Work Habits and Academics
Your child will have several assignments during the school day for which he or she is responsible. If your child for any reason is unable to complete an in-class assignment, this will automatically become homework to be completed at home and returned to school the following day. Work not returned will result in a zero. Project due dates will be posted. Students are expected to adhere to these due dates as well. Please talk to your child about the importance of completing assignments.
Students will be assigned homework on a NIGHTLY and WEEKLY basis. Please check your child’s agenda every night to make sure all assignments are completed. Please initial the agenda nightly. 4th and 5th grade students should have 1 hour of homework a night. If your child is having difficulty completing their assignments in that time frame, please write me a note in their agenda. At the bottom of the agenda there is space provided for written communication that may need to occur. Students will be expected to read at least 20 minutes every night and practice their math facts for at least 5 minutes. These items should be included in the one hour.
4th and 5th grade students receive letter grades on the report card in addition to our standards based rubric (1-4). Grades are based on percentages, which are derived from their test assessments, class work, and class participation.
A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 – 79%
D = 60 – 69%
F = 59 % and below
Behavior Management and Rules
In order to provide our students with the excellent educational climate they deserve, the following Discipline Plan will be in effect at all times.
In our class we have 3 main rules:
Treat yourself with respect
Treat others with respect
Treat our school with respect
How we demonstrate our classroom rules:
- Show self-control
- Control talking
- Use good manners and have a positive attitude
- Show respect for others
- Listen and follow directions
- Do your personal best.
- Help others and be a good friend
If a student chooses to not follow classroom procedures then they will be given a verbal warning. After the initial verbal warning, if student continues to misbehave they will move their card on the behavior chart. The first movement of the card will lead to a verbal warning. The second movement of the card will lead to the loss of recess. The third movement of the card will lead to the SUCCESS room. Each day the student’s card will be moved back to the starting position. Cards can also be moved for great choices made toward academic success. All students are responsible for maintaining procedures and will be held accountable.
Rewards for positive behavior: tickets, prize box, recognition, Fun Friday, etc.
The AVID Binder will be sent home every day and will contain important classroom information. Please look through the folder and return the next day. Behavior sheets, weekly assessment information, and any classroom/school communication (newsletters, book orders, projects, etc.), along with graded assignments will be found in the folder. Inside the binder is a planner your child is to fill out with assignments, upcoming projects, and important dates every day. You will need to review their planner with them and initial them bottom of the page for that week.
I would love to use your help in the classroom. Please fill out the parent questionnaire and I will contact you. I need in class help: working with students, completing prep work, as well as home help.
Snacks, Lunches, and Water
Please make sure that your child is bringing a nutritious snack (please no Takis) and lunch to school (if bringing a lunch from home). There is no sharing of snack at school, so please bring an appropriate amount for one person. Our classroom has a water fountain, though some students may feel more comfortable bringing their own water bottle to class. Please make sure water bottles have a no spill lid.