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Stay-Tuned: Ask your daughter what she is studying, and look in her assignment notebook and take home folder every night. This is where you will find the newsletters and notes that are sent home, as well as any homework that needs to be completed. I will also send home progress reports or make phone calls if I feel that your child is not progressing as expected.

Ask Questions: If you have any concerns or are wondering why something is happening, please feel free to contact me at any time. You can reach me by email at julie.reinhardt@shschicago.org I try to check my email multiple times a day. I welcome all concerns, ideas, and feedback that affect your child or our classroom. If something is not working, I am more than willing to talk.

Arrival Time: I pick up the girls from the Sheridan Road playground at 8:20 each morning. This allows plenty of time for getting unpacked, completing morning work, saying prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance before our day begins promptly at 8:45.

Absences: If your child is absent, you will need to contact Nurse Callahan. If you would like to pick up homework, please email me by 12:00pm. Be sure to let me know if you would like the work sent home with another student or if you would like to pick it up in the portry at the end of the day. Students will be allowed an extra day to complete assignments if they are absent, but lessons can't be made up; therefore, it is essential that students are here everyday, if possible.

Tardies: Students will be considered tardy if they arrive in the classroom later than 8:35. Your daughter will be marked tardy even if she is in the building prior to 8:35. She needs to be in our classroom to be on time.

Birthdays: Please click on this link for our Birthday Policy.
Parent Communication and Dismissal Policy: Please click on this link and carefully read the 4th Grade Communication and Dismissal Policy.

 

1. Use checklists:  Help your child get into the habit of using checklists for homework assignments. You should find any homework assignments written in your daughter's assignment notebook. It will go home everyday along with her take home folder. As the assignments are completed crossing off each item will help your daughter feel a sense of accomplishment.

2. Organize homework assignments:  Before beginning a homework session, encourage your child to number the assignments in the order in which they need to be completed.  Children often feel better starting with one that is not too long or difficult.  However, it is best to avoid saving the longest or hardest assignment for last.

3. Set a designated study space:  Children should study in the same place every night where supplies and materials are close at hand.  This space does not have to be a bedroom, but should be a quiet, well-lit place with few distractions.  Make sure the television, the iPod, and the iPhone are turned off.

4. Set a designated study time:  Children should know that a certain time every day is reserved for studying and doing homework.  The best time is usually not right after school as most children benefit from time to unwind first.  Parents should include their child in making this decision.  Even if your daughter does not have homework, the reserved time should be used to review the day's lessons, read for pleasure or work on any upcoming school projects.

5. Show interest in your daughter's assignments:  Ask about the subject and work to be accomplished.  Try to relate homework to your daughter's everyday life.  For instance, fractions and measurement can be learned when preparing a favorite meal.

6. Be a role model:  Take the opportunity to read a book or newspaper while your daughter studies.  Reading together helps encourage life-long learning for your child.

7. Check over homework assignments:  Your daughter should be able to do most assignments independently, but do help if it is completely necessary. If you notice that she is not able to do an assignment on her own, please send a note or jot a note to me on the assignment. Take time to review your child's homework together, but make sure you are not doing it for them.  Being familiar with your daughter's work will help you identify areas of strength and weakness.

8. Take your daughter's struggles seriously:  If you notice your daughter is struggling with assignments in particular subjects be sure you discuss this with her teacher. I will contact you if your child is falling behind or turning in poor work.

9. Give praise:  Applaud your daughter for successfully completing homework.  Nothing builds self esteem like praise from parents.

 

 

All About 4th Grade - Discover what is going on in a fourth grade classroom.  There are many valuable resources here.

4th Grade Milestones and Obstacles - Learn about some of the academic and social benchmarks your child will face this year

Do You Know What Your 4th Grader Should Know?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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