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Mrs. Phyllis Sullivan, Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Phyllis Sullivan and I am excited to begin my 25h year here at St. John Fisher. I am looking forward to teaching your fourth grader. My husband Tim and I are proud parents of five wonderful children and six awesome grandchildren. We are going to have a wonderful year.

May 13

Posted on May 13, 2019

Good afternoon,

I hope all of you enjoyed a terrific Mother's Day and also enjoyed your gift and card from your fourth grader.  I enjoyed another miracle, I was blessed yesterday with a new grandson, Patrick Timothy.

This week in Math we focus on multiplying fractions, working with decimals and finishing up a geometry booklet.  There will be a math quiz on vocabulary on Friday.

In Religion, we are learning more about the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Have a great week.  I think Spring is finally here to stay.

Mrs. Sullivan

May 6th

Posted on May 06, 2019

Good afternoon,

Congratulations to all the families of the First Communicants. I heard the ceremony and the students were as perfect as the day was.

This week in Religion we are working on Chapter Ten,the Sacrament of  Confirmation and finishing up writing about the Fruits of the Spirit.  

In Math, I have postponed the chapter seven test on addition and subtraction of fractions until Friday.  We are still covering decimals, geometry and measurement through the daily oral math reviews.

Friday is May crowning and it is a full day. Have a great week.  

Just a reminder, I am free on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 if your child would like to come in for extra math help.

Have a great week. 

Mrs.Sullivan

April 20th

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

Good afternoon,

Despite the snow, sleet, and cold miserable rain over the weekend, we are fast approaching the beautiful month of May and the end of the year. Just some reminders:  if you have not returned the permission slip and $ for the rocket launch, please do so as soon as possible. Notes regarding volunteers for the building and launching of rockers will be sent home today.  Room 210 will be out of uniform on Wednesday, May 1st and Friday, May 3rd because of the two winners in our class who found the eggs during the Easter egg hunt. Tomorrow is the health fair and children should wear their gym uniforms.  May crowning will be on Friday, May 10th and it is a full day for us.

There will be a test in Religion test this Friday, May 3rd on chapter nine, the focus being the Holy Spirit.

In Math there will be a test on chapter seven on addition and subtraction of fractions on Wednesday, May 8th.

Any questions and concerns, please email me.  Also, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 are set aside fro extra help in my room. 

Have a great week. 

Mrs. Sullivan

 

April 7th

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Good afternoon,

We are so excited to be going to the Naper Settlement tomorrow to see the Time Travel Exhibit.  This historic outdoor museum is supposed to be quite interesting, and  the students will learn about life in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful. The students will need to wear their gym uniform and bring a bag lunch.

Now that the Aspire tests are over, we are back to our regular schedule.  We are finishing up chapter 14 in Religion with a test on Thursday and we will go to the Easter prayer service on Friday.  The students are also finishing up posters showing the Corporal Works of Mercy.

In Math, we are adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Spring is in the air and the students can't wait for Spring break.  I just want to take the time to say have a Blessed Easter and a safe,happy break.

Wednesday marks the middle of the third trimester.  If you have any concerns, please let me know.  Also, I am free on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for extra help.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

 

April 1st

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Hello,

As you know, the students will be taking the Aspire tests starting tomorrow and continuing until Friday.  The schedule is as follows, Tuesday/Reading, Wednesday/Math, Thursday/English and Writing, and Friday/Science. We will not go to mass tomorrow, however, we will be going to Reconciliation on Wednesday afternoon. Our other specials will not change. The students must bring in four sharpened #2 pencils.  Please encourage your child to get a good nights sleep, eat a good breakfast, and be on time for class.  We will begin promptly at 8:00. We will still switch classes in the afternoon.  

In Math, we begin chapter seven, addition and subtraction of fractions with like and unlike denominators.  This concept has been previously introduced.

In Religion, we will finish chapter fourteen with a test on April 11th.  We are still focusing on Lent and the Corporal Works of Charily.. The students collected 40 cans of soup and over $80.00 for Molly Fetzer.  Thank you all very much.

The fourth graders will be in their gym uniform and bring a bag lunch for the field trip to Naper Settlement on Tuesday, April 9th.  We will leave around 8:30 and be back around 2:00.  Please do not order hot lunch for the 9th.

There will be no morning Math help this week. 

Thanks and have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

Good afternoon,

Thanks for all the cans of soup, they were sent today to St. Benedict parish. We are still collecting coins, so send them in if possible.  This week, we will make Easter cards for the children at Hope Hospital.

The chapter six test is postponed until Wednesday.  We continue practicing for the Aspire. Please have your child practice the basic facts, it really is necessary for all areas of fourth grade math.

In Religion, we began chapter fourteen on Reconciliation and the students will be going to Reconciliation next Wednesday afternoon.  We will not be going to Mass next Tuesday. 

If you would like your child to come in early for extra help, I  am here Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30.

The Aspire test will begin on Tuesday, April 2  through Friday, April 5th and we only test in the morning.  Please make sure your child brings four sharpened number two pencils to school.on Monday.  Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

March 20

Posted on Mar 20, 2019

Hello,

Happy Spring!  Thanks to all for the birthday wishes and class gift. I appreciate the thoughtfulness.  

In Math, we are going to finish up chapter 6 on fractions with the test on March 26th. Decimals and geometry are also being incorporated in the class.  We will begin reviewing for the Aspire test next week.

In Religion, we are learning about the Corporal Works of Mercy and how we can do our part in spreading God's message of love to help others.  Thank you for the donations of soup to be delivered to a shelter and the silver coin collection to be donated to those in need, too.  We will also be writing cards to the Hope Hospital as we continue to practice the Works of Mercy. The fourth grade will go to Reconciliation sometime before Easter. Thanks for encouraging your child to keep their  Lenten promises, they are all going a great job.

Please let me know if your child needs any extra help in math, I am free on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30.

Thanks and have a great rest of the week.

Mrs. Sullivan

march 11

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has adjusted to the day light savings, its' so nice to see light until 7:00.  Thank you to all who donated to St. Baldrick, there were quite a few shaved heads in fourth grade.

In Religion, we are focusing on Lent and the Corporal works of Mercy.  The Lenten donation boxes were sent home on Friday and do not need to come back until Easter.  In the classroom, we also are collecting silver in our Lenten jar. The money collected during Lent will go to charity.  The students are encouraged to earn the money, not necessarily to ask for it.  The fourth graders are doing a fabulous  job of keeping their Lenten promises, five more weeks to go.  Gong to Mass on Sundays during Lent is very important, so if it is possible, please encourage your child to do so.  One of the Corporal works of Mercy is to Feed the Hungry and next week I  will be asking for donations of cans of soup, which will be given to a homeless shelter.

In Math, we are going to finish  up chapter six with a test on March 26h.  This chapter focuses on writing equivalent fractions, finding common denominators, comparing fractions, and writing simplest terms.  It is really important that the students know the basic facts, we use division and multiplication in fractions, addition and subtracting is next.  We are also continuing to review the four basics operations and working on geometry and decimals.

If you have not sent back the permission skip and money for the April 9th field trip to Naper Settlement, please do so.  

I am here on Tuesday and Thursday morning for Math help.  Please let me know through an email if you are sending your child in for help.

Thank you and have a good week.

Mrs.Sullivan

 

March 4th

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

Hello and good afternoon,

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Mardi Gras with an out of uniform day and a little dancing sponsored by the SOAR group.  We will also be out of uniform on Friday and students are asked to bring in a donation for St.Baldrick. 

In Math, we continue with fractions, simplifying, comparing, writing equivalent fractions and some addition and subtraction.  We are working on geometry, too.

