• Sensory Breaks: Students will be given breaks throughout the instructional day. These breaks will consist of 5-10 minutes for students to use the restroom, fill up water bottles, stretch, eat a snack, or chat with their friends. 

    Snacks: As mentioned above, students will have an opportunity to eat a snack during break times. We kindly ask that snacks be something the students can eat quickly and with little to no mess. We kindly ask that you refrain from peanut products and stick to healthy snacks.  

    Arrival: When students arrive at school they should immediately report to their homeroom. The homeroom teacher will have a Morning Slide displayed with important information and tasks. These tasks include unpacking their backpack, doing their attendance, preparing for the day, and working on their Morning Work. 

    Music Programs: 4th graders will have the opportunity to join choir or orchestra for the first time. If they choose one of these programs rather than general music, please know that it will include additional responsibilities. These responsibilities include evening concerts, nightly practicing, and extra classes during the school week. In previous years, students would have one or two additional practices during lunch recess. This year we are doing something different. From 12:35-1:00, all 4th grade students will have a Focus time built into their schedule. Focus is typically when students are not engaged in new instruction but rather provided intervention or enrichment for academic subjects. If a student joins choir or orchestra, one or more of these Focus periods will be used for that extra music practice. We would encourage families to address any concerns with both the music teacher and the classroom teacher. 

    Homework: Research shows that homework, at the elementary level, has little to no effect on a student's academic success and most often has a negative impact. Our team believes this and will keep homework to an absolute minimum, but also know that every family has their own beliefs. For this reason, we have implemented a homework policy that fits everyone.

    Required:

    • Study for Inquiry Tests: Students will be given end-of-the-unit tests whenever there is not a culminating project.  There will not be any homework other than studying for the end of the unit test. A study guide or packet will be provided at least one week in advance of any test.
    • Study for Math Tests: Students will take unit checkpoints and unit tests. Checkpoints are formative assessments that allow the teacher to determine if skills are being mastered and the next steps for instruction. These are not sent home and do not have a study guide. Unit tests are given at the completion of the unit and students will be provided a study guide at least one week in advance. These are graded, sent home, and then returned to school. 
    • Incomplete Assignments: Students are expected to use their time wisely and get classroom assignments completed on time. They also have Focus time to catch up on work. If students do not get work finished they may be asked to complete work at home. If this is an ongoing issue, we may ask to meet with parents to determine if modifications or accommodations are needed. 

    Recommended:

    • Daily Reading: We encourage families to develop a routine for reading. This fosters a love for reading and teaches children that reading can be a pleasurable and life-long activity. Pick a time and make it part of your routine. This could be while dinner is being made, before bed, while driving to an after-school activity or while waiting for a sibling to finish practice. Every minute read is an opportunity to build fluency, develop vocabulary, and increase comprehension.

    Optional:

    • Math Home Connections: Each student will bring home a Home Connection book. This book goes home and stays home. In the weekly newsletter and in the students' planners, will be the Home Connection pages that align with what we are learning in class. Families that prefer homework are welcome to use these as extra reviews. They WILL NOT be collected by the teacher, but parents will have access to the answer keys if they choose to check their child's work. 
    • Bridges Math Games: These math games are available online and are a great way for students to practice the skills taught in class. A link to the games will be available in Mrs. Koneval's Google Classroom. Please stick to the games that are highlighted as they are the ones that have been introduced to the students. 
    • Reflex Math and Other Online Programs: Students will be using a variety of online programs to reinforce math facts and other academic skills. Students are always welcome to use these at home as well. A list of all recommended programs will be provided in each teacher's Google Classroom.