Each day at a designated time, students will copy assignments for that night's homework. Students are expected to copy each assignment accurately and completely. Our belief is that fourth graders are able to manage this task independently, but there may be certain circumstances where we will monitor this task. If you find that your child is not effectively managing this, please contact us.
If you are unsure of the nightly assignments, please call a classmate to get the information needed to complete the assignment. All assignments are due the next school day.
Organization of materials:
Each student has a three ring binder that includes the assignment notebook, along with a pocket folder. Students will also have separate folders for certain subjects. These are color coded and used for in class work. They will also have composition books designated for different purposes.
Students are always guided to put materials in a designated location. It is our expectation that students use these organization systems independently. While we will occasionally use class time to rearrange and clean our work spaces, students should not rely on this. We may request students do this during recess time if they need time to organize.
It is expected that assignments are neat, handwriting is legible, and names are on each and every assignment. Please complete all work in pencil unless otherwise instructed.
Correcting math tests:
After math tests have been returned, students are required to correct any mistakes that have been made. This will help students solidify their understanding of the concepts we are learning and assessing in math.
- A parent or guardian must sign the test.
- The student is responsible for reviewing the test and correcting any mistakes. This can be done with the help of another student, a sibling, a parent or a tutor. The goal is for the fourth grader to understand his or her error(s) and hold him or herself accountable for the material. Students are encouraged to use the online book and videos as resources. Calculators are not permitted unless otherwise stated on the test.
- All corrections should be done in a neat and organized manner on a separate sheet of paper (attached). Each problem should be corrected in the numbered box appropriately. Make sure ALL parts are completed.
- Tests, with the corrections stapled onto the back of it, should be returned to school on the day assigned.
To encourage a productive and engaging group of readers, two students a week will present a Book Talk on Fridays in reading with Mrs. Parrell. We will spend significant time at the beginning of the year practicing how to prepare and present a successful Book Talk. Dates will be given well in advance, with a reminder at the beginning of the week to those who are presenting on Friday. Students should select a book about which they have strong (positive) feelings and one that is appropriate for the class. (Sorry, no Fancy Nancy picture books!) If this organizer does not give you enough room, feel free to use your own paper or notecards. Book Talks will be judged on preparation (the graphic organizer or other supporting notes) and the student's public speaking. Make sure you practice this Book Talk a few times before Friday.
On the last day of an instructional week, students will bring home any corrected homework and classwork, along with notices from the front office. Occasionally there may be time sensitive notices that go home during the week. These will be stored in the homework folder in the student binder. Please return the Friday Folder to school on Monday EMPTY.
We will most often communicate with parents through email. Please ensure you provide us with current email addresses so you will receive regular communication from us. If for some reason you do not receive periodic emails from us, please call the school and leave me a voice message with your email address so we may include you.
Please notify the office if your child will be absent. If you want to request the day's assignments, please do so by noon so we have ample time to collect necessary materials.
At the beginning of the year, students will help create a list of expectations that are necessary to a productive learning environment. Students who are interfering with the learning of others, or who make poor judgments about their behavior, will have a consequence determined by us. Usually this means a private conversation to discuss our concerns, but could result in an email to parents, loss of recess, a misconduct slip, conference with parents, or others. In the event that a student breaks a more significant school rule, students may receive a standard school-wide discipline form. If, during the school year a student receives 3 such notices, detention will be assigned. This is held after school in the principal's office.