, but they just won’t be from the textbook. Jake brought in his snap circuits today and showed us some very cool series and parallel circuits.  It was very entertaining and eductional – […]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017



We received a thank-you card from pre-school for the donated books that the kids wrote.  They really appreciated them! We are wrapping up our Math textbook tomorrow.  However, that does not mean we are done with Math.  We will review some concepts that the kids struggled with, and we will begin learning some concepts that […]

Tuesday, May 9, 2017



Today we reviewed what we’ve been learning about verbs, and we will have a quiz tomorrow.  We also reviewed for a Religion test tomorrow.  The kids should still study at home some as well. Next Tuesday, we will have a vocab. quiz in Science.  Some of the kids desperately need this grade because they performed […]

Monday, May 8, 2017



Today, we wrote our journals from different perspectives – sitting on or under our desks, on tummies on the floor, etc.  The purpose was to help everyone determine the best type of homework environment for 5th grade.  Things get harder and more complicated, and kids often have extracurriculars.  Therefore, having an optimal homework plan is […]

Thursday, May 4th, 2017



May the fourth be with you!  Never gets old… I was so pleased that so many kids wanted to donate their books to the pre-school classes.  It isn’t too late if you still have your child’s book; just send it back in.  Please also send back Wed. folders if you did not send it back […]

Wednesday, May 3, 2017



The Mother’s Mass was beautiful today.  Thanks so much to all the moms, grandmas, sisters, and positive role models who joined us to make this Mass special. I had hoped to spend some additional time in the Computer lab, researching our weather phenomena.  Unfortunately, the class kept talking until so much time was wasted that […]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017



Everyone enjoyed seeing the movie this morning.  Disney Nature is always a treat.  Bus behavior could have been better, but everyone was great at the movie. Remember that tomorrow is our Mother’s Mass.  Please bring your child to class to drop off backpacks in the morning, and then go on to church.  If you are […]

Thursday, April 27, 2017



Tomorrow is our field trip to ND.  This is a walking field trip so please have your child wear tennis shoes.  Your child should also wear a jacket since we will spend a lot of time outdoors. Next Wednesday is the Mothers’ Mass at 8:15.  Grandmas, aunts, big sisters, or anyone else who is a […]

Tuesday, April 25, 2017



I am still missing Wednesday folders from last week.  If you still have your child’s folder, please send it back for tomorrow.  I am sending some progress reports home in the Wednesday folder tomorrow.  If your child did not receive one, he/she has a C+ or better in classes.  If your child did receive one, […]

Monday, April 24



Today, we finished up ISTEP+ with the two Science sections and everyone survived!  We are all grateful that’s done. We are beginning our final Writer’s Workshop.  We are writing and collecting poetry to put into a book.  Your child has the directions; please read over them, sign, and return to me. I was VERY impressed […]

Thursday, April 20



Today, we got 2 of the 4 English/LA ISTEP+ tests completed.  Tomorrow, we’ll do the other two. Children’s books are due tomorrow.  Please help your child remember. If you didn’t send back your child’s Wednesday folder, I need it tomorrow, along with the signed Math test and field trip permission slip. Tomorrow, we’ll be having […]

Wednesday, April 18



Well, we are done with our first day of ISTEP!  We managed to hammer out all of the Math assessments today.  Tomorrow, we will take two of the LA sections.  Again, be sure your child has a hearty breakfast, a good night’s sleep, and a healthy snack. Remind your child to work on his/her children’s […]

April 18, 2017



Today, we finished up our practice tests, so we’ll begin ISTEP+ testing tomorrow.  We’ll take tests each day through next Monday.  As before, your child can bring gum to chew during testing.  Your child also needs #2 pencils with erasers, a hearty breakfast, and a healthy snack.  Please also help your child get a good […]

April 12, 2014



Tomorrow is a 2 PM dismissal. We celebrated Mrs. Halloran’s birthday today with a cookie treat, thanks to Mrs. Zielinski and Mrs. LaClyuze.  They also brought in a lovely gift for Mrs. Halloran, and the kids made her a card. Wednesday folders are not coming home until next week since we have no school on […]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017



