The 2018-19 school year is about to begin, and we are working to build our fourth grade learning community with high expectations, clear procedures, and strong relationships. We believe strongly in the family-school partnership, and we will communicate important information with you through our team emails and this team page. As always, feel free to call or e-mail if you have questions, suggestions, or ideas to share. We are looking forward to building a successful year together.
Our bottom line at Prescott School: It is NEVER okay to be hurtful. It is NEVER okay to be disruptive.
Goals for Life
- I can take good care of myself, even if I am mad.
- I can be productive and follow directions even if I don’t want to.
- I can be okay, even when others are not okay.
Many families have asked about contributing supplies to our classrooms. All essential supplies will be provided for each student, and there is no required supply list for fourth grade. Students are welcome to bring their own pencil pouches and homework folders to school. If you are looking for an opportunity to donate to your child’s classroom we would appreciate any of the following items.
- Pencils – Ticonderoga – WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF MORE PENCILS!
- Post-it notes in all colors
- Colored pencils
- Lined paper – wide ruled
- Expo dry erase markers
- Board games for indoor recess
A spelling list will be sent home each Monday. All students are expected to prepare for the 20 words on the regular list. Students are also encouraged to try the “challenge” and “review” words. Spelling tests will be given on Fridays, and students will set weekly spelling goals based on these results.
We are working to help students develop their organizational skills. We are also hoping to foster communication with families. To do this, each student will be given a planner, and we are asking students to record their daily assignments and share this information with their parents. For the first quarter, we are asking that parents initial or sign the planner each night. As students demonstrate accountability, the requirement for parent signatures may be removed.
Homework assignments will be purposeful extension and seen as part of the students’ continuous learning process. Their assignments will reflect what they have previously learned in the classroom. Each night, students will bring home a two-sided math page. In addition, students will spend time each night reading and practicing their spelling words. Parents can support their student by providing a good homework environment including a quiet work space and necessary school supplies. Setting a specific time for homework each day works well for most families.
NeSA Testing Dates
The NeSA-Reading and NeSAMath will be scheduled in April. These assessments help us to determine the instructional progress and needs of our students, and we ask that every effort be made to avoid scheduling medical appointments or vacations during the test periods.
Resources and Extensions
- Zondle – Games to Support Learning
- Additional Math Practice Pages
- Math Practice For Kids
- Basic Math Fact Practice
- More Math Practice
- Math Quiz
- Spelling City
- Nebraska Studies
- Science – Space
- Science – Biomes
- 50 States
- White House For Kids
- Word Central
- Fun Practice!
- Biographies For Kids
- Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
- Build A Prairie