Week of January 13

We will be spending time this week and next learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on our country. We will read about his life and reflect on ways we can be part of healthy communities in our school and outside of school. By collaborating and accepting each other, we model the greatest commandment. What a privilege to develop an awareness of inclusion and understanding as we dedicate time learning more about MLK Jr., what he did, and how we respond to his life’s mission in regards to racism, justice and service to each other.

Homework/PWJ: Homework 12 will be due on Friday. The password is MAPS. Students should also study for the United States Challenge (week 5). They will be quizzed on Friday. Thanks for taking a few minutes to respond to your child in their PWJ and returning it to school by Friday.

Upcoming Field Trips: We will need volunteers for the following field trips. We’d love to have you join us!

  • February 28: Ford Museum: Students will learn all about the 3 branches of government. We are allowed 2 chaperones per class, so the first two people to respond will be able to join us!
  • March 2: Wittenbach/Wege: Agriscience & Environmental Education Center: Students will learn all about animal adaptations as they hike/snowshoe (weather depending) through the trails. We will be at the center from approximately 11am until approximately 2pm. We will eat sack lunches upon arrival.

MAP Tests: Our mid-year MAP tests are coming up on the following dates. Students should get a good night of sleep and eat a hearty breakfast before coming to school on these days!

  • Wednesday, January 15: Language Usage
  • Wednesday, January 22: Reading
  • Wednesday, January 29: Math

Dates:

  • January 20: MLK Day – ½ Day of school!
  • January 20: NO GRPS BUSING
  • January 24: Report Cards posted online
  • February 28: Ford Museum Field Trip (Ambrose and Asfour)
  • Friday February 14 1/2 Day of School (all except High School) Afternoon Professional Development for Staff
  • February 14 Valentine’s Day – Share Valentines with our classmates
  • Monday February 17 No School, All Campuses – Mid Winter Break
  • March 2: Wege/Wittenbach Field Trip (Ambrose & Pluymert)
    • Leave at 10:45, return at 2:30-2:45 More details to come
  • March 30 Play: Rosie, Revere, Engineer – Students only
    Location: Grandville High School FAC Load buses at 12:15. Play is at 1:00- 1:50
  • Spring Break – April 3 – 10
  • April 30: Afternoon  VIP Wax Museum, Travel through the USA, Recorder concert
    • Details for field trips and the 4th grade afternoon VIP Wax Museum, Travel through the USA and the Recorder concert will be coming at a later date.

Friday Reminders

  1. Students will take the quiz on the United States challenge (week 4). Please encourage them to study, as there is no other homework due tomorrow.
  2. PWJ will be an option tomorrow for students who have finished their other work, so please don’t worry about it if you didn’t have time to write in it this week.
  3. Students need to turn in their recorder order forms tomorrow.

Week of January 6

Hello, all!

I am so excited to continue our 4th grade year together. The month of January is full of new learning and also assessing your child’s mid-year progress. Thank you for helping us get back on the school schedule with bedtime schedules, reading and math fact times throughout the week, eating healthy meals, and making time for homework. Please be sure to read what you need to know for this week as well as the curriculum update.

Homework: There will be no online homework this week. We will ease our way back into the new year! However, we will be continuing with the United States Challenge. Students will need to memorize the states and special features for week 4 of the challenge. They will be tested on Friday.

World Renew: The fourth graders raised $369.66 for World Renew! This money will go toward providing animals, baby kits and bee hives to families in need. Thanks for your support for this fundraiser!

Curriculum Update

Bible: We are beginning a unit on Ruth. We will learn all about her faithfulness in following God’s plan for her!

Math: We are in the middle of a unit on word problems and algebraic expressions. Students are learning to solve simple problems with variables, as well as create equations with variables for one step and multi-step word problems. This unit is tough. Be sure to encourage your child, and ask how they’re doing with math.

Reading: We are wrapping up our unit on informational text. Students have been working hard, using a bin of informational texts about a particular topic in order to practice non-fiction reading skills. Soon, we will be starting a unit on theme. Students will begin a new novel study with a new group. They will think deeply about themes that can be found in fictional texts.

Writing: We are working hard on writing opinion essays. Students are coming up with reasons and evidence that support their opinion.

