Important Class Information

Mrs. Hirst’s Class Schedule

8:20 First Bell/Doors Open

8:30 School Starts/Morning Entry

8:45-10:00 Math

10:00-10:20 Recess

10:25-11:25 Moring Meeting & Religion/Specialists

11:30-11:50 Lunch
11:50-12:10 Recess

12:10-1:00 Reading Workshop

1:00-2:00 Social Studies/Science

2:00 Snack

2:00-2:50 Writing Workshop/Specialists

3:00 Dismissal

Monday 1:00-1:30 Art
Tuesday 10:25-10:55 PE
2:00-2:30 Performing Arts (Music/Drama)
Wednesday 10:25-10:55 PE
Thursday 2:00-2:30 Performing Arts (Music/Drama)
Friday 10:25-10:55 PE

Tuesday & Friday Lunch Duty: 11:50-12:10

Mrs. Hirst’s
Important Back to School Information

1. Contact Info and Communication:
Email: [email protected]
• Phone: 489-7825 ext. 221

• I will keep my website updated with important information and our newsletters. I will post newsletters and the spelling lists each Monday. I will also post pictures of the class.
• Email is the best way to contact me to set up a meeting to address any concerns. If there are questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected] to set up a meeting.
• If you haven’t received any emails from the office, they might not have your correct email address. Please let them know.
2. Birthdays:
• You may send a treat for your child’s birthday to share with the class. We have 31 students this year. Please be aware of gluten, nut, and dairy allergies. Please keep it simple! Our school guidelines state that we must “keep the treats simple” and “be mindful of being equitable.” We don’t want any hurt feelings if one student gives out larger scale treats than another student. Some ideas of simple treats include: muffins, cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispy treats, cracker dippers, and fruit. Please do not send in any ice cream, popsicles, or anything that needs to be sliced and prepared. You may send it in the morning of your child’s birthday (or a date near the birthday if it falls on a weekend). Please give me a heads up if you are sending in treats. Thank you in advance for respecting this request.
• Please do not send birthday party invitations through school unless you are inviting the entire class (or all of the girls if your child is a girl, etc.). We don’t want any hurt feelings.
• In 4th grade, if your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate those birthday’s on any Friday starting after Spring Break. Please plan ahead with me before bringing in treats.
3. Snack: Please send a healthy snack for your child to eat every day. We have a long day and the children get hungry. 
4. Water Bottle: Your child may bring a water bottle to school. Please make sure the lid is secure and won’t spill.
5. Absences: Please call Kelli Kelly or Aleisha Webb (489-7825) in the front office and let them know if your child will be absent. They prefer a call before school begins if you are able. If you are picking up your child early from school, please email me so I know.
6. Planners: Learning organization is a main focus in fourth grade. The assignment notebook is the method that we use in grades 4-8 for both organization and communication between home and school, moving up from the red folders that were used in K-3. I have the students fill out their assignment notebook every day at 2:45 with me. These may be assignments that are given in addition to their weekly homework or any classwork that is not finished during class or any special project. Students are to take the assignment notebook home, have you look over it with them, giving you a chance to see if there is any assignment due the next day, or any special assignment to help your child through the organization transition. It is very important that your child brings their assignment notebook to and from school every single day.
7. Newsletter: A newsletter will be sent home every Monday. It will be attached to the homework packet. Please read it so you are current on what is going on in our classroom. The office also sends out a weekly Monday newsletter via email.
8. Homework: Homework will begin on Monday, September 16th. Homework will not always go home in packet form, instead students will receive a math home connection, cursive pages and at times possibly a spelling/grammar pages and are expected to have it completed and be turned in on the assigned date. I usually try to give a few nights for homework to completed, as I understand that many things are scheduled during the week. This method allows your child to use their time management skills and decide what night it should completed in order to turn it in by the due date. Periodically I may send home math games that we play together in class. These are meant for you to play together at home and you can keep them. GLAD homework will always be due the following day. We will have a few special projects this year which may be included as homework. Any classwork that is not finished during class will be sent home as homework.
Please expect to see the following weekly:
*Spelling Words (Study for the test the Friday of the same week.)
*Reading Log (Read at least 20 minutes a night and is due the following Monday)
*Math Log (Work on quickly knowing math facts for at least 10 minutes a night. Please start with multiplication facts, as the year progresses move to division. This log is due the following Monday.)
*It is important to your child’s success that they have their multiplication and division facts 0-10 mastered if they do not already. Nearly everything that we will be learning in math this year is built on those multiplication and division facts. We will be practicing the math facts in class; however, your child needs to practice at home as well. Please let me know if you feel like you need additional resources for your child to practice at home.
9. Curriculum: I will follow the Mission of St. Al’s (To guide and develop the students spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically as well as to be leaders in action, modeled on Christ.) I will do my best to tailor instruction to meet individual needs.
• Math (We will start with multiplication review, do story problems, large number multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-digit multiplication and division, measurement, geometry, and fractions.)
• Writing (We will begin paragraph and essay writing with a focus on personal and fictional narrative, opinion, and informational writing. We will also use interactive notebooks to focus on grammar, spelling, and conventions.)
• Reading (We will focus on comprehension strategies, non-fiction features, literature, vocabulary development, and word work.)
• Social Studies (Our focus this year is the history of Washington State. We will start with map skills, and how America came to be. We will be discovering the many regions, labors, landforms, etc. of our state. We will culminate with state projects.)
• Science (We will study energy, soil, rocks, and landforms, animal structures, and be doing a squid dissection in April.)
• Religion (Our main goals are to better know that God created humans to love and protect one another. We do this through the exploration of the Bible and will be learning about the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Sacraments, and Mary. We will learn and memorize prayers throughout the year. Our prayers to know by the end of the year is The Prayer for Peace and the Memorare Prayer. We will also explore the parts of our Catholic faith, especially as we go through our Liturgical calendar. In addition, we will attend chapel masses, all school masses, and put on the All Saints/All Souls Mass.)
• Community Circle: This is our social learning and community building time. In 4th grade we use the quote from Lt. Anne McClain: “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together” to talk about how we can accomplish our goals, how kindness does make a difference, and growth mindset. This year we will also develop concepts like friendships, personal safety, respect, solving disagreements, and much more. This is a great opportunity for our class to be in community because we want to go far this year in 4th grade, so we will all go together as a community!
10. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Testing: The students will be tested using the Chromebooks 3 times this year (October, January, and April). I will let you know in the newsletter when our slot is for testing each time. This test will assess language, math, and reading. Children in grades 3-8 do MAP testing.
11. Report Cards (We are on trimester and report cards will be given out at November conferences, in March, and in June.)
12. Helping our Class Run Smoothly (I will try and focus on the positive with praise and other techniques. If a child is not helping our class to run smoothly, then he or she might need to have a self-reflection time away from other students. If your child has several self-reflection times during the week or has an office visit, I may choose to either call or email you. Thank you in advance for your support with your child’s behavior.)
13. If your child has severe allergies or asthma, please let me know in writing or by email if you need me to take medications to Mass.
14. Virtus Training: If you would like to volunteer on our field trip this year, you must complete Virtus Training. Look for information in our school newsletter or contact Aleisha Webb for more information on these trainings.
15. Our school day ends at 3:00. Students may meet you at a designated area. Please make sure your child knows where to meet you after school. I will begin walking the children to aftercare at 3:05.

I am looking forward to a great year with your children!! Please let me know if you have any questions at all.