Yearly Guide for Room 405

Yearly Guide for Room 405


School Supplies 

NBES 4th Grade Supply List
● 2 boxes of tissues                                                                                                                                                                                      
● 2 boxes of #2 pencils
    2 boxes of colored pencils
● 2 yellow highlighters 
    2 glue sticks
● Ziploc bags (gallon or quart size) 

Room 405 Supply List  
1 large pencil box for all of our supplies
1 pair of student scissors
1 or 2 boxes of markers
1 poly expandable file folder with tabs ( to take home every night)

We will NOT need notebook paper, calculators, or rulers.
Mechanical Pencils with your own lead
Manual pencil sharpener for your desk

We will be using REMIND on our cell phones, as one form of communication this year, so there will be a place to sign up at Meet the Teacher Day. 
(All information will be provided at that time.) 

Just a note, we have very limited space so please only bring the items above. Thank you.


 With our 1:1 Devices  we will be doing some of our work online. You will need to sign up on Meet the Teacher Day with your email and also sign your child up for  the websites we will use throughout the year.  You can access your child's grades through "Powerschool" or your child can  access it through their email account. We will spend several days going over procedure to familiarize everyone with this new device.

Attendance is very important to the success of your child. The ultimate goal is to be at school 180 days. We know that is not always possible and if your child is sick please keep them home. Missing school results in missing instruction that cannot be regained, therefore only miss if you are truly sick or have doctor’s appointments. Equally important is that you send an email or write a note about their absence. Three unexcused absences result in a letter from Mrs. McBride our school social worker. 

It is also important to be on-time to school each day. Our day starts at 7:35 with morning work that will be completed each day. Don’t forget that 5 tardies will equal 1 absence. 

School will dismiss each day at 2:25. IF for any reason, your child goes home differently from the usual way, they should have a written note with a phone number to confirm each time. The following information should be on the note:( Date, full name, bus number, address where they will get off the bus or car if they will be a car rider, and parent signature and phone number). 

This is required by the office. If you forget to give them a note then you will be required to call the office and give them the information on that particular day. They may NOT come to me at 2:15 and say I don’t know how I am going home. At that time they will go their normal (routine) way. 
Early Dismissal
During the winter months when we have weather that will dismiss school early, we will ask that you fill out a form that will let us know in advance how your child is to go home. This is the information that we will use unless we have a written note from you or you call the office. The children will not be allowed to call. 

Water Bottles
My students will be allowed to have a water bottle on their desk. They may only have water. No soda or juice are allowed. For health reasons each week they will be asked to take them home and wash them or bring a new one each week. If having one on their desk become a problem they will be asked to put it in their cubbies. Those that are left on Friday afternoon will be discarded, those that are of better quality will be emptied and given to the student on Monday to take home and wash.

We all have opportunity to eat breakfast every morning so depending on our schedule, I will let you know more about snack on Meet the Teacher Day. Our snacks must not be a snack that requires a spoon or utensil. Some examples are crackers, grapes, popcorn, small sandwich pieces, or small vegetables.You may have some other ideas as well.   

Medications taken at school must come through the office. They will need parent permission and also a doctor’s note. The forms are in the office. Stop by early to get your child’s medication started on time. We will also not be able to administer over the counter medications without the same paper work. 

In fourth grade we have a very rigorous schedule. Everyone is expected to complete their work on time and also have their homework each day. I will ask that you sign their planner each night. Our desire is that your child grow academically throughout the year and be as successful as possible. Homework creates a more responsible student that in return is a life long skill.

Homework / Planner / Newsletter
First of all let me say that homework is not my favorite thing. Being a parent myself,   
I know how hard it is to get homework completed each night. Knowing this, I also know that homework has some benefits for life long skills. It will teach time management especially if your child has after-school or evening activities.     Related to time management is responsibility and keeping up with your assignments to be the best student you can be. With that being said, I try to keep homework to a minimum as long as we work hard in class. Reading is expected every night without question. 

