Back To School English

Welcome to Back to School Night

September 6, 2012


Mr. Patterson

4th Grade Room G6

Howe Avenue Elementary School


Welcome to the Ice House!

We are the Patterson Penguins!


Mrs. Yvonne Wright, Principal

Mrs. Cara Alfonso, Vice-Principal




                                          I.     Welcome, Introductions

                                        II.     Packet

                                      III.     Success in 4th Grade

                                      IV.     How you can help


Thank you for coming

Mr. Patterson


September 6, 2012


Dear Ice House Families,


Thank you for coming tonight!  I hope the attached information will help you understand my classroom policies, procedures, and expectations.


Please feel free to contact me at any time at anytime if you have a question.  Parent conferences are held in November, but please do not feel you have to wait until then to discuss an important issue with me.  I am more than happy to chat before and after school, and I check email ( throughout the day.  In the same regard, I will be sure to contact you if I have praise or concern for your child.  By working together and keeping the lines of communication open, I am confident your child will have a positive and successful year.


I extend a warm welcome to you and your child, and I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!






Larry Patterson


                                                                          (916) 566-2165

                                                                          (916) 677-6788




Daily Schedule


Start Time

End Time




Attendance/Daily Language Instruction (DLI) - Grammar



Language Arts/Preps






Language Arts

Writer’s Workshop






Houghton Mifflin Math



Social Studies


Steps to Respect Program



Homework and Clean up


*     Schedule subject to change: assemblies, school activities, holidays, guest speakers, et cetera


Prep Schedule






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Physical Education


8:35 – 9:15

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Literacy Class


10:20 – 10:50




8:35 – 9:15

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ð    We have three COWS (Computers on Wheels) so we will have access to lap tops for projects throughout the year; there is no specific time slot for computers.



Success in 4th Grade


Behavior Expectations:


Respect and Responsibility are emphasized.  Refer to the expectation outlined by the “A.C.T.” acronym in the back of the room.  We will focus on one character trait each month. In the interest of good human relations and a positive classroom environment, I encourage (and expect) all students to do the following:


*     Attend class regularly and on time.

*     Come to class physically prepared:  binder, pen/pencil, and homework.

*     Come to class mentally prepared with a good attitude and eager to learn.

*     Treat everyone in the class (students, teacher, and visitors) with courtesy and respect.

*     Do all of the assigned work (in and out of class) to the best of your ability.

*     Ask for help when you need it; help will ALWAYS be given.

Three Keys to Success in this class (and life):

We are a Class ACT!

A: actively participate; always show respect for yourself and others

C: cooperate; challenge yourself

T: take responsibility for your actions; take safe risks

Consequences are as follows:

*     Warning(s)

*     Make an action plan with teacher (usually during recess)

*     Note/Call home

*     Severe clause: referral to office

The class will earn multiple celebrations of their hard work throughout the year (bank points, marble jar). We may watch a video, complete an art project, enjoy a game outside, or any other activity that the class might enjoy


We pledge not to do the following:


*     Swearing

*     Writing on the desks, walls, posters, books, pictures, etc.

*     Moaning or complaining out loud (it poisons the atmosphere).

*     Littering on the floor.  Please use the wastebaskets.

*     Eating and drinking without permission.

*     Putting down or laughing at other students.  This includes telling others to "Shut up."

*     Talking while the teacher is teaching all of the students in the class.

*     Talking while another student is trying to contribute something to the class.

*     Cheating.  It is the same as stealing - taking something that isn't yours.

*     Writing letters/notes.

*      Doing nothing.  You won't be allowed to do nothing in this classroom.  There will always be something to do.  If I ask you what you are doing and you answer, "Nothing," I'll say, "I'm sorry, but you are not allowed to do that in here."


Homework Policy


            Homework is an important part of the instructional program.  This is also an excellent time for you to get involved with your child's education by providing your child a quiet, supportive environment in which he/she can do his/her homework.    Daily homework will be assigned and is due the following day unless otherwise specified.  There may also be weekly assignments.  On occasion there will be weekend assignments to be completed by the following Monday.  These may include some Math assignments or parts of long term assignments.


Grading Policy


            We will be using the Standards-based report card this year.    Scoring in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies will be as follows:                     



Trimester 1

Trimester 2

Trimester 3


4:     Advanced

Depth/extension with grade level work or proficiency at a higher grade level

Depth/extension with grade level work or proficiency at a higher grade level

Depth/extension with grade level work or proficiency at a higher grade level


3:     Proficient

75 – 100%

75 – 100%

75 – 100%


2:     Approaching

33 – 75%

66 – 75%

70 – 75%


1:     Beginning (Below)

0 – 32%

0 – 65%

0 – 69%



O, G, S, and N grades will be given in content areas for progress and effort.


Standard Based Grades


1st Trimester











2nd Trimester











3rd Trimester








Calendar of projects and testing:



Classroom Progress reports

Every Other Tuesday 



Parent Conferences

November 14 – 18, 2011

If needed, also

March 12 – 16, 2012



State Testing

April 16 – May 18, 2012



Open House/Family Science Night

To Be Announced



District Progress Notices Dates

October 10 – 14, 2011    

January 23 – 27, 2012




Trimester ends (Report cards issued)

November 09, 2011

March 12, 2010

June 11, 2012



Writing Projects

Throughout the year  



Other dates will come home in newsletters and will be posted on website as they come up.  I will give every possible bit of early notice of such events.




            We need volunteers to help with school or classroom work -- correcting papers, assembling folders, helping small groups during class time, copying, stapling, and other tasks.  Please let us know if you can help out on a weekly basis for 1 or 2 hours.  We would appreciate any time you may be able to offer.  Students are always pleased when their parents participate at school.  Note:  All volunteers must be fingerprinted.  Ask for information about this from Marla in the office.


