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Each student has been given a blue plastic FOLDER. This is designed to enhance parent/teacher communication. It also provides a safe place for important papers like homework. Because of this, it is important that this folder goes back and forth from school to home daily. It is cleverly named the "Blue Folder." LOL!
What goes inside the folder?
1 When papers go home in the Blue Folder, you may remove papers that are GRADED. Then you can either file them or toss them etc. according to your preference.
If something is not yet graded, it MUST come back to school. This often happens with math homework if your child finished his/her math during class time but it hasn't been graded yet.
2. Do NOT send back important papers in the MESH folder. Anything you want me to see needs to come to school in the blue folder. I do not check the MESh folder as I expect it to come back to school empty. Thanks.
The first day of the school week (usually Monday) the weekly newsletter will be sent home in the front sleeve of the blue folder. This contains important information about what is happening at school that week. It also includes the week's homework assignments. Please check it every day, but especially on Mondays. FYI, The Listening Post is also posted on our classroom website each week so you can access it at any time.
All 4th grade students have been provided a Lincoln School Agenda. This is a calendar/organizer designed to enhance all the students' organization skills and to help them keep track of homework and important events etc.
The students are required to write their homework assignments in the agenda each day. We usually fill it out on Mondays, using the homework listed in The Listening Post. Classwork assignments might also get added throughout the week. This happens when in class work did not get completed. In that case it needs to go home to get finished that evening. This is known as "leftovers."
PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD'S AGENDA TO KEEP TRACK OF SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTS AND DUE DATES.
I WILL ALSO ADD NOTES FOR YOU TO SEE AS NEEDED. Sometimes I will request a signature and/or a reply.
The most important supplies for the classroom are:
Nice to have supplies are:
Homework that is listed in The Listening Post is the official homework of the week. Typically, time is provided in class to work on homework/classwork.
This is how actual HOME time and SCHOOL time should work:
Word Power - enough time is provided at school to do this. Should NOT involve homework.
Word Hunt - this is done when your child is reading. So they could find words while reading in class. Or they could find words when reading their book club book at home. Or they could find words when they do any free time reading at home. So this does not involve extra time.
Spelling - this is done at home. On Tuesday they write each word twice. This should not take more than 15 minutes. On Thursday they take a quiz (at home) and write each word once. This should take 10 minutes. IF they need to practice misspelled words, it could require 5 to 10 more minutes.
Math - plenty of time is provided at school to do the math "homework." This should not typically involve home time.
Math facts - each school night your child will take 2 math facts tests. These are timed. The maximum time for each test is 3 minutes. So the most home time needed is about 7 minutes. Some students will be working on a 2 minute or a 1 minute goal, which decreases the home time needed.
Writing - plenty of time is provided at school. The only time this involves home time is when your child still hasn't finished a writing assignment after much time has been given at school.
Reading - students are now reading Island of the Blue Dolphins at school together with me. I use this as a teaching opportunity to practice comprehension strategies that good readers do. I will do a LOT of "hand holding" during this learning time. After this, we will launch into book clubs. This means they will read an assigned "chunk" at home Monday through Thursday. This will include the reading and also writing post-its. This will take the most amount of home time. Depending on the book they chose and how quickly they read, this could take 20 to 30 minutes. At school, when they finish their work, they have the option to do their reading so it doesn't have to be done at home. This is known as "Use Time Wisely." It is possible for all the reading to get done at school.
Typically, daily "At Home" work should look like:
Math facts - 10 minutes or less
Reading - 30 minutes
Spelling - 15 minutes or less (on Monday and Thursday only)
If your child is spending more than an hour a night on homework, please let me know. We will then be able to troubleshoot and come up with some solutions. The key is communication.
Please be aware that everything your child is working on might NOT be homework. If you feel like the work load is too much, check the Listening Post to see if it actually is homework. It may actually be "leftovers." Please refer to the next section for an explanation.
Work that is assigned in class but is not completed by the time it is due, needs to go home to be completed. This only happens after much time has been provided already.
Any leftovers should be written in the agenda by your child. He/she is responsible to add this before going home.
I do NOT send something home as Leftovers unless I have given ample class time to complete it. This is usually means that many days and lots of work time in class was provided.
Leftovers are due at school the following day.
Your child is now considered an intermediate student and as such it is important that he/she has an email account.
I recommend that you create a new gmail account that you SHARE with your child. It is important that you can monitor the email.
Please make sure that:
Lincoln School sends home a parent communication folder most Thursdays which is known as the MESH folder. This will contain information and flyers about school events and policies.
FYI: Many teachers also send home graded papers in the MESH each week. However, I send graded papers home in the daily Blue Folder instead.
Also, please do not return any forms or paperwork in the MESH folder. I do not look inside the returned MESH folders. Instead, all forms and notes etc. should be put in the daily Blue Folder. This folder is checked every day.
Grades will be assigned using the new CUSD 3 rubric number system.
These numbers refer to:
3 = GREAT! My work shows I am proficient and I understand what is required. I can successfully do the work without help or with a little help. ( When graded papers come home I will mark them 3+, 3, or 3-. in order to give you a better indiction of where they are on that assessment. The 3+ is equivalent to 90% - 100%. The 3 is equivalent to a 83% - 89%. The 3- is equivalent to 80% - 82%.)
2 = I'M GETTING THERE. My work shows that I am developing my understanding. I need help to complete my work. My work may not show much effort and possibly shows some rushing. ( The 2+ is equivalent to a 79% - 76%. The 2 is equivalent to 75% - 73%. The 2- is equivalent to 72% - 70%.)
1 = I NEED HELP. My work shows that I am having difficulty understanding and had a lot of mistakes. I needed a lot of help to complete the work. It may also have been a rushing issue. (equivalent to 69% and lower)
FYI: The option of getting a 4 has been eliminated. In the past, a 4 equaled to a 100%. On graded papers I will now mark 3++ and also write 100% to show that the paper was perfect with no errors.
A grade of 1 on any assignment or test will require a parent signature. This policy is in place to assure me that you are aware of the grade your child received. Everyone can have a bad day and get a poor grade once in awhile. This will not typically affect the overall report card grades. However, if your child is receiving a grade of 1 FREQUENTLY, it is an indication that your child is struggling in a particular subject. If this happens, we will work together as a team to figure out how to best support your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are concerned.
Birthdays are special days and students often want to acknowledge the day by bringing treats to share with the class.
The school policy is that students are not permitted to bring food. However, feel free to bring a non-food item to share. Of course this is optional.
Some ideas are: