Dear Families of Fourth Grade:
Welcome fourth graders! This will be a very exciting year for your child. There are many challenges in fourth grade that your child must be prepared for. The fourth grade team, as well as myself, has many exciting things planned for your child in order for them to succeed to their full potential. This is the time that fourth graders begin to take more responsibility as learners. With your assistance and guidance this will be a successful year for your child.
As you know, Sorrento Elementary received a grade of “A” for the 2013 - 2014 school year. This was an accomplishment of all our school members and parents working together to meet the needs of the students through hard work and dedication.
In order to prepare your child to become successful in fourth grade, to meet the Sunshine State Standards/Common Core, all fourth grade teachers will be working as a team to meet the needs of your child.
Our fourth grade team:
Ms. Jandreau/Mr. Vest Mrs. Fields/Ms. Ross Mrs. Southall/Mrs. Ledoux
Our classroom reading program, Just Read, is a 90-minute block of reading time. It concentrates on phonics, fluency, and comprehension with flexible grouping and centers. The website, www.spellingcity.com, is a fun way to practice weekly spelling words.
Math is also an integral part of fourth grade curriculum. In fourth grade, students will be place value, multiplication, division, graphs and data, adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators, adding and subtracting decimals, measurement, as well as area and volume. Students must master their multiplication facts 1 – 12. This is accomplished by practicing not only in the classroom, but also at home. There is a fabulous website, www.multiplication.com, where students can practice their multiplication facts by playing entertaining games.
In addition to Reading and Math, your child will receive intensive instruction in Writing, Science and Social Studies. Science class will incorporate experiments that will follow along with our units of study as well as the Scientific Method.
Fourth grade is such a challenging year with many changes in curriculum, homework, testing and responsibilities. Homework is an important part of your child’s learning. To reinforce our reading and math programs students will be required to do nightly homework. As a fourth grade team we want the best for your child. The fourth grade teachers will continually work together as a team in order to best provide the education your child deserves.
In the folder provided, you will find the necessary forms that need to be completed for your child. When you read and sign all the necessary class and school forms, please return them by Friday, August 22nd, in the folder. This folder will then become your child’s take home folder with any other forms, school work, etc. for the duration of the year.
The following information is important:
1. Visitors – All visitors to the Sorrento Elementary School campus, must enter through the
Administration office. Driver’s licenses will be required and a visitor’s pass will be given.
2. Student Class Outline – On the first day of school, I will read, along with the students, class rules,
rewards, consequences, etc. It is important that you take the time to read and sign this outline so
there will be no misunderstandings.
3. Agendas – Communication is vital between parent and teacher for each student’s success.
Students will bring home their Agenda everyday with the list of their daily assignments,
homework, and any important information for the parent. This is posted on the board every morning when the student enters the classroom at 8:20 AM and it is their responsibility to get it written in their agenda. Please sign the agenda every day. If you need to write me a note, feel free to do so.
4. Weekly Newsletter – this will be sent home every Monday, attached in the Agenda, with the student’s
weekly spelling words, important information, etc.
5. Take Home Folder – I will be sending home every Friday students’ graded work. Please
return the folder on the following Monday along with the signed agenda. If the
student loses or misplaces the folder, it will be their responsibility for replacing it.
6. Homework – Students will have homework in Reading and Math every night, Monday –Friday, with
no exceptions. Homework is an integral part of the student’s success in the class room.
7. No Make Up Work – Students will not be given the opportunity to make up work unless
they have an excused absence, thus they will have 5 days from the day they return to
to school to turn in missing class work and homework.
Students have the opportunity to turn in their class work, for whatever reason, the
following morning when I collect the work from the day before.
8. Lunch/Parties – If a parent plans on having lunch with their child, please send a note with the
student that morning so I am informed. Also, if you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday by
bringing in cupcakes, cookies, etc., I will need to have a 48 hour notice, so I may work it into our school
day. Also, cupcakes, etc. must be store bought because of student allergies to peanuts, etc.
Special tables will be provided in the Cafeteria for such occasions, as well as tables with umbrellas
on the outside patio.
*It is very important that parents have lunch with their child only – friends of the student will not
be permitted to join their classmate and parent for lunch.
9. Snacks – Students may bring bottled water and a salty snack – sugar snacks will not be permitted.
With your support and encouragement we can make the 2014 - 2015 a triumphant year for your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am available for conferences between 7:45 – 8:15 AM and 3:15 – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday or you can call me at the school at 385 – 1140. My door is always open.
I am very excited about the coming school year and working with you to make this a great experience in learning for your child.
Thank you for your support,