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Dear 4th Grade Student and Family,
WOW! Can you believe that school is right around the corner? I cannot believe how fast this summer has gone by. I know that I write that every year, but I think each year the summers go by faster and faster. I have had some wonderful weeks of fun and learning with my family. The best part of summer for me is all of the time that I get to spend with family and friends. I absolutely love family and friend time. I cannot wait to share my stories with you. I also hope that you have had some great adventures this summer too and I am very excited to hear all about them. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with the class please feel free to bring them in. I love to see pictures and hear your stories.
I am also excited to hear about all of the great books that you have read this summer. Reading is so relaxing. I love to get lost in a good book. I hope you remembered to do some math fact practice too. J
I have been working in our classroom and as sad as I am to have summer ending I am also very excited to work with you. I have also stocked up our classroom with some brand new supplies. I am already thinking about what topic in science and social studies we are going to start with as well as what the first book that we are going to read together. The book that I am going to read to you to start the school year off is called Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. It is a great book and I am sure that you will enjoy it.
I know that you are probably wondering what you need to bring on the first day of school and there are a few things that I would like for you to bring.
*six folders ~ Just basic regular folders is all you need.
*binder ~ Just a basic 1 inch binder (no bigger please). Please do not bring in any trapper keepers. I will ask you to bring it back home.
*two one-subject spiral bound notebooks ~ Please don’t get any larger than a one-subject spiral bound notebook because they take up too much room in your desk. I ask for spiral bound because they are much easier to fold over when we want to focus on a specific page.
*pencil box/case ~ This is to help keep your desk organized (organization is a huge part of fourth grade).
*1 yellow highlighter
*pencils ~ as many as you want because they always seem to disappear quickly and if you can, bring them already sharpened if possible, no worries if not
*1 or 2 pens (any color is fine)
*headphones ~ these will be used every week in computer class and we may use them during the day in our classroom
I want to assure you that I do have all of the other school supplies that you will possibly need (scissors, rulers, markers, crayons, glue sticks, etc...). I know that a lot of you like to bring in your own supplies and that is fine too. Please be sure that any of the other supplies that you may choose to bring in fit in the pencil box/case that you have, so that your desk stays neat and tidy. I do ask that you do not bring in any personal pencil sharpeners. They tend to be more of a distraction then anything else and they often make unnecessary messes on the floor. I will ask you to bring it back home. I have two pencil sharpeners in the classroom that you will be able to use each morning.
Once again this year, as in third grade, the school will provide you with a homework log, also known as a planner. I will ask that each student use the school provided one and we will use this each and every day, which will help us learn more about organization and how important and helpful it is.
A few other things that you will most likely want to have on the first day of school are a snack for our morning snack time (actually you will want to bring a snack each day because we have snack each day). You will also want a lunch if you want cold lunch but of course there will be hot lunch available, your backpack because there will most likely be some important papers to take home to mom and dad (they will have homework on the first day of school – ha-ha J), and if you would like, a water bottle to keep at your desk. Most importantly, you will need a positive attitude and a great smile. Those two things will definitely make it a great fourth grade year.
Our classroom can always use extra healthy classroom snacks (everyone forgets once in a while to bring a snack) and tissues. We always seem to be in need of those two things, as well as pencils. If you could spare any extra just send it in at anytime. I will also ask for donations of other things from time to time.
Please remind your parents to check out my website. To get there they simply have to go to the school’s website which is wes.aos92.org and go to the section on the left and scroll down to find Mrs. Pomerleau’s 4th Grade link and click on it. It will bring them right to my website. I have already started updating it for the school year and it always has important information on it, things like dates and homework. Please also tell your parents that they can reach me anytime via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at school at 872-1967 ext 2125.
It is very important to remember not to make your backpack to heavy for yourself because it is not safe for your back.
I know some of you like to plan ahead, so as of right now, our specials are as follows:
Monday ~ Music (bring your recorders and packets)
Tuesday ~ Art
Wednesday ~ Phys. Ed (always have sneakers)
Thursday ~ Library (have your library books)
Friday ~ Computer
Keep collecting those box tops for education. By turning those in, it helps the school earn lots of great new things. I bet there will be some contests this year like there was last year.
Please let your parents know that this year our open house will be on Monday, August 28th from 4:30 to 5:30pm. I wanted to be sure to give them enough notice about the date. This night is for you and your parents and I look forward to seeing you again and meeting your parents that evening.
Enjoy your last few days of summer vacation and be sure to get some rest so that you are ready to be part of our great adventures that will happen in our Fourth Grade Learning Extravaganza. I look forward to seeing you at our open house and then again, bright and early on Wednesday, August 30th, for our first day of fourth grade together. We are sure to have a fabulous fourth grade year!
Our Current Learning Goals:
Reading: Students will understand how to answer questions completely and thoroughly.
Writing: Students will understand about the organization piece (the structure, thread of meaning, pattern, or order of ideas) in their writing.
Language: Students will understand nouns and verbs.
Spelling: Students will understand letter combinations.
Social Studies: Students will be able to understand and use maps.
Math: Students will understand place value.