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    *Make sure you join our class, 2021-2022 Ms. Oliphant 4th Grade, on Class Dojo. I will be using this app to get in touch with parents, send out weekly newsletters, and also any last minute information that needs to be sent out. 

    If you are not already connected on Class Dojo, you may either send me an email with your name and phone number/preferred email and I will connect you with your student in our class OR you can use the link provided to connect directly to our class.

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  • Dear Families,

                We are very excited to have you and your children share this school year with us in 4th grade. We make it a priority to always give 100% effort and we expect our students to do the same. This school year your child can anticipate learning many new and interesting topics. Below are classroom policies that will be implemented throughout the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of us on the team: Alexus Michaels; alexus.michaels@onslow.k12.nc.us; Anita Smith; anitam.smith@onslow.k12.nc.us; Wilson Balaguera; wilson.balaguera@onslow.k12.nc.us; Ashley Oliphant; ashley.oliphant@onslow.k12.nc.us.

    Attendance: Our school opens at 7:50 and students will be dismissed at 3:21. Please be punctual as our first teaching lesson begins promptly at 8:30 and if your student is habitually tardy, he/she will fall behind in schoolwork. If you bring your child to school after 8:30am, they will be considered tardy and must be signed in at the office by a parent or guardian. Your child will then need to bring a tardy pass to class. If your child is absent, the office requires a written note stating the reason for the absence.

    Gators Remote Learning Guidelines:  

    Remote Learning Defined: 

    “At home Learning” – Quarantined Students 

    “Remote Learning” – 5 legislated days that are district approved for emergency purposes 

    “Virtual Instruction” – Synchronous/Asynchronous learning 

    Remote Learning – 5 legislated days that are district approved for emergency purposes.  In NC K-12 schools, remote learning is defined as learning that takes place outside of the traditional school setting using various media and formats, such as but not limited to video conference, telephone conference, print material, online material, or learning management systems. 

    Based on recent legislation, a school district may use up to 5 days for REMOTE Learning. Remote learning days may be used for inclement weather, quarantine closure, school water main breaks, etc. The superintendent designates when remote learning is used. 

     A student quarantine that includes learning at home is not considered remote learning, as defines by the state. If an entire school had to close, a remote learning day may be considered by the superintendent. 

     Microsoft TEAMS will provide students and families a consistent location to find information about the class. Information posted may include items like assignments, reading passages, classroom activities, links to instructional videos, rubric assessments, family homework support resources and other instructional material. Families may consult with the DLTF for questions about TEAMS. Content and course questions should be directed to the teacher. All content classes will be live. 

    On-Line Learning: If your child is quarantined, or if we are required to go remote this school year, it is vital that your child participates in our online learning. All students will access assignments through TEAMS and will be trained how to do this during their first in person days. Grades are given for online work and participation and will affect their progress towards report card grades and completing 4th grade. Parents will be notified if students are not completing their assignments and they will have regular classroom consequences when they return. If a student cannot complete something due to technical difficulties or an emergency please send an email, use the classroom Class Dojo messages, or call the school to let the teacher know so that the child can be excused if necessary. Students will ALWAYS have something they can work on when home. Please do not let them tell you that they have nothing to do. They will be given access to multiple websites that have programs designed for them as well as paper and pencil assignments.

    School Fees: Instructional fees are $5.00, the art fee is $1.00, and the laptop fee is $25.00. It is best to take care of this either at open house or by the first week of school. However, all fees must be paid by the end of the first quarter. Please make checks payable to Hunters Creek Elementary for $31.00.  You can also pay through the new online service.

    Discipline: Students are expected to treat all adults and each other with respect, in person and online. Time will be spent modeling and discussing behavior that is expected within our community of learners. We have three classroom rules that will be expected to be followed, at all times: 1) Show respect to peers, staff and school property. 2) Follow all the SNAP Guidelines. 3). Come to school prepared and ready to learn. These rules will be discussed within the first week of school.