Many exciting things happened today.  First, we had a visitor.  A third grade young man who thinks he may come here next year spent some time this morning in our classroom to see what 4th grade is like here at CKS.  Everyone was very kind and welcoming.  We also got to attend the Greek Fair […]

April 10, 2017



We are back in the swing of things.  I hope everyone had a restful break. In Reading, we are finishing up activities for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”.  In Religion, we are learning about Holy Week and the Triduum.  In Science, we are wrapping up our study of astronomy. Mrs. Dimino, our Art […]

March 30, 2017



Tomorrow, we have a Spelling and Reading test, so the kids should prepare for those.  They also need to write their 3X each for Spelling.  They also need to have practiced song 8 and have practice bugs done for Music class. Remember that tomorrow is a 2 PM dismissal. Try to stay dry!

March 29, 2017



We have about 3 pages to read tomorrow in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and then we’ll be done!  When we return from Break, we’ll do some follow-up activities with the novel. We put together our story boards today.  Tomorrow, we’ll add sketches.  A few kids did not have stories to work with […]

March 28, 2017



We finished up our mythological creatures, and tomorrow we will present them to the class.  Tomorrow is also Literacy Lounge; please join us if you can. Homework Math      p. 651-653 Soc. Stu.   finish study guide Spelling   wksht. due Thurs. Have a great day!

March 27, 2017



This week, we are finishing up “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”.  After Break, we’ll do some follow up activities, and then we’ll be done. Several children did not bring their final drafts of their stories in today.  If your child didn’t, please help him/her remember it for tomorrow.  We’re starting story boards tomorrow, […]

March 23, 2017



Today, we finished our moon packets.  Tomorrow, we will learn about the Apollo 13 mission and decide whether it was really a failed mission. We had the opportunity to go to Reconciliation today, which is always worthwhile. Tomorrow, I will be choosing kids to recite their Corporal Works.  Everyone needs to be ready! If you […]

March 22, 2016



We will be finishing our moon packets earlier than I had planned.  We should be able to review them on Friday.  This is what happens when we work hard and stay focused! We did meet with peers today to edit stories.  Your child might ask you to proofread tonight, so that he/she can begin the […]

March 21, 2017



Inevitably, it takes longer to get things done than I anticipate.  We did not have time to meet with partners for editing.  Therefore, I think we’ll have final drafts of children’s book stories due on Monday instead this Friday. We are starting a cool project.  They are in groups researching an assigned mythological creature in […]

March 20, 2017



Today in Math, we learned mean, median, mode, range, and outliers.  These are tough concepts, so I gave everyone a cheat sheet.  Please remind your child to hold onto it. We also edited our children’s book stories for ideas.  A few kids are bringing their stories home to finish up editing.  Tomorrow, they will sit […]

March 16, 2017



I’d first of all like to let you know that the Father’s Mass is on Monday at 8:15.  Any significant male role model may accompany your child.  They should walk in with the student, drop off coats and backpacks, and go straight to Mass.  At the conclusion of Mass, your child’s guest should accompany him/her […]

February 16, 2017



We are getting really tired of the snow keeping us inside!  We had a great day today – I’m seeing a lot of effort on the kids’ part to make good choices.  Let’s believe this is only the start! We took an LA quiz today over verbs.  They will come home next week. Your child […]

March 14, 2017



Hopefully, we will be able to be better focused and not spend so much time off task.  I was very disappointed because I left at 2:30 yesterday to take my daughter to the dentist; in that half hour, they lost 30 points because they were so wild for Mrs. Halloran!  This morning, some of the […]

March 9, 2017



This just might have been the absolute best Wax Museum ever!  The costumes were great, the kids knew their stuff, and they were never, ever out of character!  A huge thank you to the parents who visited, and made our Wax Museum successful – we couldn’t have done it without you! Both Fr. Steve and […]

March 8, 2017



I’m sure by now you are all aware that Mrs. Dyczko’s eldest son (Casey’s brother) has passed away.  We have had a lot of grief this year.  Therefore, tomorrow we are saying a rosary in 4th grader for Adam Dyczko and Terry St. Thomas, as well as anyone else we’ve lost that we miss.  Please […]

February 7, 2017



On Thursday at 2:00, we are presenting the Presidential Wax Museum in the church basement.  Join us if you can! Homework Soc. Stu.    Review states and capitals and study for quiz tomorrow Spelling      worksheet due Reading      vocabulary pictionary Science       work page Have a great afternoon!

