Thursday, December 18, 2014

We won mystery Skype!!

Today we skyped a class and by asking them yes or no questions we were able to locate their school first! It was such a great experience! Ask your child about their job and their favorite part! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

This week in 4B...

Happy National Computer Science Week!  Today student learned how to code.  Ask them all about their work and have them show you! 

"In Social Studies we are learning about Lewis and Clark and it is very fun and interesting, Sacajawea refused to eat dog meat on the adventure."- Addie

"We are learning about compatible numbers and long division.  Our study guide is due Friday and our test is on Monday for Unit 8." -Maddie

"We are learning about glaciers and what forms landforms in Science.  We have a test Friday and our study guide is due on Friday" -Rami

"We are writing better with a lot of our opinions.  For our notebooks we need to make sure we are writing for homework so that we can get points.  A lot of us are forgetting lately." -Max

Don't Forget: 

-Tuesday, 2:30 and 6:30 4th grade play performance (ask your child which show they are in)
-Friday, early dismissal
-We have no spelling words before break :) Just focus on studying for those final tests.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This Week in 4B...

Hi Parents!

     I hope everyone enjoyed their long break!  We had a wonderful start to our week with the Giving Assembly.  Fourth Graders were a big help in loading all of the collected items into a truck to be delivered to local shelters and food banks.  I am very proud of all their hard work!   With our next break and the end of the semester quickly approaching please let me know if your child will be missing any days of school.  I want to make sure that your child is prepared and has necessary materials in advance.

Here's what we are up to this week: 

"In Math we are learning how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers and 4 digit by 1 digit numbers.  We are also dividing 4 digit by 1 digit numbers.  Also, we are learning how to estimate using rounding and compatible numbers.  So far it is going good"  -Zakiya

"We are finishing Opinion Writing and fixing up our poetry that we created with Ms. Grigsby. "

"We are just starting a new unit in Lewis and Clark in Social Studies.  Thomas Jefferson asked his friend Lewis to be a part of the Corps of Discovery to discover the West with his friend from the Army, Clark."-Emma

"With Mrs. Shockley we are learning about Landforms and Geology in science." -Emma

Important Dates & Reminders: 

12/9 -Nightingale costume information is going home today.  Students will perform at 2:45 and at 7:00 (students report to their classroom at 6:30) on December 9th.  Check with your child or Mr. Hearn to inquire which show your child will be performing in if they have a special part.  

12/11- Violin performance for parents is at 8:00 a.m.

12/12-Early Dismissal

12/15-Our Unit 8 Math test will be on December 15th.  A study guide will be sent home on Monday the 8th. Remember, this is the last Math Unit before report cards so be sure to study.

12/19-Winter Parties at 2:30

12/22-Begin Winter Break

-Please see a note below from Mrs. Brown.

Dear Parents,
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!
Our Hour of Code is a statement that Old Bonhomme is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on your social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community. Students will complete HOUR OF CODE tutorials during their computer lab time next week, but will also have other opportunities in the classroom to practice coding.
See for details, and help spread the word.
Mrs. Brown (OB Technology Integration Coach)

Monday, November 17, 2014

This week in 4B..

Happy Monday!  
I hope everyone enjoyed their Sunday Snow!

A couple reminders: 
-GAME DAY tomorrow!  Students are allowed to bring their technology for free time.  Please send electronics at your own risk.  Your child is responsible.
-Please sign and return Math tests that are going home today.  Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to come in and view your child's test.  
-Don't forget to bring library books on Wednesday!
-Please make sure your child arrives at school promptly.  They have Giving Assembly jobs that they are very excited about this week that begin as soon as the bell rings. 
-Don't forget Old Bohomme's first book fair of the school year is being held at the Ladue Barnes & Noble the weekend of Nov 21st-23rd3!  Mr. Hearn's choir will be performing at the store Friday night at 6:30, and there will be a table set up with books you can purchase from OB teachers' wish lists. This is a great way to contribute to your child's classroom library!  Don't worry if you can't make it there on Friday--the OB library will get a percentage of purchases for the entire weekend as long as you mention Old Bonhommeduring your purchase!  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Kelley at  

"We took our Math tests and did great even thought it was a hard test!  Our multiplication timed math facts went good too.  We have a letter in our folders to explain our new unit."  -Maddie

"In Science, with Mrs. Shockley we are learning about rocks and soil." -Max 

"In Reading we are working on Wordmasters to build our vocabulary, we took a quiz on adverbs, we learned how to make inferences while we read AND we got new spelling words."  -Rami

"We are finishing up our opinion writing pieces. Today we worked on revising and editing."

