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Welcome to 4th Grade!

Here we are in a brand new school year! I am eager to begin the year, and delighted to have your child in the classroom. The first weeks of school are always exciting and full of information for students, parents and teachers. In this letter, I will highlight important things about our class that you may find useful.

In the future, monthly newsletters will be viewed online. If you would like a paper copy each month, please let me know.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your help in making this a successful year for your student!

Ms. Henriksen

(320) 693-2436 x1214


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  • Math will be split into two portions. 30 minutes of whole group learning in the morning and 30 minutes of guided math in the afternoon.

  • Guided math (#MATH) is a workshop approach that focuses on centers and small group work. This allows me to work closely with students, focusing on specific skills as needed.


Math Menu

At Your Seat

Teacher Time

Hands On



  • A weekly study guide, including vocabulary words, a spelling list and the skills that we will be focusing on for the week, will be sent home. We will begin NEXT week.

  • Vocabulary tests will be given every Friday. Students will preview and be given vocabulary lists for the following week on Friday as well. Working with the words at home throughout the week will help to reinforce the practice we do with the words at school.


  • Your student will be given a spelling list each week along with their vocabulary words. Throughout the week, we will be using a variety of word study strategies to help us learn the words.

  • Weekly spelling lists will also be posted on

GRAMMER/DOL (Daily Oral Language)

  • We will have grammar and DOL practice each day. Please encourage your student to use their work as a study tool at home. Students will take a quiz in grammar and DOL on Fridays.

Science and Social Studies

  • We will be working with a new curriculum this year. Look for details about what we’re learning in upcoming monthly newsletters!


Your student will be utilizing many different aspects of technology this year. One of the apps that we will be using is called Seesaw. Seesaw is a digital portfolio that allows students to share what we are doing in the classroom with their family. Please take the time to sign up for this by clicking on the link below.

Classroom Management

  • Each student will have the opportunity to earn tickets, which will go into a bi-weekly drawing for a variety of special privileges and/or incentives. They will earn tickets based on the choices they make throughout the day. Students will be aided in learning from their decisions, both positive and negative, in an effort to gain a sense of independence in preparation for middle school.

  • Our class will work as a team in an effort to earn extra time to spend at their choosing (outdoor time, boardgame time, etc.) We will work at making quick transitions, being on task, working hard and being kind and respectful. After five positive days, we will earn extra time. Students will lose minutes off of their personal time if their choices throughout the week reflect this consequence.


  • Planners will be an important, useful communication tool between us this year. In your child’s planner, you will find a brief outline of everything we did during the day, and any other information you may need to know. Please make an effort to check, and sign, your student’s planner every night.

  • I will check student planners for signatures every day.

Accelerated Reader (AR)

  • Each student is required to read at least 2 AR books at their level each quarter. Their new AR Levels will be given once fall FAST tests are completed. Each test is out of a possible 10 points.

Infinite Campus

  • Please check Infinite Campus regularly to see how your child is doing. This is an important tool for you to use not only for grade purposes, but for communication with the district as well. If you do not have/do not remember your username or password, please let me know.

Snack and Treats

  • We will have snack in our classroom each morning. Students are asked to bring snack-size portions for themselves each day if they'd like, and are encouraged to make healthy choices.

  • Treats are welcome at birthdays, etc. but are to be store-bought for the safety of all students. Thank you!