News from 4th Grade

A great first week of school!

Good afternoon parents!

Thank you for taking the time to view this week's newsletter! I will try to publish a weekly newsletter as much as possible, they will most likely go out the last day of the week (e.g. Fridays) with information about how the week went and important things to know for the future!

If you gave your email address on the Open House check-in, you are on the list to receive this newsletter. If you prefer another email, or would like to be removed from the list, please let me know and I will make adjustments.

Homework Policy

Reading Homework

Student will be assigned to read 8 pages of a "good fit," independent reading level, book they have chosen either from home, our classroom library or the school library. Student must read a minimum of 8 pages per school night, and 1 weekend night. They can read more than 8 pages (I had many ask that question...yay!) if they choose.

After each 8 page reading, students must write a summary (1-2 sentences) on their summary sheet. This sheet and their book need to be at school during the school day and at home at night and weekends so they can continue reading a writing about the same book.

They have a trimester goal to read 5 classroom books. They must read 5 to earn a grade of 90% (A-). If they read more than 5 (going beyond the goal!), they can earn a grade of 90-100% (A).

Extra summary sheets can be found on my classroom website! Please let me know if you would like any extra copies sent home.

Math Homework

Math homework will always be a review of a skill already taught and mastered in 4th grade. Therefore, math homework will be sent later in the year.

We began our first unit today: Place Value. Students must be able to read, write, and understand the value of numbers up to the hundred millions place in third grade. Please be on the lookout for study guides and practice pages (e.g. read these numbers to your parents) that will be sent home in their homework folder.

We will also be taking interactive notes in our spiral notebooks. Students will be encouraged to take those home to study with.

Science/Social Studies Homework

Tuesday will begin our first Science unit: Rocks and Minerals. Science homework will be rare, mostly consisting of projects, study guides and review. More information to come!

Spelling Homework

Students will be given their first spelling list of words on Wednesday! They will always be given on a Cycle Day 1 and will have it glued into their planner so they have a copy at home and at school at all times. Spelling lists will go along with the Journeys lesson for the week. As the school year goes on, students will get different works depending on how they are doing in spelling.

Once spelling lists go out, students will have spelling practice homework every night. They can choose to do their spelling assignment online at (their login and password is glued in their planner) or choose an option from the spelling bingo page I will give out later this week.

Spelling test will be done in school on Cycle Day 5.

Parent Signature and other information

Please sign your child's planner every night! Your signature means:

  • Your child completed their minimum of 8 pages of reading
  • Your child completed their spelling assignment for the night
  • Your child completed any assigned math, science and/or social studies homework for that night
  • You checked the agenda for any notes from Mrs. LeBlanc or important information!

I understand this generation is very busy and teaching them to manage their time is very important! With that, I know that students are involved in extra curricular activities (e.g. soccer, dance, band, etc), and that life after school can be very busy. Please feel free to do 16 pages of reading/2 spelling assignments on Monday night and nothing on Tuesday night because you have these activities, etc. Please do whatever is best for you and your family with regards to homework - as long as they get the review and practice it is fine with me!

Back to School Night!

Monday, Sep. 12th, 6pm

Lingle Avenue

Palmyra, PA

Please come to our school for Back to School Night on Monday, Sept 12 at 6:00pm. You will spend time in our classroom to ask me questions and see how our day goes and also be able to see administration about our school wide day.

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Behavior Expectations

School-wide Behavior Expectations

Students went to an assembly today to learn the expectations set by the school. Lingle uses the acronym ROAR:

  • R: Respectful
  • O: Openly Caring
  • A: Always Safe
  • R: Ready to Learn

Our classroom has a clipboard with every students name on it and their 5 tallies they have for each day of the week (Monday-Friday, not cycle days). If a student is not doing something to demonstrate ROAR, they will receive a warning. If they continue to make the choice that doesn't demonstrate ROAR, they will lose 1 tally.

Students work towards a reward for each week. The reward could be something that lasts 15 minutes (e.g. extra recess, movie, etc.), or last all week (e.g. hat day, pajama day, no shoes day). As a class we will decide on rewards as the year goes on.

If a student loses one tally during the week, they get a warning. If they lose 2 tallies during the week, they miss 5 minutes of the reward. If they lose 3 tallies during the week, they miss 10 minutes of the reward. If they lose 4 tallies, they do not get the reward. Five tallies results in a parent phone call home and a visit with the principal.

Classroom Expectations

We spent a lot of time this week trying to build our classroom community. Therefore, you might've heard students talking about writing their Hopes and Dreams, playing games where they learned each others' names and favorite things, and had discussions about what we can do this year to make good choices and learn the best we can.

Therefore as a class, we discussed, voted and constructed the following classroom rules:

  1. Make good choices and try your best
  2. Be safe and take care of everything
  3. Be nice to your classmates and teachers

Students receive points on class dojo for things that fit these rules. I will try to give points and post "stories" as much as I can throughout the day.

Students really react to parents discussing and commenting on their behavior in school and work ethic. You make a HUGE impact on your child's education. I would love to keep you in the loop on how your child is doing academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally throughout the year. Please never hesitate to email, call, or write a note with questions, comments, concerns or request to meet.

Mrs. LeBlanc

Please never hesitate to contact me with comments, questions or concerns!