March 15 – March 19


Happy Auction Week! Hope you enjoy all the festivities!

Academics for the week:

Math: Fractions Equivalence and Comparison CCSS Math Content 4NF A1

Reading with Mrs. Halley: Compare and contrast the novel and movie WONDER. RL.4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

Writing: Tied to both reading (essay) and social studies (journaling).

Religion: Focus on the meaning of Lent. All School virtual Mass on Friday

Social Studies: Oregon Trail. Students will begin taking notes and writing their very own Oregon Trail Journal!

March 1 – March 5

Thank you for all the donations for the “Lunches of Love” service project. Enough supplies were collected to create 300 bagged lunches! Thank you to Mrs. Morris for organizing and leading this effort. The Fourth graders will work next week to put the lunches together.

Thank you to Kalyn Gustafson for coordinating the auction project. Kalyn clearly put in a lot of thoughtful effort to be sure all students were able to participate. The final art piece is absolutely stunning!

Academics this week:

Reading: RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations

Math: Fractions! Students will learn how to recognize equivalent fractions and how to compare fractions of different sizes.  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.1 and CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.2.

Writing: We will continue to work on our compare and contrast essays.

Social Studies: We will be reading and responding to historical information about the traveling the Oregon Trail.

Religion: Lunches of Love and Rice Bowl

Math Facts! Please be sure your student practices math facts for about 10 minutes daily. This can be done through Xtramath, flash cards or another parent choice method.

February 22 – 26

Hybrid learning is going well. Remind your student that when on zoom they must be on time for class. I am teaching the on campus and remote kids concurrently. If a student is late to the Zoom room, they may end up waiting to be let in. The remote schedule for the day is on the Google Classroom for remote learners so it is clear what to do. Students who are quarantined due to travel are expected to stay on-line with their purple/gold cohorts.

Writing:  Compare and Contrast Essay. Focus on using fourth grade level word choice, grammar and editing skills. I prefer students do drafts in their writing notebook. Students who choose to type drafts and are in hybrid, will need to print their work progress for on campus workdays. This is a two week project.
Math: Multiples, Factors, Prime and Composite Numbers and Patterns. Math Test this Wednesday/Thursday. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.B.4  and  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.C.5
Reading with Ms Halley: RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations
Social Studies: Begin learning about the Oregon Trail. Discuss the overlooked African American contributions and impact on African Americans during the time of the Oregon Trail.
Religion: We continue to discuss Lent.


Items to note:
 4thGrade service project signup and information 
 Jump Rope for Heart. registration here
Tuesday, February 23
Auction Registration Opens at


February 8 – 12

We look forward to a short, busy and fun week! Students are invited to bring in Valentines this Tuesday (2/9) and Wednesday (2/10). We have 27 students in our class. Bags will be set out for socially distant delivery.  Valentines will be opened at home. 

Math: This week Fourth Graders will complete a division assessment. Our next area of study is Factor and Multiples, then on to fractions!

Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1-100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is prime or composite
Writing/Social Studies: Black History Month, students will read biographies and complete timelines for a variety of influential Black Americans.
 Reading with Mrs. Halley:  Students will be asked to spend 20 -30 minutes at home after school reading Wonder:Part 2 Via.
Students will finish reading Part 1 of Wonder with emphasis on responding to the chapter with evidence from the text.

RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Check the backpack: Papers come home as they are finished or corrected. Please help your student by checking the backpack regularly.

Items to note:
School not in Session:
Friday, February 12 – Faculty RetreatSchool not in Session
Monday, February 15 – Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 16 – Mid-Winter Holiday

February 1 – 5


Here is a list of the activities for Catholic Schools Week:

Monday Feb 1 Students are invited to Dress in the colors of our flag, or of the flag of their Unbound student’s country.  
Tuesday Feb 2 Talent Tuesday
Students are welcome to record talent videos at home and send them to their teachers. 
Wednesday Feb 3 — Celebrate all Faiths
8th graders will be visiting virtual classrooms with lessons to share. 
Thursday Feb 4 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day 💐 
Dress like your favorite St John teacher or staff member. 
Friday Feb 5 Student Appreciation Day

Dress in PURPLE and GOLD.

January 11 – 15

As we welcome 2021, we continue to experience unprecedented events and circumstances. As we navigate through these challenging times, know that we are a community.  St John teachers, administration and support staff are here to support your children academically, socially and emotionally. None of us have the perfect answers for how to respond to current events, but together we will find our way.

Social Studies: This week the class will discuss what a democracy is and why we have the three branches of government. We will continue our discussion over the coming weeks.

Math: We begin our work on division. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.6

Religion: We pray daily for our needs and gifts. We will say the Peace Prayer of St Francis this week among other meaningful prayers.

Writing: Students will continue and finish their information essay about an animal of choice.

Reading: Mrs Halley will have the students complete the level set for Achieve 3000 this week and focus on the study of non-fiction text structures.

Hybrid Learning Plan: If you have not had a chance to respond to the google form survey please do that soon. Here is the link:

Thank you for your continued support!




Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021! I hope you had a restful Christmas Break. Tomorrow we will be back together in our zoom room for more learning and fun!

This week in academics 

Religion: One Word: Students will reflect upon and choose one word to focus on for the year that will help clarify their strengths and gifts.

Math:Math: We will review and continue exploration of multiplication CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.5: and begin our work with division CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.6

Reading with Mrs. Halley Informational Text CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.5  Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text

Writing: Students will be guided to write an information report.Informational Report CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2

December 14 – 18

Spirit Week: December 14 – 18

Monday, December 14 – Holiday Headwear Day:  Wear fun and festive holiday hats, like antlers headbands, elf ears or Santa hats.
Tuesday, December 15 – Winter Sports Fan Day: hockey, skiing, ice skating etc. or our school colors of purple and gold – break out your St. John jerseys.
Wednesday, December 16 – Cozy Day:  come to class in your comfy, slippers, wearable blankets or scarves.
Thursday, December 17 – Ugly Sweater Day!

Friday, December 18 – Festive Friday: Dress in Christmas Cheer!

St. John School Advent Project: Unbound :

This Advent, St. John School continues to collect donations for the charity Unbound. St. John School’s monthly contribution goes toward basic needs such as nutrition, healthcare and an education for our sponsor students. Meet our Unbound friends:

Ways to donate:
Bring a donation to class (PK-2)
Drop off your donation when picking up hot lunch or

Give online- new updated link!:

December 7 – 11

We have two weeks until Christmas break and holiday excitement fills our Zoom room! This week we look forward to some fun and common core aligned assignments.


Religion:  The focus is on Advent.  Students are invited join our class for the Mass on Tuesday at 10:30 to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary. If you would like to watch the mass as a family, join the live Facebook stream through the parish page.

Math:  4.NBT.5: Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

Reading with Mrs. Halley: Students will be given a variety of options to respond to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe during class time.

Writing/Grammar: We continue to share Christmas Stories and work on Grammar Boot Camp.

STEM: Candy Cane Experiment


Take note of this great opportunity: Elf College at St. John School

Students in preschool through grade 8 have an exciting opportunity to join St. John School’s Elf-in-Training Program and help our Unbound friends.  The “course load” includes four kindness activities and a STEM project.  Upon completion, students will be graduates of Elf College and receive a graduation gift! See NewsViews for more information!

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