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 our recess. They'll bring it outside with them to their recess, so a disposable container may be helpful for your child. There are plenty of trashcans on and around the playground. Students can also bring a water bottle to school each day. 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. 

Seesaw
We're going to use a tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. This is a digital journal for specifically for your child where we will upload their work throughout the year. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class. Students love uploading their work for their parents to see. You'll be able to "like" and comment on the different things they upload! 

I will also be uploading pictures and videos of things we're learning in class or fun pictures from our field trips and school events your child is involved in. Please look for information regarding Seesaw at the beginning of the school year on how to sign up.

Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web. 

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 jbgorkaya@dcsdk12.org

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