    A huge part of 4th grade is preparing students to be 21st century learners. This entails demonstrating responsibility with academic and social issues. All students will be rewarded and praised in addition to being disciplined when necessary. Students will receive incentives for positive behavior (PBIS). You will also be notified if a problem occurs with your child’s behavior. The 4th grade team will be using a strike system to monitor discipline. This is a daily system that resets each day. These strikes are added and will be considered when conduct is recorded on the report card. Our team policy is as follows:

    STRIKE 1—Warning 1                                               STRIKE 2—Warning 2                               STRIKE 3 – Silent Lunch                STRIKE 4 – Loss of privilege                  STRIKE 5- Office referral/Call home

     Loss of privilege could be, but not limited to, classroom activities or reward opportunities scheduled throughout the year.

    1:1: All students will be issued a laptop with a charger. This laptop is school property; therefore, parents or children are NOT ALLOWED to download any personal programs or apps. Teachers and administration have permission to look at any information on the laptop, at any time. STUDENTS MUST KEEP THE CHARGER AT HOME AND CHARGE THE LAPTOPS NIGHTLY. This is considered homework! Students’ must always have the laptop in their backpack when traveling. Students are responsible for the care and upkeep of the computer and charger. If lost, the student is responsible for replacing both items. If a student has any technical difficulties, they are to inform their homeroom teacher immediately so that it can be turned into the tech department.

    Absentee Policy: Students are responsible for making up missed assignments due to absences. Students will be given one extra day for each day they are absent to make up missed assignments. It is the child’s responsibility to come to each teacher to receive their missing work. Also, if you know ahead that your child will be out for an extended time, we need a full days’ notice to gather all assignments. If your child is out sick but is still able to work, please encourage your child to do what they can so they don’t fall behind.

    Grading Scale: A – 90-100; B – 80-89; C – 70-79; D – 60-69; F – 59 or below.  Grades will be weighted as follows: Classwork – 20%, Project – 25%, Quizzes – 25%, Test – 30%.

    Parent Conferences:  We will be holding conferences in person and/or via Teams or by telephone this year if needed due to COVID requirements.  Expect the first conference during the 1st nine weeks and the second during the 3rd nine weeks.  We will provide more information as the year progresses.

    Morning Arrival: Students are expected to enter our classrooms respectfully and quietly. The safety of every student in our classroom is our top priority. Any student that jeopardizes the safety of any other student in our classroom will be disciplined. To enhance learning and utilize classroom instructional time effectively, we ask that all students have all required items for the day before coming into our room. Students will be expected to go right to their desk (unless directed to do something else) and begin unloading their belongings, turn in any notes, eat breakfast if needed, and use the restroom. Students should be completely ready for the day by the time the bell rings.

    Classroom Assignments: Students will be responsible for recording the homework and assignments found on the board or from the class notebook in Teams in their agendas as needed. Assignments should be neat and on time. Please be sure that your child is recording their first and last name and date in the upper right-hand corner of each paper. Students will be notified if an assignment is missing. If excessive assignments are missing, a note home or a phone call will occur. Any missing assignments are expected to be turned in on the next in person school day. Parents and students should monitor assignment completion and grades by logging into their Power School account.

    Traveling in the Hallways/Leaving the Classroom/Lunch: While traveling in the hallways, students will be expected to follow Hunters Creek Elementary School’s SNAP guidelines. Students are permitted to leave the classroom to take care of any personal needs ONLY if teachers are notified. If your child is bringing lunch from home, please be certain that their name is on it. Any student who will be purchasing lunch will be responsible for turning in his or her lunch money to us first thing in the morning so that the cafeteria can account for it.

    Dismissal: Please make sure that your child knows how they are getting home. Students will be dismissed when we dismiss them. Parents are not allowed to come to classroom to pick up children. If you are not sure where you can pick up your child, please contact us or the office. Any change in dismissal must be indicated with a written notice.

    Snacks: Students are welcome to bring in a snack to enjoy if time permits. Please remember that only healthy snacks are permitted. Encouraged snacks are fruits, veggies, crackers, cheese, healthy snack bars, and water. Students are allowed to have a small water bottle. Students can fill up water bottles at the sink. Students are not allowed to bring in large bags of candy, chips, soda, coffee, or energy drinks.

    AVID (School Supplies): A school supply list will be given during Open House and it is also available online. Please try to send in all materials with your child as soon as possible. We would like to organize their school supplies on the first day of school if possible.

    We look forward to a wonderful year of learning and exploring with your child and we thank you for sharing them with us this school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

     

    Thank you!

    4th Grade Team

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