Welcome to fourth grade!
Hello! Welcome to Mrs. Canfield's web site! If you have questions about what we're doing in class, upcoming events, or need help with math homework, this is the place to go! Click on the calendar link for important dates as well as upcoming tests. You can also access the math instructional videos for homework help. Be sure to check the What we are Learning link for updates throughout the year on classroom objectives. Also, parents, please take a few minutes to submit the Beginning of Year Information Form. This is where you have the opportunity to provide me with your contact information as well as sign up for your preferred conference times and to help out with/ donate items for classroom parties.
2nd Semester Grading Changes
We have officially started the second semester of 4th grade! During this semester, Mrs. Kinnisten and I will be tightening up some of the work expectations in order to better prepare our students for 5th grade. Now that students have had time to practice with getting work turned in on time, making corrections, and keeping track of their grades in Power School, we really want them to start to form habits for submitting late work and corrections in a timely manner. This will be very important in 5th grade as they will be preparing for keeping track of multiple classes in Middle School.
The following changes are now in effect for semester 2:
1. All late/missing work must now be submitted within 2 weeks of the date the assignment is posted in Power School. Late work will not be accepted more than two weeks after it's entered in Power School. Students need to continue to check Power School regularly (they are given time in class daily), and be sure that they are taking care of missing assignments as soon as they can.
2. All late work will continue to be deducted 20%.
3. If a student loses an assignment and needs an extra paper copy, he/she must provide me or Mrs. Kinnisten with a written list of the copies that are needed. They also will be "charged" 3 tokens per page for extra copies. We hope that this will encourage students to be responsible for materials they are given and utilize the folders that we provide to stay organized. Being organized is a very valuable skill for 5th grade as students prepare for keeping track of multiple classes in Middle School. Please note that students must give us 24 hours notice to receive new copies of any worksheets. If a student waits until the last possible day of the 2 week deadline to ask for copies, it is very unlikely that we will be able to get them in time to meet their deadline.
4. No names: I will continue to clip "no name" papers to the board as we have all year. However, the "no name" clip will now be cleared out every Friday. Students will need to check the no names for missing work regularly. Also, work that was submitted with no name and found on the no name clip will be deducted 20%.
5. Work quality is very important. If I can not read an answer because it is too messy, I will mark it wrong. Please encourage your students to take pride in their work and do the best they can the first time they complete something. As fourth graders, students have been taught for 4 years that sentences should begin with a capital letter and end with proper punctuation. If a student turns in work that is not capitalized and punctuated correctly, it will be marked wrong and they will need to make corrections during recess.
6. Spelling Sentences: Each week throughout the year, students have been required to write sentences using their spelling words as part of their spelling grade. All students are given at least 30 minutes each day for an entire week to complete ELA workshop choices. Most students are given at least 50 minutes per day. The rule is that they must first complete spelling sorts and sentences before moving on to any other ELA workshop choices. This is ample time to complete sentences each week. However, I still have several students who are not completing spelling sentences every week. Because this is quite an epidemic in the classroom, I've implemented a new system for turning in missing spelling sentences.
When a student does not complete his/her spelling sentences by the due date (the day of their spelling test), he/she will go to stay in room during recess and write a letter to parents, explaining that he/she did not finish the assigned sentences. The parents will then sign that letter and return it to school the next day. If that letter is signed and returned to me, I will then allow students to complete and turn in the missing spelling sentences during their recess. If I do not receive the letter back, signed by a parent/guardian, I will not accept spelling sentences late. I am hoping that this extra level of accountability will help improve completion of weekly spelling sentences in the class. Thank you very much for your support with this. We'll see how it goes! :)
7. Planners: Students should be filling out planners daily and bringing them home for you to review and sign. If you haven't seen a planner lately, please remind your child to complete and bring home his/her planner each day. The effective use of daily planners is another extremely valuable tool for the students to develop the habit of using as they go into 5th grade and prepare for Middle School.
I am working on plans for our Valentine's Day party. I will be sending information via email soon. I will also send notes home to those who signed up to provide items for the party, as well as a class list for filling out Valentines.
8 Makeup work, submitted late due to illness will not be deducted 20% and is due back by the end of the week that the absence occurred, or by the following Tuesday if the absence occurs on a Friday. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for extended, excused absence due to illness.
Hello! Please be sure to fill out the back to school information form. Also, after reading this information, please be sure to sign the parent compact. Welcome to my 4th grade class!! Here are a few items of importance for the upcoming year.
One of the biggest adjustments for families in 4th grade is the transition from primary report cards to report cards with letter grades! Yes, your child will now receive letter grades: A's, B's, C's, D's, and E's. This is a big adjustment, because children will need to exercise a new level of responsibility to keep track of their class work, check grades, make corrections, and turn in work missed during absence. I will spend a lot of time working with my students on these new responsibility skills, but, it is very important for parents to also hold students accountable at home.
If you do not have access to Power School, please be sure to request access at the main office. (I do not have this information). This will allow you to check your child's grades ANY TIME from your computer or device! You can also load money onto your child's lunch account electronically.
Are you tired of this conversation:
Parent': "What did you do in school today?"
Welcome to Daily Planners! Your child will now be recording all daily class assignments and learning objectives in a daily planner! They will bring their planner home every night. It is your child's responsibility to show the planner to you and ask for you to sign, verifying that you saw the planner. There is a section in the planner that you and I can send notes back and forth. However, if you send a note in the planner, students must show me that note. I generally check planners on Fridays, so, if a note was written on Wednesday, and the child did not show it to me, you will probably not get a response until Friday. If you a pressing matter or urgent question, email is still a quicker way to get in touch with me. While the planner serves the important purpose of sharing daily learning, it also is very helpful in helping student keep track of their learning objectives and daily work. Before dismissal each day, we complete planner review. I will review the objectives of the day. If there are any assignments that were not completed in class, your child should circle that assignment in red and you should see that assignment written in the "take home" or "homework" section at the bottom of each daily entry. Please review and sign the planner each day. Also, please be sure that the front page is filled out with your contact information.
Your child should be bringing a green folder back and forth between home and school every day. The left side will contain information to keep at home, or may contain registration for programs run by outside establishments. The right side may contain information that needs to be filled out and returned to school. Please check your child's green folder daily.
If you need to contact me, the fastest way to get in touch with me is via email. I check my email throughout the day as time allows. I am usually able to respond to most emails on the same day. You can also contact me in the classroom at 441-9859, however, phones are turned off during instructional hours. If you have an urgent matter, such as a transportation change, (EX: your child needs to be picked up instead of riding the bus), these messages need to be handled by the main office. If you send an email during instructional time, I may not see it until after dismissal. The office is able to get transportation and other urgent messages to the classroom before students leave for the day.
Daily Schedule 2016-2017