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F.Y.I. (Four Your Information) Weeks of January 13th & 20th

Our first school week of the year 2020 is officially in the books! Here’s a look at what’s going on in the world of Fourth Grade! 

Monday, January 13th, B Day
**Fourth Grade attends 8 AM Mass**
  • Hot Lunch: Little Joes
  • 114: GYM
  • 115: Spanish
Tuesday, January 14th, C Day: Aspire Interim Testing *Math*
  • 114: Spanish & STREAM
  • 115: GYM
Wednesday, January 15th, D Day
  • Hot Lunch: Noodles & Company
  • 114: GYM
  • 115: Library & GYM
Thursday, January 16th, E Day: Aspire Interim Testing *Reading*
– Cardinal College Event “Teaching Self-Help Skills” @ 6:30
  • 114: Library & Spanish
  • 115: Music
Friday, January 17th, F Day
  • Hot Lunch: Meatheads
  • 114: Music
  • 115: TLC & Spanish
Monday, January 20th- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! 
~~No School ~~~
Tuesday, January 21st, G Day
  • 114: TLC & STREAM
  • 115: Music & STREAM
Wednesday, January 22nd, A Day: Bottle Buddy & Index Card Due! 
– D4D Lou Malnatis
  • Hot Lunch: PF Chang’s
  • 114: Music & TLC
  • 115: TLC & Stream
Thursday, January 23rd, B Day
  • 114: GYM
  • 115: Spanish
Friday, January 24th, C Day
  • Hot Lunch: Boston Market
  • 114: Spanish & STREAM
  • 115: GYM

Sunday, January 26th: Catholic School Week Begins!

9:30am Mass & Open House 10:30am-1:00pm Please join us for Mass followed by an open house at the school for current and prospective families. St. Cletus students should attend with their families and wear their school uniforms.

See your teacher’s ClassDojo page for a list of activities that will take place at St. Cletus School during CSW to celebrate how we learn, serve, lead and succeed!

Math: We started this week reviewing the first six lessons of Chapter 4 of our GoMath curriculum- we’ve got six more lessons to go in the chapter! Chapter 4 focuses on the essential question: How can you divide by 1-digit numbers? Next week we will be following the curriculum to use partial quotients and base ten blocks to model regrouping with division. We will also be spending our time analyzing and solving ACT Math questions as a whole class to review and prepare for future ACT Aspire Interim Testing and of course, our ACT Aspire Testing which will take place at the end of March and early April. Keep practicing those multiplication & division facts! 

Reading: As we returned to school, students were given classroom time to read their biography and work on their research packet. Please note: Students must have finished reading their books and jotting down notes in their research packet by January 14th (further information is found on the timeline given prior to break. Students’ research packet does not need to be complete as we will be researching online in class this upcoming week; however, the majority of the information should be able to be found in their book. 

Students will be working on differentiating between viable and nonviable resources on the internet as they continue researching in class. Classrooms will also be using reading quizlets (literature & informational text passages with comprehension questions) from the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Resource Portal to enhance their reading skills. 

Spelling/Grammar/Writing: Students were introduced to Unit 9’s spelling words this past Monday morning. We will be continuing to use these spelling words with the /oi/ and /ou/ sound next week. Our Unit 9 Spelling test will be Friday, January 17th. Classrooms have begun our next writing (and picture!) project. After reading the book, “The Best Part of Me” by Wendy Ewald, students selected their favorite part of them and began outlining their writing. Students will be finishing their writing by working with partners to revise and edit their writing prior to writing their final draft. Be sure to check out these writings during our Open House!! 

Science:  Our next topic will be on Plants and Animals- how living things are adapted for survival in their environment. We will only be focusing on select lessons within this unit (Lessons 1, 5, & 6). This past week, classrooms wrapped up the first lesson of Unit 3 on plants and their structures. We have begun previewing Lesson 5: How Are Living Things Adapted to Their Environment. There will be an assessment for Unit 3, tentatively, on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020. 

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our Northeast unit. Next week we will be reviewing the aspects that make the region unique. We will also be playing a game of Jeopardy to review all the information we have learned about the Northeast. There will be a Northeast Unit test on January 21st. Afterwards, we will start working on the Southeast Region and learning the states and capitals that belong in that region. Students will be given their first Southeast states and capitals quiz on Friday the 24th. As with the Northeast states and capitals students will be tested throughout the unit or until they have reached mastery of the region. The best score will be taken for a grade. 

Religion: We are returning to Ordinary Time and with it 4th grade will be returning to learning about the Ten Commandments. Students will be learning about the 3rd Commandment, Keep Holy the Lord’s Day. They will work to identify ways in which we keep the Sabbath holy. Students will also learn and focus on corporal and spiritual works. 

*** If you have read this, please tell your child the code word: carrot. When your child returns to school, have them tell their teacher the code word to receive a House Point!

Thank you so much for your constant support and cooperation!

Mrs. Lupe Varchetta & Ms. Hannah Tyk

~ It’s a GREAT day to be a 4th Grade Cardinal! ~