Welcome Back Leopards
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year and fourth grade! I look forward to watching each student in our class meet challenges, grow and have a successful school year.
This is my twelfth year at Lacamas Heights Elementary and my nineteenth year in teaching so I am what you would call a professional educator.
Below is some information that will help to answer questions you may have as the new year arrives.
LACAMAS BLOCK PARTY – I look forward to meeting you on August 27th from 4 – 6 pm!
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – I’ll see you for sure on Wednesday, September 2nd at 9:00 am sharp!! This is not an early release day.
BEHAVIOR – Lacamas Elementary has three school-wide rules which are Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. I expect each student to abide by these rules. I look forward to creating more specific routines with you and discussing what rewards and consequences will go along with them during our first week of school.
GRADES – Our movement away from letter grades in 4th grade and toward a standards based report cards continues much like last year. The marks in this system are as follows:
4 – Advanced; Consistently above grade level expectations
3 – Proficient; Consistently meets grade level expectations
2 – Basic; Meets some grade level expectations, but not all
1 – Developing; Little progress toward grade level expectations
Additionally, Camas School District has now adopted the Common Core State Standards and with it the Smarter Balance Assessment continues to replace the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) in the spring.
HOMEWORK – I encourage each student to read for at least 20 minutes, five days a week. In addition, there will be a moderate amount of homework including spelling homework on Mondays. There will also be “at-home projects” that will be completed throughout the year with specific details explained at the time the projects are assigned.
ORGANIZATION – An emphasis on good study skills begins in 4th grade. Students are expected to bring their Agenda to school each day to keep track of assignments and for use as a school/home communication tool. Parents, please initial your child’s agenda daily so we keep you informed of homework, subject matter and events.
To help students be successful with organization, folders will be used. Purple folders will be used for homework and take home papers. This folder should also go home and come back daily.
A list of needed school supplies can be found in the office.
PARENT COMMUNICATION AND CONFERENCES – Parent conferences will again be held in a Conference Week this year which is October 26th – 30th. Students will be released at 1:10pm every day this week. If you have important information about your child which should be communicated before conferences, or have questions, please feel free to contact me sooner by e-mail at email@example.com or phone 360/833-5740.
Lastly, I am very excited for what should be a great year. Again, welcome to 4th grade!