***Zoom Meeting changed to 1pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused
If you did not have a chance to read yesterday's blog post, please read it as it has important information about student and teacher hours per our Diocese Superintendent.
Students and parents, please make sure you are reading the blog at least two times a day. In the morning BEFORE you go into google classroom, and at the end of the day. I will sometimes give updates, so please make sure you are checking twice a day. I'm getting emails and I'm seeing questions posted in google classroom about where to find assignments, how to turn them in, etc. that have already been answered in the blog. All daily assignments are detailed with specific instructions on where to find them and turn them in, so please make sure and read it everyday.
I encourage you all to say the Lenten Prayer posted for Tuesday and the Pandemic Prayer I posted on Monday together as a family. Let's continue to pray for all those who have died, those who are ill, for our leaders, doctors, nurses, first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, our families, and friends. Please protect them and bless them, and pray for an end to this pandemic.
Good morning! I hope everyone was able to enjoy a relaxing weekend with their families. We made it through another week. Everyone did an amazing job, thank you all so much!! Please continue to check the blog twice a day, morning and end of day, since updates can be posted at any time.
I had a very constructive and insightful meeting on Friday with our Superintendent and other 4th grade teachers in our Diocese. We were able to share our resources, concerns, and new processes we will be incorporating into our new way of Online Learning. Please read below regarding school hours per our Diocese:
- School hours are from 8am-12pm, or 9am-1pm (Total 4 hrs). The Superintendent wanted us to reiterate that evenings should be spent together as a family, and all school work should be done during the day. All internet companies are offering free WIFI and even increasing bandwith if anyone is having trouble connecting.
***You know what's best and what works for your family. I don't care what time they do their assignments, I just do not want them spending all day on the computer.
- Teacher hours are from 8am-3pm. It was stressed that we need to unplug at 3pm, and encourage the children and families to do so as well. Please allow 24 hours for a response.
***I have to take frequent breaks from the computer, as I'm still healing from my concussion. Although I may be working outside of the 8am-3pm timeframe, I will not be responding to emails after 3pm until the following day.
Please note, I've been very flexible with accepting work in any format, on time, or late, and will continue to do so. I ask that you would all continue to show the same flexibility and patience when I'm posting assignments, grading work, answering emails, etc. This is a learning process for us all, so if we can all practice some patience and grace, I think it will keep everything going smoothly.
Thank you all again!! Keep up the good work and I appreciate all the kind messages and feedback!! :)
March 30th - April 3rd
Religion- I've attached a link to a prayer to Mother Mary for protection in time of pandemic. Please say the prayer today and everyday. Remember to pray for all those who are battling the Coronavirus, that they may be healed and given peace. Pray to end this pandemic and keep the world safe.
Please pray the Rosary today. Reflect on the Joyful Mysteries listed below:
Joyful Mystery of the Rosary Monday & Saturday
Language Arts- Since Mondays would normally be our Library day, I would like you to reread any Chapter from "The Indian in the Cupboard" that you may skipped, or read too quickly, or need a better understanding of the main events. We will be going over the book tomorrow during our Zoom meeting. Make sure you are reading silently for 30 mins.
Study the Vocab words from last week. Test will be on Thurs April 2nd.
Spelling- Retype each Spelling word 3 times Create spelling sentences using this week's spelling words. Assignment in Google classroom under English.
I would like you to use IXL for Language Arts. Work for 20 mins on the skills I have starred and listed:
A. Main Idea #1
Grammar and Mechanics
II. Nouns #1
Social Studies- Please use the link https://www.studiesweekly.com/
Login using your google email and password
username: firstname.lastname@example.org and password: ABCD1234
We are in week 29 "Transcontinental Railroad." Please read Theordore Judah's Dream, The Railway Acts, Pushing Judah Out, and The Company Grows.
You can silently read it on your own, read aloud, or listen to the reader. I encourage you to watch all the videos, just like we do in class!! Click on anything to help you have a better understanding.
