Mrs. Rudenjak  Room 227                                     

     Updated 11/12/'18 

    We have a very busy week ahead! Monday is American Education Day for the 4th grade. Thank you to those who RSVPed in the planner and I look forward to your visit Monday morning. The lesson will begin at 9:30 and end at 10:00. 

    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are shortened days for the students because conferences are scheduled for this week. I have put aside 15 minutes for each of you to discuss your child's progress since the start of the year. Thursday and Friday are regularly scheduled days for the students.  

    On a different note, we are beginning to plan our Thanksgiving Day breakfast. It is Nov.20th at 9:30am in the cafeteria with all of the 4th grade classes AND all parents are invited to join us. It's alot of fun! Please be on the look out for the Sign-Up Genius sent by Mrs. Holland.  Mrs. Denham organized the set-up for the morning of the event, but I'm sure there's always room for more helpers!  If you plan on attending please RSVP in your child's planner before Nov. 20th....thank you.  I always look forward to this wonderful event! 

     Make sure to check out the upcoming events.

    Mrs. Rudenjak :)

     Book fair is coming!

     Upcoming Events:.....Plan ahead :)

    • Thanksgiving Breakfast Celebration: Tues., Nov. 20th at 9:30am in the cafeteria. All parents are invited to join us!
    • Supply Cart: Thurs., Nov. 15th during lunches
    • Spirit Day: Fri., Nov. 16th wear  school colors-red & white  
    • School Picture Retake: Nov. 30th
    • A Note from our Township:

    The Jackson Food Pantry is in desperate need of supplies and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce is hoping you can help by donating a special gift for those in need of a GIFT CARD for a local food store. Truly ANY AMOUNT at all would be appreciated.

     The gift cards will go to the Jackson Food Pantry where they will be able to give the cards to families in need.  These gift cards provided the special ability FAMILIES TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN HOLIDAY MENUS, choose special treats for their children that they would not ordinarily be able to purchase, a chance to simply shop for something special.

    If you are interested in donating to the Food Pantry, just drop it off at one of the Banks listed below in an envelope for the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.  With your help and generosity, families will truly enjoy a bountiful holiday.

     Please drop your gifts off at:

    Fulton Bank of NJ-139 Manhattan Street-Jackson

    Investor’s Bank- 130 North County Line Rd- Jackson

    Lakeland Bank- 2110 W. County Line Rd. Jackson

    OceanFirst Bank- 10 Leesville Rd. Jackson

    Santander Bank -2285 W. County Line Rd. – Jackson

    Shore Community Bank- 1130 East Veterans Highway- Jackson

    TD Bank- 7 North County Line Rd.-Jackson



    If you haven't joined the group for reminders of upcoming events, text @lrudenj to the number 81010 .

    You will receive a text confirmation from the Remind App. This has really come in handy for quick reminders of school spirit themes and upcoming events. 


     Words Their Way Word Work: 

    The students practice their spelling words/sort throughout the week in class.  The words are always written in their planner, even if you have to go back a week or two to find it. Remember, even though there isn't nightly HW in Spelling, the online site Spelling City will soon be available(check the planner for updates) and is a great way for your child to practice their spelling words. It's always recommended to do Blind Sort as a way to prepare for their test.

    STEM/Science/Social Studies: Energy(Science)

    S.T.E.M  is a part of our curriculum here at Elms. For those who are unfamiliar with STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We tackle problem-solving through hands-on cooperative groups. The Science and Social Studies curriculum will revolve around project based learning. 

    Literacy: Interpreting Characters/Realistic Fiction Writing (end of units)

      Reading and Writing Workshop is something the students are familiar with from previous years. The curriculum builds upon the units from the previous school year, so it's a comfortable transition for the students. 

     Math: Topic 4 

    Learning Goal: Use strategies and properties to multiply by 2-digit numbers

    Multiples of 10, 100 & 1,000;  Round to Estimate a Product; The Distributive Property; Arrays and Partial Products; Basic Algorithm

    The Topic 4 Practice Buddy lessons are currently assigned for students who need another look at a new skill.

     -The math curriculum has a wealth of new vocabulary and strategies. Please encourage your child to utilize the online site to help trouble shoot questionable concepts or to just simply help support the topics learned in school. Also, if they forget their book in school, they should go to the online student book and do the HW on a piece of paper. 

    -Once on Pearson Realize, choose "programs" and then the topic and lesson.  I may assign the Practice Buddy if a child needs extra help with a lesson. This will help your child if they're having questions about the lesson. Your child's sign-on information will be in their planner under the 'Notes' section. 

    ****Please encourage your child to continue to study their basic multiplication facts. A majority of the skills and concepts throughout the year require mastery of single digit multiplication facts up to 12. 


    PTN Corner: 

    ***Order the Yearbook.....go online to yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.

    Box Top Contest



  • WEEKLY SPECIALS SCHEDULE:  12:15-12:55pm daily

    Monday:  Music w/ Ms. O'Keefe
    Tuesday: Computers  w/ Ms. Sendecki 
    Wednesday:  Physical Education w/ Mr. D.
    Thursday: World Language(Spanish)
    Friday: Art w/ Mr. Bryan

    Lunch: M-F 10:50-11:20


    NOTE: Shortened Schedule:  the day ends at 1:35pm

  • Dear Families,

    Please support your child at home to help them problem solve when doing homework or if your child lets you know they're struggling with a concept. Utilizing the online sites is a great way to reinforce skills learned in school. 

    Also, it is imperative that your child is fluent with Multiplication facts up to 12 times tables. The topics moving forward, such as Fractions and Division,  requires the students to have mastery of their facts. Utilizing online sites or just plain old-fashion flash cards are great resources for your child to practice daily. 

     If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to email me or contact me by phone. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to a wonderful and rewarding year! 


    • Homework is usually assigned M-Th,  unless otherwise noted.  
    • (abbreviations to know:  worksheet: WS,  homework: HW,  Words Their Way: WTW)
    • Planner: please check and have a parent sign the planner daily
    •  Your child should read 20 minutes each day. Encourage them to continue to read their current book until they finish it.  
    • Test Folder:  A folder will come home with graded work a few times a month. Please review the work, sign the cover sheet after reviewing the work and then return all the work on the "Return" side. 
    • Toys are not encouraged to be brought to school, unless otherwise directed. This can distract the students from learning.
    • Any Online Site that we use in class, the username and password information will be written in your child's Planner in the "notes" section.


    The students will have recess everyday. Recess may be outside, so appropriate outerwear and shoes are recommended. 


    Parents, when the students are off from school, there are many things your child could do to help them progress and learn. Some great activities would be playing math games on the computer such as Prodigy, play Multiplication War, go on Spelling City to work on the current word list, and of course, read a good book. Story writing or taking notes on their favorite topic in a nonfiction book or article is another way to keep them learning at home. I certainly appreciate all the support you do at home. 


    Lori Rudenjak



    Homework Information:

    Dear Students, 

    If you forgot your Math book or need additional help with your Math HW, please use the online resources. Pearson Realize will give you examples of your math lessons in addition to math videos that will reteach the lesson. 

    If you forgot your HW in school, please work on the last Math lesson online and email me to let me know that you did an online assignment. 

  • Classroom Rules & Behaviors That Support Learning:

    School needs to be a safe and happy place to come to everyday.

    • Show respect towards each other 
    • Interact appropriately with classmates
    • Use good word choice & actions when disagreeing with someone(self-control)
    • Put forth good effort consistently
    • Stay on task and focused to learn, consistently
    • Follow directions, consistently