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The Need-to-Know Information about Ms. Brew’s Rockin’ 4 th Grade Class

Social Expectations Hello caregivers! I hope that the first week of this school year is going smoothly. I sent home a Welcome Letter on the first day of school and I mentioned a few things to expect throughout the school year. This newsletter is to share my expectations for the school year and to explain more about some events that will happen later on this year. Academic Expectations Now that we are in 4th grade, I expect that students become more responsible about their schoolwork. I expect all homework to be turned in on time and completed to the best ability. Students are to complete all of their own work; however seeking assistance when needed is encouraged. The Academic Honesty Guide is available on our school’s website, http://apsva.us/barrett. Homework A homework schedule will be sent home at the beginning of each week in the HomeSchool communication folder. Each day, students will also write their homework assignments in their planner, which will be provided by the school by the end of the week. Students should also be reading from a book of their choosing for a minimum of 15 minutes per night. If there are any homework questions throughout the week, I welcome phone calls and emails until 9 p.m. each school night to provide additional assistance. As I mentioned in the Academic Expectations section, I expect students to complete their own homework assignments. After homework is finished, I also expect that caregivers will review their students’ homework and sign their planner to show that you have reviewed their assignments for the night.

Fourth grade students should be becoming more independent both academically and socially. I do welcome contact from home, but I do expect students to ask their questions on their own too. I also expect everyone to be polite and courteous to everyone while in our classroom and that all students are on time and ready to learn each day. Students are also expected to keep their hands to themselves and abide by the “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all” philosophy. Students are expected to show respect to peers, adults, themselves, and everyone’s belongings. Respect is shown by asking for permission to use someone else’s things, using polite words, and always treating others the way that you want to be treated. Social skills will be practiced every morning during our Morning Meeting. It is very important that students are on time to school each day because of the importance of the material that we cover during our Morning Meeting time. Class Schedule 7:45 – 8:05

Arrival

8:05 – 8:30

Morning Meeting

8:30 – 9:00

Reading

9:00 – 9:30

Writing

9:30 – 10:30

Math

10:30 – 11:00 Specials 11:00 – 11:30 Lunch 11:30 – 12:15 Science/Social Studies 12:15 – 1:15

Reading

1:15 – 1:30

Afternoon Wrap-up/Pack up

1:30 – 1:45

Recess

1:45

Dismissal


Classroom Management In our classroom, there are multiple ways of monitoring behavior. I take a proactive approach to supporting appropriate behavior student behavior by providing the same coupons that are used throughout the rest of the school. Students receive gold coupons for positive social behavior and blue coupons for positive academic behavior. At the end of each Quarter, students will be able to use their coupons to “buy” things from the school store. Students also have the opportunity to earn tally points throughout every day for being on-task and acting as a positive role model for the rest of the class both academically and socially. The tallys will be collected and students will have the opportunity to use their points to “buy” small rewards, including a homework pass, extra computer time, or choosing something from the treasure box. In our classroom there is also a behavior chart. The behavior clip chart has six levels, from highest to lowest: rainbow, blue, green (where everyone begins the day), yellow, orange, and red. If students stay on green, blue, or rainbow of the clip chart throughout the entire week, students get a positive note home about their behavior and on the following Monday they get to pick something from the treasure box. The final position of each student’s clip is recorded in their planner at the end of the day. Field Trips I mentioned in the welcome letter our big field trip to the White House vegetable garden. We will be able to meet the First Lady Michelle Obama and have the opportunity to learn more about eating right and exercising and keeping our bodies healthy. To prepare for this field trip, we will be learning about these things during our science time. We are going to travel to Washington D.C. in one of our school buses and if anyone would like to accompany us as an additional chaperone it would be very welcomed! If you have any ideas or suggestions to help prepare for our field trip, please share!

Study Skills Study guides will be provided to review the most important information before big tests for students to complete at home. I am available for assistance on specific concerns by email or phone calls until 9pm. For additional help throughout the school year on material that we work on, the following websites are very helpful. >>> www.flocabulary.com >>> www.brainpop.com >>> www.brainpopjr.com Involvement I strongly encourage everyone to be involved. Any way that you would like to assist or help in or out of the classroom is more than welcomed. Some options for involvement include, but are not limited to:  Helping out in class during school  Coming along on field trips  Sending supplies to school  Stapling or organizing papers at home  Sharing ideas to help the class further their understanding of a subject  Any other way that you would like to be involved! If any of these interest you, please feel free to call or email me.

Contact Information! zoebrew@aps.va.us (703) 228-6288

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