4th grade handbook


Homework is necessary for practicing skills that have been learned, and for enriching the classroom experience. That said, I don’t believe in overloading students with busywork! All homework that students are assigned will be meaningful and will make connections to concepts studied in class. Students will be given a weekly homework sheet that should stay in their “Go Home” folder as we often make changes to it during the week.  Homework is also posted on the class webpage.  Please check the online calendar as there is often more detail there.  Because there is a reasonable amount of homework, my expectation is that each student’s best work is turned in on time; if this isn’t possible, please send me a note or email with the reason why it was not done. (Please note that sports practices and games are not an acceptable excuse for not doing homework.) Help your child become independent by supervising as they pack their backpacks at night with all the materials needed for the next day. Organization is the key to success!

Class Newsletters and Weekly Work Folders

Every Monday, your child’s work from the previous week will be sent home. Please return the folder no later than Wednesday.  Most Sundays you will get an email that spotlights what’s happening in the upcoming week and things you need to be aware of.  It’s important that the email you provide above is one that you check often and want to use for 4th grade communication.




On the St. Edward website is our 4th grade class page where you can find student information and the calendar with nightly homework. Please visit the class page often to keep up-to-date on classroom events. Our web site is located at www.stedwardconfessor.org   Click the “Academics” tab, then “Elementary” then “Class Pages” and you’ll see 4th grade. 


I am also an avid user of Twitter to share with you what we’re up to during the day.  Please follow St. Edward to get notifications. Students aren’t identified by name in photos, but if you do not want your child’s picture, stories, or other work on our class page, please send a note or email by 9/13/16.



Regular school attendance is critical to the learning process. Our school day officially starts at 8:30 a.m.  When your child is tardy, he or she misses valuable instructional time.  The school opens at 8:15. Students should be in their seats by 8:25, allowing them time to unpack and prepare for the day. Please note: The handbook states that a student loses their recess after 5 tardies.  Please help your child to be here on time! (Late buses do not count as a tardy)

Just as it’s important to start the day on time, it’s also disruptive when a student needs to leave early. We have instructional time right up to the end of the day, and things like science labs are difficult to make up. Whenever possible, please schedule appointments for after 3 pm, or on the many days we have no school.

Please note: I check email several times throughout the day during lunch and preps; please send an email when there is anything I need to know: ie. absence, tardy, your child leaving early, etc.

School Supplies and Materials

The 4th grade supply list is posted on our class page.  These items are to be replenished as needed.



Class Behavior 

I use a very effective behavior management system in the classroom. It is a positive behavior app called Class Dojo. Through it, parents can stay involved through messages, updates and photos. This year, your child will even be able to keep their own portfolio of pictures and work that they can send to you from class so you can see what we do during the day! Class Dojo is a wonderful way for you and I to work as partners in your child’s education, encouraging positive growth in your child both at home and at school. This system will be explained in more detail at Back to School Night and I will provide log in information for you at that time.




Mid-morning Snacks & Water Bottles

We take time each morning for a snack.  Please send something to give your child brain power! Granola bars, fruit, nuts, crackers and cheese, yogurt and the like are perfect.  Please do not send in unhealthy treats such as cake, chips, brownies, cookies, or cupcakes. These types of items will be put away until lunch. 


Students may bring a reusable water bottle to school to keep on their desks during the day and to use at recess. Plain water is the only beverage permitted, and the bottle must have a secure lid.  If your child doesn’t have a reusable bottle, they may use the water fountain outside the classroom.



Scholastic Book Club

If you would like to order books for your child, please consider the Scholastic Book Club   www.clubs2.scholastic.com  where we can earn points for books and supplies for the classroom when you order! Use our class code NWVKW to order. Ordering online is fast and easy, and you can help us supply the classroom with books and furniture as we earn points from purchases. You may order at any time, not just when order forms come home!




On your child’s birthday, they may bring in a treat to share with the class. This may be carried in by the student or left at the office no later than 9:45 am.  Please send in treats that are as identical as possible. Yes, the box of donuts with different flavors looks great, but when the one kind everyone wants is gonewell, you get the idea. Consider sending one different, special kind for the birthday child, and identical flavors for the rest of the class.  NOTE: If your child has a summer birthday, I will email you the date we’ll celebrate, and a reminder when it gets closer.




There is a lot of information in this packet, but the key is communication! If we stay in touch we will be able to fix issues as they come up when they’re usually still easy to remedy.  I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education! Thank you for entrusting them to me every day; I will do my best to nurture them and guide them as they grow on their 4th grade journey!  Please do not hesitate to email me with questions, clarifications, or anything you think I need to know to help your child be the best he or she can be!


In Christ,

Mrs. Pratt