Mrs. Jolly’s Blog


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.  […]