Friday, July 5, 2013

Reynolds' Rockin' Raptor's Back To School News

Welcome To Mrs. Reynolds’ 4th Grade Class!

Reynolds’ Rockin’ Raptors,
I am thrilled to have such a wonderful group of students coming to my class this year!  Fourth Grade is very exciting!  During this year, many concepts are introduced, reviewed, and built upon from the previous years!  I believe that the first step for a successful school experience is helping each child discover that he or she is a valued person and member of the classroom body.  I pledge to treat your child with dignity and respect. It is important to me that your child love school!  If, for some reason, you notice your child is not feeling this way, please let me know. I am more than willing to do what I can to help with the situation. I look forward to working with you and your Fourth Grader! Together we can make this one of the most successful and memorable years ever!

Class Blog: If you access our class blog once a week, you will be informed on everything you need to know.  If you do not have the internet, please let me know and I will give your child a hard copy.
I would appreciate your email address written on the 3x5 card I gave you. To access my blog: go to Iron County School District. Click on Schools, click on South, Click on teachers, click on Mrs. Reynolds picture.  My email address is

Reading:  It is important that your child read at least 30 min. each day, from a book on his/her level. 15 min. should be read out loud, to an older person for clarification of vocabulary etc. and 15 min. in silence. Mark the time read each day on the monthly reading calendar. At the end of the month, please total the minutes read, add a parents signature, and turn it into me on the first day of the following month. We will learn about the different genre of reading.

Book Reports: Book Reports will be given on a different genre each month.  The first book report will be a “Mystery Book Report.” It will be due the first week of October.  I will inform you well in advance, what type of genre, how, and when the  report will be given.

Spelling:  A “Spelling List” will be sent home each week and also put on the blog. We will work in class on spelling and vocabulary. The weekly “Spelling Test” will be given each Friday.  Sorry, but spelling tests can not be made up. :( Vocabulary words will be used from our Math, Science, Social Studies, and class reading books. We will be having a grade level, as well as a school wide “Spelling Bee,” at the end of the year.

Math:  We have a new math program called “Go Math!” I’m excited about this program, because your child will work in a reproducible workbook, that they may take home. We also do ADD, Mountain Math, and use Daily Math as homework.  Using a variety of math resources will assist students in learning the Utah State Core for 4th grade. We also have a “Multiplication Tables Chart” that will be tested on each Friday!

Science: We will start the year exploring “Land Before Time.”  We will explore the Scientific Method. We will study the Earth, different Land Zones, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Rocks and Minerals, Indigenous Plants of Utah,The Water Cycle, Weather, Animals and Insects.

Social Studies:  We will study Utah’s history.  Starting with the symbols and counties of Utah. We will move to American Indians, Spanish Explorers, Mountain Men, and the Utah Pioneers.  "Utah Studies Weekly," is a fantastic newspaper addition that teaches these topics.

Language Arts & Writing: Students are given Daily Language lessons, Mountain Language, and writing activities. We will write letters, poetry, Journal Jots, stories, persuasive advertisements, tall tales, compare/contrast, descriptive, haikus, cinquains, limericks, idioms, and writing of students individual interests. We will use Six-Traits to improve writing skills. Monthly Journal Jots will be done in class, then taken home for you as a parent, to critique and send back to class each month.

Homework:  Reading at least 30 minutes each night.  Daily Math Spiral practice sheet, anything that was not finished in class, spelling, multiplication tables, and extra work where needed.

Grade Printouts:  Sent home or emailed 2 times a quarter.  Please visit "Power School," weekly to keep-up-to date on your child's grades and missing assignments.  The website location, your child's confidential ID and password was sent home to you in your welcome back to school letter. Please keep it in a safe place, and refer to it often.

Organizational Skills are reinforced in 4th grade.  Each student is responsible for his/her own work.  If a child's assignment is missing, they may visit the "Extra's Cart," to find a copy.  I make 5 extra copies of each assignment.  If the extras are all gone, the score remains a zero.  I am not able to make extra copies for individual students.  If this becomes a chronic problem for a particular student, I will be contacting the parent to come up with a plan to solve the problem.

Attendance:  Attendance is crucial to the success of each child.  Please do what you can, to schedule lessons, Dr. appointments, and vacations outside of school time.  If you need to pick up your child during school hours, please check them out at the office first.  If your child is absent, the work that was done during the day, will be put on his/her desk to complete when they return.  Your child may bring this work home to complete, then return it to school ASAP.

Behavior Policy and Procedures:  Each child, by law, has  the equal opportunity to learn.  Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate good behaviors each day.  Students are expected to follow the teacher's directions promptly, and with a good attitude.  They are expected to treat others with respect, and take responsibility for their own actions.  When students comply with these expectations, they earn the right to stay in the "Class Cluster."  If after three-strikes, or verbal warnings, for misbehavior, the student will be moved away from the cluster, and become an "Outlier."  The student must earn their way back, into the "Cluster."  If for some reason the student continues to be noncompliant when he'she is an "outlier," threes more strikes, and he will be referred to Mr. Oldroyd, and the parent will be contacted.  A behavior plan will be put in place.  If the child becomes an "Outlier," a second time, the child will be referred to the "Skill Building" program.:(

Sharing:  In 4th grade, we do not have time for a regular sharing time.  If a child has an item that is applicable to what we are studying in class, he/she may ask me ahead of time if they can bring it to share.  Otherwise, toys and other items should be left at home.  If a child is caught playing with anything during instructional time, I will confiscate it until you, "The Parent" picks it up.

Birthdays:  A Birthday sheet is included in "The South Elementary" folder.  It needs to be filled out and returned to class ASAP.  We will celebrate your child's birthday as close to the real day as possible.  Summer birthday's are celebrated as a half birthday.  You may send a store bought treat for the class, if you wish. :)

Thank you once again, for entrusting me as your child's teacher and advocate.  I'm looking forward to a fantastic year!!!