blessed trinity catholic school

“To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.”    Pope Francis

February 15, 2019

Dear Families,

Third Quarter Progress Reports were posted on Feb. 14. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding your child’s progress this year.

BT will be collecting money for the Women’s Help Center until Feb. 22.  Your gift of loose change, cash or checks will help needy families throughout Northeast Florida.  This is a great way to teach our children about giving and protecting the sanctity of life. A little change can make a BIG change in the hearts and lives of moms, dads and babies. The class that raises the most money will win a pizza party! Thank you for your support!

Please send your Box Tops to us by Feb. 27 to help our school! Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, and that really does add up! The class with the most Box Tops will win a Pizza or Ice Cream Party…and we love both!

Grade 4’s Terra Nova Standardized Testing is scheduled Feb. 25- March 8. Please be sure your student is well rested, and eats a good, nourishing breakfast. Testing begins each morning promptly at 8:00. Tardy students will not be allowed to enter the classroom until testing is completed and will have to make-up missed sections at a later date. If possible, please do not schedule any doctor or dentist appointments until the afternoon during testing. The Practice test may be found in your child’s Red Folder for your review.

The Tropicana Speech Contest information letter is posted below for your convenience. The topic is A Hero in American History. The IMPORTANT DATES are as follows:

First Round Practice Speeches Feb. 25- March 1

Second Round Graded Speeches March 4-8

Third Round Speeches March 11-14

Final Round March 26                   

Students must wear jeans and sneakers with socks on Eagle t-shirt days. If an Eagle t-shirt day falls on a PE Day, PE Uniforms must be worn in PE class, and students will change on Mondays and Thursdays, as usual. 


Students should take a few minutes each day to practice Multiplication Facts. Our goal is to complete 100 facts in less than 5 minutes. Sing them, write them, practice them….anything to KNOW THEM! There are tons of math fact drill and game websites and free apps available, as well as IXL.


Students are required to read and take a minimum of 3 Accelerated Reader (AR) Tests and corresponding Vocabulary Quizzes (if available…not every book as one.) within his/her assigned reading level range, striving for 80% accuracy, by March 1.  Your student’s Reading Level Range is written in the back of the Planner and is adjusted throughout the school year. Please encourage your student NOT to wait until the last minute to complete this AR requirement. Be sure to check out for book recommendations and AR levels.

Calling All Super Readers! Be on the lookout for Mrs. Atkinson’s Super Hero Readers’ Wall outside the Media Center! Students will be rewarded after successfully scoring 80% or higher on 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or more books this year


English: Thursday, Feb. 21, Pronouns

Math: Thursday, Feb. 21, Chapter 8

Reading: Friday, Feb. 22, Navajo Code Talkers

Spelling: Friday, Feb. 22

Religion: Friday, Feb. 22, Chapter 15


Feb. 18- No School

Feb. 25- Mar. 8- Terra Nova Standardized Testing

Mar. 15- End of Third Quarter & 12:15 Dismissal

Mar. 18- No School

Mar. 21- Third Quarter Report Cards

Apr. 18-26: Easter Break!



Dear Parents,

Congratulations! Your child is about to embark upon the exciting and challenging world of public speaking. This educational program, designed to introduce students to the concept of public speaking, is administered by your local 4-H Cooperative Extension Office, and sponsored by Tropicana. All fourth and fifth grade students at Blessed Trinity will be participating in the

4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program.

To prepare your child for this educational opportunity, please review the attached requirements. Your child will need your help at home…from the selection of a topic to the preparation of the 2-3 minute final speech. Share with them your own public speaking experiences…the good and the bad!

This year’s topic for Grades 4 and 5 is: A Hero in American History

Students may use two index cards during the speech.


All students will receive a Participation Certificate. The top three winners from each class will compete in the Final Round on Tuesday, March 26, at 1:30 the Blessed Trinity cafeteria.

We hope this program will further your child’s confidence and provide a solid foundation for his/her future educational and professional aspirations.

Opportunity (Help) Sessions for Grade 4 are held on Wednesdays from 2:50-3:30 for students struggling with Math and/or Reading. Please write a note in the Planner if you would like your student to attend.

My Classroom Discipline Plan is linked below for your review.   This webpage is updated every Friday.

Feel free to contact me for any reason, through the Student Planner or e-mail





The following websites are available for additional practice:

Religion:  *click on We Believe Grade 4

Math:  *scroll to “Student & Family Resources”; *click “Let’s Go!” in the purple box; *click Sadlier Math Grades K-6; *click Sadlier Math Grade 4 (orange text)

Vocabulary Workshop:  **scroll to “Student & Family Resources”; *click “Let’s Go” in the purple box; *click Vocabulary Workshop Grades 1-12; *click Vocabulary Workshop “orange”