News from 4th Grade
A great first week of school!
Good afternoon parents!
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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.
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
Once spelling lists go out, students will have spelling practice homework every night. They can choose to do their spelling assignment online at www.spellingcity.com (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
- 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
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
School-wide Behavior Expectations
- 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.
Therefore as a class, we discussed, voted and constructed the following classroom rules:
- Make good choices and try your best
- Be safe and take care of everything
- 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.