Welcome to Mrs. Matteson's
 4th Grade class!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back for the 2013-2014 school year! I am super excited about the new school year starting, and I am looking forward to getting to know your child.  In this lengthy letter you will find information with regards to the inner workings of our classroom.

Students will receive homework in the areas of math, reading, and spelling. The math will be assigned daily and wil be due the following day.  The students will also have a homework packet that includes a weekly newsletter, spelling, math fact practice, and a reading log.  For the reading log, the students are expected to read at least 15 minutes per night (60 minutes per week).  The packet will go home on Mondays adn will be due at the beginning of class on Fridays.  Signatures are required daily on the reading log verifying that students have read and practiced their facts for the required amount of time.

There will be a few projects outside of class, including monthly book reports.  Time will be given in class to read the book, and it can also be read for reading log credit at home.  All guidelines and due dates will be provided well in advance for these projects.

The students will receive a variety of both formal and informal assessments on a daily basis and can always count on having tests, projects, and quizzes at the end of units, stories, concepts, etc.

Grades will be earned in the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Grades will be aligned with mastery of the Arizona State Standards.  each assignment will be graded accordingly, and the average of all assignments will determine their letter grade.  In this way, you will have a better indicator of your child's mastery of fourth grade content standards.  Students will earn their Writing grade from Mrs. Loveless, their Social Studies grade from Mrs. Adams, and their remaining grades from me.  Students will be on a two week rotation for the content areas of Writing, Social Studies, and Science.  I am really looking forward to teaching Science lessons in the new STEM building!

A= Exceeds standards

B= Meets standards

C= Approaches standards

D/F= Falls far below standards

I am a strong advocate for building community in my classroom.  I want to provide an environment where everyone has the best opportunity to learn and feel comfortable taking risks.  As a class, we will develop the rules and norms for our community, as well as the consequences for not complying.  This way the students will have ownership of their environment, and my job will be to hold them accountable for the rules they created.

I am looking forward to an another outstanding year here at Westar! Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions, concerns, or celebrations.  I will always get back to you as soon as I can.  E-mail is my preference, as I check my e-mail throughout the day.  Thanks again for all your support!

- Mrs. Matteson