Monday, March 6, 2017



Today, we discussed our March/April Writer’s Workshop, which is to write a children’s book.  Your child has directions and due dates to show you and get signed.  I think this is going to be a great learning experience.  It will be meaningful because we will be donating our books to the preschool classrooms when we […]

March 1, 2017



Of course, we talked today about the importance of Ash Wednesday and received ashes.  The children really seemed to get the solemnity of the important day for us. Tomorrow, we will finish up this leg of ISTEP+ with Science. If your child still has not chose his/her person for the Presidential Wax Museum, it must […]

February 28, 2017



First day of ISTEP+ – done!  We’ll continue on tomorrow, and be done on Thursday. I am still missing a couple of Wednesday folders.  They absolutely must come back tomorrow. After grading today’s Math homework, I’ve come to the realization that most everyone needs to have parents check work.  The kids are not showing work, […]

February 27, 2017



Today, we completed the practice tests for ISTEP+.  We will begin the real thing tomorrow, and we’ll finish up this leg of the exam on Thursday.  Remember, please assure that your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a hearty breakfast, and brings a healthy snack this week.  Also be sure that your child has […]

February 23, 2017



We will begin “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” on Monday.  Therefore, if  your child has not brought the book in, please do so by Monday. Homework Science    study for test (don’t forget to sign the study guide!) Reading    review story and vocab. Spelling    3X each Have a great afternoon!

February, 22, 2017



Homework Math    Finish worksheet (your child will likely need help with this; it’s double digit multiplication) Spelling  p. 102 Reading  worksheet, both sides Science    test Friday; do reading that is on study guide Please remember that this beautiful weather is a passing joy.  Your child still needs a coat or jacket for recess. ISTEP testing […]

February 21, 2017



Today was our last JA day.  I think the kids had fun and learned a lot. We also had the opportunity to type captions for the Soc. Stu. posters today.  If your child was not ready, he/she will need to work during recess time this week. We will be having a Science test on Friday. […]

February 16, 2017



Some kids are bringing home their Romare Bearden collages to finish up; others got their project finished in class.  If your child is bringing his/her project home, please remind him/her to bring it back tomorrow. Homework Spelling       3X each/pyramids Reading       review story and vocab. Soc. Stu.      study states and capitols Your child might want to […]

February 15, 2017



Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Please ask for them.  Several children fail to return their Wednesday folders virtually every week, and this is a very important piece of communication between school and home.  If you aren’t seeing your child’s weekly work, it’s very hard to keep a handle on his/her progress. We began our […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!



We had a super fun party, thanks to Mrs. LaCluyze and Mrs. Zielinski! Because our story this week is about Romare Bearden, I thought it would be fun and educational for the children to create a piece of art in his style.  Bearden was a mixed medium collage artist.  Therefore, we will need materials to […]

February 13, 2017



Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  Your child has a note about dress tomorrow – they can wear red or pink shirts, or Valentine shirts with their uniform pants.  Also, please help your child remember his/her Valentines for tomorrow. It was awesome – the kids got outside for both recesses today! Homework Math             p. 529-531 Soc. Stu.      […]

February 10, 2017



We did a Math activity today in which we practiced working with coordinate planes.  It took awhile, but the kids are now at the point where they recognize when they’ve done something wrong, and they know how to go back and correct.  Not too shabby for something they only learned yesterday! African-American history reports are […]

February 8, 2017



Today we began an opinion paragraph about whether or not it’s okay to scare people for entertainment, based on our story this week.  Tomorrow, they will get in groups to discuss their ideas and then share with the class.  The paragraph should be proofread and then either typed or neatly written in cursive on control-lined […]

