Field Day, Fourth Grade Celebration, and Move Up to Miscoe
Thank you so much for your support with this service project!
Kayla Vallecillo, Jocelyn Graham, Lauren Scott, and Ben Joseph
Project 351 Ambassadors and Alumni
Over the last year, all educators have really dialed back on homework in an effort to attend to students' social/emotional wellness and in the interest of maintaining parent sanity. I know you join me in hoping that next year will really be a return to normal. Typically, our fifth-grade team has also shared the philosophy that homework should be reasonable and meaningful. I fully anticipate that all fifth graders will have homework in the fall. Now that we are back fully in person, I will start to insist that students fulfill some minimal homework expectations.
Homework expectations are as follows:
Reading: 20 minutes of silent reading Monday through Thursday evenings. There will be occasional accountability checks. PLEASE support your child in developing this important habit. Truly, reading will help your child to excel in ALL curriculum areas. Students who do not develop a reading habit will be more apt to fall behind their peers across all subjects, including mathematics.
Math: 20 minutes of STMath daily completing a minimum of 12 puzzles (You can check your child's progress as they work...ask him or her how. I am also happy to show you how too. Please contact me if you need assistance.) As you know, the STMath goals are often completed IN SCHOOL. Students are asked to work toward their time and puzzle requirements at home when the work was unable to be completed in school.
Practicing math facts as needed. We have finished our unit on division and fractions. Students with fact fluency have had a much easier time with these units. As the year concludes, we will continue to work with fractions as they are a major fourth-grade focus. (We'll also be studying geometry and measurement.) I can't emphasize how important multiplication fact fluency is to the mastery of our fourth-grade fraction standards. Please continue to encourage your child to practice and learn his or her multiplication facts. Knowing their facts by heart will make tackling the content in future fourth-grade units, as well as fifth-grade units, so much easier for the students. Students who know their facts by heart are far more confident and take more risks in math class. Anything you can do at home to build fact fluency will be greatly appreciated. Working on fact fluency twice a week for about five minutes each session is enough for the typical fourth-grader.
I will email parents to let you know if your child is NOT completing homework from week to week. Frequent parent check-ins with students will help to show your child that you care and that this small amount of homework is important.
Packing for Hogwarts
Should be returned by now...
- the hard-covered Wonders anthology (This is IMPORTANT to return!)
- the Wonders workbook
- their composition notebooks
- their three-ring Hogwarts binder
- folders purchased for school
- the clipboard
To be sent in daily...
- A fully charged iPad
- The green Clough folder
- A spare mask in a ziplock bag
- Snack for the afternoon and a water bottle
To be kept at home...
- The whiteboard. We have a set in class. Leave the whiteboard at home "just in case".
- Any old GoMath! workbooks (chapters 1-5).
The students will be bringing their iPads home each evening. Please continue to support your child in fully charging his or her iPad each evening. This is important as we'll continue to use the iPads in school. It is also great practice for Miscoe.