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Welcome to the Parent’s Corner!  There are many resources here for you and your 4th grader. 
If you cannot find something here or if you need more information about something, please send me an email.

 

 

Absences

Field Trips

Projects in 4th Grade

Assignment Books

Gym Class

Report Cards

Birthday Treats

Homework Policy

School Supplies

Book Orders

ISAT Testing

Shining Star of the Week

Calendar

Kanas Cash

Spelling Words/Test

Class Web Site

Library

Student Showcase

Classroom Parties

Lunch Money

Take Home Folder

Discipline

Newsletter

Test & Quiz Policy

E-mail

Parent Volunteers

Trailblazers Math Program

Emergency Closings

Progress Reports

Water bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absences

When students are absent, they are expected to make up the in-class work and homework they missed.  Please let the office know if you will be picking up your child’s homework or if you want it sent home with a sibling or neighbor.  If requested, the homework will be waiting for you in the office or sent to a sibling’s classroom.  Otherwise, the student will have an “absent folder” on their desk when they return to school.  Students have the same number of days they were gone to finish and turn in their absent work.  Many of the activities we do at school (labs, experiments, projects, etc.) cannot be done at home so regular attendance is extremely important.

 

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Assignment Books

Each student has to have an assignment book to write down their assignments.  Time will be given each day for students to record their homework.  Each page of the assignment book is for a different school day.  The students are responsible for bringing home their assignment books every night and a parent or guardian must sign the “Parent Signature” box at the bottom of the page for that day.  If students do not have their assignment books signed, they will lose recess or other free time.  Please check your child’s backpack for their assignment book each day.

 

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Birthday Treats

Students may bring in treats for their birthdays if there is enough for each student in the class.  Also, birthday treats and other snacks brought into school to distribute to the class must be store-bought.  Store bought cupcakes or individually wrapped snacks are great choices!  Also, please be aware that many students in the school may be allergic to peanuts. 

 

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Book Orders

Students and their families will have the opportunity to purchase books from Scholastic book orders.  I will always post the due date on the assignment board at least one week in advance.  You can send your order to school along with a check made out to “Scholastic Book Clubs”.  You may also order online….username and password will be available in the near future!

 

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Calendar

The 2010-2011 District 401 calendar is available on the District Homepage as well as Elmwood’s homepage.  Any events happening in our classroom will be posted the week before in the weekly newsletter.  Remember, Wednesday is Late Start!

 

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Class Web Site

The classroom website is updated weekly to provide students and their families information about what is happening in 4th grade.   You can find spelling words, homework help, and educational links.  The “Student Showcase” section is a wonderful place for students to show off their hard work and to tell their families what they are learning in 4th grade.  If you look on the homepage you will see a map near the bottom of the screen.  This map plots where people have accessed our page around the world.  Feel free to share the website address with friends and family and add it to your bookmarks!    http://www.mrskanas.net

 

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Classroom Parties

We will be having classroom parties for holidays such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc.  If you are sending your child to school with snacks, make sure they are individually wrapped and that there is enough for each student.  Please do not send your student to school with cupcakes, cookies, or other large snacks because the room parents provide these kinds of treats.  On days such as this, students sometimes have an abundance of sugary snacks so pencils, stickers, small toys, and other items are great alternatives to candy!

 

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Discipline

I have three basic rules in my classroom: Be respectful.  Be responsible.  Be ready to learn.   We have a baseball-themed behavior plan in our classroom.  Students are given “strikes” for disrespectful and disruptive behavior.  The first strike is a warning, the second strike results in loss of recess, and a third strike results in a written reprimand that must be signed by a parent.  Repeated or extreme behavior will result in administrator intervention.

 

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E-mail

E-mail is a great way to send me a message or ask a quick question.  I check my e-mail several times a day and I make sure I check it around 6:00 p.m. incase of homework questions.  Email me at: kanasj@epcusd401.org

 

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Emergency Closings

Severe weather or other events may cause emergency closing of school.  Please check the District 401 Homepage to see if school is cancelled.

 

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Field Trips

The 4th graders will be going on field trips this year as well as participating in several “in- school field trips”.  I will always send home information in advance about any field trip and will put a reminder in the newsletter.  If you would like to chaperone a field trip, please let me know.  You must fill out a form in the office to chaperone a field trip.