Science- Start lesson 3 "How Has Earth's Surface Changed?" Read pages B22 and B23. Make sure you are able to answer the bold faced questions at the end of the page. Look at all illustrations, pictures, and read all the captions. Pay close attention to the illustrations on Continental Drift.
Religion- Saints of the 2020 Lenten Season is posted in google classroom. Please say the Prayer to End Pandemics I posted yesterday, and the Lenten prayer below:
Jesus, I want to be a better friend, to you and to others in my life.
Everyday during Lent, help me to remember
how you always wanted everyone to be your friend.
And how you always wanted each person you met to be a better and more loving person.
Help me to be like you, and to love others by being
kind, respectful, and helpful in whatever ways I can.
Math- IXL. Please complete the diagnostics if you have not finished. If you have finished the diagnostics, click on "Recommendations" for Math. Please work for 20 mins.
Language Arts- Zoom meeting was changed to 1pm. We will be reviewing Chapters 1-8 of "The Indian in the Cupboard." Please be ready with a piece of paper and a pen.
Grammar- Continue working on the skills I listed yesterday and the new one listed below.
Grammar & Mechanics
II. Nouns #2
Writing- Assignment has been created for you in google classroom under Writing class. Please finish any previous writing assignments you have not turned in.
Social Studies- Finish reading week 29. Watch all the videos and click/read whatever you choose. Type out the answers to the Crossword puzzle in google classroom. Doc has been created for you.
Science- Finish lesson 3, read B24 and B25 and answer the Review questions pg B25 #1-5 on a separate sheet of paper. You can use a scanner or app to upload in google classroom in Science class. Just click "+ Add or Create" and select the document to upload.
P.E.- Get outside and stretch. Do some jumping jacks and push ups. End with a lap or 2 around your back yard.
Religion- Question of the Day in google Classroom under Religion class.
Pray the Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic linked below:
and the Lenten Prayer that was posted for Tuesday.
Math IXL- Please finish your Diagnostics!! If you have already finished, great job!! Practice any of the previous skills I've listed or click on "Recommendations." Please practice for 20 mins.
Language Arts- 11am meeting on Zoom. We are going to continue where we left off yesterday. Try to review as many chapters as we can.
Vocabulary- Study Vocab #4 that I have returned and graded in google Classroom under English. Test will be on Thurs.
Please get off the computer and silent read for 20 mins, book of your choice!
Social Studies- Complete the crossword puzzle if you have not turned it in. Answer the Think & Review questions in google classroom, doc has been created. Due anytime on Friday.
Science- Finish the questions on B25 if you have not turned them in. Study your Vocab cards from the beginning of the chapter. Email or upload the written work in google Classroom, whichever you prefer. You can also use the assignment titled "Week 3 Assignments" under classwork in Science to attach the scanned or pictures of their work.
Religion- Lenten Reflection Day 30 in google classroom
Math- IXL please finish your Diagnostics!! I have sent out emails to those students who need to complete their Diagnostics. If you are done, work on previous skills and the new skill below:
F. Mixed Operations #1
Language Arts- Zoom Meeting at 11am. Click the link below and have your study guide and pen ready
Study for the Reading Test on Monday!! Go back and reread any chapters you are confused, skipped, or need a better understanding of. Silent read for 20 mins!
***Complete the study guide posted in Google classroom under Reading class. Correct your answers using the answer key. Study today and tomorrow for the test on Monday. READING TEST HAS BEEN MOVED TO MONDAY!!!
Vocab- Test today in English class in Google Classroom. Please study before you take the test. No cheating!! Go over your Vocab #4 assignment I have returned to you.
Grammar- Practice previous skills listed this week in IXL and practice new ones listed below:
A. Main Idea #2
II. Nouns #4
Social Studies- Finish any work you need to complete. Go back and click on any videos, questions, or games to get a better understanding of this weeks lesson.
Science- Complete WB 87 in google classroom
Happy fun Friday!! Try to take lots of brain breaks today, go outside, and put on some music like we do in class and have a dance party. You deserve it!! You've done a great job this week!!
