Establishing routines has been the focus since school resumed and even more so this first full week of school. Grade 4 students are being confronted by change daily, which results in building self-discipline and a sense of security. The goal was to make it as easy as possible with as minimal stress as possible, especially for our newbies.
We continue to get acquainted with our new classmates, teachers, transitioning from one class to the next, tackling and learning new skills coupled with gaining new knowledge are a given on any school day. All of these are best handled when they are expected and occur in the context of a familiar routine. For each student to feel safe, develop a sense of mastery in the daily events, and have a sense of belonging to the community, we will continue to revisit, reinforce, and practice our classroom routines.
As students began to use technology devices (Chromebooks and iPads) this week, forms were sent home for parents to view and sign. Much appreciation for how quickly some students returned their User Agreements forms. Please have a chat with your child about the value of having such resources and how they should be respected.
Fourth graders had a chance to explore Seesaw, our new digital portfolio tool in lieu of student blogs. This communication tool and program allow teachers and students to record their learning and keeps student work organized in one place. We will be sharing your child’s Seesaw account with you soon so that you can be up to date with their learning.
For Grade 4C students to express their identities, we have planned to have a mini ‘Me Museum’, where they can display artifacts that reflect their identity. Students are encouraged to bring in an item (nothing too valuable) that communicates their beliefs, values, ideas, feelings, nature, and/or culture by next week Friday. Please, help your child select an artifact for the activity.
4C Essential Agreements
In 4C United, we agree to be
- Respectful of everyone and the learning environment (physical, emotional, and intellectual)
- Use materials and items for what they are meant for (intended use) and sensibly
- Responsible by making choices that are beneficial
- Caring by taking care of others and the environment
- Kind by being considerate, helpful and benevolent (expressing goodwill)
- To follow the agreements or their consequences
- Consequences: Write a reflection in the Principled book during recess or golden time
Creating 4C Essential Agreements Photos
Please, help reinforce these agreements at home by revisiting them with your child whenever necessary.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Friday 24th August – ES parent morning coffee – 8.30am
Monday 3rd September – NO SCHOOL!
Thursday 6th September – Back to School Night – 6pm
Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL
REQUEST: Please, can you send your child in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school? They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets.