Mrs. Ward's 4th Grade Class

Welcome to Room 206

Tell me and I forget,
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn

---Ben Franklin

        Welcome to fourth grade!  I hope your summer has been as wonderful as mine.  My classroom has moved down the hall and the entire fourth grade will be together in one wing this year.  I am very excited to be your child's teacher and am looking forward to a successful and fun year of teaching and learning.  

         This year I will begin my 18th year with the Peabody Public Schools and my 14th year at the John E. Burke Elementary School.  I will be your child's homeroom teacher, and I will also be responsible for teaching Math to the entire fourth grade. It is a passion of mine, and I look forward to making it a subject that everyone feels more confident and successful with.  The fourth grade team also includes Ms. Jean Dawson (Social Studies and Writing), Ms. Katelyn Keenan (Science) and Ms. Christina Rubino, Mrs. Katherine Linton, and Mrs. Maureen Merta (Special Ed. team).  I look forward to working with all the fourth graders and my colleagues-old and new!

         Throughout the year I will use this website to help keep my students and their families informed.  I will post the weekly Spelling words and homework assignments, helpful Math vocabulary and definitions for the chapter we are studying, reminders/copies of upcoming projects, field trip arrangements, and any additional information as necessary.

         Please remember to check your child's red communication folder and agenda book for important notices and homework information every evening.  It is absolutely necessary that you sign the agenda book after the homework has been completed.  The folder and agenda book are very important to your child's success.  Remember that the study habits and homework routines developed in elementary school will set the foundation for the rest of your child's life.  Together we can ensure that your child will have an awesome year! 

       You can find the weekly Spelling words and homework by clicking on the link to the left.  I would like to ask that all English Language Arts homework be completed neatly with a blue or black erasable pen.  

        You can find the vocabulary list and definitions for the Math chapter we are currently working on by clicking on the link to the left.  This information should be helpful to both students and parents. Your child should continue to study all math facts.  This studying may be done with the use of flashcards, computer games, or written practice.   Students in the fourth grade must be confident with all of their basic math facts, so I appreciate your help with this. 

       Reading is also very important, and your child is expected to set aside 15-20 minutes every evening to read for pleasure.  It makes a huge difference! We will enjoy reading chapter books as a whole class to further the love of reading as well.

        I look forward to meeting you at parent orientation on Wednesday, September 27th.  If you need to contact me before then please call me at extension 5451 or send a note in with your child.  I will respond as quickly as I can.