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back to school august 27 2009

Back to School! August 27, 2009

Miss Emily Horsley

4th Grade 2009-2010


I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Trailwood and work with you and your child this year. I will do everything possible to ensure that your child has a positive and productive school year.

student expectations
Student Expectations
  • Be respectful
  • Use best listening skills
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Do quality work
  • Practice safety
  • Follow directions
classroom management
Classroom Management
  • Students have the opportunity to earn two points each day. One point may be earned for appropriate behavior and one point may be earned for turning in assignments on time.
  • A minimum point total will be set weekly and those students who are able to meet the standard will be rewarded with about 15 minutes of free time on Friday. I call this “Fun Friday.”
  • Math Facts
    • Fourth grade students should know all of their addition and subtraction facts to 20 and multiplication and division facts through 12.
    • We will practice math facts several times a week. Please practice at home if your child has not met this goal.
reading la
  • Your child will be responsible for completing book projects this year. Check the weekly newsletter for and information about the book project.
  • I will work with each student to set quarterly AR goals. Please help your child meet these goals and attend our celebrations.
social studies science
Social Studies/Science
  • Social Studies
    • United States regions/States and capitals
    • Kansas history
    • Westward Movement/Native Americans
  • Science
    • Living Organisms
    • Scientific Method of Investigation
    • State Assessment in Spring
  • Every Friday your child will receive a new homework planner, which has spelling assignments attached. It will have the list of spelling words for your child to study. The test will be given on Thursday.
friday folders
Friday Folders
  • Students will bring home all graded assignments on Friday.
  • The folder will also contain important notes and calendars. Please keep notes, calendars, and student work at home.
  • Weekly grade reports- sign and return on Monday
  • The folder must be returned on Monday!
homework planner
Homework Planner
  • Each Friday your child will receive a homework planner in their Friday Folder. It is a packet of math, spelling, and sometimes other homework is included.
  • The homework packet is due each THURSDAY. Please sign the homework planner each week.
  • Feel free to make a note about other activities used to study spelling and math.
  • Unfinished daily assignments will be sent home in binder. Assignments are due by 8:10 the next school day.
  • Assignment planner must be signed by a parent/guardian each day.

What to do if your child finishes the packet early…

  • Study spelling list
  • Read an AR book
  • Study states and capitals
  • Practice math facts
  • Practice cursive handwriting
  • Journal
homework tips
Homework Tips
  • When your child has homework, it is the responsibility of the parent to provide an environment where your child can do his/her homework.
  • Provide a quiet, comfortable place for your child to do his/her work. Establish a habit of completing homework away from distractions, such as television or toys.
  • Show an interest in your child’s work. Talk about the events of the day.
  • Make it clear to your child that homework is his/her responsibility. Provide encouragement and assistance where possible.
  • Ask your child to show you his/her work when it is completed. Consider yourself a consultant and not an editor evaluating and proofreading your child’s work.
  • Students will be graded on their percentage of correct answers.
  • Any grade that is less than 70% may be corrected. I will average the two grades together. This DOES NOT include quizzes or tests.
percentage scale
Percentage Scale:
  • 99-100% A+ 77-79% C+
  • 93-98% A 73-76% C
  • 90-92% A- 70-72% C-
  • 87-89% B+ 67-69% D+
  • 83-86% B 63-66% D
  • 80-82% B- 60-62% D-

Below 60% F

field trips
Field Trips
  • October: Mahaffie Farm
  • January 20th : Earthworks
  • April 9th : Topeka-Capital Tour and Musuem
  • May 7th: Coterie- “Frindle”

**Volunteers are asked to drive separately and meet us at field trip location**

parent teacher conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 28-30
  • Please sign-up tonight!
  • Student-led conferences
    • we work hard in class to prepare these
    • Plan on bringing your child to conference
parent teacher communication
Parent/Teacher Communication

PLEASE feel free to contact me at any time with questions, concerns, or just to say hello. E-mailing, calling, sending a letter in, or writing a note in your child’s daily planner will work well. I will do my best to get back with you as soon as possible.

I look forward to an AWESOME year!