In Religion, we begin the season of Lent this Wednesday with a 10:00 Mass. We began discussing today Lenten promises of giving, giving up, and praying.  The students will also be learning about  the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, March 6th.  There is much to be proud about, not totally about grades, but effort and attitude. Please email me if you have an concerns. 

I am available for extra help on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30. Just let me know through an email.

Have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

February 25th

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Good afternoon,

What a terrific showing of support yesterday at the pancake breakfast.  Thanks to all who came or donated.

In Religion this week, we will conclude chapter eight with the test on Thursday, This chapter focuses on how God's fairness and justice is different than ours.  He is always fair, just. caring and forgiving to all of us.  Lent begins next Wednesday with Mass and ashes.  The fourth graders will be involved with activities to go along with these 40 days.

In Math, we are working on fractions.  There will be a quiz on Friday, March 1st, on the vocabulary words for chapter six.   It is so important that the facts are reviewed on a nightly basis for those who have not mastered them.  We are working on geometry, too

This Friday ends the second trimester and the report cards will go home next Wednesday.

I am setting aside Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 for students who might need extra help in math.  Please send me an email if you are sending your child in for practice.

Have a great week. 

Mrs.Sullivan

Feb 20th

Posted on Feb 20, 2019

Good afternoon,

In Math this week, we took the chapter five test and are beginning to learn about fractions.  We will compare and write equivalent fractions, write fractions in simplest forms, and find common denominators.  Many students are even adding fractions with unlike denominators because of the on going fraction practice since Christmas.  It is so important the addition multiplication facts are mastered.  Fractions involve all operations.  I will continue to work on geometry and decimals.  We will have a quiz on Friday on multiplication and division, and next week on the chapter six vocabulary words.

In Religion, we finished up the Beatitudes just in time to hear about them in Sundays gospel reading.  We are moving on to chapter eight and will have a test next Thursday.

Next Friday, March 1st ends the second trimester and report cards will go home on the 6th of March which is also  Ash Wednesday. 

I am available on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at 7:30 for anyone who wishes to come in for extra practice in Math.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

Feb 12 # 2

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Hi,

Sorry, that would be the19th of February for the chapter five Math test.

Also, we will celebrate Valentine's Day with a small party in the afternoon.   The students can bring in Valentines and candy.  We have 20 students in our class.

Thanks again,

Mrs.Sullivan

Feb. 12

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Good morning,

Thanks again for all the donations.  The SOAR reps made two trips from our room alone.

Today we finish up chapter seven in Religion with a test on the Beatitudes. There have many classroom opportunities to memorize, understand, to put into action, and live the Beatitudes.

I am going to postpone chapter five test in Math until Tuesday, the 18th.  There have been too many interruptions in our schedule to finish and prepare for the test. This chapter includes multiples, factors, prime and composite numbers, and patterning.  Please remind your child to bring home the book over the long weekend.

Enjoy the weekend.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

February 4th

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

Good morning,

Although it feels like forever ago and about a 60 degrees difference in temperature,, we survived January and the Polar vortex.  Happy February. Thank you to everyone who sent in the cans of tuna or chicken for the Ronald McDonald House, they will be very grateful for our contributions. 

In Math, we continue with chapter five, studying and reviewing factors and multiplies.  This will lead into fractions which means that the basic facts are again so vital for understanding and computing fractions. I have been introducing fractions and geometry through out the past month and will continue to do so, as well as practicing multiplication and division. The rescheduled vocabulary quiz is this Wednesday and the chapter test will be on Tuesday the12th.

In Religion, we are studying the Beatitudes, Jesus' teaching on how to live a happy life.  The test will be on Thursday, Feb 14th.

If your child needs any additional help, please let me know.

Have a great week. 

Mrs.Sullivan

 

Jan 28th

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Good morning,

I just want to thank all of you who started Catholic Schools week with Mass and a visit to the classroom.  It was great to see the kids showing off all their hard work and projects. The SOAR group has us very busy with some exciting events this week:

Monday  - STEM project with prayer partners

Tuesday - Carnival

Wednesday - Out of uniform, fourth grade brings in canned tuna or chicken, St.Rita band

Thursday, - Prayer partner card making for Hope Hospital

Friday -  out of uniform  SOAR vs faculty  volleyball game

We are working on knowing multiples and factors in Math as well as touching on geometry, fractions, and decimals.

In Religion, we are learning about the Beatitudes and will have the test on February, 7th.

Have a great week and stay warm.  Please let me know if your child needs any extra help by sending me an email and letting me know when they might come in .

Mrs. Sullivan

 

January 22,2019

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Hello,

I hope everyone had a very nice, long holiday weekend.  I know the kids couldn't talk enough about the snow and how much fun they had playing in it.

Tomorrow is an out of uniform for our scholastic team. For a $1.00, the students can dress as a teacher, scholar, or wear their favorite high school/college gear.

Sunday begins Catholic Schools Week.  Mass is a 10:00 followed by Open House.

In Math, we will have a second practice Aspire test on Thursday.  Chapter five content cover factors, multiples, and patterns.

In Religion, we will continue working on a Role Model paper.

Have a great week. If you want to send your child in for extra help, please send me an email so I can make sure I am free in the morning.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

 

Jan. 11th

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday,

Next week,1/17, is the chapter four Math test on long division.  We will review before the test, but I think it is very important that the students practice each night, even if it is only a few problems.  The majority of the students are ready to move on to fractions.

The chapter six Religion test is on Wednesday, the 16th.  Thank you for letting your child bring in some of the Baptismal photos, memorabilia, gowns, frames, etc.  They loved sharing.  We are working on a family crest and also a role model paper.

Wednesday marks the middle of the second trimester.

Next Monday, January 21st, we will be off school in honor of MLK.

If your child needs any extra help and you want to send he or she in at 7:30, please email me and let me know just in case I have a meeting.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

 

Jan.7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Hello and Happy 2019,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday.  The students were very easger to share all ot it.  It sounded like it was all good and magical.  Thanks to all of you again for the wonderful Christmas gifts. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness.  There were some gifts that had no names attached so I apologize if you did not receive a personal thank you note for it. 

We will begin chapter six in Religion, studying the Sacrament of Baptism.  They children are welcome to bring in any of their Baptismal memories, ie, photos, candle, bib, gowns, etc.  We will also e talking and writing about personal role models and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

In Math, we will be finishing up long division with a test next week.  I also am beginning to focus on fractions, geometry and measurement during the month of January.  If you would like to send your child in for extra help, please just let me know so I make sure I am available.

Congratulations to Mary Clare O'Connor on being the winner of the December Mass drawing.  Way to go. 

Some of the students have run out of many of the essential supplies used everyday in class.  Please ask your child what they might be missing. 

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

Dec. 18

Posted on Dec 18, 2018

Hello,

Joy is in the air.  The third candle was lit this past Sunday to begin the third week in Advent, waiting for our Savior to be born, and the students are filled with excitement and joy knowing the Santa Claus will be coming soon. I would like to wish all of you a Beautiful and Merry Christmas.  Enjoy the time spent with you families.  I wish you Health and Peace in the New Year.

We will have a division quiz today in Math. 

In Religion, we will finish up the week with our prayer partners  and Advent activities.

Please remember to send the $5;00 grab bag gift on Friday. Students should bring their own lunch because dismissal is at 12:30 after the Prayer Service.

Have a great holiday.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

Dec. 10

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

Good afternoon,

Just adding to Friday"s blog.

A big thank you to all of you who sent in the candy for our fourth grade Act of Kindness. I mailed three boxes of Lifesavers and an envelope full of Christmas cards to Chris O'Grady on Friday. I am sure he will be excited to receive them and enjoy passing out the cards and candy to his fellow sailors.

Questions regarding band should be directed to the band director.  When students return from band they should come to me during recess or right before school ends to get the work they missed while being gone.

