Dear Families,


         Welcome Sorrento Elementary parents and fourth grade students! This will be a very exciting year for your child. There are many challenges we prepare your child for in fourth grade. 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 when fourth graders begin to take more responsibility as learners. With your assistance and guidance, this will be a successful year for your child.    


         In order to prepare your child to become successful in fourth grade, to meet the Florida Standards/Common Core, all fourth grade teachers will be working as a team to meet the needs of your child.    


    Our fourth grade team:


    Mrs. Pandolph       Mr. Vest       Mrs. Granados/Mrs. Thompson  

                 Mr. Piano/Mrs. Ledoux                


         Our reading program is a 90-minute block of reading time. It concentrates on fluency, a variety of fiction and non-fiction comprehension skills, and writing. Please follow are weekly newsletter for the current skills we are working on during this block. We also encourage all students to read daily to help them master the skills they are learning in class.


         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. Mastery is accomplished by practicing not only in the classroom, but also at home. There is a fabulous website, www.xtramath.org , where students can practice their multiplication facts.


         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 homework Monday through Thursday. 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 provide the best education your child deserves.   


        In the folder provided, you will find the necessary forms that you need to complete for your child. When you read and sign all the necessary class and school forms, please return them by Friday, August 18th, in the folder we provided.  


      Here is our schedule for the 2017-2018 school year:


    The final bell will ring at 8:25 in the morning and dismissals will begin at 3:00.


         M, T, Th, F

    • Morning activity- 8:00-8:30 AM
    • Reading – 8:30 – 10 AM
    • Math – 10 – 11:30 AM
    • Lunch 11:30 – 12:00 PM
    • Science/Lang. Arts/Writing – 12:10 – 1:10 PM (Two week rotation)
    • Specials – 1:10 – 2:00 PM
    • Reading Remediation- 2:00-2:30
    • Social Studies- 2:30-3:00



    • Morning Work Stations- 8:00-8:30 AM
    • Reading – 8:30 – 10 AM
    • Math – 10 – 11:30 AM
    • Lunch
    • Science/Lang. Arts/Writing – 12:20 – 12:55 PM (Two week rotation)
    • Specials 12:55-1:25
    • S.T.E.M.- 1:25-2:00

    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 is given.


    1. Student Class Outline – On the first day of school, I will read, along with the students, Code of Conduct, 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.


    1. 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 8:30 AM and it is their responsibility to follow their assignments outlined on their homework calendar. Please sign the agenda every day as well as the Weekly Newsletter/Homework Calendar that will be located in their binders. If you need to write me a note, feel free to do so.


    1. Weekly Newsletter and Homework Calendar – will be sent home every Monday, in the student’s binder, with the student’s weekly spelling words, important information, etc.
    2. Take Home Folder – I will be sending a purple folder home every five weeks  Included in the foldwer are:
      1. students’ graded work;
      2. progress reports;
      3. current i-Ready data.

         Please return the folder on the following Monday along with the signed Progress Report Envelope.

    1. Homework – Students will have homework in Reading and Math every night, Monday – Thursday, with no exceptions. Homework is an integral part of the student’s success in the classroom. 


    1. 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.


    1. 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. In addition, cupcakes, etc. must be store bought because of student allergies to peanuts, etc. Special tables are provided in the Cafeteria for such occasions.

               *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.


    1. Snacks – Students may bring bottled water and a salty snack – sugar snacks are not be permitted.


    1. Fidget spinners – Fidget spinners are not permitted in the classroom.  


    With your support and encouragement, we can make the 2017 - 2018 a triumphant year for your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am available for conferences between 7:30 – 8 AM and 3:15 – 3:30 PM, Monday – Friday or you can call me at the school at (352) 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,

                                               Michael Piano Jr. M.S.Ed.