Welcome to Fourth Grade

Welcome!  It is a pleasure to be working with your child!  Please feel free to drop by the classroom anytime to see the great things we are learning.  We have a number of parent and grandparent volunteers that help us each day and we benefit from our strong parent involvement!

COMMUNICATION
Please feel free to see me anytime.  I welcome parents as volunteers in the classroom and our school offers a great program to do so.

School phone number:  828.626.2290

The best way to reach me during the day is school/district email (joel.maude@bcsemail.org) as all administrative changes through the day come through this method.  Also I welcome your calls during the day.  If there is a transportation change, please contact the office directly.  Lastly, I will check my classroom dojo, at 2:00 each day during my planning period, as I wish not to use instructional time to be monitoring dojo.  Dojo will be turned off at 3:30 each day.  Please bear all of these options in mind as you choose the best method for you to contact me.


  
HOMEWORK POLICY
Homework for 20 minutes will be required each night Monday thru Thursday in math skills practice.   Each students will spend 20 minutes nightly practicing using our computer assisted learning program Study Island.  I encourage you to complete this study time with your child.  I believe that continually doing this activity with your child will help your child’s abilities grow greatly.  
Your child will receive a Study Island homework calendar at the beginning of each month detailing the skill for that night.  This calendar will be kept in your student's take home folder and signed off by an adult each night and returned to school for recording.
This portion of practice will count for 25% of the math grade each 9 weeks. Each missed signing will deduct 2 points from the student's homework grade.  Each student will begin this portion of grading with a 100.  This will be averaged in with the student's overall grade on the program.  This average will count for 25% of the student's overall 9 week grade.  I will be monitoring usage, success rate and completion weekly.
If internet access is not readily available, please notify me and I will send home a paper and pencil assignment that holds to the same requirements and grading and must be fully completed, signed and returned.
  
ASSIGNMENT COMPOSITION BOOK
Your student will write down assignments in an agenda composition book this year.  This is a good way to help your child learn to be organized.  They will write their daily agenda in the book at the beginning of each day.  They may also use a calendar app to do so as well.

ATTENDANCE
If you are able, please let me know anytime your child is going to be absent if you know ahead of time.   Please send in an excuse as to the reason for an absence.  School starts at 7:55 a.m.  If they arrive later, they are counted as tardy.  They will need an excuse for being tardy as well.

LUNCH
Please know that you are welcome to join us anytime for lunch.  

BUSES
If your child ever needs to ride a different bus, please send a note to insure the proper transportation change takes place.

WATER
I do encourage all students to bring a clear water bottle to school each day.  Please no fruit drinks or soft drinks.  The kids get very thirsty this time of year.  

CONFERENCES
We will be having scheduled conferences throughout the year, but please feel free to set up one anytime.  Please feel free to check in with me anytime.


I look forward to a GREAT year!
Sincerely,

Joel    (Mr. Maude)