February 7, 2017



A few kids were very startled by the thunderstorm this afternoon, but we all muddled through. The class began researching for their Civil War projects in Computers today.  Several students told me that they wanted to do more research at home tonight, which is fine.  They should be ready to go with their information to […]

February 6, 2017



Today, we began a story based on Orson Welles “War of the Worlds”.  Later in the week, we will take a stand on what we think about using broadcast media to scare people.  The kids are starting a very cool poster project in Soc. Stu. on the Civil War.  No worries – it will all […]

February 2, 2017



Unfortunately, Puxatawny Phil saw his shadow, so we have 6 more weeks of winter.  We learned a little today about how Groundhog Day came to be.  We also began classifying triangles today in Math.  Some of the kids are having a bit of a hard time, so I told everyone to take their worksheet home […]

February 1, 2017



The kids got to meet with their Faith Families today and learned a little bit about St. Andre Bessette.  Then, they got to work together to create a spiritual bouquet for Deacon Mike, Father Michael, or Father Steve.  In the afternoon, they got to attend Mass and sit together with their Faith Families. Tomorrow is […]

January 31, 2017



Talk about a jam packed day!  We got to learn a bit about our flag today, thanks to a short assembly put on by our Boy Scouts.  We also had Junior Achievement this morning.  And, as part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, we got to have a short movie treat at the end of […]

January 30, 2017



It was so nice to see so many of you yesterday at Open House!  It was also very brave of you to come out in that awful weather. Today in Religion, we began talking about the Beatitudes.  This is a tough one for the kids, and we’re doing a lot of discussion in class.  It […]

January 26, 2017



Please remember to send your child’s Wednesday folder back ASAP if you have not already. We have PE tomorrow, so please help your child remember his/her clothes.  Also tomorrow, we will have a movie treat for earning 100 behavior points.  We will watch “Where the Red Fern Grows” and the kids can bring an individual […]

January 25, 2017



Today in Math, we tackled a difficult concept.  We learned about geometric transformations, and we did some work with them in class.  Many of the kids did very well on their work; just be prepared for questions in the next week or so.  I had them put a sticky note on the page with definitions, […]

January 24, 2017



Today, we had our JA lady visit us again, and we had an opportunity to come up with business ideas based upon given resources.  The kids had fun! We also talked about Catholic School Week activities.  The biggest thing with the special dress days is that we need to use common sense.  If your child […]

January 23, 2017



Ask your child today what he/she learned today about the goodness of coming together with different types of people – especially black people and white people – from an Oreo cookie.  I’ve found this to be a valuable lesson that really sticks with them. Please remember that Sunday is Open House.  We hope you can […]

January 19, 2017



Today, we had our classroom Spelling Bee to see who would represent our class in the school Bee.  Our winner is Mackenzie; our runner-up is Sean.  Congratulations to them both – some of the words were really challenging! Please remind your child that tomorrow will be a workday for Black History reports.  The kids should […]

January 18, 2017



With Catholic Schools Week coming up, I thought it would be cool to make an imovie for in our classroom during the Open House.  The bad news is that I am not tech savvy – to say the least!  But, the good news is that the kids are!  They have all agreed that once I […]

January 17, 2017



It might be Tuesday, but it sure felt like Monday! Today was the first of 5 presentations that we will be receiving from Junior Achievement.  This is a great program that I’m sure the kids will really benefit from.  Today, they learned about innovations, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Your child should read a little bit for […]

January 12, 2017



Happy Thursday! Tomorrow is a work day for our Black History reports.  Therefore, your child needs to bring both of his/her resources to school. Homework Math      worksheet Spelling   3X each/pyramids Reading   review vocab. and story for test LA             bring resources to school Have a great afternoon!

