Welcome to the Fourth Grade at RRE! We utilize a team approach in the fourth grade. Students change classes for approximately two hours of instruction each day. Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies English, & Spelling & Science/Health Writing Let’s meet the 4th grade team! Lara Reeves –Math/Reading Yuly Jablonski – Science/Social Studies **Lang. Arts will be taught by each homeroom teacher** Briana Ryals – Math & Science/Health Amy Wingate –Soc. St./Reading Here is an overview of the major topics addressed in each subject area of the fourth grade curriculum. Social Studies • Indians of North America • Explorations & Encounters • Our Colonial Heritage • The American Revolution • The New Nation • Our Nation Grows •Map & Globe Skills Mathematics • Place Value • Addition & Subtraction with Regrouping • 2, 3 & 4-Digit Multiplication ¾ .001 • Long Division • Geometry 30o • Fractions- Including Addition & Subtraction • Decimals • Graphing Science & Health • Science Process Skills & Scientific Method • The Solar System • Weather • Light & Sound • Food Chains, Food Webs and Ecosystems • Force, Mass, Motions and Machines • Nutrition & Digestion • Drug Alcohol Awareness Language Arts Reading English Spelling Writing The language arts average is generated using the following percentages: Reading = 70% English = 20% Spelling = 10% At River Ridge, we believe that a strong foundation in READING is the key that unlocks all learning. For this reason, we take reading very seriously! The Accelerated Reader Program is an integral part of our reading program. Students are monitored weekly to assess their reading level, comprehension, and growth. AR will no longer be counted for a grade. Accelerated Reader Students will work to meet three goals for AR. 1. Students should maintain an 85 average for quiz scores. 2. An individualized point goal is set for each child. 3. An individualized book level goal is set for each child. Class schedules are posted on each Homeroom teacher’s website. •Students have received agendas. • Kept inside the binder •Daily communication between home and school. •Sign your child’s agenda nightly. • Failure to get the agenda signed will result in a responsibility sign in. Signed Paper Folders • Graded papers will be sent home each Wednesday. • Review the information provided and sign. • Graded papers should be returned on Thursday, but no later than Friday. •If the papers are not returned (signed), your child will receive a responsibility sign in. Grading Policy There are 2 categories for grades: Major Tests & Daily Grades Major test grades include chapter or unit tests as well as projects. These grades are recorded twice and carry greater weight in the overall average than do daily grades. Make-Up Work When your child is absent, it is most beneficial to him or her to get the missed work before returning to school. We will prepare a missed work agenda to be picked up or sent home with a sibling or neighbor. Grading Scale A=90-100 B=80-89 C=73-79 D=70-72 F=69 *In the 4th grade, number rather than letter grades are reported. Honor Roll Students who maintain overall A averages each term in L.A., Math, Science, and Social Studies qualify for the A Honor Roll. Students who maintain overall A and B averages each term in L.A., Math, Science, and Social Studies qualify for the A & B Honor Roll. Classroom Management We have found that positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior and academic achievement goes a long way in motivating student progress. We want to insure that instructional time is spent on instruction. Our plan is based on the premise that: * Students will not interfere with the instruction of the teacher. * Students will not interfere with the learning of other students. * No harm shall be inflicted on other students in any way. Sign-ins 2 types: • Behavior (not following directions, talking out of turn, not keeping hands to self, poor behavior in restroom, hallway, cafeteria, at recess, etc.) • Responsibility (not completing homework, not getting planner signed, not bringing supplies to class, not getting AR folder signed, not bringing back sign-in note, etc.) • If your child gets a behavior sign-in, his/her teacher will staple a notice in the agenda for you to sign. It must be returned the following day or another sign-in will be given and a call home will be made. Behavior Consequences • 1 sign-in= Warning • 2 sign-ins=loss of 5 minutes of recess • 3 sign-ins=loss of 10 minutes of recess • 4 sign-ins=parent conference (via phone) • Serious behavior issues will be handled by Dr. Richardson or Mrs. Cox. School-wide Rules 1. Always participate and try your best. 2. Respect others and their property. 3. Always walk silently in the building on the tan line (two blocks away from the wall). 4. Raise your hand to be called on before speaking. 5. Always be prepared for class. Birthday Party Treats • Birthdays will be celebrated on Thinking Cap Day (usually the last Friday of each month). Each class’s Room Mom will contact you regarding treats during the month of your child’s birthday. • They must be store bought and sealed. Water Bottles • Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school. • Water bottles should have twist-on caps that seal tightly. • Water bottles should be cleaned/changed frequently. • Please keep a sock on bottles to absorb condensation. • Only water should be brought to school to drink. Chorus • Some 4th grade students will receive invitations soon to join chorus. Miss Callan will not be holding auditions this year. Only those who receive invitations will be eligible. Invitations were given out today. Our library is available to students daily from 8:30 to 3:30. Fourth graders may check out two books at a time. One book must always be an on-level AR book. Check-outs are good for two weeks. Our instructional day is from 8:30 to 3:30. Students should NOT arrive before 8:00 unless they are registered in the before school care program. Tardies/Attendance • If students arrive at school after 8:30, he/she must be accompanied by an adult to the office for a tardy slip. • Students MUST bring either a doctor’s note or parent note upon returning from an any absence. This is per Columbia County Policy. All absences will be documented and county protocol followed. Absences 1. Parent excuse – 5 per semester 2. Medial excuse – unlimited 3. Unexcused – no note, no reason for absence Be sure to join our school’s PTO! Our school’s success is greatly impacted by the level of support demonstrated by our parents and teachers. Remember that you can make direct donations in lieu of participation in fundraisers. Afternoon Dismissal: • Walkers are to be dismissed from the end of the 4/5th grade hall. Parents, please meet walkers at the bike rack. • NO transportation changes can be made after 3:00 P.M. • All transportation changes should be made via written note to your child’s teacher or via e- mail. Important Information!! • Most important information you might want to know can be found on the 4th Grade Web Page. Look here to find information related to each subject area. If you still have questions after looking there, please see your child’s individual teacher’s page for contact information. Car Line Reminders 1. Stay in your car when dropping off or picking up. If you park in the parking lot and walk to the sidewalk you must sign students out on the computer and present sticker to the teacher. 2. Do not use cell phones 3. Put placard in front windshield so that teachers see it. 4. Use turn signals 5. Please DO NOT park along Mullikin Road to pick your child up. These guidelines are for the safety of our students. We appreciate your help in keeping them safe. This concludes our informational presentation on Fourth Grade at River Ridge Elementary!