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4th Grade Teamletter



Dear Families,


WOW! Can you believe the first full week of school is almost over already?  We have been busy little beavers in fourth grade.  We have been studying addition in math, we are reading the novel Stone Fox and will watch the movie on Friday of this week in reading, and science finds us discovering the many tools we will be using this coming year.


As a 4th grade study skill enhancement, we are allowing students to correct poorly completed assignments.  Grades below a 75% can be corrected and turned back in for up to a 75% C for a grade. However, students who turn in assignments without a name or number will have 5 percentage points each taken off the final assignment grade.  Late homework assignments will be accepted but will receive a 10-point decrease.  Late work will be accepted up to one day late.


Planners are very important tools for 4th grade students.  Students are to write ALL assignments in their planners.  Teachers may also write notes home in them.  We ask that you please sign them each night.  By signing the planners we know that you have made sure that your student has completed the night’s work.  Some of the students are having some trouble with homework completion already.  By checking planners nightly for work not done as well as any notes from the teachers will greatly help with this.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns in this area.


This year homework folders are a shiny light blue.  Inside there are two pockets.  One is labeled “incomplete.”  This is where homework should be placed, both before and after it is completed.  The other is labeled “complete.”  This is where newsletters, graded papers, and other miscellaneous papers will be kept.  The back outside pocket is often used to keep the week’s spelling list.  Several of the teachers insist on the list being kept there so that students have their list with them at all times.  Organization is a big part of 4th grade, and the homework folder and the planner are important tools for this.  This is a big year for growth in independence, responsibility, and problem-solving skills for your student, and the homework folder and planner assist them with this growth process.


Technology/Mrs. Thomas:  This week students started keyboarding using an online program called Typing Club. We will be spending about 10-15 minutes each week on keyboarding.  Any time that your child spends at home practicing will only help them in their other class. This program can be accessed through my website which is located at http://protopage.com/portatech#Untitled/4th_grade.  They also started creating a spreadsheet to keep track of their keyboarding progress. Google Spreadsheet is an application that is accessed through their email and is very similar to Microsoft Excel. The great thing about Google Drive is that it can be saved and accessed from any computer that has an internet connection.  We will be working on more applications on Google Drive throughout the year. Next week we will be keyboarding and taking a beginning of the year assessment.  If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me either by phone at 632-7781 or email rthomas@porta202.org.


>>Dates to remember:

Sept. 2 - Getting Ready Science Test - All classes

Sept. 3 – School Pictures

Sept. 3 - Open House 5:30-7:00

Sept. 4 – 2:00 Dismissal

Sept. 7 – Labor Day NO SCHOOL


Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Howard, Mr. Lounsberry, Miss Reed, & Mrs. Masten

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