September 16th, 2018

posted Sep 16, 2018, 4:30 PM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated Sep 16, 2018, 4:30 PM ]
Dear Parents and Guardians,

 Welcome to our Grade 4 Class Website.  You will find information about current topics of study, as well as school/class events here each week.  Kindly let me know if there are any other features that you would like for me to add as I am always looking for ways to strengthen home-school communication. 
 Let me begin this first newsletter by saying that I am DELIGHTED to have the privilege of teaching your children again this year (For those of you who are new to St. Mary's Elementary, please know that I am very much looking forward to working with you and my new students as well and I know that you will all enjoy being a part of such an awesome school community!).  We have already been VERY busy learning in these first days of school.  Here is a quick summary of what we are doing this week:
 First, Mathematics.  Presently we are studying numbers to 10,000.  More specifically, how to write them in expanded notation, read them properly, represent them in numbers, pictures and words and order them on a number line.
 Secondly, Language Arts.  We have been studying the novel "Fudge" by Judy Blume.  This is a great book to develop student understanding of characterization as most students enjoy Fudge's mischievous nature and can easily make text-to-self connections using their own life experiences. During this week we will be creating a character web and designing our own book covers for this novel. 
 Thirdly, Social Studies.  As we are studying explorers, we have been learning about different places in the world we would like to visit (ex. coral reef) and writing a log about our adventures there.  In this regard, students will be beginning their own logs this week, so if they have pictures and/or other items such as ticket stubs, drawings, etc. that they would like to include in a log about a trip they have taken, they are welcome to bring these to school.
 Fourthly, Science. We are studying rocks this term.  More specifically, students are learning to distinguish between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock.  This week, students will be doing an experiment which demonstrates how sedimentary rock is formed.  Students who have a special rock or two at home are also welcome to bring these to school so that we can use our investigative skills to describe each rock and determine its type.
 Fifthly, French.  Students have been very enthusiastic about learning school vocabulary, as well as basic phrases describing the weather and date.  We will continue practicing our new vocabulary through songs and games, and begin learning the words for school supplies.
 Now, in regards to this week's announcements, I have four quick things.  First, if at all possible, I would appreciate it if students could submit their pizza orders BEFORE Friday each week due to the time it takes to process the order when everyone brings their pizza money on the same day.  Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.  Secondly, I look forward to meeting with you this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. for our annual Curriculum Night.  In the meantime, feel free to email me at or call the school at 753-9892 should you need to speak with me. Please note that it is sometimes difficult to check emails during the day, however, they are checked after school or in the early evening.  Thirdly, if you have not already sent your child's permission slip for the Terry Fox Walk to school, would you kindly do so by the end of this week. Finally, I placed an Early School Closure Form in the agendas on Friday as this information is very important in the event of an unforeseen closure.  If you would kindly complete and return this form A.S.A.P., it would be greatly appreciated.  
 See you on Thursday at 7 p.m.!

 Have a wonderful week!

 Ms. Pinsent