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?
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.
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. 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. Assignments might also get added throughout the week.
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. Unless stated otherwise, homework is due the day after it is assigned.
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 not 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.
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 many days and lots of work time 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.
Please make sure that:
Lincoln School sends home a parent communication folder every Thursday. 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 daily.
Grades will be assigned using the CUSD 4 rubric number system.
These numbers refer to:
4 = WOW! My work is exemplary. It is accurate and thorough and shows depth of knowledge. (equivalent to a 100%)
3 = GREAT! My work shows I am proficient and I understand what is required. (FYI: 3+ equivalent to 90% - 99%. 3 equivalent to a 83% - 89%. 3- equivalent to 80% - 82%.)
2 = I'M GETTING THERE. My work shows that I am developing my understanding. My work may not show much effort and possibly shows some rushing. ( 2 equivalent to a 79% - 73%. 2- equivalent to 72% - 70%.))
1 = I NEED HELP. My work shows that I am having difficulty understanding and had a lot of mistakes. It may also have been a rushing issue. (equivalent to 69% and lower)
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.
As you are aware, each student has a CUSD Google Doc/Drive account. This makes it much easier to work on the same documents at school, at home, grandma's house etc. The accounts have been set up by CUSD behind a firewall for privacy. They should have the same password they used last year.
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: