Assessments: In the fourth grade I use a variety of assessments to determine your child’s needs and progress. These assessments include standardized tests, such as state-wide assessments and MAPs assessment. Non-standardized assessments are also used, such as assessments from the textbooks, teacher created assessments, projects and tasks that demonstrate learning, etc.. Our curriculum is geared so that all students can meet the Nebraska State Standards on the statewide tests. You may find a copy of these standards at www.nde.state.ne.us. If you cannot access the standards there, I will be happy to assist you in getting a copy.
Parent/Teacher Communication: Every day your child will bring home his/her assignment book. Our goal for the first part of the school year is to review the assignment books every afternoon in class, and I will stamp each student’s book. I would like for parents to also review them each evening with your child and to also sign or initial. This is also a wonderful place to jot quick notes. I do not always review assignment books first thing in the morning so your child will need to let me know earlier in the day if there is a note for our attention.
Friday Envelopes: These will come home on the last day of the week, typically Friday. They will contain all of your child’s corrected papers from the week, as well as the ‘Chieftain Chatter’ and any other items of interest. Please review the contents at home with your child. They should be very proud of all of their work. Please sign the outside of the folder and send it back to school on the first day of the next week.
Late Work: As we practice and effectively use our assignment books, we should have very little late work. If your child does have late work, your child, you, and I will work to develop a plan to get the work completed.
Clothing: As we approach cooler weather, I would like to re-emphasize that we do try to go outside everyday. The school policy is included in the Student Handbook. I also require that students have hats and gloves when it is below freezing. Keeping an extra set of gloves and a hat in their locker might be a good idea.
Although our school’s indoor climate is very nicely regulated, sometimes your child might like a sweater or sweatshirt. This might be another good item to keep in their lockers.
Your child will need athletic shoes on P.E. days. Our class has P.E. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Library Books: Our class will check in and check out library books on Tuesdays.
Teacher Hours: I am in the building on most days from 7:50 am to 3:50 pm unless I have a meeting or other obligations. The school phone number is (402) 625-2141 Ext. 127. I can also be reached by email. My email address is : firstname.lastname@example.org.