As the snow melts off of the playground and out of our minds, fourth grade is ramping up for a strong final quarter.
Winter sports have ended. Students have more time to work on and complete their assignments. In math class we have really focused our efforts. The students are helping one another remember to do the following: 1) Carefully read the problems. 2) Decide how to find the answer that they are looking for. 3) Work the problem accurately. 4) Check their answers and 5) Double check their answers’ labels. With these, our math scores and our understanding are improving.
We continue to do a lot of reading. We recently finished reading Mister Popper’s Penguins and soon we will be wrapping up our next book Owls in the Family. Students will also be reading books of their own choosing for credit this quarter.
With the warmer weather we are all looking forward to more field trips and more playing outside, but let’s not forget that there is still a quarter of the school year left. Let’s finish the year strong!
I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! I am back in the classroom every day in July, thinking about my future students and getting ready for next year. Here are a few things you can be doing to make sure you are ready to learn and participate on Day 1:
READ! Out loud, to others, with others, quietly, or just listening to someone else reading. It's ALL good for you!
Review your math facts. Find some apps on your phone or tablet and practice multiplying and dividing so you're not rusty.
Play! Get outside, run around, go to the pool, explore the park, ride your bike, skate, climb something, play sports, dance, do ANYTHING active. We will be doing a lot in physical education classes and if you just sit all summer long it will be tough to join in and succeed right away.
Most importantly - Go to church! Read your Bible! Talk about God's Word with friends and family. It will get you ready for the awesome lessons and discussions that I've been planning for you.
God bless the rest of your summer. It will be over before you know it, and I can't wait to see you all again!
¡Fíjense qué gran amor nos ha dado el Padre, que se nos llame hijos de Dios! ¡Y lo somos!
-1 Juan 3:1
(2018-2019 St. John theme passage)
As summer is now in full swing, I hope you have made time to relax and enjoy moments as a family! When the summer days get long and you are trying to fill your schedule with leisure activities, please consider using the resources below to brush up and build upon the Spanish you already know. In addition, please feel free to share other resources for learning Spanish you find with me so that I may upload them to this web page.
We shall once again utilize the free application "Seesaw" when classes resume. Seesaw serves as a digital portfolio which will follow each student year after year. Some of the benefits gained from its implementation are that students are able to see the progression of their language acquisition, families are connected to what is happening in the Spanish classroom, and it makes it possible for me to save instruction time for individual assessment by grading the uploads outside of class. Furthermore, the students appreciate having an audience of loved ones for their academic accomplishments! God has blessed them with the opportunity to learn another language and He has given them the skill set to achieve! (Please download your child(ren)'s projects before the new school year commences in order for them to be saved for your own enjoyment for years to come.)
Check out these fun websites to keep your child(ren)'s brains engaged throughout the school year:
Duolingo; (I created individual accounts for all third-eighth graders before summer vacation. If your child has misplaced his/her username and/or password, please contact me and I will send them to you.)
This list is just a start. Youtube also has many great thematic videos on various topics in Spanish.
God's blessings on your summer!
Señora Renae Kramer
The faculty and staff at St. John hope that you have an amazing summer! No matter what happens in life, we are assured and confident in our loving Savior and all that he has done for us. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6
This month in third grade, we are busy studying our new novel "The Boxcar Children" In this novel, students have the opportunity to get to know our beloved family of four and how they survived living in the outdoors all on their own. As we explore this new book, we are also looking forward to finishing up our science unit on the Solar System. We look forward to our Easter/ Spring break when we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.
We have been starting to learn MULTIPLICATION! We can multiply by 0s,1s,2s,5s, and 10s. We are looking forward to learning more of our multiplication facts. Also exciting for us is we are halfway done with learning our uppercase cursive letters. By the end of the year, we will know all of our cursive letters!
In English, we are excited to be learning about synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.
During our April Blizzard, we enjoyed playing on some huge snow banks at school. We enjoyed sliding down them, making tunnels, and climbing on them.
In May, we are looking forward to having warmer weather and not having to wear our winter gear. We will finish up studying the history of our country. In Science, we will study plants and what they need to grow.
Of course, we look forward to having only ONE more month of school!!
God Be With You,
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Happy Summer! The school year will be here before we know it, but hopefully you are taking time to enjoy the summer sunshine and the nice (sometimes rainy) weather Minnesota has to offer.
As we get closer to the start of a new school year, please take the time to consider what St. John can do for your child and your family:
* We offer a well-rounded, Christ-centered curriculum that prepares students for not only for the next grade level, but for life and eternity.
* We have teachers who care about your child and work to meet the needs of each and every student.
* We have wonderful sports like volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross country, and track that provide students with opportunities to grow in their athletic skills.
* We have an excellent band and choir program that challenges students to grow in their musical abilities.
* We provide opportunities for families to come together and enjoy the hard work that their children have put into different activities during our Kids in Action nights.
*There is so much more to list!
May God bless and keep you this summer!