Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Dear Students and Families,
Welcome to fourth grade! We are excited that we get to work with such an amazing group of students next fall. We are looking forward to a happy and productive school year.
All fourth grade students will be studying Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies with us next year. We will use various texts, including novels, the textbook, informational texts, online resources, and cross-curricular texts. Students will also need to strengthen their love for reading by consistently reading independently at home and at school, so you should see your child reading a book of their choice every single afternoon and evening. They may borrow books from our classroom library, check books out of the local library, or read books they own.
This summer, each incoming fourth grader is expected to read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. It’s a great story, and students are encouraged to read with their parents or talk to their parents about what they are reading. Each student will have a short packet to complete by the time school starts in the September.
A supply list is attached, and specific class expectations will be sent home at the beginning of the school year. We like to maintain a team approach to teaching your child, emphasizing that there are so many adults working to help your child be successful, most especially you. We maintain frequent communication with our students’ families, and we hope you will always feel welcome to contact us with any concerns or questions. We will send out weekly email updates, and we will use the Remind application to send out more frequent reminders as well.
There will be multiple field trips this year, Special dates and events that you can already add to your calendar include:
Sno-cone social: Thursday, August 30th
Open House: Thursday, August 30th
Walk-a-thon: Friday, October 5th
Please mark those dates on your calendar. Studies show that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the strongest indicators of student achievement. We hope you will make it a priority this year to attend as many school-sponsored events as possible.
Keri Kalinsky and Amy Mielnicki