"Today in poetry we learned with Mrs. Grigsby how to make haikus and lunes.  They are in our writers notebooks." -Addie

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

This week in 4b...

We had a wonderful week in 4B!  Here are a few reminders :)

"In Science, we are with Mrs. Shockley learning about the different types of soil.  On Monday we have   an open note quiz."-Maddie H.

"In Math, we are practicing lots of division and long division."-Olivia

"In Writing, we are learning about Opinion Writing and practicing ways to convince our readers.  In spelling we are practing commonly missed words to help improve our writing."- Addie

"In Reading, we are learning about characters and how they change.  We are practicing writing summaries about what we read and meeting with our reading groups."-Dylan

"In Social Studies we are learning about the French Explorers.  My group made a poster on Marquette and Joliet who sailed up and down the Mississippi River." -Sam


11/7-Social Studies make up tests for those students who earned a 79% or below
       -Signed tests due.
11/10-Science open note quiz with Mrs. Shockley
11/12-Field trip to Powell Symphony Hall (Music field trip) please turn in permission slips ASAP
11/13-Unit 3 Math test and study guides due
11/14-no school

Monday, October 13, 2014

This week in 4B...

"In Math, we took a test today and tomorrow we are learning division and multiplication strategies.  The test went good."  -Max

"In Writing, we typed our personal narratives on Google Drive.  This week we will start our unit on opinion writing."-Tony

"In Reading, we are finishing our imovie trailer book reviews.  We are also working on non-fiction reading.  Our reading groups are going fine."  -Bryson

"In Science, we finished up our unit on Ecosystems last week we learned about animals and their armament as well as harmful and beneficial factors in the ecosystems.  Next we are learning about Biomes." -Ellory

Reminders for 4B:

Wednesdays-Library (please remind your child to bring their books to school)
Thursday-Spanish Quiz
Monday, 20th-Field Trip to the Botanical Gardens (excursion permits due 10/15) and Author's visit in the afternoon from Jody Feldman

Old Bonhomme: 
14- 3rd Gr. Musical, 7p.m.
18- Bowling for Bonhomme Event, 7p.m. (Parents ONLY) 
21- Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8p.m. 
22- Walk in the Park (during PE)
23- Early Dismissal, 1:15p.m.
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:15-6:30p.m.
24- NO SCHOOL- (Conference Compensation Day)

31-Fall Parties, 2:30-3:30p.m. 

*Please contact me if you would like to join us on our field trip.  I need a few more chaperones.

Have a wonderful week!

-Miss Bergin

Monday, September 29, 2014

This Week in 4B....

I heard lots of students had a wonderful time at Olivette on the Go :)   Here's what we are up to this week...

"In Math we are learning about composite numbers, prime numbers, square numbers, factors and multiples.  We are playing fun math games during math workshop like a factor maze, boggle and we get to do use ipads for ixl.  I like this unit better than the last unit."-Kourtney

"In Writing we are learning about Personal Narratives.  We finished our first personal narrative with Miss Bergin's help and this week we are writing a new one on our own.  Today someone from COCA came and taught us poetry it went well and I thought it was awesome!"  -Dylan (The fourth grade team has a COCA resident that will rotate between the classrooms throughout the year.  4B and 4P  start off the residency every monday for 7 weeks.  We are very excited to implement art and movement into our poetry curriculum!)

"In Reading we are doing imovie book trailers of a chapter book we read for our 30 book challenge.  We are also learning about non-fiction books and text features." -Clayton

"In Science we are learning about ecosystems.   We have learned about population, communities, organisms and how animals adapt to survive.  We learned about the prairie, forest and pond ecosystems."  -Maddie

Homework: If your child comes home with a packet they are aware of what they should be working on.  Some students have missing or late work that they must finish up with the end of the quarter approaching.  Please check with your child that they have completed their work and send it in as soon as possible.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me for any clarifications.  

Friday, October 3
Field Day, 1-3:15p.m.
Wednesday, October 8
OBPTO Mtg., 9:00a.m.
OB Diversity Committee Mtg. 4p.m.
Friday, October 10
Quarter 1 ends
Early Dismissal, (Records Day) 1:15p.m.
Saturday, October 18
OBPTO Parent Only Bowling Event @ Olivette Lanes, 7-11p.m.
Tuesday, October 21
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 22
Walk in the Park (during PE)
Thursday, October 23
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Early Dismissal, 1:15p.m.
Friday, October 24
NO SCHOOL- Conf. Compensation 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This week in 4B...

