Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 school year at Hampden Elementary Middle School! My name is Mrs. Everett and I will be your child’s fourth grade teacher. I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

 

Fourth grade is an important year for all students. In literacy, students will be working on making inferences, summarizing text, and using key details in the text to describe characters, settings, and events. By the end of the year, students will be able to read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry. In math, students will develop an understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and multi-digit division. They will develop an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers. Our first unit in math will be Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction and our first unit in literacy will be focused on reading for theme. Our first read aloud book is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.

 

.           I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for your child to be in school and on time every day. School opens at 7:10 a.m. and students can eat breakfast in the cafeteria from 7:10 a.m.-7:40 a.m. Breakfast will not be served after 7:40 a.m. and is no longer available “on the go” for students to bring up to the classroom. Our school day starts promptly at 7:45 a.m. and we work all the way up until dismissal time at 2:25 p.m. Children will be marked late starting at 7:51 a.m. Our school day starts promptly at 7:45 a.m. and we work all the way up until dismissal time at 2:25 p.m.  Children will be marked late starting at 7:51 a.m. We do so many skills each day that being absent can result in your child missing important lessons. I do realize that illness can cause your child to miss school. Please send in a doctor’s note explaining why your child was not in school so that they can receive an excused absence. If your child is absent, he/she is responsible for checking the “missed work” binder upon their return to school. Make-up work must be completed in a timely fashion; otherwise it will become a zero. Make up work will not be provided in advance if there is a planned absence.  There are many activities (field trips, etc.) that students will not be able to participate in if attendance and tardiness is an issue for your child.

 

You should have received a school supply list from the school in the mail or from the office. Please make every effort to have those materials to school in the first two weeks of school. Please check in with your child regularly to see if they need any of their supplies replenished throughout the school year. Your child will be sent home with homework every day, except for weekends. Updates, graded work, letters, and announcements will also be sent home in your child’s take home folder. I cannot stress enough how important it is for homework to be completed and for your child to read every night. Homework will account for 10% of your child’s final grade and is graded on completion and effort. Classwork will account for 40%, test/quizzes for 30%, and participation for 20%. Coming to class with pencils, notebooks, folders, and any other necessary materials is part of being prepared and your child’s participation grade.

 

I will have coach class once a week, starting the week of September 21. Coach class will be posted on the wall outside my door every Monday morning. Students need to bring a signed permission slip every time they attend. Coach class is a privilege. To attend, students must put forth their best effort in class, follow our classroom rules, and complete homework and classwork. Students also need to be picked up on time. In addition, parents are welcome to attend coach class with their child!

 

I also want to use this letter as an opportunity to explain my management system. As the students are growing older and more responsible we are expecting students to manage themselves and know the difference between acceptable and unacceptable. To help students learn what is acceptable and monitor their behavior I will be using the color system. We will be using the colors green, blue, yellow, orange and red. The color system will be broken down in the following way: Green = excellent behavior, blue = on task, yellow = warning received, orange = multiple warnings received, separated from the group, red = phone call home, possible office referral. If a student has to move their clip down, they will have until the end of the day to get back on track and move their clip back up.

 

Students who behave well in class will be rewarded. Tickets will be given out to students for exceptional behavior, classroom participation, 100% homework, etc. At the end of the week, I will draw a ticket from a jar and that child will get to pick a prize from the prize box. I will not be sending home the color your child earned on a daily basis, however, I love communicating when a student is doing well and I am looking forward to rewarding all the students for their hard work and effort! In addition to my management system, we will participate in our school-wide management system. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to five mustang bucks a day (one for being on time) and will need at least 22 mustang bucks to participate in our “Friday Treat”. At the end of every quarter, there will be a school-wide quarter incentive and students will need a certain amount of mustang bucks to attend.

 

Parents and guardians are welcome in our classroom, but please be sure to give me advanced notice when you are interested in coming to visit. We also plan to take a few field trips this year and love having parents accompany us. If you have something in mind that you would like to do with the children in class please let me know and we would love to have you come in! Parents and guardians are invaluable partners, and I am really looking forward to working with all of you. I value and appreciate your suggestions and feedback, and I need your support in homework, academic goals, and student behavior.  You are my partner in the education of your child! Please contact me with questions, comments or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Everett, ccobrien@bcps.k12.md.us

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