January 11, 2017



Most everyone has chosen the topic for the Black History report.  The kids need to bring their two resources to school on Friday for research. Wednesday folders are coming home today.  Please look through your child’s work, and send the folder back signed tomorrow. Homework Science     open book test tomorrow; review study guide Reading    review […]

Thursday, December 15, 2016



The kids were amazing today!  Seriously, their second performance was flawless.  Our poor conductor got sick today, and another child had to fill in – I expected lots of bumps in the road, but they didn’t happen.  Thanks, Maddi, for stepping up to the plate!  It’s well worth your while if you can make it […]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016



The kids had a Soc. Stu. test today.  I hope everyone did well.  They also received extra credit that is due on Dec. 21.  EVERYONE should complete this; extra credit is a gift. We performed our play today for 4T, and the kids were fantastic!  We’ll be doing the real thing tomorrow. Friday is Economic […]

Tuesday, December 13, 2016



We practiced with costumes today, and the kids look great!  Everything is coming together perfectly for the play. We began making a fun craft today based on the legend of the Christmas Spider.  We should be done by the end of the week, and your child can bring it home. We finished “A Christmas Carol” […]

Monday, December 12, 2016



Play practice was stellar today!  We will begin performances this Thursday.  In case your child didn’t give you the schedule I sent home, here are all of our performances:  Thursday, 12/15 10:30 and 1:30; Friday, 12/16 1:00 and 1:30; Monday, 12/19 10:30 and 1:30; Tuesday, 12/20 10:30 and 1:00.  Feel free to join us for […]

Thursday, December 8



Our play backgrounds are looking great!  Tomorrow, the kids need to have any and all costume pieces and props at school, and lines should be memorized. We will have lots of celebrations tomorrow.  We’ll be celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday, and we’ll be celebrating our 100 points by watching “The Secret of NIMH”.  It works out […]

Tuesday, December 6, 2016



Today was busy, busy, busy!  We made our new winter name tags, we cut out snowflakes for the play, we continued to work on our pet letters to Santa, and we continued to work on our Science projects.  We also read on in “A Christmas Carol”. We will not be going to Mass tomorrow; rather, […]

Monday, December 5, 2016



We had our first play run-through today.  I thought the kids did a really decent job.  They’ll be even better tomorrow!  By Friday, everyone needs to have costumes and props in and lines memorized.  By the end of the week, I should have play times available for you. Homework Math    p. 361-363 Soc. Stu.    notes […]

Wednesday, November 30, 2016



During our conversation about Advent today, and doing good works for others, I remembered and shared with the kids a tradition that my family had when Adam and Emily were little.  My husband and I set a dollar amount, and asked the kids to sacrifice one of their Christmas presents in order to purchase an […]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016



In retrospect, I’ve decided not to have a Science quiz on Friday.  Yes, it’s still important to understand the concepts, but these definitions are very hard to just simply memorize; it will be better, I think, to test them later on the purposes of these parts and how plant reproduction works. We had our first […]

Monday, November 28, 2016



We began our Christmas play, “The Polar Express”.  Everyone has a speaking part, and I will send more info. later about costumes.  We’ll be performing on Dec. 15, 16, 19, and 20.  Specific times will come as we get closer. I told the children that every single night they have “The Polar Express” homework.  Everyone […]



The kids worked very hard today.  So hard, in fact, that we were able to take an extra recess this afternoon, which was great because I think this is going to be their last really nice afternoon. Tomorrow, we have a Reading, Spelling, and Religion tests; we did some review in class today, so if […]

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



Your child’s report card is in an envelope in his/her Wednesday folder.  Please send the envelope back signed in the Wednesday folder because we will need them for second trimester. Homework Religion    p. 119 Soc. Stu.   finish p. 20-21 Spelling    worksheet due Reading    work on triglyph Have a great afternoon!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016



Homework Religion     finish classwork Math           p. 315-315 Reading      begin triglyph (3 part picture) – due Friday Spelling      worksheet due Thursday LA                turkey sloppy copy due We are continuing on with “A Christmas Carol” this week.  We are going to start what is going to be a beautiful project when the kids get done.  A triglyph […]

