GCS Grades 3 and 4

The Adventures of Mrs. Bouter's Class

A Ton of Info for the Start of a New School Year!

on September 15, 2015

Hello parents!

The first blog post of the year is finally up! My apologies for the lateness of this post. I was experiencing technical difficulties and needed the assistance of Mr. Ellis.

There is lots to know about grade three and four! For parents of students new to this class, please take a moment to read the following information about the agenda, homework, the behavior system, and the schedule, so that you are familiar with the ins and outs of classroom expectations. It’s long, but I promise it’s worth the read. All other parents, skip ahead to the upcoming events and others notes.

The Agenda

The agenda is an important tool we use to communicate between home and school. Forms that need to go home can be found in the agenda pocket. Forms and envelopes with money that need to come in to school should likewise be kept in the agenda pocket. Each day, students will write their homework on the day’s date with a box for placing a check in once they have completed each homework task. Students will also write their behavior level (see below) on the bottom line of the agenda every day.

Homework

As mentioned before, most homework tasks will be written in the agenda. Students can check off the items in their agenda once they have completed them.

In grade 3 and 4, Math and Penmanship are often completed in school. However, the students will write down the assigned pages in their agenda and, if they are not completed during class time, then they will have to be done at home. Any math corrections should be completed as well. Those are the questions that have been circled. I will try to have everyone’s math book corrected by the end of the day.

Language is done in class. Sometimes I will assign questions that we did not get to for homework for grade four Language. Grade three students should be able to completely finish their Language page in the time allotted.

Reading homework will be assigned every night. Students are expected to read at least fifteen minutes a night, once to themselves and once to a parent. It is important that they read out loud to someone to aid fluency and comprehension.

Grade three and four will also have nightly spelling homework, which they do not write down in the agenda. Students are expected to study/write out the spelling list at home every evening. I’ve included different ways to study with every list if you wish to vary this task. In addition, students will have a sentence writing activity on Wednesday which they will complete at home if they do not do so in class. This, however, will be recorded in the agenda as it isn’t a nightly occurrence.

**Please sign your child’s agenda each night when homework is complete.**

Behavior Levels and System of Consequences

This year, we have a very firm behavior system that we will be adhering to that will make our classroom run smoothly and fairly. Below is how the system works. It’s actually easier than it sounds. If you want more information on how it works, please feel free to come and ask for a demonstration. J

Time Chart

  • This chart is used for transitions from one activity to another.
  • Students gain time for recess when they calmly and correctly complete a transition within the posted amount of time.
  • Students lose time off of the next recess when they do not complete a transition within the posted amount of time.
  • If students complete the transition within the time limit, but do not do it calmly and correctly, they will lose one minute.
  • Extra time for recess will take place when the teacher decides.

Level Up, Level Down Chart

  • This chart is used for recording whether or not students are following procedures correctly and meeting expectations. Parents can know their child’s behavior as students record their behavior level in their agenda every day. This chart is also used as a reward system.
  • There are seven levels on the chart with different consequences:
    • Super Student (if this level is reached, students get one star on their name; five stars equals a prize from the prize box)
    • Great Job
    • Good Choices
    • Ready to Learn (every student starts here every day)
    • Think About It (this means that two rule cards have been earned and two minutes of recess were lost)
    • Teacher’s Choice (this means that four cards have been earned and four minutes of recess have been lost; if a student reaches this level, he/she must fill out a Think Sheet during recess or afterschool and have it signed by parents)
    • Parent Contact (this means that six rule cards have been earned and six minutes of recess have been lost; if a student reaches this level, he/she and the teacher makes a phone call home immediately; the student must explain behavior and what he/she is going to do to change)
  • Students will level up once if they have NO CARDS in their name slot by first recess, again by lunch recess, and again at the end of the day.
  • At the end of the day students will write down what level they ended on in their agenda on the bottom line of that day’s date.

Rule Cards

  • These are the everyday rules for the class:
    1. Raise your hand for permission to speak.
    2. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
    3. Follow directions quickly.
    4. Make smart choices.
  • Each rule card has the number of the rule printed on it.
  • If a student breaks a rule, then the card with that number will go in the chart with his/her name. The student will stay in for one minute of the following recess for every card earned.
  • The cards go back in the card slot after the student has stayed in.
  • If there are five students with rule cards at one time, then the whole class stays in for one minute.
  • If a student has two cards at a time, then he/she also levels down on the behavior chart.
  • If a student earns another two cards, he/she levels down again.
  • “Make smart choices” includes following the procedures correctly.

