Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Day of School

We have had such a wonderful first day of school. What an inquisitive and friendly group of scholars! In addition to our time in the classroom, your student went to art with Ms. Rankey and Healthful Living with Coach Martin. There is so much information at the beginning of a school year, and we wanted to share a few things with you today.

SNACK: We will have a short amount of time for a snack each morning. Please send a healthy snack for your child. They may get water from the water fountain or keep a water bottle in our room.

AGENDA: Students will record their homework in a school-provided agenda. We will sign everyone’s agenda to ensure that all homework is recorded. Your job is to sign the agenda at home each evening.

READING LOG: Each student will fill out a reading log to record their reading at home. We encourage students to read a minimum of 20 minutes at the beginning of the year. Please touch base with your child each night about this and check to see that they are filling the log out properly. It should come back to school each day in the homework folder. We have reviewed the expectations with them today.

BAND INSTRUMENTS: Our class will head to music on Thursdays and Fridays. Tomorrow morning the students will bring their instruments to our classroom. Mr. Postle and Ms. Burns will communicate their expectations about where to bring their instruments from that point on.

NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES: We will be doing a STEM project this Friday afternoon and are in need of supplies. Please send in any old magazines and newspapers that might be in your recycling bin. (STEM stands for Science / Technology / Engineering / Math)

Questions to ask your child about our first day together:
  1. Who are you interviewing for your writing project?
  2. What was your fruit or vegetable in the get to know you game?
  3. What are the new Dining Hall expectations?
  4. How do you play Sum-Total-15?

Thanks so much entrusting us with your children! We’re off and running for an amazing 4th grade year!