2 Parent InvolvementIt 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.
4 Contact InformationMy work phone number is ext. 4107My isOur class website is:
5 Supplies for Fourth Grade ScissorsDry Erase markers12 pencils with eraser (continual supply)Wide-ruled notebooks (1 ea. red, green, blue, & yellow ) 4 totalTwo-pocket folders (1 ea. Red, green, blue, & yellow ) 4 totalGlue StickspensColored pencilsPencil box or bagHighlightersKleenex (1)Tennis shoes for gym$20 donation for planner/field trip/parties/crafts
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!
7 Student StorageEach 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 BottlesDrinking 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.
10 Healthy Snack Ideas Fruit Vegetables Yogurt Cheese Crackers Nuts Etc. Not Included… candy cookies sweets
11 Snack Break cont’dSometimes 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 othersasking questions about the subjecttaking responsibility for learning byasking for helpcompleting assignments on time
13 Report Cards You will see letter grades on your report card for: Math ReadingSpellingScience
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/ArtSelf Development Grades
22 What does ESN mean? E = Excellent Work (Above and Beyond) S = Satisfactory Work(Doing 4th Grade Work – on Target)N = Need Improvement (Keep working and try again – need more practice)
23 Academic Expectations cont’d Complete assignments on timeTurn in QUALITY workTurn in homework in a timely mannerRead 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.
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
26 Homework Teaches responsibility Reinforces what has been learned in classPrepares students for upcoming lessonsHelps develop positive study habits
27 Homework PolicyStudents 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.
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
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 schoolProvide praise and supportFind a quiet spot for your child to work, usually away from your presenceKeep 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
33 Class Schedule Our morning will consist of: Specialists (gym, music, art)Morning MeetingSnack/Read AloudMathReading and Language ArtsOur afternoon will consist of:Social StudiesScienceKeyboarding and computer lab timeAR reading & Testing
34 Reading and Language Arts Open Court basal reading seriesSupplemental literatureNovel UnitsAccelerated Reader program6+ Traits WritingThe 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 FridayAll students will work on pattern study and strategy pageKids will have spelling sentences to write as homework during the weekTest on Friday
36 AR (Accelerated Reader) “On Your Honor” Home reading practiceRead at least minutes at home5 nights out of the weekJust 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’dClass goal: 100% of students obtaining Independent Reader 1St Tri.100% of students obtaining Super Reader 2nd Tri.100% of studetns obtaining Advanced Reader 3rd Tri.
39 Math Everyday Math series Study links coming home with the completion of a lesson on most daysSmart Board lessons will be posted on our class website to help students review concepts
40 Science ConceptsFor Each Unit students will rotate through all 3 fourth grade teacher’s lessons.Magnets and ElectricityWaterRocks and MineralsInventions/Inventors
41 Social Studies Concepts States and CapitalsOjibway cultureMN history and geographyGuest 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 ARCloquet 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 appreciatedHealthy Snacks are encouraged!
44 Field Trips Winter: Pine City Trading Post Spring: Grand Rapids Forrest History CenterAdditional 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 childPoints earned through your order will supplement our classroom libraryOptional for families to participate in
46 Lunch Accounts Milk and hot lunch takers Students have personal account and ID cardMoney must be in account for purchasing lunch (send in envelope)ID cards are kept at school and distributed prior to lunchNotices 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 maintainedAll 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 childrenChaperoning field trips
49 I look forward to working together to develop a positive community where every child will be successful!