WELCOME TO GRADE 4 AT OLS!
September 26, 2018
Dear Parents of Grade Four Students,
Welcome back to OLS School! It is my pleasure to teach your children this year. This is a year two of the new curriculum, with new technology which makes teaching and learning exciting. Please find attached a class timetable.
Learning to Fly:
Grade Four is a year full of exciting challenges and new experiences. My hope and prayer is that at the end of the year all of us will look back on this grade year and see students who are stronger in their skills, more independent in their work habits, and demonstrate understanding and compassion for others.
In addition to Mr. Stocker, students have Mr. Pepe for music, Mr. McCloskey for PE, Mrs. Bond for Library (research and reading skills), and Mrs. Bortignon for Resource and to assist with math and writing. Our assistants this year are Miss Corrado, and Miss DeCotiis.
Our new website will have weekly or bimonthly updates with class news and important information. These updates don’t contain a comprehensive list of homework assignments, but will contain upcoming tests, projects, and special events. Please also take some time to view photos of class activities, as well as movies and podcasts made by Grade 4 Students.
Students will have gym Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Grade 4 students have some form of exercise (DPA) Tuesday and Friday.
Encourage your son or daughter to read books of his or her own choice on a daily basis. This time should be minimum 15 minutes, hopefully thirty minutes per day. I will send home some indications if your son/daughter could spend some time reading aloud. During the school year there will be fun reading challenges, starting with the readathon.
Spelling and vocabulary activities and tests are on-going throughout the year. Students will complete approximately 20 units of spelling during the year. Spelling or vocabulary tests are Friday of most weeks. Using the Grade 4 spelling web page, students will be able to take a practice test any day of the week. Assigned spelling exercises are due on Wednesday.
Homework and Agendas:
All students should have agendas signed by their teacher and a parent every day. I expect students to be very responsible with their agendas.
Students failing to finish homework will have to stay in the school during outside breaks. In addition, I will send home notices to parents if a student forgets homework on multiple occasions. The following is a rough pattern for homework: on Monday a Spelling Booklet assigned to be completed by Wednesday. Every day except Friday there will be some math homework, and sometimes writing or other assignments such as quiz study.
Please ensure your child’s uniform is labeled with his or her name. The front of the student agenda has the uniform policy.
Showbie is an online service used by Grade 4 students to show and share their work with parents. Please find enclosed information about Showbie. As there is more and more work shared to Showbie, it is important that parents sign up for this service.
I can be contacted by email. You can find a CONTACT ME button at the top of the Grade 4 web site.
Sincerely, Mr. P. Stocker