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  

In Math we took our math test and will be starting our new chapter on factors, multiples and arrays.  "The math test was good and long." -Charlie

"In Writing, we are working on our Personal Narratives which is a story you write about yourself.  So far, we learned to show not tell about our characters and to describe the setting and add dialogue."

"In Social Studies we finished our Missouri Regions posters and maps.  Today we took a pre-test on Ecosystems for our new Science Unit."-Olivia

"In Reading, we are working on making connections and during reading time we also do spelling and our cursive writing for centers." -Alexis

-Tomorrow, Wednesday is walk in the park!  Join us at 10:10-10:40.
-Friday is picture day
-Fall conference sign up was emailed out today.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

-Miss Bergin

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This week in 4b...

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend!  Tonight is CURRICULUM NIGHT!  Come to school and see what we are working on in fourth grade!  Curriculum Night begins at 6:30, see you there!

"In Reading, we made goals using CAFE (Comprehension. Accuracy. Fluency. Expand Vocabulary).  We are doing activities about chapters in Winn Dixie so we remember what we read." -Sam

"In Writing, we are building our stamina and working on personal narratives.  We got to decorate our Writer's notebooks and we get to write stories for fun.  In Spelling we took our pre-test and got our new words.  We also started our tic-tac-toe spelling activities for the week.  We have a spelling test on Friday!" -Maddie H.

"In Social Studies, we finished writing our newspapers.  We also started learning how to use a compass rose, look at maps and use an atlas." -Zakiya

"In Math, we are learning how to solve math problems in more than one math.  We are also learning about place value because we are using numbers in the thousands!" -Lauren

Have a wonderful week and please see below a note from out PTO!

Dear Fourth Grade Parents,

The PTO’s annual adult fundraiser is fast approaching on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  To ensure the continued success of this event, we need your help.  Each class will be assigned a theme and families can send in donations to fit their assigned theme.  No item is too big or small.  Once all the items are collected and assembled, the results are fabulous baskets that are raffled off the night of the event.  This is a perfect example of how we can all do something small that has big results for our children!

The Fourth Grade parents are asked to make donations for a Caffeine Crazy basket.  This can include coffee, chocolate, tea, cups, gift certificates, etc.  Anything that seems perfect for the person who loves a caffeine buzz is appropriate and welcome.

For all grades we are asking that parents donate liquor or wine for our barrel of booze raffle.  No liquor is allowed on school grounds, therefore please drop off all alcohol donations at Michelle and Scott Tarlo’s home at 19 Stoneyside Lane (within walking distance of the school).  Donations can be left on their front porch.

In addition we are actively seeking gift certificates, use of vacation homes, tickets to theater or sporting events, golf rounds, in-home parties, etc.  Parents can fill out the attached form and return it to the PTO mailbox in the office.

We would appreciate receiving all contributions by Friday, September 19, 2014.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help out with this event or if they have questions, please contact Amy Doughty,

The 2014 Bowling for Bonhomme Committee

Monday, August 25, 2014

This week in 4B...

We are off to a wonderful start to the week!  Here's what's happening in 4B!

In Math, "We are learning about place value and how to add big numbers and word problems in our minds" -Emmanuel

In Reading, "We are reading Winn Dixie and getting our reading levels tested so we can start reading groups.  We are also learning how to build stamina in silent reading."-Rami

In Spelling, "We are learning new words to help our education in spelling and writing.  Our new spelling patterns are vowel, consonant, vowel or vowel consonant consonant vowel.  Our lists are in the back of our take home folders and we have a spelling test this Friday.  We have lists based upon how we did on our pre-tests so they might be different from our friends."-Seth 

In Writing, "We are learning about personal narratives and building up our stamina by writing in our writer's notebooks.  We have author's share where we get to share our stories and give each other 2 stars and a wish." -Emma

Homework tonight: 

Read 10 minutes

Math: p.17 #1 &3

Spelling Test Friday :) 

-We have library on Wednesday, please make sure books are returned so that students can check out new books.  I hope they are loving their book challenge at home :)

-A violin demonstration is tomorrow and students will be given more information regarding this.

1- NO SCHOOL- Labor Day
2-Curriculum Night, (Parents Only) 6:30-7:30p.m. 
10- OB Diversity Committee Mtg. 4:00p.m.12- Early Dismissal- 1:15p.m.