Many of the students have lost or misplaced many of the beginning of the year supplies, so if anyone is looking for Xmas gifts, they might consider replenishing the crayons, markers, highlighters, pencils, etc.

Division is coming along, but without the basic knowledge of facts, some students will continue to face difficulties.  I am free most mornings for extra help, but please email me in case I have a meeting.

The students in room 210 will have a chance to participate in a Secret Santa exchange.  Each child will pick a name and buy a $5.00 gift for that person.  We will do the exchange on Friday, the 21st.  Please sign the form if you agree to let your child participate.

Thanks and have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

Dec.6th

Posted on Dec 06, 2018

Happy St. Nick Day!

Just a few last minute thoughts.

Orders for cookies and milk is due on Monday.

Pictures should be returned or the money to pay for them if you are keeping.

We continue with long division, please practice this weekend.

Chapter 5 Religion test is rescheduled until Friday, the 14th.

Have a great weekend and thanks for the positive thoughts.

Mrs.Sullivan

 

 

December 3rd

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Good afternoon,

Just a few reminders:

Tomorrow is the field trip. If you were picked to be a chaperone, please be at the office at 8:30.  If you are unable to attend, please let the office know ASAP.  Please send your child with a bag lunch and students may wear their gym uniforms.

In case you were wondering, I have asked the students to bring in bags/rolls of Lifesaver candy so that we can send them, along with Christmas cards, to one of our former students, Chris O'Grady, who is currently serving our country over seas. 

There is a chapter four Math quiz on Wednesday.  Also, if your child is struggling in Math, please let me know and they can come in early for assistance. If you have a any questions regarding Math, please email me. Your children's' grades are private, I keep them that way and the students are not allowed to share their grades either. If there is a problem with that, the best way to handle it is to talk to me.

The faculty has a Religious in service on Friday, no school for the children.

Thanks,

Mrs. Sullivan

Nov. 30th

Posted on Nov 30, 2018

Hello and Happy Friday,

Despite a short school week, the students have shown great effort as we move ahead with  division.  Many have grasped this concept quite well.  We will have a chapter four vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Please continue to have your child practice the basic multiplication facts as this will also help in division, fractions, and decimals.  Reflex is a great and fun way that they can practice at home.

In Religion, we are continuing with chapter five.  The test will be on Wednesday, Dec.12th.  Today, your child should have come home with an Advent wreath that we worked on this week. It is a great way to pray together during the four weeks of Advent that begins this Sunday. 

In Spelling, we will begin chapter fourteen and again, four new challenge words will be added to the test.

Thank you to the chaperones who will be joining us this Tuesday, Dec.4th  for the field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.  Please arrive at school by 8:30. The students should wear their gym uniform and bring a bag lunch.  The students are very excited about the trip and today were given the name of the country that they will be researching and writing about when we visit Christmas Around the World. They will find that tree at the museum and have time to take notes. We also will have time in school to finish up the research and then each student will present.

Also, there is a teacher Religious institute next Friday and there is no school.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs.Sullivan

November27th

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Good afternoon,

I just want  to begin to thank all of you for the messages of sympathy regarding the death of my uncle. That was very thoughtful of you.  Another thanks for the kind words  during conferences.  These reaffirm the ongoing commitment and communication that we have for the students.  I also hope that you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for.

We begin chapter four this week in Math. The concept is division.  For the students who are proficient with their multiplication facts, this should not be a problem.  For the students who have not mastered the facts, please practice with your child on a nightly basis.  Practice really works. 

In Religion, our focus will be on chapter five, Jesus our Role Model and Advent.  Advent begins this coming Sunday.

In Spelling, I will add four challenge words each week to the Spelling test.  The kids will get the words on Monday and they will be written in their speller and in the assignment notebook.

We are still short two volunteers for the field trip next Tuesday. If anyone still wants to volunteer and is Virtus trained, please let me know. 

Any concerns, please email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible

Thanks and have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

Nov.12th

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who sent in the name of a veteran for the prayer service or for our veteran prayer wall.  The students were excited to share information about the veteran.  Thank you to those who have sent in the permission slip and money for the Dec.4th field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. This is an annual fourth grade trip and the kids love it. if you have not signed up for conferences or have a conflict, please let me know ASAP so we can set up a phone conference or a better time to meet. Report cards go home this Wednesday and I am very proud of the major accomplishments of so many of the students.  The transition to fourth grade is evident in the grades, but more importantly from the everyday effort that is shown in class. If there are any concerns,please let me know.

In Religion, the saints puppet is due tomorrow. Some have been handed in and they are fabulous. The paper is due on Tuesday and students should be ready to present. Paragraph two and three were worked on and or finished in class today, but some students who were at band will have to finish at home. The chapter four test is rescheduled for Friday, the 16th.

In Math, we will have the chapter three test on Monday, the 19th.  Almost all of the students have mastered the multiplication facts, but should continue to practice. Division will be the next concept and it involves all basic facts.

Have a great week. If your child needs any extra help, please let me know if you are going to send them in for extra help.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

Nov. 5th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

Good afternoon,

Thank you very much for all of the treats sent in for Halloween.  The kids loved it, especially the juice boxes and cupcakes brought in by Taylor and Myranda.

Today in Religion, the students were given a name of a saint to research, write about, and present.  Directions were given and examples were shown.  The research and written part of the Saints paper will be finished in school and due on Nov.14th. The actual Saint "puppet" will be completed at home and returned to school on Tuesday, Nov.13th. Each student was given a brown paper bag as the body of the saint, a head with eyes, and a popsicle stick to tape/ glue inside the bag.  The puppet should be decorated to look like the saint, (pictures to be printed tomorrow).  The saint can be decorated with construction paper, fabric, etc. to resemble the saint.  Symbols and a face can be drawn, but no coloring of the bag.  We are also working on chapter four, The Our Father, and the test will be on the 15th.

In Math, we are working on chapter three, double digit times double digit multiplication.  There are different methods being used.  The most important element in this concept is the mastery of the basic facts.  The ch 3 test will be on Monday, the 19th, before Thanksgiving break.

All are welcome to the prayer service this Friday,Nov. 9th honoring Veterans.  Also, thank you for sending in the name of a Veteran for all prayer wall.

Have a great week. If you are going to send your child in for extra help, please just email me.

Mrs.Sullivan

October 26th

Posted on Oct 26, 2018

Good afternoon,

Happy Friday. Just a heads up on the week ahead.

Wednesday, Oct. 31st. Halloween- Fourth graders are allowed to dress in costume if they wish. If not, out of uniform and touch of orange.  We will also have a small party in the afternoon and the kids can bring in treats.  There are 20 students in our class.

Thursday, November 1st - All Saints Day.  We will all be going to 1:00 mass, therefore, we will not go to mass on Tuesday.

In Math, we will begin double digit multiplication in chapter three. Please have your child continue to practice multiplication facts.

In Religion, we will begin chapter four, connecting the Our Father and the first three Commandments.  We will finish the Rosary and also start a saints project.  More info on that later.

If your child needs to come in early for any extra work, please just email me.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

 

October 22

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Hello,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful, but chilly weekend.  In our class, I heard all about exciting pumpkin patches, zoo lights, football, and basketball outings

In Math, we are wrapping up chapter two on multiplication and the test is on Thursday,  Please encourage your child to practice their facts, it is so important that they know them with speed and fluency. 

In Religion, the students are learning about and memorizing the Ten Commandments with a quiz on Friday.  The chapter three test will be on Wednesday with an emphasis on how to live out the Commandments.

Next Wednesday, we will celebrate Halloween with a small party in the classroom.  There are 20 children if you would like to send in a treat and the students can wear a costume.

FYI Weather permitting, we do  plan on going our for recess every day,  so please have your child dress warm enough.  Also, I am available in the morning for extra help.  If you are planning on sending in your child, please send an email before hand in case I am not available due to a meeting.

