Mrs. Potter's Class

Welcome

Dear Families,

I am very excited for this school year! Fourth grade is a lot of fun and a lot of work. I am always here to help.

High Expectations

  • Class work and homework turned in on time and neatly
  • Work to full potential
  • Have fun!

Responsibility

  • In fourth grade, student responsibility is very important. They are responsible for many more things and themselves.
  • Assignment sheet – students need to have parents/guardians sign each night. Students need to update this daily.
  • Homework – turned in on time.

How can I help my child in school?

  1. Provide a quiet homework space for your child to work
  2. Practice telling time
  3. Provide a quiet, consistent time for your child to read
  4. Practice counting and using money
  5. Help your child create a routine to help with his/her assignment sheet, homework, and packing his/her bag.

Responsive Classroom

Our classroom is a Responsive Classroom. Your child may have come home talking about morning meeting, greetings and games. “The Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that foster a safe, challenging, and joyful elementary classrooms and schools.” The Responsive Classroom approach involves seven important guidelines:

1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum

2. How children learn is as important as what children learn.

3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.

4. There is a set of social skills that children need to learn and practice in order to be successful.

5. We must know our children individually, culturally, and developmentally.

6. Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children.

7. Teachers and administrators must model the social and academic skills as well. (Northeast Foundation of Children, Inc.)

Rules and Logical Consequences

  • At RES, we follow the I-CARE rules. In addition, our class will come up with additional classroom rules known as Our Code of Cooperation and a class vision. We will have a class discussion about these rules and the children will come up with meanings and examples of each of these rules. These rules will be posted in the classroom and are expected to be followed by everyone. Students will also be creating Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.) for many different procedures that we have in the classroom. This helps create a shared sense of community and responsibility among students.
  • Logical consequences are part of the Responsive Classroom approach. If a student breaks a rule then s/he will be required to “fix it”. This means that the student may need to apologize, stop the behavior, and/or fix a situation. Secondly, a student may be asked to “lose it”. This means that the child may lose a privilege or the use of a classroom supply. Third, “take a break” means that the student needs to take a break from the group before s/he returns to the lesson. Students may also receive a white ODR behavior form during a time of severe behavior and/or repetitive minor behaviors. These forms are sent to Mrs. Peavey and require a parent signature. Lastly, students will also be earning Positive Office Referral forms in our classroom for the times that a student really SHINES.

Communication

  • Students need to communicate to both their parents and with Mrs. Potter.
  • Students also need to communicate with their classmates. We work in groups on many things and respectful communication with fellow classmates makes learning much more effective and fun.
  • Students need to let Mrs. Potter know if they are feeling overwhelmed.

Fun

We have craft parties and a field trip in fourth grade!

Specials

Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Computer

Thursday: Art

Friday:Library

Math

  • This year, students will be using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve more complex problems. To ensure proficiency and accuracy, memorization of basic math facts (including division) is essential. Therefore, 5-10 minutes each day should be spent on studying these facts through flashcards, written drills or any other method of study. Students will also be learning about geometry, measurement, fractions, etc.
  • RSU #14 has continued to move forward with the Learner Centered Instruction (LCI) approach. This approach is developed around the understanding that when a student is ready to move forward and master new standards s/he is given that opportunity. Furthermore, students will have full understanding of the skills and concepts before moving on to new concepts.

ELA

  • In reading, our goal is to encourage students to be independent readers and to have a good understanding of what they read. Our reading program, leveled library, monthly reading assignments and supplemental books will all be used to help achieve this goal.
  • In writing, our writing program includes: writing paragraphs, letters, reports, and stories. The students will be taught using the Lucy Calkins Units of Study program.

Handwriting

  • It is very important for each student to take pride in his/her work. I expect work to be of high quality, be neat and organized. Handwriting will be a key factor in the level of quality work that students should achieve. Please stress the importance of neatness in their written work.

Bookworms

Steps for students to follow:

1. Choose a book at your “just right” level.

2. Show your teacher the book that you plan to read before you start it.

3. Read the book at home each night. He/she is welcome to bring the book back and forth from home to school, but the majority of the reading should be done at home. Children are required to read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night at least 4 nights a week.

4. The book must be one that they haven’t read or had someone read to them before.

5. When you have finished the book, complete the bookworms story map sheet using your best effort.

6. A MINIMUM of one story map must be completed by the last day of each month. Mrs. Potter will not accept story maps that are not thoroughly completed.

S.W.A.G. (Students Who Achieve Goals) Tags

SWAG tags are incentive tags that your child can earn for positive behavior and choices that he/she makes during the school day. The tags are placed on a necklace that is kept at school and brought home at the end of the school year. SWAG tags are earned when Mrs. Potter notices a choice or behavior that is done by a student that exceeds

expectations. Tags can be earned for many things. Some of these may include: Helping Others, Good Listening, etc. Positive reinforcement in our classroom this is one method to encourage the positive choices and hard work.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs. Potter