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Weekly Overview 

Week of December 11th – December 15th

We are now in the season of Advent, which marks the start of a new liturgical year in the Catholic church and the preparation for JESUS coming into the world. We will be participating in school wide Advent prayer services on Wednesday morning.

Between now and the Christmas break, we will be focused on reading “Discovering Mars”, an informational text in English language arts. Because this is an actual book, there will not be spelling words, target vocabulary, or a test at the end of the week. However, students will be responsible for completing a comprehension packet in class and taking an AR test at the conclusion of reading the book.

This can be a particularly hectic and stressful time for some students as the balance the season activities and school work. Please help your student stay current on their homework, reading & taking AR tests, and studying for assessments. Additionally, please check your 4th grader’s student planner nightly, review their homework, and sign they have completed it. Closing the communication and accountability loop between home and school is important to the success of our 4th graders.

If you have questions or would like to discuss anything about your student, please feel free to contact me to schedule a time to meet.  

Peace & blessings, 

Mr. Sahlman

English Language Arts
Story – Informational Text “Discovering Mars”
Essential question – Why are people interested in space exploration?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Summarizing; main ideas & details
Vocabulary strategy – review of strategies
Writing – no new projects

Math
Equivalent fractions
Converting fractions & mixed numbers

Religion
Advent

Social Studies
California’s Missions

Science
Energizing Everything  Mystery 5 -  Can you build a chain reaction machine?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Tuesday - science assessment
Thursday - Advent assessment

Calendar items
December 13 – All school Advent prayer service after morning assembly
December 15 – SPN Spirit Day - Christmas sock day
December 18 – Free dress for December birthdays
December 20 – All school Advent prayer service after morning assembly
December 20 – Evening Christmas program
December 21 – noon dismissal; start of Christmas Break
December 22 – January 5th – Christmas break
January 8th – Return from Christmas break

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of December 5th – December 8th

English Language Arts
Story – biography “Jose! Born to Dance”
Essential question – What does it take to be a great performer?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Author’s purpose; Analyze & evaluate
Vocabulary strategy – Shades of meaning
Writing – California Mission research paper (planning & drafting)

Math
Equivalent fractions
Converting fractions & mixed numbers

Religion
Advent

Social Studies
California’s Exploration & Settlement

Science
Energizing Everything  Mystery 4 -  Could you knock down a building only using dominoes?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Thursday – Spelling assessment; Math fractions checkpoint assessment
Friday – English language arts reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary assessment; ELA packet, target vocabulary sentences, & target vocabulary definitions due


Calendar items
December 6 – All school Advent prayer service after morning assembly
December 5- SPN Christmas craft
December 8 – All school mass celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, full uniform – no shorts
December 10 – Breakfast with Santa at SPN
December 13 – All school Advent prayer service after morning assembly
December 18 – Free dress for December birthdays
December 20 – All school Advent prayer service after morning assembly
December 20 – Evening Christmas program
December 21 – noon dismissal; start of Christmas Break
December 22 – January 5th – Christmas break
January 8th – Return from Christmas break

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of November 27th – December 1st

English Language Arts
Story – fiction “Dear Mr. Winston”
Essential question – What are some different ways to do research?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Drawing conclusions, asking questions
Grammar –Compound and complex sentences
Word Focus - Antonyms
Writing – California Mission research paper (planning & drafting)

Math
Fractions – equal sharing, mixed numbers, geoboards
Fraction checkpoint assessment

Religion
Chapter 4 – The Ten Commandments & the Lord’s Prayer assessment
Advent

Social Studies
California’s Exploration & Settlement

Science
Energizing Everything – Mystery 3 – Why is the first hill of the roller coaster always the highest? Assessment
Mystery 4 -  Could you knock down a building only using dominoes?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Wednesday – Religion – Chapter 4 assessment; study guide due
Thursday – Spelling assessment; Math fractions checkpoint assessment
Friday – English language arts reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary assessment; ELA packet, target vocabulary sentences, & target vocabulary definitions due


Calendar items
November 27 – Free dress November birthdays
November 27 – December 1 – SPN Book Fair 2:30 – 6:30 pm

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of November 20th – 24th

English Language Arts
Story – no new story
Writing – Gratitude/thankfulness narratives (editing & publishing)

Math
Fractions

Religion
Chapter 4 – The Ten Commandments & the Lord’s Prayer

Social Studies
California’s Exploration & Settlement

Science
Energizing Everything – Mystery 3 – Why is the first hill of the roller coaster always the highest?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Thankful/gratitude narrative