Religion- To prepare for Holy Week, please watch the Stations of the Cross video below just as we would do every Friday in school. Make sure you also pray the Lenten prayer and the Prayer for Protection during a Pandemic posted at the beginning of the week.
Math- Please please finish the Diagnostics for IXL!! Some of you still have not finished. If you have finished, continue practicing any previous skills I've listed or anything recommended, 20 mins only.
Language Arts- Finish the study guide for "The Indian in the Cupboard" in google classroom, Reading class. Correct your answers with the answer key. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TURN IT IN!! This is for you to use to study for the whole book Reading test on Monday
Grammar- Finish any skills listed this week on IXL.
Silent read a book of your choice for 30 mins. Please make sure you do this. It's good to get off the computer and silent read everyday if you can.
Social Studies- Take the test for Week 29. Try your best to answer the questions correctly. I know this is our first time taking it online, so I'm not sure if you can go back and use the readings like we do in class, but hopefully you can. Don't stress, just trying it out to see how you guys do :).
Science- WB 88 in google classroom.
Very important- Look at any work that you have missing and turn it in! I know it's hard to keep up sometimes when we're at home, so use Friday to catch up. Have a great weekend!!
Happy Friday!! I hope everyone is having a beautiful morning so far.
At 10am on EWTN channel, ewtn.com, the Pope will be giving a Eucharistic Adoration and Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing LIVE from St. Peter's Square. Please tune in if you can! It will be pretty amazing! Nothing like this have ever happened in history!!
We are wrapping up the week with a lighter workload for today so they can catch up on anything they haven't completed for the week. Today is a good day to upload any handwritten assignments that need to be turned in. Any questions on how to upload to Google classroom, please go onto Mr Dimsey's blog to access his video tutorials. They should be very helpful!
Today we would've done our class "Stations of the Cross." I've linked a youtube video for Friday. It would be nice if you could all watch it together as a family. I hope everyone has a relaxing and safe weekend!! Will be seeing everyone next week on Zoom! Take care and keep praying!!
Today is the day we finally finish our book "The Indian in the Cupboard!!" I've enjoyed reading the last chapter together as a class on our Zoom meetings. The kids really enjoyed this book. Nice break from our reading textbook. We will have a reading quiz on Chapters 13-16 on Friday so please make sure they go back and review these chapters tonight.
I'm still missing a couple of students in each class on Google Classroom. Please make sure students have access to each class I've listed: Religion, Math, Reading, English, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Class 2024. If one is missing, they need to go back in their inbox and click JOIN on the invite. If they can't find it, please tell them to email me and I will send the class code.
Students are doing a great job turning in their work in google classroom, and scanning their handwritten work. Thank you so much for helping them with the scanning, I know it can be tricky. As always, make sure they keep checking the blog before going into Google classroom. Take care and keep praying everyone. I asked the kids to pray the rosary today, and I hope you will join them together as a family. Hope to see all the kids at 11am!
Our first Zoom meeting went great!! Glad to see so many of you were able to join. Its so nice to be able to get together a couple of times a week to reconnect, answer any questions, go over lessons, and just catch up. I missed seeing all their faces :) I hope to see everyone today at 11am, link below under Wed. For attendance today, answer a short multiplication quiz on Google Classroom in Math class. It was my first time creating so I hope it works. I think it may have sent a copy to everyone's email, so you may be able to answer it that way as well. We'll see how it goes, fingers crossed it works!
As a reminder, please make sure students and parents are checking the blog everyday BEFORE going into Google Classroom. There's important instructions and procedures that will help answer any questions they have on assignments in google classroom. I'm getting a lot of questions that have been answered on the blog, so please make sure everyone is checking the blog first thing everyday.