Social Studies: Students will be learning all about the economy with Sra. Silvey. For the rest of the year, students will be rotating between all of the fourth grade teachers to learn new units in both social studies and science.

Upcoming Dates:
January 20: MLK Jr. Day (1/2 Day of School)
February 14: 1/2 Day, Mid-Winter Break
February 17: No School, Mid-Winter Break
February 25, March 3, March 5: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of December 16

Hello, all! What an incredible program we had last night. The students worked so hard and were proud to show off everything they’ve been practicing! Thanks for coming out and showing your support! Here’s what you need to know for the week…

  1. Thank you! We are all set with disinfectant wipes for the classroom, and we have a new microwave! Thank you so much for your generosity!
  2. Homework: There will be no regular homework this week, and no states quiz. We will resume with the United States Challenge after Christmas break. Students should still be working to memorize Isaiah 9:6 in Spanish. They will write the verse (fill in the blank style) on Thursday.
    Porque nos ha nacido un niño,
        se nos ha concedido un hijo;
    la soberanía reposará sobre sus hombros,
        y se le darán estos nombres:
    Consejero admirable, Dios fuerte,
        Padre eterno, Príncipe de paz.
  3. Christmas Break Reading Challenge: Baker Book House has an awesome reading challenge for Christmas Break. Please encourage your child to read over the break!
  4. Class Party: Our class Christmas part will be on Thursday from 2:15-3:00. All are welcome to come celebrate with us!

Program Tonight

Hello Parents,

I thought I would let you know that our class will be on the right hand side of the stage near the middle of the bleachers. (as you face the stage) Hopefully, the students will not be blocked by the baby-grand piano. I suggest that you sit on the left side (facing the stage) . It might be best to sit up a ways to see better.

Please pray that our students stay healthy and will be able to share their love for God and music throughout our program tomorrow night.

See you at 6:30 at the Center For Arts and Worship.

Week of December 9

Homework: The password for homework 11 is Christmas Program. Students should study week 3 of the United States Challenge as well as Isaiah 9:6, our December memory verse.

Porque nos ha nacido un niño,
    se nos ha concedido un hijo;
la soberanía reposará sobre sus hombros,
    y se le darán estos nombres:
Consejero admirable, Dios fuerte,
    Padre eterno, Príncipe de paz.

Classroom Needs: We are in need of a couple of things in our classroom. First, our microwave takes a very long time to warm up, and does not have easy buttons to press in order to select an amount of time. Students spend a large portion of their eating time waiting in line for the microwave, and when they use it, they have to turn a dial, just “guessing” how much time it will be. If you have an extra microwave sitting around anywhere, or you are able to purchase a used microwave, or inexpensive new microwave, it would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you are able to provide a microwave so that we don’t end up with more than one 🙂

Second, we are in need of disinfectant wipes for general cleaning in the classroom. Thanks for considering contributing to our classroom!

Math Test: If you have not done so already, please have a quick conversation with your child about their division test, sign it, and send it back to school by Wednesday.

Christmas Program Reminder: The Christmas program will be held at the Center for Arts and Worship (CAW) at Grand Rapids Christian High School on Monday, December 16 at 7 pm. Please have your child arrive at the Center for Arts and Worship at Grand Rapids Christian High School at 6:30, with the performance beginning at 7 pm.  4th grade will meet in the choir room; 3rd grade will meet in the band room.  Students should dress in their holiday best!
Rehearsal for the Christmas Program is on Monday, December 16 during the school day. Please, if at all possible, avoid scheduling any appointments for your 3rd & 4th-grade children 9:00 am — 11:00 am that day.

 

Spanish Immersion Opportunity

Dear parents and guardians,
Grand Rapids Christian is partnering with El Globo Mexican Restaurant and EdConnect Language Academy to offer your family a special afternoon of Spanish and culture. Bring the whole family to the high school on December 14 for Mexico: Christmas, Cooking and Culture. Eva from El Globo will guide us in Spanish through a hands-on cooking experience and fellow GRCS parent, Amanda Cisneros will facilitate traditional activities and songs for the kids (when they aren’t busy cooking). This event is for all ages and space is limited. CLICK HERE for more information.
EdConnect would also like to extend a discount to GRCS parents for adult Spanish classes. CLICK HERE to register and use the 40% coupon code by Friday, December 6: grcsparent.

