Grade 4

Third Week of Advent – Joy


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Celebrating the Jesse Tree


Date: Friday, December 13, 2019


Virtue for the Month of September: Responsibility

Our school is looking to acknowledge those that are “Caught With Character” and in the month of September displaying the virtue of responsibility.

Responsibility means that others can depend on you. Being responsible means to do something well and to the best of your ability. When you make a mistake, you take responsibility for it. You make no excuses. Being responsible is a sign of growing up. People who make excuses instead of taking responsibility keep making the same mistakes. When you agree to something, whether it is homework, a job, or watching a younger sibling, you take it seriously like a sacred trust. If you are truly responsible you respond by doing things to the best of your ability, are willing to accept credit or correction, and focus on your own part, not someone else’s.

Affirmation: I am responsible. I give my best to all that I do and I keep my agreements. I welcome both praise and correction for my actions.

Virtue for the Month of October: Gratitude

Gratitude is being grateful for what you have. Gratitude is being thankful for the special things which come along. Gratitude is having a sense of wonder about the beauty of this world. Gratitude is a way to get perspective when things don’t look good and you start to lose hope. It is a way to grow when painful things happen, by looking at the gifts which are always there, even when they seem hidden.

Without gratitude people would stay focused on negativity. They do nothing but whine and complain. No matter how difficult or dark things become, there is always light. Gratitude leads to optimism. When you expect the best you often find it.

You show gratitude by counting your blessings, giving to others, appreciating little things, and celebrating the moment. Gratitude allows you to be receptive to gifts, appreciate your own abilities instead of envying others, see the difficulties in your life as opportunities to learn, expect the best, appreciate the beauty of the Earth, count your blessing every day, and offer thanks to the Creator. .

Affirmation: I am thankful for the many gifts within me and around me today, I celebrate each moment by opening myself to beauty and to learning. I expect the best

Virtue for the Month of November: Peace

Peace is an inner sense of calm. It is a way of becoming very quiet and looking at things so you can understand them. It is facing your fears and letting them go. It is trusting that things will be all right. Peacefulness is practicing justice which means to be fair to yourself and others. Peacefulness is a way of approaching conflict so no one is made wrong. Peace comes when you give up violence, prejudice, and thinking of others as enemies. Peace in the world begins with peace in your heart and peace in your interactions with others.

A peaceful heart is one which is free from trouble or worry. Peacefulness allows us to remain free of violence, free from prejudice, safe from injustice. Without peace we see differences as a threat to who and what we are. We judge others by what we have heard rather than what we know. Without peace no one is safe.

To be a peacemaker, use peaceful language. Instead of saying, “I hate…,” calling people names, backbiting, or criticizing, use moderate language, even when you are angry. Look for good in others. If something they do hurts or annoys you, forgive them right away.

What would peacefulness look like if…

  • Your brother bursts into your room and steps on a model or painting you just finished?
  • There are children of another race and religion in your class and some of your classmates are making fun of them?
  • You start to worry about a problem and find it is on your mind all the time?
  • You decide to spend some time each day in contemplation or prayer?
  • Some children start teasing you and asking you to fight?



I use peaceful language and find peaceful solutions to any problem that arises. I find my inner peace and let it carry me gently through the day.


Virtue for the Month of December: Empathy

You may have heard the saying, “Before you criticize or judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes.” This quote is all about empathy. Empathy is the ability to be aware of the feelings of others and imagine what it might be like to be in their position (or in their shoes).

Empathy is a key ingredient in positive  friendships and relationships. It reduces conflict and misunderstandings and leads to helping behavior, kindness, and even greater success in life in general.