Please remember it's easier to turn in all handwritten work on Fridays. I've mentioned this before, and I will accept the work at any time, but it would be much easier to upload handwritten assignments all as one document on Friday, rather than multiple times throughout the week. Just trying to keep it simple and give some time off the computer :)
Today is the Feast of the Annunciation! Let us remember how Mother Mary trusted in God's plan for her, and ask that we have that same trust and faith in God's plan for us. Please say a Hail Mary together as a family. Take care everyone and hope to see you at 11am!
Good morning! I hope everyone is able to join the Zoom meeting at 11am. Link is listed below under Tuesday's work, and in the stream for Reading class in Google classroom.
***VERY IMPORTANT*** I'm still missing some students in Google Classroom!!! Please make sure your child is checking their email and has accepted all invites to EACH class. If there are any email issues, or they're unable to join a class, please email me immediately to get this resolved. Your child is missing lessons and their assignments are piling up. We do not want them to fall behind!!
Please make sure to check the blog everyday BEFORE you go into google classroom. Not all assignments are going to be turned in through google classroom. There are also specific directions on how to submit handwritten work that some are turning in completely wrong. Please read Monday's blog post for helpful apps for scanning their work and uploading into Google Classroom.
I've asked the children to pray the rosary at any time today for Religion class. If you are able, please join them! There is not a more powerful tool then the rosary. We are reflecting on the Sorrowful Mysteries. Each mystery is linked below for Tues. Keep praying everyone and have faith!
Please make sure students accept the Zoom meeting invite for tomorrow at 11am!! Please make sure they answer the question of the day in Reading class. I will be using it for attendance.
We made it through our first week of online learning!! Thank you so much for emailing, asking questions, and sending comments on google classroom, it was awesome! We have to do our best to stay connected. I also want to encourage the students to start emailing me directly with their questions, or posting on the class comments in Google Classroom. Some have been which was fantastic!! I want them all to get more acquainted with google classroom, and become a little more independent. As always, parents are welcome to email me any questions/concerns they have, and give feedback. How are students handling the transition to more computer time? Is the work load too much, too little? Suggestions?? I'm open to it all, it's been very helpful!! Thank you!!!
Last week, we definitely hit the ground running! I know it was lot!! It was definitely a learning experience. We're gonna change up some things, adjust some expectations, and most importantly, not stress out!! We'll get through this together, just like everything else :) I also want to thank you all so much for your kind messages, support, and patience. Its a slow recovery, which creates challenges so your kindness really meant the world to me. I appreciate it so much, THANK YOU!!!
I will also be setting up a couple of meetings through ZOOM every week, so the students and I can see each other and go through some lessons. I was thinking of Tues and Thurs around 11am? Let me know if that will work for you all. We can always try different times every week if needed, to try and accommodate all requested times.
I also do not want to solely rely on the computer for their learning. I want to try and get them away from the computer as much we can, if that makes sense. I would still like them to handwrite some of their work. Studies have shown that handwriting as opposed to typing will help with comprehension, overall processing, and are more likely to retain the information. I would like to try this with some Science assignments this week. Science has been a weakness for the class as a whole, so I want them to try extra hard in this subject. They can turn in their handwritten work at the end of the week using either a scanner, or any apps that will convert them to a PDF.
Some Apps that have been recommended by some teachers and parents are Tiny Scanner, Simple Scan, Mini Scanner, and Genius Scan. You simply download them to your phone, take a picture of the document, and it will convert it to a PDF. Then you will be able to add the file into Google classroom. I will post detailed instructions before Friday. Have a great Monday!!
March 23rd - 27th
Please answer the question of the day in Reading class. That is how I will be taking attendance.
Religion- Lenten writing reflection, "How can I follow Jesus?"
Math- IXL for 20 mins only! Please work on the skills listed below. If you finish before the 20 mins is up, move onto another skill you need to master from last week.
A. Number Sense #5
D. Multiplication #30
Language Arts- Write sentences using our Spelling words (English class)
Silent read a book of your choice for 20 mins! Then read the next 3 paragraphs out loud.
