Our fourth grade classroom is one that embodies positive thinking, independence, and responsibility. Students are expected to interact with peers with respect and acknowledge adults as both instructors and role models.
Each day, students are rewarded individually, in small groups, and as a class for their positive behavior. There are a variety of rewards given for positive behavior. Examples of positive behavior include: listening quietly during group or individual work, working cooperatively during group activities, keeping hands to oneself, obeying playground rules, demonstrating good sportsmanship, being polite, and following directions.
Fourth grade marks a transition of growth as a student. Students will be expected to become more independent in their schoolwork, homework, and behavior as a student. Examples of responsibility include: turning in assignments on time, returning library books, having classroom materials ready, maintaining an organized locker, desk, binder, and backpack, respecting school property, and putting name and number on all assignments.
Of course, situations arise when behaviors are required to be corrected. In these cases, discussions are had and parents are made aware through Jupiter or a phone call. Student consequences include a Jupiter alert to parents, conferences with student, loss of recess time, and/or loss of privileges.
Communication between home and school is essential. My phone number is 310-551-5100, ext. 6116 for voicemail, but emailing me is best email@example.com The Hawthorne phone number is 310-229-3675. The office will not interrupt class unless it is an emergency. I check email throughout the day, as scheduling permits, and will respond to messages as quickly as I can. You can also expect an email from me each week informing you of upcoming events, important dates, etc. You will receive this weekly news updates Sunday or Monday.
School announcements/flyers are placed in student mailboxes to be taken home. Students are encouraged to clean out their mailboxes daily. In an effort to cut down on paper, many notices are available on the school web site.
The school day is from 8:30 until 3:00 every day except Wednesday when it is from 9:30 to 3:00. Students eat lunch every day (except Wednesday) at 12:25. Due to the late lunchtime, it is very important that your child bring a healthy snack every day. On Wednesday lunch is at 11:50.
You will be notified of your student’s academic progress through Jupiter Grades and in a weekly folder sent on Wednesday. Please look over the graded assignments within the folder and indicate you have seen it by signing the appropriate form (stapled to the folder). We will have parent conferences before the first report card (at the end of November). Please rest assured that if a student were not on track to meet the standards, you would be contacted.
In the unfortunate event that your child falls ill, please keep them at home. Their assignments will be collected and they will be given time to complete them. Upon their return, the school requires you to fill in and submit an absence slip. I will always send one home if your child is absent, but you can always print one out from the Hawthorne website.
Students are asked to check their homework online using Jupiter Grades.
Birthdays are special days and we enjoy honoring students. Each student will be recognized on his or her birthday with a non-edible treat from me. At the conclusion of each trimester (November, February, and May), we will celebrate “un-birthdays” as well as “half-birthdays (summer birthdays)”. Students, whose birthdays fall in the preceding months, will be honored at these events. Parents will be notified of specifics.
We will be going on various field trips this year. They relate to the curriculum and you will receive more information as the dates approach. Parents will be needed as chaperones. There will be a sign-up at our Back to School Night.
Parent volunteers are needed periodically, but not on a weekly basis. There will be notices asking for you to help with class projects, field trips, and class parties. You may sign up for volunteering at Back-to-School night.
Students will be using hall lockers to store their backpacks. They will not be carrying home heavy books, so a non-rolling backpack is preferred. The backpack must fit easily inside the locker. The size of the locker is 11” wide.
Students should enter 4th grade knowing all of their multiplication tables (0-12).
Students should be comfortable doing all writing in cursive on the first day of school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:
(310) 551-5100 ext. 6116