Thank you and have a great week. \

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

Oct 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful fall weekend.  Congrats to the 4th grade boys on their final win of the football season. They were very excited to share the news. Tomorrow is picture day. According to the picture people, students should not wear green. The fourth graders will not be going to Mass tomorrow because of the whole school Mass this Friday.

In Math, please continue to have your child practice their basic facts. Also, I have been assigning Reflex once a week for homework.  This is about a 17 0 -20 minute online practice and students work until they reach a green light for 20 minutes. They all have the log in ID in their assignment notebook.  If their is a computer issue, please email me or send a note, however, I do expect the student to practice their facts in another way.  The chapter two Math test will be given on October 25th.

In Religion, we are learning about the Ten Commandments.  They have to be memorized and the quiz is on Friday the 26th. We Will finish chapter three with a test on Wednesday, the 24th.

If your child needs any extra help, I am free most mornings at 7:30.  Please let me know ahead of time in case I have a meeting.

Thank you and have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

Oct 9th

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Good morning,

I hope that everyone enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend, ( with a slight return of summer) and had a chance to enjoy some fall activities.

We will begin chapter three in Religion. This chapter focuses on the Ten Commandments.  We will also continue praying the Rosary during the month of October.

In Math, we are learning different strategies to multiply. On Thursday, I will give the chapter two vocabulary quiz and on Friday, the multiplication timed quiz.  Please have your child practice multiplication on a nightly basis, even if it is only a few minutes. If your child needs any help, I am free most mornings.

Have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

 

October 1st

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Good afternoon,

Just wanted to say congratulations to the fourth graders on the football team for the win in the homecoming game.  They were quite excited.

Tomorrow in Religion, the students will have a chance to finish the Sacraments test that many either didn't quite finish do to time allowed and or they forgot to study. On Friday, we will have the chapter two test which is devoted to Praise and Thanksgiving. The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary.The fourth graders will be praying and learning about the Rosary and are encouraged to bring in one of their own to use if they have one. I have enough for all, but some students enjoy showing us theirs and explaining when they received their Rosary. We are also going to begin a school wide Kindness campaign.  The students will decorate a paper foot and hang it on their locker to remind them to be kind, caring, and accepting of all people.  Details also went out from Mrs. Reed regarding this Footprints of Kindness Campaign.

In Math, we are working on chapter two, multiplication. The Friday multiplication quizzes will continue.  I have challenged the students by not having to take the quiz when they reach 100%.  I am excited to say that quite a few reached that goal on last Fridays quiz.

A few reminders: Homework club, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Special Lunch and Kindness Campaign kick off this Wednesday, and school pictures are postponed until 10/16.  Also, we will be off next Monday, 10/8 for Columbus Day.

Any child in need of extra help is welcome to come in at 7:30 as long as an email is sent giving me a heads up.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

Sept. 24th

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Hi,

Just a reminder that the chapter one math test is tomorrow.  Also, there will be a multiplication quiz this Friday. I will begin reducing these quizzes for some students depending on the grade they receive on this next quiz.

There will be a Sacraments quiz on Monday, Oct. 1st.  Student need to know the seven Sacraments, what they mean, some symbols associated with them and of course the spelling of each sacrament.  We are working on them in class.  The chapter two Religion test will be on Friday, October 5th.

The special lunch order is due by Wednesday.  The "duck" for $5:00 for Special Olympics can be purchased during lunch this week.  Friday we will have an indoor pep rally for homecoming.

If your child is in need of any extra help. please let me know through email and you can send them in at 7:30.

Thanks and have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

September 21st

Posted on Sep 21, 2018

Good afternoon,

Well we have had one heck of a week, but certainly survived. The students have triumphed over the flue bug, strep throat and the extreme heat and are grateful for the beautiful breeze in the classroom today.

The Math test is scheduled for Tuesday the 25th.  We will finish the review in class on Monday but it would not be a bad idea to start studying over the weekend. The students seem to have  a great grasp on the concepts, but subtracting with zeros is still a challenge for some. We continue to have weekly multiplication quizzes and Reflex is a good review of the facts.

In Religion, we are memorizing the Seven Sacraments, their meanings, and symbols associated with each sacrament. In chapter two, we will learn about the different parts of the Mass.

Have a great weekend. If your child needs an help or is struggling with a concept, please let me know or send him/her in for extra help in the morning.  Please send an email if you are going to do so.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

Sept. 17th

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a wonderful time at Fisherfest, I know the kids had a ball.

A glance at the week ahead;

In Religion, we are beginning to review the Seven Sacraments and begin chapter two.  We ended chapter one with a test and finishing up the Creation.  I am proud of all the students who studied hard and did a great job on both. 

In Math, I have postponed the chapter one test until next Tuesday the 25th.  We have had a few classroom interruptions so I did not feel that they were ready.  We continue to work on multiplication facts in class and I am also beginning multiplication of three digit times one digit.  All students must master their facts, and I do have a quiz each week on them.  Its an easy practice every night for five- ten minutes.

Tonight is the meeting for the parents and students who are interested in joining the band.

Any question or concerns please email me.  Also if your child is having any difficulties please send them in at 7:20 for extra help.  I would appreciate a email before in case I have a scheduled meeting.

Have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

Sept. 7

Posted on Sep 07, 2018

Hello and good afternoon,

I just wanted to ley all of you know what has been going on and will go on next week in fourth grade. 

On Monday afternoon, the fourth graders will be  meeting with the new band director.  I am sure there will be notes going home with those interested in joining the band.  On Tuesday, we will be out of uniform in the memory of 9-11.  Students should wear red,white, and blue. The suggested out of uniform donation is $3.00 and this money will go toward a monument at King Lockhart Park in the honor of firefighter Herbie Johnson. Please be generous.

In Religion we will wrap up chapter one with a test on Thursday, 9/13.  The students should always use their book, notebook, and review sheets to help study this material on Creation. This Sunday the FSA begins the Sunday Mass challenge.  Any student attending the 10:00 Mass will be given a ticket and entered into a raffle.  .

In Math, we continue to work on addition, subtraction and different ways to name a number.  This chapter one test will be on Wednesday, 9/19.

Today, your child will bring home his Friday test folder.  Please take out and keep any tests, sign, and send the folder back on Monday.  Also, if you have any concerns , please do not hesitate to email or send a note.  I am available at 7:30 if your child needs any extra help.  Again, just let me know. 

TGIF  Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Sullivan

August 31 2018

Posted on Aug 31, 2018

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to thank everyone who came to the Back to School night on  Wednesday and had a chance to see our room.  I did send home the back to school letter with your child if you were unable to attend.

Just a few tidbits concerning next week.

Monday  no school  Labor Day

Tuesday, first fire drill

Wednesday, bus evacuation drill

 

In Math, we continue to practice different ways of writing numbers, also,addition and subtraction of numbers.  Thursday is the chapter one vocabulary quiz and  on Friday there  will be a three minute timed multiplication quiz. 

We are still working on the Creation in Religion and will have the first test on Sept. 12th.

Fourth grade is off to a great start.  If you have any concerns please email me.  If your child needs any extra help, please let me know.

Have a great holiday weekend.

Mrs.Sullivan

 

August 27th

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Good afternoon,

I am sure your child is exhausted because of the extreme weather and our very warm classroom. Please send them with a water bottle during these very hot days.

In Math, we are beginning with chapter one which place value, addition and subtraction are covered, as well as, naming numbers in word form, expanded form and standard form. Each chapter includes vocabulary words.  These words are cut our and placed in a baggy and kept in the math section a each child's 8 pocket folder. This way they have easy access and are able to study them.  There will be a quiz on these eight words next Tuesday, September 5th. In addition to the Go Math student book, I will be adding the fact fluency program called Reflex.  This problem was introduced in third grade and is a computer based program to help your child mastter the four basic facts with fluency. We will begin in mid September.  Another component of the Math curriculum is Simple Solutions, a spiral review of math skills previously learned and or introduced. 

