Back to School Ms. Damos Fourth Grade 2015-2016 Contact Information firstname.lastname@example.org 1561 Joiner Pkwy., Lincoln, CA 95648 916-434-5255 Please feel free to email me anytime. This is the best way to reach me. I can also be reached at the school’s phone number above and will return your calls within 24 hours. Website http://fres.wpusd.k12.ca.us/subsites/Daisy-Damos I am also the site tech trainer for FRE. About Me I grew up in Sonora, CA . I have two children. Maddy is in 10th Grade, and Jesse is a senior in high school. I have a Masters in Education, a Supplemental Authorization in Technology and an Administrator Credential I have been teaching for 10 years. I have taught 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th , and 8th grade. I am delighted to be teaching 4th grade this year at FRE! Absent Procedures Students have 24 hours after, for each day missed, to complete missed assignments. When students return to school, they can write their missed assignments in their agenda and turn it in the following day. As a courtesy, one of my students will collect assignments missed that day and put them into an absent folder. At the end of the day, we will call you to let you know your child’s work is in the office. If we do not call you, your work will still be in the office at 2:40. Attendance Attendance is taken via the computer by 8:20. If you child comes on campus after 8:15, they must get a tardy slip and check in with the office. If school lunch is needed, they must tell the attendance clerk. Accelerated Reader Accelerated Reader is a program that helps students to monitor their success in reading. Students should take a quiz every time they finish a book. This will aid in their reading comprehension. Students can take quizzes on books that they read at school during AR time. When goals are reached, we will have an AR party at the end of the trimester. Behavior Policy Class & School Expectations Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe If students are not following the expectations, they will: #1 – Warning #2 – Refocus #3 – RDR #4 – Citation Field Trips Fourth graders will be having two field trips this year. We will go to Empire Mine and one other either Coloma or Old Sac in the spring. Grading & Report Card We have a new report card this year. In fourth grade, students will be assigned a letter grade based on California Common Core State Standards. Soon, I will be using Jupiter Ed, which is an online program that allows you to view your child’s grades and assignments online. More information to come. Grade Achievement Proficiency Level A 90%-100% Meets or Exceeds Grade Level Standards B 80%-89% Meets or Exceeds Grade Level Standards C 70%-79% Progressing Towards Grade Level Standards D 60%-69% Progressing Towards Grade Level Standards F 0-59% Below Grade Level Standards Social Studies 4th Graders will be learning about the land of California, early people of California, early history to statehood, growth and development since 1850, and the California government. Music Music is taught by Mrs. Azar. Her website and information can be found online. Homework There will be homework every weekday except Friday. To teach responsibility, fourth graders will write assignments in their agenda. Time will be given in class to start homework assignments; however, any unfinished assignment will need to be completed at home. All students need to be spending time reading at night. When assigning AR goals, I included 30 minutes of reading at home. Please make sure your child is reading every night. Progress reports are due, signed by the parent/guardian, on Monday morning. If I send you an electronic progress report, you do not need to sign it. Science The 4th grade science is taught by Mrs. Curry. The curriculum is Foss publishers. It has a wonderful hands on activities to engage your child. You can find their contact information on our school website. Language Arts District adopted several novels that I will be teaching from this year. They include, but are not limited to, Island of the Blue Dolphins, By the Great Horn Spoon, Esperanza Rising, and several more. These novels include exciting stories which we will work for several weeks. Spelling tests, vocabulary tests, and comprehension tests accompany each story. For computer time, I will teach students how to use Google Docs so that they can save their papers online and access them at home. Envision Math 4th graders will be learning about Envision Workbook- The reteach will be given as class work, and the practice page will be given as homework each night. Students will also use the textbook for homework. Math tests and quizzes will be given out as summative and formative assessments. If students do not score above a 70%, they will be allowed to complete a test redo. Physical Education Students will have P.E. twice a week on Monday and Friday. Students need to have running shoes on those two days. If students do not have the proper shoes, they will not be allowed to participate and they will receive a zero for the day. Conferences/ Report Cards Report cards are issued mid-November, beginning of March, and the last day of school. Conferences will be held in November. If your son or daughter is passing all subjects, conferences will not be mandatory. If your son or daughter is not passing, then I will let you know that I need to have a mandatory conference. I am happy to meet with you anytime throughout the school year. Please contact me to set up an appointment. In addition, I also send home weekly progress reports. This will need to be signed by you and returned to school on Monday. Volunteers Parents are encouraged to volunteer. There are a variety of ways to get involved in the classroom and the school. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer form and packet. Volunteer packets are located in the office. To volunteer, you need to have a TB test on file with the office. To go on fieldtrips and the bus, you must also have live scan fingerprints on file with the office. The TB test is good for 4 years, and the live scan is good as long as your child is at this school. It is a good idea to get them done. Thank you! Spelling Pretest on Monday If your son or daughter gets 100%, then they do not need to take the final test on Friday. The number of spelling words your son or daughter will have depends on the vocabulary words. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, students will have spelling homework. Final Test on Friday Library Tuesday is our library day. Your child may check out one book at a time. He/she must bring back his/her library book every Tuesday and either return or renew them. If your student finishes the book before then, he/she can return it at any time. Book Orders Once a month book orders will come home. If you order online, the class will receive a free book. You are able to create your own log-in and password this year using our class activation code (www.scholastic.com/bookclubs - L7L6C). If you turn your order into me, please make your check out to scholastic. It usually takes two weeks to deliver from the day the order is submitted. Birthdays You are welcome to send in a treat for your child’s birthday. If your child’s birthday falls on a break, they can celebrate it when they return to school. We will celebrate all summer birthday’s during the last week of school. Spirit Days Spirit Days are every Friday. To show our spirit we wear burgundy and grey. School t-shirts are the easiest way to do this. There will also be special themed days throughout the school year. Tentative Daily Schedule MONDAY Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 8:15- 9:00 Science 9:00-10:00 Math 8:15- 10:00 Math 10:15—10:50 Library 8:15- 9:00 Science 8:30-10:00 Math 8:15- 9:10 Math 10:15-11:15 Language Arts 8:15- 9:00 Science 9:00-10:00 Math 10:15--12:00 Language Arts 10:50--12:00 Language Arts 10:15--12:00 Language Arts 11:15-12:00 Music 10:15-1-12:00 Language Arts 12:00-12:40 Lunch 12:00-12:50 Lunch 12:50-1:30 AR 12:00-12:50 Lunch 12:50-1:30 AR 12:00-12:50 Lunch 12:50-1:30 AR 12:00-12:50 Lunch 12:50-1:30 AR 12:50-1:40 P.E. 1:30-2:40 Social Studies 1:30-2:15 Social Studies 1:30-2:00 Social Studies 1:30-1:50 Social Studies 2:15- 2:40 Computers 2:00- 2:40 Art 1:50-2:40 P.E. Wish List We sincerely appreciate any donations. If you have items around the house that are not being used, or have too many of, we would love to have them. Such as: * Reams of printer/copy paper (Lots Please) * Color Paper and Lined Paper * Prizes for the Raffle * Kleenex * Disinfecting wipes * Books Thank you for coming! I look forward to a great year full of fun and learning.