4th Grade is Excited About Getting iPads!!
Towel Drive NOW- 9-30
Absentee Picture Day 9/21
Bocce Ball Tournament 9/24 - HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE
Nursing Home Field Trip 9/30
Feast of the Guardian Angels 9/30
Blessing of the Animals 10/4
4th Grade Mass 10/7
Columbus Day No School 10/10
Book Report Novel must be finished 10/11
Halloween Carnival 10/28
- FREE DRESS TOMORROW - red, white & green to support the Bocce Ball Tournament!
- Get Nursing Home Field Trip Permission Slip turned in ASAP (was in the red Back to School Night folder)
- Help your child set up their cardboard and make their dough for our Salt Relief Maps (due Friday)
- By now you should have logged into gradelink & Class Dojo and should be checking it weekly! :)
- Graded work was not sent home today - I apologize,there was a lot of excitement at the end of the day. It will go home tomorrow! Please review the work, keep it at home, and send the signed folder back to school.
Salt Relief Maps- we are making relief maps this Friday. To prepare for this project your child needs to bring in cardboard covered in tinfoil and they need to make salt dough. I recommend that they do not make the dough until the night before so that it does not dry out. The instructions and recipe went home in their yellow homework folder last week.
Our first visit to the Encinitas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is next Friday 9/30. This is a beautiful mission outreach project that the 4th & 5th grade has been participating in for over a decade! Our students bring so much joy to the residents. I still need permission slips from several students. If your child needs another one, please have them come ask me. Thank you to my parents who have volunteered to drive and chaperone: Linda, Katharine, Patty, Elayne & Pam! We still need one more driver, so if you are would like to join us please use the link to sign up! :)
Monitoring iPad Use
4th Grade is so excited about getting our iPads! I will be going over rules and expectations over the next several weeks. I am very strict about appropriate use of the ipads - so if your child tells you that they received an "Oops Slip" it is because they have not followed one of our school rules. This includes being prepared for class with their ipad fully charged. If I have to take the iPad away from a student during class, they cannot have it back until it is picked up by their parent. This results in an automatic Oops slip.
1 Oops Slip = warning
2 Oops Slips = 2nd warning/ parent contact from teacher
3 Oops Slips = 30 minute after school detention that must be served the very next day.
Mrs. Wilcox is spending the whole first trimester teaching about online safety, cyber bullying prevention, copyright law, etc. I urge you to continue these very important conversations at home while also being diligent about monitoring your child's iPad use. We do not go into explicit details about what types of images and language students could possibly be exposed to online, so these are topics that should be discussed between parents and students.
Part of the students' homework tonight is to discuss with parents what family rules and expectations are regarding iPads. We talked a lot about e-mail today. We discussed and practiced the appropriate way to send an e-mail. The students seem very anxious to communicate with one another outside of school. In class the students are never allowed to send e-mails without permission. I told them that at home, they also need to be asking permission from their parents before sending e-mails. I've reiterated to them several times that outside of school Mom & Dad have the final say for what is and is not allowed when using the iPads. I respect your family rules and will support you 100%.
The biggest thing they need to keep in mind is that the iPad is meant to be an educational tool.
Check Gradelink & Class Dojo
Parents, please make an effort to login to Gradelink and Class Dojo weekly. These are great tools for communicating student progress academically, organizationally and behaviorally. Class Dojo also has features for posting photos and for students to showcase their work as an online portfolio! Login information went home in the red Back-to-School Night packets. I appreciate all of the at-home support with reinforcing our class expectations! :)
Just to clarify, the reading logs need to be signed by a parent and turned in every week. For the first trimester, students are expected to read 1 hour a week (total) outside of school. This can be on the weekend if that works best for your family. Reading logs are turned in every Monday when the new homework planner is passed out. Part of the reason for the parent signature is because I want parents looking at the HW planner and reading the weekly announcements. Thank you :)
Track Tuesdays are returning next week! Students and staff have the opportunity every Tuesday during lunch to track their running, set personal goals, burn off some steam and have fun with friends! I hope many of my 4th graders are planning on joining me on the track!
Students may also run or walk laps before school from 7:45-7:55 Monday-Thursday. This is a great alternative to standing in line waiting for the bell!
Special Rock Concert! Come out to support our fellow classmate, Sebastian! :)
On September 24th at 2:00 pm, Sebastian will be performing on his first rock concert, playing the drums! He wanted to extend the invitation to his classmates. Please let me and/or Sebastian know if you are interested in going so that his family can secure tickets.
Spanish - students should be using the flash cards that we made in class to study their Spanish verbs all week long!
Student Book Report Novels need to be finished by Tuesday, October 11th! We will be writing the reports in class.
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