Social Studies- Week 28 "The Stagecoach, Pony Express, and Telegraph. Read "Hoof Beats and Telegraph Clicks," and "Traveling by Stagecoach." Underline the important details in each paragraph, and circle all important names.
Science- Lesson 2 "What causes Mountains, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes?" Read B14-B15. Look at the diagram of the Earth and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.
1. What is the outer layer of Earth? What is it made of?
2. What is found beneath Earth's crust? What is it made of?
3. What is found in the center of Earth? What is it made of?
Please do NOT type this out!!! I want you to write in CURSIVE!!! Your brain will understand and process the information much better overall when you handwrite the information rather than type. Writing in cursive improves your brain development so yay!! Please place this in your homework folder. You will turn it in at the end of the week.
***Please make sure you have completed and turned in ALL the assignments from last week. If you have to finish any, please do it today and turn it in before tomorrow.
Please make sure to answer the Question of the Day in Reading class. I will mark you ABSENT if I do not see a response from you.
Religion- I ask you all to please pray the rosary today and ask our blessed Mother Mary to please protect us, heal all who are sick, give us strength, and end this pandemic. Today we reflect on the Sorrowful Mysteries listed below. Please click on each mystery and read the reflection before you start each decade.
There is a video and instructions to read as well. Or you can go on youtube and search "pray the rosary" as well. We have all prayed the rosary together so everyone will be able to do this.
Math- Please practice the skills I have listed below for 20 mins.
D. Multiplication #10
E. Division #10
In addition to IXL, please make sure you are reviewing your multiplication flash cards. You have to memorize your math facts. Please practice every day!
Language Arts- Please join the Zoom meeting today at 11am using the link below:
We will be reading together the final chapter of "The Indian in the Cupboard" Chapter 16 " Brothers." Please make sure you join the meeting on time. I will also be putting the link in our stream for Reading class. After the meeting, please answer the questions below in complete sentences in Google classroom under Reading class.
1. What ceremony did Little Bear and Boone perform?
2. What did Omri and Patrick do with the men and the woman?
3. What did Omri do with the special key?
Grammar- Assignment is listed in English class
Social Studies- Read the inside of the newspaper for week 28. Read sections "Connecting CA, Pony Express, Overland Mail Routes, What is a Mochila? and The Telegraph." Make sure you a underlining the important facts and circling all important names.
Please complete the crossword puzzle. Go into google classroom and fill in your answers on the document I have created please.
Science- Read pages B16-B17. Carefully read "The Inside Story" and make sure to look at the diagram. Please look at all pictures and please read each caption. Make sure you are able to do a self check and answer the bold faced questions with a check mark next to them.
For Attendance, please complete the Multiplication Quiz in Math class in Google Classroom.
Religion- Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. Please read the PDF document and complete the assignment in Google classroom.
Math- I would like you all to start the Diagnostics so we can see where you are, and where you need to improve. Click Math and then click on Diagnostics. Then click on "Step Into the Arena." Work for 20 mins. Make sure you save before you sign out so you can pick up where you left off tomorrow.
Language Arts- Please join the Zoom meeting today at 11am. Click the link below.
We will finish reading Chapter 16 together. Then you can complete the questions listed under Reading in Google Classroom. If you have already turned them in, please look them over and make sure you have answered them correctly. You will be graded on how many you answer correctly.
Grammar- Pg 92 #14-25. Fill out your answers in the doc on Google Classroom in English class.
English- "The Indian in the Cupboard" Vocabulary #4 assignment in Google classroom under English class. Will be due Friday.
Social Studies- Think & Review questions in Google Classroom.
Science- Read page B18-B19 #1-5. You can continue writing on the same paper from Monday, just make sure to mark in the right hand corner Pg B19 #1-5, or start a new paper. You will turn in (scan and upload) all the documents you have written this week on FRIDAY.
For attendance today, please answer the question in Reading class in Google Classroom.
Religion- I ask you all to please pray the rosary today and ask our blessed Mother Mary to please protect us, heal all who are sick, give us strength, and end this pandemic. Today we reflect on the Luminous Mysteries listed below. Please click on each mystery and read the reflection before you start each decade.
