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Mrs. Forsyth's Fourth Grade

2021-2022

 

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Welcome to fourth grade at Scholar Academy! I am very excited about the upcoming year and working with you and your child.  This is my sixth year teaching 4th Grade.  Prior to coming to Scholar Academy, I taught Kindergarten and Algebra, each for a year.  I have also been a Reading/Math Specialist in Title I and Special Education.  I have spent two years at Scholar as a Title I tutor, as well as, a year being the Title I Coordinator.  I am really looking forward to teaching 4th grade again this year.  I know that we are going to have a wonderful year together.

 

This informational below is our classroom’s behavior management and homework procedures, as well as other school policies and information you will want to know.  Please read through it carefully and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about this information or anything else throughout the school year. My contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.  Of course, you may send a note to school with your child anytime as well, and I will respond as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your dedication to your child’s learning.  Together we will make this a great year!

  

Teacher: Heidi Forsyth

Email: hforsyth@scholarcharter.org

Room 14

SCHOOL HOURS AND SCHEDULE

 

Arrival

Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:00am. The first bell rings at 8:25 for students to start heading to their literacy class. Instruction time will begin at 8:30 so students should be in the classroom at this time ready to begin the day

 

Students who eat school breakfast may arrive starting at 7:40. Breakfast can be paid for on the school website: www.scholarcharter.org.

 

Dismissal

School ends at 3:00 p.m., and students must leave or be picked up 15 minutes after dismissal or the end of a school-sponsored activity.  After this time, all students will be taken to the office in order to call home and make arrangements. 

  • If there is a change in plans in how your student is getting home on any day, you must send a note to school with your child informing me of the change.

 


Weekly Specials Schedule

Thursday: Art, Music, P.E., and Computers

*On Thursday please make sure your child wears clothing and shoes appropriate for physical activity.

Library classes will be held during literacy once a week.

 

Spanish will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00-2:30. If your child is in need of intervention or Title I, they may be excused from a term(s) of Spanish class.


 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

 

During the first week of school, students will learn about their rights and responsibilities in our classroom.  There are six simple rules we expect all students to follow. As a class, we will discuss these six rules and how we will practice them:

 

In this classroom, we will always

  • § Listen when others are talking
  • § Follow directions quickly and quietly
  • § Raise your hand for permission to speak
  • § Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
  • § Make smart choices
  • § Make your dear teacher happy

 

 

Behavior Plan

For the safety and well-being of all students, and to maintain a positive classroom environment, students are expected to follow the five rules above at all times. We will be using Class Dojo. Any time a rule is broken, the following consequences will be enforced. Repeated violations may result in more serious consequences.

  1. Verbal warning/ subtract Dojo points
  2. Making Smart Choices sheet
  3. Cross-over, phone call home
  4. Office Referral

 

Incentives:

This year we will be catching students that are on their best behavior. We will evaluate Dojo points and offer a reward choice to your students!

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

 

Homework is an important part of the educational process.  It reinforces and provides additional practice for skills learned at school.  It also teaches students responsibility and encourages good study habits. Homework may be used up to five percent as grades for any subject. It will help determine students’ Responsibility and Quality of Work grades on their report cards.

As parents, you can increase your student’s success rate by making homework and study time a top priority at home.  It is important to designate a quiet homework/study area at home and, if possible, establish a routine where homework is completed at the same time most every night.

 

Homework

  • Homework, if assigned, will be Mon.-Thurs. night every week. 
  • Homework will include reading, vocabulary/spelling and/or some writing practice. Students may have a reading response that will need to be filled out as well. They will also have 10-20 minutes of math practice.
  • Homework will be due the following day. If circumstances prevent a child from doing his/her homework on a given night, please provide a note explaining the situation and I will be happy to work with you. With a written note, students will have no late penalty, as long as the missing homework is turned in within a timely manner.
  • Students with missing work or homework, may miss recess and/or may receive other consequences such as Friday detention if the problem persists.
  • An assignment plan may also be required to assist students that are having difficulty completing their homework responsibilities.

 

Student Homework Folders

Students will have a homework folder to be used throughout the school year, in which they will keep their nightly homework. Any handouts about school events, daily behavior and other important information/notes will be placed in the folder. Please be sure to check it nightly and again ensure your child has completed his/her homework and that you don’t miss important announcements and information. 

Reading: response sheet with writing, spelling and reading

Math: practice sheet, fact practice

Homeroom: social studies, science, writing and or math practice

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Attendance

Regular attendance is important.  If your child is unable to attend school, please send a written excuse to the office on the day he/she returns.  When possible, let the office know ahead of time when you know your student will be absent, so we can work out a plan for the instruction and work your student will be missing.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones may be brought to school at your own risk. However, they must remain OFF and in your child’s backpack during the school day. They are only to be used when students are not in class. If a phone disrupts instruction, it will be turned in to the office. Parents will then need to pick the cell phone up there. If you have a medical or family exception please contact me.

 

Lockers

Students are allowed to have combination locks for their lockers this year. They must also provide me with the combination. No Keys will be permitted. Students are expected to keep their lockers neat and tidy.

Family Contact Information

Please keep your family’s contact information, such as telephone numbers and addresses, current with me and with the school office staff.  By doing this, we can immediately contact you in case of an emergency and to keep you up-to-date on school and classroom events.

 

Classroom Communication

In order to keep communication flowing from home to school we have websites located on the school website at www.scholarcharter.org. We will also be communicating regularly through email and/or our websites letting you know what we are working on in our classrooms. If you are interested in volunteering in our classrooms, please fill out a volunteer form. If you need to get a hold of us please e-mail me, Heidi Forsyth at hforsyth@scholarcharter.org or write me a note and include it inside your child’s homework folder. We look forward to communicating with you.

 

Common Core

Just as a reminder for all our families, Utah has a set of curriculum standards for all grade levels that were put into effect called the Common Core State Standards. These standards will guide our teaching and testing practices throughout the year, and they are designed to be more streamlined and consistent with other states’ curriculum. To learn more about these standards, visit www.uen.org. You can also learn about our curriculum through visiting the Scholar Academy website www.scholarcharter.org.

 

Report Cards       

We are on a quarter schedule.  Report cards will be sent out four times during the school year at the end of each quarter. 

 

Thank you for reading! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you have, at any time. Again, welcome to fourth grade at Scholar Academy!

 

Messages

Scholastic Book Orders are due Sept. 25!  Your child will receive (5) Dojo points per order. Click here to order.

Click here for Scholar Website

 

 

4th Grade Daily Schedule

8:30-10:30       Literacy

10:30 -10:45    4th/5th Grade Recess

10:45 -12:00    Math 

12:00-12:20     4th/5th Grade Lunch

12:25-12:45       4th/5th Grade Recess

12:45-1:30      Science (Except Thurs.)

1:30-2:00       Spanish (Except Thurs.)  

2:00-3:00       Social Studies (Except                           Thurs.)              

Specials:         Thursday

   Parent Notes

 

Click here to order from Scholastic Reading Club flyer! Class Code: L9DX9 (Students will earn 5 Dojo points for each order that is placed)