ABCs of 4th Grade

The following information will hopefully provide you everything you need to know about fourth grade. If you feel there is anything I have missed, please feel free to let me know so that it can be added for future parents and students.

 

A     Absences- When your child is absent please send a note to school upon their return explaining why your child was out. You can also call the main office at (703) 468-2800 or email me at haleap@pwcs.edu.

 

Agendas- Your child will have an agenda where they will copy down their assignments each day. Please check and sign their agenda each night to make sure they are completing all assignments.

 

Allergies- We are a peanut and tree nut free classroom.  PLEASE make sure that any snack you send in is Peanut and Tree Nut free! 

 

Attendance- Fourth grade is a continuous experience with each day's learning built on the day before, and haphazard attendance will not benefit your child's learning experiences. If your child must be absent, be sure to send a note of explanation each time he/she is absent.

 

B BLOOMZ- I will be using the Bloomz app for communication this year.  With Bloomz, I can send instant messages, photo updates, announcements and alerts. You will also be able to sign up for conferences and other volunteer opportunities in this app or online (www.bloomz.net).  You can download the free app to your phone and use code K7N8W3 to join my class.

 

Behavior – I will be using Class Dojo for our positive behavior system. Students can earn points for exhibiting quality behavior and various other reasons.  As a class we will come up with rewards for meeting point milestones. There are times where points may be taken as a consequence for non-quality behavior, but my management system is primarily positive. You will have access to your child’s behavior through Class Dojo.  

 

Birthdays –Due to many food allergies, we encourage you to send in non-food treats for birthdays if you wish to celebrate at school.   We have 24 students in our class.  Birthday celebrations are done during our lunchtime only. Lunch is from 12:36-1:06. Another great option is allergen free cookies from our cafeteria for $3.50/dozen. 

 

c     Communication- There are many ways we can communicate with each other. I will be using the BLOOMZ app to communicate to you the most.  The best way to reach me is through email or through Bloomz messages. I can access school email at home and I check my email often throughout the day. Phone calls are another great way to reach me as well, however that is limited to before and after school due to teaching your child. If you call during school hours, you may leave me a message on my voicemail. If you leave a message, I will return your calls either after school or during planning.  My email is haleap@pwcs.edu and the school phone number is (703)468-2800.

Conferences- One formal conference day will be held in November. You will be able to sign up for November’s conference through Bloomz.  Look for this sign up at the beginning of October. Furthermore, I am willing to meet with families at other times throughout the year as well. I may initiate the conference or you may initiate them as the parent.

D    Daily folders- Folders will come home each day. Please go through your child’s folder each night. There may be graded work in there, important notes and school communications and other information in there. This is the place where you should put anything you want your child to give me as well.

Donations- There are many things that we go through rather quickly in our classroom. Most things need to be replaced about midyear so please refer back to the supply list. Things like glue sticks, hand sanitizer, wipes and Ziploc bags can always be used.

E    Email- I can be reached at haleap@pwcs.edu. I check it a lot throughout the day.

F  Field trip- We will be planning exciting field trips over the course of the year to help enhance your child’s learning. We will be sending home information as these plans are finalized.

G Grades- Grades will be visible in parent portal weekly. Please see the grading regulation for grade descriptors. If you see an empty box for an assignment that means I have not graded the assignment yet.  If there is an NHI, it was graded but your child has not turned it in.  NHIs count as a 0 until the assignment is handed in.  If there is an ex, your child was exempt from the assignment. 

H Hours- The first bell rings at 9:05and the second bell rings at 9:15. Arriving after 9:15 is considered tardy. The afternoon bell rings at 3:55 and bus loading and dismissal starts shortly thereafter.

Homework- The homework regulation for 4th grade is Monday-Thursday for 30-50 minutes. Please check their agendas and daily folders for these assignments.  Nightly homework is to read for at least 30 minutes. Other homework assignments may include studying for tests, home projects or occasional math assignments that require critical thinking.  

I      Illness- Your child's health is very important in order for optimum learning to occur.  If your child is ill, please keep him or her home until s/he is well.

