Room 324 Information

  • The ABC's

    A
    Arrival
    Doors will be unlocked beginning at 9:00 am.  Upon arrival, students should pick up breakfast and report immediately to the classroom.  Breakfast ends at 9:15 and students arriving after this time will both be marked tardy and lose points toward their AIM grade.   

     

    B 
    Birthdays
    Everyone will have a chance to celebrate their birthday with classmates.  Store purchased treats may be sent in with your child or dropped off at the office.  Birthday celebrations will take place during the last 15 minutes of the day (3:15-3:30).  
     
    C
    Communication
    Communication between school and home is crucial.  Be sure to keep an updated phone number and address on file with the school office.  If you have any changes, please send a note with your child immediately.  Additional questions and concerns may also be sent in a note with your child, by calling the school, or by contacting me through ClassDojo or at my school email.  
     
    ClassDojo
    This is a teacher tool that helps to build students' learning habits and boost classroom engagement.  It also allows me to track student behavior and learning skills throughout the day.  Finally, it is a way for families to stay connected throughout the day.  Be on the lookout for additional information in your child's homework folder. 
     
    D
    Dismissal
    Dismissal begins at 3:30.  Walkers are dismissed to the gymnasium at this time. Students riding the bus home will be walked out as a class beginning at 3:45.  Please send in a note if your child is to go home a different way than his/her normal routine.
     
    E
    Email
    You can contact me at my email address: lshellman@buffaloschools.org and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please send me an email to me during the first week so that I have your email address.
     
    F
    Focus
    Our focus is for all students to become independent readers before reaching 4rd grade! In order to accomplish this goal, all students should practice reading at home for a minimum of 20 minutes each day.  
     
     
    G
    Grades
    Students receive a percentage score on their report cards.  Grades are calculated based on homework completion, classroom participation, behavior, class assignments, and test and quizzes.  A grade between 65% and 79% is considered satisfactory.  Successful learning happens when students earn 80% or better.  All grades will be posted in Infinite Campus.  Parents may create and/or access their Parent Portal accounts to view grades by clicking here.
     
    H
     
    Homework
     
    Literacy: 
     
    Your child should be reading at home every night for a minimum of 20 minutes from a book of their choosing.  Additionally, your child is expected to read out loud for fluency every night from the Selection Summary that arrives in your child's folder about every six school days.  Practice pages for spelling, vocabulary, and writing are also sent home with each new lesson.  The Home Letter and Family Connection are suggested optional activities and do not need to be returned to school.
     
    Math:
     
    By the end of first grade, your child should have mastered all addition facts with sums up to 10.  Mastery can be determined by your child’s ability to recall the sum of each of the facts in less than 3 seconds.  The second grade expanded their fluency to all of the sums up to 20.  By the end of third grade, students are expected to know from memory all single digit multiplication facts up to 9 x 9.  The best way to practice fact fluency is to purchase an inexpensive set of flash cards from the dollar store and practice every night until they have been mastered. By the end of fourth grade, students are expected to be able to fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.      
     
    I
    Illness
    The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill.
     
     
    J
    Join Class DoJo!
    Be sure to stay connected with our classroom and your child by signing up with Class DoJo. 
     
     
    K
    Kindness
    Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to show kindness and use kind words. Bothering others, bullying or using unkind/inappropriate language will not be permitted.
     
     
    L
    Lunch
    The fourth graders will be eating lunch from 12:45 - 1:15 daily (except on half days).
     
     
    M
    Medications
    Medications cannot be sent into school without a note from the doctor and they must be administered by the school nurse.
     
    N
    News
    School announcements will be sent home in the take home folder as well as through ClassDoJo.  Be sure to get connected. 
     
     
    O
    Open House
    Our 2021-2022 Meet the Teacher Night at ECC 82 will be held on __TBD____.  Keep an eye out for further information in your child's take home folder.  We sure hope you can join us!
     
    P
    Parent Involvement
    Your support of our classroom is greatly appreciated! We always welcome helping hands in Room 324. Please watch the take home folder for information about special celebrations that we will have in our classroom.  We would love for you to be a part of them!
     
    Q
    Questions
     
    Most questions are easily answered with an email or a note. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you may have about your child's 4th grade experience!
     
     
    R
    Report Cards
    Report cards are issued every 10 weeks (4 report cards total). These reports reflect the progress your child has made towards 3rd grade expected outcomes. Report cards are sent in the mail.  Be sure the office has an up-to-date address on record.  
     
    S
    Success
    Everyone will experience success as long as they work their very hardest and do their best every single day. 
     
    T
    Tardies
    If your child arrives to school after the 9:30 bell, they will be marked tardy, and will need to go to the office for a late pass before going to his/her classroom. Also, please be sure to send a note.
     
    U
    Uniforms
    Shirts:  Only solid white or solid gray with a collar (polo or turtleneck).  Long and short sleeves are acceptable.  Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not acceptable.   
     
    Sweaters:  Only solid white, solid gray, or solid black.  Sweatshirts and hoodies are not acceptable.  
     
    Bottoms:  Only solid black (shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be knee length)   
     
    V
    Volunteers
    We love volunteers! Moms, dads, grandparents and other adults who are close to your child are welcome to join us on field trips and during holiday celebrations.
     
     
    W
    Website
    Our website is a great resource! It contains several links to educational websites that reinforce everything your child is learning in school as well as important information pertaining to our classroom... be sure to check out all of the pages! 
     
      
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