Welcome Back Letter

                                                

Dear Parents:                      Cheetah     

I am pleased to welcome you and your child to our classroom for a wonderful year!  Fourth grade is challenging and fun as students move from the primary to the intermediate grades!!

I believe frequent communication with parents is beneficial to our students.  If at any time you have concerns regarding your child, please write a note or leave a message on my voice mail (258-4846).  My e-mail is thomas.klus@santeesd.net

I use Edmodo to communicate assignments, grades, and messages. Once we have our iPads in our hands, planned for the week of August 23, we will begin using the program, along with Notability, to assign and complete our classwork. You will be able to view announcements and assignments, track your child’s progress, and message me directly in Edmodo using their login from any device. Your support and cooperation are very important, and by working together, we can help your child to accomplish great things. You can use the links below to learn about the flow of information in the programs we will use. There will be some things that dealt with distance learning, simply ignore those items.

Recess is from 10:15 to 10:35, and lunch from 12:10 to 12:50. The day will start at 7:45 and end at 2:01. Please work to be on time.

Work will be graded on a 1-4 scale.  A four (85%-100%) exceeds expectations.  A three (70%-84%) meets expectations. A two (50%-69% is approaching expectations. A one (49% or less) is below expectations. Some projects will be graded using checklists of expected tasks to be completed or with rubrics. Observations of student effort and homework is also considered in grading.

Students who are absent are responsible for obtaining assignments and papers distributed while they were gone. The work will be on Edmodo, so they can access assignments at home. I can be messaged in Edmodo with any questions.  

Homework is essentially any classwork that was not completed, though there may be times when assignments will be specifically assigned for home.  Students will be expected to read at home for 15 minutes, Monday thru Thursday nights, and write a paragraph summarizing what they read.

Classroom rules boil down to five basic points. They are:

  • Show respect for all people and property
  • Follow directions the first time
  • Work at an appropriate volume level
  • Do not interrupt the learning process
  • Be prepared and on time

Minor rule infractions will be handled as a team with the student, parent, and teacher.  Repeated classroom disruptions will progress through office referrals.  Extreme situations where student safety is involved will be immediately referred to the principal and appropriate action will be taken.

I hope that this gives you some idea of what to expect this year.  Let’s all have a great year!!!!

Sincerely,

Mr. Klus