Week of 3/16/2020



    Spring Break and Beyond - Students are out the week of 3/9 and Monday, 3/16.   Be safe and enjoy! 

    Week of 3/2:  Open House - Open House is this Thursday.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone and showing off the great work that these 4th grade Cardinals are doing this year! 


    Cardinal Prep/Tutoring - The Monday group has been moved to Tuesday morning at 7:20.  The Thursday group remains the same.  More information can be found by clicking on the "Tutoring" tab. 


    Homework Changes - Beginning the week of 2/10, we will be changing the way homework is completed.  A problem solving packet will go home on Wednesday to be returned on Tuesday.  Parents should review and discuss the homework with their child.  Please sign once you have done so.  


       User Names/Passwords - 

    Students were given a sheet with their user names and passwords on one sheet that has been placed in their homework brads. (Week of 8/26).  Please take a look at it with them, as they will need to understand how to log in from home.   


    Homework Club - What is it? 

    Homework club is a way to encourage students to have their assignments during the 9 week grading period.   Students who have their homework each time are invited to a lunch celebration at the end of the 9 weeks.  At times, a parent signature is the homework.  I have discussed with students that they need to show their parents the information that requires a parent signature in a timely manner - don't wait until the last minute.  I have also encouraged them to check their backpack before leaving the house to see if they have everything they need.  


    IMPORTANT Regarding Emails

    I just wanted to let everyone know that if you email me regarding a message that your child needs to receive, I will always email you back a short "got it" type message.  If you do not get that message back from me in a reasonable amount of time, please contact the front office in order to make sure that the message has been received.  
    On Wednesday each week,  we have a PLC schedule.  I am in meetings from 2:00 - 4:00.  I  do not see the students after 2:00, and am unable to check the email until after my meeting.  

    Is your child going to be absent?  If you are aware that your child will be absent, please send an email and let me know.  If possible, I will try to get work together ahead of time, as it helps the student to go ahead and go over the material at home, and not feel overwhelmed with the new material and missed material the day they return.  If he/she misses graded material, I will usually ask that they come in the morning before school to make up the work.  However, we will touch base to set a definite time.  With math and science not having any "lag" time, the only other time to make up material is recess.  

    Classroom Needs   We are ALWAYS in need of dry erase markers.  We could also use large and small index cards.  If you are out and see some on sale, we would certainly appreciate them.  

    Grades:  Grades will be posted on-line regularly. I try to have grades posted within 24/48 hours of a graded assignment.  You should be able to view your child's grades using "Home Access Center".  See the district website, "Parent" tab.  If a paper comes home in the Friday folder and it does not have a grade at the top, then it was not a graded assignment that is part of the student's average. Those papers that do have a number/letter grade are part of the average.  We are currently in the 3rd grading period, as of Jan. 7.   

    Dimissal Time - This year, Humbe ISD elementary schools will be dismissed at 3:20
     Change in Transportation - Please let me know if your child has a change in transportation through email or a note sent with your child.  If I receive the email, I will quickly type back - if not, please call the front office in order to make sure that your child is aware of the change.  Remember that we dismiss from homeroom this year.  So be sure to let your homeroom teacher know of changes. :) 
     Jackets - Don't forget those "back pack" jackets.  Our room can be chilly!   Please be sure to have their name in the jacket. 
    Cardinal Prep - 
     Cardinal Prep (tutoring) is for students who may need some additional reinforcement of skills for a period of time.   Please see the section on my website, "Tutoring", for details.  

    Please check you child's planner daily.  The homework is posted in the same place in our room each day, and the children are reminded in the projected message, as well as verbally, to copy their homework assignment.  If a student forgets his/her homework at school, they may come in at 7:30 a.m. to get the work, but they will need to take it to the cafeteria to complete.  Please check over your child's homework with them.  NOTE:  4th grade teachers will be implementing a different approach to homework beginning in February.  I will send an email and/or letter to parents with details in the next few weeks. 

    Citizen of the Week
    Each week, we will have a "Citizen of the Week".   The Citizen of the Week will bring home a "newspaper" on Wednesday to be filled out and returned on the following Wednesday. The citizen will then have the opportunity to share the items they have included in the newspaper, along with 3-4 pictures they are asked to bring for the special Citizen board.    
    Snack/Water Bottle
    Please remember to send a healthy snack and water bottle with your child daily. Please send a non-spraying sports type water bottle to class in order to prevent spills. This is a working snack.  Finger foods are needed during this time. 1 regular size snack or 2 small snacks, please.  A snack buffet leads to full/tired kiddos.  Please do not send items that need to be dipped or use a utensil.     For example - While an orange is healthy, it might not be a good choice if it is juicy.  Finger foods such as popcorn, pretzels, goldfish, grapes, sliced apples, and crackers are great for working snack time.   Thank you for your cooperation.
    Be sure to check the "Academics This Week" for current academic information.