Welcome to 4th Grade!
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The 4th grade is an exciting time as your child takes on more responsibility for their learning and personal growth! We look forward to building upon the academic, social and leadership skills from last year. We use a growth mindset approach to understand our strengths as well as areas of improvement; we encourage service to others and seek to inspire learning in and out of the classroom. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, do not hesitate to email or call us. Your partnership is vital to the success of your child!General Guidelines
Absences and tardiness: Please have your child in the gym by 7:45 AM, ready for the principal's morning meeting. We then proceed to class for breakfast provided by GISD (at no charge). If your child is late, they may not be able to be served.
When your child is absent, it is their responsibility to collect and return make-up work in a timely manner. A written excuse is required for all absences. See GISD Grading Guidelines regarding excused and unexcused absences.
Conferences: We love to hear from our Frost families! Please email or call us with any concerns and questions; we will do our very best to get back to you within 24 hours. Nothing is too big or too small for us to work out together!
Sally Blankenship: firstname.lastname@example.org EXT 6240
Teresa Jernigan: email@example.com EXT 6234
Donna McDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org EXT 6250Samantha Stevens: email@example.com EXT 6237
Our official conference time is from 8:40 - 9:20 each morning; however, we are happy to work out another time if that is not convenient for you. Please call or email us to set up an appointment.Grades: We encourage you to sign up for Skyward Family & Student Access. It is a wonderful way to keep up with your child’s grades and attendance.
Homework: Homework in math and reading will be distributed each week and turned in on Thursday. District policy: 10 points are taken off per day that work is late. Any work not finished during the day may also be sent home.
Tuesday Folders: Each Tuesday, your child will bring home folders that contain graded work and important letters from class and school. You will also see any conduct marks related to your child's behavior for the week. Please review the paperwork and return the empty folder on Wednesday. We appreciate your cooperation in helping teach responsibility to your 4th grader!
Homework Folder: All homework, communication, reference lists (Spelling, 7 Habits, etc.), notes, money, etc. are to be kept in here. Your child is responsible for turning in these items in a timely manner.
Breakfast: Scholars are assured of a healthy breakfast free of charge. Please make sure your student is on time so that we can make this available.
Water Bottles: All water bottles MUST have a sports cap. If it becomes a distraction, this privilege may be suspended.
Notes and Money: Send all money in a sealed envelope with both your child’s name and the homeroom teacher's name on it. Your child is responsible for turning it in to the classroom teacher.Transportation: If you need to change your child’s method of transportation home, please send a note AND call the front office at 512-943-5020 to make arrangements by 1:00 PM that day as we may not be able to check messages after our conference period.
If you are unsure of which bus your child takes, please go to the GISD website and look under the FOR PARENTS tab and see BUS SCHEDULES AND ROUTES. For other questions, you may also call Transportation directly: 512-943-5126.
Students are held to high academic and behavior standards. These are centered around those laid out in our TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) as well as the 7 Habits of Happy Kids (aligned with Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People).
Behavior: 4th grade teachers use Class Dojo as a way to reinforce positive behavior. You will be given a code at the beginning of the year to stay updated.Most behavior and responsibility issues will be noted on the Conduct Card as they occur. For more serious infractions, we may contact parents / guardians directly. Recurring issues will be handled through appropriate channels and may involve the counselor and principals.
· Check to see homework is completed.
· Read and practice math facts with your child at home daily.
· Review the Tuesday folder.
· Keep an open line of communication with teachers.
Together, we will make it a successful year for your scholar!