Happy Thanksgiving!

  May you enjoy peace and gratitude this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, For love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.


Come Lord Jesus, our guest to be And bless these gifts Bestowed by Thee.

And bless our loved ones everywhere, And keep them in Your loving care.

Important Announcements:

Tuesday, November 24 the students are invited to join us in our Zoom Room  for the all School Virtual Mass. Note the day and time change.  If your student would like to join your family for mass it will be live-streamed from the St. John Parish FB page, 1pm. Students are dismissed after mass for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  • Wednesday, November 25 School not in Session, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thursday, November 26, Happy Thanksgiving!
    • Thanksgiving Day Mass, live-streamed from the St. John Parish FB page, 10:30am
  • Friday, November 26 School not in Session, Thanksgiving Holiday


November 16 – 20

Thank you for the beautiful pie plate! I appreciate your thoughtful kindness.   The support I feel from you ignites my energy for teaching! Your children continue to brighten our zoom room with smiling faces, hilarious remarks and thoughtful reflections.

Academics for the week:

Writing: Students finished a practice write on an opinion paper last week. This week they will write, edit and turn in a paper on the topic: Would you Rather Have a Pet Chimpanzee or a Pet Python? Your student will ask for your help to edit either Wednesday evening or Thursday evening. They will type on the document I provide to ensure I am able to collect and save their amazing writing!

Reading with Mrs. Halley: We continue our novel study of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Students will be asked to complete an ACHIEVE article daily during Independent Work Time. I encourage them to join me in ZOOM if they have questions during Achieve time.

Math: We are wrapping up measurement this week and beginning our new Zearn Mission!  The new Zearn mission helps students learn lifelong skills of multiplying and dividing big numbers. Students learn strategies that will allow them to multiply and divide on paper and in their heads. Keep practicing math facts at home to support this learning!

Science: Students will be introduced to the surprisingly important role of “failure” in the process of developing solutions to problems. If you can provide a few bobby pins by Friday your student will be able to do a hands on activity. If not- no worries, they will be able to participate in discussion and observation.

STEM: We will do an activity using materials from the Science folder sent home a couple weeks ago. This is the Save Fred Activity. Be sure your student has the materials on hand for Friday.


Dates to note from NewViews:

November 9 – 13

The students continue to surprise me with their motivation and positive energy.  We will take time to discuss President Elect Joe Biden and the historic significance of our first female Vice President, Kamala Harris. This is an astute and curious group who has been on pins and needles awaiting the outcome of the election!

Please note that this week we have Wednesday off of school. This day is to honor our Veterans. It is timely and important for us to remember that Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace. As a class we will learn the meaning of this day of remembrance.


Math: The standards we will cover is 4.MD.1 and 2.: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. 

Reading from Mrs. Halley: We will continue our novel study of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with emphasis on character development. This week we will also discuss the importance of independent reading time outside of school hours.

Writing: Opinion writing is our focus. Students will be taught the difference between an opinion and a fact. We will illustrate how to fact check and support opinions with credible evidence. We will tie in respecting a variety of opinions. Our writing is based on our opinions of things such as: Should junk food be banned from school? Which animal is the fiercest?

Social Studies: Veterans Day discussion

Science: We will begin our science unit. Get ready for factual fun!

Items to Note from NewsViews:

  • Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day
    • School not in session
    • Mass, honoring our Veterans, live-streamed from the St. John Parish FB page, 3pm
  • Sunday, November 15
  • Friday, November 20
    • Remote Learners Student Portraits (remote learners are allowed free dress that is appropriate for portraiture)
    •  Food Drive Project supported by the 6th Grade . Drop off items at Hot Lunch Pick up. Non-glass items please😊


October 2 – 6


Thank you for attending conferences this week. The kids are fortunate to have such wonderful family support! Continue to encourage daily math fact practice for about 10 minutes and develop a reading routine.

Please join us for All Souls Day Mass via the parish Facebook page at 9:15 tomorrow. Class meets at 8:30 for attendance and morning routine. Students will be released to join mass link at 9:15.

Exciting reading challenge with ACHIEVE! November begins a Read to Succeed Contest. Encourage your child to participate!

Senora Blanca will led the class in the Day of The Dead Celebration tomorrow afternoon. Your student has been prepared to participate and Senora has taken time to plan a meaningful experience.

Academics this week:

Religion: Focus is on the virtue of  Gratitude and the Beatitude: Blessed are those who mourn. Mass 9:15am Monday!

Math: Solve multi-step word problems modeled with tape/box diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.

Reading from Ms. Halley: I introduced the students to EPIC free on-line books. All the books and educational videos are free from 8-4pm. Later this week, students will begin a novel study on the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Students will read on their own or in small breakout groups. I encourage struggling readers to listen to an audible version.

Grammar:  4th grade grammar skills will be part of the daily routine.

Writing:  New unit on Opinion Writing begins. Students will periodically ask for parent feedback and help with editing.

Items to Note:

Virtual Recesses: Virtual recesses are on Wednesdays from 12-12:50. Students are invited to enter via Mrs. Halley’s zoom link.

Sunday, November 7 and 8th: State of the Parish. Attendance is mandatory for families who partake in fair share.  For more information refer to NewsViews.

In the works is a drive by celebration for Father Crispin as he celebrates his 30th anniversary as a priest. More information will be in NewsViews!