4th Grade – Bottema

September Newsletter

Welcome Back!!!!  We are very excited to start the 2017-2018 school year.  We want to keep all parents informed each month, so we will be sending home newsletters to fill you in on all of the goodies for the month!  The start of the school year is an exciting and anxious time for all students, parents, and staff.  We want to ease your mind by letting you know what to expect.  Here are some aspects within 4th grade that you can expect throughout the year.

 Planners: Students will fill out planners each morning.  They will be expected to take the planner home and have it signed by a parent or guardian each night.  The students will then bring back their planner and we will check to make sure someone has signed it.  We will be flexible the first week because we want the students and families to become accustomed to this task.  After the first week, students who didn’t get their planner signed will lose 5 minutes of fun Friday.  The planner is a way to communicate to parents what was accomplished throughout the day and to show what type of day the student had.  We believe that this parent/teacher communication is important and will expect this to be signed every night.

Friday Folder: Each Friday the students will bring a blue folder home.  This folder will contain work that was completed throughout the week, grades from the week, and important school information.  This folder is expected to come back to school emptied on Monday.  If it doesn’t come back on Monday, students will lose 5 minutes of fun Friday.  We will be flexible on this policy for the first couple weeks of school.  We will also give the students reminders to bring it back.

Classroom Donations: There are some supplies that our classroom needs and will use a lot of throughout the school year.  If you could donate at least one item sometime throughout the year it would be extremely helpful.  Thank you in advance for anything you can donate.  Here is a list of classroom needs:

  • Kleenex tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • Ziploc gallon bags

Homework: Starting the 2nd week of school, homework packets will be sent home Monday and are expected to be completed and turned in by Friday of the same week.  The packets will only contain a few pages of work.  Also, the homework packets will only contain work that students have previously completed.  We don’t believe that parents should completely help their child, but guide them through the work.  Students who don’t complete the homework packet and turn it in by Friday will have to spend fun Friday time completing.

Parent Involvement:

  • Write Letters and cards to family members and friends, and encourage them to write back.
  • Encourage your child to write stories about their favorite things.
  • Keep a journal of activities (A vacation)
  • Read comics in the newspaper and let your child create his/her own.
  • Use fun writing tools such as markers, gel pens, crayons, pencils etc.

Gym Shoes:  Here at Forest Academy we are blessed with an amazing gym.  In order to keep it looking great we ask that all students bring in a pair of clean gym shoes.  These gym shoes cannot be worn outside and must be kept in their locker at all times.  We will have the students change into their gym shoes before going, and they will change back into their regular shoes right after leaving.  Shoes can be very expensive.  Please feel free to take an older pair of gym shoes and put them in the washer.

Spelling 35: Each week students will work on their spelling words at school.  The activities they are completing are a part of spelling 35.  Students will work with their spelling words in order to collect points.  Once 35 points have been reached they will turn it in, then the student is done working on it for the week.  If spelling 35 is not completed by the end of the day on Thursday, the student is expected to take it home and bring it back on Friday completed.  If it is not completed by Friday they will have to complete it during fun Friday time.

Volunteers: There are times throughout the year that we will need volunteers.  Times would include field trips and classroom parties.  We will send notes home to inform you when volunteers are needed.

Specials:  Here is a list of times and dates that we will have our specials throughout the school year:

  • Monday: Art 2:45-3:15
  • Tuesday: Gym 2:45-3:15
  • Wednesday: Music 2:45-3:15
  • Friday: Computer Lab 11:00-12:00
  • Friday: Library 1:00-1:30

We know that this is a lot of information, but we will continue to send home reminders about classroom routines and procedures.  We will keep these same procedures throughout the school year in order to obtain success.  If at any time you have questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact us between 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. at 269-488-2315.  Communication is the key to student success.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to talking with you soon!

Thank You,
Mrs. Bottema and Mrs. Shurter