In Religion, we are learning about God's goodness and the Creation. There will be  a test after each chapter. In addition, the fourth grade will be going to  Mass on Tuesdays, however, this should not take the place of our Sunday Mass obligation.

Each week we begin a new unit in Spelling. The unit test is every Friday unless other wise noted.

I am anxious to meet all of you at the Open House this Thursday evening.

I am here each morning by 7:30 if your child needs any help.  Just let me know via email if you are sending him or her in early. 

Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

 

August 23

Posted on Aug 23, 2018

Hi,

I just would like to ask a favor of you.  If your child has any medical issues or food allergies, would you just email that to me, psullivan@sjfschool.net. I have a few parents who already let me know, but I just want to double check this important information.  Also, tomorrow I am giving a three minute multiplication practice quiz.  The children have been informed of this, but thought I would let you know in case they forget.

Also, the back to school night will be next Thursday at 6:30. More info to follow.

Have a great day.

Thank you,

Mrs. Sullivan

Monday August 20th

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Good afternoon,

Hi and welcome back to a new school year. I hope that you had a wonderful summer.  I am looking forward to a great year with all of the fourth grade students.  I will be teaching Math and Religion to all of the students and in homeroom I will be also teaching Spelling and Cursive.   

As you know, we will have Spanish this year as a special.This will take the place of music class. The fourth graders will also have the opportunity to join the band.  More information on this will come at a later date. 

I look forward to meeting you next week at Open House on Thursday evening. 

Have a good night. I can't wait to meet your son/daughter tomorrow. 

PS. Remember tomorrow is a half day.

May 29

Posted on May 29, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone enjoyed the very long, hot weekend.  It is extremely hot in the classroom, so if you want to send a water bottle with your child it is ok.

Just a reminder that all library books are due back to Mrs. Funk, asap. The students have the name of the missing book.  

We are finishing our Math with the required end of the year test tomorrow. The students were given the concepts they are expected to know.  Although we did not finish the book, all fourth grade concepts were touched on prior to the Aspire test.  I am sending the remaining  chapters home on Friday with a note stating that the books were brought home.  Please sign and return the form so I know you have them.  Along with practicing math facts, it would be beneficial if the students went over the chapters during the summer.

Thursday is the rocket launch. We will walk to the park right after the 8:15 mass and the launch should start around 9:15.  Everyone is more than welcome to come and cheer and watch the rockets soar. We will stay at the field, have a picnic lunch (no glass please) and play afterwards. The the kids can bring softballs, roller blades, etc.  At this point the weather is supposed to be quite warm so don't for get so send water and sunscreen for your child.  

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

May 22 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018

Good afternoon,

We are fast approaching the end of the school year.  Where did it go?  We are all finishing up with some end of the year tests, so the students should be studying every night to prepare for their up coming tests.

 We have a Religion test tomorrow on chapter 11, the Law of Love.

In Math, we have the chapter 8 test this Friday. May 25.  As required, I will be giving the end of the year Math test on Wednesday, May 30. There are 50 problems which are taken from the fourth grade curriculum.

Have a great rest of the week.  If you are helping to build rockets, please be at school by 8:30 on Thursday.

Thanks, 

Mrs. Sullivan

May 16th

Posted on May 16, 2018

Hi,

I just wanted to thank everyone who reached out to me with good thoughts for my husband.  Surgery went well and he is recovering at home.

This week in Math we are working on chapter 8, multiplying whole numbers times fractions.  The chapter test is scheduled next Friday, the 25th.  We continue to review geometry, decimals, multiplication, and division.  The fourth grade end of the year math test will be given on Wednesday, May 30th.  

In Religion, we are finishing up chapter 11, the Law of Love with a poster and a test, Wed. the 23.  We also continue to pray the Rosary during the month of May.

If you have any concerns that your child needs extra help in Math, I am free every morning unless we have a faculty/parent meeting.  Just email me if you are  sending your child in.

A note went home today indicating if you were a builder or a launcher for the rocket launch.  If for any reason you are not able to be with us on either of those days, please let me know so I can have another interested parent fill in for you.

I now the end of the year is approaching fast, but we have three more weeks of school, and I feel I have  so many missing assignments from students.  Please continue to monitor your child's assignment notebook or homework.  

Thank you,

Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

Mrs. Sullivan 

 

 

May 8 th

Posted on May 08, 2018

Hi,

This week in math we finished up chapter seven with the test yesterday.  Today we began multiplication of fractions with whole numbers. There will be a vocabulary quiz next Wednesday, 5/16. 

In Religion, we are learning about the Law of Love.  This  also includes a review of the Ten Commandments.

Please keep my husband in your prayers. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and will have surgery on Thursday. I will be out tomorrow through Monday.  Any questions, please just email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

A note regarding the volunteers for the rocket launch went home today.  Please send it back as soon as possible if you are interested in helping build or launch.  We will pick our of a hat if we have too many volunteers.  Know that all are welcome to come and watch the launches on Thursday, May 31st about 9.00.  Updates to follow if something changes.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan 

 

April 30th

Posted on Apr 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

Congratulations to all the families who had a child make their First Holy Communion this past weekend, their siblings said the mass was beautiful. 

In Math, we are finishing up chapter seven, addition and subtraction of fractions with like and unlike denominators and the test will be on Friday.

In Religion, we will begin chapter eleven.  We are also finishing up a writing assignment on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Also, because May is dedicated to Mary, we will be praying the Rosary during class.

Tomorrow is May 1st and the students may wear school shorts.  Please check the handbook for the exact style.  Also, this Thursday, the students are our of uniform if the bring in $1.00 and they are encouraged to wear read for Special Olympics. Friday is a half day because of May crowning.More information regarding the rocket launch will be coming home this week. I know Spring is in the air, but please remind your child that we have many more days of school left and how important it is to remain focused.  Thank you and have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

April 23

Posted on Apr 23, 2018

Good afternoon,

I am sure that on Friday your child came home and was excited that the Aspire test were over. So was I.  This week the students who were absent will be making them up over the next three days.

In Math, we pick up where we left off with addition and subtraction of fractions, like and unlike denominators.  The test will be on Friday, May 4th.  We also will be working on decimals this week.

In Religion, we are learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The test is this Friday, April 27th.

If you have not sent in the permission slip and money for the rockets, please send tomorrow.  We will notify you when the date is set to build and then launch the rockets.

Have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

 

April 13th

Posted on Apr 13, 2018

Good afternoon,

I just would like everyone to know the plan for next week.  The Aspire tests will begin on Tuesday - Friday in the morning.  We give one test per day.  It is important that the students be prepared.  It would be beneficial if they get a good nights sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.  They all should have 4 sharpened number two pencils. No mechanical pencils will be allowed.  Lastly, it is important that they understand that these tests should be taken seriously and not to skip over any answers.  They should relax and do their best.  Each test has sufficient time  to finish and go back over that test.  

We will continue switching classes when the morning test is finished.  We also have our specials in the afternoon.  On Tuesday we will go to the band concert, on Wednesday the fourth graders will have a bullying presentation, and on Friday, we will go to the school play,Mary Poppins.

We have been working on some Math packets as a review, so I have encouraged the students to go over them this weekend.  No written work is required.

Have a great weekend. 

Mrs. Sullivan

Monday April 9th

Posted on Apr 09, 2018

Good afternoon,

Welcome back.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Spring Break.  The students were full of stories of all the fun they had.  

