Welcome Parents

 

 

Welcome

 

Welcome to the fabulous world of fourth grade. I know that you and your child are looking forward to the beginning of a new school year; however, I know that the first day of school comes with both excitement and apprehension. It is my hope that this letter will ease your mind and make the transition into fourth grade easier for you and your child.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Lori Cunningham and this is my fifth year teaching.. I am married to Steven Cunningham. Steven and I have three children. Brandon, 12 years old, Aaron, 10, and BreAnn, 6.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
I feel that parent/teacher communication is the key to your child’s success. Each Monday I will send home a newsletter informing you of the upcoming events as well as the weeks activities in the classroom. Also, your child will have a brief reading assignment each night except for Wednesdays and Fridays (Wednesdays and Fridays are our free nights). It is my goal to limit work at home to about 20 minutes a night. 
I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year. It is my goal to help your child learn and grow to his or her full potential.

Lori Cunningham

 

 

Parent and Teacher Relationship

 

I believe that a good parent teacher relationship is very important. I believe that it takes a mutual respect and understanding. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, quarterly reports, and parent-teacher conferences. Please do not be alarmed if your child comes home with a note just simply saying that he or she is doing an awesome job. I believe in providing you with positive feed back about your child. As parents, we all enjoying hearing that our child is doing well. Please feel free to call me anytime or send me a note. I never want you to have a concern or a question that you do not address with me. I am here to help you and your child anyway I can.

 

Classroom Discipline

 

Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure, free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently.
Classroom Expectations
Be Safe
Be Respectful
Be Responsible
 
Rewards
For students who choose to follow our classroom expectations I will give verbal praise, positive notes, small rewards, and special class privileges.

Consequences
I use cards to help the children keep track of their behavior. All of the children have 5 colored cards. If a child chooses to break one of our classroom expectations he/she will flip a card. The card colors are as follows:
 
Green Great Day!
Yellow a warning given
Blue 10 minutes off of recess
Red 15 minutes off of recess and note home
Black Visit with the principal 

Supply List

Pencils                       
Glue                     
Scissors               
Protractor
Markers
Crayons
Colored Pencils
School Box
5 Folders
2 Red Pens
PE shoes
Lined Paper
1” 3 Ring Binder
Wipes (optional)
Backpack ( NO Wheels)
Erasers               
Highlighter
Small deodorant
 3 Spiral Notebooks

 

Classroom Parties                     

We will have three classroom parties during the school year. Parties will need to have a volunteer chairperson.  The chairperson’s job will include calling other parents and organizing the activities, snacks, drinks, etc. The parties are as followed:
Fall: Students will be allowed to dress up at our  party.  Costumes must follow school policy for dress up.
Winter: We will have a small gift exchange for students who want to participate.
Valentine’s: We will exchange valentines. We will decorate our Valentine’s bags together in class.
Information will be sent home regarding all parties closer to the date. Thanks for helping make our parties fun and exciting.

 

eMINTS

     eMints stands for enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies.
eMINTS is a computer-based program that will allow your child to learn to use the computer to enhance the learning experience. Using computers is a great opportunity to help your child grow and learn using the most up to date methods; however, there are many things that we will learn and do that do not involve using the computers.
Our district has spent a lot of time and money on this equipment. So along with this the privilege of learning in such an awesome way comes rules. Please review the computer use policy attracted to this letter. Please go over the rules with your child. Please sign the policy along with your child. The rules in this policy will be strictly enforced in our classroom.