Our Bible series is One In Christ by Concordia Publishing. Our Bible curriculum is taught four days a week and memory verses are memorized weekly. We also incorporate other Bible activities and projects which enhance our weekly work. Chapel is Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. Please join us if you can. The 4th grade a creates and presents a chapel program once a year.
Class mission project: the fourth grade adopts the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church shut-ins. Every year we write letters to the elderly who are not able to attend church and make small gifts for them as well. The children delight in this mission project especially when our new friends write us back.
Math goals for the year include counting to 100 by 1, 2, 5, and 10 (oral and written), understanding addition and subtraction facts to 20, (1 and 2 digit) with the introduction of carrying and borrowing, telling time to the hour and half hour, using a ruler, and geometry. This year grades kindergarten through sixth will be using the new EnVision math series by Pearson. This series aligns with Common Core Standards. It also leads us into a digital age of curriculum. Each student will have their own online information to access their full student book. There are also other resources online that you as parents will have access to. We will continue with math facts in a flash this year.
The text we will be using is the Houghton Mifflin, California series. We include many field trip opportunities to enrich the students’ knowledge of Calfornia history.
In accordance with the state’s new Language Arts standards, we are using Houghton Mifflins Reading California. It is an integrated, phonics based approach to reading, organized in thematic cluster, encompassing spelling, English, writer’s workshop and handwriting. We follow the basal readers closely. Different styles of writing are taught and practiced and basic grammar is taught. Spelling lessons closely follow along with the current story being read. Students are required to write cursive for all homework assignments, research papers, tests and quizzes. We work on improving their cursive skills. To support our reading curriculum we are very active in the Accelerated Reader Program. This program is designed to develop strong skills in the areas of: fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Grades kindergarten through six will be using the writing series, Step Up To Writing. This will compliment our Language Arts series and give us structured approach to writing skills.
The 4th and 5th Grade experience California by spending 3 days in Coloma. Teachers and parents help chaperone a well structured program. This is an every other year experience and during the in between year the classes have an all day Field Trip to the Sonoma Mission.
Each student is to have an assignment book. At the end of each day, students will update their assignment book by listing all work for that day. This book is a good tool for keeping parents informed of the activities in the classroom and must be signed by them nightly.
Along with the assignment book, your child is expected to maintain a notebook. All work that has been graded and returned will be kept in the binder in the proper sections.
Homework will consist of finishing assignments given in class and other designated homework projects.
Parents can view their child’s current grades in Sycamore. Grades are updated each Tuesday. Parents should make it a habit to check grades at least once a week. Contact the classroom teacher if there are any questions.
Home and school communication is a vital link to your child having a successful school experience at St. Peter’s. It takes all of us working together to provide for your child. Each class has a class page on Sycamore School Management Systems. Each Friday the events and curriculum for the next week, (Friday notes), will be posted on the class page and also emailed to your address. You can communicate with your child’s teacher on Sycamore through the PAN (Pass A Note) system or email. The teacher will respond within 24 business hours. Please use this feature whenever you can. You may also call the school office and leave a message for the teacher to return your call.
Your Friday notes and Sycamore pages are the best way to know what is happening in your child’s school life. Your child will also bring home an envelope on Friday which will include previous finished work and the homework packet for the coming week.