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1 Welcome to Fourth Grade Ms. Gagne’s Class

2 Parent Involvement / It is important for me, as your child’s teacher, to form a partnership with you to continue your child’s education. / I depend on parental involvement to ensure a successful year. / It is important for me, as your child’s teacher, to form a partnership with you to continue your child’s education. / I depend on parental involvement to ensure a successful year.

3 Ways to be involved: / ATTEND conferences to share information about your child. / TALK to your child about their progress. / LOOK over your child’s classroom work. / JOIN other parents and teachers at PIE (Partners in Education) meetings once a month. / READ daily to/with your child and talk about books of interest. / VOLUNTEER to help in the classroom and in the school. / ATTEND conferences to share information about your child. / TALK to your child about their progress. / LOOK over your child’s classroom work. / JOIN other parents and teachers at PIE (Partners in Education) meetings once a month. / READ daily to/with your child and talk about books of interest. / VOLUNTEER to help in the classroom and in the school.

4 Contact Information / My work phone number is ext / My is / Our class website is: pages/JGagne/ pages/JGagne/ / My work phone number is ext / My is / Our class website is: pages/JGagne/ pages/JGagne/

5 Supplies for Fourth Grade / Glue Sticks / pens / Colored pencils / Pencil box or bag / Highlighters / Kleenex (1) / Tennis shoes for gym / $20 donation for planner/field trip/parties/crafts / Glue Sticks / pens / Colored pencils / Pencil box or bag / Highlighters / Kleenex (1) / Tennis shoes for gym / $20 donation for planner/field trip/parties/crafts / Scissors / Dry Erase markers / 12 pencils with eraser (continual supply) / Wide-ruled notebooks (1 ea. red, green, blue, & yellow ) 4 total / Two-pocket folders (1 ea. Red, green, blue, & yellow ) 4 total

6 Supplies for Fourth Grade cont’d / Please have your child bring the preceding items to school. / LABEL each item with your child’s name. / A backpack is required to carry work and belongings between home and school DAILY! / Please have your child bring the preceding items to school. / LABEL each item with your child’s name. / A backpack is required to carry work and belongings between home and school DAILY!

7 Student Storage / Each student will have their own desk for school supplies and workbooks. / Each student will also have a hook for his or her jacket and backpack. / There is a cubby underneath their hook for storing gym shoes. / Each student will have their own desk for school supplies and workbooks. / Each student will also have a hook for his or her jacket and backpack. / There is a cubby underneath their hook for storing gym shoes.

8 Water Bottles / Drinking plenty of water is important for brain function and learning. / Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep at their desk. / Make sure the water bottles have a secure top that will not leak. / Water bottles will be sent home each week for cleaning. / Drinking plenty of water is important for brain function and learning. / Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep at their desk. / Make sure the water bottles have a secure top that will not leak. / Water bottles will be sent home each week for cleaning.

9 Snack Time / A snack break is given for students to refuel their bodies. / In class we stress healthy food choices. / Please send a healthy snack each day for your child. / A snack break is given for students to refuel their bodies. / In class we stress healthy food choices. / Please send a healthy snack each day for your child.

10 Healthy Snack Ideas / Fruit / Vegetables / Yogurt / Cheese / Crackers / Nuts / Etc. / Fruit / Vegetables / Yogurt / Cheese / Crackers / Nuts / Etc. / Not Included… candy cookies sweets

11 Snack Break cont’d / Sometimes packing a snack at home can be overlooked. / Any cracker donations to our snack cupboard are greatly appreciated by those who have forgotten. / Sometimes packing a snack at home can be overlooked. / Any cracker donations to our snack cupboard are greatly appreciated by those who have forgotten.

12 Academic Expectations / Participate in class by: / sharing ideas with others / asking questions about the subject / taking responsibility for learning by / asking for help / completing assignments on time / Participate in class by: / sharing ideas with others / asking questions about the subject / taking responsibility for learning by / asking for help / completing assignments on time

13 Report Cards / You will see letter grades on your report card for: / Math / Reading / Spelling / Science / You will see letter grades on your report card for: / Math / Reading / Spelling / Science

14 What do letter grades mean? / ABCDU / ESN / ABCDU / ESN

15 A % / Outstanding Work / Above and Beyond / Outstanding Work / Above and Beyond

16 B 80-89% / Above Grade Level Expectations / Doing Well! / Above Grade Level Expectations / Doing Well!

17 C 70-79% / Doing Average 4 th Grade Work / - / Doing Average 4 th Grade Work / -

18 D 60-69% / Below Grade Level / Not meeting the standard / Not hitting the fourth grade target / Below Grade Level / Not meeting the standard / Not hitting the fourth grade target

19 U (in place of F) 50-59% / Unacceptable / Do over! / Unacceptable / Do over!

20 What do + and – mean? / A++ = 100 (perfect paper with extra-credit) A+ = 98 A = 95 A- = 92 B+ = 88 B = 85 B- = 82 C+ = 78 C = 75 C- = 72 D+ = 68 D = 65 D- = 62 U = 55 and Lower

