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Welcome to Mrs. Leaver's Class 2018-2019!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Classroom phone: 775-8889 (Use before and after school hours)

lleaver@sau16.org 


4LEAVER WEEKLY SPECIALS:

MONDAY: ART

TUESDAY: P.E. (remember sneakers!)

WEDNESDAY: Music

    THURSDAY: P.E. (remember sneakers!)

FRIDAY: Library (please return Library books)



Upcoming Dates:

  • Term 1 Grades Close 10/26
  • Term 1 Report Cards go home 11/2
  • Parent/Teacher conferences 11/6
    • Please sign up through the email link to Sign Up Genius.
  • No school: 11/12 (Veteran's Day) and 11/21-11/23 (Thanksgiving break)


Week of 11/5/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 6 spelling practice pages will go home Monday, 11/5.  These should be completed by the test date, Thursday, 11/15.

        Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).

*Mad Minute! Students should complete one side of the multiplication page by Friday, 11/9


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).



Week of 10/29/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 5 spelling practice pages went home 10/23.  This should be completed by the test date, Wednesday, 10/31.

        Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).



Week of 10/22/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 5 spelling practice pages will go home 10/23.  This should be completed by the test date, Wednesday, 10/31.

        Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).



Week of 10/15/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 4 spelling practice pages should be completed by the test date, Monday, 10/22.

        Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).



Week of 10/1/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 3 spelling practice pages should be completed by the test date, Thursday, 10/4.

        Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).



Early Release for Students Wednesday, 9/26

Week of 9/24/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 3 spelling practice pages go home on Wednesday.  These should be completed by the test date, Thursday, 10/4.

        Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).


Weekly Spelling Homework

Updated 9.19.18



  • At the beginning of each Journey’s lesson, all students will take a pretest on a specific spelling pattern.  This will determine the spelling list that will be sent home with you. The spelling pretest is sent home for information only and does not need to be corrected.

  • Because the Journey’s program runs 5-6 days per lesson, the dates of spelling pretests and tests will change weekly.  Please note the test date at the top of your spelling list.


  • Between the day the spelling list is sent home and your test date, you should complete 3 practice activities from the Spelling Menu.  These should be done neatly and completely in your spelling book, and returned to school by the date of your spelling test.



MAGNETISM QUIZ Thursday, 9/20.  All study materials were sent home last week by 9/13.

Week of 9/17/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Lesson 2 Pretest and practice pages go home on Tuesday.  These should be completed by the test date, Tuesday, 9/25.

    

   Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling book.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).


Reminder: Open House (parents only) for LSS is this Thursday, 9/20.  Hope to see you all there!



Week of 9/10/18 Homework Assignments:

Spelling: Pretest and practice pages go home on Monday.  These should be completed by the test date, Monday, 9/17.

    Students will correct their spelling pretest.

   Students will choose three activities from the spelling menu.  This work should be done in their Spelling booklet.


Math: Math homework will be assigned Monday (due Wednesday) and Wednesday (due Friday).


Reading: Students should be reading on a regular basis (at least 15 minutes/daily).


Upcoming: Magnetism quiz.  More info to follow.


August 2018

 

Dear Fourth Grader and Family!

 

         Welcome to Mrs. Leaver’s class! I hope you had a fun, relaxing, and healthy summer.  It’s hard to believe the first day of school is just around the corner.  I am looking forward to another wonderful school year, and hope you are excited, too.  On our first day of school, please find me on the school playground by the sign with my name.  We will spend the first couple of days getting to know each other, and many notices will be sent home letting you know what to expect this school year (this is the “parent homework”) J

 

While you do not need to bring all of this with you on the first day, here are some items that would be helpful to have for fourth grade:

 

·      Box of pencils

·      Pen(s) for correcting

·      Highlighter(s)

·      Dry-erase marker(s)

·      4 folders

·      A 1-subject notebook

·      Glue stick(s)

·      Small pencil case (bag or box)

·      Tissues and antibacterial wipes- for class

 

Please let me know if you are unable to provide any of these classroom materials.  Also, please do not bring “toy” erasers, pencil sharpeners, or anything else that will distract you or others.

 

We will have a working snack everyday, so please bring a healthy snack.  I would also encourage a bottle of water that may be kept on your desk.

 

         I am looking forward to meeting you all on August 27th! I hope you are ready for a fun and productive school year!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Leaver

 Classroom Procedures:

Mrs. Leaver’s Class 2018-2019


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 fourth-graders will be assigned approximately 40 minutes of homework 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 quarter, 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 blue  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.


  • 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 online. Please see my class page through lss.sau16.org .


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.


Specials:

Monday- Art

Students have P.E. class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child has sneakers and is dressed appropriately.

Wednesday- Music

Friday- Library




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. 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. 

Reading: Students should begin reading at home on a regular basis 

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)
Reading:

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
  • 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:

Dreambox

math-play.com

myschoolhero.com/mymathhero/

aplusmath.com/

fun4thebrain.com

www.abcya.com

www.funbrain.com

www.learninggamesforkids.com

www.coolmath4kids.com

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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