Luminous Mystery of the RosaryThursday
There is a video and instructions to read as well. Or you can go on youtube and search "pray the rosary" as well. We have all prayed the rosary together so everyone will be able to do this.
For our Lenten reflection today, please take turns telling your favorite stories about Jesus with your family during dinner tonight.
Math- IXL, please continue the Diagnostics from yesterday. Please work for 20 mins and don't forget to save your work before you end your session. Practice your times tables also.
Language Arts- Please join the Zoom Meeting today at 11am. Click the link below:
We will finish reading the final Chapter 16 of "The Indian in the Cupboard."
Answer the questions that were listed under Tues. If you turned them in already, look them over and make sure you have answered each one correctly.
Go back and re read Chapters 13-16 and study the important events and details for a reading quiz on Chapters 13-16.
Vocab #4- Turn in by tomorrow morning if you have not finished. If you have already turned it in, I have graded and returned it. Use the corrections to create notecards so you can study. There will be a Vocab test next week.
Grammar- Complete assignment created in English class in Google classroom.
Social Studies- Turn in any assignments that you have not finished.
Science- Use pages B14-B19 to answer WB 83 in Google classroom.
FRIDAY March 27th
Question of the day is Reading class. Please answer for attendance today.
Religion- Today would have been our interpretation of the Stations of the Cross :(. We can still reflect and watch the Stations of the cross on the youtube link below. I ask that you please watch the whole video and read/listen to all the words. Make sure to start it from the beginning!!!
Math- Diagnostics on IXL. Please make sure you complete the diagnostics today. It will allow everyone to see their skill level, and help us to see where everyone needs to improve. Please work for 20 mins. If you finish early, go back and work on any of the previous skills I have highlighted this week and last week as well.
Language Arts- Please continue to review Chapters 13-16 "The Indian in the Cupboard." Quiz will be next week. Study your Vocab #4 list. Test will be next week as well.
Grammar- Assignment in google classroom under English class, Plural Possessive Nouns
Also, practice your cursive!! Please write each Spelling word 3 times each. You do not have to turn this in!! This is for your own benefit. Everyone's cursive has improved, I don't want you to lose it!!
Writing- Write an alternate ending to the story "The Indian in the Cupboard." Doc in google classroom under Writing class.
Social Studies- Finish up any assignments from the last 2 weeks if you have not turned them in.
Science- Catch up on any assignments you have not turned in. Study your Vocab words.
Please spend Friday completing these assignments and finishing up anything you missed this week. Upload any handwritten assignments you haven't turned in yet. Go back and double check the blog to make sure you haven't missed anything! Helpful apps are listed there also! Happy Friday everyone!!
Good morning! Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph. The Pope is calling for a worldwide rosary of the Luminous Mysteries at 9pm Rome time, 1pm our time. Please click on the link https://lacatholics.org/rosary/ and let us all come together with everyone all around the world, united by the power of the rosary to our blessed Mother Mary! Please pass this message along!
Google classroom is up and running. I will now be taking attendance everyday using Google classroom. Each student has received an invite to join each class. All they need to do is click Join, and they can start accessing each class. Please go to Mr Dimsey's blog as an introduction. He has helpful YouTube tutorials to help you get started with Google Classroom, learn how to turn in an assignment, etc. They will be using their emails: first name.last email@example.com. They can go into Google first to read their mail and join classes.
Very important! All previous work that I have assigned must be turned in and will be graded. Follow the steps below:
In google classroom, click on Class of 2024
Type or scan assignments
Click either add or create file and select the PDF files. You can load multiple docs as a single file.
I think Mr Dimsey has a tutorial on how to submit docs so I would watch that video as well.
Language Arts today is more of a review/catch up day to give them time to upload their assignments and explore google classroom. I'm here to help so please send me any questions you have.
Let's all pray the rosary together at 1pm. I will be thinking of you all!