This week in Math, we will be reviewing for the Aspire test which will be given next week.  We began and will continue a Geometry packet, continue with fractions which include mixed number and improper fractions, adding and subtracting, I also have packets made up for classwork which include number sense, basic operations, geometry and measurement.  We also will be working on decimals.  

In Religion, we continue with the Holy Spirit and Confirmation.

Have a great week.  Please if you can, send your child to school with four sharpened number two pencils.  No mechanical pencils will be allowed for the Aspire test.

Thanks,

Mrs.Sullivan

March 19th

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you for making my birthday so special, especially to my room mom Mrs.Ashley and her helpers who did the decorating.  I am so touched by the cards, gift cards, flowers, candy, etc., and I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Today was the chapter six math test.  Those who did not finish will have time tomorrow.  We are beginning to add and subtract fractions next.  Also, geometry and review for the Aspire test will be added to our math class.

Tomorrow is the chapter nine Religion test.  Please continue to remind your child that we are still remembering the Lenten promises for two more weeks.  

Although Spring is just a few days away and Spring break begins next week, it is very important that the students stay focused in their school work.  Unfortunately, I am seeing some of students grades go down.  Please remind your child of the importance of neat, accurate, legible school work.

Thanks and have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan 

March 13th 2018

Posted on Mar 13, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the long weekend and the parade.

The fourth graders are going to Reconciliation this afternoon. This fulfills the Lenten obligation.

Tomorrow, the whole school with participate in a prayer service for Peace. We will begin in church and then walk outside around church.

Because of no school Monday, Reconciliation today, and the Prayer Service tomorrow, the Math test is again postponed until Monday, the 19th.  This means the students should begin studying now and continue over the weekend.  The multiplication and division quiz from last Friday were returned today.  Some students are not proficient in their facts and are struggling with these two operations. Some students need practice because of some errors in regrouping or adding.  Please have your child practice, it will only help them get better.

In Religion, we are finishing up chapter nine with the test on Tuesday, the 20th.  We also have focused on the Corporal Works of Mercy and the Stations of the Cross.  They are all doing such a great job remembering their Lenten promises.

Thanks and have a great rest of the week.

Mrs. Sullivan

March 5th

Posted on Mar 05, 2018

Good afternoon,

Today begins the third trimester.  Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday. Please take some time to go over the report card with your child.  There are so many students who put forth great effort and do neat and legible work. Many students have made dramatic improvements since the first trimester and I am so proud of all of their hard work. If  you have any concerns or questions, please email me here at school.

We begin the third week in Lent and will learn about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  The students will learn and understand how we can incorporate these into our lives to help others. We will begin Chapter nine, How the Holy Spirit guides us.

In Math, we are working with fractions, finding common denominators, equivalent fractions. We will begin Geometry, too. The chapter test will be on March, 15th.

If you would like to send your child in for extra help, please email me to make sure I am not going to be in a meeting. 

Thank you and have a great week.   

Mrs. Sullivan

 

                                                                                                            

February 27th

Posted on Feb 27, 2018

Good afternoon,

This week in Math, we are working on equivalent fractions, finding simplest forms of fractions and find common denominators.  It is so very important that the students recognize and know factors and multiples. I will be adding some measurement and geometry to our Math class as we get closer to the Aspire test.

We will finish up chapter eight in Religion with a test on Thursday, March 1.  The focus is recognizing that God's justice is not the same as ours.  We continue to pray and remember our Lenten promises.

Friday is the end of the second trimester and report cards will go home next Wednesday.

Have a beautiful week.

Mrs. Sullivan

February 15th

Posted on Feb 15, 2018

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to add this weeks to this weeks blog. Tomorrow the students can be out of uniform if they bring in $2.00 to be donated to the Behind the Vest Program.  SJF is trying to raise enough money to buy two vests.  Also, a reminder that the Six Flags Great America tally sheet is due back tomorrow.  

In Math, not all students finished the test today, so they will finish in class tomorrow.  Many should have brought the book home to study again, there was ample time to finish,( over an hour ).  We begin fractions, chapter six tomorrow.  Also, there will be a multiplication and division quiz next week on Thursday, and a chapter six vocabulary quiz on Friday, the 23rd.  

In Religion, we will begin chapter eight which continues the study of the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments. During Lent, we will also learn the Stations of the Cross and continue to work on our Lenten promises. 

Have a great weekend.  Remember, we are off on Monday for President's Day observation.

Mrs. Sullivan

February 12th

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Good morning,

I hope having a snow day was as fun for you and your children as much as it was for me. Shovel, shovel, and shovel again.

Because Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on Valentine's Day, our Valentine's Day party will be tomorrow and we have 23 students in our class.

In Math, we will have the quiz on multiplication and division today as was scheduled for last Friday.  The chapter five test will be pushed back to Thursday, the 15th.  Factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers are the focus of this chapter.

In Religion, we will be starting chapter eight but will begin the week with a focus on Lent. I will encourage the students to Give, Pray, and Fast. 

Have a great week.  Just an FYI, we will be off next Monday, the 19th, in honor of President's Day.

Mrs.Sullivan

February 5th

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

Good afternoon,

Just a heads up for the week ahead.

This week in Math we will finish up chapter five.  The main focus is recognition of factors, multiples, and prime and composite numbers.  The test will be on February 14th. This Friday the students will have a quiz on long division and multiplication, two concepts that we have recently finished.  I am finding that some students have forgotten how to solve these kinds of problems. Please have your child practice the basic multiplication facts every night.

In Religion, we are studying the Beatitudes. The test on chapter seven is this Thursday.  

Because Ash Wednesday lands on February 14th, we will have a Valentine's Day party on Tuesday, the 13th.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

January 29th

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Good morning,

Thank you to everyone who had the chance to come to the Open House Mass and visit our classroom.  I hope your child was a good tour guide and showed off his or her impressive work.  Thanks for all the kind words, too. Here is the Catholic Schools Week Schedule of events:  

Monday - Partner Reading with preschool

Tuesday - Trivia with preschool

Wednesday - Out of uniform for Ronald McDonald House if you bring in a certain food   to be determined

Thursday - St Rita Band and mystery jar game

Friday - Out of uniform school spirit gear  Carnival events

 

In math, we are beginning chapter five, working on factors, multiples, and patters.  We will also begin geometry and fractions very soon.

In religion, we continue with chapter seven living the Beatitudes while obeying the Ten Commandments.

Have a good week.  Spring is coming soon.

Mrs. Sullivan

January 22

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

Hi,

I just want to remind all of you that the beginning of Catholic Schools Week starts with the 10:00 of Mass on Sunday Jan. 28th.  All are welcome to come and visit the fourth grade rooms at Open House.

In Math, the chapter four test is this Thursday on division.  We have been working on this forever, so I hope that your child has been practicing.  It is really important that the basic facts are memorized.

In Religion, we will begin chapter seven that connects the Ten Commandments with the Beatitudes.  We finished the role model project and will be sent home in a week or so.  

Please know that I am here in the morning or after school if your child needs any further assistance or forgot something.

Have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

January 16th

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the day off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The students are currently studying and writing about him in all three fourth grade classrooms.  We continue to pray for those who work for peace and equality in our world. 

On Thursday, the 18th, we will have the chapter six test.  Students will review tonight for homework. This chapter recalls the Sacrament of Baptism. Thank you for allowing your child to bring in items/pictures of their Baptism.

In Math, we will finish up chapter four a test on Thursday, the 25th. Also, please know how important it is for your child to know the basic facts.  They should not rely on a print out.  

I am available most mornings before school to assist your child if he or she is having difficulties in Math.  Please send me an email to let me know if you are sending them in at 7:30.

