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Welcome!. Ms. Cashin’s Fourth Grade Class 2013-2014. While we are waiting to start, you are welcome to write a note to your child. We will begin shortly . . About Me. Education Teaching Experience Interests. Classroom rules. Respect God, others, and property. Pay attention.

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Ms. Cashin’s Fourth Grade Class


While we are waiting to start, you are welcome to write a note to your child. We will begin shortly. 

About me

About Me

  • Education

  • Teaching Experience

  • Interests

Classroom rules

Classroom rules

  • Respect God, others, and property.

  • Pay attention.

  • Do your best.

  • Make good choices.

  • Be kind.

  • My goal: The help the students become reflective about their choices and develop their problem-solving abilities.

Behavior management

Behavior Management

  • Making Better Choices-Student fills out, gets signedby parent

  • Staying on Task Notice-Student fills out, gets signed by parent

  • Monthly Reflection Forms: Student fills out, teacher comments, signed by parent

  • Raffle tickets-individual

  • Class marbles-class

  • Open communication between school/home

Teacher parent communication

Teacher/Parent Communication

  • Wednesday folders (Daily)

    • Student work: Please review the work that is sent home.

    • Information from school/teacher

  • Email: [email protected]

  • School phone: 949-574-7411

  • Sycamore

  • Edmodo(Can sign up for a parent account)



  • [email protected]

  • The best way to contact me is usually through email--I can answer many questions/concerns that way.

  • I check it several times a day and occasionally on evenings/weekends.

  • Exception:

    • If it is a major issue, please set up a time to talk with me either at school or over the phone.

Teacher parent communication continued

Teacher/Parent Communication Continued

  • Conferences:

    • School scheduled: November 5-7

    • As needed: Please make an appointment with me at least 24 hours in advance so I may be prepared.

    • *Sorry—I can’t speak with you during dismissal—but I am usually available right after (at 3:15)

  • Please let me know of any concerns you have so they can be addressed. I also enjoy hearing about successes you see at home!



  • iPods

    • Each student will receive an iPod (tentatively planned to start on Mon. 9/23)

      • iPod usage contract must be signed by student and parents

      • Please send in ear buds (in a baggy with student’s name)

    • Digital citizenship

    • Kidblog/Edmodo/Skype



  • Guidelines for 4th grade: 60 minutes

  • Students are responsible for writing homework down in study binders; homework will be updated on Edmodo and the class website

  • Most routine homework assignments are worth 2 points; incomplete or late assignments have ½ or 1 point deducted.

  • Mostly affects work habits grade

  • If an assignment is taking too long or is frustrating, please have child stop doing the assignment and just send a note to school or send me an email.

  • Typical assignments include: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, reading log, math, science/social studies review, and reading.

  • Homework Notice—a communication tool and method of tracking patterns

Grading policy

Grading Policy

  • Report card likely to have some changes

  • Assessments are weighted more (ex: Chapter tests, projects, unit tests, presentations, quizzes, weekly spelling tests, vocabulary tests and benchmark assessments.)

  • You will be able to look up grades online using the Sycamore program (no more Gradelink). More information should be sent home soon.

  • Please check grades online or look at the graded work sent home each Wednesday! It is easier to address concerns as they happen rather than at the end of the quarter.



  • May bring in treats for the class (32 students)—keep in mind there are nut/dairy allergies . . .

    • Please notify me ahead of time; treats will be passed out at recess or lunch

  • Alternative: Donate a book, game, or treasure chest items to the class

  • Summer birthdays: celebrate ½ birthdays

Social studies

Social Studies

Walk Through California: Special interactive presentation (October 11)

“California: A Changing State”

  • The geography, regions, and places of California

  • Spanish California

  • Mexican California

  • Gold rush/Statehood

  • Emerging California economy

  • Local, state, federal governments

    **Students will receive a study guide packet and should spend about 5 minutes a night reviewing the material.



  • Will be posted on class website

  • PE is on Mondays & Tuesdays—wear PE uniform!

  • Mass is on Thursdays



Discovery Education used to teach science-online techbook.

Solid Earth: Rocks, Minerals, Erosion, etc.

Electricity and Magnetism

Environment: Food Chains, Habitats, etc.

Investigation and experimentation

*Please, ask your child about what we are studying!

English language arts

English-Language Arts


Guided reading: Open Court, other supplemental books/reading materials

Global Read Aloud: Starts September 30th—we’ll connect with other classrooms to discuss Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Independent Reading:

Reading Contract- No daily recording of minutes, but students are expected to read consistently. They will be held accountable for their goals.

Accelerated Reader- Students will read books that are within their independent reading level and take quizzes. Students will be assigned level goals, which will change each quarter. AR tests are one measure of a student's reading comprehension. Qrtr 1 & 2: 15 points required; Qrtr 3 & 4: 20 points required

Thank you for coming

Thank you for coming!

  • I look forward to working with you this year!

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