F.Y.I (Four Your Information) Week of 9/30

Looking ahead to next week…

  • Monday, C Day:
    • 1st and 4th grade 8:00 am Mass
    • Room 114 Spanish and S.T.R.E.A.M
    • Room 115 Gym
  • Tuesday, D Day:
    • Room 114 Gym
    • Room 115 Library and Gym
  • Wednesday, E Day:
    • Room 114 Library and Spanish
    • Room 115 Music
    • $1 Blue top dress down with uniform bottoms
  • Thursday, F Day:
    • Room 114 Music
    • Room 115 TLC and Spanish
    • 9:30 All School Mass: 6th grade Bible Blessing
  • Friday, G Day:
    • Room 114 TLC and S.T.R.E.A.M
    • Room 115 Music and S.T.R.E.A.M
    • D4D at Kenny’s in Countryside (10/11-10/13)
  • Monday, NO SCHOOL:
    • No School due to Columbus Day

Math: This week students dove into multiplication. We worked on quite a few concepts such as, drawing models for comparison problems, multiplying tens, hundred, and thousands, and estimating products. Next week we will be taking what we’ve learned and expand on it. Students will be multiplying multi-digit numbers using the distributive property, expanded form, and partial product.

Reading: Students learned all about the life of Mary Anning in our biographical text, Mary Anning: The Girl Who Cracked the World. Together we defined what a biographical text is, sequencing and summarizing events, as well as, characterizing Mary and offering textual evidence to back it up. Next week, we will be looking at uncovering the main idea of the text and key details that support it. We will wrap up Mary Anning with a small quiz. To conclude our Unit 1 of ReadyGen we will be looking at a new text titled, Fragile Frogs, Porpoises in Peril, and Mary Anning. We will be comparing and contrasting these three texts as well as completing other activities.

Spelling/ Grammar: For spelling our new unit focuses on the multiple ways we can make the long e sound. These spelling words will be our focus for the next two weeks. Using these words, our activities will focus on word meanings, categorizing words, syllables, completing analogies, and making inferences. In grammar, students will learn the other 3 parts of speech, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Students will then do various activities to help identify all 8 parts of speech.

Writing: Students have worked on revising their writing and are well on their way to finishing their Snapshot draft. Once our Snapshots are finalized and put together we will be taking a moment to focus on paragraph writing. We will be focusing on creating a “perfect paragraph.” Students will be learning about the four essential elements of paragraph writing and how each element contributes to the whole. The four elements essential to good paragraph writing are: unity, order, coherence, and completeness. Students will be utilizing graphic organizers to help them develop their paragraph writing.

Science:  Students have been looking in depth at what scientists do as well as the skills scientists use. These ideas are the foundation to our Science curriculum and will be used as a reference as we continue through the school year. Today, students took a quiz on the vocabulary terms that we’ve been discussing and using since the beginning of the school year. Students were free to utilize their text as well as any notes they created. In the next couple weeks, we will continue to apply these science skills in various in class activities, such as: back-to-back drawings, where students must effectively communicate with each other, as well as going for a walk outside to make detailed observations and draw conclusions. We will also begin reading and discussing Lesson 3 of our Science Workbook- How Scientists Collect and Use Data!

Social Studies: Students have worked hard to understand latitude and longitude, as well as, utilizing key geography skills (reading maps, giving directions using cardinal and intermediate directions). We have begun learning about Illinois. Students have been introduced to some Illinois basics such as, state flower, bird, snack, etc. Looking at the next week ahead we will be taking a look at the first people who lived in Illinois, long before it became a state. Students will learn about the Native tribes that inhabited the land, as well as the fur trade.

Religion: This week, our focus in Religion was Ordinary Time. Students learned about the meaning behind Ordinary Time and the Four Gospels we read during this time (Mark, Luke, Matthew, and John). Students used this information to describe the teachings of these four Gospels. We will be moving on to learning about God’s Law.


  • Monday, October 14th: No School- Columbus Day
  • October 15th through the 17th: ASPIRE Interim Testing
  • Wednesday, October 16: Vision and Hearing Testing
  • Thursday, October 16: Vision and Hearing Testing

*** If you have read this, please tell your child the code words: black cat. 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