Thank you and have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

January 8th

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

Good afternoon,

Happy New Year.  I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and survived the frigid temperatures.  Thank you all very much for the awesome gifts and notes.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

In Math, we continue with long division.  As with the Common Core, there are many ways to divide. I will in introduce these different ways, but know that your child is responsible for getting to the answer in the way that is most comfortable for he or she.

In Religion, we are starting chapter six, knowing the Sacrament of Baptism  The text is Thursday, January, 18th.  

Again, if your child needs an extra few minutes going over homework or practicing math, let me know and I will be here to help.  

Also, we do try to go out for recess weather permitting.  So please have your child dress appropriately.

Have a great week

Mrs.Sullivan.

December 18th

Posted on Dec 18, 2017

Good afternoon,

We just finished presenting Christmas Around the World and the "suitcases" the students used to decorate with information about the country they researched look amazing.  They all did a fabulous job.  The chapter five Religion test is this Wednesday, the 20th.  We also continue to write about  a role model in our life.

In Math, we are learning long division and the different ways to divide.  All students must know the basic multiplication facts to be successful in division, fractions, decimals, etc.  Please continue nightly practice.  Word problems are also part of our daily math.

Our class has decided to have a $5:00 Secret Santa exchange on Friday, the 22 before we dismiss for the holiday.  Hope they all got permission to be a part of this.

I just want to wish all of you a  very Merry Christmas and Healthy, Happy New Year.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

Dec. 12th

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Good morning,

Thank you to all parents, grandparents, etc. who were able to attend the Immaculate Conception Mass on Dec. 8th  The students were fabulous. We are so proud of them.

In Math, we continue with division. I also will have a quiz on chapter four vocabulary on Thursday,  Please encourage your child to practice the basic facts at home.  It is so very important that they are mastered.

In Religion, we will not have the chapter five test this week, it will be postponed until next Wed. the 20th.  However, the Christmas Around the World in school project is due this Friday.  

Have a great week. I am always available in the morning or after school if you think your child needs any extra help or forgot something at school.  

Mrs. Sullivan

December 4th

Posted on Dec 04, 2017

Good morning,

Thank you to all of the fourth grade parent volunteers who chaperoned the trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last Thursday.  I hope you had as much fun as the kids did.

This week in Math we continue with division. We begin with estimating and then dividing with remainders.There are various strategies to go with division that the students will learn. 

In Religion, we are working on chapter five, Jesus our Role Model.  The test will be on Wednesday, the 13th.  The students are also writing a paper on the topic of role models.  We are working in class on a Christmas Around the World project and that is due on the 15th. The season of Advent began yesterday, so we will also be learning about this holy season.  

The fourth grade students will be hosting the mass this Friday, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and all are welcome to attend.

Remember if your child needs any extra help, please let me know via email and send them in.

Thank you and have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

Nov. 28

Posted on Nov 28, 2017

Good afternoon,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break.  We have so much to be thankful for.

In Religion, we have been working on and will be finishing this week 30 days of an Attitude of Gratitude journal. I hope that it helps the children know how much they have and to be thankful for. Today we started a Wonder kindness poster.  The random acts of kindness poster should be filled in tonight at home.  We also started the Christmas Around the World project.  The students will be each assigned a country to research, write about, and art project to go with the research.  All of this will be done in school and is due on December 15th.  This assignment goes along with the visit to the Museum of Science and Industry where the students will find the country they are researching and the Christmas tree.

In Math, we finished the chapter three test today and will begin division tomorrow.  Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child.  It is so necessary that they master them.

 I am always available before or after school to assist your child with something they may be stuck on or just need some extra help on something.

Just a few reminders:

Museum of Science and Industry field trip is on Thursday.  The students should wear their gym uniform and bring a bag lunch.  If you were picked to volunteer, please meet at the office at 8:15.  Also, if you are unable to chaperone, please let me know ASAP.

Also, there is no school this Friday.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

Nov 20th

Posted on Nov 20, 2017

Good afternoon,

Although I will be seeing the majority of you today at conferences, I just want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We have many things to be grateful for in our lives.

Tomorrow is the chapter three math test.  We have reviewed and practiced and I believe all are ready.  

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Mrs. Sullivan

November 13th

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Good afternoon,

This week in Math, we are finishing up chapter three and will have the test on Nov. 21., before Thanksgiving break.  The students are learning more than one way to multiply two digit times two digit multiplication yet can use any method they are comfortable with. We are also focusing on word problems.  Please continue to practice the basic facts at home. I still will continue with the three minute timed test with those who have not yet mastered the facts.

Tomorrow is the chapter four Religion test, connecting the Our Father with the first three Commandments.  We are also working on a 30 days of Attitude of Gratitude journal.

If you have not already done so, please send in the Museum of Science and Industry permission slip and money by this Wednesday.

Just a reminder, report cards will go home on Wednesday.  I am very proud of all the effort the students put into their work and the good grades the students have worked so hard for. Please sign and return the envelope on Thursday.

Have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

Nov.6

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

Good afternoon,

Thanks again for all the Halloween candy and treats, the students really enjoyed and appreciated the class party.

In Religion, we are working on chapter four and the test will be on Nov. 14th.  The focus is prayer and the Our Father.  The students are also working very hard to create and Attitude of Gratitude book during the month of November.  We will also continue to compare the covenant God made with Abraham, Moses, and Noah.

In Math, we are exploring strategies to solve two digit times two digit multiplication problems.  The chapter test will be on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break.  Please continue to have your child practice the basic facts.  I will continue to give the three minute tests to those who get below a 94%.  

The fourth grade will be going on a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, Nov. 30th.  The permission slip will be going home tomorrow.

Also, I am available everyday before and after school if your child should need any assistance or forgot some thing.  Just email me so I know that they are coming in.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

Oct 31st # 2

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

Hi again,

The ten Commandments final has been postponed until Thursday, Nov.2.  Also, there will be a chapter three vocabulary test on Friday, Nov 3rd.  This will also include the words from chapter one and two.

Thank you for all the treats you send in for Halloween.  We have enjoyed all of them.

Mrs. Sullivan

Oct. 31st

Posted on Oct 31, 2017
 

October 23

Posted on Oct 23, 2017

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the weekend sunshine, hopefully more beautiful weekends to come.

In Math, we are finishing up chapter two with the test on Wednesday, the 25th. Students should bring the book home to study the various strategies, properties, and multi step word problems associated with this chapter.  It is so very important that the students know their facts as we move into division, fractions, decimals, etc

In Religion, we continue praying the Rosary and finishing up the research on saints. Your child should have brought home a jumbo popsicle stick and the cut out template of the head of the saint they are studying.  This is the part of the project to be finished at home and brought back on the 30th. The stick is the body of the saint.  The students have a picture of the saint and they are to dress/decorate the stick with cloth, fabric, construction paper, or felt to look like the saint. They can be as creative as they can.

In cas it got lost, these were the directions.

Saints Project:  Due date:  Oct. 30th

Directions:  Step 1   Research the saint you were given.  Fill in the information about your saint on your work sheet.  You can look up information about your saint on the internet. Fill in as much as you can.  Include date of birth and death if available.  Include the feast date and what he or she is patron saint of.  Interesting facts include family, schooling, what he or she did early in life. You can also include what you saint might have done to become a saint, interesting story or miracles.

Step 2:   Find a picture of your saint and copy it in color. Keep it with you.

Step 3:  You will make a puppet of your saint at home.  More details to follow about this part of your project.

Step 4:   Use the information and write a three paragraph paper about your saint.  We will begin this together in class.

You will present your saint to the class between Oct. 30th and Nov. 1st

I am free before and after school if your child needs any additional help or forgot something at school. Please email me if you are sending your child in.

Have a great week. 

Mrs. Sullivan

 

 

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Oct. 16th

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

Good afternoon,

In Religion this week, we are learning about the covenant God made with Noah and Abraham.  Also, we continue to pray the Rosary and are working on the saints project.

