Week of November 18

Hello, all!
I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Here’s what you need to know for the week!
Homework: I apologize that the homework was not send out last Friday, as I was out of town. The students can now access homework 9, and I have eliminated one IXL skill. The homework password this week is informational text, which is the unit we will be starting in reading!
Please encourage students to study for the first quiz of the United States challenge (they will take the quiz on Friday!) See my previous post for more details and for a digital copy of the requirements for week 1. Students also took home a paper copy of these requirements today.
GRCS Apparel: We are offering GRCS apparel for parents/students to purchase: https://grcsapparel.godaddysites.com/
For Care Line Users: While in the pickup car line, every car should have a laminated sign displayed in their window. If you are in need of one or need additional, please email Laura Szotko (lszotko@grcs.org). Signs will be sent home via backpack.
Christmas Program Details: The 3rd and 4th graders are already starting to work hard to prepare for this year’s Christmas program! It will be held at the Center for Arts and Worship (CAW) at Grand Rapids Christian High School on December 16 at 7 pm. Mark your calendars for this festive evening!
For the Calendar:
11/22 Last day of food drive
11/27-29 Thanksgiving Break, No School
12/16 Christmas Program
12/23-1/3 Christmas Break, No School

U.S.A Challenge

Hello, everyone!

Starting next week, the fourth graders will be participating in a challenge to memorize the location of many important features in the United States, including all 50 states! The challenge will last for 5 weeks. Each week, students will memorize 10 state and 4-6 physical features of the United States including bodies of water, National Parks and regions. Each Friday, students will have a quick quiz, in which they will need to label these things on a map using a word bank. We will do some practice and studying at school, but please encourage your child to study at home as well. If you do not have access to a map at home, please let me know and I will send one home! At the end of the 5 weeks, students will be given a couple of weeks to review before testing their skills by labeling all 50 states on the map! There will be some fun prizes at the end for those who complete the challenge! The students will be introduced to the challenge and sent home with the attached document on Monday. Thanks for supporting and encouraging your child throughout this challenge.

 

 

Week of November 11

We are back at it with a new week. The students are learning and working hard. They are growing in their relationships together and also with our God. Friday, we had Prayer Circles and met to pray together. It is a meaningful time to help children learn the blessing of praying in community.

Homework: Homework 8 was sent out last Friday and will be due this Friday. The parent password is division. Your students have learned to divide larger numbers by 1 digit dividends using several different methods. We first began with an area model, then moved to a method called partial quotients. Finally, on Friday, we learned the traditional algorithm (the method that you and I learned when we were in school!). Most students prefer the partial quotients method. I am posting a video below to show how that method works, so that you are able to help your child with the homework if needed. It is very clear, and students understand why they are doing each step. The traditional algorithm (or the quick method, as we call it) has not been as easy for students. It is not a goal that they are able to use the traditional algorithm in 4th grade. They may use any method to divide! However, if your child is wanting to get the traditional algorithm figured out, feel free to help them with it at home. Also, ask your child to share their favorite method with you!

Partial Quotients Explanation Video

Food Drive: The Thanksgiving food drive began today and will run through next Tuesday, November 22. See my previous blog post for more information.

Upcoming Dates:

11/27-29 Thanksgiving Break, No School
12/16 Christmas Program
12/23-1/3 Christmas Break, No School

Week of 11/4

Homework: This week, students will have a break from their regular math homework (IXL skills). Instead, their focus should be on finishing typing their personal narrative stories if they have not done so already. Their stories are on Google Docs, so they can be accessed from home on their Google Drive. Students should log in with their normal email (ending with @grchristian.org) and password. Students will still have a form they must fill out. The parent password is personal narrative. Just a reminder, homework will be sent out every Friday, and will be due the following Friday. That means that students will have the first weekend (right after receiving the homework) to complete it.

