contact info home page
Your Fourth Grade Teachers
Your Fourth Grade Teachers
Spelling List
Spelling List
Spell City
Spell City
4th Grade Newsletter
4th Grade Newsletter
Homework
Homework
My Links
My Links



4th Grade Newsletter Fourth Grade Newsletter

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

Please sign up for our annual Shrine Catholic Grade School Blood Drive scheduled for Sunday, December 14th from 8A-2P.  Go to redcrossblood.org and schedule an appointment for yourself or email gmeiner@shrineschools.com and I'll set it up for you!!! Every pint can save 3 lives!!!!  As thanks, Honeybaked ham is offering $10 off of a Christmas ham to donors and our wonderful dad's club is offering 10% off of a top-quality Christmas tree too! What a wonderful way to celebrate Christ's birth!

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets

We are putting together 2 St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets to help needy Detroit area families.  This year the 4th grade classes are “adopting” 2 families who can use a little help during the holidays. The last day for collection is Friday, Dec. 12th.  No meat. No money. No gifts . NO GLASS PLEASE! Please see the list of suggestions provided by St. Vincent de Paul. You don’t have to limit your donations to the list, but these are the items most needed. We tried to divide up the needed items by class so that we don’t get 500 puddings and zero soups, but feel free to send in what is in your pantry.  We cannot accept EXPIRED food of course. St.V will be providing the families with a supermarket voucher to purchase meat/fresh foods.  Send in your food donation and your homeroom teacher will take it from there!  Thanks!!!! 


214 MORRISON                213 GMEINER                         208 FRECHETTE
condiments          small bags of flour                    cans of meat/tuna
stuffing small bags of sugar oil              canned fruit
honey vinegar salad dressing              canned vegetables
rice/pasta olives                                      soup
peanut butter crackers                                  instant potatoes/gravy
coffee, tea, cocoa nuts                                        packaged cookies
powdered milk cake mixes                              instant jello/pudding



Week of December 1, 2014

Religion-The somber and reflective time of Advent is upon us.  Our Advent journey begins with a ceremony Monday morning lighting the Advent wreath and sharing a prayer service together as a school.  Each day, students will attach an ornament to their class Jesse Tree.  We'll read the Bible passage associated with the ornament and discuss the meaning of symbols on the ornaments.  Third through sixth grades will attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday.  

Ask your child about their skit that exemplifies generosity! I'm aiming for performances on Wednesday!  The kids are excited to perform using props and costumes for other classes.  My guidelines were:  your skit should illustrate what generosity looks and sounds like and encourage generosity towards others.

Science-We continue with exploring the systems of the body.  Students will pick a system this week and create a poster about that system.  We'll work in class.  

Reading- We are reading Eye of the Storm this week, an expository nonfiction story from the reading text.  We'll focus on specific vocabulary from the story and making generalizations using our generalization "clue words".    

English- We're bringing back snail mail this week!  Students will be creating friendly letters which will be mailed to a recipient of their choosing.  We begin with the structure of the letter by identifying the five parts of a friendly letter.  Students will work on creating a detail-filled letter to a friend or family member.  We will need the complete address of the letter recipient and your home address as well.  Your child can just jot these down on a sheet of paper.   Please send in a blank, stamped envelope for your child to use.  Students will be labeling the envelope and letter here at school.

Math-On Monday we'll review and Tuesday we'll take a short test on graphs.  After Thanksgiving we'll dive into multiplication, so please change your operation on Xtramath to multiplication! Thanks!

Social Studies-We examined both primary and secondary sources last week, as well as studied maps, video, and other accounts related to LaSalle's Griffon.  The children were challenged to explore existing theories or develop one of their own to explain the mysterious disappearance of the first ship on the Great Lakes. This fascinating topic kept us intrigued much of last week, so I postponed the French and Indian War unit until after Thanksgiving. This week we'll of course investigate the separatists' voyage across the Atlantic on the Mayflower and the relationship that they built with the Wampanoag in 1620.  On Tuesday we'll watch Squanto: A Warrior's Tale as part of our lesson. (Did you know that 1620 was the same year that Etienne Brule became the first European to see Michigan?) 

·        Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette






4th Grade Website
Shrine Catholic Grade School
1621 Linwood
Royal Oak, MI 48067