4th Grade Policies and Procedures

Dear Parents,

Welcome to fourth grade!  We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to teach your child this year and we look forward to a winning partnership with you in ensuring your child’s success.  Our goal is to take your child as far as he/she can go.  Our expectations are high, and we encourage the best out of every child.  The following 4th grade procedures and policies will be integral to your child’s positive growth.

Class Procedures/Notes

Your child will be responsible for bringing and replenishing necessary school supplies.  The sooner they can bring in all required supplies, the better.  Please label all supplies with your child’s name and section.

Your child will bring home an assignment notebook daily.  It is necessary that you check their assignment notebook on a daily basis, as they are learning the importance of organizational skills and will require help in this area.  Spelling words and homework assignments will be written in these planners as well as advance notice of special projects, quizzes, or tests.

Textbooks brought home need to be covered at all times.  Fines will be assessed if books are not covered. If you plan to use the stretchy sock covers, the JUMBO size is the only acceptable size, as anything smaller will break the binding and covers of the book, which will result in additional fines.

Homework & Make-up Work Policy

Completing and turning in all assigned work is the responsibility of the student.  All class work is due at the end of the day unless otherwise specified.

Homework will consist of daily written or study work in addition to silent reading.  Homework assignments will be written in the daily planners and will be due the following day unless otherwise specified.  Homework will be reviewed in class and checked for completion only, not accuracy as that is your responsibility at home.  (By checking your child’s homework daily, this allows teachers to further extend lessons in class and prepare more fully for future lessons.  Thank you for your help at home . . . you continue to be your child’s first teacher!)

Although homework is not entered in the grade book, your child’s effort is noted and is reflected on the report card.

Students must make up any work missed while absent.  The number of days your child has to complete make-up work equals the number of days they were absent.

Discipline Letter

In order to ensure every child’s right to learn, the fourth grade utilizes the following discipline management plan.  The key to student success is RESPECT.

  • Respect others
  • Respect yourself
  • Respect school and property

Each letter of the word RESPECT begins the following statements that make up our classroom rules.  Please review and discuss the rules with your child.

Raise your hand and wait to be called on.

Exercise self-control.

Stay in your seat when appropriate.

Put away materials after each lesson.

Eagerly follow directions the first time given.

Cooperate with others.

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Consequences for choosing to disregard the above mentioned rules are as follows:

  • First offense – Verbal warning
  • Second offense – Student/teacher conference, removal from situation and phone call/email to parent
  • Last offense – Parent/Teacher/Administrator Conference
  • Severe disruptions will be sent immediately to the office.

Communication/Conferences

We have an open-door policy at Polk School; please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.  We are happy to meet with you during our conference period which is from 8:30-9:15 Monday through Friday (excluding Tuesdays which are reserved for grade level collaboration).  We do ask that you call the office and set up an appointment 24 hours prior to coming in, as we may have prior conferences scheduled.  Early morning or late afternoon conferences may be scheduled if convenient for you and your child’s teacher.  We will also be happy to conference by phone if you are unable to come to school.

Grading

Students at Polk are graded using both a standard grading scale along with a numbered rubric system on writing assignments.  The grading system is as follows:

Grading

A – 100%-90% 

B – 89%-80% 

C – 79%-75% 

D – 74%-70% 

F – Below 70%

 

Reteaching/Redo Policy

In fourth grade, we always reteach any concept not mastered.  We utilize a variety of techniques, including small groups, individual conferencing with the teacher, peer tutoring, or practice material sent home.

Any graded papers that have a grade below a 70 will need to be corrected, signed and returned to the teacher the next day.  However, grades will not be modified.

Progress reports will be sent home every four and a half weeks, unless there are concerns that need to be addressed.  All progress reports must be signed and returned to the teacher the next day.

We hope this letter has been of benefit to you.  Please make sure to sign and return the top sheet and retain the rest of the handbook for future reference.  If we can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the office at 236-2775 to make an appointment.

Thank you,

Fourth Grade Teachers                                                        The Fourth Grade Pledge

I make mistakes so I can learn.

I learn so I can succeed.

I succeed so I can help others.