I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I am so excited to begin our new school year! I really enjoyed meeting everyone at orientation last week and am looking forward to getting to know everyone better. We are off to a great start! This week we will begin a regular schedule of “switching” classes, and we will be getting right to work in all of our subjects! In Language Arts, students have been assigned a “Brown Bag Biography” project. Directions were sent home on Tuesday, and students will share with their class on Thursday. I am really looking forward to seeing the presentations and learning more about everyone!
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year together!
Below is a copy of the 4th Grade Welcome Letter we emailed previously, in case you missed it. Have a terrific week!
Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
We are honored to have the privilege of teaching your fourth grade student this school year. The next nine months promise to be ones of excitement, discovery, and challenge as we guide these curious and motivated students to academic achievement in all subject areas. This year may be different than years past and will present some new challenges to us all, but together we will work through them and have a terrific year!
The fourth graders will have Mrs. Kovatch for Language Arts and Science, Mrs. Sullivan for Math, Mrs. Hughes for Reading, and Mrs. Namoff for Religion, Social Studies, and Spelling.
We will continue with the Go Math series this year. The curriculum includes interactive lessons and technological supports for the students. The students will have a username and password to log-on and access the series’ webpage. Also, regular flashcard practice of all four math operations, especially multiplication and division, should be done on an on-going basis. We recommend you practice with your child several times a week.
In Reading class this year, we will be using our new school-wide series, Into Reading. Our curriculum will focus on short stories within the reader, which will help students develop strategies to reinforce and teach skills necessary for reading and comprehension success.
English class will focus on an increased study of the parts of speech and punctuation. The students’ writing skills will also be enhanced through a variety of writing projects designed to increase their ability to write narrative, descriptive, opinion/persuasive, and expository reports.
The Religion series provides a combination of engaging bible stories, profiles of saints, morality lessons, and prayer to foster the spiritual development of every child.
In Science class this year, students will be learning about many exciting topics including: Plant and Animal Adaptations, The Human Body, Types of Energy, and the Solar System.
Social Studies class will begin with a study of the geography of the world and map skills. Students will also learn about the geography of the United States, including a study of our country’s regions and the fifty states, as well as their capitals. This year, students will also study the history of our country and our state.
Spelling tests will be given every Friday, and Handwriting will be an important skill practiced throughout the year in individual cohorts.
Students will receive a copy of their specials schedule at our upcoming orientation days.
This year we will not be utilizing weekly folders, so please check your child’s eight-pocket folder daily for any graded papers and check Powerschool regularly to stay updated on your child’s progress.
A new and exciting change is that Chromebook computers will be assigned to each fourth grade student for the upcoming school year! The Chromebooks won’t be available at the start of the year, but should be available by the beginning of October. Since our students will be working with these devices this year, all of the 4th grade students will be receiving a Google email account, and all of the teachers have created Google Classrooms for each of the subjects they teach. Even though their devices won’t be available right away, we would like all of the students to log-in to their accounts and join all of their classes as soon as possible. Having all of the students logged-in to their classes will be vital, should we need to transition to remote learning. We will provide you with your child’s account information and detailed instructions for getting logged-in and joining classes during the first week of school.
For email communication this year, teachers will be using their Google accounts. This way, students and parents can both email teachers directly. Our email addresses are: Mrs. Kovatch- email@example.com, Mrs. Sullivan- firstname.lastname@example.org, Mrs. Hughes- email@example.com, Mrs. Namoff- firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to email us at any time with any questions or concerns.
We look forward to an exciting and fulfilling year with your student!
Mrs. Kovatch, Mrs. Sullivan, Mrs. Hughes, and Mrs. Namoff