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!
Specials (Art, Music, Library)
Dismissal Locations and DismissGeneral Guidelines
Absences and tardiness: Please have your child in the gym by 7:45 AM, ready for class. The tardy bell rings at 7:50 AM. If your child needs to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, please have your child here at 7:30 AM to ensure that they have plenty of time to finish.
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!
Amber Arnold: email@example.com EXT 6250
Teresa Jernigan: firstname.lastname@example.org EXT 6234
Donna McDonald: email@example.com EXT 6243Grades: 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: Reading homework will be turned in on Fridays. 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. Please review the paperwork and return the empty folder on Wednesday. We appreciate your cooperation in helping teach responsibility to your 4th grader!
Home Folder: All agendas, homework, communication, reference lists, notes, money, etc. are to be kept in here. Your child is responsible for turning in these items in a timely manner.
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.
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 in Class Dojo 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.
· Connect on Class Dojo to review behavior and keep an open line of communication.
· Read and practice math facts with your child at home daily.
· Review the Tuesday folder.
· Check to see homework is completed.
Together, we will make it a successful year for your scholar!