Almost Summer!

What a fabulous year this has been with these great kids!  The group is interesting, social, hardworking, and kind. It has been a lot of fun working with these curious minds!

Here is the list of events for the last week of school:

Monday: Students will finish up an end of year writing assessment, create a marble run and work on a gradation gifts for the Eighth Graders. There is no hot lunch service so send your student in with a lunch.

Tuesday: Students will have the opportunity to compare their Fall and Spring Writing Assessments to see their awesome growth. Fourth graders will present High School Survival kits at our farewell assembly for the Eight graders. Buddy lunch with Preschool! No need to send in a lunch with your student on this day!

Wednesday: Free Dress for those that donated a dollar to the Charity Water project!  Last Class Mass of the year at 8:30. Please join our class and Ms Ahern’s Fifth Grade for this special Mass. We will clean the classroom, finish up art projects and wrap up reading groups in the afternoon.

Thursday: Field Day! Free Dress! 9-12 at Sandel Park. We will walk as a group to the park, play games, eat lunch and return to school.  All students need a lunch and water bottle.

Friday: Dress Uniform for our end of the year Mass.  Mass is at 9am you are welcome to join us!  School dismissal is at 10:30.

The last two weeks!

We have a lot of fun and interesting things planned these last eight days of school.  Please let me know if you have any questions before our long summer begins on June 8!


Math: Students are learning metric units of measurement.  The class will also be doing scoot math with data and graphing cards.  In addition to this each person is planning a trip.  Using a budget and research on the internet each student is planning a virtual vacation!

Social Studies: Greek Myths!  The students are learning and sharing what they know about this fascinating topic.

English Language Arts: Individually or with a partner student are creating power points on a topic of choice.  Ask your son or daughter what interesting power point he or she will share with the class!

Religion: We are learning the Prayer for Peace (St. Francis of Assisi)

STEAM: We are creating towers this week that will hold a basketball.. We need newspaper for this project and would appreciate any extra you have!

Important Items to note:

Wednesday, June 30 Skipping Schools for Sundaes

Thursday, June 31 Extra Recess and Popsicles for 10 Achieve Articles done in class. This is also the last day of school Hot Lunch!

Saturday, June 2 Capital Cookout!





Practice means progress!

The class reviewed our lessons about how the brain works.  Students discussed the importance of making good choices and taking time to reflect on mistakes.  We agreed that pathways in the brain are made when we practice actions over and over again.  The kids agreed to be our personal best we need to strive to do our best in our behavior, talents and academics!


STEAM:  The task was to plan and conduct investigations collaboratively using limited supplies.  Students were able to direct their own learning by implementing the process of experiential education, which promotes the development of investigative problem solving, outside-of-the-box solutions, group decision making, and teamwork skills.

Engineering Energy: Gravitational Potential Energy

 Egg carton cars: Students modified designs to observe difference of speed and distance.


Simple Instruments: Students worked with partners to create four different instruments to investigate the frequency of the sounds they make.

Religion:  The Crowning of Mary is this Tuesday at 9am.  The Fourth Grade classes are leading this service.  You are welcome to join us!

Math: We will begin our study of Two Dimensional Figures. Students will learn that geometric figures can be classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, angle measurement, and symmetry.


Important items to note:


  • May 1st – Crowning of Mary (Dress Uniform)
  • May 10th – Jump Rope for Heart Jumpathon
  • May 14th-17th – MAP Testing
  • May 28th – Memorial Day (no school)


STEAM, Fractions, Presentations and more!

Buddy Time! Here are a few pictures of our reading time with the preschool buddies.  This was before Spring break.  We look forward to buddy time again soon.  The Fourth Graders are great role models!

STEAM:  Can you make a bulb light up with materials provided?  The students were given wires, batteries and light bulbs.   They created a circuit to light the bulb.  Then they took it a step further and added a switch! We have a “bright” group of fourth graders! Thank you Mrs Ocampo for your “guiding light” on this project!

Math: The common core standards we tackle this week are to understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.
For a refresher on some concepts a great website is:

Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100 For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add 3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100.
Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram.
Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size.

Social Studies: The student have done some amazing presentations for their independent projects for the Oregon Trail.  We have seen posters, power points, plays and videos.  We will continue with the work and presentations next week.  Look out for the much anticipated Oregon Trail Journal to come home soon! Next week we work on book binding and final preparation.

Religion: We will focus on the Beatitudes this week.

The Beatitudes teach us what it means to be blessed and show us the attitudes that followers of Jesus should have.