 

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Gym Class

Students will have gym class twice a week.  Please make your child wears or brings gym shoes to school on a day they have gym class.  Also, Mrs. Scimeca and I both encourage students to bring water bottles to school.  They can bring their water bottles to gym class and keep them at their desk after gym.

 

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Homework Policy

4th graders are assigned homework Monday through Thursday.  Students should bring home their assignment book every day and the page must be signed each night.  Students who turn in all their homework for a week will be part of the “Homework Club” and may receive incentives such as a homework pass, stickers, Kanas Cash, pencils, and other prizes.  If a student does not have their homework, they must finish it at recess or other free time.  If a student has two or more missing assignments, they will have to bring home a note for their parents to sign.  In addition to homework, students should read independently every day.  Students can earn Kanas Cash by filling out a weekly reading form, having their parents sign it, and turning it in on Friday morning.

 

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ISAT Testing

We will be practicing throughout the year to take the annual ISAT tests in March.  This year’s ISAT tests are scheduled for the week of March 3rd – 8th, 2009.  Students should get a lot of sleep and have a healthy breakfast before tests.  Student attendance for the week of ISAT testing is extremely important.

 

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Kanas Cash

Kanas Cash is our classroom “currency” that students can earn for turning in homework, keeping their desk clean, helping other students, participating in classroom activities, reading each night, and showing good behavior.  Students can use their Kanas Cash to “purchase” prizes from our prize box.  Students are encouraged to put their Kanas Cash in a safe place. 

 

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Library

Students will visit the school library once a week and can check out two books at one time.  In addition to the school library, students can read books from our classroom library.  If a student wants to bring a classroom library book home, they must notify me and fill out a “check out” slip. 

 

 

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Lunch Money

Students should deposit their lunch money in the bag on the outside of our classroom door.  The lunch-staff collects the money each morning.  Please make sure your child’s lunch money is in an envelope with their name written on the envelope.  You may pre-pay for several weeks instead of paying each day.

 

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Newsletter

Each Friday, a weekly newsletter will go home with your child.  The newsletter will include important activities we did in school, next week’s spelling words and dates of tests, and important reminders.  Please watch for the “Weekly Buzz” in your child’s take home folder.

 

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Parent Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in our classroom for classroom parties and celebrations, field trips, or other projects, please let me know and I will make sure the proper form goes home so you can fill it out and return it to the office.  You must be approved by the office before volunteering in the classroom or on a field trip.

 

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Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent home four times a year.  Progress reports must be signed by a parent and returned to school.

 

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Projects in 4th Grade

4th graders will be assigned several projects this year.  The project instructions will be sent home several weeks before the project due date.  We will find resources in the classroom library but you may need to go to the Elmwood Park library or search the Internet for more resources.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about a project.

 

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Report Cards

Students will bring home report cards four times a year.  In 4th grade, students are given grades for Language Arts subjects, Math, Science & Social Studies.  In addition, students are given grades for Physical Education, Visual Arts, and Music on the 2nd and 4th quarter report cards.  Report card envelopes sent home for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter should be signed and returned.

 

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School Supplies

A list of school supplies needed for 4th grade was sent home with your child with their 3rd grade final report cards.  Your child’s name should be written on all school supplies.  Please make sure supplies are replenished throughout the year. 

 

Qty.

Item

Qty.

Item

1

Calculator – TI 30Xa

1

Multiplication/Division Flashcards

1

12 inch ruler (metric/standard)

24

Pencils - #2 and sharpened

1

Pack of erasable pens (blue or black)

2

Yellow highlighters

2

Red pens

2

Packs of wide rule loose-leaf paper

1

Assignment Notebook (mandatory – given out at school)

10

Pocket folders

10

White envelopes

2

Wipes

1

Pair of scissors

1

Hand sanitizer

1

Elmer’s Glue bottle

1

Glue stick

1

Box of crayons (at least 24)

1

Pack of colored pencils

3

5-subject notebooks (wide ruled)

1

Zippered pencil case (no boxes please!)