In Math, we will not be taking chapter two this week as previously posted, but will take it on the 25th.  Please have your child review the basic multiplication facts.  They are so very important to our curriculum.  

I am available to assist your child if needed. I am available before and after school. Please email me if you are going to send your child in for help or if they forgot something. 

Thanks and enjoy your week.

Mrs. Sullivan

Oct. 11th

Posted on Oct 11, 2017

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the wonderful summer like weather we had this past weekend.  Hope there is more to come.  

I have postponed the Ten Commandments test until next week. Instead, we will practice with little quizzes and then take the test next Tuesday.  The chapter three test is going to be this Friday instead of tomorrow.

In Math, we will have chapter two test next Thursday.  This chapter is on multiplication and the different ways of multiplying.  Please continue to have your child practice the basic facts. 

If your child needs any extra help, I am here in the morning or after school.  Please let me know.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullvian

Oct.2

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

Good afternoon,

I want to again thank everyone who sent their child to school with boxes of Mac and Cheese. If you haven't sent one and would still like to do so, we have until Friday before the the truck comes to being the food supplies to Catholic Charities. Also, tomorrow is picture day.  The students are out of uniform, and as Sr. Jean has requested, appropriate clothes please.  I think she is referring to the older kids for that one.

The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary.  We will be praying one decade everyday. This helps the children learn the prayers of the Rosary and how to pray the Rosary.  We are focused on chapter three in our Religion book.  The students need to memorize the Ten Commandments and the spelling of them. We are also learning the meanings behind each Commandment.  There will be two tests next week.  One is the Ten Commandment test on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and the chapter test on Thursday, the 12th.

In Math, we are multiplying larger numbers. The students are learning estimation techniques and different ways they can solve a multiplication problem.  It is very important that the students know their basic facts.  This Friday, there will be the fourth multiplication quiz.

Have a great week and remember, next Monday, Oct. 9th is a holiday.

Mrs. Sullivan

September 26th

Posted on Sep 26, 2017

Good afternoon,

Thank you to all who sent in the donations for the victims of the hurricanes.  Our grade had one of the biggest piles in the office.

In Math we are working on multiplication.  Word problems, estimating and rounding are included in this chapter.  The students must know their multiplication facts.  We will have a three minute quiz on Thursday.  Also, the students will have a quiz tomorrow on the chapter two vocabulary words.  They should be in a baggy in the eight pocket folder.  

In Religion, we are learning ( memorizing) the Ten Commandments and what they mean.  

Please let me know if your child needs any extra help.  I am available before and after school. 

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

 

Sept. 19th

Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Good afternoon,

The students are very disappointed Fisherfest is over.  Today they are much more alive.  Very long weekend for most of the kids.

As blogged last week, the math test is Thursday, the 21st.  We began the review in class, however, the students should bring home the book and study. Also, multiplication facts should be mastered through the twelves, so please have your child study them. 

In religion, the test on chapter two is Friday, Sept. 22.  Next week we will be learning the Ten Commandments.

When your child returns to school after an absence, please send a note with them.

I am available for extra help in the morning,  Please let me know if you are going to send your child in early.

Because of the hot forecast, your child may bring a water bottle to school.  It is quite warm in the building.  Also, thanks to everyone for sending in toothbrushes or men's deodorant for the victims of the hurricanes.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

September 13th

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Hi,

Just an update.  My dates are wrong for the Religion and Math test.  The chapter two Religion test is on Friday, the 22, and the chapter one Math test is on Thursday the 21st.  Also, the students will have a multiplication facts quiz tomorrow.  

The fourth grade has been asked to bring in toothbrushes for the victims of the recent hurricanes.  Thank you in advance.

Enjoy Fisherfest and the weekend.

Mrs.Sullivan

 

September 12th

Posted on Sep 12, 2017

Good afternoon,

I hope that all of you had a great weekend.

Due to the unexpected day off, the chapter one Math test that was scheduled for this Thursday will be postponed until Wednesday, the 20th.  We are reviewing rounding, adding and subtracting larger numbers and working on word problems.  It is also important for the students to practice multiplication facts every night.  There will be a quiz this Thursday. 

In Religion, we began chapter two.  This chapter focuses on the parts of the Mass, as well as giving Praise and Thanksgiving to God.  The students will also be reading the Bible story of Noah and learning about his covenant with God.  There will be a chapter test on Friday, Sept. 21st.

Just a reminder, we will be off this Friday because of Fisherfest.  Needless to say, the kids are very excited.

If your child needs any extra help, please let me know.  I am available at 7:30 every morning unless I have a meeting.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan 

September 5th

Posted on Sep 05, 2017

Good morning,

I hope all of you and your families had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weekend. 

This week in Math, we continue to understand numbers.  We are working on adding, subtracting, renaming, ordering and comparing numbers through the millions.  The chapter one test will be on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.

In Religion, we will have the chapter one test on Wednesday, Sept. 7th.   The students should have an understanding of the Creation and how to respect and care for God’s gift to us.

On Friday, the students took home the Friday folder.  Please sign and return today.  The tests can be kept at home.

If your child needs any help, please know that I am available by 7:30 every morning unless I have a meeting.  Please send an email to let me know if your child is coming in early.

Thanks and have a great week.

Mrs.Sullivan

August 28th

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Good morning,

Well, one week down and many more to go.  What a great group of fourth graders. 

Our fourth grade Religion curriculum is made up of many components. The students learn from our fourth grade Religion book which focuses on teachings about God, our faith, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Sacraments.  Our series also includes stories from the Bible, learning about the Mass, and also learning about people who have served God.  I also include more stories from the Bible, projects, teaching the Rosary and learning about the Saints in Heaven. Each day we start our class with intentions and a prayer. The fourth grade class goes to church on Thursdays. We also pair up with the preschoolers as our prayers buddies. I also would like to reiterate what Sr. Jean includes in the Friday thoughts on how important it is for all of the students to go to Mass on Saturday evening or Sundays.

We are working on the first chapter in Religion which focuses on the Creation and how to take care and respect all that God has created.  There will be a chapter test on Sept. 4th.

In Math, we are reviewing place value, naming and writing numbers in expanded, standard, word, and base 10 form through the millions and working on multiplication facts.  Tomorrow there is a quiz on the chapter one vocabulary words.   Each student has the words cut out and they are in a baggy in their 8 pocket folder.  Wednesday there will be a timed multiplication quiz. One of the fourth grade Math requirements is to know the multiplication facts through the 12’s.  Please have your child practice them on a nightly basis. 

If you have any questions and concerns, please email me or get in touch with me through the office. Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

August 21

Posted on Aug 21, 2017

Good afternoon,

I am so excited to have met a wonderful class of students today.  They  were energetic, talkative, and excited to  be back in school.  Thanks again for sending in the supplies and if they were forgotten, please send in when you get the chance.  Also, I collected all the math packets, so again, many thanks for having your child finish and bring to school today.  Most of the students also brought back the Summer Reading.  If it is still sitting at home, just send it in tomorrow.  

Again, if you need to get a hold of me, I am here by 7:30 or email me psullivan@sjfschool.net.

Have a great afternoon and enjoy the Solar Eclipse.

Mrs. Sullivan

 

Welcome back 2017

Posted on Aug 18, 2017

Good morning,

Welcome back. What an awesome year it is going to be. My name is Phyllis Sullivan and I will be teaching Math and Religion to all fourth grade students.  Each of us teach Spelling and Handwriting in the homeroom.  I am looking forward to an exciting year with your child. One of the most important parts of a successful year is open communication.  I am available each morning from 7:30 until 3:00 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also email me at psullivan@sjfschool.net. I look forward to meeting you at Open House, August 30th.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Sullivan

 

 
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