Enjoy this Beatitudes song:

Dates to note:
  • April 16th – Field Trip permission slips due!
  • April 19th – Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff Assembly
  • April 20th – Denim & Diamonds Auction
  • April 25th – Field Trip to the Gates Foundation
  • April 26th – Spring Music Concert
  • April 26th – Progress Reports go home
  • May 1st – Crowning of Mary (Dress Uniform)
  • May 10th – Jump Rope for Heart Jumpathon
  • May 14th-17th – MAP Testing
  • May 28th – Memorial Day (no school)

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Annie Martin

Holy Week

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25 (Parish Schedule).  During this time, all meetings, and clubs, extracurricular activities are on hold so that we can have time to honor Jesus’ final days on earth. 

To further honor the opportunity to reflect during Holy Week I am modifying homework.  The students will be asked to spend time in prayer or service to others this week.  Instead of doing regular homework our class will pray with their family and reach out to others to show show support, kindness and care during this important time.

The students have made so many academic and social gains this years.  They have also shown a lot of maturity and are beginning to embrace the ability to take personal responsibility for learning and actions.  Take time to celebrate the wonderful growth and development of your child!

Here are some reminders for the week:

  • Holy Week, March 26-30 – Clubs and Extracurricular activities are on hold
  • Wednesday, March 28 – DRESS UNIFORM – Class/Group Photo Day
  • Thursday, March 29 – Hot Lunch portal closes.  The portal for ordering hot lunch will close on Thursday, March 29, 11:59pm.  Once the portal closes we will not accept additional orders.
  • Friday, March 30 – Good Friday Stations, 2pm, Egan Hall.
  • April 25 Fourth Grade Field Trip to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/ sack lunch day! Permission slips will be sent home soon.

Each and every student is an important and special gift from God.  Our classroom is filled with capable, unique and caring individuals.  It is truly a blessing to witness the amazing development of these children.  Many blessings to you and your families this Holy Week.


Spring Forward

What a wonderful weekend of sunshine!  If the sun is shinning tomorrow we plan to bring the class outside for some of our learning time.

Reminders for this week:

Third Trimester begins this week and report cards will be sent home on Thursday.

Due to teacher in-service, school dismisses at noon on Thursday and students have no school Friday.

Monday, March 12 – Hot dog lunches will be served in classrooms due to a funeral reception scheduled for Egan Hall and Kitchen.

Tuesday, March 13 – French Toast, originally scheduled for Wednesday, will be served in Egan Hall (lunchroom).
Wednesday, March 14 – Beef Tacos, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be served in classrooms due to a funeral reception requiring Egan Hall and Kitchen.


Math: I postponed our math test scheduled for last week.  Students needed more direct instruction on the concepts.  Tomorrow the students will get a study guide and the test will be given Tuesday/Wednesday.  The students are given two days for the math tests.  On day one the test is usually completed, and on day two I have them take a second look at their answers before it is graded.

STEAM/Science:  The class will engage in two STEAM activities. The students will construct a water filtration devise and be challenged to build a bridge made of pennies (3-5-ETS-1/2 Engineering Design).  The class will read science passages to address the standard *4-ESS3-2Earth and Human Activity:  compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

English Language Arts: The class will engage in longer sustained silent reading and independent writing intervals.  I am encouraging students to type up their work and safely save it on a flash drive.  Please check in with your student to be sure he/she still has possession of said flash drive.  If your student needs a replacement flash drive let me know!

Social Studies: The class has learned a lot about the Oregon Trail.  The class will create a test this week.  The student generated questions will be used to monitor each person’s understanding of the material.

Religion:  We will discuss the Parable of the Prodigal Son and revisit this story later.  It is a fourth grade standard to understand the meaning of the parable. Many students struggle to grasp it’s message and multiple discussions help clarify the meaning.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet please let me know.  If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress in school academically and/or socially I am available to talk!

Looking forward to a wonderful Trimester Three!

March Madness

There is a lot to look forward to this month!  The students will engage in a number of STEAM activities, continue to explore fractions, try to win the Achieve 3000 challenge and present Oregon Trail projects.

Math: The students will have a math test this week.  The concepts covered will be equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and finding common denominators.  Math fact practice is really helping students feel successful.

STEAM: In teams the class will attempt to create space vessels that can safely transport supplies and an astronaut.  The supplies will be in the form of dried beans and the astronaut is a potato chip!

Social Studies:  We continue to collect information about the Oregon Trail from a variety of sources.  Originally all students were expected to write journals using this information.  However, some students are expressing interest in approaching the learning in a different way.  Your student may choose to write the journal or pick an alternate teacher approved project.  Perhaps your student will choose to research the various diseases pioneers encountered or the hunting and fishing methods used by the pioneers. All students will meet the following standards with either choice:

Integrate information from two texts on the same topic.

Explain events, ideas, or concepts in a historical text including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Language Arts: Continue to encourage your student to work on the Achieve Articles at home.  Our class is trying to win an Achieve 3000 challenge.  We are half-way to our goal!