We will have homework Monday through Thursday. Generally I don’t give homework on Fridays. We will check or take up homework each day.  

We will read each night for 30 minutes and complete a response sheet. There will also be a vocabulary and math problems. Sometimes I give students time to start homework in class just in case they have a question about the math or vocabulary. 

Homework should NOT take more than ONE HOUR. If it does  STOP and please let me know.If you child has difficulty with a problem or an assignment please don't spend too much time on it; just let me know with an email or note.  

Most homework is review and should be completed by your child rather quickly. If they choose to waste their time it probably will take longer. It is very important that you set aside a specific time to complete homework. This creates success and responsible behavior for your child. 

Your child will also have a planner that they will write homework assignments in each day. THIS IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. Please sign the planner each night indicating that you have seen it and your child's homework. Each morning I will check the planner.
We will check this the first few weeks of school. 

You can also write me notes in the planner and I might also write you a note in the planner. Please have your child bring it to me if you have written me a specific note that I need to address.  

Each week you will receive a weekly newsletter. It will contain important events and information for that week. On the backside will be a calendar that lists the events and assignments. We will have an on-going yearly project to complete. 

We do a North Carolina ABC Page each week for the alphabet. I will send more information later. 

Completed assignments that have been graded will be shared with you. These will come home about every two weeks with a sheet that says you have gone through their work. There is also a comment box and you can write me a note if you have questions.  

In fourth grade our students are very experienced with basic rules of the school. Our expectations are very high and hopefully behavior will not be an issue with your child. 

It is my pleasure to acknowledge positive behavior with positive comments. During the year I try to reward those positive behaviors with other positive behaviors. Such as lunch in the room or homework passes.  

If our behavior needs to be corrected the following  steps will be addressed. First, students are given one warning then are expected to correct the behavior. Next, if the behavior is not corrected they will sign the planner explaining the behavior. If at anytime, in my judgement, a call home would be helpful we will call home or work.  

Also, if homework is not completed we will be communicating through the planner or calling home.  

I will be keeping a check - off list throughout the day to assure consistent notations of behaviors. 

It is very important that we work together for a successful year both academically and socially.  

Being polite and mannerly is also expected. We will be using the phrases such as "Thank you... Please... "  

Hopefully we will have an uneventful year and everything will go smoothly. I am looking forward to having a great year. 

Economy Reward System
In 4th grade we have a classroom management system that is related to the economy. Every student will have a classroom job and be able to earn money for the week. Also they can can earn money for positive behavior and working hard during class. In return they will be able to buy different rewards, such as a lunch pass, homework pass, extra computer time, and many  others. Earning these rewards will create pride and responsibility for students to become productive citizens in our classroom. Also, we will pay a rental fee for the use of our desk each month. Along with the positive payment might come debits with unacceptable behavior. For example, there could be a fine for not doing their homework or following a classroom rule. This system worked great last year and the students learned many valuable lessons about accountability and saving their money. 

We are always in need of volunteers. During the first few weeks of school it is better for me if you don't start until September, by that time we have established our routine and things will run much smoother. You will also need to fill out a background sheet from the office. 

Areas to volunteer in the classroom: 
  • classroom parties (2 per year)
  • sending in items for the parties or reward  
  • You are always welcome in our classroom, please make sure you go by the office and sign in each time you come to volunteer.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

7:35 Students come to the classroom

8:00 School officially starts     

Our special classes are listed below: 
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Thursday ---           
Friday ---                   

I hope this will help explain more about our classroom this year. If you have questions please don't hesitate to call or email. I am looking forward to a great year with many successes throughout the year!

 welcome                                                                 Welcome to Room 405
2 boxes of #2 pencils
1-2 boxes of markers
1- 1 1/2 in.  (Binder) notebook ( to take graded work home periodically) 
1 poly expandable file folder with tabs ( to take home every night)
1 composition book for nightly reading
2 Large Glue Sticks
1 Pocket Folder

If possible 

We will NOT need notebook paper, calculators, rulers, or pencil sharpeners.