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Welcome to Back to School Night!. Mrs. Serrano Fourth Grade Teacher Room 313. Communication. Our ability to work together will assure your child’s success this year. Homework Folder and Assignment Pad Communication Folder Parent/Teacher Conferences

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    1. Welcome to Back to School Night! Mrs. Serrano Fourth Grade Teacher Room 313

    2. Communication • Our ability to work together will assure your child’s success this year. • Homework Folder and Assignment Pad • Communication Folder • Parent/Teacher Conferences • Blog: http://spaserrano.wordpress.com • Best way to contact me is through email: fserrano@stphilipsacademy.org

    3. Daily Routines • Students should arrive between 8:10am -8:15am • Students should be dressed in their proper school uniforms • no sneakers or colorful sweaters and sweat shirts • On Gym days students should wear their gym uniform, that will be days 1 and 4 • sneakers should be blue or black • Dismissal is at 3:30pm • Parents must come in and sign the students out at the front desk

    4. 6 Day Schedule

    5. Homework • Homework is used to reinforce the materials studied and covered in class. It represents 20% to 25% of your child’s overall quarter grade for each subject. • Homework is posted with links by 4pm each day. Be sure to check the blog everyday to ensure your child is completing the correct assignments. • Daily Homework- 3-4 assignments each day from Wordly Wise, Math, Social Studies and/or Science, and Reading Comprehension. • Alternate homework assignments would be for Test Preparation or projects • Students should review their notes or reread the material prior to completing their homework • Online assignments- Reading Comprehension (not Test Prep), Social Studies, as well as some Math and Wordly Wise assignments.

    6. Grading • Each quarter, grades will be based on your child’s class participation and class work, homework, quizzes and/or tests, and projects. • Progress Reports are sent home twice per month and/or you may log into the parent portal at www.stphilipsacademy.org to view grades. • All missing assignments should be submitted within 2 weeks of the progress report.

    7. Grading System • Math • Homework 25% • Tests/Quizzes 50% • Class participation 25% • Science • Homework 25% • Tests/Quizzes 50% • Class Participation 25% • Social Studies • Quizzes 50% • Projects 10% • Homework 25% • Class Participation 15% • Language Arts • Writer’s Workshop 35% • Writer’s Published Pieces 10% • Reader’s Workshop 30% • Test/Quizzes 20% • Homework 15% • Class Participation 10%

    8. Snacks • The goal of St. Philip’s Academy is to teach students healthy eating habits. • Unhealthy snacks will be sent home with a note. • Acceptable snacks: • Crackers Pretzels • Fruit Vegetables • Yogurt Pudding • Granola bars Cereal • Popcorn Rice Cakes • Applesauce 100 Calorie packs • String cheese Mini muffins • Raisins Trail mix

    9. Birthdays • Birthdays are exciting times in our lives, however birthdays will be celebrated once per month. • Monthly birthday celebrations will be held on the last Monday of each month. • Birthday treats are usually prepared by our lunch program. • Parents are welcome and may bring in fruit or veggies, but please contact me at least two days in advance.

    10. Field Trips • There are several field trips which build on and supplement the material studied in class. • Permission slips and chaperone requests will be sent home at least two to four weeks in advance. • Chaperones are picked on a “first come first served” basis.

    11. Opportunities for Involvement • Involvement in the life of your child is vitally important. • Ways that you can be involved: • Lunch and recess duty • Gardening • Assisting in the teaching kitchen • Assisting with special projects in the class • Field Trip Chaperone • Writer’s Workshop Celebrations • Monthly Birthday Celebrations

    12. Supplies • Please provide the supplies below for the classroom’s use: • 2boxes of tissues • 2rolls of paper towels • 2boxes/containers of hand and/or baby wipes • 1 container of hand sanitizer • 1 box of ziplock bags; varied sizes • 1 pack of loose leaf paper

    13. Curriculum Overview • The Fourth Grade Curriculum is designed to develop active, independent and responsible learners needed in Upper School. • The Curriculum encourages children to engage in active exploration of the world through: • Story • Literature • Art • Mathematical investigations • Science experiences • Trips • Discussion • Music • Ongoing questions

    14. Language Arts • Vocabulary- • Wordly Wise, Analogies, and Word Study • Writer’s Workshop- • effectively utilize the writing process for writing a Narrative, Character Analysis, Persuasive Essay, Biography, Poetry, and Folktale • Reader’s workshop- • individual and/or small group conferences which focus on story structure, character analysis, author style, point of view, passage of time, inference, synthesizing, and theme • Read Alouds- • focus on issues of character, how challenges are faced, choices are made, comprehension, and theme.

    15. Math • Fractions and Fraction Conversions • Identify the whole for fractions • Identify fractional parts of a collection of objects • Identify fractional parts of regions • Give equivalencies between hundredths-fractions, decimals and percents. • Rename any fraction as a decimal or percent • Geometry: • line segments, lines, rays, angles • polygons, polyhedron, circles • perimeter, area and volume • Identify lines of symmetry, lines of reflection, reflected figures and figures with line symmetry. • Solve addition and subtraction facts. • Place value to hundred-millions. • Interpret tables and graphs including range, mode, median, minimum and maximum • Solve basic multiplication facts. • Solve multiplication and division number stories. • Long Division including interpreting remainders as a fraction. • Pre-Algebra: solving simple equations

    16. Social Studies • History of New Jersey • Prehistoric era • The Role of American Indians • Early explorers • Trade • Colonial Life • Pre and Post Revolutionary War • Slavery • Civil War • Bill of Rights • Industrial Era • Immigration • Government • Economics • Geography • Cardinal and Intermediate Directions • Hemispheres and Regions • Scale of maps and globes • River Systems • Landforms • Latitude and Longitude • Climate Maps • Timing Zones • Trade routes

    17. Science • Discovery Works- utilizes the Scientific Method • Erosion and its effect on landforms • Importance of Natural Resources • Describe, classify, and measure Matter • Magnetism and Electricity • EcoSPAces- Fruit Bowl • Gardening • Making healthy snacks • Reusing materials • Study the origin of strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, honey dew melon, and cantaloupe

    18. Character Education • 9 Virtues • Friendship • Kindness • Respect • Self Control • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Loyalty • Open Mindedness • 4th grade theme is Self-control • Each month a different virtue will be studied in the Character Education weekly or through our reading. • Virtue Awards will be awarded each month