Welcome to Grade 4 Newsletter
133 Pine Street
Sherwood Park, AB
September 3, 2019
Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s);
Hello! Welcome to Grade 4! I am looking forward to working with your child this year. I would like to take this opportunity to pass along some information to you. If you have any questions about our classroom or the year in general, please do not hesitate to bring them to our Welcome BBQ and Meet the Staff Night on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. We welcome families to join us from 5:00 to 7:00. Please visit our classroom.
Grade 4 students enter and exit the school using the door of the portables located on the east side of the school. Students should try to arrive as close to our start time as possible. Supervision begins at 8:20 am and morning classes begin at 8:35. However, school doors will open at 8:00 am for students requiring early arrival. At this time, they can wait at the entrance doors until the supervision bell at 8:20 am.
Dismissal is at 3:15 pm (2:15 pm for Staff Meeting days) and students are to clear the school by the time busses depart. Adult supervision is required to remain on the playground so students should wait inside the front foyer if their ride has not arrived. Thanks for helping us ensure safe, orderly arrival and dismissal times.
Should your child need to leave school or be picked up due to illness or an appointment during school hours, he/she is to be met in the office area and signed out by a parent/guardian. As well, parents should sign their child in if he/she is late or returning to class.
Parents are asked to notify the school of a child’s absence - phone (780) 467-2246 or by email via the school website. If the school is not notified of a child’s absence, the school provides a child check service where a phone call will be made to ensure the safety of your child.
Parking/Student Drop off
Parking is limited at Pine Street School. Please follow posted signage. There are two drop off/pick up zones in which cars are to move steadily through. One is located at the front of the school on the north side of Pine Street and the second is on Conifer Street before/ after scheduled bus times.
Work and play safely
Respect others and their property
Listen to others
- Verbal warning
- Second warning
- Timeout/loss of privilege(s)/reward money
- Note in agenda or phone call home
- Referral to administrator/counselor
Students can earn classroom reward money for making positive behavior choices such as following the school and classroom rules, turning in work on time, helping others, etc. Students can spend their money on special pass purchases such as lunch with a friend, extra computer time, etc.
Thank you for remembering to review and sign your child's agenda daily. Any notes from the teacher or correspondence from the school will be put in the agenda to go home to parents. I encourage you to do the same, should you have any questions or concerns. Please sign and return all forms including field trip permission forms via the agenda Thank you.
In addition to the agenda, please check my eTeacher page for information on any important dates and information.
The students will copy a list of words in their agenda on Monday. The lists are comprised of words that students commonly need for their reading and writing. We will do several classroom activities with these words throughout the week. Please help your child practice the words and use the correct spelling in their writing. We do not have a weekly spelling test, but once the week is over, students are expected to spell those words correctly in their writing. If your child is away on a Monday, the word lists are also posted on my microsite (formerly e-teacher page). In addition to these spelling words, your child will also be using the Words Their Way program. A letter regarding this program will be sent home shortly.
Homework Expectations and Routines
Homework is each child's individual responsibility. All assignments will be recorded on the whiteboard in the classroom and students will be given time to organize and copy this down in their agendas. Homework should not exceed more than 20 minutes per night. I strongly suggest your child read at least 15 minutes daily. I also encourage practice of basic math facts for multiplication and division.
When applicable, students will be given advance notice of assignments, projects, and tests/quizzes. They will record these dates in their agendas. A variety of assessments will be used to determine your child’s level of achievement based on specific curricular outcomes. Please note that not all assignments will have a “mark” on them – but may rather have been used as part of a portfolio of assignments.
Our class will exchange books every Wednesday. Students are expected to take out at least one novel and then can choose a second item of their choice.
As part of the grade four Science unit Waste in Our World, we are continuing with our recycling program. Each day, the grade four students will take turns collecting classroom drink recyclable containers. The money received from the bottle depot will be collected to be used at the end of the year to recognize the students’ efforts with a bowling and pizza party.
Scholastic Book Orders
Throughout the year, parents/students will have the option to purchase books through Scholastic Book Clubs. Book orders are a great way for us to stock our classroom library, as we get bonus points and rewards from student purchases. The due date will be indicated on the order form. Please pay on line at scholastic.ca or by cheque payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd.
We invite you to become involved in your child’s education. There are many opportunities to help out including field trips and special events.
Dates to Remember
September 3 - First Day of School
September 5 - Early Dismissal - 2:15
September 17 - Welcome Back BBQ - 5:00 to 7:00
September 27 - Terry Fox Run
September 30 - Picture Day
I am looking forward to making this school year as productive and exciting as possible for all our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please include a note in your child's agenda, phone the school, or contact me via email. I will do my best to respond as promptly as possible.
I look forward to meeting you all soon!