Thursday, November 19, 2016



Today, we finished up Stave One of  “A Christmas Carol”, and we will have a test tomorrow.  Your child has a study guide, which should help him/her be successful.  I have to say that their Scrooge cards, overall, were fantastic!  Mrs. Halloran and I laughed so hard, we had to hang them in the hall. […]

Wednesday, November 9, 2016



Today, we worked on our turkey stories and our dramatic poems.  Costumes and props are coming along well.  I’m also happy that practice cds are coming in for Music. Wednesday folders came home today.  Please look through them, keep the work, and send the folder back.  Your child may have tests that may need to […]

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2016



Today, we continued on in “A Christmas Carol”.  I am a little concerned about some students who are not paying a bit of attention during reading and discussing.  It will be very hard to pass the test on Friday, if they are not engaged during instruction. We also had a Math test today.  They will […]

Monday, November 7, 2016



Just a reminder to sign up for conferences at the end of the month if you have not already. If your child has a singing part in the Christmas program, Mrs. Fox needs a cd in order to make one for your child to practice with.  If you could send that in soon, she’d be […]

November 3, 2016



Happy Thursday! Today was busy!  We began talking about the Christmas play, and we worked on our dramatic Thanksgiving recitations.  We worked on our turkey expository pieces, also.  I told the kids to continue on at home maybe another 15 or 20 minutes. Tomorrow is gym, so help your child remember clothes. Homework Math      p. […]

November 2, 2016



It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I am suspending Literacy Lounge until further notice.  Literacy Lounge, when done right, increases fluency and comprehension, and improves attitudes toward reading.  Unfortunately, I don’t feel Literacy Lounge, as it’s being done right now in 4J, is providing an educational experience for  most of […]

Nov. 1, 2016



All Saints Day Mass was beautiful, as it always is.  We are all done for the year with our saints, and your child is bringing his/her costume home. Tomorrow is our Science test, so your child does need to study. Be sure to sign your child’s completed study guide for extra credit. We began our […]

Happy Halloween!



We will not be doing a spelling and reading unit this week in order to make time for other things we’ve let slide.  One exciting thing we will work on this week are pen pal letters.  Many of you remember Chris Germann.  She is currently teaching in American Samoa, so we have the opportunity to […]

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016



Happy Thursday!  We are almost done with saints.  Our last group will go tomorrow at 10:45. Homework Math      p. 252-254 Science   work on animal report LA            work on pumpkin letter Spelling    3X each/pyramids Tomorrow, we will have a math test.  We’ll also finish our Little Orphant Annie goblin stanzas tomorrow, and be able to share […]

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016



I think I’ve misspoken to a few groups of parents.  Our Saints Mass is not Monday, it is Tuesday, at 1:45. I’ve decided to extend pumpkin letter deadlines to Monday.  Please remember, however, that the animal report is also due on Monday.  These are both major grades, so please help your child get them in […]

October 25, 2016



We had another great round of saint reports today.  Reports tomorrow are at 9:15. Your child’s gargoyle is coming home that they made in Art class. Everyone’s is super cute! Your child has a take-home Religion test to complete.  Your child may use the book, you, or even the internet for help. Everyone should do […]

October 24, 2016



Happy Monday! Our saint reports today were awesome!  We have five more tomorrow, and I am sure they’ll be great.  We are going to leave our costumes here for one more event – the All Saints Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1:45. This week in Reading, we are working with James Whitcomb Riley’s “Little […]

October 20, 2016



Today, I gave the students free work time for either the pumpkin letter, the saint report, or the animal report.  Due dates are coming up fast, so please help your child plan his/her time well.  Also, don’t forget extra credit for Science if your child is doing it. Tomorrow is our 100 point movie treat.  […]

Wednesday, Oct. 19 2016



We FINALLY earned 100 behavior points!  That means that on Friday, we will have a special movie treat.  The kids can also bring a snack from home to enjoy during their movie. Tomorrow, we will having a special guest speaker.  Jenna and her mom are going to talk to us about the similarities and differences […]

