Classroom Info.

Classroom Economy
Fourth grade will use a classroom economy system during this school year. Through using this, we will be teaching the students: financial responsibility, organization, saving, critical thinking, as well as meet many 4th grade standards. It is a great hands on way to experience these skills! 

With the classroom money the kids will design, the students will be able to earn money through having a job, as well as through bonus cash by showing PRIDE and putting effort into their work. On the other hand, students who don't meet classroom expectations will be fined. Fines could include things such as not showing PRIDE, missing homework or classwork, etc. 

Students will be able to purchase different activities such as listening to music in class, picking the brain break activity, eating lunch with the teacher, etc. As a class, they will also be working to earn money towards a whole class reward such as extra recess, popsicles, or donuts. 

Don't be surprised if your child comes home with questions about money. You might find it a great opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion about financial responsibility.

Birthdays
We will be celebrating the birthday girl/boy in class in many ways. Students will get a small present from me (classroom money), and each student will write a small positive note and put it into your child's birthday bag (provided by me) to celebrate what makes your child special. I’m excited for each child to be the center of attention on his/her birthday!

Please do not send in treats; this is against school policy, as we are trying to promote healthy celebrations, and it would not be fair for the students who follow this policy or have food allergies. 


Snacks
Students are more than welcome to bring a healthy snack to eat during the day. Students will be allowed to eat their snack when they feel they are hungry and will be expected to clean up after themselves. Water will be the only drink students will be allowed to bring in the classroom. This will help prevent messy spills, as well as encourage students to make good choices while remaining hydrated. 

Communication
As I send newsletters, I will send you an email about what’s going on in our classroom that week. You can look for these emails often. 

If you need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

Water Bottle

Students need to bring a full water bottle to school each day. Water will be the only drink students will be allowed in the classroom. This will help prevent messy spills, as well as encourage students to make good choices while remaining hydrated.

Travel Folder

All students have a Travel Folder, which has the 20 Book Challenge and homework (if given). The purpose of this folder is to go home each day. If a student has any work that needs to be completed at home, it will be placed in the Travel Folder. Please make sure your child brings this back to school each day. 

Thursday Folder
Thursday Folders will be sent home EVERY Thursday. This folder will have papers from the school and work that your child has done in class. Please take all items out of this folder and make sure your child brings it back the next day. These folders are housed in the classroom.

The work coming home is a body of work, and not the end all be all of where your child is at. But, it is a good indicator to gauge their performance in the classroom. This is also a great place to review work that is current and purposeful to what we are doing. 


Homework

This year, students will have 2 homework assignments, The 20 Book Challenge & iReady Lessons. Please see your child's Travel Folder for directions on the 20 Book Challenge (orange sheet). On average, students should be reading 15-20 minutes each night toward this challenge. I have gone over this in detail with the students.  

Each week (by Friday) students need to complete 1 lesson in iReady Reading
and 1 lesson in iReady Math. 

Some students will be asked to complete work that was not finished in class at home. Or I may read out to you about additional supports that could be used to help your student review and prepare for the classroom learning.

Restrooms

Due to not having restrooms in the mobiles, we do take regular scheduled bathroom breaks throughout the day. 

Lunch

Lunch is no longer  free this year, students will need to have money in their account to purchase lunch and/or snacks.




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