About the Classroom
In fourth grade, nightly homework serves the following purposes:
Practice skills and reinforce topics covered in class
Involve parents in the child’s academic program
Promote good study skills to become successful life-long learners
In addition to a nightly reading requirement, homework may be assigned Mondays through Thursdays.
Occasionally a project or studying for a test may roll over the weekend.
Your child WILL have homework, and he/she needs to review notes nightly. When it is assigned, students are required to write it in their own agendas.
Homework is due the next school day unless otherwise specified. Students are given credit for completing assigned work. Work that is not competed will affect the final grade and will need to be made up at school or at home.
**Please provide a quiet area for homework. Students should complete assignments on their own. You can help your child do homework by encouraging him/her to set aside a “quiet time” and provide a comfortable area.
All celebrations (tests) are formally announced about one week in advance.
Fourth grade is a big transitional year for students academically. Please encourage your child to stay focused on their work and study for upcoming tests. Test taking skills will be taught to empower students to not only succeed in fourth grade, but as lifelong learners. Strategies on how to take multiple choice tests and reading for written response will be a main focus, along with maneuvering through a text to find answers and support higher order thinking questions.
Switching Classes for Science:
Our class will go to Mrs. Truisi for science on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please direct any science related questions to her email at JTruisi@lancasterschools.org
Fourth Grade is an important year, and it is packed with a lot of great activities and learning strategies that will be useful throughout your school career. We will be learning and applying reading strategies in all subject areas. I intend to provide a stimulating experience that will awaken your natural curiosity to learn, and lay the groundwork to support academic responsibility in a warm and friendly atmosphere. One important idea you must come to understand is that I demand respect. You must show respect to your classmates, property, and me. In turn, I will do the same. Good manners are acquired both at home and school.
Be Respectful – includes everyone and everything in our school
Be Ready- Have all my materials ready to go for the day
Be Responsible- Acts appropriately and takes ownership over mistakes
If You Choose to Break a Rule
First time- Warning
Second time- Cash-in (classroom economy money)
Third time- Loss of privilege (lunch/recess) & complete reflection sheet to be signed
Fourth time- call/note home
Further action beyond this may result in a discipline referral, parent conference, and administrative action.
Praise, Positive notes/calls home, whole class parties and activities, buying special events or prizes with class money.
We have a classroom money system for behavior purposes and to motivate students to make good choices. Students can regularly use this money to purchase rewards or choose to save up for a quarterly SWAP DAY!
Monday- music and chorus
Tuesday- PE and Art (writing 2nd semester)
Wednesday- art/writing (band 2nd semester)
Thursday- PE and Art/writing
Lunch is everyday from 11:07-11:40