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Welcome to 4B! 

I am very much looking forward to meeting my new students and parents this year. I am excited to get to know all of you and to work together this school year as we grow in our love for the Lord. We are going to have a wonderful year full of new adventures! 


In Christ,

Miss Smith


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Prodigy Math:



When the U.S. stock market crashed in October 1929, it brought hard times to California, the nation, and the world. For businesses and millions of individuals, fear and failure became as commonplace as optimism and prosperity had been before the economic collapse. The Great Crash soon became the Great Depression. Owners of manufacturing plants could not sell their goods, so they laid off workers. Unable to find employment, workers lost their savings and could not afford to make purchases. Additional businesses closed down. In the downward spiral, society was devastated. To make matters worse, one of the worst droughts in history struck the nation in 1930. On a half million farms from Virginia to Oklahoma, crops vanished and livestock died of thirst.

By late 1932, more than 12 million U.S. workers-about one in four-were unemployed. Many others were reduced to part-time employment. Thousands lost their homes and farms. Cities and counties ran out of funds to feed the unemployed. Millions went hungry.

In California, farm income in 1932 sank to less than half of its 1929 level. By 1933, building permits had plummeted to one-ninth of their peak in 1925. By 1934, more than 1.25 million Californians were on public relief-about one-fifth of the state's population.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, who promised a "New Deal for the American People," soundly defeated incumbent president Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election. Roosevelt instituted a number of economic measures. He pushed for a banking reform bill to restore confidence in financial institutions. He devalued currency so that borrowers could more easily repay debts. He pushed for stock market regulation. He "primed the pump," spending public money through newly created programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps and Public Works Administration, which undertook projects that put people to work and money into circulation.

In California, the Depression gave birth to bitter and sometimes violent struggles between labor and employers. Violence resulted when growers and the local police attempted to crush several Central Valley strikes. The 1934 San Francisco waterfront strike culminated in a day still known as "Bloody Thursday," when two strikers were killed and 64 people injured after strike breakers and police attempted to "open the port." A four-day general strike against businesses throughout the Bay Area ensued.

By mid-decade, more than a hundred thousand Americans who had lost their farms and homes in the Dust Bowl were arriving in California each year, many of them joining the ranks of migrant farm labor. Their presence increased the interest of the general public in the plight of farmworkers, a consciousness further raised by John Steinbeck's 1939 classic book The Grapes of Wrath, which later was made into a Darryl Zanuck film.

Hollywood was enjoying part of its Golden Age, producing films such as Frankenstein, King Kong, Gone with the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz that took movie-goers' minds off the troubles of the times.

As the decade ended, a world war loomed on the horizon and the Golden Gate International Exposition, which celebrated the recent completion of both the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, was enjoyed by large crowds on Treasure Island.


With the outbreak of World War II, the nation's toughest economic times would soon be over.


Welcome to 4th Grade! I hope you had a fantastic summer, and we are going to have an incredible year! I am excited to have your child in my class and to get to know them as we journey together throughout this school year! 


Just a reminder that Parent Night is on Thursday, August 23rd. I look forward to seeing you there!

INTRODUCTION: 4 Sentences: Start with one of the following "hooks," and then end with your thesis statement. 


  • Question
  • Onomatopoeia: Splash! I dove into the pool feet first!
  • Dialogue: "I want to go swimming!"
  • Setting: It was a scary day when Miss Smith told me we were diving into the deep end!
  • Fact: Children need practice to learn how to swim. 
  • Funny: A belly flop is one way to do it!

Thesis: I strongly believe that you should / should not eat bugs because (REASON 1), (REASON 2), and (REASON 3). 



CONCLUSION: 4 Sentences: (1) Sum it all Up, (2) State your thesis but change the words a little, (3) End with one of the closing ideas from the picture below

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Week 20 Spelling Words: million, collect, lumber, pepper, plastic, borrow, support, thirty, perfect, attend, canyon, traffic, fortune, danger, soccer, engine, picture, survive, seldom, effort


Each paragraph must contain 4-6 sentences.

1st Paragraph: What you are passionate about and why (pick one thing)

2nd Paragraph: Why you want to be the patron saint of that thing / why the Church needs a patron saint for that thing

3rd Paragraph: What you need to do on earth to become a saint! / What you need to do to become a patron saint of that thing

  • For example: If I were the patron saint of missionaries, I would probably need to be a missionary. What would it look like for me to be a good missionary? 
  • In class we discussed what saints had to do on earth to become a saint. Here are the things we wrote down: Faith, Believe in God & let that show in all that you do, Give to the Poor, PRAY, spread the Gospel, be good stewards, be humble, think about others before yourself, love others, & treat others as you would like to be treated. 



RED: Draw an arrow in front of each new paragraph.

ORANGE: Underline the capital letters in the FIRST word of every sentence and proper nouns. Slash through capitals that shouldn’t be there.

YELLOW: Circle punctuation marks at the END of every sentence. Add punctuation if it’s missing.

GREEN: Underline transition words (first, next, then). If not there, add them in.

BLUE: Circle words that are misspelled. Use a dictionary to help you!

PURPLE: Underline interesting, juicy, or exciting words! There should be at least two in each paragraph!

Happy Holy Thursday! 

Below  is the Weekly Update for this week! 
Also, next Wednesday, April 4th, we will be having our free dress day for those who did not have any late work for the 3rd Quarter! Those who have earned this will be coming home with a piece of paper explaining all the details. Please be sure to read carefully as to what the students can and cannot wear. :) 
Thank you so much, and I hope you have a very happy Easter! 
Jess Smith
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are an Easter people, and Hallelujah is our song!" -St. John Paul II-


Jessica Smith

4th Grade

Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm