Ms. Winston's 4th Grade Class

Dear Parents,

Welcome! I am sure you are as excited about the new school year as I am. I am happy to have the privilege of welcoming you and your child to my classroom this year. Some of your children are new to Forest Heights Academy of Excellence; however, I can assure you that they will quickly adapt to the new building and new procedures. Your child’s time here will be well spent. He or she may even come home exhausted from all the thinking we do! But I will make every minute count!

Assessments

Fourth grade is a challenging year. I see it as a year in which we refine and extend upon the many new concepts introduced in third grade. In addition to these new skills, we will also be preparing students to take the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) in all core subjects this spring.

Curriculum

Our social studies program is designed to teach students about government at the national, state, and local level. We will also focus on the development, history, and people of Louisiana. Lastly, the students will learn about economics.

We have a brand new science program that lends itself to many hands-on experiences and experiments. The science program allows the students to help solidify the knowledge we discover through the hands-on activities and experiments. Some of the key topics that will be studied this year in science are: energy, animals, and plants.

Homework Policy

There will most likely be homework every night. In fourth grade, the average student can expect about 45 minutes of homework per night. If you have concerns about the time your child is spending doing homework, please contact me. I understand that things come up and it may not be possible to complete a homework assignment on a certain night, in that case please write me a note and the student will get an extra day to complete the assignment. Homework is due first thing in the morning. If it is not completed when your child arrives at school, it is considered a late assignment. If you know your child is going to be absent please inform me so I can give them their homework ahead of time. When a student is absent from school, he/she has two days to make up their work for every one day absent.