Welcome back to school! I want to take this time to welcome you and your child to the 4th grade. I want to make school an exciting experience for your child, one that he/she will look forward to every day. I plan to use programs that will enrich your child’s life and motivate him/her to want to come to school. Not only will your child be assigned me as their homeroom teacher, they will also work with other teachers, student teachers and volunteers throughout the day. This program allows for your child to have more instructional time with a teacher and will be a great benefit to their academics.
Throughout the year we will use a discipline chart to maintain order and control as necessary. Although our classroom will have a flexible learning atmosphere, we will utilize the chart to ensure the best educational environment for your child. The chart consists of four colored stars that represent specific school-wide consequences: Green = Star Behavior (NoProblems), Yellow = 5 minute Break/Time Out in the classroom,Orange = 10 minute Time Out in a Partner Teacher’s Classroom,and Red = Sent to the Office. Your child will receive a verbal warning prior to a star change unless the offense falls under the zero tolerance category. This system gives your child six chances to change any unacceptable behavior and allows us to reinforce positive behavior in a more effective manner.
I want your child to do well in school. Also, I want your child to do his/her best when it comes to homework. Your child is required to bring an Accordion style paper organizer and a backpack to school daily to assist in the organization of all of his/her work. Another way that I will assist in keeping your child organized is by providing them with a Student Planner. The Student Planner and Accordion style paper organizer must be brought to and from school daily. Your child must get a parent/guardian’s signature next to each assignment every night after an adult has checked the completed work. My goal is to create a sense of responsibility in each student so that he/she performs to the best of his/her ability. Also, the Student Planner will be a way for us to have home/school communications with notes written inside. Please note that completion of work and good behavior lead to participation in field trips and extracurricular activities. Any child who has not met these standards may not be permitted to attend these events and will have to complete their unfinished items during that time.
Throughout this month you will receive many different forms to fill-out in regards to your child. Each form is important and must be returned to the school in a timely fashion. I will reward your child for bringing in all completed forms.
In addition, your child will be provided with most of the supplies needed for their daily work. I will also send home a “homework survival bag” that will include crayons, glue, etc. for use at home. In order to keep the room stocked throughout the year each child will need to bring in some items to stock our classroom cabinet for use later in the year. The items needed are listed on the attached page, there are a variety of sales going on now and this is a perfect time to take advantage of them all. Thank you for your help! I am looking forward to a fabulous year working with both you and your child.
Mrs. Tricia Donnelly