Thanksgiving Food Drive:

Upcoming Dates:

11/5 No GRPS buses
11/27-29 Thanksgiving Break, No School
12/16 Christmas Program
12/23-1/3 Christmas Break, No School

Week of 10/28

It is a busy week here in fourth grade! We will be watching the movie Holes, as we have now finished reading the book. On Tuesday, we look forward to having some members of the Grand Rapids Symphony play for us, on Wednesday, we have our first book clubs with Calvin students. On Friday, many fourth graders will be involved in leading chapel. All are welcome to join us at 8:25 in the gym. Be sure to ask your child about these special activities!

Homework: Homework 6 will be due on Friday. The password this week is disciples (the theme of our fourth grade led chapel!). Most of you let me know that you would prefer to have the option to do homework over the weekend, so from now on homework will be sent out on Friday and be due the following Friday.

Head Eagles: We will have our first two Head Eagles this week, Eden and Wendell! Check the document below to find out how we’ll celebrate the Head Eagle each day and the schedule of upcoming Head Eagles.

Conferences: I look forward to meeting with many of you tomorrow night, October 29. The schedule is as follows:

5:30: Will Ekkens
5:45: Simon Borst
6:30: Logan Anderson
6:45: Jackson Post
7:00: Eli Hoving
7:15: Lily McRae
7:30: Elliot Sinas

Scholastic Book Orders: Due tomorrow! (Click here to order online using our class code, QB6P9)

Upcoming Dates:
11/27-29 Thanksgiving Break, No School
12/16 Christmas Program

Week of 10-21

Hello, all!

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful fall weekend! This week is a short week. We will have a half day on Wednesday, with dismissal at 12:10. Grand Rapids Public Buses will be running. There is no school on Thursday or Friday. This is a well deserved break for these fourth graders who have been working so hard!

Hiking through the National Parks: Hiking through the National Parks is completed! We are so proud of our students and the work they did to read 3 books about National Parks, 3 books about the regions of the US and 4 chapter books.

Book Fair: The book fair will be going on in the library this week and next week.

Homework: There will be no homework this week nor will we be writing in our PWJs.

Foot Frolic Frenzy was a success! God blessed us with beautiful weather and children who ran their hearts out! Thank you to the FFF Committee and all the volunteers who made it happen. The children were able to take home a GRCS t-shirt and a bag of freebies from donors. Please collect the money that was pledged to your child and send in the envelope by October 28 (or earlier, as it can be difficult to remember those things the day after a break!)

Conferences: I look forward to meeting with you all! Here is the conference schedule for tonight.
4:15: Julia Brown
4:30: Wendell Zwart
4:45: Alex Bredeweg
5:15: Will Ekkens
5:30: Eli Ondersma
5:45: Braylon VanDenend
6:30: Addison Barton
6:45: Eden VanderWoude
7:15: Josh Garcia

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule
I look forward to celebrating your child with you! Please let me know ASAP if there is a problem with your conference time. If you have not filled out the pre-conference form, please take a few minutes to do that. It can be found here. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 22:

4:15: Julia Brown
4:30: Wendell Zwart
4:45: Alex Bredeweg
5:00: Simon Borst
5:15: Will Ekkens
5:30: Eli Ondersma
5:45: Braylon VanDenend
6:30: Addison Barton
6:45: Eden VanderWoude
7:15: Josh Garcia

Tuesday, October 29:

6:30: Logan Anderson
6:45: Jackson Post
7:00: Eli Hoving
7:15: Lily McRae
7:30: Elliot Sinas

10/14 Update

Last Friday, we had our first grade level chapel. All third and fourth graders gather in the commons to sing and worship together. It is such a special time! This week, Professor Sandra Vroon from Calvin will be joining us to introduce Calvin Book Clubs to our students. The fourth grade classes at GRCES partner with Calvin to provide experience for students in the education program. The fourth graders are mixed up and placed in a group with a Calvin student. The Calvin student spends time creating engaging lessons around a novel. Every Monday and Wednesday, the fourth graders will get together with their group and enjoy reading and learning together, as the Calvin students gain valuable teaching experience. It is a win win situation!
Here’s what you should know this week.
Homework: The homework for this week can be found here. The parent password is Foot Frolic Frenzy. Thanks for encouraging your child to complete the homework well!

