Elementary and Middle School Blessed Trinity Catholic School

“Serve the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful song.”    Psalm 11:2

Feb. 3, 2023

Dear Families,

Grade 4 Terra Nova Testing is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21- Wednesday, March 1. We will be testing each morning promptly at 8:10. Please make every effort to arrive at school on-time. Tardy students will be held in the office until testing is completed for the day. Make-up Assessments will be scheduled at a later date. If possible, please avoid making doctor or dentist appointments until after 11:00 during testing week. Students would benefit from eating a hearty breakfast and getting a good night’s sleep each and every day, but especially during standardized testing week!

Thank you for donating Blessing Bags for our CSW Service Project. And many thanks for your generous donations to Bounty for Babies. There was only a $1.33 difference between our Third-Place spot and First Place! No need to pack a lunch……our class has earned a pizza & cookie lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 7!

Students donating two cans of fruit have earned a Non-Uniform Day on Monday, Feb. 6. All traces of nail polish must be removed as well.

A Gentle Reminder for our Boys: Per BT’s Dress Code Policy, “Pants must fit properly and not be faded.” If pants are faded, torn, or have worn out knees, it is time for a new pair of uniform pants, and retire the old ones. Dress shorts may be worn beginning April 1.

Grades 4 & 5 will visit St. Augustine on Thursday, March 30. Permission Forms are in your child’s Red Folder. Please send $33.50 cash or check on or before Thursday, Feb. 16. The cost includes bus transportation, guided tour of the Castillo de San Marcos, Old Town Trolley Tour of Historic Downtown St. Augustine, and a Subway lunch. Lunch includes a ham, turkey, or veggie sub, chips, cookie, and water. Tomatoes and condiments are on the side. Please check your child’s meal choice on the back of the Permission Form. Special thanks to Jude and Adriana’s Moms and Ava and Klara’s Dads for chaperoning our field trip!

QUESTION:  Is your child completing the assigned IXL Math & Language Arts objectives each week?

Grade 4 Help Session is held on Wednesdays. Students struggling with Reading and/or Math concepts are invited to participate. Please email me or write a note in the Planner if you would like your child to attend. Students will be signed into Extended Day if not picked up at 3:30.

TESTS:

Religion: Tuesday, Feb. 7, Chapter 12

Vocab Workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 8, Unit 10

Math: Thursday, Feb. 9, Chapter 8 Test

Reading: Friday, Feb. 10, Animal Defense Academy

Spelling: Friday, Feb. 10

Social Studies: Friday, Feb. 10, Seminole & Seminole Wars (p. 88-97)

 ACCELERATED READER (AR):

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 Friday, March 3. Your student’s new Reading Level Range will be written in the back of the Planner upon completion of the STAR Assessment 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 arbookfind.com for book recommendations and AR levels.

Fourth Graders can check out books from the Media Center every Friday. Students are required to have one AR Book at his/her desk EVERY DAY, or they are not prepared for our day.

Please encourage children to read, read, read….every day! The AR Grade each Quarter is the average of the top 3 test scores.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Monday, Feb. 6: Non-Uniform Day for canned fruit donation

Thursday, Feb. 9: Third Quarter Progress Reports

Monday, Feb. 13: No School

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Valentine Exchange

Friday, Feb. 17: No School

Monday, Feb. 20: No School

Tuesday, Feb. 21- Mar. 8: Grade 4 Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Ash Wednesday Mass in the Gym

Thursday, Mar. 9: 12:15 Dismissal

Friday, Mar. 10: No School

Monday, Mar. 13: No School

Wednesday, Mar. 15: Confessions

Wednesday, Mar. 15: Art & Talent Show 5:30- 7:30

Friday, Mar. 17: End of Third Quarter

Thursday, Mar. 30: St. Augustine Field Trip

2022-2023 Schedule

The following websites are available for additional practice:

Religion: religion.sadlierconnect.com  *click on We Believe Grade 4

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

Everything: www.khanacademy.org

ARBookFind.com

Gentle Reminder… Per BT Policy, unless medically necessary, all cell phones,  Smart Watches, and other electronic devices MUST be dropped off to the Office every morning upon arriving to school and picked up at dismissal.  They may not be brought into the classroom or kept in backpacks. Thank you for your cooperation.