• Dear Families,

    Welcome to 4th Grade! I am excited to work with you and your child this year. Please take a minute to read each section below. It will give you an introduction to 4th grade expectations and guidelines.

    The First Two Weeks of School
    We will spend the first few weeks of school helping students get to know one another, become comfortable with classroom routines, and establish our classroom community.  One of our goals in 4th grade is to help students become independent workers, so students are learning how to organize their day. During this time we will emphasize the skills of completing work independently and putting materials away.  As students learn to work on their own, this will increase my ability to meet with small groups of students, and to help students progress at their own pace.

    Take Home Folders
    This year’s Boomerang folders are 2-pocket maroon-colored folders. Students are responsible for collecting items from their student mailboxes, bringing items home, and returning necessary items to school. Although these folders will sometimes be empty, your involvement and help in establishing this "boomerang" routine will have a tremendous impact on your child’s learning.  It’s great to designate a place where your child can put his/her folder each afternoon when coming home from school.

    Homework
    
Homework consists of reading independently for 20-30 minutes each night.  Students may also practice their spelling words and catch up on ST Math (Jiji).  Math homework may be given to students who are having difficulty in mastering the day's concept.  Please check your child's Boomerang folder daily, as this is to be retuned the next day.  If there is no math sheet, your child is on target for the next day's lesson.

    Birthdays
    
We love celebrations! We will be celebrating each child’s birthday on the last Friday of their birthday month during lunch from 11:15-11:40. Birthday students are welcome to bring in a treat to share at this time (we currently have 25 students).

    *** VERY IMPORTANT! *** Please be cautious of allergies and send only nut-free snacks.

    Here is the monthly birthday celebration schedule for 2018-19:

    September 28 (Note: We will celebrate both August & September birthdays)
    October 19
    November 30
    December 14
    January 25
    February 15
    March 29
    April 26
    May 31
    June 14 (Note: We will celebrate both June & July birthdays)


    Expectations for Behavior in the Classroom
    I use Positive Discipline in my classroom, as well as the Ordway Four B’s: be respectful, be positive, be responsible, and be safe.  In addition to these expectations, we will help students learn to become increasingly independent as the year progresses.  Our goal is that ALL students will become independent learners.  If a student has difficulty with behavior, they will be asked to leave the group for a few minutes while they reflect on the situation.  Usually students are able to problem solve during this time.  Chronic problems or severe misbehavior will be handled with more specific consequences.  I will let parents know immediately if a student is having severe problems with behavior at school.

    Snack
    
Please provide a healthy, nut-free snack for your child. A snack can help increase a child’s energy level and attention span, which is why we call it “brain food.”  Each child is responsible for his/her own daily snack, as we do not share snacks. Snacks need to be able to be picked up with fingers - no spoons please!

    Volunteers
    
We love having volunteers in the classroom, and could generally use some assistance during reading, math and science time.  I will put together a sign-up sheet near the end of September.  During the first month of school we are focused on building our classroom community and routines.  Once we have established that, then we will be ready to welcome volunteers into our room.

    Communication
    
The best way to reach me is via email at mmuffoletto@bisd303.org. I typically respond within 24-48 hours, depending on the request. A two-week schedule will be posted on our class website so you can stay updated on upcoming events and classroom assignments.

    Transportation
    Please note that if you are making a last-minute change in your child’s transportation, you must contact the main office at 206-842-7637.   

    I look forward to working with you and your child this year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

    In partnership,
    Michele Muffoletto