December Newsletter

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the year!
Grade 4 December 2015 Newsletter
Dear Parents,
We hope that you are all well. Christmas is quickly approaching and the grade four students are successfully reaching the end of the first term. We are proud of all the students, as they have worked hard and have many achievements and successes to celebrate. We look forward to meeting with you at the Parent-Teacher Interviews. Please remember to return the report card folder to your child’s teacher.
Language Arts: Author in Residence Program
The Grade 4’s are enjoying their writing lessons with our author in residence, Mr. Glen Huser. They have had six lessons so far with the remaining sessions to take place on December 1. The students have been working on their stories based around the theme of “wishes”. They have worked on their story plan, the beginning of their stories by setting the scene and using dialogue or letting the reader know about the character’s feelings. They are now working on revising and editing the middle of their stories and the endings. We have focused on using dialogue, descriptive language and detail to engage the reader. Our celebration of writing will take place on December 1 and parents are invited to come and listen to their child’s story. This has been an enriching experience for the teachers as well as the students.
Religion: Advent Time is Here
Now is the time of preparation for the coming of the baby Jesus. An important symbol used in the classroom for our prayer tables is the Advent Wreath, which symbolizes that God’s love for us has no beginning and no end. The four candles of the wreath represent the four Sundays of Advent. We can prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus through prayer. A wonderful prayer to learn during Advent is the Magnificat of Mary (Luke 1:46-55). We can also make sure we attend Mass, sing Sacred Hymns ( advent song such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”), pray for others less fortunate than ourselves, donate to the Vancouver Food Bank or purchase a gift for the Vancouver Christmas Bureau and place it under our Giving Tree that will be set up in the front foyer of our school.
Parent Ideas/Resources:
These resources and books can be found at Chapters, Kids Books and Coles bookstores.
This is a list of a few more book ideas that you may want to purchase for your child for Christmas.
1. Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
2. Shiloh Season (this is the sequel), Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. Imagine a Day (wonderful picture book), Sharon L. Thomson
4. The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg
5. The Bone Collector’s Son, Paul Yee (this takes place in1907 in Vancouver)
6. The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
7. Reading Power, Adrienne Gear (parent resource)
8. Writing Power, Adrienne Gear (parent resource)
9. Non-fiction Reading Power, Adrienne Gear (parent resource)
10. The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander (parent resource)
11. Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds and Caring Hearts, Michele Borba (parent resource)
Finally a special thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered their time so willingly to help in the classroom and with various jobs. We wish you and your family a Blessed and Joyous Christmas season. May the New Year be filled with peace, love and happiness for all.
Merry Christmas,
Mrs. Brenda Lockhart and Ms. Sophie Chong

Monday Homework

Spelling Post Test Lesson 12 (Thurs)

Lit Circle Role- Ch. 22-27 (Thurs)

Author in Residence Final, FINAL Copy Due Tues! Practice Reading!

Mandarin- Review key words on sheet and find new ones (Tues)


** Special Reminders:

Author in Residence Presentations Tmrw! Please bring in $3.00 for cookies and hot chocolate. 4C Presentations start at 1:15- 3:30 pm.

No school Friday: Parent Teacher Interviews

JATGP Field Trip- Dec. 11 (please hand in permission form and $18.00)

Casual for Covenant House $3.00 Tmrw (Don’t forget to bring your P.E. uniform!)



Thank you Parents for all your support!

Friday Homework

Home Reading Due Monday

Author in Residence Final Copy Due Monday

1. Title Page (fine line and colour)

2. Dedication Page

3. Format your story with illustrations (type double spaced)

4. About the Author page (print out a photo of yourself for this page)

Math- pg. 125, 126 (Mon)


**Special Reminders

JATGP Field Trip Form $18.00

Author in Residence Final Presentation Dec. 1, 2015 starting at 1:15-3:30 pm.  $3.00 for cookies, marshmellows, and hot chocolate for the classes. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Thursday Homework

Spelling Lesson 11 Post Test (Fri)

Lit Circle Role (Fri)

Math- pg. 125, 126 (Fri)

4C Mass Tmrw! Come dressed in Full Uniform

** Special Reminders

Author in Residence Final Presentation to Parents on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

$3.00 for cookies and hot chocolate

JATGP Field Trip on Dec. 11th:  $18.00 for bus and ticket and signed form

Tuesday Homework

French- Worksheet pg 2 (Thurs)

Author is Residence- 2nd Draft- Type out full story double spaced: Save on your USB and print it out to hand in (Wed)

Mandarin- Complete sheet picture

** Special Reminders

Author in Residences Final Presentation: Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 2015

James and the Giant Peach Field Trip Form and $18.00

Vancouver Writers Fest

Grade 4C had the opportunity to attend the annual Vancouver Writers Fest in Granville Island.  They listened to children’s author Kallie George and the graphic novel author Bill Slavin.  It was a great introduction on learning how to write and illustrate for their own story, in preparation for Author in Residence with the Governor General award winner, Mr. Glen Huser.

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Thursday Homework

Lit Circle Role- Ch 10-15 (Fri)

Spelling Post Test Lesson 10 (Fri)

Saints Project (Fri)

Author in Residence – first draft (Fri)

Math- pg 75 NB (Mon)

French- Describe Family Members #1-15 (Tue)

-Worksheets pg. 4,5 (Tue)