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Our Mission:  At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.

Week of August 31, 2015

Welcome back!!!  We are excited to start the new school year.  This website is a great way to stay informed all year long.  We will update this site each week so that you can preview spelling words, planned homework, and special events and activities.  

Things really get underway this week!  The children are working to master switches and all the new procedures we introduced last week.  We will also Kids Empowered, STARS, and Manners Matter so that our 4th grade is a peaceful, kind, and caring place to come to each morning.

Below you will be able to get a sneak peek into our planned curriculum and activities for the upcoming week!

Religion-The students will receive their new Bibles. These Bibles go with them through fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.  We've talked at great length about treating them respectfully, since they are the Word of God.  Students are welcome to take them home at any time, but they must come back to school.  We do use them in class--a lot! Classes will be writing their class prayer and voting on it this week.  We'll start each class with it and end each class with the Prayer for Generosity.  What's that? Ask you child! Here's a hint, it's in their Religion notebook.

Science-Cells, cells, cells! They're the building blocks of all life on Earth.  Students will explore the structures of both plant and animal cells.

Reading - We begin the school year reading Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing written by Judy Blume.  It is a light, funny read and it really kicks off the year!  The book will give us an opportunity to look at character traits, connections students have to the events in the story, some vocabulary words, and students can test out their prediction making skills!

English - A bio poem will be in the works this week as students write about themselves.  Look for these hanging in the hall at Back to School Night!

Math-Place value review is how we'll kick off the school year. It may sound boring to you, but we'll jazz things up a bit with some games including place value jeopardy and our annual benchmark contest.  Oh and by the way,  the kids will be able to work up to one-hundred billion (and beyond!) as we figure out the patterns of numbers!  This week we'll also try to unlock the secrets of Egyptian heiroglyphics as part of our NUMBER CORNER initiative.  A test on chapter 1 will be next Thursday(I think!). Don't forget to work on Xtramath 3 times each week.  There is an Xtramath tab on the main page if you're not sure about something.  Look for the Xtramath handout to come home as well as the online text info. Your child’s online math text subscription has been updated.  Please check at home to make sure the login and password are working (can be found on the inside cover of the workbook) and that you have access to the 4th grade text.  Report any problems to Mrs. Gmeiner.

Social Studies-Maps, maps, and more maps!!! This week we'll examine maps (specifically Michigan) as we begin to familiarize ourselves with latitude/longitude, grids, legends, scale, and other mind-boggling map skills.  The 4th graders love working with the laminated desk maps as they explore the secrets of decoding various kinds of maps.

We will discuss the fourth grade curriculum with you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 2nd.


Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette








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