21 You will see ESN for / Social Studies / Handwriting / Accelerated Reader / Gym/Music/Art / Self Development Grades / Social Studies / Handwriting / Accelerated Reader / Gym/Music/Art / Self Development Grades

22 What does ESN mean? / E = Excellent Work (Above and Beyond) / S = Satisfactory Work / (Doing 4 th Grade Work – on Target) / N = Need Improvement (Keep working and try again – need more practice) / E = Excellent Work (Above and Beyond) / S = Satisfactory Work / (Doing 4 th Grade Work – on Target) / N = Need Improvement (Keep working and try again – need more practice)

23 Academic Expectations cont’d / Complete assignments on time / Turn in QUALITY work / Turn in homework in a timely manner / Read and Test on book in your AR level / Complete assignments on time / Turn in QUALITY work / Turn in homework in a timely manner / Read and Test on book in your AR level

24 Code of Conduct / I am respectful. / I am responsible. / I am safe. / I am prepared. We will be defining our “Code of Conduct” during our first weeks of school. A copy will be sent home with each student. / I am respectful. / I am responsible. / I am safe. / I am prepared. We will be defining our “Code of Conduct” during our first weeks of school. A copy will be sent home with each student.

25 Attendance / Good attendance is expected. / Please make sure your child is well rested and on time to start our day. / If your child is too ill to attend school, please contact the office at / Good attendance is expected. / Please make sure your child is well rested and on time to start our day. / If your child is too ill to attend school, please contact the office at

26 Homework / Teaches responsibility / Reinforces what has been learned in class / Prepares students for upcoming lessons / Helps develop positive study habits / Teaches responsibility / Reinforces what has been learned in class / Prepares students for upcoming lessons / Helps develop positive study habits

27 Homework Policy / Students are responsible for their homework…not parents or the teacher! / Planners will be updated each day with assignments due the following day. / Homework and planners are to be packed in backpacks to be checked at home. / Students should ask parents to check the homework and planner and obtain a signature each day. / Students are responsible for their homework…not parents or the teacher! / Planners will be updated each day with assignments due the following day. / Homework and planners are to be packed in backpacks to be checked at home. / Students should ask parents to check the homework and planner and obtain a signature each day.

28 Homework Policy cont’d / Planners will be checked periodically to reward responsible actions. / Completed homework will be turned in each morning to be checked. / I expect the work to be done to the best of your child’s ability and on time. / Homework should not take over 1 hour to complete. / If your child takes over an hour, contact me so we can problem solve together. / Planners will be checked periodically to reward responsible actions. / Completed homework will be turned in each morning to be checked. / I expect the work to be done to the best of your child’s ability and on time. / Homework should not take over 1 hour to complete. / If your child takes over an hour, contact me so we can problem solve together.

29 Late Assignments / Children will write own reminder slip / Make-up work needs to be completed or a “0” will be given in the gradebook. / Children with missing work on Friday will not participate in our Recess Time but will stay in to work on missing work / Children will write own reminder slip / Make-up work needs to be completed or a “0” will be given in the gradebook. / Children with missing work on Friday will not participate in our Recess Time but will stay in to work on missing work

30 If a pattern of forgetting homework appears, I will call to conference with you and come up with an individual plan to help your child be more successful.

31 Make homework a top priority: / Set aside time each day for homework and/or talking about your child’s day at school / Provide praise and support / Find a quiet spot for your child to work, usually away from your presence / Keep supplies ready (crayons, pencils, paper, dictionary, etc.) / Set aside time each day for homework and/or talking about your child’s day at school / Provide praise and support / Find a quiet spot for your child to work, usually away from your presence / Keep supplies ready (crayons, pencils, paper, dictionary, etc.)

32 Friday Folders / Laminated folder that will come home each Friday / Can include: class newsletters, calendars, corrected papers, homework, artwork, discipline notes, school and district communication, book orders, lunch menus, etc. / Please return the folder each Monday / Laminated folder that will come home each Friday / Can include: class newsletters, calendars, corrected papers, homework, artwork, discipline notes, school and district communication, book orders, lunch menus, etc. / Please return the folder each Monday

33 Class Schedule / Our morning will consist of: / Specialists (gym, music, art) / Morning Meeting / Snack/Read Aloud / Math / Reading and Language Arts / Our morning will consist of: / Specialists (gym, music, art) / Morning Meeting / Snack/Read Aloud / Math / Reading and Language Arts / Our afternoon will consist of: / Social Studies / Science / Keyboarding and computer lab time / AR reading & Testing

34 Reading and Language Arts / Open Court basal reading series / Supplemental literature / Novel Units / Accelerated Reader program / 6+ Traits Writing / The preceding resources will be used to strengthen reading and writing skills. / Open Court basal reading series / Supplemental literature / Novel Units / Accelerated Reader program / 6+ Traits Writing / The preceding resources will be used to strengthen reading and writing skills.

