Parent Letter

   Dear Parents,
    We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to fourth grade.  We hope that you have an enjoyable summer, but we don’t want you to forget about school!   Below is a summary of what your child is expected to know before entering fourth grade.   A solid knowledge of these items will give your child a successful start to the school year.

            Math – Students MUST know their addition and subtraction facts.  These are to be memorized.  Fourth grade math moves too fast for students to still be using their fingers or figuring out facts.  Please be sure that these are memorized.

            Multiplication facts are also to be memorized BEFORE school begins in August.  Students must know their multiplication facts up to and including the 12 times tables.

            Fourth grade math begins with place value.  Students should know place value from ones to millions.

            In addition, students should know how to tell time on digital and analog clocks, be able to identify coins and their values, know how to count back change, and be able to use a calendar.

            If your child is weak in any of these areas, please work with them over the summer.  It is imperative to their success that they are fluent in these skills.           

            English – Students are expected to follow rules of capitalization and punctuation, know their parts of speech (nouns, verbs, pronouns), and how to edit their writing.

            Handwriting – Students are expected to be fluent in cursive.  All work MUST be written in neat cursive.

            The school district has several opportunities for students to maintain their skills over the summer.  Please encourage your child to work on Study Island (third grade tests and games), and  Links to these sites can be found on the left under "Suggested Websites."  

            Finally, we highly recommend summer reading.  Please check our "Suggested Summer Reading" link for third and fourth grade reading titles. 

            By clicking on the link to the left, you will find a supply list for the fourth grade.  It is very important that your child has the items, so please try to have them for the first day of school. 

            If you have any questions, please feel free to call us.  We look forward to seeing your child in August, and to meeting you on Meet the Teacher Night.  Have a terrific summer!



                        The Fourth Grade Team