The winter months are busy ones for Sacred Heart's fourth graders. To celebrate Chinese New Year we had a visit from some of our exchange students who attend the High School who brought along a dragon! Catholic Schools Week was a terrific success as we collected close to 1,000 lbs of food which was delivered to the South Shore Community Action Council. To build upon that, the fourth graders will begin learning about hunger and food insecurity in the classroom. We will be tying in math, reading and writing lessons that revolve around increasing awareness of this troubling issue.
During the winter months, we try to get outside as often as possible for recess. Please send your child to school with appropriate attire for doing so. If they have boots and snow pants, they are often allowed to play in the snow. For the girls who wear knee socks or tights, I recommend sending in a warmer layer that will protect their legs.
My Reading class has reconnected with our friends in Ontario as we share in reading "Fish in a Tree" by Linda Mullaly Hunt. Students have also been adding to our hallway Poet-Tree with their own poems inspired by our study of Robert Louis Stevenson. In addition, they were excited to submit narrative poems to the Young Writer's USA Monster Poetry contest. This is a very creative bunch of writers! I was quite impressed. We also read a funny book about apostrophes and students are now in the process of writing and illustrating their own sentence pairs showing the importance of an apostrophe. Ask your child to tell you about their idea.
We recently learned that Khan academy has created a link with NWEA MAP test scores. All scores from our most recent round of testing have been input into Khan academy. Now, students can go to www.KhanAcademy.org/maptest and use their login information. Once there, they will find personalized recommendations based on their individual scores. I am excited for the students to make use of this new feature. In Math, we have moved to factorization and prime numbers. As always, fluency with those facts makes everything go more smoothly. I highly recommend spending 2-5 minuted each day practicing those multiplication facts.
The fourth-grade scientists are closing our their study of electricity and magnetism with a look at how light works. Shortly, we will begin learning about Rocks and Soil.
Please remember to label your children's clothing. I have quite a few sweaters and sweatshirts with no name. Without names written inside, I have trouble matching the article with the correct child.
If you would like to contact me, please feel free to e-mail me, send a note in with your child, or call the school and leave a message.
I am excited to announce that Homework assignments can now be accessed via Twitter! I have created a professional account for parents to follow. My handle, or username, is @Mrs_Persechini. I will try to post picture daily of the homework board. I want to emphasize that it is still the children's responsibility to record their homework assignments in their agenda or planner. We want to encourage our students to be independent and accountable. This Twitter page should just be used as a secondary source. Contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
The Sacred Heart Platinum Celebration Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held on April 1, 2017 at Indian Pond Country Club. This year's event celebrates Sacred Heart's 70th Anniversary educating students of the South Shore. There are many ways to help! Please contact Kara Rinehard at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary MacCormack at email@example.com
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