Welcome to 4th Grade!
Curriculum and Instruction
Language Arts Math, Science
Mrs. DuPont Ms. Evans
Mrs. Johnson Mrs. DuPont
Ms. Hall Mrs. Gealow
Mrs. Sarrach Mrs. Orozco
Thank you for coming tonight.
We are glad you could come tonight. We
look forward to meeting you. Please
remember to sign up for a conference on
October 12. If you have concerns about
your child, they will need to be addressed
during a scheduled conference and not
tonight. We will cover procedures and
expectations for 4th grade.
Writing Workshop – writing for extended periods of time.
Learning to write in various modes or styles.
Proofreading for grammatical and spelling errors.
Revising to remove sentences that are off topic or combine
Word Study – Word Parts and spelling rules will be taught to
improve their writing and reading skills.
Reading Workshop – Sustained Silent Reading, as well
as novel studies, author studies, and genre studies.
Social Studies – Texas History – learn about history and
culture of Texas through reading, writing and research.
Homework is on an as needed basis to review Word Parts
Spelling, Writing or complete assignments, etc.
Math is taught daily for 75 minutes. New
concepts in math are introduced with
Please study multiplication facts each day.
Use flash cards to drill your child.
Math Homework will be assigned as
needed by the teacher depending on the
skill that needs to be practiced.
Science is taught daily in the 4th level for 75
minutes. This is to support the elementary
science TAKS test that is given in the 5th
The focus in science is on hands-on
discovery and experimentation. This helps
student build the concepts that they will need
for the years to come.
We will also be learning how to answer TAKS
based questions and will do warm ups in the
Homework will be on a "as needed" basis
and there may be a few projects
throughout the year.
Science is "hands on, minds on"!
Schedule of the Day
8:00-9:15 AM Class 1
9:15-10:30 AM Class 2
10:30 Switch to PM
10:30-10:45 PM Class 3
12:30-1:30 PM Class 3
1:30-2:45 PM Class 4
All students will begin the day on “S”
If redirection is needed, the student will
receive a verbal warning. Upon the 2nd
warning the student will be asked to move
their tag or clip to N and/or sign discipline
If inappropriate behavior persists, the conduct
grade becomes Needs Improvement - “N”, and
the student will have “silent lunch”. Should
behavior continues the student may miss recess
that day or the next day if this occurs in the
afternoon. Sentences may also be assigned in an
attempt to diminish behavior. Should the student
continue to make poor choices, then the teacher
may need to call a parent at home or work, assign
after-school detention, or write an office referral.
Dress Code Violations
Students must abide by the Spring ISD dress code as
outlined in the student handbook.
First violation will result in a verbal warning and parents
contacted to bring in appropriate clothing.
Second violation will result in a lunch/recess detention
and a call to parents to bring in appropriate clothing.
Subsequent violations will results in office referrals and
call to parents to bring in appropriate clothing.
Read at home. (A total of 125 minutes per
week.) A Reading Log will be sent home on
Tuesday and returned the following week
Math – please practice multiplication facts.
Please check your child’s binder/homework
folder each night and check the student
Each teacher may assign homework at any
given time throughout the week.
There are several ways you can get in touch
Send a note with your child;
Call the office and leave a message;
E-mail – Please limit this to IMPORTANT and BRIEF
communication you feel we need to know THAT DAY
about your child. It may not be used to explain
missing assignments, change transportation, or
explain absences, etc.
If you choose to pick your child up early, please send a
note that morning. Early pick-ups will be categorized with
tardies and the same policy will be applied. It is our goal
to have your student in class as much as possible.
If you do not send a note with your child in the morning,
you must bring it in or fax it to the front office NO LATER
THAN 2:30. It must be signed by the parent. NO
PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Please do not arrive at school after 2:30 and expect your
child to be released early. Dismissal time is hectic and
this causes serious problems.
Comes home every Tuesday unless there
is a holiday.
Conduct Sheet – There is a conduct sheet
for each teacher. Please sign and return
each sheet by Wednesday.
Any assignments below 70, please sign
You are welcome to eat with your child at the parent table
in the back by the serving line.
You must check in through the office and display your ID
When the tables have been dismissed, your child will need
to line up with the level.
Should you choose to check your child out of school, then
you will need to return to the front office. The office will
then call the teacher to dismiss the student “ready to leave”.
Currently because of new state laws, we ask that you only
eat with your child. Parents are not allowed to bring food
for anyone other than their own child. This is to alleviate
any problems with food allergens and health concerns, as
well as a protection for all students.
You should have received notice in your
child’s first day folder that the cafeteria will
only accept two forms of payment from
You may send cash or set up an account
with Paypams and use your credit/debit
Birthdays & Treats
New laws governing nutritional value
prohibit Smith from allowing parents to
bring in any treats other than cookies
(chocolate chip, oatmeal or plain sugar –
no icing/sprinkles/M & M’s, etc).
We will have two holiday parties this year
and information will be sent home as the
Attendance and Tardies
The state attendance policy mandates that students must be
present 90% of the school year. The parent/guardian must contact
the office or send in a note for the absence to be excused. Should
you need to pick up your child early from school for any reason,
then the student will be considered absent for that class period or
subject. If the early releases exceed the state mandate for that
subject, retention may be considered.
When a student is tardy (includes leaving early) for more than
three days during a nine week period the following will occur:
4th tardy – warning/information note will be sent home.
5th tardy - miss recess will be assigned and an orange note will be
6th tardy - detention for one hour will be assigned after school.
7th tardy - office referral.
March 3, 2010 TAKS Writing Test
April 27, 2010 TAKS Math Test
April 28, 2010 TAKS Reading Test
TEA Website: www.tea.state.tx.us.org
A student shall be promoted from Grade 4 to
Grade 5 in the school year 2009-2010 only if:
A final grade of 70 or above has been earned in both
Language Arts and Mathematics;
An overall average of 70 or above derived by
averaging the final numerical grades for Language
Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science; and
The state attendance requirement has been met.
Parent Conference Day
Please sign up for a conference with your
child’s Language Arts Teacher for
October 12, 2009
Conferences are about 20 minutes long.
If October 12, 2009 is not a good day for
you, please let your teacher know so they
may try to schedule for another day.
Smith Elementary PTO Board is looking
for more volunteers.
You can volunteer as much or as little as
Please let your child’s home room teacher
know you are interested.
Two board position are up this year.
Please vote on Nov. 3rd.
Thank you for coming!