Welcome to a new school year in Grade 4. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer with family and friends, and are now ready to get back into the ‘swing of things’!
As the children have ‘wonders’ about their upcoming year, I’m sure you do as well! Below, I have provided information that I hope will answer some of your questions.
Location– Our classroom (one of the nicest in the school:) is on the second floor (Room 209)
Agendas– Agendas will be a daily part of our learning and a way for students to demonstrate responsibility. In addition to keeping you advised of class activities, messages are used to incorporate language and math challenges, as well as a chance to ‘slip in’ some cursive writing. Agendas are also an ideal way to communicate with me, and ensure you receive school notes safely. Students will also be asked to carry them to French. Please check and initial the agenda regularly. (Agendas will be kept in a classroom bin during the day, restricting the space/size. Agendas will not be able to be stored in binders)
Timetable- We will be inserting a copy of our timetable in our agenda on the first day. Whenever you see CORE – that means they will be with with me (Ms. Urfey) working on math, language, art, science or social studies. Music is with Mr. Dumont, Phys. Ed. with Ms. Marion, and French with Mme. DiPelino.
French- Students will be travelling to another classroom for French and will be asked to bring a binder (2-3″), a pencil, and their agenda. If reorganization takes place, the location may change (to our own classroom) but for September, this is the plan!
Supplies– Other than the materials mentioned for French and a box of Kleenex (PLEASE), students do NOT need individual supplies at this time. Most of our seating is at tables, so we do not have storage for pencil cases, binders etc. which can create a chaotic work space. We will designate a shelf for French binders and there are communal baskets of writing tools at each work space. If students wish to use any supplies they have purchased during art activities, they will be welcome to retrieve them from their lockers or bags. If we find a need for anything in the future, we’ll let you know:)
Homework– As always, students are always encouraged to read on a regular basis. Also, reading our blog, is a good way to launch discussions and look for ways to connect class learning to home experiences. Researching and discussing topics outside the classroom, help deepen students’ understanding, strengthens their ability to contribute to class discussions, and encourages initiative. As I get to know the students through September, I will be able to assess whether homework needs to go beyond that.
I look forward to sharing our learning journey with you this year and wish you luck with all the paper work that comes with starting new year!!