Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to 4th grade! I am Mrs. Sarver, your child’s Reading, Writing, Language Arts, and Social Studies teacher. I am looking forward to building a collaborative relationship with you in order to have an exciting and productive year. I will summarize some of the major areas of interest in my fourth grade classroom. As you read it, jot down any questions you might have.
Reading: 2 grades weekly 1 grade from Reading journal 1 grade from weekly quiz. It is very important to respond to every reading assignment because graded journal entries are random. If you are ever unsure of what response to do, choose one from this thoughtful log list.
Writing: 2 weekly grades 1 skill or vocabulary lesson 1 sentence structure (respond to a question or prompt and we grade the proper use of capitalization, punctuation, and skills that have been taught).
Social Studies 2 graded activities weekly 1 comprehension 1 vocabulary.
Good communication between the home and school is vital to promote a healthy relationship between all of us. Please feel free to contact me any time with questions, comments, concerns, or information about your child. There are several options for communication between us:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I check my email in the morning and before I turn the computer off as I leave the classroom in the afternoon. I will return emails as soon as possible and am very timely with this type of communication. If you sign up for Class Dojo, I get the messages immediately. Traditionally, this has been my quickest form of communication.
Notes: I check the Daily Folder (homework notebook) for notes each morning. I will write a reply in the Binder Reminder when I have read the note. If you are changing the way your child goes home, you must write a note before a change of transportation can take place. If your child is absent, you must write an excuse within in 48 hours or it will be entered as unexecused.
Telephone Calls: The school telephone number is (936)258-2535. When you call the school, the secretaries and clerks will take a message and place it in my message pocket. I will check for messages when I am able to go to the teachers’ workroom. If I have duty or obligations that prevent me from going to the workroom, I may not receive the message immediately after your telephone call. In addition, I will return the call after my class has been dismissed and/or other school duties are completed.
The fourth grade teachers feel that homework is an integral part of the school curriculum. It serves as an important link between school and home to keep the families informed about the student’s learning, as well as reinforcing and extending what has been taught in the classroom. This year we are not going to have spelling tests. We will continue to use the “spelling words”, but for word study and vocabuary only. Also, the only homework being assigned this year is a reading log with response which will start off with reading for 20 minutes every night. The student’s reading time will increase throughout the year to develop stamina. The increase in minutes will be based on your student’s current goal.
You can not make people read.. Any more than you can make them love, or dream.