Dear Parents --

We're excited about having your children in our classrooms! This year students will be switching classes. We know this is a big change for them, so we will be working on organization throughout the year to help the students keep up with their supplies and materials as they go to other classrooms.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your child's educational experience. We look forward to a great year in fourth grade!

Ms. Murray natasha.murray@gcisd.net

Mrs. Clem nicki.clem@gcisd.net

Mrs. Auker catherine.auker@gcisd.net

Miss Schmitz diana.schmitz@gcisd.net

TEACHER/PARENT COMMUNICATION

Our conference period is from 8:00-8:50 a.m. We would be happy to conference with you during that time. Each teacher reserves two days a week for team and content area planning. Please check with your child's teacher to see which days they are available to meet. 

Miss Schmitz's class:

Miss Schmitz -- math, science

Mrs. Auker -- reading, writing, social studies

For Mrs. Auker's class:

Miss Schmitz -- math, science

Mrs. Auker -- reading, writing, social studies

For Ms. Murray's class:

Mrs. Clem -- math, science

Ms. Murray -- reading, writing, social studies

For Mrs. Clem's class:

Mrs. Clem -- math, science

Ms. Murray -- reading, writing, social studies

DIGITAL CLASSROOMS

Fourth-grade students will utilize digital tools necessary to approach learning in a whole new way. While the content of fourth grade has not changed, the manner in which students access information and construct meaning from it will look different. Fewer paper worksheets will be completed. Each student has an iPad to use every day. In addition, classrooms have laptops for students to use.

INFORMATION ABOUT FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM

Language Arts

The language arts curriculum consists of several components:

  • Reading - Students will study comprehension strategies through self-selected reading choice along with poetry.
  • Spelling - Students will have spelling lists and activities that reinforce the spelling rule of the week.
  • Grammar - Students will be encouraged to display a basic knowledge of proper grammar. New skills will be introduced and prior skills will be reinforced. These skills will be integrated across the curriculum.
  • Writing - Students will write in a variety of formats, including narrative, expository, persuasive, descriptive, and poetry. There will be an emphasis on skills that help students in the development of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and mechanics.

Math

Students will study number sense; place value; computation and rounding with whole numbers through addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; decimals; measurement; geometry; fractions; graphing; probability and statistics. There will be an emphasis on problem-solving with estimation and reasonableness, as well as with logical and critical thinking skills.

Science

Students will apply the CER and process skills to their study of physical properties of matter; soil and erosion; water cycle, adaptations; plant and animal life cycle; and forms of energy.

Social Studies

Students will study the history, government, economy, culture, and geography of Texas.

WEEKLY ITEMS THAT SHOULD COME HOME

Newsletter (emailed)- Friday

Friday Folder- Friday

Take Home Folder- EVERY night

Planner- Please sign EVERY night

FRIDAY FOLDERS

Please go through the items with your child. Discuss their papers with them so that you can help them.

HOMEWORK

Homework is assigned Monday - Thursday. Teachers will work together to coordinate homework schedules. Homework is due the following day at the beginning of the class period. In an effort to help the students become more organized, we will not allow students to call home regarding forgotten homework or assignments.

FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

All adults who plan on attending field trips must fill out the district background check. The information and application are all online. Fourth grade participates in a fall trip to Camp Thurman. 

Our primary goal in addressing a discipline issue is to prevent future misbehavior. We always strive to promote and respond to positive behavior and use mistakes as learning opportunities.

Rewards:  Students will be rewarded with verbal praise, recognition, and positive reinforcement tools of the teacher’s choosing: such as happy notes and phone calls home, coupons, and special privileges.

Communication:

Check your child’s planner each day for either a happy note or a message to fill you in on missing homework or other issues.

Possible Consequences:

Verbal warnings

Think Track

Phone calls home

Visit to Mrs. Faragher’s office

MORNING SNACK

Students are permitted to bring a snack to eat in the morning. We ask that you send only healthy snacks that are in single serving size. Please, no nuts of any kind or messy snacks. This is a great way to boost brainpower!

Nutritional Snacks

Pretzels

Animal crackers

Graham crackers

Wheat crackers

Fruit

Dry cereal

Vanilla wafers

Fruit snacks

LUNCH 12:20-12:50

Lunch Time Visitors

If you're visiting your child for lunch we ask that you sit at the classroom table with them. Or, you could sit at the back table and your child may choose one friend to join you all. Please say your goodbyes and excuse yourself when we turn out the lights for the last few minutes of lunch. This is a no talking time in which students are finishing their food and cleaning up their area.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

(Please NO Food/Candy/Balloons)

If your child wishes to celebrate his/her birthday with their classmates, please send enough party favors for the entire class. Favors might include items such as pencils, notepads, or fun prizes. Students are also welcome to donate a book to their classroom library.

P.E. REQUIREMENTS

Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes every day to participate in P.E. Students who do not have the proper attire must sit out, and their P.E. grade will be affected.

"Shoes for elementary physical education, (K-5), must be fully enclosed athletic tennis shoes. Excludes wheelies, crocks, sports sandals, elevated soles, cleats, hiking boots, and flip-flops. See P. E. teacher for further safety clarifications."

MORNING ARRIVAL

Car riders will need to enter through the front of the school. Students are to report to their classrooms no earlier than 7:35 and no later than 7:40. Students arriving earlier must go to the cafeteria until they are dismissed to their classrooms at 7:35. Parents should walk their children to the front doors and say goodbye at this time. In order to follow school policy, we request that parents not walk their children to the classroom.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR TARDIES

Arrival 7:40-8:00= Late

After 5 "lates" in a semester period, an after-school or recess detention of 15 minutes will be assigned. If the student is late an additional 5 times, this will result in a second detention, this time of 30 minutes.

Arrival past 8:00= Tardy

This is counted towards Truancy and is covered by the "Failure to Attend" attendance policy as a "part of day." Detentions do NOT apply to tardies, only to "late" arrivals.

Unexcused absences fall under the "Failure to Attend" attendance laws. Steps will begin when 3 unexcused days or parts of days occur and will accumulate after 5, 8, and 10 unexcused absences or parts of days occur within a semester grading period. Please check the CES website for specific actions.

For up-to-date school information please visit the CES website. You can access our home page through the main GCISD website or visit

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/schools/ces/index.html. Teacher websites will also give important information. Visit the CES website and then click on directory to find a teacher's name.


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