December 11th to 15th

Here is a snapshot of what we will be doing this week. 

In religion we will be learning about the 2nd commandment, you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

In English language arts we will be continuing a lesson on poems and drama. 

In math we will continue to learn about fractions, multiples, and factors. 

Advent Angels

For Advent Angels this year we will be exchanging one gender specific gift at our Advent party. This gift should be about $5.00 and should be something that the student would not mind receiving his or herself. 

December Book Report

Dear Students and Parents,

                We are going to begin doing monthly book reports in 4th grade. I am not going to plan out specific times for them to work on these in class, but they will be able to use free time to work. This will make a large majority of the project homework. I will be giving students time in class to work on their report one day, on December 15th.  For the month of December I would like the students to read a non-fiction book and choose one of the following projects to do. The students will be presenting in class December 18th to the 20th.


Possible projects

1.       Write a diary that one of the story’s main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book’s events. Remember that the character’s thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.

2.       Give a sales talk, pretending the students in the class are clerks in a bookstore and you want them to push this book. You will need to write up your presentation to hand in with your project.

3.       Make a timeline of events from the book. You must have a minimum of 10 important events.


4.       Make a newspaper about your book, with all a newspaper’s parts- comics, ads, weather, letter to the editor, etc. 

The Nutcracker

On December 13th students in grades 3rd-8th will have the opportunity to go see a performance at Topeka Performing Arts Center. The Kansas Ballet Academy is putting "The Nutcracker," which is based on the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. Students will get the opportunity to experience music through its finest form with elegant displays of physical motion onstage, bringing the story to life. Students will need to complete and return the permission slip by December 1st. The buses will leave Saint Matthew Catholic School at 9:30 a.m., and return at 11:30 a.m.

December Reminders

December 4th- No School

December 7th- Jeans Day

December 13th- Field Trip to The Nutcracker 

December 14th- Jeans Day

December 15th- 4th Grade Mass

December 18th and 20th- December Book Reports

December 19th- Music Program at 6:30

December 20th- Advent Parties

December 21st to January 3rd- No School

January 4th- School Resumes 

4th Grade Spelling Words

We are continuing to use spelling city for our spelling tests each Friday. You can find the various lists using the web address Students’ lists tend to vary from week to week so if you are ever wondering what list your student is on please don’t hesitate to ask.