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# Mrs. Phyllis Sullivan, Fourth Grade

Welcome to fourth grade Math and Science

Hi! My name is Phyllis Sullivan and I am excited to begin my 28th year here at St. John Fisher. It will also be great to job share with Mrs. Sherry Hughes.  I am looking forward to teaching your fourth grader. My husband Tim and I are proud parents of five wonderful children and nine awesome grandchildren.  This is going to be an exciting and wonderful year.

## Week of January 18

Posted on Jan 19, 2022

I hope that everyone had a nice three day weekend.  Here is what is going on in math this week.

We are continuing with long division.  The students have been able to model and or use the long division steps to solve problems. Reflex has been added to our curriculum and log in information is stapled to their assignment notebook The students should continue to practice facts on a nightly basis. The students will have a three minute multiplication quiz and a chapter four vocabulary quiz on Friday the 21st. The chapter test will be on Thursday, Feb.3rd.

We try to go out for recess when the temperature is above freezing, so please have your child dress accordingly. Also, please have your child bring an extra mask in their backpack in case the one they have breaks or gets lost. On that note, please remind your child the importance of keeping the mask on while we are in the classroom, so many are getting reminded all day long in all classes to pull them up and keep them up.  The masks are removed at lunch and optional at recess. It is not easy by any means, but these are the rules.

If you have any thoughts, concerns, or your child needs any extra help, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of January 10 - 14

Posted on Jan 10, 2022

Welcome back to the first full week of the new year.  I hope all of you had a beautiful, healthy Christmas and that will continue into 2022 for all of us.  Thank you again to all of you for the generous class gift and all the awesome presents.  I am truly grateful and blessed to have wonderful students and families.

We are working on division in math.  The students will learn how to estimate quotients and divide.  It is so important that they know the multiplication facts, as well as, multiples and factors.  We are currently practicing all of these.  We will continue with the three minute multiplication quiz and Simple Solutions.  I will also have the students practice multiplication and division in Reflex.

A few reminders for the week, tomorrow Tuesday, is special lunch, Friday, 2/15 is the half way point of the second trimester,  and we will be off next Monday, 1/17, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Have a great week. If  you have any concerns or if your child needs any extra help, please, let me know.

Thank you,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Dec. 6th

Posted on Dec 13, 2021

Good morning and happy Monday,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful December weekend.

We finished multiplication last week and are beginning chapter four division.  Students will learn a few ways to solve long division problems.  Rounding and estimating quotients will be included, as well, as word problems, multiples and factors.  Please continue to have your child practice multiplication facts and complete the IReady weekly practice.

If you have any concerns or your child needs any extra math practice, please email me. Have a great week.  Just a reminder, cookie orders are due.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of Dec. 6th

Posted on Dec 06, 2021

Good morning and Happy St. Nick Day,

I hope everyone had a great weekend with all the activities, games, and Christmas gatherings,

We will be finishing up chapter three this week with a test onThursday, Dec. 9th.  The main focus is double digit multiplication.  Students will not ahave a three minute multiplication quiz this week, however, they should still practice the multiplication facts and the thirty minutes of IReady will be due on Friday. Students will begin division next week.

Have a great week and if you have any questions, concerns, or your child needs a few minutes of extra practice, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of Nov. 29

Posted on Nov 30, 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

We are finishing up double digit multiplication with a test next Thursday, Dec 9th. The IReady 30 minute weekly requirement is due Friday and the three minute multiplication quiz is Friday. Division will be the focus of chapter four.

Just a reminder that Wednesday, Dec.1 is a 1:00 dismissal and the students will still have their normal lunch period. Please let me know if you have any concerns or if your child needs any extra help.  Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Nov. 22 - 23

Posted on Nov 23, 2021

Dear Parents,

I just wanted to say thank you for the blessings in fourth grade.  I am grateful and thankful for all of them and all of you.  I hope that you have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones.  Enjoy the holiday and the weekend.

