So much happens in fourth grade! Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehensions about what will happen. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in fourth grade. Here are some ways you can help:
*Celebrate your child’s successes, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!
*Look through your child’s Take-Home folder each day. There will be important notes, graded work and tests, and homework assignments.
*Be sure to have your child read everyday, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.
*Please take some time to read and discuss the parent/student information when it is sent home with your child. When parents understand the expectations of the school and within my classroom they are able to support and encourage academic success in the education of their child.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at email@example.com
Thank you for letting me work with your child this year.
Fourth Grade Suggestions
Please take into account some suggested items that your child will find useful throughout his/her fourth grade year.
Small pencil box or pouch
2 composition notebooks
2 Spiral Notebooks (2 one subject, 70 pages)
1 Small Box of Markers (non permanent-no sharpies)
2 fine dry-erase markers
2 packages of post-it notes (3x3)
1 clipboardOTHER CLASSROOM SUGGESTIONS MAY INCLUDE...
- HYPOALLERGENIC WET WIPES
- DISINFECTANT WIPES (for desks, tables and such)
- SMALL RESEALABLE SANDWICH BAGS- ONE QUART AND GALLON SIZE STORAGE BAGS
Mr. Daut's 4th Grade Specials and Times for the 2018/2019 school year
(special times are at the same time all week (10:30 - 11:10am)
Monday - Gym (Mr. Chip)
Tuesday - Art (Mrs. Thomas)
Wednesday - Computers (Mr. Vilecco)
Thursday - World Language (Mrs. McDonald)
Friday - Music (Mrs. Burnett)
****Also, our class will be visiting the IMC(Library) frequently. With the help and guidience of Mrs. Montano, we will be able to check out books and use to computers there to help us gather our resurces for the various topics, projects and reports that we will be working on throughout the year.***
We are well into the established routines of the independent reading component of our literacy program. In addition to our group work, students are all reading books on their level, and they are providing evidence of their daily thinking in their journals. One piece of our literacy block is a mini-lesson in which I model and teach various strategies that readers use to help them make meaningful connections to their reading. I am pleased to see that the students are starting to apply these strategies to their daily reading and writing!
The students have glued a response prompt page at the end of their journals. Students are asked to choose a prompt and answer it in their journals once a week for now. Eventually I will be expecting responses twice a week. I will be collecting all student journals once a week and reviewing responses to their independent classroom reading. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
In Reading Workshop we are working on Unit 2, Extreme Weather. Students will learn to read and navigate the world of nonfiction.
In Writing Workshop we are working on Unit 2, Opinion Writing. Students will learn to write a thesis statement and give examples with supporting evidence to write an essay.
Science Unit: ENERGY
The class is having a great time throughout their first unit in science. Designing and creating clean energy vehicles was a fun a challenge for the class.
Our class Holiday Party will occur on Thursday, December 20th @ 1:00. We will be having a Holiday Pizza Celebration. I will be collecting $2 per slice for each student. If your child would like more than one slice, please send in the proposed amount for each slice.
- If your child orders a slice of pizza he/she may only want to bring in a snack to have for that day.
- If your child does not want to buy pizza they may bring a lunch or if they would like to buy a cafeteria lunch I will make sure they get it and bring it back to the classroom.
The collections for the pizza will begin tomorrow. Please try to have your donations in by Monday, December 17th to ensure a proper count for the number of pizzas needed. If you would like to send a snack (potato chips, pretzels, fruit, other) for the class please feel free. Other donations that may be needed are snack paper plates, napkins, and juice. Please send an email either to myself or Mrs. Leitrim (firstname.lastname@example.org) with what you will be bringing so we can keep track. All donations are greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
Mr. Daut & Ms. Williams
The holidays are here and the kids are very excited about this time of year. Gifts and the opportunity to give to others are constantly on their minds. Therefore, to accompany the giving season, I would like our class to participate in a Holiday Gift/Grab Bag. Each student is asked to bring in a wrapped gift to class. On Friday, December 21st students will choose a gift from the grab bag.
Here are some requests to help make this Gift/Grab Bag a success:
- I will not be having the Grab Bag during our holiday party. This is a separate activity and doing both at once can become overwhelming.
- As not to get carried away, I am asking that all gift purchases not exceed $5.00. (dollar store items are perfect)
- To make sure an equal number of gifts for each gender is given, boys will buy a gift for a boy and girls will a buy a gift for a girl.
- Do not label who the gift is from, just label if it’s for a boy or a girl. If a student wishes to tell the other person after the grab bag is finished they may.
- Try to have your child remember the shape of their gift or the wrapping paper so they won’t pull their own gifts. I’ll try to remember myself.
Report Cards: Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website. Report cards will be available January 3rd on the portal to parents. Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature. Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID. For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to email@example.com and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Our fourth grade students are given an opportunity to eat a snack sent from home each day to help provide for their nutritional needs and to succumb the mid-morning hungers that occur before lunch.
Yet, there are students attending your child's class who suffers from a possible life threatening allergy to peanut products i.e. peanut butter, peanut oil, etc., we ask your cooperation by not sending any snacks with your child containing peanut products.
Students who have severe allergies to such food substances are exposed to a health risk when peanut products are consumed in their environment or shared with them. Please speak with your child about not sharing their snacks with other children.
If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform me immediately so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken.
Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated so that we might provide for the health needs of students at risk of health trauma.
Attached is a large but incomplete list of peanut free snacks. It is also important to read ingredient labels for production methods.