Mrs. Leaver's Class 2017-2018

Welcome to our class! 
This page will provide an overview of class procedures and expectations, a list of upcoming events and/or tests, and a description of weekly homework assignments. Please contact me with any questions about the information provided here.

Mrs. Leaver


Classroom phone: 775-8889

(Use before and after school hours)




WEDNESDAY: P.E. (remember sneakers)

    THURSDAY: Library (return books weekly)

FRIDAY: P.E. (remember sneakers)


  • Magnetism Quiz- Wednesday, 9/20
    • Study guides sent home week of 9/11.

  • Early Release 9/27 and 10/18
  • Picture Day 9/29
  • Field Trip to Great Bay Discovery Center 10/25
  • Grades close 10/27; Report Cards go home 11/3
  • Parent/Teacher conferences Thursday 11/9 (no school for students)

September 5, 2017

The second week of school is off to a great start! 

  • Homework is starting this week.  Please take a moment to look through your child's take home folder and assignment book.  I have sent home a HW Guidelines handout for your information.  Please contact me if you have any questions about your child's HW assignments.
  • Student Council "elections" will be held this week.  If your child is interested in running, he/she may share a poster by Thursday.  Only one student will be selected from our class.  Student Council reps should be able to make Tuesday meetings at 8:00am.
  • Instrumental Lessons: packets went home today and should be returned by Friday, 9/8.  Instruments will be passed out at Open House on 9/14.

August 30, 2017

Welcome to the school year! We've had a great first few days.  I can tell this is a wonderful group of children.  Just a couple of things I'd like to share with you:

  1. Homework will start next week.  Please make sure your child is using his/her home folder and assignment book to stay organized.
  2. As we are still getting to know the students, official math and reading programs will not start until week of 9/11.  Until then, we are learning procedures and reviewing past learning strategies.
  3. There is a typo in the Classroom Procedure handout.  We are NOT a peanut/nut free classroom!
  4. Open House if scheduled for Thursday, September 14th.  More info to follow.

Thank you for prompt attention to all the "Parent HW" that has been going home.  I appreciate all the support.
Lauren Leaver

Classroom Procedures:

Mrs. Leaver’s Class 2017-2018

The following is a list of general classroom procedures. Keep this handout accessible throughout the school year as it contains valuable notes about your child’s class. Please sign below and return to school with your child.

Homework: SAU 16 guidelines state that homework will be assigned approximately 30-50 minutes a night, Monday thru Thursday. Additional at-home projects will be given ample notice. Please note that this is only a guideline and will vary upon each student’s ability. Fourth grade places much emphasis on student responsibility and accountability. The following help to enforce these values.

  • After each month, students who have not missed any homework assignments will earn a Homework Pass that may be used toward a night free from homework.
  • Any missing homework assignments will result in a Homework Slip. This will be sent home and must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned the following school day along with the missing assignment. Incomplete assignments may need to be completed during recess time. The Homework Slip is a means of communication between the child's parents and myself and helps teach student accountability.
  • Each student is provided with a Homework Assignment Book. It is the students’ responsibility to have each assignment recorded and completed by the following day. Homework must be returned to class the day it is due in order to receive full credit.
  • The students will have weekly spelling assignments. Each Monday there is a spelling pre-test. Workbook pages will be assigned each Monday and are due each Friday along with the corrected pre-test. The spelling post-test will be given each Friday.
  • Most every night there will be math homework. This allows the children independent practice and offers me the opportunity to monitor progress. The emphasis on the math homework is effort, and while the students may not be able to solve every problem, they should make a fair attempt.
  • There is a strong emphasis on mastery of math facts in fourth grade. Students will be expected to practice their multiplication facts at home on a regular basis.
  • Homework assignments and other reminders can be accessed on-line.

Snack: There will be a daily “working snack.” Please provide your child with a healthy snack for class. Students are also encouraged to bring a bottle of water to school to keep at their desk.  This is a nut/peanut free classroom.

P.E.: Students have P.E. class on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your child has sneakers and is dressed appropriately.

Behavior: Students are expected to be respectful toward peers, adults, and school property at all times, in accordance will the policy set in the Student handbook. Our class policy aims to create a warm and safe learning environment. Students will have consequences for inappropriate behavior. Parents will be notified of any problems or concerns.

Communication: I believe that parent/teacher communication is instrumental in aiding your child’s success. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comment, question, or concern. You may do so by the following: send a notice to school with your child, email me directly at lleaver@sau16.org (please do not send confidential info in an email), or call the classroom directly at 775-8889 (before or after school hours).

Lastly, I thank you in advance for all of your continued support throughout the school year. I am very excited to embark on this journey of learning with your child!

Interesting article on Executive Functioning:

Weekly Homework Assignments

Math Homework: Math homework will be assigned most nights. The focus of math homework is EFFORT. I would like to see each student attempt all of the problems even if they are unsure of what to do, as it shows me what he/she is able to do independently.   Please let me know if math homework is taking more than 30 minutes to complete on a regular basis.

Math Facts: There is a big push for students to master their math facts this school year. Practice will occur at school, but home practice is expected as well.

Spelling: There will be a spelling pre test each Monday. The pre test is to be correct and returned by Friday. There also will be 4 spelling work book pages assigned each Monday and due on Friday. Students are expected to study their words for a spelling test each Friday.

Reading: Students should begin reading for a minimum of 15 minutes per night. Parents should initial reading chart nightly. The reading chart will be checked each Friday and will count as a homework assignment.

Science and Social Studies homework will be assigned periodically.

Other homework will be assigned individually. Some unfinished assignments from class may be sent home to be finished.

Our Fourth Grade Curriculum!

ELA (English/Language Arts)

4th grade reading groups will focus on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and written responses. You can help by encouraging your child to read at home, and asking him/her questions about what is being read. Some examples of questions to ask include:

· What do you think will happen next? (predictions)

· Where does the story take place? (setting)

· What is the problem in the story and how is it solved? (narrative elements)

· Why do you think…? (forming opinions)

Literacy: The children will engage in literacy in a number of ways.
  • The first is through Daily Language Review, which is regular language arts practice. The students will be periodically assessed with DLR quizzes. 
  • I am looking forward to our Scholastic Weekly Readers and to spend time reading, discussing, and responding to this nonfiction magazine on a weekly basis. This is a great way for the children to become exposed to current events. Ask about it at home!
  • Fourth graders will continue to develop their cursive writing skills through a handwriting workbook. They gradually will integrate cursive into more of their classwork.
  • Spelling- The class will participate in weekly spelling work. Spelling application in all content areas will also be expected.
  • Writing- There will be numerous short and long writing assignments throughout the year on a variety of genres (opinion, informational, fictional etc.). 
  • As a reminder, all students may access Typing Pal at home via the Internet. Typing skills will become very important as your child progresses through school. 

Math: For math homework, I expect that effort and practice will help to provide responsibility and good study habits. Please remind your child to show his/her work with ALL math problems, and write me a brief note if your child is having a difficult time with a particular skill. Your child may practice his/her facts on-line at home:

ixl.com  This site will be used some for assigned homework, but students may also go to the multiplication practice questions









Mathmagician: www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html

Science: Numerous topics will be explored in 4th grade as students become investigators in the scientific world! The scientific method and inquiry tasks will be incorporated into each unit.  Science units include:

  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Geology/Earth Science
  • Weather
  • Health

Social Studies: In addition the 4th grade curriculum, current event topics will be covered through use of the Scholastic Reader magazines.  During the first semester, students will explore and learn all about the great state of New Hampshire.  The second half of the year will be focused on the U.S. states and Capitals.

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