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 a big step up from primary. It will be challenging and fun.

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 . The class web site is http://www.santeesd.net/page/2562 . Your support and cooperation are very important, and by working together we can help your child to accomplish great things.

The school day will start at 7:45 and end at 2:01. Our lunch will be from 12:20 to 1:00.

Students who are absent are responsible for obtaining assignments and papers distributed while they were gone. The work should be completed and returned to school as soon as possible. The length of the absence will be a determining factor.

Homework will average thirty minutes to one hour for students who use their time wisely in class and at home. Any work not completed in class becomes additional homework that night. Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. You can check assignments on the Homework page on our site. Students who complete all daily homework in a week will receive one homework pass that they may use for one night the following week. This will allow those students, who keep up, to plan their homework around the busy after school schedules that many have.

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

We follow a five step discipline plan:

  1. Verbal Warning - Noted in student pocket on classroom discipline chart
  2. Think Sheet - Sent home for parent/guardian to read and sign (to be returned the following morning)
  3. Call Home/Referral - Parent/guardian called and Think Sheet sent home for signature. Student referred to the principal/vice-principal.
  4. Referral/In-School Suspension - Referred to the principal/vice-principal with possibility of in-school suspension.
  5. Referral/At-Home Suspension - Referred to the principal/vice-principal with possibility of at-home suspension

Minor rule infractions will be handled as a team with the student, parent, and teacher. Repeated classroom disruptions will progress through the referrals above. 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. I look forward to meeting you on Back to School Night, on September 11, 5:30 - 7:00, where we can go over our agenda in more detail and answer any questions you may have. Teacher introductions and PTA review (5:30 - 6:00), classroom sessions (6:00 - 6:30 and 6:30 - 7:00).

Let's all have a great year!!!!


Mr. Klus

Pleases detach and return

I have read and understand the above.

Parent Signature: ___________________________________