Monday, October 17, 2016



We could not have asked for a better day for our field trip!  A big thanks to Mrs. Young, Mrs. Zielinski, and Mrs. LaCluyze for joining us as chaperones.  We couldn’t do it without our wonderful parents!  Your child is bringing home a pumpkin chosen from the patch. Saint reports are going to be presented […]

October 13, 2016



Tomorrow, we have all school Rosary in the afternoon.  Please send in a rosary with your child. Apparently, we have some issues taking place at recess with kids not being very nice to each other.  Please talk to your child, and help him/her understand what behavior is expected.  Please also let me know if there […]

October 12, 2016



We were very busy today!  We worked on our saint reports, and Mrs. MacDonald was kind enough to bring us some books for the library.  We’ll be doing oral reports the last week of October. Tomorrow, we will again work on our animal reports, so be sure your child brings along his/her resource. Wednesday folders […]

Tuesday, Oct. 11



Hello, everyone!  We worked on our pumpkin letters today, and most everyone seems to be doing quite well.  The sloppy copy is due Friday, and I’m sure we will have one more work day this week. We also have a Math test tomorrow. We are in our Reading anthology this week, so our Spelling is […]

October 10, 2016



You parents really outdid yourselves on these saint costumes!  The kids all looked phenomenal!  We are keeping our costumes here for the oral saint reports.  If you need your child to bring his/hers home, just tell them to do so and it can be brought back for the report and Mass. Homework Religion     saint source […]

October 5, 2016



We will have a Spelling test tomorrow, but we’ll push our Reading test until Monday. Your child needs a resource of some kind (internet, book, etc.) in order to start research in Science tomorrow.  Without a resource, that in-class time will be wasted and more at-home time will be necessary. Please remember that your child […]

October 3, 2016



Your child is bringing two things home for you to read and sign.  One is directions for their animal report in Science, and the other is directions for their October Writer’s Workshop.  Please send these back with your child tomorrow, and I will return them to you.  Please be aware that the Writer’s Workshop is […]

September 29, 2016



Today, we our morning prayer reading was about archangels, so we took the opportunity to learn a little more about them.  Your child should be able to tell you a bit about about Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The LA quiz looks pretty decent; it will come home next week. If you have not returned […]

September 28, 2016



Today, we took our Religion test; that will come home next week.  We were also lucky enough to have two parents join us for Literacy Lounge!  Thanks so much; it really means a lot to the kids. Tomorrow, we will have an LA quiz over subject and predicate.  Your child has a review page that […]

Tuesday, September 27



I am still missing a few signed saint contracts, so if your child has not brought his or hers in, be sure it gets here tomorrow.  I will assign saints to students who do not have their papers in tomorrow. We are having a terrible time with talking at inappropriate times.  A number of students […]

Monday, September 26



I hope everyone had a great three-day weekend. If your child has not brought back his/her signed saint paper back, please send it back immediately.  By Wednesday, if I don’t have the paper back, I will assign your child a saint. Because I didn’t remind the students on Thursday that last weekend was the final […]

September 21, 2016



I’m back today and got a very nice report from Sr. Mary about the class from yesterday. We didn’t quite finish chapter 15 in “Shiloh”, so I sent the books home for the kids to finish.  After they are done, they should look over their story questions.  We’ll discuss them tomorrow before the test, but […]

September 19, 2016



Today, we began talking about the process of self-editing.  This is the kids’ least favorite part of the writing process, but it is important.  Your child should not even think to ask you to proofread and edit before Wednesday of this week. Today’s math lesson was very difficult, and your child might need help at […]

September 15, 2016



Today, we discussed the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and talked about stereotypes and being good neighbors.  We also began talking about Original Sin. Tomorrow, we have a Reading test, a Spelling test, and a Science vocab. quiz.  We’ve practiced Science all week, so your child should not have to do much tonight. Please send […]

Wednesday, Sept. 14



Today, your child should start reviewing for the vocab. quiz in Science on Friday.   They will need to match the definition to the vocabulary word.  You can best help your child by reading the definition and asking your child for the vocabulary word. Also, we are working on memorizing the St. Francis prayer (your child […]

