Last modified Nov 11


  • 4th Grade
This is my 37th year at HFS, either teaching 3rd or 4th grade. I enjoy seeing the reactions and excitement from the students when they "get it.' The families at HFS make it special. I get to know not only the students who are in my 4th grade class, but also their siblings. The families are always so supportive and willing to help whenever they can. I live in Ashwaubenon with my husband Don. I have 3 children.
Janet Penza


Ch. 5, We are Called to follow Jesus

  • Test Wednesday, Nov. 14


We are reading a chapter book together called Bunnicula.

  • Through Bunnicula we will be reviewing all the strategies and skills that we have learned since the beginning of the year.
  • Test Wednesday, Nov. 14



We are working on Writing Workshop.





Unit 2, Multiplication with Whole Numbers


*Study your addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division facts.




Our first unit is an Einstein kit called Animal Studies.  We will eventually be having African dwarf frogs, fiddler crabs, and millipedes in class.

  • Test Friday, Nov. 16


Social Studies

For a big part of the year we will be learning about Wisconsin.

Ch. 2, Our Beautiful State

  • Dough and cardboard due by Thursday, Nov. 15.  Parent letter for the directions is attached here.
  • Wi map parent letter



D.O.L.  (Daily Oral Language

  • Tests every Friday.
  • Study nightly.

Each day your child will be given sentences that have punctuation, capitalization, and grammar errors.  They will be given time in class to try to correct the mistakes.  Then, as a class, we will talk about the sentences, how they should be fixed, and why.  Usually on Fridays there will be a D.O.L. test with sentences that have the same type of mistakes from that week.  Check your child’s assignment pad as to the date of each test.

You can help your child prepare for the tests by reviewing nightly the sentences that have been done during the week.  Ask your child to read the sentences to you and to tell you the language rules that apply to them.  Please do not work ahead on the sentences that we have not talked about yet in class.  Our goal is that your child will be able to use these language rules in their own writing.


W.O.D.  (Word of the Day)

  • Study the words nightly.
  • Test of the 12 words on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Tests after every 12 new words.  Study the words nightly.  Your child needs to know the definition of each word and the part of speech that it is.  They should be able to put that word in a sentence so that you can easily tell that they know what it means.


S.S.R.  (Sustained Silent Reading)

Genre- Biography

Timeline – Information to do the timeline in school due Nov. 30

Speech- Dec. 6 & 7.  We will pick specific dates the week before.

New SSR Biography Timeline and Speech

If you cannot find your rubric you can print this copy.



Classroom News



Learning Links

Religion Review–

Our book is called Christ Our Life, new Evangelization Edition by Loyola Press.  Just highlight the link above and put it in the address area.  Once the site comes up go to Family Resources.  Then click on grade 4 and whatever chapter we are in.  A quiz is given for the chapter.


Spelling City  This site will allow your child to practice their spelling words in a variety of ways.  Enter search item Janet Penza for the teacher.  Click on Search.  Then you will see the name Janet Penza in blue.  Click on the blue words.  Finally, the title of the current story will come up.  Click on that.  From there you can get to a variety of free games that work with the spelling words.  There is even a test that can be taken. This site goes with our English book.  The two areas to work on are “Power Proofreading” and “Grammar Blast.” This site has a lot of Math and English activities.  When this first comes up it has activities for 1st grade.  You can change it to 4th grade by clicking on an arrow. This site has a variety of activities dealing with Science, Math, English, and more. and Both of these have math activities on them
This site is helpful when we are studying the electricity unit in science class.

Wish List

  • Sugar free gum that is individually wrapped for when we take tests.