Calendar items
November 20 – Free dress for religion jeopardy
November 21 – 1st trimester report cards go home
November 22 –24 Thanksgiving Break
November 27 – Free dress November birthdays
November 27 – December 1 – Book Hair

Reminders:
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of November 13th – 17th

English Language Arts
Story – fiction “Me and Uncle Romie”
Essential question – How do an artist’s experiences affect his or her art?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Understanding characters, visualize
Grammar –Progressive verb tense
Word focus – Figurative Language
Writing – Gratitude/thankfulness narratives (drafting & revising)

Math
Fractions

Religion
Chapter 4 – The Ten Commandments & the Lord’s Prayer

Social Studies
California’s Exploration & Settlement

Science
Energizing Everything – Mystery 3 – Why is the first hill of the roller coaster always the highest?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Thursday – Spelling assessment
Friday – English language arts reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary assessment; ELA packet, target vocabulary sentences, & target vocabulary definitions due

Calendar items
November 17 – End of 1st Trimester
November 19 – Family mass 3rd & 4th grade
November 22 – 24 Thanksgiving Break
November 27 – Free dress November birthdays
November 27 – December 1 – Book Hair

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of November 6th – 10th 

English Language Arts

Story – Information Text: “Coming Distractions.” Essential Question – How are movies a form of communication?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Fact & Opinion, summarizing
Spelling - Vowel sounds /oo/ (ex: bloom) and /oo/ (ex: put)
Vocabulary strategies - Greek & Latin word parts - phon, photo, graph, auto, tele
Grammar – verb tense review
Writing – Gratitude/thankfulness narratives (drafting & revising)

Math
Division with remainders
Unit 2 math assessment


Religion
Chapter 3 – The Ten Commandments review & assessment

Social Studies
California Native peoples - assessment

Science
Energizing Everything – What makes a roller coaster go fast? - assessment

Assessments & Major assignments due
Tuesday – Unit 2 math assessment; What makes a roller coaster go fast? Assessment
Wednesday – Chapter 3 religion assessment Social studies assessment – California Native Peoples
Thursday – English language arts reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary assessment & spelling; ELA packet, target vocabulary sentences, & target vocabulary definitions due

Calendar items
November 10 – Veterans Holiday – No school

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of October 30th – November 3rd 

English Language Arts

Story – No new story this week. We will be reading about California Native Americans using social studies text.
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Main idea & details
Grammar – Review
Writing – Halloween/scary narratives publishing

Math
Division with remainders

Religion
Chapter 3 – The Ten Commandments

Social Studies
California Native peoples

Science
Energizing Everything – What makes a roller coaster go fast?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Tuesday – Scary Narrative
Thursday – ELA STAR testing
Friday – Math STAR testing

Calendar items
October 31: Noon dismissal – Halloween
November 1: All Saints Day – All school mass – full uniform required
November 2: Dia de los Muertos

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday

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Week of October 23rd – 27th  

English Language Arts

Story – “Invasion from Mars” radio broadcast; Essential Question: How are performances similar to and different from written stories?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: story structure, making inferences
Grammar – verbs
Writing – Halloween/scary narratives, revising/editing/publishing

Math
Doubling & halving
Multiplying with money & the metric system
Multiplication strategies
Division with remainders

Religion
Chapter 3 – The Ten Commandments

Social Studies
California Native peoples

Science
Energizing Everything – What makes a roller coaster go fast?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Thursday – Spelling test
Friday – English language arts reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary assessment; Readers notebook packet, target vocabulary definitions, and target vocabulary sentences due

Calendar items
October 23: School Board
October 25: Parent Ed night TK-5 - Literacy 6:30-7:30
October 30: 2nd STAR testing administration begins
October 31: Noon dismissal - Halloween

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday
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Week of October 16th – 20th

English Language Arts
Story – Stormalong, Tall Tale, Essential Question: Why do people pass down stories over the year?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Point of view, drawing conclusions, making inferences
Grammar – capitalization
Writing – Halloween/scary narratives, revising/editing/publishing

Math
Building ratio tables
Multiplying single digits by multiples of 10
Multiplication story problems
Math multiplication checkpoint assessment

Religion
Chapter 2 review & assessment

Social Studies
California Native peoples

Science
California Academy of Sciences field trip

Assessments & Major assignments due
Tuesday – Math checkpoint assessment
Wednesday – Spelling test
Friday – English language arts reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary assessment; Readers notebook packet, target vocabulary definitions, and target vocabulary sentences due

