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Happy New Year!


Happy 2018!  I want to begin by saying thank you for all the wonderful Christmas surprises as well as all the generous gifts for my sweet baby girl!  Your kindness and generosity were so much appreciated.  As I write this, my Bailey Rose is 3 weeks old.  These last three weeks have been a bit of a blur with getting to know Bailey and celebrating the holidays.  Bailey is a true blessing to my husband and I.  Everyday is a learning experience as we navigate our new roles as Mommy and Daddy.


I look forward to more time at home getting to know Bailey.  I hope to make a trip to school soon to introduce Bailey to all the special people at St. Chris, especially my 4th graders.





I am so lucky to know that my 4th graders are in the best hands with Mrs. Barry while I am home with my baby!  They are a great group of kids and I know that they will work hard while Mrs. Barry is with them!  As we begin 2018, please remind your child about the importance of classroom focus and attention, especially on these cold days when they can’t get outside.  I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful vacation and is ready for the New Year!  We have lots to discover in 2018!

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  Before vacation, we had a test on Multiplication.  Next, we will work on Division.  It is important for the students to continue studying their math facts each night.  The more comfortable they are with their facts, the easier these other skills will be!  Don’t forget, IXL can be done any time during the week!  The more practice, the better!

English:  In grammar we will begin exploring pronouns.  We continue to work on applying what we know in our writing and other areas of the curriculum.  In writing we will be continuing to work on writing a proper paragraph complete with topic and conclusion sentences.

Reading:  As we continue to read different stories from different genres, we are exploring new vocabulary and are focusing on comprehension in addition to the basic story elements such as plot, character, and setting.  Mrs. Barry will be choosing stories from different genres to read with the students this month.

Book Report:  The next book report will be on a book from the Historical Fiction genre.  This project will be assigned at the beginning of January.

Spelling:  Students continue to do very well with our spelling words in the activities and taking the tests.  I am working on having students apply that knowledge when they use these words outside of the context of a test.

Religion:  We are hard at work learning about The Ten Commandments.  We will also continue to explore the Liturgical Year.

This month we will begin work on our STEM Fair project as well as our 4th grade Auction Project.  Although these events are not until March, we need plenty of time to perfect our projects before we share them!

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we are finishing our exploration of the Southeast Region.  We will continue to explore the states and capitals, geography, people and places of this region.  We will test on this region at the beginning of January before moving onto the Midwest region.  At the end of the Regions unit, students will work to become members of the 50/50 club by being able to name all 50 capitals and being able to label the 50 states on a map!