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8 Sep

Dear Fourth Grade Students and Families,

My name is Dr. Toney-James, and I am very excited to be your child’s 4th grade teacher this year! I am committed to doing everything within my power to make this year successful and exciting for all of us!

I am originally from Chicago, Il. My hobbies include travel, training for marathons and spending time with my children. My husband and I have two children, a son named Gavin age 4 and a daughter named Avia, age 2. This is my third year at the William H.  Ray Elementary School and I look forward to a year filled with unlimited learning experiences and exciting times. This is my 15th year as an intermediate grade school teacher (grade 3-5). I believe that an understanding of culture, communities and pedagogies of empowerment is paramount to student success. I feel extremely honored to be at a school with such a rich reputation for strong community and parental involvement!

Communication

Every Monday, you will receive a curriculum chart outlining the common core standards, activities, and homework pertaining to each subject, this will be available on the classroom website. If you have any further questions, email is the best way to contact me. My email address is mrtoney@cps.edu. I always do my personal best to respond to emails in a timely matter. Additionally, I am able to meet before and after school with a scheduled appointment.

This week, the main objective is to prepare the fourth graders with the procedures and routines of Room 206-4. The students will learn the expectations of each activity during the school day. In CHAMPS, students explicitly learn the expectations in terms of conversation level (C), the appropriate way to ask for help (H), the activity (A), movement (M), and participation (P). When the students are able to follow through with the expectations, they are able to soar to success (S).

Additional Supplies

Personal Novel (by September 10, 2015). Throughout the week, we will practice good reading behavior during reader’s workshop. Since guided reading groups will not begin this week, it is recommended that students bring an independent book to read. The student’s book choice will help give me an idea of your child’s reading interests and habits.

Headphones/Earbuds (by October 1, 2015 for IPAD activities). Please plan to have the earbuds to school by or before October 1st when IPad use will begin. The safe keeping of the earbuds will be the student’s responsibility and they will be stored in the student’s desk at all times.

Grading Policy Your child’s grades will be based on tests, projects, homework and classwork. Should your child have an unsatisfactory test grade (D or F), the test must be signed by a parent and returned the following school day.

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned every night. However, homework is not due until Friday. Weekly homework will be outlined and posted via website every Monday. A weekly reading log will be given at the beginning of every week this log is to be completed and turned in the following Monday. Please be sure that your child’s homework is NEAT and COMPLETE. Homework that is given is a review of what has been taught in class. Please take a few minutes each night to check your child’s work.

Behavior Policy

To reinforce positive behaviors throughout the school, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) will be implemented at Ray. In addition to learning the expectations of classroom activities, the fourth graders will also be explicitly taught the behaviors that will be expected in our school. To reinforce positive behavior throughout the school, students will be praised with Ray Warrior coins. Additionally, every week a student from each class will be recognized for positive behavior with a Student of the Week award. Another PBIS initiative will be monthly positive character trait themes. September’s character trait is respect. In class, I will use class dojo to monitor student performance.

Additional Information

From past experience, you probably are aware of all of the important paper work that is required for you to complete (please see back to school parent packet). With that said, parents often feel that they are the ones with all of the homework during the first week of school. It would be extremely helpful for the school, if you turn in the paperwork as soon as you can. In addition to the paperwork, the $85 school fee is due as soon as possible.

All of the fourth grade specials will take place after lunch from  12:00 p.m.-1:00p.m. The schedule is as follows: Monday–Gym, Tuesday–Art, Wednesday– Gym, Thursday- Spanish, and Friday- Music. A new CPS mandate this year requires that each student has 120 minutes of physical education minutes a week. To accommodate the requirement, Room 206 will have an additional hour of physical education on Wednesdays. Since physical education will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, students should wear gym shoes on these days.

I want to thank you in advance for all your support. Together we will continue to work toward success and high student achievement. I am very excited about the year ahead, and look forward to having the privilege of teaching your child!

Once again, I am very excited to work with each of your children! Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!

Kind Regards,

Dr. Toney-James

 

 

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