J Join- Please feel free to join your child for lunch. Please make sure you sign in at the main office before proceeding to the cafeteria. Additionally, you are always welcome in the classroom. Just beware; I may put you to work. J

K Kindness- Students in my classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect. Hitting, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be tolerated. 

L Lunch – Our class lunch time will be from 12:36-1:06. Please send any money for the cafeteria to school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and teacher’s name written on the envelope. I will make sure it makes it to the cafeteria. This process helps expedite getting through the lunch line at lunchtime. You may also use www.myschoolbucks.com to fund your child’s account.

M  Medication- A signed form giving the school nurse authorization to administer prescription or over the counter medication must be filled out by a parent or guardian before any medication can be given.  Please contact the school nurse for more information.

N News- You will receive all class news through the Bloomz updates or email updates. O Outside- We will go outside whenever possible. We are unable to go outside if the temperature is 35 degrees or below, in the Code Orange range, or if it is raining.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather or they will have to sit in the library during recess.

P PEANUT FREE-  WE ARE A COMPLETELY PEANUT FREE CLASS.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND SNACKS THAT CONTAIN PEANUTS.

Q Questions- Please feel to call, write or email me with ANY questions you may have about your child’s education.

R Read- Children need to read every single night of the week for at least 30 minutes. They need time to practice the skills they are learning in school. Reading each night will help fluency and comprehension.

Recess- We have approximately 30 minutes of recess each day. We will go outside as long as the weather and our schedule permits. If we stay inside, we have board games, puzzles, crafts and whole group games we can play.

Restroom- We have a bathroom right outside our classroom. Students are welcome to use the restroom whenever they need to, as long as I am not teaching. Once instruction has been given they are free to go. We will also go as a class after going to lunch and to encore.

S Snack- We will have a snack during the day. Please send healthy snacks that do not need a spoon. Things like fruit snacks, cheese sticks, piece of fruit, crackers, carrot sticks, etc make great snacks and are quick, easy and not messy.  NO PEANUTS/TREE NUTS

T - I LOVE technology!   I integrate it with my teaching as much as possible We are a Bring Your Own Device County. Any devices brought to school are the student’s responsibility and may only be used at the teacher’s discretion. All devices will be kept off and in backpacks until the teacher gives permission for use. I will let students know ahead of time when they can bring devices for research.

Transportation- If there is any change in the way your child is going home you MUST email, send a Bloomz message, send a note or call the school.  If I don’t get a communication from you, your child will have to go home their normal way. I cannot take a verbal statement from your child.

U Units of Study- We have a lot of exciting topics to learn about this year. In Virginia studies we will learn about Virginia’s geography and history from the American Indians through the 20th Century. In science, we will investigate magnetism and electricity, weather, motion, earth/moon/sun relationship, plants, natural resources, and ecosystems. This is just a small portion of what we will cover in fourth grade.

 

VVisitors- We welcome visitors to our school!  For the safety of all in the school building, we ask that you sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's badge when you arrive.  Please do not walk directly to the classroom without obtaining a visitor's badge.  If you are a frequent visitor, I know that this may seem like a hassle, but our responsibility as a school is to maintain a safe environment.

 

Volunteers- I value volunteers and encourage parents to volunteer in my classroom.   If you want to volunteer weekly, bi-weekly or monthly I encourage you to do so!  If you are unable to come into the classroom to volunteer, but would like to do some work at home, I am grateful for that assistance as well.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form and return it to school.

 

W Water bottles- I strongly encourage you to send a water bottle labeled with your child's name.  Research shows that hydrated brains are learning brains!  The children will bring the water bottles home on Fridays to be washed. Please send them back in on Mondays.

 

 

X We will work X’tra hard in Fourth Grade to make sure your child succeeds! 

Y Year long learning and fun- I am looking forward to working with and getting to know all of you. Your child will learn a lot this year and will be sure to have lots of fun in the process.

You- You are the most important adult in your child's life, and no one knows your child better than you.  You are your child's biggest supporter in their education, and I sincerely value your input.

Z Zzzz’s- Young children need plenty of rest each night to prepare for a full day of learning.  It's important to set and stick to a nightly bedtime so that your child is ready to go when morning comes.