Needs of the Classroom


*    Box of tissues for the "cold" season

*    White Copier Paper

*    Glade Plug-ins for classroom

*   Other needs will be updated on website and newsletters.




            Positive Behavior will be rewarded with the student being able to participate in all school-related activities including recesses, field trips, and assemblies. 


            Negative Behavior will not be rewarded and students may be excluded from school-related activities including recesses, field trips, and assemblies.


            Field trip privileges may be revoked at the discretion of classroom teacher and administration.  You will be notified of this if/when it occurs.  We want for all students to be able to participate in fieldtrips, but safety is our main concern.





            Please make sure your child arrives at school no earlier than 7:20 a.m. if (s)he is eating the school breakfast or 7:50 a.m. if not eating at school.  Children need to attend school every day unless they are sick.  We would appreciate it if you would schedule appointments for your child outside of school time or toward the end of the school day.  Fewer interruptions in your child's education will improve the learning process.

            When children are tardy to school, they miss instructional time.  Please help them develop good habits by being on time for school.



Dress Code


            The school shares with the parent a responsibility for teaching his/her child appropriate dress. We have a school dress code, sent home the first week of school.  Please make sure your child follows this dress code.  In addition, thongs, clogs, and sandals without heel straps are not permitted because of the hazard they present during physical education and recess.  On FREE FRIDAY, clothing with spaghetti straps (thin) is not allowed.  Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or drugs are not appropriate and will not be permitted.  Any accessories, clothing, or manner of dress that distract from the learning process, including put-downs based on age, ethnic groups, gender and race, or is considered "gang related" will not be permitted.  Any clothing that shows violence, weapons, or controversial subjects will not be permitted.  Please remember that clothes should be the proper size.  Belts are to be worn and "sagging" is not acceptable.  Shorts and skirts should be an appropriate length for school.


Body piercing is limited to ears only.  For safety reasons students are not to wear large hoop or dangling earrings that may interfere with physical education or recess.  Tattoos of any kind are discouraged.  Make-up is not allowed.


Students’ hairstyles and colors are not to be distracting to the learning process, for example, long spikes, dyes of red, blue, green, purple, etc.  Hair has to be a natural color.




Email/Voice Mail/Website


            If you need to contact me at school,


Phone:            566-2165.  I will return your call as soon as possible.




What is “differentiation?”


Differentiation can be defined as a way of teaching in which teachers proactively modify curriculum, teaching methods, resources, learning activities, and student products to address the needs of individual students and/or small groups of students to maximize the learning opportunity in the classroom.


Differentiations is a way of thinking about teaching and learning that seeks to recognize, learn about, and address the particular learning needs of each students.  To that end, teachers used varied approaches to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


Differentiation adapts what we teach, how we teach, and how students learn, and how students show what they have learned based on the readiness levels, interests and preferred learning modes of the students. 


Differentiation means starting where the kids are!


Reference: Tomlinson, C.; Brighton, C.; Brimijoin, K.; Callahan, C.; Hertberg, H.; Moon, T.; Conover, L.; and Reynolds, T. (submitted for review).  Differentiating instruction in academically diverse classrooms: a literature review of definitions, rationales, and underpinnings.  ASCD, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


 Multiplication facts a child needs to memorize:


Since the tables go from 1 to 10, it appears there are 100 facts to memorize; however…


* If you eliminate the easy 1’s and 10’s, that’s 36 less.

* If you eliminate the 5’s and 2’s which are also easy. That reduces the amount by another 28!

* The squares like “three 3’s” and “six 6’s” seem to be easily learned, so you can eliminate another 6.

* That leaves 30 facts to memorize, but…

* We still have duplicates like: “3 times 4” and “4 times 3”, so we can cut 30 in half, eliminating 15 more.

How many facts are left to memorize?

       100 – 36 – 28 – 6 – 15 = only 15!!!



























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Students Name/#: _____________________________________                                            


1.         What things should I know about your child that would help me better meet his/her needs?



2.         How would you describe your child’s social development in school thus far?

  1. Popular with lots of friends
  2. A few close friends
  3. Is easily led astray by others
  4. Likes to be alone, rather than with friends
  5. A “social organizer” or group leader
  6. Would like to have more friends but has trouble making them
  7. Other: _________________________________________________________________________

3.         Complete the following.  Please be specific.

a.   My child’s feelings about school are: _______________________________________________


b.   How does your child feel about himself/herself? _____________________________________


c.   What my child needs most from a teacher is________________________________________


d.   I would like to see my child: ______________________________________________________


e.   My child likes to do the following things in his/her free time: __________________________


4.   What are qualities in your child that you appreciate? ____________________________________



Please fill out and return 



Additional Comments may be made on back of sheet.


Organizational Tools


*   Zipper pouch in desk to hold pencils, pens, calculator, protractor, pencil sharpener, ruler

*   Folders: Unfinished work folder to hold “in progress” papers; Writing folder to hold in progress writing projects

*   Word study notebook holds word study cards, frequently used words, word webs and writing lists

*   Response Journals to record responses to literature read aloud to create new ideas and build on previous ideas









Needs Improvement

Great week!

Monday – lunes

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Teacher Comments – Maestro/Maestra Comentarios



Tuesday – martes

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Tuesday – martes

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Wednesday – Miércoles

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Wednesday – Miércoles

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Thursday – jueves

Behavior - Conducta




Parent Comments – Los Padres Comentarios

Thursday – jueves

Homework - tarea








Friday – viernes

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Friday – viernes

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Parent Signature/Firma