Calendar items
October 17: Harry Potter Math Night 5:30-7 pm
October 19: 4th grade to Cal Academy of Science 8am – 3pm
October 21: Alumni Mass and dinner
October 23: School Board
October 25: Parent Ed night TK-5; 6:30-7:30
October 30: Begin 2nd STAR testing
October 31: Noon dismissal - Halloween

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday

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Week of October 9th 13th

English Language Arts
Story – No new story this week – Social studies text will be used due to the short week
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: main idea & details, text features
Grammar – review
Language – review
Writing – Narrative Writing – reasons why something happens

Spelling – no new spelling words or test

Math
Building multiplication arrays
Sketching multiplication arrays
Multiplying by 10, 100, & 1,000

Religion
The Last Supper
Saint Pius X

Social Studies
California cities & populations
California geography & earthquakes
Chapter 1 assessment


Science
Energizing Everything - Mystery 1: Speed & Energy – Essential Question – How can a car run without gas? Assessment

Assessments & Major assignments due
Wednesday – Science assessment
Thursday – social studies assessment


Calendar items
October 11-13: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences -- noon dismissal
October 17: Harry Potter Math Night 5:30-7 pm
October 19: 4th grade to Cal Academy of Science 8-3
October 21: Alumni Mass and dinner
October 23: School Board
October 25: Parent Ed night TK-5; 6:30-7:30
October 30: Begin 2nd STAR testing
October 31: Noon dismissal - Halloween

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday
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Week of October 2nd – 6th

English Language Arts

Story – Play: “The Power of W.O.W.!”; Essential question – Why might people raise money for a cause?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: theme; analyze & evaluate
Grammar – sentence fragments, run on sentences, and correct capitalization
Language – Vocabulary strategies – prefixes non-, mis-
Writing – Narrative Writing – reasons why something happens
Spelling – short “o” and long “o” spelling patterns

Math

Great Wall of Base 10
Units of linear & area measurement
Multiplying by 10
Building multiplication arrays

Religion
Praise & Thanksgiving – Liturgy of the Word & Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Last Supper
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi & Blessing of the animals
Saint Pius X


Social Studies
California cities & populations – video presentations
California geography & earthquakes

Science
Energizing Everything - Mystery 1: Speed & Energy – Essential Question – How can a car run without gas? Design & engineering extensions

Assessments & Major assignments due
Thursday – spelling test
Friday – ELA: “The Power of W.O.W!” Readers notebook pages due, target vocabulary definitions & sentences due, reading comprehension, grammar, & vocabulary test
Social Studies – California population video presentations due


Calendar items
October 2: PTG
October 4: SPN Blessing of the Animals

October 6: Picture retake
October 9: No school Columbus Day
October 11-13: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences -- noon dismissal
October 17: Harry Potter Math Night 5:30-7 pm
October 19: 4th grade to Cal Academy of Science 8-3
October 21: Alumni Mass and dinner
October 23: School Board
October 25: Parent Ed night TK-5; 6:30-7:30
October 30: Begin 2nd STAR testing
October 31: Noon dismissal - Halloween

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday
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Week of September 25th – 29th

English Language Arts

Story – Informational Text: “My Librarian is a Camel”; Essential question – How are books and libraries important to people and communities?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: cause & effect, visualizing
Grammar – quotations
Language – Vocabulary strategies – using context
Writing – Narrative Writing – informal speech
Spelling – short i and long i spelling patterns

Math

Unit 1 Math assessment – Multiplication & division of smaller numbers, multiplicative comparisons, factors, multiples, prime numbers, composite numbers
Linear Measurement
Standard units of measurement


Religion
Chapter 1 Assessment - God’s goodness
Chapter 2 Praise & Thanksgiving – Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Mass


Social Studies
California cities & populations
California geography & earthquakes


Science
Energizing Everything - Mystery 1: Speed & Energy – Essential Question – How can a car run without gas?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Monday – Religion Chapter 1 assessment
Tuesday – Math Unit 1 assessment
Friday – “My Librarian is a Camel” Readers notebook pages due, target vocabulary definitions & sentences due, spelling test; reading comprehension, grammar, & vocabulary test


Calendar items
October 2: PTG
October 6: Picture retake
October 9: No school Columbus Day
October 11-13: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences -- noon dismissal
October 17: Harry Potter Math Night 5:30-7 pm
October 19: 4th grade to Cal Academy of Science 8-3
October 21: Alumni Mass and dinner
October 23: School Board
October 25: Parent Ed night TK-5; 6:30-7:30
October 30: Begin 2nd STAR testing
October 31: Noon dismissal - Halloween

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday.