Hiking through the National Parks: The 4th graders have read over 600 books for HIKING THROUGH THE NATIONAL PARKS! To celebrate reaching this goal, we will have a Sports Day on Wednesday, October 16.  This means students may choose to wear sports hats, uniforms, jerseys, their Christian Eagles shirt, dance gear (Ballet) or Taekwondo uniforms. This will be a fun day! Students have until Friday, October 18 to complete this requirement. If they do not complete the 10 book requirement by Friday, the will have to stay inside for the first recess each day until they have completed it.

Pre-Conference Form: Last week, I sent out a pre-conference form. Thanks to those of you that have already filled it out! It should not take more than a few minutes, but will ensure that we can use our short time together to discuss what is the most important. If you have not filled it out, please do so by the end of this week. The form can be found here.
Foot Frolic Frenzy: The new turn in date for FFF envelopes/money is Monday, October 28. Students should hang on to their envelopes until then. They’ve got an extra week to collect pledges! Also, students should turn in their envelopes even if they’re empty (for instance if all their pledges are online). It’s helpful for the committee to have the envelopes no matter what. No matter the size of the donations, we would love for every student to participate! Our class will be running from 11:30-12:00 on Friday. We would love to see you there!
Upcoming Dates:
10/16 Box Top Collection Day
10/18 Foot Frolic Frenzy
10/22 and 10/23 Picture Retake Day
10/22, 10/29, 10/31: Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/23 ½ Day of School (12:10 dismissal)
10/24-25 No School – GRCES Staff Development
10/29 Scholastic Book Orders Due (Click here to order online using our class code, QB6P9)
12/16 Christmas Program

Pre-conference Form and Friday Reminders

  1. Foot Frolic Frenzy Postponed! We will have Foot Frolic Frenzy next Friday, October 18 due to the 100% chance of rain. All envelopes with pledges and donated money should be turned in the following week.
  2. Conferences: Hopefully you all have had the chance to sign up for a conference time on October 22nd or 29th.  The office sent out the sign-up last week. Before your conference, please take a moment to fill out this form. The form should only take a few minutes to fill out, and will help me keep our short conference time focused what’s important. Thanks in advance!
  3. PWJ: Thanks for taking a couple of minutes to respond to your child in their PWJ. It should be sent back to school tomorrow.
  4. Homework: Homework #4 is due tomorrow. Thanks for encouraging your child to complete the homework and to do their best! The homework can be accessed here.

Curriculum Update

Bible: We are currently finishing up a review unit on Genesis through Joshua, focusing on God’s faithfulness to his people. Our next unit will be Judges. We will talk about the cycle of sin, and how Jesus changed the narrative when he died on the cross!

Math: We are working hard on multiplication! Students are multiplying 1 digit by 4 digit numbers, and will soon be multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. We have begun the unit using strategies to solve multiplication problems that lend themselves to conceptual understanding (students understand WHY it works!). Later, we will make the connection between these methods and the standard algorithm. It is so important for students to be fluent in their multiplication facts. Please work with your child on these at home! I will be sending information home about XtraMath, a website/app that students can use to practice these skills!

Reading: Our first reading unit was on developing good reading habits. Students jumped back into the habit of reading every day, and for long stretches of time! We brushed up on important reading skills like visualizing, summarizing and inferring. Now, we are diving into our second unit, which is all about characters and character development. Students are reading a novel with a small group, having great discussions and practicing important reading skills. They are really enjoying their books! Please ask your student which book club they are in and what has been their favorite part about book clubs so far!

Writing: We are in the drafting stages of our personal narratives! Students have worked hard writing several scenes of something that they have experienced. We are excited to continue revising and editing, so that we are able to publish some nice pieces!

Social Studies: We have wrapped up our first unit on the United States, and where it is located in the world. We zoomed in on the U.S in order to take a closer look at the 5 major regions. We will now be focusing on science for the next few weeks.

Science: We have begun our unit on energy! Students will be experimenting with converting energy from one form to another by creating an electrical circuit.