Religion:  During lent the school attends Stations of the Cross.  This takes place every Friday at 2:30 in the church.  You are welcome to join us!

Item to Note:

  • Wednesday, March 7, Mass, Feast of St. Patrick, DRESS UNIFORM





I hope you all had a relaxing time during our mid-winter break.  Having a delayed start to school on Thursday due to snow was a surprise!  Please let the school know if you did not receive the text message alerting us of that delay. Who knows it might happen again!

S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math): Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful STEAM workshop at the Pacific Science center, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MoPOP.  The workshop highlighted the importance instilling continued curiosity.  We will continue our weekly STEAM activities.  I have a list of items we need for upcoming explorations.  If you have any of the following materials please send them in.  Do not purchase any items.  We are looking to reuse and re-purpose materials you may have around the house or in the recycle bin!

•  yarn or string

•  plastic lids

•  bottle caps

•  twist ties

•  small containers (such as yogurt or butter)

•  corks

• cardboard scraps and fabric scraps

• bubble wrap

• cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper)

• buttons

• plastic bottles

•  foam

•  packing “popcorn”

•  pipe cleaners

•  any type of wheel

Math: Students are learning all about fractions. Here is a website with some ideas of how to support fraction understanding at home:

Students will be coming home with ideas for activities and games.  Some students may take up the challenge to create their own games that involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions!

E.L.A. and Social Studies: The class has started writing their Oregon Trail Journals.  Students will be invited to produce art work that accompanies the writing.  The length of writing will vary from student to student.  Also the “due date” is individual for each learner.  We hope to have the project completed by the end of March. If your child decides to type the journal entries this will be done at home and school.

Typing and Computer Use:   Students will begin to practice typing and computer skills at home.  They will be asked to set aside two at home computer sessions a week.  I would like the students to independently open up a word document, type and save the document to a flash drive. The document can be a story, a list, or their Oregon Trail Journal.  Students who are very comfortable with this activity will move on to creating power points.

Homework:  If the class is able to transition smoothly throughout the day we will have an opportunity for “study time” at the end of the day.  During this time students will be invited to ask questions about homework, practice math facts, review spelling words and read.  I hope this allows for extra time at home to play math games, work on computer skills and other creative outlets.


Virtue of the month: Honesty!

The students had a wonderful time during Catholic Schools week!  It was full of fun themed days and ended with a great Purple and Gold celebration.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful week!

The 2018 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Valentine’s Day, will be celebrated in class on Tuesday, February 13.

The virtue of the month is Honesty. As we look forward to the excitement of Valentine’s Day, we also pause to reflect on the meaning of our virtue of the month: Honesty. We discussed the importance of speaking kindly and honestly about others.  Also the class has done some self reflections in class and honestly “graded” themselves on group participation in our STEM activities.  The students are beginning to learn that honesty enhances our interactions with others and it just feels right to be trustworthy and true.


Wonder: We have completed reading the book Wonder in class.  As one of our  closing activities we would like to show the movie that came out this year to the fourth grade.  We plan to watch the movie  Wonder this Thursday in class.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Spelling Bee:  The all school Spelling Bee is firmly planned for February 15.  We will have an in class spelling Bee this Thursday.

Math Facts:  Students will take a verbal or written assessments of math facts this week.  After the assessment your child will know what facts she needs to focus on to become more fluent with math facts.  The students will have the choice to do a verbal or written assessment.  This is designed to be low stress!

Oregon Trail:  Students will begin writing a journal about the Oregon Trail this week.  Each person is responsible to write one or two entries a week.  Your student is asked to bring an entry home during the week to get help with editing.  Be on the look out for an Oregon Trail journal entry!  These can be typed or hand written.  If the student decides to type the journal, most of the typing should be done at home.

We look forward to a fun and productive week!!


Catholic Schools Week


Here is a reminder of the festivities this week:

Monday, Celebrate Our Community Students are asked to bring one canned food item to school to help fill the St. Vincent de Paul cupboard. This is a free dress day for our students.

Tuesday, January 30 Celebrate Our Volunteers
Crazy Sock Day: Accessorize the school uniform with outrageous socks

Wednesday, January 31 Celebrate Our Nation
Choose your own Sweatshirt: Accessorize uniform pants/skort/dress with sweatshirt of your choice

Thursday, February 1 Celebrate Our Faculty and Staff; in Our Vocations
Students are invited to bring one flower for their teachers today, in appreciation of their service. Families of students in Grade 4 will prepare luncheon for faculty and staff.
Dress Like a Teacher Day! Yes, dress the way you envision a teacher to dress – be creative and have fun with this!
*If you would like to visit the class to share your vocation let me know!

Friday, February 2 Celebrate Our Students
Student Appreciation Lunch – Free for all students Show Your School Spirit: Purple and Gold Day – students may dress in purple and gold clothing, dress code appropriate.