The ABC's of Fourth Grade
A Our school day starts at 8:20. Our school policy is that students will be absent for the morning if they arrive after 9:15. If your child will be absent from school, please call the school office between 8:00 and 8:30 on our attendance line. If your child is sick, school policy states that they may not return to school until their temperature is normal for 24 hours, without Tylenol. If your child has allergies to food or other things, please make sure you mark it on their emergency card and let me know.
B We will assume that your child will be riding the bus or being picked up at the end of each school day. If there is a change in plans, we must have a note and/or message me on Dojo! Please do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note or message is sent, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation. If you will be picking up your child, please be at the Elementary Office area by 3:15, and wait there, as this is a safety issue. Your child's birthday will be a special day in our room! If you would like to send a birthday treat for the class you may, but it is optional. Box Tops are always welcome. Please send them in. All the money we raise through box tops gets put into our classroom. Please have your child bring their backpack to school each day. Behavior expectations are a big part of our classroom. I believe that positive reinforcement encourages good behavior and good behavior promotes an optimum learning environment. I like to recognize my students individually by awarding “DOGS” tickets which are gathered for our weekly drawing at our assemblies. I will be using Class Dojo this year for most of the communication with you. This is where I will be posting weekly newsletters, videos/photos of what’s happening in our classroom. We can also use this for private conversations about your child. Please look for the parent connection letter to sign into Class Dojo.
C Conferences are scheduled in October to discuss your child’s progress at school. We also hold Student Assistance Team (SAT) meetings, at the request of the teacher, if concerns arise throughout the school year. Please also bear in mind that we can meet at your request at any time. Classroom rules are as followed:
- Be a good listener; do not interrupt others when they are talking
- Follow directions the first time they are given
- Walk in the classroom and quietly in the hallways
- Share with classmates
- Treat others with respect
- Use an "inside" voice while working in the classroom
O-Ownership for MY Actions
G-Get Ready to Learn
S-Safe at ALL Times
D Dress your child so they are ready for action! Tennis shoes must be worn for Physical Education. When cold weather comes we will be going outside to play unless the temperature is below zero, so warm, waterproof mittens and boots are important along with a hat, scarf and snow pants. End of the day dismissal is at 3:15. Our school day is from 8:20-3:15. If it is a half-day of school, we will dismiss at 12:20.
E Lunch or milk money should come to school in a sealed envelope with your child's name and lunch number on it. I will then send this on to our Food Service Director. All questions concerning student accounts can be directed to Christine Goetz. Emergency cards need to be filled out and returned as soon as possible. These will be placed in the office in case of emergency and we need to get a hold of you. Your child will get an email address this year to communicate with me.
F Each child will be provided with a backpack folder with pockets to hold important papers. The folder should come to school with your child and be checked after each school day. This is an important part of the communication process between home and school. I will be putting all home/school correspondences in this folder, along with samples of your child’s work. This is also the place for you to put your notes to me, as I will be checking these folders every morning.
G We go to the gym twice a week and children must wear tennis shoes while playing there. Please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes or has them at school for gym days. These may be kept in their lockers. Please remember that grades are earned by the student and not given by the teacher. In order to earn high grades, students must perform at a level of proficiency, mastering grade level standards.
H The school handbook can be found online at the Rudyard Area Schools website, https://rudyard.eupschools.org/ Please read through this handbook and make yourself aware of the policies that the district have in place. I do not give homework in 4th grade. Please read further on my handout on my homework policy.
I Independence. Please make sure you visit the Rudyard Home Page and sign up for Illuminate. This is where you can keep up to date with your child’s progress in the curriculum. Your child will also be able to monitor their own progress in Illuminate.
J Just Ask. If you have any questions or concerns, please just ask. I will be happy to explain and help in any way possible.
K Kindness. Students in our school are expected to treat all members of our school family with kindness and respect. Bullying, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be tolerated.
L Fourth graders will check out library books each week while visiting the library. We will be checking out two books. They may choose to bring one book home to share with you but must leave one book at school to read if they finish their work early. They are responsible for having this book back to school and returned to the library when it is due. Late and/or lost books will need to be paid for by families. We have a computerized lunch account system. Each child will be assigned a number and will have an individual lunch account. This number will follow them through school until graduation! It will be important that your child memorize this number. You may deposit money in your child's account by sending cash or a check to school. You can also sign up online to manage their lunch account. We will deliver it to the office for you. When your child's lunch account balance falls below a couple of dollars, a notice will be sent from the office. Please label everything your child plans to bring to school, including jackets, shoes, bags, mittens, etc. That will help your child's things find their way home! Our lost and found sometimes gets very large. If you are missing anything, check out the shelves. Lost and Found is located down by our Wellness Center.
M Each month the lunch menu will be sent home with your child. If you don't receive one let me know. I almost always have an extra one.
N I will be sending home a weekly newsletter on Friday’s, via Class Dojo. Occasionally, we will send notes home with your child. When we do we will place them inside their folder. When you send notes, please do the same. Then we will always know where to look!
O I will send home book orders each month. Remember, they are completely optional. Please return the completed order along with a check made out to the book club in an envelope with your child's name on it within a week. Books through these companies tend to be at a much lower cost than if you were to purchase them at a store. Around Christmas time if you plan to order books as a gift, please let me know and I will hold the books here at school until you are able to come pick them up.
P Parent Involvement - your child's success is linked to your involvement in their learning. Please plan on attending parent-teacher conferences, Christmas concert and field trips. We are also always looking for parents/guardians to join our P.T.O. If you are interested please call the office for more details.
Q Quiet time—every afternoon we will have a short quiet time. We will use this time right after lunch and recess to calm down, use the bathroom, and get ready to learn for the afternoon. During this time, students may read, draw, or just rest their heads and eyes.
R Fourth grade report cards come home every 9 weeks. You may keep the report card for your reference. Please read with your child 20 minutes each day.
S Spelling tests will not be given on a consistent basis. Instead I will occasionally give a test to just check in on our learning of new words that we’ve been working on in our daily work. If I need to be away from the classroom a substitute teacher will be left in charge. I try very hard to get the same few substitutes to keep consistency for everyone. Students are expected to follow all the same expectations as if I were in the classroom. No exceptions!
T I ask that students do not bring their own toys from home. Please do not send electronic devices to school. All students will have access to a classroom computer to use for educational purposes. Students will be tardy to class if they are not in the classroom area by 8:20. If a student arrives after 9:15, they will be marked as a half-day absent. (See student handbook for school policy)
U -Unique "There are millions of people all over the place, but no one else with exactly my face." Each child will bring to school their special qualities and strengths. We will build on them during the school year.
V There will be opportunities for parents to come and help in our classroom. We will ask for volunteers as the need arises. If you are interested in visiting, let us know in advance and we will let you know when a good time would be. All visitors must sign in at the office when they enter the building. That policy is in effect to ensure safety for all students and staff. Please see the Student Handbook for more details on the volunteer process or ask in the elementary office.
W The school website can be found at https://rudyard.eupschools.org/ You can find lots of information about our school here. I will also try to keep my website up to date.
X Fourth grade is eXciting!
Y Please remember that you are your child's first and most important teacher. No one can influence your child's life in the way that you can!
Z Fourth grade is a busy place, so please make sure your child gets enough zzz’s each night so they are rested and ready for a great day at school!