  • What is necessary for Christian living? (A) Prayer, (B) Guilt, (C) Good Advice
  • Which feast celebrates the angel Gabriel asking Mary to be the Mother of Jesus? (A) Annunciation, (B) Christmas, (C) Visitation
  • What frees us from our daily faults and protects us from mortal sin? (A) Baptism, (B) Reconciliation, (C) Eucharist
  • What are examples of the spiritual works of mercy? (A) Feed the hungry, clothe the naked,  (B) Counsel the doubtful, forgive all injuries, (C) Visit the sick, bury the dead
  • What is a hindrance to prayer? (A) Strong feelings, (B) Fear of God, (C) Wounded pride
  • God was already called “Father” before Jesus’ time? True or False
  • Through what sacrament are we born as God’s sons and daughters? (A) Baptism, (B) Reconciliation, (C) Confirmation
  • What is a good conscience? (A) The ability to do well in studies, (B) The ability to judge right from wrong, (C) The ability to sin without feeling guilty
  • What book of the Bible tells about the apostles and the early Church? (A) Revelation, (B) Acts of the Apostles, (C) Gospel of John
  • What can we know about God? (A) Nothing, God is beyond us, (B) Only those things written in the Bible, (C) Many things, but in a limited way
  • When did the Holy Spirit visibly descend upon Jesus? (A) At his birth, (B) At his baptism, (C) At his circumcision, (D) None of the above
  • What guidelines for living did Jesus teach at the Sermon on the mount? (A) The Ten Commandments, (B) The Beatitudes, (C) The Our Father
  • The Bible has many stories about the childhood of Jesus? True or False.
  • Which creature is self-sufficient? (A) A lily, (B) A sparrow, (C) A human being, (D) None of the above.
  • Because only God can forgive sin, it is not necessary to confess to a priest. True or False.
  • What is an example of racism? A) Not liking certain people, B) Denying rights to people of different color, C) Going as fast as you can


  •  The Beatitudes are to be memorized for Friday, December 13th. Students will be asked to write the Beatitudes from memory.
  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is kingdom of God.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  4. Blessed is the one who hungers and thirsts after righteousness for they will be satisfied.
  5. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.
  6. Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
  8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness theirs is the kingdom of heaven.



  • complete good copy of “Prayer of Peace” after being proofread. Due Wednesday, December 11.
  • Complete Gospel Reflection – Friday, December 13 – Matthew 11: 16 – 19. Due Monday, December 16th.



Here is a link for students and families to use as a Daily Reflection:

Daily Reflections




  • Mad Minute A – 41 & A – 42 due Friday, December 12.
  • Subtraction Strategy: “Counting Up” due Thursday, December 12th
  • Practice 5 minutes basic addition facts on a daily basis


  • students can visit the link below and use their password to access Mathletics. Most students have now received a Mathletics password. The recommended time for homework on a daily basis is one hour. If students have finished homework, that is work due for the next school day, it is recommended to pursue the lessons in Mathletics.






  • Students will be tested on the following words: biome, climate, geology, biodiversity, rare, extinct, endangered, extinct in the wild, threatened, circumnavigate, flora, fauna, predator, environment, extinction, species, invasive species, ecosystem, habitat, circumference, adapt, atmosphere, environment, aquatic, and terrestrial. Test date: Tuesday, December 17th.



Desert Biome

Aquatic Biomes

Terrestrial Biomes

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Computer Science:

Below is a link to “Scratch” an online coding site. Students can access this site by using their Username and Password.



L.A. Reading:


  • FSA “The Sandwich” due Monday, December 9th
  • Complete “Writing Roundup” – Answer questions # 1 – 4 on “Salt” and complete good copy of paragraph on a product or invention. The good paragraph can be printed/written or processed. If processed students must use: Font Size: 18 and Font: New Time Roans. Due Monday, December 2





  • Study and learn: excellent, pneumonia, accidentally, excitement, possess, about, address, advise, afternoon, again, along, already, although, always, among, any, anything, anyway, April, arithmetic, aunt, awhile, baby, balloon, and basketball. Students will be tested on these words Friday, December 13th.

Mass Preparation:



  •  pg. 22 & 23 Canadian Handwriting Book D due Wednesday, December 4th


L.A. Writing:



 FRANCAIS     avec Mme Sills


  • Continue to practice your numbers #1-59. There will be weekly quizzes, so be prepared.









Oral Language:


  • Learn and memorize the “One minute Monologue”, “Monster Under the Bed”. Ongoing.





Extended Learning Opportunities: 


  • The Pope’s general intention for the month of September: That politicians, scientists, and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans. Using this prayer as a starting point, students can research the Earth’s oceans, describe the threats to our oceans and seas, report on resources we gather from our oceans, research ways in which politicians, scientists, and economists are cleaning and protecting our oceans, describe ways people can protect our water resources, The Blob, plastics, El Nino, Driftnet Fishing, etc…. To get started with ideas, use the links below:


Cleaning Our Oceans

Ocean Projects

  • research snakes


Word Mint

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