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Week of September 18th – 22nd

English Language Arts

Story - Biography: “My Brother Martin”; Essential question – What might lead a person to try and change the world?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Author’s purpose, monitor & clarify
Grammar – 4 kinds of sentences, contractions
Language – Prefixes in-, im- il-, & ir-  
Writing – Narrative Writing - descriptive paragraph & word choice
Spelling – short e and long e spelling patterns

Math
Reviewing multiplication strategies
Seeing multiplication strategies in action
Multiplication & division checkpoint assessment
Multiplicative comparisons

Religion
The Holy Trinity
Caring for God’s creation
Chapter 1 Review - God’s goodness

Social Studies
Lines of latitude & longitude
The Global grid
Hemispheres & climate zones
Where people live in California

Science
Birth of Rocks – volcanoes learning extensions

Assessments & Major assignments due
Wednesday - Multiplication & Division Math Checkpoint
Friday – My Brother Martin Readers notebook pages due, target vocabulary definitions & sentences due, spelling test; reading comprehension, grammar, & vocabulary test

Calendar items
September 22: Free dress with Fun Fair T-shirt
September 23: Fun Fair
September 24: Pancake Breakfast
October 6: Picture retake
October 9: Columbus Day – no school


Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days. We attend daily mass on Tuesdays.
Library books are due every other Monday

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Week of September 11th – 15th

English Language Arts
Story - Realistic fiction: “Because of Winn Dixie”; Essential question – How do friends help each other?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Story structure & summarizing
Grammar – Subjects & predicates
Language – Prefixes re-, un-, dis-
Writing – Narrative Writing - descriptive paragraph, sentence fluency, & word choice
Spelling – short “a” and long “a” spelling patterns

Math
Prime and composite numbers
Reviewing multiplication strategies
Seeing multiplication strategies in action

Religion
Review of Catholic prayers & Bible
Attend Tuesday mass
Generating & agreeing upon community norms
Creation story
The Holy Trinity

Social Studies
California geography & climates - Essential Question: How do the climate and geography vary throughout the state of California?

Science
Mystery Science - Birth of Rocks – Mysteries 1 – 3 Review & assessment

Assessments & Major assignments due
Thursday – Science assessment – mystery science investigations 1 – 3
Friday – Winn Dixie packet due, vocabulary words due, spelling test, “Because of Winn Dixie” test

Calendar items
September 22: Free dress with Fun Fair T-shirt
September 23: Fun Fair
September 24: Pancake Breakfast

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days
Library books are due every other Monday

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Week of September 5th – 9th

English Language Arts

Story - Realistic fiction: “Niagara Falls or Does It”; Essential question – How do friends help each other?
Essential Question: What makes for a good story?
Comprehension Skill & Strategy: Summarizing
Writing – Narrative Writing – Drafting

Math
Models for multiplication & division
Finding factors
Exploring Prime and composite numbers

Religion
All school mass
Sharing values, inclusion, & generating norms
Creating peace art for the 9/11 mass

Social Studies
California geography & climates - Essential Question: How do the climate and geography vary throughout the state of California?

Science
Mystery Science - Birth of Rocks - Mystery 2 - Why do some volcanoes explode?
Mystery Science – Birth of Rock – Mystery 3 – Will a mountain last forever?

Assessments & Major assignments due
Friday 9/8– AR test on “Niagara Falls or Does It?”

Calendar items
Monday September 4th - No School, Labor Day
Wednesday September 6th - All School Mass (4th & 1st grade hosting)
Friday September 8th, school picture day – full school uniform required

Reminders:
Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days
Library books are due every other Monday

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Week of August 28th – September 1st

English Language Arts
Story - Realistic fiction: “Hank Zipzer, Niagara Falls or Does it?”
Comprehension Skill: Compare & contrast
Reading Strategy – Summarizing
Writing – Personal Narratives

Math
Models for multiplication & division – open number line, ratio table, tile array, area model

Science

Birth of Rocks, Mystery 1
Essential Question: Could a volcano erupt in your yard?

Religion
Coming together as a classroom Community, creating art for the 9/11 church mass

Social Studies

California's Promise Unit 1 Introduction
Essential Questions: How do the climate and geography vary throughout the state of California?How do these features affect how people live?

Calendar items:

Wednesday August 30th - Back to school night
Friday September 1st - Minimum day/noon dismissal
Monday September 5th - Labor day no School/holiday
Wednesday September 6th - All school mass (4th & 1st grade hosting); Full school uniform required
Friday September 8th - Picture day
Saturday September 23rd - SPN Fun Fair
Sunday September 24th - SPN Pancake Breakfast

Reminders:

Wednesday is always 2:10 dismissal unless noted
Full uniform on all Mass Days
Library books are due every other Monday