Week of December 2

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. And, what a surprise to have snow again! We are certainly blessed to live in Michigan and experience the wonder of the seasons along with the beauty of winter. As we head into our first full week of advent, we think about preparing our hearts and minds for the coming of our savior. The Prophecy candle urges us to listen to the message. We are working on Isaiah 9:6 as the memory work for December.

Porque nos ha nacido un niño,
    se nos ha concedido un hijo;
la soberanía reposará sobre sus hombros,
    y se le darán estos nombres:
Consejero admirable, Dios fuerte,
    Padre eterno, Príncipe de paz.

Christmas Scholastic Orders: Students will go home with Scholastic catalogues today! Orders will be due on Thursday (December 5), so that they can arrive to school before Christmas break. Books make great Christmas presents, and when you order using our class code, QB6P9, I get points to spend on great resources for our classroom.

Homework: Homework 10 will be due on Friday. The homework includes 20 minutes of working on an IXL skill they need to practice (they will know which skill based on the test they just took!), practicing the Bible memory, and studying the states and special features for week 2 of the United States Challenge. The homework password this week is World Renew. 

Math Test: Students took their division test right before the break. Today, they reflected on their test, correcting simple errors and identifying goals that they need to continue practicing. This test will be sent home. Please take a few minutes to chat with your child about the goals they mastered during the unit, goals they’re still working on, and how they’ll meet those goals. Sign the bottom of the gold reflection form and return the test to school with your child. Thank you for partnering with me in this way!

4th Grade Christmas Project – Last week, Carol Bremmer Bennet, head of World Renew, came to speak to our 4th graders. We are going to have our 4th graders collect/raise money to support causes sponsored by World Renew! This is an opportunity for our students to do a  little work around the house or for neighbors and extended family to earn money to donate to this cause. Here are the various projects that we can choose to fund: (We will decide as a class which project once we have collected the money.) Goats and Ducks $155, Family size Water Filter $90, Herd! $360, Baby Kit $100, and a Beehive $35.

Christmas Program: The Christmas program will be held at the Center for Arts and Worship (CAW) at Grand Rapids Christian High School on Monday, December 16 at 7 pm. Please have your child arrive at the Center for Arts and Worship at Grand Rapids Christian High School at 6:30, with the performance beginning at 7 pm.  4th grade will meet in the choir room; 3rd grade will meet in the band room.  Students should dress in their holiday best!
Rehearsal for the Christmas Program is on Monday, December 16 during the school day. Please, if at all possible, avoid scheduling any appointments for your 3rd & 4th-grade children 9:00 am — 11:00 am that day.

Thanksgiving Week

At this time of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all of our parents for being outstanding, loving parents to our fourth graders. We are so blessed to have parents who are committed to Christian Education. Our students come to school every day ready to learn. This takes time and energy on the part of their parents. Your love and support of your child is evident. I am so thankful to have the privilege to teach your child and to mentor them as young Christians. I pray that your family may enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday as you spend time together and with your extended families.

We have off Wednesday – Friday of this week.

Homework: There will be NO homework DUE THIS WEEK. I am sending Tarea 10 home today and it will be due Friday, December 6th. Thanks for taking the time to make sure your child gets that extra practice at home. Students will not need to bring in their PWJ this week.

Thanksgiving Chapel: You are invited to join us on Tuesday at 8:30 in the gym for an all-school Thanksgiving Worship time.

Christmas Program Details: 3rd and 4th graders have their Christmas program on Monday, December 16, at the Center for Arts and Worship at GRCHS.Please have your child arrive at 6:30, with the performance beginning at 7 pm.  4th grade will meet in the choir room; 3rd grade will meet in the band room. Students should dress in their holiday best! You are in for a real treat that evening. We are so thankful for Mrs. VanderKamp and the quality instruction the students receive and her love of music that she shares with our students.
Food Drive: GRCES launched a school-wide Thanksgiving Food Drive to stock the food pantry at East Congregational Church.  Please bring donations in by Tuesday, November 26. Items most needed are canned meats and tuna, canned fruit, cereal, soups, ketchup, pasta and sauces (no glass please), toothpaste and brushes, shampoo, dishwashing soap, and toilet paper.