1

Small handle bag to hold art supplies

1

Old shirt to paint in

1

White poster board

3

Boxes of Klennex

2

Rolls of paper towels

 

 

 

 

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Shining Stars of the Week

Each Friday, two students will be chosen as “Shining Stars of the Week”.  The students will be chosen by their “shining star behavior” which includes things such as sharing, helping others, being considerate, and following directions. 

 

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Spelling Words/Tests

Spelling tests are given on Thursdays or the last day of the school week if there is a holiday.  Please make sure your child studies their spelling words throughout the week.  Spelling homework is also due on Thursdays.

 

Our weekly spelling lists are available at Spelling City.  Spelling City offers an interactive way for students to study their spelling words.  Students can ask the computer to give them a spelling test, teach them how to spell the words, or play different games with their words.

 

To access the spelling lists on Spelling City click here or on the picture below.  Then type “Kanas” into the search box. 

 SpellingCity banner

 

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Student Showcase

The Student Showcase is the part of the classroom website that is devoted to showing off what the 4th graders are doing in school.  The Student Showcase is updated weekly and is definitely worth checking out!  There are pictures of activities, explanations of experiments, and photos of student work. 

 

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Take-Home Folders

Each day, students will take home both their assignment books and take-home folders.  Their take-home folders are used to bring home announcements, notes for parents, and other information.  Their homework will also be put in the take-home folder.  Students should organize their folders so that the left side is the “take-home, stay-home” part and the right is the “homework” part.  Please empty the left side of your student’s folder each day. 

 

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Test & Quiz Policy

4th graders will be given tests and quizzes in all curricular subjects.  For most tests and quizzes, a study guide will be sent home prior to the quiz to help students study.  If a student receives a “D” or an “F” on a test or a quiz, a form will be attached that must be signed and returned to school the following day.  Students may choose to correct their test at home for homework and bring it back the next day to receive extra credit.

 

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Trailblazers Math Program

Trailblazers is a mathematics program that integrates math, science, and language arts.  The Trailblazers program is funded by the National Science Foundation and is research-based.  This math program is probably going to look very different from what you remember from elementary school.  If you are having problems helping your child with their math homework, please do not get yourself or your child stressed out or upset.  Write a note to me and I will do my best to get your child back on track.  Here are some tips for your child’s success in Trailblazers Math.

ê     Ask your student questions about what they did in math.  “Did you collect data today?”  “Did you use any special materials in math today?”  “Did you solve a problem?”  “Tell me how you solved it.”

ê     Always keep a positive attitude toward mathematics and school.  Praise your student when they show good problem solving or math skills.

ê     Practice your multiplication and division facts!  The better you know these facts, the easier math will be.

 

Trailblazers Homework Help – below are .pdf files from the Trailblazers program to help with homework.  Please realize some of these lessons and pages we do in school as a class.  These are great resources if your child is stuck on something you are not familiar with.

Homework Help – Unit 1

Homework Help – Unit 2

Homework Help – Unit 3

Homework Help – Unit 4

Homework Help – Unit 5

Homework Help – Unit 6

Homework Help – Unit 7

Homework Help – Unit 8

Homework Help – Unit 9

Homework Help – Unit 10

Homework Help – Unit 11

Homework Help – Unit 12

Homework Help – Unit 13

Homework Help – Unit 14

Homework Help – Unit 15

Homework Help – Unit 16

4th Grade Trailblazers Glossary

TIMS Tutors – The Concept of Area

TIMS Tutors – Arithmetic

TIMS Tutors - Averages

TIMS Tutors - Estimations

TIMS Tutors - Functions

TIMS Tutors - Length

TIMS Tutors - Mass

TIMS Tutors – Math Facts

TIMS Tutors - Volume

Printable Multiplication Chart

 

 

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Water Bottles

Students are welcome to bring water bottles to school to keep on or under their desks.  Not only does this save a lot of wasted time leaving the classroom for drinks, but it keeps students hydrated and refreshed all day.  Please make sure that your child has the type of water bottle that will not spill if it gets knocked over (sport water bottles).  Only water can be put into the water bottles.

 

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Created and maintained by: Jamie Kanas ~ 2010– 2011