35 Spelling / Pretest on Monday – Write misspelled words 5X’s each / Kids who pass will not have to test on Friday / All students will work on pattern study and strategy page / Kids will have spelling sentences to write as homework during the week / Test on Friday / Pretest on Monday – Write misspelled words 5X’s each / Kids who pass will not have to test on Friday / All students will work on pattern study and strategy page / Kids will have spelling sentences to write as homework during the week / Test on Friday

36 AR (Accelerated Reader) / “On Your Honor” Home reading practice / Read at least minutes at home / 5 nights out of the week / Just as an athlete must practice his or her skills, readers must also have a practice schedule. / “On Your Honor” Home reading practice / Read at least minutes at home / 5 nights out of the week / Just as an athlete must practice his or her skills, readers must also have a practice schedule.

37 AR cont. / Each student will have an AR goal to work on each trimester. The goal is a certain number of points based on each students level.

38 AR cont’d / Class goal: 100% of students obtaining Independent Reader 1 St Tri. / 100% of students obtaining Super Reader 2 nd Tri. / 100% of studetns obtaining Advanced Reader 3 rd Tri. / Class goal: 100% of students obtaining Independent Reader 1 St Tri. / 100% of students obtaining Super Reader 2 nd Tri. / 100% of studetns obtaining Advanced Reader 3 rd Tri.

39 Math / Everyday Math series / Study links coming home with the completion of a lesson on most days / Smart Board lessons will be posted on our class website to help students review concepts / Everyday Math series / Study links coming home with the completion of a lesson on most days / Smart Board lessons will be posted on our class website to help students review concepts

40 Science Concepts For Each Unit students will rotate through all 3 fourth grade teacher’s lessons. / Magnets and Electricity / Water / Rocks and Minerals / Inventions/Inventors For Each Unit students will rotate through all 3 fourth grade teacher’s lessons. / Magnets and Electricity / Water / Rocks and Minerals / Inventions/Inventors

41 Social Studies Concepts / States and Capitals / Ojibway culture / MN history and geography / Guest speakers, field trips and other special activities will be utilized to teach these curricular areas. / States and Capitals / Ojibway culture / MN history and geography / Guest speakers, field trips and other special activities will be utilized to teach these curricular areas.

42 Library / Library lesson once every 8 days with Mrs. Elwood / 2 books can be checked out on an “As Needed” basis 1 must be AR / Cloquet Public Library also has books labeled for AR (Accelerated Reader) / Library lesson once every 8 days with Mrs. Elwood / 2 books can be checked out on an “As Needed” basis 1 must be AR / Cloquet Public Library also has books labeled for AR (Accelerated Reader)

43 Birthdays / Celebrated on the day if possible / Summer birthdays will be celebrated on the child’s 1/2 birthday (usually in Dec. - Feb.) / Store bought treats are acceptable and appreciated / Healthy Snacks are encouraged! / Celebrated on the day if possible / Summer birthdays will be celebrated on the child’s 1/2 birthday (usually in Dec. - Feb.) / Store bought treats are acceptable and appreciated / Healthy Snacks are encouraged!

44 Field Trips / Winter: Pine City Trading Post / Spring: Grand Rapids Forrest History Center / Additional field trips may be scheduled / Winter: Pine City Trading Post / Spring: Grand Rapids Forrest History Center / Additional field trips may be scheduled

45 Book Orders / Scholastic Book Club / Orders will be placed once a month / Inexpensive way to buy quality literature for your child / Points earned through your order will supplement our classroom library / Optional for families to participate in / Scholastic Book Club / Orders will be placed once a month / Inexpensive way to buy quality literature for your child / Points earned through your order will supplement our classroom library / Optional for families to participate in

46 Lunch Accounts / Milk and hot lunch takers / Students have personal account and ID card / Money must be in account for purchasing lunch (send in envelope) / ID cards are kept at school and distributed prior to lunch / Notices will come home when the account runs low / Milk and hot lunch takers / Students have personal account and ID card / Money must be in account for purchasing lunch (send in envelope) / ID cards are kept at school and distributed prior to lunch / Notices will come home when the account runs low

47 Free and Reduced Meals / Applications are available in the office / All students have an ID card to swipe so confidentiality is maintained / All families are encouraged to apply as federal funding dollars are tied to our Free and Reduced numbers / Applications are available in the office / All students have an ID card to swipe so confidentiality is maintained / All families are encouraged to apply as federal funding dollars are tied to our Free and Reduced numbers

48 Volunteers Are Welcome / Helping with academics: reading, writing, math, computer lab, etc. / Clerical work: filing papers, running copies, bulletin board displays, etc. / Parties: planning activities, providing supplies, assisting children / Chaperoning field trips / Helping with academics: reading, writing, math, computer lab, etc. / Clerical work: filing papers, running copies, bulletin board displays, etc. / Parties: planning activities, providing supplies, assisting children / Chaperoning field trips

49 I look forward to working together to develop a positive community where every child will be successful!


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