Love,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of November 15th

Posted on Nov 15, 2021

Good morning,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend despite the very wet and cold temperatures. Our sister parish in Robbins will be very grateful to all of you for the over the overwhelming response for cranberries for the Thanksgiving food drive. Thank you very much for your generosity.  Also, it was wonderful to see so many of the students and their Veterans at the prayer service, the kids were so proud to have them there.

The week ahead in Math continues with double digit multiplication.  The students are learning different strategies along with review of basic multiplication, estimating, and solving multistep word problems.  IReady is due on Friday, the three minute quiz will be Thursday, and the chapter three vocabulary quiz is on Friday.  The vocabulary words were cut and put into the original baggy with the previous words from chapters one and two. Please make sure your child has them to study for the quiz.

Just a reminder that the first trimester ends tomorrow, picture retakes will be on Thursday, 11/18, and report cards will go home on Friday, 11/19.  Also, we do try to get outside for recess everyday unless it is below freezing, so please have your child dress accordingly.

If your child needs any extra help or you have any thoughts or concerns, please be sure to email me.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## week of November 8 -12

Posted on Nov 08, 2021

Good morning,

I just wanted to start by saying thank you to all of you who contributed to the purchase of the Holiday Raffle tickets for the teachers. That was a very kind and appreciated gesture.

We are continuing with multiplication in chapter three.  The students will be multiplying by two or numbers and learning some different strategies to solve the problems.  Please continue to have your child practice the basic multiplication facts, the result of the three minute multiplication quiz is a great indicator that the students are doing a great job of mastering them. As a reminder, the thirty weekly minutes of IReady is due every Friday and points are given for the total completion of those minutes.

Students in fourth grade are asked to donate a can of cranberries so that our SJF parish can help feed a Thanksgiving meal to the families in our sister parish in Robbins.  Students are also allowed to wear a touch of red, white, and blue this Thursday, Veterans Day.  We will celebrate with a prayer service remembering and being grateful for all who have served our country. Picture retakes will be on Nov. 18th

It is crazy to think that the end of the trimester is a week away and that report cards will be handed out next Thursday.  I am so proud of how the students have adjusted to the fourth grade routine and schedule and the progress they continue to make each day. Thank you for all the support you give to your child and teachers.

If there are any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of Nov1st

Posted on Nov 03, 2021

Hello,

i hope you and your family had a great Halloween weekend..
Tomorrow is early dismissal at 1:00 for a  teacher  professional development day.
We will still have a regular lunch period, gym for room 210, but shortened classes.
The math test will be given on Friday instead of Thursday as previously stated.  Please check into PowerSchool to view your child’s  current progress.   Also, I Ready is due on Friday and facts should be practiced on a nightly basis.
If there are any thoughts or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me or Mrs. Hughes.
Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of October25th

Posted on Oct 26, 2021

Good morning,

I hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy this past weekend despite the horrific Sunday weather.  We will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, one of the “craziest “days here at school.  Fourth graders are welcome to be in costume, (no masks), or wear black and orange, bring in packaged treats for our class, (we have 22 students), and participate in the morning Halloween parade sponsored by SOAR.  Our school will also celebrate All Saint’s Day with an all school Mass on Monday, Nov. 1st.

In Math this week, we continue to focus one digit multiplication and looking into the different strategies that go with this concept.  The chapter two test will be on Thursday, Nov. 4th.  Please remind your child to continue to practice the multiplication facts, complete thirty minutes weekly of I Ready, and also to complete homework assignments on time. All of the teachers go over the assignment notebook in class and in homeroom at the end of each day.  Also, it is important that the chrome book comes to school each day fully charged.

If your child needs any additional help, please email me and we can set up a morning session.  Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of Oct. 18

Posted on Oct 18, 2021

Good morning,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. This week is safety week at St. John Fisher. On Thursday, we will have a hard lockdown and we have spoken to the students about the drill.  We have discussed the importance of all drills, ie, fire, tornado, intruder drills. We will have an all school Mass this coming Friday and all students are welcome to be out of uniform for Autism Awareness.

In math, we continue with chapter two, one digit multiplication and learning different strategies to find the product.  Simple Solutions, three minute multiplication, and I Ready continue to be a part of math class. Please log into PowerSchool to check your child’s progress.

