My Policies and Procedures
General Information For Mrs. Melcher’s Class
Welcome to a new school year! I’ve prepared this information sheet to give you an overview of some of our classroom policies and procedures. Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.
Absences and Notes: If you plan to pick up your child early or send him/her home with another child, he/she must have a written note from both you and the other parent. If your child will be absent, please call the school to report the absence.
Birthdays: We will recognize your child’s birthday in fun ways during the school day. If you’d like, you can send in pencils, erasers or a book for the classroom library in honor of your child. Please do not send in food treats for birthdays. If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate your child’s birthday at the six month mark. Please do not send in private birthday invitations to be distributed in school unless everyone in the class is included.
Book Orders: Your child will bring home forms to order books about once a month. I usually will send the forms home on a Friday and ask that they be returned within a week. If you wish to place an order, simply fill out the form and send in a check made out to Scholastic. You can also order online, and I will send home a letter with additional information. Book orders are a convenient way for parents to buy quality literature for their children at a low price. As an added bonus, for every dollar that is spent on books, the class earns bonus points that are used to purchase books for classroom use. This is a win-win situation because you get quality literature at a low price and you are helping to provide quality literature for the classroom. Of course, you are never under any obligation to order.
Classroom Rules: In order to create a positive, safe learning environment that promotes maximum learning in our classroom, we will develop rules to guide us. Classroom rules and procedures will be taught, modeled and practiced, especially in the beginning of the school year. Respect and responsibility will be emphasized.
I also follow the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching, which is comprised of a set of well-designed practices intended to create safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school communities. The emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs.
Homework Folder: Student homework will come home each night, even on Fridays, since although there might not be homework, I might have some important memos to send home. It will need to come home every night and be returned to school every morning. I will also send a weekly homework assignment sheet home with your child and I will email you a copy also. I frequently will send home corrected homework papers with your child. Many students will correct their work at school, but at times corrections need to be done at home and returned to me. Please review your child’s completed work daily and keep it at home. I will provide the homework folder for your child. Please make sure that your child’s folder is emptied of outdated papers weekly. More information about homework will come home shortly.
Lunch/ Recess: Lunch and recess will be held from 11:15-12:00 pm.
Make-up Work: I will be glad to send home missed work when your child is absent. I can send work home with a sibling or a neighbor, or you can pick up your child’s work at school. Students have the same number of days they were out to make up the work, for example, if John misses 2 days of school, he would have 2 days after he returned to school to make up the work. If you’d prefer, I can hold your child’s work until they return to school.
Organization: Fourth grade is an important time to strengthen organizational skills before Middle School. I will emphasize organizational skills throughout the school year. I provide a lot scaffolding to support the students in the beginning of the year, and as they develop good habits, I decrease the extra structure. I will routinely have the students clean their desks and cubbies and would recommend that you routinely have them purge their backpacks of old papers, lost lunches and dust bunnies.
Parent Participation: Throughout the year there will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations. I encourage you to attend these functions when possible. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.
Parent/Teacher Relationship: I believe a good parent/teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through email, telephone calls, notes and report cards and conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email daily and will get back to you within 24 hours, hopefully sooner.
I will create a parent contact list with all of your email addresses to send home reminders and updates. You can also leave a message on my voicemail at 610-205-3750, extension 103. You can also check my website by logging on the district website, www.umasd.org, and clicking on my name.
Pencils/ Pens: Students are permitted to write in pen or pencil for most written activities. However, math activities must be done in pencil because students might need to erase mistakes. I will send home a note when your child needs more pencils.
The Phone: Throughout the year, I like to recognize each student for accomplishing something noteworthy through notes and phone calls home. When I make a positive phone call home, I will put a toy phone on that child’s desk. I often like to get an answering machine, so that your child can later hear the message replayed.
Silent Reading Homework: I would like students to read about at least one hour Monday through Thursday. This is usually accomplished by reading 15 minutes per night. I encourage students to read over the weekends, but I do not assign it. Students will not be required to fill out reading logs; however, if you feel your child would benefit from the accountability that a reading log provides, please let me know.
School Attendance: Regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to student success. The school day officially begins at 8:50 am.
Snack: Students are welcome to have a midmorning healthy snack. Also, we are a strictly nut free classroom and no food containing peanuts or tree nuts are allowed in the classroom. Please send in only 1 snack, and read the labels carefully. You can also send in a water bottle for your child to keep on his/her desk.
SPECIAL AREA: 1:10-1:50
A / E Days – Music
B / F Days – Gym Please wear your sneakers to school.
C / G Days – Library–
Please remember to return you books to school on C and G days.
D / H Days –Art
EXTENSION PERIOD 10:40-11:10
A Day - Music
B Day - Gym
C Day – Library
D Day - Art
E, F, G, and H Days - Language Arts
Test Folders: I will send your child’s tests home in a folder. Please sign each test and the test folder record sheet and return the folder and tests two days later. Please make sure that you return each test.
Vacations: I can often prepare work before a vacation if your child is going to be out for one or two days. If your child is going to be out for more than that, I will collect your child’s work while you are away and will send it home when your child returns to school. Please go over the work with your child, as some new concepts might have been introduced, and return it within a week. I will be glad to send home a general assignment sheet for your child to work on his/her vacation, which includes reading, keeping a journal, and making up math problems about your trip. Some children also enjoy creating a scrapbook or preparing a short presentation for their classmates.
I hope that this information has been helpful to you. Please keep this handy to refer to throughout the school year.