Attendance Information: All information about attendance - late arrivals, early pick-ups, absences, alternative after school arrangements - must be sent to the main office. You can send e-mail to EuceliaHill@pittsford.monroe.edu or call 267-1700 during school hours. Please do not send attendance information to me.
Early Pick-up: If at all possible, please make your child’s appointments outside of school; missing class work is disruptive to the learning process for all students. If you should need to take your child out of school early, please send a note to school with your child, email the main office or call the main office. Please do not e-mail me, as the office needs the information. The office will call our room once you arrive. Please plan to arrive early enough to allow your child time to gather his/her belongings and walk to the office. Your child will not be sent to the office until you arrive.Snack Time: Our classroom has a short working snack each morning after specials. Please send your child with a healthy snack that can be eaten while working. Please do not send food items that can spill, or that are messy. Please peel oranges ahead of time. Please do not send juices, sports drinks, etc.; students are welcome to have water bottles on their desk throughout the day.Water bottles: Fourth graders are encouraged to keep a water bottle at their desks. Please only send bottles that have a push top so that spills can better be avoided.
Fidgets: I am pro fidget, as long as the item is small (can be held in one hand) and silent. The fidget must help the student to stay focused, and not become a distraction. Fidget Spinners and things that make noise or have flashing lights are NOT welcomed, nor is putty (it ruins the carpet). If an item becomes a toy and not a tool, it will be sent home.
Recess: We typically go outside during recess every day. Please help your fourth grader plan ahead so as to be dressed for the weather. Boots and snow pants are highly recommended once the cold, snowy weather sets in. Without them, students may not leave the black top. Wet, cold fourth graders find it hard to do their best in the afternoon.
Vacation Homework: As per school policy, homework will be available upon return to school.
Homework Policy: Fourth graders should expect about 40 minutes of homework each night. Expect reading for 20 minutes and math almost every night. Other ELA and social studies homework are sent home at times as well.
Student: Make an honest effort to:
- Fill out the planner before leaving each day - this is done whole class with guidance from me
- Take home all needed materials - I tell the students what they will need at the end of each day
- Complete and return assignments on time
- Do careful, neat work, always showing best effort
When homework is not turned in on time, a Homework Notice is issued. Students are asked to take the notice home and have it signed. The signed notice and the missing work should be returned to school the next school day. If the work does not come in the next day, the student will come in during lunch. If Homework Notices start to become a routine occurrence, a conference will be set up to discuss ways to help the student with homework responsibilities.Friday Folders: Friday folders are blue and come home most Fridays with notices and completed work. There is a signature page just so I know that you received the folder. Signed Friday folders are due back to school on Monday morning.
- Help set up a consistent organized place for homework to be done.
- Help your child establish a schedule for completing homework with sufficient time.
- Encourage, motivate, and prompt your child to do homework, but do not do the homework for the student.
- If your child is not consistently able to do the homework by him/herself, contact the teacher.
- Even if your child is not finished, stop at bedtime.