Have a great week and if there are any concerns, please email me.  If your child could use some extra help, I am available on Thursday and Friday mornings.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

Good morning,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. This week is safety week at St. John Fisher. On Thursday, we will have a hard lockdown and we have spoken to the students about the drill.  We have discussed the importance of all drills, ie, fire, tornado, intruder drills. We will have an all school Mass this coming Friday and all students are welcome to be out of uniform for Autism Awareness.

In math, we continue with chapter two, one digit multiplication and learning different strategies to find the product.  Simple Solutions, three minute multiplication, and I Ready continue to be a part of math class. Please log into PowerSchool to check your child’s progress.

Have a great week and if there are any concerns, please email me.  If your child could use some extra help, I am available on Thursday and Friday mornings.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

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## Week of 10/11

Posted on Oct 11, 2021

Hello,

I hope that everyone had a beautiful fall weekend. Thank you so much for coming to conferences.  It was great to meet with all of you and discuss your wonderful children and the progress they have made so far this year in fourth grade. We are very proud of how well the students have adjusted to organizing their back pack for their morning work, switching classes, meeting new friends, and having four new teachers. We need a little more work on filling in the assignment notebook every day and completing homework assignments.

We began chapter two in math, multiplication by one digit. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday, the 15th and the words are in a baggy that should be in their eight pocket folder.  The IReady math will be a weekly assignment, beginning every Monday and due on Friday.30 minutes and points only given for the completed time. The students also will be given a three minute multiplication facts timed practice and quiz every week.

Tomorrow, Oct. 12, the Barraco’s pretzel order is due.  Please email me with any concerns, worries, or if your child is in need of any extra help.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of Oct. 4

Posted on Oct 04, 2021

Good morning,

I hope that all of you had a great weekend.  This week will be a short one because of Parent Conferences and the long Columbus Day weekend.  It is not too late to sign up for conferences.  Also, tomorrow is Picture Day and students may be out of uniform and the first special lunch of the school year. There will not be band today.

The students finished the first math test last week and I am very proud of the results so far. We will begin today with chapter two, multiplication. The students will also have the practice three minute timed practice and quiz this week. It is very important that they study and memorize the basic facts as we move forward in curriculum.  Thirty minutes of IReady math will be assigned every Monday and due on Friday and points will be given only for the 30 minutes completed.  There will be time allotted at the end of the day to work on this assignment.

Please check in on PowerSchool to see your child’s progress.  Also, to help your child keep his eight pocket folder organized, please keep all graded papers at home.  I am available before school if you think your child could use some extra help.  Please email me before sending the student in.

Thanks and have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

## Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

Good morning,

I hope that everyone had another enjoyable summer like weekend.  The students were excited about their three day weekend and all the activities they were going to participate in.  I can’t believe fall is here and October starts on Friday.

Originally, I announced the math test for this Thursday, but it will be instead on Friday, Oct. 1st.  Last week, I gave a three minute timed practice multiplication quiz, this week, they will have the same one and it will count as a grade. The practice should be in the math section of the 8 pocket folder.  Please have your child practice the basic facts on a nightly basis, it really does help.

Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5thth.  Parent conferences will be on October 6th and 7th and then a four day Columbus/ Indigenous People’s Day weekend. Please check in on Power School on a regular basis to check your child’s progress thus far into the school year.  As I have said before, please let me know if your child needs any extra help.  I am available Thursday or Friday morning before school.

Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of September 20 - 24

Posted on Sep 20, 2021

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a great weekend that included very hot weather, homecoming, block parties, games and more.  The week ahead includes the IReady Math assessment on Tuesday, out of uniform for \$1.00 on Wednesday for Childhood Cancer, (wear gold), and no school on Friday because of the teacher institute day.

We will finish up chapter one in math with a test on Thursday, Sept. 30th.The focus is on being able to read and write numbers in standard, word, and expanded form; understand place value through the one millions; and add and subtract through the millions. Students should also be studying multiplication basic facts every night. We will begin the multiplication timed practice this week and then start the quiz next week.

