Beginning of the Year Letter
Mrs. Workentine’s 4th grade
I would like to welcome you to an exciting school year! This adventure will
involve a team effort between student, teacher, and parent(s). Our
communication is essential to a successful school year for your child. I will
be in touch with notes, phone calls, emails, and through your child’s
assignment notebook. If you need to contact me, my school phone number is 262-
966-2900 ext. 2070, and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I check e-
mail each day before the students arrive in the morning, and after student
dismissal. If you have left me an email, I will get back to you during these
times. By working together, I am
confident that we can provide your child with a successful 4th grade year at
Stone Bank School!
1. To treat each student with respect and care as an individual.
2. To provide the students with an orderly classroom environment.
3. To provide the necessary discipline.
4. To provide the appropriate motivation and feedback.
5. To teach and assess the required content.
6. To assist in the students’ academic and social growth.
7. To prepare the students for 5th grade.
1. To treat others with respect and care as individuals.
2. To attend class regularly and be prepared to learn.
3. To cooperate with school and class rules.
4. To be responsible for the choices he/she makes.
5. To study and complete assignments.
6. To give his/her personal best effort each and every day.
1. To provide interest, concern, encouragement, and support for the
student’s performance in school.
2. To provide support and work together with the student, teacher, and
school for the nurturing and growth of the student as a whole.
ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOKS: Your child’s assignment notebook will be used as a key
communication and organizational tool throughout the year. Students are
required to take their assignment notebook home every night and bring it back
to school every day! It remains on top of their desk for the duration of the
school day. They will write their assignments for each subject in their
assignment notebook. Students are required to get a parent signature in
their assignment notebook EACH NIGHT! Your signature in the assignment
notebooks indicates to me that you are aware of all homework for the night,
as well as upcoming tests and projects. Please feel free to use the
assignment notebook as a source of communication to me as well. If you
choose to write a note to me in the assignment notebook, it is your child’s
responsibility to show me the note. I will also sign it to let you know that
I have seen your message.
HOMEWORK: Students WILL have homework most nights (less on Fridays!) I will
make a conscientious effort not to overload your child with homework, as I
know that we all have busy schedules. However, please keep in mind that the
amount of homework your child has each day is in large part based on how
wisely they use their class time! All students will have a designated “Take
Home” folder where they will place any documents from the office or from me,
as well as their nightly homework. Please look through your child’s Take Home
folder each night, check that all homework indicated in the assignment
notebook is completed, and keep any documents addressed to the parents. I
will only collect homework the morning it is due. Therefore, even if your
child completes his/her homework assignment during the school day, you should
still be able to find it in her/his Take Home folder that night. Please
review all assignments with your child to insure that they are complete.
Parents will be contacted if a student is frequently missing assignments.
Your child’s grades will be determined in
a variety of different ways. Some assignments will be graded based on
completion, while other will be graded based on accuracy and mastery of
skills. If at any time you have questions regarding your child’s grades,
please do not hesitate to ask.
ABSENCES: The school policy allows one day for each day missed to make up
work. A student does not receive zeros for work missed while sick, as long
as it is made up within the given time frame. A “While You Were Out” log
will be kept in the class. This log will include all assignments missed
during the absence, as well as any important reminders.
BIRTHDAYS: I will also keep birthdays posted in the classroom. As long as it
does not go against the parent(s) wishes, the class will sing Happy Birthday
to a student who celebrates a birthday. They will receive a treat from the
teacher. If you would prefer this not happen on your child’s birthday, please
let me know as soon as possible. Students who celebrate their birthdays
during the summer will be recognized in May or June. Students may bring a
birthday treat to share with the class. If you choose to send a treat, please
send plates, napkins utensils, etc. if required.
SNACKS: Because our day begins quite early, I allow my students the option
of bringing a healthy snack to class each day. Typically, our snack will be eaten
about 9:30 a.m. Please send a snack that is quick and easy to eat, as we will
snack while we work. Drinks, aside from water, will
not be allowed. Students must bring their own snacks and sharing will not be