Tuesday, Sept. 13



Don’t forget – tomorrow is Literacy Lounge.  Remind your child to bring books and a snugglie, and feel free to join us if you’d like! Book orders were submitted, and should arrive either at the end of this week, or the beginning of next week. Homework Science      Kingdoms page Spelling     worksheet due (2-sided) LA               work […]

Monday, Sept. 12



I wanted to remind everyone that book orders are due tomorrow, whether placed online or sent in to me.  I will submit the order at the end of the day tomorrow. Today, we talked about how to write a good conclusion to our personal narratives.  Your child now should have a handle on the introduction, […]

Thursday, Sept. 8



Tomorrow is PE, so please help your child remember to bring his/her clothes. We are having a bit of a problem with chatting in our class.  As a result, we are losing behavior points more quickly than we are earning them.  We’ve discussed how important it is to follow directions, but many students are not […]

Wednesday, Sept. 7



Today, we had a couple of parents join us for Literacy Lounge, which was wonderful!  The more good examples that we can set as adults, the better it is for all of our kids. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy days! We had our first Religion test today, and I allowed […]

Tuesday, Sept. 6



It’s always nice to come back to a short week!  All the kids seem well-rested and ready to go! I am sending home the first Scholastic book order of the year today.  Orders are due by next Tuesday. You can order two ways.  You can send in the paper order and a check made out […]

Thursday, Sept. 1



Today, we took our first Math test.  The kids seemed pretty confident, so I’m hoping everyone did well.  Last night I gave them a list of pages to review, and I think most kids looked them over. We’re beginning Biology today in Science by watching a movie about the cell.  There is some info. in […]

August 30, 2016



We took our first LA quiz today.  Look for it to come home in tomorrow’s Wednesday folder. I would like to remind you that tomorrow is Literacy Lounge.  Please feel free to join us for some quality reading time from 10:45-11:15. We began “Shiloh” in Reading today.  We’ll cover chapters 1-3 this week. We finished […]

Monday, August 29



Good afternoon, all! On Friday, we had an awesome Science demonstration.  Casey (in 4T) and Jake (in 4J) willingly dumped a graduated cylinder of Mentos into 2 litres of diet coke.  The result was explosive!  Today, we recorded what we observed on lab sheets, and tomorrow, we will discuss the Science behind the demonstration.  We’ll […]

August 25, 2016



Everyone has finished their “Tales ” project.  We will be presenting our chapters tomorrow.  After hearing every group’s book tear chapter, the children will basically know the whole story of “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing”. Tomorrow, we have our first Spelling test.  It would be helpful for you to review the words with your […]

Wednesday, August 24



Tomorrow is the last day for our “Tales” project.  Most groups have been working well, so I think everyone will finish up on time.  Tomorrow, if a group feels they need extra time, they’ll be allowed to take some of the work home to complete for Friday. Homework Math    p. 32-34 Spelling   worksheet, both sides […]

Tuesday, August 22



Good afternoon! Today in Science, we talked about the jobs possible in the field of Science.  The kids realized that they had a very narrow view of what scientists actually do!  Tomorrow, we are starting the Science process skills. Please check over your child’s Math work in the evening.  Kids are making silly mistakes, such […]

Back to School Night



Tonight is Back to School Night for the elementary school, starting at 6:30 in the church basement.  I will be giving out some important information for the year, so if you are unable to attend, have your child ask for a handout tomorrow. Homework Spelling    2 sided worksheet, due Wed. Science     Scientist picture Math         p. […]

Happy Thursday!



We are starting to hit our stride.  Today, we were pretty busy – we did some Religion, Math, Reading, and LA.  We also went to Library and Spanish.  I’ve given your child a Specials schedule, if you would like to see it.  Tomorrow, we do have PE, so help your child remember his/her clothes, including […]

Welcome to 4th Grade!



Welcome back, everyone! We had a great first day of school. I would like to extend a hearty welcome to Emma and Maggie, our two new students. We are all so glad you are here, girls! By Friday, the kids need to have all of their hard cover books covered with newspaper or a book […]