Welcome to Mrs. Toth's Home Page and to a great 4th Grade Year!
Fourth grade is typically a year of transition. Content is a little more difficult, but not impossible. Our team works closely with you and your child to insure success and preparation for the Middle School. Our goal is to encourage responsibility and independence. We do not send home paper copies of a newsletter, but use this web page, the homework page, and the assignment notebook instead.
This year our team your child will have all four 4th grade teachers. I will teaching reading, Mrs. Oakes will teach writing/grammar, Mrs. Matson will teach math, and Mr. Chadima will teach social studies and science. We will all teach spelling in homeroom. This will be an exciting year for all of us.
In 4th grade we use Reading logs as homework for each grading period. These logs are on yellow paper and look like a calendar. Please write the name of the book in the first Sunday block. Then write the number of minutes on each day for five days. Parents, please initial each of those days. Students are required to read five days each week. I will check logs each Monday, and stamp the days students have read. Each month students will receive a test grade for the completed log. If all weeks are complete, an A will be posted in Progress Book. For each incomplete week, the grade will decrease by one letter grade. Students will not be able to go back and add minutes after I have stamped for the week. As much as possible, students to read aloud to practice fluency. Studies have proven that there is nothing better to improve reading skills than consistent reading. Reading is the key to success in all academic areas! Thank you in advance to supporting this most important assignment.
I will post homework daily and grades as soon as possible, usually by the weekend.
In 3rd grade parents and teachers signed the assignment notebook. This year, to enable your child to become more independent, we will not sign the notebook. They will be responsible for entering their assignments in the notebook. I write them on the board, and they copy to their assignment notebook.
We do not write all of the work we do in class in the assignment notebook - we only write what has to be done at home.
Each Monday your child will bring home all the graded work from the previous week, therefore this is really the only night you will have to check for papers. It will have a purple paper on top for you to check the appropriate box and sign. This paper comes back to school on Tuesday, and the work papers are kept at home. If you have any questions, feel free to add a note to the purple paper. We have this procedure to insure that you are getting all your child's papers home. In the past, parents have said they weren't getting the work, so 4th grade teachers decided on the once-a-week folders. Tests and study guides will be sent home more frequently. Also, if I have a serious concern about your child's progress I will send a paper home sooner with a note.
Please check out the video Welcome 4th Graders for more information.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you, and I look forward to a great year with super 4th graders!