We are so proud of the adjustment the students have shown this far into the school year.  Being on time for school and switching classes in the morning is going well.  Most students have become very responsible in getting their backpack ready and organized for their classes.  There is some concern, however, with homework. Even with our best attempt at writing down homework assignments in each class and in each homeroom, and getting everything needed to go home at the end of the day, there are too many homework slips being given out to those who don’t do homework.  We are not asking to sign off on the daily assignments, but please look it over to see if your child is finishing up work.

Have a great week.  If your child needs any help, let me know and I can arrange time before school.

Mrs. Sullivan

## Wed. Sept. 15th

Posted on Sep 15, 2021

Thank you to everyone who were able to attend Open House.  It was great to meet all of you.  For those who were unable to attend, here is our presentation.  Thanks and have a  great rest of the week!

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## Week of Sept.13 - 17

Posted on Sep 13, 2021

Good morning,

Happy Monday!  I hope that everyone had a great weekend with all the games the students were exccited to be playing this weekend. Just a reminder that tonight is Open House. The evening begins at 6:30 in church and then presentations will be in the homerooms at 7:00 and 7:25. Tomorrow, Tuesday, the 14th, the students will take the reading assessment of the IReady and math will be taken next Tuesday on the 21st. This week is homecoming week and we will have a few dress down days.  Wednesday is pajama day, Thursday will be determined by each homeroom on how they want to dress, and Friday is spirit day, dress in SJF colors, jerseys, or spirit wear.

In math, the students will take a practice multiplication quiz on Thursday and they are also goiong to take a quiz on Friday on the vocabulary from chapter one.  These vocabulary words were cut out and are in a baggy in the math section of the 8-pocket folder. It is really important that all students practice daily and aim for mastery of the basic multiplication facts.

Any thoughts or concerns, please email me. If your child needs any assistance or extra practice, please let me know.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

## Week of September 7 -10

Posted on Sep 09, 2021

Hello,

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend.  In Math this week, we will continue in chapter one, reviewing Place Value and Addition and Subtraction of Numbers.  Included in the chapter is the understanding naming numbers in three ways, word, expanded and standard form, rounding, place value, and  comparing numbers.  Daily Oral Math, a quick morning warm up review,  is part of our weekly routine.  Multiplication facts quizzes will begin soon  and I Ready will begin after the assessments are completed. Reading will take place next Tuesday and the following Tuesday will be the Math assessment. I will have a vocabulary quiz next Wednesday.

As we end the week, the students are encouraged to wear a touch of red, white, and blue with their uniform skirt, pants, or shorts as a remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 911.  Let us all keep in our thoughts and prayers all those who died, survived and,  as well as, all of the first responders who came to assist that day.  Any thoughts or concerns, please email me.  Also, if you feel your child may need some extra help, please let me know and I can make time in the morning before school.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Phyllis Sullivan

## Week of August 30th

Posted on Aug 30, 2021

Welcome back! It is so nice to be back in the classroom with some of the restrictions lifted and of course, the new air conditioner.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer, as I did. It is very exciting to see and teach this new group of fourth graders.  We had a great first couple of days together and I have already witnessed their enthusiasm, creativity, and spirit.  “The Future is Bright” and that certainly was the case in our room Friday when the kids came in wearing their SJF spirit shirts.

The first chapter in Math focuses on place value, rounding, and naming numbers.  The fourth grade books should be in by the middle of this week.  Homework will be assigned at least two to three times a week.  Preparation for test and quizzes is not considered homework nor is the nightly practice of multiplication facts, which should be mastered for fourth grade.  Simple Solutions, IXL, Reflex, book work and/or a review sheet will be included in homework.  Students work will be written down daily in the assignment notebook.  Please take a minute at night to check that your child has completed the assigned work.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your child.  If there are any concerns or worries, please email me.  If you feel that your child could use an extra help, let me know, I am available in the morning on Thursdays and Fridays.

Thank you and have a great week.

Mrs. Sullivan

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