||Fourth Grade Handbook
FOURTH GRADE HANDBOOK
Welcome to Fourth Grade! This is an important and exciting year! The girls and boys are building on the skills they have learned over the years and working to increase their overall knowledge, social skills, and independence. Our classroom will use a balance of independent work, small group lessons, and whole class instruction that will include discussion, written work and hands on activities.
The students will attend weekly mass on Mondays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays we will have an in class religion lesson or activity, and on Thursdays and Fridays they will have more formal religion instruction with Mr. Ascioti. The class will work on ELA (which includes reading, writing, spelling, grammar, listening and speaking) and math on a daily basis. The students will rotate through reading groups and centers during the week. Science and social studies will each happen about twice a week. All the subject areas are not exclusive of each other. There is often overlap among them. Of course, our schedule is flexible when other school activities and events come up.
Throughout the year I will spend time helping the children to learn to understand their importance and uniqueness in the world. They are at a point where they are becoming more aware of their feelings and emotions. We will work on positive ways to express ourselves and show empathy and sympathy for others.
Monday –Library, Tech
Tuesday- Art, Health
Wednesday-Physical Education, STREAM
Thursday-Spanish, Religion, Music, Chorus
Friday-Physical Education, Religion, Spanish
1. Listen quietly and look at the person talking.
2. Raise your hand and wait to be called on.
3. Work quietly.
4. Follow directions.
5. Use kind words.
6. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
Consequences: If after several reminders a student continues to break a rule, his/her name will be written on the white board, followed by check marks for continued misbehaviors. Each check mark will result in time off of recess. In the event of extreme or continuous misbehavior, the parent and Mrs. Cox will be notified.
We have a mid morning snack. Students should bring a snack and drink (if you did not order snack milk) in addition to what they bring for lunch. Please remember to send snack on days your child buys lunch.
Fourth grade will have homework Monday through Thursday night. Occasionally there may be weekend homework. Your child will bring home their agenda each night with homework assignments written in it. In addition to homework I assign, there may also be homework from the ‘special’ classes. This will be written in the agenda as well.
All homework should be done by the child in his/her own handwriting. Offer assistance as needed, but let the child do as much as possible on their own. All homework is a review of class work and previously learned skills.
Completion of homework will be recorded and will count towards report card grades. If a student does not return completed homework to school on the day it is due, they will get one freebie. After that the student will need to complete the assignment during recess and will bring home a ‘Missing Homework’ notice to be signed by the parent and returned to the teacher.
Most student papers will come home marked by the teacher in some way. I do monitor all class work. Some papers will have stars, smiley faces, etc. Other papers may have a numerical grade (0-100). Numerical grades below 65 are considered failing. Papers with a score below 75 may need to be corrected by the student, signed by the parent, and returned to school. Report card grades will be numbers. Passing is any grade 70% or higher.
Report Cards and Progress Reports
Report cards will come home in November, February, April and June.
Progress Reports will come home the middle of each quarter: October, December,
March and May. Progress reports are a quick look at how your child is doing so far for the quarter.
Your child will bring home their homework folder each day, Monday through Friday. Please look for it. School work and notices will be in the folder. Please have your child empty the folder each day. Look through the papers. Each morning in school your child empties their folder and hands in homework and any notes from home. If your family situation requires duplicates of notices, please let me know so we can accommodate you.
If your child is absent, please call school and let us know the reason. Per New York State law, you must also write an excuse note when your child returns. Your child may have work to make up when they return.
Students may send in a treat (cupcakes, brownies, cookies, etc) to celebrate their birthdays. Please send in a note a day or 2 in advance so I can plan ahead. There are 20 students in our class. NO NUTS PLEASE…..there are nut allergies in our class. Birthday snacks should be precut or individual servings to make sharing snacks as easy as possible.
Students may have an Out of Uniform Day in honor of their birthday. If their birthday falls on a weekend or vacation day, they can choose their day. The only exception is Monday. We go to Mass on Mondays and the students are required to wear their dress uniform that day.
If you send in party invitations, there must be enough for either all the students, or all the girls if you have a daughter, or all the boys if you have a son. If not, please make other arrangements for sending invitations.
Label, Label, Label Please label all your child’s outerwear (sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, coats, etc), lunch boxes, water bottles, and other belongings. It can be difficult and time consuming to return items to students if they are not labeled. They don’t always recognize their own things.
During the course of the year please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. You can send in a note, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call the school office (283-0333) to leave a message. I will get back to you as soon as possible. We can work together to make fourth grade a great year for your child!
Mrs. Foley's Class
St. Jude the Apostle School