Our Schedule

As you can see below, we have a very intense schedule in grade three and four! The main thing you need to know is that Gym is on Tuesday and Friday so students should be prepared with their running shoes and, if they wish, a change of clothes. However, I will post the whole thing below for anyone who is interested:

Monday

TIME SUBJECT
9:00-9:05 Morning Routine
9:05-9:30 Math 3
9:30-10:00 Math 4
10:00-10:20 Language 3
10:20-10:45 Bathroom/Snack/Recess
10:45-10:50 Penmanship 3
10:50-11:15 Language 4
11:20-11:25 Spelling 3
11:25-11:50 Reading 3
11:50-12:15 Computer
12:15-12:55 Recess/Lunch/Bathroom
12:55-1:00 Spelling 4
1:00-1:25 Reading 4
1:25-1:55 Music
2:00-3:00 Science

Tuesday

TIME SUBJECT
9:00-9:05 Morning Routine
9:05-9:30 Math 3
9:30-10:00 Math 4
10:00-10:20 Language 3
10:20-10:45 Bathroom/Snack/Recess
10:45-10:50 Penmanship 3
10:50-11:15 Language 4
11:15-11:45 Bible
11:45-12:15 Gym
12:15-12:55 Recess/Lunch/Bathroom
12:55-1:00 Spelling 3
1:00-1:30 Reading 3
1:30-2:00 Computer
2:00-2:30 French
2:30-2:35 Spelling 4
2:35-3:00 Reading 4

Wednesday

TIME SUBJECT
9:00-9:05 Prepare for Chapel
9:05-9:45 Chapel
9:45-10:00 Spelling 3/4
10:00-10:20 Math 3
10:20-10:45 Bathroom/Snack/Recess
10:45-11:15 Math 4
11:15-11:45 Language 3
11:45-12:15 Language 4
12:15-12:55 Recess/Lunch/Bathroom
12:55-1:00 Penmanship 3
1:00-1:30 Reading 4
1:30-2:00 Reading 3
2:00-2:30 Library
2:30-3:00 Bible

Thursday

TIME SUBJECT
9:00-9:05 Morning Routine
9:05-9:30 Math 3
9:30-10:00 Math 4
10:00-10:20 Language 3
10:20-10:45 Bathroom/Snack/Recess
10:45-10:50 Penmanship 3
10:50-11:15 Language 4
11:15-12:15 Social Studies
12:15-12:55 Recess/Lunch/Bathroom
12:55-1:00 Spelling 3
1:00-1:25 Reading 3
1:25-1:55 Science
1:55-2:00 Spelling 4
2:00-2:30 Reading 4
2:30-3:00 Bible

Friday

TIME SUBJECT
9:00-9:05 Morning Routine
9:05-9:30 Math 3
9:30-10:00 Math 4
10:00-10:20 Language 3
10:20-10:45 Bathroom/Snack/Recess
10:45-11:00 Spelling Test
11:00-11:15 Language 4
11:15-11:45 French
11:45-12:15 Gym
12:15-12:55 Recess/Lunch/Bathroom
12:55-1:25 Bible
1:25-1:55 Music
1:55-3:00 Art

Milk Program and School Lunch Program

We are pleased to offer the milk program again this year! The cost for white milk is $0.45 and chocolate is $0.70.  Milk money is due on Wednesday for the following week. You may pay on a weekly basis, or, if you wish, you can pay in advance for a month or two at a time.

Because of our excellent volunteers, we are extremely blessed to have a School Lunch Program. Students will be able to order food selections from Papa John’s Pizza, Taco Boyz, and Subway (depending on the week) for their lunch on Thursday. Also, every second Friday Mrs. Barrett will be selling hot dogs to raise funds for former GCS teacher Miss Farrer who now works at a school in Niger.

For both milk orders and school lunch orders, we ask that you send money in a sealed envelope and place it in your child’s agenda. On the envelope, please write the following:

  • Name of the student
  • The amount in the envelope
  • The purpose of the money

Sending in money this way helps the teachers keep orders organized.  In an effort to keep our morning routine running smoothly, we will be collecting money for both milk and lunches only on Wednesday morning.

This Here Blog

It is my full intention to update the classroom blog regularly on Sunday evenings so that parents and students alike know what is upcoming. The blog may also be updated throughout the week with additional information. If you have not yet done so, be sure to follow the blog so that you will receive email notifications when an update is made.

Bricks 4 Kidz After-School Classes

Bricks 4 Kidz is pleased to announce we will be offering after-school classes at Grace Christian School. Classes follow the Bricks 4 Kidz® motto:  We Learn, We Build, We Play with… LEGO® Bricks. 

We will be doing the Spectacular Sports module: Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking and mini-golf! This unit is a great way to get “sporty” kids building and get LEGO® fans interested in sports. Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness, such as stamina and strength. Other lessons describe the mechanics of the sport, such as the physics involved in golf and the components of a stationary bike. But the best part for the students is the way the models move and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built – hitting a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model and watching the gymnast spin around the bar. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new sport, or build a model of their favourite sport!

At the end of the six week session, kids will get to take home their own custom-built mini-figure they created from our mini-figure factory.

When: Thursdays from Sept 24 to October 29
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Who: Students in Grade 3 to 6; Maximum of 20 students and a minimum of 10 students required to run the class
Cost: $75/student (tax included) for the six week session

To register please visit http://www.bricks4kidz.com/canada-princeedwardisland-charlottetown/ Select View Classes and Enroll in the Grace Christian After-school Classes.

Something Fun in the Community – Open Farm Day

Every so often I stumble upon interesting community events that I like to share. Coming up this Sunday, September 20, is Open Farm Day. Twenty different farms across the Island will be opening their doors for tours, chances to speak with farmers, and other interactive events. Check out the website below for more information:

http://www.peiagsc.ca/openfarmday/

THAT’S ALL!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My NEW email address is mbouter@gcspei.ca.

Faith ~ Virtue ~ Knowledge

Mrs. Bouter

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